Mahi Tahi - Parent Partnership Meetings
These parent partnership meetings are an essential to us getting the teaching and learning programmes right for your child. The purpose of these meetings is for us to learn about your young person from you, the experts in your child. By working together on how your child learns best, what engages them and what they need to support their learning, we can achieve success. You also get an opportunity to meet all team members supporting the learning of your child, including the teacher, therapists and the Syndicate leader
Mahi Tahi meetings are taking place over the next two weeks. If you have not yet booked a meeting with your child’s team, then please do. Bookings are open on school interviews (instructions and support available on Seesaw or below) or if you prefer please contact your class teacher or Salma in the office to make a booking for you.
Just in case you have misplaced them they are below:
Home School Communication
We understand that communication with classroom staff is vital so here are the ways that you can get a message to school.
1) Every class has a phone line and phone numbers for each class will have been shared with you.
2) Seesaw - unfortunately you are not able to start a message with a Teacher on Seesaw, however you can reply to a message that has been started by the Teacher.
3) Email - every teacher has an email address that has been shared with you.
4) School office - urgent messages can be given to the school office and we will make sure the message gets passed on the the base school landline is 09 620 7680
5) Office mobile phone - if you can only use text message , you can text the school mobile and your message will be passed on to the class staff. the school mobile numbers is 027 625 9344
Teachers are usually the first port of call if you have any questions, one of our aims is to make sure our teachers prioritise family time in the evenings, which means that emails received in the evening may not be replied to until the morning. Please do not ask teachers for their mobile phone numbers.
Below is an update received today from Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS)
Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has confirmed a parent of two students - one at Westlake Boys High and one at Westlake Girls High - has been confirmed with coronavirus (COVID-19). While this is concerning for everyone, there is no risk to students, staff or others at the schools.
The whole household is in isolation at home, but the two students have not been infectious while they have been at school, and are not considered infectious now.
The children are completely well and have no symptoms.They are now staying home as a precaution, in case they develop the disease in the future. The parents have not visited the schools.
This disease is managed the same way as other infectious diseases, like mumps, where people who are close contacts – but do not have the disease – are kept away from others, in case they become contagious.
There will be high levels of anxiety amongst parents and students, and there will be commentary in social and other media.
Please understand that people are not considered at risk if they have been close to a contact – as the contact does not have the disease. Contacts of contacts do not have to take any action such as isolating themselves.
If you would like more information, please visit the ARPHS
’ or the Ministry of Health’s
websites, or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
Please be assured there is no risk to the school communities from this case.
Auckland Regional Public Health Service
NB: Good hygiene practices remain the best defence.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
- Put used tissues in the bin
SeeSaw is an online portfolio that we use report and document your child’s learning and progress. Teachers upload learning stories, which include photos or videos every week, so that you can see what your child is learning at school and how well they are progressing, when it happens. Learning can be shared and celebrated by family members commenting on posts.
You can also communicate with your child’s teacher through SeeSaw.
Seesaw is a really great way to talk about what your child is learning at home with them, which also helps to further develop their communication skills.
If you are not already linked up to Seesaw, we can help you do this. Please bring along a device (phone/ipad) to the Mahi Tahi meeting and someone can help get you started.
Earlier this term we organised a social get together for staff and families to meet. This built upon last years attendance and was a chance for teachers and therapists to talk about programmes of learning and class expectations. What a great way to spend an evening over a bite to eat, while students and siblings enjoyed the slippery slide, bouncy castles and playground apparatus. This is an initiative we want to grow and develop at the start of each year. Please spread the word of its success and lets get an even larger attendance in 2021.
CASS BIG SPLASH
Our Annual 'CASS Big Splash' proved to be a hit for our whole school. Lots of water related activities for the students to engage in and experience. Something for everyone. Its a day that is organised with our values statement at heart. 'Inspiring engagement and Realising potential.' Everyone got splashed and had fun!
A message from our taxi services for parents and caregivers
A reminder that it is the responsibility of parents and caregivers to assist students into and out of school transport vehicles at the beginning and end of each day.
It is also the responsibility of parents and caregivers to secure seatbelts – NOT the drivers.
Parents must be present and be seen by the driver at pick up and drop off time. This is the case for all students, including those that are independent getting into and off the taxi. If no parent is sighted, the driver will return students to Base school at the end of the day.
Taxis have busy runs with other students to pick up and drop of so it is essential that you are punctual in both the mornings and afternoons. Taxi drivers will wait no more than 5 minutes in the mornings and will again return students to Base school if no adult is present to receive a student on time in the afternoons.
If you have any queries regarding pick up and drop off times, then please ask your driver.
Moving / change of address
Please let Salma in the office at school know if you are moving to a new house or there is a change of address for any reason. Paperwork relating to a change of address can take up to 3 weeks to be processed by the Ministry and taxi company. The sooner we get this process started the better.
To talk about transport issues at school, please call myself or Salma in the office.