We are excited to welcome Oscar Jin to Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School.
Tumuaki / Principal News
Kia ora whānau,
I think that we are getting ever closer to no alert levels at all. It is very exciting for us as a nation and society. I’m not a political animal, but I do think that we have done remarkably well to stick together (actually 2 meters apart) to knock Covid-19 off its perch. Well done everyone. I hope that the stress of finding jobs and making ends meet is resolving for you. We think about you all often. If you have a worry, please let us know and we will do our best to find help.
Some of the things we are noticing are increased separation anxiety from adults and children in our school. There are some easy things that you can do to help your children to find their brave and to learn resilience.
Don’t be afraid of the tears. Children need to cry out their sadness and frustration about things that don't work for them. Let your child know that it’s ok to feel like this and that they are not alone
Develop strong routines. The same bedtime each night.
Come to school on time every day. unless your child is ill, staying home is not an option.
Focus on when you are going to meet again at 3. When I pick you up we will make pikelets/see nana/go to the park/go grocery shopping
Put love notes in the lunch box
Send an, “I love you” and blow a kiss into the air at 12.30 and let the child know you’re going to do it each day
Do a samsies (a friendship bracelet hidden up the sleeve that both mum/dad and the child wear….
Something that smells of you tucked in the bag or pocket
After this lockdown you need to be kind to yourselves and your children. Even the strongest people are feeling the worry right now. Coming to school is a wonderful panacea. We can reconnect with the children and give them lots of support and encouragement.
Home and Away:
Jared, Marina and I have been inducted onto our home site and have experienced the demolition close up. It’s amazing. Anne Marie got a video of the library being moved off the site in the darkness of early Tuesday morning. I liked that building but when I was told there were rats nests in the ceiling, I was glad to see it roll out. Eeeeeoooow. I have added a lot of photos and videos to the website so we have a record of the old school, the demolition and eventually the new build.
It was really unnerving being on the grounds as the heavy machinery was causing the buildings to move. It was a flashback to 2010/11 and not an experience I enjoyed.
Seeing inside the middle block was an eye opener as there had been a fire in the roof decades ago and the burnt material was left in the roof. This was the house that Jack built.
Please talk to your children about staying away from the driveway when they board the buses or alight in the afternoons. The contractor has stipulated no deliveries during the periods of 8-9 and 3-4 to avoid any mishaps.
Over the next few weeks the construction company is digging a huge hole which will be filled with gravel before the foundations can be laid for one of the buildings. At some stage we are going to be allowed to take children to the site to see parts of the construction happening. Apparently when the big steel sections arrive, we can be part of that excitement. Don’t worry we won't be running through the site with the children in tow, but we can safely watch from behind the fence. Concrete pouring is set for July. This is weather dependent of course.
Our going home date is looking to be the start of Term 2 2021.
KidsCan, Project Esther, Ellesmere Food Bank, 0800 Hungry & Anonymous benefactors:
Thank you, thank you for the thousands of dollars worth of food, time and expertise, equipment, clothing, vegetables, hygiene products and household items that you have donated to the school to help others. We have school families that give to others, from the little that they have. They don’t make a song and dance about it but they do take great pleasure in knowing that they have helped someone else.We’ve just had a Pay It Forward week amongst our staff where they had to do something thoughtful for someone else to make their week brighter. The best way to fight the blues is to do something for someone else, without expecting anything in return.
Covid 19 Be Gone!
Thank you for respecting all of the things we put in place to protect each other during the Covid 19 outbreak. This has been a scary time and we were all in unchartered waters. Please don't let up on the important things like washing hands, good personal hygiene, clean clothes and staying away if you are sick. We are still insisting that adults stay off the school grounds unless they have prior permission, until we are notified that the alert levels have changed.
We have also met with the Public Health Nurse and talked about the health and safety issues around children who soil and wet at school. This is a huge health risk for everyone long after the additional risks around this latest pandemic have gone. Help is available through your GP, and with a referral which requires your approval, we can get assistance from our Public Health Nurse. Rowan our PHN is simply lovely. Please understand that while we will help with referrals and supports, you will be asked to attend to your child at school if there is an ongoing toileting issue.
Concerns and Complaints:
If at any time you have a worry about your child’s progress, or safety and wellbeing, please contact the classroom teacher. You will need to make an appointment as teachers often are involved with other meetings. Our complaints procedure is available on the website under SchoolDocs. We do not respond to Facebook chat.
If you have worries about me, or a staff member there is also a process to follow. Most worries are about miscommunication and cause a great deal of upset because they are not addressed quickly.
School will finish 17 December 1pm this year. It is a day earlier than we originally announced because we did not take the TOD attached to Queen’s Birthday this year. This is a day we had to make up and not one of the 8 free TODs to be used over the next 2 years.
We are still thinking about our entitlement for TODs this year. We did not take the other planned one this term either because we felt that families had too much disruption already. I do want to thank the staff for being understanding and for being prepared to put the school families above their own rights. We will let you know about the TODs for terms 3 and 4 and whether we will go ahead with them.
In the meantime we are racing towards the shortest day and then on the rise to Spring. Take care. Stay well and safe.
Next year back home!!!!
Skool Loop App
At Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School we are excited to be rolling out a new free app for our school community. The idea behind this is to have one place for whānau to see all our current notices, newsletters, permission slips, make contact with us, lodge absences, see the school calendar and more! All of the information for you to download the app is below. Once you get the app select 'Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon School' and you will be set. If you have any questions ask Matua Jared.
In Rūma Tahi we have been learning about honey bees. Check out our posters to find out how they live, what jobs they have, what they eat and more...
We have also been learning about symbols. We made our own symbols in art to represent New Zealand.
New Enrolments 2020
For those of you living in our school zone it is really important that you let us know as early as possible if you are planning on enrolling your child this year.
Out of zone ballot 2020
Term 4 2020:
For children who are living outside of our school zone and wish to enrol in term 4, 2020
Advertisement Date: Wednesday 22 July 2020
Applications close: 4 pm Wednesday 19 August 2020 Ballot Date: Friday 21 August 2020
To apply please fill in this form and give it to the office before the above closing date.
If you have any questions contact Matua Jared at email@example.com
Board of Trustees Update
On behalf of the Board of trustees I would like to extend a huge welcome back to you all. Thank you to Marriene and the staff for their dedication and immense workload during lockdown and the logistics involved in the new day to day reality, working within the Alert Level 2 guidelines.
You will also have noticed there is movement at the Lyttelton Street site. The library was transported away in the early hours of Tuesday and Brosnan Construction has begun demolition. Please remember that within the construction fences at Lyttelton street is now a construction site and out of public bounds. If you are coming and going from the site to use the playground or sports field please respect this and report any damage or unusual behaviour that you may see. Dogs are not permitted on our Lyttelton street ground at any time.
With the rebuild beginning, the board can begin to shift focus slightly to the direction and future goals of Te Ara Koropiko West Spreydon school. We are acutely aware that our community culture and the connections will need rebuilding, as well as the exciting opportunities that the new buildings open up for our children and how we can create an environment for them to thrive and flourish.
The board will hold our next meeting Monday 8 June at 5.30pm in the school staffroom. If you have comments or feedback we can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Trustees Chairperson
Health and Safety
Lyttelton Street School Site:
Brosnan Construction have informed us that there will be a lot of trucks coming and going from the Lyttelton Street school site in the coming months. They have been asked to avoid the drop off and pick up times of 8am - 9am and 3pm - 4pm however it is still really important that you and your child/ren are keeping yourselves safe when in and around this construction site and the school driveway area.
If your child is sick, he / she must stay at home.
Please avoid coming onto the school site if at all possible during Alert Level 2. If necessary please ensure that you sign in and out using our digital vistab tablet in the school office area so that we are able to contact trace those who have been on the site.
West Spreydon School Friends and Whānau Group (WSSFW) UpdateWe meet monthly alternative Monday evenings & Friday mornings.