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THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Week 7

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save, He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.

(Zephaniah 3:17)

TERMS AND HOLIDAYS:

2020 Term 2:

  • STARTS:   Wednesday 15 April 2020
  • ENDS:       Friday 3 July 2020

NOTICES:

WELCOME TO: ALERT LEVEL 2  

Second week back at Level 2 and if you haven’t yet returned to school, please be reassured all is well here onsite with students settled back into the school environment and back into their school work, so we look forward to all students returning back on site.

A reminder to check out our ‘Tabs on our Home Page’ for further updates and instructions.

Click on the Tabs: 

  • Co Vid 19 Latest School Updates
  • Co Vid 19 Home Learning Information
  • Borrow a School Chrome Book
  • Register for students to return to school
  • Parent / Whanau feedback for distance learning
  • Any other Tabs that come up along with them

ALERT LEVEL 2  MID TERM BREAK FRIDAY 29TH MAY TO MONDAY 1ST JUNE 2020:

Friday & Monday off!

Tena koutou whanau ma – Warm greetings to everyone

Please forgive the late notice but we have missed relaying an important Board  decision that was made last Tuesday about the upcoming long weekend. We have considered that our hard-working teachers, support staff and students have not been able to have any down-time since prior to the lock down and that it is important for them to be able have a well earned (short) break in order to re-focus for the remainder of what is turning out to be a long term. We found a good opportunity to do this over the Queens Birthday weekend and have therefore decided to close the school on Friday 29th May (this Friday), enabling a four day break.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.

ALERT LEVEL 2:  KEEPING SAFE AT SCHOOL:

We are concerned that there are still a large number of students who have not returned to school. We understand that a possible reason is that whanau are still concerned about health and safety practices in the school so I have outlined our processes here to help give you confidence that we have strong systems to keep everyone safe.

The key controls for school are:

  • If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have flu-like symptoms)
  • Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the  last 14 days (Refer to Ministry of Health information for self-isolation)
  • maintain physical distancing – we monitor this closely
  • enable good hygiene practices
  • keep track of people that enter your school

We do this by:

  • Parents are asked to keep any sick children at home. If a sick child comes to school, send them home.
  • Children, young people and staff should be far enough away from each other so that they are not breathing on or touching each other, coupled with good hygiene practices and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces. There does not need to be a specific measurement but where practicable 1 metre should be used as a guide, particularly between adults.
  • Hand sanitiser at entry to class rooms and in shared spaces.  Soap, water and the ability to dry hands must be provided in bathrooms.
  • Where practicable ensure that children and young people regularly wash and dry hands, cough and sneeze into their elbow, and try to avoid touching their face.
  • Physical education classes and break time activities can include access to sports equipment including playgrounds but hygiene practice should be observed after playing with equipment.
  • Disinfect and clean all surfaces throughout the day.
  • Contact tracing registers must be set up and identify which children and adults are on site, in each teaching space, including recording if there is a different composition of children and adults during the day. This includes recording visitors to the site, including parents.
  • Students are not allowed off the premises at lunchtime.

Now that we are back on-site to continue our learning programmes here, we would like to give you confidence that we have a strong sense of how to manage well-being, and that we have robust systems in place to keep everyone safe.

The two main strategies to keep everyone safe in school are:

                                                   ‘strong hygiene practices’ and ‘personal distancing’

In fact because we are doing as much as we can to keep ourselves safe, we are being really fussy about:

  • hand washing with soap
  • how we cough
  • sneeze safely
  • keeping our distance from one another

Check out this video 😊 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZvtoVrykb8&feature=youtu.be

REGISTER:We are required to keep a register of people coming onto our school sites for ‘contact tracing’.

The School Gates will be locked to traffic and notices on the gates will give instructions.

  • Parents please drop off and pick up your children outside the School Gates.
  • If arriving early, please be patient and wait for your child/children, outside the School Gates.  After the final school bell, the children will meet you at the School Gate.  Otherwise this causes a lot of interruption to Staff and classes, having staff locate and remove your child early, at a busy time of the day for staff and when teachers are giving final instructions on homework etc. If there’s a specific reason you’re needing to remove your child early, prior arrangements with Office Staff will be required.
  • Any person coming onto the School Site beyond the gates, will be required to report to the Admin Staff in the School Office, to have their name and contact details recorded (both Kaikohe and Waimate Campuses please).
  • For visitors we don’t know: contact details i.e. phone, address and email information must be recorded to enable health services ‘contact tracing’ where needed.

We need to hear from every whanau regarding your children’s return to school in order for us to prepare to receive students onto the school sites:

  • Please contact us as soon as possible so we are able to have clarity for our attendance registers.
  • You can make contact in any way that works for you> phone, email, text, message to your children’s teacher

A REMINDER:

While the numbers of new cases continue to remain low, we are still responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and need to remain vigilant. Our response is also reliant on everyone in New Zealand doing their part to prevent spread.

This includes staying away from school if unwell and if showing COVID-like symptoms being assessed by a GP or Healthline to determine if testing is recommended. The symptoms for COVID-19 have expanded as more has become known about the virus.  Symptoms noted on the Ministry of Health website are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature (at least 38˚C)
  • shortness of breath
  • a sore throat
  • sneezing and runny nose
  • temporary loss of smell.

Finally: as Jude writes in:

Jude 1:24-25

24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25to the only God, our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

If you have questions about any of these matters please feel free to contact me.

Nga mihi mahana – Blessings to all

David Rogers

Principal

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION – WEEKLY ATTENDANCE COLLECTION FOR COVID-19 PERIOD:

We will be sending student attendance data to the Ministry weekly, from 29 May. The purpose is to:

  • report to the National Crisis Monitoring Centre and government on levels of attendance during the COVID-19 period
  • inform and support Ministry planning for students and schools returning to normal operation
  • evaluate and report on the effectiveness of initiatives implemented by the Ministry to respond and manage its response to COVID-19.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE / HELPFUL LINKS:

SECONDARY STUDENTS – QRC TRADES ACADEMY STUDENTS AND WHANAU:

QRC Trades Academy Year 12 Students will still be attending their course on Friday 29 May.

Students will be met at school at 8:30 am by the pick up van. Yvonne Vujcich will be onsite to ensure everyone is safely on their way.

Buses:
  • Kerikeri and Opononi buses will not be running to and from school on the 29th May as the rest of the Kaikohe Christian School is on mid term break.
  • The other buses will be running as normal as other schools are open in the area.
If you have planned alternative travel arrangements to QRC Paihia, then please make sure you have advised Yvonne Vujcich (yvonnev@kcs.school.nz) and Nick Madden (nick.madden@qrc.ac.nz).

REVISED 2020 NCEA EXAMINATION TIMETABLE 16 NOVEMBER TO 9 DECEMBER:

The Ministry of Education have changed the start of the external examinations for NCEA to a later date. NCEA exams will now begin on Monday 16 November – Wednesday 9 December. This is to help relieve some of the learning time pressure students and teachers have experienced due to home learning during the COVID19 Lockdown period.
We want to thank whanau who worked hard during the lockdown period by getting involved with the learning needs of their rangatahi. We all are working hard at school to ensure the best outcome for our rangatahi. Please continue to keep engaged with the learning of your children, as research shows that strong whanau, student and school connections make the world of difference to future learning outcomes. This year has challenges before all of us, but we are aiming to build on what we have learnt together, to plan the pathway ahead. Whanau support and input is vital and very much appreciated.
Please also complete the whanau survey, as this will help gather your voice too as we reflect on what has been learnt in a much broader sense over the past 2 months.
You can see the revised 2020 Examination Timetable and the Whanau Survey on our school website www.kcs.school.nz
Please contact Yvonne Vujcich  if you have any NCEA queries.

GATEWAY ASSIGNMENT YEAR 11 TUESDAY 2 JUNE & WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE:

To all Year 11 students you will be doing a Gateway assignment with Mr Allen next Tue Level 2.
It is imperative that everyone attends Tuesday and Wednesday. The Unit Standard is 12349 Demonstrate knowledge of Time Management.

EXTRA STUDENTS IN ROOM 4 KAIKOHE CAMPUS:

My students are missing their classmates so much they’ve come up with a way to bridge the gap. Can’t wait for the seats in class to be full once again. Lol

Mrs Rogers

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

SPORT NORTHLAND:

Alert Level 2!  I hope it has been treating you well?

Today’s Energize activity is “Clap & Catch”:

As for this week’s nutrition nugget let’s talk “Pacifica Fritters”:

Hope you enjoy! Stay safe and I’ll see you back here same time and place for more next week!

Ngā mihi

Shawni Paniona  (Energize Lead Whangarei Sport Northland)   027 272 7522 Mobile

www.sportnorthland.co.nz | www.runwalkseries.co.nz

COMMUNITY NOTICES / ADVERTISEMENTS

KAIKOHE CLEANER AVAILABLE:

Blessings to you all and stay safe!

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