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Riversdale School Newsletter Term 1 Week 1

Welcome Lucas Clark, Georgia Clark, Lincoln McCormack, Crisen Ferrer, Zac Johnstone and

Stella Chalmers.

Tena Koutou Parents, Caregivers and Whanau.

Hello everyone,

Kia ora e hoa mä.

Mā te tuakana ka tōtika te teina, mā te teina ka tōtika te tuakana

From the older sibling the younger learns how to do it, from the younger sibling the older learns how to be tolerant/everyone has responsibilities, both the old and the young.

Welcome back to Term 1, 2021. We are very excited for an action packed term of learning. Children had a great day yesterday getting to know their new teacher and peers.


On Monday 1 March all children start swimming lessons with the REAP instructor. Children swim every day until Monday 15 March which is the last session. Children need to ensure they have their togs every day during this period of time.


On Thursday 4 March it is Waimea Athletics at Balfour. Parents transport their child/ren to Balfour for Athletics if they can and teachers transport any children who need a ride. More information will be in the Newsletter prior to Athletics Day.

Coming Up This Term …

Monday 1 March to Monday 15 March - Reap Swimming every day for all children.

Thursday 4 March - Waimea Athletics at Balfour.

Thursday 11 March - Northern Athletics.

Thursday 18, Friday 19, Monday 22 March - Harold Sessions.

Thursday 25 March - Sarah, Sports Activator, working with all children.

Tuesday 30 March to Thursday 1 April - Year 5/6 Camp to Tautuku.

Friday 2 April - Good Friday (School Closed).

Monday 5 April - Easter Monday (School Closed).

Tuesday 6 April - Southland Anniversary day (School Closed).

Thursday 15April - Community Assembly in the Hall, 1.30pm. All welcome.

Covid 19 Update from the Ministry of Education

We are looking forward to welcoming your rangatahi and tamariki to school at the start of Term 1. New Zealand remains at Alert Level 1 and everyone is doing the right thing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so we’re pleased to say it’s business as usual.

With over 100,000 people coming back to New Zealand through managed isolation facilities, our very low number of community cases is a reflection of the quality of work by the managed isolation staff and health authorities. Overall, 1.5 million people have now been tested.

Unfortunately, we have to expect COVID cases to emerge but we can be reassured by the speed, breadth and depth of the health response. As noted by Minister Hipkins, New Zealand is top equal with Australia in the world as having the highest rates of testing per positive case. We know that the approaches being taken in the MIQ are at a very tight forensic level.

According to the Lowy Institute, New Zealand has been ranked the best at responding to the COVID-19 outbreak out of nearly 100 countries.

We continue to have a large amount of control over how we can prevent the spread of COVID. For our school we will:

· Display QR code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App.

· Keep our visitor register, attendance register and timetables up to date.

· Be monitoring for illness and asking anyone who is unwell to remain at home, or to go home.

· Encourage people with relevant symptoms to seek medical advice through Healthline or their GP and get

tested for COVID if recommended to do so.

· Reinforce the importance of good hand washing and drying.

· Reinforce good cough and sneeze etiquette.

I can reassure you that we will continue to regularly clean all parts of our school.

Āraia te kino and protect yourself, your whānau and your whakapapa.

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