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Riversdale School Newsletter Term 4 Week 3

Tena Koutou Parents, Caregivers and Whanau.

Hello everyone,

Kia ora e hoa mä.

Dash of the Dale VENUE CHANGE

Due to unforeseen circumstances there is a last minute venue change for Dash of the Dale.

The event will now be held on Warwick Street, a short walk from School. Teachers will walk students over.

Please park where you would usually for school pick up, as children will need to come back to school to collect their goody bag, school bag and sausage. Rutland Street will no longer be closed to vehicles. Please do not park at the upper end of Hull Street or on Warwick Street, to make it safer for students and spectators.

Participants must wear covered footwear, as there are some thistles in the paddock.

Please see updated information on School Stream

or the Home and School Facebook.

This is a community event - parents, caregivers and whanau are invited to come and cheer students on. Please remember to get those last minute donations in on Give a Little or directly into the Home and School Account.

It is sure to be lots of fun for the kids - see you there!

Thank you all for your generous support of tomorrow’s Fun Run. This starts after lunch at 1.30pm. It is not too late to sponsor a child for this, or even just make a donation to the Home and School. Huge thanks to the Home and School team for all of the work they have put into this to ensure it will be a successful fundraiser for our school. We look forward to a great day, and seeing you all there.

Term 1 and Term 4 are the terms that we expect the children to wear sunhats during lunchtime, playtime and any activity outside for any length of time. Please make sure these are named.

Mr Riordan’s Friday night golf is happening tonight at the golf course at 3.45pm.

Coming Up This Term….

Friday 1 November - Fun Run 1.30pm.

Friday 8 November - Halloween Disco 6.30pm – 8pm in the school hall. School Photos.

Monday 11 November - First Aid programme for Rooms 1, 5, and 7.

Monday 11 November - Board of Trustees meeting at 8pm in the staffroom.

Tuesday 12 November - First Aid programme for Rooms 4 and 6.

Friday 29 November - Teacher Only Day – School closed.

Monday 2 December - Swimming lessons with qualified instructor commence. Children swim daily for next 2 weeks.

Monday 9 December - Board of Trustees meeting at 8pm.

Monday 16 December - Year 8 Graduation in the school hall.

Wednesday 18 December - Great School Water fight at 2.15pm. Production evening.

Thursday 19 December - Production evening.

Friday 20 December - Last school day for 2019.

Halloween Disco

We are looking forward to some spooky fun in the school hall next Friday 8th November. The disco starts at 6.30pm and finishes at 8.00pm. As usual, small bags of lollies, chips, glo-sticks, lollypops, and drinks will be available for sale. Keep your costumes and any decorations and bring them along so that we can make the hall look as spooky as the children will.

A huge thank you to Vanessa and Rob for the kind donation of time and disco music, lights and DJ skills.

We have invited our Waimea Schools along to join in the fun, so Waikaia and Balfour children are welcome to attend.

Measles Update

Public Health South (PHS) is updating schools and Early Childhood Education Centres on the measles outbreak in the Southern District.

There have been no new confirmed measles cases this week. The total number of Southern DHB cases remains at 71.

Total cases for each location to date is: Dunedin: 2, Oamaru: 1, Wanaka: 3, Queenstown: 64, Gore: 1.

The Southern DHB is expecting a delivery of 3,000 extra vaccines next week allowing a widening of priority groups for MMR vaccination.

In the Southern District Health Board region, the priority group for MMR vaccinations, has been widened to include catch up MMR vaccinations for all children and young people up to the age of 18 years alongside routine vaccination at 15 months and 4 years.

Unvaccinated children as young as 6 months of age traveling to Auckland or another measles-affected location are also now eligible for MMR vaccination two weeks before travelling.

Primary care practices will be actively recalling those eligible, however, if you know your children are not fully vaccinated with two MMRs then please call your GP practice to make an appointment to be vaccinated.

Measles is a serious and highly infectious viral disease that causes fever, cough, sore red eyes and a rash. Measles can make children and adults very sick and can cause complications in many people, some of which are severe and lifelong.

People with measles can be infectious even before they start feeling unwell. While almost all people will make a complete recovery, it can lead to hospitalisation and in rare cases, death.

Immunisation against measles with two doses of MMR vaccine is the best protection and is free for all eligible people. With schools being back in session, we need your help to prevent further transmission of the measles virus.


  • Please check to see that your school immunisation register (if you have one) is up to date.

  • Encourage unimmunised children/students to get immunised as soon as possible as per the Immunisation Schedule (MMR at 15 months and 4 years old).

  • Encourage staff to check their immune status. If they need to be vaccinated they should ask their GP to put them on a waiting list.

  • Keep any children/students or staff who are unwell away from school.

  • Public Health South will be in touch with you if there is a confirmed case of measles in your school community – please await our contact and support to help guide messaging to your community.

Our recommendations will help protect people who are at risk, including children who are too young to be immunised, pregnant women who are not immunised, and people with a compromised immune system (such as those receiving treatment for cancer).

We appreciate your help in controlling this measles outbreak. For more information relating to measles, please refer to the: Ministry of Health’s website

Dr Susan Jack


Designated by Director General of Health under Section 7 (A) of the Health Act 1956.



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