Announcement : 

Meri Kirihimete and a Happy New Year to everyone! Enjoy the festive season with your whānau and we’ll see you again in 2022.

Term 4 Begins in Level 3

Kia ora whānau 

I hope you’re all well and coping okay.  I know many of you will be feeling a bit flat about the announcement today, as will many of our learners. I do feel incredibly sad about the events that will be postponed and an interrupted term 4, especially for our senior learners. 

If you are noticing any behaviours in your child/ren that are quite different from their usual ways of being and that are concerning you, please get in touch as we can connect you with support.  Some behaviours to look out for are children who are isolating themselves, or with heightened anxiety or differences in emotional responses.  Don’t hesitate to reach out if you feel that you would like some support. 

While the whole ‘picnic’ scenario seemed a bit interesting to begin with, I have heard from lots of parents that this bit of normality has had a big impact on the wellbeing of kids who have been able to connect a bit more with friends or whānau members.  

As you will have heard, school will not be reopening on Monday the 18th as had been previously indicated.  With case numbers still relatively high, we will be starting our term with distance learning for the large majority of our learners.  Some learners who are unable to be supervised at home will be back onsite as part of our ‘bubble’ classrooms.  We are not expecting any changes to the number of learners that we had onsite at the end of last term. 

You will have also heard the mandate about vaccinations of school staff.  All workers within schools have until the 1st of January 2022 to get fully vaccinated.  I am unable to share the vaccination status of our staff, as this is information that is private to each individual.  I can say, however, that we have been proactive in encouraging our staff to become vaccinated, and it was great to see the education sector prioritised last month, which meant that staff were able to get vaccinated sooner instead of waiting for their age brackets. 

Teachers will be in touch later this week to share plans for the first week back. 

Take care everyone, and reach out if you need help with anything.  

Ngā mihi nui 

Amanda Douglas 
Chelsea Primary School