Dear Parents/Caregivers,

You will have seen and/or heard the Prime Minister’s announcement last night in relation to confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Auckland, resulting in Auckland returning to Alert Level 3 from MIDDAY TODAY12/8/20. 

The announcement advised there are 4 cases - origin unknown and because of that a whole of country response is needed. Auckland  requires the strongest response at Alert Level 3 requirements. The rest of the country are in Alert Level 2.  

Alert Level 3 requires people to stay home / work from home unless they are essential workers.   Parents are asked to keep their children at home unless they are an essential worker. If you are sending your child to school either tomorrow or Friday please let Kate Deane know ASAP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We only have a skeleton staff at school so your support with this is appreciated. Should level 3 be extended we will put out further communications regarding children attending school.

During Level 3 no visitors are to come onsite and strict contact tracing protocols are now in place. Entry is only through the school office. Please wait outside to be met by a staff member.

Our distance learning programme will not run this week. Teachers will use the time to prepare their distance learning programmes should this be necessary from next week. Our website has a range of distance learning resources should you wish to access them,  https://www.maraetaibeach.school.nz/students/distance-learning. Please do not put pressure on yourselves when it comes to distance learning.   I believe other activities such as playing board games, baking, cooking and having some fun in the backyard are just as important. Take this time to again strengthen family connections and look after the wellbeing of one another.
 
Should Level 3 be extended some families may need access to a device or a hard pack of materials. If this is the case please email me by Friday at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..nz and arrangements will be made.
 
Take care and stay safe

  

Mark Keenan
Principal

Kia Ora Whanau

We would like to extend a warm invitation to our upcoming school hui. This is  an opportunity for our Maori Community to come together and discuss different elements of school life. At the hui we will:

  • Share the teaching and learning taking place

  • Have students sharing their learning

  • Present our Te Reo goals and implementation

  • Have time for questions and for you to share what you think is important for our children 

We have decided to hold this as a breakfast to see if more whanau can attend. Our hui will be held in the school staffroom on Wednesday 26 August beginning at 8:15am and finishing by 9am. Coffee and food will be available. 

Please rsvp to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to seeing you there. He waka eke noa – We are all in this together. 

Mark Keenan

 

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Dear Parents/Caregivers

The Ministry of Education has shared updated information regarding revised guidance on testing  for COVID-19. You can read about the revised guidelines below.
As a school we  continue to maintain our good hygiene measures such as regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces and washing of hands. 

We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that. As always during school hours please ensure you go to the school office and not directly to your child’s class. 

It is still very important that if your child/ren are well they stay at home. Thank you for your support with this as we move into the winter months. 

Ministry of Education Update:

At a time where there are increasing numbers of colds and other winter illnesses, the Ministry of Health has revised its guidance on who might need testing for COVID-19. It is important to note that there is currently no known community transmission of COVID-19 in New Zealand. The vast majority of adults, children and young people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will not have COVID-19.
 
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include new onset or worsening of one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Temporary loss of smell

Health’s information on who should get tested notes that people with any of the COVID-19 symptoms who are close contacts of confirmed cases, have recently travelled overseas, or been in contact with recent travellers, should get assessed.
 
If anyone has symptoms but is unsure if they have been exposed to COVID-19, they should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or their GP for advice. Over winter there are many other viruses about that can cause people to feel unwell and have symptoms similar to those of COVID-19.
 
Some people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 may be tested as part of Health’s ongoing surveillance to ensure that there is no community transmission in New Zealand. If they are not close contacts of confirmed cases, have not recently travelled overseas, or have not been in contact with recent travellers, then there is no need for them to self-isolate while awaiting the test result, and they can return to school or early learning once they are feeling well or on the advice of their health practitioner.
 
If not recommended for testing, they will be able to return to school or their early learning service when they are feeling well and no longer displaying symptoms.
 
Further information about testing can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

He waka eke noa – We are all in this together

Kind Regards
 

Mark Keenan
Principal

 

Dear Parents/Caregivers

I am sure you were as pleased as I was to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement about moving to Alert Level 1.  For us this means there is an extremely low public health risk from the virus at Alert level 1.

As a school we will continue to maintain our good hygiene measures such as regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces and washing of hands. It is no longer necessary for children to sanitise their hands on entry and exit to rooms however this will still be available. It is very important that if your child/ren are unwell they stay at home.

At level 1 there are no restrictions on personal movement and contact tracing registers are not required. Early pick up times for our junior school children will no longer continue and school will finish for all children at 3pm. Parents are welcome to come into school however we are encouraging parents to continue to drop off and pick up from the school gate. From our survey 83% of parents (98 respondents) have indicated they will continue to do this. Parents have noted increased independence and confidence in their children and for many parents a much quicker and easier school drop off and pick up. From a school perspective we have noticed a positive impact on the start and end of the school day for students, teachers and parents. We have also noticed the improvement with parking around the school. Senior Leaders will continue to welcome children at the gate in the morning and wish them farewell in the afternoon. 

We do note though that often the experience of drop off and pick up time is a way to meet other families in the school community and we will continue to have days where MBS families have opportunities to get to know each other and for parents to come and view their child’s learning in class. Also, at any time you wish to speak to your child’s teacher please come in to do so or alternatively contact them to arrange a meeting. We look forward to the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for 24 and 25 June. This will be an important opportunity for you to hear directly from your child’s teachers about the progress made to date.

We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that. As always during school hours please ensure you go to the school office and not directly to your child’s class

Until the end of the term we will continue to have staggered break times and school sports resumes in term 3. We look forward to our school cross country next term. Whole school assemblies begin in week 10 and we encourage parents to attend. 

Finally, thank you for your support and we look forward to a highly successful remainder of the year. 

He waka eke noa

(We’re all in this together)



Mark Keenan
Principal

This year photographs will be available for you to view and order OnLine with PhotoLife Studios.

Your son or daughter will shortly bring home an OnLine slip with their unique Access Key detailed on it.  This Access Key will display all the photographs of your child.  It is then an easy process for you to shop on-line and purchase the photographs you want.

If you place your order within three weeks of receiving your Access Key you will receive free delivery for your photo orders.  PhotoLife has agreed to despatch all the orders back to the school and your child will bring their photographs home.

Any orders placed after this three week period will be sent directly to your specified delivery address and will incur a $6.00 Postage & Packing charge.  You will see this message when you go Online to view and order your photographs.

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Dear Parents/Caregivers,

The Board of Trustees met online in April and May (via Zoom) for our monthly BOT meetings and discussed scheduled items of business as well as addressing what adjustments we needed to make to accommodate the challenges presented by COVID-19.  The two areas we’d like to share in this newsletter, are:

1) Plans for new school infrastructure; and
2) Parent Donations  

New School Infrastructure and Investment
As per our February BOT newsletter, this year we have a lot of exciting building projects planned with school infrastructure.

New Build
The Ministry of Education has approved the move from developed design to the detailed design stage for our new build. This is the last design stage of 3. The project is on track and at this stage the build will begin at the end of this year. This will be an amazing new facility for our school including 11 learning hubs, art studio, science lab, theatre space and dedicated robotics area. Drawings can be viewed in the school foyer and will soon be available on our website.

School Investment Package
MBS will benefit from the School Investment Package announced in December 2019. Working with our Ministry of Education property advisor we have been given the go ahead for heat pump installation in classrooms, refurbishment of the teacher resource room and upgrade of our main court area. We look forward to getting these projects started.

School Donations
As a small community, everyone has themselves been, or know of friends and family who have been, directly impacted financially and emotionally by COVID-19.  Our school is no exception and we have suffered a reduction in income mainly from International students. Like all organisations and households, we have reviewed our Budget and expenditure, and made prudent savings where possible and appropriate.

However, as a Decile 10 school, we rely on parent donations.  As a Decile 10 school we receive the lowest possible funding from the Government and these funds are critical to bolster the Operational Grant paid.  Your parent donation helps pay for and provide the extra learning resources, additional staffing and support programmes the school needs in order to provide the current high-quality education every child receives.

In short, there remains a gap, and although we acknowledge everyone's financial position is different, we really appreciate those, whose circumstances allow, to continue to support the school financially where they can.  Your school donation can be paid through Kindo (including part payments via installments) and will have receipts issued so that you can claim back 33% of your donation from the IRD.

Please support our School where you can. The PTA led by Leslie Crawshaw and her amazing team have reviewed and planned “post-COVID-19” activities to fundraise and bring the community together in fun and enjoyable ways!

Thank you
Lastly, but most importantly, we would like to welcome back all new and returning families.  Without you, we would not have a thriving and growing school!  On behalf of the BOT, we would like to acknowledge Mark and his staff for their clear communication and hard work in supporting students online with their learning over the lockdown.  To the community of parents and caregivers who have stepped up and supported distance learning while juggling other challenges, and to the students themselves for adapting to the change, it has been heartwarming to see our community pull together.

Please continue to be kind and reach out and help support each other.

He waka eke noa
(We’re all in this together)
 
Kind Regards,
 

Maria Lamberto                                  Simon MacKechnie
Property Portfolio                               Finance Portfolio

2nd June 2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers

 

Parent Teacher Conferences 24/25 June 

The forthcoming Parent Teacher Conferences are primarily designed to achieve the following:

  • To formally meet to share information regarding progress to date (academic and social).  

  • To allow both parties to share aspirations and goals for the rest of the year.

School will finish at 12:30pm on Wednesday 24 June 2020.  Parents are encouraged to collect their children at 12:30pm. If your child requires supervision at school until 3.00pm please complete the bottom of this form and return to the office.

Discussions will be limited to 10 minutes, and if more time is needed an arrangement can be made for a later meeting.  Because of a very tight interview timetable it is essential that you arrive on time.  

Interviews are booked online. You will need to book online at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz.

The school code you will need to enter is c52j5. You will need to enter your details and choose your child’s classroom teacher. If internet access is a problem or you need help please contact Linda or Lisa in the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone on 536 6570. This will need to be done by Friday 19 June 2020.

Thank you for your assistance

 

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Mark Keenan

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