Dear Parent/Guardian, 
 

Our Fun Run is re-launching and will be held on Wednesday 16th September
 

After the impacts of Covid 19 - Maraetai Beach School are excited to announce the ‘re-launch’ of our 2020 School Fun Run. Our students have been looking forward to taking part in this event and now our plans are back on track and our students can’t wait! 

At Maraetai Beach School we understand the value of comfortable learning environments for our students.  We know that providing all children with an optimal learning environment will assist them on their learning journey. Comfortable surroundings will contribute to their success here at our school.  The funds raised from this event will go towards the installation of air-conditioning units in classrooms. 
 

How will this fundraiser work? 

This year we have partnered with New Zealand based online fundraising company Raise It.  Raise It specialise in working with New Zealand schools to maximise their fundraising efforts.  As we know collecting sponsorship online makes it super easy for everyone - no more door knocking, your child can collect more donations from further afield (e.g. friends and family living overseas, work colleagues etc) and no need to worry about handling all that cash and bringing it into school!  

 

How do I sign my child up to fundraise online? 

If you already signed up before lock down your child’s fundraising page & donations will still be there. If you didn’t then each child can sign up for their very own web page to send out to collect online sponsorship.  

Just go to our Maraetai Beach School Fundraising Hub page at:                 

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  • You will find the REGISTER link to set up their account on this page 
  • You will need to choose your child’s classroom as their fundraising team 
  • If you need any help email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for direct assistance 
  • All student totals update in real time and your donors can leave you messages of encouragement 
  • The online Fundraising Hub website can be viewed to see the top classes and individuals at any time

 
What do we do with cash donations? 

We understand not everyone can donate online so we have cash sponsorship forms that will be sent home in hard copy MBS Fun Run Offline Sponsorship Form. Children can bring in all funds raised after the event. As we don't want these children to miss out on including these amounts in their Online Totals we will enter these amounts against their online account. Note: this can take up to two business days once the school office notifies Raise It of the cash donation amount. 

Alternatively if you do not wish to set your child up with an online fundraising page, please just return the cash with a cash sponsorship form to the office and it will be loaded to your child’s class total. 

We have some fantastic prizes this year for the children. 


Prizes (most money raised individually)
1st Prize Bike worth $350.00 
2nd Prize $200 Warehouse voucher 
3rd Prize $100 Warehouse voucher 
4th and 5th Prize $50.00 Warehouse voucher 5th to 10th Prize $25.00 Warehouse voucher.

We will also be giving away spot prizes between now and the event. Every Wednesday and Friday we will announce 5 spot prize winners.  To win a spot prizes your child must be registered on the fundraising website. 

The first class to have everyone registered will receive ice blocks for morning tea and the first class to raise over $1000.00 will also get ice blocks! 

Last year we raised over $12,000 for this event.  This year, if we manage to raise more than last year each section of the school will have their own fun afternoon planned to celebrate.  More info on this to come

 

What happens on Event Day? 

We will have an amazing obstacle course set up on the day taking the children on a fun and challenging course throughout the school.  All health and safety requirements will be met in regards to Covid-19.  Unfortunately due to contact tracing protocols we can not have visitors on site.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed the day in previous years and all going well and we are still in level 2 or 1 we will have another great day for them this year! 

We will need some parent helpers on the day so if you are keen to be involved and help out please email Lisa Vermaak at the school on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 We’re really looking forward to a fun day!

Kindest regards, 


Maraetai Beach School PTA

Dear Parents/Caregivers

We are looking forward to welcoming all our students and staff back to school on Monday following the return to Alert Level 2. Our health and safety plan is in place as it has been under every alert level, and you can be assured we’ll continue doing everything we can to keep children safe. My thanks to all the staff who have been onsite during level 3 looking after the children of essential workers. 

At home, please continue with good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing when out and about and keeping your child home if they are sick.

Face coverings are another way we can help keep ourselves and others safe. The Prime Minister has announced that face coverings will be required on public transport from next Monday, at Alert Level 2 and above. This does not apply to any child who is under 12 years of age.

Public Health officials have advised that children under the age of 6 should not wear face coverings.

Children and young people do not need to wear face coverings at school. Other public health control measures are in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements. However if your child/ren does want to wear a face covering, that’s fine.

We are continuing contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances and asking all parents to drop off and pick up outside the school gate unless it is essential to enter the grounds. If you do take your child to class you must sign the contact register that will be placed outside every classroom. 

To prepare your child/ren for a return to school on Monday it is important to please discuss the following with them:

  • Good hygiene practices which includes everyone coughing into their elbows
  • Regular handwashing and drying
  • Sanitizing hands, all children will be required to sanitize on entry and exit to classrooms
  • Respecting others space and staying outside others  breath zone – not getting to close to each other
  • No games where they touch one another at break times. As part of the return to school we will be teaching some distance games children can play
  • No sharing of food
  • Please do not bring in any balls, toys etc from home 
  • Having their own named drink bottle - school fountains are closed
  • Drop off/Pick up routines outside the school gate


Unfortunately we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our school wide production and this will now take place in 2021. A newsletter will be sent out next week outlining the focus for learning in classrooms now that there is no production as well as upcoming term 3 events and events that have been rescheduled. All inter school sports have been cancelled for the remainder of the term and our Fathers Day morning scheduled for next Friday will not be going ahead.

Next week we will also be sending home a survey regarding your experiences with distance learning. This will help inform our teaching and learning programmes if, in the future COVID-19 alert levels prevent a return to regular school attendance.

Once again thank you for your support and understanding. He waka eke noa -We are all in this together!

Kind Regards
  

Mark Keenan
Principal

Dear Parents/Caregivers

I trust you are all well. I am looking forward to being back at school and seeing all the students again. We are following the  strict Public health Requirements for schools during level 2 to keep our students and staff safe. This is the same system as when we entered into Level 2 last time to minimise the number of people we have coming onsite. Please take the time to read the information and email me if you have any questions.
 

Drop- offs:

  • Please have your child at school between 8.30-8.45am. 
  • If they can walk in from the school gates please do you goodbyes from there and send them into school. Senior leaders (Mark, Wayne and myself) will be on the gates during this time.
  • Only come onto site if absolutely necessary. If your child needs you to come into their classroom then you can come in but we ask that you are as quick as you can be. 
  • Stay with your child as they do their morning routine and then give them a hug and leave. 
  • If your child is unsettled please take them to their classroom teacher or learning assistant in the room. If they continue to be unsettled over the next few weeks please speak to your classroom teacher about how we can support your child during this time.
  • We ask that you do not stay and chat in the playground or let siblings play on the playground equipment.
  • Anytime you enter the school grounds you have to record your name, time in and out onto the contact tracking sheet outside the classroom. If you go to multiple classrooms you will have to fill out multiple sheets.
     

Pick-ups

  • In order to reduce the number of adults in the school at pick up time only junior parents will be able to come on site to collect children. Again please only come in if absolutely necessary. Ideally we would prefer you to have a meeting spot for your child outside the school gates. 
  • This can happen between 2.55-3pm. 
  • If you need to pick up your child go straight to your child's classroom (you do not need to wait for the bell) and ask for your child. 
  • The teacher will send them to you straight away. 
  • You will not be able to collect older siblings from their classrooms during this time. Under no circumstances can parents go to any other classrooms.
  • Teachers will release junior students when the bell goes at 3pm as usual and they can walk out and meet you at your designated meeting spot. Again Mark, Wayne and myself will each be on a gate if your child does need reassurance. Please let your child's classroom teacher know if you would like them released to walk to the gate at 3pm to meet you.
  • If you have an older child at our school you can also arrange for them to collect their younger sibling and take them out to meet you at a designated meeting point outside once the bell goes at 3pm. 
  • If your child is part of Kidz club, Kidz club staff will still collect them from their classrooms and take them over to Kidz club as usual.


I recommend that you have a conversation with your child about what drop offs and pick ups now look like. The more the students understand the process the smoother it will go. We thank you in advance for assisting us with these systems. I will be in contact with you over the next few weeks as guidelines change.  We appreciate that some of the rules outlined above may provide extra challenges as your child settles back into school. However, I can reassure you that myself, Team Leader Stephanie White and the classroom teacher will all be on hand to provide support. Any questions that you have please feel free to email me.
 

Kind Regards

Kate Deane

Welcome back

Dear Parents/Caregivers

It was a big relief to hear we are moving back to Alert Level 2 next week . We look forward to welcoming all our students and staff back onsite on Monday!

The two key public health control measures are to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing. This means minimising the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and secondly, ensuring we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.

As a further measure, to avoid the spread of the virus, face coverings are mandatory when using public transport from Monday 31 August at Alert Level 2 and above. Face coverings are not required at school at any alert level. Any students or teachers who wish to wear face coverings at school may do so, if they wish to do so. They are entitled to make this decision and should not be criticised for doing so.


Preparing for a return to school:

We have all the necessary hygiene practices in place. You can help prepare your child/ren by talking to them about :

  • Good hygiene practices which includes everyone coughing into their elbows
  • Regular handwashing and drying
  • Sanitizing hands, all children will be required to sanitize on entry and exit to classrooms
  • Respecting others space and staying outside others  breath zone – not getting to close to each other
  • No games where they touch one another at break times. As part of the return to school we will be teaching some distance games children can play
  • No sharing of food
  • Please do not bring in any balls, toys etc from home 
  • Having their own named drink bottle - school fountains are closed
  • Drop off/Pick up routines outside the school gate


Very importantly, please keep your child at home if they are sick, even if it is a slight sniffle, sore throat, cough or fever. We will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.


School site

Strict contact tracing protocols will also be in place throughout Alert Level 2 so that we know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and we can take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe. We need your support with this as follows:
 

  • For year 3 students and above, we request that parents and caregivers only enter the school grounds if it is absolutely necessary. Please do not walk with your child into the school grounds or enter the school grounds to collect them. Organise a place outside the school gates to collect your child after school.
  • For our junior children (Year 1 and 2) a separate email outlining drop off and pick up protocols will be sent to all parents. Again we ask that drop off and pick up is from the school gate unless absolutely necessary.
  • If you do come on site for drop off or pick up you must sign the contact register that will be located outside your child’s class.  This is essential. You must pick up and drop off as quickly as possible to limit your time on site.
  • During drop off and pick up times please do not walk through the school office
  • The QR code for the COVID tracing app is available at all entry points.
  • If you do have to come to the school during the school day the only access point to the school is through the office. Under no circumstances are parents or caregivers to go directly to classrooms. 
  • Any appointments with staff members need to be made by prior arrangement. 

Please start to prepare your child for school. Routines like going to bed at a reasonable time and getting up at the usual time for a school day are helpful. Students are to wear full school uniform. 

Thank you once more for your support and resilience in managing the demands of home, work commitments and online learning. A reminder that if you have any concerns for your child, please make contact with their teacher or our deputy principals Wayne Gillard (Year 5-8) and Kate Deane (Year 1-4).

Kind Regards
  

Mark Keenan
Principal

Dear Parents/Caregivers

I hope you are all safe and well in your bubbles. Firstly, I want to acknowledge the work you are doing as parents to support your child’s learning, many of you will also be working from home. The expectation continues to be that all students try their best, complete the work they are able to and have fun! Learning will also look different for each household depending on your situation. Please do not put pressure on yourselves when it comes to completing distance learning. It has been great to see so many house t-shirt designs on our school facebook page. 
 
Thank you to the staff members who are here at school looking after essential workers’ children. We have between 5-8 children attending every day. Thank you to all the essential workers who are doing so much for our community. 
We hope to move to Level 2 at the end of next week and we wait for the government announcement regarding this. All the latest announcements can be found here https://covid19.govt.nz/updates-and-resources/latest-updates/ 
 
A reminder that under NO circumstances should any child be sent to school unwell or without prior arrangement with the school. As a school we continue to abide by the key principles of maintaining physical distancing, strict hygiene standards and robust contact tracing protocols. If you are an essential worker who needs to send their child/ren to school next week please contact Linda Kerfoot, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please let us know as early as you can. 

We will continue to update the school community as the information comes to hand and prepare for welcoming back staff, students and parents. Take care and stay safe.

Kind Regards
  

Mark Keenan
Principal

Dear Parents/Caregivers

I hope this newsletter finds everyone safe and well. The government has announced an extension to level 3 and as a school we are well prepared. We will do our best to provide a continuity of learning and support children while at home through our distance learning programme that begins Monday. Thanks in advance for your support. All teachers will do their best to support the students and make instructions clear and not too overwhelming. The  expectation is that all students try their best, complete the work they are able to and have fun! Learning will also look different for each household depending on your situation. 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.
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Children may soon be missing their friends. Regular contact via phone or online will be important at this time. If older children are contacting each other online, as a parent, make yourself aware of the platform being used and the types of messages being sent. This will be an important part of your child’s overall well-being. 
At school, children of essential workers will be attending. In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures. No visitors are to come onsite and contact tracing protocols are in place. 
Finally, please look after yourself and one another. He waka eke noa - We are all in this together.

Kind Regards
  

Mark Keenan
Principal

Dear Parents/Caregivers

As a school we need to prepare for the possibility of the extension of level 3 next week. The key message for you is that if you can, you should keep your child at home. Only essential workers may send their children to school and you should only physically send your child to school if you need to. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home. If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home.

In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.

I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home through our distance learning programme should level 3 be extended. Children physically attending school will still be learning through our distance learning programme while supervised on-site. Please note that our before and after school programme will not be running. 

 Level 3 Guides: 

1. People must work from home unless it is not possible, with the main message remaining “stay home, save lives”. 

2. This also means that children who are able to, should remain at home and continue distance learning. 

At Maraetai Beach School: 

1. Our continued priority as a school is for the safety of our whole community - staff, students and families. 

2To ensure we are able to consistently deliver our distance learning programme, all teachers will continue to deliver distance learning for all students, no matter whether they are at school or at home. 

3. That means that any children who physically attend will continue to participate in that distance learning programme from within a designated bubble supervised by a teacher/learning support assistant. 

4. As all teachers will continue supporting the distance teaching of students working from home, an additional face to face programme will not be taking place for children physically attending. 

5. For those needing to attend, please note that health and safety measures implemented at our school will directly align to any directives we are given from both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health over the next week. 

6. Children MUST not attend if they or any member of the family is unwell. However, if they do attend, it is a regular commitment.

Please would any parents who are essential workers and sending their children to school next week if Alert level 3 is extended complete this short survey urgently, by tomorrow, Friday 14 August, 12pm. 

SURVEY LINK

Please note that if you are an essential worker you will need to try to make this decision for the duration of level 3 as it will be difficult for us to manage staffing if people are changing what they do on a daily basis. So unless your work circumstances change, we ask that you keep your children at home until the alert level changes. If your circumstances do change, we ask that you give us as much notice as you can to help us safely prepare.

Kind Regards
  

Mark Keenan
Principal