Glendene School and community Empowers children with Confidence, Knowledge and Opportunities (GECKO)
15 November 2021.
Kia ora whānau,
I hope this email finds you all well. Thank you for working with us and your patience as we prepare to reopen our kura/school. Please note that school will not be as it was before the Lockdown.
On Wednesday 17th November Glendene School will be open again for students. We acknowledge that while COVID-19 is in our community there may be some anxiety. We understand that you will make decisions about tamariki returning to school based on your own circumstances. We support your decision to do what is right for you and your whānau in the 22 school days we have remaining.
In order to keep everyone as safe as we can Glendene School will be doing the following:
Having no more than 20 children in bubble classes. This means students who are normally in Room 5 and 6 maybe in a separate bubble class in the library
Opening all doors and windows in classes, and turning on wall fans to maximise ventilation
Having staggered break times outside
Restricting indoor movement of both students and staff
Staff on site are vaccinated
Only essential visitors will be on site - they also need to prove vaccination status
Mask wearing for staff and Pohutukawa students (Rooms 5-8) inside classrooms
Sanitiser and soap will be in every class
Proactively encouraging hygiene routines and safe health practices- washing hands on entry to classrooms, before eating, after playing, wiping surfaces, staying in bubbles, keeping safe distance
Drinking fountains will be closed
Monitoring any signs of sickness - anyone on site who is sick will be immediately sent home
Eat My Lunch will be providing school lunches as usual
In preparation for a return to school we ask that parents/caregivers:
Wear a mask and maintain a safe distance from other whānau, staff and students when dropping off and picking up tamaiti/children
8.30 am drop off and 3.00pm pick up
Only come onto school grounds by making an appointment via email, text or phone call through Cecilia in the office
Keep students home if there is ANY sign of illness in your household
For students returning to school:
Go straight to your classroom in the morning
Stay safely distanced from your friends
Wash your hands often - we will remind you often.
Follow school rules (the Gecko Way) to keep safe or you will be sent home
Bring a drink bottle every day
Bring a hat - it is hot
Remember sunscreen - we will be outside a lot. There is sunblock in each class but it is a good idea for you to do this yourself before you come to school.
Years 4-6 students it is compulsory to wear a mask inside. We will have masks at school but bringing your own is preferred. Year 3s in Rooms 7 and 8 please wear masks too
For those not returning to school we will be:
sending work home
sending all artwork and books home in the last few weeks of school
sending information about next year's classes and a short report form
End of year events:
Our end of year events where we celebrate together will not be happening as usual. We will still be exploring ways to celebrate.
For all enquiries regarding this newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact us by
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (09)8388603, Text: 02108475283.
Glendene school and its community
Empowers children with
Tō tātou pai rawa i ngā wa katoa
Our Best Always
Kia Ora, talofa Lava, fakalofa lahi atu, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, kia orana, namaste, marhaban, assalam-alaykum, nei hou,
and welcome to our Glendene School Website.
Our team are ready to work with your tamariki and whānau to make your child's time at school happy and successful.
Our school vision is together, Glendene School and its community will empower our children with knowledge, confidence and opportunities to achieve our best always.
We strive to give Glendene School students many rich learning experiences during their time at Glendene School and your assistance would be warmly welcomed. If you have skills and talents you want to share with the children or to enrich our school, please contact us.
We begin every year by learning about each other and our place - Ko Wai Au/Ko Wai Mātou. In the second term we will learn more about our school values:
Look after yourself
Look after others
Look after our place
We encourage you to come in and get to know us and what we do. In 2021 our learning from term 3 onwards will be about Ahi/Fire and it's effect on our ancestors, living things and the future.
We have learning meetings with students, teachers and parents twice a year and we report on student progress and achievement in writing at the end of the year, with a short report at mid-year. We also have learning celebration (whakanui/fiafia days) during the year where you can come in and see your children's learning.
Please note there will be NO school fees in 2021.
We trust that your involvement with Glendene School will be an enjoyable one and we welcome you to the Glendene School whanau/aiga/family.
Nga mihi nui,