Principal Update - Week 1, Term 3 - 2022
Kia ora koutou.
It is back to school for the 3rd term and we are looking forward to continuing our recent good record of attendance, and also getting through the latter part of the winter ensuring that we keep the spread of Covid, and all of the other winter bugs, to a minimum. Mask wearing is a good first defence against the spread of bugs, so we will support any of our students and staff who choose to wear a mask over the next four weeks. This is a very quick update with a message on mask wearing and another reminder about the staff only day coming up in September.
In response to the recent announcements made by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education in relation to Mask Wearing in schools, Lisa Charles and I have reviewed our current mask wearing policy and completed a risk assessment using last term’s attendance data. We had low levels of Covid in our school in the latter part of Term 2, and an expected increase in other seasonal illnesses over this time.
While we highly recommend mask wearing for our staff, students (Y4 and above) and parents entering Enner Glynn School, at this stage we will continue with our current approach to support whanau choice around mask wearing at school. As always we encourage whanau to make this choice by considering those who are at higher risk of Covid 19, particularly those in their own families.
We are happy to provide medical grade masks for students at a family’s (or student’s) request - just contact your child’s teacher, or instruct your child to ask for one. We will support whanau in their choice and continue to ensure rooms are well ventilated. We also will have air purification in some spaces and urge you to keep your children away if symptomatic.
Please note that we will be performing a daily risk assessment in relation to Covid, and other seasonal illness by continuing to track absences. We will inform whanau if any major issues arise and because of this, we may well require mask wearing at short notice as an immediate response to increasing Covid-19 cases.
It is also suggested that if you have returned from overseas during the break that you monitor for symptoms and follow the guidelines given to you by the authorities on your return.
We thank you all for your support with this.
Staff Only Day
This is happening on Friday the 16th of September and we have extended our school year by one day. We realise this is inconvenient for our whanau, but we will really need this day to support us to achieve a significant goal for this year. Again, we thank you for your patience with this.
Coming up in Term 3:
Week 1 - Te Ara and Manaaki Classroom visits to the Suter Gallery
Week 2 - Tu Atea Classroom visits to the Brook Sanctuary
3rd of August - BoT Nominations close (Week 2 of Term)
16th of August - Yr ⅚ Netball Tournament (week 4 of Term)
25th of August - BoT Meeting (Week 5 of Term)
6th September - Tasman Rugby Union year 5 and 6 tackle rugby tournament (Week 7)
7th September - BoT Election Day
12-14 September - National Monitoring Study at EGS (Week 8)
13th September - Board Election Results Announced
16th September - STAFF ONLY DAY
20th September - Yr 3 and 4 Hockey Tournament (Week 9)
22nd September - First meeting of our New Board.
27th September - Yr 5 and 6 Hockey Tournament (Week 10)
30th September - Term Ends at 3pm
Thanks to you all. We look forward to an exciting term full of learning and fun.