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Principal Update - Week 2, Term 3 - 2022

Kia ora koutou.

It has finally stopped raining! With the current levels of saturation, it will be nice to have some sun to dry things out a bit and allow us to get outdoors a bit more!

This fortnight's message has a reminder about mask wearing and our current situation, returning our precious reading books, our staff only day in September, policy review, and upcoming dates.

Mask wearing

As mentioned last week, we are undertaking a daily risk assessment with regards to COVID in our school to inform our response to mask wearing in the school. At this stage our assessment still shows very low levels of COVID in the school, and only a few cases of other coughs and colds. We have not had any concerning levels of seasonal influenza reported to us at this stage. Because of this we will continue to encourage families to make their own choices about mask wearing. 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 will support whanau in their choice.

I will remind you however, if our daily risk assessment results in significant change, we may well require mask wearing at short notice as an immediate response to increasing COVID cases.

Returning Reading Books

We are ‘losing’ a lot of reading books being sent home to support student learning. These readers are quite expensive and very specialised to help students learn to read at an appropriate level. At the moment we are having to replace a lot of these and we ask all of our families to please have a hunt around and make sure that any ‘lost’ books are returned to us.

Policy Review Term 3

This Term we are reviewing Student Well-Being and Safety and Staff Well-Being and Safety. A reminder that our policy can be found by going to the policy page on our school website. The review page can be found on the home page of our policy site. I will include an overview of our concerns and complaints as a reminder (click here). Please refer to this if you wish to raise a concern with someone here (please never raise a concern directly with a student!).

Staff Only Day

Just another reminder that on Friday the 16th of September we will have a Staff Only Day to attempt to finalise a new reporting system for our whanau. We will try our very best to get this ready for the end of the year, but we cannot promise this due to the number of disruptions we have faced over the year to date (and it is a HUGE job). We realise that staff only days are inconvenient for our whanau, and we thank you for your patience with this.


I will continue to include some of our upcoming events…

Coming up in Term 3:

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.


Isaac Day


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