Kia ora e te whānau
We hope that you have had an enjoyable Easter celebration with whānau and friends and very much look forward to welcoming our students back on site on Monday 2nd May. We hope for as little disruption to learning as possible but are prepared to respond as needed if Omicron begins to impact again.
Whaingaroa / Raglan ANZAC Service
Monday 25 April was a beautiful sunny day and many local community members took the opportunity to get out and attend the outdoors local ANZAC service. It was lovely to be able to meet and greet one another without the restrictions that Covid-19 has imposed on us all. Raglan Area School was well represented with our Head Students (Sophie Higgins, Jordan Mooar, Cassidy Hanna and Jarvis Camenzind-Clarke) in attendance at the parade. Sophie and Jarvis presented speeches that were very well received by all who were present at the service.
School Closure Dates Term 2 – please note in your diaries
- Wednesday 18 May – MOE Teacher Only Accord Day
- Monday 6 June – Queens Birthday Public Holiday
- Friday 24 June – Matariki Public Holiday
Covid-19 Traffic Light ORANGE – What does this mean?
You’ll be aware that Minister of Education Chris Hipkins announced the move to Orange at the end of Term One. The decision to move to Orange was made on public health advice and I wanted to give you an update on what the move to Orange means for our school.
At Orange, face masks are no longer required at school. However public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.
We also ask that your child (if they are Year 5+) continue to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask, too – for example, when we are having an assembly in the hall. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks are worn in classrooms for a time.
At Orange, students aged 12 and above are still required to wear a face mask at school or on public transport.
We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if we are sick.
We are looking forward to a few fewer restrictions and returning to school life that is a bit closer to normal.
As always, please feel free to make contact by phoning the school office 07 8258140 if you have any queries.
Stay well. Stay safe. Stay connected.
Ngā mihi. Whaea Louisa Barham (Tumuaki / Principal)