Kia ora e te Whānau

Omicron Update

During the last three weeks, we know that many families have had first-hand experience of Omicron in their homes. Many of our staff have also been directly affected; either testing positive themselves or being a household contact of a positive case. There are encouraging signs that many have recovered and we offer our genuine support to those who are currently affected by Omicron.

Please note that if your child tests positive in the coming days, weeks, months, he/she/they need to self isolate at home for 7 days. A return to school is based on your child being well, symptom-free, and having a negative RAT test. If your child is at home because he/she/they is a household contact, self-isolation is required. Again, a return to school is based on your child being well and symptom-free.

School Re-Opens for all students Monday 21 March

We look forward to welcoming all of our students back to school next week. We are ready and excited to be fully back on site and to be able to interact in person with our students. We also look forward to resuming some of the teaching and learning activities that we are unable to do online. 

  1. The School Bus will be running.
  2. The School Canteen will be open.
  3. Feed The Kids will operate on Wednesday 23 March.

Transitioning between Home and Onsite Learning

We are prepared and focused on providing learning programmes that can continue online and at home. To those families who have accessed a school-owned Chromebook, please note that your children will continue to have responsibility for those devices for the rest of Term One at least. It is essential that your child brings the school-owned device to school every day. We have no backup devices at school.

Online Learning Conversations Mon 28th, Tue 29th, and Wed 30th March

We invite you to catch up with your child’s teachers online. Given the unsettled start to the year, this is a targeted opportunity for you to talk to the teacher about your child’s welfare and learning and anything else that you may wish to discuss. You can access detailed information about these Learning Conversations on our Raglan Area School Website by clicking on the RAS Whānau Learning Conversations (LINK) portal.

Please book online at The site is open today Friday 18th March 3pm up until 9am on Monday 28th March. The Access Codes for you to make your bookings are as follows:

  • The Kura Teina (Years 0-6 English and Māori Medium) Access Code is xjtrb  
  • The Kura Tuakana (Years 7-13) Access Code is jbzmt 

Learning conversations are ONLINE and teachers will be onsite at school to enable strong internet connectivity. 

  • You will receive an email confirmation of your booking time.
  • On the day of your booking, log in to your child’s school Gmail account. Please speak with your child or contact your classroom teacher if your child is unsure of their account details. 
  • At your booked time, click on your child’s teacher’s name on the RAS Whānau Learning Conversations portal to be taken to your online meeting.

Please note that if you do wish to meet face to face with the teacher onsite, you will need to be fully vaccinated and to wear a mask. Allow extra time to park and to come into the school office to sign in before you go over to the classrooms. We appreciate your support and respect for this requirement.

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.

Whaea Louisa Barham  (Tumuaki / Principal)