We're open for all children from Monday 18 May!

It feels like the start of Term 2 here at Netherby School now we are back physically at school in level 2. It was great to see all of the children and staff. The children are most happy and pleased to be here in the class with their friends. We have about 70% of our roll here. We are anticipating most if not all children coming back tomorrow. Attached are some tips to help if needed. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you all tomorrow. Refer to our Facebook page for a notice on how to help children back to school if need be. Regards, Phil Wheeler, Principal.

Returning to school Monday 18 May 2020

Dear parents and caregivers.

I hope this email finds you all well.

You all would have likely heard the Prime Minister's announcement that school will be open from Monday 18 May under Level 2 restrictions.

We are really looking forward to having all children back at school from this day.  The information we have received from the Ministry of Health and Education is that school is a very safe place for children to be.  With that said, you can rest assured that we are opening and adhering to all of the guidelines to ensure we operate with health and safety in mind at all times in Level 2 for children, staff and community.

There's a few things I need you to be aware of moving forward in relationship to Level 2 Health and Safety.  

Fist, please do not come into the school grounds unless you absolutely need to.  If you do come into the school grounds you must first report to the office.  We encourage you to ring first.  If you do need to come into the office, please exercise the 2 metre distancing rules meaning you may have to queue on the ramp outside.  Also, Mrs Duffell will need to record you in a contact/trace list.  Naturally, we will accept people in the office for new enrolments and emergencies.  

At the end of the day wait for your child in the car or outside the gate and again exercise the 2 metre social distancing rule if the people around you are not from your social or family group or is someone you do not know.

Children are not allowed to share food or drinks.  We are obliged to provide a means for children to drink and fill their drink bottles, meaning we will open the drinking fountains and clean them daily.   But my advice is to ensure your child has a full drink bottle that is big enough for them each day so they do not need to fill bottles up or drink from the water fountain.  We will also as a staff talk about safe water fountain drinking habits incase. 

Breakfast Club will operate from Tuesday 19 May. 

We will reinstate kapa haka, pasifika, buddy reading, discovery learning from Tuesday 2 June, all going well. 

If your child is sick they must stay home. If they present unwell at school, we will call you and move them to the sick bay. We can bring your child to the gate if you call us from the car.  Please keep your child home and get your GPs advice before retuning them to school. 

If you child is immunocompromised and you feel they should stay home I would advise you to talk to your doctor first as we have had a few examples now where staff and children have seen their doctors resulting in the risk being really quite insignificant.  This has resulted in staff and children being confident to return to school knowing they are in fact really quite safe here.

As usual, if there are any concerns or questions, feel free to email me princiaplnetherby@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing all of the children on Monday 18 May.

Kind regards
Phil Wheeler
Ashburton Netherby School
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(03)308 5799
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Tip For Parents

Give your child every opportunity to read to you daily. Ten minutes of reading five times a week = 50 minutes of reading time a week.

If you did this for a minimum of 35 weeks a year we have your child engaging in text for 29 hours extra every year! That 29 hours helps your child read better because they do more miles, are exposed to many words, and importantly are exposed to many ideas through the text.

It is a win - win for all concerned!

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