Kia ora koutou
As always, the Ministry updates schools regarding matters of national importance and my endeavour is to always keep you posted about those things; this newsletter does that.
I invite you parents and whānau to join us at Twilight Athletics on February 26, which is compulsory for your daughters. If you also have sons at Rathkeale it could be a long day -but an enjoyable one. We shifted to the Twilight event to give you the chance to join us but also, so we did not have events clashes making it impossible for you to get between the two schools.
St Matthew’s Equestrian Results
I am going to quote verbatim Charlotte McIntosh because they are an accurate representation of Monday 15th’s St Matthew’s Day: “What a day! How lucky we were to have been able to hold the event, especially since the organising has been happening since last year.”
Individual results as follows:
Table C Class
• 80cm - 1st Emily McMaster. 4th Emma Kitchingman. 7th Poppy Tatham
• 90cm- 9th Zahara Winyard
• 1M - 6th Sophia Williams
• 80cm- 1st Emma Kitchingman
• 90cm - 1st Beth Pallister. 7th Harriette Klingender. 10th Emma Kitchingman.
• 1M- 7th Sophia Williams . 9th Laura White
Power and Speed Class
• 80cm 2nd Emily McMaster. 4th Poppy Tatham.
• 90cm. 1st Blandine McIntosh. 6th Emma Kitchingman. 9th Madeleine Kennedy
• 1M 3rd Sophia Williams, 6th Sophia Williams. 9th Laura White.
• 6th place SMS white team. Emma Kitchingman, Blandine McIntosh, Harriette Klingender, Sophia Williams
• 4th SMS Gold Beth Pallister, Emma Kitchingman, Pia White, Sophia Williams.
Following the recent cases in Papatoetoe, the decision was made by Cabinet to require face coverings to be worn on public transport across New Zealand at Alert Level 1. This means that face coverings will be required on public transport at all alert levels. There is no change to the application of face coverings for schools.
Cabinet will review the decision on face coverings for public transport and our alert levels on Monday 22 February.
At Alert Level 1, as with Alert Level 2, face coverings must therefore be worn:
• on all public transport, including on long-distance bus and train journeys and most ferries
• on domestic flights throughout New Zealand
• by taxi and ride-share drivers — while it is not compulsory for passengers to wear them, they are strongly encouraged to.
Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport. But they must be worn on all public transport, including by any school children aged 12 and over.
At any alert level, children, young people or teachers and other staff who want to wear face coverings at schools or early learning services may do so. They are entitled to make this decision and should not be criticised for doing so.
Public Health advice is that children under six should not wear face coverings in any setting.
There are also general exemptions for users of public transport, including for people where, for medical and health reasons, a face covering would not be appropriate, and small passenger vehicles such as taxis and Ubers (the drivers will be required to wear a mask).
Have a safe weekend.
Around School this Week
Our Chinese students celebrated Chinese New Year by cooking a special feast themselves and shared with other students from Japan and Thailand.
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New year is China’s most important festival. It is time for families to be together and a week of official public holidays.
The students styed in various parts of NZ during the last summer holidays because of NZ boarders are closed for the students. If they went back, they would not be able to return to resume their studies. In an occasion like this, I have no doubt that they are thinking of their families and feeling homesick.
Despite this, they are working hard to complete this year’s study and are looking forward to be able to go home at the end of the year.