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CD Newsletter May 28 2020

Newsletter 28th May 2020

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Kia ora, Hello, Talofa, Mālō e lelei, Bula, Hola, Fakaalofa atu, As Salam Alaykom, こんにちは, Hallo, Hoy, હ લ ો, Hē leu, Mauri, न म त, Ola , Chum reap suor, Kumusta, Nihao, Xin chào.

Kia ora koutou te whānau

Welcome Back Team

I am very happy to inform the community that since we reopened on Monday 18th May we as of today have over 85% of the Chapel Downs student population back at school. I would like to sincerely thank our community for helping to get your children back to school and into familiar school routines, once again. There is a really positive atmosphere around the learning environments as the students and teachers have reconnected again in person and got straight into fun and creative learning activities. All the students have enjoyed seeing their friends again as they have traded lockdown stories and experiences.

Wellbeing and Student Support

The Ministry of Education is playing an essential role in supporting schools to ensure the wellbeing of our students remains our number one priority. The teachers are taking the time to connect and listen, to ensure genuine and authentic engagement, and to build rapport again with their students. This process of whakawhānaungātanga plays an important part in ensuring the students once again feel comfortable at school and are provided opportunities to talk about their experiences over the last 2 months. Recently a wellbeing webinar hosted by Stuart McNaughton spoke about the importance of having reflective conversations at home to help reassure and build resilience. The questions below are a good way to get the conversation started around the dinner table.

  • What did you learn about yourself during your time away from school?
  • What did you learn about your whanau that makes you feel proud?
  • Identify things that your whanau did during lockdown to help look after each other
  • What am I grateful for?
  • Who am I grateful for?
  • What are my goals for the coming year?
A13 have been making these bird kites

Staffing

This month we have sadly farwelled Mrs Hannake Louw who has resigned due to ongoing health concerns. We wish Mrs Louw all the best and we certainly miss her positive friendly face around the school.

This term Mrs Kleinedeters moves to A10 and we welcome Miss Handisides who has joined the team and will teach A3. Due to roll growth Mrs Want will open a new class in A0.

Queens Birthday 1st June

Just a reminder school is closed on Monday 1st June for Queens Birthday Public Holiday. Have a wonderful long weekend.

Parent Teacher Interviews

On Thursday 2nd July Parent /Teacher Interviews will be held in our School Hall, Library and Staffroom to ensure physical distancing under Alert Level 2. This is the time when you and your child meet with their class teacher and receive their mid year report. Please note this is a new date for Parent Teacher Interviews.

Enrollments

If your child is turning 5 in the next 12 months (born in 2016) please ensure you enrol them as soon as possible. With the roll steadily growing at Chapel Downs this will enable us to keep a track of how many New Entrants we can expect in the future. Enrollment packs are available at the office. Our term two New Parent Information Morning will be held at 9.15am on Thursday 18th June.

Camp Adair Parent Information Evening

In Term 3, from the 16th to 18th of September 2020 all Year 6 students will have the opportunity to attend our Year 6 camp. The students will travel to Camp Adair in the Hunua Ranges and stay at the lodge for two nights and experience three days of outdoor adventure.

On Thursday 4 June at 7pm we are holding a camp information meeting in the school hall. To assist with physical distancing requirements, we ask that only one adult and child from each Y6 family attend this meeting.

There will be a short presentation at the meeting outlining the following:

  • Camp activities
  • Camp transport
  • Camp Costs
  • Camp location and facilities
  • Catering
  • Covid-19 Health & Safety
  • Camp Parent helpers

Following the presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions. This camp is an important part of the Year 6 programme and the camp team is committed to working hard to ensure every student has the opportunity to attend this wonderful outdoor education experience.

Ngā mihi nui

Tumuaki - Principal

Important Dates

  • JUNE 1 - QUEENS BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY
  • JUNE 4 - Y6 CAMP PARENT MEETING 7PM SCHOOL HALL
  • JUNE 18 - NEW PARENTS MEETING 9.15AM
  • JULY 2 - PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS 2PM-8PM
  • JULY 3 - LAST DAY TERM 2
  • JULY 20 - TERM 3 STARTS
ACHIEVING TOGETHER