Chapel Downs Newsletter September 4 2020

Newsletter 4 September 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.

Tena koutou katoa Chapel Downs whanau!

Its great to be back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much to our staff, our parents/caregivers and our students who did everything to maximise learning opportunities at home over the past few weeks. There are several restrictions with ‘home learning’ programmes but in the circumstances we all worked together to make it as successful as possible.

Just a reminder under Alert Level 2, we strongly encourage all students to attend school. We advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick.

Physical distancing is a good precaution to help prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important. This includes coughing into their elbows, handwashing and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

Key messages

-Parents/Caregivers can drop children at school from 8.30am

-We ask that only staff and students are to enter the classrooms

-Your child will need to bring a drink bottle of water and food for morning tea and lunch

-There will not be any whole school assemblies

-All students and staff will follow safe distancing guidelines. Under Alert Level 2 this is maintaining a physical distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other.

-We will be giving the classrooms and toilets a thorough clean each day

-For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the Covid19 website: https://covid19.govt.nz

If you have any questions or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me through the school office 09 274 8002.

Thank you once again to staff, parents/caregivers and students for your support!

The team distributing Home Learning Packs in Alert Level 3
Amazing Alert Level 3 Home Learning


If your child is turning 5 in the next 12 months (born in 2016/2017) 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 three New Parent Information Morning will be held at 9.15am on Thursday 10th SEPTEMBER.

Whole School Mufti Day

To celebrate our return to school we are holding a whole school mufti day on Wednesday 9th September

Go Kowhai- Friday's Kowhai Mufti Day

Y6 Camp

It is with much regret that I am letting you know our Year 6 Camp will no longer be proceeding this term. The rapidly changing situation with the coronavirus has made us rethink our school camp and we have decided along with our Board of Trustees it would be best for the health and safety of our students, staff and families to no longer proceed. If you have already paid some or all of the camp fee please click on the link below and fill in all the information and submit the form for your refund to be processed. This will be refunded to you via internet banking. If you have already done this or sent back the return slip, you don't need to do it again.


2021 Term Dates

  • Term One - 2nd February- 16 April
  • Term Two - 3 May - 9 July
  • Term Three - 26 July - 1 October
  • Term Four - 18 October - 14 December

2021 NZ Holidays Observed

  • 1st Feb - Auckland Anniversary Day
  • 8th Feb - Waitangi Day
  • 2nd April - Good Friday
  • 5th April - Easter Monday
  • 6th April - Easter Tuesday
  • 7th June - Queen's Birthday
  • 25th October - Labour Day


School is back – please remember to drive at a safe speed around our school. This makes it safer for everyone, and students love to be able to walk to school. Let’s all take the time to be kind to one another, walking to school if we can, and driving safely around schools. Please do not park on the yellow lines.

Ngā mihi nui

Tumuaki - Principal

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