30th September 2021

Kia ora Birdwood whanau

Welcome to week 10 of term 3. This Friday is our last day of the term.  As we come to the end of term 3 we look forward to some positive news about our alert levels next week. The prime minister will be updating us on Monday about our alert levels. This has been the longest period of time we have not been at school and is even longer than the Christmas school holidays. We are all super excited to have the tamariki return to school.
 
Thank you once more to you all for the support and resilience you have again shown through Alert Level 3 and 4. Strong vigilance, good hygiene practices, coupled with the hard work our health authorities are doing to identify and support any confirmed cases and their close contacts remain important for all of us. I am hopeful we will be back at school at the beginning of term 4 to finish off what has been a very challenging year for tamariki, whanau and kaiako. 

I am hopeful that we might start Term 4 on Monday October 18 in Alert level 2 (AL2). This change in alert level status is still to be advised by the Government. When Auckland moves to Alert Level 2 the school is open for all students to return to face-to-face classroom instruction. We will update the school community on the AL2 procedures closer to the time. 

If your child has a school chrome book or IPad at home, can you please make sure they bring this back to school when they return as they are required for classroom learning. If you are unable to return the devices please call the school and we will arrange pickup 09 8338479.

SCHOOL ASSEMBLY

Please remember to join us for assembly on Friday at 10am.  We will be celebrating Tuvalu Week. Assemblies are the  highlight of our week and are always a  culmination of learning and a time to celebrate and acknowledge tamariki for their awesome work. A BIG THANK YOU to Matua Kevin for the work he puts into these assemblies. It can be a time consuming job which Matua Kevin enjoys. 

OFFICE UPGRADE

Next term you will notice builders in the school. Our office administration block will finally start. The office is now out of bounds and there is fencing erected to close this off. The office is now located in Anawhata – Debbie and Vicky are both there as well as the sick bay. Please use the door by the cloak bay to enter the new office. 

VACCINATIONS

As you know, in New Zealand we are well  underway with our largest ever vaccination campaign, and free COVID-19 vaccines are being provided for everyone who is eligible (currently ages 12 and over). At the time of this letter approximately  80%  of the population have had their first dose, and 43 percent of the population are fully vaccinated. When considering vaccination, we encourage you to make sure you have the right information about what the vaccine is, why it’s important, and what the benefits are. If you know anyone who is hesitant about getting the vaccine, there is some really great information available on the Unite Against COVID-19 and  Ministry of Health websites. Please check it out. 

We’d also remind you that the vaccine is also just one part of keeping everyone safe. We’d encourage you all to keep doing all the things you’ve already been doing – scan in everywhere you go, wash your hands often, and regularly clean and disinfect surfaces. Together, we can continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

Mental Health Awareness Week – 27 September to 3 October 

This week’s theme is ‘ Take time to korero’ – a little chat can go a long way. There are daily challenges and suggestions on how to enhance the wellbeing of you and your whanau on this site. Mental Health Awareness Week | Mental Health Awareness Week.

Enjoy the term break

Kia noho matamua ko te manaaki – let’s look after each other.

Nga mihi nui

Jenny Bernard

PRINCIPAL