TERM 3 - WEEK 6 28 Aug 2020 Kia ora koutou I wanted to give you an update on some changes taking place next week and what they mean for your children and whanau. You are probably aware the Prime Minister has announced that face coverings will be required on public transport from next Monday, at Alert Level 2 and above. Any students who are catching a public bus need to wear a mask. Any students catching our school bus do not need to wear a mask, but they can if they choose to. We have good systems in place to manage safety on school transport. Public Health officials have advised that children under the age of 6 should not wear face coverings. Children and young people do not need to wear face coverings at school. Other public health control measures are in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements. If your child doesn’t need to wear a face covering but they want to, that’s fine. Face coverings are another way we can help keep ourselves and others safe, along with good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing when out and about and staying home if we are sick. We’re continuing contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances, so please check in every time you come onsite. If you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s website has information to help you do that. We’ll also keep a visitor register for anyone who doesn’t have the app and also for anyone who comes onsite for a period of time. This will help us with contact tracing in the unlikely case it is needed. If you have any questions about face coverings or anything else, please get in touch. Sports Draws for Week 7 Basketball Draw Wednesday 2nd September Waterpolo Draw Wednesday 2nd September Badminton Draw Date: Thursday 3rd September Netball Draw Date: Saturday 29th August Year 7 Boys v St Bernards @ 4:00 pm court 2 Year 8 Boys v WIS @ 5:20 pm court 2 Year 7 Girls v Maidstone @ 6:00 pm court 4 Year 8 Girls v WIS @ 6:40pm court 4 5:20pm please be there at 5:10pm No games this week as they have a regional competition. Updated times Ferns v Taita Juniors @ 2.45pm court 5 Diamonds v St Claudines @8.30am court 5 Avalon Tennis Fest - Rm 6 and Rm 7 On Wednesday 2nd Sept we will be taking students from Rm 6 and Rm 7 to the Avalon Tennis Club and have one session with coaches. The bus will be leaving at 8:45am so these classes will need to meet in the hall at 8:40am (5 minutes before the bell goes) so we can do the roll and then go. Inter School Boys Rugby Tournament This has been cancelled due to the uncertainty around COVID-19 Levels. Our team has trained really hard over the past 3 weeks to prepare for this. They are heading off to play Wainuiomata Intermediate today though, a game they have been looking forward to for a while! Mufti Day Thank you to our students and whanau for supporting Mufti Day today. We have donated $250 to the New Zealand Cancer Foundation. Community Notice: Taita Library is excited to host a free Brainwave Trust talk about nurturing your tamariki on Friday 28th August from 6-8pm. Topics discussed will include how the brain grows and develops; why children need to feel loved; helping children handle stress and feel safe; and how experiences shape healthy development. Please register via email to LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz, in person at Taita Library, or by calling Taita Library on 04 560 1094. Nga mihi nui, Ariana Te Whetu Principal