5 March 2020
If your child is going to be absent from school can you please:
- Contact the school office - leave a message on the school answerphone if office is unattended; or
- Lodge an absence through the Skoo Loop app; or
- Email your child's teacher and copy in the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Playground .... Your Thoughts
As we continue to develop and redevelop areas of Anderson's Bay School, we would like to draw your attention to our Adventure Playground. This is an area of the school that our children use all the time, with a great deal of enjoyment. We are, however, conscious that it is nearing an age and stage for upgrade. Please take the time to complete the very short survey below to share your thoughts, through three questions. Your thoughts, along with the children's and staff will be collated to build a picture of what we do next.
Early Birds is up and running for 2020. Mr Hinds and Mrs Ross will be in the Te Paihere/MLE from 8am to 8:30am Monday to Friday. Each session costs $4.00 per child. Children must not be dropped off to Early Birds before 8am.
Can you please ensure that NO cash is brought along by children to Early Birds. Payments must be made either:
- Internet Banking - Account No. 12-3150-0048281-00- please use your child's name and Early Birds as a reference
- Eftpos - at the school office
- Cash put into an envelope with child/ren's name and Early Birds written on it and posted in the box in the school office.
Bicycles, scooters and other wheels at school
Recently we have noticed a number of younger children bringing bikes to school. At Anderson's Bay School only children in Year 6 are permitted to bring their bikes to school. Please see the outline of the school procedures below with some helpful information about the rules around bikes and scooters.
Besides walking, active transport to and from school includes bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades. Students must wear suitable footwear, a Standards-approved helmet, and any necessary safety gear.
- Students using scooters, skateboards, or skates must be considerate, give way to other pedestrians and be aware ofsneaky driveways.
- Students may not use wheels in the school grounds during school hours, unless it is an organised school event.
- Students must place their cycles in the cycle stands.
- Cyclists are expected to observe the road rules – hand signals, looking behind, mounting/dismounting, keeping well left, etc. Cyclists may not "double" other students to school.
- Each cyclist must wear a Standards-approved cycle safety helmet and have a roadworthy bicycle.
- At Anderson's Bay School, only year 6 students are permitted to ride their bike unaccompanied.
The police recommend that no child under the age of ten should cycle to school unless accompanied by an adult.
We are asking for donations of unused scooters and helmets. These must be safe for use. This will allow Friday Wheels Days to be as inclusive as possible. Please bring any donations to the school office.
Rata Reading Tutors Programme:
We are asking for any volunteers from our school community who have a regular hour a week that they can commit to, to come in to school and listen to children learning to read. You will receive some training.
Please e-mail Agnes Oliver email@example.com if you can help.
You may have seen that the World Health Organisation has now declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. As noted by the Minister of Health, this doesn’t change what New Zealand is doing to respond to coronavirus.
The Ministry of Health has been working through its pandemic plan since January. You will also know the Government has already implemented a range of measures to minimise the impacts to New Zealand. This includes border restrictions, a requirement to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand from China, Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea and immediate and detailed contact tracing of any confirmed cases. It is important to note those four countries account for more than 90% of cases globally and China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining numbers of new cases.
We have 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand and it is pleasing to know they are all doing well and are at home. Their children, four students at Auckland schools, continue to be well and show no symptoms. While we expect that more cases will arise, the Ministry of Health says that with continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low in New Zealand. We all have a role to play in this.
For our school, our pandemic plan is also ready to be implemented if needed. In the mean time we will continue to focus on good hygiene practices. Hand washing and good cough etiquette are very important tools in preventing the spread of illness including colds, flu and COVID-19.
With that, there is a good video clip from Nanogirl that will help your children to better understand the virus - YouTube clip - Nanogirl
You may have also seen the Prime Minister sat down with Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard, to talk about coronavirus:
One other action we can all take is to be vigilant about our own health and the health of our children. I will be encouraging my staff to stay away from school if they are showing signs of illness such as coughs and colds. I ask that you please do the same with your children. Colds and flus are common in schools and by staying away, seeking medical attention and practicing good hygiene, we can all keep any spread of illness to a minimum.
Healthy Children Leads to a Healthy School
Coughs and colds are common for children and adults throughout the year, but particularly during the winter months. Children starting at school for the first time will be exposed to new bugs or germs and may develop frequent illness or colds for the first year. These are often also passed onto other family members.
As these minor illnesses can make school activities difficult for children, they should:
- Be kept at home
- Given rest and quiet activities
- Have plenty of drinks and fluids
- Given Paracetamol, as per instructions, to relieve aches and pains
- Seen by a doctor if their symptoms do not improve or they get worse.
Did you know that viruses travel about 6 meters when you sneeze, and 3 meters when you cough. These days, as one way of preventing the spread of viruses we are teaching children to cough and sneeze into their elbows. This is a good practice to get into.
The Anderson's Bay School Policies and Procedures outline that children are required to be away from school for 48 hours following their last incidence of vomiting or diarrhea. If your child has been unwell, it would be greatly appreciated if you could keep to these guidelines, assisting us to keep the spread of germs and bugs to a minimum.
Anderson's Bay School Polices and Procedures - Community Conduct
Anderson's Bay School
Community Conduct Expectations
Anderson's Bay School is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students, staff, and visitors.
Our Code of Conduct serves as a reminder to all parents, caregivers, and school visitors that their conduct must support everyone’s emotional and physical wellbeing, and not harm it in any way. The school’s board has set this Code of Conduct as a condition of entry.
The Code of Conduct applies:
- to all conduct, speech, and action, and includes emails, texts, phone calls, social media, or other communication
- while on school grounds or at another venue where students and/or staff are assembled for school purposes (such as a camp or sports match).
Standards of conduct
Anderson's Bay School expects parents, caregivers, and visitors to:
- treat everyone with respect
- work together in partnership with staff for the benefit of students
- respect and adhere to our school values
- set a good example for students at all times
- follow school procedures to handle any complaints
- adhere to school policies and procedures (such as those listed below), and any legal requirements.
Examples of unsuitable conduct include:
- threats, bullying, harassment
- profanity/offensive language
- insulting, abusing, or intimidating behaviour
- discrimination (e.g. based on ethnicity, religion)
- physical aggression
- deception/fraud damaging school property
- smoking, possessing or using alcohol/drugs/other harmful substances on school premises or at another venue where students and/or staff are assembled for school purposes (except possession or use of alcohol in accordance with school policy)
- placing unreasonable and excessive expectations on staff time or resources
- pursuing a complaint or campaign, or making defamatory, offensive, or derogatory comments, regarding the school, its board, or any staff or students on social media or other public forums
- wearing gang insignia on the school grounds. (This is not allowed under the Prohibition of Gang Insignia legislation, and anyone wearing it will be asked to leave.)
Dealing with breaches of the Code of Conduct
How Anderson's Bay School deals with breaches of our Code of Conduct depends on the nature of the incident and its seriousness, and the process any witness or victim of the behaviour feels most comfortable with. Examples include:
- documenting each instance of behaviour, including the date, time, place, who was present, what was said (verbatim if possible), how any witness or victim felt and/or responded
- holding a meeting with the relevant person, the principal, and/or board chair (or their delegate) or appropriate staff member to discuss the problem and possible resolution issuing a warning letter that outlines the problem and required resolution, and reminds them of the possible outcomes of repeated conduct
- arranging a meeting, which may include restorative practices, as an alternative or in addition to the processes above.
Outcomes of breaching the Code of Conduct
If a parent, caregiver, or visitor acts or speaks in a way that contravenes the Code of Conduct, possible outcomes may include:
- The school (principal, board member, or staff member) may ask a person to leave the school premises by revoking their permission to be on the school grounds, then asking them to leave under section 3 of the Trespass Act 1980.
- Unacceptable behaviour of a criminal nature may result in the police being informed. For example, under section 139C of the Education Act 1989, it is a criminal offence to assault, abuse, or intimidate a staff member within the presence or hearing of any student while on school premises or in any other place where students are assembled for school purposes. Other instances of criminal o ending may occur where drugs are involved, an assault has occurred, or a person persists after being trespassed o school grounds.
- In the case of behaviour amounting to harassment, a restraining order may be sought.
- In some instances, it may be appropriate to refer behaviour to a third party for resolution. For example, a Facebook comment that contravenes this policy may result in a report to Facebook. If unacceptable behaviour occurs at a sports event or sports venue, then it may be appropriate to involve the governing body of that sport, event, or venue.
Stopping and Parking Near a School
Dunedin Technical Football Club, the home of Football out South is open for registrations for the 2020 season.
Whether your budding footballer is aiming to be to be the next All White, or just wants to have a kick around with their friends, Dunedin Technical can accommodate.
We offer a fun friendly club environment where we focus on developing their football capabilities, at whatever level they desire, with places for under 5’s to Youth, and a dedicated girls only program, we can accommodate all grades and players of all capabilities.
Celebrating 100 years of football this year, Tech is looking to build on the massive success of last season, and invite you to be part of it.
Registration information can be found on our Facebook page, “Dunedin Technical AFC Junior Football”, or for any questions please contact DunTechJuniors@gmail.com and we will be pleased the help.
Denise Henderson Studio of
Tap, Jazz and Musical Theatre
Training champions since 1982.
Tap Dancing and NZAMD Jazz
Fun classes for children aged 7-10 years – Saturday mornings.
We specialise in small classes.
Call Denise on 021 296 1924
All musical theatre classes are now full.
Check out our website www.denisehenderson.co.nz
TennisPlus+ Coaching is running FREE 1/2 Court tennis coaching again towards the end of term 1.
It would be greatly appreciated if you would include the following information in your next school newsletter and /or Facebook page:
TennisPlus+ Coaching (based at the Edgar Centre) is running FREE 1/2 Court tennis coaching sessions to see if your child would like to enroll for term 2 2020 coaching which will be heavily subsidized ($40 instead of $80 for 8 x 35 minute sessions during term 2).
TERM 2 2020 1/2 COURT COACHING DETAILS:
Coaching Cost: $40 for 8 x 35 minute sessions - 1 session per week for 8 weeks (Normally $80 so a 50% discount)
Venue: Edgar Centre
Age Range: 5 to 10 years of age
Days: Tuesday and Thursday (Will add other days if needed)
Time Options: 3.45pm - 4.20pm or 4.25pm - 5.00pm
Edgar Centre door charge: $2.50 per session
Player/Coach Ratio: 4 to 1 maximum - sometimes will have 2 coaches on court with 4 players
FREE COACHING ENROLMENT OPTIONS:
Please choose one day/time option ONLY for the Free Coaching!
Please include in your email your child's name, date of birth, school, cell phone and parent/caregiver name
Private Message above details. You can also check our Facebook page if you don't know what 1/2 court is.
Cell Phone: 0274366166 Send a text with above details
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
TennisPlus+ Coaching Head Coach
"MusiqHub would like to invite students to come and try a lesson for free!
If you are interested in joining after-school music lessons on a Thursday, please contact Joel to book your free trial lesson. Spaces are limited.