5th Feb 2021 newsletter
School Term Dates 2021
Term 1 - Monday Feb 1st 8.55am - Friday 16th April 2pm
Term 2 - Monday May 3rd 8.55am - Friday 9th July 2pm
Term 3 - Monday July 26th 8.55am - Friday October 1st 2pm
Term 4 - Monday October 18th 8.55am - Friday 10th December 2pm
For more important dates please check our Parent School Calendar
Stationery Lists 2021
Stationery lists will be available online from OfficeMax from Monday 7th December 2020 and from Warehouse Stationery Porirua from January 2021.
4 December 2020
For this year's final newsletter please click here
If you would like to support our school, please consider donating a book for our school library. For more information please click here
23 October 2020
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Thursday 28th May 2020
Rheumatic fever is a deadly disease with 92% of all cases affecting Pacific and Maori children. It starts with a sore throat and can lead to heart surgery, and is more prevalent in the colder winter months. Rheumatic fever is a painful illness that is preventable, so take note of the key prevention message: Get your child’s sore throat checked now.
SUNDAY 17th May 2020
Kia ora e te whānau,
ALERT LEVEL 2 - RANGIKURA SCHOOL REOPENING INFORMATION
Team Rangikura are currently preparing for re-opening of our school on Monday 18 May under Alert Level 2. We want to reassure our whānau and community that our kura will be safe for all our children and staff to return.
We have put together health and safety measures to ensure our school is safe. The core principle of Rangikura's Health and Safety Plan is to protect the health and safety of all our staff, children, whānau, and any visitors who come into our school.
The three key underlying principles for Alert Level 2 are to:
▪ minimise the risk that someone gets infected
▪ ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in the school is infected
▪ understand that Alert Level 2 is not Business as Usual
Safe and manageable practices for hygiene and contact tracing will be the norm, and all staff and children will be able to return, so long as they remain well. Following are the standard hygiene measures outlined by the Government:
▪ If your child is unwell they must stay home.
▪ Hand hygiene – washing hands regularly with soap and water and drying well, or using hand sanitiser.
▪ Coughing or sneezing into tissues or your elbow.
▪ Physical distancing measures will be maintained to best ensure there is no breathing on or touching each other.
▪ A Contact Tracing Register has been set up. All visitors that come into Rangikura must complete the Contact Tracing Register in the office (signs are placed at each entrance point to the school to remind of this).
This is an outline of what our school will do to ensure our children and staff are safe:
▪ Prior to Monday 18 May all areas of the school will have had a deep clean.
▪ Hand sanitisers will be in every classroom. Our rule of thumb is to sanitise/wash hands before entering the classroom and sanitise/wash hands upon exiting the classroom - this includes at all break times.
▪ Cleaning products & tissues are available in all classrooms for children and staff.
▪ Daily cleaning by contracted cleaners, including disinfecting and cleaning of classroom desk/table tops and other flat high touch surfaces.
▪ All toilet areas will be stocked with soap and paper towels and/or roller towels.
▪ Appropriate signage will be displayed around the school re hygiene protocols and healthy hand washing practices.
▪ Physical Education classes and break time activities can include access to sports equipment including playgrounds but hygiene practice will be observed after using equipment.
▪ The field and courts will be open during break times however there will be no contact sports.
▪ All children are required to bring a water bottle each day (water fountains will remain switched off until further notice). Designated areas for refill will be available.
▪ Children will be expected to bring their school device back to school.
School will resume on Monday 18 May at 8:55am. Please note there is no Year 7 & 8 Technicraft (resumes following week). All children need to enter school along the RESPECT pathway by the Playground or via the field entrance. Two hand sanitizer stations will be setup for children to use as they enter the school. We ask that parents only enter the school if absolutely necessary. All parents and visitors must come past the school office before proceeding through the school and sign the Contact Tracing Register.
Our staff are beginning preparations for next week by getting their classroom prepared and organised as well as catching up on any outstanding work. Therefore, we are advising children and parents that all staff will not be doing any form of online teaching/distance learning tomorrow (Friday).
As always we will provide support for your child’s health and wellbeing. We understand this will be a big transition for many children and our aim is to ease into routines gently and with care. If you have any concerns about your child returning please do not hesitate to contact our Principal Eddie Uluilelata.
We are all incredibly excited to have our kids back onsite and want to thank you all for your amazing support of our distance learning programmes over the past 5 weeks. Outstanding efforts by all - he waka eke noa!
Ngā mihi nui
With aroha & kindness,
JUST ONE FAMILY TO GO RANGIKURA WHANAU! 24 Apr 2020 11am
JUST 8 FAMILIES TO GO RANGIKURA WHANAU! 23 April 2020 8pm
These people may not be online. Can you please do us a favour and message around friends and family you know attend Rangikura to ensure they have all checked in? Well done everyone so far.
URGENT RESPONSE NEEDED! 23 April 2020 9am
Rangikura whanau we need you to let us know whether or not your children are returning to school NEXT WED! Please fill in the survey form adding your children's names, you can also email or PM me so the team doesn't have to waste time chasing you up. STILL WAITING ON 66 FAMILIES!!! We need to hear from you whether or not your children are coming.
Those who have thank you very much, can you please ring around families and friends to give them this message?
Only if you are an essential or safe worker and you cannot find or organise other supervision, should your children be returning under Alert Level 3. However if you have not registered them through this process, entry will be declined until you have done so.
PRINCIPAL UPDATE #3 - URGENT ACTION REQUIRED BY THURS 23rd APRIL.
Covid-19 return to the new Alert Level 3: 27th April 2020.
Kia ora Whānau,
Thank you for doing everything you can to ensure you, your families and others are safe and well during the level 4 lockdown. I know it has not been easy and many of you have made huge sacrifices to protect all.
In order for us to plan effectively for Level 3 please complete the survey form below. We need to know who is eligible to attend school so that we can determine staff levels and bubbles.
The New Zealand Government has announced yesterday that Level 3 will see schools (Year 1 to 10) opening for Essential and Health & safe workers.
It is important to stress that children should learn at home if possible. The Level 3 guidelines in relation to schools state:
1. Physical distancing of 2 metres outside – 1 metre inside.
2. People must stay within their immediate household bubble - but can expand this to reconnect with close family. This extended bubble should remain exclusive/limited.
3. Schools (year 1-10) and ECEs can SAFELY open but will have limited capacity.
4. Children should learn at home if possible and only return to school if there will be noone home to supervise.
5. Those children returning to school cannot return unless I have received your Level 3 registration.
We are asking that you only send your child to school if you are an essential or safe worker. The guidelines are clear that staying within your family bubble limits the spread of the virus. We know that you’re concerned about children at school and the possible risk of spreading the virus is worrying. So at Level 3 - staying home is still the best option.
Many thanks for your support with this and we hope that things will go back to normal as quickly as possible.
14 Apr 2020
Kia ora e te Whānau - video meetings as a communication tool.
As you know we are now entering a totally new type of learning relationship, and we are all trying to navigate this in the best way we can.
We acknowledge that by communicating in this way (by video) we are now becoming manuhiri (a visitor) in your home, and we thank you for allowing this to happen.
In the past our relationships have revolved around the school grounds but now it takes part in our homes. We understand this can feel like an invasion of privacy, but please know that this is all about us needing to continue building strong relationships with our entire school community which includes staff, whānau and tamariki.
We have no expectations of you becoming involved in any video meetings, but you are entirely welcome to join in if you like. You might like to set up an area in your home where video calls can take place that do not impact too much on your home environment. This could be in a separate room, or a corner of your living area. You should remind your child/children to let you know when they are about to participate in a video meeting so that it is not a surprise to anyone else in the house. It is also a good time to remind them of our Digital Citizenship values.
This is a new way of building whakawhanaungatanga, making connections and making sure everyone has a sense of belonging in this new normal - with trust and respect being paramount. The Māori value of kānohi ki te kānohi (face to face interactions) is hugely important in building relationships and we are about to see how well we can create and maintain that in a digital platform.
Again, we really appreciate being able to communicate with your whānau in a way that is challenging but exciting too.
He waka eke noa! We’re all in this together!
Ngā mihi nui,
Your devoted teachers
14 Apr 2020
If you DID NOT receive an email today could parents / caregivers please send an email with their address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put your child's name in the email. This is a good chance for us to update our Student Management System.
13 Apr 2020
Here is the timetable for the new Home Learning TV Channel that starts this Wednesday 15th April on TV2+1.
9.00am - 9.10am Parenting - Nathan Wallis
9.10am - 9.25am Early Learning
9.25am - 9.40am Junior Health (Age 5 - 😎
9.40am - 9.55am Junior Literacy (Age 5 - 😎
9.55am - 10.05am Maia the Brave
10.05am - 10.30am Beginning Te Reo
10.30am - 10.50am Beginning Te Reo
10.30am - 10.50am Junior Science and Maths (Age 5 - 😎
10.50am - 11.00am Kai 5
11.00am - 11.15am Middle Literacy and Language (Age 9 - 11)
11.15am - 11.40am Middle Maths (Age 9 - 11)
11.40am - 12.05pm Junior Project
12.05pm - 12.30pm Fanimals
12.30pm - 12.40pm Parenting with Nathan Wallis
12.40pm - 1.00pm Aotearoa HIstory
1.00pm - 1.30pm Senior Literacy (Age 12 - 15)
1.30pm - 1.55pm Born to Move - (Teens)
1.55pm - 2.25pm Advanced Te Reo
2.25pm - 2.50pm Senior Project
2.50pm - 3.00pm Daily Diary
Distance Learning Guide - Term 2 - starting this Wednesday - all whānau please read 13 Apr 2020
Kia ora e te whānau,
We hope you have had a nice Easter Weekend and that this message finds you safe and well in your bubble :)
With Term 2 beginning on Wednesday, each syndicate has put together a distance learning guide for children and whānau. Our overarching goal, as a team, is to ensure we support the wellbeing of our children by connecting with them and helping them to engage with their learning community (teacher and classmates).
Please find attached suggested daily routines for each syndicate. Remember to go easy on yourself - do what works for you and your whānau. It is ok to do things in your own time and own pace - there is definitely no one size fits all approach here :)
Rimu = Years 1-2
Kowhai = Years 3-4
Pohutukawa & Kahikatea = Years 5-8
Please have a read of the suggested guides. Your child's teacher will be in touch via Dojo (Years 1-4) or student email (Years 5-8) for beginning of term on Wednesday.
While this is new and unchartered territory for our children and team, we are excited about the potential for what we can achieve in this space. We'll definitely have a few teething issues over the next few days but we'll be aiming to overcome and troubleshoot these as we go. We are here for any questions you may have - please contact us anytime.
He waka eke noa
We're all in this together
With aroha and kindness,
RANGIKURA SCHOOL - PRINCIPAL UPDATE #2 - middle of week three Alert four lockdown.
12 Apr 2020
A very happy Easter to our Rangikura whanau! I hope this update finds you well and that you are able to enjoy an Easter weekend within your 'bubbles' in what are unprecedented times. We would like to thank all the families who have made contact with staff during the lockdown. This has made the set up of distance learning for our team so much easier.
There is quite a bit of information in this update which will then be followed by more specifically detailed notices for each syndicate as to how the new school term and distance learning will look - starting next Wednesday 15th April.
This is new for all of us. As we all prepare to head into what is a new and adventurous chapter in the history of Rangikura, I will try my best to explain our overall philosophy or purpose in regards to distance learning. The notices to follow will provide practical details of what this will look like. If after reading this update and the notices you still have questions, please feel free to email me on email@example.com or the relevant staff members stated in the notices.
The wide range of needs. We understand that every bubble and every student will have different needs. Some of you will be looking forward to this distance learning experience and some of you will be dreading it. Some households are full of essential workers, others are working from home, some have extended whanau and a large number of personalities in the bubble and some bubbles may only have two or three people in them. The ability to find a quiet space or time together with those in your bubble will vary in many, many ways.
We are in bubbles too. The Rangikura team are dedicated professionals committed to ensuring your child/children get the absolute best they can offer. However we need to remember that they are also in bubbles and they too are juggling many things. A lot of our team have young children and older whanau who have joined their bubble for support during this time. Please keep this in mind during the next couple of weeks.
Well-being is paramount. As we have started throughout this time in regards to home learning; the well-being of you, your whanau and our team is the number one priority. The last thing you, or anyone needs at this point is more pressure. Everything we provide is there as a support. How you manage your bubble and this time is completely up to you and we support you 100%
And finally...I have included some FAQs that seem to be key questions asked by communities around the country regarding distance learning, the lockdown and possibly things more specific to you.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):
When will school go back? At this stage we don’t know. The Prime Minister has said that they will announce a review of the Level 4 status and Lockdown on April 20th. However, even a move to Level 3 may not see schools go back at that stage. It is a matter of wait and see. We will advise parents as soon as we know anything about a return date for students and staff.
Are teachers at school? Schools are closed for everybody at this stage. If I need designated staff or myself to go into school for any reason I must send a detailed application to the Ministry of Education to be given clearance to enter Rangikura School. Please whanau stay out of the grounds. Only Chop, Whaea Toni or myself should be in the grounds at any time during level 4.
Will this affect my child's absences? No. All students will be listed as attending school during the term dates that we are locked down.
Will my child / children have any negative consequences for not completing school work?
Lol No! We understand that everyone is doing their best at this time in what are unprecedented times. We are providing home learning as a support only.
What do I do if I have concerns about my child’s/ children’s well being? In relation to school, contact us. For anything else, contact the Healthline/you GP.
What do I do if I have concerns about my well being?
My child doesn’t have a device or internet at home. What can I do? Refer to the notices coming out today.
Contact the class teacher who will call you and offer some ideas.
Is the Ministry of Education providing learning?
The MOE is working on providing at risk students with devices, internet access and in some cases hard copy learning material. We have provided them with the information we have around these needs. They are prioritising secondary students due to NCEA commitments. This is a national roll out so realistically I can’t see them getting to us for some time. They are also working on TV channels but I think that will be targeted more at younger students.
What do I do if I have a child with special needs or who needs learning support? By now our teacher aides and SENCo Ondine Souter will have made contact with you and your child. They will be setting up tasks for the upcoming week based on IEP goals. Any queries or issues, please contact them and/or Ondine Souter.
What are our goals for distance learning?
- To support staff, students and whanau with well-being as the priority.
- To provide the ability to stay connected and share our experiences.
- To provide structure for those who need it and to provide opportunities for students and whanau to learn independently/collaboratively and to share their learning with us.
We do not expect our students to be recreating the classroom at home and for you to become teachers. We are simply trying to provide support for you and our students at this time.
Am I doing enough for my kids at this time?
Yes, you are. You are there for them and they need you more than anything. Remember their well-being and your well-being is top priority. Let us know how we can support YOU. We’ve got this!!!
On behalf of Team Rangikura & the BoT, please stay safe and adhere to the restrictions of the Alert level four lockdown.
"He waka eke noa - A waka we are all in together!"
New Enrolments Queries 8 April 2020
For any new enrolments who have already completed and handed in their enrolment forms and were due to start school in Term 2, you have the option for your child to start school via distance learning in term 2 or you can wait until the lockdown is completely over and start your child at school as you usually would. For any questions about this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any enquiries about new enrolments - please email email@example.com. For more information about enrolling, please check out our New Enrolments page on this website.
Rangikura School are still here to help! If you have not already done so, and would like to stay up to date with messages from our principal and teachers, please join our Rangikura Facebook page - please search 'Rangikura School Notice Board' and request to join.
Teachers are available to answer any questions you may have -
Nicola Bonsey Rm 7 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ciaran Featherston Rm 5 - email@example.com
Sonja Bedingfield Rm 7a - firstname.lastname@example.org
Paulette Holland Rm 14 - email@example.com
Caroline Bartley Rm 15 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie Plowman Rm 16 - email@example.com
Liesl van der Merwe Rm 18 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jess Cox Rm 8 - email@example.com
Jen Dodson Rm 9 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Toni Kahu-Sweet Rm 10 - email@example.com
Stacey Neal - Rm 11 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Myk Nui - email@example.com
Joel Leighton Rm 12 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jodi Smith Rm 13 - email@example.com
Rochelle Maass - firstname.lastname@example.org
Eddie Uluilelata Principal - email@example.com
Sarah Nui Deputy Principal - firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Williams Assistant Principal - email@example.com
Ondine Souter SENCO - firstname.lastname@example.org
Office enquiries - email@example.com
RANGIKURA SCHOOL GROUNDS ARE IN COMPLETE LOCKDOWN. 25th March 2020
From 12pm today Rangikura school is in complete Quarantine/lockdown!!!
* No playing on the playgrounds (front and back)
* No playing on all courts
* No bike riding, skateboarding, scootering in school
* No loitering
Myself, Chop or Whaea Toni will be the only ones in the school at anytime. Please do not put us in the awkward position of ordering you out of the school.
Parents please ensure your kids, current and ex students are not wandering up here during this lockdown.
On behalf of the BoT & staff, please look after yourselves, please adhere to the Govt's Alert 4 laws and please stay safe!
Home Learning - Our Plan 25th March 2020
Kia ora e te whānau,
Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone for dropping by school and picking up prepared learning resources and Chromebooks for your child/children :)
Over the next few weeks our priority is to set up regular and routined communication with our kids and whānau to ensure we remain connected during the self isolation period. Teachers will be using a range of platforms to achieve this:
In Rimu and Kowhai (Years 1-4) the main communication platform is ClassDojo - please ensure you have downloaded this App to your device (see Nicola Bonsey’s post).
In Pohutukawa and Kahikatea (Years 5-8) the main communication will be directly through your child’s school email account. Teachers will share information, challenges and learning via GMail and Harpara.
Communication with whānau will be through our Rangikura Facebook page and our school website - both will be updated regularly.
Please ensure you contact your child’s teacher directly with any troubleshooting issues e.g. forgotten passwords - our teachers can reset these remotely.
Over the next week we would like our kids and whānau to focus on setting up their own daily routines for home. We have also set up a shared Rangikura Home Learning Challenge for the week. Share with your kids - see how many you can achieve over the week! Post and share what you’re up to :)
School holidays have been brought forward and will apply from Monday 30th March to Tuesday 14th April. We understand that while these 2 weeks are technically holiday time some children will still want to access learning (many are already emailing their teachers!). Syndicates will be sharing optional home learning tasks, passion project learning, and challenges during the holiday period.
After April 14th a more formalised approach will begin with online learning becoming an expected routine of our children’s day. We will be keeping whānau uptodate with what this looks like.
We are all in new territory with implementing online distance learning for our tamariki but we are incredibly excited about the potential for what we can achieve. Our kaiako (teachers) are well prepared and have been actively planning for this for the past 2-3 weeks. We thank you in advance for your patience and kindness - yes, there will be a few teething issues but we’ll be working together as a team to overcome and troubleshoot as we go.
With love and kindness,
RANGIKURA SCHOOL UPDATE 24th MARCH 2020
The following information has come through from the Ministry of Education....
School holidays are being brought forward so that they are completed within the 4 week period. Holidays will now begin from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive (a reminder that the Tuesday after Easter Monday is always a closed day for schools).
At the end of the school holidays, schools will be open for distance learning but not physically open for staff to work at the schools.
Please note the instruction to stay home (Alert Level 4) will continue beyond the new school holiday period but schools will be technically open for distance instruction. Teachers will be working offsite.
For Rangikura, this means we will be setting you up for this from today & tomorrow (refer to DP Sarah Nui's fb post Learning Resources for collection).
This first week before the new holidays we will be sending out a framework for learning form/doc to help whanau & our students settle into what could be a long haul! Please whanau bear in mind the mental impact this will be having on our students. Academic progress of course is our core business but ultimately, their mental wellbeing is all our priority!
In the meantime the teaching teams are working on more structured tasks over the next couple of weeks that we will share after Easter. Teachers will be available for support, but I ask that you do this via email or by questions on our posts on fb.
I will do my best to keep you updated with relevant information from the MoE/MoH as well as from our team in regards to Rangikura.
On behalf of all the team; please stay safe and follow the protocols of the Stage four alert lockdown once this kicks in Wed Midnight.
Much love to you all xo
(The very proud) Principal of
LEARNING RESOURCES FOR COLLECTION 24th MARCH 2020
Kia ora e te whānau,
We are committed to ensuring we provide a platform to all our children and whānau to ensure we can connect, communicate and learn online while we are in self isolation.
We will be open from 11am - 2pm today for whānau and children to collect resources for connecting and learning.
Children in Years 5-8 (Pohutukawa & Kahikatea) that do not have access to a device can come and collect a Chromebook. We have a clear system in place here. Kahikatea line up outside the library (2m apart) and Pohutukawa outside windows between the classes (lining up 2m apart). We kindly ask just one person comes to collect the device. A Chromebook Agreement will be signed and taken upon issuing.
If you have a child in Years 1-4 that was absent from school yesterday you can also pick up the learning resource pack teachers have prepared. If your child is in Kowhai please line up outside Room 14 and Rimu line up on the artificial green turf.
Please be mindful we are following Alert Level 3 protocols. One person on site to collect where possible and keeping a 2m social distance. There is no need to enter buildings, teachers will be available to direct you where to go.
A later post will detail how we plan to proceed with connecting with each other, communication and learning. We will also be open 9am - 11am tomorrow for pick ups.
With much love and kindness,
SCHOOL CLOSED FROM 23 MARCH 2020 3PM
RANGIKURA SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED AS FROM 3PM TODAY.
Kia ora following our Prime Minister's announcement today, our school will be closed at the end of today. This is in preparation for Covid - 19 Alert level 4.
Staff are meeting tomorrow and further plans and information will follow then.
Please stay safe, following the safety guidelines and practices from Min. of Health.
New Enrolments and School Visits 23 March 2020We ask that all school visits and all new enrolments from today onwards are put on hold until we get back down to Level 1 Alert.
Message to the Community 22 March 2020Kia ora e te whānau,
Senior staff have met this morning to to discuss and plan our response to the the newly introduced Covid-19 Alert Levels.
Our priority has, and remains to be, the health and safety of our ākonga, staff and community. To support this we have decided to implement the following to ensure best social distancing practice and health protocols are followed:
staggered morning tea and lunchtime breaks for children (Rimu & Kowhai will share breaks and Pohutukawa & Kahikatea will share breaks)no non-essential visitors onsiteno non-essential trips off site - this includes Year 7 & 8 Technicraft, swimming programmes, sailing & after school sportsplanned regular cleaning of classrooms (all classes have supplies)planned regular hand-washing routinesall absences to be followed up - please, please, please help us here and ring the office to advise of absences and the reason
The government have now identified vulnerable people who should remain at home. This includes people over the age of 70, people who have compromised immunity or people who have underlying respiratory conditions. If you are unsure if your child fits into a category please phone your GP or Healthline for advice.
We want to reassure whānau we are meeting regularly to evaluate our procedures and protocols to best meet the needs of our kids, staff and community. If you have any questions or concerns we are here.
He waka eke noa, we're all in this together,Team Rangikura
Message to the community 18 March 2020Kia ora e te whānau,In line with supporting Ministry of Health advice regarding social distancing we have made the hard decision to cancel all YMCA afterschool sports for the time being (Flag & Volleyball this term). Our priority remains the health and safety of our children, staff, and community. We hope actions like this will help in reducing the spread of Covid-19 and see our kids return to the sports field quickly. Thank you for your anticipated understanding and support. He waka eke noa! We're all in this together! Please regularly refer to the Ministry of Health Website for up to date information.Talking to children about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Refer to this link for info like the clip below: https://bit.ly/3aYTq5U
Please check our school calendar to see what's happening at Rangikura School this term!
**Our school is currently undergoing various upgrades around the school and many of our classes have had to be moved to accommodate this. We expect these upgrades to be completed by mid-2020 and will then move classes back to their syndicate blocks.***
95 Conclusion Street
Ph: (04) 235-9143
Fax: (04) 235-8178
Absences Texts: 022 025 9630
School Office: firstname.lastname@example.org