"Hamilton's Whānau School"

Celebrating Learning with a Purpose

Principal’s Korero 30 November 2021


Tēnā koutou e te whānau.


Covid-19 has certainly made our lives change and as we adapt to the Traffic Light System, change will keep coming as we all navigate our way safely to keep our focus on learning and success as learners. Schools will continue to stay open under all three levels from the beginning of next year and to ensure our tamariki, kaiako and whānau are safe here at school, we have health protocols to follow and maintain.


I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for supporting us as a school community in following the health guidelines and protocols in place. This cooperation has seen 70% of akonga return to onsite learning for the remainder of term four, whilst 30% stay at home with whānau and learn online.


It has also seen us starting at the later time of 9.00 am with akonga going straight to their class bubble and staying in that bubble with their kaiako and teacher aide, having regular breaks outside and ensuring that they all practice safe hygiene and social distancing. Finishing at 2.00 pm hasn’t impacted the learning as our tamariki are more focused and working productively in their bubbles. Positive behaviours are the norm and strengthened relationships are predominant across our calm school.


We have had to make a few adjustments to our last two weeks at school with our Prize Giving being restricted to an invitation-only event, where parents and immediate whānau (up to six) who have tamariki receiving an award have been invited to attend on the 9th of December at 10.30 am.


Sadly our athletics and the senior camp had to be cancelled this year, but life goes on and we will adapt.


Individual class awards will be presented to students in class by their classroom kaiako and live-streamed and/or recorded by each kaiako to share with whānau on our school FaceBook page. They will let you know in advance when that will happen.


End of year reports will come home Tuesday next week with your tamariki and focus on our MANA values and the key competencies of the NZ Curriculum. Assessing our akonga has been challenging this term with lock-down and such a short time frame back here at school, we have focused on how well your tamariki have coped, adapted and been resilient to the challenges faced.


School finishes on Friday the 10th December at 2.00 pm and we will return on Tuesday the 2nd of February at 9.00 am. The school will finish at 2.30 pm for the first four weeks of term one, 2022.


It just remains for me to wish you all seasons greetings and encourage you to stay safe over the summer wherever you may be and whoever you are with.


Mauri Ora


Shane Ngātai

Tumuaki and Proud of it



COVID - 19 Update:

19 November 2021 - 1.00 pm

Kia ora koutou e te whānau

It has been an amazing return to Kura this week with an average of 50% of our tamariki returning on site. It has been wonderful having them back and reconnecting.

We maintained Level 3 to practice our social distancing and mask-wearing in class, with separate bubbles and break times to keep our tamariki in groups of 20 or less.

We also started classes at 9.00 am, had more frequent but shorter breaks (including different eating times) and finished at 2.00 pm.

School lunches resumed and were appreciated by all.

This has worked so well and created a calm and safe environment for our tamariki and staff that we will continue with these changes until the end of the year (which will be a total of 15 school days).

The only thing we will drop is the wearing of masks indoors for Year 4 and up, although akonga can still choose to wear their mask if they wish to.

I want to thank you all for your support and cooperation in getting your tamariki to school and back home again. The last 3 weeks will continue to be spent focusing on and strengthening our relationships again, with lots of outdoor activities and opportunities for akonga to reconnect with their friends and kaiako.

Sadly our End of Year Prizegiving will be different with only those akonga who are receiving an award attending with up to four members from their whānau.

Class awards will be held in each class and live-streamed to whānau.

There will be no sports awards this year.

Once again whānau, thank you for your understanding and continued support in helping us all cope and deal with these pandemic times.

Mauri Ora

Shane Ngātai

Tumuaki and proud of it

COVID - 19 Update:

15 November 2021 - 9.00 am


Kia ora koutou e te whānau,

We are delighted to be able to welcome all tamariki back onsite under Alert Level 3 from this Wednesday the 17 th of November here at Rhode Street School.

We know learning kanohi ki te kanohi is the best option for our tamariki. It’s important for them to connect with their friends and teachers and it helps their social, physical and emotional wellbeing.

And so we look forward to bringing our tamariki back on site.

We are happy to inform you that after contacting 90 % of you we are able to have all tamariki back on site this Wednesday to return to their own classroom.

What this will look like at Rhode Street School?

  • we will need to limit the number of tamariki and staff in each learning space to no more than 30 with one metre spacing between each child where practicable. For some of our spaces, this will mean a reshuffle and relocation to larger learning areas. Room 5 will be in the Media Centre.


  • we will keep all tamariki onsite in separate groups at all times, including outdoor break times and eating times.


  • we will ensure our learning spaces are well ventilated and regularly sanitised


  • we will continue to practice physical distancing where possible outside with two metres distancing between tamariki and staff and timetabled breaktimes and areas to play for different groups of tamariki

  • we will be operating our free lunch in schools programme


In addition to this, all staff and children in Years 4 and above are required to wear face coverings indoors (unless they have a medical exemption).

We can also ensure you that all of our staff (and any external contractors) who are on-site are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

What you can do to help:

  • stay at home if you or your child is sick


  • avoid catching up with other parents, children and whānau at the school gates


  • wear a face covering and maintain a two-metre distance from people not in your household bubble


  • get advice from your doctor if you or your child has complex medical needs (and please get in touch so that we can support your child to return onsite, wherever possible)


  • avoid having playdates inside with children from other families at Alert Level 3.




Returning to school this Wednesday


  1. Drop your tamariki at our main school gate between 8.45 am and 9.00 am each day until further notice. Here they will be welcomed and checked for face masks and wellness by a senior staff member before entering the school.


  1. Please practice social distancing when dropping your tamariki off and picking them up each day. Tamariki who walk to school will be asked to observe the same social distancing guidelines.


  1. We ask that parents and whānau do not enter the school site under Level 3. If you need to talk to the office or your child’s teacher, please phone the school on 021 960 562 and make an appointment which will be held outdoors as soon as practicable.


  1. Collect your tamariki from the main front gate, or if walking they can leave via the backfield gate or pedestrian gates on Rhode Street between 2.00 pm and 2.15 pm.


  1. Please return our school devices on Wednesday. If you are not returning, a staff member will collect your tamariki’s device from your residence next week.


  1. No early drop-offs, please. Please do not send your tamariki to school before 8.45 am. No one will be onsite to receive your child before 8.30 am.


  1. Before School Care (Breakfast Club) and After School Care are not permitted to operate under Level 3.


We would encourage you to talk to your tamariki about what our plans are and why this is happening to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Please note, we’ll continue to support learning from home for those tamariki who will not be attending onsite and whose parent/s or whānau have let the school know.

If you have questions or concerns, you can contact me or your child’s teacher by phone or email.


Remember, school start and finish times have changed for level 3:


8.45 am to 9.00 am drop off


2.00 pm to 2.15 pm pick up.


We all look forward to seeing you back at school this Wednesday.



Ngā mihi,




Shane Ngātai Cindy Campbell

Tumuaki and proud of it Board of Trustees Chairperson








COVID - 19 Update: 12 November 2021 - 9.00 am


Kia ora koutou e te whānau,

I hope this update finds you and your whānau safe and well.

We are delighted to be able to welcome more tamariki back onsite under Alert Level 3 from next Wednesday 17 November here at Rhode Street School.


We know learning kanohi ki te kanohi is the best option for our tamariki. It’s important for them to connect with their friends and teachers and it helps their social, physical and emotional wellbeing.


And so we look forward to starting to bring tamariki back on site.

If your child is already attending full-time they will continue to.

For other children returning, we need to manage the number of students attending each day to keep everyone safe.

Even with the Delta variant, the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools is low because of all the public health measures we will have in place.


What this will look like at Rhode Street:

  • we will need to limit the number of tamariki and staff onsite each day


  • we will keep those tamariki onsite in separate groups


  • we will ensure our classrooms are well ventilated


  • we will continue to practice physical distancing where possible.


In addition to this, all staff and children in Years 4 and above are required to wear face coverings indoors (unless they have a medical exemption).

We can also ensure you that all of our staff (and any external contractors) who are on-site are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

What you can do to help:

  • stay at home if you or your child is sick


  • avoid catching up with other parents, children and whānau at the school gates


  • wear a face covering and maintain a two-metre distance from people not in your household bubble


  • get advice from your doctor if you or your child has complex medical needs (and please get in touch so that we can support your child to return onsite, wherever possible)


  • avoid having playdates inside with children from other families at Alert Level 3.


  • Answer our online Parent Survey as soon as possible to help us plan ahead.


Planning Ahead

  1. Answer our Parent Survey as soon as possible


  1. Update your tamariki’s teacher with contact details and your plans when they call you over the weekend or next Monday morning.


  1. Our plan to welcome tamariki back to school will be finalised when we have an accurate picture of who is intending to return to school next week, that is why we need your help in letting us know your plans.


  1. The plan will be shared with you on Monday afternoon via your current email, our school FaceBook page and School Website.


  1. The plan will help us manage safety and numbers onsite to meet the needs of our tamariki, whānau and staff.


  1. The plan will let you know what days and times your tamariki can attend school.



We would encourage you to talk to your tamariki about what our plans are and why this is happening.


Please note, we’ll continue to support learning from home for those tamariki who will not be attending onsite.


If you have questions or concerns, you can contact me or your child’s teacher by phone or email.


We all look forward to seeing you back at school next week.


Ngā mihi,




Shane Ngātai Cindy Campbell

Tumuaki and proud of it Board of Trustees Chairperson




Parent SURVEY LINK

https://forms.gle/nZr2qAwtFADPTzyW7











COVID - 19 Update: 28th October 2021 - 1.50 pm

Pomarie e te whānau


With the Minister of Educations announcement that the Waikato region will remain at a new Level 3-1 until at least next Monday and the strong signal that primary schools will most likely return to school on the 15th of November 2021, it is important that I update you on what is happening at Rhode Street School.


Online learning will continue for the foreseeable future but we need your help whānau to get some messages out to our hard to reach whānau so that we can support their akonga with learning.


This afternoon I have asked my teachers to contact all of their akonga's whānau again by phone over the next two days to check in with how you all are. Please if you see a number you don't know, answer it.


To the whānau who want a resource pack and or a device to assist with online learning at home, we need you to answer your phone. Further deliveries will be made next Monday with enough mahi and activities for the next two weeks.


Learning can always continue at home with your support and some routines that involve checking in with your tamariki's kaiako on a regular basis for the support they can offer.


Mauri Ora


Shane Ngātai

Tumuaki and proud of it



COVID - 19 Update: 18th October 2021 - 4.35 pm

Pomarie e te whānau o Rhode Street Kura


We now know that we are staying at Level 3 with an update this Friday.


Thank you for staying positive and continuing to support each other, our akonga and your whānau with the kind thoughts and aroha you give.


To our teachers and support staff who are continuing to work and support the learning this week from home to a limited number of students (as many do not have a device to connect this week), thank you.


To our whānau and akonga, stay well and look after each other during this level 3 extension. We will know this Friday afternoon if we will return next week back here at Kura in person.


The Leadership Team are interviewing from 19 applicants a short-listed group of five this Thursday and Friday via Zoom for the two 2022 teaching positions, all the best to those on staff who have applied.


Mauri Ora


Shane Ngātai

Tumuaki and Proud of it


COVID - 19 Update: 13th October 2021 - 2.15 pm


Pomarie e te whānau o Rhode Street Kura


After this afternoon's Covid-19 update announcement by Minister Hipkins that the Waikato will be staying at Level 3 until at least next Monday midnight, the status quo stays the same for the foreseeable future.


Therefore, please do not enter the school site until further notice is received from the MoH.


We would also like to encourage you all to get a Covid test if you are feeling unwell to be sure and keep your whanāu safe.


Aunty Winnie is contacting our Level 3 essential working whānau today to advise them we cannot currently open under Level 3 until our staff have been Covid tested and to expect a delay of at least until Wednesday next week before the school can reopen.


We are anticipating that the 1.00 pm Monday update from the Ministry of Health and the possible following 4.00 pm Prime Minister's address will give us more clarity as to how and when we can return to our Kura.


We will need at least Tuesday to plan our reopening if we return to Level 2 regardless of any alert level change.


In the meantime, teachers, are planning for online learning for next week from Monday morning and will make contact with all of their students and their whānau from today onwards to outline their planned online teaching for the first week back.


Finally, can I also encourage you and anyone in your whānau who is over 12 years of age and not yet vaccinated, to take the many opportunities to do so this week?


Mauri Ora


Shane Ngātai

Tumuaki and proud of it







COVID - 21 Update: 29th August 2021 - 12.00 noon


Covid Level 3 Update 29th August 2021 Whanau Questionnaire

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COVID-19 Update: 18 August 2021 - 11.00 am


Morena e te whānau of Rhode Street Kura.


I know you will all be focusing on making sure you and your loved ones are safe right now and settling into this national lockdown for the foreseeable future.


As a leadership team we have been recently discussing how as a school, we are placed for remote learning should the possibility of future lockdowns occur.


We are very confident after our previous lockdown response last year, that more information will be out today from the Ministry about the current and developing situation.


In the meantime, I encourage you to reassure our tamariki that they are safe and online learning will swing into full action from next week if required.


Along with hard packs ready to be distributed, school devices will be available for tamariki after next Monday, if required.


Please go to our school website: www.rhodestreet.school.nz for more information on how to access our online resources to keep our tamariki busy at home.


Our school Facebook page also links to our website, which will be our main communication tool at this stage in the process.


Individual teachers of tamariki will be in contact with you and their students over the next couple of days to check in with you and ascertain what resources you may need if this lockdown situation changes.


Be kind to each other and follow the advice from the Ministry of Health.


Mauri ora

--

Shane Ngatai

Principal and proud of it


Naumai Haere Mai and a very warm WELCOME to Rhode Street School,

Hamilton's Whānau School.

We are located in the south western Hamilton suburb of Dinsdale.

Our beautiful school was established in 1959 and to this day, continues to deliver effective learning and teaching programmes for Year 0 to Year 8 students.

Rhode Street School has developed as a centre of learning for our wider community, where it is widely recognised as innovative and sustainable through our localcurriculum plan.

We welcome you to our school whanau and trust you will come and visit us soon to see how we "walk the talk" when it comes to learner agency, whanau engagement, and teacher efficacy.