27 January 2022

Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, tēnā koutou katoa i roto i ngā āhuatanga o te wā.

Welcome back after what we hope has been a wonderful summer for your whānau.

Our team is feeling refreshed and ready to go for the 2022 year and can’t wait to welcome our learners back next Wednesday.

In regard to COVID-19 we have moved fully into the new traffic light framework for all of our school and kura activities and events this year. You will be familiar with all the health measures we will have in place and it is good to know that at Red setting, we are able to support everyone’s learning onsite.

Our 125th celebrations are now going to be held in 2023. This is an unfortunate consequence of the current conditions we have with the global pandemic. We hope to announce dates and further details closer to the end of this year. Thank you to all that have shown an interest in attending. 

Please find some key reminders below on our school organisation under RED and ensure you are familiar with these prior to the return to school on Wednesday.  

The biggest change for many of us is of course the mandate for staff to be wearing masks, and now students in years 4-8 to be wearing masks.   We will have plenty of breaks outside, where masks are not currently required for students.  Children in years 0-3 can wear masks if they want to (& can manage this safely).

For those of you with children who might be reluctant to wear a face covering, there is some helpful advice from Michigan Health https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/childrens-health/5-ways-to-get-young-kids-to-wear-face-masks?amp, including using simple explanations about why they need to wear a face covering, adults being the role models, providing small rewards for wearing them, or letting them choose the mask.

It is really important that you chat through some of this with your child/ren in a manner that prepares them, without causing any anxiety. We appreciate your help with making this a smooth transition into a new way of working for us all.  

𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘶𝘱𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘌𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 (𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘪𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘵).

While we know that this is an unsettling time for many, rest assured, our supportive team are here to help you and strive to ensure the safety of our tamariki, whānau and school community. 

At all times we are required to follow the guidelines from the Ministry of Education & Public Health Order.

If you have any specific questions or concerns, you can contact your child’s classroom teacher or myself at principal@muritai.school.nz

Noho ora mai - stay well/look after yourself

Bec Power