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Newsletter 002 / 23rd February 2022     
Kia ora Freyberg whānau,

What a great week we have all had here at Freyberg - we've been loving the sound of our children socialising outside, seeing the sun shining and best of all - feeling as though the humidity has finally left us! Even though we haven't been able to welcome our whānau back on site yet, I'm sure you would have noticed the exciting new signs on the school gates - and you might have even been able to catch a glimpse of our buildings which have had a bit of a makeover with a lick of paint and a fresh new colour scheme. Next on our 'to-do' list is new roofing and guttering around the school, a plumbing and major drainage project, and some classroom refurbishments which we are hoping to have started by the end of the year.

Now that we have had our first 'proper' week back - with no public holidays or teacher only days - I am sure we are all getting back to our normal school routines - lunches, uniforms, school drop offs, etc. It has been great to see everyone settling into their 2022 classrooms and to see our tamariki supporting each other as they make the transition back to full time onsite learning. Throughout what will no doubt be an extremely disruptive term, our aim is to try and make it as smooth as possible for everyone, with staff and students adapting to a mix of learning from home and school as we navigate our way through this next challenge.

Watching the amazing young Olympians Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Miguel and Nico Porteous compete in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics has been truely inspirational. They are the ultimate risk takers - they give everything a go while demonstrating great optimism, persistence and resilience. They embrace the moment then set off without hesitation, adjusting as they go - the ultimate role models that we can all take something from. Here at Freyberg we truely believe our students are equally inspirational - they are kind, caring and courageous and embody our CORE values of creativity, optimism, resilience and empathy in everything they do. We are so lucky to have such a great little community of learners!

Noho ora mai - stay safe,
Maria Dopheide
Principal
Just a friendly reminder that if you need to come on site to accompany a brand new entrant to their classroom or to take a child to preschool, we do require you to be correctly wearing a mask at all times, scanning in with the COVID-19 contact tracing app and physically distancing yourself from others. Thank you for helping us to keep our students and staff safe and healthy!
 


Rāapa 2nd March 
Chronicle home today



 
...to the following students who are celebrating a birthday this week:

Carson A (9)
Awanui W-M (9)
Arden P (6)
Ashley S (10)
Oliver K (6)
Erin S (7)


...we hope you had/have a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family!
A friendly reminder for all our Freyberg Whānau:


What do I do if my child is unwell?

If your child is unwell in any way, please keep them home from school and contact Health line directly on 0800 611 116 for further guidance.

We will continue to operate under a 'zero tolerance' policy for any sickness and will send any learners or staff home immediately if they display any COVID-19 symptoms.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation in this matter.
What a fabulous Twosday our students had yesterday!

Check out our wonderful Room 2 students ......their smiles say it all!
Room 8 students were super creative and it was great to see them thinking outside the box.

Thank you to Ms M for organising such a fabulously fun day!
2022 School Term Dates


Term 1   
Thursday 3rd February - Thursday 14th April 
Teacher Only Day -  Monday 21st March



Term 2
Monday 2nd May - Friday  8th July
Teacher Only Day -  Tuesday 7th June


Term 3
Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September 
Teacher Only Day -  Monday 29th August TBC



 Term 4   
Monday 17th October - Tuesday 13th December 
 
New Entrant Start Dates

This is a friendly reminder that all new entrant children will start school on the first day of Week 1 & 6 of every term.  School visits will take place on Thursdays in The Grove (Room 3) with Mrs Corlett.  School visits will take place in the 2 weeks prior to your child starting school. Office staff will be in touch approximately 4 weeks prior to your child's birthday to confirm dates.
 
School Hats Missing


Please check that your child's school hat is clearly named.
 
Office staff are more than happy
to assist with  renaming hats
that are no longer clear to read.


We have many students stating that hats have been misplaced during the day. 

If your child has taken someone else's hat home in error please get them to pop it into the school office where it will be returned to the rightful owner.
Freyberg School Uniform

The school expects students to take pride in their uniform and wear it correctly at all times.  If students are not in the correct uniform they are required to have a note from home explaining the reason and this must be handed to the school office prior to the start of school on the day concerned.  T-shirts, singlets and other garments worn for extra warmth must not be visible.

Please ensure that all uniform items are clearly named.  It certainly makes the return of misplaced items much easier and less stressful on children and staff alike. Please note that it is compulsary for all students to be wearing the school uniform.
 
School shoes / sandals / jandals are to be black only.

It is everyone’s responsibility!   Keep our children safe …... and park safe.


Please play your part by: 

  • Always observing the parking restrictions near the school

  • Always using the school patrol crossing when operating

  • Choosing safety over convenience at all times

  • Walk with your child or join a Walking School Bus

A new counselling practice has opened on Old Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula. 

Nicola Hubble, a former teacher/school leader, counsels clients and families of all ages. 

 She says, “I offer a non-judgemental and affirming space where clients and families are encouraged to discover their own hidden​ strengths, a pathway to wellbeing and hope for the future. Client choi​ce, empowerment, and valuing culture and uniqueness, are important aspects of my work. I use a range of approaches including Person-Centred, Strengths Based, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative and Systemic Family Practices.”  

 If you/someone you know is in need of a counsellor, online/phone/face-to-face, contact her to find out more.   

Nicola Hubble, Registered Counsellor          Phone/Text: 022 091 2101

Email: contactmediscovery@gmail.com       Website: discoverycounselling.co.nz

click here for more information
Waitemata Football Club
invites you to attend our open day
on Sunday 13th March at McLeod Park, from 10am - 12pm. 


Don't miss this great opportunity to find out more about playing at the club, have a game of footy in our inflatable field and have a break with a sausage sizzle and drink! 

There will also be a boot swap. Buy or swap good quality secondhand boots (minimum 7 out of 10 quality).

If you can't make it on the day, you can visit our website www.waitematafc.org.nz to register for the season or for more info. 
Alternatively, you can contact our team at admin@waitematafc.org.nz or chat to someone on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/WaitemataFootballClub.
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