18th March 2020
Newsletter 004
Freyberg Community School Newsletter

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Important Dates

Friday 20th March
Last day for Scholastic Book Club orders

Wednesday 25th March 
Chronicle home today

Additional Reminder
Teacher Only Day
Tuesday 28th April - no school

Birthday cupcake

Happy Birthday the following students
who are celebrating
their birthdays this week!

Lucas Martins (9)
Eva Timiiti (8)
Charlie Williams (6)
Jordan Galliford-Wolferstan (7)
Olive Galea (8)

We hope you have
a wonderful day celebrating
with family and friends!

An Important  Message from our Principal

I am delighted to announce that we have a new Principal. I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for following a robust process in this very important undertaking.  The Board of Trustees engaged a Senior Consultant, Ken Ward from Leading Learning, who has a great deal of experience as both an experienced School Principal and Community Of Learning Lead Principal. 

The successful candidate is Maria Dopheide. She is currently part of our management team, with our two capable senior managers Emma-Lea Graaf and Matt Allely. Ms Dopheide has been Acting Principal for two days a week for the last two years while I have been The Community of Learning Lead Principal.
I have every confidence in her leadership and the support of her highly effective senior management team.

I thank the Board of Trustees for being so willing to invest financially in engaging guiding expertise and for spending considerable time and effort, discussing and debating to ensure that they choose the best candidate. It is heartening to see a Board so invested and focused on doing their utmost to choose the next leader of our school.

On behalf of us all, congratulations to Ms Maria Dopheide
and a heartfelt thank you to our Board of Trustees!!

Christine Wilson

If your children  are  unwell (coughing, running nose, sneezing, a headache or fever, or generally unwell), PLEASE KEEP THEM AT HOME. 

We appreciate that this is problematic but urge you to consider the bigger picture.  The children may be fit enough to come to school, but in these times, it is not wise to send them because of the danger of them catching the virus and not being in a well state to fight it, or passing a simple cold on to some one else and for that person to fall very ill due to an underlying health condition. This is critically important because we are in the midst of a pandemic and trying to contain it. 

If you bring them to school, we will ring and ask you to take them home. This is because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is NOT because we think that your child has coronavirus.

Please support us:
If your child is unwell for any reason and if they come in contact with any one with the virus, your child will be more severely impacted as they were unwell in the first place.

If any one catches the cold or symptoms that your child is presenting - then they too have their immunity compromised. We have a number of staff, students and people in our direct community who already have their immunity compromised by other health conditions. They simply can not afford to get sick.

At school , we are emphasising good hygiene practice (washing hands with soap and water, sneezing and coughing into elbows, refraining from touching surfaces where possible) and constantly wiping down surfaces with disinfectant.

We understand that for many families, keeping children home when they seem fit enough to come to school is extremely frustrating, but we are fighting a much bigger battle here and health and safety must be prioritised over everything else.

Thank you for helping us.

Noho ora mai - stay well,
Christine Wilson

Swimming Programme

Team 1 (Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) & Team 2 (Rooms 8, 9 & 10) 
Please be aware that all swimming classes for the above classes have been cancelled as a precautionary measure against coronavirus. Please note that these are school lessons only - private lessons will go ahead as usual.

At this stage we hope to have all lessons back up and running on Monday 30th March but will keep you all updated.  If you have further questions you can call Duck n' Dive directly on 818 6166.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologise for the inconvenience.
Additional Information about
Upcoming Sports Events/ School Assemblies
and Large Group Activities

Please note that for the remainder of the term we will not be holding any syndicate or full school assemblies. 

We have also received communication that  interschool sports events planned for later in the term have been cancelled and Netball Waitakere have advised us that the Te Pai Netball facilities are closed until the 2nd of May. 

A decision will be made later in the term regarding Freyberg Netball as more information is communicated to the school by Netball Waitakere.
You can now pay for your Scholastic Book Club orders online or the usual way by dropping them to the office complete with cash payment. 

Please note that the last day
is Friday 20th March.

The school benefits from all purchases and we wish to thank you again for all your support! 
Click here to order Scholastic Books Online

School Hats Missing

Please check that your child's school hat is clearly named.
Office staff are more than happy to assist with re-naming 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 pop it into the school office where it will be returned to the rightful owner.

ICAS Australian School Competition

We are making these available to all children in Year 4 to 6 classes, on an optional basis this year.  All of the Australian School Competitions provide an opportunity for all students to gain a measure of their own achievement in an external assessment situation.  

Competitions are available in the following areas:
Digital Technologies, Science, Writing, English, Mathematics and Spelling.    

Each child who sits the competition will receive a certificate and a detailed results letter. Cost for all online exams are $17.50 per subject.  Please note that exams will only go ahead if we have 3 or more students wishing to attend a particular subject.  If your child's exam does not go ahead any money paid will be refunded. 

Should you require further information and would like an exam registration slip please collect these from the school office from Monday 16th March. 

Last day for all registrations is Friday 29th May.

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