4th March 2020
Newsletter 003
Freyberg Community School Newsletter

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Important Dates

Friday 6th March
Whole school assembly
2.30 p.m. in the school hall

celebrating the virtue of Creativity / Auahutanga

Tuesday 10th March
Interschool Softball Day - for selected students

Wednesday 11th March 
Chronicle home today
Birthday cupcake

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

Tessa Neill (9)
Isaac Spraggs (8)

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

Ministry of Health Media Release

You will have seen that the Prime Minister has announced that the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in New Zealand. 

This case was identified because the person and the family affected did the right thing and got in touch with health authorities.

The patient confirmed with COVID-19 is being treated in Auckland City Hospital. They are in an improving condition in isolation, in a negative pressure room to prevent any spread of the disease.

This is a good wake up call.  New Zealand has been free of the virus to date, but we knew that would not last.

What is still important is that we are all careful and observe basic health safety.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence:

*     wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating, as well as after using the toilet

*     cover coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or your elbow

*     put used tissues in the bin

Please encourage anyone to stay home if unwell.  If you are concerned that someone is showing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, encourage them to first ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) or contact their GP by phoning ahead of their visit to explain symptoms and travel history.  Take care of yourself, your whanau and your community through these measures.

We are still focused on ‘keeping it out, and now stomping it out’ through track, trace and contain measures. It’s still important we all continue to be alert but not alarmed. 


In addition to the above, please have a look at the following links. These videos will be/ have been shared in the class by teachers with their students.  They are a good way to explain to children (of all ages) about hygiene and Coronavirus.

Brainpop - Coronavirus  - More 7 - 11 years olds - talks specifically about Coronavirus/media/social media impact etc.

Nanogirl - How to wash your hands science experiment - all ages, an experiment you can do with your child to show how hand washing helps to prevent the spreading of germs.

Henry the Hand - Two videos on this page - the first is explaining flu/gastro prevention, the second -  scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Sneezing 101  - A video about how to sneeze properly -  presented by children.

Meet the Teacher Evening

Thursday 27th February - what an awesome way to start the term!

The free BBQ/ super sticky Candy Floss and “hard not to miss “ inflatable water slide was a lovely way to begin the year and we hope that the afternoon was of value to those who attended.  If parents have any queries whatsoever, as always please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher, senior management staff - Maria Dopheide, Emma-lea Graaf and Matt Allely - or the school office staff who are more than happy to assist. 

Again we thank staff for cooking over 450 sausages and handing out some 200 candy floss sticks, Ms Dopheide for organising and all our wonderful staff who assisted to make this an enjoyable afternoon for all.  The numbers of parents and students attending were in the hundreds and a definite "feel good" moment for us all!

Thank you also to our wonderful Freyberg Fundraising Committee, Lil Orbits & Mr Whippy who sorted out some serious afternoon tea requests by staff and students alike. Such an awesome way to spend a lovely Auckland summer afternoon!

Congratulations to Sonia Neal (Lucinda, Tony, Evie & Harry's mum) who was the winner of our Summer Hamper.  Thank you again to all of our lovely parents/caregivers who checked and updated their children's records!
Important Information regarding Freyberg Netball  

Last Friday 28th February we handed out Netball “expression of interest” forms  to all students wishing to play Monday / Thursday Netball for Freyberg Community School. For those families new to Freyberg Netball please note that Years 1 – 4 play on Thursday afternoons and Years 5 & 6 play on Monday afternoons at Netball Waitakere, Te Pai Courts, Henderson.  

If you wish your child to play netball kindly return the “expression of interest” forms to the school office next week. If you do not receive one…............. extra forms will be available from the school office.

As always, we are reliant on parent help with coaching and managing teams.... without your help teams may not be able to be registered. 

Last day for handing in Netball “expression of interest” forms is Friday 13th March.  Unfortunately we are unable to accept registrations after this date.

The Importance of a Good Night's Sleep for the New School Year

Getting a good night's sleep often comes down to routines.  Avoiding late-night technology use and keeping a regular sleep schedule are two important techniques as children head back to school.  Any factor that decreases the quality or quantity of sleep will lead to difficulty with school performance and poor behaviour problems.  When children stay up late at night texting in bed or playing computer games, they are increasing their risk for neuro-cognitive problems.

The number of nightly sleep hours required by children varies by age.  In general, 5 year olds should get 11 hours of sleep, 9 year olds need 10 hours and 14 year olds require at least 9 hours. If your child is not alert and functioning properly during the day, sleep length should be gradually increased or decreased, or the bedtime routine adjusted.

The ideal sleeping atmosphere is a dark, quiet room that is kept below 20 degrees.  This summer has provided us with many warm nights and it has been difficult to sleep for all us all.  Hopefully with the weather cooling a little ......restless nights will be a thing of the past!

Swimming Programme

Team 1 (Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) & Team 2 (Rooms 8, 9 & 10) 
The above classes begin their lessons on Monday 16th March.  There will be 10 lessons in this swimming programme - with the last lesson taking place on Friday 27th March.

As a result of Freyberg School opting into the government donation scheme for 2020 there will be NO COST for your child to attend these lessons. We hope to see every child take advantage of these lessons providing essential water safety skills!
Please can all parents/caregivers ensure that all school uniform items and togs and towels are clearly named.  This will enable a speedy resolution for children and staff alike when items are misplaced.  

Times that classes are scheduled to swim are now available from the school office/class teachers.

School Hats Missing

Please can you 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.
A Mesage for All Freyberg Parents/Caregivers

A friendly reminder that children arriving at school before 8.30am will not have any supervision by staff. It is your responsibility to ensure that they are either booked into before school care, being supervised by a caregiver, or dropped off after 8.30am.

Thank you for your cooperation.
2020 Full School Assembly Dates 

Term 1 - Friday 6th March & Thursday 9th April
                           - celebrating the virtue of Creativity - Auahutanga

Term 2 - Thursday 28th May & Friday 3rd July
                           - celebrating the virtue of Optimism - Ngakau rorotu

Term 3 - Friday 21st August & Friday 25th September
                           - celebrating the virtue of Resilience - Aumangea

Term 4 - Friday 13th November & Friday 11th December
                           - celebrating the virtue of Empathy - Aroha
2.30 p.m. in the school hall - all welcome!
Freyberg Community Education
Afterschool Music Classes

We still have a few spaces available in our Keyboard, Drumming and Guitar classes. If you have a child interested in  music please contact Linda direct on 8374138 for more information.
Missing - November 2019

A brown 3/4 guitar in a black case complete with guitar music worksheets clearly named Hunter Irvine.  Hunter thinks he may have accidentally left it by the middle playground. 

If anyone has any information kindly contact Louise/John on 8149382
or let the school office know.
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