Kia ora whānau
I am sure you were as pleased as I was to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement about moving to Alert Level 1. For us, there will be no major changes to what we are doing and our school continues to be safe to attend, including any staff and children who are considered more vulnerable to COVID. We have a good cleaning routine in place, people who are sick are staying at home and we continue to encourage good hygiene practices. We will continue to adhere to the office from our Minister of Education and Health Authorities, which is…
Changes from Alert Level 2
The key change for schools and early learning services is that there are no specific public health requirements at Alert level 1.
Schools are no longer required to keep a contact tracing register, but as is usual practice will continue to keep a visitor register and maintain their attendance register (and will need to work with local health authorities to identify close contacts, should there be a case connected with the school).
Physical distancing is not a requirement but where possible or practicable, is encouraged when you are around people you don’t know.
There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.
There are key public health measures (golden rules) for everyone in New Zealand to follow. For schools and early learning services this will mean:
Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days – Ministry of Health information for self-isolation
New School Uniform - We want to hear your thoughts around our school having a uniform, there are many pro's and con's but this came from a recent newspaper article “Uniforms give students a sense of belonging to a particular school and create an identity for the school in the community.” We encourage you to fill in a form asap and leave in the PINK box at the office OR head over to our Facebook/School APP pages to vote. Ngā mihi koutou.
It was great to read that instances of COVID-19 in New Zealand are very low and here in the Waikato we have no cases, with the last case reported on 10 May. There are some concerns that people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. The Ministry of Health has advised us that there is no instance in New Zealand of someone spreading the virus without ever having symptoms. The Ministry of education and Ministry of Health assure us that our school is safe.
As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid’s not measles or chickenpox, it doesn’t hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don’t have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their ‘moist breath’ zone”.
For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/
Even though there is such a low risk of the virus getting in the gates to start with, we will be keeping up our hygiene practices at Crawshaw School (that is, sanitising on entry, only two access points in and out of school, contact tracing continuing, signing in and out of the office, classrooms practising safe sanitising measure and any child or staff with flu like symptoms will be sent home) as well as keeping up to date with current public health measures as an extra precaution.
Keep checking here, our facebook page, School APP for updates. Ngā mihi to our Crawshaw community for supporting us during these unprecedented times.
Haven't received any messages? Do we have your updated contact details? Please check whānau it is important that we keep these updated.
This week we welcome to our Kura Whaea Miria Te Moni who is a our new in school SWiS worker (Social Worker in Schools). Miria has lived in Hamilton for nearly 10 years and has worked in the Catholic Family services branch as well as Family Works. Social work is a passion and Miria is committed to empowering whānau and individuals to strive for the treasures they value most dearly. Nau mai haere mai Whaea!
"Whaia te iti kahurangi ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei"
Seek the treasure you value most dearly, and if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou!
Whānau Ōra have kindly gifted our kura with 25 boxes of home cleaning/sanitising products, the box includes soap, disinfectant wipes etc. If you would like one of these boxes please see Matua Stuart asap (first in first serve).
Kia ora Koutou!
Whew! We made it through our first week back at school. Thank you to our wonderful community and tamariki who have embraced the new 'normal' with our sanitising and sign in routines. While there have been some hiccups, we are regularly reviewing our processes and procedures to ensure disruptions to your tamariki's learning is kept at a minimum.
This week Oxford Pies chose our kura to receive "Kai packages" for our whānau, these were gratefully received and went out to our community yesterday. Oxford Pies deserves our "Friends of the School" badge, ngā mihi Oxford Pies, thank you very much for your kind donations. We also need to make a shout out to Good Neighbour in Rototuna for donating 18 bottles of sanitiser to the school. During the lockdown BIDVEST also donated goods to our families and we are told these packs were AMAZING!!
14th May 2020
Kia ora Crawshaw Whanau
The Prime Minister announced that schools will reopen for all students on MONDAY 18th MAY. Our staff are looking forward to welcoming back all our students and are working hard this week to ensure all public health and safety guidelines are implemented on site.
According to the Government, schools are not considered mass gatherings and therefore the guidelines around groups of 10 or less do not apply in the school setting, therefore our school is a SAFE PLACE.
As from Monday, there will be two access points for entering our school grounds. One will be at the front of the school by the Pou and the other is at the back fence. Both access points will have sanitizing and sign-in stations. ALL ADULTS coming onto the school premises will be required to sign in at these entrance points OR at the office after 9am. At 9am the back gate will be locked and re-opened at 2.50pm. The only access to school grounds will be through the front gate and for tracing purposes gates will be open from 8.30am. Do not send your child to school before these times.
At school, hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing (moist breath zone) will be observed . Each classroom will have sanister, soap and hand towels. At the end of the day all surface areas will be disinfected.
If your child shows any symptoms of being unwell, you will be contacted and they will need to be collected and taken home. Please ensure the office has your current and updated contact details.
For further information please refer to the Health Guidelines
Kia ora Whanau,
During the lockdown our wonderful teachers were busy developing online learning for your tamariki. However, Alert Level 2 will look a little different i.e. learning packs are available for whanau to collect; check out our facebook page for learning in each division OR head to the Ministry of Education website for more learning options https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/. We encourage you to make contact with your child's teacher for further updates.
A reminder that the delivery of the MOE learning packs were out of our control despite our best efforts that these would be delivered during Alert 3, however fingers crossed these might still be delivered in the very near future. Some of our students have received devices from the Ministry of Education, these are school property and must be returned when your child returns to school Any questions feel free to contact the school.
Kia ora Crawshaw School community, Information supplied to us from the Ministry of Education... When is sick, sick? The messaging remains clear – that if you are feeling unwell please stay home, and the same goes for children and young people. However at the tail end of a cold, there will be runny noses and probably some coughing. This might be worrying for some people who are being vigilant about their own and others’ health. A diagram has been developed by Dr Siouxsie Wiles to assist you when considering symptoms (sent to us by a teacher who found it useful). What it tells us is: A dry cough and a high temperature are common to both flu and COVID-19 Sneezing is not a symptom of COVID-19, however if someone has COVID-19, then sneezing can spread droplets containing the virus.
Crawshaw School is very much a neighbourhood school. We wish to be an integral part of the community and to reflect and enhance the educational aspirations of the parents and caregivers in our community.
We are a full primary school (Y0-8) situated in the North-west corner of Hamilton City, New Zealand. We have 14 classes catering for approximately 300, mainly local students and both English and Maori enrichment classes are offered. Two satellite classes from Hamilton North School are integrated into the school. We also have a school chaplain, Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour, (RTLB), a Social Worker in Schools, (SWIS), a dental clinic on site and a close relationship with Hamilton City Council Neighbourhood Advisors and our School Community Constable. Two local churches, St Marks and North West Baptist, give support to the school.
We are a PB4L (Positive Behaviour for Learning) school and we want every student to SOAR (Be Successful, Be Outstanding, Be Adaptable and Be Resilient). Please feel free to make an appointment with the Principal, who will be only too pleased to share our story with you and show you around our wonderful Kura.
Exciting news!! We have a new School APP - Tītiro mai whānau!