Newsletter 4 Term 1 -Friday 13 March 2020

Kia Ora Koutou

Yes the Raft Race is on and we have a raft.  If you have some spare time come down to Whangaroa Harbour tomorrow to cheer on our team – The Tiny Totaras.  Race starts about 10.00am.

Unfortunately we did not participate in the Soccer Field Day as there was only us and one other school entered.  James , the organiser, will come and visit us next term and take some coaching sessions.

I include below the latest information from the Ministry regarding the Corona virus, which I also posted on our facebook page. The main point – wash your hands thoroughly and cough into your elbow.

Jenny Williams

Kia ora

You may have seen that the World Health Organisation has now declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. As noted by the Minister of Health, this doesn’t change what New Zealand is doing to respond to coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health has been working through its pandemic plan since January. You will also know the Government has already implemented a range of measures to minimise the impacts to New Zealand. This includes border restrictions, a requirement to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand from China, Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea and immediate and detailed contact tracing of any confirmed cases. It is important to note those four countries account for more than 90% of cases globally and China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining numbers of new cases.

We have 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand and it is pleasing to know they are all doing well and are at home.  Their children, four students at Auckland schools, continue to be well and show no symptoms. While we expect that more cases will arise, the Ministry of Health says that with continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low in New Zealand. We all have a role to play in this.

For our school, our pandemic plan is also ready to be implemented if needed. In the mean time we will continue to focus on good hygiene practices. Hand washing and good cough etiquette are very important tools in preventing the spread of illness including colds, flu and COVID-19.

With that, there is a good video clip from Nanogirl that will help your children to better understand the virus – YouTube clip – Nanogirl

You may have also seen the Prime Minister sat down with Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard, to talk about coronavirus:

One other action we can all take is to be vigilant about our own health and the health of our children. I will be encouraging my staff to stay away from school if they are showing signs of illness such as coughs and colds. I ask that you please do the same with your children. Colds and flus are common in schools and by staying away, seeking medical attention and practicing good hygiene, we can all keep any spread of illness to a minimum.

LUCKY BOOK CLUB ISSUE 2 has already been sent home with your child/ren.  Please have any orders do

oon on Thursday 2nd of April so the books can be back to school by the school holiday break.  LOOP is a great way to do your own orders online and if you haven’t used LOOP before, please ask Sharon if you need any help.




It was great to see all the dress-ups for our Seaweek Day – Connecting With The Seas – last Friday.  The Early Childhood Centre joined in and there was some amazing costumes to be seen!!


The following children have received certificates for their awesome work

Ivy and Millie – for great progress with their Reading.

Herbie – for writing numbers 1-10 correctly.

Stella – for writing an interesting story about ‘The Fire’.

Axel – for his first Hour of Code Certificate.

Helena – for being a great leader and showing us you magical maths skills.

Lauaki – for your enthusiastic reading.

Kowhai – for trying your best to learn your words.

Neve – for your fine use of adjectives in your writing.

Viennah – for working quietly and independently.

Sharlie – for your enthusiasm when learning.

Beau – for the effort you put into your costume and crab writing.

Nick & Neve – for jumping up your reading levels.

Kowhai & Herbie – for pointing to your words as you read them.



Sat 14 MarKiwi Can Raft Race
Tues 17 MarBOT Meeting 4pm
Thurs 09 AprLAST DAY OF TERM 1
Wed 29 AprilTERM 2 BEGINS


Totara North School, 32 School Road, Totara North, RD2 Kaeo 0479

 Phone: 09 405 1852


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