I hope you are all well and keeping warm during the first few chilly winter days.
The term at Maungaraki School has started off well. We are so glad we can now welcome whānau in through the gates and to begin to connect with you all. We were blown away with the engagement in our goal setting meetings in week 1. Over 90% of you made time to come in and meet with staff as we discussed learning for your tamariki. These nights provided us with a rare and valuable chance to sit down face to face with you - we have really missed these opportunities.
Covid has been much less disruptive in the first few weeks of the term at Maungaraki School, however we are very aware that it remains in our community. Our thoughts are with all of you who have had, or are in the midst of dealing with Covid. We know that local schools have been hugely impacted this term with some temporary closures and major disruption to programmes. Please be aware that although we are currently coping well as a school, we are anticipating another wave to be upon our school shortly. Therefore we would strongly recommend that students in years 5-8 wear masks inside the classroom. We do require all visitors entering school buildings to wear masks. We will communicate more with you if this unfolds. As always we do really appreciate the support you offer us during these challenging times.
This week at our kura we have begun our Reo-athon. Hazel Andis, our office staff and the Home and School committee have been busy organising this event. I really want to thank them for their mahi in getting this event sorted. We are really excited about this journey, this week we kicked off with Chris Bishop and Ginny Anderson sharing our kupu. I encourage you to keep learning those words each week as you seek out sponsorship. Let's come together and get to 20,000 words learnt as a school.
Later this year we have our Board of Trustees elections. Our school board is a crucial part of the running of Maungaraki School. They provide governance to the school as we make our way through implementing our strategic plans. If you are interested in knowing what being a part of our school board entails we would love to hear from you. Over the next few months we would encourage you to sit in on one of our meetings or take time to have a chat with one of our current board members. For more information on this please feel free to stop by for a chat or flick us an email, we will put you in touch with someone to talk to.
Until next time, no reira kia kaha ra.
Nga Mihi Nui,