The Government has mandated that all those working in the school environment need to be vaccinated and there are stipulated timelines in place. We are very proud of how our staff have responded to the call to be vaccinated and all will have the required COVID test before returning to school. We will play our part to keep the community safe.
 
Schools are required to keep a vaccine register for students and this is now extended to include the COVID-19 vaccine register for students and staff. If your child is 12 or older, they are eligible for the vaccine. I have included some information about vaccinations to support decision making. We need to know if your child has had their first or second vaccine dose or is exempted from being vaccinated. This information will be held by us in accordance with the Privacy Act and will only be shared with public health authorities. A separate form will be emailed via our School Management System (eTap) to gather this information. If your child is not eligible for the vaccine, please indicate this on the form. 

 

Please click here to complete the Covid-19 Student Vaccination Status form. If your child is not eligible for the vaccine, please also indicate this on the form.
 
If we were to have a case of COVID-19 in our school, public health authorities will want to know if we are a school with a high vaccination rate. This information will then be used as part of the local health authority’s risk assessment. The more highly vaccinated we are (staff and eligible students), the less likely it will be that we will have to close down for a long period of time, or we might not need to close at all.

 

 

 

Some Actions for Happiness ideas and useful resources to support adults:

Information in languages other than English:

If you would like further ideas to keep your child physically active and support their wellbeing, the Somerville Covid-19 page has links to some great resources. A reminder to please make contact with your child's teacher or our school counsellor, Sarah Markham, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any concerns for your child.
Lockdown brings with it a lot of additional pressure on households. Perhaps this is an opportunity to take some time out for yourself, if you are able to do so. Some time to exercise, listen to your favourite music, laugh and have fun with those in your bubble, or simply enjoy some peace and quiet without having to be a teacher for the day!
 


Enrolments:
 
Please continue to submit all In Zone applications online.
 
All the required information can be found on the ‘Enrolment Information’ page on our website.
 
 
We are also using social media, via the Skool Loop App to keep parents informed. If you have not yet had the opportunity to download the free App, please see details below:

 

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Please continue to monitor your child’s online activity. There is a dark side to the web and students need to be protected. N4L has a free safety filter for all students. The safety filter (by global cyber-security leader, Akamai), blocks websites containing known cyber threats like phishing scams, malicious content and viruses, while also protecting children from content inappropriate for young eyes (like adult sites). You can set up the filter on your child’s device from home. Instructions on how to do this can be found at switchonsafety.co.nz. Please remember that technology is not a silver bullet and the filter is best used in combination with Netsafe's online parent safety toolkit.
 
The Ministry of Education has a parent website which has information about COVID-19 alert levels for parents and whānau. The site is updated regularly.

In addition, the Ministry of Ethnic Communities has just released some videos in different languages about the “Golden Rules for Level 4”:

There are also online resources to support the wellbeing of adults: 

 

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Personal Wellbeing


In a crisis such as this it is important that as adults, we put our oxygen mask on first - we need to take care of ourselves so that we can be there for others. Please remember to take some time out for yourself – exercise, listen to your favourite music, laugh and have fun with those in your bubble. Here are some Actions for Happiness ideas.
 
Below are further ideas and resources provided by the Ministry of Education to support adults:


Information in languages other than English:


The Somerville website, COVID-19 page, has links to some great resources to support the wellbeing of children, as well as, physical activity. Somerville COVID-19 page.

 

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