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Message from Berhampore School Board of Trustees

Sun Mar 27 07:33pm

Kia ora koutou,


Our next board meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday 31 March 2022, via Zoom. The agenda is now available on the Berhampore School website.


Elections
Our board is elected every 3 years, and our next elections will be held in September this year. We will be making a decision in this meeting on:


– Our election date
– Whether we want to move to a staggered election cycle – where some parent representatives are elected half-way through the triennial election cycle. You can read more about it here.


Board of Trustee meetings are open for all to attend, and we encourage you to get involved. If you are planning on attending a board meeting, please RSVP to boardchair@berhampore.school.nz so that we can provide a Zoom link.


Board of Trustees 2022 meeting schedule


You can view our meeting schedule, as well as recent meeting minutes on the Berhampore School website. Our meetings are held twice per term on a Thursday, usually in weeks 3 and 9.


Ngā mihi
Berhampore Board of Trustees

REMINDER – Feedback on Strategic Plan Due (Friday, 18 March)

Sun Mar 13 03:26pm

Hello Families,


The deadline for feedback on the Strategic Plan is Friday, 18 March.


You can view the documents using these buttons:


Strategic Plan (Summary Document)


Strategic Plan (Full Document)


Feedback can be submitted via email to consultation@berhampore.school.nz or this feedback form 


Kind regards,
Consultation Steering Group

COVID Panui (4 March)

Fri Mar 04 05:50pm

Kia ora whānau


We wanted to update you on how we’re doing as the cases of COVID continue to rise. At this point in time, we are relatively unaffected and have only a few staff away isolating either as household contacts or positive cases. In the last few days, we have had our first student cases reported and these students and their whānau are at home isolating. We have notified all individuals who have been in contact with these student cases and have asked them to monitor for symptoms and get tested if they become symptomatic. If your child has been in a class with a positive case, you will receive a hard copy letter informing you of this and with any further cases in the classroom, you will be informed by email.


We would encourage families to be vigilant around symptoms and keep children at home that are unwell. We would also urge families to get tested if they are symptomatic and you can contact your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice. You can also find RAT distribution centres on the Healthpoint website (https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/wellington/).


If you are isolating at home, you can request a hardpack of schoolwork for your student using this Google Form (https://forms.gle/3Nm3GU6XxCS3NfmU6). We also have our Berhampore School Learning from Home website (https://sites.google.com/berhampore.school.nz/berhampore-school-learning/home) that is filled with activities that students can do at home. Junior classrooms (Years 0-3) are using Seesaw and uploading online activities for students to complete. Please access the digital resources if you can rather than request a hard pack of schoolwork. If your child is unwell, let them rest and recuperate before starting any schoolwork.


We know that this is a difficult time for many whānau – if you need help, please reach out to the school and let us know. You can also find support from the COVID Welfare phone line on 0800 512 337 or on the COVID 19 website (https://covid19.govt.nz/isolation-and-care/help-when-you-are-self-isolating/)


Kia kaha!


Berhampore School Staff

COVID Panui (27 February()

Sun Feb 27 04:46pm

Kia ora koutou,


New Zealand’s COVID-19 response continues amid much larger numbers of daily cases.


You may well have seen the headlines in the media about the numbers of cases being seen in schools. Please don’t be alarmed by this. It is only natural that as cases in our community increase, they will appear in our school. We have really good systems in place to respond to this and to keep any spread of the virus – should it appear – to a minimum.


You may have seen Dr Jin Russell in the media noting research from New South Wales about their recent Omicron outbreak showing that onward transmission within the school setting is very low. For every child who is infected and attends school only 3.7% of their close contacts at school subsequently tested positive. We have seen that in New Zealand too – public health teams on the ground have seen that even though cases pop up in schools, there has been very little onward spread through the school because of the protective measures we have in place.


This is why we remain open at Red. It’s great for a child’s wellbeing and learning to be at school with their friends and school staff, and we have very good systems in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.


You may have heard that I am isolating as a confirmed case.  We know that my exposure occurred at a professional meeting outside the school.  Everyone in my household has returned negative tests so far and I hope this continues. 


We have a Covid Team of school leaders backed up with two board members that have a plan to assist with any responses needed by the school.  I am in contact with Jill and Michelle who are doing a terrific job of keeping the team working while I must isolate.


Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.


With Phase 3 of the Omicron response, the key change is that it is only confirmed cases and their household contacts who need to self-isolate. Everyone else, including those who may have had close contact with the case but aren’t in the household, must continue to monitor really closely for any symptoms of COVID-19.


Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now being used to diagnose COVID-19 as well as PCR tests. This means that you will get an almost immediate test result back if a RAT is used.


If anyone in your family is confirmed as having COVID-19, you will be asked to notify your close contacts yourself. Please get in touch with us as soon as you can if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.



Transmission of COVID-19 is still most likely to happen in your home – so please keep doing all those good things to keep your whānau safe. Wash your hands, get lots of fresh air, cover any coughs and sneezes, clean surfaces regularly, and seek advice if anyone is not feeling well. And please wear a mask when you are out and about. There is information online to help your family prepare to isolate if you need to.


The most important advice we can give to keep your whānau safe is to act as if you have COVID-19. More than a third of people who have COVID-19 will not have any symptoms if they have had three doses of the vaccine. Please think about who you visit and what health measures you can put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.



Getting three doses of the vaccine will really help you to do that. Research has shown that compared with being unvaccinated, three doses of the vaccine will mean you are 67% less likely to be infected with Omicron and 97% less likely to get Delta. If you can’t get COVID you can’t pass it on.


Finally, we know how hard the impacts on COVID-19 have been for many families in New Zealand. If you know of a family in your community who is struggling, please encourage them to reach out for support for example to access food, medicine, or access financial support: Help is available – COVID-19 Health Hub.


If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please do get in touch.  We are here to help.


Aku mihi,


Mark


Principal

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