" A friendly, caring school with quality learning and quality behaviour that respects the needs of the individual student in the spirit of partnership between the school, caregivers and the community."
“He kura manaaki, he kura atawhai i nga tikanga rangatira, nga tikanga ahua noho o te tauira i roto i te wairua ngatahi kei waenganui i te kura, nga kaitiaki me te iwi kainga.”
Latest COVID Update and MOE request
July 22nd, 2022
Kia Ora Whānau and Caregivers
We look forward to welcoming all students back to school on Monday. Term 3 is an action packed term of teaching, learning and sporting and cultural opportunities. A reminder that it is important that all students attend school to get the best out of these opportunities..
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education strongly recommended that all schools/kura have students above Year 4 wear masks indoors for the first four weeks of Term 3, where it will not have a significant impact on teaching and learning. We would appreciate it if students wear a mask whilst inside the classroom. This is not a mandate but an expectation that supports the Public health advice that wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings.
For this reason, we will still continue to ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors, on school grounds. We will also continue with mask wearing being compulsory at school assemblies, as we have done throughout Term 2. The previous rubric of information for operating at level Orange of the Covid Protection Framework sent to you last term is still in place for you to be aware of what our protocols will be.
Whakatane Intermediate will have plenty of masks available for students who can't bring their own from home.
This request is in response to communities around New Zealand currently battling rising winter illnesses, COVID case numbers and the ongoing effects of COVID-19.
Examples of situations where mask wearing may not be practicable include:
● while eating and drinking
● playing certain musical instruments
● playing indoor sport
● singing, kapa haka or drama performance on stage, and PE.
We will ensure all of our learning spaces have good ventilation.
Thank you for your support.
Ngā mihi Nui
Whakatane Intermediate School CPF Orange Protocols for Learning
April 28th, 2022
Kia Ora Whanau,
The recent announcement from the Government at the end of last term has the school moving to level orange of the Covid Protection Framework from the start of the second term.
The decision to move to Orange has been made on public health advice and reflects that we are moving past the peak of cases and our health system is able to cope. We are seeing that cases are declining due to high levels of vaccination and natural immunity after infection.
I have included the following rubric of information for you, so you are aware of what our protocols will be. One item of note worth mentioning at Orange is that face masks are no longer mandated but are “ strongly recommended & encouraged” to be worn indoors at school by the students and staff. Public health advice is that wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we will still ask that visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.
We also ask that students continue to bring a mask to school every day. There may be times that we’ll ask them to wear a mask, for example, when we are having an assembly in the Auditorium. If there are a high number of cases at school or in the community, we may ask that masks be worn in classrooms for a time. Exemptions are still accepted as before.
At Orange we will be able to return to a normal full school experience for our students, and we look forward to a positive and rewarding second term.
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