Week 1 Term 1 2020
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A Fantastic Start to the Year

We have had a wonderful start to the 2020 year of learning.  We began with a wonderful Powhiri where we welcomed a large number of new students, teachers and families to our school.

We warmly welcome each and every one of you to our Ōrākei School Family.

Information on Novel Coronavirus

The health of our Ōrākei School community is a priority for us all. This communication wishes to advise our families of the latest information we have received regarding the evolving international concern for the Novel Coronavirus.
This is a new virus and its specific nature is currently unclear, however it appears that you can have the virus at an early stage and not be showing any symptoms. This incubation period is currently considered to be 14 days. 
If you have arrived back in New Zealand from China anytime during the last two weeks, or if you have travelled to an area of the world where the virus is now present we ask that your child does not come to school until you have been back in New Zealand for a period of two weeks (14-day incubation period).
If everyone living in your household is symptom free, when the two-week period is up, your child should then come to school as normal. In the meantime, if you are keeping your child home please notify the school via the school website link to assist us in keeping an accurate record of attendance for all students.
This will safeguard and ensure the safety of all our students, families, staff and wider community.
As always anyone who is unwell should not be at school. If you have any concerns about the possibility of the virus call the Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice. The Healthline has translators and interpreters available day and night in 150 languages.
Additional Ministry of Health information can be found here:
We will be spending time as a school reminding the students of basic principles that reduce the risk of becoming unwell. These include:

  • regularly washing hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly)
  • covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze using your elbow
  • staying home if you are sick
  • using hand sanitiser supplied in each class.

Thank you very much for your support in reminding our students to follow this advice.

Welcome New Teachers

We would like to welcome our new teachers this year. They are Whaea Karen Russell who  will be working in Te Ahureinga o Te Aroha as the Kaiako and Pouako for the Rūmaki Team in A1. Welcome to Ms Isabella Stryj who will be working in K4 as a Year 4 teacher.  We also welcome Ms Katrina Barber who will work with one of our Year 2 classes and finally welcome to Ms Sarah Divers. Sarah will be teaching our Year 6 students in O3.

School Visit to Ōrākei Marae - Friday February 7

This Friday we have scheduled a whole school trip to Ōrākei Marae. We will be departing by bus at 9:30 for a 10am Powhiri and return to school at 12:30.

The purpose of this trip is to introduce our school whanau to our marae whanau. This trip is open to all families and friends of our school. We will be a part of a traditional powhiri onto the marae. Tradition dictates that our children will go first, women second and the men follow last as we enter the wharenui. Once in the marae men sit in the front row of seats and the children and families will be seated behind. Following the powhiri the adults will be invited for a whakanoa (cup of tea and light refreshment) in the wharekai. Our students will eat their morning tea at this time. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mr Earl directly michaele@orakei.school.nz

Community Assemblies 

Assemblies will be held twice a term, two for our Senior students (Years 4-8) and two for our Junior students (Year 0-3).  Times and further details for these assemblies can be found on our school website.

Thank you FoOS for the Field Drainage and Coates Avenue Path

A big thank you must go to our Friends of Orakei School team for their continued support of our school.  The majority of works to the field were completed with a small amount of gravel banding to be finished in the Term One holidays when the ground will be soft enough to allow it. The Coates Avenue path was removed and new concrete laid. Both of these spaces will continue to provide safe access and enjoyment of the school grounds.

Enrolments for 2021

If you have a child or know of a child that will be starting at our school in 2021 please collect an enrolment pack from the office. Returning this will allow us to prepare resources and allocate our teaching staff accordingly.

FlexiBuzz Reset

We delayed resetting all users on our school FlexiBuzz account.  This will happen this week on Friday.

What this means for you is that you will need to logon to FlexiBuzz today and select the classes that your child or children are in as well as selecting the whole school option.

FlexiBuzz is one of our key ways of communicating with our community.


Welcome to our New Students

Mainstream students:
Maya D, Inez I, Indi J, Martan D, Milo P, Karter K, Charlotte S, Gracie T, Benjamin N, Edith P, Zoey F, Nellie F, Lucas L, Jacob L, Prophecy, Archadius, Nejah M, Shiryah M, Devante M, Rocky H, Alanah B

Ngā Rūmaki Akonga:
Kenymah K, Tawhao R, Precious H, Taareikura H, Te Ahikaaroa H, Kanui H, Rawinia M, Turoa M, Miria M, Kaitiaki H, Ngatai H, Kahurangi P, Mairangi H, Gracie M, Amohau P, Manawa P, Lucky P

Sun Safety

Our school is officially a Sunsmart School and this means during Terms 1 and 4 students are required to wear their sun hats and are both encouraged to play in the shade and to wear sunscreen. Sun hats can be purchased from the office for $18.

Meet the Teacher Evening Cancelled

Please be aware that we are not holding our Meet the Teacher Evening next Wednesday. This was the purpose of the parent teacher meetings held on Monday. For those parents who did not meet with their child's teacher please contact your child's teacher directly.

Key Events for Term 1

Waitangi Day - School Closed                         Thursday February 6
Marae Visit                                                       Friday February 7 - 9:30am - 1:00pm
Hui a Whanau                                                  Tuesday February 11 - 5:30
Board of Trustees Meeting                               Monday February 10 - 7pm 
Community Assembly Year 4-8                        Friday February 21 - 2pm

2020 Term Dates

Please see below our confirmed term dates for 2020. As in previous years, our teaching team will be available to meet with parents prior to the start of Term 1 on Tuesday 5th February.

Term 1: Monday Feb 3 – Thursday April 9
Term 2: Tuesday April 28 – Friday July 3
Term 3: Monday July 20 – Friday Sept 25
Term 4: Monday Oct 12 – Tuesday Dec 15

Absences/ Lateness

If your child is absent from school or is going to arrive late, please assist our front office by letting us know. There are FOUR ways in which you can do this:

1) Flexibuzz: Open the App then click on the 'Whole School' tab, then the 'Absence' tab.
2) Text: 0226806743
3) Call: 521 0657 and leave a message
4) Email: office@orakei.school.nz


Term 1 Kids and Teens classes at the Bodylight Studio:

Kids (age 7-11) Wednesdays 3:45 - 4:30 
Kids (age 11-14) Wednesdays 4:45 - 5:45
Starting: 13 February
Teens (age 13-18) Thursdays 5:15- 6:15
Starting: 14 February
Cost: $140 term (it is possible to join later in the term)
For enquiries:
Email: studio@bodylight.co.nz
or call Edna: 021 184 7463
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