Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou
Learning for Life and Making it Count
Welcome to 2021
Kia ora e te whānau,
Happy New Year!
School starts for pupils on Tuesday 9th February 2021, after Waitangi Day observance.
Remember, children will need to bring to school each day:
School zone change
Late last year the Ministry of Education advised us of a slight change to our school zone. It now runs up Lower Styx Road all the way to Brooklands, including parts of Spencerville previously excluded. For details see here.
Looking forward to seeing you all again soon,
COVID updates - from the Ministry of Education
Alert Level 2 - All of New Zealand excluding Auckland region
Alert Level 2 applies from 6:00am 28th February 2021 for 7 days.
1. Schools are open to everyone, and all children must attend.
At Alert Level 2 the disease is contained but there is still risk of community transmission. It is safe for children and staff to attend school and for school hostels to be operating as there will be appropriate measures in place, including for children and staff vulnerable to severe illness.
2. Learning will be onsite with distance learning offered in some circumstances.
Distance learning should be provided for those required to self-isolate, those individuals who health authorities have asked to stay away while waiting for a test result, or those choosing to remain at home because they are vulnerable to illness.
3. Schools are not classified as gatherings and a range of events and activities can go ahead.
For most day to day activities at schools, the rules for gatherings do not apply.Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response Order, schools are exempted from physical distancing requirements when people are there to receive, provide, or support education services.
However as soon as your event or activity brings people onsite who are not there for education purposes, including students, parents and caregivers, then the rules for gatherings do apply. This would include performances such as school plays, cultural events and sporting activities.
4. Schools will close for cleaning and contact tracing if there is a confirmed case who was infectious when at school.
Your Director of Education will work closely with you and health authorities should this occur. Please contact your Ministry regional office if you hear of a confirmed case in your school community but haven’t been advised about it by health officials.
5. Face coverings are not required at school or on any school transport.
This includes charter buses hired by the school to transport students and staff. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering in any setting should be supported to do so.
6. Sick people must stay at home.
They should seek medical advice if they have COVID-like symptoms and get tested if advised to do so. If that person displays relevant symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they must self-isolate.
7. You must have a contact tracing system in place.
This includes displaying QR code posters at your entrances, your timetable, attendance register and visitor register.
8. Fundamental public health measures continue to apply at every alert level:
Some events may need to be cancelled or postponed when we are at Alert Level 2. Inter-regional travel is possible but only where you are confident the appropriate measures will be in place at the host venue, including requirements for gatherings.
10. Your Ministry regional office team is available to provide support.
For more detailed information for Alert Level 2, please refer to our health and safety guidance.
Tō tātou kura - Our School, Ouruhia
E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā hau e whā.
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.
Welcome, everybody, and let me introduce Ouruhia School.
We are your local school…a traditional family-friendly country school, modern and forward-thinking, with a rich and varied curriculum based in our community: Our People; Our Place; Our Future
We want Ouruhia to be fun, memorable, and relevant. One of our mottos is “Learning for Life and Making it Count.” We want kids to love learning, be curious, and having lots of "Wow!" moments. Kids with those attitudes and experiences will be motivated and engaged, and keen to make every step count on the road ahead… the road to a successful and positive future.
At Ouruhia our children grow to be strong in the personal qualities we emphasise: being Thinkers and Independent learners, who are Caring & Sharing and have a Can-Do Attitude.
We welcome enquiries about enrolments for children from New Entrants to Year 8. We would love to meet you and show you around our school.
Please email Mark Ashmore-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or phone 03 323 8855.
2021 Term Dates:
Term 1: Tues 9th Feb – Fri 16th April
Waitangi Day Sat 6th February; obs Mon 8th February before term starts
In term: Good Friday 2 Apr; Easter Mon 5 Apr; Easter Tues 6 Apr
In holidays ANZAC – Sun 25th April
Term 2: Mon 3rd May– Fri 9th July
Teacher Only Day Fri 4 Jun (Q B’day weekend) – all Kātote schools
Queen's Birthday Monday 7th June
Term 3: Mon 26th July – Fri 1st October
Teacher Only Day? Week 5 Fri 27 Aug - TBC
Term 4: Mon 18th Oct – Fri 17th Dec
Labour Day Monday 25th October
Canterbury Show Day Friday 12th November
School Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 8.30am - 3.00pm
Tuesday, Thursday - 8.30am - 2.00pm
School Secretary - Raewyn Willocks