Hello Parents and Whanau,
Unfortunately Covid has impacted again and Auckland will move to
LEVEL 3 FROM 6:00 a.m. Sunday 28th February.
From Monday 1st March Valley School is only open for children of essential workers.
All other pupils MUST stay home.
School will be operating in "bubbles" as we have previously in level 3.
What we ask is that if your child will need to be at school during this lockdown that you please let us know by emailing Keryn Grey at email@example.com as soon as possible to assist us in planning for the week ahead. We will have reduced staffing so it is very important that as few students as possible are at school.
Only the main East Street entrance will be open. Other gates will be locked.
If you are an essential worker and your child must be at school then the drop off point is in front of the office. Please do not get out of the car.
Under level 3 no parents are to be in the school other than at the drop off point.
Information about home learning will be on our web site as soon as possible.
We will be in contact during the week as the situation unfolds and as we get more information.
Many thanks to you all - Valley School has a wonderful community and together we will get through this again.
Active Challenge Month-March
In March we will be Taking part in the Travelwise/Auckland Transport Active Challenge Month.
We will be encouraging pupils to walk to school when possible. This will hopefully help ease congestion around the school at our crowded drop off and pick up points.
We realise that not all pupils are able to walk to school so even parking 50 metres away from the school gate is a positive option. If your child is not able to walk to school for whatever reason there will still be activities they can be part of to support the Active Challenge Month.
If you are a vehicle user at our pick up points please be aware that Police and Council are aware of some dangerous parking and queuing that is being reported. Enforcement officers will be visiting to make sure cars are not stopped on yellow lines or queued out on to East Street.
Whanau Fun Evening
Friday 12th March, 5 to 7:30pm
Keep this date free! Between 5 and 6pm classes will be open and you will be able to pop in and have a look at what has been going on this year so far. The teacher will be available for an informal chat about the class programmes but they will not be able to meet individually about your child’s progress – you are most welcome to make another time to meet with the teacher if you want an individual discussion.
There will be a bouncy castle, games, activities and food to buy – or you can bring a picnic.
We hope to see you all here on the 12th March!
LEVEL 1 – starting Tuesday 23rd February
All pupils will return to their normal classrooms. All school timings will be normal.
All school gates will be open.
Any parent who visits the school must use the QR codes to sign in or manually sign in at the office.
Parents may enter the school grounds but please do not enter classrooms.
There is no physical distancing requirement inside the classroom – the measure is keeping out of the ‘moist breath zone’ of others.
Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell. Any pupils displaying any symptoms of coughing, sneezing or a runny nose will be sent home.
Assemblies will now tale place as normal.
All classes are well equipped for hand sanitising and handwashing.
Thorough daily cleans will be taking place.
Thank you for all your support, it is much appreciated. We look forward to continuing to work as a community to the do the very best we can for our kids.
Take care Everyone
New Valley School Policy Website
One of the major projects that the Board of Trustees and the Principal have been working on this year is the adoption of School Docs as a central place for all our board and school policies.
School Docs allows the board and the school to focus on our core responsibilities around academic achievement and student learning progress with the following benefits:
- Easy Access - All our policy documents are accessible to the whole school community, split into handy areas for parents and staff to access
- Collaboration - With over 1,200 schools in the system, we benefit from the experiences and knowledge of others in the education community.
- Review - The unique review system allows board members, staff and parents to comment on policies and procedures online and be heard.
- Save time - School Docs will enable the board and senior leadership team to spend more time on proactive strategy and less time on paperwork.
- Notification - We will be immediately notified of any legislative changes that impact our policies ensuring we are up to date with our obligations.
The links to the school policies via Schools Docs can be found on the Valley School website homepage on the left of the screen under Policies and Procedures. Once you enter the area username and login details will be provided.
The Board of Trustees and Principal are happy to hear any feedback (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we hope that this makes our school policies and procedure more accessible for all.
A paper copy of our policies will be available for reading at the school office. The paper copy will be updated twice a year.
The Valley School Board of Trustees
Term Dates 2021
TERM 1 Start – Thursday 4 February Finish – Friday 16 April
TERM 2 Start – Monday 3 May Finish – Friday 9 July
TERM 3 Start – Monday 26 July Finish – Friday 1 October
TERM 4 Start – Monday 18 October Finish – Thursday 16 December
now what learning is
Valley kids show "courage” when it comes to learning. Students know how to be prepared for learning, what tools they need and the right attitude to bring to all learning situations.
Valley kids show respect for themselves and each other. They have a strong sense of "honour” and do what is morally right. They are the most important part of the Valley School community.
iscover their individuality
Valley kids are "loyal”. They can be relied upon to participate and contribute in all learning situations. They are curious about the world and willing to take risks with their learning.
trive for success
Valley kids always show a ‘can-do’ attitude. They set learning goals and strive to achieve them. They show "endurance” in all they do by demonstrating stamina and determination.