Epsom Normal Primary School

COVID 19 Update: 23.3.2020

23 March 2020 Kia ora tatou There have been significant changes to government announcements during the weekend. Please read the bulletin carefully and do as you are asked. The school will be communicating on school apps and please keep following the alerts. With the announcement that New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2 – Reduce Contact for COVID-19, people over 70 years of age and those with compromised immunity and certain existing medical conditions, are asked to remain at home as much as they can from now on and avoid any non-essential travel. Staff, children and young people in schools and early learning services are therefore asked to follow this advice. ALL staff and children with high health needs including those who are sick MUST stay home. High-risk individuals While the majority of people who are confirmed with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms, some individuals are at risk of more severe symptoms. Older people, particularly those with pre-existing health problems are more likely to get severe illness and are therefore considered at risk. High-risk individuals also include people with underlying medical conditions, such as:
  • a compromised immune system
  • liver disease
  • cancer
  • kidney disease
  • heart disease
  • diabetes mellitus
We would very much appreciate ALL parents leaving their children at the classroom door rather than entering the classrooms, for the safety of our children. Please note that our children will now be eating their lunches inside to support student wellbeing. Further information is available at: https://covid19.govt.nz/help-and-advice/for-everyone/vulnerable-people/ https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-questions-and-answers Supporting learning at home School will remain open until we are asked to close. Our teachers are delivering the learning at school and home learning is being planned which will be available on the school web soon. Please access the school web www.epsomnormalprimary.school.nz/learning-link for learning at home. We are currently working on this link. We sincerely value our community support during these trying times. Please contact the school office if you have any further requests. Ngā mihi nui, Ateel Sudhakar Principal Brett Bishop Board of Trustees Chair

COVID-19 UPDATE: 20.3.2020

20 March 2020 Kia ora koutou With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, we wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly. As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform us about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you. If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken. If our school does need to close temporarily, we have a plan in place to support students' learning. We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here. Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness. A diagram below has been developed by Dr Siouxsie Wiles to assist you when considering symptoms. What it tells us is:
  • A dry cough and a high temperature are common to both flu and COVID-19
  • Sneezing is not a symptom of COVID-19, however if someone has COVID-19, then sneezing can spread droplets containing the virus
We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community.  Ngā mihi nui Ateel Sudhakar (Principal) and Brett Bishop (Board Chair)  

Book Character Dress Up Day: Wednesday 19 February

We will be holding our inaugural book character dress up day on Wednesday 19 February. All the children are encouraged to come to school dressed up as their favourite book character. Each team will have a book character parade sometime during the day with lots of prizes to give away. Get creative and chose your favourite book character to dress up as on Wednesday. If you are having trouble deciding on an idea, please check out these websites: Kidspot NZ https://kidspot.co.nz/activities/10-easy-book-themed-costume-ideas/   https://www.pinterest.nz/marcitate/book-character-dress-up-day/

Scholastics Book Fair – Monday 17 to Friday 21 February 2020

The Scholastics Book Fair is taking place in the school library from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February at the following times:

All week from 8:30-9:15am & 2:30-3:15pm Plus on Thursday from 5.15-6.45pm (during the school picnic)

Please stop by with your child/children to have a look at the wonderful selection of books available for purchase.


Manuka Team: Term 1 2020

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to all our returning families and our new families who have started at ENPS. It is wonderful to have your children in the Manuka Team this year....