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Kia ora Whanau

Reflecting back on the last seven weeks, it is difficult to both comprehend and define what has transpired not only at Northcross but Nationally and Internationally.

Starting 2020 in relative normality with students settling into new routines, school camps, challenger series, ready for another productive year……. then a pandemic unlike any of us have experienced before. The country in lockdown, apocalyptic panic buying,  intense media coverage showing humanity trying to deal with accelerated numbers of covid victims and published death tolls , hearing from Dr Ashley Bloomfield daily at 1 pm, virtual classrooms/virtual teachers….would life ever be the same, probably not? How has covid affected staff, students and our community? Time will tell, the true psychological effects may not be visible  immediately. As we come to the end of level 2 it is important we reflect back on how, as a learning community, we reacted in a crisis situation and also realise it is not business as usual but creating a ‘new normal’.

We are grateful for your ongoing support of our school over the lock down period. Actions such as, ensuring students continued their learning at home, keeping your child home if unwell, adhering to level conditions with only essential workers children attending school in level 3 and a large percentage of students physically returning to Northcross in level 2, certainly ensured we were able to operate in the safest conditions possible. There were also individual acts of kindness, such as Doctor Shaun donating hundreds of dollars of high grade antiseptic, hand sanitiser, face masks and other PEP gear. Thank you for your support!

Alert Level 1

  • In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday regarding Alert Level 1 and possible timeframes after next Monday’s announcement of the Cabinet’s decision.
  • From what we know now, we believe the following are the key changes for Northcross at Alert Level 1:
  • there are no specific public health requirements.
  • there are no restrictions on personal movement at all so all students, children and staff continue to be safe to go to school / early learning, and all students must attend school.
  • We are are no longer required to keep a contact tracing register but will continue with the usual practice of having a visitor and an attendance register (and will need to work with local health authorities to identify close contacts, should there be a case connected with the school).
  • physical distancing is not a requirement but is encouraged when you are around people you don’t know.
  • there are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings or on physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events.
  • There are key public health measures (Golden Rules) for everyone in New Zealand to follow. For all schools and early learning services this means:
  • If people are sick, they should stay home (phone Healthline or their GP and get tested if they have cold or flu symptoms).
  • Continue to regularly wash and dry hands, sneeze and cough into elbows.
  • Soap, water and the ability to dry hands should be provided in bathrooms.
  • Regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • Support contact tracing efforts by displaying QR Code posters for the NZ COVID Tracer App.
  • Stringent self-isolation of those who display relevant symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or have been overseas in the last 14 days – Ministry of Health information for self-isolation.
  • At all levels, upon advice from the local medical officer of health, any educational facilities connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 must close on an individual or group basis for 72 hours to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days.

So for the most part, Alert Level 1 is very much the new normal for our community supporting good hygiene practices and people who are unwell staying away remain a priority.

Our Curriculum focus for term 2:

This term, all students have been offered the opportunity to participate (not compulsory) in the Northcross Science and Technology Expo.

Students may choose between two different kinds of Project:

1. Technology Project – Inventing a new product to meet an identified need or opportunity.

2. Scientific Research / Investigation Project – Testing to answer a question, this will almost always include a Fair Test

Every student will have a mentor teacher to guide them throughout the process and support them throughout their project. As this is an extracurricular activity, the majority of the project will be completed at home (possibly with the support of a family member). 20 exceptional projects will be entered into the NIWA North Harbour Science and Technology Fair. Participating in the expo is an excellent opportunity for students to explore and engage in science, and showcase their learning.

Parents can view the, NX Science and Technology Expo Booklet on our school website under Learning at NX.

Future Problem Solving Teams ( FPS)

We wish our FPS Teams (including ex Northcross students who are now in year 9) all the best. Today they are competing  against students from throughout the globe in solving real life scenarios that affect our global community. Northcross students won the right to compete in this International competition when they became New Zealand Champions last year. Under normal conditions, our students would be now in the United States competing, obviously the trip could not go proceed, so FPS organizers have  promoted the Championship through a virtual competition. We certainly look forward to hearing the results and how they have progressed using digital communications.

Nga mihi nui

Jonathon Tredray
Principal
Northcross Intermediate

 

 

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