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The 2022 School Year

Term 1

Tuesday 1st February – Friday 14th April (11 weeks)
Monday 7th February (Waitangi Day Observed)
Good Friday 15th April to Tuesday 19th April (Easter – during holidays)

Holidays Saturday 17th April – Sunday 2nd May

Term 2

Monday 2nd May – Friday 8th July (10 weeks)
Monday 6th June (Queens Birthday)
Friday 24th June (Matariki Day)

Holidays Saturday 9th July-Sunday 24th July

Term 3

Monday 25th July – Friday 30th September (10 weeks)
Friday 21st October (Teacher Only Day), Labour Day Monday 24th October)

Holidays: Saturday 1st October- Sunday 16th October

Term 4

Monday 17th October – Thursday 15th December (9 weeks)
Monday 24th October (Labour Day)



We have arranged to have a number of our development days on the Friday before a long weekend or to be held during the school holiday breaks at the beginning and end of the year to minimise disruption.

As a part of the new NZEI Teachers collective agreement, there are 8 days that will be used to support staff between 2020 and 2022. We will provide plenty of notice before we hold one of these days to ensure whānau are able to provide supervision for their children.


School Office Open 2022

Thursday 27th January 2022
Tuesday 1st February 2022 onwards


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Special Covid Information

For more information on our Special Covid Information click here.

Kia ora e te whanau

The Traffic Light System Information

How we stay safe.

  • Use the COVID-19 tracer app and record where you have been
  • Wear face coverings (all Year 4 students and up)
  • Physical distancing
  • Get vaccinated
  • If you are sick or feeling unwell, stay home.

Click here to see key things that schools and kura need to know.

All staff, support people and volunteers must be vaccinated

From 1 January 2022, only fully vaccinated staff, support people and volunteers can have contact with our tamariki. This applies at all settings of the CPF – Red, Orange and Green.

This applies to:

  • All kaiako and principal
  • All support staff in schools
    – teacher-aides
    – administration staff
    – maintenance staff
    – Contractors, bus and van drivers
    – parent or other volunteers.

For full guidelines see:

Covid 19 Update 25 Jan 2022

Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, tēnā koutou katoa i roto i ngā āhuatanga o te wā.

Welcome back after what we hope has been a wonderful summer for your whānau.

We are all looking forward to this year and can’t wait to welcome everyone back onsite on Tuesday 1st February 2022. 

In regard to COVID-19 we have moved fully into the new traffic light framework for all our kura activities and events this year. You will be familiar with all the health measures we will have in place and it is good to know that at Red setting, we are able to support everyone learning onsite.

We do understand that this may be an anxious time for our tamariki and staff but we also know it is important that we normalise the return to kura.

Events and activities

Large hui and gatherings especially when indoors continue to be one of the riskier activities we can undertake. We have therefore reviewed all our events and activities for the upcoming term to ensure we meet the health guidance for Red. 


We have used the Ministry of Education self-assessment tool to review all our ventilation in readiness for the start of the year. Providing good old fashioned fresh air remains the most important thing we can do in our learning spaces to minimise risk for ākonga and kaiako (and the same goes for you at home). We will also be receiving a CO2 monitor in the coming weeks to further support our ventilation plan.

Omicron and testing 

We have all seen the very large numbers of cases overseas and we will very likely see much larger numbers of cases in Aotearoa than we have previously experienced in the last two years. While Omicron is more transmissible than previous strains, most people who get COVID-19 will have a mild to moderate illness and will fully recover in their own home.

However, some of our community who are immune compromised, are ill or have other vulnerabilities, even when they are fully vaccinated, could be more affected by Omicron. So, we all need to continue to play our part to minimise the spread of the virus.

In regard to testing, the health system currently has capacity to process 40,000 PCR tests a day. PCR testing is the most accurate test for COVID-19 and will continue to be used while New Zealand is in the stamp-it-out phase. 

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will begin to be used more widely over time. They are not as accurate as PCR tests and this means that some people who do have COVID-19 will get a negative test result back. There are currently 4.6 million RATs in the country and 10s of millions ordered. 

If you are symptomatic or need to be tested to access a workplace or service, you will be guided at the time on which test is best for you.

Face coverings

As mentioned in yesterday’s panui our staff and tamariki in Years 4 – 8 must wear face coverings when inside at kura when we are at Red.  

Public health advice is that an appropriate face covering will fit snugly and seal well around facial contours. This can include single use, disposable masks (medical masks) and re-usable fabric masks with three layers. 

Don’t worry if you don’t have these specific types of face coverings, as public health experts also say that any face covering is better than no face covering. 

The Unite Against COVID-19 website also has information on how to make a face covering.

For those of you with tamariki  who might be reluctant to wear a face covering, there is some helpful advice from Michigan Health, including using simple, specific explanations about why they need to wear a face covering, adults being the role models, providing small rewards for wearing them, bringing face coverings into play such as drawing face coverings on characters in colouring books, or letting them choose/make the mask.

Vaccination for five- to 11-year-olds

Vaccination including a booster shot, remains an important tool to help prevent the most serious harm from the COVID-19 virus. If children and young adults who have been vaccinated do develop COVID-19, they are far less likely to get seriously ill and less likely to transmit the virus to others. 

The free five- to 11-year-old vaccination programme is now underway and more than 100,000 children in New Zealand have had their first dose.  

There is some helpful information available to support you on the Unite Against COVID-19 website including How to book a vaccine for your five – 11 year old and some great videos on the Kids Health page that can support you to talk to your tamariki about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Managing cases in Whangamarino School

We have a good contact tracing system in place so that if there is a confirmed case who has been at our kura while infectious, we can quickly identify who was a close contact of that person.  We will then quickly advise those contacts of what they need to do.

Only if the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Education advises to do so, would we consider closing a physical onsite school and moving to distance learning for everyone. At Red we will keep everyone learning onsite for as long as we can. 

Please make sure your contact details we have on file are up to date, so we can get in touch with you if needed.   If you have changed your contact details over the holiday break please contact Whaea Denice Langendoen at so she can update your information.

Preparing for COVID-19

You can also prepare for COVID-19, making sure you and your household have a plan and know what to do. This will mean your whānau and community can help each other if needed. Find out more here: 

Self-isolating at home because of COVID-19

Many people will be able to manage self-isolation with help from friends and whānau, but there is help available if you need it – both with health support and access to food and other essentials.

If you know anyone in your community affected by COVID-19 and who may need help, such as food and other financial assistance, Work and Income has a range of supports available for individuals, families, employers and self-employed people affected by COVID-19.

Work and Income support

The beginning of the year can be a tough time for parents who are faced with many costs and it is important you are aware of what assistance you may be able to get from Work and Income. These are available to people on a low income as well as those on a benefit.

Check what you might get here

Use the links above or call 0800 559 009 to find out more, or to apply. 

MoneyTalks can assist with free budgeting and debt help

You can also contact your local community provider. Please find more information here.

Getting ready to return to school

The Ministry of Education has some helpful information on their Parents and Whānau website to support your tamariki to get back to school. There is also a very important reminder about how you can take care of yourself.  

While this might all feel a little overwhelming at times, we are very grateful to have a strong school community that has built up a high degree of resilience, ngā mihi nui e te whānau.  Let’s all continue to be positive, happy and calm and not let Covid 19 disrupt our tamariki from learning.  

We know that all these measures we put in place will help our tamariki return to kura, reconnect with their friends, whānau and teachers and do what they enjoy i.e. learning and having fun doing it.    

Please remember whānau that we are also here to help. Please get in touch if you have any concerns or need help in any way, my email is or  

Have a great week

Ngā mihi nui

Lorraine Northey


Distance Learning @ Whangamarino School

Online Learning Links

The following websites have activities or games that our tamariki can complete with or without parent, caregiver or whānau support. We always recommend that parents, caregivers and whānau view the content for themselves before allowing tamariki to use websites.

Alternative Learning Around Home

Here are some ideas of simple things you can do at home with your tamariki.

  • Participate in Manukura Challenges and post online.
  • How to tie your laces (you’d be surprised).
  • How to follow a recipe.
  • Make your own kai kart
  • How to plan a meal and a grocery list on a budget.
  • How to write a CV (resume).
  • How to look after the whare- vacuum, mow the lawn, do the recycling, budget and pay bills…
  • Spend time reading- libraries have an online app to get them digitally. Ask your tamaiti questions about what they are reading, read together, make predictions, discuss why characters behave the way they do.
  • Spend time writing- keep a journal, keep a gratitude list, write instructions for something, write an alternative ending to a favourite story or movie, write a story, keep a book of facts…
  • How to advocate for positive change – write a letter, create a petition for example.
  • How to maintain a vehicle- (tyre, oil).
  • Get physical- yoga, play catch, play frisbee, kick a ball around, online exercise programmes.
  • Build fine motor skills- draw, colour, knit, cross-stitch, sew, weave.
  • Exist without the internet for periods of the day!
  • Research things you’re interested in’.
  • Get them to do a science (STEM) challenge- build a tower, bridge just using newspaper or a boat out of random household materials.
  • Having time together, talking, playing card games and board games are also brilliant ways to use this hard time to connect.

School Information Booklet

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Skool Loop Information

Whangamarino School has introduced the ‘Skool Loop App’ which has been developed to meet increased parent-teacher demand for simple communication between school staff and whānau. The app is completely free to use for schools and parents, and is trusted by thousands of schools across New Zealand and Australia.

It features an easy-to-use interface and the latest in school communication technology, the Skool Loop app includes shared calendars, e-permission slips, notices, absentee reporting, parent teacher interviews and more.

Please download the Skool Loop app today.

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