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Samoan Language Week at GTS

Fri May 27 03:24pm

Talofa Lava!

Next Friday between 10am – 1pm we are having our GTS Samoan Language Week celebration. We are running 4×30 minute workshops related to Samoan food, culture, way of living for our students to participate in. We currently have the following workshops available for our learners: 
Learn a sasa
Learn a siva
All about the POPO!
Make a ili

If you would like to run a workshop or more information, please email potof@glentaylor.school.nz

Fa’afetai Lava, 

Poto 


 

Rabbit found

Fri May 27 03:00pm

We have had a new friend turn up to GTS this afternoon. If you are missing a pet, please ring the office 09 528 6325. 

GTS & Garden To Table Bake Sale. Open to all GTS whanau!

Wed May 25 11:31am




Cook Island Donuts – text Esther 0278585021 to pre order yours! $10 for a bag of 12.

Hoka o Tamaki – A message from the club

Thu May 19 06:12pm

I hope you enjoyed your Meet and Greet last Saturday!


The league is kicking off this weekend 21st May 2022


Years 0-4 9 am to 10 am


Years 5- 8 10 am to 11 am


Pt. England Reserve, 254 Pt England Road


Apologies, we won’t be able to get the Uniforms to you this week as we are waiting for our sponsored logo; this was due to unforeseen circumstances. They have promised that they will be delivered the following week! An email will be sent out telling you when and where you can collect the uniform. The kids will play in different coloured bibs for the first week, which ESAFC will provide.


What you need to do on Game Day


Please turn up  15 minutes before the start time so Coaches can place you into teams
Make sure your kids are wearing shorts and a t-shirt.
Bring a water bottle
Foremost, bring a good sportsmanship attitude and a smile!!
We would like to set up a WhatsApp group which will make it easier to communicate  with you; please click on this link below with the device you have the WhatsApp and add the Mob number to the Pt England Group


https://chat.whatsapp.com/E8ASvHz0CXd1YQYcoBzm51


Have a Fab Season

Eastern Suburbs Team

Pink Shirt Day tomorrow

Wed May 18 08:55pm

Come in PINK tomorrow (Thursday 19 May) and bring a gold coin. 

Footballers at Maddils Farm today will be back at school today at approximately 3pm.

Wed May 18 02:18pm

Funky Bright Friday for BRAKE – Mufti Day (Gold Coin Donation)

Thu May 12 09:25pm

 

WACKY ‘WALK TO SCHOOL’ WEDNESDAY – mufti day

Tue May 10 12:50pm

A message from our Travel Wise Team 



 

Road Safety Week starts Monday 9 May.

Sun May 08 09:37pm

 

Vaccination Bus returns to GTS on Thursday from 2pm – 5pm. See poster below.

Wed May 04 01:34pm

 



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Ākonga Tāpoi – Thursday 5 May. See poster below for details.

Mon May 02 04:34pm

 



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Teacher Only Day: Wednesday May 4. See Poster below.

Mon May 02 01:34pm

 



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Breakfast Club Helpers wanted

Mon May 02 01:11pm

Looking for parents to commit to 1-2 days a week to help run our breakfast club (8am – 9am)

If you’re keen, please email me potof@glentaylor.school.nz with your name, number and preferred day/s to help with. 

Thanks, 

Poto 

GTS Orange Level Health and Safety Plan

Fri Apr 29 10:09am


Kia ora whānau


As you will be aware we have moved from the Red to Orange setting.



We wanted to give you an update on what the move to Orange means for Glen Taylor School for the start of Term 2.



FACE MASKS
While at Orange, face masks are no longer required at school, public health advice is that masks continue to be strongly encouraged when indoors. Wearing a mask is a key health measure that slows the spread of COVID-19 in indoor settings. For that reason, we ask that learners in Years 5 – 8, visitors to the school, including parents and whānau, wear a mask whenever they are indoors on school grounds.
At Orange, students aged 12 and above are still required to wear a face mask on school or public transport.



SCHOOL DAY TIMES
We will be returning to our previous school day times:
8:50am – 10:40am: Block One
10:40am – 11:00am: Morning Break
11:00am – 12:40pm: Block Two
12:40pm – 1:30pm: Lunchtime
1:30pm – 2:45pm: Block Three
All classes will continue to have regular breaks where they go outside to ensure they are getting enough fresh air.



PARENTS ACCESSING SCHOOL
We now welcome parents onto the school grounds, however we ask that you don’t enter the classrooms unless you have made an appointment with your child’s class teacher. Masks MUST be worn when inside any indoor space.



ASSEMBLIES
We will be checking the air quality with the whole school in the hall to determine if our whole school assemblies on Friday mornings from 9am – 9:30am can resume. Watch this space for more details.



SPORTS AND TRIPS
We are excited to announce that Interschool Sports and School Trips will resume in Term 2. Keep an eye out for any details.



YEAR 7-8 TECHNOLOGY AT TAMAKI COLLEGE
This will resume on site at Tamaki College. Times will be from 10:15am – 11:15am. They will walk there and back with their class teacher.



OTHER HEALTH MEASURES
We will continue to keep all the other health measures in place at school that we know slow the spread of COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing whenever we can and, most importantly, staying home if sick.



From time to time some students will need to isolate at home. If a student or a household member tests positive for Covid-19, please contact the school to let us know.



If you have any concerns about sending your child to school, please get in touch – our team is here to help. We want children to be at school and engaging in learning with their friends.



Your job remains the same, too: please continue to keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms. If unwell, please stay at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.



We are looking forward to a few less restrictions and returning to school life that is a bit closer to normal.



Kia Kaha
Chris
 

Project Brave is on today!! Remember the colours we are wearing today and a gold coin donation for the worthy cause!

Thu Apr 14 08:18am

Term 1 Week 10 Newsletter

Wed Apr 13 04:23pm

 



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NZ Moving to Orange!

Wed Apr 13 04:15pm

The Government announced today that as of 11:59pm tonight we will be moving to Orange! Woohoo!! Congratulations everyone for being so awesome during this last few months. GTS will continue with our same protocols we have had all year tomorrow and our new Health and Safety Plan will come out during the holidays!
Kia Kaha
Chris

HOUSE DAY STILL ON.

Tue Apr 12 08:36am

It is looking a bit grey this morning, but our HOUSE DAY IS STILL ON! We’re still planning to have lots of fun today so please encourage your children to come dressed in house colours, be prepared to get a bit wet and $2 for sausage & ice cream 

We’ll be posting on our social media throughout the day so give the school page a follow and a like to stay updated. 

Woo hoo! 

Poto F 

Reminder! House day tomorrow for our students! Any questions, please contact Poto potof@glentaylor.school.nz

Mon Apr 11 02:48pm

 

Friday Assembly online link each week at 9am: meet.google.com/xmk-fuip-eky

Fri Mar 25 08:55am

The Vaccine Bus will be at GTS. Check out the details below.

Sat Mar 19 03:34pm

 

Scholarship Opportunities at Saint Kentigern College

Mon Mar 14 02:12pm

Saint Kentigern College is a leading, independent, co-educational Presbyterian secondary school in Auckland, and we offer scholarship opportunities for students who would be entering the College in Year 9, in 2023 and beyond.



Our goal of enabling exceptional students from all walks of life to achieve their dreams is rooted in the Presbyterian notion of wanting to contribute to society and seeking to help others to aspire and achieve. It is how we can help make a difference to the world.



We are really keen to reach out far and wide to young people who:
• demonstrate excellence in any area
• would uphold the Saint Kentigern values
• have an outstanding attitude
• have a clear vision of how they see themselves in the future and the contribution they would like to make to the world



Scholarships are available for up to 100% of tuition and boarding.



Applications close on Friday 25 March 2022.



For more information about applying for a Scholarship to Saint Kentigern College, visit our website at https://www.saintkentigern.com/college/apply/scholarships/ or email Holly in our Admissions Team at skc_admissions@saintkentigern.com
We are really looking forward to hearing from you and receiving your application.

COMMUNITY UPDATE – FRIDAY 11 MARCH 2022

Fri Mar 11 12:29pm

Kia ora whānau



We have had a very interesting week here at GTS.  Below are some updates across a range of things that are happening in the school.



NUMBERS


This week we have been averaging around 55% – 60% attendance which has been a huge increase from our low of 33%.  Thank you for sending your children to school when they are able to attend.


IT IS VITAL THAT ANY LEARNERS WHO ARE NOT POSITIVE OR HOUSEHOLD CONTACTS AND SHOW NO SYMPTOMS ATTEND SCHOOL EACH DAY.  WE CURRENTLY HAVE A LOT OF LEARNERS AT HOME WHEN THEY SHOULD BE AT SCHOOL.  


We currently have 41 kids at home in isolation.  A mix of Positive Cases and Household Contacts.  We have seen a large number of kids coming out of isolation.  Please send your child back to school as soon as isolation finishes.


This week we have been hit hard amongst the staff with currently 7 teachers at home isolating.  We look forward to seeing many of them return middle of next week.



HYBRID LEARNING


We introduced this on Tuesday and have had a lot of success, however due to numbers we have had to make some slight changes.



Teachers will be teaching in their own classes predominantly.  For those learning from home there will be two check-ins each day.  8:50am and 12:20pm.  Keep checking the class sites for up to date information and learning that is happening in each class.  https://glentaylor.school.nz/class-sites/ 



CHANGES IN ISOLATION


From 11:59pm tonight isolation reduces from 10 days to 7 days.  If you are currently in isolation you won’t be required to do your Day 8, 9 and 10.  Please phone the school if you are unsure when you can return.


This change has been made due to up-to-date public health advice: there is a decline in infectiousness of Omicron over time and in most cases, transmission occurs within seven days.


Evidence also shows that the risk of re-infection within the first three months after someone has had Omicron is very low. For this reason, recovered cases will no longer need to isolate again if they become a household contact within 90 days of having the virus. This has been extended from 28 days.



Returning to school after COVID-19


Students who test positive for COVID-19 are not required to self-isolate past seven days, but they shouldn’t return to school if they are still feeling unwell.
Many children will have long lasting runny nose and cough after viral infections. If it is over 10 days since the onset of the COVID infection and they are no longer feeling unwell, they are unlikely to be transmitting any active COVID infection and can return to school. However, if they are continuing to feel unwell or their symptoms are worsening after 10 days then GP review is recommended.



What we’re doing


We are staying open.
We are using public health measures to reduce the risk in our settings, including masks, physical distancing and ventilation.
We have appropriate cleaning procedures in place.


Thank you once more for all your support. 



Kia Kaha



Chris

GTS LEARNING UPDATE – HYBRID LEARNING

Sun Mar 06 04:38pm

Kia ora whānau



As you will have been seeing in our posts, Covid is hitting GTS.  We currently have around 52 active cases and 3 teachers who are in isolation.


Due to this we will be moving to a Hybrid Model of Teaching starting on Tuesday.   Hybrid Learning is designed from the outset to be delivered seamlessly in three ways (onsite, online and paper based) where required. 



WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?


Our 4 teams here at school will each join together.


Team Koru – Rm 2, 3 and 4 –


Link – http://meet.google.com/mri-gnxw-mnw 


Team Kea – Rm 8, 9 and 10 –


Link – http://meet.google.com/qps-ceda-emb 


Team Kakapo – Rm 5 and 6 –


Link – http://meet.google.com/oxp-uanc-tuz 


Team Tui – Rm 11, 12 and 13 –


Link – http://meet.google.com/zyj-bujs-oad 


Those learners who are at school on site (which is our preferred model), will be taught in person by one of the teachers from that team.


Those learners who are at home in isolation will be able to learn online.


Depending on numbers at school will determine how many teachers run face to face lessons and how many run online lessons.


We have changed the structure of the day and the following times will now be in place.


New Time Slots


8:50 – 10:00 Block One                                   


10:00 – 10:20 Morning Tea 


10:20 – 11:40 Block Two


11:40 – 12:20 Lunch 


12:20 – 1:30 Block Three


1:30 – 1:50 Afternoon Break 


1:50 – 2:45 Block Four


Each team will be running things slightly differently and will be posting their plans on their class sites.  https://glentaylor.school.nz/class-sites/


IT IS VITAL THAT ANY LEARNERS WHO ARE NOT POSITIVE OR HOUSEHOLD CONTACTS AND SHOW NO SYMPTOMS ATTEND SCHOOL EACH DAY.  WE CURRENTLY HAVE A LOT OF LEARNERS AT HOME WHEN THEY SHOULD BE AT SCHOOL.  


Thanks to those who have contacted us when you have had a positive case in your household.  This is the only way we know who is in isolation.  You have been doing an awesome job so keep it up!


Finally this Hybrid Model of Teaching is new to us all.  We will make mistakes but we are doing the best we can under the current situation.  Things may also change very quickly depending on the situation at school.  We appreciate your support and understanding during these difficult times.  


Kia Kaha 


Chris

5 – 11 Year Old Vaccination Survey

Wed Mar 02 03:18pm

Kia ora whānau


We have been working with the DHB and Ngāti Whātua to look at ways we can ensure our tamariki can easily access their Covid-19 Vaccinations.


We are not here to force you into it rather to provide opportunities for those who wish their children to be vaccinated.


** NO VACCINATIONS WILL EVER BE GIVEN WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT AND WITHOUT A CAREGIVER


An information Sheet will be sent home shortly with all the latest information on 5 – 11 Year Old Vaccinations


Below are a few questions that would really help us put a plan together to ensure we offer the easiest solutions to getting our kids vaccinated.


Please take a couple of minutes to answer to following questions.


It would be appreciated if you could complete it by Friday 4 March.


Ngā mihi


Chris Herlihy
Principal
Glen Taylor School


5 – 11 Year Old Vaccination Survey

COVID UPDATE

Wed Mar 02 01:02pm

Kia Ora Whānau



As you will have seen in the media the number of cases has been growing significantly over the last week.



Unfortunately the same thing is happening here at GTS.
We currently have 52 learners at home either as Confirmed Cases or Household Contacts. Miss Tupou Fonua is also at home in isolation.



Due to you the whānau being so amazing and contacting us as soon as your child becomes positive or a household contact and keeping your kids home if they have symptoms we are able to welcome all other learners here at school. We want as many people as possible here at school!



Due to the number of absences we are currently planning how we can assure we can cater for both learners here at school and also those who are forced to stay at home.



We will be in touch once we have our plan sorted.



In the meantime if you have kids at home please access their class site through our school website to see the planning each teacher has put up for their class.
Again thank you for all your clear communication when you have been confined to isolation.



Kia Kaha
Chris

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Seesaw

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Parents are also notified by the class teacher about classroom and school activities and events via the Seesaw platform. Parents can also Seesaw their child’s teacher.

 

Families only have access to their child’s journal. This means you will see student work tagged with your child’s name and posts the teacher tags with ‘Everyone’. Families will also be able to see any comment made by another user on their child’s journal posts.

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