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Level 2 Update


Kia ora koutou SPS Whānau,

We’re looking forward to welcoming all our students and staff back at school on Monday 31st August following the return to Alert Level 2. Our health and safety plan is in place as it has been under every alert level.  You can be assured that we are following all the guidelines from both the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health to keep your children safe.

At home, please continue with good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate physical distancing when out and about and keeping your child home if they are sick.

Face coverings are another way we can help keep ourselves and others safe. The Prime Minister has announced that face coverings will be required on public transport from next Monday, at Alert Level 2 and above. This does not apply to any child who is under 12 years of age and does not apply to school transport (we have good systems in place to manage safety on school transport).

Public Health officials have advised that children under the age of 6 should not wear face coverings. 

Children and young people do not need to wear face coverings at school. Other public health control measures are in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements.

If your child doesn’t need to wear a face covering but they want to, that’s fine.

We’re continuing contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances, so please check in every time you come onsite. 

If you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s website has information to help you do that. We’ll also keep a visitor register for anyone who doesn’t have the app, and also for anyone who comes onsite for a period of time. This will help us with contact tracing in the unlikely case it is needed.

For more information about public health measures at Alert Level 2 you can visit the COVID-19 website, and if you have any questions about next week please get in touch.

Here are the main points for schools:
We are expecting all staff and students back in Level Two, Monday 31st August.

The only exception to this is those who are sick, if you are sick - please stay home!

There will not be strict physical distancing, rather it is encouraged to distance where possible and we will focus on good hygiene practices, regular cleaning, and giving everyone “breathing space”.

PPE is not required for staff or students on site.

All parents coming on site to drop off and pick up students must sign a visitor register (these will be in your child’s class) or use the QR code posters. 

The most important things you can do are keep washing your hands, cough safely, and keep surfaces clean, just as you have been at Level 3. 


Now that we are back at Level 2 please ensure that all our Yr 2-8 students that were issued a chromebook please return them immediately to their classroom teacher. 

Nga manaakitanga ki a koutou katoa

Our School and Community Vision

When students leave Sylvia Park School we would like them to…

  • Achieve at or above national norms in literacy and numeracy to maximise all learning.
  • Demonstrate initiative to contribute positively within a changing society.
  • Be confident in their own identity.
  • Show resilience and flexibility to overcome challenges.
  • Maintain effective relationships based on tolerance, respect and honesty within a diverse community. 

Welcome to Sylvia Park School

Tēnā koutou katoa

Thanks for dropping by our website. I hope you have a chance to trawl through it and get a sense of what life is like here at our beautiful school. 

Sylvia Park School school is full of the finest children, staff and whānau that I have ever had the privilege to work with, and learn alongside. It makes turning up to work each day a joy.

We never fail to get excited about the things we can achieve as a collective that we would never be able to achieve alone. Each term we ask big questions that we all work together to try and answer. We call this our school-wide inquiry. We challenge ourselves to answer the question in a way that is real and meaningful. At the end of every term you will see our students applying the learning they have undertaken in real and meaningful ways. We love to see as many of our whānau taking part throughout our school-wide inquiry.

Myself, and all of the staff, are always more than happy to meet with you to discuss, celebrate and share the needs and achievements of your children so please don’t ever hesitate to approach any of us. 

Barbara Ala'alatoa - Principal

Term Dates

Term 1, 2020   Monday 3rd February - Thursday 9th April

Term 2, 2020   Tuesday 28th April - Friday 3rd July

Term 3, 2020   Monday 20th July - Friday 25th September

Term 4, 2020   Monday 12th October - Tuesday 15th December

School Times

8.30am - Class opens for students/parents.

8.55am - School starts.

10.15am - 10.35am - Morning tea.

12.30pm - 1.15pm -  Lunch.

2.45pm  - School finishes. Students must be picked up immediately. Please contact the office if you are not able to pick your child up on time.

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