Wairau Valley Special School

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If there is one certainty in a pandemic-ridden world, it’s uncertainty! On Monday, October 11, 2021, the Government announced mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for the health and disability sector, and the education and early childhood sector, for all staff working with children. The government is also taking a cautious approach and keeping Auckland at Alert Level 3 for a bit longer.

Throughout this global health crisis, schools have relied on science and the advice of our Ministry of Health. We have acted responsibly and in line with the science and Government leadership. Consequently, we have evaded the worst effects of the virus which has wreaked havoc in so many other countries.

The advice from the Ministry has been that under Alert Level 3, Specialist Schools remain physically shut and on-line distance learning continues. As we are uncertain of the length of time we will remain at Alert Level 3, we are looking at the possibility, for a small number of children who need to attend from week 2 of term 4. The government’s message continues to be that we need to remain within our bubbles. The criteria for a child to attend school would be due to parents/caregivers having physically to go to their place of work and that there is not adequate supervision at home. It will not be school as we know it under Alert Level 2 or 1, as the bubble will be at our base school, with different staff. Your child’s teacher will continue with distance learning. Staff on site will have been double vaccinated and have had a negative Covid test.

I will continue to inform you as we receive information.

Take care

Ngā mihi nui

Natalie D. Todd

Tumuki/ Principal

Kia Ora

The COVID-19 Protection Framework

Today the Government has announced the next stage of the COVID-19 response plan to provide a pathway out of lockdown and give vaccinated New Zealanders more freedom. Aotearoa NZ will move to this framework once vaccinations have reached 90% across each DHB. The framework contains three stages: green, orange and red. At each stage, there will be things we need to do to keep safe.

Each stage is outlined in the table below or you can visit www.covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-protection-framework for more information.

Vaccinations have the power to change the way Aotearoa manages the virus and give us more possibilities. The COVID-19 Protection Framework brings us a world where we are freer to move and live with less disruption and offers the stability businesses need to plan for the future.

Once 90% of eligible New Zealanders are fully vaccinated and protected, it will be safe to introduce this new framework that does not rely on lockdowns as the main measure to stop the virus spreading.

Please visit the Covid website above for more information or check out their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/UniteAgainstCOVID19


Principals Welcome

Haere Mai, Welcome to Wairau Valley Special School (WVSS)

WVSS is a school dedicated to meeting the unique learning needs of students from 5-21 years of age in the North Shore area. All our students are funded under the Ministry of Education’s Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) for Special Education.

We have 27 classes located across six sites. These include satellite classes catering for primary and intermediate students, secondary options, and a transition center for students aged 17 and over. Satellite classes are classes that belong to a specialist school but are in a ‘mainstream’ setting. In addition, we run a Specialist Teacher Outreach Service which supports ORS-funded students to be fully included in their mainstream schools.

We have small class sizes with skilled teachers, therapists, and teacher aides. We provide quality learning programmes tailored to the individual needs of our students. The New Zealand Curriculum is personalized to ensure it meets the specific learning profile of each student. This includes a focus on Literacy and Numeracy as well as the Key Competencies which emphasize Social, Communication, Physical and Self-Management skills and development.

We are a passionate and committed staff focused on engaging our students to develop to their full potential. Our students are at the heart of all our work as we seek to ensure they are fully included in the world they are learning more about every day. We believe strongly in the need for an understanding, inclusive and responsive community and we are aware that we play an important part in helping to create this community for our students and their families.

My door is always open so please feel free to contact the school and make a time to come and see me.

Nga mihi nui

Natalie Todd

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