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Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa te whanau whanui o te Kura Tuatahi o Whakatu – greetings to friends and family of Nelson Central School

Parent-Teacher Interviews
Parent-Teacher interviews will be held during the week beginning 17 March. Please use the online booking system to book an interview time for your child. www.schoolinterviews.co.nz. The website will open on Monday 10 March and will close on Friday 14 March. If you have any difficulties with the site please call at the office and someone will help you. The code for this year is: D5JWA.
Due to leave arrangements Room 2 interviews will be organised for week 9, 31 March to April 4. Dave Palmer will contact families separately about this.

ICAS
An opportunity for children who wish to sit the International Competitions and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) tests will again be available this year:
Application forms are available from the school office.
For further information please visit: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/icas/subjects.

Measles: A message from Dr Darren Hunt, Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health
Between late December 2013 and 24 February 2014, there have been 47 confirmed measles cases reported in New Zealand: 29 in Auckland, 15 in Bay of Plenty/ Lakes, and three in Wellington. Some of these cases have been in pre-school aged children. A total of eight cases have required hospitalisation to date.
Most cases have occurred in unimmunised people, and immunisation remains the best way to prevent infection and spread within the community.

Steps mwe are taking:

Prevent measles from spreading by:
asking that you make sure that your immunisations and that of your children immunisations are up-to-date. Anyone born after 1 January 1969 should ensure they are fully immunised against measles. If they are unsure, they can check with their family doctor.
Separate unwell children
If a child becomes unwell with possible measles, we will separate any unwell child from other children while waiting to be taken home. This helps minimise the risk of measles spreading.
People with measles must stay home
Students and teachers with measles are infectious from 5 days before to 5 days after the onset of rash and must stay away from school and follow the advice of the local medical officer of health. Those students that have not been fully immunised (two doses of MMR) or those with no immunity to measles, who have been in close contact with a measles case during the infectious stages must stay away from school for 14 days from their last contact.It is recommended that teachers should also follow this practice.

Naku noa, na
Dr Paul Potaka
PRINCIPAL

Calendar

Dates for 2013

The new draft strategic plan can be viewed here.
The minutes for the September 2013 BOT meeting are now available here.
Stationery lists for 2014 are available here