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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

Welcome to families new to the school and welcome back to everyone else.

Many of our children have been affected by chickenpox. A person who has chickenpox can spread the virus even before he or she has any symptoms. Chickenpox is most easily spread from 2 to 3 days before the rash appears until all the blisters have crusted over. The advice we have received is that children should remain at home for 5 days after the appearance of blisters.

The first symptoms of chickenpox often are a fever, a headache, and a sore throat. You or your child may feel sick, tired, and not very hungry. The chickenpox rash usually appears about 1 or 2 days after the first symptoms start. Some children get the chickenpox rash without having a fever or other early symptoms.

After a chickenpox red spot appears, it usually takes about 1 or 2 days for the spot to go through all its stages. This includes blistering, bursting, drying, and crusting over. New red spots will appear every day for up to 5 to 7 days.

Parent-Teacher Interviews
If you haven’t already done so you are invited to make an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss progress and achievement in relation to the National Standards and other matters. To make a booking please go to the school interviews website and enter the code: TUNLX. The website is open and will close on Friday 1 August.

Interviews will take place Monday 4 August to Thursday 7 August. During interviews teachers will discuss the first of two written reports on your child in relation to the National Standards. We believe it is important that these be delivered face-to-face to ensure you have a chance to ask questions and to ensure there are no misunderstandings about what is being reported.

Annual survey of parents
As in other years, the Board of Trustees has prepared a questionnaire for you to complete during the week of parent interviews. It is important for us to hear your feedback on the work we do with your children. We want to ensure we are doing the best we can for them and one way you can help us is to give us feedback. I am sure you have been asked by countless organisations to complete questionnaires but I hope you will act on this survey. The information gleaned will inform our charter and other planning for 2015. The link to the survey will be in next week's newsletter.

Before School Supervision
A reminder for those who need the service that we operate a Before School Supervision Programme in the school library 7:30 – 8:30 am Monday to Friday. The supervisor is Brenda Black and the cost is $1 per person per day.

Naku noa, na
Dr Paul Potaka


Dates for 2013

The new draft strategic plan can be viewed here.
The minutes for the June 2014 BOT meeting are now available here.
We have a fixed term new entrant teaching vacancy. More details here.

Central school students have entered a nationwide video competition reflecting schools in the future and local business. If you watch the 5 min clip it will help us qualify to win! We might win $2,500 worth of technology for the school.