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Friday 11 September 2020
The scooter track today had it's the first flood of users as we welcomed students to bring their scooters to school. It was exciting to see them cruising around the track and all ages enjoying it (check out our Facebook page to see a video).

We will have a formal opening in time, but right now want to acknowledge the 'Being Me' journal group who raised the money as part of the Friends of School. You are amazing - thank you! A further $9,000 came from the Community Trust South.

Some guidelines to remember as we work out the best way for students and families to enjoy this track:
1) During school time, scooters ONLY can be used. With parents from 3.15pm and during the weekends, you can also use bikes and remote control cars. 
2) NO scootering before school or between 2.45-3.15pm. There will be no staff supervision at these times.
3) The track goes clockwise, starting at the mini ball court. 
4) Please stay off the edges of the track where it is muddy and new grass has been sown. Best viewing is from the netball court and fort playground area.
5) Users must have a helmet and shoes.

We are blessed to have this amazing feature at Myross Bush School and we intend to use it safely while enjoying the opportunities it brings!
What a wonderful, windy, wacky, Wig Wednesday we had this week! Thanks to the student leaders for organising this event. We raised a total of $275 for the Child Cancer Foundation!

For more great photos, check out the school Facebook page.
It was a great afternoon yesterday for our annual Makarewa School sports exchange. Both the netball and the rugby teams played fair, together and strong.

The icing on the cake was the two wins we had: netball 6 - 4 to MBS and the rugby was 75 - 5 to MBS. We were presented with the Rutledge Shield from Leicester Rutledge himself.

Thank you to the coaches, Miss Moratti and Mr Lankow, and to Mrs Watt for reffing the rugby. Thank you Makarewa School for hosting us. We look forward to having you at our place next year.

For more great photos, check out the school Facebook page.
We await the Government's announcement early next week about any changes to the current Alert Level. At this point, we are expecting a large crowd for our Arts Extravaganza but this is not appropriate at Alert Level 2. We will have some sort of performance to honour our students but are considering options for how this could occur and will be communicating to our community mid next week.
Large table for sale. In good condition. 2.4m by 1.2m (at widest point). Make an offer by ringing the school office on 03 230 4817.
Are you unsure about what happens at school for each of the Covid Alert Levels?

To make things easier, a new page has been created on our school website so everyone has a clear understanding of the school's operational response to Covid-19. This page will be updated as things develop.
For your information, there are a large range of supports available for young people who may feel they aren’t coping.
  • Youthline – Call 0800 376 633, text 234, or webchat (7-11pm daily) for young people and their parents, whānau and friends.
  • Rainbow Youth – Call (09) 376 4155 (11am-5pm weekdays) or webchat (3-5 weekdays) for peer support for youth in the rainbow community, their friends and whānau.
  • What's Up – Call 0800 942 8787 (0800 WHATSUP) or webchat to talk about anything with trained counsellors. Call: Monday to Friday 12-11pm, Sat and Sun 3-11pm. Webchat: Mon-Fri 1-10pm, Sat-Sun 3-10pm.
  • Kidsline – Call 0800 543 754 (0800 KIDSLINE) for young people up to 18 years old - 4-9pm weekdays.
  • The Lowdown – Call 0800 111 757, text 5626, email or webchat to get for support for young people experiencing depression or anxiety.
Self-help tools and information:
  • Aroha is a chatbot that provides practical, evidence-based tools to manage stress, maintain social connection and stay active.
  • Aunty Dee is a free online tool for anyone who needs some help working through a problem. 
  • Melon Health has a kete of resources to support teenagers’ emotional wellbeing. There are videos, downloadable worksheets and a ‘First steps to managing anxiety’ mini-course. 
  • Mental Wealth has resources where you can learn more about mental health. 
  • SPARX is an online self-help tool that teaches young people the key skills needed to help combat depression and anxiety in an interactive game-world.  
  • The Lowdown has some great resources about recognising and understanding depression and anxiety.
For Pacific families:
The Mental Health Foundation also recently sent the following message out to their Pacific families:
  • Wellness is community. As children of the moana, our wellness is collective, it is caring for ourselves and caring for each other. Now more than ever, we as a people need to come together in heart and mind, keeping our village strong.” Words by Grace Iwashita-Taylor.
  • If you or someone you know is feeling stressed or anxious, Vaka Tautua can offer you support through their helpline 0800 OLA LELEI (0800 652 535)
LeVa Pasifika also provides information and support for Pasifika families on mental health, addiction and suicide prevention.
Congratulations to the following Hockey teams for their efforts this season:
Year 1 + 2 Myross Bush team placed 1st
Year 3 + 4 Myross Bush Thunder placed 1st in Pool A
Year 3 + 4 Myross Bush Blacksticks placed 4th in Pool B
Year 5 + 6 Myross Bush team placed 2nd in Pool A
Year 5 + 6 Myross Bush Stampede placed 6th in Pool B

Thank you again to our Coaches and Managers for making these games happen for our kids. You are so valuable in a healthy school and community!
Sport options for Term 4 are listed in 'Enrolmy'. Please login to your School Enrolmy account to enrol your child for the appropriate activity by Sunday 13 September at 8pm

If it is your first time using Enrolmy, click on the link below and click ‘register’ at the top of the page to set up an account. Any queries please email (Sports Connector) 
Friends of the School

Reminder: Our Friends of School Disco is postponed until Term 4.
Last chance to get your FREE Trial Entertainment app! Offer ends 13th September
Download now and unlock 6 weeks of incredible savings…
Including hundreds of offers to entertain the kids during school holidays.
Whakatauki (Proverb)
“Me mahi tahi tātou mō te oranga o te katoa”
(Let us all work together for the wellbeing of everyone.)

School Calendar
Week 9
  • Monday 14 September
    • 7.30pm Board of Trustees Meeting - Staffroom
Week 10
  • Wednesday 23 September
    • Rippa Rugby Competition
  • Thursday 24
    • 4.30pm Arts Extravaganza!!
  • Friday 25
    • Last day of Term 3
School resumes for Term 4 on Monday 12 October
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