Assalamu Alaykum and Kia Ora!
Welcome to our school website! This website is designed to keep you up to date with current news and activities that are happening at our school.
At Iqra Elementary School we pride ourselves on doing the very best for all our students, all of the time. This occurs by our staff’s strong commitment to their own professional learning and ensuring our programmes are engaging, motivating and challenging for all learners. It is also important to us that our students feel happy and safe at school. We provide a nurturing environment that has Islamic values and practices embedded in the daily routines of students.
We look forward to working with all of you on our journey to making our school a leading Islamic School to ensure our students stay connected with our religion, languages, cultures and strong heritage.
If you have any comments or suggestions for us, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Eid Al-Fitr Holiday: Monday 25th May
Term 2 Ends: Friday 3rd July
School at Alert level 2
Kia ora koutou,
To all of the IQRA school families, students, staff and everyone else connected with our school. I want to begin by saying thank you.
Thank you for staying home and staying safe, thank you for your patience as we all work out what distance learning means and looks like, and thank you for your patience as I transition into the principal role at Iqra School.
All of our hard work seems to have paid off, with COVID-19 cases dramatically reducing across the country. As a school, it has given us the time to provide the support for our students learning at a distance.
On Monday, the Prime Minister advised that in Alert Level 2 schools are safe environments for children, young people and staff and that additional public health control measures are in place to prevent the spread of disease and to support contact tracing.
The good news is that when we are able to, we will be ready to welcome all students and staff back to our school site. We will be open for students on Monday 18 May.
The key Public Health approach is to minimise the risk that someone gets infected in the first place, and second to ensure we can identify and contact anyone who has been in close contact with a person, if someone in a school is infected.
You can be assured that in Alert Level 2 we will know who is at school, who our staff and students have been in close contact with and take appropriate measures to keep everyone safe.
Physical distancing is a good precaution to prevent the spread of disease. We do however know it is challenging in schools, so good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here. This includes staff and students coughing into their elbows, hand washing and drying with regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.
Under Alert Level 2, we advise any students and staff to stay at home if they are sick, and we will send anyone home immediately if they show any symptoms.
Our school has safe and sensible practices to maintain the health and safety of everyone on the school site. As described by Dr Payinda in his NZ Herald article, “Covid's not measles or chickenpox, it doesn't hang in the air for hours waiting to infect passers-by. It travels on invisible drops of spit. You don't have to cross the street to avoid anyone. Just avoid getting in their 'moist breath' zone”. We all just need to remember to have some breathing space at Alert Level 2!
It’s important however that not just at school but at home, safe hygiene habits are practised by everyone, as this is essential to minimise the risk that someone gets infected with Covid-19.
For more information about the public health measures at Alert Level 2, you can visit the covid19.govt.nz website: https://covid19.govt.nz/
If you have any questions about our health and safety plan, or have a child who might be vulnerable to serious illness and would like to discuss a plan for them, please contact me.
Students are encouraged to bring their devices to school as we will continue to use Google Classroom. If a family is sharing devices please allow the elder sibling to have this as junior years will have learning packs. Students will also need to bring a pencil case with equipment as students will not be able to share these, at this stage.
Students must bring a drink bottle to school. This can be refilled at school. Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide cups for students to drink water from.
School Drop off:
● Children need to be at school no later than 8.30 am.
● They will come to the front door, where they will be met by a staff member.
● Parents are asked to leave their children at the door and not to come into the school.
● If they need to do so because they have an appointment, they will be required to sign in for contact tracing. Your children are very important to us and we want to keep them safe.
School Pick Up:
● At the end of the day teachers in years 1 to 3 will take their children to the fire evacuation point at 3.25, which is the grassy reserve area on the side of the school.
● Children will be spaced apart and parents are asked to collect their children from this space.
● Year 4 to 6 teachers will take their children to the preschool carpark. This is the building adjacent to the school. Please do not park in this area in the afternoon to avoid congestion.
● Students will be spaced apart and parents are asked to collect their children from this space.
● Please do not congregate in either of these areas, stay well apart from each other.
● Teachers who do not have a class at this time will be there to assist in the process and support students and parents with the health and safety requirements.
The Trust has advised that the school will be closed for the Eid break on Monday 25th May.
Christine McLiesh and the team at IQRA Elementary School