Thursday, 9 September 2010

School Closure - Update 5 - Clean Up Friday, Opening Monday

Dear parents/whanau and friends of Burnham School,

I hope you are managing to get some rest and are starting the process of recovery as a family from the events of the last week. We've now managed to get all the essential services required to run the school back 'on line' and are preparing to have our clean up tomorrow.

We've been briefed by Burnham Army Camp psych services and are well-supported by the Commander and his team and are truly appreciative of their support. The padre service and Community Services Officer is available to anyone requiring support, as are the staff of the school. We've been meeting with other groups such as the Ministry of Education traumatic incident response team and other schools to ensure that we are well-prepared to support the kids when we re-open on Monday.

Tomorrow morning at 10am there is a special Community Support Meeting held at the Community Centre (opposite BOOST and down the road from the Four Square) which is open to everyone in our community. I urge you to consider this and take the kids. Check the attached flyer for more information. Also attached is a handout from Civil Defence which is the most up to date advice on coping. We will be producing resources for parents/kids as well as providing you ideas leading up to school starting on Monday.

At 11.30am we'd love 10 or so adult volunteers to support staff in the clean up. We anticipate clean up will only take a couple of hours and should be complete just after lunch time. 

If you are able to offer a hand, please text me on 021 590 572 to indicate who is able to come and bring: a bottle of water, your mobile phone, gloves to protect hands from glass/rubbish.

Sleep well and we'll see you on Monday, if not before.

Rob and the team.


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