Sunday, 27 February 2011

School Re-opening - Update 3, 27 February

Dear Burnham School Community,

We have now completed all checks including buildings, services, and staff welfare. We are delighted to be able to open for a normal school day tomorrow. Our amazing staff is prepared and ready to care for our children next week. Thank you to our Board and PTA for their support as we re-open.
We are expecting a number of new children of families who are displaced as a result of the earthquake and aftershocks. We trust that we can ease the transition through joining our supportive, caring and fun learning community.

For new families to our community, welcome, please know we are here to support you. You do not need to provide immunisation/birth certificate information - but we do require emergency contact details. Please use the forms on the enrollment page on our web site. If you are enrolling on a permanent basis, email to let our PTA know the uniform sizes your child(ren) require.

A number of people have offered various supports such as a place to stay, blankets and other essential items in our Burnham Helping Hands noticeboard linked from the school web site. Other information and resources are available at our EQ Resources page here...

Any parents/caregivers that wish to have a coffee/chat are welcome to spend some time in our staffroom after drop off or prior to collection any day this week.

Access to the school:
Because all camp gates are closed we are in what is known as 'limited lockdown' mode. The only access to the school will be via the Godley Road gates at the following times:
  • 8.15-9.15am for drop off
  • 2.30-4pm for collection
If you require access to the school, or if anyone needs to leave please ring the office on 347 6851 or text Rob.

Other Information:
  • Parents/caregivers are welcome to join us at any time during the day - just let us know.
  • All visitors must sign in at the office and sign out again when leaving.
  • If you feel your child(ren) is not yet ready to come back to school, that is fine. Please send an email to to let us know if this is the case.
  • You can keep in contact via email, text, facebook and via our web site. We are texting this information out this afternoon and hope this text arrives this afternoon rather than during the evening! Apologies for texts that were delayed due to text messages being 'pulsed' in bulk as the network is repaired.
  • We will be closely monitoring all children throughout the week and in upcoming weeks. We will inform you if we believe your child requires you.
Please let anyone you know may not have internet/email access know of this, or forward it to those you may now who intend on joining us.
We hope you and your loved ones, and homes, are safe and well.

Our thoughts and wishes are with those most affected in Christchurch and those who are more vulnerable in our community. Please ask if you require support and stay safe.

Warm regards,

Rob Clarke, Principal
Angela Cameron, Board Chairperson
On behalf of the staff and Board of Trustees team


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