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Our 2021 farewell Assembly

Our final assembly of the year which was online can be found at for those that couldn't get to see it. Its also on the front page of our website.


Red Beach School

Farewell Drive by at 12 today

End of Year Send Off, Drive by TODAY!!!!!

TODAY the school closes at 12.00 for the summer holiday. 

The staff would like to say goodbye to you, the school community and also give you the chance to say goodbye to us and especially some of our long-standing staff that are leaving us.

We have decided we will be at the front of the school on Albert Hall Drive and along the fence on Red Beach Road between 11.30am and 12:00pm if you would like to do a drive past and give us a beep and a wave. We would love to see you.

Make sure you have the tinsel and Santa hats on as well.

Reports on HERO today.

This evening we will be adding this terms reports to Hero that can be accessed on a computer (this way you can print them off) or phone.

Reports will look different this Term as Covid 2021 has seen Red Beach School in Level 4 and Level 3 Lockdown since August 18, week 4 Term 3.  This was three days after the mid-year reports had gone out during student-led conferences.  Communicating learning to home has continued through learning posts.   

However, this year, we are unable to implement the usual process for end-of-year reporting.  It is the format that will look different as there is not enough evidence to inform an Overall Teacher Judgement.

Although distance learning occurred, there were inconsistent levels of engagement due to many different valid reasons.  We tracked and responded to engagement very carefully and regularly.  From our findings and discussions teachers it was evident that we could not produce a valid report that would contain information about how the student has progressed in their learning, effort, and key competencies, or how their achievements measure in comparison to New Zealand expected levels and next learning steps.

As a result, each teacher will write instead a brief statement that encapsulates the learning that occurred during distance learning and perhaps a highlight from earlier in the year to be celebrated.

Goals will still show however the majority of these may not have changed but will be a great indicator for next year’s teacher.

On the report will also be the class your child/ren will be moving into in 2022. This has been a huge process where all of the teachers have had an opportunity to look over these placements to make sure we have the students in the best possible class to succeed.

Here is an information page on signing back in if you need help – LINK

You can also email


Red Beach School

Return of Borrowed Chromebooks

To our RBS families that have borrowed Chromebooks from the school over Lockdown, these are due today or tomorrow as we have to get them back into the classes ready for 2022.

Therefore today or tomorrow we do need you to get your child/ren to bring back the Chromebook, Bag, and Charger to the class teacher? 


Karney Dawson

Deputy Principal

Return of Borrowed Chromebooks

To our RBS families that have borrowed Chromebooks from the school over Lockdown, it is time that we do need to get these back into school before the holidays as we want to get them back into the classes ready for 2022.

Therefore this week we do need you to get your child/ren to bring back the Chromebook, Bag, and Charger to the class teacher? 

Thank you in advance.


Karney Dawson

Deputy Principal

Red Traffic Light at Red Beach School

Kia ora koutou

I hope this email finds you safe and well.

It is great news that everyone will move to the new COVID-19 Traffic Light Framework on Friday 3 December.     

 We will be moving to Red.

We have been advised that we are to continue to operate in the manner we have been until the end of the year. Group A and B setup will continue, as will staggered drop off and pick up times, and online learning for those who are not in school.

If you do need to go back into the workplace and cannot organise for anyone to be at home please fill in the form below. The linked form below is to indicate if your child cannot stay home and needs to attend school on the days they are not rostered to be in school.

For next year, we have been told that everyone will be back onsite for learning from the start of the school year, regardless of what setting under the new Traffic Light Framework we will be in (Red/Orange/Green). This is good news and means we can plan for a great 2022.

If you’d like to learn more about the framework visit COVID-19 Protection Framework.

Ngā mihi

Julie Hepburn


Red Beach School


Julie Hepburn

BOT Term 4 2021 Newsletter

Please find the below link for our Term 4 2021 Board of Trustees Newsletter. Have a wonderful Christmas and stay safe.


Board of Trustees

Red Beach School

Christmas Trees and Netball Skirts


It is that time of year again. Pre-order your Christmas Tree through Kindo for contactless collection on the 1st December. Small trees $40, Large $65 and stands $40. Trees will be on sale during the weekend 4th/5th and 11th/12th at the school gate. 


RBS netball skirts need to be returned to school by the end of this week please. These must be washed and stored in a ziplock bag with the players full name, room number and team name written on it.
A form will then be sent home for parents to fill out to receive their refund. Completed forms will need to be returned to school no later than Wednesday 1st December.
A tub will be located outside the school office each morning for the girls to put their skirts in. The school "letterbox" will also be outside the office for the bond return slips to be posted in.


Red Beach School

Last Minute Reminders

We are really looking forward to welcoming back your children over the next two days - it will be so good to have them back.

Just a few reminders:

  • Students are to be in correct school uniform
  • They will need a named drink bottle, hat, and mask  (for all year 4-6 students and we recommend mask wearing for the Year 3’s)
  • Because of our composite classes, our Y3/4 teachers will be wearing masks along with the Y5/6 teachers and Motuora. It is not a requirement for our Y1 and 2 students and teachers to wear a mask
  • Please follow the allotted drop off and pick up time. Can you prepare your child for a quick drop off as we need to keep the traffic flowing. The MOE has requested that parents and caregivers do not congregate around entrances into school. You may wish to identify a meeting spot that will help reduce potential congestion
  • Packed lunch - there will be no lunch order systems operating at this stage
  • If you need to purchase a hat  -you can do this by contacting Shelley. We will deliver the hat to your child
  • Please bring back all readers and library books
  • Year 3 to 6 students are encouraged they bring their own digital device. All students who borrowed a device from the school must bring it in to use on the school day however they can continue to use it for home learning at this stage
  • Kelly Club is not able to operate under Level 3.2

See you soon


Julie Hepburn

Red Beach School in Level 3.2

Kīa ora koutou

Due to the Ministries of Health and Education giving us further information late last night we are still working through how the reopening of Red Beach School is going to look. However, we are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome our tamariki back onsite under Alert Level 3 step 2 starting from Wednesday 17 November.

Over the past days we have been communicating with local schools, our community and reading continuous documentation sent to us in regards to how we can safely run our school at Level 3.  When planning for a safe return it is important that all public health measures are met.  

Even with the Delta variant, the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools should be lower because of all the public health measures we will have in place. What this will look like:

  • school will be open on a rotational basis with online learning continuing at home
  • the number of tamariki onsite will be limited each day
  • children onsite will be in separate groups and with their class teacher
  • physical distancing of 1 metre is encouraged
  • classrooms will be well ventilated
  • good hygiene practices with regular hand washing and coughing/sneezing etiquette will be reinforced
  • Kelly Club will not operate as directed by Ministry of Education because children would be mixing groups
  • No lunch orders at this stage

The size of our school means that all students can’t attend every day because we have to adhere to public health measures.  

In addition to this, all staff and children in Years 4 and above (while Year 3 students are encouraged) are required to wear face coverings indoors (unless they have an exemption), and we’ll ensure all staff (and external contractors) who are on site are fully vaccinated or will have had had at least one dose of the vaccine and return a negative weekly test.

In our current planning school is going to be on a rotational basis with online learning to continue for those who cannot come in and days when students are at home. Siblings will be on the same rotation as we realise that this would be incredibly difficult for parents if they were to come in on separate days.  

Come Monday 15th we will have full details out on what particular days your child/ren will be attending school, health and safety measures, what your child needs to bring to school and drop off and pick up times as we will need to stagger these.  

Please note that on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th we are not doing face to face - Zooms or Meets and may not respond to emails instantly etc. but we will still send out a learning/ activity plan for these days. Staff will be using this time as we are using these days to brief staff on health and safety, working out the organisation of the school days taking into account the Ministry of Health's guidelines and getting classes ready for the reopening of Red Beach School.

Parents and caregivers are also required to wear masks when picking up or dropping off children or visiting the office.  Please keep a two metre distance from people outside your household.  This is important to adhere to when dropping off or picking up children.  No parents will be allowed onsite for pickups and drop offs.  Please drop your children at the front entrance or entrance next to the bus stop on Albert Hall drive.

Please remember children will need a hat, which can be purchased from the office if needed.

We thank you for your patience and understanding while we put the final touches on our organisation of reopening Red Beach School. You may wish to use the weekend to check your child does have a named drink bottle and if required - a facemask.

Have a great weekend, stay safe, and teachers will be in touch on Monday.


Julie Hepburn

20 Albert Hall Drive
Red Beach NZ 0932

Phone: 09 426 8915
Fax: 09 426 8731