The following information has been collated from the Ministry of Health website. It is important that you follow these guidelines please.
Testing positive for COVID
If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, please let the School Office know, and if possible, their classroom teacher. We put this information into our Student Management System (SMS). We will mark your child as absent due to medical reasons, for the isolation period. Household contacts DO NOT need to isolate.
We are no longer required to inform the school community of positive cases. However, if we have certain circumstances that do require us to inform families, we will do this as soon as possible. It is important that you communicate with your child’s teacher if you have immune compromised people in your household. When or if necessary, they will keep you updated of any cases in the classroom.
Start the 7 days of self-isolation
If anyone in your whānau/household tests positive, they must self-isolate for 7 days while they recover. Day 0 is the day their symptoms started or when they tested positive, whichever came first. Household contacts do not need to isolate. They should test daily for 5 days. If they test positive, they need to begin 7 days of isolation as someone with COVID-19.
Report the test result
If a rapid antigen test (RAT) has been taken, report this positive result online or by calling the helpline 0800 222 478. The Ministry of Health will then send a text message from the official 2328 or 2648 numbers to confirm the positive result. This has information about self-isolation, support options, and a 6-digit access code for the online contact tracing form.
If a PCR test is done, a text message will be sent with the result. Please note: If your employer asks to see proof that you must isolate, you can use this text message. You do not need a medical certificate from a doctor.
What to do during self-isolation
If you test positive for COVID-19 you must stay at home and avoid contact with other people in your household. Find out what to do when self-isolating, including permitted reasons to leave self-isolation, and how to ventilate your home by clicking on the link below.
Fill in the contact tracing form
Once you have tested positive for COVID-19, complete the Ministry of Health’s contact tracing form using your 6-digit access code. (You can find this code in the text message from the official 2328 or 2648 numbers.) For most people, the form will take 5 to 10 minutes to fill in. If you are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and do not complete the form within 12 hours, you will get a phone call.
Monitor and manage your symptoms
Most people with COVID-19, especially if they are fully vaccinated and boosted, are likely to have a mild to moderate illness and will be fine to recover at home. Symptoms for COVID-19 tend to show 2 to 5 days after a person has been infected but can take up to 14 days. Omicron causes similar symptoms to other variants.
If you need advice
If you need advice on how to treat your symptoms or have worsening symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
If it is an emergency
If your symptoms get worse or you need urgent medical care, call your local healthcare provider or Healthline on 0800 358 5453
If you or the person you are caring for develops difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, fainting or becomes unconscious, call 111 immediately.
Please click on this link COVID-19 for more information.
Term 1 Parent/Teacher InterviewsFri Mar 17 12:45pm
•Year 6 & Room 14 – Tuesday 21st March – Thursday 23rd March 2023
•Rest of school – Tuesday 28th March – Thursday 30th March.
To book an interview go to https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the code ‘hadkh’ (this is case sensitive).
Select your child’s class and a time that works for you. If you don’t have access to the internet you can see Vic or Yolanda in the office and they will book a time for you.
We have set a target of having an interview with at least 70% of our parents / whanau. Please help exceed that target.
Reminder NZEI Strike Day – Today (Thursday 16th March)Thu Mar 16 07:03am
Dear Parents and Caregivers, a reminder that the NZEI members are holding a national one-day strike today (Thursday the 16th March), as a result of the break down in the collective agreement negotiations.
Due to the fact we have a significant number of our staff who are NZEI members, our school will be CLOSED.
Please make alternative arrangements for your children.
Rugby PromoWed Mar 15 02:56pm
This weekend we have the Super Kids Round at FMG Stadium Waikato where the Gallagher Chiefs take on the Melbourne Rebels.
As the word implies, this entire day is kids themed, from kids doing player interviews to kids’ participation in on-field activities.
The game has also been shifted to a 4.35pm kick-off to accommodate all ages.
On the day, kids will be able to:
Meet their favourite players.
Get signatures and photos.
Score heaps of giveaways and memorabilia
This weekend, the first 1,000 kids’ tickets sold in the Family Zone UnCovered and Fan Zone are free. Kids tickets are free with an adult ticket purchased.
We also have an exclusive discount code for your school that can be offered to all parents and staff!
Reminder NZEI Strike Day – Thursday 16th MarchWed Mar 15 02:15pm
Dear Parents and Caregivers, a reminder that the NZEI members are holding a national one-day strike on Thursday the 16th March, as a result of the break down in the collective agreement negotiations.
Due to the fact we have a significant number of our staff who are NZEI members, our school will be CLOSED on this day.
Please make alternative arrangements for your children.
Thursday’s StrikeMon Mar 13 01:32pm
Kia ora Whanau, If your child would like to represent Ham West School during Term 2 and 3 in Netball, please complete the form linked here.Mon Mar 13 07:43am
Kia ora Whanau, If your child would like to represent Ham West School during Term 2 and 3 in Hockey, please complete the form linked here.Mon Mar 13 07:41am
What’s on Today:Tue Mar 07 07:24am
Year 7&8 Swimming Sports is in Week 6 – Tuesday 7 March starting at 9:15am.
Juicies and Moosies $2
2023 Sports TimetableSun Mar 05 09:40am
Sports notices – Winter sports enrollments will be coming up soon. Some sports are through local clubs now.Sun Mar 05 09:36am
Sibling Photos on the 14th and 15th of March. Please fill in the google form by Monday 13th March.Fri Mar 03 08:57pm
The Year 1 Swimming display and picnic is cancelled today due to the high chance of rain.Mon Feb 27 07:35am
Moosies and Juicies will be on sale every Tuesday and Thursday. $2 eachSun Feb 26 03:07pm
School closed on Wednesday afternoon (1 March) from 12.30Sun Feb 26 11:43am
Paid Union Meeting (PUM)
As part of their employment agreement teachers are entitled to attend union meetings held during school hours. Normally we are able to stay open as there is a choice of meetings, enabling us to share the load. This time there is only one meeting time available for our teachers. Thus Hamilton West School will be closed from 12:30pm on Wednesday the 1st of March. We ask that you collect your child at the usual pick up area at 12:30 pm please.
Mufti Day TomorrowThu Feb 23 04:31pm
We all know the devastation that Cyclone Gabrielle has had on our nation. It is heartbreaking to learn what our people have experienced over the past week, and continue to endure in the aftermath. We want to connect with the people in need. On Friday 24th of February Hamilton West will have a Mufti Day to raise funds for Twyford School, a school in the Hawkes Bay affected by the cyclone. If your child is participating in Mufti Day, we ask that you please get them to bring to school a gold coin donation. If you are wanting to donate more than this, you are most welcome to donate this directly to the school or give this to your child to bring to school on Friday.
The Seesaw platform is used to show the students work and will include posts from each curriculum area. Parents are also notified by the class teacher about classroom and school activities and events via the Seesaw platform. Parents can also Seesaw their child’s teacher.
Families only have access to their child’s journal. This means you will see student work tagged with your child’s name and posts the teacher tags with ‘Everyone’. Families will also be able to see any comment made by another user on their child’s journal posts.
Download the app or open Seesaw here.