Welcome to Avon School

Avon School is a primary school catering for children from Year 1-8. Avon is situated south of Stratford.

Avon School is a vibrant learning community. We encourage our learners, both students and adults, to demonstrate our S.T.A.R.S values (Self Management, Teamwork, Aroha, Respect and Success) in all that we do.

There is a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy as well as opportunities for education outside the classroom.

We believe that our learning environment truly prepares our students for their future as 21st century life long learners.

Proud supporters of Avon School

New COVID-19 Protection (Traffic Light) Framework

Kia ora koutou

You may have heard that everyone in Aotearoa will move to the new COVID-19 Traffic Light Framework on Friday 3 December. We will be moving to Orange.

Elimination and the alert levels have worked well, with New Zealand having the lowest numbers of cases and hospitalisations in the OECD. While controlled, Delta is in our communities and the strategy now focuses on minimising its impact.

With 85% of eligible New Zealanders now fully vaccinated, and by mid-December it is expected to be approximately 90%, this allows a careful reopening while continuing to protect New Zealanders.

This means that we don’t have to change the way we are operating classes this year and everyone can continue to attend school onsite.

For next year, we can confirm 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.

Health measures in place at school

This year and next, health, safety and wellbeing will continue to be a priority for us and the same public health measures you are very familiar with will remain in place:

  • good hygiene and cleaning

  • contact tracing systems in place

  • vaccination requirements for workers (paid and unpaid)

  • if you are sick, you must stay home and get tested

  • good ventilation.

[For regions at Red from 3 December] One change is that face coverings are encouraged to be worn when indoors for students and staff in years 4 – 13.

And if we are at Red at any stage next year:

  • face coverings will be required at school when indoors for students and staff in years 4 – 13

  • we will ask that only essential visitors come onsite.

With all these measures in place, public health has confirmed the risk of infection remains low when at school, with households continuing to be where COVID-19 is spreading the most. As noted by Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health:

Our experience in New Zealand and overseas with COVID-19 shows that it does not affect children and teens in the same way it does adults. Children and teens don't become as unwell if they do get infected, and they don't tend to pass the virus on so much as adults when in a classroom setting.

Compared to other places, schools and early learning services are not environments where we have seen significant spread of COVID-19. Household members and work colleagues who are in close contact with people with COVID-19, are the most common sources of transmission.

However, if we do have someone confirmed with COVID-19 in our school, we have a plan in place to manage this and will contact you as soon as possible.

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

Ngā mihi

Rik Allen


Tuesday 16th November

Kia Ora Whānau/Parents

We’ve had a number of queries asking whether it is possible for parents and caregivers to come onsite particularly if they are unvaccinated.

The requirement to be vaccinated is only for those people who are working for the school, which may be unpaid work such as volunteering. In instances where parents or caregivers volunteer for your school and are regularly on site when children and students may be present, these parents will be required to be vaccinated.

This vaccination requirement does not apply to those who are performing services remotely or who are onsite only when children and students are not present.

In instances where parents and caregivers are not providing work for your school, these parents are still permitted to attend on site after Monday 15 November whether they are vaccinated or not. This includes those parents and caregivers who are dropping off, picking up or settling children at your school or kura.

As I am responsible for all tamariki under our care at Avon School it is important that all health and safety mitigations that can be put in place to help keep those on site as safe as possible.

Under guidance from the Ministry of Education rather than ask for vaccine status it has been advised to treat all visitors to school as unvaccinated. All visitors will then follow the same guidelines and expectations as we maintain the focus on the safety of our tamariki at all times.

Below is a list of guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education that we are following at Avon School:

  • at Alert Level 3, non-essential visitors should not come onsite

  • at Alert Level 2, it is strongly recommend that large events and activities do not take place, including those that bring parents and caregivers onsite

  • all visitors wear a face covering, sanitise hands on entry and exit, and scan in using the contact tracing sign.

  • staff may also prefer to wear a face covering (and it is required at Alert Level 3 for Years 9-13)

  • physical distancing of two metres is recommended where practicable

  • consider whether engagement with parents and caregivers can be held outside rather than inside

  • hold meetings which do need to go ahead via Zoom, Teams or similar

  • if it is necessary to meet onsite, ensure the room being used is spacious and well ventilated

  • ensure hand sanitiser is available indoors

  • reiterate that anyone who is not feeling well should not come onto the school site and encourage them to seek advice about getting tested.

Naku noa nā

Rik Allen

Tumuaki / Principal