A very warm welcome to Eva Phizacklea, Finn Phizacklea, Areta Kahura, Kiwa Kahura, Maia Kahura, Phoebe Kirk and Tom Mason who have joined St Mary’s since our last newsletter.
We are over half way through our first term of 2016 an have ticked off a couple of great events and are eagerly looking forward to more. The Outdoor advernture day of last week was a great example of us as a community. My thanks on behalf of our all to the PTA for running such an amazing event.
This week we completed auditions for our school production ‘Trek to the Top’. Congratulations to all who have won lead parts in this production which will involve all year 2-6 students. To those who put themselves forward but were not successful again my congratulations for getting involved. I look forward to seeing you in action in your respective class parts.
Next week is Holy Week the most significan week in our Church’s year. There is further information in regard to how we will be celebrating Holy Week within this newsletter and I encourage you all to join us at the liturgies.
Our school week will conclude with the praying of the stations of the cross on Thursday followed by the Easter Vigil Mass on Thursday evening at St Mary Immaculate.
We would like to welcome and congratulate Mrs Sandi Valentine who will be joining us in a full time capacity next term. Sandi will be joining Lisa Broadmore in Room 13 and teaching our Term 2 new entrant children.
We would also like to congratulate Anna MacKinnon who has won a position as a lead teacher across our Community of Learning (COL). Anna will still be our Deputy Principal but released for time to complete her COL resposibilities. Our COL is lucky to be able to benefit from her skills and attributes.
I would just like to repeat the message I sent home via email last week.
As you may be aware schools are required to be prepared for many potential emergencies and be able to maintain the safety of students should an unforeseen event occur. Traditionally we have practiced and prepared for the unlikely event of earthquake or fire. We also have plans in place in the event of a Tsunami and if required to go into lock down.
Recently schools throughout New Zealand have been the subject of bomb threats. Evacuation for such an occurrence would involve students being evacuated to a non- disclosed site adjacent to our school grounds unless advised otherwise.
We practice one emergency procedure each term and as there are a range of emergencies we are required to prepare for, we carry out a different drill each term. Emergencies we prepare for include:
*Evacuation Procedure: Fire and Post Earthquake
*Reverse Evacuation (Lockdown)
*Determined threats to safety
If you would like to examine our Emergency Planning and Procedures in more detail please look at our school doc’s policy site
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In the event of an emergency a key aspect of responsibility we take very seriously as a school is the need to communicate with our parent community. Within our current communication systems is the ability to contact parents by email, alert (via our St Mary’s app) and text alert. In the event of an actual emergency we would enact communication via all such means.
Included in the information would be brief details regarding the nature of the emergency, actions taken and further actions required by parents which may include the need to collect children from a detailed location. In doing so it is important that all parents / caregivers follow communicated instructions to ensure the safety of our children as they are likely to be based on the advice of authorities.
Extra Curricular Activities
Next week registration forms for Term 2 winter sports codes will be sent home with your child.
Please note we will be enforcing changes to our processess made last year.
As you are aware, sport and other activities outside the classroom are “optional extras” and as such, will be treated as pay before you play!
This means, payment must be made at the time of registering your child, by eftpos at the school office, (no cash please) or by our preferred method of payment, which is internet banking. Please do not tick the internet payment option on the form until you have made the deposit into our school bank account. The bank account number is displayed on the registration forms. Your cooperation with this process would be much appreciated.
Payment must be received BEFORE your child will be registered into the sport of their choice.