2 February 2016
Greetings to you all, happy new year and welcome to the start of the 2016 academic year at St Mary’s Catholic School. Special greetings and welcome to all those new to our school community. I look forward to sharing in the success of your children as they progress through our wonderful school. I also look forward to interacting with you as members of our community.
The start of the year is always busy with many organisational matters to attend to. In order to make sure parents are as well informed as possible in regard to this we will attempt to convey messages and information in as many ways as possible, including email, through our website, written communication and app alerts. Please look out for this and take note of that which pertains to you or your children.
There are many events within, and involving our community coming up, including our first School Mass this Friday, our New Families Liturgy in week 3 and our Ash Wednesday Liturgy on 10 February. Please check our website and / or other sources of communication for these and many more events we welcome you all to.
Over the break there have been a couple of personnel changes that I would like to inform you about. As you are aware we sadly farewelled Mrs Kellie Low after 11 years as our St Mary’s Sports Coordinator. It is with pleasure therefore that I introduce and welcome Mrs Cathy Pini to our school to take over this role. Cathy has extensive experience in sports administration and is a trained teacher, having completed her final practicum here at St Mary’s last year. I am sure you will all join me in welcoming Cathy to our school.
As you know we joined as a community to celebrate the career of Mrs Sally Washer when she announced her retirement. Acting in the role of DRS this term will be Mr Gavin Hesqua. Gavin will be assisted by a great team of people and we wish him well in his leadership of the most important area of our school.
Mrs Julie Scott has worked in our school for several years as a teacher of Special Learning Needs but made the decision late last year to move back to Wellington where her mother and daughter both live. Unfortunately, given Julie made the decision and move during the holidays, we are not in a position to farewell her formally at this time.
Another change within the special learning needs area is the appointment of a new teacher aide, Mrs Monica Hamilton. Monica relieved during term 4 so is known to some children and staff.
As I indicated at the end of last year, Miss Jana Benson was successful in gaining study leave for this academic year, however, she will be in school throughout the year at different times to gather information in relation to her research.
As previously informed we are in our final transition stage to our new uniform. All students with the exception of year 6 students must be in the new uniform available from NZ Uniforms on Cameron Road. Please ensure your child comes to school in correct uniform and that all items are clearly named.
As it is summer all students must also have a school hat that needs to be worn when outdoors. Please ensure this is named and stays at school. It is also recommended that you apply sunscreen to your child each morning if required as further protection. We do have sunscreen available in classes should students require it.
If your child is absent from school, please notify the school office by phone or text before 9.00am on the morning of the absence. The school absentee mobile number is: 021 2969437.
When a child returns to school after an absence please give a written explanation to his/her classroom teacher.
Arriving late to school
If your child has an appointment and is going to be late to school then a call or text to the office is much appreciated. When you arrive to school you must come through the school office and sign your child in.
Signing in and out - Heath and Safety
If, for whatever reason you are going to be on the school grounds, then please come through the school office to sign in and out. If you are taking your child out of school early then please, also come through the school office to sign out.
St Mary's School have a Mobile App for notices, events and other important school messages. To download the app for free on iPhone or Android search 'St Mary's Tauranga' in the app store, or click this link. http://is.gd/8stOcd
Tomorrow the following forms will come home:
- Permission form and update of current contact details
- Cybersafety Use Agreement
Please take the time to read through, and discuss the Cybersafety Use Agreement with your child.
Monday to Friday
8.50am – 2.55pm
10.35am – 11.00am
12.30pm – 1.20pm
As a general rule, pupils should not be at school before 8.15am or after 3.30pm. Please ensure that your child is at school on time for the start of the school day. This gives the opportunity for a well prepared and settled beginning to classes.
The safety or our students is paramount. We request that all parents take due care and diligence in respect to parking at the school. Please do not park in the bus stop and if you are parked on the other side of the road, we ask that you meet your child/ren on the school side and escort them over the road. Do NOT drive your car into the school grounds to drop off a child unless special permission has been granted.