E Mihi Nui Kia Koutou
I would like to start this newsletter, our third of the year, by congratulating all associated with St Mary’s for the great start to our school year. Visitors to our school often comment about the great sense of feeling they get when walking around our school. As an educator I am able to connect with this as it is often portrayed in the people within a school. Our school is full of great people doing great things for our community.
Thank you to all those who attended our behaviour management meeting on Tuesday.
Before and After School Procedures
We have noticed a number of students who are arriving at school extremely early and a small number remaining at school awaiting collection at the end of the school day. As a result I would like to alert you to the following procedures.
If at all possible students should not be at school prior to 8.15am. From 8.30am classrooms will be open to students with teachers present. Prior to 8.30am classrooms will be locked to ensure students are not left unsupervised in classrooms. A bell will now ring at 8.30am informing children that they are able to enter their class.
The bell to start school will ring at 8.50am on all days, including Tuesdays. Previously we have met as a staff on a Tuesday morning. From now all meetings will be concluded by 8.30am.
I am aware of occasions where students have supervised before school activities such as Jump Jam, music etc. This organisation will not change. Students can still be dropped at school in time for the relevant activity.
It is the responsibility of parents to ensure children are cared for after school hours. To support parents in this we run an after school care service, details of which are available at our school office. Where a child is not able to be collected at 3pm due to unforeseen circumstances, please make contact with the office staff who will ensure your child waits in the foyer for collection.
Before School Care
Due to the above change in procedures we would once again like to survey parents in regard to the provision of before school care. If you would utilize a before school care service, if available, please complete the following form by going to this link; http://goo.gl/forms/uLLXUxrTzw
A reminder that next Friday 13 March is a Teacher Only Day. All staff will be travelling to Auckland to take part in a seminar featuring two world renown presenters in the area of educational practice. Also please note our Parent Teacher Learning Conversations are scheduled for Tuesday 24 March. Information regarding the booking of times and purpose of the Learning Conversation will be shared later this week.
As a school we are extremely fortunate to have a number of Gold Sponsors who support our Vision and contribute to the many opportunities we aim to offer our children. This year we are seeking new ways to encourage your support and would like to offer the following to our loyal sponsors, and to any new sponsors who would like to contribute as a Gold Group Sponsor;
- School signage
- Advertising on the back of our school newsletter
- An opportunity to feature an article about your business in one newsletter during the year (new)
- Feature on the Gold Group Sponsor page of our school website with your logo, contact information and an article about your business
- Advertise in the Trade Directory free of charge
- 2 school magazines
- 2 family tickets to the PTA Fireworks in Term 4
- Winter mix and mingle (new)
Should you or someone you know require any further information in regard to becoming a Gold Sponsor of St Mary’s Catholic School please do not hesitate to make contact with either myself or Theresa in our office.
Nga Mihi Nui
E Mihi Nui Kia Koutou
Welcome to 2015 at St Mary’s for all children, parents and staff. An extra special welcome to all new students and families. This week we have welcomed over 50 new students to our school meaning we have started the year with record numbers. At time of writing we have exactly 401 students benefitting from attending our school.
We would also like to welcome newly appointed Senior Leader Mrs Jacqui-Ellen Price. Mrs Price comes to us from Tauranga Primary School and will be leading the senior team.
I trust, given the weather we were blessed with, you all enjoyed your holiday break and took time to make the most of summer related activities. I was lucky enough to enjoy some special New Zealand places with my family and a couple of great dive spots.
My observation is that teachers have returned refreshed, full of enthusiasm and ready to do the best for the learning of the children in their care.
In preparation for the teaching of curriculum and undertaking of pastoral care our staff participated in a number of recent professional learning opportunities prior to welcoming children on Monday. There was a balance of curriculum and pastoral care initiatives, with input from our Board of Trustees. All focused on continually improving opportunities for students at our school.
You may well have noticed much of the work that has occurred over the summer break. On the 4th of January myself and Bruce Stockman welcomed a Diocese directed construction team who set about re-roofing both the old hall and administration blocks. Needless to say they worked tirelessly to complete both task before children arrived this week.
Outside of school you will notice a reconstructed bus bay, much marked parking, more parking on Harvey Street, a new drop off bay on Grace Road and a new footpath on the same. This has been prioritised to improve traffic management and safety at drop off and pick up times.
With the provision of parking and pedestrian access to Grace Rd, I would encourage parents to utilise the opportunity to park safely around the corner from our school and simply walk to meet your children in the school grounds. In addition to this the additional Harvey Street parking continues to make this a desirable area to collect children.
Meet the Teacher
Parents and caregivers are warmly invited to join us for our ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening on Monday 9 February starting at 5.00pm. Each presentation will set out the team and class room expectations for learning, home learning, behaviour management and assessment and reporting for the year ahead.
We have staggered the starting times, to allow parents with children in different year levels to attend the separate presentations.
5.00pm: Tika/Junior Team will meet in the Modern Learning Environment/Room 16, with a welcome by our Principal, Ben Fuller. Team Leader, Fay Warnock and Junior Team teachers will follow with their presentation.
5.30pm: Whakapono/Middle School will meet in the Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Centre, with a welcome by Mr Fuller. Team Leader Gerardine Robbie, and Middle Team teachers will follow with their presentation.
6.00pm: Aroha/Senior School will meet in the Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Centre, with a welcome by Mr Fuller. Team Leader Jacq Price, and Senior Team teachers will follow with their presentation.
In closing, please take note of key dates for this term. Looking forward to seeing you all at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening.
Nga Mihi Nui