Hi Mihi Nui Kia Koutou
To start on a sporting note, it is great to see so many St Mary’s students involved in a range of sporting activities this term. These, of course, include our traditional winter codes but also many individual pursuits. We are half way through our cross country events this term, the weather playing it’s part in allowing the South Cluster Cross Country to be completed last Thursday and now thirteen St Mary’s students look forward to running at Western Bay level.
We will be completing our interim reporting on mathematics this term through a learning story and interim reported comment against progress towards national standards. As with the reading learning story in term one, this will be distributed in digital form. I have been able to sample a variety of learning stories completed to date and must applaud both students and teachers for the quality of the exemplar’s and related learning conversations.
I am sure for all that were present at our last school assembly you would have been extremely impressed by the performance of our Samoan Cultural Group. This group is a collection of people from within our school community, led by one of our parents, Ati Aaifou-Olive. The inclusion of this performance was a great way for us as a school to recognise Samoan Language week and further reinforce the importance of growing culturally responsive practice at St Mary’s.
This week a representation of our school’s leaders will be travelling to Wellington to attend the 2015 Catholic Education Convention. This convention is held every three years and is focused on the advancement of educational practice and enrichment of faith. It will showcase good practice in our schools and other educational activities. While a number of us are away at this conference Mrs Sally Washer will be acting Principal.
Pastoral Care Survey
Many thanks to all who completed the Pastoral Care Survey. It is great to see the many people from within our community who both recognise the importance of this as a school and are prepared to support it. We are currently working across our school, including the PTA, Board of Trustee members and members of staff to review and refine systems of support with the aim of providing help where it is most needed and that is sustainable.
Parish School Mass
This Sunday will be celebrating this term’s Parish School Mass and at this Mass our Sursum Corda Choir will be singing. It will be great to have as many parents, students and families at Mass this Sunday as possible, 10.30am at St Mary Immaculate.
A big thanks to our PTA and their army of volunteers for the work that has been put into this year’s Knowledge-A-Thon. Congratulations to all students who worked hard gaining sponsors and collecting donations. While it is still a bit early to know exactly how much money our PTA has earned we are starting to see the classes and individuals who have made a big fundraising effort. We are hoping to recognise these people at our assembly.
As the weather gets colder a reminder that acceptable additional layers include our fleece and soft shell jacket. Both these items have been designed to be worn in class if required. Should a further layer be required this can be worn under either the girls dress or boys polo. However, if this becomes visible it must be coloured white for the girls and black for boys and must not be visible above the neck line.
Shoes are required to be black leather with no additional colour or noticeable markings. Shoes of canvas construction or boots are not acceptable footwear. However, if your child currently has no other option then please provide a written note alerting to this fact with the time frame indicated.
It is important that we remain aware of our obligations as road users when driving and parking around our school neighbourhood. As previously communicated please ensure your vehicle is parked appropriately in a designated space before stopping to pick up or drop off children. Unfortunately complaints from neighbours have increased recently due to parents once again parking on grass verges and across driveways.
Nga Mihi Nui