From the Principal 28 March 2018

Tena Koutou Katoa

Welcome to Holy Week.  This week is of course an extremely significant one for our Catholic School.  Holy Week is of course when we follow the last week of Jesus’ life on earth with us and anticipate his resurrection.  However, the lead up to Easter Friday is a solemn one and we hope to reflect this through the daily liturgy and final stations of the cross on Thursday.  It has been great to see the children of several classes involved in the organisation and performance of key liturgy.

A warm welcome to our new students....
Tara Lock, Sumatra Mark and Spencer McIntosh.

Thank you to the PTA for the Outdoor Adventure Day
I am going to throw it out there and suggest that the PTA Outdoor Adventure Day of 2018 would be one of the best yet.  Looking around, watching kids and talking to parents it was clear that the objective of this day was clearly achieved.  A fun event for our children and our community.  It was great to see a full field in the parent and teachers race.  For those of you who were there you would of noted that I was not very close to the front of the field but probably glad I wasn’t given the injuries suffered by the front runners.

Our new Facebook page
We had some issues with our school facebook page earlier in the year but now have it up and running and bullet proof.  I would encourage all to follow the great things that happen at St Mary’s and keep informed through the link below.  

www.facebook.com/stmarystga/

Lateness and Absence
We have concerns about frequent lateness and absence of some students at St Mary’s.

Children are considered to have unsatisfactory attendance at school over the course of the year if they miss 16 days of school or 8% of their time at school. 

This means that if a child has had 4 days off school in a term the school is concerned. 10% of a child’s time at our school (Year 1 – Year 8) is 32 weeks (3 terms), and 20% is 64 weeks (6 terms) Children who are not at school do not learn as easily or with the same rate of progress as other children. Staff, parents, children and the community have responsibilities in this area.

If students experienced more than a day between one opportunity to interact with a new idea and a subsequent opportunity to interact with the new idea, then forgetting occurred and instructional opportunity was wasted.     Alton-Lee, (2003)

Children’s lunches and rubbish
As a parent I know the challenges in trying to ensure children have a good lunch to eat during the school day.  This of course involves packing and wrapping food items.  As you know in an effort to reduce our landfill rubbish as a school we ask that all food related rubbish is taken home.  It is great in theory!  Unfortunately we are finding a lot of zip lock plastic bags around our school site.  If there is an alternative or a way that we can eliminate packaging all together I would encourage you to explore it.

Ben Fuller
Principal

Special Character 28 March 2018

Congratulations to our students who made their First Reconciliation last Friday at Church and today at School. Reconciliation: Forgiveness of Sins, A graced encounter with God.

In the Sacrament of Reconciliation we acknowledge that we sometimes make bad choices; that we sin and ask God to forgive us. No matter what we have done God longs to offer us forgiveness.

Easter - Te Wa o Pakate
Sing Alleluia! The 50 days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday are celebrated in unbounded joy and exultation as one ‘great Sunday’.

Easter Triduum
The unity of these three days from evening prayer on Holy Thursday until evening prayer on Easter Sunday celebrates the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord. It is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. 

Christ redeemed humankind and gave perfect glory to God principally through his Paschal Mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore the Easter triduum of the passion and resurrection of the Lord is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. 

The fifty days between Easter and Pentecost are a time of joy and thanksgiving for what Christ has done for humanity. The paschal candle is in a prominent place in the sanctuary of the church and is lit for all liturgical celebrations.

In New Zealand the Ascension is celebrated on the Seventh Sunday after Easter. The feast of the Ascension commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven after his resurrection.

One week after the Ascension, on the 50th day after Easter, the feast of Pentec

Pentecost is celebrated. Pentecost commemorates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles, which empowered them to go out and begin spreading the Gospel. 

Praying the Rosary every Monday afternoon at 2.30pm
Learn how to pray the Rosary every Monday afternoon in the Chapel.  Books are available to follow along.  

Teresa Rush
DRS

Winter Sports Registrations Term 2 & 3, 2018

CLICK HERE to register your child(ren) for their winter sports.  The sports St Mary's will be offering for the next two terms are: Hockey, Miniball/Basketball and Netball.  If you would like more information in regards to the times, days and dates of each competition, please see the attached document titles Term 2 and 3 Sports.

Once you have clicked on the link, please enter your email address, this will take you to the sports registration page.  If the site will not allow you access, please inform either myself or Theresa Dunston and we will ensure your correct email address is registered.

Registrations for our Term 2 and 3 sports will close at Midnight on Monday 2nd of April.

We will also be offering some sports from outside providers.  These sports are: Gymnastics Academy, Hip Hop and Taekwondo.  Please see below for more information and links for registrations.

Gymnastics Academy
The Gymnastics Academy deliver comprehensive training programmes that will improve your gym skills, flexibility, core function, balance, posture, speed and agility. This programme is great for beginner or intermediate level gymnasts who want to develop or practice their skills in a fun and safe environment.

Classes begin in week 2 of term 2, between 7:45 am - 8:45 am.  All sessions will be held in Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Centre.

CLICK HERE to register for Gymnastics Academy.

Hip Hop
Hip Hop with Val is a fun introduction to dance for Year 0 – 6’s with a focus on building self-confidence for the children. Choreography is kept simple so that children of all levels can have a go.  Fees are $50 per child, per term and invoiced directly to the parents. Classes run for 8 weeks which includes 7 classes plus a performance every term. Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays lunch times beginning Week 2 of term 2

CLICK HERE to register for Hip Hop

Taekwondo
The Olympic Sport of Taekwondo is the Korean martial art form and sport that uses the hands and feet for attack and defense. The ultimate goal of Taekwondo is to develop the character and personality of the practitioner through physical, mental and spiritual discipline.

Two St Mary's parents Rene & Mae Oficial will train the form and structure of Taekwondo on a Wednesday and Friday after school at 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm.  Sessions will start on week 2 of term 2 and run for the entire term.

CLICK HERE to register for Taekwondo

If you have any questions or you would like any further information about the winter sports St Mary's are providing, please feel free to email or call/text me on 027 437 2323. 

Regards
Steven

Emma’s Mission 

Almost a year ago Emma Mischewski collected feijoas from trees in our backyard and decided to try and sell them at a little stall outside the front of our house. Kind passers-by and neighbours bought some feijoas and Emma decided that she would like to give the money to the homeless. So we started to think about how we might be able to do this. Handing over the few dollars that Emma had made wasn’t really going to go too far in assisting these folk.

So, we decided to keep our support simple and manageable and something we could do from home. “Emma’s Mission” was born and we started to put together small ‘care packs’ for men, women and families that we could distribute to existing charity organisations to support their programmes, such as The Salvation Army, Women’s Refuge, Under The Stars, Kai Aroha, All Children Matter and others. The packs contain personal toiletries for those in need: toothbrushes, toothpaste, plasters, lip balm, deodorants, soap, wipes and a Gospel Tract. Emma was nominated for a competition for ‘deserving children under 14 years of age for their community support’. 

This week we heard that Emma is one of nine children nation-wide who has won a trip to Wellington next week to join an Easter Egg Hunt at Premier House with the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. ‘Emma’s Mission’ has a Facebook Page and people continue to donate money and items to go into the ‘care packs’. To date Emma’s Mission has given out over 300 care packs.  Awesome Emma!! Follow Emma here...

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emmasmission/

Website: http://www.emmasmission.co.nz/

Gobsmacked Productions Presents - "Mad Pearce takes Flight'

Put the following dates in your diary.  Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st May, 2018.

More information about performances and ticket sales will follow early next term.

Practises for the show will begin on Day 1 of Term 2 and all of our St Mary’s teachers and students will be involved.  This will be a major part of our learning for the first five weeks of Term 2.  A $15 per child cost will be added to your Term 2 account to pay for hireage of costumes.  

We urge you to encourage your child/children to practice their dances and songs at home. This can be achieved by logging on to the Gobsmacked website: www.gobsmacked.co.nz 

Go to – Login for Scripts and Music 

Use the following details to login

Username: stmarysschool

Password: gsmack10

The Choreography will be made available on the website from Monday 30th April.

To receive regular updates regarding the progress of your child in Term 2, go to the Gobsmacked website, like them on Facebook, and follow Gobsmacked on Instagram. From here you will see pictures and video footage of students preparing for the musical. 

 

2018 Teaching Staff

Tika Team (Y0-1)
Janine Goldsmith - Team Leader
Joanne Meehan
Amber Simonson

Maramatanga Team (Y2)
Jasmine Mattock - Team Leader
Liz Driver
Teresa Rush

Pono Tahi (Y3-4)
Lisa Broadmore - Team Leader
Bryan Crowe
Catherine Wood
Randy Piceno

Pono Rua (Y3-4)
Tania Yorke - Team Leader
Suzanne Tanner
Lisa Walter
Randy Piceno

Aroha Tahi (Y5-6)
Megan Akkerman - Team Leader
Gerardin Robbie
Adele Mayall

Aroha Rua (Y5-6)
Megan Akkerman - Team Leader
Angela Cochrane
Gavin Hesqua

From the Principal 12 February 2018

Tena Koutou Katoa

Nga mihi nui ki te tau hou

It is exciting to be back at St Mary’s with teachers, students and parents.  May I bid a special word of welcome to any new students and families to our community.  We particularly welcome Adrian Adelaide, Cody Blythe, Nadya Broadbent, William Crowe, Jonathan Dalton, Tohu Edwards, Ngahere Edwards, Adelia Elphick, Dylan Harris, Indee Holden, Summer-Ann Joseph, Reef Joseph, Jacob Kleinsmith, Seung Lee, Sennen Legayada, Kate Levis, Holy McElroy, Emma Mischewski, Rohan Moby, Vanessa Moncreiff, Johaan Paul, Rebecca Ryder, Tayla Setefano, Prince Sobiaco, Evelyn Strange, Lily Te Pairi-Bradshaw, Blair Trow, Elliot Tunney, Frankie Willers and Liwoo Yang.  Greetings to you all. I look forward to sharing in the success of your children as they progress through the coming years.  I also look forward to interacting with you as members of our community.  There are many events within, and involving our community in the coming weeks so please make the most of the opportunity to be informed and a part of our learning here at St Mary’s. 

With the Easter season upon us we will be holding our Ash Wednesday liturgy in our Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Center, this Wednesday at 10am.  Parents and members of our community are most welcome to join us.

We have two learning related events that I would like to draw your attention to.  Firstly our learning team information afternoon starting from 3.45pm this Thursday and our individual meet the teacher opportunity next Tuesday 20 February.  Please check our website and / or other sources of communication for details of these and other events.

This year proves to be an exciting time within education.  With requirements to assess children against set standards removed by our new government we can focus more on the assessment, growth and reporting of the wider development of our students.  I hope to focus more on aspects such as dispositions to and of learning as well as social interaction skills and growth within future reporting formats.  Our core subjects are still of course a priority, with progress to be mapped against curriculum progressions and expectations.

New Teachers to St Mary’s
Due to retirement, promotion and staff leave we welcome a number of new teachers to our community at this time.  Mrs Ayn Harris has been appointed to the position of Assistant Principal.  Ayn comes from a team leaders position at Arataki.  Mrs Tania Yorke joins the leadership of our Whakapono team having previously taught at Papamoa College, Mount Intermediate School and Tauriko.  Another new leader to our professional team is Miss Jasmine Mattock who returns to New Zealand after experiences in the UK.  Within our Aroha Team we welcome Mrs Angela Cochrane who has come to us from Pyes Pa Primary and Miss Adele Mayall who is both a beginning teacher and an old girl of St Mary’s.  I am sure you will join me in welcoming them to our school.

Absences 
A reminder that 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.  Then, when you arrive at school you must come through the school office to sign your child in.

Signing in and out - Health and Safety
If, for whatever reason you are going to be on the school grounds, then please come through the school office to digitally 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.  

Traffic Safety
The safety or our students is paramount. We therefore request that all parents take due care and diligence in respect to driving and parking around our school.  The best place during summer months to drop off and collect children is our Harvey Street boundary.  If this is not possible please remember that no child should be left to cross roads by themselves after being dropped at school.

Ben Fuller
Principal