Support Staff Day

On Wednesday 16th May we celebrated International Support Staff Day.  Our support staff are amazing and we couldn’t do without them.  They make the following things possible: Belonging, productivity, success, empowerment, achievement, inclusion, confidence and safety.  

We thank our following support staff;  Debbie Nowell, Jodi Carey, Lee Roper, Nicola Meehan, Jannet Underson, Duncan Vietch, Natasha Parry, Si Yeong Hong, Heather Kavanagh, Steven Finlayson, Carol Hitchcock, Karen Mulhern and Theresa Dunston.

Board News 17 May 2018

Hello to all. Hopefully the first few weeks of the new term are moving along nicely for everyone.

First of all, we’d like to welcome our newly selected Parent Representative on the Board, Tania Wilson.  Tania has two children here at St Mary’s: Isabella and Benjamin, and will start her work with us this week. We’re really looking forward to working with her, and gaining from the wonderful skills and experience she’ll bring to our team.   

Our staff and students are also working very hard right now on preparing for another amazing school Production, and I’m sure you’ll all come along and support them on the performance nights.  We give our thanks to the team at Gobsmacked also for their tireless efforts coaching our children to brilliance.

Thank you to all those who contributed to the Policy Reviews for Term 1.  Your responses are being reviewed and any agreed amendments will be updated by next term.   Term 2 Policy reviews will be for the ‘Reporting to Parents’ Policy: very timely with our new reporting structure rolling out this term now we are no longer using National Standards.  The links to this will come out in the next couple of weeks.

So, for now we wish you the best of luck for Cross Country, and hope you enjoy the rest of the term.

Claire Stott
Board Chair

PB4L - Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) 

The Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide framework, otherwise known as PB4L, is helping many New Zealand schools build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life. This framework was introduced to our school three years ago, and through collaboration between children and staff, is tailored to our own St Mary’s school environment, special character and cultural needs.  PB4L is not about changing the students, it’s about changing the environment, systems and practices we have in place to support them in making positive behaviour choices.

Key to the framework is consistency, that behaviour is explicitly taught in the same way academic skills are taught. 

We have 3 school rules

Be. respectful to self

Be. respectful to others

Be. respectful to the environment

We practise our 3 school rules through the values of:   

Truth         Tika

Wisdom     Maramatanga

Faith          Whakapono

Mercy         Aroha 

Each week we have a behaviour expectation that is taught from our school Behaviour Matrix.  Please note the following behaviours that we will be focusing on during the first five weeks this term:

Week 1:   Revise Classroom treaty agreed to in term 1

Week 2:  I am ready to learn

Week 3:  I am proud of the work I do and try to do my best

Week 4:  I use my inside voice

Week 5:  I look after my belongings and classroom equipment

The children earn Be. Tokens for following our school rules and matrix expectations and at the end of every term we have a Celebration Assembly.  The House with the most Be. Tokens wins an ice block for everyone in their House. 

Congratulations to Cluny for being the winners in term 1! 

We look forward to bringing you more information regarding PB4L in our newsletters.

Lisa Broadmore
PB4L Leader/Coach

Special Character 2 May 2018

This terms focus is: How do I let the Holy Spirit work through me?

All students are learning about the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit working within us.

The school will focus on the value of Mercy this year. Mercy is defined as empathy or love that manifests itself in action that is practical and thoughtful, warm and open, respectful and enabling. The value of mercy is inextricably linked to compassion, justice, dignity, excellence, hospitality, stewardship.

We continue our focus on ‘Service.’ To support at home you can talk to your child about the service that they do at home. Even the daily small tasks we do can be to glorify God by doing what we do with love and care for others. 

Sursum Corda. Sursum Corda is taking a break until after the Production. The will no longer be singing at the Saturday night mass on the 12th May.

Sacramental Programme. Please continue to pray or the students who are now preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Bishop Steve will be Confirming them on Sunday 20th May 2pm.

Praying the Rosary every Monday afternoon at 2.30pm

Learn how to pray the Rosary every Monday the Cluny Chapel.  Books are available to follow along.  

Teresa Rush 

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

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...



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: 

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.