From The Principal 27 September 2018

Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa Lava and Nimen hào to our whole school community.  This week is Chinese language week so a special time for our three students at St Mary’s who identify as Chinese.  I love this Chinese proverb that I came across this week, which epitomises the collaboration that we are striving to achieve at St Mary’s -

 

A special welcome to Liam Rhind, Sophia Ferdinando and Vivian Pham.  Eli Murie and Leila Cafer who have recently joined our St Mary’s whanau.

Open Day

We had a great turn out of parents and whanau at our open day last week.  It was awesome to see the children sharing their learning.  We will do this again next term! 

Staff

This week we sadly farewell Mr Bryan Crowe, who is moving to Korea with his family.  We thank Bryan for his contribution to our school and wish him and his family well for their future endeavours.  We are very lucky to have Louisa Strange and Christelle High joining our staff for Term 4.  Louisa will be starting our new New Entrant class in Room 3 and Christelle will be working in Whakpono Tahi in place of Bryan.  

Key Competencies

At St Mary’s we understand the importance of the Key Competencies.  This week I am focusing on the final Key Competency of ‘Thinking’.  

The Key Competency of thinking really weaves it’s way through all of the other Key Competencies.  Without thinking we couldn’t ‘Manage Self’, ‘Relate to Others’, ‘Participate and Contribute’ or ‘Use Language, Symbols and Texts’.   Having said that, we do need to focus solely on thinking to grow this competency. 

 At St Mary’s we are developing our students thinking skills by giving them opportunities to reflect, problem solve, ask questions and draw from the knowledge they already have.  

“Thinking is about using creative, critical, and metacognitive processes to make sense of information, experiences, and ideas. These processes can be applied to purposes such as developing understanding, making decisions, shaping actions, or constructing knowledge. Intellectual curiosity is at the heart of this competency.”  TKI Online.

Now for a skite!  Recently we participated in the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA), conducted on behalf of the Ministry of Education.  This involved an external teacher working with a number of Year 4 students.  The study looked at children’s learning in mathematics and social studies.  Although we don’t get the results, we are extremely proud to say that all of the children that participated showed amazing thinking and collaboration skills.  I think that is a great testament to the teaching and learning here at St Mary’s.  

Learning Through Play

You may have noticed that I am very passionate about play!  Next term I will be focusing on play in the newsletters.  I will also be running a ‘play’ workshop for those of you who may want to know more about the importance of play and the research that supports this.  Watch this space for dates for this workshop.  

Newsletter online

We are very pleased to announce a trial of our newsletter as an online document.  This is one step that we can make towards taking care of our environment and streamlining the workload of our office administrators.  We will have a small amount of paper copies available in the office for those who prefer to read hard copies.  Our newsletter will be emailed and available on our website and official facebook page.

Summer Uniform

Just a reminder that we change to our summer uniform next term.  We move from wearing shoes and socks to wearing sandals.  The St Mary’s School hat is compulsory for the whole of Term 4.  There will be disignated play areas for children who do not come to school with a hat.

Music Scholarship

Thank you to everyone who applied for the Music Scholarship for guitar lessons in Term 4, 2018.  

Congratulations to Vani Panchal and Maddie Parry who will receive tutoring from Michael Nicholson. Thank you to Suzuki Bay of Plenty.  We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity and we are sure that both girls will really benefit from these lessons.  Look out for the Coding/Computer Scholarship notice coming home soon.

 We hope you have a safe and happy term break and look forward to an exciting final term of the year.  

Zàijiàn

Anna MacKinnon

Acting Principal

Special Character 27 September 2018

Tika and Maramatanga Jesus Strand key teaching and learning

Jesus is a human person who was born into a Jewish family around 6-4 BC. He lived as a child just like us. As an adult Jesus invited the apostles to be his friend and follow him. What Jesus did when he lived on earth he continues to do today with the help of the Holy Spirit. We get to know Jesus through the bible stories. Jesus showed love and respect for the tapu of people in different ways; talking, listening, sharing meals, touching, healing and showing he cared for them. Jesus wants us to be like this.

Service Highlight

The school would like to recognise and thank the students who performed at the Parish Meal to welcome Father Rico. The Jump Jam was a great way to start the evening. Serrie Park played the piano beautifully and Nathan Holmberg was amazing on the saxophone. It is great to have such talent at the school and for students to be involved in active service. 

 

Song for Sunrise — Joy Cowley, New Zealand

Hey, beautiful morning, we’re singing your God song, a psalm of seas and mountains, of empty roads and houses yawning under a new blue bowl of sky.

It’s the song of the bellbird, of steaming cows in sheds, of freckled trout quivering in deep dark pools, and dew on cobwebs lacing trees.

Hey, beautiful morning, stay in our wakened hearts so we can carry your God song into the busy day.

Remind us that newness is an ongoing gift and that every moment is potential reborn, but if our ears become full of other concerns, and we lose the freshness of your song, then comfort us with the knowledge that you will sing with us again tomorrow, oh beautiful morning, oh song of God.

From Psalms for the Road by Joy Cowley, 2005 (2nd Edition 2014), Pleroma

Rosary

Pono Tahi have been learning about the rosary. They used play dough to sculpt the beads on a mini whiteboard and label the prayers we say. This was then posted on Seesaw in our RE folder.

Teresa Rush

DRS

My speech experience by Gia Dumbleton

This week I had the privilege of representing St Mary’s and the South Cluster at the Western Bay of Plenty speech finals. I particularly enjoyed listening to all the other speeches.There were some really interesting topics. The winning speech was on paper, scissors, rock and how it got its name.  I felt very lucky to come third.

Speech and Drama Trinity College Examination Success!

A huge congratulations to Imogen Williams, Eva Jeffries, Olivia Kerr who all passed their Grade 1 Trinity College London Speech and Drama examinations with Distinction. We are so proud of you for all the preparation and hard work you put into perfecting your pieces and developing your vocal and performative skills and technique.

We look forward to watching you showcase one of your pieces at our Speech and Drama Christmas Concert in November!  Watch this space for more details.

Dee Ellwood - Speech and Drama  Teacher

Celebrating different cultures

Ni hào. Two weeks ago in Tauranga our Chinese community celebrated the Chinese Moon Festival. William Wu and his Mum were part of the celebrations and performed in the Lion Dance and the Drum Dance.

Next week we look forward to learning more about the Chinese culture as we celebrate Chinese Language week. 

This is me and my Mum on Moon Festival Day. We were doing the Drum Dance and the Lion Dance for the people of Tauranga. Mrs Vincent and Miss Mayall came to watch me dancing and enjoy the Festival. There was lots of special food to eat and I had some pork dumplings and they were yummy. It was a very happy day. (William)

A reflection from Amy Kim on her year at St Mary’s

Amy leaves us at the end of this term to return to Korea with her family. We wish Amy and her family a safe trip back to Korea and send them many blessings.

I have have really enjoyed my time here at St Mary’s school. I love the school environment, the fresh air, the nature and the estuary - it’s just so different from Korea. I really like that I can go out and enjoy the fresh air so much and eat our lunch, but I do find the seagulls annoying. I love learning in New Zealand because you can choose where you learn. It can be at a table, on a beanbag, on the mat or even outside. I love working in the big classrooms having lots of friends and nice teachers. It also is great when we go to the staffroom after Class Mass and share yummy food with our family and friends. I also really like Kapa Haka and learning the songs and haka - I will be sharing that with my Auntie back in Korea. 

One of the most special things for me and my Mum was when I made my Holy Communion and having some of my teachers as my godparents and sponsor. I love saying my prayers and Church and when I say my prayers it just feels nice.  

The things I have loved about New Zealand is the outdoors, the fresh air and the bush. Some of my favourite places have been Hamilton Gardens, Te Papa, Mount Maunganui and the hot pools, Auckland Sky Tower and the beautiful Hamurana.

I am excited to be going home but I will miss New Zealand and my friends but I hope to come back to study again sometime.

From The Principal 6 September 2018

Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa Lava and Annyeong-haseyo to our whole school community.  A special welcome to Eli Murie and Leila Cafer who have recently joined our St Mary’s whanau.

International students

Last week I was very excited and privileged to be representing St Mary’s at the International Korean Fair in Seoul alongside approximately 25 other Tauranga educators.  I was promoting our city and our school as a high quality study destination and hope to recruit more Korean students to St Mary’s. St Mary’s is a school with a diverse cultural makeup which provides many benefits for our students, in particular this diversity helps our students understand and respect diverse viewpoints, values, customs, and languages.

There are, of course, many benefits for our International students also.  The acquisition of english language skills and the opportunity to learn in a very different educational setting that promotes learner agency are two of these benefits.  

I am looking forward to an opportunity to learn more about the Korean culture and to develop a greater understanding of how we can provide an inclusive experience for our international students.  

Newsletter online

We are very pleased to announce a trial of our newsletter as an online document.  This is one step that we can make towards taking care of our environment and streamlining the workload of our office administrators.  We will have a small amount of paper copies available in the office for those who prefer to read hard copies.  Our newsletter will be emailed and available on our website and official facebook page.  

Reciprocal visits

As a part of our Faith Based Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) it has been really great to continue our reciprocal visits between teachers at Aquinas, St Thomas More and St Mary’s.  The teachers visited each others school and classrooms to observe and then have discussion time to share the initiatives that they are implementing at each school.  This has been really instrumental in building relationships across our Catholic Community.  

Key Competencies

At St Mary’s we understand the importance of the Key Competencies.  Over the next term, through the newsletter, I will be looking more in depth at each key competency. So far I have covered ‘Managing Self’, ‘Relating to Others’ and ‘Participating and Contributing’.  This week I am focusing on ‘Using Language, Symbols and Texts’.  

The basis of this Key Competency is the development of literacy and numeracy skills.  “Students who are competent users of language, symbols, and texts can interpret and use words, number, images, movement, metaphor, and technologies in a range of contexts. They recognise how choices of language, symbol, or text affect people’s understanding and the ways in which they respond to communications. They confidently use ICT (including, where appropriate, assistive technologies) to access and provide information and to communicate with others.”  The New Zealand Curriculum - TKI Online

Safety of children

There have been concerns at other schools around Tauranga of students being approached by strangers.  There have not been any incidents of this happening at St Mary’s but we do recommend that you accompany your children each day rather than let them walk alone.  Here are safety tips issued by Tauranga Police to combat stranger danger:

- Walk with a dog or another person.

- If walking by yourself, choose busy times of the day.

- Avoid walking in dusk or when lighting was poor.

- Pause playing music in vulnerable areas to hear people walking up behind.

Parking

A reminder to parents, whanau and friends that it is not acceptable to park, or drive on the grass verges of neighbouring properties. Our neighbours have also complained of cars blocking their driveways.  Please be respectful to our neighbours  and do not park on verges or block driveways.  Your help with this would be much appreciated. 

Speech Finals

At St Mary’s School we recognise that oral language (both listening and speaking) is vital for students to be able to communicate effectively.  

This year in Tika, Maramatanga and Whakapono Teams we have used poetry as a basis to recite and read aloud. We talk about voice projection, good expression, modulation and pace. With the students we identify ‘what good listeners do’ and discuss eye contact and the use of body language. 

As the students progress through to Aroha Team, they are encouraged to take on more challenging types of public speaking.  All students in Aroha Team are supported to prepare and deliver a 3-5 minute formal speech around a topic of their choice. This process includes defining the purpose of the speech and constructing an effective introduction, body and sound conclusion. 

Original and thought-provoking ideas are encouraged. The judges used set criteria that are also used in the South Cluster Competition at the next level. This ensures consistency for all.

We are extremely proud of the standard of speeches this year.  Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists:

Tika Team

1st:  Abigail Albert

Finalists:  Alessandro Goodin and William Crowe.

Year 2

1st:  Madeline Mear and Junior Cup Winner

Finalists:  Nadya Broadbent, Sadie Frank and Elliot Olsen.

Year 3 

1st:  Maebh Manning

Finalists:  Matthew Rogers, Tommy Mason and Milli Banbury.

Year 4 

1st:  George Hopkins and Middle Cup Winner

Finalists:  Loimata Paaka, Ivy Barrett-Hodgson and Liae Yang.

Year 5

1st: Gia Dumbleton 

Finalists:  Alana Perrett, Yeva Parshikova, and Imogen Williamson.

Year 6

1st:  Nathan Holmberg and Senior Cup Winner

Finalists:  Briar Grace, Roman Rejthar and Finn Richards.

Good luck to Nathan Holmberg, Finn Richards, Alana Perrett and Gia Dumbleton who are representing St Mary’s at the South Cluster finals next week.

sin-ui chugbog (God bless)

 

Anna MacKinnon

Acting Principal

Special Character 6 September 2018

Parish School Mass

St Mary’s Parish / School Mass will be held Sunday 9th September, 10.30am at St Mary Immaculate Church.  Please wear School Uniform.
There will be a bake sale and sausage sizzle after Mass to raise funds for the 2019 Samoa Malaga.

Parish Pot Luck Dinner 

“Build Community” We are having a pot luck dinner to welcome Father Rico.  This will be on Friday 7 September at 6pm, in the Blessed Anne-Marie Javouhey Centre. All welcome!

Whakapono Jesus Strand key teaching and learning

Jesus is truly present in special ways in the meal that is the Eucharist. When people receive the Eucharist they grow in holiness tapu. Eucharist is the best way to give praise and thanks to God with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Jesus invites people to grow in holiness by sharing in his life and following his example. Grace is the gift of God’s presence and action in the world that helps people to become holy like God. When Christians live as Jesus did with tika, pono and aroha they help to bring about God’s kingdom on earth Jesus taught people what God was like and how much God loved them and this helped people to be reconciled with God Te Atua.

Teresa Rush

DRS

ESOL - English as a second language

Mayoral Visit

Last Monday we went to the council chambers to meet the Mayor Greg Brownlees. There were lots of other students that come from different countries and lots of our friends from Korea were there. We were all in our school uniform and it was nice to be together. We all received a small Tauranga pin from the Mayor to remember our special day. We watched a video all about Tauranga where we live and it reminded us all about just how beautiful Tauranga is. The Mayor said that the people of Tauranga love having international students coming to live in our city because it makes our city interesting and helps us to get to know other cultures. We had lots of photos with the Mayor and our friends. Afterwards we had a lovely morning tea and the sausage rolls and lolly cake were yummy!!

By Jooyeon Kim & Jessica Kum

Why is St Mary’s School Special?

St Mary’s School is very special because it has three playgrounds and a library, a swimming pool, the estuary, a tennis court, the field and the most important thing, it’s got Jesus.

By Rohan Moby ( Maramatanga)