St Mary's School Term 3 Week 5 2022
Te Kura O Hato Mere
Pānui/Newsletter - Thursday 25 August 2022
Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava
Today Mr Debenham and I are gathering with Bishop Michael Gielen, and other key Catholic leaders within our diocese, for a Hui at St Bede’s College. This Hui is called ‘Chosen - To know, To Grow, To Go Out’ and will focus on Evangelisation and Mission in our School Parish communities.
This Hui will give us the opportunity to explore our Bishop’s vision for evangelisation and mission in our school parish communities. It will provide the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on what our school parish communities are currently doing well. However, we will also be challenged to consider new possibilities, to collaborate, and be inspired to take risks so that the young people in our care may come to know Jesus more fully and be inspired to live the Gospel.
I look forward to sharing new insights with you from what will be an informative and enlightening day.
Have a great weekend. GO THE ALL BLACKS!
Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki
May God bless you and protect you
Principal / Tumuaki
Congratulations to the following students for receiving a Principal's Award: Terrence, Patrick, Cian, Shane, Colin and Angel.
Congratulations to the following students for receiving a Principal's Award: Aednah, Cian, Missy and Christian.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION- ASSESSMENT
What is Assessed?
Children’s knowledge and understanding of important concepts.
What is the Main Purpose of Assessment?
To improve teaching and learning.
How is Assessment Done?
Through observation, through writing, drawing, talking, acting and answering questions. Self-assessment is done through personal reflection and discussion.
When is Assessment Done?
As part of the learning experiences, at the completion of a lesson or Learning Strand. Faith and Assessment Teachers are responsible for helping children to understand religious knowledge and to develop appropriate skills and attitudes and these can be assessed. It is sometimes assumed that if a child is receiving Religious Education, their faith will be deepening also.
However their faith cannot be assessed as it remains each person’s individual response to God. The responsibility for this belongs to each individual alone. Other people, such as parents and teachers, can help children increase their religious knowledge and they can provide environments which nurture and affirm faith, but they cannot make the child believe or respond to God – that is done freely in each person’s own unique way. Parents and teachers can help children explore ways to express their faith. They are a most powerful model of faith for children through the ways they express their own faith in their own lives. Children are more influenced by the messages people give them when they see those people living by the messages. The faith of Primary age children is affected intensely by the significant people in their lives.
Farewell And Thankyou Mrs Gill
Mrs Karen Payne will be the new Room 3 Homeroom teacher from Monday 29 August until the end of the year.
Teacher Professional Development
- UC Early Writing Success: Focus for Teaching and Assessment for Years 1-2
- Te Ahu o Te Reo
- Just in Time Maths PLD
- Teaching Sexuality in a Catholic School
Our Catholic Faith Fact
Wednesday 24 August is the Feast Day of St Bartholomew. (Monastry pictured)
Bartholomew the Apostle is one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. He is the patron saint of Armenia, bookbinders, butchers, Florentine cheese and salt merchants, Gambatesa, Italy, leather workers; nervous diseases, plasterers; shoemakers; tanners, and trappers. Along with Saint Jude Thaddeus, he helped bring Christianity to Armenia. He is the patron saint of people who work with leather and animal skins.
Free Flu Jabs For Children Aged 3 to 12
Free flu jabs for tamariki – Ministry of Health
Most tamariki aged 9 years and over need one vaccination each year to get good protection against flu.
If you have a child under 9 years old, talk to your healthcare provider as they may need one or two vaccinations depending on whether they’ve had a flu vaccine before.
If tamariki have recently had COVID-19 they can have a flu jab as soon as they’ve recovered.
Do you or your child want to be baptised?
If your child displays some of the symptoms please keep them at home and test for Covid-19. If your child tests positive please send me an email to let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
What does it mean if I am a Household Contact?
If you are considered a Household Contact you must follow these steps (whether you are vaccinated against COVID-19 or not):
- Self-isolate from the day that the first person in your household receives their positive test result, until they complete their 7 days of self-isolation and are released.
- When the first case in your house gets to days 3 and 7 of their isolation, you need to get tested using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
- If symptoms develop at any stage, you need to get tested using a RAT.
- Avoid or minimise contact with the person with COVID-19 as much as possible during your isolation period.
- You can end your self-isolation on the same day as the first ‘case’ in the household, provided you have no new or worsening symptoms and your tests were negative.
- Your isolation does not restart if additional members of your household are identified as cases during the first case’s isolation period.
- After the initial isolation period ends there is a 10-day window during which no Household Contacts of the original case can be re-classified as Household Contacts. You only need to begin isolation again during these 10 days if you test positive yourself.
- 10 days after the original isolation period ends the usual rules apply. If a new household member (not the original case) tests positive, they and all other Household Contacts (who have not yet become cases themselves) must isolate for 7 days.
A recovered case is exempt from becoming a Household Contact for 90 days after their recovery.The factsheet below provides helpful information on COVID-19 and precautions you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. The fact sheet should be read together with the advice on self-isolation or staying at home (viewable at Advice for people with COVID-19) and any specific advice that may be given to you by your doctor, Healthline (0800 358 5453) or public health official.
Symptoms of Covid-19
- A new or worsening cough
- Sneezing and runny nose
- A fever
- Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.
For more information, go to https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/about-covid-19/covid-19-symptoms/
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School Bank Account number is: 03 0855 0436803 00
ENROL YOUR PRE SCHOOLERS NOW
Closing of School Gate
Lunchonline - In Situ Cafe on Wednesdays and Subway or Sushi on Fridays
Change of Policy – Attendance Dues Debt Recovery
Please be advised that at the May Cathedral Parish Finance Committee, the committee signed off on a new Attendance Dues Debt Recovery Policy. This enables the parish to engage an external debt recovery company (Under Control Collections). This will always be used as a last resort, when we have been unable to get a family to engage with us in relation to their outstanding Attendance Dues.
Any queries should be directed to Kirsten Tester – Attendance Dues Administrator - Ph (03) 595 1053 or email@example.com
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