St Mary's School Term 3 Week 10

Te Kura O Hato Mere

Newsletter 30 September 2021


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

I can’t believe this is the end of term 3! It’s certainly been an action-packed one. The lockdown effectively took a huge chunk out of the term and we have had to compress a lot of work into a few weeks. Our teaching staff have adapted a lot of their programmes and have ensured that they have honed in on the skills and concepts that have been a top priority for our students to learn. First and foremost our priority is their health and wellbeing. Students need to come to school feeling safe and happy. If they are anxious and hesitant this can hinder their ability to easily learn new things. As teachers, our goal is to develop special relationships with each of our students. By doing this we can be in tune with how they are feeling and if they need help and support we can give it. If your family needs support in any way please feel free to come and see me and we will do our best to support you.

I hope you and your family can have a relaxing break over the school holidays and I look forward to seeing you all back at the beginning of term 4.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill



01/10 Friday MISSY Rm3

03/10 Sunday SASHA Rm3

06/10 Wednesday JHON Rm4

07/10 Thursday LINA Rm2

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Sexuality teaching in Term 4

In term 4 as part of our health and physical education curriculum all classes will be undertaking our sexuality unit. This is taught in our school every two years. Our teaching is based on the recommendations from, The Framing Document - Human Sexuality Education: A guide for Catholic communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Framing Document offers both the foundations for why we should teach about human sexuality as well as practical guidance for what should be taught, how and by whom at appropriate ages. It also places this rich Catholic teaching in the context of Aotearoa. In his forward Bishop Patrick Dunn says, “The Catholic Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand wish to commend this document as a guide for human sexuality education in this land, and to assure educators and whānau of their prayerful support.”

Please see below for an outline for what will be taught at different ages. If you have any questions we strongly encourage you to contact your child's class teacher who will be able to explain in more detail what will be taught at each level.

By the age of 7:

Children are able to:

• understand the importance of knowing how to value themselves and others as made in the

image and likeness of God; and to realise how they belong in whānau;

• understand they are part of the family of God and their own family and they are aware of roles

individuals have within the family;

• know that life is precious, and their body is a gift from God;

• begin to have a respect for the character and giftedness of their bodies and to have this respect

for the bodies of others;

• begin to appreciate that each person has a purpose in the world;

• begin to appreciate the value of life in all its forms;

• correctly name the main external parts of both male and female bodies;

• recognise that a baby has particular needs as a growing human being;

• begin to appreciate their relationships with friends and family and how they work, share and play


• begin to know about rituals that mark notable events in people’s lives like birth, marriage and


• have an awareness of and be able to begin to recognise that we all have a wide range of

emotions and that we learn to live and deal with them over time;

• know about how to be safe about their bodies; with respect to things like good and bad touching;

• have an awareness of personal health, safety and hygiene.

By the age of 11:

Children will understand the above and be able to:

• appreciate that all life is a sacred gift from God and is precious in God’s eyes;

• understand that they grow and change throughout life;

• develop an appreciation of what is involved in being responsible parents;

• have a positive self-image supported and encouraged by whānau and their school community;

• appreciate relationships with friends, family, those who work, share and play together;

• be aware that friends are not all the same;

• grow in their understanding and acceptance of emotions in themselves and others;

• be self-disciplined and able to delay or forgo gratification for the sake of greater good;

• respectfully identify other people’s personal space and respect the ways in which they are


• know the basics of biological reproduction in creation, especially in humans; including the

changes at puberty in both males and females;

• grow in their formation of conscience and know that there are good and bad choices;

• be honest, committed to living truthfully and with integrity;

• recognise the importance of reconciliation within a relationship as both a giver and receiver of


• have a growing awareness of the influence of media on attitudes to self-images and stereotyping.

By the age of 14:

Young people will understand the above and be able to:

• recognise and understand that human sexuality is a gift from God and that sexual intercourse is the most intimate expression of human love and should be delayed until marriage;

• understand what changes have taken place and will continue to take place in their own bodies;

• have a developing respect for their own bodies, character and giftedness, including their

emerging sexual identity and have this respect for others;

• be more aware of their emotions, how they affect others and how they respond to the emotions of others;

• have a growing awareness that strong feelings and emotions (including sexual attraction) may

happen in relationships and that they need to be acknowledged and understood;

• understand many factors involved in family life, including aspects of bringing up children;

• appreciate the value of relationships, how they change over time and within circumstances and

to recognise when others are using manipulation, persuasion or coercion and how to respond;

NCRS Framing Document – Human Sexuality Education Page 18

• have a growing understanding of biological reproduction in creation, especially in humans;

including the changes at puberty and the responsibility this brings within relationships;

• have a growing awareness of human fertility – the constant fertility of the male, the female

fertility cycle and how these affect feelings and emotions;

• have an awareness of the variety of attitudes towards sexuality and to be able to begin to make informed decisions about the values they encounter in society;

• know how to behave in a responsible manner regarding their own and others’ sexual identity;

• have courage in the face of new situations and in facing their fears, including the courage to be

true to themselves as made in God’s image and likeness;

• understand the significance of the sacrament of Marriage as taught by the Catholic Church;

including a growing understanding of the difference between annulment and divorce;

• be aware of the influence of the media on attitudes to human sexuality, self-image and


• be aware of the influence of social media upon relationships and how they see themselves and


• know that some people choose to remain single and celibate for a variety of reasons;

• appreciate that certain behaviour and ways of living can damage personal health, both physical

and mental;

• appreciate that the use of alcohol can harm the body they have been gifted by God;

• appreciate that the use of drugs is both illegal and can cause great harm to the gift of life they

have received;

• realise that they have autonomy and the right to protect their body from inappropriate and

unwanted contact;

• have a growing respect for the freedom of human persons as God does and to have a growing

understanding of what it means to give and receive free consent to any action;

• be aware that cultures and or groups have different understandings of moral behaviour;

• understand the need for maintaining a wide group of friends that can lead to fulfilment in

relationships, rather than seeking particular friendships, and to be aware that friendships may

sometimes be painful;

• understand the need for reflection to facilitate personal growth and the role prayer can play in this.

Learning Centre Upgrade

The Catholic Diocese will be funding an upgrade to our learning centre building which is part of the diocesan capital works programme. As part of the refit we will be creating two small office spaces in the rear of the learning centre. We will also be replacing the carpet, lighting and Autex wall covering. The project will begin in the school holidays and will take several weeks to complete.

Upcycling - Figure it out Friday Projects

This term one of the options that Arataki Team students could choose for Figure it out Friday was Upcycling. Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming useless or unwanted products into a 'new' product that people want. We have acquired many items of unwanted household furniture and students are learning the skills required to turn something old into something 'new'. The skills that they are learning are lifelong skills that may help them in the future. In these pictures students are working on their projects.

Diego shares his artistic talent with his chalk drawing of a train on the basketball court

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Summer Uniform - Term 4


Royal Blue/ White gingham culottes

White short-sleeved summer blouse

Black or brown shoes or sandals


Standard grey cotton shorts

Standard grey cotton summer shirt

Black or brown shoes or sandals

School Sun hats are compulsory during Terms 1 and 4 and are available from the school office at a cost of $12.00.

Royal blue, Aussie style wide brimmed hat.

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Requirements

Please remember at Alert Level 2 that if you are entering the school grounds you need to scan the COVID tracer QR code at the entrance gate or on the office window. If you are staying in the school for more than a few minutes you must also sign in at the school office.

Faith Fact

During the school holidays the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand will celebrate Support Life Sunday. Our Catholic bishops are calling for the faithful to show their love for life in deeds as well as words. Support Life Sunday this year is Sunday 10 October. Its theme will be Honouring and Supporting Health Carers

School Polar Fleece

Our school polar fleece can be purchased from the school office at a cost of $50.00. Payment can be made with cash or via internet banking.

Pre Enrolment of Siblings

The number of spaces remaining on our school roll in the upcoming years is limited. If you have a child that you would like to attend St Mary’s that you haven’t already advised us about can you please make sure you talk to Mr O’Neill or Mrs Odams otherwise there may be no space for your child.

Teacher Only Days for 2021

Monday 15 November

Closing of School Gate

Please ensure that when you enter and leave the school grounds you shut the school gate properly after you - thank you. This is to ensure the safety of all of our students.

Carpark Safety

A reminder to all parents/caregivers to reduce speed in our driveway and carpark areas to ensure the safety of our students as they walk down the drive or across the carpark.

Student Absence

Please remember to send the office a notification via the school app if your child is away from school. If your child is going to be away for a planned reason such as an appointment or holiday during term time you can advise us in advance with the dates and reason for their absence.
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Attendance Dues

Each term the parish email invoice to families for attendance dues. Please note that the bank account number for making payments has changed. Their new bank account number is: 03-1592-0207236-22.

Attendance dues are compulsory for all students who attend catholic schools in NZ. For 2021 attendance dues have been set at $412 per year or $103 per term. For budgeting purposes families are welcome to pay weekly or monthly.

Upcoming Events


  • END OF TERM 3- Friday 1 October- School finishes 3pm
  • START OF TERM 4- Monday 18 October 9am


  • SCHOOL PHOTOS- Thursday 4 November
  • TEACHER ONLY DAY- Monday 15 November
  • YEAR 7&8 CAMP- Wednesday 24 November - Friday 26 November


  • LAST DAY OF TERM 4- Tuesday 14 December

Lunchonline - Subway or Sushi on Fridays

If you would like to order your child’s lunch for delivery on Fridays this can be done via Lunchonline. You can click on the lunchonline image or link below to take you directly to their website or login to . Follow the instructions to create an account if you don’t already have one. Food must be ordered before 8.30am on Friday. If you already have an account you can update your child’s classroom by logging on and clicking on Members.

School App

If you haven’t downloaded our school app please do so as this is our primary means of communication with our school community. This is very important as if you do not have the app downloaded you may miss out on important information. If you require any assistance to download it please ask at the school office.