Newsletter Term 1 Week 1
St Patrick's School Masterton 8th February 2022
Kia ora koutou,
Welcome back to the 2022 school year and we hope that you have all had a restful and enjoyable summer break with your friends and family. 2022 is shaping up to be another exciting but also potentially disrupted year with the challenges we continue to face through Covid. Our aim as a school is to work through any challenges we face as best we can to provide the best possible education and learning experiences for your children.
Today, although we decided not to hold a powhiri due to our ‘red level settings’ we have welcomed eighteen new students into our school community. This includes ten students enjoying their first day at school in hub 1 and eight other students across the school. We of course are super excited that they have chosen to be at St Patrick’s School and we look forward to getting to know them and their families.
Hub 1: Manahi, Mia, Maia, Jack, Hazel, Ivy, Arabella, Ethan, Avalyn, Liam
Hub 2: Carter
HUb 3: Sophia
Hub 4: Marlia
Hub 5: Lochie, Chloe, Elyse, Shiloh, Matteuz
As we start the new year we also welcome Daniel Herbert and Maxine Christensen as permanent staff members and onto our teaching staff. They will be great additions to our team and will be working in the Brigidine Syndicate this year. Below is a reminder of the current structure of the school for 2022:
Other key staff members include:
Director of Religious Education (DRS) & Reading Recovery – Chris Connor
Reading Recovery – Anna Baird
Learning Support Coordinator – Jo Miller
Office staff – Kim Burrows & Kath Parsons
School caretakers – John McCann & John Parsons
Teacher Aides - Michelle Beaver, Nena Hayes, Ann Cobeldick, Mel Clark, Maree Murray, Krystal Harrison, Fleur Sargent, Katie Marshall
To help you put a face to the staff names please check out these pages on our school website:
Teaching Staff: https://stpatsmstn.school.nz/our-people/teaching-staff/
Support Staff: https://stpatsmstn.school.nz/our-people/support-staff/
At the end of 2021 we also bid farewell to the following staff members - Mandy Clouston, Katrina Kennedy, Nick Torea, and Devon Gerrard who all moved on to pastures new. We wish them all luck on the next steps of their chosen careers.
Last week, I had the pleasure along with Chris & Brendan Connor, of representing our school community at the funeral of Sr Monica Landy. This had been delayed from last year due to Covid. Sr Monica had been a huge part of our community for many years and her presence and guidance will be sadly missed.
Shown below, is an image detailing our current school procedures at Covid ‘Red Level Setting’. This is very much a fluid document and will be adapted if and when we receive updated information from the Government and Ministry of Education:
I imagine that the issue of mask wearing may be one area that is seen as controversial. We understand that no one wants to really wear a mask but we are informed by experts that mask wearing is one of the most effective ways to prevent you or your child from infecting someone else. We don't wear a mask for just our own benefit, we wear it because we care about others! Therefore, while we are at red level, staff and students (Year 4 and above) are required to wear masks when inside at school (and on school transport). Students in Year 1-3 are welcome but not required to wear a mask. We also ask that you as family and whanau members wear masks when picking up children or on entry into the school office.
Listed below are key events that are planned for term 1 of this year:
Mar 2nd - Ash Wednesday liturgies at school (led by Chris Connor)
Feb 23rd – Board of Trustees meeting 7.00pm in the school staffroom
Mar 17th - St Patrick’s Day Celebrations
Apr 6th - Board of Trustees meeting 7.00pm in the school staffroom
Apr 13th - Last day of Term 1 for students
Apr 14th - Teacher Only Day (SCHOOL CLOSED)
May 2nd - First day of Term 2
Term 1 school events still to be confirmed due to COVID rules:
School and Masterton cluster swimming sports, school biathlon, Whanau day & powhiri
Ngā mihi o Te Atua,
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Term 1 School Theme
Principle: ‘Human Dignity’
Enduring Understanding: I am beautifully made in the image and likeness of God
Whakatauki: He Kura te tangata - The human being is precious
Further detail for parents/ caregivers - Every single person is created in the image of God. Therefore they are invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family. The dignity of the person grants them inalienable rights – political, legal, social, and economic rights. This is the most important principle because it is from our dignity as human persons that all other rights and responsibilities flow.
Gospel of the Week
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
5 One day Jesus was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret while the people pushed their way up to him to listen to the word of God. 2 He saw two boats pulled up on the beach; the fishermen had left them and were washing the nets. 3 Jesus got into one of the boats—it belonged to Simon—and asked him to push off a little from the shore. Jesus sat in the boat and taught the crowd.
4 When he finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Push the boat out further to the deep water, and you and your partners let down your nets for a catch.”
5 “Master,” Simon answered, “we worked hard all night long and caught nothing. But if you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 They let them down and caught such a large number of fish that the nets were about to break. 7 So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats so full of fish that the boats were about to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw what had happened, he fell on his knees before Jesus and said, “Go away from me, Lord! I am a sinful man!”
9 He and the others with him were all amazed at the large number of fish they had caught. 10 The same was true of Simon's partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. Jesus said to Simon, “Don't be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”
11 They pulled the boats up on the beach, left everything, and followed Jesus.
2022 St Patrick’s School Enrolments
enrol their child at St. Patrick’s to do so now. This is especially important for children who are turning five this year as unexpected enrolments mean that we may have to change our organisation and Structure. Thank you for your support in this.
Last year the school moved to using ‘SchoolDocs’ to create a website for our school policies and procedures. As part of this process, throughout each year, as we review our policies we will ask for feedback from staff, board and parent communities.
During term 1 of this year we are reviewing and asking for feedback on the following policies:
Health & Safety Management
Emergency, Disaster & Crisis Management
Please read these policies and give your feedback by following the instructions below:
Visit the website https://stpatsmstn.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
Enter the username (stpatsmstn) and password (kindness).
Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
Read the policy.
Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
Select the reviewer type "Parent".
Enter your name (optional).
Submit your ratings and comments.
If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.
Summer Netball Year 1-4 only
If your child is Year 1-4 in 2022 and would like to play summer netball please click on the link below
Updated Cohort Entry & Enrolment Information:
2022 Term 1 start dates: Monday 8th February & 14th March
2022 Term 2 start dates: Monday 2nd May & Tuesday 7th June
2022 Term 3 start dates: Monday 25th July & Monday 29th August
2022 Term 4 start dates: Monday 17th October & Monday 21st November
2022 Term Dates:
Term 1: Tuesday 8th February - Thursday 14 April (Teacher-Only Day - Thursday 14th April)
Term 2: Monday 2nd May - Friday 8th July (Teacher-Only Day - Friday 3rd June)
Term 3: Monday 25 July - Friday 30th September
Term 4: Monday 17th October - Tuesday 20th December