Term 4 Notices

Sunday 16th October

Welcome back to Term 4

We look forward to welcoming you all back to Term 4 tomorrow, Monday 17th October!

We hope you have all had a relaxing break and are excited as we are about the Term ahead.

In Term 4 the sun is out and about so please remember to pack your children’s sun hats and some extra sunscreen. Sun hats are compulsory in Term 4. Students who do not have their sun hats will be required to stay in the shade during brain breaks and lunchtimes.

Junior Block Refurbishment Update

The Junior Block Refurbishment is well underway.

In Term 4 students are still required to use the Orkney and Plynlimon entrances, The Jeffrey's road entrance remains locked and is being used as a construction site entrance.

A reminder that:

  • Rooms 7 and 8 are based in the Hall for Term 4
  • Rooms 2 and 3 are based in the Senior Block for Term 4

RPC does have the construction area well fenced off. We will work closely with them throughout Term 4 to ensure that construction causes as little disruption throughout the Term as possible.

If you do have any questions or wonderings please feel free to contact me directly at principal@stpatricks.school.nz

Term 4 Health Topic

Term 4 Health Topic: How do we change as we get older? Throughout Term 4 students will be exploring and discussing how we change as we grow, and how this can affect how we act and feel.

There are four strands in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum: Personal Health and Physical Development; Movement Concepts and Motor Skills; Relationships with Other People; and Healthy Communities and Environments.

This term all students will be delivered the Sexuality Education component of the Health and Physical Education Curriculum.

Sexuality Education is a key area of learning in Health and Physical Education and all schools are required to deliver this programme.

Sexuality Education programmes in Catholic Schools are delivered in conjunction with the Religious Education programme and are taught from a Catholic perspective. The key learning areas for Years 1-8 are provided in the attachment below.

Our Relationship and Sexuality Education programme must meet the expectations of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops that, “ …parents are supported by the Catholic school community in all aspects of education, including that surrounding human sexuality. This journey is not simply one of acquiring knowledge but one that touches the deepest core of what it means to be a human being in relationship with God, and with one another.” (Wonderfully Made, p.6)

We believe that the family should be the primary educator in matters to do with sexuality and puberty but not all parents and caregivers discuss these issues with their children. Sexuality Education in schools may also enhance communication at home.

The Special Character of our school requires that all areas of the curriculum are taught from a Catholic perspective. We will answer questions your children ask and will always provide them with the Catholic perspective that the questions relate to. We will also encourage your children to bring their questions to you at home as well.

If you have any queries in relation to this programme, please see your child’s teacher in the first instance.

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Life Education Visit

Tomorrow, Monday 17th October through to Thursday 20th October the Life Education Trust is visiting and will introduce our students to our Term 4 Health Topic: How do we change as we get older? Throughout this topic, students will explore and discuss how we change as we grow, and how this can affect how we act and feel.

There is a parent's session on Monday 17th October in the staffroom at 2:30pm where you are welcome to come and hear about the Life Education programme and what the students will be learning about throughout the week.

Labour Day - School Closed

A reminder that school will be closed on Monday 24th October to observe Labour Day.

One of two long weekends in Term 4 with school also being closed on Friday 11th November for Canterbury Anniversary Day!

Athletics Day - Friday 28th October

On Friday 28th October we have Athletics Day at Villa Maria College.

We do require parent helpers for the day to assist with the rotation of field events for Year 4 - 8 students. You do not require any athletics experience as there will be a teacher organising each event. We require helpers to assist with measuring or raking the long jump pit or recording results.

If you are able to help on the day please complete the Google Form that will be sent out via Alerts.

Thank you for your support.

Important Dates - Term 4

  • Monday 17th October - Life Education Truck (All Week)
  • Thursday 20th October - Year 5 - 8 Huxter
  • Friday 21st October - Assembly Room 1, 9:00am
  • Monday 24th October - Labour Day
  • Friday 28th October – Athletics Day at Villa Maria
  • Sunday 30th October - Family Mass at Christ the King Church, 9:00am
  • Friday 4th November - Assembly Room 6, 9:00am
  • Friday 4th November - Year 7 and 8 Disco
  • Sunday 6th November - Family Mass at Christ the King Church, 9:00am
  • Monday 7th November - Year 1 - 8 Tennis Lessons (All Week)
  • Wednesday 9th November - Board Meeting, Staffroom 7:00pm
  • Friday 11th November - Canterbury Anniversary Day
  • Monday 14th November - VAS the Magician, 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 16th November - Year 5 - 6 Camp
  • Thursday 17th November - Year 5 - 6 Camp
  • Friday 18th November - Year 5 - 6 Camp
  • Tuesday 22nd November - Year 7 – 8 Camp
  • Wednesday 23rd November - Year 7 – 8 Camp
  • Thursday 24th November - Year 7 – 8 Camp
  • Friday 25th November - Year 7 – 8 Camp
  • Sunday 27th November - Family Mass at Christ the King Church, 9:00am
  • Monday 28th November - Year 1- 6 Swimming (All Week)
  • Wednesday 30th November - PFA Meeting and AGM, Staffroom 7:30pm
  • Thursday 1st December - Year 7 and 8 Basketball Tournament
  • Friday 2nd December - Assembly Room 7, 9:00am
  • Monday 5th December - Year 1- 6 Swimming (All Week)
  • Tuesday 13th December - Year 8 Big Day Out
  • Wednesday 14th December - Final School Mass at Christ the King Church, 6:00pm
  • Thursday 15th December Leavers Assembly Room 8
  • Thursday 15th December - Last Day of Term 4