Panui-Newsletter Term 1, Week 11

Bishop Edward Gaines Catholic School

Principal's Message

Talofa, Kia ora, Malo e lelei, Habari, Hello, Sawasdee, Kia orana, Dia dhuit,

Term one comes to a close this week. Our last day being Thursday as Good Friday is the start of the Easter break. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our incredible staff who all go the extra mile and are committed to making learning experiences that are collaborative, interactive and include student voice. Thank you to the community also who have been so welcoming and accomodating to me, their new Principal this term. I feel at home. This is a wonderful and proactive community and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together as a school.

Thanks to those students who were able to join us for the Palm Sunday procession and Mass. Also thanks to our altar servers Michael and George and Taylor. We are aiming to celebrate Mass as a school on Sundays once a term. We will keep you posted on those dates.

This Friday is Good Friday. The day christians commemorate the passion, crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Good Friday is a day of mourning and sorrow over the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and a reminder that the sins of all people made it necessary for him to die in the first place. It's also a day of gratitude for the supreme sacrifice that he made.

We are in Holy Week and teachers have made excellent references and learning experiences on the focus of Holy Week.

We are happy to let you know that the Sacramental Programme is set to begin Week 2 Term 2 on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm. Sister Maree will facilitate this and we are so fortunate to have her with us to do this. For those who have already filled in your paperwork for this thanks. For those who wish their child to undergo their Sacraments please do let the office know so we can have them on the list. This programme is open to those children in the wider community also, so if you know of families who wish to do the Sacramental programme please let them know.

Parents wanting their child Baptised will also be able to do this next term. More information is coming out soon but this will also be available in early term 2! This will consist of 2 sessions. I strongly encourage you to have your child Baptised, as this seals their spiritual membership into Gods family, and as a Sacrament, Baptism does provide special graces and protection. It is a duty of Catholic Schools to help enable the provision of Baptism for our students in our care.

End of year school Camp - The Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventure Centre

14th - 18th of November

If $12000.00 can be fundraised towards camp, the cost per person attending camp can remain at $250.00 (donations of food will be in addition to this). Camp payments can be made online or to the school office any time from now, including part payments towards the full cost if you would like to pay it off.

For camp we will need parent support with transport, food preparation, student supervision and active involvement in camp activities. All attending adults staying overnight must also be police vetted prior to attending. Thank you for your support.

Today our Year 7 & 8 students will bring home a box of chocolates to sell to help with camp costs. These are $2 per bar. Try to sell these over the break and bring back the money next term.

The opportunity to go on this school camp is well worth it and a massive opportunity for our tamariki. Miss Mckibbon will be attending then camp with the seniors. Below are some photos from the centre of some of the activities the students will get to do.

James is doing a great job of working with our Kapa Haka group. Students are enjoying this opportunity and we are working on our school welcome for visitors.

Thanks to our families for filling in and returning the parent details and survey forms recently sent out. We appreciate your help with these.

Our students enjoyed making Sundaes last week for Friday Fun. This week, for those students who keep to the school rules students will enjoy movies for Friday Fun.

So we give plenty of notice, we have a teacher only days planned for term 2. May 12th is all about the new RE curriculum. June 7th is a CoL day-our Catholic Schools come together for Professional Learning. Note the change in date.

We will be having our ERO visit Term 2 , Week 1. The Education Review Office/Te Tari Arotake Matauranga is the New Zealand governments external evaluation agency. They evaluate and report on the education and care of learners in schools, kura, kohanga reo, puna reo and early childhood services.

As part of our term's celebration you child will be bringing home a copy of Term 1 learning. Enjoy reading this! We have covered a great degree of learning this term, and also building relationships with whanau, students, and friends of the school.

Happy Easter Everyone have a safe and blessed break with your family and we look forward to seeing you again in Term 2!

"Being at school is learning mileage and learning mileage is what makes all the difference".

Ma te Atua koutou e manaaki—God’s blessings,

Bernadette Hall

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All students require headphones when working on devices. Students, when working on their Maths Whizz, Educa or Education Perfect need to be able to hear the questions and prompts from their device. But also to be able to block out other noises in the classroom. Headphones can be purchased from The Warehouse for $10, we would appreciate it if you could provide these for your child. If this is something you need help with please let the office know Thank you.

Friday Fun -Sundae Creations.

Catholic Character

Holy Week

The most significant time in the Catholic Calendar. This is because it marks Christs welcome by the Christians, the institution of the Mass through the Last Supper,


and Jesus's example to us to practice forgiveness to those who may betray or hurt us, his death and ultimate resurrection. All in one week!

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season, as we celebrate Our Lord's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by crowds worshiping him and laying down palm leaves before him. It also marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday, with the greatest tragedy and sorrow of the year.

It marks the week before his death and resurrection. For many Palm Sunday, is often referred to as ‘Passion Sunday’.

Holy Thursday is the commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, when he established the sacrament of Holy Communion prior to his arrest and crucifixion. It also commemorates His institution of the priesthood. The holy day falls on the Thursday before Easter and is part of Holy Week.

Good Friday is the day on which Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. According to the gospels, Jesus was betrayed by Judas on the night of the Last Supper, commemorated on Holy Thursday.

Easter also called or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

This is what Lent has been about , the preparation for Christ's death and resurrection.

Bishop Edward Gaines School App

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Reminder to get the Skool Loop App. This allows you to receive up to date notifications and also to logde any school absences. If your child is away for any reason please do let the school office know, via the app or phone the office: 07 886 8021

Our Super Stars

Well done ....Massing, Michael, Kenzie, Portia, Nawin, Setu!@

Mrs Hall has noticed how well you have interacted alongside others this week and always set a great example. Also for having a fantastic BISHOP attitude!

Ka Pai!

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Fun Friday's

Our students have discussed and decided on 4 main school rules. In order to participate in our Friday Fun afternoon, students will need to make sure they don't break any of our school rules. If a student breaks 3 rules then 3 dots will be by their name that week, which means they will have to sit out from the Friday Fun Afternoon. Teachers and myself are busy reminding all students of the agreed rules and what those rules look like in practice. Our school rules are on display in classrooms, art room and the library. Happy to say everyone is following the school rules!

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Important Dates

Important dates left this term:

Term Dates

Term One: 1 February-14 April

Term Two: 2 May-8 July

Term Three: 25 July-30 September

Term Four: 17 October-14 December (TBC)

Palm Sunday Liturgy

11 April 9:30am at school

School Mass

8 February 9:30am at Church

Senior Technology Classes

Tuesday at 9:00-10:30am.

Kapa Haka

Weekly with Matua James & Annie

Preschool Visits

Will run each Thursday and Friday from 9:00am -12:30 for the few weeks leading up to the child's 5th birthday. Please let the office know if you are wanting your child to have preschool visits. Also please let others know who may be interested.

Lunchtime Fun Sports for our Tamariki

Every Tuesday and Thursday

Friday Fun

After lunch for those who have followed all the school rules


Monday afternoons

Holy Week

10-15 April

Term 2:

Teacher Only Days 12th May and the 7th June