Newsletter Term 1 Week 4

St Patrick's School Masterton 2nd March 2022


Kia ora koutou,

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Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent. Lent is a beautiful way to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us and prepare us for the Easter season. During Lent, we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert being tempted by the devil. We do extra prayers, fasting, and looking out for others in need, during this season of Lent. Ash Wednesday has many traditions for Catholic families and ways to observe this day, and also, anything you are doing for the length of Lent will start on this day.

This morning all children took part in liturgies to celebrate Ash Wednesday led by Chris Connor our Director of Religious Studies (DRS), Chris Connor:

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As you are already aware, last Thursday, the Government announced that New Zealand moved into Phase 3 of the response to Omicron. In Phase 3, only household contacts of confirmed cases are required to self-isolate for a period of 10 days. All other contacts of COVID-positive people are not required to isolate, but they will need to monitor for symptoms. This is a decision that has been made based on public health advice – the high vaccination rate across the country will do its job in protecting us from transmission during the current surge of cases.

During this phase we ask that you as parents and whanau please continue to:

  • keep a really close watch of your whānau for anyone with symptoms

  • if anyone has symptoms and/ or is unwell, please keep them at home and get advice about getting a COVID-19 test.

  • if your child tests positive please ensure they isolate for ten days

  • please let us know here at school about any positive tests for children

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As the term and school year progress we will keep you informed of activities and events that we are able to run for the children and community. Please be assured that we are trying to keep everything as normal as possible for the children and engage them in consistent learning routines. Thanks for your ongoing support in these difficult times.

Listed below are key events that are currently planned for term 1 of this year:

  • Mar 2nd - Ash Wednesday liturgies at school

  • Mar 9th - Board of Trustees meeting 7.00pm (online)

  • Mar 17th - St Patrick’s Day Celebrations

  • Apr 6th - Board of Trustees meeting 7.00pm in the staffroom (TBC)

  • Apr 13th - Last day of Term 1 for students

  • Apr 14th - Teacher Only Day (SCHOOL CLOSED)

  • May 2nd - First day of Term 2

Ngā mihi o Te Atua,

Steve Wheeler


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Virtue of the Month: Faithfulness - Whakapono

  • Loyal to God and Jesus

  • Constant in your beliefs and actions

  • A loyal friend

Faith can move mountains - Matthew 17:20

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 Reading

Joel 2:12-13

The Lord says: Repent, change your ways and return to me. Let your broken heart show your sorrow. Come back to your God who is kind and merciful and always ready to forgive.

Pope Francis has called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine today 2nd March - Ash Wednesday
Prayer, almsgiving and fasting are the 3 pillars of our Lenten observances. While we can forgo the excesses of our good lives we can also do the follow:

Fast from discontent, feast on thankfulness

Fast from worry, feast on trust

Fast from anger, feast on patience

Fast from self concern, feast on compassion for others

Fast from unrelenting pressure, feast on mindfulness and prayer

Fast from bitterness, feast on forgiveness

Fast from discouragement, fest on hope

Fasting in any area of our lives fosters humility and gratitude and brings us closer to God and each other

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2022 St Patrick’s School Enrolments

As we start the new school year we would like to encourage any parents who are planning to
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.
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This week we have been starting to explore the link between understanding our triggers and recognising that there are strategies that we can use to address those triggers. Over the coming weeks we will look at a variety of tools that we can use. These will become a part of our toolbox to help us remain regulated.
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Moving March

Moving March starts in a few weeks. Keep an eye out for updates as we approach the start -


Lots of vegetables have shot over the isolation period. Let us know if you want any greens for a rabbit or guinea pig!
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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:

  1. Visit the website

  2. Enter the username (stpatsmstn) and password (kindness).

  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

  4. Read the policy.

  5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.

  6. Select the reviewer type "Parent".

  7. Enter your name (optional).

  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

  9. If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

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Netball Draw 8th March 2022

St Pats Red vs Carterton Black - 4pm Ct 2

St Pats Green vs Carterton Maroon - 4.55pm Ct 2

St Pats Blue vs DPS Rutherford - 4.55pm Ct 6

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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 17th June)

  • Term 3: Monday 25 July - Friday 30th September

  • Term 4: Monday 17th October - Tuesday 20th December

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Sushi, Noodles & Chicken Wings - Tuesdays

This is available on Tuesdays. Both the Sushi and the Noodles are $4 each and the Chicken Wings are $2.00 each. Orders must be in by 9am on Tuesday morning. Please order from your child's class.

Subway - Wednesdays

This is available every Wednesday. Order through the school office or order online at Register - then search for St Patrick's School and place your order. Orders can also be placed in your child's class.

Pita Pit - Thursdays

This is available on Thursdays. Order online at
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