Newsletter Term 1 Week 4
St Patrick's School Masterton 2nd March 2022
Kia ora koutou,
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:
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
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,
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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.
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.
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
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.
Netball Draw 8th March 2022
St Pats Green vs Carterton Maroon - 4.55pm Ct 2
St Pats Blue vs DPS Rutherford - 4.55pm Ct 6
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