St Mary's School Term 1 Week 7 2023
Te Kura O Hato Mere
Pānui/Newsletter - Wednesday 15 March 2023
Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava
We have almost completed our two week swimming programme. It is important that after the programme finishes that students are given the opportunity in the weekend or in the holidays to continue practising the skills they have learnt in the pool.
Swimming is an important life skill that every child should learn. In New Zealand, where we are surrounded by water, it's crucial that children learn to swim from an early age. Swimming lessons for 5 to 13 year old students are particularly important because they are at a critical stage in their physical and cognitive development. These lessons not only teach children how to swim, but also help them build confidence, improve their fitness and develop social skills. Learning to swim can also be a fun and enjoyable experience, which is important for promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. By enrolling your child in swimming lessons, or just taking your child to the pool, you are investing in their safety and wellbeing, both in and out of the water. Whilst swimming lessons can be expensive for some families, a few visits to the local pool each term does not cost a lot and helps build confidence in the water.
Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki
May God bless you and protect you
SCHOOL CLOSED TOMORROW THURSDAY 16 MARCH
St Patrick’s Day- Friday 17th March (Students may wear green)
In New Zealand there are many descendants of Irish migrants who brought with them a wealth of their customs, beliefs and traditions. Every year all over the world on the 17th of March Irish people celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
To honour St Patrick and to celebrate tradition, students are allowed to wear something green to school on Friday 17th March. They may wear green clothing, a green hair tie, or any other item to celebrate. This is entirely optional and students may just wear their school uniform as usual if they want to.
Our Catholic Faith Fact
St. Patrick, feast day March 17, is the patron saint of Ireland, credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain and when he was fourteen or so, he was captured by Irish pirates during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britain and was reunited with his family.
Swimming Lessons Conclude This Friday 17th March
Graham Condon Pool, Papanui
Students will travel to and from the pool each day by bus. If your child is unable to swim for any reason can you please inform us by emailing the school via our school app.
Please make sure your child has their togs, towel and goggles each day during the two weeks of swimming. Lessons last for 25 minutes per group.
Rāwhiti Kāhui Ako Hākinakina - Catholic Kāhui Ako East Hub Sport
Parents are encouraged to come and support our students.
Catholic Cathedral College - Ferry Rd
TIMES AND DATES:
Year 5-6 (Room 5)
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Friday 24 March
Friday 31 March
Year 7-8 (Room 4)
12:45pm - 2:15pm
Wednesday 22 March
Wednesday 29 March- Cancelled
Wednesday 5 April
Marian College Open Day 2023
You are invited to attend the Marian College Open Day on Monday 1 May between 2.00 pm and 6.30 pm. Bookings for a tour are essential and are to be made via Marian College's website www.mariancollege.school.nz/openday. Come and learn about what Marian College has to offer and hear the latest updates about the new school.
There is a Wilsons car park next to Marian College on Moorhouse Avenue and ParkMate (APP required) parking on Barbadoes Street.
STAR VALUES AT ST MARY'S
Students have been cooking for our whānau and doing service to help out around the home such as vacuuming and doing the dishes. Some have even donated clothing and other items we no longer need to charity.
- Swimming lessons- 6th -17th March
- Arataki Team Mass- Thursday 23 March - 9.15am
- Benediction- Thursday 23 March - 2.30pm
- Kotahitanga Team Mass- Thursday 30 March - 9.15am
- Year 7/8 Sport (R4)- Wednesday 22 March -12.45pm-2.15pm
- Year 5/6 Sport (R5)- Friday 24 March -1.00pm-2.30pm
- Year 5/6 Sport (R5)- Friday 31 March -1.00pm-2.30pm
- Year 7/8 Sport (R4)- Wednesday 5 April -12.45pm-2.15pm
- End of Term One- Thursday 6th April - 3pm
- Teacher Only Day- Monday 24 April
- ANZAC Day Public Holiday- No School - Tuesday 25 April
- Term 2 Classes Begin- Wednesday 26 April - 9am
Term Dates For 2023
Term 1: Tuesday 31 Jan 2023 - Thurs 6 April
Term 2: Wednesday 26 April – Fri 30 June
Monday 24 April Teacher Only Day
Tuesday 25 April ANZAC Day - No School
Term 3: Mon 17 July – Fri 22 Sept
Term 4: Mon 9 October – Friday 15 December
Teacher Professional Development
- UC Early Writing Success: Focus for Teaching and Assessment for Years 1-2
- Religious Education- New curriculum workshop- Year 1-2
- Religious Education Papers- Understanding the Old Testament
School Polar Fleece
School Bank Account number is: 03 0855 0436803 00
ENROL YOUR PRE SCHOOLERS NOW - URGENT
Closing of School Gate
Lunchonline - Sushi (Wednesdays) and Subway (Fridays)
Attendance Dues Increase for 2023- See Below
Attendance Dues Debt Recovery
Please be advised that at the May 2022 Cathedral Parish Finance Committee, the committee signed off on a new Attendance Dues Debt Recovery Policy. This enables the parish to engage an external debt recovery company (Under Control Collections). This will always be used as a last resort, when we have been unable to get a family to engage with us in relation to their outstanding Attendance Dues.
Any queries should be directed to Kirsten Tester – Attendance Dues Administrator - Ph (03) 595 1053 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email the school office to obtain a secure link to download the app.