Newsletter Term 1 Week 6

St Patrick's School Masterton 15th March 2022


Kia ora koutou,

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Yesterday, the mid-point of term 1, we welcomed three new students (Agam, Thelma & Parker) into Hub 1. We of course are super excited that they have chosen to be at St Patrick’s School and we look forward to getting to know them and their families. We also welcomed back Tyla Beaver who has rejoined us in a teacher aide position.

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At the end of this first term of 2022 we will farewell Callum James who will be moving on from St Patrick’s School. Callum has accepted an opportunity to return to Chanel College and although we will miss him, it is great to know that he is staying as a teacher in the Wairarapa Catholic community. Currently we are working through our usual processes in planning for a replacement and will inform you once this is confirmed.

Over the past few weeks our junior netballers have started back playing each Tuesday night at the Colombo Road netball courts. It has been great to see the children having fun and developing their skills. Good luck everyone for your games again tonight.

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The Ministry of Education and health sector has developed some excellent Covid based resources for parents on the KidsHealth website. We have been asked to share these with everyone so when you are able please check out the links below -

This term we welcomed back Jackson (Wellington Basketball) and Nicole (Masterton YMCA) who are working with our Brigidine syndicate children each Thursday morning. As you can see the children are having a great time improving their basketball skills.

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Throughout the first five weeks of this term, we hope that you have enjoyed receiving blog posts, via the school app, from your child’s hub teachers. The idea of these posts is to keep you updated with what is happening at school for your children on a regular basis. As we progress through this year we will also be starting to move our reporting processes onto the app with plans to regularly share updates on your child's learning and achievement.

Usually, by this mid-way point in the term, we would have held our annual 'Whanau Day' and you would have had the chance to come into the school, meet your child's teachers and learn about what your child has been doing. Sadly, due to the current situation with COVID we have not been able to do this so instead next week, each hub will be sending home a video of life in their hubs. This will introduce the staff and give you an insight into current school life. COMING SOON!!

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

  • Mar 17th - St Patrick’s Day Celebrations

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  • Mar 25th - Schools united for Ukraine - blue & yellow day

  • Apr 6th - Board of Trustees meeting 7.00pm

  • 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

Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two

10 After this the Lord chose another seventy-two[a] men and sent them out two by two, to go ahead of him to every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 He said to them, “There is a large harvest, but few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest. 3 Go! I am sending you like lambs among wolves. 4 Don't take a purse or a beggar's bag or shoes; don't stop to greet anyone on the road. 5 Whenever you go into a house, first say, ‘Peace be with this house.’ 6 If someone who is peace-loving lives there, let your greeting of peace remain on that person; if not, take back your greeting of peace. 7 Stay in that same house, eating and drinking whatever they offer you, for workers should be given their pay. Don't move around from one house to another. 8 Whenever you go into a town and are made welcome, eat what is set before you, 9 heal the sick in that town, and say to the people there, ‘The Kingdom of God has come near you.’ 10 But whenever you go into a town and are not welcomed, go out in the streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust from your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. But remember that the Kingdom of God has come near you!’ 12 I assure you that on the Judgment Day God will show more mercy to Sodom than to that town!

The Return of the Seventy-Two

17 The seventy-two[a] men came back in great joy. “Lord,” they said, “even the demons obeyed us when we gave them a command in your name!”

18 Jesus answered them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Listen! I have given you authority, so that you can walk on snakes and scorpions and overcome all the power of the Enemy, and nothing will hurt you. 20 But don't be glad because the evil spirits obey you; rather be glad because your names are written in heaven.”

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There are no Subway orders this week due to staff isolation

Sausage Sizzle

Every Friday from this Friday on we will be having a sausage sizzle. The cost is $2 per sausage. Children are to order these from their classes by 9am on Friday. For your information the staff cooking the sausages will be wearing masks and gloves and cooking outside.

PTA Easter Raffle

This week the Easter raffle tickets are coming home with students. All orders and money to the classroom teachers by 8th April.

Art of the Week Award

Congratulations to Grayson who is last week’s winner of the new ‘Art of the Week’ award. This is a weekly challenge run by Katie Gracie to help children share the love of art.
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The inaugural Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Charity Art Auction to raise funds for the restoration and seismic strengthening of the cathedral is coming together well as we gear up for the launch on Saturday 19 March 2022. The uncertainty around Covid-19 has created the opportunity to move our charity art auction online, so we can reach more people than the original event we had planned. We are new to this but so excited to bring this to you and look forward to your support.

Among the artists exhibiting their wonderful works are Del Te Rito, Charlotte Hird, Jim Gorman, Olympia Osborne, Sonia Treacy, Ellen Donnelly and many more. We are so blessed to have them come on board.

Registering for the auction is easy. All you need is your mobile phone or access to internet on your computer.

The auction will run 24 x 7 from 19 March to 27 March 2022.

If you have any questions, feel free to email

The website for the auction can be found:

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Learning Support Coordinator (LSC)

For the past two years we have enjoyed having Jo Miller undertaking the role of Learning Support Coordinator (LSC). This was a new initiative for a number of schools across New Zealand and is aimed at giving students, parents & whānau and teachers support with the varying needs of children at school. Please see a summary of Jo’s role below and if you think she can be of support to you please make contact with her - (remember the only silly question is the one we don’t ask).
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We are exploring tools for calming to regulate ourselves when we are in the yellow or red zones. Our students have been trying out a variety of techniques to calm their bodies and minds, these include 6 sides breathing, lazy 8 breathing, counting to 10 and calming sequences.
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Moving March

Movin’March – Week 3!

Don’t forget your passports…

We’re a Movin’March school and every day we’re stamping passports in the classroom as part of the WOW Passport Challenge. It’s super easy and you don’t even have to complete a card to be in to win one of 12 x $400 MYRIDE vouchers! And don’t forget to look out for our random spot prizes at the gate!

Whānau share your journey with Movin’March …

And take part in the Whanau Photo Competition. Simply post a pic and comment under the weekly themes and you’ll be in to WIN 1 of 5 x adult or child Micro Scooters! There’s also TEN Family Passes to Staglands Wildlife Reserve or Zealandia being given away. Check out the posts from last week on “What whanau do, talk about or discover on their journey to school”. A new theme is posted each Monday morning for the whole week. Enter as many times as you like! More details on Movin’March Facebook.

Whānau at Home:

We know some families need to isolate at home during these difficult times and we don’t want anyone missing out on the Movin’March fun. Check out the Family Activities page on the Movin’March website to use Jack's Activity Passport, Scavenger Hunt or use any of the art templates to colour and design. You could even send in your artwork to the Movin’March team and if they have your permission they can post up artwork on their Facebook page!

Park & Stride:

If your family lives too far away to walk or wheel all the way, why not park away from the school gate and walk or wheel the rest? For more information see our Park & Stride tips or try parking near Cornwall Street, the dental surgery or St. Patrick’s Church!

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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 22nd March 2022

St Pats Red vs DPS Eagle - 4pm Ct 3

St Pats Green vs Hadlow Hot Shots - 4.55pm Ct 6

St Pats Blue vs Solway Tactix - 4.55pm Ct 2

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Updated Cohort Entry & Enrolment Information:

  • 2022 Term 1 start dates: Monday 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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