Newsletter Term 1 Week 10

St Patrick's School Masterton 12th April 2022


Kia ora koutou,

This is Holy Week. Holy Week begins with the commemoration of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, climaxing with the commemoration of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday and the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Holy Week concludes with Christ's rest in death on Holy Saturday.

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The children enjoyed their Biathlon day on Friday. It was good to see so many of our school community there to cheer on their tamariki.

This week we farewell Mr. James in Hub 4. Our loss is Chanel’s gain. We will miss him and wish him all the very best.

A reminder that school finishes tomorrow, Wednesday 13th April, at 3 p.m. There is no school on Thursday as there is a Teacher Only Day.

Term 2 starts on Monday 2nd May at 8.55 a.m.

We hope that Mr. Wheeler is enjoying time with whanau in England. We wish him safe travels on his return to Aotearoa.

Finally, we wish you all a happy and blessed Easter break and we look forward to seeing all the tamariki back and refreshed next term.

John Murray

Acting Principal

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Virtue of the Month: Love - Aroha

  • Holding God in your heart

  • Showing thoughtfulness

  • Being grateful

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them - Ephesians 4:2

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.

First Communion Mass

This is carried over from 2021. It will be at 8.30am on Sunday 29th May at St Patrick's Church

Gospel Reading

The Last Supper

John 13:15

I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you.

Mark 14:22-25

22 While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. “Take it,” he said, “this is my body.”

23 Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and handed it to them; and they all drank from it. 24 Jesus said, “This is my blood which is poured out for many, my blood which seals God's covenant. 25 I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine in the Kingdom of God.”


Mark 15:27-28

27 They also crucified two bandits with Jesus, one on his right and the other on his left. 28 In this way the scripture came true which says, “He shared the fate of criminals”


Mark 16:1-8

After the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices to go and anoint the body of Jesus. 2 Very early on Sunday morning, at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 3-4 On the way they said to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” (It was a very large stone.) Then they looked up and saw that the stone had already been rolled back. 5 So they entered the tomb, where they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe—and they were alarmed.

6 “Don't be alarmed,” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here—he has been raised! Look, here is the place where he was placed. 7 Now go and give this message to his disciples, including Peter: ‘He is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him, just as he told you.’”

8 So they went out and ran from the tomb, distressed and terrified. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

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Easter Mass Timetable

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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 have introduced the Zones tools menu to our tamariki and now they are exploring the tools and deciding what will work for them in each zone and situation. For example, in class during prayers or a quiet time will require a different tool to calm than outside in the playground.

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Please encourage your child to try some of these tools over the holidays when they are in the yellow or red zone.
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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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Winter Netball and Hockey

Don't forget to sign your children up if they want to play winter hockey or netball. You will find the links on your etap app or on the Facebook pages.
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Updated Cohort Entry & Enrolment Information:

  • 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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