Rooms 5 - 8 Tūranga Library Visit

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Tūranga Library Visit - Monday 13th March

Tomorrow, Monday 13th March, our Room 5 - 8 students will be traveling by bus to town to the Tūranga Library to take part in two 90-minute workshops and a Hīkoi/Walk of the CBD to deepen their knowledge of Aotearoa New Zealand History.

The weather forecast for tomorrow morning is light rain, clearing to fine in the afternoon so it would be good if they had a jacket with them for the morning when taking part in the planned Hīkoi.

Walking/Sports shoes are also recommended.

Throughout Term 1, students in the junior and senior school have been unpacking and learning about the new Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum.

The junior school has been learning how to retell a story from the past, while understanding that different people may tell the same story differently. They are also being taught to use various historical sources, including mātauranga. The main focus is on developing a critical understanding of history and its impact on the present.

In the senior school, students are learning how to use historical sources, with a focus on mātauranga Māori sources, to gather evidence and answer questions about the past. They are also being taught to recognize missing views and how this may impact mahinga kai. Students are encouraged to identify the attitudes and values that motivated people in the past and compare them with current attitudes and values. This enables them to develop a critical understanding of history and its impact on society today.

Tomorrow, Monday 13th March, our Year 5 - 8 students will be traveling by bus to town to the Tūranga Library to take part in two 90-minute workshops to deepen their knowledge of Aotearoa New Zealand History.

While the Year 5 and 6 students take part in workshop one, the Year 7 and 8 students will do a City Hīkoi Walk along the Avon River and explore many of the sites of cultural significance in and around the city centre before looping back to the Tūranga Library. We will then head over to the Margaret Mahy Playground for lunch before the groups swap over for Workshop two beginning at 12:30 pm.

Buses should return to school at approximately 2:30pm

Parents and caregivers are more than welcome to accompany their children on the excursion to the Tūranga Library and City Hīkoi Walk. It can be a great opportunity to learn alongside their children and gain insight into the topics covered in the new Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum.

If you wish to attend, please email me at

Important Dates - Term 1

Please note that events planned in Term 1 may change from time to time.

We try to have as many fixed dates in place each term but sometimes these need to change or dates need to be added in order to take advantage of learning opportunities we see beneficial to our school and students or due to unforeseen circumstances and cancelations.

Monday 13th March - Year 5 - 8 Tūranga Library Visit and City Hikoi

Thursday 16th March - Strike Action, School Closed

Friday 17th March - West Zone Swimming Sports

Friday 17th March - St Patrick's Day

Friday 17th March - PFA Golf Tournament

Friday 24th March - Room 1 School Assembly, 9:00am

Wednesday 29th March - Fun Run

Friday 31st March - Caritas Challenge

Sunday 2nd April - St Patrick's Family Mass CTK Church 9:00am

Monday 3rd April - Cross Country

Wednesday 5th April - Cross Country Post Ponement Day

Thursday 6th April - Room 7 School Assembly, 9:00am

Thursday 6th April - Stations of the Cross

Thursday 6th April - Last Day of Term 1

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Important Dates - 2023

Please note we no longer have a Teacher Only Day in Term 1. This has been moved to Thursday 16th November.

Term 1 (10 Weeks)

Monday 30th January - Thursday 6th April

  • Monday 6th February - Waitangi Day
  • Thursday 16th March - Strike Action

Term 2 (10 Weeks)

Monday 24th April - Friday 30th June

  • Monday 24th April - Teacher Only Day
  • Tuesday 25th April - ANZAC Day
  • Monday 5th June - Kings Birthday

Term 3 (10 Weeks)

Monday 17th July - Friday 22nd September

  • Friday 18th August - Teacher Only Day
  • Friday 8th September - Teacher Only Day

Term 4 (10 Weeks)

Monday 9th October - Friday 15th December

  • Monday 23rd October - Labour Day
  • Thursday 16th November - Teacher Only Day
  • Friday 17th November - Canterbury Anniversary Day
  • Friday 15th December - Last Day of Term 4 (12:30pm Finish)
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Download our School App

For new parents and caregivers, it is important to download our St Patrick's School App

It is really important that families download this app to their phones. The St Patrick’s School App gives you access to things such as submitting Absentees, Contacts, School Information, Calendars, Alerts, and our fortnightly Newsletter.

Installing the St Patrick's School App

  1. First, visit GooglePlay or the Apple App Store to download the SchoolAppsNZ app.
  2. Once installed, you can access the app from the School App icon on your phone’s home screen.
  3. Simply open the app and search “St Patrick's School.” Your selection will be remembered by the app for future visits.