Newsletter Term 1 Week 5

St Patrick's School Masterton 9th March 2022


Kia ora koutou,

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The key message of the upcoming Second Sunday of Lent is based on the Transfiguration in the Gospels. The Transfiguration of the Lord is the moment of disclosure of Christ’s Divine glory. He uses this event to build the faith of his followers and prepare them to witness his death. During Lent, we, too, are invited to strengthen our relationship with God. We are called to repent(feel regret) and to have an inward change of heart. This lesson helps us to understand that Jesus is indeed the Son of God and that the Transfiguration can inspire us to become closer to God during Lent.

Over the past week, some students from our senior Kildare syndicate have enjoyed taking part in programmes with outside facilitators. On Friday, girls in years 4-6 started a four-week programme called ‘Year Girls Cricket’ which is a programme run by Wairarapa Cricket to support young girls to gain interest and enjoy playing cricket in a female environment.

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This week two of our school Enviro leaders Conor and Liam took part in an online ‘Tracking & Trapping’ workshop run by Jill (EnviroSchools) & Kelly (Pūkaha Wildlife Centre). They enjoyed sharing and celebrating tracking and trapping projects from 2021, learning about effective tracking and trapping systems, and making a plan to make projects sustainable over the long term.

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This week we submitted the 2022 St. Patrick’s School Charter to the Ministry of Education. The charter sets the direction for the school and identifies the priorities the board expects the principal to be leading. It includes strategic aims and annual plans which identify the key areas we will focus on, both in the longer term and the coming year, to improve the progress and achievement of all of our students. The charter is uploaded to our school website and can be accessed by following this link.

As we reach the mid-way point of this first term I thought it was timely to remind all parents and whānau of the role of one of our key staff members. 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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Our school community and general school life continue to be affected by COVID 19. Each day we seem to be learning about students who have tested positive or have to isolate at home due to a household contact testing positive. At the same time, we are also starting to lose staff, both teachers and support staff, for the same reasons. During this uncertain time we ask that you keep us informed with updated information about your child and we in turn as a school will keep you informed of any changes that may need to occur due to staffing numbers. Kia Kaha!

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 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 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,

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 4:1-13

The Temptation of Jesus

4 Jesus returned from the Jordan full of the Holy Spirit and was led by the Spirit into the desert, 2 where he was tempted by the Devil for forty days. In all that time he ate nothing, so that he was hungry when it was over.

3 The Devil said to him, “If you are God's Son, order this stone to turn into bread.”

4 But Jesus answered, “The scripture says, ‘Human beings cannot live on bread alone.’”

5 Then the Devil took him up and showed him in a second all the kingdoms of the world. 6 “I will give you all this power and all this wealth,” the Devil told him. “It has all been handed over to me, and I can give it to anyone I choose. 7 All this will be yours, then, if you worship me.”

8 Jesus answered, “The scripture says, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!’”

9 Then the Devil took him to Jerusalem and set him on the highest point of the Temple, and said to him, “If you are God's Son, throw yourself down from here. 10 For the scripture says, ‘God will order his angels to take good care of you.’ 11 It also says, ‘They will hold you up with their hands so that not even your feet will be hurt on the stones.’”

12 But Jesus answered, “The scripture says, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

13 When the Devil finished tempting Jesus in every way, he left him for a while.

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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.
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2022 St Patrick’s School Enrolments

As we start the new school year we would like to encourage any parents who are planning to
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.
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We are starting to explore a variety of tools that can support us regulate. These include sensory supports, calming techniques and thinking strategies. Students will be given the opportunity to experience a variety of tools so that they can then identify those that work best for them.
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Moving March

Moving March has begun!

Movin’March – Week 2!

We’re loving all the stamping of passports! Remember if you walk or wheel the hub teachers will tick off your trip in the classroom and all entries are sent to GWRC at the end of March (remember you only need one trip recorded on your “passport” to enter). All passports in the WOW Passport Challenge go in the draw to win one of 12 x $400 MYRIDE vouchers. We have spot prizes to give away too!

Whānau Photo Competition

Post a pic and comment of your journey under our weekly theme and be in to WIN 1 of 5 x adult or child Micro Scooters! We’re also giving away TEN Family Passes to Staglands Wildlife Reserve or Zealandia. Check our Movin’March Facebook to see what whānau said about last week’s theme and look for week 2’s theme will have been posted up on Monday. More details on Movin’March Facebook - winners announced by 8th April.

Park & Stride:

If your family lives too far away, why not park a short distance away from the school gate and walk or wheel the rest of the way? For more information see our Park & Stride tips or try parking near the corner of Cornwall Street and Chapel Street or at the Dental surgery at the bottom of Renall Street

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Lots of vegetables have shot over the isolation period. Let us know if you want any greens for a rabbit or guinea pig!
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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 15th March 2022

St Pats Red vs Fernridge Steel - 4pm Ct 2

St Pats Green vs Fernridge Tactix - 4.55pm Ct 5

St Pats Blue vs Fernridge Pulse - 4.55pm Ct 1

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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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