Newsletter Term One, Week 9

Bishop Edward Gaines Catholic School

Principal's Message

Talofa, Kia ora, Malo e lelei, Habari, Hello,

This Friday we have our final swimming day. We have booked the pools from 10:00am and students will participate in swimming races followed by some aquatic fun games. We welcome our parents and caregivers along for this event.

Thank you to those who could make the Whanau Hui last Thursday. We shared the Strategic Plan. At our next hui it will be great to have more discussion around what activities the community want to see more of in our school.

We are fortunate to have secured Matua James to help run our weekly singing and build our Kapa Haka group. James will work alongside Annie our TA to develop and strengthen our singing group.

There are some important notices coming home over the next couple of weeks. These must be returned asap. One is to update information regarding your details -phone numbers and the people who may collect your child. The other is information needed for our Education Review Team. Please do fill these in and send back to school so we have these in time. Many thanks in advance.

Our students enjoyed the Daytime Disco last week. All students involved themselves in this and we were impressed with their dance moves! Thanks to Annie, Susan and the students leaders who prepared this. This also reflected our students keeping to school rules during the week, well done Tamariki! This week our students will have aquatic fun after swimming sports as their Friday Fun.

Our students will be able to attend Friday Masses now. So we will attend each Friday this term ( except this week as we have swimming). This is an important aspect of our being at a Catholic School, and it is also how our students learn what the Mass is and how to pray.

Attached to this weeks newsletter is a summary of our baseline data November 2021. This is what is used to plan for 2022 and helps identify where our strengths are and what areas we need to ensure appropriate programmes are in place to enable student achievement.

I would like to say thank you to our wonderful community for all your hard work and making sure your child is school ready. Being at school is learning mileage and learning mileage is what makes the difference, so thank you.

Ma te Atua koutou e manaaki—God’s blessings,

Bernadette Hall

Swim Sports Day Friday!

Please ensure your child has a towel., togs and snacks and water for this event. Starts at 10:15am Friday.
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Happy Birthday to Vaiola!! Turned 6 this week. We hope you had a great birthday and a fantastic birthday week!

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Catholic Character

The Way of the Cross

We are learning about the stations of the Cross. The stations remind us of the journey Christ made before he was nailed to the cross. Each station is an opportunity for us to reflect on what Christ's suffering means for us today. For example, when Christ falls, he gets back up. Christ falls three times, and we are reminded to do the same. A stumble is not an end, we must use it to empower us to get back up. The stations also remind us of Christ's forgiveness, we are reminded to forgive others even though they may do us wrong. The soldiers did Christ much wrong. But he forgave them, to show by example how deep his forgiveness is. Students are looking at the stations of the Cross and putting the stations into their contexts.

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Baseline Data November 2021

In Mathematics:

100% of learners are achieving At or Above the curriculum expectation. 58% of our leaners are At and 42% are Above.

Our Maori learners 75% are At and 25% are Above.

Our Pacific learners 71.4% are At and 28.5% Above

Our Pakeha learners 60% At and 40%Above

Our Asian learners 25% At and 75% Above

Other learners 50% At and 50 % Above.

In Writing:

90.3% At or Above the curriculum expectation and 6.4% were achieving well below.

Our Maori learners 87.5% At and 12.5% Above

Our Pacific learners well below 14.2% At 86%

Our Pakeha learners 20% below 50% At and 30% Above

Our Asian learners 50% At 50% Above

Other learners 50% At 50% Above

In Reading:

Transience and absences have been a major factor in our statistics for reading. 36% Above, 32% At and 32% below.

Our Maori learners 25% Above and 25% At and 63% below

Our Pacific learners 29% Above, 43% At and 29% Below

Our Pakeha learners 30% Above, 40% At and 30% below

Our Asian learners 100% Above

Other learners 50% At and 50% Above

Using the 2021 baseline data our 2022 Strategic Plan and school wide goals for improving learner achievement:

  • To show our faith in action
  • To implement principles of learner agency to accelerate achievement across the curriculum
  • To use summative assessment information (data) and formative assessment practices (learner agency) to inform and improve teaching practice and student learning in reading , writing and mathematics.

Bishop Edward Gaines School App

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Reminder to get the Skool Loop App. This allows you to receive up to date notifications and also to logde any school absences. If your child is away for any reason please do let the school office know, via the app or phone the office: 07 886 8021

Our Super Stars

Well done ....Massing, Nada, George, Zoe

Mrs Hall has noticed how well you have interacted alongside others this week and always set a great example. Also for having a fantastic BISHOP attitude!

Ka Pai!

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Fun Friday's

Our students have discussed and decided on 4 main school rules. In order to participate in our Friday Fun afternoon, students will need to make sure they don't break any of our school rules. If a student breaks 3 rules then 3 dots will be by their name that week, which means they will have to sit out from the Friday Fun Afternoon. Teachers and myself are busy reminding all students of the agreed rules and what those rules look like in practice. Our school rules are on display in classrooms, art room and the library. Happy to say everyone is following the school rules!

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Head Lice Treatment

This is a normal childhood occurance, and most children will get head lice at one point or another. We do have a case of head lice in school. Below is a link on how to treat head lice.

Important Dates

Important Dates:

Term Dates

Term One: 1 February-14 April

Term Two: 2 May-8 July

Term Three: 25 July-30 September

Term Four: 17 October-14 December (TBC)

Welcome Liturgy

1 February 9:30am on turf courts

School Mass

11 February 9:30am on school grounds

Swimming Days @ Aquatic Centre:

W 1: 2 February & 3 February 12-1pm

W 2: 8 February & 10 February 12-1pm

W 3: 14 February 12-1pm

W 4: No swimming

W 5: 28 February & 1 March 1:30-2:30pm

W 6: 7 March 1:30pm

W7: No swimming

W 8: No swimming

W 9:1 April 10:00am

Swimming Sports

3rd March @ Putaruu 7 years and older

Senior Technology Classes

Tuesday at 9:00-10:30am.

Student Led Conferences

24 February 1:30-5:30pm

Preschool Visits

Note changes: Will run each Thursday and Friday from 9:00am -12:30 for the few weeks leading up to the child's 5th birthday. Please let the office know if you are wanting your child to have preschool visits. Also please let others know who may be interested.

Lunchtime Fun Sports for our Tamariki

Every Tuesday and Thursday


Monday afternoons (courts opposite our school and bring a racquet if you have one)

Health Nurse Educational Talks to Senior Students

16 February-Talk

16 March-Immunisations HPV/Boostrix for our yr 7s and Yr 8s

Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday

1 March and 2 March

Wheels Day

4 March. Bring a helmet and shoes.

Preschool & Kindy Picnic @ Bishop-Teddy Bears Picnic

10th March 11:30-1:00pm (note change as swimming sports is now 3rd March)

For preschoolers and their families to come find out more about our special character and early literacy programmes.

St Joseph Feast Day Liturgy

18 March 9:30am

Whanau Hui

24 March 6:00pm staffroom-all welcome. Come share ideas for upcoming school projects and meet others in our school community.

Swimming Fun Day

1st April 10:00-12:00pm

Holy Week

10-15 April