St Mary's School Term 1 Week 1 2023
Te Kura O Hato Mere
Pānui/Newsletter - Thursday 2 February 2023
Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava
Welcome to the new school year!
Di Browne- (1961-2023)
This year started off on a sad note for me with the passing of a former Board of Trustees Chairperson, Di Browne. Di was the board chair from 2002 until the beginning of 2012. Her two children attended St Mary's School and during her time on the board, she helped ensure the success and survival of our school.
In 2002 the school had been threatened with closure as the roll had fallen to 48 students. Di led the board with several initiatives to promote roll increase and oversaw the appointment of a new principal, who turned out to be me. I am incredibly thankful for Di's leadership during those difficult times and her support during the earthquakes and the ensuing instability during those times.
Whilst at St Mary's Di became a catholic and her steadfast faith helped sustain her when she was diagnosed with cancer. May God bless Di for all her wonderful service and loyalty to our school.
May she rest in Peace.
Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki
May God bless you and protect you
NO SCHOOL MONDAY 6 FEBRUARY - WAITANGI DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY
Waitangi Day / Culture Day Celebration- Wear Cultural Clothing To School
On Tuesday 7th February all students are asked to dress up in clothing from either their own culture or that of another culture. We will begin the day with a prayer service in Maori and talk about the Treaty of Waitangi and its significance to our country. We will also take the opportunity to celebrate the many diverse cultures within our school.
Students are allowed to wear culturally significant clothing to school for the day on Tuesday next week.
Takeaway Night- Wednesday 15th February 5pm-7pm (weather permitting)
Mrs Anthony will hold a short meeting in Room 1 towards the end of the evening to talk to parents of Room 1 students about the Better Start Literacy Approach and answer questions relating to this.
We hope to see as many of you there as possible.
Dental Van Visit 2023
First Holy Communion June 25th 2023
Please click the link below to enrol. Your child must be baptised before they can receive their First Holy Communion.
Our Catholic Faith Fact
On February 2, we observe the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, honoring Jesus Christ’s presentation in the Temple when he was a young child.
World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life
On this day, we reflect on the gift of consecrated life. While the momentary satisfaction of selfish living ultimately leads to emptiness, living a life of holiness, dedicated to God’s service, will give true contentment and peace. As Pope Francis has expressed:
Consecrated life is born and reborn of an encounter with Jesus as he is: poor, chaste and obedient… And while worldly life soon leaves our hands and hearts empty, life in Jesus fills us with peace to the very end, as in the Gospel, where Simeon and Anna come happily to the sunset of their lives with the Lord in their arms and joy in their hearts.
Free School Swimming Lessons: 6th - 17th March
Graham Condon Pool, Papanui
Swimming will begin on Monday 6th March for two weeks. This is a compulsory component of our school curriculum. Students will travel to and from the pool each day by bus. If your child is unable to swim for any reason can you please inform us by emailing the school via our school app.
Please make sure your child has their togs, towel and goggles each day during the two weeks of swimming. Lessons last for 25 minutes per group.
Year 8 2023 School Based Vaccination Programme
The School Based Vaccination programme will offer the two dose HPV vaccinations to
protect against genital warts, cervical cancer, throat and mouth cancers, and other types
of cancers later in life. The programme also includes a one dose Boostrix vaccination to
provide protection against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Whooping Cough.
To enable students to receive the vaccinations at school a vaccination pack will be
provided to students who have not completed their vaccinations in General Practice in
term one 2023 to take home for the parent/caregivers to complete and return the
consent form to school. Consent to the school based programme can be withdrawn at
any time during the programme by contacting the vaccinating team directly
Term Dates For 2023
Term 1: Tuesday 31 Jan 2023 - Thurs 6 April
Term 2: Mon 24 April – Fri 30 June
Term 3: Mon 17 July – Fri 22 Sept
Term 4: Mon 9 October – Friday 15 December
Teacher Professional Development
- UC Early Writing Success: Focus for Teaching and Assessment for Years 1-2
- Religious Education- New curriculum workshop- Year 1-2
School Polar Fleece
School Bank Account number is: 03 0855 0436803 00
ENROL YOUR PRE SCHOOLERS NOW - URGENT
Closing of School Gate
Lunchonline - Sushi (Wednesdays) and Subway (Fridays)
Attendance Dues Increase for 2023- See Below
Attendance Dues Debt Recovery
Please be advised that at the May 2022 Cathedral Parish Finance Committee, the committee signed off on a new Attendance Dues Debt Recovery Policy. This enables the parish to engage an external debt recovery company (Under Control Collections). This will always be used as a last resort, when we have been unable to get a family to engage with us in relation to their outstanding Attendance Dues.
Any queries should be directed to Kirsten Tester – Attendance Dues Administrator - Ph (03) 595 1053 or email@example.com
Sports Club Opportunities
Please email the school office to obtain a secure link to download the app.