Newsletter Week 9 Term 2

St Brigid's School 28 June 2022

Upcoming Events


  • Year 4-8 School Swimming Sports - Wednesday 29 June
  • Rooms 8, 9 &10 Swimming - Wednesday 6 July


  • End of Term 2 (school finishes at 2.00pm) - Friday 8 July


  • Start of Term 3 - Monday 25 July

St Brigid's School Swimming Sports - Year 4-8 students

The St Brigid's School Swimming sports are on Wednesday 29 June at Keith Spry pool. We will be starting at 10:30am with the width races.

Fiona's Message

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,


What a wonderful family time it was over the weekend to celebrate Matariki. Listening to tamariki at school today, it seemed there was plenty of time spent with whanau and friends. What a joyous time when families share love and laughter. Classes have also shared wonderful artwork relating to matariki.


Mānawa maiea te Mātahi o te tau — Celebrate the rising of the new year

Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi — Celebrate the rising of the lord of the heavens

Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki — Celebrate the rising of Matariki


Matariki holds many meanings throughout Aotearoa and across the world and learning about it gives us an opportunity to explore and strengthen our local identities. We aim to protect the deep history of Matariki, including local variations and narratives.


Celebrating Matariki together as a nation provides an opportunity for Māori language, culture and history to be more accessible to all New Zealanders both here and overseas. It supports us to reflect the value we place in our cultural heritage and helps develop our national identity.



Ngā mihi

Fiona Kearns

Acting Principal

Term 3 Whakatau – Welcome Jennifer Ioannou and new students/families to St Brigid’s School

As part of our school tradition, we are having a whakatau on the first day of school of Term 3 – Monday 25 July at 9.45am.

This whakatau is our way of welcoming new staff and students to St Brigid’s School. We are warmly welcoming our new tumuaki, Jennifer Ioannou, as well as new families/students to Hato Pirihiti.

As part of strengthening our whakatau we have been learning a schoolwide karakia. Leadership team/teachers/classes have been practising this in preparation for Term 3.

Sacramental Programme

The Sacramental Programme team is so accommodating and really are doing their utmost to make the programme accessible to anyone interested.


Here are the dates for the Sacramental Programme in case there is anyone who would still like to join - send Gemmanash@challenge2000.org.nz an email and she can get them enrolled.


  • First Reconciliation catchup programme: Monday 11 July, 1.00pm - 4.00pm. First Reconciliation liturgy tbc, according to everyone's availabilities.


  • First Communion day programme: Thursday 14 July, 10.00am - 4.00pm. First Communion masses are 10 July and 24 July; those who do the holiday day will need to attend the 24 July mass.


  • Confirmation programme starts in September. For those who completed the programme in 2020 or 2021 and are yet to be confirmed, we are running a school holiday refresher day on Tuesday 12 July, 10am - 4.00pm, for a Confirmation mass on 7 August.

Altar Server Training

Now things are returning to semi-normal the parish is keen to re-start the altar servers’ roster for Saturday/Sunday Masses. If your child has made their First Holy Communion and would like to be trained as an altar server email fionad@stbrigids.school.nz


Covid Update

We continue with 3-4 weekly positive cases. We are most appreciative of your vigilance with keeping unwell children at home or picking them up promptly in what can sometimes be challenging work or transport circumstances. We know this is helping us to reduce the spread of all the winter bugs that are out there at the moment.


Cybersafety - Our Website

At the whanau meetings at the start of the year you and your child discussed and agreed to a digital cybersafety agreement which outlined all the ways students can safely work online at St Brigid’s School. Students have the right to access a device and this comes with responsibilities. As part of our big idea this term students have explored how to ensure their digital safety. This included in-school sessions from Angie Webster from Generation Online. Parents also had the opportunity to attend a free digital safety evening with Rob and Zareen (Our Kids Online). Presently, senior students are working on creating cartoon stories which will be accessed by parents and students to help unpack the cybersafety agreement on our website. They are starting to look like this………

Team Whā Market Day

Team Whā are holding their biannual market day next Wednesday 6 July in Rooms 13 and 14. Our sale hours are from 8.30am until 3.30pm. Students are encouraged to bring some money so they can purchase items from the various stalls - students will be timetabled to visit the stalls with their class.


We have:

  • Second hand uniforms (in the library 8.30am-9.15am and 2.45pm-3.30pm),
  • Food, sweets, games, toys, bookmarks, lucky dips, drinks, and much more.

Parents/caregivers are welcome to come and purchase stall items before and after school but must wear a mask.
For Market Day, 6 July 2022, Team Wha is doing a sausage sizzle.
This is to support our learning trip to Taputeranga Nature Reserve at the end of the year!

$2 for a delicious sausage with bread and toppings!

If your child is interested in ordering a sausage, please fill out this form. Fill out one form per student. This Google Form is to help us know how many sausages and bread we need to order and who has ordered.


Order Form


Please fill this form in by 1 July. and hand the money to your classroom teacher by 4 July!


Thank you

Congratulations - Musicians

We congratulate students and award St Brigid’s School badges to those students who have shown leadership, dedication and commitment to school orchestra.


Well done to Year 8 students, Katrina Ramos, Jana Navalta and August Villanueva for their ongoing leadership in sharing their talents for school events such as school liturgies and masses, whakatau and other school events.

Special certificate to Matthew Nalder for his helpfulness and enthusiasm and contribution to this group.


We are always keen to have musicians join our group. This group is for experienced musicians. Please contact fiona@stbrigids.school.nz if your child can play an instrument and wants to find out more information.


If your child is interested in individual lessons we have Eileen who teaches guitar or Anne who teaches piano during school time.

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Beyond the Page 2022 -- a literary festival for tamariki and their whānau

Beyond the Page is back! During the July school holidays, from 9-24 July, libraries across the Wellington region are hosting over a hundred awesome and totally FREE events for tamariki and their whānau. From bilingual puppetry performances and workshops, poetry events, nature walks and sculpture masterclasses through to VR experiences, LEGO® sessions, stop motion workshops and more, we’re inviting you to explore the adventurous side of your library, beyond the page!

All events are free, but some require registration as space may be limited. Find out more, and view the entire calendar of events, at www.beyondthepage.nz.”