St Mary's School Term 4 Week 7 2022
Te Kura O Hato Mere
Pānui/Newsletter - Thursday 1 December 2022
Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the year 7&8 camp to Woodend. We were very fortunate to have had the support of Pub Charity who through their generous donation enabled the camp to go ahead. These camps are a highlight for our students and a very necessary component of our school curriculum. Many of the activities on the camp take the students out of their comfort zone and provide challenges outside the classroom. It is awesome to see students rise above their fears and give things a go even when they are scared. For many students this is their first time away from home and this can be a huge challenge in itself. For us as teachers the responsibility is great with 24 hour supervision. We aim to give the same care and attention that parents would give their children whilst they are in our care. As professionals we take this very seriously and view it as a great privilege to be responsible for your children. After 23 years of taking students on camps it still thrills me to see the elation and sense of achievement that students display after achieving challenging tasks or even just being away from home.
Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki
May God bless you and protect you
Congratulations to the following students for receiving a principal's award: Caren, Jairus, Sumi and Lily
Congratulations to the following students for receiving a principal's award: Gabriel, Esme, Maddie and Felix
Year 7&8 Camp to Woodend
If you do not receive the email from Photolife please email the school office and we can provide the key for you.
Year 7&8 Fun Learning Day at Cathedral College
Year 8 End of Year Dinner: Monday 12 December 5pm - 7pm
Final Mass and Prizegiving- Tuesday 13 December 7pm
Students need to be seated by 6.50pm.
Our Catholic Faith Fact - Feast of St Andrew the Apostle
St. Andrew, also known as Andrew the Apostle, was a Christian Apostle and the older brother to St. Peter. According to the New Testament, Andrew was born in the village of Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee during the early first century. Much like his younger brother, Simon Peter, Andrew was also a fisherman. Andrew's very name means strong and he was known for having good social skills. In the Gospel of Matthew, it is said Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee and saw Andrew and Simon Peter fishing. It is then he asked the two to become disciples and "fishers of men."
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
Christmas Choir For All- St Mary's Pro-Cathedral
Join the St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Family Choir for Christmas Eve.
All children and family members are invited to join our Parish Family Choir to lead the music at
5.30pm Mass on Christmas Eve.
Practices will be on Tuesday afternoons 4pm-5pm.
- 22nd and 29th November and 6th December at St Francis of Assisi School Hall [Innes Rd]
- 13th and 20th December in the Cathedral Choir Loft
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or just turn up to practices
Everyone is welcome. Please join us and be part of this important Liturgy.
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
- Te Ahu o Te Reo
- Just in Time Maths PLD
- Teaching Sexuality in a Catholic School
- Improving Literacy through storytelling
School Polar Fleece
School Bank Account number is: 03 0855 0436803 00
ENROL YOUR PRE SCHOOLERS NOW
Closing of School Gate
Lunchonline - Sushi (Wednesdays) and Subway (Fridays)
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
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