Panui-Newsletter Term 2, Week 1

Bishop Edward Gaines Catholic School

Principal's Message

Talofa, Kia ora, Malo e lelei, Habari, Hello, Sawadee, Kia orana, Dia duit, Ma muka chini,

Welcome back everyone to Term 2. The term has started with settled and well rested students ready to begin a new term of learning. On Monday we had our ANZAC Liturgy and spent time reflecting on our ancestors and country men and women and the sacrifices they made for us.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. We want our teachers to know that they are appreciated and valued for their contribution and the mahi they consistently do to make tamariki feel involved and successful. Thank You Teachers!

Validation + Respect = Motivation and Productivity = Progress

This week we welcome Paul Stucki from the Education Review Office-ERO. ERO is the governments external evaluation agency who report on the education and care of learners in schools, and kura. Welcome to Paul, we hope you enjoy your next few days with us.

Thanks to those students who were able to attend Mass last weekend when Bishop Michael said Mass. We do hope he will come again soon.

The Sacramental Programme is set to begin Week 2 on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm. Sister Maree and Kathleen Metcalfe will facilitate this and we are so fortunate to have them with us to do this. For those who have already filled in your paperwork for this thanks. For those who wish their child to undergo their Sacraments please do let the office know so we can have them on the list. This programme is open to those children in the wider community also, so if you know of families who wish to do the Sacramental programme please let them know. I strongly encourage you to consider using this opportunity for your child to be making their Sacraments.

Parents wanting their child Baptised please do let the office know. This will consist of 2 sessions. I also strongly encourage you to have your child Baptised, as this seals their spiritual membership into Gods family, and as a Sacrament, Baptism does provide special graces and protection. It is a duty of Catholic Schools to help enable the provision of Baptism for our students in our care. If your child needs a sponser I am happy to be their sponser, just let me know We want all our students to have this opportunity.

Winter sports is beginning. If you still want your child to play a sport please let the office know asap.

End of year School Camp - The Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventure Centre

14th - 18th of November

If $12000.00 can be fundraised towards camp, the cost per person attending camp can remain at $250.00 (donations of food will be in addition to this). Camp payments can be made online or to the school office any time from now, including part payments towards the full cost if you would like to pay it off.

For camp we will need parent support with transport, food preparation, student supervision and active involvement in camp activities. All attending adults staying overnight must also be police vetted prior to attending. Thank you for your support.

Our Year 7 & 8 students may take home another box of chocolates to sell to help with camp costs. These are $2 per bar. Try to sell these over the next couple of weeks and return the money to the school office.

The opportunity to go on this school camp is well worth it and a massive opportunity for our tamariki. Miss Mckibbon will be attending then camp with the seniors. Below are some photos from the centre of some of the activities the students will get to do.

We will be hosting some fundraising events in school over the term-so keep an eye out for these.

We pray for those families in our community who may be unwell at this time. If you know of families that may need assistance in any way please do let myself know or Caroline at the office.

Mark your diaries! May 12th Thursday is a Teacher Only Day, all about the new RE curriculum. June 7th is also a teacher only day for teacher professional development.

"Being at school is learning mileage and learning mileage is what makes all the difference".

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

Bernadette Hall

Teacher Appreciation Week

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Blue Moutnain Camp 2022

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All students require headphones when working on devices. Students, when working on their Maths Whizz, Educa or Education Perfect need to be able to hear the questions and prompts from their device. But also to be able to block out other noises in the classroom. Headphones can be purchased from The Warehouse for $10, we would appreciate it if you could provide these for your child. If this is something you need help with please let the office know Thank you.

Catholic Character

Our students are focusing on prayer this week, then we will launch into our learning around the Sacraments. This focus coincides with our students who will be starting their journey of making their sacraments. Sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, through which Divine life is given. There are seven Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders.

Why are there 7 sacraments in the Catholic Church?

Christ instituted all seven sacraments as ways in which He could be present to His people even after His Ascension into Heaven. The sacraments are also entrusted to the Church. Christ gave the sacraments to the Church so that the Church could dispense them to the faithful.

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Pink Shirt Day

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Why do we celebrate Pink Shirt Day?

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new student was harassed for wearing pink. We've been celebrating Pink Shirt Day in Aotearoa since 2009 and the campaign grows stronger and larger every year.

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 ....Isaiah, George, Viola, Hannah!

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

This week students have voted for 'chill time' so they will be choosing between activities of reading, chess games, an outdoor walk, gardening or drawing.

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Important Dates

Important dates left this term:

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)

School Mass

Each Friday at 9:30 whole school

Senior Technology Classes

Tuesday at 9:00-10:30am.

School Assembly

Each Monday morning

Kapa Haka

Weekly with Matua James & Annie Asiata

Sacramental Programme

Wednesday 3:30pm beginning 11 May

Preschool Visits

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.

Kindy Visitors

18 May

Pink Shirt Day

20 May

Ascension of the Lord Liturgy

26 May

Jumping June Event

14 June


21 June

Class Photos

4 July

Lunchtime Fun Sports for our Tamariki

Tuesday and Friday

Friday Fun

After lunch for those who have followed all the school rules! Decided by student votes.

Teacher Only Days

12th May and the 7th June