St Anne's School Newsletter

Week 2, Term 2, 2022

Nau mai, Haere mai, Welcome to Week 2

We are so excited to be with you all again. We truly hope that you all had a restful and blessed Easter. During the break, we also had time to reflect on those people who made sacrifices for the life that we are able to enjoy.

We welcome Amie Bishop to our school. She is teaching in Rm 8 with Becky Clark and will continue with the class for 2022. We welcome our new students from Rm 1 and their families to our school and look forward to working alongside you all.

This term we have some wonderful things planned for your children. We are beginning our term with swimming. Swimming sports have been booked for 30th May. We will begin the day at 9.00am with our Junior and Middle school Demonstrations and then move into the racing from 11.00am. More precise information and timings will be sent out closer to the event.

We will be celebrating the Māori New Year with our dawn liturgy and breakfast as this was a really enjoyable activity in 2021. Alongside Matariki this year is the new public holiday that the Government has introduced.

Covid Update

We would like to thank everyone for the support they have given us during these uncertain times and helping us to keep our school in Action during term 1. It is fantastic to be back in Orange and there is much more flexibility for us to get back to some form of normal. We have chosen to continue to ask our students to wear masks in years 4-8 and all of our staff are also still wearing masks. We are doing this to minimise the disruption to classes as cases continue to be identified around the school. We need to try and minimise our staff getting unwell, and our students. We saw a huge difference mask wearing had. We really appreciate your support with this action for the good of all.

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Winter Sports Update

A big thanks to all our parents that are helping out with our winter sport teams. It is challenging to get enough students to play in each code and we wouldn’t be able to participate without your support.

Hockey- we had our first game of Hockey yesterday afternoon. Our team faced St Johns. We had a loss but they had a fantastic first game.

Basketball- our intermediate team had their first game on Tuesday night. They played Rutherford and had their first win of the season. It was an excellent start to the season.

Netball- Our intermediate netball team has their opening day for netball this Saturday. Good luck for your grading games.

Special Character

We will be returning to our Monday morning Liturgies in the church once we have completed swimming. We will also be joining in the Tuesday morning masses with Father Vaughan once swimming finishes.

Thank you to those Mums that managed to get to our Mothers Day Liturgy Last Friday. We have a link to a slideshow below for those of you who didn’t manage to make it. Watch this with your children. The messages our students shared were beautiful and the songs made everyone's hearts melt.

Catholic Social Teaching- CST

This term some of our teachers are doing some professional development around Catholic Social Teaching. We are reflecting on what Catholic Social teaching is and what this means to us as a Catholic School. All aspects of CST have a role to play here in our kura, in our parish and in our homes. We talk regularly to our students about the importance of being Jesus' disciples now, that he has no other body other than ours. That we are Jesus' heart, hands and voice as we all work to build the kingdom of God.

Below is a short clip explaining what the Catholic Social Teachings are for you all to enjoy.

Catholic Social Teaching in 3 minutes | CAFOD

Sacramental programs

We will be running the Baptism program this term. We are looking to start this in week 6. If your child is wanting to be Baptised please fill in the enrolment form and send this into Mrs Manson in the office. Alternatively you can email it to

Next term we'll be doing Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation and more information about this will follow nearer to this.

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Students in Room 7 were learning that symbols have meaning. They created their own Tapa Cloth Art. Many tapa cloths can tell a family story or share family history. Each student in Room 7 has designed their own Tapa Art with the oldest family member at the top and the youngest at the bottom.


Join us in wearing pink on Friday 20th May. Pink shirt day is where we stand together against bullying.
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Term Two Dates

  • Tuesday May 17 – Contributing Rugby Yr 5-6 (1 team attending)
  • Thursday May 19 – Otago Problem Solving- Yr 7-8
  • Friday May 20- Pink Shirt Day- Anti bullying Mufti Day
  • Monday 30th May- School Swimming Sports 9-3pm (Splash Centre)
  • Thursday June 23 - Matariki Dawn Liturgy, breakfast and day of celebrating
  • Friday June 24 - MATARIKI Public Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED