Newsletter Term 3 Week 2
St Mary's School Blenheim Friday 5th August 2022
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Kia ora koutou te Kura O Hato Mere whanau,
I cannot believe we are already at the end of week two in Term 3 and August has begun. A treacherous parent reminded me that ‘Christmas was not too far away!’ and I nearly fell over. ‘I think I will just take it one day at a time and focus on the now’ Ii replied to the scary statement.
At the beginning of the term my prayer to the staff and also shared with the Year 8 class was about being a Saint. A saint in our everyday lives. The prayer is an excerpt from Pope Francis when he talks about a woman going to the church to baptise her son and the church secretary refuses her due to the fact that she is not married.
Francis continues the conversation pointing out how brave this woman has been and the amount of courage she has shown throughout her son’s life. He says that if we follow this path and attitude, we are not doing God’s people, Good.
“WHOEVER APPROACHES THE CHURCH MUST FIND OPEN DOORS AND NOT FAIRS OF FAITH”
This is a very strong statement and is something that has stuck with me over the last month since reading this article.
Francis continues saying,
We need saints without a veil, without toner. We need saints in jeans and sneakers .
We need saints who go to the movies, listen to music, and stroll with their friends.
We need modern saints, twenty-first century saints with a spirituality embedded in our time.
We need saints committed to the poor and necessary social change.
We need saints who live in the world, who get holy in the world, and who are not afraid to live in the world.
We need saints who like cinema, theatre, music, dance, sports
We need saints who are in the world and who can taste the pure and good things of the world, buy without being worldly.
There is a lot in the speech and not everything is in the above passage. However it makes us think about our values, our behaviour, our place in the world and the connections we make.
Everyday we affect people and they affect us.
The struggle is and will always be, how can we be a saint to those people and this world.?
Although a struggle and difficult at times it is critical that we always work hard to be that saint, to be that great memory for a person today and every day, to be Jesus for someone each and every day of our lives.
It is a good time to be still, quiet and reflect on our actions, words and intentions. Are we aligned with the values of a saint? If not, what would it take to become more saintly?
Be the true you every day.
Have a safe and blessed weekend. Thank you for the blessing you bring to school everyday and the love they bring to our community.
Yours ‘In Christ’s Light’
Message from The Attendance Dues Team
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Thank you to the St Mary’s School Board of Trustees for their time, expertise, support, passion and service to our school community over the last three years. The Board has had a busy three (and ½ ) year term with the usual monitoring students achievements and progress, legal compliance, financial management, policy review and property resources . The biggest challenge has been how to maintain student endeavors through the trials and tribulations of Covid 19, continuing to enhance our special catholic character, reviewing school charter and strategic goals, while progressing landscaping development despite local labor shortages. Most importantly we continued to assess and provide resources to support the learning of children inside our school, as well as all the time they spent isolating at home.
We would like to acknowledge Father Michael McCabe’s contribution to our school and community. We are privileged to have his knowledge, presence and support within our school.
Thank you to Megan McKendry for her nine years of service as a parent rep and most importantly Chairperson on the Board of Trustees. Your dedication, integrity and leadership has been invaluable. You leave behind some huge shoes to fill.
Thank you to Kate Gaines for her six years of service as parent rep, financial and grants guru. Your faithfulness, passion and community spirit have been a shining light to our school. Your fundraising ability will be sorely missed
Thank you to Elena Filipo for the last three years of service to our school and we wish you all God's blessing for the future, your cheerful smile and positive attitude will be hard to replace.
Congratulations to the new (Julia Cook, Megan Cameron, Mathew Bino) and welcome back to those parent (Ross Frater, Nigel Mitchell) and proprietor representatives (Richard Vercoe, Andrew Stanley, Rodel Daquioag) who have kindly offered their valuable time as volunteers guiding our school into the future alongside Principal Paddy and Staff elected rep (Tracy McCone).
ST MARY'S YOUTH GROUP
- Parent and Teacher Learning Conversations - Tuesday 16th August
- Parent and Teacher Learning Conversations - Wednesday 17th August
- Board of Trustees Meeting - 22 August
- Teacher Only Day - Friday 26th August
- Book Fair Week - 29th August - 2nd September
- 150th Jubilee - 21st - 23rd October 2022
- Last Day of School for Term 3 - Thursday 29th September
- Teacher Only Day - Friday 30th September
WHAT'S BEEN HAPPERNING AT TE KURA O HATO MERE ?
ART WORK TE ARA A MARIA
To celebrate the rededication, our Bishops have commissioned a new piece of art. They wanted a depiction of Mary that connects her to Aotearoa. The piece challenges us to see her as a woman of incredible strength and the place she holds in our hearts and our community today.
The artwork aims to respect our different cultures and backgrounds. The painting captures details which are unique to our country and Catholic identity. It asks us to celebrate the things we share in our community and to learn more about our different worlds.
This week we have been blessed as a school to welcome this special icon into our faith community.
In classes we were able to visit the icon in the Mercy Room and hear the wonderful stories which accompany this beautiful image and connect us as Students, Peoples from all Nations and Catholics.
Thank you Father Michael McCabe for sharing the joy this image sparks with us at Te Kura Hato Mere.
It is fitting that in the month we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven and the feast day for our school of St Mary’s, that we were able to witness the wonderful Mary and see for ourselves the characteristics displayed by the first disciple of Christ. Students concluded the visit with Ka Waiata and the Rosary.
CROSS COUNTRY - 2022
Wow what a day! Christ’s light shone brightly on us all. Children even managed to get a sweat up, it was so lovely. Although not at the Wither HIlls the tamariki just got stuck in with positive attitudes and had a crack!
It was amazing to have the event and made even more special by having whanau involved and back in the school grounds. Thank you for taking the time to support your child and all children participating in the cross country.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB ISSUE 5, 2022
Every child deserves access to quality and affordable books, and Scholastic Book Club offers great prices with Value Books as low as $3.50 on every issue of Book Club.
Best of all, if you order on Issue 5 you can select FREE BOOKS!
Place your Issue 5 order on LOOP to select up to 3 FREE BOOKS. To qualify all you have to do is spend over $30 and you can select 1 FREE book, or spend over $50 and you can select 2 FREE books or over $70 and you can select 3 FREE titles from a special online list. The list will display after you create your order and head to the checkout. See https://mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz/Parent/Login.aspx for more information.
Did you know that 20% of your Book Club order goes back to our school in Scholastic Rewards? These Rewards are redeemed on Books and Educational Resources which helps stretch our budget further.
Last date for orders to be received is the 15th August.
SOLANDER INTER-PRIMARY RAINBOW SKI CHAMPIONSHIP 2022
(postponement date Thursday 15th September) 2022.
Please read the information below by clicking the link.
St Mary's School is looking for expressions of interest from student who may be keen to put a team together. Any Student who is interested can call into the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BASKETBALL DRAW - TERM 3 WEEK 1 2022
Meet The Mako
Open to the Marlborough Community
Please let your families and children / whanau and tamariki know the Mako will be holding their Captain’s Run at Lansdowne Park # 1 from 1.30pm this Saturday which is open to all.
Following that the players will go over to the East Stand side to meet with the children and fans.
SUBWAY LUNCHES - WEDNESDAY
ALL SUBWAY ORDERS ARE GOING ONLINE FROM TERM 3
If you would like to order SUBWAY, please order online Wednesday mornings
Orders must be done before 8.45am on Wednesday mornings.