Newsletter Term 2 Week 10

St Mary's School Blenheim Thursday 7th July 2022

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Kia ora koutou te Kura O hato Mere whānau,


What a term it has been for us all. Amazing students shining their lights in so many magnificent ways. Lighting up the lives of our entire hapori whānui. Lately the Enviro team planting trees for the future of us all at the Wither Hills, the Student Leadership Team traveling to Christchurch and engaging in deep learning about leadership and sharing these gems with the whole school community, a stunning Pentecost Mass and a calm reflective liturgy focused on Matariki, Water skills for Life, Principal for a day. Also the plan for the landscaping of the school and the development of the Little Theatre.

Moving forward this year we are looking forward to the next school mass, The Assumption of Mary, school camps and the amazing 150th Jubilee Celebrations.


However the most important focus at the moment is your personal health and well being. Please take time these holidays to rest up, recuperate, have time together in the fresh air and get back to full health.


A goal for us all is to have all tamariki back at school on the first day of Term 3. We have not had a all children at school for some time now due to ill health and COVID-19. I pray and hope that all children and whanau are happy and healthy, ready to shine their lights again at the start of the term.


Enjoy your holidays, have fun, stay safe and create new and exciting memories.


May God bless you all,


Your’s ‘In Christ’s Light’


Paddy Dowling

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TE WHETU O TE MOANA l STAR OF THE SEA - MARLBOROUGH CATHOLIC PARISH



Parish Newsletter - No.23. 3 July 2022

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

On Sunday June 12 at the Morning Mass 15 students received the sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time.

These students had prepared for this special occasion over four weeks following on from their preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation.

In the previous 3 masses Father Michael had used his homily to involve and engage these students and it was a delight to see so many students joyfully anticipating and participating in their first Eucharistic.

As a Faith Community we welcome and congratulate these students

Joshua Shoemark, MacKenzie Ho, Saoirse Zintl, Junior Tebakatu Itimaera, Teuea Itimaera, Kael Meneses.

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PARENT ELECTION NOTICE


Nominations will soon be open for the election of 5 parent representatives to the school board.

All eligible voters will received a nomination form via email. Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community. You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations.

Information on who is not eligible to be a board member is provided with the nomination form.

If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.

Nominations close at noon on 3 August 2022. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with you nomination.

The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.

Voting closed at 4pm on 7 September 2022.

Marian Forbes

Returning Officer

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Photo's coming home with your student - 7th July
  • Teacher Only Day - 8th July
  • End of Term - 8th July
  • Start of Term 3 - 25th July
  • Cross Country - 29th July
  • Parent and Teacher Learning Conversations - Tuesday 16th August
  • Parent and Teacher Learning Conversations - Wednesday 17th August
  • Board of Trustees Meeting - 22 August
  • 150th Jubilee - 21-23 October 2022

TEACHER ONLY DAY - FRIDAY 8TH OF JULY

Just a quick reminder that Friday 8th July is a Teacher only day.

The teaching staff will be engaged in Day 1 of a 3 day professional development. The paper is TH504 which is focused on The Catholic Social Teachings. We will once again be working in partnership with Te Kura O Hato Hohepa, Kaikoura (St Joseph’s School, Kaikoura)

HERO - OUR STUDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Hero is our student management, school reporting and communication system. Hero enables you to keep up-to-date with all school communication and your child’s progress with their learning through a modern computer browser or through the Hero app.


Click Hero login instructions.

If you need any additional help, feel welcome to email Tracy at tracy@stmb.school.nz.


Our reporting to parents is now available on the Hero platform. By the end of Term 2 your child’s updated progress report will be available to view.


During Term 3 there will be a parent information session at school to support parents with this transition.

LEARNING CONVERSATIONS (PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS) TERM 3

The Learning Conversations will occur in Term 3, Week 4 Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th August.

The link is available to book a time to meet with your child’s teacher from Thursday the 7th of July. All bookings must be made by Friday 12th August, the link below will be closed at 5pm.

CROSS COUNTRY

Unfortunately we were unable to hold the cross country this year due to health and safety reasons. We had a number of staff members who were away ill and also parents who had offered to support us during the cross country.

Thank you to those who offered their support for the cross country we hope you are to once again help us next term when we run the cross country on Friday 29th July

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WHAT'S BEEN HAPPERNING AT TE KURA O HATO MERE ?

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SPORTS NEWS

Marlborough Netball Notice - Furture Ferns & Year 5 & 6 Netballers

Kia Koutou,

I’m sure you are all counting down the days till the end of the week …lol

We’ve been fielding a few questions from parents and coaches this week on the Friday Night Future Ferns and Years 5 & 6 on Saturday Morning, It’s a 10 week program the same as the Years 5 & 6, I think this year with Queens Birthday and Matariki it hasn’t fit into one term, (which maybe it did last year? Which could be where some confusion is?)

There is no Future Ferns for the next 3 Fridays, and the next 3 Saturdays for the Years 5 & 6 (School Holidays) They will be back on the 29th and 30th July.

Can you please let your coaches and parents know that here is the link to the competition dates https://www.marlboroughnetball.org.nz/competitions-1/competition-dates-2022

The Friday Night Future Ferns is in Pink, and Year 5 & 6 is in light blue.

Thanks for your help in getting this information out.

Enjoy your school holidays!

Thanks

Bridget

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COMMUNITY NEWS

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SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

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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.

Online order instructions here

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OUR SPONSORS

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