Newsletter Week Four Term Four

St Claudine Thevenet 12th November 2021

A word from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As we reach mid-term we are reminded of how busy this term is. Assessments have now all been completed and reports are being written. I want to acknowledge the efforts our teachers make in this process. It takes a significant amount of their personal time to ensure reports are ready to be shared with you.

As I begin to collate and analyse the data I am acutely aware of the impact of covid19 on some of our achievement levels. It’s amazing to realise that our students in Year 2 have not yet experienced a whole year at school- in total our students have missed over 10 weeks – that’s a whole term. We also take into account that attendance after lockdowns is lower as parents grow more comfortable for their children to return to school. Attendance has a huge impact on achievement – I commend the staff at St Claudine’s for the hard work they have done to ensure student learning needs are being met to the best of our ability. The achievement report will be shared with the BOT later this month and as a group strategic goals are developed to address any gaps we find. I will share the achievement data once the BOT have reviewed it.

In terms of achievement – we take academic achievement very seriously however in the last two years there are many other areas of achievement that have become a focus. We have worked hard to ensure children feel safe at school, that they have strategies to manage challenges and that they can deal with change positively. We have also had a big focus on gratitude- we know that having a grateful heart helps manage stress and anxiety. This term we have given each child in Year 3-8 a Wellbeing journal. On Mondays each class has a time set aside for journal work. The activities in the journals help our students understand their strengths, reflect on their mindset, acknowledge their feelings and develop strategies to stay positive in challenging times. The Rata Whanau have a wellbeing kit in every classroom and they spend time talking about the strategies the students can use to understand how they and their friends are feeling. Ms Page has worked hard with her team to promote Hauora and wellbeing with our youngest children.

Take some time to talk to your child about their wellness journal / kit. Share with them your wellness strategies - Talking about feelings and strategies is helpful for all of us.

Have a blessed Weekend

Sue Jury


Theme for Week 5 & 6

Our theme for the next two weeks is generosity. Each one of us is called to be generous- as a school we are exploring what generosity looks like-

Generosity is giving simply to give, loving simply to love, uplifting simply to uplift. When we consider whether we practice generosity in our day to day lives, it’s important to reflect and ask ourselves why we give and what do we expect to receive through giving. Only we can answer that very difficult question. We are all interconnected and the skills, talents, connections we have are not meant to be hoarded, they are meant to be shared. We are all called to open our eyes, our hearts and our minds to those around us. How can what I do further reflect the call from God and impact our world in a positive way? Giving in and of itself is a privilege. By giving we become part of something far greater than ourselves, we become catalysts for positive change in the world, we in fact fulfil our calling as people of God. The reason true generosity may sometimes seem unnatural is because it has been ingrained in us that if a situation isn’t a win win, then why give? But that couldn’t be further from the truth. We can trust that the actions of one person has an impact on the life of another and so our choices to give will help us grow in relationship with God and others.

Catholic Social Services

Kia Ora Friend

We are writing to you today to extend our warmest thanks for your support in the past and to give you a brief update on the impact that our Community Partnership Model has had in one of the toughest years that New Zealanders have faced.

Please take a look at our Kotahitanga update website where you will see some of the projects that our community has funded and the impact that has been made.

Click here

Ma te Atua e manaaki (May God Bless You)

Karen Holland and The Team

Catholic Social Services
Level 1, 132 Tory Street
PO Box 9408, WELLINGTON 6141
Ph 385 8642 / 027 40 55 469



All school accounts need to be paid by 30 November 2021. If you are not able to do this please contact Leeanne to discuss options.


phone: 9399189

Term dates 2022

Term Start & Finish

One: Wednesday 2 February - Thursday 14 April

Two: Monday 2 May - Fri 8 July, Teacher only day - Friday 21 June

Three: Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September

Four: Monday 17 October - Thursday 15 December, Teacher only day - Friday 19 November

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Vaccination Mandate

As a school we are following the guidelines from the Ministry of Education with regards to the Governments’ Public Health Response Order for Mandatory Vaccinations.

This mandate requires all staff and volunteers in our school to have had their first vaccination by Monday 15 November and to be fully vaccinated by January 1 2022.

The mandate also requires our contractors and regular visitors to our site to be fully vaccinated.

We are working with our people to ensure that we comply with the order.

Upcoming Events

  • Mufti Day - 9th December
  • Year 8 morning tea - 10th December
  • Reports home - 10th December
  • Year 8 Graduation Dinner - 13 December
  • Final Assembly 11am 15 December

Reporting an Absence

If your child is sick or will be away from school for any reason, please inform the office before 9am on the day if possible. There are several ways to do this:

School App


phone: 04 9399189

Water bottles

We are a Water only school. Please ensure your child has a water bottle every day as the water fountains are out of order during level 2.

School Photos

Orders have been collected from school. Final online orders are available until Sunday:)

School Hats

School hats are a summer uniform requirement. Please ensure your child has a named school hat. These cannot be shared due to headlice. These are available from the school office, or online for $14.00.