Newsletter 27 September Term 3 2022
St Brendan's Catholic School
Welcome, nau mai, afio mai, namaste, konnichiwa, nĭ hăo, talofa, komosta, vanakkam, auybowan,
Dear Whānau & Parishioners,
Last week everyone enjoyed the House fun afternoon and the Year 2-3 classes organised a very successful Sale for Solidarity. The weekend was one of special significance. On Saturday we gathered at St Joseph’s Upper Hutt for the ordination of Alfred Tong. We are blessed that Alfred visited St Brendan’s on numerous occasions during his time as a seminarian. Alfred is an uncle to one of our St Brendan's students so we are certain to maintain ongoing contact! On Sunday we came together with joyful hearts as a group of St Brendan’s students received their First Holy Communion. Jesus said, “Do this in memory of me”, so when we share the bread of life with one another we are also sharing God’s love. We extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported our candidates' journey of preparation, in particular to Jen Mahony who leads the Sacramental programme. Fr Alfred and our Sacramental candidates have all felt the love and support of our school, Parish, and community. They can be assured of our ongoing prayers. And, yesterday the nation took time to remember Queen Elizabeth II.
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We continue to share learning posts with you three times each term. Please email your child/ren’s class teacher if you have not been able to access your Hero account to read learning posts. Maths posts are being shared today, Tuesday, 27 September. If you read and comment/acknowledge the post you will go into the draw to win one of four prizes - Daytona Raceway, Monterey Cinema, the Fig Tree and the Warehouse vouchers. Prizes will be drawn at the end of this week, Friday, 30 September.
St Brendan’s is a PB4L school. The Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide framework, also known as PB4L School-Wide, has supported us to build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life. PB4L School-Wide looks at behaviour and learning from a whole-of-school as well as an individual child perspective. The framework is based on international evidence that can be tailored to our environment and cultural needs. It’s not about changing the students; it’s about changing the environment, systems, and practices that we have in place to support them to make positive behaviour choices. On Tuesday, a PB4L practitioner completed an audit at St Brendan’s using the school-wide evaluation tool (SET). The SET aims to determine how accurately PB4L School-wide is being implemented and is carried out at St Brendan’s in seven areas:
- Expectations defined - Evidence that the school’s expectations have been defined clearly and that these are visible across the school.
- Expectations taught - Evidence that the school has a system for teaching expectations.
- Rewarding expected behaviour - Evidence that the school has a system for rewarding social behaviour and that the staff use this system.
- Responding to behaviour problems - Evidence that the school’s system for responding to problem behaviour is understood consistently by staff.
- Monitoring and Decision Making - Evidence that data is summarised and reported to staff.
- Management - Evidence that the school leadership has embedded PB4LSW goals into the school’s overall goals and operations.
- Ministry of Education Level Support - Evidence that the school team connects with people outside the school to support PB4LSW and that the school allocates funding for PB4LSW.
We are delighted to share with you that we scored 100%! The auditor congratulated St Brendan’s on maintaining a focus on refreshing and revitalising our Tier 1 systems over the past two years. This will provide a strong foundation for establishing our Tier 2 systems.
New long-term strategy for COVID-19
Covid-19 continues to be in the community. To slow the spread and continue to protect yourself, your whanau, and our community, it is important to keep up the healthy habits we know:
- Face Masks - Face masks can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. They are useful in poorly ventilated indoor areas and when you are around people you do not know. They stop particles spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs or sneezes. This is particularly useful when someone has COVID-19 but feels well or has no obvious symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick - If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms you should get a test as soon as you start to feel unwell. Doing a test and reporting the result in My Covid Record means you can get the help you need as early as possible. Call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested.
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer - Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe. Wash often with soap for 20 seconds. Then dry your hands completely. This kills the virus by bursting its protective bubble. You should wash your hands if you have been in a public place, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your face, including your eyes, nose or mouth, if your hands are not clean. Using hand sanitiser is also effective at killing germs and viruses. It destroys the protective bubble of the virus, but only if the sanitiser has at least 60% alcohol. Sanitiser is also effective in reducing the number and type of germs on your hands.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow - Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with tissues. Put tissues in a bin immediately, then wash your hands thoroughly. This will catch the droplets and keep the virus off your hands, so you will not spread it to other people and make them sick too.
- Clean shared surfaces - Clean surfaces regularly. This includes frequently touched items like door handles, light switches and phones. When an infected person breathes, speaks, coughs or sneezes, they may spread particles containing the virus. These particles range in size. The larger and heavier particles or droplets can settle on surrounding surfaces.
- Improve ventilation - Good ventilation helps remove COVID-19 virus particles in the air. We encourage you to let in fresh air every day, including after someone visits your home. If you can, partly open a window about 5cm for most of the day. Or open windows for at least 15 minutes as often as possible, whenever it is practical to do so. If your windows do not open, check if your ventilation system filters (cleans) the air.
- Stay up to date with vaccinations - Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 5 and over can get their free COVID-19 vaccination now. You can get a booster if it has been at least 3 months since your second dose. Vaccination remains one of the best tools in the fight against COVID-19. Even if you have had COVID-19, getting a booster once enough time has passed gives you another layer of protection from the virus. Being up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations also helps protect people who are more at risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus and people who cannot be vaccinated such as babies and children under 5 years old.
Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.
Our Board by-election process is underway, voting papers were issued last week, please take time to read the information shared by the nominees and vote. Our current board members are very happy to be contacted to talk through the process, what being a Board member involves and any other questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact current members directly.
We are blessed with an amazing team of professionals at St Brendan’s who have ensured Term 3 has been full of a wide range of learning opportunities and activities - take a moment to celebrate learning progress, reflect on all that your family has participated in. We pray that you keep safe and have fun during the holidays. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school for an exciting Term 4.
VERBAL BOUQUETS AND THANK YOU'S
- Jen Mahony for leading the Sacramental programme.
To the PTF for another successful pie fundraiser and Term 3 pizza lunches enjoyed schoolwide.
Our Term 3 Road Patrol volunteers, reading tutors and Enviro helpers.
Community support for all Term 3 EOTC and families for engaging with our community gatherings.
WALKING HAND IN HAND WITH CHRIST
END OF TERM MASS
You are warmly invited to attend our:
End of Term Celebration Mass
Our Lady of Grace Church
this Friday, 30 September
Mass will be followed by Assembly acknowledgements.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Congratulations to the students who received their First Holy Communion on Sunday.
THIS WEEK IS ...
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
It is Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), this year’s theme is about reconnection. The past couple of years have been tough and it’s easy to feel disconnected from the people and places that are important to us. Whether it’s reaching out to someone you have lost contact with, visiting a place that’s special to you or getting outside in nature, we hope you’ll take some time this MHAW to reconnect with the people and places that lift you up - hei pikinga waiora. Our learning at St Brendan’s fits with the framework of Hauora (wellbeing) and Te Whare Tapa Wha model, developed by Māori health advocate and MHF patron Sir Mason Durie. The model describes health and wellbeing as a wharenui/meeting house with four walls. These walls represent taha wairua/spiritual wellbeing, taha hinengaro/mental and emotional wellbeing, taha tinana/physical wellbeing and taha whānau/family and social wellbeing. Our connection with the whenua/land forms the foundation.
Mā te whakarongo, ka mōhio
through listening, comes knowledge
Mā te mōhio, ka mārama,
through knowledge, comes understanding
Mā te mārama, ka matau,
through understanding, comes wisdom
Mā te matau, ka ora
through wisdom, comes wellbeing
VAIASO O TE GANA TUVALU – TUVALU LANGUAGE WEEK
It is also Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu – Tuvalu Language Week, this year's theme is Fakamautu ke mautakitaki te Gagana Tuvalu mo te atafai, fakaaloalo mo te amanaiagina, which means 'nurture with sustainability the Tuvalu language with care, respect and dignity'. The theme connects to the overall theme for this years Pacific language weeks ‘sustainability’ and the launch of the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous languages. This theme reflects the importance of nurturing the Tuvaluan language in a sustainable manner.
CHINESE LANGUAGE WEEK
And, it is Chinese Language Week. Our Mandarin Learning Assistants (MLA) are still not able to travel to New Zealand to spend time in our schools because of the global pandemic. We have missed hosting an MLA at St Brendan’s, but this week we will draw on what we remember from previous years of language learning. New Zealand Chinese Language Week is a Kiwi-driven initiative launched in 2014 by Chair Jo Coughlan and Raymond Huo. NZCLW is designed to increase Chinese language learning in New Zealand seeking to bridge the cultural and linguistic knowledge gap between China and New Zealand by delivering fun and practical initiatives that assist Kiwis to learn Chinese.
Kia ora St Brendan’s School whānau,
Hope all of you are looking forward to the school term break. Term three has been a wonderful time for being together a bit more as Covid restrictions ease. It has been lovely to join in assemblies and school masses as well as activities outside of school such as swimming.
On Sunday, we supported and celebrated the sacramental candidates as they received their First Holy Communion at Our Lady of Grace. We are fortunate to have the parish community as well as St Brendan’s staff and parents supporting our children. A special thank you to Jen Mahony and Fr Tony for supporting our children through the Sacramental Programme this year. The children did an amazing job, and it was a wonderful day.
We are fortunate to have many talented members of our community step forward for the School Board by-election. You will have received an email from CES with your opportunity to vote.
The School Board Election day is 19 October 2022, and the term runs for the next three years.
Please VOTE today!
On Behalf of the St Brendan's Board
A group of St Brendan’s students and families will be sharing how they celebrate Diwali at the beginning of next term, on Wednesday, 19 October. Students will be invited to participate in activities in their classroom and in their House groups throughout the day. We would like to invite students to bring a small plate to share with their class for morning tea. Please be aware that we are a nut-free school due to allergies.
Students are welcome to wear traditional Indian clothing or brightly coloured clothes. Students not wearing traditional Indian clothing or brightly coloured clothing are to wear their school uniform (this is not a non-uniform day).
We are looking forward to our St Brendan’s Diwali Day!
ADULT HELPERS NEEDED
We are still in need of adult helpers for our morning and afternoon road patrol teams. If you, a family member or friend has time to be added to our roster please email Room 11's teacher, Sara Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday, 22nd September the Year 2/3 classes raised funds to support the Upper Hutt Food Bank. Each child donated 2 toys or books which they no longer needed. Each child came with a gold coin and a shopping bag and had a lot of fun buying from the stalls. Well done Years 2/3 you are truly Good Samaritans.
TERM 3 UNIFORM REMINDERS
- During Term 4 students need to wear short sleeved shirts and short socks.
- Students need their PE uniform daily.
- Students need a wide-brimmed school hat in compliance with our sun safe policy.
Please reach out to classroom teachers or our Administration team if you have any questions about our uniform.
If your family circumstances have changed and you will not be returning to St Brendan’s for the 2023 school year, please let us know via email at your earliest convenience. As per the Integration Agreement, we have a maximum roll and we have to carefully manage applications for enrolment.
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Thank you to all those that have supported the PTF this term. A massive thank you to Danielle and Jen for coordinating the Pizza Lunches and the Pies, and for all the helpers.
Next term we are hoping to run our Juicie Fridays and are looking for volunteers;
- If you can spare half an hour one Friday at pickup to help with selling them, please add your name to our roster list.
- We need someone to help with organising the volunteers (emails)
- And we are also looking for someone to manage the stock levels/purchasing the stock.
If you are able to help with any of these things, please email email@example.com with your availability and we will be in touch.
Our next meeting is on Monday, 17th October at 7.30pm via Zoom. It would be great to see you there!
Netsafe’s latest research, Parental awareness of children’s experiences of online risks and harm, is now available. The report from our Global Kids Online study shares insights into New Zealand parents’, caregivers’ and whānau perceptions of children’s experiences of online risk and harm. The research reveals a mismatch between parents’ awareness and their children’s experiences of upsetting online content. This report comes off the back of previous Netsafe research looking at the activities children in Aotearoa have online and their experiences of online risks and their perceptions of harm. It is the first report of its kind focused on children and their parents in Aotearoa, and joins an international body of work.
As always, if you are concerned about content that you or someone you know has seen online, report it to Netsafe at netsafe.org.nz, or contact 0508 NETSAFE to talk with one of our specialist online safety team.
Places available on each Adventure Weekend Pride Escape are limited, and they fill up quickly, so book early to avoid missing out.
We are happy to answer any questions in regards to our 2023 Adventure Weekends.