Newsletter Week 7 Term 3
St Brigid's School 6 September 2022
- Team Rua Gymnastics - Wednesday 7 September, Nairnville Recreation Centre, Khandallah
- Team Tahi Dance - Thursday 8 September, 1:45pm – 2:45pm
- Team Rua Dance - Thursday 8 September, 3:10pm – 4:10pm
- Non-Uniform Day - Friday 9 September
Kia ora koutou e te whānau te Kura o Hato Pirihiti
It is hard to believe that we are more than halfway through the term and that I have been at St Brigid’s for over 6 weeks now! I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the school community. Your tamariki are fabulous hard working young people who love attending school, and our teachers and support staff are a great team of professionals who provide inspiring and interesting programmes of learning everyday.
I am delighted to let our community know about an exciting building project that is due to start next Monday 12 September in the junior block. This project involves extending the classroom space to incorporate an outdoor area near the playground. There will be minimal disruption to the junior classes as most of the noisy work will occur during the October school holidays.
The construction is due to finish at the end of the year and the space will be ready to start the new school year. This exciting project is being funded by the Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington and we are very grateful to receive their support.
School Uniform Update
Staff have noticed that some students are frequently wearing incorrect clothing items. This is a reminder that we are a uniform school and it is important that the correct uniform is worn. As it is a winter term, the winter uniform must be worn by our tamariki. Teachers will be following up with students who are wearing incorrect clothing items.
Girls’ winter uniform - socks
We have recently updated the sock colour for girls to include any length of white sock as long as it has no colour or writing. The current sock colour of navy is still an option for the girls, and if they choose to wear tights with the winter uniform, they must be navy. Tights have feet coverings, they are not footless leggings. Footless leggings with socks are not part of the school uniform.
Finally, my door is always open. Please make a time to come and see me if you wish as I would love to start getting to know our whānau and building a relationship with you.
The school is open for students at 8.30am each morning.
We have noticed that some of our students have been arriving at school before 8.00am in the morning. We ask that students do not arrive at school before 8.15am as there is no supervision while they wait in the playground.
To date 29% of our community (91/312 students) has paid the school donation of $60.00. Thank you to those who have made their contribution - it is much appreciated. Thank you for your ongoing support of St Brigid’s School.
There are several ways that you can donate:
Automatic payment - Please see Lynne if you would like to know the amount to be paid weekly/fortnightly/monthly/termly for your child’s/children’s year group.
Internet banking - Please transfer funds to: St Brigid’s Operations Account 12-3041-0341681-00, with your child’s family name as the reference.
An official receipt will be issued as school donations qualify for a tax rebate. Here is information about the process of getting a tax rebate for your donation.
Social Justice Week
This week is Social Justice Week and the theme is ‘Say No to Racism’. This is really pertinent for us in this day and age, particularly with the 50th anniversary of the Māori Language Petition next week during Māori Language Week. You may like to chat to your child about their learning on Social Justice.
Confirmation Programme starts this week
Please pray for the candidates going through the programme which begins this Sunday. The Confirmation Masses will be at: 5.00pm at St Benedict’s Church on Saturday 29 October and at 10.30am on Sunday 30 October at Sts Peter and Paul’s.
The team is absolutely amazing and we are so blessed to have them. They go out of their way to accommodate people’s busy lives providing options for the programme. If anyone in your whānau (family) has missed out on the Sacrament contact the team and I’m sure they’ll be very happy to help. Older students and even, in my relatively short time, at St Brigid’s we’ve had a parent join the programme.
Details of the programme with the dates can be found via this link.
For many, the idea of change can be difficult. It’s a challenging time for our parish with the imminent closures of two of our three parish churches. I think of the transformation of the caterpillar and believe, in relation to our parish, that like the beautiful butterfly emerging at the end of the transformation process, God has something awesome in store for us at St Francis of Assisi, Ohariu.
Fiona D’Souza, DRS
Non-Uniform Day to Support Year 6 Camp
Students are invited to wear non-uniform clothing and bring a gold coin donation as a way of supporting this massive event!
Please give your gold coin to your class teacher this Friday.
Congratulations to our Northern Zone and Interzone Swimmers
Well done to the 38 students that competed at the Northern Zone Swimming event on Friday 26 August. They all swam their best and represented St Brigid's proudly!
Also a huge congratulations to the following students who have made it through to the Interzone swimming competition on Thursday 22 September. Best of luck to you all.
Emily Irving and Jason Lam
Ruby Power, Olivia Swan, Abigail Sema, Matthew Nalder, Ethan Gempesaw, Cooper Jarvis and Zac McLaughlin
Angelo Cruz, Sam Lim, Conor Kovacs, Dylan Hutchinson, Grayce Robins, Devyn Manase, Adrielle Espeleta and Liahna Wharakua
St Brigid's Kapa Haka Festival
Our confirmed time for our Senior Kapa Haka Group's performance is at 11.40am on Saturday 24 September at Onslow College. Our section of performances start at 11.00am. Please note that there will be an expectation that whānau stay in the hall for the entire hour (11.00am - 12.00pm) to support all kura in that time slot. This should help make things run smoothly, and efficiently but also give each kura a full audience. There will be a gold coin donation at the door and plenty of food stalls on the day.
We will have access to a classroom prior to our performance but not for a long period of time. I will therefore be sending the girls' costumes home with them on the Friday prior to the performance. The girls are required to wear their hair up in a tidy bun. NO shorts or singlets to be worn under girls costumes (black or flesh coloured bra is fine). Boys are required to wear plain black cycling shorts (no longer than mid thigh). I will hand out their costumes (maro) on the day.
If all children could please bring a bag with a change of clothes so they can quickly get changed after their performance that would be great. Another group will require the classroom straight after us.
I will look into doing black stage makeup on the day (with a couple of kind parent helpers). Wet wipes are needed for removing the makeup after their performance. Baby oil works too. We usually use black lipstick as part of our facial decoration. With Covid and other viruses, students would need to provide their own black lipstick. We only need a couple for the boys as the lipstick doesn't go on their lips. I will also see if I can source some online.
It would be great if the female performers could please supply a brown paper bag or shopping bag (bag we can write on) to place their costume in for sending home on the Friday prior to them performing.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Parish message from the LFT
We are pleased to advise:
A Parish meeting will be held from 3.00pm - 6.00pm on Sunday 25 September at the Uniting Church in Dr Taylor Tce. The purpose of the meeting is to consider Cardinal John’s decision and recommendations in relation to our properties, their implementation and their consequences (especially pastoral).
We will also hold a session midweek, after the Wednesday 11.00am Mass at Ss Peter and Paul’s at a date to be advised.
At this stage we intend to hold a single parish meeting in Johnsonville rather than multiple meetings at the three churches. We are happy to provide additional meetings at other venues if there is a preference for this – but at this stage we see advantages in having a combined meeting.
If anyone has difficulty in getting to the Uniting Church for the meeting, please let the Office know in advance and we will do what we can to arrange a lift for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs relating to the Property Project are now available http://stfrancisohariu.nz/assets/SFOA-Property-Project-FAQs-Current-Aug22.pdf
KELLY CLUB CHURTON PARK OCT HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
Kelly Club Churton Park Holiday Programmes focus on giving children aged between 5 and 13 the opportunity to do things they enjoy in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment.
This programme is packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned: Time Travellers Day, Kiwiana Day, Spy Academy, Island Gateway Day, Top Speed Day plus trips to Awesome Bounce, Space Place, Roller Skating and Wellington Museum.
Click on the link to see the activity planner - Kelly Club Churton Park Activity Planner
NETBALL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME – RAROA NORMAL INTERMEDIATE, JOHNSONVILLE
Years 1-4 - These sessions will work on improving basic netball skills and start to develop technical and tactical knowledge in accordance with the Future Ferns programme. Children will improve their passing, shooting, spatial awareness and defensive skills.
Years 5-8 - These sessions will work on sharpening the basics like passing and shooting and we will learn to develop a better understanding of the 7 aside game and the different positional roles.
We use fun games and drills to develop and challenge young players focusing on the key skill areas of their level of development while also having fun!
MEET THE TAKAPŪ / NORTHERN WARD CANDIDATES
The Johnsonville Community Association invites everyone to come and hear candidates speak and answer questions.
When: Saturday 10 September 7.30pm
Where: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall
Hosted by the Johnsonville Community Association
MEET THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES FOR WELLINGTON CITY
The Johnsonville Community Association invites everyone to come and hear the mayoral candidates speak and answer questions.
When: Saturday 17 September 7.30pm
Where: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall
Hosted by the Johnsonville Community Association