Catholic Education Office

Primary & Secondary Schools' Newsletter Term Two

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Psalm 32:8

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”

Kia Ora and welcome back to Term Two.

I hope you had a restful Easter break with family and friends. We have a range of exciting initiatives and events throughout the Diocese which will involve you and your school.

Please find in this Newsletter:

- A reflection on Pope Francis' TED Talk

- Faith Facts for Term Two

- Principal & DRS Retreat Day

- Catholic Social Teaching and the Economy

- Collaboration in Education - What does it look like?

- Fortnightly Prayer Resource

- Tech in Catholic Schools

- CRSN TeachMeet

- NCEA Best Practice Workshop

- Draft Digital Resource for Years 7 & 8 Church Strand

This newsletter distributed across both Primary and Secondary Catholic Schools is a new initiative. We would value your feedback and feed forward on this combined newsletter so that we can improve it's content so as to meet your needs. Here is a feedback form for you to complete.

Thank you,

Jeremy & Cushla.

"Our Catholic pedagogy tells us that when a child walks into a school this child is someone created by God, for God, and these children are on a journey home to God".

Sister Clare Fitzgerald

Pope Francis TED Talk Staff Reflection

Faith Facts Term Two

Upcoming Event: Principal and DRS Retreat Day

Friday, June 16th, 9am-4pm

442 Durham Street North

Christchurch, Canterbury

This is a full day retreat led by Sister Mary Catherwood and the theme is "Hospitality in a broken world."

Lunch provided. This retreat day is our DRS gathering for the term and as we did last year the presence of the Principal is important and valued.

Canterbury Religious Studies Network TeachMeet

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We look forward to the TeachMeet on Thursday 18th May. We begin at 3:45 pm at Marian College (Room B3) to discuss how we teach Scripture effectively in our classrooms. This event is being attended by over ten Primary & Secondary Schools and you can sign up here. We look forward to seeing you there!

NCEA Best Practice Workshop

During Term Two we are holding a Christchurch NCEA Best Practice Workshop. At this meeting we will discuss and share our ideas and resources around one standard from Religious Studies Levels 1 -3.

By completing the Form (below) we will determine what topic we will discuss and where the meeting will take place.

Catholic Social Teaching and the Economy

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Our TCI paper throughout the Diocese for 2018 is TH 504 Catholic Social Teaching.

Collaboration in Education

A comment often repeated by teachers is their desire to look at and discuss their practice with teachers from different schools. This desire for purpose and collaboration extends beyond schools into society where:

2006 - 20% of work was collaborative & 80% down to the individual worker

2026 - the trend will be reversed.

- The B Team, New Ways of Working

In the following articles Cheryl Doing discusses the Four Types of Workers and Levels of Nested Collaboration

Prayer Resource

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Every fortnight there is a Prayer Resource available for your school. In this resource you will find for each day:

A Prayer


Scripture Reflection

Please click here to access

Tech in Catholic Schools

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Tech in Catholic Schools is a newsletter sent out each fortnight to discuss pedagogy and the implementation of digital tools. We present articles on G Suite and Office 365 platforms along with resources that you may find helpful for your Professional Development.

To access Tech in Catholic Schools Issue #3 click here.

Year 7 & 8 Church Strand Draft Digital Resource

The Church Strand Resource will be trialled in 31 of our Schools during Term Two. This is part of the Draft Digital Resource to support the Mandated Religious Education Curriculum on Faith Alive.

We will be providing training workshops on:

* Monday 1st May 3:30 - 4:30 at St Francis of Assisi School

* Wednesday 3rd May 3:30 - 4:30 at Our Lady of the Assumption School

* Thursday 11th May 3:30 - 4:30 at St Joseph's School Timaru North

Check out a sample lesson below:

Year 7 Key Idea 1 Jesus as Teacher

Contact Us

Catholic Primary Schools Advisor - Cushla O'Connor -

Catholic Secondary School Advisor - Jeremy Cumming -