Newsletter Term 1 Week 8

St Patrick's School Masterton 29th March 2022


Kia ora koutou,

Kia ora koutou,

As we continue to progress through this Season of Lent (40 days leading to Easter) it is important to keep reminding our children of the true meaning of Lent. It is really about denying yourself of something that you enjoy in order to be reminded that it's God that you depend on in life, not things such as Facebook or a favourite food. In this way Lent mirrors the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. He voluntarily removed himself from the pleasures of life and company of people so that he could draw close to God, hear from Him, and prepare Himself for what was to come. Below is a short pray that you can pray with your family at this time:

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Over the last few weeks I hope the weekly school updates have been useful to you all in explaining the effect that Covid positive cases are having on our school community. It seems that this week we are starting to see a drop in student absence, which is great, although we do still have a significant number of staff absent. By now you will all be aware of the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday that some of the public health measures are being removed:

  • the use of Vaccine Passes and QR scanning ended at 11.59 on Friday 25 March

  • changes have been made to gathering limits at Red and Orange of the Covid Protection Framework

  • vaccine mandates for education are to be removed at 11.59 p.m. on 4 April

Here at school, we have decided to continue with our current school processes until the end of this term. We hope that for the start of term 2 we can begin to get to more normal and consistent routines for our school community. We will keep you updated with any changes.

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Today we officially opened our new school community resource - ourPātaka Kai’. Pātaka Kai, which means storehouse or pantry in te reo Māori, is a place where people can leave food for other people to take for free and/ or you can leave what you can for others. You can find more about this concept by following this link - .

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Below you will find links to hub videos that have been created by the staff here at school. The aim of the videos is to give you an insight into daily life at school since we have not been able to have the majority of you onsite as well as not being able to host our usual Term 1 whānau day. Please access these via the links below:

Listed below are key events that are currently planned for term 1 of this year:

  • Apr 6th - Board of Trustees meeting 7.00pm

  • Apr 8th - School Biathlon (11.45 onwards - whanau invited details to follow)

  • Apr 13th - Last day of Term 1 for students

  • Apr 14th - Teacher Only Day (SCHOOL CLOSED)

  • May 2nd - First day of Term 2

Ngā mihi o Te Atua,

Steve Wheeler


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Virtue of the Month: Faithfulness - Whakapono

  • Loyal to God and Jesus

  • Constant in your beliefs and actions

  • A loyal friend

Faith can move mountains - Matthew 17:20

Term 1 School Theme

  • Principle: ‘Human Dignity’

  • Enduring Understanding: I am beautifully made in the image and likeness of God

  • Whakatauki: He Kura te tangata - The human being is precious

  • Further detail for parents/ caregivers - Every single person is created in the image of God. Therefore they are invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family. The dignity of the person grants them inalienable rights – political, legal, social, and economic rights. This is the most important principle because it is from our dignity as human persons that all other rights and responsibilities flow.

Gospel Reading

Luke 6:39-45

39 And Jesus told them this parable: “One blind man cannot lead another one; if he does, both will fall into a ditch. 40 No pupils are greater than their teacher; but all pupils, when they have completed their training, will be like their teacher.

41 “Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but pay no attention to the log in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Please, brother, let me take that speck out of your eye,’ yet cannot even see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

A Tree and Its Fruit

43 “A healthy tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a poor tree bear good fruit. 44 Every tree is known by the fruit it bears; you do not pick figs from thorn bushes or gather grapes from bramble bushes. 45 A good person brings good out of the treasure of good things in his heart; a bad person brings bad out of his treasure of bad things. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

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Sausage Sizzle

Every Friday from this Friday on we will be having a sausage sizzle. The cost is $2 per sausage. Children are to order these from their classes by 9am on Friday. For your information the staff cooking the sausages will be wearing masks and gloves and cooking outside.

PTA Easter Raffle

Thanks to all of you who have already sold tickets and returned your sheets. If you need more sheets please see the ladies in the office. All sheets and money to the classroom teachers by 8th April.

Easter Mass Timetable

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Learning Support Coordinator (LSC)

For the past two years we have enjoyed having Jo Miller undertaking the role of Learning Support Coordinator (LSC). This was a new initiative for a number of schools across New Zealand and is aimed at giving students, parents & whānau and teachers support with the varying needs of children at school. Please see a summary of Jo’s role below and if you think she can be of support to you please make contact with her - (remember the only silly question is the one we don’t ask).
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Over the past week we have been exploring sensory tools that can help us regulate our zones. These have included fidget toys, puzzles, colouring, kinetic sand, bubbles and playdough. The children have evaluated each tool to see if it worked for them and whether it is a tool that they could add to their toolbox.
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Moving March

This is coming to an end on Thursday. Keep getting your cards stamped. All cards are to be returned to your classroom teachers or to Mrs. Williams in Hub 5, please. We will send all cards, filled or not quite filled, off for the grand draw! Got to be in to win!

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Last year the school moved to using ‘SchoolDocs’ to create a website for our school policies and procedures. As part of this process, throughout each year, as we review our policies we will ask for feedback from staff, board and parent communities.

During term 1 of this year we are reviewing and asking for feedback on the following policies:

  • Health & Safety Management

  • Emergency, Disaster & Crisis Management

Please read these policies and give your feedback by following the instructions below:

  1. Visit the website

  2. Enter the username (stpatsmstn) and password (kindness).

  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

  4. Read the policy.

  5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.

  6. Select the reviewer type "Parent".

  7. Enter your name (optional).

  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

  9. If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

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Tonights netball

All of tonight's netball games have been cancelled due to illness across many schools.

Netball Draw 5th April 2022

St Pats Red vs Opaki Pulse - 4pm Ct 3

St Pats Green vs Nga Puawai - 4.55pm Ct 8

St Pats Blue vs Opaki Stars - 4.55pm Ct 4

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Updated Cohort Entry & Enrolment Information:

  • 2022 Term 2 start dates: Monday 2nd May & Tuesday 7th June

  • 2022 Term 3 start dates: Monday 25th July & Monday 29th August

  • 2022 Term 4 start dates: Monday 17th October & Monday 21st November

2022 Term Dates:

  • Term 1: Tuesday 8th February - Thursday 14 April (Teacher-Only Day - Thursday 14th April)

  • Term 2: Monday 2nd May - Friday 8th July (Teacher-Only Day - Friday 17th June)

  • Term 3: Monday 25 July - Friday 30th September

  • Term 4: Monday 17th October - Tuesday 20th December

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Sushi, Noodles & Chicken Wings - Tuesdays

This is available on Tuesdays. Both the Sushi and the Noodles are $4 each and the Chicken Wings are $2.00 each. Orders must be in by 9am on Tuesday morning. Please order from your child's class.

Subway - Wednesdays

This is available every Wednesday. Order through the school office or order online at Register - then search for St Patrick's School and place your order. Orders can also be placed in your child's class.

Pita Pit - Thursdays

This is available on Thursdays. Order online at
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