Newsletter Term 2 Week 1

St Patrick's School Masterton 4th May 2022


Kia ora koutou,

Welcome back everyone and I hope that you all had a restful and enjoyable break from school life. The children have settled well and are back into the routine of school, learning and playing with friends. This week we will be sending home syndicate newsletters with more detail of programmes and what is happening in each syndicate for the new term, so please look out for these. These will be also accessible on the school website – follow this link.

May is the special month of the year in which we honour and pray to Mary, the mother of Jesus. We recognise Mary as Virgin, Mother, and Queen. These Marian titles connect everyone and everything from the tiny to the immense. In her maternal care, Mary holds a promise for the revitalising of our relationships with everything that is harmed and broken.

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Starting back in term 2 we have now moved to the ‘Alert Level Orange’ setting from the Covid Prevention Framework. This enables us to continue to be safe with our health and hygiene practices but also return to much more normal school life. Our key messages for students and whānau are:

  • school is open as usual with staff and students on site

  • face coverings are encouraged, but not required for staff and students in years 4-6

  • parents and whānau are welcome back onsite but we do ask that if you enter the grounds please wear a face mask if you are able

  • if parents and whānau wish to enter the school buildings we ask that you do this through the school office, sign in and wear a face mask

  • we will continue to maintain good hygiene practices

  • please keep your child at home and take a test if they are unwell

  • physical distancing when possible will be encouraged

  • school events such as kapa haka, assemblies, and school singing will again be started up this term

For term 2, as stated above we will be starting up a range of school events that have previously been stopped due to COVID restrictions. We have made a few tweaks to these, which are listed below, as we try to maximise our school day to allow us enough time to include everything that we want to:

  • school prayer & singing - this will take place on a Monday morning 9.00 - 9.30am every second week (odd weeks of the term - weeks 1,3,5,7 & 9)

  • school assembly - this will take place on a Monday afternoon 2.30 - 3.00pm every second week (even weeks of the term - weeks 2,4,6,8 & 10). Parents and whānau are welcome to attend.

  • kapa haka - this will be every Friday morning from 9.00 - 11.00am with half-hour time slots for Hubs 2,3,4 & 5.

  • brass instrument lessons - this will start from next week on a Monday morning for children in Years 4-6. Further information will be sent home about this next week with the children.

  • senior school choir - this will start next week on a Tuesday afternoon

  • school mass - school and parish masses are to start again on a Thursday morning at 9.10am. These will be every second week starting on the 19th of May. Each mass will be attended by one of our hubs with parents and whānau welcome to join us here at school.

To start a new term, we also welcome new staff members to our school community. Rolene Watson has joined us as a teacher aide for the rest of the school year and will be working mainly in Hub 2. We also welcome Sheri Wales into Hub 4 and Janine Reid into Hub 1 who will each be working two days a week as classroom teachers in Term 2.

On our school website, we now have a promotional video that showcases our school and explains what our school offers to prospective families. The video has been put together over the past few months using the talents of Mr. Daniel Herbert, one of our Hub 1 teachers. If you would like to watch this video please follow this link - school promotional video.

Listed below are key events that are currently planned for term 2:

  • May 2nd - First day of Term 2

  • May 11th - Term 2 whole school mass 9.15am @ St Patrick’s Church (all welcome to attend)

  • May 16th-20th - Bullying Free NZ Week

  • May 25th - BOT meeting @ 7pm

  • May 30th - Tough Guy & Gal

  • June 6th - Queens Birthday Public Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED

  • June 17th - Masterton Schools Teacher Only Day - SCHOOL CLOSED

  • June 20th-21st - St Johns First Aid training for children

  • June 24th - Matariki Public Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED

  • July 8th - Final day of Term 2

Ngā mihi o Te Atua,
Steve Wheeler


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Virtue of the Month: Joy - Koa

  • Friendship
  • Creating and achieving
  • Smiling

  • Those who trust the Lord will be joyful - Proverbs 16:20

Term 2 School Theme

  • Principle: ‘Participation’
  • Enduring Understanding: We all have a responsibility to learn from the past to shape our present & future
  • Whakatauki: Titiro whakamuri, kokiri whakamua - Look back and reflect so you can move forward
  • Further detail for parents/ caregivers - People have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the well being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. Everyone has the right not to be shut out from participating in those institutions necessary for human fulfilment, such as work, education, and political participation.

First Communion Mass

This is carried over from 2021. It will be at 8.30am on Sunday 29th May at St Patrick's Church

Gospel Reading

The Last Supper

John 13:15

I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you.

Mark 14:22-25

22 While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. “Take it,” he said, “this is my body.”

23 Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and handed it to them; and they all drank from it. 24 Jesus said, “This is my blood which is poured out for many, my blood which seals God's covenant. 25 I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine in the Kingdom of God.”


Mark 15:27-28

27 They also crucified two bandits with Jesus, one on his right and the other on his left. 28 In this way the scripture came true which says, “He shared the fate of criminals”


Mark 16:1-8

After the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices to go and anoint the body of Jesus. 2 Very early on Sunday morning, at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 3-4 On the way they said to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” (It was a very large stone.) Then they looked up and saw that the stone had already been rolled back. 5 So they entered the tomb, where they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe—and they were alarmed.

6 “Don't be alarmed,” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is not here—he has been raised! Look, here is the place where he was placed. 7 Now go and give this message to his disciples, including Peter: ‘He is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him, just as he told you.’”

8 So they went out and ran from the tomb, distressed and terrified. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

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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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An important thinking tool for us all to learn to use is the Inner Coach vs Inner Critic. This is our internal voice and the way that we talk to ourselves. The children have been practicing using their internal voice to encourage themselves - “ I can try my best.” “ I can give it a go.” “It will get easier of I keep practicing.”

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Please help yourself to kai at the top of the hill. Some fresh goods from the garden!

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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 2 of this year we are reviewing and asking for feedback on the following policies:

  • Healthcare

  • Behaviour 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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Netball Year 5/6

Netball for Years 5 & 6 starts next week. Michelle is in the process of texting parents. The first two weeks are grading games. Draws to follow

Hockey Years 3-6

Hockey starts in 2 weeks. We are still in need of a coach for the Year 3/4 team. You will be receiving texts from Michelle shortly.
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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 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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