St Mary's School
Friday 1st July 2022
'Put your whole confidence in God' - Catherine McAuley
These past two terms, and previous couple of years have had a tremendous impact on our community. There has been a lot of success such as the production, camps, the end of year celebration and that great turnout for the Matariki celebrations last week. However, the challenges have been immense as we have found ourselves isolated from one another and managing endless sickness and 'bugs' for families and our staff. Well, there is light at the end of the tunnel! A two week break will bring us back refreshed and ready for whatever term 3 has to offer.
This term (and for most of last term) there hasn't been one day where we have been fully staffed. Whilst I know that you believe we are trying our best, I haven't yet thanked you for your understanding as we have worked to manage this staffing crisis. I haven't communicated the struggles as well as I could have because in these times even I have to teach (and no one wants that :) giving me less time to explain our situation.
Next term I am hoping that we will come together and have more opportunities for parents to come into school. There is a wealth of study evidencing the relationship between home and school as one of the most influential factors for student achievement. We know that all parents are doing their best, just as you know we are all doing ours. Our relationship works because we have exactly the same motivation and goal - the best outcomes for our children - he waka eke noa - we are all in the pursuit of this goal together. Class Masses will be one of those opportunities, where Mass will be celebrated in the classrooms, you can have a look at the art work, writing on the walls and see other parents from your child's class. You can't beat a bit of human interaction!
In all this near normality I am blessed to be part of the St Mary's community - we are so very lucky to have each other. If I don't get a newsletter out next week I would like to wish you all some happy family time over the coming weeks.
Ngā manaakitanga (blessings)
Te kupu o te wiki - manaakitanga
Previous approved minutes are available at the school office if you would like to view them.
Looking for a fun Term 3 after school activity for the kids?
Due to demand we have arranged another day of coaching in Gore.
Winter tennis coaching Term 3 MLT Stadium – registration
Tennis Southland is excited to offer after school coaching for kids, on Fridays in Term 3 - July 29th to September 23th.
9x 45minute sessions for $40.
Session times are 3:30pm or 4:15pm at the MLT Stadium.
Contact Tennis Southland at email@example.com if you have any questions.
To register see the Tennis Southland Facebook page and follow the link to the FRIDAY “Winter tennis coaching Term 3 MLT Stadium – registration”
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS are coming are you looking for childcare?
Schools Out Hokonui Oscar Programme has spaces available for ages 5-14years. Hours will operate are 8am-6pm Monday – Friday Oscar WINZ subsidies are available if needed
If you have any questions fell free to text or call Amy on 0220621936 or Kerri on 0220267223
Opportunity to view some of our art work
Home and School PIZZA!
$2.00 a slice, choose from cheese or hawaiian.
Please drop an envelope with the correct money and child's name, classroom and the number of slices into the school office from 8.30am to 8.50am on Tuesday morning. Sorry, we can't take late orders...
Pizza will be outside the library at lunchtime.
Brought to you by the St Mary's Home and School :)
Week 10 starting 4th July
Prayers Room Piwakawaka and Room Ruru
Gospel on Friday, Annie Nelson
School finishes Friday 8th July at the usual time
Parent teacher interviews are in the second week of next term on Wednesday 3rd August from 1-7pm. If you know this date isn't a possibility for you please have a quick word with your child's class teacher. It will be a half day at school, but if this is difficult for you please let me know, Annie Nelson
TEACHER ONLY DAYS CONFIRMED 8th and 9th September 2022.
Next term class Masses return each class will celebrate Mass with Fr Jaime and families are welcome to join us for a shared afternoon tea following the Mass.