Newsletter Week Ten Term One

St Claudine Thevenet 08 April 2022

A Word from the Principal

Tena Koutou Katoa, Talofa lava, Bula vinaka, Namaste, Taloha Ni, Malo e lelei,

Ni hao, Kia Orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Ulufale mai, Mauri, Magandang araw,

Dia dhuit, Ayubowan, Hello and greetings to you all.

As we journey towards Holy Week we are reminded of the many challenges Jesus faced on the journey. We too have faced challenges this term and we have tried our best to model our response on Jesus- We have not given up, we have done our best to be compassionate and understanding and hopefully our whānau have felt supported and cared for.

Holy Week is most definitely a very sacred time of the year for us. It is now that we will commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus’ life on this earth. These are the days that lead up to the great Easter Feast. During lent we have made sacrifices and this time now comes to an end.Our focus is now on the Passion (suffering) of Jesus. Our hearts are open to be filled with compassion for all that Jesus suffered during this time.

Our theme for the final week of Term One is “Compassion”. Compassion means to “suffer with” to understand another person’s pain. We will be sharing the journey of Jesus during the week- on Thursday students will celebrate our school Holy Week liturgy which will give them an insight into the passion (suffering) of Jesus.

As the holidays draw near we want to wish you all a wonderful break. We hope that we can all have time to rest, relax and prepare ourselves for the new term. Whilst the Omicron wave has eased a little we remind you to be vigilant and do all you can to keep yourselves well. Next term we may move to the Orange Traffic Light setting and next week we hope to share our new safety guidelines with you. We are hoping to be able to have 100% of our students return to school to engage in their learning, to reconnect with friends and to enjoy the activities prepared for them.

Ngā mihi nui

Sue Jury


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Structured Literacy - 2022

At St Claudine’s we are beginning to follow a Structured literacy approach for our teaching of the English Curriculum. A Structured Literacy approach is a highly explicit and systematic way of teaching all important components of literacy. These components include both foundational skills (e.g., decoding, spelling, handwriting and letter formation) and higher-level literacy skills (e.g., reading comprehension, written expression).

The Code is a systematic approach for teaching spelling across the school from Year 1 - Year 8. It includes the Phonological Assessment Screening Tool, a Scope and Sequence, Word Checks to place students on appropriate levels, Progressions for each year level with lists that have an explanation/definition to support Explicit Teaching, a Lesson Sequence and supporting activities.

This might all sound very new to you- and reading may now look a little different in class- teachers are in the process of developing this new model and are looking forward to getting started in Term Two.

Take a look at this clip to understand the sounds of New Zealand English.

Almost all students in Year 1-6 have now been assessed in the phonological awareness. This data gives us a baseline of our current achievement and enables us to plan to meet the needs of every student in these classrooms.

We know this new process of teaching literacy will help us create confident readers and writers. It has meant our teachers have had to learn a little more about the actual science of reading than they have in the past.

This journey is an exciting one for us to be on and we look forward to sharing with you soon how we are implementing our in school programme and how you can help at home.

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School Accounts

Thank you to those parents who have paid their outstanding accounts. A reminder that all camp fees are due to be paid by the end of Term One. If you are having an issue with paying these on time, please make contact with Leeanne Neville to discuss payment options. Please phone 049399189 or email:

PE Uniform

We have had a real problem with students not having their PE gear at school. Each Hub has PE twice a week so it is fine to leave their PE shirt in their bag for the week.

Please remind them each Monday to pack their PE gear. We are aware there are some students who do not bring their gear intentionally as they think they may not have to participate – this will not happen from now on- if your child does not bring their gear they will miss their lunchtime play. If they are in Year 4-8 they will miss their opportunity to participate in interschool sports events.

PE is a compulsory part of the school curriculum and each and every student is required to take part.

Netball Co-ordinator 2022

After many years of service Stella Gale has finally decided to pass the co-ordinator baton on to someone else.

We are now looking for a new School Netball co-ordinator…this has always been a community role and we rely on this support to manage our Netball Season.

The role involves:

Meeting with the principal to scope the season (Teams/ costs/ referee fees/ co-ordinator allowance)

Seeking interest of students wishing to play netball for the school.

Holding trials (if necessary) to make up teams.

Sourcing coaches and managers for each team.

Communicating with all teams/coaches/ managers/ players and parents.

Sourcing Referees to support St Claudine teams each week.

Distributing Team uniforms/ Balls/ Bags and School Jackets- and collecting these at the end of the season.

Facilitating the School Netball Facebook page

Sharing weekly draws and practice times

If this is something you might be interested in, please email

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No Uniform Day


14 April

Gold Coin Donation

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sKids can support your before/after and holiday care needs based onsite at St Claudine Thevenet School. To enrol just follow this link to book at Enrolmy: and choose your before/after school care needs and holiday requirements. If you need any assistance please don't hesitate to make contact: or 027 739 1986.

Kind regards,

Sonia South
sKids Area Manager

Whanganui, Feilding, Horowhenua, Kapiti and Wainuiomata
t: (06) 364 8852 | m: 027 739 1986 | w:

Term dates 2022

Term One - Wednesday 2 February- Thursday 14 April 2.40pm

Term Two- Monday 2 May- Friday 8 July 2.40pm

Term Three- Monday 25 July- Friday 30 September 2.40pm

Term Four- Monday 17 October- Thursday 15 December 12.30pm