St Mary's School Term 3 Week 7 2022
Te Kura O Hato Mere
Pānui/Newsletter - Thursday 8 September 2022
Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava
I write this today as I isolate with Covid-19. I feel very fortunate to have had only mild symptoms such as a mild heacahe and runny nose. For me the most annoying thing is being away from school. I missed the excitement and curiosity generated by the students on Tuesday by the snowfall. The first in Christchurch for a decade. Teachers sent me video clips of our students laughing and enjoying the novel experience. I also missed Wig day which no doubt generated more excitement and fun and raised money for a very worthy cause. It was great to see members of staff join in the fun and getting behind this worthy cause. As a catholic school we are obliged to help our neighbour as Jesus taught us. Children helping children is very special and our children need to be aware of those less fortunate than themselves. We are lucky to have such wonderful students who constantly strive to live out the Gospel values.
I’m looking forward to getting back to school on Monday and catching up on all the fun and excitement!
Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki
May God bless you and protect you
Principal / Tumuaki
Congratulations to the following students for receiving a Principal's Award: AJ, Darragh, Emma, Thomas and Cameron.
Congratulations to the following students for receiving a Principal's Award: Elyssa, Florence, Penitito, James and Cedrick.
Wig Wednesday - Supporting Child Cancer Foundation
The Parish is running a Baptism Catch Up programme for 4–8-year-olds who are not yet baptised.
It will consist of 2 parent/child sessions and 1 parent/godparent session and will begin at the end of the month.
Here is the registration link if you’d like to register.
If you have any questions, please email Cathie- firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher Professional Development
- UC Early Writing Success: Focus for Teaching and Assessment for Years 1-2
- Te Ahu o Te Reo
- Just in Time Maths PLD
- Teaching Sexuality in a Catholic School
- Improving Literacy through storytelling
- Benediction- Tuesday 27 Sept 2.30pm
- Cultural Performance at Cathedral College- Wednesday 28 Sept 12pm - 3pm
- Term 3 Ends- Friday 30 Sept
- Term 4 Begins-Monday 17 October
- Year 7 and 8 Camp Woodend-Wednesday 23 Nov-Fri 25 Nov
- Term 4 Ends-Friday 16 December
If your child displays some of the symptoms please keep them at home and test for Covid-19. If your child tests positive please send me an email to let me know. email@example.com
What does it mean if I am a Household Contact?
If you are considered a Household Contact you must follow these steps (whether you are vaccinated against COVID-19 or not):
- Self-isolate from the day that the first person in your household receives their positive test result, until they complete their 7 days of self-isolation and are released.
- When the first case in your house gets to days 3 and 7 of their isolation, you need to get tested using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
- If symptoms develop at any stage, you need to get tested using a RAT.
- Avoid or minimise contact with the person with COVID-19 as much as possible during your isolation period.
- You can end your self-isolation on the same day as the first ‘case’ in the household, provided you have no new or worsening symptoms and your tests were negative.
- Your isolation does not restart if additional members of your household are identified as cases during the first case’s isolation period.
- After the initial isolation period ends there is a 10-day window during which no Household Contacts of the original case can be re-classified as Household Contacts. You only need to begin isolation again during these 10 days if you test positive yourself.
- 10 days after the original isolation period ends the usual rules apply. If a new household member (not the original case) tests positive, they and all other Household Contacts (who have not yet become cases themselves) must isolate for 7 days.
A recovered case is exempt from becoming a Household Contact for 90 days after their recovery.The factsheet below provides helpful information on COVID-19 and precautions you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. The fact sheet should be read together with the advice on self-isolation or staying at home (viewable at Advice for people with COVID-19) and any specific advice that may be given to you by your doctor, Healthline (0800 358 5453) or public health official.
Symptoms of Covid-19
- A new or worsening cough
- Sneezing and runny nose
- A fever
- Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.
For more information, go to https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/about-covid-19/covid-19-symptoms/
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School Bank Account number is: 03 0855 0436803 00
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Closing of School Gate
Lunchonline Notice - In Situ Cafe-Unable to deliver until next term
Lunchonline - In Situ Cafe on Wednesdays and Subway or Sushi on Fridays
Change of Policy – Attendance Dues Debt Recovery
Please be advised that at the May Cathedral Parish Finance Committee, the committee signed off on a new Attendance Dues Debt Recovery Policy. This enables the parish to engage an external debt recovery company (Under Control Collections). This will always be used as a last resort, when we have been unable to get a family to engage with us in relation to their outstanding Attendance Dues.
Any queries should be directed to Kirsten Tester – Attendance Dues Administrator - Ph (03) 595 1053 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email the school office to obtain a secure link to download the app.