Newsletter Term 4, Week 5

Thursday 17th November

Principal's Message

Nau mai, haere mai - Greetings, welcome.


It is hard to believe that at the end of this week we will only have four more weeks of school left before the Christmas break.


It is the time of the year when we begin to see plenty of tired students, staff, parents, and caregivers as the countdown to Christmas begins. With the warmer weather, Christmas functions, camps, swimming, reports, and picnics it can be a busy time for children and adults alike.


Please remember to take the time to look after yourselves, your family, our staff, and our wider school community during this busy time of the year.


Take care everyone!

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West Zone Athletics

Good luck to all our students competing at the West Zone Athletics today at Nga Puna Wai!


We have close to 40 students competing throughout the day with some of our Year 5 and 6 students coming back from camp to compete!


A big thank you to Mrs Bond for all her hard work organising the day, it is a big job!


Great to see some grandparents there supporting as well.

Notice of 2022 AGM

The St Patrick's School PFA are holding our AGM followed by a General meeting on Wednesday 30th November, from 7:00pm at No.4 Bar & Restaurant in Merivale. The AGM is open for all parents/caregivers to attend.


The PFA welcomes new members at any time, and encourage anyone interested to join us on the 30th to find out more about the work we have done in the last year to support the school and our plans going forward. We need your support, time and talents to continue the great work the PFA does in our School.


The below Executive Officer positions are available for nomination:


  • Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

All nominations, enquiries or apologies to Kirsty Mahoney, Secretary, kirsty.mahoney@gmail.com.


We look forward to connecting with new and old faces as another school year comes to an end.

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Camp Week at St Patrick's

This is the first time in a long time that our Year 5 - 8 School Camps haven't aligned together in a week. So over the next two weeks, it will be a little quieter at St Patrick's as our senior students attend their respective camps.


This week our Year 5 and 6 students are out at Woodend Christian Camp. Woodend Christian Camp is conveniently located 30 minutes drive, north of Christchurch. They have a huge range of outdoor activities that the students will be taking part in and it is always lots of fun.


A big thank you to Miss Barrett and Miss McDonnell for organising this exciting camp and to the wonderful parents and caregivers taking part.


Next week our Year 7 and 8 students are off to Glentui Lodge. Glentui Lodge is located in the beautiful setting of North Canterbury surrounded by native forest and within 50 minutes of Christchurch. Nestled among the terrain of Mount Thomas Forest, it has plenty of outdoor activities and pursuits.


Mr Beaton and Mrs Bond have been working hard to organise this camp and I know the year 7 and 8 students and our parents and caregivers are looking forward to it.

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Combined Schools' Family Mass

A reminder that this Sunday 20th November Christ the King are leading the Combined Schools' Family Mass at Christ the King School at 9:00am. This is a lovely way for families within the Christchurch North Parish to come together to celebrate Mass.


For this special Mass, students do not have to wear their school uniform and are able to sit with their friends or parents and caregivers throughout the Mass.


It is important that we support this new 'Family Mass' concept at Christ the King Church. It is envisioned that this Mass will be more child and family focused and encourage more families to Mass each week.


We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Magician Vas Kovalski

This week we had a magical visit from magician Vas Kovalski.


The students loved the show, Be Bright, Eat Right. It was a fabulous way for the students to learn about the food that they eat while being immersed in magic.


Val did a wonderful job of educating and entertaining the students, we hope they enjoyed the show!

Cup Day Mufti Day Success

A group of merry PFA volunteers had a busy afternoon last week filling and sorting Jolly Jars with all the wonderful donations we received from our school community!


The Jolly Jar stall has been an old favourite at our School Fairs in the past so it is great to see it making a special appearance at our upcoming St Patrick's School Community Christmas Picnic.


If you haven't already pop the Christmas Picnic in your diaries now ~ Sunday 4th December, 4:00pm - 6:00pm. We are looking forward to reconnecting with everyone before the end of another busy school year.

2022 Tennis Hot Shots


Over the last two weeks, students in Years 1 - 8 have taken part in the Tennis Hot Shots in Schools Programme delivered by the Waimairi Tennis Club.


This program is funded by Canterbury Tennis with the aim of the programme being to give students a taste of tennis. It also provides some information about their local Club, incase the students would like to take the next step and join a club.


Hukaatai Hart and the team from the Waimairi Tennis Club has delivered this programme for a number of years at St Patrick's.

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St Patrick’s School Community Christmas Picnic

Save the date and celebrate the end of another School year with us at the St Patrick’s School Community Christmas Picnic.


When: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Sunday 4th December 2022.

Where: St Patrick’s School of course!


Plenty of fun for the whole family…


  • Jolly Jars
  • Christmas themed bake sale
  • Free sausage sizzle for the children
  • Live entertainment
  • Junior Christmas Carols + more!


BYO drinks and picnic rug. We would love to see you and your family there!

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2022 Otago Maths Challenge 2022

Congratulations to Cam Gane who recently competed in the 2022 Otago Maths Problem Solving 'Final' Challenge receiving a standard of Excellence. Cam scored in the top 10% of all entrants with 20 out of 25 correct answers!


Problem Challenge is a mathematics problem solving competition aimed primarily at children in years 7 and 8. It has been offered to schools throughout New Zealand for the past 31 years. The competition is organised by John Curran and John Shanks, retired members of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Otago.


The Final Challenge.


Students who do particularly well in Problem Challenge during the year are invited to enter a final multi-choice competition in late October.


The competition consists of 10 multiple-choice questions, with five options per question, together with 10 questions that require explicit answers.


  • Students have one hour in which to attempt the questions.
  • The use of calculators is not permitted.
  • Each multi-choice question answered correctly gains 4 marks (with 1 mark deducted for each wrong answer), while the other ten questions are worth 6 marks each, making a possible total of 100.


This is an outstanding achievement for Cam who is really passionate about Mathematics. Congratulations on this fantastic achievement!

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Swimsafe Lessons Weeks 7 - 8

Our Physical Education Programme requires the school to provide Swimsafe lessons for all students. In Weeks 7 and 8 this Term, Monday 28th November to Friday 9th December, all Year 1 - 6 students are booked in and busing to Jellie Park each day for a 25 minute Swimsafe lesson.


As well as standard swimming lessons, experienced swimmers will have the opportunity to participate in the Swimsafe Programme. The programme is led by qualified instructors and includes learning to swim components as well as water safety and survival skills.


Students will find the Swimsafe programme exciting as they develop essential survival and rescue skills including:


  • Flotation techniques
  • Swimming whilst wearing clothes
  • Exit strategies from dangerous situations
  • Life-jacket use and boat safety
  • Individual and group rescue techniques


We do acknowledge that there will be students who are experienced swimmers, however Swimsafe participates in providing Safe Boating NZ initiatives designed to provide practical, boating and water safety experience for children, regardless of their confidence in the water.

For 10 daily lessons and transport from Monday 28th November to Friday 9th December the cost per student is $60. This charge will be added to your Students School Account on Hero. Payment to be made by Internet Banking or Eftpos in the School Office by the 25th November please.


School Account: 03 0855 0406516 00 Ref #swimming

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PFA Help Needed

After 3 years of dedicated service as our Treasurer Anita is stepping down from the role at our upcoming AGM. We are very keen to fill this role at the AGM so we can continue to operate smoothly and focus on continuing to support the School and our school community.


We are keen to hear from any current member who may be interested in the role or who may know someone in our school community who would be a great fit that we could get in touch with.

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Important Dates - Term 4

  • Thursday 17th November - Year 5 - 6 Camp
  • Friday 18th November - Year 5 - 6 Camp
  • Sunday 20th November - Family Mass at Christ the King Church, 9:00am
  • Tuesday 22nd November - Year 7 – 8 Camp
  • Wednesday 23rd November - Year 7 – 8 Camp
  • Thursday 24th November - Year 7 – 8 Camp
  • Friday 25th November - Year 7 – 8 Camp
  • Sunday 27th November - Family Mass at Christ the King Church, 9:00am
  • Monday 28th November - Year 1- 6 Swimming (All Week)
  • Wednesday 30th November - PFA Meeting and AGM, Staffroom 7:30pm
  • Thursday 1st December - Year 7 and 8 Basketball Tournament
  • Friday 2nd December - Assembly Room 7, 9:00am
  • Sunday 4th December - Community Christmas Picnic
  • Monday 5th December - Year 1- 6 Swimming (All Week)
  • Tuesday 13th December - Year 8 Big Day Out
  • Wednesday 14th December - Final School Mass at Christ the King Church, 6:00pm
  • Thursday 15th December Leavers Assembly Room 8
  • Thursday 15th December - Last Day of Term 4