Newsletter Week Eight Term Four

St Claudine Thevenet 5 December 2022

A Message from the Principal

Dear Whānau,

For those who are new to our community in the past few years Friday was a new experience for you–We havent held an onsite festival for 2 years- In 2020 we were in varying stages of lockdown and isolation. In 2021 we held our digifest- an online festival to sell our students’ creations. The end of year festival is a Student Council Event- They raise money to leave a gift to the school which has been a big part of their learning journey- This year they have decided to raise money to purchase a new basketball hoop and some new playground markings. The Student Council worked hard to plan for the day and learned so many skills along the way. It was so wonderful to see so many of you at the festival on Friday. We hope you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you so much for your contributions to our Student Council fundraising effort. We will confirm how much we raised on our school Facebook Page and through the school app in the next few days. The student council will also announce the class that raised the most money and they will celebrate with a yummy pizza lunch.

This week our theme is Called to Serve. We ask our Year 8 students to think about how they could offer their service to our school. On Wednesday 7 December our Year 8 Students will be out of class undertaking a wide range of service activities. They will help in junior classrooms, help tidy storage areas and the grounds.

Next week we change our focus and our theme will be Gratitude. Our students will take time to think about and celebrate what they are grateful for. This will include the Year 8 graduation dinner and the Staff/ Year 8 morning tea. We conclude our week with our final school assembly and presentation of awards.

As the term comes to an end teachers are finalising end of year reports and completing Learning Journey books. Reports will be sent home of Friday 9th December.

Hope you all have a great week

Ngā mihi nui

Sue Jury


Called To Serve

For weeks 7 and 8 of this term our faith focus is on Called to Serve. We serve God by following the teaching of Jesus. The foundation of His teaching are these two commandments: 1.You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 2. You shall love your neighbour as yourself. Serving God is a demonstration of your love for Him through loving service to others. Loving God with all your heart and loving your neighbour, as Jesus Christ taught, is the essence of serving God. All service to God is accomplished through the power which He supplies and therefore binds us together with Him.

We want our students to understand that God has personally called, gifted, equipped, and empowered each of them to serve one another as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. That they can bring glory to God by being the hands and feet of Jesus and being of service to their brothers and sisters in the Lord. We also want our students to recognise that Service achieves God’s purpose for our life. The Lord has work for each of us to accomplish in our lifetime. That Service produces spiritual growth. Serving others is one tool the Lord uses to free us of selfishness.

We ask our students to serve willingly and eagerly out of love for Jesus and gratitude for all he’s done for them.

Mrs Wilson (DRS)

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Rimu Hub News

This term Rimu Hub have been very busy exploring the many ways they can grow their Spiritual Journey with God. Some of the ways they have done this have been to look at their spiritual time line from birth until present day, places that are important to their spiritual journey, reading and learning about Parables, learning to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, practicing mindfulness in the Labyrinth and developing a deeper sense of how they change and grow over time and what it means to be a Disciple of Jesus.

For PE Rimu students explored throwing catching and striking skills. They worked well together as a Hub on developing these skills then applied them to playing a game of cricket. It was really great seeing our students enjoying competing against each other and cheering their peers on. We have also been working on our developing our athletic skills, doing sprints, long distance and baton relays. Sporting highlights this term for many of our students have been attending the Swimming Festival, the Cricket Festival at Bryan Heath Park and Kiwi Golf with Glen and Morris.

Term 4 has certainly been a busy time for our students. They have taken part in celebrating All Saints Day, come together in Liturgy for All Souls day, undertaken assessments and made amazing crafts for our Prepare Ye the way Festival. We are now in the time of advent and our students are learning about the true meaning of the word gift and how they can be a gift to others at this time as we prepare and wait for the coming of Jesus.

The Rimu Hub teachers would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our amazing students for all their hard work, and that we are so proud of the growth they have made along their way.

Kiwi Golf

Last week our students had the opportunity to participate in a skill session with Mr Naylor and Mr Munro from the Kiwi Golf Development Foundation. Students from Year 2-8 had the experience of learning a few golf skills and then used these skills to play a challenge game. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and our teachers were grateful for the opportunity to have experts come into school and model golf lessons.

Community Market

A hugh thank you to the stall holders of the community market held on Saturday 3rd December for their generous donation to St Claudines.

A reminder that the final Market of the year is being held this Saturday 10th December in the Community Hall.


A reminder that School bucket hats or school caps need to be worn while outside during term four. These can be purchased from the school office for $14.00

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


Term One - Thursday 2nd February 8.40am- Thursday 6 April 2.40pm