St Mary's Catholic School, Papakura
Term 3 Week 10 - 1 October 2021
Me Whakakotahi, Kia Maarama, Kia Pono, Ki Te Karakia
Together We Learn, We Pray, We Serve
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Ni hao, Kia ora koutou katoa
Happy Chinese Language week! Congratulations to all our students, parents and staff for your effort throughout this term. It truly has been a term of uncertainty, adjustment and patience. St Mary’s students have persevered and showed resilience in their learning and have produced some fantastic work over this time. We have enjoyed seeing the family collaboration, student independence and creative ways that tasks have been managed. We are very proud of their efforts and achievement over this challenging time. Thank you parents for your ongoing support.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Mrs Kippen and her family. Mrs Kippen's father Terence Bonhomme, recently passed away in South Africa. We extend our love and prayers to Audrey’s family. We also pray for our St Mary’s families who have lost a loved one during this very difficult time. May eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
On Wednesday we celebrated Catholic Schools Day with a special zoom liturgy. The theme of Catholic Schools Day 2021 is Tūrangawaewae: Catholic Schools – A Place to Stand. It was wonderful to see so many families join together and share in the celebrations of our Catholic special character. We give thanks for our faith which has sustained us during these uncertain times. We saw God’s love for us revealed in so many different ways, through children writing prayers, families praying together, to whanau helping one another in different ways. We have presented some of these special moments in a video which is attached below.
We look forward to an exciting final term. Book week will be held from Tuesday 26th until Friday 29th October. We will be having our special book character parade on Friday 29th October. Our term 4 concept has a distinct Literacy focus. Drawing from our overarching theme Pohewa - to imagine, fantasize, create and dream. Staff are designing lessons that support students in developing a love of story-telling.
A final acknowledgement to the staff. I am very proud of all our staff and how they have managed their distant learning journey alongside the students. As always, they continue to place the children at the heart of every decision we make and every action we take, and it has never been more important for home and school to work together. Have a wonderful break and we will see you all again in term 4.
Stay safe and God bless
Home Learning at St Mary's
From the Desk of our DRS (Director of Religious Studies)
What a great way to finish off the roller coaster term with a whole school zoom liturgy to celebrate Catholic Schools Day. This special day only comes around every three years and this year we had to think outside the box to still capture our special character and connectedness to all the other Catholic schools in our diocese.
A liturgy can’t happen if we do not have participants to gather and share our special God moments with. A huge thank you to all our families who managed to join us in our first ever whole school zoom liturgy. This needs to be noted in the history of our school, that we could step up and still gather as a faith community. Max Kilpatrick prepared a beautiful prayer and quoted Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am with them.” We could indeed feel God's presence when we gathered as a school community to celebrate our Tūrangawaewae. It was truly a wonderful way to let us know that we belong to each other and a wider faith community.
As we say goodbye to each other and come out of lockdown, let us continue to stand firm and grow in our faith, knowing that God is our safe haven in challenging times. Be safe out there if you are travelling during the holidays.
Please watch out for guidelines of how we will gather again as a faith community depending on the lockdown levels. Please respond to the different initiatives like contributing to the St Vincent de Paul food bank or the shop, building fund and consider getting actively involved in our vibrant parish community.
Blessings and Aroha
Mrs Bernadette Paulse
Director of Religious Studies
Reminder! From Term 4 - Summer Uniforms
Check out what's been happening in our teams!
Team Bethlehem have continued enjoying all sorts of fun learning these past two weeks.
We have learnt about the gifts God has blessed us with and thought about how we can share those gifts with others. We have also been learning about the important places in our parish.
Most of all, we've been enjoying the extra time with our families. One of the perks of having more time at home is extra baking. Lots of families have been enjoying that!
There has been loads of imaginative and creative play, some cool challenges to get our brains working and lots of fun fitness. We love our dancing and music in Bethlehem.
Mrs Tanya Rowe (Team Leader)
First of all we would like to thank our real heroes during the 6 week lockdown, OUR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS! Once again you have displayed super powers and you wore your hero cape to juggle online learning and for many of you, demanding work expectations. Thank you from the bottom of our teachers' hearts.
Even though we were all in our own bubbles, our daily morning gatherings connected us in a special way. We are so proud of the way our students displayed resilience and perseverance to complete their daily set tasks. We wish you could see the interesting uploads across the team.
Well done to so many students who consistently turned up every morning. Unfortunately a handful of our students did not engage throughout the six weeks.
Birthday blessings to all our students who had lockdown birthdays. We hope you managed to have a great day celebrating with your families. Personally I also had a very significant milestone and even though the children’s eyes go BIG when they see the number 60, I am truly blessed to have reached this milestone, with wonderful families supporting me throughout the years at our school.
Kotare students wrote messages, stored them in a bottle and then they will bury them in their backyards. They wrote stories about being a tree, a spider and a few scary ones as well. They also added positive words to a virtual jar on Seesaw.
Kereru students made volcanoes and watched the reactions after last week's challenge of eating lemons dipped in baking soda. We enjoyed Wacky Wednesday, putting socks and eyes on random objects followed by writing about “What’s pouring out of this silly cloud?” We were blown away by all the wonderful contributions. We also enjoyed our Travelling Tuesday with a virtual tour of Disneyland finishing with some great art work.
Kea students focused on positive thinking, communication skills and 'never say never' along with great progress to become “seesaw, epic, prodigy, matific and studyladder STARS.” We had the contributions from Mrs Culpan, reading to us from her bubble too. Thank you Mrs Culpan for reading to us, we really enjoyed the story and the activities Miss Nattrass set too.
Congratulations to the following students who earned online tokens, secretly given by our teachers. We have noticed how you diligently worked hard and displayed our school values.
Badges: 160 tokens
Postcards: 100 tokens
Zoey Morris Franklyn
Stickers: 60 tokens
Mrs Bernadette Paulse (Team Leader / DRS)
Observing the chemical reaction for his volcano creation
Nature Art Activity with an 'Artistic Flair'
Zoey Morris Franklyn
Observing the chemical reaction for her volcano creation
Mrs Jelinda Adams (Acting Team Leader)
'My Life Cycle' - By Alexis Walker
As we finish the final week of Distance Learning for Term 3 I would like to extend my appreciation to our parents that have assisted their children with their learning.
Emmaus finished the term with research to gain an understanding of the development of video games and its different purposes. With the advancement of technology, video games are used not only for entertainment but for educational purposes, especially during times of distance education to engage learners.
I am especially proud of the work that the students completed on Book Creator. Book Creator is a digital platform for presenting literacy in a written, visual and oral format. The children were presented with a fictional story and were required to extend the characters to create a sequel. I would like to congratulate Tana who joined us from Samoa at the beginning of Term 2 who has been diligently working on his English and his book is credited to his efforts - well done Tana!
I wish you all happy and safe holidays and I look forward to us all being together in the classroom next term.
Mrs Anneke Walker - (Emmaus Team Teacher)
Artwork By Fou Ama
'Rise+Shine' Josiah Mika Foundation
May Josiah Mika's legacy live on in our hearts, as well as the lives of the children he will be impacting through this amazing foundation. Please support this worthy cause.
ATHLETICS New Zealand
Want to learn how to run, jump or throw? The skills you learn in athletics are the perfect foundation for almost any sport.
Every student can give athletics a go. Our local athletics club, Papakura Athletics & Harrier Club, Massey Park, Ron Keat Drive, Papakura https://www.pahc.co.nz is welcoming new members now, and we encourage students to get involved and get active.
Contact details for all athletics clubs nationwide are available here at athletics.org.nz/FindaClub … and become a member.
Win With Sports Distributors: To enter, tag @athleticsnz in a social post from our school about athletics. You can share athletics information from Athletics NZ or your local club. Our school will then go in the draw to win one of two $500 Sports Distributors vouchers! Entries close at 5.00 p.m. on Friday 29 October 2021.
Welcome to the Sports Desk
Kia Ora Parents and Caregivers
Looking forward to the announcement of Level 2 lockdown next week.
School Athletics Day
Confirming that our School Athletics Day will be held at Massey Park on Friday 5th November. We trust that, by this date, we will all be enjoying a life free of our current covid restrictions. As with previous Athletics Days we look forward to the support of parents and whanau throughout the day.
Another week - another cancellation.
Unfortunately the Weet-Bix TRYathlon series has been cancelled this year. There are plans to set up a modified programme to run during February next year. Further information about these events will be out to schools in November.
Skills and Games from NZ Cricket
With this lockdown being extended, and the number of things to do probably running thin, NZ Cricket have created some Cricket @ Home sessions. Little equipment is required for each activity and can be continued each day to challenge and progress further.
Each video will explain the activity which will cover a fundamental skill. Please use these videos as much as you want to engage and keep everyone active during this time at home.
Mr John Frings - Sports Co-ordinator
ECO MATTERS - 'STREET ART BIKE CHALLENGE'
The EcoMatters Bike Hubs have launched the 'Street Art Bike Challenge', a month-long photo treasure-hunt by bike, in which people are invited to look for street art across the Auckland region and share their photos with the hashtag #StreetArtBikeChallenge.
The challenge is part of Biketober, Auckland's annual festival of bicycle fun and will run from 1 – 31 October 2021.
The challenge is a family-friendly event, all ages can enjoy while adhering to Covid-19 restrictions and physical distancing.
Event Website: https://www.ecomatters.org.nz/bikechallenge/
For more information, please telephone: Bailey Gorst, EcoMatters Environment Trust, Project Manager - 021 0873 4668
FREE Parent Online Summit - 3 days, 3 themes, 24 world-class speakers: 8th -10th October. If you want tips, tools and ideas to parent your child to be resilient, confident and independent - this FREE summit is for you!
Register for your FREE tickets here: www.spectrumparentsummit.com
Upcoming Events from Term 4 2021
Please remember to download our school APP to receive regular updates and reminders.
St Mary's Parish, Papakura - Contact
Parish Priest - Fr James Mulligan
52 East Street, Papakura 2110
Parish Office - (09) 299 6056
Presbytery - (09) 298 5134
Facebook - search: St Mary's Parish Catholic Church Papakura
Preference Certificates to be signed at the Parish Office
Thursdays Only from 10 a.m. - 12 noon AND 4 - 6 p.m. - No Appointment Necessary
The Uniform Shoppe - SAS Sport Limited
As we move into the fourth term, please remember that we move back into our summer uniforms. Please ensure children have the correct footwear which are either sandals or black school shoes. Children also need to wear a regulation school hat.
Uniforms are available for purchase from the SAS Sport shop located at 28B Wood Street, Papakura. The shop hours are Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. AND Saturdays 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Shop Telephone: 296 6063 - or visit: www.theuniformshoppe.co.nz and click 'shop online'. WINZ Quotes are available through SAS Sport. Caps ($16) and 'Scrunchies' ($2) are available through the school office. PLEASE ENSURE ALL ITEMS ARE CLEARLY NAMED. THANK YOU.
See the Uniform Price List below (which is also posted on our school website):
MusIQhub Music Lessons
At St Mary's Catholic School - SIGN UP NOW for Term Three 2021! Our friends at MusIQhub are happy to announce that there will be new spaces available this term for Drum, Piano/Keyboard, Guitar and Ukulele lessons during school hours! Also, there will be Singing, Recorder and Flute lessons available! Please enquire now to book in spaces for quality music lessons taught by experienced professional musicians.
Drums, Piano/Keyboard, Singing, Recorder and Flute - Paul Barry 022 198 0044
Guitar and Ukulele - Lih Foo 021 2076 231
Term Dates 2021 - PLEASE ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR
Term 3, 2021 - Monday 26th July to Friday 1st October 2021
Term 4, 2021 - Monday 18th October to Wednesday 15th December 2021
TEACHER ONLY DAY
22nd October 2021
Monday 25th October 2021
Term Dates 2022 - PLEASE ADD TO YOUR 2022 CALENDAR
Term 1 - Tuesday 8th February - Thursday 14th April 2022
Term 2 - Monday 2nd May - Friday 8th July 2022
Term 3 - Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September 2022
Term 4 - Monday 17th October - Friday 16th December 2022
Teacher Call-Back Day
Wednesday 2nd February 2022
ACCORD Teacher Only Days
Thursday 3rd February 2022
Friday 4th February 2022
Monday 27th June 2022
Monday 31st January 2022
Sunday 6th February 2022
Observed: Monday 7th February 2022
Good Friday - 15th April 2022
Easter Monday - 18th April 2022
Easter Tuesday - 19th April 2022
Monday 25th April 2022
Monday 6th June 2022
Friday 24th June 2022
Monday 24th October 2022