St Mary's School Term 3 Week 3 2022
Te Kura O Hato Mere
Pānui/Newsletter - Thursday 11 August 2022
Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava
Recently our Arataki Team (Yr 4-8) have come up with small business ideas which they are working to establish. As part of the learning they have to make ads for their product in an attempt to sell the product to their teachers. Some students have made slime, some have made pizzas and some jewellery. They learn many new skills every Friday and it is a very popular day for these students as they really enjoy trying new things.
Another fun learning activity they have been doing is learning the Siva, Siva Tau, and Filipino dances. They have found these challenging since there are many moves to learn and memorise for each dance. They will perform these dances at Cathedral College with other catholic schools near the end of the term.
Our Kotahitanga Team (Yr 0-3) have been doing daily PMP activities in the learning centre with our special PMP equipment. These activities are designed to improve balance and coordination which are essential skills for all students and adults.
As you can see it’s a busy time with lots happening at school. I hope you are all staying healthy and have a restful weekend.
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: Michaella, Estelle, Lina, Diego, Neha and Zaira
Congratulations to the following students for receiving a Principal's Award: Frankie, Tristan, Christine and Ruby
St Mary's School Board Election Results 2022
Our School Board Election returning officer (Canterbury Education Services) has informed us that the following people have been elected to our school board. As there were only 5 nominations for 5 places no election was required.
- Allan Watson (current presiding member)
- Mary-Jane Norris
- Clare Piper
- Patricia Lindsay
- Jason Muir
We congratulate them on their appointment and appreciate the support that they will provide to our school.
NZ PRIMARY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - STAGES OF FAITH OF THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILD
Catholics commonly use the word faith in two ways:
* the faith in which people believe, in this case the Catholic faith passed on by parents, whanau, teachers and catechists
* the faith by which people believe, which is the gift from God that is nurtured in the environment of faith created by parents, whanau, teachers, priests and parishioners.
The Faith Journey
The life of faith is not static. Just as people grow and develop in other areas of life so too they grow in the spiritual or faith dimension of their lives. This growth is often compared with a journey – a journey towards God or a faith journey. As with any journey, people’s faith journey may move smoothly at times while at other times progress may be slow or difficult. People can become side-tracked or stall or even go backwards. People’s journey in faith takes a lifetime and it is different for each person according to their life situation. However, just as it is possible to see common patterns and predictable stages in people’s physical or intellectual development, stages in people’s faith journey can also be seen. Parents and teachers may find the work of child development researchers useful in understanding their children’s physical or emotional growth. In a similar way the research on patterns in growth in faith may be helpful to parents in assisting their children’s growth in faith.
The Stage of Faith of Children in the Junior School
Children in their first years of Primary schooling – about 5–6 years, are mostly in what is referred to as the Experienced stage of faith. This means their faith is likely:
* to be heavily influenced by the example of adults such as parents and teachers
* to be highly imaginative and fantasy filled
* to hold different or even conflicting images of God
* to find stories an important means of raising religious questions of love, joy, good, and the overcoming of fear and evil, etc
* to find symbols an important means of conveying religious meaning.
The Stage of Faith of Children in the Middle School
Children in their middle years of Primary schooling – about 7–10 years, are mostly in what is referred to as an Affiliative or Belonging stage of faith. Some of the main features of this stage are:
* they value belonging to the family-whanau and share its faith
* the influence of parents is still very strong so parental example in relation to their faith journey is important
* stories are a very important part of their learning and they like hearing their family faith stories, Bible stories and Saints stories
* they tend to have a literal understanding of these stories.
The Stage of Faith of Children in the Upper School
Children in their final years of Primary schooling – about 11–13 years, are mostly in the same stage of their faith journey as those in their middle years. However there is a tendency for the physical changes of puberty, and the personal and social behaviour associated with adolescence, to occur at an increasingly younger age. This means that some 11 and 12 year olds in the upper primary school may be expressing some of the characteristics of the faith journey common to many – not all adolescents. Some of the features of this stage are:
* a searching faith which adopts a more critical approach with a tendency to question what was previously accepted
* a tendency to be influenced more by the beliefs, attitudes and values of peers
* a tendency to distrust those in authority.
In teenage years young people are often in a conventional stage of their faith journey. This means they are greatly influenced by what others say and do in matters of faith and religion as in other areas of their lives. This can be the influence of parents, other family-whanau members and other significant adults. It may also increasingly be the influence of friends and the peer group. All of these influences may be positive or negative in terms of a young person’s growth in faith.
Year 7 & 8 Thursday Winter Sport Competition- Results
St Mary's Blue Netball vs St Francis- Win
St Mary's A Football vs Ao Tawhiti- Loss
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
Our Catholic Faith Fact - St Mary of the Cross - 8 August
Monday 8 August is the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross, also known as Mary McKillop. Mary MacKillop (born 15 January 1842, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, died 18 August 1909, Sydney, Australia) was the first saint and nun in Australian history.
She was a founder of the Religious Sisters of Joseph.
This day is a special day for schools with a Josephite Charism:
Our Lady of the Assumption School, Hoon Hay
St Joseph's School, Fairlie
St Joseph’s School, Pleasant Point
St Joseph’s School, Rangiora
St Joseph’s School, Temuka
St Patrick’s School, Waimate
Free Flu Jabs For Children Aged 3 to 12
Free flu jabs for tamariki – Ministry of Health
Most tamariki aged 9 years and over need one vaccination each year to get good protection against flu.
If you have a child under 9 years old, talk to your healthcare provider as they may need one or two vaccinations depending on whether they’ve had a flu vaccine before.
If tamariki have recently had COVID-19 they can have a flu jab as soon as they’ve recovered.
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Closing of School Gate
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.
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