Newsletter Term 2 Week 2

St Patrick's School Masterton 10th May 2022


Kia ora koutou,

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For the month of May, our school virtue is ‘Joy/ Koa’. This will form the basis of school, syndicate and class prayer that take place during the month of May. Three key ideas, as shown on our virtue banner displayed in the school office, that we will be sharing with the children include:

  • Friendship

  • Keep smiling

  • Creating & achieving

Yesterday, it was wonderful to hold our first school assembly of the 2022 school year. Led by our house leaders the children enjoyed recognising each other for the great work that has taken place already this term in particular with the award of our hub learner quality certificates and the consideration cup. A reminder that this term assemblies are every second Tuesday at 2.30pm - family and whanau and welcome to join us.

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Today the Kildare syndicate students enjoyed taking part in the first of four sessions run by the staff of Netball Wairarapa and Ka Hakinakina. The Kia Hakinakina programme is designed to teach children the fundamentals of movement and play that they can then take into the sporting environment, in this case netball. It teaches things such as how to move, how to be balanced, how to catch and throw effectively, how to strike a ball – the real basics you take into sport.

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The start of a new school term also means we have new school documents that you as members of our school community can review. This is all done within the platform ‘SchoolDocs’ and gives our school Board of Trustees valuable information when reviewing our school policies and procedures. Please see the ‘SchoolDocs’ section lower down in this newsletter with this term's topics to be reviewed and instructions on how to give your feedback.
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Finally, can I please bring to everyone's attention a number of issues in regards to safety at the start and end of the school day. In the last week we have seen an increase in cars driving up the school driveway to either drop off or collect children. This has caused issues as there is not a huge amount of room, staff are also trying to enter or leave the school grounds as well as children being in this area. Can we please ask that unless you have a valid reason, agreed to by the school, that you do not drive up or down the driveway in cars. Thank you for your support.

Listed below are key events that are currently planned for term 2:

  • May 11th - Term 2 whole school mass 9.15am @ St Patrick’s Church (all welcome to attend)

  • May 16th-20th - Bullying Free NZ Week

  • May 25th - BOT meeting @ 7pm

  • May 30th - Tough Guy & Gal

  • June 1st - School X-country @ Solway Showgrounds

  • June 6th - Queens Birthday Public Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED

  • June 17th - Masterton Schools Teacher Only Day - SCHOOL CLOSED

  • June 20th-21st - St Johns First Aid training for children

  • June 24th - Matariki Public Holiday - SCHOOL CLOSED

  • July 8th - Final day of Term 2

Ngā mihi o Te Atua,
Steve Wheeler


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Virtue of the Month: Joy - Koa

  • Friendship
  • Creating and achieving
  • Smiling

  • Those who trust the Lord will be joyful - Proverbs 16:20

Term 2 School Theme

  • Principle: ‘Participation’
  • Enduring Understanding: We all have a responsibility to learn from the past to shape our present & future
  • Whakatauki: Titiro whakamuri, kokiri whakamua - Look back and reflect so you can move forward
  • Further detail for parents/ caregivers - People have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the well being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. Everyone has the right not to be shut out from participating in those institutions necessary for human fulfilment, such as work, education, and political participation.

First Communion Mass

This is carried over from 2021. It will be at 8.30am on Sunday 29th May at St Patrick's Church

Gospel Reading

John 13:31-35

The New Commandment

31 After Judas had left, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man's glory is revealed; now God's glory is revealed through him. 32 And if God's glory is revealed through him, then God will reveal the glory of the Son of Man in himself, and he will do so at once. 33 My children, I shall not be with you very much longer. You will look for me; but I tell you now what I told the Jewish authorities, ‘You cannot go where I am going.’ 34 And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.”

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Learning Support Coordinator (LSC)

For the past two years we have enjoyed having Jo Miller undertaking the role of Learning Support Coordinator (LSC). This was a new initiative for a number of schools across New Zealand and is aimed at giving students, parents & whānau and teachers support with the varying needs of children at school. Please see a summary of Jo’s role below and if you think she can be of support to you please make contact with her - (remember the only silly question is the one we don’t ask).
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We are continuing to develop our thinking tools especially the use of an Inner Coach rather than an Inner Critic. This week many of the students are looking at a variety of short video clips and analysing if there is an Inner Coach or an Inner Critic at work. This was also spoken about in the TV programme Parental Guidance where the experts spoke about the importance of modelling Inner Coach thinking to children so that they have the skills to take risks.

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Today some of our Kildare students harvested some beautiful rhubarb from our school vege gardens. These have been placed in our ‘Pātaka Kai’ at the top of the hill - please feel free to take some along with anything else from this.

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Last year the school moved to using ‘SchoolDocs’ to create a website for our school policies and procedures. As part of this process, throughout each year, as we review our policies we will ask for feedback from staff, board and parent communities.

During term 2 of this year we are reviewing and asking for feedback on the following policies:

  • Healthcare

  • Behaviour Management

Please read these policies and give your feedback by following the instructions below:

  1. Visit the website

  2. Enter the username (stpatsmstn) and password (kindness).

  3. Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.

  4. Read the policy.

  5. Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.

  6. Select the reviewer type "Parent".

  7. Enter your name (optional).

  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

  9. If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

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Good luck to our teams tonight who are playing in the first week of the Yr4-8 Primary School competition.

A reminder also that the Year 1-4 competition takes place in terms 1 and 4 each year. Further information about registering for this will come out in term 3.

Hockey Years 3-6

Hockey starts in a week. We are still in need of a coach for the Year 3/4 team. You will be receiving texts from Michelle shortly.
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Updated Cohort Entry & Enrolment Information:

  • 2022 Term 2 start dates: Monday 2nd May & Tuesday 7th June

  • 2022 Term 3 start dates: Monday 25th July & Monday 29th August

  • 2022 Term 4 start dates: Monday 17th October & Monday 21st November

2022 Term Dates:

  • Term 2: Monday 2nd May - Friday 8th July (Teacher-Only Day - Friday 17th June)

  • Term 3: Monday 25 July - Friday 30th September

  • Term 4: Monday 17th October - Tuesday 20th December

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Sushi, Noodles & Chicken Wings - Tuesdays

This is available on Tuesdays. Both the Sushi and the Noodles are $4 each and the Chicken Wings are $2.00 each. Orders must be in by 9am on Tuesday morning. Please order from your child's class.

Subway - Wednesdays

This is available every Wednesday. Order through the school office or order online at Register - then search for St Patrick's School and place your order. Orders can also be placed in your child's class.

Pita Pit - Thursdays

This is available on Thursdays. Order online at
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