St Mary's School

Tuesday 19th October 2021

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13)

Dear whānau, tamariki and parishioners,

This week we welcome Tanya Tallafer to Room Bellbird. Tanya is the first child in her family to come to school and we wish her Happy School Days!

This term we have a lot planned that we want to celebrate as we do at the end of every year. It would be easy to focus on what we can't do, and how we will just have to miss out. However, that's not what we do is it? It is our job to ensure that the children don't miss out on leading Mission Day, performing in their production, celebrating their Holy Communion and the Junior Nativity.

Just like everyone else we have restrictions to work around which means that whilst we can do all these things we will have to make adjustments. Unfortunately it will mean not inviting parents and families in, but it also means our children won't miss out.

The first three events that are coming up that will be Mission Day (this Friday), Holy Communion Mass (31st October) and the production (3rd and 4th November). All of these will be going ahead but will certainly look different. This Friday's Mission Day will be the first one that we will not have parents at. Look out for how you can support from home - we will still be taking goods for the white elephant stall.

We have to carry on, focusing on what's important and it's time for us to get creative so our children enjoy a fabulous term 4.

God bless, kia kaha, Annie

PS Hot off the press - an alert went out over the holidays advising families that we had 4 cases of chickenpox in the school community. We now have a case of shingles too. Please be vigilant, and let me know if there are any health complications for your family that we may not already be aware of.

Mission Day

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Holy Communion Mass

Thanks to Fr Jaime we have come up with way to celebrate our children receiving their First Holy Communion.

Fr Jaime will offer an 8.30 Mass for the Holy Communion families on Sunday 31st October. This will not be a whole school Mass because we would have too many people there. The usual parish Mass will remain at 10.00am.

8.30 is early in the morning but gives the families the whole day to celebrate together. If every family choses 8.30 then each child can have two people attend the Mass with them. However, if that's not enough space for your family or it is too early Fr Jaime is very happy to work wth individual families and your child(ren) can receive their First Holy Communion at any Mass.

Please complete this form indicating your preference.

School guidelines for term 4

As I have said about the restrictions, we are wanting to keep our school open and safe throughout term 4. The school leadership team and board , like every school in the country, receives advice and guidance regularly from the Ministry of Education. Whilst I would like school to look at as normal as possible I have to accept that this current situation is not 'normal'. This is a request and a reminder to:

  • keep children home if they are unwell,
  • use the tracer app on the gate or door on entry (if you have no app then sign in at the office),
  • wear a face covering if coming onsite,
  • practice good hygiene with clean hands, use hand sanitiser and cough/sneeze into elbows rather than the air!

Giving a reminder is not much nicer than receiving one, so thank you for your continued consideration of each other.

As a good friend of mine says often: this too shall pass.

School Production - CUT!!! It's a MOVIE

This community has a proven record of working together for the best outcome for our children. This doesn't happen by accident but comes from our shared understandings, values and taking action - and in this case, it is "ACTION" for a movie. Not having a live production gives us more confidence that our tamariki (children) are preparing for a show, and better than that everyone can buy a movie rather than miss out on a socially distanced seat.

So, get your popcorn ready for a night in, more information to come.

Te kupu o te wiki - the word of the week

The word this week is from our school values and the Theological virtues - HOPE; in te reo you can say AWHERO. Te Reo Māori has other words for hope (tumanako) but awhero is about a promise and a desire which works perfectly when we use it in Catherine McAuley's words: Good today, better tomorrow.

Term 4 dates

Throughout the month of October the school prays a decade of the Rosary together every morning. If you have some prayer intentions please let us know and we will say a decade for you.

Class Masses are going ahead for the children, as our family members are unable to join us we will remember all families in our prayers.

Week 1 18-22 October

Mrs Nelson on prayers

Mission Day Friday – no assembly, and no extras on site :(

Week 2 25-29 October

Room Bellbird, Mrs Cruickshank and Mrs Thacker Gospel

Labour day 25th – school closed

Shake Down 28th October

Bellbird Class Mass Thursday 28th 1:45pm

Levi bike show Friday 29th Oct 11.30am juniors 12.30pm seniors

Sunday 31st First Holy Communion Mass, not whole school Mass

Week 3 1-5. November

Room Kereru, Mrs Knowler Gospel

Kereru Class Mass Thursday 4th Nov 1.45pm

Senior Production filming 1-4th November off site

Week 4 8-12 November

Room Tui, Miss Smith Gospel

Kids Summit with St Theresa’s Tuesday 9th November

Armistice Day with Stretch and Aaron Thursday 11th Nov

Tui Class Mass Thursday 11th November 1.45pm

Teacher Only Day Friday 12th November

Week 5 15-19 November

Room Ruru, Mrs Butterfield on prayers and Gospel

Science Roadshow for Year 5 & 6 Friday 19th Nov 10:35- 11:55am

Ruru Class Mass Thursday 18th Nov 1.45pm

Welcome Liturgy Friday 19th 2pm

Week 6 22-26 November

Room Kea, Mr Sutherland Gospel

Georgia in for Rippa Y3 – 6 Monday 22nd November

Kea Class Mass Thursday 25th Nov 1.45

Convent Cup Friday 26th Nov at Verdon College

Week 7 29-3 December

Room Piwakawaka, Miss Sutherland Gospel

Week 8 6-10 December

Room Moa, Miss Hood Gospel

Junior Nativity 9th December 6pm

Final Leavers Assembly Friday 10th December

Week 9 13-16 December

Year 6 leavers – Miss Bond, Mrs Hansen and Mrs Gray Gospel

School finishes at the usual time but we are all back for the End of year Mass at 5.45 in the quad

Mass Thursday 16th December 6pm