Thursday, 12 November 2015

Newsletter No. 18, 12 November 2015

Newsletter No. 18, 12 November 2015

Growing in Christ, challenging mind, body and spirit
Tena Koutou Parents and Friends


Our next school mass is on the feast of Christ the King on Saturday 21st of November at 6pm.  This is a special mass as we will be welcoming five of our children into the church through the Sacrament of Baptism.  Christ the King is the last Sunday of the liturgical year before the start of a new year at Advent. We recognise Jesus Christ in many ways: as a tiny baby coming to us at Christmas, as the preacher, teacher and healer, as the crucified Lord and the Resurrected Christ.  On this feast day we remember that Jesus Christ is the king of heaven and earth.  Our mass will be one of praise to Him we look forward to you joining us.


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The children are still learning about the Communion of Saints and there are some notes to help with the key ideas they are learning at:http://stjoplptre.blogspot.co.nz/p/communion-of-saints-for-parents.html

Do come and talk to me about any of this if you feel you want to.


Teaching and learning: We have focused on explicit teaching of writing this year.  The staff have dedicated some time this term to moderation.  Moderation is when we bring our judgements about achievement together, look at external reference sources and check that we are on the same page.  We are!  And not only that, the standard of the writing we have been assessing from the children has been very high with many children achieving well above their age range. 

Joe won the U11 high jump

Baxter 
Ellie
The athletics day was a great success.  Many thanks to our staff who made it run so smoothly and to our children who all fully participated in the competitions.  Well done to Ms Ewer and the adult relay team.  Every child gave it their best and all showed great attitudes all day.  Thank you to the parents who supported us.

Also a big thank you to Sarah, the PTA and all the parents who took their turn and made our Get to the Point event run smoothly.  

We will be having a parish morning tea on Tuesday 1 December after morning mass.  Can children from Room 4 please bring a plate to share with our parishioners.  

Check out the notice below about Pet Day and sand saucers for the Rose Festival.

Ma te Atua e manaaki, God Bless

Lorraine Frances-Rees, Principal


NOTICES

Sandsaucers/Pet Afternoon

Friday 27th November 

Sandsaucers 
On Friday the 27th of November we will be making sand saucers once again for the Rose Festival. Children from Year 0-5 will make sand saucers and 2 children from each year level will be chosen to represent St Joseph’s at the festival. 

This year the children in Years 6-8 can make a “Santa Garden” if they wish. We will select some of these children to represent St Joseph’s at the festival. Those children who do not wish to make a Santa Garden can make a sand saucer but they can’t enter it in the festival. The sand saucers and sand will be provided. All children will need flowers for their sand saucers and whatever they choose for their Santa Gardens. These need to come to school with the children on Friday morning. 

Pet Afternoon 

Timetable
1.15-1.30pm Pets arrive 
1.30-2.00pm Pet social time (Children show their pets to each other) 
2.00pm Pet Parade 
2.15 pm Judging 
2.30pm Presentation of Certificates 

Venue: Field across the road from the school 

Important Information 
● No pigs or horses 
● Bring only well socialised animals that are well adjusted - not those who are anxious/nervous around other animals, people and unfamiliar surroundings 
● All poop must be disposed of - shovel/plastic bag etc 
● Provide a container for water. Tap located outside admin block
● Provide shade for your pet 
● All animals should be on a lead, halter, muzzled, or in a cage and kept under control at all times 
● 1 pet per child 
● If your child does not have a pet they might like to bring a soft toy 
● You and your pet may come dressed up 

We are looking forward to seeing the fabulous sand saucers, santa garden creations and meeting all your pets.

Trophies/Cups
Could all those students who received a trophy/cup at last year's prize giving please return these to the office by Monday 23 November.  Please ensure that these are clean when you return them to us.

Student Accounts
The final student accounts for the year will be sent out next week.  Please ensure that all accounts are paid in full by Friday 11 December.  If you have any questions regarding these accounts, please contact Claire.

Foodwrap Orders
If anyone is interested in placing a final foodwrap order for the year please let Claire know by Friday 20 November.

Parish Morning Tea
After mass on Tuesday 1 December all parishioners invited to staffroom to share morning tea.

Award Winners
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for excellence and achievement for the week ended 30 October 2015:

Star of the Week                                      MacKillop Values
Room 1 Caelyn Morrison, Connor Howes     Room 1 Honour Andrews
Room 2 Will Murphy                                  Room 2 Ruby Mahuika
Room 3 Isaac Styles                                  Room 3 Charlotte McNamee
Room 4 Rian Murphy                                 Room 4 Charls Llanos

Habits of Mind
Room 1 Samuel Ryan                                Room 2 Marie-Eve Donaldson
Room 3 Nicholas Tarrant                           Room 4 Anna Higgins

Winning House Mary

Public Meeting - Changes to Education Act


If you would like to attend this meeting contact lynne.james@education.govt.nz to RSVP.  The public discussion document on this can be found at: Changes to Education Act

Dental Visit - Wednesday 18 November
Free Dental Care for Children 
One of our Community Dental Service preventive mobiles will be visiting your school soon. We will be aiming to see that all school age children enrolled with the Community Dental Service have their dental check-up in the dental mobile while it is there The dental therapist will not only be checking the children’s teeth but will also Xray, clean, and apply protective treatments (including fluoride) if required. 

If your child requires further dental care such as fillings they will bring home a ‘Care Plan’ which will explain what dental care and appointment times are required. When you receive the ‘Care Plan’ please contact our Call Centre as soon as possible as you will need to arrange a time to bring your child to one of our Community Clinics for this dental care. 

Please let us know ASAP if you do not wish your child to have any of this care, you can talk to the staff in the mobile or phone/email our Call Centre. If you wish to be present at your child’s check up this will need to take place at our community clinic so please phone/email our Call Centre to make an appointment. 

Please contact our Call Centre if you want further information on the Community Dental Service, to enrol your child or if you have any specific questions about your child’s dental care (a dental therapist will call you back). 
To contact our Call Centre: phone 0800 846 983 / email commdental@cdhb.health.nz

PTA UPDATE



COMMUNITY NOTICES

MASS HELPERS
14 November Paula Bradley & Claire McCarthy = Church Cleaning
21 November Jud Baynes = Church Cleaning

AFS Exchange Students
Do you want to broaden your child's outlook on life?
With our growing multicultural society, its becoming more important than ever for our young kiwis to know, learn about and understand other cultures.
Hosting an exchange student can help do this and at the same time give the whole family an intercultural experience.  Call/text Pam on 027 3433673 or Google AFS NZ.


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