Thursday, 3 March 2016

Newsletter No. 3, 3 March 2016

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


The children are learning some invaluable water safety skills this week.  They're learning about boat safety which is so important as so many of us spend leisure time in and around boats.

House Colour Day

Well done to our new house captains who organised games and activities for the school on House Colour Day.   It was really special to see the way our young leaders encouraged and supported our younger children.

The children model the hand signals for the Structure of Observable Learning Outcomes (SOLO) model.  This is a model for learning which matches the natural learning process and provides teachers and students with strategies and supports to move from one level to the next.  Typically it is very hard to get children to go beyond multistructural and look at the bigger picture.  SOLO is particularly useful for this.  It takes time to embed the model and we're hoping it will help our high achieving students achieve even more highly.

Have a look at the two videos the year 5-8s used in their learning today (sorry it won't work in hard copy).  The first one is an AMAZING example of grit in action.  The second one is a good example of extended abstract - of what a child can do who has really taken something on board and is doing something positive with it.

Special Character

We are beginning to learn about Jesus.  

Our key ideas are:

1. Jesus was a human being (as well as being God) who lived in a particular place and time in history with customs and a life story.

2. Jesus came to save us and teach us how to live.  We will learn this mainly through Bible stories that we can use as examples of His saving, loving and teaching.

3. Jesus is God (as well as being a human being). 
We now this through the testimony of the Bible, the witness of the disciples, through the Resurrection, Ascension and the story of the Transfiguration.

Check out our RE Blog for some ideas of how to help your children at home.

Lent in schools

The theme for Lent 2016 is Hear the cry of the earth and the poor taken from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si'.
The 2016 Lenten resources focus on life and challenges for indigenous Cambodians and themes include valuing culture, adapting to climate change, food security, human rights and land rights.

Rugby Coaching
We had a great first lunchtime session with Tristram Johnson, Rugby Development Officer from South Canterbury Rugby.  He came out and played and coached rugby with the children at lunchtime today and they're talking him into coming back once a week.  Fingers crossed.

Ma te Atua e manaaki, God Bless

Lorraine Frances-Rees, Principal

Congratulations to the “Best Dressed” from each house group on House  Colour Day:
Baxter Mason – Joseph, Annie Tregenza – MacKillop, Joel Wright – Mary,
 Caleb Kelly - Patrick

Our first School Mass for the year will be held on Saturday 19 March 2016 at 6pm in the Kerry Hall.  Children are to be assembled outside on the grass at 5.45pm.  Mass will be followed by a shared finger food tea.  Please bring a plate to share (enough for your family); the plates/utensils you require, and any drinks you may require.  Tea and coffee will be available.

Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in the weeks ended 19/2/16 & 26/2/16:
Star of the Week
Connor Howes, Travis Priddle, Anton van den Bergh, Annie Tregenza, Maia Mahuika, Joel Wright, Emmerson Murphy, Ella Sugrue, Kayla Wright, Cooper Mason, Conor Boult.                    Ellie Andrews (week 3)

MacKillop Values
Koby McNamee, Mila van den Bergh, Charlotte McNamee, Lily-Ana Donaldson, Stevie Wallace, Baxter Mason, Isaac Styles.           Nicholas Tarrant (week 3).

Winning House    Joseph      Joseph

Student Accounts
Students account invoices will be sent home by next week.  These may look different than previous years, as they are now generated through our student management system.  Please contact Claire if you have any questions regarding your invoice.

Scholastic Book Club
Please have all orders for the current order returned to the office by Friday 4th March.  Please make all cheques payable to Scholastic New Zealand. 


Mitre 10 Fundraiser
We have kindly been given the opportunity to do the BBQ and Carwash at Mitre10 this Year. This is a great earner. It will happening on Sunday 10 April.
There will be a roster put out and we would like parents and children help out to make this a successful fundraiser. Lisa Wright will be making contact with all parents to check availability and times.  There will need to be 4 parents at a time supervising the carwash with the children and doing the BBQ.  Any enquiries please contact Lisa or Sarah.

Hot Cross Buns
Don’t forget your order for Hot cross buns to be back to school with money by 
Friday 4th March. Any enquiries contact Sarah.

Bulb Fundraiser
An order form will be distributed to families to purchase Spring Bulbs if you, or any other family or friends wish to. There will be seven different types to choose from, and 30% gets donated back to the school by Garden Post New Zealand. Orders will need to be returned by 18 March 2016 for delivery early April. Any enquiries contact Sarah.

We are in the process of planning details for a big fundraiser for term 2 or if not term 3. Details will follow once we start collating.  We will let you all know at the next meeting; date to be advised.

All our fundraising efforts help support the school in educating and resourcing our children.

Mass Ministries
The following families from St Joseph’s are involved with Mass Ministries over the next two weeks:
5 March         Paul Murphy – Reader
12 March       Karen Styles – Prayers of Faithful

Pleasant Point Hockey Club
Notification of 2016 AGM. 16th March at Legends CafĂ© - 12pm.
All welcome. Any queries please contact Meg Wood 6143863.

SC Rugby Union Holiday Programme
The SC Rugby Union are running a holiday programme for children 8years old and over on 18 & 19 April 2016 from 10am – 2pm each day.  The cost is $15 per day.  Each child will receive a Todd Mudie Holiday Programme t-shirt and drink bottle, plus other prizes are up for grabs.  Application forms are available from the school office.

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