Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Newsletter No 6, 14 April 2016

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

Some Highlights from Term 1, 2016

Our term has been jam-packed with activities.  We've had five weeks of instructional swimming and water safety, our year 7 & 8 camp with loads of challenging outdoor activities, and teams entering the South Canterbury Triathlon, The Police Fitness Challenge and the Rural Schools Swimming Sports.  We've also had weekly Kiwisport, Whaea Kathy returned to teach te reo in the classrooms, Joey's Buddies visited the kindie; we've had Lent, Palm Sunday mass followed by shared tea, Holy Week Stations of the Cross, new House Captains and A team, House Colour day, singing, drama and of course some amazing artwork happening.   

So many exciting things have happened this term that its hard to keep track of them.  The staff have been talking about how we share with our community and how we can do it better.  This term Room 2 have had a sharing assembly, Room 4 have had a camp celebration night (last night) and this afternoon Rooms 1 and 3 will be sharing some of their learning with family/whanau.  However we also want to share more informally and more frequently with you and so we have had a revamp of how we do assemblies which we are going to trial in term 2.  The changes you will notice are:

Changes to Assembly in Term 2

  • Assembly will be on a WEDNESDAY afternoon at 2.20pm - this is because lots of parents are here to pick up children for sport on a Wednesday in the winter.
  • Some children from every class will share what they have learnt during the week.
  • Classes will take turns to lead the prayers and MC the assembly.
  • Sports teams will share their results.
  • We will finish with certificates and a song chosen by the MC class.
  • Twice a term two classes will make a more formal presentation of what they have been learning in Religious Education.

Term 1 - Learning About Jesus

During term 1 we have been focusing on learning about Jesus.  According to our pre and post tests the children's knowledge and understanding about Jesus has increased by 75%.  This is a huge increase.  Next term we will be moving on to learn about the Holy Spirit and God the Father.  Please help the children retain their knowledge by occasionally visiting the Jesus for Parents page on the RE blog and watching and discussing the videos there with your children.  Alternatively you could occasionally read and reinforce these stories directly from the Bible.

Room 4's Market Day Fundraiser for Fiji

Ma te Atua e manaaki, God Bless

Lorraine Frances-Rees, Principal

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Sports Practices & Buses
If anyone has not yet returned their forms advising of changes to their child’s bus routine for sports practices, could they please do so urgently; as practices have already started.

Unwell children
As we head into the winter, here are some reminders from the Public Health Nurse about children’s attendance at school:
Children should not attend school if they have any of the following symptoms:
  • ·         Very runny noses and can’t keep them clean
  • ·         High temperatures
  • ·         Any communicable type illness
  • ·         Severe coughs, sore throats, weepy or sore eyes, or sore ears
  • ·         If a child has vomited during the past 48 hours
  • ·         An unidentified rash
  • ·         If a child has had diarrhoea during the past 48 hours
The aim is to help protect other children, families and staff.  Staff will ring parents to take their children home if unwell at school.
Children are not able to judge whether they are fit enough to be present!

If your child is going to be absent from school, please ensure that you phone the office before 9.15am; send a text to 0204 081 3545; or send a note with a sibling.  Please remember to phone each day that your child is absent.  Please do not rely on siblings to pass on verbal messages, as these are often forgotten in the busy morning activities.  

Subway & Sausage Sizzle
Tomorrow – Friday 15 April, will be the last Subway order until Term 4.  Subway orders take a break for Terms 2 & 3, as our awesome PTA run a sausage sizzle every Friday in Terms 2 & 3.  Sausages (served on bread) cost $2 each.  If you are able to donate your time to help cook these please contact Lisa Wright on 614 8064.  If you are unable to assist with the cooking, we would appreciate donations of serviettes or tomato sauce.  These can be given in at the office.

Term 2 assemblies - WEDNESDAY at 2pm

Week 1
Rm 4
Week 2
Rm 2
Week 3
Rm 1
Week 4
Rm 3
Week 5
R.E. Sharing Rooms 1/4
Week 6
Rm 4
Week 7
Rm 2
Week 8
Rm 1
Week 9
R.E. sharing Rooms 2/3
Week 10
Rm 3

STAR STUDENTS - Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in the weeks ended 01/04/2016 & 08/04/2016:
Star of the Week: Leah Geary, Reon Priddle, Breagh-Rose Donaldson, Mila van den Bergh, Bailey Begg.

MacKillop Values
Honour Andrews, Travis Priddle, Annie Tregenza, Grace McCambridge, Ellie Andrews.

Winning House       Joseph & MacKillop

Both the Girls' & Boys' basketball teams have been having a great season.  It has been fantastic to watch their improvement as the season progresses.  There have been some awesome wins recently.  Thanks to Shelley Mahuika and Sarah McCambridge for willingly giving their time each week to coach and manage the teams.  Both teams have a break over the school holidays, with the competition starting again on Monday 2 May.

Creative Goodies
Room 1 students are in creative mode, and would love to receive any used tissue boxes, cardboard boxes, etc to help them with their creations. Thanks, Miss Grant.


Sport Canterbury   Active Kids Holiday Programme                                                   
1822 April 2016.  Need entertainment for your children over the school holidays?  Active Kids is a fun, safe and affordable holiday option that combines various sports, fundamental skills and offsite visits for children aged 513 years.  The Southern Trust Events Centre,  Aorangi Park,  Morgans Road Timaru. Half Day & Full Day Options · OSCAR approved programme.   
Register on line or phone 03 686 0751  

Hockey – Junior Holiday programme
Hockey South Canterbury will be running a Junior Holiday programme in the second week of the school holidays. The programme will be designed for all levels with the emphasis on learning new skills in a fun environment.
WHEN: Friday 29th of April 2016
WHERE: Hockey Turf – Morgan’s Road, Timaru
COST: $10.00 (payable on the day)
Session One: 10.00am till 11.30am – All six aside players
Session Two: 12.30pm till 3.00pm – All eleven aside players
To register please visit the Hockey South Canterbury Website
and click on Primary Holiday Clinic July and fill out the registration form

The Mind Lab by Unitec School Holiday programme Please see the details of our school holiday programme here:
The Mind Lab offers learning experiences that support the development of the next generation of makers, doers, inventors and creators who will shape the future with new ways of working, thinking and living. From electronics, robotics and animation to programming, film technology and science, The Mind Lab recognises that the world we live in is increasingly influenced by new knowledge and technical advances.  The careers our children will enter in the future are very different from the careers we know today.
Equipped with the latest high-tech tools (including 3D printing and robotics equipment) and a team of talented science and technology specialists, The Mind Lab offers a large creative environment where discovery, experimentation and learning by doing is actively encouraged. Students will develop technical skills and key competencies as they learn through collaborative and creative challenges that encompass Science, Technology, Mathematics and Arts.
If you have any questions about The Mind Lab please ring 03 6660088 or email

Roller-skating School Holiday Sessions
Tuesday and Thursdays                                             
2pm to 4pm
Cost – Entry Fee - $2.50, Skate Hire $3.50
Bring helmet and socks

Every Sunday
Public Session – 2pm to 4pm
Learn to Skate Lessons – 2pm to 3pm
Cost – Entry Fee - $2.50, Skate Hire $3.50
Bring helmet and socks

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