Thursday, 19 May 2016

Newsletter No 8, 19 May 2016

Growing in Christ, challenging mind, body and spirit

Tena Koutou Parents and Friends

600 students from our South Canterbury Catholic schools gathered at Catholic School's Day on Monday 16 May
Community of Learning 
In 2015 the Minister of Education, introduced a new Ministry initiative that involves schools forming themselves into Communities of Learning.  A key factor of this new initiative is the importance of student pathways.

Late last year, our school combined with St Joseph's Timaru, St Joseph's Temuka, St Patrick's Waimate, Sacred Heart and Roncalli College and applied to form a Community of Learning.  Our application was approved by the Ministry of Education last week.

We came together in the beginning because of our one over-riding aim which is to transmit, and grow the Catholic faith and in particular, to nurture future Catholic leaders.  However there are significant learning benefits to being a member of the Community of Learning such as:

• Increased student performance
• Opportunities for professional learning communities to develop
• A stronger Catholic Community focusing on the common good for all students
• Increased leadership opportunities for our staff
• Teachers opening up their practice with colleagues across schools
• Improved access to a wider range of resources, such as equipment and specialist teachers
• Smoother transitions for students from Catholic primary school to Catholic secondary school through sharing of achievement data and knowledge of each child and their whanau
• Enhancing relationships between school communities and Parishes

Last week the principals of the six schools met to brainstorm our ideas of what we hope to achieve for our schools.   Our next steps are to form a stewardship body and to decide our achievement targets.

Congratulations to our Rippa Team
You conducted yourself admirably at the Rippa Tournament on Wednesday 18th.  A big thank you to our coach, Mike Hende.

Baxter Mason was awarded the Principal's Award for his outstanding sportsmanship and commitment in basketball and rippa.

Our Rippa Team
Kiwiport Tournament
Timaru Recycling Centre Trip
Our assemblies are on a Wednesday in the library.  We changed the day to make it easier for parents to attend as we have many parents pick up children for sport on a Wednesday.  All classes share something and even if your child is not specifically sharing it is a chance to have an insight into what is happening in the classes.

Special Character

Congratulations to the children who made their First Reconciliation last night.

Many thanks to the families who attended our school and parish mass on Saturday 14th.  The singing was beautiful and our children read and served well at mass.  Thank you also to the people who gave in their apologies so that we knew the reason they could not attend.  We do expect and hope that all families will make a really big effort to attend our once a term mass and try to prioritise this commitment.

Holy Spirit
The children are learning about the Holy Spirit strand at the moment.  Once again, we have determined some key ideas for the learning:

Key Ideas

1. The Holy Spirit acts in people and in the Church

2. The Holy Spirit appears in Bible stories

3. The Holy Spirit is the third person the Trinity

4. We have images of the Holy Spirit but these are not the Holy Spirit

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Two stories that your children really need to know about the Holy Spirit are the Baptism of Jesus and Pentecost.  These stories are on the  RE blog: Holy Spirit for Parents

There are also stories about Jesus on the "Jesus for parents" page.  These stories provide faith information for the children and they are also a narrative they can use to help them to understand life and give guidelines for living well.

Ma te Atua e manaaki, God Bless

Lorraine Frances-Rees, Principal


Our school will be participating in the Rural Schools Cross Country next Tuesday 24 May. The postponement date is Friday 27 May.  You are responsible for getting your own child/ren to and from the cross country.  If you are unable to transport your child, please arrange with another parent to transport them.  

Venue: Gordon's Valley Road.  Turn right off SH1 onto Pareora River Road, South of Timaru (see map below).  There are alternative routes from Pleasant Point, which you may prefer to use.

Assemble 11.45 am for 12.15 pm start.  Children will need to be picked up from school by 11am.  Please come inside the gate, and wait for your children to be released by their teacher.

Vehicles will park in the paddock designated for parking.  Please do not park on the roadway or outside the farm gates.                        

Children will not be provided with water. Please bring your own water bottle and food.

The course is over the farm paddocks and is undulating so runners can expect some hilly sections.  Sensible footwear is essential. No bare feet.

Children are able to go directly home with their parents at the completion of the Cross Country; however we request that you advise your child's teacher when you are leaving so that your child can be marked off the roll.

There will be food available at cross country:
Sausages $2
Bacon Buttie $4
Cans Drink $2
Water $2
Cake $2
Coffee Car will be there
Chocolate bars  $2

Nominations for the 2016 Triennial Board of Trustees Elections close at 12 noon on Friday 20 May 2016 (tomorrow).  For your information the following nominations have been received to date:  Lisa Wright, Helen Andrews and Brent Yellowlees.   If you would like more information regarding the Role of the Board of Trustees there is a publication available at the school office.

Our school library system is being upgraded in the coming weeks.  Prior to this changeover happening, Kathy Brosnahan (our fantastic librarian) will be completing a full stock-take of all our library books.  To help with this we would appreciate all library books being returned to school by Friday 27 May 2016.  We will be having an amnesty on books with no questions asked; so please search cupboards, bedrooms, etc. and return any books you may have at home.    
Orders for the current Scholastic Book Club order close at 9am on Friday 27 May.  If you are paying by cheque please make it payable to Scholastic New Zealand.  You can now also make payments online directly to Scholastic, or by credit card (forms for credit card payment are on the order form/catalogue). 

Congratulations to the following students who were recognised for their achievements at assembly on 11 May:
Star of the Week - Koby McNamee, Lucy Walsh, Breagh-Rose Donaldson, John Pombo.
MacKillop Values - Stevie Wallace, Marie-Eve Donaldson, Grace Cox, Emerson Murphy, Jayden Walker.
Winning House - Joseph

The Winter tournament between the Pleasant Point Primaries and Geraldine Primary, Carew Peel Primary and Opihi College last Friday was a great success. Last year the tournament was run at Geraldine, so it was great to host it at Pleasant Point this year. We had over 350 children compete in a round robin of Rugby, Soccer, Netball and Hockey, each were 7 min games. After a few minor hiccups it ran pretty smoothly, each group were responsible for their score cards and finding their locations which gave the students great leadership and team building skills. A big thank you to all my helpers on the day who gave up their time to help ref, much appreciated! Look forward to next year’s tournament….
Kathy Wilkins 

The following school families are involved with Mass ministries this week - Saturday 21 May: Paul Murphy & Karen Styles = Readers.

COMMUNITY MASS - Saturday 28 May, 6pm, St Thomas Church, Mountainview Road
Roncalli College continue to support the Holy Family Parish Mass.  We warmly invite our community to share in and contribute to this celebration.  A special invite is extended to our contributing schools as we continue to support our young people as they come to know their God and find their purpose in life - encouraged, strengthened and led by the Holy Spirit.  Light refreshments will be served following Mass.  All welcome!

Children, Teenagers, Young People, Not so Young People, and their Families with Coeliac disease and Gluten Intolerance are invited to celebrate Coeliac Awareness Week at Chipmunks, 7 Stafford Street Timaru, 4.30 - 6pm on Friday 20 May 2016 - free admission.

Pleasant Point Preschool, Nursery & Kindergarten. We are open Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm and cater for children from zero to school age. We currently have spaces available across the centre so if you or someone you know is interested in childcare locally why not pop in to see us, e-mail, or call us on 614 8338. Don’t forget to check out our facebook page

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Pine cones $5 / bag
Sheep manure $5 / bag
Horse manure $2 / bag (trailer load by arrangement)
Blood & bone $12 / bag (approx. 5kg)

For orders please phone Michael Little on 6143863.
Delivery by arrangement to Timaru & Pleasant Point township.
Thanks for your support!

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