Thursday, 30 June 2016

Newsletter Number 11, 31st June 2016

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

A big congratulations to the children who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday 25 June.  The Kerry Hall was overflowing, the children were very well prepared and parents of last year's children prepared a lovely meal for the children for after mass.

Charlotte, Connor, Breagh-Rose, Ellie, Emerson, Stevie, Emma, Honour, Amy and Ava

Congratulations also to Ruby and Joshie Mahuika who were baptised on Wednesday 30th June.

Learning about Church

At the moment the children are learning about Church.  Church does refer to the building we worship in but the main meaning of church is the community of Christians.  These are the believers who follow God and try their best to do His will.

The key ideas the children are learning in the church strand are:
1. The church is the people united with God.
2. We all have a responsibility in the church.
3. There are formal responsibilities in the church
4. The mission of the church is to bring about the Kingdom of God on Earth.

You can help your child by talking with them about their learning at home.  Find out more on our Church for Parents page on our RE blog.

In assembly this week Room 3 taught us something about the early church from the point of view of Sts Peter, Paul and Stephen.  Room 2 taught us something about the things they found in church.  

Jump Jam

A huge thank you to Mrs Scott who gave up every lunch time to work with our Jump Jam team who gave an amazing performance which can be seen on our Facebook page.

Ellie, Amy, Stevie, Annie, Cameron, Ava, Maia, Emerson, Lily-Ana, Amy, Jayden, Caelyn, Lauren
Peer Writing In Rooms 3 and 4

The children in Rooms 3 and 4 have been learning how to analyse their own and other children's writing and use a rubric to decide on their next steps for improvement.  They have been using the Chromebooks and Google docs for this.  We are very lucky that we can offer every child a device so they can learn the drafting and editing skills they will need in real life beyond school.  They are also being very well set up for high school as they are learning to use the tools they will need in this environment and they are learning to self manage their writing achievement.

Here is a writing example from Conor Boult:

How Do Tractors Help Farmers? Explain

Tractors are very useful pieces of machinery because they are able to do many different jobs that the farmer cannot do by hand. They can also help the farmer by having radios to communicate with other farmers. They also have many different parts that let the farmer do many different jobs.

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Tractors can do a wide range of very useful jobs and get them done much more efficiently than the farmer can by hand. Some of the jobs they can do include mowing, ploughing, bailing and rotor raking. When the tractor is mowing, a mower will be hooked on to the back or sometimes there will be a mower on the front as well. Once everything is hooked on and ready the farmer will drive around the paddock mowing the grass in order to make hay or silage which will be fed to the cows when there is no grass to graze the cows on. Grazing the cows is when the farmer puts the cows in a paddock and just lets them eat the grass. They are usually left in the paddock until the farmer is happy with how much they have eaten. Sometimes the farmer puts temporary fences up so that the cows won’t eat the grass too quickly. For ploughing there is a plough hooked on to the back of the tractor and the farmer drives around the area that needs to be ploughed. A plough is a piece of farming equipment that gets towed by the tractor, it has blades that are designed to turn over the dirt.
Something that helps the tractor do so many jobs is that they have so many sophisticated parts. One essential part of the tractor is the steering wheel. The steering wheel is located in the cab of the tractor in front of the drivers seat. When the farmer is driving, he sits in the driver's seat with his foot on the accelerator and his hands turning the steering wheel to get to where the next job is. Tractors have tires just like cars except tractor tires are much bigger and have much more grip. The grip on the tires is made for driving in muddy paddocks without getting stuck. Another part of the tractor that is very useful in bad weather is the cab. The cab includes the windows and roof that cover where the farmer sits. It keeps in the warm air from the air conditioner and even if it is raining, the farmer will still stay nice and dry.

Another important job that tractors have big influence on, is feeding out. Feeding out is when there is a bale feeder or maybe some forks hooked on to the tractor. A bale feeder is a piece of machinery that is used when feeding bales. Bale feeders usually have forks on the back that will slide under the bale and lift it up on to the machine. Once the bale is all ready, the farmer will drive to the paddock with the stock that needs feeding. The metal rollers on the bale feeder will start spinning and the farmer will drive around the paddock spreading the bale for the animals to eat. Another way farmers feed out is using a silage feeder. To feed the silage to the animals, the farmer would hook the silage wagon on to the back of the tractor and fill it with silage. Silage is grass that has been mown and has been put in a pile and covered with plastic so that it stays moist and fresh for the animals to eat. The farmer will then drive around the paddock and the silage will come out the side of the silage wagon. A silage wagon is a piece of machinery that is like a big trailer that is designed for feeding silage.

Tractors are very useful pieces of machinery. They help farmers do many different jobs that they would take ages to do if they were doing them by hand. Tractors have lots of different parts to help them do very difficult and sophisticated jobs. Tractors make farmers jobs much easier than they would be without them.

By Conor Boult

Ma te Atua e manaaki, God Bless

Lorraine Frances-Rees, Principal

Fr Job Farewell
A reminder that a Pot-Luck lunch will be held this Sunday 3rd July 2016, in St Joseph's Hall Supper Room, after Temuka's mass, to mark Fr Job's farewell after serving our Parish for the last 3-and-a-half years. Please bring a plate of finger food to share.  A card will be available to sign if you wish. As this is a parish event, we would appreciate help fromparishioners from Pleasant Point, Geraldine and Temuka with setting up, helping in the kitchen, and cleaning up on Sunday. Everyone welcome, we look forward to seeing you there.
Kind regards
Justin O'Brien
Chairperson, Parish Council


As part of our Health & Safety requirements, all visitors to the school must sign in at the office.  This includes parents please.  Also if your child is being collected to go to an appointment then you need to sign them out (and back in) at the office.  A book for this purpose is on the desk in the office.

Friday 1 July - Susan Tregenza & Lisa Wright
Friday 8 July - Karina Tarrant & Maria Yellowlees
Please be here at 11.30am, as lunch is at 12.00pm on Friday due to Kiwisport.

As advised on the school Facebook page, this fundraiser has been postponed at this stage, due to difficulties with the liquor licence.

Would anyone like to take over as the Scholatics co-ordinator? This is an easy job and takes around 20 mins once or twice per term. The order can be either completed online or with a paper form and then posted. Orders are delivered to school and Claire unpacks and distributes them. It is a really great way to get new books into our library as school earns a 10% reward value of all the orders. I am happy to help the new volunteer learn the ropes or explain it futher but would really appreciate it if someone could take over as my workload needs a little trim! Cheers Helen Andrews 6148394 

Please have all orders for the current offer to the office before the start of school on Thursday 7 July 2016.  

Please could all payments for the ski/skate trip be made by Friday 8 July 2016.  Our preferred method of payment is for you to direct credit/internet bank into the school account:
03-0887-0349042-00 with the word ski or skate as a reference.  If you are paying by cash, please ensure that you have the correct amount as we do not carry change.

By now all parents should have received confirmation of their appointment times for Student Conferencing.  We apologise if the time you have been given is not the time you requested, however we have done our best to suit all.  Please remember that the buses will not be running in the afternoon for our students.  You will need to collect your children at 12.30pm.

2  & 9 July Jud Baynes = church cleaning 

for years 7-9 (11- 14 year olds) $3 (includes lunch) 10a.m.-3p.m.
To register ring: Wendy Hurst 6147274 or Angela Beach 6147-039
A Pleasant Point Youth Group initiative

Artful Crafts
Come and join Artfull Crafts for paper-crafting fun during the holidays: 
Cardmaking - Friday 15th July, 1:30pm - 3:30pm, $15
Me Photo Album/Scrapbooking - Friday 22nd July, 1:30pm - 3:30pm, $30
Bookings can be made online at 
Phone 688 8566, or email 
Artfull Crafts, 24 George Street, Timaru 

FREE Parenting Programmes – “The Incredible Years” Presented by Family Works Family Works South Canterbury is again running the popular and highly successful  “The Incredible Years” FREE parenting programmes, for parents of children aged 3-8 years.  “The Incredible Years” empowers parents with valuableskills and resources for more positive, rewarding, parenting.The Free 14-week programmes run from August to November (Terms 3 & 4), times vary.  Additional individual support is provided and child minding is available on request (day programmes only).“The Incredible Years” - for parents of children aged 3-8 (Timaru & Temuka)    Act Now – Places on These Popular Courses are Limited!For more information and registration (enrolments must be received by 1 August) 
·       Ph:                 Family Works on 03 688 5029 (Liz - ext 804)
·       Txt:                0274 688 200
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