Kia ora koutou katoa, Talofa Lava, Malo e lelei, Ni Hao, Anyoung haseyo, Magandang umaga, Konnichi wa, Guten tag, Bonjour, Ola, hello and welcome back to Term 2.  We hope you had a relaxing break and enjoyed spending the extra time with your children. 

Last term our learning was focused on the theme of ‘Diversity and Globalisation’.  It is wonderful to see and celebrate the diversity within our school, and if you had a chance to see the map in the foyer last term you would be aware that we are a very diverse community in terms of our whakapapa.  There are three nationwide events this term that will celebrate our diversity - New Zealand Sign Language Week (Week 2), Samoa Language Week (Week 5) and Matariki (Week 7+).  We will be celebrating these within our classes and / or through Liturgy and Assembly.  

A warm welcome to our new students...
Abigail Albert, Seoyeon Choi, Maverick Damasco, Cassidy Dobbs, Paige Eastergaard, Maxwell Hirst, Arthur Inglis, Gabriel Lewis, Luke Swanson and Lucija Walker. 

We look forward to welcoming all new students at our New Families Liturgy on Tuesday 8th May at 10am.  

Term Two Learning
The term ahead is looking extremely full and exciting and I am looking forward to the opportunity and challenge of being Acting Principal for the next 2 ½ terms whilst Ben Fuller is on study leave.  

All students and teachers will be busy practising their songs and dances for our Gobsmacked production ‘Mad Pearse Takes Flight’ which will be performed at Bethlehem College Performing Arts Centre at the end of May.  

Our school production fits in perfectly with our learning this term which is focused on two main themes:

1: Innovation and Enterprise, related to Richard Pearse and flight (through technology and the Arts)

2: Our Catholic Values and the Key Competencies.  The production will be used as a source to  teach and reinforce our Catholic values and how we treat people.  The show provides many learning opportunities in relation to the challenges that Richard Pearse faced in his life and how he overcame this adversity. 

We have two events that will further support our learning in these areas this term:  Bully Free Week (Week 3) and Life Education Trust (Week 5 - 7).  

Our School Values
Our school values of Trust (Tika), Mercy (Maramatanga), Faith (Whakapono) and Love (Aroha) underlay all we do at St Mary’s School.  Our newsletters this term will include fortnightly ‘snapshots’ of how we use ‘Positive Behaviour For Learning’ (PB4L) to support our values and our behaviour expectations.  We will use this opportunity to promote the positive things we are doing as a school to reinforce great behaviour.  We believe that staff and students come to school every day to give their best and be the very best they can be. 

Reporting
Our new way of reporting starts rolling out this term and all students who are at St Mary’s for a full year, will receive two reports.  The first students to receive their reports this term will be those who have their school start anniversary or interim (halfway between) in March, April and May.  

These reports have seen input from many.  The report is student driven and shares your child’s current strengths and next steps.  There is a strong focus on our Catholic Character and the Key Competencies.  The focus has shifted away from placing your child according to the National Standard and we aim to celebrate the progress that your child is making in Reading, Writing and Mathematics and the attitude that they bring to each of these curriculum areas.  

I will be holding 20 minute ‘Reporting Information Sessions’ in the staffroom over the next couple of weeks.  Please check the calendar within this newsletter for dates and times.  

End of School Day
The safety of our students is of utmost importance and children left at school to wait for parents are a concern.  A duty teacher will roam the school at 3:10pm and collect all students who are not being supervised by an adult.  They will be sent to the office to wait for their ride home, so please pick them up from there.  If your child is still here by 3.30pm you will need to consider enrolling them in the After School Care service held at school. Please contact the school office or phone Shelley the After School Care Coordinator on 0273102090 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Our new Facebook page
Please join our page if you haven’t done so already.  We encourage you all to follow the great things that are happening at St Mary’s and keep informed through this  link: www.facebook.com/stmarystga/

We look forward to a successful term ahead, with lots of learning across the curriculum.  Thank you for your continued support.

Nga mihi nui

Anna MacKinnon
Acting Principal