Board News 7 July 2018

Term 2 seems to have flown by and here we are at the end of it already.  I’m sure you’re all ready for a chance to wind down for the next 2 weeks and recoup somewhere out of this chilly weather.

As our DRS mentioned in the last Newsletter, a number of teachers and Board members were fortunate to attend the NZ Catholic Education Convention in Wellington in early June.  This is an event that comes around every 3 years and is an excellent forum for those involved in Catholic Schools to reconnect with their core purpose, get updated on new teaching methods and principles based on our Catholic premise, upcoming RE curriculum changes, and review processes, and listen to teachings from some very wise and faithful educators.

The theme of the Convention was ‘Christ’s Call: To Love, To Be, To Do’, and a common thread throughout the key speakers related to ‘Accompaniment’. That we are not alone on our journey, but must be open to receiving that help and enlightenment with those that accompany us.  A very uplifting message.

One key speaker, David Wells, I found particularly inspirational.  Check out some of his talks on YouTube if you have time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8VYCdYPOgM

On that note, have a fabulous holiday break all, and take care

God Bless

Claire Stott, BOT Chair 

The Sir Peter Blake Young Leaders Award: Ariana Workman 

In Week 8, we had representatives from our local Westpac Branch come to our school assembly, to present The Sir Peter Blake Young Leaders Award. This award is presented to one worthy leader from schools across New Zealand. 

These awards celebrate young people whose outstanding leadership uplifts their school community.  

By acknowledging leadership at this young age, The Sir Peter Blake Trust hopes it encourages these talented young people to keep going and to aim higher.

Ariana Workman a worthy Y6 Leader, was this years recipient. She received a $100 that was placed in a Westpac account, a medal, a framed award and a prize pack including a pair of red socks.

We congratulate Ariana on receiving this award.

Special Character 7 July 2018

Sacramental Programme

Congratulations to our students who made their First Communion. We thank Father Mark and the teachers who assisted them on their journey. 

Farewell to Father Danny

Thursday 26th July 10.10am the school will hold a special Liturgy to give thanks to and farewell Father Danny. Followed by Morning Tea. We thank him for all the knowledge and assistance he has given our school. We wish Father Danny all the best in his new role as Parish Priest. We will miss him. 

Grandparents/ Grandfriends Day Liturgy and Open Morning

Please have students phone up their Grandparents and Grandfriends. 

Liturgy 10am Tuesday 31st July.

Classrooms will be open to visitors from 9am, so arrive early and see today’s classrooms and explore your child’s learning environment.

From The Principal 7 July 2018

Tena koutou katoa, Talofa Lava and a very warm welcome to everyone in our school community. 

I can’t believe that it is the end of the term already! It has certainly flown by with our theme of Innovation and Enterprise overarching much of our learning. Our students are so lucky to have had the following experiences that contributed to their learning this term - ‘Mad Pearse Takes Flight’ production, Life Education Trust, Bully Free week, Samoan Language Week, Matariki and many more.

Welcome

A very warm welcome to Xavier Tustin who has joined our school family.

Key Competencies

In the last newsletter I touched on the importance of the Key Competencies in our learning at St Mary’s. The New Zealand curriculum defines the key competencies as “capabilities for living and lifelong learning” (p.12). We need to think carefully when planning learning opportunities so that we are extending our students capabilities in ‘doing’ and ‘becoming’. 

Over the next term, through the newsletter, I will be looking more in depth at each key competency.

This week I am focusing on Managing Self:

This sounds pretty straight forward. At five years old, we want our students to be bringing their bags in to school themselves and managing their own belongings. At 10 Years old students can be helping to make their own lunches, stand up for what they believe in and set goals. 

Another major component of Managing Self is the importance of taking risks. We need to develop environments where our students feel safe and supported in doing this and we need to provide learning that is challenging so that our students are stretched. Open-ended tasks and problem solving, where there is no right answer, develops risk taking. Making, creating and thinking aloud develops risk taking. 

Students need to “accumulate experiences that support their sense of being a successful learner and knower. They begin to develop a productive identity as a learner: someone who can take the initiative, make sense of, and work on increasingly complex problems. In other words, they can now “stand on their own two feet” as learners, and know that they can go on doing so in their learning futures.” Insights into Important Aspects of the Key Competencies TKI, 2014

Absence and Lateness 

It is a concern for us that several students have high absences from school and many students arrive late to school on a regular basis. Children who are not at school or are regularly late do not learn as easily or with the same rate of progress as other children. Staff, parents, children and the community have responsibilities in this area. Ayn Harris and I will be contacting parents early next term if we are concerned about your child’s absence or lateness. 

Children are considered to have unsatisfactory attendance at school over the course of the year if they miss 16 days of school or 8% of their time at school. This means that if a child has had 4 days off school in a term the school is concerned. 

It is interesting and alarming to note that 10% of a child’s time at our school (Year 1 – Year 6) is 32 weeks (3 terms), and 20% is 64 weeks (6 terms). 

“If students experienced more than a day between one opportunity to interact with a new idea and a subsequent opportunity to interact with the new idea, then forgetting occurred and instructional opportunity was wasted” 

(Alton-Lee, 2003, p.50). 

Positive Behaviour For Learning

Accompanying our newsletter today is a brochure to provide you with specific information on how we deal with behaviour, in particular more serious behaviour, at St Mary’s Catholic school. We address:

-what we value at St Mary’s

-teaching, Learning and Practising Great Behaviour

-more Serious Behaviours and how we can work together to provide a safe and happy environment for all. 

I wish you all a safe, happy and exciting July break and look forward to seeing you all back ready for learning on Monday 23rd July. 

 

Fa’amanuia le Atua (God bless)

Anna MacKinnon

Catholic Character 21 June 2018

Prayers for the Meehan familyPlease keep the Meehan family in your prayers. Anselm Meehan passed away on Thursday night. We pray for his wife Leonie, and his family. Anslem is Anna McKinnon, Joanne Meehan and Nicola Meehan’s Father, and Grandfather to Dolores McMaster who are all members of our staff. 

Sacramental programme
Please keep our students who are making their First Eucharist this weekend. May they always know that God is with them and have the opportunity to receive Eucharist continually throughout their life. It is a very exciting time for the students and we wish them all the best on their very special day.

Thank you to the staff from school and the parish who have prepared them. We are grateful for these faithful people volunteering their time and love to guide our children on their faith journey.

Pastoral Care
We have an active pastoral care system in place for when an event happens in the life of your family that you may need support with.  A birth, death, sickness or financial hardship can be some instances where we can provide support as a School Community. Pastoral Care includes meals, kindly supplied by the PTA or assistance with fees or uniforms. Please contact Anna MacKinnon if you require assistance.  

Cluny Foundation Charitable Trust
The Cluny Trust was established to assist and advance students and other members of the St Mary’s Catholic community in Tauranga.  

Specifically, the purpose of the trust is to help students who are in need of assistance to enable participation in educational and extracurricular activities.

Please pick up a pamplet from the school office if you would like more information.

Catholic Convention
An amazing three days attended by Bishops, Priests, Catholic educators, Board of Trustees and others associated with our national Catholic education system. 

Keynote speakers included Dame Therese Walsh; Professor Br David Hall; Fr. Daniel Horan; David Wells.

School Feast Day - Friday 6 July
Friday we will celebrate our school feast day. On this day we will also take part in mufti mania - Caritas More information will follow shortly in regards to the school’s feast day. 

Service
This year our aim is to have students actively serve in our community. 
We would like to acknowledge Luke Tustin who altar serves. He is our only student who altar servers within our school and parish community.  
May others be inspired to become altar servers. Please see Teresa Rush if your son or daughter would like to become an altar server. 

Cluny Sisters News
The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny have a new Superior General, Sister Clare Stanley SJC - the first African woman to be chosen to lead the congregation. She was elected by all the Sisters gathered in their General Chapter in Paris. May the Lord bless Sister Clare in her work of leadership and service for the Sisters throughout the world.

“It is quite an historic event as Sr Clare is the first African woman to be chosen as our leader. Anne Marie Javouhey was the first woman missionary to Africa from France about 200 years ago and was instrumental in making sure local men and women were sent for training as priest and religious for Africa” (Sister Allison)

Please continue to keep Sister Allison, Sister Emile and Sister Gabrielle in your prayers as they travel to France and Ireland. 

Mark’s Gospel 
We are delighted that Father John Jolliffe SM is offering some talks on Mark’s Gospel, the Gospel we read from most Sundays during this liturgical year: “Following Jesus Christ in Mark’s Gospel” 
The talks are at the following times: 

St Mary Immaculate Church - 6pm  
Tuesday 26th June 
Tuesday 3rd July

St Joseph’s,  Te Puna - 10am 
Friday 22nd June 
Friday 29th June 

Please let Margie from the parish office know (578 6209) if you will be attending at either time, to give Father John some idea of how many to expect.

St Mary’s staff have been fortunate that Fr John has been leading professional development on Lectio Divina and Mark’s Gospel. 

Teresa Rush

DRS

Everyday (Except Friday’s) Club

Willow and Lottie of Whanau Broadmore have really embraced our school Charism of doing a little good.  

The girls independently started a club, the Everyday (Except Friday’s) Club,  where children who may not have anyone to play with or want to make new friends can go at morning tea and lunchtimes.  Activities are art and craft based. 

What a fantastic initiative girls!  If you have old colouring in books or other art and craft material you no longer use, the girls would certainly put it to good use.  Please hand into Mrs Broadmore, Room 12.

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

PB4L at St Mary’s allows us to have....

  • consistency in the language we use
  • consistency in what is taught and learned
  • consistency in the way our school values
  • are the cornerstone of everything we do

This week our focus has been:

I am proud of the work I do and try to do my best

Alana from Pono Tahi reflected on this focus, sharing her work on Seesaw.
‘I am proud of my 3D cube. I tried really hard to make it look as good as I could.”

Seth from Pono Rua also reflected on this focus,
‘I am proud of my writing because I tried hard to use lots of adjectives.  I added detail to describe people and my writing had lots of interesting parts.”

We will be learning about the following expectations during the next few weeks of this term:

Week 4: I use my inside voice

Week 5: I look after my belongings and classroom equipment

Week 6: I walk on decks and pathways

Lisa Broadmore
PB4L Leader/Coach

Mauao Book Launch

Kia Ora koutou,

Many of you may be aware that I have recently written and illustrated a bilingual picture book which tells the oral tradition of Mauao, and very soon it will be available for purchase in book shops everywhere.

This came about because as a kapahaka and reo teacher at St Marys Catholic School, we draw on the story of Mauao constantly to share with the kids – but we have never had a resource to show them. One day I visited the library to look for a single book and after finding nothing on the shelves, I asked the librarian, ‘Do you have any Maori picture books that tell local Maori stories?’ She shook her head to say no, but then she said ‘maybe you should write one…’

Two or three years later and that book that I was trying so hard to find in the library, is the book that I have now completed. I couldn’t find it, so I wrote and illustrated it myself.

One of the greatest things about this project was being able to draw on my passions; writing, storytelling, drawing and Te Reo; to complete the whole book myself. I didn’t have to wait on anyone else and just worked at my own pace - which was still relatively fast. The only thing I did have to wait for was for my kids to go to bed so I could get my paintbrushes and art materials out and paint in peace. Like Mauao, I was waiting for the cover of darkness to get moving.

For my upcoming book launch, I would be extremely humbled to have some of our St Marys kids and whanau there.

Like the very last line of ‘E Hika’ says;

‘E kokoia e ara e’

That line translates to mean, ‘The birds have awakened. Dawn has come.’ For Mauao, this meant the stark realisation that he would not fulfil his wish however, for us I think this line can represent the awakening of our wairua, our learning of Maori traditions and our connection with Mauao. All in all, bringing a new dawn too - for us the people and also for our hometown.

Naku noa, Tamoe Ngata
St Mary’s Kapa Haka Tutor

Support Staff Day

On Wednesday 16th May we celebrated International Support Staff Day.  Our support staff are amazing and we couldn’t do without them.  They make the following things possible: Belonging, productivity, success, empowerment, achievement, inclusion, confidence and safety.  

We thank our following support staff;  Debbie Nowell, Jodi Carey, Lee Roper, Nicola Meehan, Jannet Underson, Duncan Vietch, Natasha Parry, Si Yeong Hong, Heather Kavanagh, Steven Finlayson, Carol Hitchcock, Karen Mulhern and Theresa Dunston.