Emma’s Mission 

Almost a year ago Emma Mischewski collected feijoas from trees in our backyard and decided to try and sell them at a little stall outside the front of our house. Kind passers-by and neighbours bought some feijoas and Emma decided that she would like to give the money to the homeless. So we started to think about how we might be able to do this. Handing over the few dollars that Emma had made wasn’t really going to go too far in assisting these folk.

So, we decided to keep our support simple and manageable and something we could do from home. “Emma’s Mission” was born and we started to put together small ‘care packs’ for men, women and families that we could distribute to existing charity organisations to support their programmes, such as The Salvation Army, Women’s Refuge, Under The Stars, Kai Aroha, All Children Matter and others. The packs contain personal toiletries for those in need: toothbrushes, toothpaste, plasters, lip balm, deodorants, soap, wipes and a Gospel Tract. Emma was nominated for a competition for ‘deserving children under 14 years of age for their community support’. 

This week we heard that Emma is one of nine children nation-wide who has won a trip to Wellington next week to join an Easter Egg Hunt at Premier House with the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. ‘Emma’s Mission’ has a Facebook Page and people continue to donate money and items to go into the ‘care packs’. To date Emma’s Mission has given out over 300 care packs.  Awesome Emma!! Follow Emma here...

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emmasmission/

Website: http://www.emmasmission.co.nz/

Gobsmacked Productions Presents - "Mad Pearce takes Flight'

Put the following dates in your diary.  Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st May, 2018.

More information about performances and ticket sales will follow early next term.

Practises for the show will begin on Day 1 of Term 2 and all of our St Mary’s teachers and students will be involved.  This will be a major part of our learning for the first five weeks of Term 2.  A $15 per child cost will be added to your Term 2 account to pay for hireage of costumes.  

We urge you to encourage your child/children to practice their dances and songs at home. This can be achieved by logging on to the Gobsmacked website: www.gobsmacked.co.nz 

Go to – Login for Scripts and Music 

Use the following details to login

Username: stmarysschool

Password: gsmack10

The Choreography will be made available on the website from Monday 30th April.

To receive regular updates regarding the progress of your child in Term 2, go to the Gobsmacked website, like them on Facebook, and follow Gobsmacked on Instagram. From here you will see pictures and video footage of students preparing for the musical. 

 

2018 Teaching Staff

Tika Team (Y0-1)
Janine Goldsmith - Team Leader
Joanne Meehan
Amber Simonson

Maramatanga Team (Y2)
Jasmine Mattock - Team Leader
Liz Driver
Teresa Rush

Pono Tahi (Y3-4)
Lisa Broadmore - Team Leader
Bryan Crowe
Catherine Wood
Randy Piceno

Pono Rua (Y3-4)
Tania Yorke - Team Leader
Suzanne Tanner
Lisa Walter
Randy Piceno

Aroha Tahi (Y5-6)
Megan Akkerman - Team Leader
Gerardin Robbie
Adele Mayall

Aroha Rua (Y5-6)
Megan Akkerman - Team Leader
Angela Cochrane
Gavin Hesqua

Board of Trustees Casual Vacancy for an Elected Trustee

A casual vacancy has occured on the Board of Trustees for an Elected Parent representative.

The Board has resolved under Section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection.

If ten percent or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the Board to hold a by-election should write to:

Claire Stott
Chairperson
Board of Trustees
St Mary's Catholic School Tauranga
Thirteenth Avenue
Tauranga 3112

By: 2nd April 2018

For more information contact Claire Stott
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021 0730706

Meet the Teacher - Tuesday 20th February 1.00pm - 7.00pm

9 February 2018

On Tuesday the 20th February we will be holding a Meet the Teacher afternoon/evening, which is an opportunity for you to have a conversation directly with your child’s teacher.  Each time slot (one per child) will be 10 minutes long and can be booked by going to :
www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and using the following code: fhs3j

Meetings for all New Entrants to school this year (Whanau Meehan) will be arranged individually with parents throughout the Term. 

The emphasis of these meetings will be on you sharing your knowledge about your child.   This is a great opportunity for you, as parents and whanau, to share your expectations, your child’s interests, strengths, and learning needs and the knowledge you value. 

Si Yeon Crowe will also be available on this day from 1.00pm - 5.00pm, for any parents of ESOL students wishing to make an appointment. 

On this day, school will be closing at 12:30pm for all students, so please make arrangements to collect your child at this time.  There will be no bus service or After School Care available on this day.

We are looking forward to continuing to work together to provide effective home-school partnerships in which parents and teachers are involved together in our children's learning.


Anna MacKinnon
Deputy Principal

Parent Information Meetings - Thursday 15 February 3:15pm - 5:15pm

On Thursday the 15th February we will be holding Parent information evenings within each hub.  This is an opportunity for you to meet all of the hub teachers and hear important information about the expectations and procedures that each hub has. 

The times will be as follows:

3:15 - Tika Team (New Entrant and Year 1)
3:45 - Maramatanga Team (Year 2)
4:15 - Whakapono Team (Year 3 & 4)
4:45 - Aroha Team (Year 5 & 6)

We are looking forward to continuing to work together to provide effective home-school partnerships in which parents and teachers are involved together in our children's learning.

Anna MacKinnon
Deputy Principal

Special Character 29 November 2017

Advent - Te Wa o Aweneti

Longing and waiting in our lives for the coming of the Lord.

Advent has a twofold character: as a time to prepare for the solemnity of Christmas when the Son of God’s first coming to us is remembered, and as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, the season of Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation. 

The word “advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus”, which means “coming” or “arrival”. Advent is a time of waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus. We prepare for the celebration of Christmas, the anniversary of the first coming of Jesus to us. We also prepare for him to come again at our death or at the end of time.

The Sunday readings in Advent reflect these themes of waiting, longing and hope for the coming of Jesus. The readings of the First Sunday of Advent look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus at the end of time. On the Second and Third Sundays the readings are about the role of John the Baptist who came to ‘prepare the way of the Lord’. On the Fourth Sunday of Advent the Gospel is about the events which lead up to and follow the birth of Jesus.

The liturgical colour worn of Advent is purple but it is a time of joyful preparation rather than being a penitential season. Purple was once the colour of royalty and it is used in Advent to signify the coming of Christ and his kingdom.

Advent Symbols

The Advent wreath has four candles to mark the waiting period before Christmas. One additional candle is lit each week, reminding us that Jesus comes to bring light to the world.

The Jesse tree is a branch or small tree which refers to Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots”. The decoration of the tree with symbols during Advent records the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, beginning with Adam and Eve.

https://www.nlo.org.nz/  

The Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand  

Te Hohi Katorika ki Aotearoa

We wish those who are representing our school at the numerous events in the Bay leading up to Christmas.  Two students - Eliana Hulsebosch and Callum Roberson  are to be Mary and Joseph at the  Christmas Carols at The Strand on the Waterfront at 5.30pm on Sunday, the 10th of December.  Our Jump jam teams are performing at “A Night Before Christmas”-  December 16th.

 If I have not mentioned your child and they are taking part in a celebration please let me know so we can recognise them. 

Teresa Rush
DRS