Newsletter No 11 06 May 2020

Kia ora Parents/Whanau

I would like to thank you all for the work you are doing at home to ensure that your child’s learning has continued during lockdown. I am sure learning looks quite different in each home with some of our children baking, constructing, watching the education TV channel, working through the tasks teachers have set and I bet there are many other examples you could share. Classroom teachers are frequently sharing with me all the great stuff children are doing. Thank you again for your support. I also can’t speak highly enough of our fantastic staff here at St Mary’s.

The Prime Minister confirmed yesterday that Cabinet is discussing the requirements for Alert Level 2 and these requirements will be announced on Thursday.

The Director of Public Health is going to provide the specific requirements for schools and these will also be announced on Thursday, so we need to wait and see how that might affect us here at school.

A decision about when New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 will be made by Cabinet on Monday and that will give us time to prepare for a return to school.

You can be assured that, as a school, we have already started planning for the return and will have new cleaning procedures in place. We will be heightening hygiene practices amongst students, and sanitizers and liquid soap will be used often by all at school during the day in all learning spaces. We will also be relying on you to keep your child home if they are sick, and children who are sick will need to stay at home for 48 hours.

This Friday we will be sharing with you a virtual assembly. During the assembly the Principal’s Award is to be announced along with the Super kids. It will be great to acknowledge some of the fantastic things students are doing.

We have had a few questions regarding winter uniforms. This term winter uniform is to be worn, but under the circumstances many of you will not have had the opportunity to purchase items. We will not be expecting children to be wearing correct uniforms in the first week. We will give you time to purchase during that time. We sell new and second hand uniforms at school so I hope our uniform shop will open once we are in Level 2. You can also order uniforms online by going to our school website or app.

I am conscious that some families are finding things tough financially at the moment. If you need help with uniform or diocesan fees please give me a call or email me at davidm@stmarysrotorua.school.nz If you are finding it hard to put food on the table, please do not hesitate to contact me and we will support you.

Well that’s it from me. I am really looking forward to seeing our children back soon.

Kind regards
David Macmillan

FROM OUR DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES:

Kia tau te rangimārie kia koutou – Peace be with you.

Home prayer ideas :
Prayer is the way in which we communicate with God.

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The 5 finger prayer is a great way to teach children who they can pray for and how.

  • The thumb (people who are close to you). These are your close friends and family, often the first you think about when you pray.
  • Pointer (people who point the way). These are leaders in your life, such as teachers and parents. Offer God your thanksgiving for them and ask him to help them in their important work.
  • Tall Finger (people in authority). The big people in the world need prayer too. Ask God to give wisdom to our government, military, and police.
  • Ring Finger (people who are weak). This is your weakest finger. We should remember others who are sick, live in poverty, or are treated badly. Pray that Jesus would give them new strength.
    Little Finger (your own needs). God wants to hear your needs too, especially when you put others first. Pray for your own growth in mind, body, and spirit.

Scripture Reflection: (1 John 5:14)

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us."

A reminder from Father Eamon, there will be live streamed Masses by Bishop Steve https://www.cdh.org.nz/ and Monsignor Trevor http://tongarirocatholic.nz/ at 9.00 am every day. Readings for Mass and the Divine Office are available for free here: https://universalis.com/20200328/index.htm

Keep safe, don’t worry and be patient.
Bernie Hall-DRS