Newsletter No 25 26 August 2020

Dear Parents/Whanau

We are now in the second half of Term 3 and soon we will be in Spring. Following the announcement from the Prime Minister we will remain at Alert Level 2. Just a reminder that while everyone is onsite at Alert Level 2, we must adhere to key health measures including:
*Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette
*Staying away if sick
*Keeping the appropriate physical distance from others
*Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily
*Displaying QR code posters at our entrances and encouraging all of our community to download the NZ COVID Tracer App and use it if they come onsite
*Keeping a visitor register for anyone who cannot use the app and for other visitors who come onsite for a period of time.
We know all these things will help to keep our community as safe as possible. Because of these measures, your child does not need to wear a face covering while at school. We will, of course, support them should they choose to do so.

Last Friday Room 17 from the Kahikatea Team live-streamed assembly from their classroom, it looked like those classes who watched the assembly from their classrooms really enjoyed it. Thanks Room 17.

Friday is Daffodil Day and we will be distributing daffodils pins and stickers for a gold coin donation. There will be a stall set up outside the hall.

Mr G and Brigitte took a group of Chess players to their first tournament in Taupo last week and the team did very well. Thirty-seven children played at Lynmore School on Monday. Congratulations to all the players and our senior team is now eligible to play in the Nationals in Auckland. Thanks to Mr G, Brigitte Holmes and the group of parents who transported and accompanied children on the day. A group of students headed off to Tauranga today as well. Children are very keen to play chess in our school, so thanks Ray for providing this opportunity for our children.

A reminder that we have a gym club operating at lunchtimes in our school. Kakano children have gym on a Wednesday lunchtime and the senior pupils who are currently practising for competitions practice on Wednesday lunchtime. It is free and it is open to all our children to participate.

Our Food Pantry in the church car park is operating well. We get lots of bread on a Monday - So if you need it please help yourself. A number of you are putting items in the pantry too to share with those who need it, so a big thank you to you. If you have any spare fruit, vegetables, preservatives, grocery items please pop them onto the pantry and people who need things can help themselves.

On the 25th September 2020 (last day of term 3) at John Paul College we are hosting ten primary schools for a Sporting and Cultural Event. Schools will be competing for the St Sebastian Cup awarded for sportsmanship, and display of Catholic character. The day will begin with a powhiri and prayer. Teams will play in a variety of sports codes in the morning and after lunch the cultural part of the day will begin. This will consist of selected Year 5 and 6 students competing in Bible readings, an RE quiz, drama skits and speeches.

Have a good week as we get closer and closer to Spring.

A reminder that we have a Teachers’ Only day on Friday 18th September. We will be involved in professional development focusing on science and digital technologies. Our other Teacher only day is scheduled in Term 4 on Friday 13th November.

Kind regards,
David Macmillan, Principal

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Daffodil Day this coming Friday 28 August. ....

Invitation to students and teachers to dress as a "daffodil" - or some form of "spring" - or bright colours -

Daffodil pins and stickers available for a coin donation.


PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

FRIDAYS: Sausage Sizzle and Juicies available. $1.50 each item. Order from your classroom teacher.

Online Uniform Sales: Uniforms are available online via our website using paypal.

CELL PHONES & GLASSES : If anyone has pre-loved phones and spectacles they no longer use, please drop them into school. Starship will re-cycle them. Thank You.

Advance Notice for Year 6 students attending JPC 2021 :

The orientation dates for 2021 Year 7 students accepted into JPC have been set for:
Thursday November 19th - St Marys Rotorua - 12.00-2.30pm
Friday November 20th - St Michaels Rotorua and State schools - 12.00-2.30pm

Parent Information Evening : Target group - parents who will have a student in Year 3, 2021 - and any other interested parents:

When: Wednesday 9 September ( providing we are at Alert level 1)

Time: 7.15 - 8.00pm

Where: Room 14

Who: The target group for this meeting is parents who will have a student in Year 3 in 2021.

Parents with students at other levels at our school are also very welcome to attend this meeting if they wish.

Purpose of meeting: To help parents gain a better understanding of how and why we use both G Suite for Education (formerly called Google Apps for Education) and Chromebooks, to assist our Year 3 - 6 students with their Learning.


Kia noho te Atua ki a koutou,
Classes will soon begin their focus on the Church strand. This will also look at how we are a Church community and what that means for us. The following is a snippet from the Josephite Leaflet which encourages us to reflect on Mary Mackillop and Father Julian Woods' intentions and teachings:

As Pope Francis keeps reminding us, God is present in the entire cosmos, from the tiniest particle of matter to the infinity of space. "Through him, with him, in him' everything, every person, all that happens is created, sustained and sanctified. Until we see the world we live in, beautiful and broken though it may be, with a tender care, and love it as we would our own family, we will never experience the abundant life promised to all God's creatures. Every morning we are born again to that possibility.

'We need a concerted effort. We can each contribute in our own small way. We need not think that these efforts are not going to change the world. They benefit society, often unbeknown to us, for they call forth a goodness which, albeit unseen, inevitably tends to spread.' (Laudato Si 212)
The earth is holy, people are holy, plants are holy, trees are holy and all life is called into a greater wholeness, a unity in love that is compassionate, forgiving, peaceful. Love will make us whole.

R4 Students-Cheska and Axion did some great learning in RE this week. Here is some of their work about Jesus.


From Father Eamon: In Alert Level 2 we are back to booking in for Mass. Here is the link. We also have the ministry of Health QR Code in both churches for those who have the government app installed on their phone.Please make sure those who do not get this email or FB know about this weekend’s Mass schedule.

Nga manaakitanga

Director of Religious Studies.


Your coach will let you know when and where your games are each week.
However,you can also find the weekly draw on our school website - click here to access it.
Please note the sports draws can change once published, we will update any teams involved as soon as possible.

Sports notices will be made via the School Newsletter and School APP please make sure you are receiving these. If you have registered for sports, please check your emails regularly also.

Whaea Leanne - School Sports Coordinator
027 285 7579 or via School Office 07 348 1701

Netball is postponed until further notice.

Please check the updated draw for Saturday 29th August and Saturday 5th September on our School Website here or on the WaiBOP Football website here
Saturday 5th September: Last games for the season.
Sunday 20th September: Junior Football Festival for our 8th, 9th and 10th Grade teams.
The cost is $10 per player - This needs to be paid by 3.15pm Friday 28th August.
Payment can be made at the School Office or via Online Banking* ANZ 06 0209 0229658 00 please ensure you use your child’s name as ref and Football as the code.
*Unless you have made arrangements to pay directly to your coach.

Saturday 12th September: St Mary’s are on Duty Club, parent/caregiver help will be required to help with the opening up of the turf and assisting with the BBQ. Your coaches will be in touch with you about this.
Saturday 19th September: Last day for Funsticks
Saturday 26th September: Last day for Mini & Maxi Grades - Prize Giving at the end of the last games.

Monday 21st September: Last games for the season for Y0-2.
Friday 25th September: TBC Last games for the season for Yr3&4 and Y5&6.

We are still playing under Alert Level 2 guidelines. Please remember to follow the guidelines set out by each Sports Code.

Information and registration for Term 4 sports will be in next week's newsletter.
Registration forms will be an online google form called ‘Summer Sports Registration Form’. This will be available from next Wednesday and can be accessed via Educa, in our School Newsletter and on our School Website under Our Sports - Registration Forms.

**Entries close 3.15pm today, Wednesday 26th August.
Please contact Lorna Dobson for enquiries for Mini Marathon,

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Holiday Art Academy: 28 September to 9th October

In the September/October holidays we are running two awesome 5-day programmes. Young artists (8-12 yrs) will learn new skills, make new friends, try new materials, and create cool art to take home and share with their whānau.

Our program is taught by local artist and educator Maui Riley, and provide a stimulating environment for nurturing young creatives. Each week runs Monday to Friday, from 9am - 3pm each day.

12:1 Supervision Ratio
Cost: $150 per week
All materials are supplied but BYO kai & drink bottle.

Programme link here

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