As-Salam-u-Alaikum, Kia ora and Talofa lava,
Firstly, Sunday marked the one year since the Christchurch mosque attacks. I want to acknowledge the Christchurch Muslim community and the Muslim communities in our region affected by this tragedy, my thoughts are with them.
The situation with COVID-19 is entering uncharted territory and continues to evolve rapidly so I am writing to you today to assure you that as new information comes to light we will communicate with our families using all of our lines of communcation (Seesaw / School App and Facebook). I want to ensure your students are able to continue learning should our school be closed for a period of time due to COVID 19. Yesterday, I sent out a special bulleting about Covid-19 which contained a link for parents to share their personal circustances should the nation's schools close. Thank you to those parents who have responded swiftly.
I have been sent emails asking questions or making suggestions about how we improve our safe-guarding practices at school. One such suggestion was that we prohibit the use of drinking fountains. This has NOT been a recommendation from either the Minsitry of Health or the Ministry of Education however, should it help to make you feel safer then providing your child with their own water bottle is a simple and effective strategy in order for them to avoid the drinking fountains.
CURRICULUM - Religious Education
Due to the covid-19 outbreak principals have been asked to revise and review any EOTC trips re thinking risks to students. Part of these considerations reaches to School Masses. At this time I have asked for our trips to school Mass to be postponed. The reasoning behind this is that our Parish has a lot of visitors from around the country and abroad each weekend. The Church is not cleaned from top to bottom each time and I feel that in order for us to err on the side of caution we will avoid travelling via bus to worship. A heavier focus will be placed on ensuring liturgies in classrooms take place, prayer focus continues and that opportunities for families to pray and join in Faith formation is able to continue to take place at home.
The Bishop has set new guidelines for keeping parishioners safe who are still attending Mass. These are:
- Nobody will be receiving the host directly onto the tongue
- We will refrain from offering eachother the sign of peace
- Sharing a chalice to receive the blood of Christ will discontinue at this time
There has been an air of controversy over these Health and Safety changes and I encourage Catholics to remain compassionate to Bishop Steve's desire to keep everyone safe during this time of uncertainty.
Board of Trustees - impending by-election
Last Thursdsay the public was invited to attend a public Board Meeting to listen to the Board's intention to reduce the number of trustees at our school. Thank you to our community members who attended. I can confirm that the motion was passed and then moved confirming the change to our constitution from 5 parent reps and 4 proprietor reps to 4 parent reps and 3 proprietors reps. The board has two additional trustees that don't change and this is the staff elect representative and the Principal.
One submission from a parent was shared. The Board considered the recommendation from our Bishop, the needs of our school community as well as the size. The change in constitution has meant that we will be holding a by-election in order for parents to identify and select suitable representatives for them at a governance level. At the meeting last week I had prepared specific statistics about our school highlighting the different groups of children who I believe are currently under represented at governance level. This information is important if we are serious about maintaining diversity, inclusion and collaboration. It may also help you to make a decision about who you would like to elect when the candidates are revealed to the public
I share these statistics with all of our families now.
|Tues 17/3||St Patrick's Day Celebrations -liturgy held at 2pm|
|Thurs 19/3||Cricket training Y4 upwards 9am to 11am|
|Frid 20/3||Whole School Assembly 2pm lead by Eden 6|
|Mon 23/3||PTA AGM 6pm held in the school staffroom|
|Tue 24/3||Dental Caravan based at school for rest of the term|
|Wed 25/3||Cricket training Y4 upwards 9am to 11am|
|Thurs 26/3||Board of Trustees Meeting 6pm|
|Frid 27/3||Whole School Assembly 2pm lead by The Ark|
|Tues 31/3||Rice Day - Children bring NO lunch to school and a gold coin donation for Caritas (Missions)|
|Tues 7/4||Amazing Race held 9.15am (date change due to clash with Cricket Training)|
|Wed 8/4||Stations of the Cross Liturgy 11am to 11.45 led y Galilee|
|Thurs 9/4||Cricket Training 9am to 11am - Last day of Term 1|
|Mon 28/4||Start of Term 2 - children back at School|
Another year has passed and it is time to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Tuesday 17 March. Children can dress up in green and it is a ‘free’ mufti day (no gold coin required). However, the children have hopefully been busy doing little jobs at home to earn some pocket money to buy some cakes from the cake stall at morning tea. I also hope that they have offered to help during the baking of any cakes and cookies. Please drop off any baking in the staffroom on Tuesday morning. The money raised will be going to Caritas. Please try and avoid giving money in notes. The food can be distributed more quickly if the children have coins that can be put directly into the money container.
For our new parents and families - we celebrate St Patrick’s Day because our school was started 62 years ago by a group of Irish Sisters of Mercy. When our children leave our school - they talk about the memories they have of St Patrick’s Day. It is a fun day but also one where we remember the importance of St Patrick. He was a missionary who converted a whole country to Christianity.
Our senior students will be leading a liturgy about St Patrick in the afternoon. Please feel welcome to come and support the Galilee students as they lead us in prayer and knowledge about God and St Patrick.
Many thanks to the Missionary team who spent the morning with us last Thursday. They were full of love and enthusiasm for Jesus. This team travels around the country doing small presentations to schools and our children made them feel welcome and responded with good manners and interest.
Parish Priest: Fr Eamon Kennedy
Secretary: Andrea Tuki/ Ph 073480289
TRAINING FOR ALTAR SERVERS
Deacon John and Shelia Limrick will be training children who wish to become Altars Server for St Mary’s and St Michael’s. If you wish your child to become an Altar Server email Deacon John: email@example.com. A Parent is also required to be present during the Altar Serving Training.
MIHA MAORI - First Saturday of the month, 5pm Vigil Mass at St Michael’s.
TOKELAUAN COMMUNITY - Third Saturday of the month, 5pm Vigil Mass at St Michael’s.
FILIPINO COMMUNITY - Third Friday of the month, 6pm at St Michael’s.
INDIAN COMMUNITY - Fourth Friday of the month, 6pm at St Michael’s.
Rite II Reconciliation
Our Rite II Reconciliation this year for Lent is on Tuesday 31st March, 7.00 pm at St Mary’s. It is good to go to Confession at least once a year in preparation for Easter. There is also Confession five times a week, so there are plenty of opportunities to confess our sins. The beauty of Rite II, reminds us that our sins affect others and it is often moving to see people confessing their sins and being humble before the God of mercy and forgiveness. We are all in need of forgiveness, healing and peace. It is also important that the children who have made their first Holy Communion, have the opportunity to go to Confession and get into this important habit.
EASTER MASS TIMES
Holy Thursday April 9th, 7pm
Good Friday April 10th, 3pm
Good Friday, Way of the Cross Leaving
St Mary’s 10am
Easter Vigil Saturday April 11th, 7pm
Easter Sunday April 12th, 10am & 5pm
Good Friday April 10th, 3pm
Easter Sunday April 12th, 8am
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We had two awesome games on the 3rd March. Our first was against St Mary's which we won 4-2. Our second game was against Waikite FC which is a very strong team. Although we lost 8-0 our team had great fun playing against Rangatahi & Jack from Galilee who both play for Waikite.
The All Stars did themselves proud in both games. Blake Hose & Arareina Phillips received players of the day although it was extremely hard to choose as all players gave it their all.
Player of the day on the 11th March for the Stars was Nathaniel (The Ark)
Congratulations to the following children for receiving player of the day: 3rd March - Tui Stokes-Kaukau; 10th March - Sammy Lyle
A letter went home a few weeks ago regarding our winter sports registration. Our Senior Miniball Team is now full but not the other grades. We are very short of players for Netball and Hockey so it would be great to get some more players. All registration forms must be returned by the end of next week. If we do not get sufficient names we cannot enter into these games played for Netball / Hockey on Saturdays. For further enquiries please see Tracey Goodrick either in Galilee or the school Library. Spare registrations forms can be obtained from the school office.
ST MARYS FOOTBALL (SOCCER) CLUB REGISTRATIONS:
Football Registrations are now open for the 2020 season.
This year we have the option for girls to play in an all-Girls Team. They will play against other girl’s teams as well as mixed teams. Girls also have the option to play mixed either at their current age or play a year below if preferred.
Games are played on Saturday mornings at Puarenga Park.
The grades are:
First Kicks Grades 5&6 (born 2014-2015) $45 per player
Fun Footballers Grades 7-8 (born 2012-2013) $70 per player Mini Footballers Grades 9-12 (2008-2011) $70 per player
Please contact Whaea Leanne, Sports Coordinator if you have any queries. firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 285 7579
Click here to register
Enter your MyCOMET username and password and click Sign in
If unsure of UN or PW click Forgot password/username / or if new to football click Sign up
You’ll need to complete your profile by updating your personal information in MyCOMET (completing all compulsory questions) prior to being able to register. Don’t forget to click SAVE to keep the changes!
Click on Register located in the left-hand menu In the search box labelled Choose Seller, start typing St Mary’s and then select St Mary’s Catholic School - Rotorua from the drop-down options
Select the appropriate registration item for by clicking on the green shopping cart button to the right
If a pop-up window appears, answer the questions in this window
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the green Proceed to checkout button once only
Tick the NZF T’s & C’s checkbox
Click the blue Finish button
Registration complete. You’ll get an email confirming your registration
Jade Warner of Galilee, is raising funds to support people who live with a blood cancer or leukemia. Jade has a personal story, which inspired her to participate in the Shave for a Cure. Next Thursday, she will be heading to Reporoa College and alongside students from this school, she will shave her head.
Held every Friday from 2pm in the Mercy Hall. - All Welcome
6 March Awards
Year 6 Maddy Layne - for always helping others
Year 5 Trixan Mangalindan - for showing how to be a St Michael’s learner
Eden - Hansel Wesley - for always smiling and being joyful
E6 - Maia Hogarth- for being a helpful member of the class
The Ark - Isaac Graham-Taiapa - displaying joy when you do the right thing in the class
6th March: Jordan Hingston (The Ark); Amy Wilmoth (Eden 6); Chin Auvae-Pio (Eden 7); Raina Patel & Ari Kelly (Galilee)
13th March: Esmee Brooks (The Ark); Maia Hogarth (Eden 6); Oscar Roper (Eden 7); Nikeo Edwardson & Shreshth Tyagi (Galilee)
Posted: Tue 17 Mar 2020