Thursday 31 July 2014

1. Principal News Week 2 Term 3

Reporting to Parents

All of the senior school children received their Mid Year reports last week.Today is the second afternoon of meetings about these reports and we thank you for coming along to discuss your child's engagement in learning and progress with our class teachers.

Our junior children receive reports on the 6 month and 12 month anniversaries from when they turned 5 for their first 3 years at school. Junior school parents are also expected to meet with class teachers to connect and learn more about your child's progress and engagement socially and academically.

We encourage you to contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns. When we come together, we have a greater chance of finding solutions than when we search on our own.
This was also the message from a workshop I attended with Dr Brian Annan. You can learn more here  or watch a short video here

Year 8 Catholic Cultural Leader Talent Show

Yesterday, some of our senior school children shared their talents as part of a special show organised by our Catholic Cultural Leaders. Thanks to Tia, Ryan and Antonio who did an excellent job of organising the whole event. Thanks to Mr Cartlidge, Polly and Tia who were the judges.Here are some photos. Congratulations to Rhea Ratgali (1st), Utu and Sive (2nd) and Emily and Rhea (3rd).Thanks to all of the children who took part in this student organised event.

Welcome Miss Sloan

Many of you will remember Miss Sloan who taught at our school for 8 years. She has been teaching in England for the past 2 years and is back in New Zealand for a holiday before she heads back to the UK.

The children were very excited to see her and learn about her teaching experiences in England.

Fale Pasifika 

Last Friday many leaders from our community were invited to attend the Fale Pasifika Launch and Fale Pasifika Anti Bully presentation.

It was an informative and well planned presentation organised by Beni Latavao who has been appointed as Project Worker in the Oamaru branch of the Fale Pasifika O Aoraki Trust. The aim of the trust is to work with Pasific people to make a difference in their lives. It is a charitable nonprofit organisation set up as a social service provider.

Here are some photos of the event. Well done to Utu Latavao who performed enthusiastically with the youth group.

Sir Peter Blake Award

Congratulations to Nicholas Plieger who received this special award

Sir Peter Blake believed in the incredible potential of young kiwis to achieve great things. He knew that inspiring leaders of any age could be found in every corner of New Zealand. Today, the Trust recognises these young leaders through an award for one promising student in every primary and intermediate school.
The Sir Peter Blake Young Leader Award, in association with Westpac, recognises young people who have shown promising leadership in their schools and communities. The award is made to one student in each primary and intermediate school selected by teachers and peers.
This year during Leadership Week, students are inspired to: Make it Happen!
By taking that first step on the journey, is the first step to achieving your dreams.  We encourage students to stand tall and demonstrate their leadership with an initiative in school or in the community and Make it Happen! As Sir Peter showed all of us, there are leaders and there are dreamers. Leaders make things happen. Dreamers have a vision. The truly special people do both.
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Thank you to Colleen from Westpac who presented  the award to Nicholas. He was nominated for being:
 An  amazing altar server who helps to train the newbies and is always willing and keen to help out in the community. 
An outstanding role model during school and parish Holy week activities who always gives everything a go
Involved in sport and cultural activities and being unfailingly polite to members of our community and parish.

Thanks Nicholas for showing us how to Reach for the Stars as Life Long Learners in the Catholic Faith.

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