Thursday, 23 April 2015

1. What's new? Principal's news - Week 1 Term 2

Engaging Learning Spaces (ELS's)
Term 2 has got off to a flying start for our children, staff and families. We warmly welcomed twelve teachers from St Joseph's Timaru during our first week back and they were inspired by the teaching and learning happening in our ELS's across our school. You can read more about their visit by going to this link
Are you interested in finding out more about having learning conversations with your children connected to our Teaching and Learning Site ? Then come to the school community room - ruma koru for a coffee and a chat tomorrow morning from 8:30-9:00 am.
Mr Cartlidge is coordinating our very special ANZAC Service and the children are proudly preparing for the event that will take place here at 2:30 pm tomorrow. This will include a flag raising ceremony and a piper from St Kevin's. Every blessing to all of you during the long weekend as we reflect on and commemorate all of the Australians and New Zealanders killed in war and honour returned servicemen and women. We remember the time 100 years ago when the ANZACs landed on the shores of Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.

New Staff

Miss Christina Gray
This week we welcomed Miss Christina Gray into a full time teaching role in Junior Hub 1. We also welcomed back Mrs Bridget McNally into a part time role in Senior Hub 2 along with Mrs Jen Gower. Mrs Gower is also providing some extra release on a Monday afternoon for Mr Cartlidge as he takes on extra responsibilities in his role as acting Deputy Principal. Miss Rochelle Taylor will mainly be teaching on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as an extra release teacher in Junior Hub 2.
Vanuatu Fundraiser and Mufi Day next week
Tomorrow there will be a sausage sizzle to raise funds for Vanuatu.There will be no mufti day tomorrow. The children will wear their school uniform for the ANZAC Service.

There will be a mufti day next Friday 1st May for the chopper appeal.

Book Launch
One of our dear parishioners, Czeska Panek is releasing an autobiography of her life experiences during the war. She will be holding the book launch in our school hall on Saturday 2nd May at 2pm and we are all invited to learn about Czeska's heart rendering story. She was forced at gunpoint to leave her home in Poland as a young child and sent to a camp in Russia and then to New Zealand in 1944 along with 700 other Polish children.
Congratulations to the group of children from St Joseph's who worked hard to prepare for and perform so admirably in Aladdin. They certainly showed us how to Reach for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic Faith.

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