Thursday, 12 November 2020

1. Principal's News Term 4 Week 5 2020


With a damp and overcast start to the day, it was touch and go whether athletics would be able to go ahead on Tuesday.  Apart from a 15 minute break due to rain, we managed to proceed as planned.  We are very lucky and grateful to have the expertise on staff to be able to set us up a day like we had at Centennial Park this week, sharing the day with North School which adds an extra competitive element.  The children all participated well, showed good sportsmanship and experienced the full range of track and field events, with the junior school having modified events.  I'm sure there were some tired children on Tuesday evening.  

There are lots more photos on our Facebook page.

School Production

It is a very strange year where the first real time our families come together is in November.  Nevertheless we managed to do it and it was fantastic to see our community gathering for the senior school production last week.  Every child had a part to play and those who particularly shine in the performing arts, all had an opportunity to show their own particular talents.  Our biannual production is an opportunity for our year 7 & 8s to step up into the leading roles and our intermediate students definitely shone whether in leading roles or in their class pieces.  Once again, a strong effort by the staff, supported by families and the willing participation of the children, led to an interesting production of a high standard.  Thank you to our senior school.  Again, there are lots more photos on the Facebook page.

Around the School
All senior classes have had First Aid training this week from St John's ambulance.  The students have shown a lot of interest in this.

The junior school are preparing for their nativity production at the end of year prize-giving and there is some angelic singing coming out of the junior area.

The year 7 & 8s are now starting to think about preparing for their formal at the end of the year and will be learning social dancing.

Preparations are well underway for camps and EOTC activities.

Reminders for the End of Year Diary Events
Fr Wayne will be on leave from 25th November until after Christmas.  He has invited the year 8s to share a mass with him and receive his gift of candles on Wednesday 18th November at 6.00 pm.  Invitations have been sent to year 8s and their families.  

Welcome Mass for new families:  Saturday 14th November, 5pm.

Reminder - Teacher Only day, school is closed this Monday 16th November.

Home and School: Junior Disco  - Friday 11th December, 6.30pm

Home and School: Year 7 & 8 formal - Monday 14th December, starting at 5.30pm with photos for the year 8s, meal at 6.00 pm and year 7s arrive, as year 8s guests, for more photos and dancing at 7.00 pm.

Junior Nativity and Senior Prize-giving - Tuesday 15th December, 6.00 pm all families are encouraged to come.  PLEASE NOTE: everything about this ceremony will be the same as our usual send off for our year 8s, the only thing different is we won't have a priest presiding as Fr Wayne is away and supply priests are limited.  Our parish/school will do a Eucharistic liturgy, as we have done during our school masses.  Apart from this everything else will remain the same.

Final Assembly -Wednesday 16th December, 11.30 am year 8 speeches, leaver's certificates and leaders for 2021 announced.

School ends 12.30 pm Wednesday 16th December

Start date for term 1 = Monday 1st February.

God Bless and Aroha
Lorraine Frances-Rees


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