Thursday, 25 June 2015

1. Principal News Week 10, Term 2

Student Blogger of the Week
I will be starting a new weekly feature to draw your attention to some of the incredible learning that is being shared by our senior students on their blogs. Having an opportunity to publish their learning means that they can share it with a wider audience beyond the classroom. It also means that they have access to their learning at home.
During the week,I joined all of the staff and learners in SH2 for a meeting. I shared a brief slide show about our school values and Veritas Guidelines. You can learn more about the processes we follow as a staff on this link. I also shared some blogging information. You can access the slide show below. Click the right arrow to move through the slides.

Slide 8 explains about the blogger of the week. Our first blogger of the week is Halalovi Asi.
Here is a link to Halalova's blog. You can learn about a balloon car science experiment, how to do division and a novel review of the book Hatchet. Keep up the great learning Halalova.

Congratulations Cassidy Rawson

Cassidy generously donated her very long, beautiful hair towards a wig for her sick auntie who has cancer. Cassidy made the decision to get her haircut and donate her beautiful hair to this very special cause. We are all very proud of you Cassidy.

Highlanders Caritas Mufti Mania Day tomorrow Friday 26th June
We will be celebrating the success of the Highlanders rugby team and sending a good luck school message from our St Joseph's school family by dressing in blue and gold. Face paint is permitted. 
The children will be asked to bring a gold coin donation for the annual Catholic Caritas school appeal. This year Caritas is raising funds to support two Catholic primary schools in the Solomon Islands. All funds raised across New Zealand will go towards books, bibles, stationery and sports equipment for the children in these schools. Go the Highlanders and Go Caritas !!

School Interviews and Survey
Our parent, staff, student interviews are after school on Monday 29th June and Wednesday 1st July. Please go online to book a time that suits you and your family or contact the office to book a time for you. Here is the link and our school code. C7EML 

Reports go home tomorrow.
Our mid year survey will follow up on the school uniform responses from our 2014 online survey. Those who complete the survey will go into a draw for a $50 Paperplus giftcard. We look forward to seeing you all next week.

Speech Celebrations
Congratulations to all of the children who shared their poems with us so confidently yesterday. Children from Year 1-8 stood in front of a very large audience and spoke with expression and poise. Thanks to Mrs Dooley for coordinating the special celebration. Mr Cartlidge and his young team entertained us with a short apple song.  There are more photos of the students later in the blog.

Join in and feel the Joy of the Gospel
The parish is getting very involved in sharing the joy of the gospel. This is a focus for the Diocesan Synod for 2015 and at the heart of a message from Pope Francis that "With Christ, joy is constantly born anew". Yesterday a group of St Kevin's, St Joseph's and parish members came together to make a video about the 'Called by Christ' programme that the parish will be running over four weeks from August to September. We are all invited to join in with the small group reflection sessions that will take place in people's homes. Sign up forms are available from the office and you can talk to Mrs Marsh , Mrs Plieger or myself if you want to find out more.We hope that our school families will be keen to get involved as we all continue to grow as life long learners in the Catholic faith. 

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