Growing our Catholic faith and developing a closer relationship with God doesn't just happen automatically. We have to actively work at it through reading the Gospel, through prayer and striving to be the best we can be, Just like Jesus (JJ) our greatest role model. It is the same as playing sport, if you don't practice or put in any effort, you won't succeed.
One of the ways we practice is by attending mass as a whole school. Thanks to Mr Cartlidge and our new Year 8 leaders who led our first community mass yesterday with a creative Gospel video.
|Fr Wayne uses a fishing rod during his homliy about the gospel|
|Everyone engaged in the Yr 8 video depicting the gospel message to follow Jesus|
Year 8 Leaders 2016
Our new Year 8 class were presented with their leadership badges by Fr Wayne after mass. Congratulations to all of the Year 8's who applied for their leadership roles last year. We are looking forward to them contributing to the leadership of our school as they plan and action events and happenings this year. I will keep a record of our leadership meetings on the Students as Leaders tab of my principal's blog. You can read about the Catholic Character Leaders plans for kotuitui on this link.
|Year 8's with leadership badges (thanks Joanne Cant for this photo)|
A very special welcome to our new children and their families. This is our highest starting number for several years and largest intake of new children across the school. We look forward to all of you Reaching for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic Faith in 2016.
|Twenty - three new children from across the school|
|Miss Suzy Lind, Miss Stephanie O'Malley, Mrs Tua Misiloi|
Our Senior Hub 2 learners are very pleased with the new air conditioners installed upstairs during the holidays. A huge thank you to our school Board of Trustees for prioritising our resources based on student and staff feedback. The air conditioners are especially appreciated during this hot weather. They will double as heat pumps in the winter and help to save power costs as well.
|Year 8's busy learning in the cool room upstairs while the temperature reaches 29 degrees outside|
School Uniform - new polar fleeces
Due to parent feedback about the expense of our school jersey, we are in the process of getting the new maroon coloured school polar fleeces made. As mentioned last year, our children can still wear their jerseys. The polar fleeces will cost $46.00 for sizes 4-12 and $52.00 for sizes XS-XL. There is a sizing chart in this blog. Orders can be made to the office.
All children are expected to wear a hat outside during Term 1. Please ensure your child has a navy school hat to wear. The St Kevin's kilt is an option for girls in Year 7 and 8 and the St Kevin's College blue long sleeved shirt is part of the uniform for all boys in Year 7 & 8. The boys roll their sleeves up in the warmer weather. Trainers are only acceptable when wearing the PE uniform.
Last year we set up our Teaching and Learning Site.
This contains all of the information you and your child will need around learning. The best part about this is that children can continue with home learning from this site. Apart from reading and basic facts in the junior classes, any home learning will be accessed independently from our site. Further information about home learning can be accessed on the site at this link.
We are looking forward to another exciting year of learning for staff, children and families as we Reach for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic Faith together and strive to become the best we can be in all that we do.