Thursday, 26 November 2020

Principal's News Term 4 Week 7 2020

Red Billed Gull Project

The year 4/5 class have engaged with the University of Otago in a scientific study around the red billed gulls who are endangered.  Last week Mrs Winders and Mrs Thomas attended training in the Otago Litter Education Program on the Otago Peninsula.  This also helped prepare for the Red Billed Gull Project.  We will have more information and updates on this next year. 

EOTC and Camps

Our year 6, 7 and 8 students are looking forward to camps and education outside the classroom next week.  The year 7 & 8s are going together to Wainui Camp near Akaroa.   While at camp they will go tramping, coasteering, orienteering, snorkelling, body boarding and search and rescue as well using the flying fox and giant swing.

The year 6s are staying locally and engaging in bushwalking, kayaking, rock climbing at elephant rocks, visiting the Vanished wold centre, biking and archery.  Here they are sorting their bikes out in preparation for a portion of the Alps to Ocean track.

Thank you to Mitre 10

Thank you to Mitre 10 who have provided free plants for our garden.

FOOD FOR FAITH FOR ADVENT – Father John O’Connor’s popular Food for Faith page will have daily reflections for Advent. Go to his site and sign up to get the reflections daily by email during December:

A Warning about the Waitaki River Mouth

Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy from Oamaru Police has asked us to share a message in order to remain safe around the Waitaki River Mouth:

He is asking that people educate themselves on the river, particularly near the bar and that if they are boating or fishing on the river. They should check and service any equipment regularly, including life jackets and it is imperative that they have the ability to swim / tread water and wear their life jacket. A response to recover them after being swept out to sea will typically be around 30-50mins. If they are in a group, keep an eye on their mates and always be alert for changes in the water flows and weather conditions. Carrying a hand held marine radio and or GPS may prove valuable if they fall into the water and get into difficulty.


If they fall in, cold shock will hit them….they should stay calm, get onto their back and float until they regain composure and then try get themselves to shore.

Fr Wayne Away

Fr Wayne farewelled us for the year on Friday as he will be away until the new year.  Everyone got an ice cream.  We wish him all the best while he is away and will keep him in our prayers.

God Bless and Aroha

Lorraine Frances-Rees

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