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7 December 2017

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8 December 2017

Dear Parents

Faith Facts Week 4 – 8 December: Liturgical Year Module Advent, First week of Advent, 8th The Immaculate Conception of Mary

First week of Advent
Advent is the period before the Christmas season. It begins on the Sunday nearest November 30, the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle.
On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle (symbolising hope) on the advent wreath is lit. This candle is typically called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ.


This will be the last newsletter of the year and I wish to thank all our parent community for their help and support throughout the year. A special thanks to the Board of Trustees for your governance role and a huge thank you to the PTA for your on-going support this year.

Congratulations to our Year 6 children who leave us for the next steps in their educational journey. We thank you all for your leadership this year and wish you all the best next year.

We would like to also acknowledge several families who will be leaving us next week after a long association with the school: Barris, Belesky, Boniface, Bryan, Harrington, Johnstone x 2, Lang, Livingstone, McCabe, Phillips, Richardson, Seibt, Walsh and Wolf. We thank you for your support throughout your child’s education.

We farewell Miss Wiseman and thank her for her commitment to the children in Room 8 this year. We wish you all the best in your new position at Hamilton Christian School next year. We also farewell Mrs McKenzie and thank her for her work in Rooms 2 & 8.

End Of Term Dates
Year 6 Day                                                 12/12
Reports home Yr 1-3                             8/12

Reports home Yr 4-6                            13/8
End of Year Mass                                   14/12 @ 5.45pm
End of Term                                             15/12 @ 12.30pm
Start of Term 1 2017                              30/1/2018

End of Year Mass, Thursday December 14 @ 5.45pm
It would be appreciated that all students meet in the school foyer at 5.30pm wearing their school uniform please. Mass begins at 5.45pm with Carol singing. All families are invited to come along.

ERO Review
We have had very positive feedback from the Education Review team here this week. They were very complimentary towards your children and their politeness and enthusiasm. They commended the school on the high achievement levels and  the programmes of work leading to this. This has been very affirming and a credit to the staff, Board, children and our entire school community. The findings are now moderated and we will receive a draft report in February.

School Upgrade
Some parents may note in their child’s report the 2018 class as Room 3 when they have been in Room 5 this year. With building work to begin in Term 1 we thought there would be less disruption to move at the start of the year rather than part way through.

Please let me know of any prospective enrolments. To retain our teaching numbers we have to enrol more children than we lose in Year 6 every year. An optimum number for us is about 20-25 children per year. While we get enquiries from the website, we also rely on our parent community to spread the word. If you have pre-school children, can you please contact me to get copies of our prospectus to put in their centres?

Jump Rope
Tomorrow the children are invited to wear house colours and bring a can of food for the foodbank. During the day we will have a “jump off” practising all the skipping moves we have been learning. The time will be decided on the day to suit the weather patterns. Please ensure your child is wearing house colour clothes, they can skip in.
What:          Jump Rope for Heart
When:         Friday 8 December, 2017
Where:        Sacred Heart School.
Why:           To support our physical well-being – taha tinana.
Who:           Everybody at Sacred Heart School.
Please bring a can of food for the St Vincent de Paul to support people in our community.

School Picnic
When: Monday, 11 December 2017. Leaving school at 10.30.
Where: Anderson’s Park
Who: the whole school.
Why: to celebrate our year.
What to bring:
Wear sports uniform and bring a sunhat, a jacket, sunscreen, a yummy lunch and plenty of water in your school bag.
How will we get there: we will walk.
We will be back at school by 2.45.
If you would like to come with us, please let your child’s class teacher know.
We will make a decision at 10.00 on Monday morning. If we have to postpone the picnic, we will go on Wednesday with the same arrangements.
NB. No warm ups on this day.

Carols at Waikiwi
Friday 15th December, 2017 @ 7pm
Fine: Old Waikiwi School grounds (bring a chair or blanket)
Wet: St Stephens Church hall
Ascot Auxiliary Brass Band leading carols

Bus Services
The last day for the Otatara bus is Friday 8th December, and all other bus runs will finish on Tuesday 12th December.

Pita Pit has now finished for the year and will commence on the 5th February 2018.

Congratulations to Daisy Duffy, the winner of Charism award this week. And to all the children who received certificates. 

Tough Kids 2017

Room 8 Class Happenings
Yesterday while a large number of children were at Tough Kids, the rest of Room 8 were working on their team work, problem solving and time managements skills! The first task we had after morning tea was to calculate the average distance a sphero travelled going at top speed, for one second.

We found that the two teams had two different average distances but thought that maybe because the carpet in the hallway was bumpier, it didn’t go as far. Miss Wiseman told us that this is called friction!

Next we worked together to make a maze on the floor for the other teams. We then had great fun driving or trying to code our sphero through the maze. Each team came up with some tricky obstacles for the other team.

After lunch, Room 5 came to see what we had made and showed us their amazing skipping video’s. We then got to hear all about how the Touch Kids went at Rugby Park.


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