16th May 2019

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16 May 2019

Dear Parents 
Winter has finally arrived with a vengeance. The teachers have started in class clubs during the lunch breaks 3 days a week and we have lots of wet weather activities like games for the children when they can’t go outside. As some of you saw this morning flooding blocked access to the hall and there was a very narrow access strip into the school. I would encourage all parents to download onto their phones an app called School Stream. This enables us to send quick messages out to parents when they are sudden changes of events or to share information about the flooding this morning. Not all parents have email on their phones or use Facebook.

The link is as follows:   https://www.schoolstream.com.au/download/

Teachers Strike
As you may be aware there is a joint NZEI / PPTA teachers strike on Wednesday 29th May. As was the case last year we will not be able to provide any teaching cover so will probably have to close the school. This is regrettable but nothing has changed since the first offer was rejected last year. Once the Board has met on Monday I will update you with what has been decided.

Board of Trustees Election
Nominations close for the Board of trustees next Friday 24th may. We need a minimum of 3 but preferably 4 or 5 parent representatives to help govern the school. If you are interested please contact me for more information. It is a very worthwhile and rewarding role where you can look at how a school runs and contribute to our local curriculum.

Faith Facts
WEEK 3   13th – 17th May – 14th St Matthias, apostle
On this week in History Death of Frances Hodgkin’s 13 May 1947. Our Dunedin born artist was one of New Zealand’s most celebrated artists of her time.

Pope Francis
“The arts give expression to the beauty of the faith and proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation.
When we admire a work of art or a marvel of nature, we discover how everything speaks to us of Him and of His love:
That artists of our time, though their creativity, may help us discover the beauty of creation.”

WEEK 4   20th – 24th May
Since the Middle-Ages, the Church has devoted the month of May to Mary. Many Christians undertake pilgrimages during this month to shrines associated with the Blessed Virgin. In May, there are also three Marian feasts that are celebrated which help us to understand what Mary can teach us about being disciples.
The Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, which is celebrated on May 24, dates to the sixteenth century, which was not a peaceful time in Europe. In 1571, Catholics throughout the continent joined in praying the rosary in hope for peace.

Chess Tournament
Good luck to the children going to the chess tournament next Tuesday at Otatara School. We still do not have enough rides or adults able to help supervise. Pleas contact me ASAP if you can help.

Room 2 Basketball
Thanks to Annemarie Wezenbeek the children from Room 2 have won tickets to the Southland Sharks  on Sunday night. The Hits Radio visited us today and each child has a flier with information about what time to meet. We have 5 adults (includes 3 teacher) who will be supervising the children  on the night. It will be an exciting experience for the children. Please let me know if your child will not be going to the game.

Entertainment Books – Thank you to the people who purchased their entertainment book and also to the people who have returned unwanted books. Please continue to do either of these options before the end of this month.

PTA / BoT 
Our next PTA meeting will be held on Monday 20th May 6pm in the staffroom. Parents/caregivers are most welcome to attend. This will be followed by the Board of Trustees meeting at 7pm.

Raffle Results – Many thanks to everyone who supported this fundraiser, $1931 was raised. Below is a list of the lucky winners.

Congratulations to Week 2 & 3 Charism Winners Rhea Mohenoa and Morgan Blight-Cranston and to all the children who received certificates. 



Room 3 Class Happenings
In Room 3 we have been experimenting with ideas we have an opinion about and how we can convince someone to see our point of view.  This is Persuasive Writing.  We have developed some ideas and would like to share some opinions we have.

Did you know that dancing is healthy for you?  Did you know that dancing is fun?  Can you please come and try dancing?  Fhara, I think you should try dancing because I think you will enjoy it.  I think you should try it because it’s fun.  I think you should try it for a change.  These reasons show that dancing is fun.
Nadia Hutton

Did you know that playtime is fun?  Can we have ten more minutes?  Can we have ten more minutes because I get to play with my friends and its healthy. You get more exercise as you can run around a lot so you get fitter.  Please can you think about letting us have ten more minutes each day for playtime?
Sean Hartstonge

Did you know if you go to bed later you get more reading time?  Can I go to bed later?  Can I have five more minutes please?  Did you know that going to bed later is fun because my brothers do it and it is fun.  I also get more reading time.  These reasons show that later bedtime is fun.  Please can I go to bed five minutes later?
Charlotte Rippingale

Did you know that pets can get fit while you are playing with them?  Can I please have a tiny dog because my friends have more pets than me?  I get angry and bored.  I like pets because you also get more exercise and because kids get more pets.  I will do my homework.  I will share my dog.
Lucy Williams

Do you know that if I had a pet dog, I could do my chores faster?  Can I please have a pet dog? Did you know that having a pet dog is fun because my friend has a pet dog?  I also get more playtime.  These reasons show that more playtime with a pet dog is fun so can I have a pet dog?
Rhea Mohenoa

Did you know that pets are fun to play with?  Can I please have a tiny kitten?  I want to get a pet because I want to take care of it.
Megan Sommerfeldt

Did you know that Barbie is fun to play with?  Can I please play with my Barbie?  Did you know playing with Barbie is fun?  My sisters do that and it is fun.  I also have more playtime with my Barbie.  These reasons show that playing with Barbie is fun. Can you please play with my Barbie?
Marisis Sulalahi

We have been looking at what we need to do if people are bothering us.  We would like to share ‘WITS WAY’ with you.  You might like to have a look at this link on Youtube:



To take advantage of this special fundraising offer for your school, simply go to www.ticketrocket.co.nz and enter your schools promocode Sacred in the promocode box.  $5 from every ticket sold using your school promo code goes to the school. Your Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel is taking on the Northern Stars in their final game before heading into the ANZ Premiership finals! Make sure you’re courtside May 22 and feel it LIVE! Grab your tickets today!

Kids with learning and behaviour struggles. Curious to know if diet choices make a difference? There is a link! I am a family nutrition coach specialising in diet for children’s learning and behaviour. Help them succeed and reduce your stress!!! Consultations from $15. Next ‘Fuelling Our Fireflies’ online group starting 20 May. Contact Rachael: nutritiousmum@gmail.com – 0274330640



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