19th March 2020

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Dear Parents
It has been an interesting week with the first case of COVID-19 in Invercargill and a lot of uncertainty around how the border shutdown will affect our economy going forward. In the education system there has been a lot of discussion around the pros and cons of closing schools to help prevent the possible spread of the virus. At this point in time there has been no move to do this which I agree with.

Most schools have been discussing how to provide online or home based learning in the advent of school closures and I would ask ALL families to please complete this survey to give us some information about home networks. The link is below:

Distance Learning Survey

COVID-19 Update
Here is the latest information from the Ministry in Invercargill about COVID-19.

With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.

As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you

  • If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.
  • If our school does need to close temporarily, we will have a plan in place to support student’s learning.

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here.
Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.
We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community. 


Faith Facts
WEEK 8 16th – 20th March
3rd Week of Lent (Pray, Fast, Give)
17th St Patrick’s Day
19th St Joseph
The Gospel for the Third Week of Lent John 4:5-42
Jesus reveals himself to the Samaritan woman at the well.

In Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman, we learn about the fullness of God’s mercy. The woman is a Samaritan, and Samaritans were people with whom observant Jews had no contact. She is also an outcast in Samaritan society. Yet Jesus reaches out to this woman and brings her hope and a new knowledge God.

Let’s pray for the outcast in our society. May we and others have the courage to reach out to them and like Jesus bring mercy and hope.

WEEK 9 23rd – 27th March
Week of Lent (Pray, Fast, Give)
25th The Annunciation of Jesus
The Gospel for the Fourth Week of Lent John 9:1-41

Jesus heals the man born blind and reveals himself to him as the Son of Man.

Young people today are often bombarded with so much stimulation that it is easy for them to miss what is right in front of their eyes. This Sunday’s Gospel reminds us that Jesus helps us see what is truly important in life.

Congratulations to Chloe Murdoch who received our Charism for Week 7 and the children who received certificates.  

Scholastic Bookclub Issue 2 – Closes Monday 23rd March.

Lost Hoodie – No name on the back, but Thorne on the tag. Please check if your child has this at home. 

Gifted Bikes from IDEA Services
Many thanks to Hayden who came along to school yesterday with a donation of 4 bikes for our school. 

Tika Class Happenings
Recently in Tika, we have been learning about similes (comparing one thing to another) We have been working hard to implement these into our writing and identify any in our reading books.

Have a look at our wonderful “Colour Monsters


Aroha and Tika have been enjoying PMP every Thursday. It is great to see all our physical skills been put to the test!

Community Notices

Help Required
An older lady in our neighbourhood who has recently lost her licence is looking for a trustworthy, reliable, pleasant female to take on her on shopping errands to town and do the odd job. Must have drivers licence. Tea, Cake and gossip supplied. Enquiries are directed to 2157276.

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