Thursday, 23 November 2017

1. Principal's News Week 6 - Term 4 2017

New Appointments
We warmly welcome Ben Winders and Danique McRae to our staff and school community.  Ben, of course, is already part of our school community.

Ben is a very experienced teacher having taught in England, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands and New ZealandHe is a practising Catholic and has a Masters degree in Religious Education.  He is both a primary and a secondary teacher, having taught at high school level at Verdon College and Waimate High School over the past seven years.   Ben has a farming background and has particular strengths in agriculture, performing arts, music and Education Outside the Classroom.  He is a former Central Southland rugby player.    Ben is married to Nicola Winders and his daughter, Anika, is in year 7.  His son is a Special Character leader at St Kevin’s and he has a son at Otago University and his eldest son has just graduated from Waikato University.

Danique has seven years teaching experience teaching at all levels of the school.  She is also a practising Catholic and is presently the new entrant teacher and Director of Religious of Studies at St Joseph’s School in Balclutha.  She is moving to Oamaru with her husband, Mitch who is going to work for Sport Waitaki.  Danique is a very effective teacher.  She was also a competitive ballroom and Latin American dancer for 13 years. 

I would also like to congratulate Sara Jones-Hogan who is our new Assistant Principal, and Leanne Brookes who is our new Director of Religious Studies (along with Nicola Winders).  Leanne has also been appointed permanently to the role of Junior School Syndicate Leader - a role she has been doing very ably this year.

Lena Klenner is going to job-share with Morgan Tangney.  She has been working across the junior school this year.  We are lucky to have Lena, who is an experienced and knowledgeable practitioner with a wealth and depth of experience.  She also has a lovely, positive way with the children and runs a structured and interesting classroom program. 

We have also appointed our within-school Community of Learning Teacher who is Nicola Winders.

We have one more appointment to make which should be finalised by early week 8 and I have good reason to feel very positive about this appointment.

Staffing for 2018

NE - Y r2 – Leanne Brookes (DRS, Junior Syndicate Leader)
NE - Yr 2 – Tua Misiloi (Pasifika Coordinator)
Yr 2-3      – Morgan Tangney (Across School Community of Learning Teacher) and Lena Klenner
Yr 2-3      – Danique McRae
Yr 4-5      – Nicola Winders (Deputy Principal, co-DRS, COL within school teacher)
Yr 5-6      – To be confirmed
Yr 7         – Ben Winders
Yr 8         – Sara Jones-Hogan (Assistant Principal, Special Education Needs Coordinator)

We are aware we have a large year 7 class.  Please trust me that we will accommodate this class very well.  We have an excellent combination of teaching skills and talent in Intermediate and all children will benefit from the skills and enthusiasm of both teachers.  Our prime aim is a broad, interesting and relevant curriculum with a continuing focus on maximising achievement in literacy and numeracy, extending able learners and providing extra support where needed.  We are particularly hoping to embrace STEAM in 2018 which is the combined focus of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design and Maths in an integrated curriculum.

Welcome Mass
Thank you to all our families who came to the Welcome Mass on Sunday - it was very special.

End of Year Reminders
Please bookmark our end of year prize-giving mass on Thursday 14th December.  It would be lovely to share this end of year farewell with the whole community.  The juniors will be performing their Nativity pageant.  The new Just Like Jesus awards will be presented to the most outstanding role model in each year group.  Plus of course the year 8 prizes and farewell.  To make it manageable to our younger students, we have cut all the speeches.  The head boy and head girl speeches will be at our final assembly at 2.00 pm on Friday 15th December.

God Bless and Aroha,

Lorraine Frances-Rees

2. Special Character Week 6, Term 4 2017

Santa Parade
Students are invited to walk with the Parish in the Parade on Saturday November 25 dressed as an angel or shepherd. They are asked to meet at school at 10.00 am.

Thinking about the season of Advent coming soon? No doubt you have seen the Advent Calendars for sale in the shops!! What about creating a Jesse Tree for your home!! Biblical persons associated with the gradual coming of the Messiah are represented on the Jesse Tree, named after the father of David. Read the Scripture and make your own tree at home, talking about these significant ancestors of Jesus as a family.


Faith Facts this week:-
21st The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
22nd St Cecilia

24th Sts Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions

Sunday 26th
 Christ the King Sunday

Why the feast of Christ the King Sunday
In 1925 Pope Pius XI believed the world of his time needed to be reminded of the primacy and Lordship of Jesus Christ, and that the faithful needed to be inspired to go out into the world in Christ’s name, under his kingly banner. The pope hoped that this new feast would inspire the faithful.  He also hoped that, in celebrating it, men and women would be reminded that it is to Christ we owe our fealty and that no earthly power can ever surpass that of his eternal kingship. 

November 21 
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tradition that says Mary was taken to the temple in Jerusalem when she was 3-years-old and dedicated to God. What we celebrate on this day is the fact that God chose to dwell in Mary in a very special way. 

God Bless
Nicola Winders