Saturday, 23 March 2019

Artwork For Christchurch

This week our Religious Education programme carried on from Father Vaughan's talk at our Monday morning prayer, where he talked about visible outer differences but the fact that we are all God's children, who need to care for each other.

With it being Lent, where we have talked about how we can be especially kind and make an extra special effort to "Think WWJD?" (What Would Jesus Do?), we learned a new song and based our dicussion on how we are God's hands and voice here on earth. We talked about how we can use our hands to care for the earth and help others when they are hurt, use our voices to say kind words or encourage each other to keep trying or find out why someone is sad. Finally we talked about how we can use our hearts where the Holy Spirit lives to help us to make good choices and "Think WWJD?"

Here are the words of the song and a photograph of our artwork. If you have set yourself up for Seesaw, you would have seen us singing the chorus of this. Discussion about the Christchurch events has not come up in the teaching.




These Hands

These hands, this heart,
This voice, my God.
These hands, this heart,
This voice, my God.

With these hands I pray to You,
With these hands I work for You,
With these hands I show my love for You.

With this voice I speak to You,
With this voice I sing to You,
With this voice I share my love for You.

With this heart I share Your love
With this heart I feel Your love,
With this heart I live my love for You.


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Triathlon - Thursday

A reminder that children need to wear the school sports uniform tomorrow. Children will travel to the Molyneux Aquatic Centre by bus leaving at 12:10. They will eat lunch there. Please make sure that their bike is dropped at the pool by 12:30 ready for their race. Run, bike, swim.



Seesaw - have you registered?

At the moment I am using both this blog and seesaw to get messages out to everyone. Not everyone has set themselves up to receive the seesaw notifications. If this is you, and you need another parent information invitation sheet with the instructions as to how to set up your personal account, please let me know and I'll send you one. I am hearing that seesaw gives you information instantly whereas the blog may take up to 24 hours.


Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Friday 15th March - Colour Your Day

On Friday we will join lots of other schools throughout NZ and remember those who lost their lives tragically last Friday. Wear bright clothing
Please note that red is the least culturally appropriate colour from the perspective of the Muslim community.
Please bring a gold coin donation.


Monday, 18 March 2019

Week 7 Term 1



 Monday morning prayer was special this week with a prayer service led by Father Vaughan in the church.

Wednesday - School Mass 9 am lead by  Room 1


SCHOOL TRIATHLON 2019

The school triathlon is happening on Thursday 21st March from 12:30-2:30pm. We will be starting the first race at approx. 12.40pm. Please check your children’s bikes and that their helmets fit properly over the next few days.

VOLUNTEER HELP: If you are able to help with course marshalling please email Mr Yeoman (ollieyeoman@stgerards.school.nz) asap . It is important that we have plenty of parents around the course to ensure all children are safe at all times and of course to support the children. The more helpers we have the better and safer the race is for everyone.

CLOTHING: -Please be sure to come to school in the correct clothing:
-Years 5 – 8: School sports uniform and track suit
-Years 1 – 4. School sports uniform and green trackpants/warm clothes. -
School sunhats are compulsory, so be sure to have yours at school.

TIMETABLE: -Lunch will be at 11:30.
-We will all be leaving school at 12.10pm.
-Years 5 – 8 will ride their bikes to the pool with Mrs Lyon and Mrs Wright
-Years 1-4 will travel by bus, their bikes will need to be dropped directly to the pool at 12:15.
NOTE this is year groups not room numbers.

-There will be an event briefing at 12:30 with the first race starting at 12.40pm.
-Every child will be competing in the triathlon in the following age groups and in this order:
Yr 5-8 Competitive (Yr 5&6 first, then Yr 7&8)
Yr 1&2 Yr 3&4 Yr 5-8 Non-Competitive

TRANSITIONS: There will be marshals at each of the Transitions, Mrs Beilby & Mrs Lyon at the run/bike and Mrs Flannery inside the pool.

We ask that parents please stay out of the transition areas, there will be help available to your children if they need it. It would be helpful though to have parents remove bikes as soon as possible from the area.

POOL ENTRY: Children may only access the pool through the rear doors. This is the understanding that we have within our pool hire agreement. All parents must use the normal pool entrance and stay clear of the rear doors. 

PICK UP: Children and bikes are to be picked up from the pool after the event at approx. 2.30-2.45pm please. rom the pool. Any bus children will be brought back to school by staff.

Assembly 2:10 on Friday will be lead by Room 4.


Keep up with those alphabet books - we are all getting pretty competent at making 'clean' sounds for each letter and now we are learning to make each letter correctly by using the Casey Caterpillar instructions. We have been making BIG letters in the air. Please make sure that when practising, tall letters all start from the top - quite a few sneaky bottom to top writers in Room 3. Let's get this sorted so that we can write quickly. It's easier to learn to do this correctly to begin with as relearning a bad habit is trickier.

Have a great week.

Chris


Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Class Representatives for 2019


We are looking for new class reps for:
Room 6
Room 7
Room 3


What is a Class Rep?

A Class Rep is a parent from your child’s class who has contact details for all other parents in that room, for the purpose of sharing information that is generally related to that class only.  This comes in handy when there are last-minute notifications (such as a cancelled sports event) or when the teacher has a special request for supplies or materials for one reason or another and needs this communicated quickly.
Parents on the receiving end of the texts have found this extremely helpful over the course of the past couple of years, and the job is not too onerous as it is less than once a week that your help would be required, generally speaking.
If you are a parent in one of these rooms and think you could manage this task throughout the year, please let Jen McLean know at 021 2700 760.  We will then set you up with the contact details for each parent and get you up and running. 

This is a PTA initiative. 

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Are there any toasters we could borrow?

Is there anyone who has a toaster that they could bring to camp please? We will need a few on the go to make toast for all the hungry campers
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