Newsletter 2020/10 – July 16

ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC
SCHOOL
TAKAPUNA

2020/10 – July 16

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents

We look forward to welcoming back the children for Term 3 on Monday. It will be wonderful to have them back participating in what will be an exciting term of learning.

As a country we currently continue to have no cases of community transmitted Covid 19. While this is a positive achievement it is important the we stay vigilent and continue with the safe hygiene practices that have been promoted by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education. These include:

  • hand hygiene – washing hands regularly with soap and water, and drying well, or using hand sanitiser when soap and water are not available
  • coughing or sneezing into tissues or elbow and then performing hand hygiene
  • cleaning surfaces regularly
  • if children are sick they need to stay at home
  • if children have cold or flu like symptoms please call you doctor or the healthline
  • contact tracing – keeping track of where you have been and who you have seen by using the NZ Covid Tracer App

This term will see the return of school prayers, team and school liturgies and masses, along with lunch clubs.

School prayers will be held on Fridays this term.

Parents are welcome to join us for school prayers. They begin at 8.50 am in the school hall. Team and school liturgies and masses, along with the lunch clubs, will be on the school calendar. This can be seen on the school website.

At the end of last term we said farewell to Miss Welham who completed her one year contract with us. She has returned to England over the break.

We welcome Mrs Lizzy Thoresen (school secretary) and Mrs Somohini Wrigglesworth (school administrator) to our school community. They will be working alongside Mrs Julie Kelly (student and staff support).

We welcome back Mrs Carol Braithwaite as the teacher of our new Home Group 19. Mrs Braithwaite had been a teacher aide at our school for a number of years prior to going to university to complete her teaching qualifications. We will also be welcoming back Mrs Susanna Atkinson, who went on maternity leave in Term four last year. Mrs Atkinson will be teaching HG 7 one day a week for Term 3.

The Auckland Catholic Property Office arranged for two walls, with sliding doors to be installed in the Pompallier Learning Centre during the break. One on the top floor and one on the ground floor. The placement of the walls, with sliding doors, will see the two floors continue to be able to be used as they currently are or alternatively they can be divided in two, allowing for two learning areas of equal size on the one floor. 

Since the building was erected and opened in 2015, there has been an on-going conversation within the teaching team on ways in which to take full advantage of the wonderful learning and teaching opportunities the Pompallier Learning Centre provides students and staff. This has seen the learning spaces used in a variety of ways which is the intention of it’s design.

Over my time as Principal I have been a part of, and listened to, the conversations the teachers have had. As a result of these conversations on how we could further enhance the flexibility of the space and therefore the learning opportunities for the students, I approached the Auckland Catholic Property Office, who acts on behalf of the Bishop, and asked if they would consider installing two walls, with sliding doors; one on each floor. I was pleased to be able to inform the Board and staff in the final week of last term that this request had been approved and was being actioned.

We are grateful to the Bishop and his Auckland Catholic Property Office for approving this project and for the work that has gone into arranging for it to be carried out. We are also grateful to the Bishop for arranging funding for the project.

Ka manaakitia e te Atua

Alister Bridgman

Principal

Term 3 Week 1

Monday 20 July

8.50 am – SCHOOL OPENS for Term 3

Tuesday 21 July

Wednesday 22 July

12.40 pm – KidzCan Drama

Thursday 22 July

8.15 am – Choir – HG 9

Friday 24 July

8.50 am – School Prayers – Hall

School Attendance Dues Covid-19 Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support as a result of the Covid-19 Virus with the payment of 2020 Attendance Dues for students attending Catholic schools in the Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary. Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office or the Revenue Manager on 09-360-3069 at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland for further information.

Application forms for this assistance are available from school and parish offices, or can be down-loaded from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Website: Link 

Saint Vincent De Paul Society – Takapuna

St Vincent De Paul Society (SVdP) is a Catholic church organisation that supports individuals and families in need. This includes food, clothing, and budgeting. The food that the students bring for prayers is passed on to our local SVdP group and, inturn, it is given to those in need.

If you need support, or know of a family that needs support, please contact either the parish office or our school office, and you will be given the contact details for SVdP. Every enquiry is handled in the strictest confidence.

Thank you for your continued support of SvdP through your generous donations of non-perishable food that your children bring for morning prayers.

Chocolate Fundraiser

Thank you

The PTFA would like to extend its thanks to everyone for their support of the chocolate fundraiser. We know that many families put a lot of effort into selling their box, or boxes. Your efforts were much appreciated, especially during such a strange time for term one and term two.

An extra special thank you goes to the winners (and their families) of the incentive prizes for this year, who all worked hard to sell multiple boxes. These prizes have been awarded:

Family who sold the most boxes – Azariah Lim and Family – HG 17 – A family voucher for dinner out.

Home Group  who returned the most money at the end of Term 1 – HG 2 – A shared pizza lunch.

The PTFA is still waiting on a few last payments to come through and would ask that anyone with a payment still outstanding, please direct debit the funds ($60) into the PTFA bank account as soon as possible: 12-3026-0316672-00 including Particulars: [your child’s name]; Code: [your child’s home group]; Reference: [CHOC].

Please note that the PTFA will no longer be accepting any chocolate bar returns, as the fundraiser is now over. Additional bars will be unable to be redistributed to be sold.

Thank you again to all the families for their efforts and support of this fundraiser.

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