Newsletter Week 1 Term 2 / Pānui Wiki 1 Wāhanga 2

Tēnā rā koutou katoa

Ko te tūmanako, i pai te tīmata o te wāhanga hou mō tō whānau! (I hope the term has started well for your family!)

It is great to have Josh Halkett and Clara Mapley back from their study break. Their smiles and energy have been great to see again. We welcome Mel Lindsay to cover Josh and Clara for one day a week and we welcome back Sarah Quinlan to cover the juniors for their release. 

Due to the ongoing swinging on the gate by students, siblings and community members, the only solution has been toughened hinges and a barrier. We have had four years of asking nicely and fixing broken hinges almost monthly but unfortunately this solution has not worked and leaves the gate unable to work properly, if at all, for days at a time. Please be aware that now, it will need to be shut and won’t shut by itself. Please DO NOT LEAVE THIS GATE OPEN. They are also still breakable, just strengthened, so please DO NOT ALLOW PLAYING ON THE GATE. Many thanks!

GRIT Challenge (similar to a cross country but with more challenges)
I have secured the gear for Friday 14 May (just over a week away). This will be at 2pm-2.50pm. All students can wear sports mufti for this day. They may get wet or dirty (they shouldn’t wear their best gear).

New Parents Meeting!  Friday 21 May  9.00-10.00am
This is a ‘must do’ for any new families of the school. This is whether your child started at 5 years old in Room 1 or have moved here at an older age group. This is for any child or family who has not been to one before!!! Please RSVP to the office Close family members are welcome (grandparents etc). Please no preschoolers if it can be avoided.
8.45am Meet in library
9am Māori welcome (Mihi Whakatau) – If you wish to speak on behalf of the new families please let me (Dallas) know. Elaborating, this means in front of the school and for the new families in the Māori welcome. Speaking in Māori would be preferred, but if nobody is able to, english is fine. Please contact me if this interests you
9.30am Coffee and chat
9.40am Meeting with various speakers (principal, deputy principal, DRS, office manager, BOT representative, a parish priest). Topics from starting school, to contacts, information, sport, homework, trips etc.
10.40am Meeting finishes
We recommend all caregivers come to the meeting and try to stay to the end. It will help ensure your child starts really well. 

We are working through replacing jackets that are too small for children now. Lucky it is so dry and warm for May so far!! Please if you could have children bring any back that need swapped. We endeavor to do this between morning tea and lunch (the quietest time in the office). If children wear their own jackets to school we would prefer them to be black or dark blue if possible.

We have some very exciting news for the Parent/Caregivers of the St Anne’s School Community.
Effective from Monday 3rd May (start of Term 2) Kidsbase will be introducing a new reduced fee structure for all our Afterschool Programme bookings.
To make our programmes more affordable for everyone we will be changing to charging our permanent Afterschool sessions per hour, which means you no longer need to pay for sessions you don’t fully use.
New Kidsbase St Anne’s Permanent Afterschool session options, from Monday 3rd May:

  • 4pm Pick Up:                    $6
  • 5pm Pick Up:                    $12
  • 6pm Pick Up:                    $18

# Before School sessions remain the same.
Please note that Casual Bookings will incur an additional $2 charge per session.
WINZ subsidies still apply for all of these new fee structures.
Term 2 and Term 3, 2021 bookings are now OPEN so please click on to make your booking under our new booking options and choose the sessions which best suit your needs.
We thank you for your amazing continued support and look forward to further assisting you at Kidsbase.

East Parish and St Anne’s School Changes
Some of you may be aware that some changes are happening in the diocese (slowly but surely)! New cathedral and new parishes are developing. We are part of this process. Changes will happen to our school. This is because we are joint with one of the main churches of Christchurch. We are also expanding in numbers beyond what our classrooms allow. We are working closely with the diocese planning the future. Things may go, but things will also come. Nothing is set in concrete yet, but I want you and the children to prepare for small change. If an area of play is lost, please reassure them, something equal or better will come. Just know, we are there vouching in the best interests of our children.

Enjoy the weekend when it comes!