Newsletter #8 / Pānui-ā-kura #8 (07/05/2024)

Kā mihi o te wiki tuatahi o Hōtoke!
(Greetings on this first week of Winter)

We have had a great last few weeks and enjoyed the long weekend!
Coming up in two weeks on Tuesday 25th June at 3pm in the Mission Centre, we have an internet safety session for parents and families run by Mana Ake.  We invite all parents to come and learn about what you need to do as parents to keep your children safe with technology and online.  Dani and Jonathan from Mana Ake will be sharing practical information for parents on this very important topic.  Staff will be in attendance also.  There will be kai, opportunities for questions and supervision for children provided.  Please RSVP to so we can have enough afternoon tea for you and your child.
Please note: We regularly have parents asking teachers to sort out negative behaviours that are occurring at home and outside of school time on messenger groups or social media.  If you allow your child on social media (often on restricted age apps) outside of school time and these behaviours occur, as a school we suggest that use of social media/messenger groups be restricted or banned.  We need to allow teachers time to plan, teach and assess without spending this much time dealing with behaviours outside of school.   If it happens here, that is definitely us.  We have discussed only dealing with inside of school issues to allow the teacher the best opportunity to help all the students in their classes.  Please do not be offended when they don’t deal with outside of school hours social media problems, nor look at the messages you have screenshot (unless they are during school time obviously).  Please come along to the parent evening to assist with this if you are struggling.  We are doing our part teaching internet safety in rooms and teaching and modeling our gospel values, thank you for your understanding.

Baptism / Iriirika
A special part of being in a Catholic School is celebrating the sacraments together.  Lucii was baptised recently and it was great learning for all of us in the junior rooms, talking about the Sacrament of Baptism and what it means to be part of the family of God.
Room 3’s RE work / Ko te mahi Whakapono a Rūma 3
Showing faith and living the Good News in my everyday life
– I live the Good News by showing faith, and being kind and loving like Jesus.  God gives strength to those who are tired, and power to those who are weak.
-I live the Good News by praying every day, by showing respect and being kind to everyone.
-I live the Good News by reading the Bible and praying every day.

Respect / Whakaute
Well done to these ‘Stars’ for their efforts showing respect over the last week. Showing respect/care for others, possessions and/or the environment. Legends! (Note: Nobody wanted a photo with the principal this week!)
Āhaku mihi kau ki ēnei ‘Whetū’ i ā rātou mahi ki te whakaatu whakaute i te wiki kua pahure. E whakaatu whakaute/atawhai ana ki kā tākata, ki kā taoka o kā tākata, ki te taiao hoki/rānei. Pāia! (Pānui: kāhore kā tamariki i pīraki i tētahi whakaahua me te tumuaki i tēnei wiki!)

Samoan Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Hāmoa

What a week last week! A huge fa’afetai to our Samoan students teaching us some language and culture this week, aiga for assisting with food, and Miss Tiatia for the amazing display and organising all events.  To Mapusaga, thank you!  Also a massive fa’afetai to Mr Isherwood for helping coordinate the day and Penny for these photos (check our Facebook Page for the album). It’s been our biggest week yet!
Tētahi wiki rawe i tērā wiki! He fa’afetai nui ki ā tātou tamariki Hāmoa i te whakaako reo, whakaako ahurei hoki i tēnei wiki, ki kā aiga i te kai, ki a Miss Tiatia i te whakaaturaka, i te whakarite i kā mea katoa i tēnei wiki. Ki Mapusaga, tēnā rā koutou. Waihoki, he fa’afetai nunui ki Matua Dean i te āwhina, i te hautū i te rā, ā ki a Penny i ēnei whakaahua (tirohia tō mātou Pukamata whāraki mō ētahi atu whakaahua). Koinei te wiki nui ake!

Mapusaga Visit / Te Peka ki Mapusaga
Last Friday morning some students from the Samoan language classes got to go to Mapusaga Aoga Amata to join in their celebrations for the end of Samoan Language Week. Students got to watch many different demonstrations of making Samoan food with members of CUSSA preparing the umu, students getting to practice shredding the coconut to make coconut cream and watch how to make faausi (samoan bread pudding).  The afternoon was filled with lots of different activities from craft making to painting their own elei.  They also got to have some kokoalaisa (coco rice) and fruits!  The students then performed their Siva Samoa before heading back to school to end our celebrations of Samoan language week at St Anne’s.  We are super grateful to Mapusaga for inviting our school to join in their celebrations!
I tērā ata o Paraire, ka haere ētahi o kā akoka nō kā karaehe Hamoa ki Mapusaga Aoga Amata kia hono ai ki roto i kā mea whakanui o te wiki o te reo Hāmoa. Ka mātakitaki rātou i kā whakaaturaka o ētahi pakeke e tunu ana, e whakareti ana ētahi umu kai Hāmoa. Ka parakitihi kā tamariki i te kakukaku o te kokonati hai kirīmi kokonati, waihoki, me pēhea te tunu faausi (purini paraoa Hāmoa). I te ahiahi, ka whai wāhi kā tamariki i kā kohe maha mai i te mahi toi ki hakaia elei. Waihoki, ka whiwhi kā tamariki i ētahi kokoalaisa (raihi koko) me kā huarākau! Kātahi ka whakaatu kā tamariki i tā rātou Siva Hamoa i mua i te hokika mai ki te kura nei hai whakakape o te wiki. Nui te mihi me te aroha ki Mapusaga i tēnei āheika rawe.
Cross Country / Omatahora
Congratulations to our amazing students from Years 5 to 8 who competed in the Zone Cross Country event at Ferrymead Park on Wednesday.  Each and every one of our runners demonstrated exceptional resilience and sportsmanship throughout the challenging course.  Special acknowledgement goes to Deakyn Beijin, who finished sixth in the Year 7 Boys’ race and will proudly represent St Anne’s and our Zone at the Canterbury Primary School Cross Country event at Ngā Puna Wai on June 26th.  Additionally, Willow Cherry narrowly missed selection by finishing seventh in the Year 8 Girls’ race.  She will be a reserve should anyone in her category be unable to attend.  We are incredibly proud of all our athletes: Sienna Fuataga, Ben Tolra, Willow Cherry, Milly Walker, Aurora Haines, Tahlia Sinafoa, Nico Sharp, Eve Solodi, Issy Wichman, Rydah Beijin, Deakyn Beijin, Lorenz Rivada, Raizen Ferreras, Gabby Castro, Angelo Teo, Johan George, Lawrence Abellanosa, and Leilia Ah-San. Well done to everyone for their hard work and determination!

Year 5 Boys – Nico 41st, Johann 42nd, Angelo 45th

Year 5 Girls – Sienna 16th, Leilia 33rd, Tahlia 34th

Year 6 Boys – Raizen 33rd

Year 6 Girls – Aurora 32nd, Gabby 33rd

Year 7 Boys – Deakyn 6th, Lorenz 11th, Ben 27th

Year 7 girls – Milly 17th

Year 8 Boys – Rydah 9th, Lawrence 26th

Year 8 Girls – Willow 7th, Issy 18th, Eve 27th

and our last training run of 4km!!!!

First Holy Communion / Ukarita Tapu
Congratulations to these students on receiving the sacrament of First Holy Communion on Sunday.  A big thank you to the facilitators of the programme.
He wā whakanui tēnei mō ēnei tamariki nā te whiwhi a Te Hākarameta o te Ukarita Tapu i te Rātapu. Ā mātou mihi nunui ki kā kaiwhakahaere o te hōtaka.

Māori Mass / Mīha Māori
Our Year 5 and 6 students joined some Catholic Cathedral College leaders in the first school based Māori Mass held at Te Rangimārie on Thursday.  Fr Monty led proceedings and it was beautiful to hear the children’s language flow.  Thanks heaps Barb, Fr Monty, Rosie, Mr Halkett, parents and CCC students and staff leaders for making it possible.
Ka whakatūria te Miha Māori tuatahi ki Te Rangimārie i te Taite. Ka whai wāhi ā mātou Tau Kura 5/6 rātou ko ētahi kaiārahi nō Te Waka Whakapono i roto i te wheako hōu. Ko Pā Monty te Pirihi, ā, i ataahua te oro me te reo o kā tamariki e rere ana. Ā mātou mihi ki Barb, Pā Monty, Rosie, Matua Josh, kā mātua, kā akoka kaiārahi CCC, kā kaimahi kaiārahi hoki i te āheika.

Travelling Tuatara
Thanks to Janet Hellyer from the NZ Conservation Trust for involving our Year 5 & 6 students in the Travelling Tuatara last week.  This hour-long discussion covered issues such as why these creatures (mainly tuatara and kiwi) are endangered, habitats, predators and breeding programmes.
Nei rā te mihi ki a Janet Hellyer nō te NZ Conservation Trust i te whai wāhi mai a kā akoka Tau Kura 5&6 i roto i te kaupapa i Te Travelling Tuatara i tērā wiki. Ko te take o te mōrearea, ko kā kāika, ko kā konihi, ko kā hōtaka whakawhānau hoki o te kiwi me te tuatara (i te nuika o te wā) kā kaupapa i roto i tēnei kōrerorero, kotahi haora te roaka.
Uniform / Weruweru Kura
Please remind students to bring their jerseys to school.  Some are using jackets instead but they are too noisy in the classroom and are for outside only (if plain black). Thank you for your understanding.

Winter Woolies Appeal / Hai Hōtoke
Over the next three weeks we will be supporting the St Vincent de Paul Society with their Winter Woolies collection.  If you have any unwanted, warm winter items, especially jackets and blankets, please bring them to your child’s classroom by Monday 1st July. These items will be given out to help those in need to stay warm this Winter.

Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme / He Akoraka Hai Tā Tātou Haumaru
Next term we will be teaching the personal safety programme Keeping Ourselves Safe. Keeping Ourselves Safe has been designed to give students the skills to cope in situations involving abuse.

It has three overall aims:
– To develop and strengthen children’s skills to keep themselves safe with other people, both online and face-to-face.
– To support and encourage abused children to get help from caring adults.
– To make teachers and parents and caregivers more aware of the need to keep children safe from abuse by adults or other children.

Keeping Ourselves Safe will be taught by your child’s teacher, with support from our local Police School Community Officer, Constable Meg Moynihan.  Any child can be abused. While family homes may be a safe place, children will have contact with many people and enter a number of other homes. You can’t keep them safe all the time.  If it doesn’t happen to your child, and we hope it doesn’t, it may happen to their friend.  During the programme, students will learn about the five types of abuse in the programme.  They are as follows:

Physical Abuse
Physical abuse is non-accidental injury. This can be caused by smacking, punching, kicking, shaking, biting,
burning or throwing a child.

Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is the involvement of a child in sexual activities they do not fully understand and to which they are unable to give informed consent.

Emotional Abuse
Emotional abuse is when a child’s emotional and physical development is restricted because of the way the child is treated by adults.

Neglect is when the basic survival needs of the child are not being met.

Family Harm
Family harm is adults hurting children or adults hurting other adults. This is of particular concern for children both as victims and as witnesses.

The World Health Organisation has defined child maltreatment as:

All forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power.

To be successful, Keeping Ourselves Safe needs your help and support. Your child may have home activities to work on with you. It is important that you participate as much as possible and talk to your child about what they have been learning in class. This will reinforce the messages the school is giving, and help your child to use their new skills with confidence.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like any more information about the programme.

If you have any questions, please email or talk to the person whose email address follows the reminder. If there is no email address, it is just something to be aware of.
Sunday 9 June – 10.30am – Junior Mass (Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4) at our church – It is an expectation that you will support children to be at this Mass. We thank you for making it a priority.
Monday 10 June – 8.30am Leaving, return by 4pm –
Rāpaki Marae Visit (Rooms 5 and 7)
Tuesday 11 June – 3.10pm (weekly) – Hip Hop Dance Group
Thursday 13 June – 8.30am (weekly) – Technology for years 7/8, don’t miss the bus!
Thursday 13 June – 12.45pm (weekly) – Hagley Sport for years 7/8, don’t forget your gear!

Friday 14 June – 2.15pm – Haere rā Karleen Weidner – Room 7 Student Teacher
Wednesday 19 June-Friday 21 June – Dallas Wichman and Clara Fleming at Catholic Convention.  Dean Isherwood acting principal.
Tuesday 18 June – 3.10pm (weekly) – Hip Hop Dance Group
Thursday 20 June – 8.30am (weekly) – Technology for years 7/8, don’t miss the bus!
Thursday 20 June – 12.45pm (weekly) – Hagley Sport for years 7/8, don’t forget your gear!

Friday 21 June – 2.15pm – Haere rā Maureen Locke – Room 1 Student Teacher
Friday 28 June – Matariki Public Holiday (No school-public holiday)
Friday 5 July – 7am-5pm – Year 7/8 ski trip

Monday 22 July
– First day of Term 3  9am sharp start
All of Term 3 – Dean Isherwood on leave for Te Pae Kahuraki (Kāi Tahu based immersion Māori programme)
Monday 19 August – Rāpaki Noho Marae (Rooms 5 and 7)
Monday 2 September – Times TBC – Swimming Starts – (two weeks)
Tuesday 24-Thursday 26 September – Koru Games
Friday 27 September
– Last day of the term 2.50pm finish

Monday 14 October – First day of Term 4  9am sharp start
Monday 28 October – Labour Day (No school-public holiday)
Monday 15 November – Canterbury Anniversary Day (No school-public holiday)
Monday 16 December – Last full day for 2024
Tuesday 17 December – Pop in and meet your 2025 teacher and Room

Te Atua te aro’a ‘ē kia manuia,
Dallas Wichman
Tumuaki / Principal / Pū ‘Āpi’i Ma’ata