Kia ora, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Talofa, Bula vinaka, Namaste
We hope this newsletter finds you all well in these uncertain times. We continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. We will continue with the same routines over the next week with our focus on hygiene and safety. Thank you for your support in dropping off your children at the gate – we appreciate all that you do for our school. Blessings to you all.
A gentle reminder that school will be closed FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4th and no staff will be on site. Please make arrangements for your child for the day.
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
Jesus went to the territory near the town of Caesarea Philippi, where he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
“Some say John the Baptist,” they answered. “Others say Elijah, while others say Jeremiah or some other prophet.”
“What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
“Good for you, Simon son of John!” answered Jesus. “For this truth did not come to you from any human being, but it was given to you directly by my Father in heaven. And so I tell you, Peter: you are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my church, and not even death will ever be able to overcome it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” Then Jesus ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Jesus asks the disciples who the people say he is. Then Jesus asks the disciples who they think he is. He is interested to see if they realise just how special he is. If Jesus asked you this question what would you say? What other ideas do you have?
We can never fully know what God is like. But we do know that God loves us. No matter who we are, where we come from, what we look like, or whether we are rich or poor. After Simon Peter had said that Jesus was the Son of God, Jesus promised that Peter would build the Church. Saint Peter went on to share Jesus’ message and helped build the Church that we are part of today. Not the building, but the community that is all around the world. We are all part of the Church. And just like Saint Peter and Pope Francis we can spread Jesus’ message to others.
We can tell people who Jesus is and that he asks us to love one another. But we can also show people by the way that we treat one another, especially those who are poor or who are different to us in some way.
Quinn for always showing his Mercy value of hospitality in his play both in and out of the classroom.
Alaina for showing Respect to herself and others around her, both in the classroom and in the playground. She does this by the way she always makes positive choices.
Tausolia showed the Mercy value of Compassion in the playground last week. He was able to support a friend who needed help to get down from the playground.
Ruby for her Mercy Value of Service. She always offers to help keep the classroom neat and orderly.
Keira for the Mercy Value of Excellence. She is learning her new maths strategies at lightning speed and working hard.
Aron for his Mercy Value of Respect in Mahi Tahi. He listens to others and their ideas and helps take care of the class environment
Mia for her Mercy Value of Excellence in Mahi Tahi. She is able to create a vivid picture in the reader’s mind by using a number of language features to enhance her writing.
Jack for showing the Mercy Value of Service when helping Mrs McKenzie with the rubbish bins.
Kynan for demonstrating the Mercy Value of Excellence when scoring top marks in the current events Kahoot.
We are all working so very hard in and around the school. You would be so very proud of your child – WE ARE!!!
If you have a spare moment, have a listen to ‘THE BLESSINGS AOTEAROA’ – it is a lovely reminder of what and who we are.
Abundant blessings to you all for your week ahead.
From the Classrooms
Discoverers – Ms Brown & Mrs O’Connor, Ruma 1 & Ruma 2
‘It starts with a shape”. Discoverers have had lots of fun learning about the properties of shapes and creating wonderful pictures using the shapes they know about. Check out Seesaw for these wonderful creations. This week we are focusing on the Mercy Value of Hospitality. This is when we say please, thank you and excuse me. It is also when we use our taringa whakaronga (listening ears) when somebody is speaking to us.
Believers – Mrs Pedley, Ruma 3
We put our 5 keys to success into practise last week. During an Art lesson, what we thought was challenging, was a success, as we used our new Resilience tools. This week we are beginning to learn all about what Minibeasts can we find in our school grounds and how Ecosystems can affect this – a wonderful link to God’s Creation and how to be co-creators.
Aroha – Miss Penman, Ruma 6
We’re diving into the water cycle next week for our inquiry learning. We’ll be making a splash with some science experiments – should be sea-riffic!
Mahi Tahi – Mrs Moor, Ruma 7
Mahi Tahi are looking forward to learning about the water cycle and the Manawatu river. Mrs Moor has a number of fun experiments planned that we look forward to sharing with you on seesaw in the coming weeks.
Chiefs – Mr Anderson, Ruma 8
The Chiefs have been looking at the different images of God portrayed in both the Old and New Testaments: from a gardener, a rock, a warrior, a potter, an eagle, to a baker woman and many more. We are learning that these images of God tell us something about what God is like.
Term 3 Dates
Week 7 – Aug 31-Sep 4
Fri 4 – Teacher Only Day – school closed.
Week 9 -Sept 14-18
Tue 15 – Champions League Football OLOL vs St. James
Term Dates for 2020
Term 3: Monday 20th July – Friday 25th September
Term 4: Monday 12th October – 15 December (school closes 12.30pm)
Term 1: Wednesday 3rd February – Friday 16th April