St Gerards Primary School 2 Station Street P O Box 196 ALEXANDRA Phone 4488339 Fax 4486410 Mission Statement of St Gerard’s Through our Values of Joyfulness, Curiosity, Compassion and Commitment, we strive to learn and achieve within a caring Catholic community 1st April 2015


KAPA HAKA Congratulations to all those who took part in the festival on Sunday. You did us and yourselves proud. A special thank you to Mr Yeoman and Mrs Beilby for their preparation and also to Mrs Tamati for her expert support. “ It was fun to see all the Maori songs performed by the other schools but it was a little scary performing in front of the big crowd. I really enjoyed singing the last song - Aotearoa with all the other schools. I liked the actions we did for it. I think its really fun to do, it's a good experience and others should join kapa haka”. Hannah Tait EISTEDDFOD SCRIPTURE ASSEMBLY - in the church 1.30 (tomorrow) Thank you to all parents for supporting students with their Eisteddfod this term. We are holding the assembly tomorrow at 1.30. Students may go home with their parents straight after the assembly if you wish. Eisteddfod Readers: Room 1 & 2 – Zack Dyson, Lily Middendorf, Lily Adams Room 3 - Lars Shea, Alia Ryan, Casey Jenkinson, Mason Broome, Nicolas Kys Room 4 - Harry Ryan, Mika Tait, Imojen Constable, Grace Brydges, Mayce Williams Room 5 - Charis Morrell, Hannah Tait, Tessa Handford, Seb Waldron, Thomas O’Connor, Ethan Constable Room 6 - Celia Ward, Zoe Rendall, Joe Cockburn, Padraig Reilly, Liam Ballantyne, Eamon Flannery. Order of Eisteddfods Room 6, Room 1 & 2, Room 4, Room 3, Room 5. TEACHER ONLY DAY Our teacher only day on the 29th May has been cancelled due to the sudden unavailability of the tutor. Staff will utilise the tutor on another day but we will not be closing the school.

If you have already planned a long weekend please do not change this, your child’s absence will be justified. Apologies for the inconvenience. LIBRARY Mrs Rendall has put together a list of authors and series that people may have copies of at home and may be willing to donate to school or would be willing to purchase new at some stage in the future for our school library. If you do purchase new, can you please include a replacement card in case we have too many copies of the same title. Geronimo Stilton, Sporting Books especially How to ….series, Captain Underpants , Tom Gates, The Last 13 – lower than number 10, Tomorrow When the World Began, Kyle Mewburn, Daisy Meadows, Ruby Redfort series, Zac Power series, David Hill, Jake Maddox, Andy Griffiths - Treehouse series, Judy Moody series. COINS FOR BRICKS - VANUATU FUNDRAISER. Congratulations and thank you to Emma and Molly for their organisation skills and commitment to hold yesterdays fundraiser. A grand total of $520 was raised. Absolutely fantastic. Our Special Character leaders have asked if we can make contact with a local school in Vanuatu and maintain support in other ways. Mrs Eastwood will make contact with her friend in Vanuatu at Port Vila International school to see if this can take place. Thank you to parents for their support here. EOTC REVIEW Thank you to those who contributed to this review earlier in the year. Results: Over all there were 35 replies. 17 confirmed they were happy with the EOTC as it is and shared some great positive thoughts about the programmes and what they liked. There were suggestions of less nights away from home for years 1,2,3,4, years 3,4,5,6 wanting localised EOTC with an agreement on Dunedin but suggestion to remove the museum programme, plus a query in regards to the Stewart Island camp and its issues with weather and cost. A change for term 1 rather than term 4 was also suggested. The staff have taken on board the suggestions and have come up with this 2 year cycle. Year A 2015 Day trip Farm/local Overnight -Term 1

Year B 2016 Marae/ wharanui @ DHS Day visit -Term 1

Year 3/4

Snow FarmOvernight- Term 3

Otakou/Orakanui Overnight- Term 1

Year 5/6

Coronet Peak 2 nights -Term 3

Rail Trail 2 nights -Term 1

Year 7/8

Aquatics based- Bannockburn 3 nights- Term 1

Stewart Island 5 nights- Term 1

Year 1 /2

This year we have been unable to run the year 7 & 8 camp in term 1 due to unavailability of accommodation. We plan to run Bannockburn in term 4 this year and from then on term 1. This will cause a problem with term 4 and then a term 1 camp for this age group for next year only. We are planning to address that early with the families involved. WINTER SKILLS PROGRAMME• Ice skating- years 1,2,3,4 • Curling & possibly Ice hockey - Years 7 & 8 • Indoor sports – years 5 & 6 ( e.g table tennis, badminton etc) EOTC WEEK - term 4 Local activities with no/minimal cost utilising the area around Alexandra. – Years 1 - 8 FUNDRAISING This will continue to be an option and we are looking at developing a procedure that states very clearly how fundraising is shared and banked. SWIMMING We are attempting to work with the pool to ensure that we do not swim and do ice skating at the same time. Thank you again for your suggestions and support in this area. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

A Prayer for Holy Week This week is the final week of Lent – Holy Week.  It is a time for entering into the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, a time for new life and growth.  During this week let us unite in prayer as we pray: Lord Jesus Christ, in this sacred and solemn week when we see again the depth and mystery of your redeeming love, help us to follow where you go, to stop where you stumble, to listen when you cry, to hurt as you suffer, to bow our heads in sorrow as you die, so that, when you are raised to life again, we may share in your endless joy. Amen. nd

Easter Reflection for St. Gerard’s: Thursday 2 April, last day of term: • Holy Week Walk – Easter reflection: 11.45 am • Family Picnic Lunch • Eisteddfod Assembly – 1.30 pm Please feel free to join us. Parish Easter Timetable: 2nd April – Holy Thursday – 7 pm: Mass of the Lord’s Supper 3rd April – Good Friday – 3 pm: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 4th April – Easter Saturday – Omakau Mass at 6 pm; Alexandra Vigil Mass at 8 pm. 5th April – Easter Sunday – Sunrise Service at 7 am above the clock. Alexandra 9 am Mass. Roxburgh 11 am Mass. Sacramental Programme ……..For any parents whose children are taking part in the Sacramental Programme this year, please register with Fr Pat by picking up a form from the

Presbytery. Alternatively one can be filled in and sent back to us by email. like this option please let us know by emailing us at [email protected]

If you would

GENERAL NEWSBOARD Lucky Book Club Order forms need to be in tomorrow if you wish to place an order on the current issue. Money/orders to the office please. Lost …………. • Imojen Constable (Room 4)has misplaced two vests Nos. 89 and No. 81. • Casey Jenkinson (Room 3) has lost named school jersey. Can parents please check their child’s clothing. Invoices have now been sent for this term, Stationery, Technology etc. If you have any queries about your invoice please feel free to check at the office. There are a large number of parents who have not yet paid for their Religious Education Resource ($7). Invoices have not been sent out for this, but you can check with Margaret at the office if you are unsure. Saturday Morning Music Classes (SMMC) There are still places available for Saturday Morning Music Classes which will run on an arranged weekday. Tutor Johanana Hansen (022 1305 457). Instruments available are recorder, flute, violin, clarinet and cello. Enrolments forms are available in the pamphlet rack in the office. Clyde ANZAC Day Dawn Service The Alexandra-Clyde RSA will host a very Special ANZAC day dawn service at the Clyde Lookout at 7am on 25th April. The Service will include the opportunity to walk up the Lookout Track from the corner of Fache and Sunderland Streets while the recollections of veterans of the Gallipoli landings 100 years to the day play in the early dawn light. A lone piper will greet attendees at the Lookout. For those unable to walk, buses will be leaving Dunstan Hotel from 6.40am. Those wishing to walk up to the Lookout are required to have a torch or headlamp for each person and children must be accompanied by an adult. PTA Next term sausages will be available again on Thursdays at lunchtime. We would love to hear from any parent/grandparent who may be able to help out with going on the roster for cooking on a Thursday. This normally requires approximately 45 minutes of your time. If you can help out please ring or email Michelle Healey… 027 9212 601 or [email protected] Central Otago REAP New Adult Learning Programme On Offer A new initiative about to be launched by REAP aims to match talented and skilled people in the community with people looking to learn new skills. REAP manager Bernie Lepper said the Linking into Learning programme, which would begin next term, would cater to adults interested in taking a night class, meeting new people and looking to broaden their learning.

All classes would be held on a Monday night from 7 – 9pm at the Alexandra Community House. Some of the classes being offered would include interior design, digital photo books, learning to sew, cake decorating. For more information contact REAP 4486115 or go to What’s On – Courses. HOCKEY The IMG site to register players is not working that well, so I will register players on it, or we might do it after the holidays. I will enter teams tomorrow, and as long as I have player permission slips that is fine. Practice Fridays after school. Subs are as follows: Funsticks (U7) $20: Ministicks (Years 3/4) $65 Kiwisticks (Years 5/6) $65 Thanks Julie. MINI BALL and NETBALL Subs are also due: Netball Year 1/2 $20: Year 3/4 $40 Year 5/8 $60 Miniball

$20 per player or $35 per family.

Have a Happy and Holy Easter and enjoy the holidays. School recommences on Monday 20th April.

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