Dear Parents and Friends of the School Term 1 is quickly coming to an end and what a busy term it has been. On behalf of the staff we wish everyone a blessed Easter and a safe and restful holiday break.

Young Leaders Day Yesterday our Year 7/8 students attended Catholic Young Leaders Day. It was held at St Joseph’s in Timaru. The day began with a Liturgy followed by the Roncalli Head Boy and Girl speaking about their leadership journeys. The children then attended two workshops. Options were Art, Meditation, Fun Prayers, Digital Prayers, Team Building and Trust. These were then followed by an address by the Mayor Damon Odey and other Roncalli students in leadership roles. The day concluded with a Liturgy.

Palm Sunday This Saturday evening, we celebrate Palm Sunday with our school Mass at 6pm. Everyone is to meet outside the admin block at 5.50pm where the palms will be blessed before we process to the church. If it is wet, we will meet on the veranda of the church. The children will be acting out the Passion of Jesus Christ. We look forward to celebrating together as we enter Holy Week. Jubilate On Tuesday 11 April Room 4 and the Year 5 girls will be singing as part of the South and Mid Canterbury Catholic Schools Choir. The concert starts at 1pm in the Sacred Heart Basilica. The rest of the school will be bused in to be part of the audience. Everyone is welcome to come and see the children perform. Transport: Thank you to Mrs H. Andrews, Mrs Scannell, Mrs Styles and Mrs Donaldson who have offered to help transport the children to and from the Basilica. We will be leaving school at 10.15am thank you. Stations of the Cross On Thursday 13 April we will finish the term with a School Liturgy on the Stations of the Cross. This will be held in the church starting at 2.00pm. All children will be participating and the art work has been done by the Year 6 children. Everyone is welcome to join us. Anzac Day Anzac Day this year falls in the school holidays. Helen Andrews has kindly offered to make a floral wreath to take to the service at the Victor Wilson Hall commencing at 8am on Tuesday 25 April. If you would like to join Helen and her family that would be lovely. Children please wear your uniform. Tackling Technology The Year 7/8 students will attend a session run by Attitude which is the Youth arm of Parents Inc. on Tackling Technology on Mon 15 May at Pleasant Point Primary. They are offering a Tackling Technology Parent Evening that night from 7-8pm in the Victor Wilson Hall at Pleasant Point Primary. “Get the confidence and skills you need to be proactive when tackling technology. Topics include insights into the modern digital world, brain development, text bullying, gadget addiction and online safety. We address utilising technology for all its good parts while keeping realistic boundaries. We empower parents to feel confident while monitoring technology use in their household.” Have A Go Day The year 7/8’s participated in Have A Go Day last Friday. They played rugby, hockey, netball and tried inline skating. It was heaps of fun.

Baptism/Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Thank you to those who have returned their forms. If you are interested in your children receiving these Sacraments, please return your slips by Thursday 13th April. The Great Kiwi Science, English and Maths Competitions If you would like your child (Year 5-8) to enter either the Science, English or Maths Competitions, entries close tomorrow. May - Month of Mary For the first 5 weeks of next term (to celebrate the Month of Mary) we will be saying the Rosary each Wednesday. If your child has their own Rosary beads it would be lovely for your child to bring them along to school for them to use.

Congratulations to the following children who received awards at assembly on 24 March 2017. Star Students: Travis Priddle, Dawson McCall, Nicholas Tarrant. MacKillop Values: Lucy Walsh, Lauren Bolton, Lincoln Walker. Habits of Mind: Maddison Butters, Charlotte Walker, Eve Andrews, Caelyn Morrison, Emerson Murphy. Winning House: MacKillop Student Absences Just a reminder as we head into the winter terms with lots of colds, flus, etc. – please ensure that you ring the school each and every morning that your child is sick. Please do not rely on siblings to get the message to us, as they can get forgotten in the busy morning activities. You can either leave a message on the answer phone – 614 7202, or text the school cell phone – 0204 081 3545. Please ensure that you ring us prior to 9.15am. Lost and Found Outside near the swings after Mass last weekend – a small round green Tupperware container. Claire has this in the office if you think it might be yours. COMMUNITY NOTICES IMMUNISATION WEEK May 1-7 2017 is Immunisation Week. This year we are focusing on ensuring our older children and teens are up to date with their Immunisations. This is a reminder for parents/caregivers to check that your child has had a complete course of vaccinations for their age. If your child was born after the 15 November 2005, and you are not sure what vaccinations that have had, you can contact Lynette on 03 6872317 to check their status. If your child was born before this date you can check with your child’s GP Practice Nurse. If you require assistance accessing catch-up vaccinations please phone Kiri or Niamh on 03 6872435. Children turning 11yrs from July 2017 who have not previously had the chicken pox virus or who have not received a vaccination for the chicken pox virus are also entitled to 1 free vaccine from their GP Practice. Please contact your Practice for more details.

PAINT A PLATE With over 80 designs to choose from, there is something for everyone. Come for a birthday party, some creative therapy, or to paint a unique gift for someone special. Great for groups and clubs too. Phone Karen 6860035 or 0277 245462 to book. Check out my Paint a Plate Facebook page for ideas. I look forward to meeting you. Artful Crafts - Come to Artfull Crafts for crafty fun during the holidays! Cardmaking Thursday 20th April, 1:30pm - 3:30pm, $15. Steampunk Clock Thursday 27th April 1:30pm - 3:30pm $30. Bookings can be made at or phone 688 8566, or email [email protected]

Calendar of Events Term 2 2017 (Please put these dates in your calendar) Updated 6/4/17 First Day Term 2 Mon 1st May Rosary Wed 3rd May Assembly Rm 2 Fri 5th May Rosary Wed 10th May BOT Meeting Wed 10th May Social Media Training Mon 15th May Rosary Wed 17th May Assembly Rm 4 Fri 19th May Cross Country Cannington Tues 23rd May pp Thurs 25th May Rosary Wed 24th May Rippa Tournament Year 5/6 Wed 24th May Rosary Wed 31st May Assembly Rm 3 Fri 2nd June Queen’s Birthday (Holiday) Mon 5th June SC Cross Country Waihi Wed 14th June Assembly Rm 2 Fri 16th June Whole School Mass (Body and Sat 17th June Blood) BOT Meeting Wed 21st June First Aid Refresher Course (All Thurs 29th June Staff) 3.30-7.30pm Assembly Rm 3 Fri 30th June Reports Home Wed 5th July Stephen Graham Reading PD (All Fri 7th July Staff) Relievers in classes for day Last Day Term 2 Fri 7th July

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