Parent Weekly Update 11 April

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

IMPORTANT REMINDERS: This is the last week of Term One. There is no school for students on Friday 12 April. WEEKLY NOTES: due to the short school week there will be no Weekly Notes this week.

PROGRESS CONFERENCE: Thank you to those parents who came in on Wednesday for Progress Conferences. This is a really important day for us and hopefully was useful for you.

LATEST NEWSLETTER: The second College newsletter of the year will be available on the College website on Friday.

COLLEGE OFFICE HOURS DURING THE HOLIDAYS: Please note that the College office will be open for normal office hours next week but will be closed in week 2 of the holidays from Monday 22 to Friday 26 April.

TERM 2: Term 2 starts on Monday 29 April. All students should be in winter uniform. As winter approaches it is important that students have a rain jacket. A reminder to parents that students are only allowed to wear a regulation College jacket to school. If you need to purchase a College jacket, please visit either the Second Hand Uniform Shop during the holidays or NZ Uniforms in Thorndon Quay.

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP NEW HOURS: With Term 2 approaching when students need to wear formal uniform each day you may need to buy some additional uniform items. The shop will be open on SATURDAY 27 April from 10AM TO 12 NOON. Pop in and pick up your winter uniform needs for next term. The shop is really well stocked and even has ties and scarves on sale. Pop along and see what they have got as they are there to help.

THE BATTALION”: A group of our students and St Mary’s College students led by Te Rakau Theatre Trust have been working hard in preparation for their performance of “The Battalion” a play about the Maori Battalion in World War 2. It will be performed at St Mary’s College from Monday 29 April to Saturday 4 May from 6.30 – 7.45pm. It will be a very good show. Tickets are now on sale at Adults $18, students $10, children under 12 – $7.50. This will be an awesome show about an important aspect of our countries history.

DIGITAL DEVICES: A reminder that we need all our students to have a digital device to assist with their learning. We work hard to ensure every Year 9 student has a Chromebook. These should last for 3 years. Our seniors also need a digital device – a Chromebook or a laptop. It is frustrating for staff when students do not have devices.

EASTER MESSAGE: This year Easter falls in the middle weekend of the school holidays. I would encourage all families to attend Mass on Palm Sunday which is the start of Holy Week, to attend the Good Friday Liturgy on Friday 19 April which is usually at 3pm and to attend an Easter Sunday Mass. Reflecting on the Passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus is one way to deepen our Faith and to connect us with other Christians all over the world.

Thank you also for your support during a busy Term One. We wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable holiday break and a Happy Easter.

Sectare Fidem

Neal Swindells

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