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Welcome to our third term for 2011. As Alexander Pope stated: ‘Hope springs eternal’; it is my hope that in the holidays you have had some joyous moments in the company of your children and that these reflections become cherished memories in your family’s scrapbook. Our family returned after quite a rocky ride on one of the Cook Strait ferries to the fresh dumping of snow, begging the question: what else of the four elements (air, earth, fire and water) will we have to contend with? As we all witness the plans and start to see our province’s rebuild, we should remind ourselves that it is our strong ‘backbone’, faith and hope that has brought us to a more positive vision for the future. It is together that we will move forward and may I, on behalf of our Board and staff, sincerely thank you for your continued support for our St Michael’s Church School.
New School Secretary:
Our Board was most pleased with the high calibre of applicants for our School Secretary’s position, which Mrs Adrienne Grose had fulfilled after the departure of Mrs Michelle Tull at the end of Term One. The successful applicant is: Mrs Magda Swanepoel, who is currently the Secretary at Timaru Christian School and held the School Secretary’s role at Sacred heart (Hamilton) prior to this. Mrs Swanepoel will take up her position at the beginning of Week Three: 15 August. For the first two weeks of term, we are privileged to receive, again, the services of Mrs Dorothy Burrows.
As always, it is a pleasure to welcome new families to our School. This term five New Entrants join our Year One class: Lily Kay, Samantha Brown, Sophie Dawson, Mason Stolzenberger and Peter Smith with John Curtis completing the complement of our Year 7 and 8 class.
These important documents were sent home in each child’s portfolio at the end of last term. Parents will have perused these with their child/children. In the context of National Standards, parents will have read how they can assist their child/children to meet the ‘next steps’ in: Mathematics, Reading and Writing. As expected, by this year’s close, many of our pupils will be ‘at’ or ‘above’ the standard in these three important core curriculum subjects.
Parents will have seen on this Term’s Events Calendar, that we will be ‘staging’ our biennial production in Week 8. Ms Sharon Howells has kindly agreed to assist us in what we intend to present this year.
Our Kapahaka is honoured to have been asked to provide the powhiri for the 6 pm commencement of the Anglican Schools’ conference at the Chateau on the Park on Wednesday 10 August. To prepare for this important occasion, our Kapahaka will practise this Sunday (7 August) from 1pm to 5 pm.
House Music Finals:
The final placings in this year’s competition were:
Junior Instrumental Section:
1st Justin Hodges “Concerto” (Violin)
2nd Itsuki Kashima “Mermaid Song” (Piano)
3rd Anoushka Chiswell “Gavotte” (Violin)
Senior Instrumental Section:
1st Joshua Duddy “Elegy in Autumn” (Piano)
2nd Aaron Li “Piece 17” (Flute)
3rd Roman Kenworthy “Just Struttin’ Along” (Piano)
1st Lara Chiswell “Castle On A Cloud”
2nd Charlotte-Jane Irwin “River Deep, Mountain High”
3rd Paige Stolzenberger “The Glory of Love”
2nd = Mathias
2nd = Perry
It was a delight to receive items from each of our three Syndicates at this year’s House Music event on Thursday 14 July.
STANZA: Christchurch Branch:
Freddie Wilson is congratulated on being asked to perform with his violin teacher on Sunday 3 July. Freddie’s two pieces were: Hungarian Melody and Shepherd’s Song.
Royal Schools’ Awards:
We offer congratulations to two of our Young Voices’ choir members, who received their Blue ribbon awards. These prestigious awards were endorsed with each pupil being presented a Principal’s Gold Award. Well done to Paige Stolzenberger (Year 5) and Itsuki Kashima (Year 3).
SPORTING ROUND UP:
Our four hockey teams played on the first and last Saturdays of the holidays.
We announced the success of three of our Year Eight hockey players after their various trials at the close of last term.
Logan McConnel: Canterbury Primary Schools’ Hockey A Team (Hatch Cup)
Jesse Simkin: Canterbury Primary Schools’ Hockey B Team (McGrath Cup)
Daniel Hayward: Canterbury Primary Schools’ Hockey A Reserve Goalkeeper
We also extend our best wishes to the following who have been nominated for Development squads:
Division Three (Super):
Roman Kenworthy (Year 6)
Sebastien Lallemont (Year 6)
Angus Jonker (Year 7)
Division One (Junior): (Curtis Cup)
Cole Smith (Year 5)
Division One (Super):
Bennet Anderson (Year 6)
Anoushka Chiswell (Year 5)
Aimee Hayward (Year 6)
Hannah Pearson (Year 7)
Our two netball teams have both shown real progress. Our Under 13s have been moved to a higher grade in the Saturday competition and also have recorded seven wins in their Thursday afternoon games.
Madeline Kendrew is congratulated on gaining a place in the Independent Schools’ Netball Representative team for the second year in succession. Madeline also was selected in the top 32 players for the Canterbury Primary Schools’ Metro squad.
The Senior Football team plays on a Thursday afternoon, and has moved into a new grade recently. After three games the team sits atop the grade, having scored 17 goals. Top goal scorer so far this season is Oscar Carnevale.
We are indebted to Stirling Sports, who generously donated three coloured wristbands for our PTFA to sell. The initiative of the sales was lead by two of our Prefects:
Isabella Holden and Karenia Anderson.
Over $3,000 was raised with one of our students ensuring over $700 from Owairoa School, Auckland. A special thank you to Camille Perelini (Year 3) ably assisted by her mum Chrystal for the contact and generous response from Owairoa School.
Reminder: From this term on wristbands should not be worn with School uniform.
Masses: Bible Readers / Assembly Leaders
Karenia Anderson, Daniel Hayward, Logan McConnel, Freddie Wilson, Oscar Carnevale, Isabella Holden.
It has been pleasing to see the Juniors arrive back at School after the holidays looking happy and relaxed.
We have an exciting term planned with Gym beginning this week, a visit from Ferrymead later in August and the joy of preparing the songs for the whole School production at the end of the term.
We are also mindful that children thrive from routine so every effort is being made to have as little disruption as possible in the main curriculum areas.
The topic areas we are covering this term are:
Technology in the 1950’s
Change, loss and grief
Our Arts programme will revolve around the production.
We are also looking to purchase further playground sports equipment for the children to us in their playtimes and lunchtimes.
We say a big ‘thank you’ for your continuing support.
After a much-needed holiday our Middle Syndicate children and teachers have come back with their batteries recharged and we are all set for an eventful term.
Thank you for your support at last term’s Music Competition. The children enjoyed singing and showing off their ukulele skills to you.
The children enjoyed showing their portfolios to you over the holidays and discussing what they have been working hard on in class. If you have not already, please send back the portfolios to School so they are ready to put term 3 work into, as I am sure the end of term will be on us all too soon.
We are currently underway with the testing to determine maths groups for our Numeracy interchange, which begins in Week 3. This term we will be focusing on fractions, ratios and percentages.
Our winter sports programme is starting at Howzat on Thursday. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to participate in sporting activities regardless of what the winter weather might throw at us – snow included!
Production mode is about to descend on us and this week we are beginning to learn the songs. This year’s production is set to be fabulous and we are all looking forward to finding out what our dances will involve.
Our three classes are studying a variety of topics this term – Year 4 is investigating ‘Magic Milk’, Year 5 is experimenting with ‘Drinks’ and ‘Fizzing and Foaming’ whilst Year 6 is focusing on ‘Body Adornment’. We look forward to sharing our learning with you: please come in to look at our growing displays as our units progress.
I hope you all have been refreshed by a wonderful break. The Senior School is looking forward to a busy and productive term. There will be the Canterbury – Westland Science & Technology Fair, Cantamaths, and of course, the Seniors will be heavily involved in our School Production.
We have been enjoying our weekly inter-school sport fixtures at Hagley Park, and thanks must go to the number of parents who support us on the sidelines. A special thank-you to Maxine Webb and Linda Kendrew, who assist with the Netball squad, and to Mark Alexander, who has donated some tarpaulins for the Football squad and helps to referee.
You can keep up to date with the happenings in the Senior School by visiting our website. There are links from the St. Michael’s Church School site.
Ordinarily, we quote the Parents’ Inc. ‘hot tips’ and encourage parents to visit their website: www.parentsinc.org.nz. A salient quote for all of us to digest:
“Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.”
H. Jackson Brown
All the best.
Merit Cards July 2011