Friday, October 25, 2013

Our Hero - Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop

St. Mary MacKillop was born on the 15th of January, 1842 in Melborne.  When she grew up she had great faith in God, and with the help of Father Julian Tenison Woods, began the first St Joseph’s school in Penola.  The school provided an orphanage and free education for children.  She was canonised on Sunday the 17th October 2010.  Tradgically, Mary MacKillop died on the 8th of August 1909 in Alma Cottage, North Sydney.  We remember her by following our school motto ‘To Love, To Learn and To Serve’.  At this school we also follow and stand by her charism: Never see a need without doing something about it; Do your bit; Make room for all; and Have an attitude of gratitude; and Listen to God’s call. 

Celebration Acrostic Poems


Cricket Coaching

We have been lucky enough to receive cricket coaching from some Northland senior cricketers.  Stephen Cunis and the "Educare North Coaching Team" have been showing us how to catch, throw and bowl a ball correctly.  Our next session is on the correct technique for batting.  All the children have enjoyed the sessions so far.  The lessons are based on both skill and through using a 'games sense' approach.  Thanks guys for demonstrating to us the necessary skills to play cricket and help develop a love for the game.  Who knows... there might be a future Black Cap or White Fern among the class! 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Haere mai, Miss Redwood

Kia ora!

My name is Jessie Redwood. I am a first year student doing my degree in primary teacher education at the University of Auckland in Tai Tokerau Campus. I have been placed in room 14 with Mr Werder for the next five weeks for my first year practicum. I did a week in this class in the first term and had a lot of fun getting to know the students and helping them with their learning.

I spent my primary years at Saint Francis Xavier and it has not changed. It is still a wonderful school with great students and teachers. I then went to Pompallier Catholic College and spent my intermediate and high school years there.

I am really looking forward to getting to know and work with the children in room 14 to help them with their learning. I look forward to meeting you while I am on my practicum.

Jessie Redwood

Friday, October 4, 2013

Term 4's Concept - 'Celebration'

My Special 'Celebration' Times

Mr. Werder receiving his Gold Award from the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Government House in Wellington (February, 1990).
Jyden holding Kalym for the first time.

Josh's Baptism (St Patrick's Catholic Church, Okaihau)

Graduation Day

Jyden's Confirmation Day (2010)

Happy 5th Birthday Josh!

Joan and Ron's 50th Wedding Anniversary (Okaihau)

Winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup!!!