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    St St St St Brigids School Brigids School Brigids School Brigids School NewsletterNewsletterNewsletterNewsletter

    11 June 2013 School website -

    Phone: 478 6516

    Dear Parents

    Week six of Term 2 already! The term is going well and our students enthusiasm for the planned lessons and activities, both within and outside school, is noticeably high. Were sure this will be evident to the Catholic Character review team who are visiting us next week. The team of Hellen Johnston (External reviewer for Catholic Schools Education Services) and Peter OHearn (Principal of St Josephs in Upper Hutt) are here from next Wednesday until Friday and may well mingle with our families before and after school so if they approach for feedback on our schools Catholic special character we hope you enjoy chatting with them.

    We warmly welcome Year 6 student Zachary Smits who joined Room 11, and his sister, Year 2 student Amelia Smits, who joined Room 10 this week. Zachary and Amelia have recently moved with their family from New Plymouth we hope you all thoroughly enjoy living in Wellington and being part of the St Brigids School community.

    School Assembly

    This weeks school assembly will be held on Friday, 14 June, 2.15pm at the Johnsonville Community Centre.

    Assembly will be taken by the students of Room 5. Parents are most welcome to join us.


    In the words of Pope Francis

    Crossing the threshold of faith is work performed with dignity and a vocation of service, with the self-denial of someone who in either case goes back to daily life

    to begin again without slackening, as though all that had already been done were just one step in the journey toward the kingdom, the fullness of life. It is the silent hope after the daily sowing, contemplating the fruit gathered and thanking the Lord because He is good and asking him not to abandon the work of his hands (Ps 138).

    BOT Elections

    Congratulations to the five parent representatives who have been elected to the

    Board for the next three year period.

    We welcome back Dave Crampton, Chris Leatham, Pauline Whitney and Carol Winter

    who will be continuing their great work on the Board, and we warmly welcome new member

    John van den Heuvel.

    We hope you all find your time on our Board of Trustees both interesting and rewarding.

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    Second Hand Uniform Sale

    We hope that many families were able to take advantage of the second hand uniform sale held today.

    Many thanks to Liz Donnelly for her time and effort looking after our second hand uniform supplies and running todays sale.

    Book Character Mufti Day This Friday, 14 June

    The Student Leadership Team has planned a book character mufti day for 14 June:

    come along to school dressed in your favourite character

    bring a gold coin donation.

    The money raised will go towards the upgrade of our school library.

    We cant wait to see your amazing characters!

    Quiz Night

    Many thanks to all those parents, and their family and friends, who came along to our Quiz Night on Sunday night. It was a fun night and we will be letting you know how much we raised in next

    weeks newsletter.

    Thank you also to those parents and grandparents who donated a prize.

    We would also like to say a big thank you to following businesses that supported our Quiz Night:

    1841 Bar & Restaurant, Brendan McDonnell Homes, Taylor Preston,

    Prestons Master Butchers,

    City Fitness Johnsonville, Cupcakealishous, Studio 128 Hair and Beauty, Sacred Hill Winery,

    GLO Hairdressing Johnsonville, Resene, and Antipodes.

    Extra Thanks

    Following Carol Winters Quiz Night thank you above, we would in turn like to thank Carol and her helpers for all their work making the evening such a success. It was beautifully organised and were sure that everyone who took part had a wonderful, entertaining evening.

    St Brigids SchoolSt Brigids SchoolSt Brigids SchoolSt Brigids School Friends & FamilyFriends & FamilyFriends & FamilyFriends & Family


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    Sports News

    Year 4-8 Swimming Sports, Keith Spry Pool

    Tomorrow, Wednesday 12 June, 9.30am 12.30pm

    We would be grateful if you could talk with your children to ensure they know the following important information for tomorrows Year 4-8 swimming sports:

    *No standing during a race or leaning on the lane ropes

    *Tumble turns are permitted in two length freestyle

    *Swimmers may start in the water or dive for freestyle and breaststroke

    *Swimmers must touch the wall with two hands simultaneously in breaststroke

    *Swimmers must touch the wall with one hand in backstroke breaststroke

    *Swimmers must remain on their back for backstroke until they touch the wall

    For the swimming sports students need to bring:

    Suitable togs Swim Cap (if needed) Goggles (if needed) 2 towels

    Something warm to wear between races (if needed) Drink/morning tea

    Year 4-8 Cross Country

    Congratulations to all our students who did so well at last weeks Northern Zone Cross Country event, despite it taking place in such very cold conditions!

    A huge thanks to all our wonderful, brave helpers, who rugged up warmly and did such a great job transporting and overseeing all our participating students.

    Special congratulations to the following students who have been selected to progress to the Interzone Cross Country:

    Alex Braakhuis, Paige Fairless, Brenna Winter, Jack OConnor, Grace Ohlsson, Danielle Ohlsson, Kaitlin Bowe, Gabrielle Barnett-Bates, Mariano McClean, Brandon Turner, Robin Gibson,

    Hannah Taualupe, Hannah McGinty, Julianne Manuguid, Tutere Sword, Ben Meyer and Dion Laney.

    While on the subject of cross country running, we have been sent information about a Kids Cross Country Series for Year 3 to Year 10 school students, being held at four different venues over the next four months.

    We could look at forming school year group teams should there be sufficient interest from runners.

    We have attached an entry form to the newsletter email for anyone wanting further information or to enter these excellent events.


    Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our very successful BBQ fundraiser at last Saturdays netball competition we raised an amazing $880 which will be put to

    very good netball use.

    We would particularly like to thank Erin Downs who did such a wonderful job organising and coordinating this netball fundraiser.

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    Team Rua trip to The Dowse

    This term Team 2 has been focussing on Art and learning about different techniques for painting. As part of this unit we are going to visit The Dowse in Lower Hutt. We will be travelling there by bus leaving school at about 9:15am and returning to school at lunchtime.

    We do need some parent helpers to come along with us. If you are able to help on this trip can you please let your childs teacher know.

    Room 8 & 9 will be going on Monday 8 July Room 8: [email protected] Room 9: [email protected]

    Rooms 6 & 10 will be going on Wednesday 10 July Room 6: [email protected] Room 10: [email protected]

    Thank you so much for your continued support!

    Kapa Haka

    Kapa Haka practice for this week has been transferred to Friday 14 June, 8.30 9.30am in the Kea Room (Kea is the name that has been given to our new classroom next to Room 8). Our Kapa Haka members are asked to please be there promptly, particularly our Year 8 students who will need to leave at 9.00am for technology.

    Chess Club

    Over the past four weeks 30 keen chess players from Year 4 8 have been receiving tuition from our local chess champion, Scott Wastney. Scott tutors students from a number of schools from the area and is a particularly talented and inspiring chess teacher so our students are very fortunate to be doing this six-week session with him.

    Our players are obviously really enjoying the classes as they turn up to school promptly for the 8.30 start, listen carefully to the advice being given by Scott, and put this information to great use in their games. We will soon be selecting 8 10 of our most capable players to form a St Brigids team for an inter-school tournament.

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    Exciting Delivery this Week!

    Many thanks to Finbar Flynn (uncle of Otis and Fergal Garrett-Knoche) who nominated our school to receive a new iPad when entering a Hubbards Meusli competition recently. We were one of the 168 winning schools fortunate to receive a brand new iPad in the mail.

    Traffic News

    As you probably have noticed, the pool upgrade project has started with yellow lines being painted at the Frankmoore Ave end of Dr Taylor Tce, as well as a number of coned off areas. We wont know the full impact of this work until issues arise, but we have already noticed that commuters are now parking in Frankmoore Ave and Phillip St which puts pressure on the already limited parking available for staff and parents.

    We would like to remind parents about our two drop-off areas in both Phillip Street and Dr Taylor Tce. As well as these areas, we have been told that Dr Taylor Tce will shortly become a P120 zone, which should mean more parking is available for parents.


    Well done to the following St Brigids students who participated in the Competitions held at Whitireia, Porirua last weekend. They have learned some wonderful life and leadership skills.

    Penguins Pairs Denise Rodrigues, 1st equal Caregivers, 1st Inspection, 1st equal Fun

    Juniors Team Fours 1 Aidan Rodrigues and Maddison King, 2nd First Aid, 2nd Drill, 3rd Communications, 3rd Improvisation, 3rd Caregivers. 3rd Overall

    Junior Team Fours 2 Savio Concessio, 3rd First Aid, 2nd Improvisation, 2nd Communications.

    Well done!

    Congratulations also to:

    Jayden Gomes, Byron Bunting, Jack Bates, Karlo Anderson and Duncan Gempesaw, who represented the North Wellington Football Club on Sunday May 26 at the Wynton Rufer 8 year old tournament, held by the Stop Out Club at their grounds at Hutt Park.

    There were 24 teams representing clubs from Wellington with the North Wellington teams finishing 10th and 13th.

    Well done!

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    ASB Banking

    A reminder that ASB bankers are able to drop their banking envelopes into the banking box in the office any day during the week. The envelopes are taken to the ASB Johnsonville branch each Thursday.

    Kind regards

    Kay Tester


    Churton Park Community Centre Opening, Saturday 22 June, 12.30 4.30pm

    Wellington City Council invites locals to come and see your new community centre in action. Throughout the afternoon youll get a taste of the different activities and classes on offer at the centre all for free. At 12.30 you can enjoy a slice of cake cut by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, 1pm try a free Pilates class (bring your own mat), 1.30pm be entertained by the Capital Harmony Chorus, and other half-hourly activities until 4.30pm. For further information please phone 830-4802 or visit Pyjama Party, Kilbirnie Library, Thursday 20 June 6pm

    The Childrens Bookshop, in conjunction with the NZ Post Childrens Book Festival Wellington Committee and Wellington City Libraries has a wonderful pyjama party organised for children ages 8 and under. Come dressed in your pyjamas for book award finalist stories, songs and dancing, and hot chocolate and marshmallows. No charge to attend.