Live in the present – focus on what you are doing now.
This Bible reference is in relation to our students at Christ the King Catholic School. I did a fair bit of tracking since we have come back from lock down and the results would surprise you.
Our school has not as of yet had all 108 students at school together. Each day absent is 5 hours of directed learning lost. This means, if you are absent 5 days in a term, you have missed 25 hours of learning. This missed learning time adds up very quickly and does impact on our students academic progress.
On top of this is the continual number of children late to school each day. It is important that all children are at school on time to allow them to set up mentally and physically for their day of learning. Again the numbers do speak, with an average of 8% to 15% of our students late at least once during the week.
This is my challenge – be on time to school every day.
This will allow each child the very best chance to be ready for school and to achieve at their potential.
Whole School Sunday Mass
Coming up this weekend we have our first Whole School Sunday Mass. At this event we expect all Christ the King Catholic School students to be present in full school uniform. Please try to have the children seated at 9:50am in the reserved seating area for the school.
Parent Partnership Evening
We also have our first Parent Partnership Evening on Tuesday 4th August starting at 6pm. On this night I will ask our school community’s thoughts and ideas around the following three areas:
- School Reports
- Graduate Profile
- Communication Systems
sKids after school care has donated a $50 Pak n Save voucher for us to give away. You must be at the meeting to win.
I will be hosting several of these nights during Terms 3 and 4. They are all aimed at making Christ the King Catholic School the best possible school for our wonderful students.
CTK Open Day
On Tuesday 22nd September we will be holding our open day. This day is aimed at sharing our learning with parents and promoting our school into the local community.
We will hold three sessions during the day, you are welcome to come during these times:
- Session 1 – 9:30am to 10:30am
- Session 2 – 11:45am to 12:45pm
- Session 3 – 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Thank you all for your efforts to the start of this term, especially with the disruptions of the roadworks around the school. These will hopefully be completed over the next week or two.
Please remember that if you have any issues or questions you are able to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
Across the school this term we will be working on the Sacrament Strand. A sacrament is a visible sign of God’s invisible grace. Depending on the year level, students will learn about the meaning, the rites and rituals practised with sacraments and what each of the 7 Sacraments mean. Please discuss with your children which sacraments they are learning about.
We have been preparing to celebrate our first Christ The King School and Parish mass on Sunday, 2nd August at 10.00am.
Our expectation is for all students and their whanau to attend this liturgy service on Sunday at Christ The King Church.
We will also celebrate the feast of St Mary of the Cross (Mackillop) on Friday, 7th August at 10.00am and hope many of you will join us in this whole school celebration.
Our Josephite Charism is summarised beautifully in the sayings of Saint Mary Mackillop:
“Wherever we are, we are called to…
Be a gift of compassion for one another,
See a need and respond to it,
Have an attitude of gratitude.”
Te Aroha o te Atua
Director of Religious Studies
This term our Value focus is Justice.
Respect for Science
Is it right? Is it fair? Seeing a need and responding.
Planet Earth & Beyond: Earth systems
- Explore and describe natural features and resources.
- Describe how natural features are changed and resources affected by natural events and human actions.
- Appreciate that water, air, rocks, soil, and life forms make up our planet and recognise that these are also Earth’s resources.
We have hit the ground running over the first two weeks of Term 3. It has been full of great opportunities exploring through contextual learning activities during Specialisation Day on Tuesdays. The new construction room is a highlight for all our learners across the school. We also had a surprise visit from Bakers Delight handing out delicious fairy buns and pink covered cream buns. Very tasty!
Our visit from Watercare in week one was a fantastic programme for all our students to engage in science based activities around water. There was a range of fun learning and high engagement from all our classes. Hopefully our students shared to their families about some new learning they experienced. Yes, let’s not forget the shower timers, 4min showers. Let’s see who has put the shower timers to good use.
We have also had ASB Financial Literacy visit out classes in week two. We are so fortunate as a small school to have a range of contexts where learning is fun, challenging and new. The curriculum coverage through all these activities are so rich in experiences.
Room 1 have been highly engaged in creating their own rain gauges throughout the first two weeks. An integration of maths and science. Great effort and work Room 1! As a school we are excited to be covering Respect for Science throughout this term. Bring on the water experiments and projects!
A warm welcome to Yusef, our newest learner in Room 6 and our new Learning Assistant, Mia Loheni-Brown.
School Uniform Update
Thank you for your patience in waiting for our school uniform order to arrive. We have been notified that our order is still waiting to board an airplane in China. The new arrival date is “late August”.