Saturday, 16 March 2019

Week 7

Good Afternoon,

Tonight there will be a prayer vigil held at St John the Baptist Church at 7pm, to pray for the people who lost their lives and are injured from the attack in Christchurch. Everyone is most welcome to come along.

Monday morning prayer will be a little different this week with a prayer liturgy in the Church.  All welcome to attend.

Wednesday - School Mass - Room 1

Details for:

The school triathlon is happening on Thursday 21st March from 12:30-2:30pm. We will be starting the first race at approx. 12.40pm. Please check your children’s bikes and that their helmets fit properly over the next few days.

VOLUNTEER HELP: If you are able to help with course marshalling please email Mr Yeoman ( asap . It is important that we have plenty of parents around the course to ensure all children are safe at all times and of course to support the children. The more helpers we have the better and safer the race is for everyone.

CLOTHING: -Please be sure to come to school in the correct clothing:
-Years 5 – 8: School sports uniform and track suit
-Years 1 – 4. School sports uniform and green trackpants/warm clothes. -
School sunhats are compulsory, so be sure to have yours at school.

TIMETABLE: -Lunch will be at 11:30.
-We will all be leaving school at 12.10pm.
-Years 5 – 8 will ride their bikes to the pool with Mrs Lyon and Mrs Wright
-Years 1-4 will travel by bus, their bikes will need to be dropped directly to the pool at 12:15.
NOTE this is year groups not room numbers.

-There will be an event briefing at 12:30 with the first race starting at 12.40pm.
-Every child will be competing in the triathlon in the following age groups and in this order:
Yr 5-8 Competitive (Yr 5&6 first, then Yr 7&8)
Yr 1&2 Yr 3&4 Yr 5-8 Non-Competitive

TRANSITIONS: There will be marshals at each of the Transitions, Mrs Beilby & Mrs Lyon at the run/bike and Mrs Flannery inside the pool.

We ask that parents please stay out of the transition areas, there will be help available to your children if they need it. It would be helpful though to have parents remove bikes as soon as possible from the area.

POOL ENTRY: Children may only access the pool through the rear doors. This is the understanding that we have within our pool hire agreement. All parents must use the normal pool entrance and stay clear of the rear doors. PICK UP: Children and bikes are to be picked up from the pool after the event at approx. 2.30-2.45pm please. Any bus children will be brought back to school by staff.

Room 4 are on Assembly this week. :D


Claire Dwyer

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Week 5!


We've arrived at Week 5, which is of course is Junior Camp on Thursday evening and Friday.

If you have said you had a tent available, we would appreciate you bringing this to school on Thursday.

We have been busy sorting out where children will be sleeping, when we have finalised this list we will let everyone know.

So you are able to sort out your Friday, these are the parent helpers for the Day session.
We please ask, that you can sort out transport to each activity, as we do not have enough room on the bus for all parent helpers.

Room 7 Helpers
Chris Campbell
Nathan McLean
Shane Samuel

Room 3 Helpers
Kirtsy Anderson
Rebecca Cowley
Rachel Baxter
Vania Smith
Kiri Mulholland
Jen Bedford

Room 4 Helpers

Helen Ryan
Vanessa Breen
Christine Lanham
Christina Tyrell
Claire Cockburn
Heather Breen
Below are the details for the camp: 

St Gerard’s School
Children to be dropped off at 5.30pm at St Gerard’s, on Thursday 7th March.
Parents to help erect the tents on school field before leaving. (Only parent helpers to stay.)
A fish and chip tea will be provided. There will be a choice of fish,  hot dogs or donuts.
Please bring baking and bread to school.
Play in the playground. (Both to be supervised)
Technology (boat making) in classrooms. Please bring suitable materials for making boats.
Ice Cream
Preparing breakfast together.
Pack bags and pack up tents.

Children and teachers will travel via bus and parent helpers will be travelling in their own vehicles. We will leave school at 9.30am and bus to Lionel Day’s train ride in Earnscleugh.  
Bus to the Crayfish Farm on Dunstan Road at approximately 11.00am for tour, boat races and lunch.
Leave farm at 1.00pm for Monte Christo, for play and fruit ice cream.
St Gerards
Leave Monte Christo at approximately 2.30pm and return to school by 2.45pm.
The gear list for camp Thursday evening 7th March is as follows:

  • Room 4 – baking for morning tea and lunch
  • Filled water bottle
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Stretcher or single airbed
  • Pillow
  • Pyjamas
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste/hairbrush/facecloth
  • Underwear
  • Change of clothing
  • Spare backpack for Friday
  • Jacket
  • Sunhat/Sunscreen
  • Utensils – plate – cup
  • Shoes – suitable for outdoor activities
  • Torch

With regard to boat building - the children in Room 4 have designed a boat on paper and have thought about the materials so they can build it. Some children have brought in materials already, tomorrow (Monday) I will send home their plan so you can discuss with your child what they might need to make it.
I wonder whose boat will float and which will sink?!

Other things that are on this week:

Ash Wednesday, Room 5 and 6 will be co-ordinating Mass this week which marks the start of Lent. Lent is a time of Alms giving, and Reflection. We have all made some Lenten Promises which will be on display (from Tuesday) in the school office and some in the church foyer.

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Walk n Wheel is an annual week-long event used to "kick start" Active Transport for the school year.
Walk n Wheel aims to:
  • Promote and encourage Active Transport amongst Otago primary, intermediate and college school kids.
  • Get kids, parents and schools thinking about Active Transport.
How Walk n Wheel works:
  • Walk n Wheel Week runs in the first school term of each year with Walk n Wheel week for 2019 taking place from 4 March to 8 March.  During the week kids are encouraged to either walk, bike or scoot to school.
  • Walk n Wheel Day, which takes place in the middle of Walk n Wheel Week, is a day where extra emphasis is placed on Active Transport and schools strive to get as many students and staff as possible to choose an Active Transport option.
  • Each participating school receives resources for the week, such as: posters, stickers, progress cards, classroom charts, and a school prize pack, along with a chance to win many other great prizes.  The higher the percentage of kids that walk or wheel at each school, the greater the chance to win the best prizes.
We will be surveying the children on how they arrived at school on Wednesday. 

Looking forward to a busy week! 
Please contact me if you need any more information about the events this week. 

God Bless 
Claire Dwyer

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Week 4, Term 1

Good Afternoon,

Hope you're all keeping warm on this chilly day.

Thank you to everyone who came to Mass this Morning, hopefully next year the weather will be a bit warmer and we can have a Parish Picnic.

Happy Birthday to Rocky for today and to Rebecca on Thursday this week! 🎈

On Thursday this week, we have Swimming Sports, if children can please be dropped off at the pool at 9am. Children are encouraged to wear their house colours.  Swimming Sports will finish at around 12, and we will then head back to school, to continue our school day.

If I could please get all camp forms back tomorrow (Monday), this will help us to be able to sort out parent help etc.  Thank you to those who have returned their form already.

There are still a couple of families who have not registered for Seesaw, if you need another registration sheet, please let me know and I will send another form home.

If you need to get in contact with me, please email or message me on Seesaw.


Have a great week,


Saturday, 16 February 2019

Week 3, Term 1

Here is the timetable for Week 3!

Tuesday - Swimming Lessons, please drop your child off at the Swimming Pool, if your child catches the bus, please let me know and I can make arrangements so they will get there.
If you could help on Tuesday, I would very much appreciate this. Please email me

There will be an Assembly on Friday.

On Friday, one of the boys in our class had his helicopter he had made at Action Stations taken at the end of the day. If anyone has taken this home by mistake he’d love for it to be returned. Thank you!!

Remember to join up to Seesaw, I’ve started uploading photos and videos.

You will receive a notice about camp this week.

Claire Dwyer

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Swimming Next Week

Tuesday 19th Swimming Practice Day

Children in Rooms 3, 4, 6 and 7 are to be dropped at the pool by 8:55am. Please do not go into the pool, wait for your teacher. If you are coming to school by bus and need to be taken to the pool, let your classroom teacher know by Monday, so that transport can be arranged.
  • Rooms 7, 3 & 4 will return to school by bus at 11:10.
  • Room 6 will swim from 9:00 - 9:40 and will walk back school with Mrs Laidlaw and parents. Please let Mrs Laidlaw know if you are able to assist with supervision at the pool an/or can walk back to school with the class.
  • Room 5 will walk to and from the pool. They swim from 9:40 - 10:20.
  • Rooms 1/2 will walk and swim 10:20 - 11am.

As we are lucky enough to have all 6 lanes in the main pool for this 2 hour block, all classes will need extra parents to assist with supervision, so that we can make the best use of this. Rooms 7, 3 and 4 would welcome any parents willing to get into the water  with the children, and to assist with dressing afterwards.

School Swimming Sports

Thank you to the 5 people who have offered help as timekeepers on this day. We are looking for 18, so if you haven’t already made contact we look forward to your help.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Week 2, Term 1

Welcome to Week 2,

I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend.

I had a lovely week last week, getting to know the children in Room 4, all the children enjoyed creating some Super Hero artwork.

On Tuesday evening, it is "Meet the Teacher Evening", below is a Schedule for the evening.
  • 5.00 - 5.15- Room 7
  • 5.15 - 5.30- Room 3
  • 5.30 - 6.00 BYO picnic tea
  • 6.00 - 6.15-  BOT chairperson/ staff
  • 6.20 - 6.35- Room 4
  • 6.40 - 6.55- Room 5
  • 7.00 - 7.15- Room 6
  • 7.15 - 7.30- Room 1&2
I look forward to meeting everyone on Tuesday, if you can't attend, and would like to come in and talk just send me an email: and we can arrange a time that suits us both.

On Wednesday, it is Room 4's Class Mass, all are welcome to attend.

Sun Hats - if you could please ensure that your child has a St Gerard's Sun hat at school.

God Bless

Claire Dwyer

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Week 1, Term 1

Welcome to Room 4! 

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday and is excited about returning back to school on Monday! 

Here is the Stationery list and the topics for each book.  

3 x 1I5 - Reading, Writing, Printing

2x1A5 - Poetry and Homework

2x Plain Project ScrapBook - R.E and Inquiry

1x1H5 - Maths

1 x Book Bag

8 good quality HB Pencils
1 red biro
1 pink highlighter
1 green highlighter
1 ruler
1 Rubber
1 pencil sharpener
4 large Glue Sticks
1 Black vivid
1 packet coloured pencils
2 white board markers – blue, black
1 Pencil case

If you could please name all books and stationery that would be very helpful.  This year the children will be using a pencil case to try develop self management skills. 

If the 4 Glue Sticks could also come to school named.  I will give each child a Glue stick to have in their pencil case and store the other 3 in my cupboard.  So when a new one is needed they can come to me to get another one. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at school tomorrow! 

Claire Dwyer 

Week 7

Good Afternoon, Tonight there will be a prayer vigil held at St John the Baptist Church at 7pm, to pray for the people who lost their live...