Dear Parents

Thank you everyone for a great response to our pink shirt day. Everyone looked fantastic and have spent part of the day completing rotations based around anti-bullying and our school values.

Tomorrow staff will participate in professional development, focusing on the religious education programme. We will spend our time looking at the God and Holy Spirit strands that are to be implemented this term.  We will also look at the Bridging document that will encourage creative learning experiences rather than prescribed lessons and a change from year levels to curriculum levels. This will be more in line with other curriculum areas.  The bridging document also has a greater emphasis on responding to their personal call to holiness and entering into a relationship with Jesus.

Next Wednesday night (25th June), we would like to invite parents to meet in the Atrium at 7pm. This is to share our mahi done on the teacher only day last term for positive behaviour for learning. During this session we will invite you to discuss our school values and behaviour expectations in all settings and give feedback about their relevance, and how you would like to see them rolled out in our classrooms. We will share our focus value for this term, which is mana and the children’s work around this.

Next Thursday afternoon we will run our cross country at Donavan Park. Parents are encouraged to come along, and if you would like to be part of our walking bus, we would really appreciate that. Children will be able to go directly home afterwards but please ensure you notify the classroom teacher before the day.  There will also be a sausage sizzle at lunchtime – thank you to the Friends of the School for organising this.

Construction is well under way in B Block. Builders have been in and completed the demolition, and are working on insulating and erecting the long awaited gib board.  There is two heat pumps being installed by the 10th of June. One in Akomanga Mana and one in the library.

This week in Church Father Harrison shared with students about being children of God and how we are called to be lights in our community and share the good news of Jesus with those around us.  “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”. Matthew 5:16

Chess Tournament
On Tuesday, eight students from Mana went to Waihopai School for a chess tournament. They each played seven rounds of chess.
Cookie was the best girl in the rookie tournament, James came 3rd and Cookie came 2nd overall. William and Rhea both received a credit award. They were in the top 25% overall. Mitchell, Samson and Rose all received a merit award, that meant they were placed in the top 50% overall. Sean, James and Cookie got the excellence award, that meant they were in the top 10% overall. We had a great time at the tournament, it was an awesome day and we all really enjoyed attending and taking part.  By William Cahill

Faith Facts – Weeks 3 & 4
For centuries people from around the world have sent prayer requests to Rome. From them, the Pope selects intentions for each month.
Pope Francis Prayer intention for May
We pray for all young people called to live life to the fullest. May they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.

In May there are three Marian feasts that are celebrated, which help us to understand what Mary can teach us about being followers of Jesus.
The Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, which is celebrated on May 24th, dates back to the sixteenth century, which was not a peaceful time in Europe. In 1571 Catholics throughout the continent joined in praying the rosary in hope for peace. Thi day is just as important today. A special time to ask Mary to help us all in our prayer for peace.

Congratulations to Pippa Hamilton and Cookie Le who received the Charism Award in weeks 2 & 3, and all the children who received certificates.

Class Happenings

Kia Ora whānau

Akomanga Wairua has been learning about Pink Shirt Day and raising awareness for anti-bullying. We have also been learning about the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ in Religious Education. These include Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. This has encouraged us to reflect on how we use the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ in our everyday lives. These topics have worked really well together, as we have been able to identify how we can use our tools to show kindness and respect to others.

“Zoey shows Love by including others in games” – Kade
“Nevaeh shows Kindness by always making an effort to put a smile on your face” – Marley
“Raveesha shows Joy by smiling and having a positive attitude” – Isla
“Austin shows Kindness by being a great friend to others” – Zoey
“Jay shows Love by caring for other people” – Nevaeh

Nga Mihi Nui – Emma Austin

Happy Birthday to Mrs Kean today. Thank you for the delicious cinnamon oysters for morning tea.

Community Notices