A warm welcome to this new school year and especially to those in our community joining with us as Foundation Families of Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School.
My apologies as the earlier newsletter has been published in error and was still in draft form. PLEASE refer to this newsletter for updated school information. We are still “learning” the system!!!!
There is certainly great excitement as we approach the completion of Phase 1 of the building development and prepare for the opening of school on the 7th February. Much work has been accomplished over the summer break and we are very proud of the way the school and grounds are looking.
As staff, we hope to be located on the school site towards the end of this week and remain situated at the temporary school office in the meantime. Due to restrictions, as the school site is still under the care of the Construction Company, we are unable to have families or community view the school before we become operational. This will certainly make our school gathering on the Monday 6th February 4:00pm even more of a highlight! Bishop Patrick Dunn will be with us for a special ceremony to bless the children and their families, staff and the buildings.
Monday 6th February 4:00pm school site: Blessing of the Children Families, Staff and Buildings
Please bring a picnic tea for your family to enjoy after the liturgy and blessing. School will provide a sausage sizzle.
Tuesday 7th February 8:50am school site: Candle Ceremony on First Day.
Parents are invited to morning tea with the Senior Leadership Team, once children have commenced classes
Senior Leadership Team: Miss Peta Lindstrom, Mrs Maria Speechlay, Mr Nico van der Merwe and Mrs Ana Silva
Learning Community Whenua (Year 1): Mrs Tanya Rowe and Ms Cheryl Schuster/Mrs Michelle Clissold
Learning Community Awa (Year 2/3): Mrs Julie Kippen and Miss Andrea Charlesworth
Learning Community Moana (Year 4/5/6): Mrs Ana Silva and Mr Nico van der Merwe
Support Staff: Office Administrator, Mrs Jennifer Quarterman and Teacher Aide, Mrs Carolyn Harvey
Our School uniform is only available for purchase from NZ Uniforms on 28E Lambie Drive, Manukau.
Store hours: Tuesday 31st Jan – Friday 3rd Feb 9am – 5pm and Saturday 4th Feb 9am – 4pm
Your child’s school stationery requirements are available for you to order online, go to www.myschool.co.nz/login. Search for Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School, select your child’s learning community and year level and follow the instructions on the website.
Before and After School Care
sKids Company are the providers of Before/After School Care for our school. Their programme will be based on site in a Learning Space . We warmly welcome Rose and Luke King as our sKids supervisors.
To enrol, go to www.sKids.co.nz and click on aimyplus or for more information contact
Rose ph: 021 289 9939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
School Bell Times
School day commences 8:50am
School day concludes 2:50pm
School Preparation and Organisation
On Tuesday 7th February, please walk through the gates near the Admin building and gather near the internal court area close to the children’s Learning Communities. You are very welcome to come into the Learning Communities. The children will be able to hang their bags up on the coat-hooks provided on the external walls. Please have children’s purchased stationery items named and ready to go. You will need to provide morning tea, lunch and a filled water bottle for your child. All personal belongings need to be named.
The school parking area is still being developed. We hope to have it ready for the start of school. You will be able to enter using the entrance closest to the Hall and drive down to park in one of the available car parks. An alternative if you want to park and remain at school for the beginning of the day, would be to park in the side streets around the school and walk in with your child/children. The Bus Bay at the front of the school will be operational as a drop off, pick up area and you are welcome to use this entrance as long as you don’t remain parked there.
On Friday 20th January at 5:30am, the school staff and Establishment Board of Trustees members were joined by Kaumatua from the local maraes who led us in the most beautiful ceremony of blessing and gifting wairua/spirit to our school buildings. It was a very moving ceremony with chanting, Karakia/prayers, mihi/speeches and waiata/songs as we joined together as one community acknowledging the establishment of a our new school community in the Takanini area. We are excited to establish connections with the local mana whenua/people of the Takanini area and look forward to nurturing a strong relationship in the year ahead.
Holy Trinity Prayer
May the blessing of the Holy Trinity be with us this year.
May God’s strength keep us secure.
May Christ our true Wisdom guide our learning.
May the Holy Spirit make us glad and good.
May the enfolding of the Trinity hold us and bring us to unity.