17th April - School Newsletter
Friday 17 April
Kia ora whānau of St Catherine’s College,
The followers of Jesus were hiding in a room, scared and anxious after his death. They didn’t know what was going to happen to them. They were scared and anxious - similar feelings to our own at the moment. They were strengthened by the presence of the Holy Spirit within them. We too are already filled with the Holy Spirit, although we do not always have that awareness in the confusion of these days. So let's take strength from the Holy Spirit and remember the first words of Jesus after the Resurrection, Peace be with you.
The Prime Minister’s description yesterday of what Covid-19 Alert Level 3 will look like for a return to school for Yr 9 and 10 students, has caused speculation into people’s minds. And fair enough. There will be an announcement from our Prime Minister next Monday 20 April on the possible transition to Level 3. So until we know more and can plan accordingly, I think it is best that we deal with what we do know, and how we are prepared to meet present realities.
Teaching and learning for all St Catherine’s College students starts online next Monday 20 April.
We have created Online Learning Guidelines for students: Online Learning Expectations
Your support for these will go a long way to ensure the success of this new phase of learning.
The Ministry of Education’s cybersecurity safety network - N4L - has provided a free safety filter that parents can set up on their child’s learning device from home. Just go to: switchonsafety.co.nz to find clear instructions on how to do this.
It blocks websites containing known cyber threats like phishing scams, malicious content and viruses, while also protecting children from content deemed the worst of the web (like adult sites).
Other educational sites that are available include -
Mauri Reo Mauri Ora: broadcast via the Te Reo Channel on SkyTV and Vodafone TV Channel 52, Freeview Channel 15 and Māori TV website https://www.teaomaori.news/its-kura-your-own-home-mauri-reo-mauri-ora from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am-3pm for the next 10 weeks, starting on the 15th of April.
Talanoa Ako: Talanoa Ako (to talk and discuss education and learning) is a 10-week Pacific responsive education programme, which will be provided via radio and an app.
Home Learning TV Yrs 1-10
Programme schedule on TV
Our students are still engaging in extracurricular activities - online of course. Congratulations to Grace Ellis and Aoife Moss for their participation in the NZ Schools Debating Council’s competition. Students from Nelson and Auckland make up their team in the 53-team Senior Premier grade.
Our Yr 13 students are feeling Lockdown pressure, judging by their video to the music and lyrics of Queen’s, ‘I want to break free’ ! You can enjoy their performance on the SCC Notices Facebook page.
The April edition of the NZ Catholic publication is here for your reading -
Sacramental Programme 2020
There is an opportunity for any student who has missed out on any of the Sacraments of Initiation or wishes to become part of the Catholic Church to join in with the Sacramental Programme.
One of the ways the Church lives as the Body of Christ is through the special rituals we call the Sacraments.
The goal of this programme is to guide the youth in our church to encounter the presence of God in their everyday lives. We hope that it enables them to understand the wonder of belonging to our church family and to understand our mission. In addition, we hope to encourage conversations and support the ongoing faith development of anyone who picks up this resource regardless of where they are on their faith journey.
Our Sacramental programme will run for 14 weeks starting at the beginning of Term 2, next week. To start off these sessions will be virtual sessions. If you are interested in your daughter receiving the Sacraments (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) please contact Ilana de Vos (Director of Religious Studies) on Ph: 939 8988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our communications might look a little different in terms of timing next week as we respond to the Prime Minister’s announcements next Monday. In the meantime, I share with you this beautiful prayer forwarded to staff by one of our number, in our daily reflection.
Your desire is for our wholeness and wellbeing.
We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time.
We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.
We ache for ourselves and our neighbours, standing before an uncertain future.
We pray; may love, not fear, go viral.
Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good.
Help us to practise social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in solidarity.
Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence,
You, the God who does not abandon.
Ngā mihi nui