Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,

This term the overall theme that we are looking at is keeping ourselves safe.

The pupils at the moment are working with John Somerfield from the New Zealand Police on the joint teaching programme “keeping ourselves safe” (KOS) and later on all pupils will attend a beach education day that will educate them on how to stay safe at the beach (and around water) during our summer months.  The senior classes will also be receiving swimming lessons to help ensure that they are able to keep themselves safe around this potential hazard this summer.

Constable Summerfield held a parent education evening last week that was very informative for all who attended. The underlying theme I took from it and have myself taught over the years is to keep talking to our  children.  Often the temptation during the teenage years is to let them do their own thing as long as they appear to be doing no harm.  But the problem with this philosophy is that by the time we come aware an issue has arisen something that was small will have become huge.

The work on the new site is continuing at a steady pace and to celebrate the end of our time at 62 Church Street our annual fair will be held this Sunday, so please try to support the school by attending the last ever fair at 62 Church Street!

 Have a great week

Mike Brosnahan


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