Key Dates March 29-31 Year 6 Camp

29 Board of Trustees Meeting April 02 Second Hand Uniform Sale 04 Khandallah Kindy Visit Room 2 5 & 6 Parent Learning Goal Interviews 10 Holy Week 12 Mission Fair Newsletter No. 9 13 Visit by author Elizabeth Cummings St Benedict’s School 13 Holy Thursday Stations of the Cross Khandallah 13 Term 1 ends Absence Phone No: 939-3878 May 01 Term 2 begins Answer Phone: 479-6878 04 Yr 8 immunisations Fax: 479-3879 11 School Cross Country PP 16/5 5 Mufti Day – lucky dip item or gold coin donation Email: [email protected] 30 ICAS exam – Science June Website: www.st-benedicts.school.nz 5 Queens Birthday – School School Blog: http://stbensepicblog.blogspot.co.nz closed 11 St Patrick’s College Open Day 28 March 2017 14 ICAS exam – Writing

We warmly welcome Isabella Fouhy and her family into our school community. We hope you enjoy your first day in Room 2.

Parent Interviews will take place on Wednesday April 5 and Thursday April 6. If your child is in Year 1-3 and is due for an interview you will be contacted by email about this. All children in Years 4-8 will have an interview. Please go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the event code bnafc to book your interview with your child’s / children’s teacher. The booking site will be closed off on Monday April 3 at noon.

Prayer for Lent Dear Lord, please help us to bear hardships and difficulties in life with grace, and a joyful attitude. Help us to trust that you will not force too heavy of a load on us. Increase our faith. Please have mercy on us when we are weak and weary. Sustain us with your grace.

Stations of the Cross will be held every Wednesday of Lent from 8 March at Johnsonville and Khandallah. At Newlands there will be Stations of the Cross during Lent every Saturday after the 5pm Mass and every Sunday after the 10am Mass. All 3 Churches will have individual confession available on the Wednesdays of Lent from 7.30 to 8.30pm.

Today we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Father Doug in the school library at 11.00am.

This week our EPIC Award “EPIC Eddie” went to Room 2. The class are looking after each other. They play and work happily and peacefully together and say thank you when someone helps them. Recently Room 2 had a visitor in their room and they went out of their way to make her feel welcome. Everyone wants to help when someone gets hurt! They have been learning how to be a good friend, and part of this is knowing what to do when someone treats you in a way you don’t like. Everyone is practising positive, clever ways to deal with this, rather than telling the teacher straight away. It is challenging to be five and starting school, however Mrs Minto can see that the class is working hard to improve in their learning. They are working on holding pencils and scissors correctly, forming letters and numbers correctly, in addition to learning to read, write and do maths. Some children are getting a bit tired with all this effort, but no one is giving up. The children in Room 2 are EPIC.

With winter sports getting under way again and our school basketball, miniball and netball teams representing our school each week it is timely to think about how we can all demonstrate and model our EPIC Gospel Values for our students while they are representing our school. As parents, coaches and supporters the impact of our actions cannot be understated. If we are modelling the values we promote the children will do the same. For our St Benedict’s School teams we encourage participation, fairness and fun. Winning is always a nice bonus. How the students compete and win or lose is more important to us than whether they win or lose. The skills and attitudes in sports they develop at a young age will go with them through the years. We look forward to a great season of winter sports ahead.

We wish our Year 6 students all the best for their camp this week as they head off to Palm Grove tomorrow. This camp provides them with opportunities to build and develop their confidence, teamwork and collaborative skills and will help set them up for the challenges that lay ahead in the coming year.

Last week (Monday-Sunday) our solar panels generated 87 kWh of solar energy. Our school page can be viewed by clicking on the St Benedict’s School Schoolgen link: http://schoolgen.co.nz/schoolgen-schools/st-benedicts-school.

Kind Regards Dave Lamont Principal

ICAS University of NSW examinations Our school registrations for these exams are now closed. We have ordered the exact number of papers from the university for the students who were registered by the close off date.

RECONCILIATION The First Reconciliation ceremony for children who are registered for this year's Sacramental Programme will be at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 at St Benedict's church. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

ST MARY’S OPEN DAY The Open Day for Year 8 students looking to come to St Mary's College in 2018 will be held on Wednesday 31 May 2017. There are two sessions 8:30am-10:00am OR 10:45-12.20pm. No need to register just turn up to your preferred time slot start. Save the date: Monday 27 November 2017 - Orientation Day.


"The legal battle against segregation is won, but the community battle goes on."

Dorothy Day - American journalist, social activist, and Catholic convert. More info at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Day


I like going to Kindy. By Emily

I like climbing. By Zara

I liked playing. By Thomas

I liked the swings at Kindy. By Sophie

I liked the basketball hoop.

By Kaiser

HOK Notices

Second Hand Uniform Sale

SUNDAY 2 April, 11am-12.30pm

Come to the school library to stock up on items for the winter uniform.

If you can help, please contact Andrea on [email protected]

Entertainment Books

Early-bird sales have started for the Entertainment Books. These can be physical books with card/vouchers or digital membership allows you to have the app on

your phone.

Go online to purchase at: https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/10422e1


We have a Facebook page. Check us out and keep up-to-date with St Benedicts Help Our Kids Committee. https://www.facebook.com/StBensHOK/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

St. Benedict’s School Directory

It’s that time of year again when we update the directory that all families will receive in Term 2.

The School Directory contains contact details for all our families as well as room lists with all students’ names. You can include as much or as little contact information as you like.

We are requesting ALL families to submit the following online form, even if your details remain the same as last year. This will make our job a lot easier as otherwise we will need to input your details ourselves which creates more work at our end and can result in mistakes.

Click on one of these links to access the form:

http://bitly.com/stbensdirectory or http://goo.gl/4V1Gka

Please submit the online form by Friday 31st March. ______

Sports Notices & Student Achievements

CONGRATULATIONS to the following students who received an award at the Onslow Junior Cricket Club end of session prize giving: Connor O'Styke, Charles Burns, William Tuck, Jamie Wildash-Chan, Joel Florance, Kashyapa de Alwis, Marco Scoble, Ollie Florance, Caleb Byrne, Eamonn Ward and Matthew Barber. Well done.

MINIBALL / BASKETBALL REGISTRATION Miniball and basketball registrations for Terms 2 and 3 are now due. Please complete the attached registration form and return to the school office by Friday 31 March with your payment. Thank you.


Year 6 - one more player for the team please (7 aside) Year 5 - two more players for the team please (6 aside)

Contact Viv 021 434184 ([email protected])

MUSIC LESSONS Your child can learn how to play the keyboard at this school. The lessons are run during school hours and all ages are welcome! The Music Academy has been providing music lessons in the for over 23 years. Our experienced and enthusiastic teachers will ensure all lessons are fun and appropriate for your child's level of musical development. Please contact the Music Academy at any time for more information and to book a place.

Phone: 0272115077 email: [email protected] online: www.musicacademy.co.nz

ASB SCHOOL BANKING Has your child been registered for School Banking? If not please ask at the office for a form to sign up for their Head Start Saving Account.

Once your child has been registered they will receive a Kid’s School Banking pack which will include a calculator, savings diary and deposit envelopes to help them get started.

For easy and convenient banking for your child, the ASB has provided a Deposit Drop Box in the office area where your child can make their regular savings deposit. Emma McCallum


Term 1 Tuesday 28 March Wiig family Wednesday 29 March Wildash-Chan family Thursday 30 March Bailey family Friday 31 March Winchcombe family

Monday 03 April Wintringham family Tuesday 04 April Wishart family

Wednesday 05 April Woods family Thursday 06 April Young family Friday 07 April Abro family

Parents: Please be present from 8:30-9:00am and again from 2:50-3:15pm

COMMUNITY NOTICES MSP JUNIOR RUGBY has built one of Wellington's proudest & most successful sports clubs. The club is about children enjoying their sport & developing their skills in a fun, safe & family oriented environment. Come & check out our vibrant club culture with a strong family atmosphere! Register online at www.msprugby.co.nz or come to the Club Carnival at the EBIS front field (next to St Pats College artificial turf) on Sunday 2nd April from 12noon to 2pm, for families to enjoy games, bouncy castle, lolly scramble, BBQ and more… Not sure? Email us at [email protected] or check out our Facebook page for more. GLEE CLUB Professional tuition, mini performance at the end of term, boys & girls aged 5-8. Khandallah Town Hall, 11 Ganges Rd, 10 week program, starts Thursday May 4, 3:30- 4:15pm, $100 per term. Email Clair to book your spot [email protected] or phone 021 076 4690 ROCK ACADEMY HOLIDAY PROGRAMME: Location: St Patrick’s Parish Hall, 5 Rd Kilbirnie. Time: Starts at 9:00am & finishes at 3:00pm. Drop off 8:45am. April week one: 18th to the 21st, Tuesday to Friday. April week two: 26th to the 28th, Wednesday to Friday. Activities include: Daily busking trips – The pupils get to keep the money, highly motivating & great for their confidence. Group jam sessions – Learning lots of cool new modern rock & pop songs every morning. The Rock Academy’s Got Talent workshop & competition – Pupils learn how to audition, introduce themselves, hold eye contact & perform a piece to take out TRA trophy. Singing lessons/exercises – Singing exercises & scales every morning. Instrument skills sessions – learning new riffs, licks, chords, tricks & techniques. Industry workshop – Learning how to be a successful musician however large or small their ambitions may be. Solo & group song writing sessions – Pupils are asked to write and perform their own songs over the three days. Please contact us today to book a place. Geoff Day, Director - Teaching Coordinator, The Rock Academy & The Singing Academy, 021 565 750. AUDITION NOTICE In July of this year Khandallah Arts Theatre is performing The Wind in the Willows an adaptation by Alan Bennett from the book by Kenneth Grahame & directed by Shannon Tubman. It is a classic story of friendship & adventure peppered with lessons in morality & manners. The gregarious & warm characters of Toad, Mole, Ratty & Badger have been capturing children’s hearts & imaginations since 1908. This theatrical version is written with the wit & satire that Alan Bennett is renowned for, much of the humour is aimed directly at adults, but the characters, action & physical comedy will tickle children & carefree adults alike. Come & help us recreate the rich world of The Wind in the Willows. The play has roles for ten children & young teens who will join older teens & adults in this production. Audition are to be held Sunday April 9th (10 am – 4pm) & Tuesday April 11th (7.30 pm- 8.30pm). Production dates are July 20th – July 29th. If your child/children are interested in auditioning for a role & you would like more information please contact Production Manager Marj Lawson ph 972 6180, 027 223 7797 or email [email protected] TWO-WEEK APRIL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME - NORTHLAND KIDZ CLUB. We'll be ice-skating, go-karting, swimming & playing mini-golf - going to Junglerama & Jumperama, Time Cinema for old-style movies, a kids theatre production & enjoying a performance by Nigel Kennedy, the magician. Join us for an adventure every day. $45 per child per day (third child onwards :$20), 8.30 a.m to 6 p.m each day. For details, check out our website (www.nkc.org.nz) , or contact Jan on cell (022-140-2612) , e-mail ([email protected]). THE SARAPU CUP * A fun, social chess tournament just for kids * 6 games at 15 minutes per player * Suits all player levels - perfect for beginners! * Lots of fun activities, puzzle challenges + our world-famous lollie scramble. Venue: Wgtn Bridge Club, 17 Tinakori Rd, Thorndon Date: Sunday 2 April Time: 1 - 5:30pm Entry Fee: Get a special 50% discount* Enter "FIFTY" in the voucher box. Enter Online: www.chesspower.co.nz/welly-events Enquiries to: [email protected] * Discount offer valid for this event only HOLIDAY PROGRAMME - Drama, Dance & Music. Drama Remedy holiday programmes are a great opportunity to expose your child to the art of drama & speech with our exciting & enjoyable workshops. April holiday programme will be 3 days of activities based on Drama, Dance & Music. To enrol or for more details contact (04) 478 5962 or 022 027 3316 [email protected] or visit our website www.dramaremedy.co.nz CODECAMP APRIL HOLIDAYS When: April 18th – 21st & April 24th – 27th Venue: Samuel Marsden School, . Code camp allows boys & girls from the ages of 7-17 to develop 21st century skills in a fun & action packed environment. Develop confidence & initiative through design, creativity, solving problems & collaboration. Create games, apps & work with robots & electronic building blocks. Book Now at www.codecamp.co.nz/holiday-codecamp JOHNSONVILLE RUGBY Attention all Kids & Parents Come & play rugby for the Johnsonville Junior Rugby Club. •Teams from nursery grade (4 years) up to under 13 •5 & 6 year olds play rippa rugby • Cost: $30 for nursery grade $80 per child or $110 per family. • Season starts 6 May 2017 Contact details: Trina Coombs 021 455121 or [email protected] TO REGISTER GO TO http://www.sporty.co.nz/johnsonvillerugbyjnr/2017-Junior-Registration OR Our Facebook page ‘Johnsonville Junior Rugby Club’ ONSLOW JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB - FIRST KICKS 2017 SEASON It is not too late to register for the 2017 season of First Kicks. This popular & fun introduction to football for 5 & 6 year olds begins in April. Register now at http://onslow.org.nz/registrations/ JOHNSONVILLE SCHOOL 150th REUNION 7-9 April 2017 Johnsonville School is holding its 150th Reunion from 7-9 April 2017. For information about events & registration, go to www.johnsonville.school.nz & click on ‘150th Reunion Information’ or email [email protected] or phone Johnsonville School on 04-4787155 SPRINGBOARD & PLATFORM DIVING AT KILBIRNIE POOL Wgtn Diving Club has a range of diving classes for kids aged 5 years & up. Why not try something new this year? Visit our website and come along for a free trial! We have several after-school sessions & cater for kids of any level from beginners to competitive. We also run fun casual sessions on Sundays. For more information, please visit our website www.wellingtondiving.org.nz or call/text Barbara on 027-485-8888. WELLINGTON BALLET offers ballet for children from the age of 3 - adult. We teach the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet syllabus in four locations: Khandallah Bowling Club, Khandallah Town Hall & the Johnsonville & Newlands Community Centres. We now offer Jazz & Contemporary with Caroline Chu. We are now taking enrolments: www.wellingtonballet.co.nz or email [email protected]

HOK Sponsors

Thank you to businesses and individuals that sponsor and support St Benedict’s School. We acknowledge and appreciate their support and ask that you use them when you can.