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Newsletter 21 October 2021

Thu Oct 21 03:34pm


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All books borrowed from the library van need to be returned to school tomorrow, Wednesday, 15 September.

Tue Sep 14 04:34pm

Passwords soon to be introduced to our School App

Thu Sep 09 02:17pm

We are about to introduce a new feature of the app which requires that you set up a password. This provides additional security and will allow us to send alerts to private groups or individual parents.

Tomorrow, you will receive an email from School Apps NZ to get you set up.
If you have already downloaded the app, just click on the link in the email to set up your new password.
If you haven’t downloaded the app previously, you will need to click on the link to download the app from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store and follow the procedure to set up a password.
The good news is that once you have set up your password and logged in, you won’t need to re-enter it each time you access the app. When you download the app, please make sure you allow notifications.

Back to school information for Thursday 9th September…

Tue Sep 07 08:08pm

Kia ora koutou,


 We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back onsite on Thursday morning.

 At Alert Level 2 there is low risk of community transmission and it provides us with a lot more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, there are still a number of public health requirements we all need to follow. Please continue to monitor your health and do not send your children to school if they are not well (and please seek advice about getting a COVID test).

 For us, all the required safety precautions for Alert Level 2 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cough and sneeze into their elbow.

 While physical distancing is not a requirement in schools, we will be doing our best to keep students from congregating in very large numbers and keeping spaces well-ventilated.

Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school in the secondary school setting. The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected. 

If you come into the school grounds you must scan the QR code at the gate or on the office window using your COVID tracer app.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or me if there is something you need assistance with. See you Thursday!

God bless

David O’Neill

School open for all students this Thursday 9th September 9am. Please read on:

Mon Sep 06 08:45pm

The Government today announced that all schools outside of Auckland will be open to all staff and students on Thursday 9th September from 9am.

We are very excited that all of our students will be back together again after 3 weeks. The Ministry of Education are due to provide a full list of guidelines for schools in Level 2 tomorrow. We are not expecting large-scale change to the settings, however, face coverings for age 12+ are recommended. Please note that this means that they are NOT compulsory but only recommended.

I will send you more guidance about how we will operate in Level 2 tomorrow.

God bless

David O’Neill



Seesaw is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best, and saves teachers time! Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio. Teachers find or create activities to share with students.The Seesaw platform is used for homework activities as well as in class work.

Parents are also notified by the class teacher about classroom and school activities and events via the Seesaw platform. Parents can also Seesaw their child’s teacher.


Families only have access to their child’s journal. This means you will see student work tagged with your child’s name and posts the teacher tags with ‘Everyone’. Families will also be able to see any comment made by another user on their child’s journal posts.

Download the app or open Seesaw here

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Our School App is what we use for general School-Wide communication. You can download the School App to receive Alert Notifications, read the latest newsletter, view upcoming events, submit absences and more.

To download the School App, search SchoolAppsNZ in the App Store or Google Play Store, and then search St Mary’s Christchurch in the search bar in the app.

If you are on a mobile you can click this link to download the App.