Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Estuary Walk with Richard de Hamel

Last Thursday we visited the estuary with Richard de Hamel from Otago University.  We found out about the history of the estuary, the impacts on the estuary, how early Maori fished the estuary.  We also undertook observations and acted like scientists collecting data and using a metre square.  Of course we also had a bit of fun in the mud!

Christian Leaders Visit to Motueka

On Friday we had a wonderful opportunity to meet with other children from Catholic schools from throughout the top of the south.  We spent the day learning about the opportunities we can make for being christian leaders in our school.  We also visited the church and learnt about the different parts and areas.  We would like to thank St Peter Chanel School for their wonderful hospitality. They even have chickens!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Swimming Sports Wednesday 1 March

On Wednesday we are having our school swimming sports at Nayland Pool. We will be leaving school right after the bell so please be at school on time.  
You will need to bring:
  • Your togs, goggles and towel 
  • Morning tea and your water bottle.
  • Your school sunhat.
  • You may wear your PE gear to school on Wednesday (please remember to have your togs on before we leave school). However you will need to change into your uniform when we return to school for lunch.  Ash Wednesday Liturgy is being held at school in the afternoon.
  • Sunscreen will be available at the pool but do remember to put some on before you leave home.

Reservoir Creek Walk - Monday 27 February

Year 7/8 Field Trip Reservoir Creek Tomorrow Monday 27 February 2017
Tomorrow we are off to study to the Reservoir Creek waterway.  We will leave school at approx 9.10am and meet with Mel and Adie at the aquatic centre. The purpose of the trip is to share observations and learnings about an urban waterway in comparison with Brook Sanctuary and any rural knowledge or experiences. You are to wear shorts and a t-shirt to school, wear appropriate footwear that can get wet, bring their morning tea/lunch and water bottle, wear a sunhat and sunscreen. We anticipate returning to school at approximately 1.00pm. 
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Visit to Brook Waimarama Sanctuary

On Thursday we were very privileged to visit the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary and learn all about the fantastic work that is happening there.  Rick showed us the predator fence and talked to us about  the history and the future focus of the sanctuary.  After lunch Mel from the council taught us how to test the water for clarity and flow.  A special thank you to our parent helpers who came along for the day.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Visit

Ms Hood sent this message out to your parents on Friday.

We have organised a field trip for each of our Year 7/8 class next week at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuay where we will be investigating biodiversity and the role of the waterways as part of our Science unit this term. We will be travelling to the Sanctuary by bus (Whio on Wednesday and Hoiho on Thursday) but would appreciate the help of a couple of parents/Grandparents for the day. If you think you might be able to help could you please contact Cathie or myself of the emails below or leave a message at the office ( 544 2243) and we will contact you. You will be able to travel on the bus with us or if you prefer could meet us there.
Many thanks in anticipation.
Philippa Hood      phil@stpauls-richmond.school.nz and
Cathie Dodd        cathie@stpauls-richmond.school.nz

Please ensure you wear appropriate gear as follows.  You can wear your field trip clothes to school
T shirt
Warm jersey
Sun hat
Sandals or sneakers that can get wet
Togs and towel

Also bring plenty of lunch and a water bottle.
Remember to wear sunscreen.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Choir and Band 2017

A message from Mrs Wallace

Choir will start next Friday - take your lunch with you to Takahe.

PopBand/liturgicalBand+singers  auditions next Wednesday lunch time.