St. Mary's Catholic Primary School Gisborne


Welcome to 2022.

This video will introduce you to our school, and some of the focuses for 2022.

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Returning to School Under Red Traffic Light Settings February 2022

Kia ora to our St. Mary's School whānau,

We look forward to welcoming all learners back to school from Thursday 3rd February 2022.

In regard to COVID-19 we have moved fully into the new traffic light framework for all our school and kura activities and events this year. You will be familiar with most of the health measures we will have in place (see St. Mary’s Covid Safety Plan) and it is good to know that at Red setting, we are able to support everyone learning onsite.

Whilst we are at Red our school will be operating in three zoned groups: Pompallier Hub (Years 4 – 6 students), Rooms 1, 2 & 4 (Years 2 – 4 students) & a Junior School Hub of Rooms 4, 6 & 7. Each zoned group has their own bathroom facilities to use, designated eating & playing areas & staggered lunch and morning tea times.

Face coverings – Mask Wearing Mandated for Years 4 – 6 students

Staff and children from Year 4 up must wear face masks when inside at school when we are at Red. We also ask that our Year 3 students who are in our composite Year 3 / 4 classes of Rooms 1 & 2 also wear a mask.

Public health advice is that an appropriate face covering will fit snugly and seal well around facial contours. This can include single use, disposable masks (medical masks) and re-usable fabric masks with three layers.

Don’t worry if you don’t have these specific types of face coverings, as public health experts also say that any face covering is better than no face covering.

Managing cases in our school

We have a good contact tracing system in place so that if there is a confirmed case who has been at school while infectious, we can quickly identify who was a close contact of that person. We will then quickly advise those contacts of what they need to do.

Only if the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Education advises to do so, would we consider closing a physical onsite school and moving to distance learning for everyone. At Red we will keep everyone learning onsite for as long as we can.

Please make sure your contact details we have on file are up to date, so we can get in touch with you if needed.

We are also here to help. Please get in touch if you have any concerns or need help in any way. You can email me directly at helen@saintmarysgis.school.nz or telephone our school on 06 868 8332

See you soon!

Yours in Christ,

Helen McGuigan

Principal

Kia Ora and welcome. St. Mary’s Catholic School is a very special place. We are a state integrated Catholic school of 234 students (and growing) in Gisborne, the first city in the world to see the sun each day. We enjoy a fantastic relationship with Campion College and the St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish.

Our vibrant school is founded on the Josephite charism of St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods. The four values we embrace are:

  1. Have an attitude of gratitude

  2. Do your bit

  3. Listen for God’s call

  4. Make room in your hearts for all


We are also a PB4L, positive behaviour for learning, school. We have three simple school rules that underpin behaviour choices:

  • Respect myself

  • Respect others

  • Respect the environment


St. Mary’s Catholic School is a great place to learn. Our school is a member of the Gisborne Turanganui-a-Kiwa Kāhui Ako and a member of the Manaiakalani Outreach programme. Our Year 3-6 classes are all operating on 1:1 digital devices (Ipads or Chromebooks) and embrace a ‘Learn, Create, Share’ programme of teaching and learning. Our students are learning to work within a cybersmart curriculum and developing all-important digital citizenship skills.


At St. Mary’s Catholic School we want all of our students to achieve their very best and to genuinely encounter Christ in their learning and the prayer life of our school. We offer a wide range of additional learning experiences and opportunities - in special character, leadership, enviro schools, gifted and talented programmes (Aurora), culture, music, sport and education outside the classroom pursuits.


Please come and visit us. We’re a busy and happy Catholic school community and you’ll be made very welcome. I’d be very happy to show you around our fantastic school.

Ngā mihi nui,

Helen McGuigan

Principal

School Pepeha

RESPECT

RECONCILIATION

FAITH

SERVICE

St Mary’s Catholic School Vision:

Empowering Confident & Capable Learners

Our School Motto: "Do Whatever Jesus Tells You!"


40 Campion Road, PO Box 844, Gisborne 4010

Phone: 06 868 8332

Email: admin@saintmarysgis.school.nz

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