Friday, November 2, 2018

Congratulations to Ryan and Emily Ede who were baptised into the Waters of New Life during our All Souls' Day school mass.

NZ Marist Rugby team visit St Pats.

The NZ Marist Rugby Team, who were in Taupo to play rugby this weekend, visited our school this morning to talk to us about who they were, and how they related our school values to what their team does. Later on they threw a number of balls to the teachers, telling them if they caught them they could keep them for the school. Luckily the teachers managed to catch the passes. Several of the players lifted a couple of children and Miss Gribble in the a line out and they too managed to catch the ball. The team performed a waiata which the school responded to and then their was a mass touch game on the field. We wish them all the best for their game on Sunday.

Room 11 celebrate Dia de los Muertos - The Day of the Dead.

Mrs Lonsdale spoke to Room 11 students about how they celebrate Dia de los Muertos - The Day of the Dead, in Mexico. It is a celebration during which the dead are honoured and remembered - a time for rejoicing and memories. The festival lasts for several days and it is a festa of flowers, food, candles, parades, prayer and fun. Mrs Lonsdale brought their family ofrenda - altar, which is created to remember their loved ones. She discussed the importance of each item on the ofrenda and why it was put on the altar and how it related to our Catholic faith. As it was also All Saints Day, Room 11 had a shared lunch to celebrate 'los angelitos' - the little angels. Haruka and Emily also made a banner for the occasion.