In Room 6 we have been reading the Novel ‘Gem of the First Water’. The black and white illustrations in the novel inspired us to create artwork of our own using ink. We focused on the use of shading to create effective three-dimensional pictures based on the characters and events in the novel.
The Year 7 and 8 students are doing amazing things at their technology sessions held at Wesley Intermediate. The students are taking part in either Workshop sessions or Food technology. They learn new skills each week and get the opportunity to collaborate and create.
We are very fortunate to have Ms Feung come into St Therese and led us in Mandarin lessons. We are really enjoying learning a new language and interesting facts about Chinese culture.
The Year 7 and 8 students thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Mt Roskill Library. A huge thank you to Marianne and Charlotte, our local librarians, who provided us with exciting activities to help us learn more about the library and the wonderful things that happen there. We look forward to taking part in the upcoming holiday activities, which will be held at the library.
At the beginning of the school year we joined together again with the Room 1 students to pair up as big brothers and big sisters. We promise to care for, support, guide and look after our little brother and little sisters every day at St Therese School. We love spending time with them and know that we will form great friendships over the year in the many activities we do together.
Our focus this year for Lent is ‘Water’
Many difficulties currently being faced by the peoples of the Pacific (because of climate change) involve water; either too much, or not enough! People living in parts of Tonga, Kiribati and Papua New Guinea, are having to contend with TOO MUCH sea water, causing coastal erosion and inundation of land during king tides. At the same time there is NOT ENOUGH fresh water to drink, as their ground water is becoming contaminated by salt water. Island groups such as Fiji and Vanuatu are facing TOO MUCH water in the form of rain, and sea surges following fierce storms. Cyclones also lead to contamination of fresh water supplies, caused by debris from the storm falling into wells and water tanks. In Aotearoa New Zealand, West Coasters face TOO MUCH flood water, while on the east coast and in the far north there is NOT ENOUGH water, with longer and longer droughts being experienced.
Today we welcomed Gemma Sinnot from CARITAS into our classroom to further our understanding of how the Pacific nations are struggling, due to too much or too little water. We were guided through real life stories that made a big impact on us and as we grew in awareness we set a goal to help those in need in the upcoming Liturgical Season of Lent.
We began our year with a focus on team building, bonding and collaboration. One activity that we took part in was the Marshmallow Challenge. We were given 30cm of tape, 25 pieces of uncooked spaghetti, a marshmallow and 20 minutes. The aim of the activity was to build the Tallest Freestanding Structure. The winning team is the one that has the tallest structure measured from the table top surface to the top of the marshmallow. This was a fun exercise that encouraged us to experience collaboration, innovation and creativity. We had to quickly generate ideas and communicate effectively.
The Year 7 and 8 students attended a session focused on water safety at Hilton Brown Swim School. We were guided through both how to put a life jacket on correctly and how to get themselves into the ‘Help’ position and signal for help.
We also learnt about how to remain safe and calm in different situations in and around water. One of the activities involved students forming a huddle correctly to stay afloat and retain body heat. Another activity provided us with the experience of dealing with a situation when we were physically exhausted. This was a fantastic session, that taught us valuable life skills.
Room 6 began this year by looking at ways that we can reach out into the communities that we are part of and that surround us to make a positive difference. Each Friday afternoon we give up our time to take part in the ‘Community Outreach Programme.’
In term 1 we are focusing on the St Therese School Community. We identified that we would like to make a change by tidying up some of the school grounds. Throughout the year, we will continue to help others and make a positive change.
Ki-o-Rahi is a traditional pre-European Māori ball game. It is a fast running contact sport, played on a circular field, involving imaginative handling and swift inter passing of a "ki" (ball). Before the arrival of Europeans, Ki-o-Rahi was played by Māori throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. Often different tribes would play different adaptations of the game. A tribe which had especially strong and fit ball players among its members could sometimes be solicited for help by another tribe preparing for war. A messenger would present a "ki" or "poi" to the chief, which would represent an invitation to join the tribe in battle.
We were very fortunate to have the Pacific Mamas join us at St Therese School as we learn about Journeys this term. The Pacific Mamas shared knowledge and traditions from different islands around the Pacific through exciting and fun activities. The day began with greetings from a range of Pacific Islands and was followed by learning about and playing different types of drums. We were guided through the meaning behind a traditional dance as we had the opportunity to learn and perform it. Working alongside the Pacific Mamas, we then created our own beautiful leis and headed back to the hall for storytelling about the coconut. It was a great experience and we definitely learnt a lot from the lovely Mamas.
Titles of Jesus
The name Jesus is a Hebrew name pronounced Yeshua, which means God saves, Saviour or Liberator or Redeemer. An angel told Joseph in a dream that Mary would bear a son who was to be named Jesus, for “he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). The name Jesus tells people who he is and what he came to do during his life. Jesus is also called Emmanuel, meaning ‘Te Atua - God is with us’. In the Gospels there are many titles and names given to Jesus. He is called Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God - Te Tama a Te Atua, the Son of Man, the Messiah or Christ, the Lamb of God, Rabbi or teacher, son of David, Lord and the Word made flesh. The terms Messiah and the Christ mean the same thing. Messiah is the Hebrew word and Christ the Greek word for ‘the anointed one’. This title means Jesus was anointed or chosen by the Holy Spirit - Te Wairua Tapu to begin God’s Reign or Kingdom on earth. The title Te Tama a Te Atua - Son of God tells of the unique relationship of Jesus to God the Father. It means that this relationship has existed forever because the Son of God is God, the second person of the Holy Trinity. The term the Word, which St John uses, tells that Jesus was with God as God from all eternity. In the Old Testament God spoke in many ways. Te Atua - God spoke and the world was created. God spoke to people through the prophets. By saying Jesus is God’s Word, John is saying that in Jesus people hear God because he is God’s Word made flesh that is, made tangata - human. When Jesus appears to his friends after the Resurrection - Te Aranga they call him Lord - Te Ariki. When Peter sees Jesus on the shore he exclaims “It is the Lord”. Thomas calls him “My Lord and my God”. In the Old Testament story when Moses encounters God in the burning bush, God says “I am who I am”. The Hebrew people wrote this name of God as YHWH but when they spoke, out of respect, they said Adonai. When translated into Greek it becomes Lord. Lord became the name for God. That Jesus is also called Lord shows the belief that Jesus is God - Te Atua. In 1 Corinthians 12:3 St Paul says “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit’ - Te Wairua Tapu. To believe that the human being who is Jesus of Nazareth is Lord - Te Ariki, that is, Te Atua - God, is a gift given to people by the Holy Spirit - Te Wairua Tapu.
Thank you to all the parents who attended our Room 6 Open Afternoon to view the digital tools that the students are using the learn, collaborate, share and communicate with this year.
We look forward to parents joining in and using these tools to view and participate in the learning conversation as the year progresses.