Monday, 20 August 2018

Sunday Gospel

For a couple of weeks now, our readings, especially the Gospels, continue to tell us
that Jesus is the bread of life. This is simply to remind us of the importance of the
Holy Eucharist in our Christian life.
Eucharist means thanksgiving. So, filled with the Holy Spirit, we give thanks to God
for inviting us to share in His wisdom, and in the Body and Blood of Christ.

                                                                                                    (Gods Word 2018- Daily Reflections , St Pauls Publications)

  • What makes you happy and joyful in your life?
  • What are the most important of these?
  • Why are they the most important?
  • Jesus tells us that we should seek things that will last. In today’s Gospel what does Jesus give us that will last forever?
  • How do we show we are happy and thankful for this great gift?

Monday, 13 August 2018

Sunday Gospel

On this Sunday the Church invites us to focus on Jesus who continues to draw us to himself so that we can be nourished and strengthened like Elijah in the desert.
Jesus tells us that if we eat the Bread he gives us, we will live forever. Jesus requires us to have faith in God’s love and care for us.
Jesus asks us to have faith: after all, we have to take it on his word that we will live forever if we eat his bread.
We believe that God loves us, so we know that God cares for us even when things don’t work out as we would like.This is what it means to have faith in God: to love God and hope in God even when everything is going wrong.
This is the faith and trust that Jesus had in God. Jesus died on the cross still believing and trusting God.  Jesus draws us to Himself every day through the Eucharistic table in order to nourish and strengthen us for our journey.

Let us pray that Jesus, the living Bread, will be at the centre of our lives this week in all we say and do.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Sunday Gospel

John 6: 1 - 15 Jesus feeds five thousand.

Jesus was always concerned for the human needs of people as well as the spiritual. He knows his concern that people have nothing to eat and he is anxious to remedy that. In other episodes we see him healing the sick, comforting the grieving, reaching out to the lost and outcast, to sinners. In prayer he taught us, he urged us to ask the Father to ‘give us our daily bread’. This bread can refer to himself, the Bread of Life, that we receive in Communion, but it also refers to the food we need for sustenance each day.

In this Gospel we also note the concern of Jesus that none of the food gets wasted as he urges the disciples to collect all of the scraps left over. Today we live in an age of incredible wastefulness, a throwaway society. Huge amounts of food are dumped every day. Today is a good day to consider our use of the resources of the earth. One paradox of life is how a little can go a long way, as the boy with the five barley loaves and two fishes demonstrates, while excess often leads to waste and leaves many hungry.
(Gods Word 2018- Daily Reflections , St Pauls Publications)

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Discussion starters
In this Gospel a large crowd followed Jesus. Why was Jesus concerned for them?
What small amount of food did the disciple Andrew find?
What did the disciples ask the crowd to do before Jesus blessed the bread and fish?
What did Jesus do with the blessed food?
What was left over?
Jesus feeds us in the Eucharist. What does he give to us?

Jesus gives us his body so that we can become one with him and live like him.
We pray that we will live for Jesus and share what we have with others.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Learn, Create, Share @ St Francis

Last year we were fortunate to be offered the opportunity to become a part of the Manaiakalani Outreach programme.

Being a part of this programme affords the learners in our community many opportunities. Mark Maddren, a Manaiakalani Outreach Facilitator will be working with staff and students to help embed the Manaiakalani pedagogy over the next three years.

The Manaiakalani pedagogy ‘Learn, Create, Share’ puts our young people at the very centre of their learning.

Since the beginning of 2018 our Year 5-8 students have been involved in the Manaiakalani Outreach Programme and the learning pedagogy of Learn, Create, Share.

Mark visits the Tumu and Kaupeka Hubs and work alongside teachers and students. This is great professional development for teachers and also a great learning opportunity for our students. They are learning how to look after and use their device, with tools and tips, to get the most out of them. Mark is sharing with them ways to be creative on their Chromebooks eg making animations and blog profiles.

Each child in Years 5-8 has their own individual blog. Please make sure you have subscribed to your child's blog so you can be part of the learning that is shared.

Mark is also providing professional development to all St Francis of Assisi Staff. We are unpacking the Learn, Create, Share pedagogy. It is exciting to see how well it aligns with our philosophy of delivering the curriculum with a project based learning approach.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Values Assembly

Last week at our Values Assembly all students were given a card to take home showing the St Francis of Assisi School Values. We talked about living out these values in our everyday lives whether we are at school, at home or out in our community.

Here is the presentation from our assembly.


Friday, 1 September 2017

Think to Drink - Drink to Think

Today we launched our next strategy Think to Drink - Drink to Think.

The ‘Think to Drink: Drink to Think’ programme is part of a project which aims to foster an environment that supports children following the Canterbury earthquakes. The experience of these earthquakes may have caused stress therefore taking care of one’s body is an important way to help cope with stress. In class your child will be given a free drink bottle so that they can increase their water intake in the afternoons. This bottle is NZ made and BPA free.

In class they will learn about the importance of staying hydrated for their mind and body. We have provided you with some basic information so that your child can come home and tell you what they have learned.

Why do we need to think about drinking?

Studies show that many children, from both hot and cold climates, are often dehydrated when learning at school. Being adequately hydrated has been shown to improve short-term memory and kidney function, which may make bed-wetting less likely to happen.

What is hydration?

Hydration is simply having enough water in your body. Being hydrated simple makes you feel better and think more clearly. Dehydration may result from inadequate water intake and/or from losing body water and can develop rapidly or slowly.

How can you tell if children are dehydrated?

Symptoms of mild dehydration can be difficult to spot. By the time children get home from school many are complaining of tiredness or headaches and some may be too lethargic to do anything but slump in front of the television. Although we may think of this behaviour as normal, it is now known that it may, at least in part, be due to the effects of dehydration.

How much should children drink?

The standard recommendation is 5 glasses (1 litre) for 5 to 8 year olds, 7 glasses (1.5 litres) for 9 to12 year olds, 8 to 10 glasses (2 litres) for 13+ years.

What effect does drinking water have on thinking?

Water makes up about 80% of the brain and is an essential element in neurological transmissions. Staying hydrated positively affects a child's mental performance, learning ability, and helps to cope with stress.

Reference: Information taken from resource provided by the Cluster

Friday, 11 August 2017

What Does the Future of Learning Look Like?

Each week we want to share articles with you that discuss the future of learning in our schools. We would love to start some conversations with you about teaching and learning so feel free to comment or ask questions.

This article is sources from

Author of The Future of Learning, MARK TREADWELL, says we need to embrace learning systems that have proven over thousands of years to be far more equitable and successful than rote learning has proven to be over the past 200 years.

Education Review: If the purpose of education is to ready young people for the life ahead of them, what should the future of learning look like?

A: Schools were designed in the 19th and 20th centuries, where the focus was on selecting the top 10–20 per cent of ‘clever’ students to go to tertiary institutions to learn how to manage and tell the remaining 80 per cent what to do. The 80 per cent mostly worked in poorly paid, tedious jobs in factories, administration, service or manual work environments.

In the 21st century that landscape has changed dramatically with software-driven, automated, robotised, prefabricated solutions created using 3D printing processes, ordered online, while our personal lives are often lived out in a hyper-connected environment, resulting in further complexity.

To read more of this article click here

Feel free to make comments, ask questions or start conversations in the comments section below.