Year 9 Social Studies students got an unexpected bonus when they visited Parliament on 21 March 2017 to find out how our democracy works. We were standing in the ‘media scrum’ area when Government ministers walked past, after their caucus meeting. Several of them stopped to say hello to the students, including Steven Joyce, Hekia Parata and Paula Bennett.
Then the Prime Minister, Bill English, stopped and chatted with our girls for several minutes. He answered such questions as where do you have your holidays, do you do much travelling, and what’s it like to be the Prime Minister. Meeting him was the highlight of the field trip, as shown in these comments:
“Meeting Bill English was an amazing surprise. I really enjoyed getting to ask him questions about his job. Because of this I came out of Parliament feeling like I knew not only a lot more about Parliament, but also about the jobs the Prime Minister does. Bill was very friendly and made the trip even better.”
“The thing that I most enjoyed on the trip was getting to meet Bill English. This was my favourite part because I had never met a Prime Minister before then. It was cool because we also got a photo with him.”
Other aspects of the trip which impressed the students included how laws are made, the billions of dollars collected in taxes each year and what the money is used for, and the rules of the debating chamber. Several students were fascinated with the role of the Speaker and the golden mace, especially because the Speaker could kick MPs out of the chamber, including the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Bill English, with students from Ms Syme’s Year 9 Social Studies class.
On a sunny afternoon in Wellington, the students from the St Catalina’s exchange walked at least 6kms to discover New Zealand sculpture in public places. The walk took in the waterfront, Civic Square, Lambton Quay, the Cable Car and the sculpture walk in the Botanical Gardens. The tour ended in the Peace Garden beside the Rose Garden – an appropriate conclusion as this garden is a memorial to the victims of war and celebrates friendship between our two countries.
The first Art History Fieldtrip took place on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 22nd. The Cindy Sherman Exhibition was an international exhibition of this very well known contemporary photographer. At the City Gallery, Helen Lloyd conducted a really interesting and challenging tour for the students.
On a wet and misty summer morning, 13 amazing spirits took to the Wellington Streets for the Heart Foundation’s annual street appeal. The students embraced our STAR values of taking the challenge and respecting our values by giving their time to support this incredibly worthy cause.
E whakamoe ana, e whakawhētai ana te hāpori o Hato Maria ki a koutou ngā kōhine tino atawhai o tō tatou nei kura i runga i te āhuatanga o te wā i kohikohia pūtea koutou mō te Rōpū Whakahaere Manawa. Nō reira kōhine mā tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
. . . is a very new charity that runs programmes for teenage girls, that helps to grow their self-confidence as well as realising their potential and what they have to offer the world once they put limitations aside. It is their mission to replace prejudice and discrimination with unconditional love and respect.
Girls from all different backgrounds are encouraged to join – it is very much a “judgment-free” zone. The groups are made up of 10 girls, and they meet fortnightly on a Sunday afternoon at the Preservatorium Café – 39 Webb Street, Wellington 2 -4.30pm.
During a SOULcircle, girls are encouraged to put aside any barriers (those from themselves or perceived from others) and engage in fun activities, share positive stories and as a group, devise and rehearse a dance/performance. A bountiful afternoon tea is provided and it is generally over this time that the girls cement really strong friendships with the others.
The programmes are subsidised, however there is a small cost of $4 per session per girl involved. This is payable in advance of the start of each term. If this is an issue at all for anyone, scholarships available.
The start date is Wellington is 12th March, and then the 26th March and 2nd April before term 2 sessions begin.
For more information, see Mrs Dodunski (Guidance Counsellor)
There is an opportunity for any girl who has missed out on any of the Sacraments of Initiation to participate in a programme leading up to Easter. The girls have been alerted to this in the school daily notices. If you wish your daughter to be involved in this programme please contact me or David Sullivan at the Catholic Centre on 496 1708.