Sunday, 9 December 2018

Term 4, Week 9

Hi all,

I'll keep this week's blog brief with just a few notes about what not to miss!

Mufti - Dress Up Mania - Tomorrow
Come dressed as your favourite book character - make a gold coin donation

Graduation Mass 5pm

Prize Giving 1pm

Have a great week.  I'll be happy for the holidays but also sad to have my gorgeous class moving on to the senior room.  I always learn so much from each class, and for that I am grateful.  What awesome kids you all have. 

Mrs Lyon

Monday, 3 December 2018

Term 4, Week 8

Hi folks,

Last week on Friday morning our wonderful Student Volunteer Army were put to work in the gardens at Castlewood rest home to help them clear a spot for a new private garden area for residents.  Thanks to our parent volunteers Ginah and Jenny for coming along to support us - Ginah - we have photographic evidence of you doing hard physical labour!!!
Our help means that when the branches are cleared from the lower half of the big tree, there will be a clear space for the new private garden alcove being planned.

This tree needed a good clear out underneath.

Lachie hard at work on the end of a garden fork!

Everyone afterwards!

Cricket this week: There will be cricket lessons on Tuesday and Thursday after lunch.  The children may wear their sports uniforms if they wish.

Hats: please ensure your child has their school hat on this week - the sun has some heat in it and if the kids are out for a lot of the day in the heat, a hat will stop that sunburn.

Assembly: We are presenting assembly this week - please come along and join us!

That's all folks,

Have a great week,

Mrs Lyon

Monday, 19 November 2018

The Seasonal Cook

Together we can make this a $50,000+ fundraiser for our school!!

Two years ago conversations were happening around how we could raise a substantial amount of money for St Gerard’s. We talked about the need for a library to be reinstated, about the need for spaces for sciences, art and music so that classes could undertake exciting project based, student driven learning and about how we always felt like the school was running on a shoestring...what could we do to help? From these conversations ‘The Seasonal Cook’ was born.

For the past two years many of you have been involved in the project ‘The Seasonal Cook’. We would like to say thank you. Thank you for your recipes, your testing and tasting, your sponsorship and your time. We received over two hundred and fifty recipes for the book - and in the end we could only include just over a hundred and twenty recipes. It has been a huge effort and we are so proud of the book that has been produced.

‘The Seasonal Cook’ was launched two weeks ago with a Home Tour. Once again thank you for your support of this tour. We have received lovely feedback about the tour and it is exciting to be able to report that the home tour raised over $11,000. We also sold over 90 copies of the book on the day.
The sucess of this day and the support of our generous sponsors have enabled us to cover all the costs of printing our first run of books.

‘The Seasonal Cook’ is expected to raise over $50,000 just from this first print run. Once the books have sold then the exciting process of community consultation and planning can begin on how to best use the funds raised to benefit current and future students.

What we need for this to be a success, is for each one of us in our school community to actively promote and try and sell ‘The Seasonal Cook’. It is $40.00 and there is a sample of the book at the school office.
  • Have you got yourself a copy of ‘The Seasonal Cook’?
  • Do you have people to get Christmas presents for who would love ‘The Seasonal Cook’?
  • Do you have family or friends, especially those who do not live in Alexandra, that would love a stylish cookbook?
  • Can you help out by manning a stall at the local markets to sell the books?

Books can be purchased at:

To send a message direct to the committee: email or
pm us on our facebook page “The Seasonal Cook St Gerards School Cookbook”

Thank you for your support - what a great school community we have!

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Term 4, Week 6

Hi Folks.

Here's what's on for the week.

Central Otago Sports - Tuesday, cancellation day Wednesday.

Life Ed - We'll visit the Harold bus again on Monday and Tuesday of this week. 

Speech Eisteddfod - assembly for this is next Thursday the 29th of November.
Please see below for a copy of the senior speech marking schedule.

Have a great week,

Mrs Lyon.

Eisteddfod Speech Assessment
Name: _______________  Topic: ________________________   November 2016
  • Write a speech sequencing ideas logically.
Do this using the Hamburger format by:
  • Having an appetising introduction – an exciting question or ‘did you know’, and tell briefly about the other things that will be in the speech.
  • Layers: each layer will be about a different part of the speech topic, each layer will flow to the next layer, because it makes sense to speak about it next.
  • Conclusion: will remind the audience about what the speech has been about, or leave the audience with a thought provoking question.
  • Speak clearly so the audience can hear all that is said.
  • Maintain the interest of the audience by speaking slowly and carefully, trying to change the tone of voice, and by using pictures or other props.
  • Become so familiar with the material that there is eye contact with the audience.

Content ( _/18)
Speech is well organised
(opening/body/close) and has an appropriate structure
Speech ideas are appropriate to topic
Vocabulary suits purpose of speech
Delivery (_/36)
Volume and clarity is appropriate
Expression is evident
Pace is appropriate
Eye contact is made
Stance is relaxed and confident
Gestures are used appropriately
General Comments:

Content:          /18 Delivery: /36                         Total:                     /54                

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Term 4, Week 4

Hi folks,

Here's what's happening this week at school.

Sun hats:  It's that time of year again, please ensure your child has their named sunhat at school every day. 

Athletics:  This week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we will be doing the usual practise rotations so the children are to wear their sports uniforms on these days please.
ATHLETICS Day will be this Thursday.  It will be at Molyneux Park and all children should be there by 9am.  Please keep an eye on the facebook page for updates to this information as there's potential for rain on Thursday, if this is the case, our cancellation day is Friday.  As always, the children will need sunscreen, school uniform hats, a packed lunch and a large drink bottle.

PENCILS: Please ensure your child is ready for learning by having a ready supply of pencils for them.  I have run out of my extra supply of around 100 pencils so would really appreciate help with this.  There are a number of children who rely on the kindness of others daily to supply them with pencils.  A nice way to teach organisation and being ready for learning can be as simple as ensuring your child is free to write with a pencil.

That's all folks,  have a great week.

Mrs Lyon

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Term 4, Week 3

Hi folks,

A HUGE well done to our wonderful kids who performed so well in Aladdin last week!  It has been a mammoth effort and I am sure you can agree with me that the kids were fantastic!

This week.

Athletics practice will be happening from Monday through to Wednesday in the afternoons so the children are free to wear their PE uniforms.   Our athletics sports will be held next Thursday - the 8th of November.

Will update the blog if any other events are happening.  We are heading to the Thyme festival around lunchtime today if any parents would like to join us.

Have a great week,

Mrs Lyon

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Term 4, Week 1

Hi Folks,

Welcome back - I hope you've all enjoyed a break with your children.  This term is traditionally full on and packed with loads of extra curricular activities.  Coming up we have our school production, followed by athletic sports and a student volunteer army project.

This Friday we'll have a whole day of Aladdin practice in the town hall. We'll also have all day practices the following Wednesday and Thursday.  On these days it would be awesome if school pick up could happen from the hall instead of from school.  Bus students will be brought back to school in time for their buses.

Friday 19th October
Wednesday 24th October
Thursday 25th October

COSTUMES:  Girls in our classroom are sorted for costumes as are some boys with parts.  For the remainder it is imperative that costumes are brought to school ASAP in a labelled bag and be left here until the final production night.

Tickets for the show can be purchased from the School Office.

Labour Day - next Monday - day off - Wahoo!

Have a great week!

Mrs Lyon