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LOVE - aroha ai...   LEARN - ako ai...   GROW - tipu ai

Principal's Welcome

I warmly welcome you to St Gerard's school in Alexandra, Central Otago.

St Gerard's is a state integrated school for girls and boys up to Year 8 offering an education with special Catholic Character. The special Catholic Character of our school follows the education philosophy of Catherine McAuley as gifted to us by the Sisters of Mercy.
As a school community we are committed to educating our students through our vision of Love (aroha ai), Learn (ako ai) and Grow (tipu ai).
Our greatest asset is our people - He waka eke noa - a canoe which we are all in together - no exception.

Julie Flannery

What's happening at St Gerard's School?

Upcoming Events in June

Tue 25

Skating for all year groups (am)

25 Jun 2024

Tue 25

BOT meeting

25 Jun 2024

Thu 27

Skating for all year groups (am)

27 Jun 2024

Thu 27

Matariki Assembly Celebration

27 Jun 2024

Fri 28

Mataraki Holiday

28 Jun 2024

Latest Notices

Waikerikeri - Week 9, Term 2
23 Jun 2024

Hi everyone. I hope you've all had a nice weekend.

I had a great few days away with the other staff members at the Catholic Convention.  I enjoyed the thought provoking seminars and learning that were on offer. I am looking forward to being back in class this week after what feels like a messy couple of weeks. 

Rāhina Monday 24th June (Eisteddfods ready to present)

Dunstan Zone Cross Country - those attending have received information in previous notices.

9:00am School prayer

1:40pm Choir and singing

2.15pm - Kapa Haka

Rātū Tuesday 25th June (Eisteddfods ready to present)

9am Skating/curling - children to meet at the rink by 8.45am

Guitar lessons - please remember music folders

Rāapa Wednesday 26th June (Eisteddfods ready to present)

Book Character dress up day - bring along the book your character is from to share 

9am Mass - all welcome

We will be visiting Ranui and Castlewood to share some songs 

Rāpare Thursday 27th June (Eisteddfods ready to present)

9am Skating/curling - children to meet at the rink by 8.45am

1.45pm Matariki Assembly - all welcome

2.15pm House groups 

Rāmere Friday 28th June

Matariki - school closed


Spelling: As usual students all have a new spelling list and a new concept to be working on each night of the week.

Reading: Students should routinely be enjoying at least 20 minutes of reading each night.

Musical Auditions: These will be held in Week 10. Children who were interested in auditioning have been given a script to read through. Mrs Wright and Ms Earland will give more information about auditions this week 

Enjoy your week and stay warm!


Mata-Au Week 9 Term 2 2024
23 Jun 2024



Good evening everyone. I trust that your weekend has been lovely with your family and friends. Jack frost is certainly out and about these mornings, but shortest day has passed so at least we should get a few minutes extra sunlight  each day. 

We welcome Lily into Mata-Au this week and I know she will fit in very well, with the children looking out for her.

SKATING: Mata-Au, Kopuwai & Kawarau (Yr1, 2 & 3) will bus to and from the rink. They will leave school at 10.40am and return at 12:10pm

Gear - All children must have:

A helmet- this is compulsory!!!!
Hat - no pom poms as won’t fit under helmet
Woolly socks- no ankle socks please. they need to come up over their ankles 
Waterproof pants / ski pants / school tracksuit pants

We welcome parents to help with lacing boots especially for the juniors.

Children can come to school with their skating pants and tops/jackets on please (helmets, hats,  gloves etc in bag/attached to bag/)  

IF your child is wearing their school track pants, please can you have a dry change of pants in their bags to change into if they become wet. 

IF your child is wearing waterproof pants, you could also pop their track pants into their bags to change in to when we get back to school. Hope this makes sense. 

It is amazing that it is Week 9 already. It is an extremely busy one, so be prepared for tired wee ones!

Monday 24 June: Whole school prayer. All most welcome to join us

                                Eisteddfod Poems  to be presented after lunch with Year 1 & 2 children

Tuesday 25 June: Skating On the ice 11-12 am. 

Wednesday 26 June: Book Character Dress Up Day… your child may dress as a book character of their choice. 

                                      School Mass 9 am in the church . All welcome

                                      Eisteddfod Poems  to be presented after lunch with Year 1 & 2 children

Thursday 27 June:  Early Explorers and PMP 9 am. 

                                 Skating On the ice 11-12 am. 

                                 Matariki Assembly 1.45pm in the hall. All welcome

Friday 28 June: Matariki Holiday.

I hope I haven't forgotten anything. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

Take care and be safe

Karen E




Kopuwai - Term 2, Week 9
23 Jun 2024

Hi Everyone,

Here we are in Week 9, and we have a VERY busy week ahead.

Monday - Year 1 and 2 Eisteddfod Poem presentations in the afternoon for those children who are prepared. 

Tuesday - Ice-Skating. We leave school at 10.40 ready for our lesson 11.00 - 12.00.

We would love your help putting on boots and tying shoelaces before and/or after our lesson. Meet us there at 10 to 11, if you can help please.

Also please mark your child's shoe size on their hand each skating day. 

Wednesday - Dress up as a Book Character Day. Bring your book if you have it too. We'll have lots of stories. 

                      School Mass - all welcome. 

                      Poetry Eisteddfods in the afternoon.

Thursday - PMP - Helpers are Desi, Jess and Kim, thank you 

                  Ice-Skating 11.00 - 12.00 

                  Matariki School Assembly - all welcome

Friday - Matariki Holiday 


We are going to have a big focus on the irregular words this week - which are those that we need to learn by HEART. 

They are irregular because they don't follow the usual rules that we are learning. 

1. We sound out the word and then blend it together.
2. We look at the highlighted part of the word, which does not follow the rule, and talk about how some of the sounds don't match the corresponding  letters. 
3. Often I say “Take a photo and store it in your mind”, as we just have to remember how these words are written. 

Please practise reading and writing these words this week. There won't be an extra Spelling list, as we are not here on Friday. 

The children will also be choosing books from their Browsing Boxes for home reading this week. These are books that they have had before, so they should be able to read them quite confidently. This is a good opportunity to practise fluency, phrasing and expression. 

Keep warm and have a great week,




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