Correspondence for Term 4 2020
Kia ora te whanau,
Well, what a year this has been so far…. and somehow, here we are sending out the Term 4 mailout! 2020 has brought challenging and difficult times for some of us, yet out of these have come many stories of new ways of doing things, of hope and of success… of aroha and of manaakitanga. Teachers have worked so very hard for their children and as DRSs, you have worked tirelessly at maintaining the Catholic Special Character of our schools and making sure that Religious Education continues to be at the core of teaching and learning. Who knows what next year will bring (we hope a vaccine!!!) but please remember that we are here for you and be in touch if we can support you in any way possible.
In the meantime, here are some resources that hopefully you will find useful during the coming term. As well as the Term 4 overview there is a somewhat “easy” staff meeting on the Liturgical Year, some resources and a few articles that you might find interesting if you are teaching the Communion of Saints strand/AOs, the usual forms to be returned to us for booking in observations etc. and some flyers for events like the DRS Retreat Day.
There is also a staff meeting for Advent, prepared by the REA in Dunedin Katrina van de Water, on our CDA website:
Te Kupenga – Catholic Theological College Courses
Be on the lookout in the next day or so for an email from Te Kupenga with information about Certificate and Diploma courses. Huge Congratulations to the schools who have completed papers this year.
It’s been a bit disjointed, with lockdowns and levels, to arrange for some of our 1st Year PRT observations this year. If you would like to arrange for an observation of a PRT, this can still happen in Term 4 but if this is too difficult by all means leave it till next year and we can observe them as 2nd year teachers.
It’s always a joy to observe our PRTs teaching.
We ask that all paperwork for Certification is sent in to us if possible by the end of November at the latest. Thank you for this.
And the last thing to say is happy holidays!!! We hope you have a wonderful term break and look forward to seeing you all refreshed for the fourth term. Let’s hope for a happy and healthy time for all in Aotearoa New Zealand. Indeed, our world.