Term 1 Week 2  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

I’m sure you all enjoyed the long weekend. I know I did!
This week we have two special events on our calendar.
Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and we will be having a special school liturgy at 12.45pm to receive our ashes and on Thursday we celebrate our school and parish feast day. We will attend mass at 10am. You are all warmly invited to join us for both oreither one of these celebrations.

Enjoy your week,
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Excellence -Tino pai-rawa

Excellence is doing your best.
It is giving your very best to any task you do or any relationship you have.
Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose.
It is a desire for perfection.
The perfection of a seed comes in the fruit.
When you practice excellence, you bring your gifts to fruition.

We practice tino pai-rawa when we:

  • give our best to whatever we dok4615521.jpg
  • give our best  to relationships
  • set noble and realistic goals
  • remember to plan and practice
  • don’t try to do everything
  • develop our special gifts


Reflection of the week55

This Thursday February 11, it is our school and parish’s Feast Day.
This is the day in the Liturgical year that we remember when Our Lady, Mary, appeared to Bernadette at Lourdes. This is a day of celebration for us. We are called to be disciples of Jesus and Mary was one of the first disciples.


School Notices

Welcome Mass
THIS Thursday, February 11, it is our school and parish Feast day. To celebrate this, along with blessing our new school year we invite you all to join with us at the10am mass.

Parent/Teacher/Student Beginning of Year Conferences
These are to be held on Thursday, February 18 starting at 2.15pm. Booking sheets were given out last week and were due in last Friday. Appointment times will be sent home with your eldest child next Monday.
School will finish at lunchtime(1.20pm) that day to allow time for all conferences to be completed. Children are to be collected by 2pm at the latest please.
A reminder to please let your after school care providers know to collect your child early that day too please.

Whole School Inquiry Learning Trip
Tomorrow week, Wednesday, February 17 the whole school is bussing to Wellington to visit the Marine Education Centre in Island Bay. We will be leaving school at 8am so don’t be late as we would hate anyone to miss out!!!
Students are to wear their correct PE uniform and sunhat and bring their jersey or jacket. They are to wear sensible footwear ie sandshoes and need a decent morning tea and lunch as well as a drink bottle.
In case of anyone getting wet we ask you to please provide them with a change of clothes and a  small towel in a named plastic bag. Thank you to those parents who have offered their help. We will see you at 8am next Wednesday.
The cost of the bus as well the entry fee is funded from your activity donation. There will be a charge for those who have not paid this unless they have made arrangements with the office.

2016 Parental Permission Slips
These were issued today. Please fill out and return as soon as possible.

If your child is going to be absent from school please ensure you ring the school office by 9.30am. We need to know why students are absent as details must be entered onto our school management system. If you don’t let us know then your child has to be marked as truant.

Jersey named “Ryder”   Please look at home.

Wanted to Purchase
2 small tunics for later in the year.  Please phone Tracy 3545664 or 0276379220


There are 4 weeks remaining in the 2015/16 season on the dates below:
Friday 19th February
Friday 26th February
Friday 4th March
Friday 11th March
All teams will remain in the same grades as at the end of last year.

Community Notices

St John Youth Programme.
Penguins 6-8yrs (Meet 5.30p.m – 6.30p.m. Tuesdays),
Cadets 9-18yrs  (Meet 6.30p.m. – 8.30p.m. Tuesdays).
St John Hall, Cuba Street
Badges, camps, community service, competitons, gain life skills and leadership skills.
Fee is $10 a term for the first family member, $5 a term for each additional family member.
So come along and find out what we are all about.
More information

Esplanade Day
21st February 10a.m. – 4p.m. Victoria Esplanade
Dance & Music performances, Food and Stalls.

Saturday Music Enrollment day
Saturday 20th February 2016  9.30a.m. – 11.30a.m.
Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School Hall, South Street, Palmerston North  For more information (you may enrol on line)  or email  or phone 0278256927

St Vincent de Paul 
Meetings in February will be the 9th and 23rd February in the Cathedral Lounge at 5.15p.m.
All current and intending members most welcome.
Volunteers are needed at St Vinnies.  If you can spare 3 hours a week Monday to Saturday please contact Lorraine 3576779 to make a difference in your community.
We have high demand for food parcels this year already. Your donations of tinned basics fruit, vegetables etc.  rice pasta, spreads and breakfast cereals are always appreciated.

This Weeks Photos




Upcoming Dates

February 11 10am Welcome Mass & Feast Day
 February 17 8am-3pm Wellington Trip
February 18 2.15-7.30pm Parent/Teacher/Student  Conferences
February 24-26 Year 6 Camp
March 3 9.30-12.30 Yr 1/2 Tabloids @ St Josephs
March 4 Swimming carnival
March 10 9.30-12.30 Yr 3/4  Tabloids @ OLOL
March 17 9.30-12.30 Yr 5/6 Tabloids @ St James
March 25 -29 Easter break
April 8 End of term

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