Term 1   Week 7  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Next week is Holy Week, the most important week of the church’s year. More information about Holy Week is coming home today in the Religious Education newsletter. Please take the time to read this.

School closes for the Easter break on Thursday, March 24 at 3pm following our Stations of The Cross and we return to school on Wednesday March 30th.

Enjoy your week,
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Confidence – Maia
Confidence is having faith in something or someone.
It is a kind of trust.
When you have self confidence, you trust that you have what it takes to handle whatever happens.
When you are confident in others, you count on them.
Confidence in God is a sense of trust that your Creator loves you and watches over you as you go through life.

We practice maia when we:

  • p-confidenceremember that we are worthy, whether we succeed or fail
    • are willing to try new things
    • learn our own strengths and weaknesses
    • use the gifts God gave us
    • practise until we master something
    • think positively


Reflection of the week

donkeyjesusThis Sunday is Palm Sunday, the day we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The readings focus on Jesus, eternal God who humbled himself to be identified with humankind. Those who sought their own importance humiliated Jesus and denied his identity. They put him to death, but God raised him up and proclaimed his true identity. Jesus Christ is Lord!

Prayer: God of all things, through the death of Jesus you forgive us all our sins. Let us never forget the cross because it is a sign of how much you love us.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to Mrs Moor and Mrs Schishka for organising the Year 3/4 Catholic Schools tabloids held last Thursday.

Thank you to all those parents who helped with the morning tea for this event too.

Thank you to Mr Anderson for organising the Blokes Event held last week.

School Notices

First Sacrament Programme
Second meeting is this Thursday at 6.30 in the gathering area of the church for parents and children.

The Boys recorded an historic 6 – 5 victory over the Blokes in Flipper Ball at the first Blokes Event of the year in the school pool last week. The game was high intensity and action packed!! The despondent Blokes team mentioned dubious refereeing and shifting goalposts as being partly responsible for their disappointing defeat and have vowed revenge in Dodge Ball in term 3!!

The Way Of The Cross
On Holy Thursday, April March 24, the whole school will be dramatising the Way of the Cross, Jesus journey to his crucifixion at Calvary. This will take place around our school grounds starting at 2pm.
Each child will need to be dressed as the people were at that time. To keep this simple a dressing gown with a tea towel around the head is sufficient for the boys and a long piece of material to wrap around for the girls are some suggestions.
We invite you all to join us for this solemn event too.


The Year 5/6 season starts with 2 weeks of grading at Vautier Park  on May 7 & 14. Registration forms are coming home today.
The Year1/2 season will start on May 17 and runs for 8 weeks. This is held on Tuesday afternoons at CET Arena. Registration forms for this grade will come home before the end of term.

Touch Uniforms
Please return all uniforms in a clean condition before the easter break for a refund.

Last chance to enter the Weetbix Tryathlon for 2016.
Our school discount code is LADY1314. We suggest you enter this weekend at the latest! The website is


Next meeting date:  March 21st at 7. 30pm. 

Please note change of time as First Reconciliation is at 6.30pm which involves some committee members.


Board Of Trustees 2016
The term of office for the elected members and staff Rep finishes in June of this year and so we will be looking to form a new Board to guide us through the next three years.
If you are interested or want to find out more about being on the Board, please call into the office to pick up an information booklet.

Community Notices

Marist Junior Rugby
Registration Days for Junior Rugby will be taken at the Marist Clubrooms Pascal St on the following dates and time.
Sunday 13th March 1p.m. – 4p.m.
Wednesday 16th March 5p.m. – 7p.m.
Saturday 19th March 11a.m. – 3p.m.
$40 per player.   All New Players Welcome.
All enquiries please contact Mark on 0275538007

Marist Junior Football Information 2016
Welcome to all children of all abilities to come join a great friendly club.
Registration Day 5th March from 1p.m. – 3p.m.  at the Marist Clubrooms Pascal Street
Ages 4-13 (you must turn these ages within the calendar year)   Fees:  $80 first child and all other siblings will receive a $10 discount
First Kicks are $35.
Socks will be for sale on the day at $12 pr.
A BBQ will be run with Sausages for $1.
Eftpos will be available on the day.
Register on line www/
Trials: 9-13 yrs Monrad Park 13th and 20th March.
9-11yrs 12.30-p.m. for 1p.m. start and 12-13 yrs 1.30p.m. for 2p.m. start.
For more information email

Tawa Loop
Come along to celebrate the Year of Mercy with a walk around the Tawa Loop track at the Manawatu Gorge.   The walk, held previously for the Year of Faith, was a great success and a lot of fun.  It is also a wonderful opportunity to honor Saint Joseph.    Gather at the carpark on the Ashhurst side of the gorge at 10.30a.m. on Saturday 19th May.   From there we will walk the Tawa Loop Track and stop halfway for a picnic lunch before viewing the Great Slip Lookout.   Then we complete the Loop and finish about 2p.m. back at the carpark.   Everyone is welcome.   Please bring sensible shoes and your picnic.   Any queries please contact Fr Marcus Francis ph 3585614 or 02102283349 or email

Parenting Place
Parenting Roadshow :  Top 10 tools for co-operation
March 23rd at 7.30pm. – 9p.m.   $5 ticket
For more information contact Rachel Bowen 0211672267   or email

This Weeks Photos

Year 3 & 4 Tabloids

Blokes Event

Upcoming Dates

March 17 9.30-12.30 Yr 5/6 Tabloids @ St James
March 21 7.30 PTFA
March 21 6.30 First Reconciliation
March 25 -29 Easter break
April 8 End of term

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