Term 1   Week 10  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

This week, from Wednesday to Friday, I will be attending the Catholic Principals’ Conference held here in Palmerston North. Please see Mrs O’Connor or Mr Anderson if you have any queries or concerns in my absence.

On Friday our senior syndicate are attending the parish mass at 10am which you are all warmly invited to join them for.

Enjoy your week,
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Purposefulness – Whakatara-nga

Purposefulness is having a clear focus. Instead of being fuzzy or unsure what you’re doing or why you are doing it. When you have a goal you are working toward, you are acting on purpose. You concentrate your mind and your efforts so that you can keep your goal before you and something good will happen as a result. With God’s help, when you are purposeful, you can achieve just about anything.

We practice whakatara-nga when we:

  • purposefulnesshave a vision of what we want to accomplish
  • concentrate our efforts on the goal
  • keep from being distracted
  • do things one at time and finish what we start
  • get back on purpose if we are distracted
  • persevere until we get results

Reflection of the week

The focus of Sunday’s readings is the mission of the church. In the first reading, the
apostles are persecuted for preaching about Jesus and they respond by preaching even to their prosecutors.

The Gospel tells us that at the word of Jesus the disciples caught fish-featureso many fish they could hardly bring them in. All this is in the context of the church (the boat). We see in this reading references to the Eucharist: the bread which they shared and the mission to Peter to “feed my sheep.”

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to Alicia White for her work in printing all the Mother’s day raffle books for the PTFA and to Kath and Ali for sorting and distributing them.

School Notices

Learning Expo
On Thursday April 14, you are all invited to come and see the inquiry learning your child has been involved in throughout the term. This will take place between 2.30 and 3.30pm.

School Holidays
School closes for the term at 3pm on Friday, April 15.
Term 2 starts on May 2.

Basic Facts Ladderp-ladderCongratulations to the following students who have gone up a stage on the ladder: Agnes, Alesha, Annalena  and Boston S.

Winter Uniform
All students must be in full winter uniform by the beginning of Term 2 please.


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 to be returned by this Friday.



Mother’s Day Raffle
Prize: Mystery Pamper Hamper
Donation of prizes are welcomed. Please contact Alicia on 021 139 3900.
Each family has been given 2 books with 5 tickets in each to sell at $2 a ticket. These must be sold and returned by May 2 please (the start of the term 2).
The raffle will be drawn at our disco on May 6.
All funds raised will be going towards playground equipment.

Mufti Day
15 April (Friday) Gold Coin Donation $1, funds raised to go to PFTA

Disco- Superhero themed
6th May (Friday) Prizes for best dressed, dancing and all round awesomeness. Shout out for Parent helpers on the night please.


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. Our returning officer is Kath Rooney.

The timeline for the election of the new Board is:
Main roll closes noon           Wed 4 May
Call for nominations by        Frid 6 May
Supplementary roll closes    Wed 18 May
Nominations close noon       Frid 20 May
Voting papers sent by            Wed 25 May
Election day-poll closes noon   Frid 3 June
Votes counted                          Thurs 9 June
Board takes Office                  Frid 10 June

Community Notices

Fundraising Quiz Night
Friday 8th April
7pm onwards, 7.30pm Quiz Start
The Verdict Cafe,Palmerston North. Nibbles provided  
Raffles and spot prizes on the night.(If you know of anyone who would like to provide prizes or sponsorship please let us know!)
Drinks available to purchase at a cash bar.
Table of 6 people $90
Singles register at $15 and we will find you a team!
Prepayment (to confirm nibbles/tables) before 1 April 2016 please.
Proceeds to go towards covering costs of our epic journey (The Mongol Rally July – August 2016).
Contact Matt (027) 326 0732  Or Becky (021) 854 075 to register your team.

The Buzz Holiday Programme
Brochures relating to this programme are on the table in the foyer of the school office.

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

St Vincent de Paul Society
Husband and wife from The Congo who arrived in 2015 and are seeking asylum in NZ and ultimately residency, are Cathedral Parishioners. They are seeking permanent work (child care, security) plus improved housing. If you are able to assist with either employment or accommodation contact St Vincent de Paul either Roger Clark 021 678 141 or 356 1779 or Mike Keenan 021 1858 969 or 358 6318

Holiday Programme
The YMCA has a fantastic programme coming up from April 18th– April 29th!    With boredom busters such as VertX Climbing, Wheelchair Rugby, Flip City, Self Defence Classes, Arts and Crafts and so much more!!!!!!      Be quick to enrol online at
For more information contact the YMCA office on 358 8921 or email

This Weeks Photos

Our Weetbix Tryathlon Team


Year 5 & 6 EPro8 Challenge

Upcoming Dates

April 15 3pm End of term
May 2 8.55am Term 2 starts
May 6 Disco
May 9 5.15pm BOT subs
May 16 Catholic Schools Day
May 23 6.30pm BOT Meeting
May 29 10am First Eucharist
June 6 Queens Birthday

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