Term 1   Week 11  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to the final week of the first term. School closes at 3pm this Friday for two weeks and we return to school on Monday, May 2nd.
Have a wonderful break.

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 Gospel is our assurance that we belong to Christ, we will live forever.
Nothing can take us from the loving protection of our Shepherd.
Jesus said,reflection16-10
“My sheep listen to my voice.
I know my sheep and they follow me.

My sheep will live forever because I give then eternal life.
No one can take them out of my hand for the Father, who is greater than anyone, gave them to me.
And the Father and I are one.”

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to Mrs Schischka for the fantastic job she has done over the term teaching in The Hive.

School Notices

Learning Expo
This 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 in your child’s classroom.

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

Basic Facts Ladderp-ladder
Congratulations to the following students who have gone up a stage on the ladder:
Wyatt, Boston R,  Elizabeth.

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

Michael Mangan Concert
On May 4, the first Wednesday back next term, Michael Mangan  a composer of liturgical music for children is performing a concert for all our students.
The cost of this concert is $5 per head and this will be covered from your activity donation.

PE Shorts, PE Top and Jersey named Strawbridge (last week).
Jersey named “Bell” yesterday   Room 1

For Sale
Gold Polos Size 6 $5 each and small size socks.
See Kath in the office.


Mother’s Day Raffle
Prize: Mystery Pamper Hamper
Donation of prizes are welcomed. Please contact Alicia on 021 139 3900.
A reminder that raffle books are to be 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
This Friday
Gold Coin Donation
funds raised to go to PTFA

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 which is looming up quickly.   Information and nomination forms for the upcoming elections will be posted out this Friday.

The timeline for the election of the new Board is:
*Nominations close noon             Friday   20 May
*Election day-poll closes noon    Friday   3 June
*Board takes Office                        Friday   10 June

We invite interested parents along to our next Board sub committee meetings to be held on May 9th starting at 5.15pm in the staffroom. There will be a question and answer session at the start of these meetings whereby candidates can discuss with existing members the ramifications of being on the Board of Trustees. After that you are welcome to stay on for the rest of the meetings or leave if you so wish.

Community Notices

As it is essential for the Parish to have an up to-date parish roll, over the next month the parish invites everyone from our school and parish community who would like to be recorded on the new parish roll, to complete a census form which is coming home today.  Your information is confidential and only for parish pastoral use.
In order to encourage people to complete the forms (which only one person per household will need to do), those who have their forms into the parish or school office by Thursday 12th May 2016, 11:00am, will go into the draw to win one of two $100 cash prizes for their family unit (prizes have been donated for this specific purpose).
Fr. Vaughan Leslie.   Parish Administrator.

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

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

Stations of the Cross Liturgy


Safe Cycling

Upcoming Dates

April 15 3pm End of term
May 2 8.55am Term 2 starts
May 2 7pm PTFA
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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