Term 3   Week 6  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Congratulations to our Year 6 netball team who won the Catholic schools netball tournament held here at school last week. A fabulous effort team.

I hope you are looking forward to our parish/school mass this Sunday which starts at 10am.  See you all there.

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Honesty – Pono-nga

Being honest is being open, trustworthy and truthful. When people are honest, they can be relied on not to lie, cheat, or steal. Honesty is telling the truth. It is admitting mistakes even when you know someone might be angry or disappointed. Being honest means that you don’t pretend to be something you are not. With honesty, you can trust things to be as they appear.

We practice pono-nga when we:

  • say what we mean and mean what we say
  • make promises we can keep
  • admit our mistakes
  • refuse to lie, cheat, or steal
  • tell the truth tactfully
  • are true to ourselves and do what we know is right

Reflection of the week

We measure people’s commitment to a cause by the sacrifices they are prepared to make for it. We cannot hope to be genuine followers of Christ without making sacrifices.

The focus of the readings again this Sunday is the need to be ready to give up everything to follow Jesus. The parable of the builder tells us that living as a disciple is not a haphazard
adventure. We must consciously make decisions about how we will act.reflection16-26

Discipleship is a choice and it requires daily decisions.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to Hayley Gilberd, Maria Amey and Glenda Patchett for their hard efforts with the fertiliser drive.
Thank you  to Chris White and GH Engineering for supplying the truck.

Thank you to Citibox for supplying free of charge the storage  container for the gala and to GH Engineering for delivering it.

Thank you to those parents who helped in the kitchen for our Year 5/6 Rippa rugby and netball tournament. You did a great job.   Also thank you to those who came along in support of our teams.   Thanks to our coaches, managers and referees. You did a great job too!

School Notices

Parish/School Mass & Pancake Breakfast
THIS Sunday, September 4, at 10am, we are holding our parish school mass and pancake breakfast.
It is expected that all our students and their families attend this mass so see you all there. Children will sit with their families and wear mufti.
As this is Father’s Day we hope all fathers will come along. This is a lovely way to start your Father’s Day celebrations.
It is a gold coin donation for the pancake breakfast.

Paid union Meetings for Teachers
NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA have asked all teaching members at our school to attend meetings in September to hear more about the Government’s new education proposal and help determine the education sector’s response.
The meetings are paid union meetings, which means our school will be closed on Wednesday September 14 between 1.30 and 3pm while staff attend the meeting.
We encourage you to pick your child/ren up at 1.15pm that day. 
If this is impossible, please contact the school as early as possible so that we can make appropriate arrangements for your child.

Congratulations to Annalena  who has moved up a stage on the basic facts ladder.

School Production
We are in full swing for our production to be held at the Speirs Centre at Boys High School on September 19 and 20 starting at 7pm.
Tickets: $5 a seat. The venue holds 360 people per night.
Any young children attending will be required to pay for a seat unless you put them on your knee.
Tickets are on now on sale from the school office.

Book  Fair
Thank you to all our families who supported our Book Fair.
I would like to apologise for the misunderstanding between us and the company which led to us having to cancel the last day.   Thank you for your understanding.
We made a total of $374.20 which will enable us to buy lots of books that have been requested by students.
A big “Thank you” also to the Bell, Gallagher and Connor & Liam Wilson families who purchased and generously donated new books to the library


There is no basketball for the next two weeks.
The final games will be held on Thursday 15th September.

Friday Night Touch Rugby   
Teams currently being organised.

Netball Uniforms
Year 5/6 please return your netball uniforms to school office by Monday 5th September in a washed and clean condition.    Thank you.


Donations of goods for our gala in November are now being accepted.

Community Notices

Foodtogether Palmerston North- Awapuni
St Matthew’s Church $12 an order.  Each order consists of one bag of fruit and one bag of vegetables purchased fresh from the markets that day.   You can place an order online at These must be in by Wednesday at noon or in cash the week before. To pay cash go to St Matthews on Thursdays from 11.30-1pm. You can pay for the following week when you pick up your order.
Brochure on table in school admin for more information.

This Weeks Photos

Rippa Rugby and Netball Tournament
Netball Champions

Rippa Rugby Team

Upcoming Dates

September 4 10am Parish/school mass & Pancake breakfast
September 19/20  7.00pm School Production at Speirs Centre
September 23  3.00pm End of Term
October 10 8.55am Term 4 begins
October 12  5.30pm BOT
October 17 Children need to be there at 6.45pm
Concert starts at 7.30pm
Kids for Kids Concert at the Arena
October 24 Labour Day
October 29 BOT Conference

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