Term 3   Week 7  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Thank you to those in our school community who came to our parish/school mass and pancake breakfast on Sunday. It was great to see you there and we appreciate and commend you for your support of our school’s  Catholic Special Character.

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Service – Mahi-pono mo katoa

Service is giving to others and wanting to make a difference in their lives. It is looking for ways to be helpful instead of waiting to be asked. The needs of others are as important to you as your own. When you work with a spirit of service, you give any job your best effort. You make a real contribution. People who want to be of service can change the world.

We practice service when we:

  • want to make a difference in the world
  • look for opportunities to be of service to others
  • think of thoughtful things to do to help our family and friends
  • work with enthusiasm
  • don’t wait to be asked when something needs doing
  • do our part to care for the earth: recycle, reduce and re-use

Reflection of the week

Jesus didn’t wait for sinners to come to him. He went looking for them and when he found them, he befriended them. In doing so he scandalised the Pharisees who would have nothing to do with sinners. They assumed God had nothing to do with them either. In the parable of the lost sheep Jesus showed them a very different kind of God.

reflection16-27To Jesus sinners were like lost sheep. A shepherd knows that a lost sheep is an endangered sheep, and so has more need of care than a sheep that is within the fold. Therefore, he doesn’t hesitate to leave the flock and go looking for a lost sheep and if he finds it, he is overjoyed and brings it back to the fold.

It is a well known fact that anything we lose assumes an exaggerated value. We never know the value of what we have until we lose it. Jesus was saying to the Pharisees If a shepherd will go to all the trouble to find one lost sheep, don’t you think it’s right for me to go looking for people who are lost? Surely people are more important than sheep?

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to Kyla Lyons who has been helping out with the production.

School Notices

Driving Into The School Grounds
Driving into the school grounds between 8.15 and 9.30am and 2.15pm and 3.30pm is not permitted regardless of the weather conditions.
Please adhere to these at all times in the interests of child safety.

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 by 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.

School Production
This will be held at the Speirs Centre at Boys High School on September 19 and 20 starting at 7pm.
Every student will be bringing home a notice this week for the costume they will need. We ask you to ensure that is at school at the beginning of next week please as we start dress rehearsals.
Tickets can be purchased from the school office: $5 a seat.
Any young children attending will be required to pay for a seat unless you put them on your knee.
The whole school will be bussed to the Speirs Centre on Monday morning , September 19 for a dress rehearsal.

Summer Uniform
Children are to be in summer uniform for term 4, Tuesday 25 October at the latest.   Stocks of grey shorts sizes 4 and 6  (special purchase) for $12 pr.  Other sizes $19.    Limited number of grey polos ($19).   If you need to purchase please let office know items and quantities.  We have larger sizes in white polos (8-14) at $16 each.   Smaller sizes can be purchased at the Warehouse.  ($19 each)


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

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

St Albans’ Primary & Intermediate Holiday Programme.“The Buzz”  
September 26-30 and October 3-7.
Theme:  Peace It Together.   Games, Crafts, Challenges, Stories, Bouncy Castle and more.
Costs  range from $27 – $35 per day depending on hours attending.   Food included.
For more information phone 357 9411
email  or

Coffee Group
A reminder that you are all welcome to join in the Parish Gathering area on Tuesday mornings during term time, from 9a.m. onwards to meet with other parents and pre schoolers for a chat and a cup of coffee.

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

Rehearsals for the  Production are underway

Upcoming Dates

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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