Term 3   Week 8  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Things are well on track for our production next Monday and Tuesday nights at the Speirs Centre at Boys High School. All students are performing in this and they have put in many hours of practice, so we hope they all have someone coming along to watch them.        Tickets are purchased from the school office.

Next Monday morning at 9.15am we will be going by bus to the Speirs Centre for our dress rehearsal. Please ensure your child is on time for school that day or else they will be left behind!

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

This week is Social Justice Week and the focus is on migration. Today, migration is changing our world in ways that we cannot ignore.

Some migrants are forced to leave their home to escape death and violence; others choose to leave their country in search of better opportunities for themselves and their families. reflection16-28Global inequality and conflict drive many to seek a better life in other countries. Migrants and refugees challenge us to consider how we respond to our changing world in the light of the Gospel of Mercy. We can be guided by five Catholic social teaching principles (human dignity, solidarity, common good, participation, preferential option for the poor and vulnerable), that remind us how we can support and welcome migrants and refugees.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to Silivelio Pekepo-Tevaga and Darren Birch for coaching our  basketball teams  this season.

School Notices

Paid union Meetings for Teachers
This Wednesday our teachers will be attending a paid union meeting which means our school will be closed between 1.30 and 3pm while staff attend the meeting.
We encourage you to pick your child/ren up at 1pm 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 next Monday and Tuesday evening September 19 and 20. We would like all the children to be at the centre by 6.45pm please.
Tickets are $5 a seat and can be purchased from the school office. Any young children attending will be required to pay for a seat unless you put them on your knee.

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.

Summer Uniform
Children are to be in summer uniform by the beginning term 4 or at the latest,  Tuesday 25 October.   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)


Draw – Thursday 15 September
OLOL Storm vs Central Normal Warriors 3.45pm B&M 1
Duty: 4.15 B&M 1
OLOL Lightning vs Somerset Slammers   5.15pm Ballroom 3
Duty: 4.45 Ballroom 3

Netball Skills and Knowledge Lessons 
Term 4, 2016, contact Sharon Cook (06)3588792 or txt (027)3588792. Numbers are limited
Y5/6 team. Have you remembered to return your uniform in a clean and tidy condition? Please do so by the end of this week.


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

Anyone interested in running a craft stall at the gala for $30 per stall please contact Tracey 027 637 9220 or Alicia 021 139 3900 for more information or collect a flyer from the school office.

Mufti Day for Gala
Last day of this term, September 23.
In exchange for wearing mufti each student is to bring along an ingredient for making sweets and cakes i.e sugar, butter, flour, icing sugar, cocoa, condensed milk, coconut etc.

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

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Upcoming Dates

September 14  1.00pm School closed for Paid Union meeting
September 14  5.30pm BOT Sub meetings
September 15  7.00pm PTFA Meeting at Erina’s place
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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