Term 4   Week 2  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to the second newsletter of term 4. Time is racing on! Some of our year 3 and 4 students participated in the kids for kids concert last night which was a fabulous event. I am sure they will have fond memories of this.

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Tolerance – Tuku-Marie

To be tolerant is to accept differences. You don’t expect others to think, look, speak or act just like you. Tolerance is being free of prejudice, knowing that all people have feelings, needs, hopes and dreams. To be tolerant also means to accept things you wish were different with flexibility and patience.

We practice tuku-marie when we:

  • accept differences
  • are free of prejudice
  • don’t complain when uncomfortable conditions can’t be helped
  • make others feel included by reaching out in friendliness
  • change ourselves instead of trying to change others
  • accept people the way they are, faults and all

Reflection of the week

The focus of this Sundays’ readings is on humility. Humility in the biblical sense has littlereflection16-31 to do with the self abandonment and near rejection of the ego which has sometimes characterised the teaching of this virtue. Biblical humility is to see oneself honestly before God. We are not worthless, evil beings, we are created by God, each one precious. Humility means to see ourselves as neither better or worse than others and to see ourselves as dependent on God our creator, Redeemer and life-giving Spirit.

The readings praise the humble.

Appreciation Spot



School Notices

Outstanding Touch Fees
If you have not paid your child’s touch subscription, or not made alternative arrangements with the office or Mrs Cousins, then I am sorry your child will be unable to play until payment is received. This will now be the policy for all extra curricular activities as decided by the Board of Trustees.

Summer Sandals
Please note that sandals must be plain black.

It is compulsory for all students to be wearing the school sunhat in term four. We have a “no hat, no play” policy. These are available at the Warehouse $13.99 (navy)

Blokes’ Event
This event is to be held in the school hall on Wednesday 19th October from 5:30 to 6:30pm.
Please let Mr Anderson know by the morning if you are coming as numbers are low which may mean it doesn’t go ahead.

Reading Eggs App
Ask your child’s teacher for the password to use at home.

OLOL’s Got Talent
This Friday afternoon we are holding our OLOL’s Got Talent show.
You are welcome to join us for this – 2.15-3pm in the hall.
Children will be auditioning for this on Wednesday.

Scholastic Book Club:   
Forms sent home last week.    Orders close Monday 1st November 9a.m.


Hurricanes team practice to be held Wednesdays lunchtime starting this week.


Our gala is only 6 weeks away now so keep your donations rolling in. 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.
Anyone willing to make and freeze sweets please let us know. We have ingredients here at school for this.

Community Notices

The Manawatu Principals’ Association is delighted to be bringing  NATHAN WALLIS to the Manawatu.
Wednesday November 16, 7p.m. – 8.30p.m
Awapuni Function Centre (expected to be sold out so pre          orders essential).
A lively, engaging speaker with up to date knowledge.
How does my child/s brain work?
What is the impact of the early years?
What is the story behind the “Teenage condition”?
How can I make a positive difference for my child?
Learn more about the human brain and how it works!
Subsidised tickets ($15)  Please bring money to school office before 11th November.  Ordered tickets will be sent to school prior to event.

Shane Rufer School of Football
After school football.   contact Shane  or 021622101  or

Be a Good News statistic.
Tena koutou katoa and happy new term.
October is Mass count month.   It’s an annual statistical snapshot of participation at Sunday Mass.   The numbers are of course about us and faith.  Last year our numbers were up.   That was a good news story.   A very significant part of that trend is the wonderful co-operation between DRS’s, Principals, Children’s Liturgy Leaders and Priests.  No one believes faith is unimportant.  And in our hearts we know the best way to keep it growing is coming along to Mass or Miha.   Mass makes not just Sunday special but the whole week as it brings purpose to our lives.   See you Sundays!   Bishop Charles.

Cathedral Parish Secretary:  We need a person who….
Has a good appreciation of the Catholic faith and parish life.
Is warm and approachable.
Can maintain confidentiality.
Can multi task in a busy office.
Is proficient in MS Office.
Has a high level of general computer knowledge.
Has excellent communication skills, and strong time management.   This position offers excellent working conditions.
Hours of work – 30 hours over 5 days and we are open to job sharing for this position.
Please  contact Steph at the Parish Office or on for further information and a job description.

This Weeks Photos

Rainbows in the library bus today.


Pre-school group enjoy the library bus too.fullsizeoutput_2f72

Upcoming Dates

Oct 20 7.30pm PTFA
Oct 24 Labour Day
Oct 29 BOT Conference
Nov 9 School photos
Nov 20 11am-2pm Gala
Nov 22 Athletic Sports
Dec 7 BOT
Dec 14 7pm End of Year Mass and Graduation
Dec 15 12.30pm

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