Term 4   Week 3  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and the lovely weather was lovely. Pity about this week’s forecast though!!

This Friday the junior syndicate are going to mass at 10am and invite you all to join them if you are able to.

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Humility – Ngakau Papaku

When you are humble you don’t act as if you are more important than other people. You are happy to serve others and think other people’s needs are important. You don’t expect others or yourself to be perfect. You don’t criticise others or yourself. You admit mistakes and learn from them. Sometimes mistakes are our best teachers.

We practice ngakau papaku when we:

  •  consider the needs of others as important as our own
  • apologise and make amends when we hurt others
  • learn from our mistakes and keep changing for the better
  • ask for help when we need it
  • are doing our best just to do it, not to impress anyone
  • are grateful instead of boastful

Reflection of the week

This Sunday’s readings focus on the forgiveness of God. The first reading, from Wisdom is a prayer for mercy, based on God’s love for all created beings. The God who created us cannot reject us.

The Gospel presents the appealing story of Zacchaeus whose life wasreflection16-32 changed by an encounter with Jesus. The encounter was initiated by Jesus and is an example of His consistent identification with sinners and the power of that identification for conversion. The identification is often expressed by Jesus eating in the home of sinners, a gesture detestable to the Pharisees of his time.

Appreciation Spot



School Notices

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

Lost Jersey
We still require you to check at home for a jersey named “Bell”.   This went missing from the Hall after a Production practice last term.

Lost Hat 
Last Monday named “Freya” from Room 3.


Hurricanes team practice to be held Wednesdays lunchtime.


Our gala is only 4 weeks away now so keep your donations rolling in.

THIS WEEK we are asking each family to donate a BOTTLE of something e.g bubble bath, perfume, oil, sauces,  (no alcohol please)

Keep your eye out for the sign up board which will be put up shortly on the veranda by Room 5. Put your name beside the stall you would like to help on at the gala. Once slots are filled up then that stall will come down so it will be “first in first served!”

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.

Dads Day Out
Sunday 13th November 11a.m. – 3p.m.  Conrad Park, Marriner Street, Highbury.
Fun for all.    Train ides, Thunder Run, Kite Making, Touch Rugby, Music, Face Painting Spot Prizes, Sausage Sizzle and much more.

St Vincent de Paul
The November meetings for St Vinnies will be held on Tuesdays the 8th and 22nd in the Cathedral lounge at 5.15p.m.  New or intending members are most welcome.   We appreciate your continued contributions of non perishable goods to our weekly food parcels, teabags, coffee, spreads, tinned fruit and breakfast cereals are always welcome.

This Weeks Photos

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Upcoming Dates

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  Final Assembly, end of school year

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