Term 4   Week 4  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to week 5, half way through the term already!It’s always a busy time in schools as we complete the tasks for this year as well as setting up for the following year! We always manage to get there though!

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Love -Aroha

Love is a special feeling that fills your heart.
You show love in a smile, a pleasant way of speaking, a thoughtful act or a hug.
Love is treating people and things with special care and kindness because they mean so much to you.
Love is treating other people just as you would like them to treat you- with respect and kindness.

We practice aroha when we:

  •  treat others as we would want them to treat us
  • say kind and loving things
  • share our things and ourselves
  • show affection
  • think loving thoughts
  • take good care of the things we love

Reflection of the week

We live in a world that is full of unrest and confusion. Yet it is in the midst of such a world that we are called to witness to Christ.
Jesus warned his disciples of the many things that will happen before the end of the world. The many tragedies and disasters that will occur could easily lead us to despair and convince us that we are sad victims of circumstances. But this is not how Jesus looked on these events. He referred to them as opportunities for his disciples to bear witness to him and to the Gospel.
This Sunday’s readings deal with the theme of eternal life. reflection16-34
Life is not a journey to nowhere. It is a journey to the promised land of eternal life.
Let us reflect on the great hope that God in his love holds out to us.
Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is our leader in this journey of hope.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to those who have been busy baking and sweet making for the gala. We appreciate the effort you are making for the gala.

School Notices

School Photos
Photos are being taken tomorrow November the 9th, starting at 9am. Hopefully you will have brought in your order forms!

Athletic Sports
These were scheduled to be held on November 22 but due to the weather we have not been able to start training for these so we have decided to now hold them on Monday, December 12 starting at 10am. Sorry if this has inconvenienced anyone.

Learning Expo
We invite you all to come and see the inquiry work your child has been involved in this term for our topic “It’s a Bugs Life.” This will be held on Thursday, December 1st between 2.30 and 3.30pm.

Book Character Mufti Day
On December 9 we will be having a mufti day. For a gold coin donation children can come to school dressed as their favourite book character and bring along their book too. After lunch we will have a  parade to which parents are invited. This is a PTFA fundraising event.

Term Dates 2017
Term 1  31 Jan    to  April 13 (11 weeks)
Term 2  1 May    to  7 July (10 weeks)
Term 3  24 July   to  29 September (10 weeks)
Term 4  16 Oct   to   15 December (10 weeks)


Our gala is only 2 weeks away . Have you put your name up to help?? We need as many hands as possible to be able to run the gala successfully.

Thank you to those who have donated a bottle and can in the last couple of weeks. Sadly we did not get a great response but it is never too late!

THIS WEEK we are asking each family to donate a small prize or an unwanted gift.

Coming home tonight with the eldest child is one book of tickets for the gala/Christmas raffle. It would be appreciated if you could sell these and get them back to the school office by Friday, November 18 if possible. It will be drawn on the 1st of December.
On Friday your youngest child will bring home a cake box along with some recipes for you to consider making.   Please return the box on Friday week,  18th November with your donation for the Gala.

Community Notices


 Nathan Wallis
Wednesday November 16,
7p.m. – 8.30p.m  Awapuni Function Centre
Last chance to pre book tickets by Thursday 9a.m.

Holiday Programme    –      Y.M.C.A. 
Brochures available from school foyer.

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
St Vinnies Annual Fashion Parade
Thursday 17th November 7.30.m.
Raffle, spot prizes, musical entertainment and supper.
Looking extra good on a budget, support recycling and supporting our community.
Tickets $10 from the Parish Office or St Vinnies, 252 Rangitikei Street.

This Weeks Photos

Explorers trying Edible Bugs.  Yum!!


Upcoming Dates

Nov 9 School photos
Nov 20 11am-2pm Gala
Dec 1  2.30-3.30pm Learning Expo
Dec 7  6pm BOT
Dec 9  2.15pm Book Character Mufti Day
Dec 12  10am Athletic Sports
Dec 14 7pm End of Year Mass and Graduation
Dec 15 12.30pm  Final Assembly, end of school year

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