Term 4   Week 8  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to week 8.
The end of year is approaching very quickly and we have so much to do before that time.
The weather is certainly testing our patience a bit isn’t it?  If it’s not rain then its wind!!

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Courtesy – Whakaaro-atawhai

Courtesy is being polite and having good manners.
It is a gracious way of speaking and acting which gives others a feeling of being valued and respected.
It is greeting others with respect.

We practice courtesy when we:

  • show others that we value and respect them
  • remember to treat elders, parents, teachers and children politely
  • think about how your reactions affect others
  • eat, speak, and move graciously
  • make requests instead of demands
  • greet people with a smile

Reflection of the week


This Sunday it is the second Sunday of Advent.
The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival”. The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, preparing ourselves for his coming. Each Christmas we spend hours and hours thinking of and shopping for presents to give to our family and friends. But what about the one whose birthday it is that we are celebrating?
Have a think this Christmas about what ‘presents’ you could give to Jesus in how you spend your special family time over the Christmas season. How can  you as a family bring the presence of Jesus in  together and how you reach out to others?

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to all those in our school community who have helped us out in so many different ways throughout the year – coaching, camp, transport for trips, BOT, PTFA etc .
The staff invite you all to a special morning tea to be held in the staffroom on Wednesday December 14  at 11am. Hope you can join us.

School Notices

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the permanent appointment of Donna Brown as our Director of Religious Studies.
Emma Clapperton and Cindy Towers have been appointed to fixed term positions for the 2017 school year.
You will be advised of the class organisation for 2017 in next week’s newsletter.

Learning Expo This Thursday
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 between 2.30 and 3.30pm.

Library and School Books
Students have been asked to please return all library and reading books to school by the end of this week so we can begin our stocktake. Please support them with this.

Book Character Mufti Day
On December 9 we will be having a mufti day. For a $2 donation children can come to school dressed as their favourite book character and bring along their book too.
The PTFA will be providing morning tea for students that day.
After lunch we will have a  parade to which parents are invited.

Big Day Out
Each year the PTFA treat  our students to a Big Day Out. This will be held on Tuesday December 13. We have yet to firm up the details but do know we will need parent help. Please let the office know if you are available. We plan to leave here about 9.30ish and return by 2.45pm.

Athletic Sports
These will be held on Monday, December 12 starting at 10am. (weather permitting)

Staff/Parents vs Year 6 Dodgeball Game
This game is to be held at 2.30pm on Wednesday December 14 in the hall.
If any parents would like to play please let Mr Anderson know.

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)




A reminder that books are now overdue.
The raffle will be drawn this Thursday, December 1.

Community Notices

St Vinnies
Thinking of Volunteering in the New Year?
Need some Shop Experience?
Are you able to sort the Wheat from the Chaff?
Can you offer 3 hours a week? 10-1pm or 1pm to 4pm.
We will have some great volunteering opportunities in the new year.
St Vinnies opens on the 9th January 2017.
Call now Phone 357 6779 or email for more info.

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

This Weeks Photos

Entertaining the elderly parishioners at their Christmas lunch.

Upcoming Dates

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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