Term 4   Week 9  2016

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to last full week of the school year.

As this is the final newsletter I take this opportunity to thank you all for the contributions you have made to our school in so many different ways over the year and I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a joyful holiday season.  School finishes next Thursday, December 15 at 12.30pm and starts back in the new year on January 31st.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Thankfulness – Whaka-whetai-nga

Thankfulness is being grateful for what you have.
It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving and being.
It is appreciating the little things which happen around you and within you every day.
It is having a sense of wonder about the beauty of this world.
It is being aware of the gifts in your life.

We practice whaka-whetai-nga when we:

  • have an attitude of gratitude
  • are receptive to gifts
  • appreciate our own abilities instead of envying others
  • see the difficulties of life as opportunities to learn
  • appreciate the beauty of this world
  • count our blessings every day

Reflection of the week


This Sunday it is the third Sunday of Advent.The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday – gaudete means rejoice. We are rejoicing because the Lord is Near. This invitation to rejoice is reflected in the Scripture readings. In the first reading, the prophet Zephaniah urges the people to rejoice because “the Lord is in your midst”. And Paul tells the Philippians he wants them to be happy, because “the Lord is very near”. The joy that this world cannot give is the joy that comes from a sense of the nearness of God and the certainty of his love for us.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to TG Macarthy Trust for their donation of $1,000 for library books.

School Notices

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. At 2.30 in the hall we will have a  parade to which parents are invited along to.

Athletic Sports
Due to the weather and lack of preparation we have canceled the athletics sports.We will run athletic activities to celebrate our Feast Day the second week back of the year on February 10.

End of Year Treat
The PTFA are kindly funding this event to be held on Tuesday, December 13. We will be going to a movie at 10am followed by lunch and a play in the Esplanade. The seniors will need their togs as they are swimming at the Lido after lunch. Juniors are having a ride on the train. The children will be bussed to each venue.
We still need more parent help please so let us know urgently if you can do so. If we do not get enough parents then sadly the children will have to miss out on this day out. 
You can meet us at the Esplanade at 12pm.

These will be given out the day before school closes for the year. On it will be the class your child will be in next year.

Final Assembly
This is to be held in the hall starting at 12pm on Thursday December 15. School closes at the end of this assembly which is at approximately 12.30pm.

End of Year Mass & Graduation
This is being held at 7pm on Wednesday, December 14.
All students and their families are expected to attend this. We cannot stress enough the importance of this event. It is part of the commitment you made when choosing this catholic school for your child/ren. We are farewelling our senior students and it is thanksgiving for the end of another successful school year.    Children are to be dressed in their school uniform and they will sit with their class. Following the mass there will be a supper. We ask each family to provide a plate of finger food for this please.
Those of you who are able to, could you also bring along a Christmas food item for the St Vincent de Paul food basket which will be taken up at the offertory during the mass.
Please note children have permission to sleep in and arrive at school the following morning by 10.30am.

School Books
A reminder that to please return ALL school library books, reading books to school by this Friday.   Please check at home.  City library books need to be returned directly to them.

Organisation for 2017
New Entrants: Mrs Colette O’Connor, R2
Year 1/2 : Ms Donna Brown,  R1
Year 2/3 : Mrs Cindy Towers, R3
Year 3/4: Mrs Emma Clapperton, R8
Year 4/5/6: Mr Anderson & Mrs Moor,  Rms 6&7

Attendance Dues
The dues for 2017 are $447 per student. Please be reminded that the payment of dues can be reduced or waived in the event of financial hardship.
Please see Mrs Cousins if this applies to you at any stage throughout the year.

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)

Working Bee
A plea goes out to the school community for volunteers to join the working bee here at school on January 28 from 9am.
We have to cut back the vine that is creeping over to the neighbours and onto our field.   If you can help please phone the school 3589727 with your name and contact number.


Gala Christmas Raffle Draw
Drawn in the presence of Father Vaughan
Ticket number:  1599  Dale Kara

Community Notices

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

Netball Skills & Knowledge Lessons,
Term 1, 2017
Contact Sharon Cook 3588792 or text 0273588792
Numbers limited.

This Weeks Photos

“Its a Bug’s Life” Expo

Upcoming Dates

Dec 7  6pm BOT
Dec 9  2.15pm Book Character Mufti Day
Dec 14 7pm End of Year Mass and Graduation
Dec 15 12.30pm  Final Assembly, end of school year

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