Term 1   Week 3  2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Our parish/school mass on Sunday was a very enjoyable occasion. The staff and I appreciate the effort of those who came.  We had a very yummy lunch and it was a lovely to celebrate mass in the outdoors. The games and activities were a lot of fun too. We have some very competitive parents and children out there!
Special thanks to the new families who came to the mass and picnic. There is an expectation that our school families participate in our special character school/parish events.

Two special events this week – our conferences on Thursday and just before that a visit from the Harvey Norman Community Warriors Management Team who are here to share some basic ways our students can follow to help improve or maintain positive mental health.

Enjoy your week
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Excellence – Tino pai-rawa

Excellence is doing your best. It is giving your very best to any task you do or any relationship you have. Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose. It is a desire for perfection. The perfection of a seed comes in the fruit. When you practice excellence, you bring your gifts to fruition

We practise tino pai-rawa when we:

  • excellencegive our best to whatever we do
  • give our best  to relationships
  • set noble and realistic goals
  • remember to plan and practice
  • don’t try to do everything
  • develop our special gifts

Reflection of the week

We are familiar with the great commandment: “ You must love your neighbour as yourself.”

Our hearts were made to love, not to hate. Love is more beautiful than hate. Hate poisons and hardens the heart. Love, on the other hand, purifies and softens the heart. At all costs, then, we must keep love in our heart. The image of God is at its best and brightens in us when we love.

The power of love is greater than the power of evil. Love releases extraordinary energies in us. And love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.reflection17-3

Appreciation Spot


A big thank you to Fr Vaughan for all his work in organising our parish/school mass and picnic and to the teaching staff for organising the games and activities. You all did an awesome job.

School Notices

Parent/Teacher/Student Beginning of Year Conferences
These are being held THIS Thursday, February 16 starting at 2pm.
Appointment times were sent home last Friday.
Please be reminded that these conferences are for you and your child to discuss what you see are your child’s learning goals for the year ahead. This is not a time for the teacher to report on your child’s progress.
Please note also that school will finish at lunchtime(1.20pm) that day to allow time for all conferences to be completed. Children are to be collected by 2pm at the latest.
A reminder to please let your after school care providers know to collect your child early that day if applicable.

Driving into the school grounds is not permitted before and after school. This in the interests of child safety. Please respect this policy.

Swimming Carnival
Once again due to the weather we have decided to push back our swimming carnival in the hope that March will be a lot warmer. I will keep you posted!

Stationery Forms
There are still a lot of stationery forms not returned with the bottom part filled in with updated contact information.  Just a reminder to those who have forgotten to  put through internet banking as promised for stationery/ uniforms/donations.   Your attention to this would be appreciated.

Yr 1/2 are going over to St Josephs in Feilding by bus on 2nd March.   If you have not paid or have not made arrangements to pay your activity donation please send $6 into the school office for the bus fare.  Those who have paid, this is met from the Activity Donation.


Please let Mrs Cousins know if you are interested and willing to coach /or manage a netball team this year as I will be calling for interest from players very soon.

The following information is for those who may be interested:

  • Preseason Skill development programme – beginning Wednesday 1st March for 6 weeks for players in Years 5-8.
  • ANZ futureFERNS Year 3-4 programme  –Notice went home today for interested players.

Begins this Friday 17th February.  There are 4 more games to go finishing Friday 10th March.  Draw to be advised

Community Noticeslunchbox

Saturday Music
Enrolments close Saturday 18th February. For information  or to enrol contact us for a handbook or visit our website:

Violin Lessons available:
Yr 12 St Peters College student is available to teach beginner’s violin lessons.  Available after school on Tues/Wed/Thur at St Peters College.  $15 per half hour.  Phone Olivia on 0212989492 or email

Childrens Day 5th March 11a.m. 3p.m.  Monrad Park
Fun and games for all.  Bouncy castles, egg & spoon races, sack races, rock  painting, sausage sizzle, fresh fruit, kite making.

This Weeks Photos

Feast Day – Run, Jump, Throw

Parish / School Mass and Picnic

Upcoming Dates

Feb 16 2.15-7.30pm Parent/Teacher/Student  Conferences
March 2 9.30-12.30am Year 1/2 Tabloids @ St Josephs
March 9 9.30-12.30am Year 3/4  Tabloids @ OLOL
March 16 9.30-12.30am Y5/6 Tabloids @ St James
March 22-24 Year 6 camp
April 7 2.30-3.30pm Learning Expo
April 13 10am Easter Liturgy/ End of term

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