Term 1   Week 6  2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to week 6.  Halfway through the term already!

This Thursday we are hosting the Year 3/4 tabloid sports here at school from 9.15-12.30pm. The teachers involved would appreciate help with the hospitality.  Please let us know if you are available.

Enjoy your week
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Confidence – Maia

Confidence is having faith in something or someone.
It is a kind of trust.
When you have self confidence, you trust that you have what it takes to handle whatever happens.
You feel sure of yourself and enjoy trying new things.
When you are confident in others, you rely on them and confide in them.

We practice maia when we:

  • remember that we are worthwhile whether we succeed or fail
  • are willing to try new things
  • discover our talents
  • learn from our mistake
  • are free from worry
  • think positively

Reflection of the week

The greatest hope of Lent is the discovery that it’s not only about penance, deprivation, spiritual struggles, and rooting out sin in our lives. Those are often the things we do during Lent. But the hope of Lent lies in what God does. From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has made mercy his hallmark. Francis wants us to realise that God’s mercy and grace surround us not just in special times and places but always and everywhere. Lent is a time to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary, to be surprised by God’s mercy when we least expect it.

As the season begins, think about the hopes you have for Lent this year. Think about what changes you want to see in your life, in the world.

Appreciation Spot


School Notices

Swimming Carnival
March 17 is the date we have set aside for this event. The seniors (United and Explorers) start at 11.45am and the juniors (The Nest, Rainbows, The Hive) start at 2pm.
You are all invited to join us for this event which is held in our school pool.

School Triathlon
On Wednesday March 29 from 5.30 to 7pm we are holding a triathlon here at school for our students.
Each student will be given a sponsor form this week and asked to collect sponsorship for each lap they run, bike (or a form of wheels e.g scooter, skateboard, rollerblades,etc) and swim on the night.
Money raised goes to Caritas the NZ Catholic Aid agency which is the social action we are taking at the end of our inquiry unit on water. The money will help those Pacifica countries who do not have enough water.
Following the run there will be a sausage sizzle and drinks to purchase.

Donation Receipts
For those who have paid their activity donation etc, a  receipt is available from the school office.   Either call in or telephone Kath and she will give it to your child to bring home.    You are able to claim back 33% from the Inland Revenue Department.

School Crossing
We ask parents to please use the school crossing. Our patrollers provide a valuable service in keeping our school community safe and by using the crossing you support this.


The Year 3&4 team has been registered and players have a notice coming home today about the fees etc. These must be paid before the first game on March 30.

Notices have been given to students in Year 5 & 6 who are interested in playing netball this year.

If your child is in Years 1 & 2 and you would like them to play netball please call into the office and pick up a registration form or see Mrs Cousins.
I ask that they all be returned by March 31st along with the subscription fee so I can register the teams.

Weetbix Tryathlon 2017
This is being held on Tuesday 21st March at Ongley Park
We have a few children participating from school.
For more details and to register please visit  or email Grant &Janine Jensen


This is to be held in the staffroom on Monday, March 13 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome. If you are thinking about joining please come along and find out what is involved as we are always keen for new members. Although we work hard at various times throughout the year, we do have lots of fun too.
If you do not want to commit to being on the committee but are willing to help when needed please let us know. Any help is appreciated.

Community Notices

Marist Junior Rugby  
Registration Days at the Marist Clubrooms, Pascal Street,
Wednesday 15th March 5.30p.m. – 7.30p.m.
Sunday 19th March 2p.m. – 5p.m.
Saturday 25th March 11a.m. – 2p.m.  $40 per player.

Saturday 11th & 12th March   Spillane Tournament.
All exisiting and new players most welcome.

Enquiries contact Kent on 0275469717.
More information on parent noticeboard on the verandah.

PN Marist Junior Football 
Invites all interested children 4 years – to 13 years  to register interest at
First Kicks (4-6yrs) will be run on Friday from 5.30pm behind the Marist Clubrooms beginning 5th May.
Grade 7 -13 will be played on Saturdays. Season commences 6th May.
Sundays 19th & 26 March at Monrad Park.
9yrs – 11yrs (year of birth 2006, 2007 or 2008) from 12.00pm till 1.00pm
12yrs – 13yrs (year of birth 2003, 2004 or 2005) from 1.00pm till 2.00pm
It is important to be at both days of trials.

Manawatu Junior Girls Rugby
Friday night rugby for junior girls only   U6 – U13
This programme is designed to help build confidence and core skills in the same for all ages whilst having fun.
Register your daughter by clicking on the link:
From  Friday 17 March – Thursday 13 April.    No cost.

Rugby League
Under 11  HWC Mini Mod.
Every Tuesday 4p.m. – 5p.m. from 7th March for 6 weeks.
For more information Kiria Tangaroa HWC Youth Worker or 06 3080504

This Weeks Photos

Connor won a box of a beautiful fruit donated from T-Market Fresh which was delivered by the team from More FM last week. United reaped the rewards!

Year 1 & 2 Tabloids 

Upcoming Dates

March 9 9.30-12.30am Year 3/4  Tabloids @ OLOL
March 16 9.30-12.30am Y5/6 Tabloids @ St James
March 17 Swimming Carnival
March 22-24 Year 6 camp
March 29 5.30-7.00pm School Triathlon
April 7 2.30-3.30pm Learning Expo
April 13 10am Easter Liturgy/ End of term

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