Term 1   Week 7  2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Thanks to those of you who supported the PTFA Annual General Meeting last night and who have put their hand up to help whether on the committee or in other ways. We appreciate the support you give us.

The weather has put our swimming carnival in doubt this Friday. A note will come home Thursday with our final decision.

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 readings this Sunday, the third Sunday of Lent focus on water as a sign of salvation. Wearied from their journey, the Israelites began to complain to Moses that they’re going to die of thirst. They had lost their confidence that God would supply their needs. They are called back to faith by the gift of water: ”I will be there with you…Water will flow out for the people to drink.”

The Gospel is the well known stay of Jesus and the woman at the well. In the dialogue between Jesus and the woman, they speak first of water from a well. And as in the first reading, the gift of water is a call to faith. Jesus’ promise of living water stirs initial faith, and he responds in self revelation-“I am the Messiah”

Appreciation Spot

286-thank_you_balloonThank you to those parents who helped with the hospitality at our Year 3/4 tabloid Sports last Thursday: Maria Amey, Glenda Patchett, Laura Meehan & Fe Phoenix.
Thank you also to Mrs Towers and Mrs Clapperton for all
their organisation of this event.
Thank you to the coaches and managers of all our Touch teams.


School Notices

Swimming Carnival
This Friday, March 17 (weather permitting which doesn’t look all that promising at this stage! A note will come home Thursday with a decision about this.)
Seniors (United and Explorers) start at 11.45am
Juniors (The Nest, Rainbows, The Hive) start at 2pm.

School Triathlon
On Monday, March 27 (please note change of date due to a clash with two other events!) from 5.30 to 7pm we are holding a triathlon here at school for our students to participate in.
They are 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.
We have restricted the number of laps to a maximum of 5 and parents are asked to be responsible for counting the laps they complete.  Please note that children can choose whether they  wish to complete all the 3 codes or just one or two.
Following the run there will be a sausage sizzle and drinks to purchase.

Congratulations to Flynn who has reached the top of the basic facts ladder. A wonderful achievement Flynn.

Newsletter Sponsorship
If you would like to sponsor our newsletter  by having your business card advertised on the back please be in touch. Each space costs $150. Sponsorship covers the cost of our newsletters so we are very grateful to all our sponsors.

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.

Lucky Books 
Close on 27th March, 2017 at 9a.m.


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.
Registration forms for Year 5/6 and Y1/2 netball teams need to be returned by March 31st along with the subscription fee so teams can be registered please.

As the season as now finished could all children please return their touch tops.

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


Congratulations to the following who were elected onto the committee at our AGM last night:
Alicia White: Chairperson
Wendy Lyons Secretary
Committee: Ange Field, Tracey Torok, Kyla Lyons, Jennifer Illston, Marie Butturini, Michael Anderson, Jacinta Cousins

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.
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.

Asthma Research Study
Massey University is currently conducting an important health research study looking at the role of bacteria (that are naturally present in the airways) in the development of childhood asthma.   One in 4 NZ children suffer from asthma.  However, despite medication, 25% of these children still experience asthma symptoms and the reasons are underlying mechanisms are not clear.   This study aims to investigate the possibility that airway bacteria are associated with causing childhood asthma in some NZ children  The study seeks to recruit 600 children with asthma, aged 8-18.  If your child has asthma the researchers would greatly appreciate it if you could take part in this important health study.   If you want more information or would like to take part please e-mail or call Jean Feary McKenzie at or 0800 080 078 053

This Weeks Photos

Year 3 & 4 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 Seniors: 11.45
Juniors: 2pm
Swimming Carnival
March 22-24 Year 6 camp
March 27 5.30-7.00pm School Triathlon
April 13 10am Easter Liturgy/ End of term

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