Term 1   Week 8  2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

This week our Year 6 students, Mr Anderson and camp parents are off to Camp at El Rancho from Wednesday to Friday. We wish them a safe and enjoyable time.

It was great to see so many of you at our swimming carnival on Friday. Thank you for coming. Weren’t we blessed with beautiful weather?

Enjoy your week
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

perseverance- U-tonu-tanga

Perseverance is being purposeful and steadfast.
It is sticking to something, staying committed, no matter how long it takes or what
obstacles appears to stop you. A good example is the story of the tortoise and the hare.
Even though the tortoise was slower than the hare, he won the race because he persevered – he didn’t let anything stop him or distract him.
He kept on going.

We practice u-tonu-tanga when we:

  • think before deciding to commit to someone or something
  • pace ourselves
  • set goals and stick with them until they are completed
  • take one step at a time, remaining steady
  • don’t let doubts or tests blow you off course
  • stand by your friends and loved ones

Reflection of the week

The readings this Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent focus on conversion from darkness to light.

In his reading Paul reminds his community that before they knew Christ, they lived in the darkness of sin. But now they are baptised, they must live as children of the light, doing what is good and right and honest. Paul believes Baptism should make a radical difference in our lives.

Later in the year we will be running Baptismal preparation sessions for students who wish to become members of the Catholic church.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to those of you who supported your children at our swimming carnival last Friday and at the Year 5/6 tabloids last Thursday.

Thank you to Janine Jensen for organising our students who entered the Manawatu Weetbix triathlon which was held today.

School Notices

School Triathlon
Next Monday, March 27 from 5.30 to 7pm . Keep that night free. Children have been 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. How are they going with this?
Please note children must wear a helmet for the wheels course.
Following the run there will be a sausage sizzle and drinks to purchase.
Postponement date is the following Thursday evening.

Newsletter Sponsorship
If you would like or know of someone who would like to sponsor our newsletter  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.

First Reconciliation Meeting
This Wednesday, March 23 at 6.30pm.


Time is running out for you to register your child to play netball in the year 1& 2 grade and Year 5/6 grades.
Forms are available from the office and need to be in by March 31st along with the subscription fee please.
The Year 3/4 competition starts Thursday week at Vautier Park.



Next meeting is to be held on April 6th at 7pm in the school staffroom.

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

YMCA    OSCAR  Holiday Programmes
Brochures available from  School foyer . Please feel free to take one.

This Weeks Photos

Year 5 & 6 Tabloids

The Nest enjoy their Jesus meal

Upcoming Dates

March 22-24 Year 6 camp
March 27 5.30-7.00pm School Triathlon (pp March 30)
April 13 10am Easter Liturgy/ End of term

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