Term 1   Week 11  2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

School will finish for the term following our Last Supper and shared meal liturgy which starts at 1.30pm in the hall this Thursday.

School reopens for Term 2 on Monday 1st May.

Wishing you all a joyful Easter and a wonderful holiday,  
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Purposefulness – Whakatara-nga
Being purposeful is having a clear focus, instead of being confused or unsure of what you are doing or why you are doing it. You are acting
purposefully when you have a goal you are working toward.
You concentrate your mind and your efforts so that something good will happen as a result.
Some people just let things happen.
A purposeful person makes things happen.

We practice whakatara-nga when we

  • have a clear vision of what we want to accomplish
  • know why we are doing it
  • focus on a goal
  • get back on track if we get scattered or distracted
  • do things one at a time and finish what we start

Reflection of the week

This is Holy Week. It is a time for entering into the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, a time for new life and growth.  During this week let us unite in prayer as we pray:
Lord Jesus Christ, in this sacred and solemn week when we see again the depth and mystery of your redeeming love, help us to follow where you go, to stop where you stumble, to listen when you cry, to hurt as you suffer, to bow our heads in sorrow as you die, so that, when you are raised to life again, we may share in your endless joy. Amen.

Don’t forget Jesus this Easter!
Did you know that Easter Eggs can remind us of Jesus? When a baby chick hatches from an egg it is a sign of new life. This can also remind us of Jesus having new life when he came out of the tomb! (You could also eat hot cross buns on Good Friday when we remember Jesus dying on the cross for us.)

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to the PTFA for organising and running the supper after the Mass of the Oils being held tonight at the Cathedral.

School Notices

Holy Thursday Liturgy & Shared Meal
On Thursday, April 13 starting at 1.30 pm, we invite you to join us for a commemoration of Jesus’ Last Supper.
This was the meal Jesus ate with his disciples before he was arrested and began his journey to his death on the cross at Calvary.
Your child needs  a simple costume for this day, something similar to the clothing worn in Jesus time. Ideas for this include a dressing gown, with a tea towel tied around the head or a loose gown and scarf.
On this day we ask that each family provide a plate of food on a disposable plate which again would be food similar to what would have been eaten in Jesus time e.g cheese, dried fruit and nuts, pita bread, fruit, cold meat etc.
As this is one of the most important times in our Church and school calendar, we sincerely  hope many of you will be able to join us for this event. It will be held in the hall.
Anyone willing to help set this up on the day please let us know.

Following the lunch you are invited into your child’s classroom to looking at the learning they have been involved in over the term.

Learning Expo
Following our liturgy and shared meal on the last day of this term,  you are invited to go with your child to their classroom to look at the learning they have been involved in for their inquiry.

Winter Uniform
Students go into winter uniform after the upcoming school holidays.  It is as follows:
Grey winter shorts, Gold long sleeved polo shirt,Navy blue jersey, Navy knee high socks,Black leather school shoes
Tunic, Gold long sleeved polo shirt, Navy blue jersey, Navy under knee socks or navy tights,Black leather school shoes.

The school is holding limited stock of boys winter shorts, $30 (Sizes 8, 10, & 12) Gold Polos, $23 (Sizes 14, 12, 10 )  Jerseys $65 – larger sizes only.   Plenty of boys winter socks. $10 pr.   The Warehouse will have stock of our school uniform for other sizes including girls knee hi socks.  The tunics and  PE uniform are available from school.

Please note that while at school, or on a school outing,  children are not permitted to wear anything but their school jersey or school jacket. If you have not got a school jacket a navy jacket is suitable.



Upcoming events:
Mufti day – first Friday back next term. Gold coin donation.
Hoedown – Saturday, May 13. $20 per person which includes supper and band.
Tickets available from the school office or PTFA.
Online bought lunch scheme each Friday throughout term 2. More information in first week back.

Community Notices

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

The Buzz:  St Albans Primary & Intermediate Holiday Programme
Brochures available School foyer,   or  website or email

This Weeks Photos

The Nest celebrate Palm Sunday

Upcoming Dates

April 13  1.30pm Easter Liturgy/ End of term
May 1 8.55am Term 2 begins
May 5 Mufti Day
May 10 5.30pm BOT sub meetings
May 13  7.30pm PTFA Hoedown
May 31 5.30pm BOT Meeting
June 5 Queen’s Birthday
June 9 1 -3pm CrossCountry
June 16  1.30pm Kapahaka Whanaugnatanga
June 18 10am First Eucharist
June 28/29 3 way conferences
July 5 5.30pm BOT Meeting
July 7 NZCPPA Mufti Day/End of Term 2
July 24 8.55am Term 3 begins

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