Term 3   Week 6  2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

This week is another busy week.

We are hosting the annual Catholic Schools Year 5/6 rippa rugby/netball tournament here on Wednesday afternoon and on Sunday we have our school parish mass which is a nice way to start off Father’s Day celebrations.

Enjoy your week,
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Honesty – Pono-nga

Being honest is being open, trustworthy and truthful. When people are honest they can be relied on not to lie, cheat or steal. Honesty is telling the truth. It is admitting mistakes even when you know someone might be angry or disappointed. Being honest means you don’t pretend to be something you are not. With honesty, you can trust things to be as they appear.

We practice pono-nga when we:

  • say what we mean and mean what we say
  • make promises we can keep
  • admit our mistakes
  • refuse to lie, cheat or steal
  • tell the truth tactfully
  • are true to ourselves and do what we know is right

Reflection of the week

We have so much to learn from Jesus and this week’s Gospel. The cross was a symbol of shame in the time of Jesus and the early Christians. That’s why Jesus’ prediction about his death shocks Peter. What a loss of honour for Peter to follow a teacher who would accept a shameful death.

But God transformed the cross from a symbol of shame to a symbol of honour. And God honours those who bear a cross by forgoing vengeance or violence by forgiving and respecting even the people who hurt them.

I know you pay a price when you bear those crosses. It hurts when others put you down, call you names, or laugh behind your back. Jesus is right, however, when he says the pain is worth it. When you go against people who urge you to defend your honour by hurting others, you might lose those friends. Losing them might be like losing a part of your life. But you’ll gain so much more.

Each time you stand with Jesus and pick up that cross, you build inner strength. You break free from those who want to control your actions. Each time you do something others think is crazy because you think it is right, you shine more light into a world darkened by sin.

Appreciation Spot


Thank you to Hayley Gilberd and her mum Christine Lansdell for stepping forward to organise the afternoon tea for the Y5/6 Catholic schools tournament this week.

School Notices

Parish/School Mass & Pancake Breakfast
THIS  Sunday, September 3 at 10am, we have our parish school mass and pancake breakfast.
All our students and their families are expected to attend this mass as part of your commitment to our school’s special catholic character.
Children can wear mufti to this and will sit with their family.
Following the mass the Passionist Family Groups are putting on their very popular annual pancake breakfast for a gold coin donation so bring some cash please.

Y5/6 Rippa Rugby/Netball Tournament
This  Wednesday, August 30 starting at 12.30pm we are hosting the catholic schools annual Y5/6 rippa rugby/ netball tournament.
Students participating are asked to supply a plate please.

Congratulations to Joshua  who has completed the entire basic facts ladder and to Ethan D for moving up a stage.

Blokes Event
Look out for your sign up notice coming home shortly.
Dodgeball in the school hall on Friday, September 8 from 5.30-6.30pm.September 8 from

A Date To Mark Down
The next Children’s Liturgy Mass is to be held on Sunday, October 29th at 10am. Following the mass there will be a shared morning tea.

Lucky Books
Orders close on Thursday 14th September at 9a.m.   This will enable books to be distributed before the term break.


Basketball Draw August 31st
OLOL Storm  vs Milson Hawkes 3.45p.m. Arena  Ct 5  P2
Duty at 4.15p.m. same court

There are no games next week (7th Sept) because there are Super Sports being held in the Stadium.
Semi-finals are on Thursday 14th September and the last games (finals) will be on Thursday 21st September.  The team has a guaranteed spot in the semi finals.   Well done!!  Because some teams are playing quarter finals this week to see if they make the semi finals our draw is exactly the same as last week.


Lunch on Line
Pita Pit on Fridays.

Community Notices

Evening With Our Bishop
Bishop Charles will give a presentation on his work in India followed by dessert/coffee/tea on Thursday 31st August, 7:30pm at Our Lady of Lourdes, Shamrock Street.
Please bring a small dessert to share
All parishes are most welcome to come and enjoy this social evening with our Bishop.

Fathers Day Family Night:   Bunnings Warehouse
Thursday 31st August  5.30p.m. – 7.30p.m.  Bookings recommended.   In Store  or visit

This Weeks Photos

Year 6 visit St Peter’s College

The Nest busy at work on their glue prints


Upcoming Dates

August 30 12.30-2.30pm Y5&6 Rippa rugby & Netball
Sept 3 10am Parish/School Mass & pancake breakfast
Sept 29 End of Term 3
Oct 16 Term 4 begins
Dec 14 End of year

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