Term 4   Week 4  2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to week 4. This week we have our school photos and on Thursday Tracey Wheeler is at school all day to talk to each class about the story of Parehaka which she follows up with an art activity. This will be funded from your activity donation.

We also have the PTFA Quiz night on Saturday to look forward to.

Enjoy your week,
Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Humility – Ngakau-papaku

When you are humble, you don’t consider yourself more important than other people. You are happy to serve others and think other people’s needs are important. When you are humble, you don’t criticise others. You don’t criticise or shame yourself. You admit mistakes and learn from them. You don’t need to boast. You feel thankful for your gifts.

We practice ngakau-papaku  when we:

  • realise that everyone is a human being – each one different but still a person
  • respect what each person contributes
  • learn from our mistakes
  • ask for help when we need it
  • are doing our best just to do it, not to impress anyone
  • are thankful instead of boastful

Reflection of the week

A message from Bishop Charles: Building Families

My heart is lifted every Sunday by the presence at Mass of young families, elderly, teenagers, and young adults. I know that many have made great efforts to be present.

I also know that some of us feel we do not belong or worry that we may not fit in. God’s whānau, the Church, is everyone’s home. There is room for everyone at Mass. No one need feel alone or different.

I want to encourage you all to step up and get to Mass.   Pressures tugging us away are strong. But Sunday Mass far from reducing our freedom enhances it, as it shapes the persons and families and communities we are called to be.

Jesus wants to help build your family. So does your parish. The special children’s liturgy part of Mass means you needn’t worry about keeping little ones occupied. And as teenagers and adults why not take just one hour a week to chill out spiritually, to be nurtured with God’s Word and to receive Jesus himself in holy communion. The cafes will still be open, the sports fields never go away, friends and cussies won’t shift.

Check out Mass times at  For some of you it may be the first time you have been to Church for a long time. Welcome. For others give yourself a challenge to change your question from “shall we go to Mass today?” to “which Mass shall we go to today?”

Thanks to you all for your sense of belonging, no matter what stage that is at. Feel encouraged. The priests and I are here simply to serve you, and we love doing that.

Appreciation Spot




School Notices

School Photos
These are being held tomorrow, November 8, starting at 9am.
Children need to be at school on time that day so they don’t miss their photo.
We will start with the senior classes first. 

Congratulations to Abbygayle and Bonnie who have gone up a stage on the basic facts ladder.

Health & PE Survey
Once every two years Boards of Trustees are required to consult with the parent community about the school’s health programme.
The purpose of this consultation is to outline the programmes that we are delivering, and to get your feedback so that we can prioritise the health education needs of our learners.

We welcome your feedback as this allows us to develop curriculum, policies and practices that reflect the needs of learners and their families.
The link is as follows and is also on our website in the menu bar.
Please complete by Friday December 1st, 2017

Athletic Sports
Due to a clash with the road patrol end of year function we have had to move our athletic sports back a week.
They will now be held on Friday, December 8.

Chicken Pox
For your information we have a couple of cases of chicken pox in the school at present.

Sports Shoes for Athletic Training
We have advised children to bring sports shoes for athletic training.
They can wear bare feet if they wish.

Families Leaving
We are currently in the process of compiling our class lists for next year and would appreciate hearing from you please if you are intending to leave our school at the end of the year.

Enrolments  2018 – 2022 
If you or your friends have preschoolers and have not enrolled them for our school please ring the school office (3589727) as soon as possible.
Please do not assume that we have this information.  We would also point out that non preference placements are scarce and it pays to have their pre-enrolment as a matter of urgency.

Lucky books
Orders close 9a.m. on Thursday 9th November


Touch Rugby: 
Practice U8 on Thursday after school cancelled due to coach having a funeral to attend.


Friday Lunches
Pita Pit
NEW!!!! Subway – see flyer for more information

Quiz Night – This Saturday 11th November.   
7pm in the school hall, 6-8 people per team, $10 per person.
Contact Alicia White on 021 139 3900 for more info.

Christmas Cookie School Fundraiser
Check out the order forms  and flyer coming home today.
Get behind your PTFA and go out and get as many orders as you can.
Each order reaps $5 for our school.

Orders to be into the school office by November 29th .
Samples of these cookies are on top of the fire extinguisher by Kath’s office.

Community Notices

Christmas Cakes:   Lions International
Kath is taking orders for this worthy fundraiser by the PN Middle Districts Lions Club.
Still made to a secret recipe just for the Lions Clubs of NZ by Ernest Adams.
Lions clubs support many disabled, disadvantaged and displaced people all over NZ and the world.
The cost for the un-iced Christmas cake weighing 1.2 kilos net is $20.
You can see sample in the school office.
Orders (with money) close on 17th November 9a.m. in the school office.
Delivery early December. 

Music & Magic
Saturday 11th November 2p.m. the Globe Theatre
Presented by Manawatunes Chorus in association with PN Magic Circle.  Tickets Adults $15 Children $10  available from Ross (PN) 3586880;  Martin 800 4728387 or Clive (Feilding) 323 4953

Unity Singers Present    “Carols in the Cathedral”
Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North on Tuesday 5th December at 7p.m.
Admission:  Non perishable food or a donation –  for the St Vincent de Paul Food bank. 

NB:  Food/donations can also be left at the Cathedral Parish Office or at St Vinnies shop 252 Rangitikei Street.

This Weeks Photos

Rainbows perform the play they had written about tolerance

Upcoming Dates

Nov 8  9am School photos
Nov 11 PTFA Quiz Night
Nov 22  5.30

BOT Subs

Dec 8 9.15-11 Athletic Sports
Dec 13  7pm End of Year Mass/Graduation
Dec 14  12pm Final assembly
Feb 7 New school year begins

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