Term 4   Week 8  2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Welcome to last full week of the school year and as this is the final full newsletter I take this opportunity to thank you all for the contributions you have made to our school in so many different ways over the year.

School finishes next Thursday, December 14 at 12.30pm and starts back in the new year on February 7.

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Thankfulness – Whaka-whetai-nga

Thankfulness is being grateful for what you have. It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving and being. It is appreciating the little things which happen around you and within you every day. It is having a sense of wonder about the beauty of this world. It is being aware of the gifts in your life.

We practice whaka-whetai-nga when we:

  • have an attitude of gratitude
  • are receptive to gifts
  • appreciate our own abilities instead of envying others
  • see the difficulties of life as opportunities to learn
  • appreciate the beauty of this world
  • count our blessings every day

Reflection of the week

This Sunday it is the second Sunday of Advent.

The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival”. The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, preparing ourselves for his coming. Each Christmas we spend hours and hours thinking of and shopping for presents to give to our family and friends. But what about the one whose birthday it is that we are celebrating?

Have a think this Christmas about what ‘presents’ you could give to Jesus in how you spend your special family time over the Christmas season. How can  you as a family bring the presence of Jesus in  together and how you reach out to others?


Appreciation Spot


School Notices

End of year whole school mass & Year 6 Graduation
This is being held at 7pm on Wednesday, December 13.
All students and their families are expected to attend this. We cannot stress enough the importance of this event. It is part of the commitment you made when choosing this catholic school for your child/ren. We are farewelling our senior students and it is thanksgiving for the end of another successful school year.    Children are to be dressed in their school uniform and they will sit with their class. Following the mass there will be a supper. We ask each family to provide a plate of finger food for this please.
Those of you who are able to, could you also bring along a Christmas food item for the St Vincent de Paul food basket which will be taken up at the offertory during the mass.
Please note children have permission to sleep in and arrive at school the following morning by 10.30am.

Athletic Sports
These are to be held on Friday, December 8 starting around 9.15am. Children may come to school dressed in their PE uniform that day and we advise they have sunscreen applied. Hats are essential too.
The PTFA will be selling sausages in bread, juicies and cans of drink once the sports are over (approx 11.30) at $2 each.

Final Assembly
This is to be held in the hall starting at 12pm on Thursday December 14. School closes at the end of this assembly which is at approximately 12.30pm.

These will be coming home in the last week of the term. You will be advised on this report of the class and teacher your child will have next year, plus their stationery list will be included.

Organisation for 2018
New Entrants: Mrs Colette O’Connor, R2
Year 1/2 : Ms Donna Brown,  R1
Year 2/3 : Mrs Helena Pedley R3
Year 3/4: Miss Davinia Penman R8
Year 4/5/6: Mr Anderson & Mrs Moor,  Rms 6&7

Road Patrol Certificates
These will be presented by Councillor Hapeta at assembly next Monday morning.

Learning Assessment Books
These went home yesterday. PLEASE return them all (except year 6 students ) by this Friday ready for the new year.

End of Year School Treat
The PTFA funded school treat will be held onsite this year. Thank you PTFA.

Office Holiday Hours
The school office will be opened from 10.30-1.30pm from January 31st  to February 2nd.

School Uniform
Don’t forget to nominate our school at checkout when purchasing “Schooltex”  items.
If you cannot find what you are looking for please ask at the fitting rooms or Customer Services.

Board Blurb
Coming home today with this newsletter. Worth a read.



Online Lunches
Pita Pit (Fridays)
Subway (Mondays)

Christmas Cookie School Fundraiser
Your order is ready to be collected from the school office from tomorrow onwards. For those who haven’t made payment please bring this with you.

Community Notices

Superstar Cricket Academy
Introductory programme for 5-8yr old boys and girls.
Skill development providing opportunity to have fun learning batting, bowling and fielding skills.
Programme costs $40 starting in February and runs for 8 weeks during Term 1.
Also comes with a series of giveaways including hats, drink bottles, backpacks, balls and bats with children receiving a different giveaway every couple of weeks.  A registration form is available from the school office or phone Henry Collier JDO  354-2498 or email

School Holiday Programme
aPlus Out of school care               357-5583
December 18th, 2017 o January 29th, 2018
You can book online at   Brochure in School foyer.

This Weeks Photos

Movember Contestants!!

Advent title page by Gabriel J2018 road patrollers training

Upcoming Dates

Dec 7 6pm BOT
Dec 8 9.15-11 Athletic Sports
Dec 8 5.30 Helpers Event
Dec 13  7pm End of Year Mass/Graduation
Dec 14  12pm Final assembly
Feb 7 New school year begins

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