Term 1  Week 8  2019

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

I am away at the combined Catholic Secondary and Primary Principal’s  Conference held in New Plymouth for the rest of this week. Please see Mrs O’Connor or Mr Anderson if you have any queries or concerns you need to discuss in my absence.

Enjoy your week,

Jacinta Cousins, Principal

Virtue of the Week

Perseverance – Ngana

Perseverance is being purposeful and steadfast. It is sticking to something, staying committed, no matter how long it takes or what obstacles appear 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 ngana 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

Jesus’ fig-tree parable makes this point. God is the patient gardener, advising the landowner against cutting down the tree. God promises to fertilise it. Give it time – it just needs a little help.

 It’s nice to know that’s how God deals with us. Too often we give up on people. We think they can’t change. Or, we look at how hard it is for us to change sinful habits and we want to give up on ourselves. During those times Penance and Reconciliation can be good for us. The sacrament reminds me about God’s patience with us and God’s willingness to “fertilise” us so that we grow. God fertilises us through prayer, Mass, service, and friends with similar values. Penance and Reconciliation also remind us to show God’s mercy to others. 

 It reminds us also that we can fertilise the lives of others by listening and caring about them without judgment, as well as by challenging their behaviour lovingly when they are on the wrong track. 

School Notices

Refugee Visit
Thank you for a stunning show this morning – we all felt very welcome and it was great balm for the sore hearts after Christchurch.  It was such a professional performance, but warm as well.  Every one of the refugees really loved it.
Message from Mary Legg, English Language Partners

Lucky Book Club
Orders close next Tuesday April 2nd.
NO LATE ORDERS as they won’t get back in time before the holidays.


Y 3/4 Netball
Players were given their uniforms yesterday.
They keep these for the season and they are returned in a neat and tidy state at the end of the season please.

All games at Vautier Park this Thursday 28 March

OLOL Superstars vs CNS Central Pulse   3.45pm    Court 10
OLOL Allstars vs St James Stars   4.40pm     Court 9
Please be at the venue at least 10 minutes before your game.

Thank you, Mrs O’Connor          Teacher in Charge

Year5/6 netball
Please return your netball notices if you are wanting to play this year.
Tuesday April 2nd is the last day for these to be returned.


At our meeting last night we thank and congratulate the following who were elected as office bearers;
Chairperson: Jen Illston
Treasurer: Pending
Secretary: Alicia White
Committee members: Jen Illston, Alicia White, Sheree Power, Marie Butturini, Josh Hoskin, Kelly Hoskin, Kelly Fage, Hayley Gilberd, Laura Jane , Brogan Hyde, Julie Moor.

PTFA Easter Raffle
Raffle Tickets all need to be in by April 2nd.
Raffle will be drawn at assembly on April 8.

Community Notices

Lenten Group For Parents
Come and try a Lenten group before you collect your children from school.
Held in the Church foyer. Tuesdays: 2-3 pm.  March 12th – April 16th (6 weeks).
Come once or every time.   Cuppa included. 
For more information please contact:  Patricia Daws 02102383006

St Vinnies Shop
in Rangitikei Street, opposite Countdown, have a very good selection of children’s and baby clothing, shoes, bedding, books games, toys etc. Items of clothing cost $1/item, shoes 50c/pair, books 50cents each, so great bargains and all in very good condition.

The SVDP Shop,
at 248 Rangitikei St, urgently requests donations of ball dresses and short “after five” for the Massey University students First Year Ball. We are the only Op Shop invited to the Massey Market Days on 19
th—22nd, due to the work we put in last year. Please support Vinnies and help out the students as well.

Living   Learning   Loving

Race Relations Day Performance

Weetbix Tryathlon Team

Upcoming Dates

Apr 10

First Reconciliation

Apr 12


End of Term

Apr 29

Term 2 begins

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