Term 1  Week 9  2019

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Here we are at the second to last week of the term already and the weather is still wonderful. Aren’t we blessed!
Last week for sunhats at school. These will be taken home next Thursday.

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

 God is not angry or vengeful when you sin. God is not an accountant who tallies our sins against our good deeds or a cop who waits to punish us. Unfortunately, many people hold on to those images.

 Jesus tried to dispel those images of God as he announced the beginning of God’s Reign. “Rejoice,” he said. God is running to greet you right now. Turn toward God and let God embrace you.

 Look at the lost son in the Gospel story last week. He basically had wished his father dead by asking for his inheritance. But when he returns because he has nowhere else to go, the father runs to him, gives him the family ring, clothes him in the best robe, and kills a fattened calf (people ate meat rarely). If you read the text closely, you see that the father doesn’t even let his son complete the apology before ordering all this.

 Lent is a time to come home. We all stray. We live in a world that often calls us away from God. But God knows each of us by our fingerprint, knows when we turn away, and still always stands waiting, scanning the horizon, maybe weeping, hoping to see us turn back, looking for a chance to run toward us and embrace us once again.


School Notices

Congratulations to: Veiana, Carissa and Selyndah from United who have gone up a stage on the basic facts ladder!!!

Lucky Book Club
Orders closed today   NO LATE ORDERS as they won’t get back in time before the holidays.

Reminder: Mrs Cousins Farewell 
This Saturday  (6th April) at the 5.30p.m. mass.  followed by refreshments.   Please bring a plate of finger food to share.
Friday 12th April.    Final assembly and farewell commences at 1p.m. in the school hall.  You are most welcome to join us for this special occasion.

Stationery Lists      Record Updates
As this year we have Board of Trustees election in June it is important that we hold the current address to send you information regarding the election.  If you did not return your stationery list at the beginning of the year with updated information,  you would have received another one with your child,  a couple of weeks ago.   Please return this as soon as possible so that we are able to check off the relevant information.  Please do not assume that we know of any change in your address or that we know that it has not changed.   We need confirmation.


Y 3/4 Netball Draw for this Thursday April 4th
OLOL Superstars vs Milson    3.45pm    Court 10
OLOL Allstars vs Awapuni Allstars    4.40pm  Court 9 
Please be at the venue at least 10 minutes before your game.

Thank you to Rebecca Hayman and Kelly Fage who are going to take weekly skills sessions for Y3/4 players on Thursday lunchtimes. Please ensure the players bring their PE gear that day.

Thank you, Mrs O’Connor          Teacher in Charge

Year 5/6 Netball
Netball registration notices were due in today!

Basketball Registrations
A reminder to please get these into the office by the end of this week.

Please note some funds will be kindly donated by St Vincent de Paul  to support children to play winter sport who couldn’t otherwise due to financial constraints.


PTFA Easter Raffle
Raffle Tickets were due back today sold or unsold.
Those not returned please expect a phone call in the next couple of days!
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

United Supermarket Visit

Upcoming Dates


Apr 10

First Reconciliation

Apr 12


End of Term

Apr 21


Easter Sunday Baptisms

Apr 29

Term 2 begins

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