Kia ora, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Talofa, Bula vinaka, Namaste
We hope this week has started well for you all. We continue to follow ministry guidelines keeping your child’s safety and well being at the forefront. Thank you for all your continued support.
A gentle reminder that school will be closed FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4th and no staff will be on site. Please make arrangements for your child for the day.
Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27
Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget self, carry his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his own life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Will people gain anything if they win the whole world but lose their life? Of course not! There is nothing they can give to regain their life. For the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each one according to his deeds.
Jesus is trying to teach his friends what it means to be a disciple. A disciple is someone who wants to follow in Jesus’ footsteps but this isn’t always easy. Jesus also says that we should take up our cross and follow him. What can we do that shows that we follow Jesus? If we follow him we are showing that we love him too. And Jesus will always be with us helping us along the way. Jesus asks us to follow him by loving others. It can be hard to keep on loving others, especially if they aren’t loving towards us. Perhaps someone said something unkind or didn’t want to be friends with us. It’s difficult, but Jesus wants us to keep on loving.
We believe that we are a worldwide family loved by God and so we pray together:
*We pray for the Church throughout the world: that she may be a living example of God’s love for all people, especially those who are in need. Lord, in your mercy…
*We pray for all our brothers and sisters around the world: that by God’s grace, we may do all that we can to build a better world, free from poverty and filled with love. Lord, in your mercy…
*We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may love God with all our hearts and be inspired to reach out in love to others. Lord, in your mercy…
Oscar for an abundance of Enthusiasm and Joyfulness in his attitude to learning.
Jack for showing Excellence in all areas of school learning, especially with his reading.
Flynn showed the Mercy value of Compassion when we had different visitors in our classroom last week.
Alex for the Mercy Value of Excellence. He has worked hard on his writing and is using great language features.
Grace for her Mercy Value of Compassion by always caring for others in the class.
Sophie for her Mercy Value of Respect in Mahi Tahi. She shows good manners and makes good choices in class and around the school.
Mikaela for her Mercy Value of Excellence in Mahi Tahi. She gives her absolute best in all that she does.
Jarrod for showing the Mercy Value of Excellence with Maths problem solving.
Sita for demonstrating the Mercy Value of Service by always being willing to help.
Year 6 netballers please keep your netball uniforms until the tournament is over.
Year 5 netballers please return your cleaned netball uniform and sweatshirt to school as soon as you can. Please bring it to Mrs. O’Connor so it can be checked off the list.
Scholastic Book Club
Last day for orders – 7th September
Congratulations to Hayven and her family on the recent arrival of her baby brother. Abundant blessings to you all.
Happenings in the School
Property Upgrades: Our school is truly blessed to have major building work to improve and modernise our junior block. We are beginning to prepare for this, with shifting resources this week. Next week we will begin to shift furniture and equipment. Room 3/ Believers will be working in the library and the two junior rooms will be working in the hall from the last week of the term. We thank you in advance for your support.
School Swimming Pool: Work has been taking place on this over the last few weekends. We have a new pump and filter. In the holidays we will be emptying, painting and putting in a new handrail.
Front Entrance: You will have noticed that work has been undertaken with our front gate. The rise was too high for many vehicles so this has been lowered. The gates will shortly be automated and will be closed from 8.30pm at night.
Free to a Good Home: A working chest freezer, a piano, older school chairs/ tables and large desks (corner and wooden ones). Please let Karen know in the office if you are interested. All excess furniture will need to go by the end of the term.
From the Classrooms
Discoverers – Ms Brown & Mrs O’Connor, Ruma 1 & Ruma 2
This week we are starting our journey leading up to Social Justice Week which is next week (Week 8). The theme this year is Catholic Social Teachings. We are going to explore the one called Stewardship which is looking after our Earth – God’s creation. You can help at home by talking about what you can do to help protect and help our earth such as recycling, taking care of a garden, each other or pets.
Believers – Mrs Pedley, Ruma 3
Last week we enjoyed our visitor, Sarah from Horizons. We learnt all about what an insect is and ways to identify them. Did you know we found lots of millipedes in our school garden too? Also during our Resilience programme we put into practice one of the 5 keys of success, which is persistence. We had to make a tower with 20 blocks, stack cards into a tower and bounce 6 balls in a bucket. We didn’t give up and kept on trying!
Aroha – Miss Penman, Ruma 6
We have been having a go as teacher the last couple of weeks and run our own reciprocal reading groups. It’s been great fun taking turns as leader, predictor, questioner, clarifier and summariser. This has really helped our comprehension and is helping us understand new information.
Mahi Tahi – Mrs Moor, Ruma 7
Mahi Tahi as part of our resilience programme have discussed that we are created in the image likeness of God. As part of this we created self portraits using print outs of ourselves we then coloured them in with pastel and have displayed them in the classroom to remind us of how special we are.
Chiefs – Mr Anderson, Ruma 8
Chiefs are getting fired up with our persuasive writing topic of: ‘Animals should be kept in Zoos’. There are interesting arguments on both sides of the fence. The children are learning to back up their arguments with examples and evidence.
Term 3 Dates
Week 7 – Aug 31-Sep 4
Fri 4 – Teacher Only Day – school closed.
Week 8 – Sep 7 -Sep 11 Social Justice Week
Wed 9 – Conferences – school will be closed from 12.30pm. Please make arrangements for your child.
Thur 10 – Conferences – from 3.30pm
(Conferences will continue as long we stay in Level 2. We can track and trace through the interview App. We ask that you sanitize on entry into the classroom. A reminder these are for 15 minutes – as we need to be mindful of people in and out of the school)
Week 9 -Sept 14-18. Māori Language Week
Tue 15 – Champions League Football OLOL vs St. James
Thur 17 – Interschool Netball and Ripper Rugby tournament
Sun 20 – Pancake Family Mass @ 9.30am TBC
Week 10 – Sept 21-25
Fri 25 – Last day of term
Term Dates for 2020
Term 3: Monday 20th July – Friday 25th September
Term 4: Monday 12th October – 15 December (school closes 12.30pm)
Term 1: Wednesday 3rd February – Friday 16th April