Dear Families

Here we are at the end of week 6, the days seem slightly warmer and Spring is in the air!

It is lovely to see our children engaging in so many activities during their morning tea and lunch breaks. The successful drainage project up on our school fields has enabled play on the fields to happen much earlier this year.

‘Opportunities are available for spiritual development of staff through staff meetings. Prayer is an integral part of the daily routine of school life, this includes individual and community prayer using traditional and contemporary forms. Children are encouraged to lead prayer in their classrooms.’ Catholic Special Character  External Review June 2018.

Another opportunity for staff spiritual development is happening on Monday, with our annual Staff Retreat Day. This day will help us all, to continue to develop our personal relationship with Jesus. As the words on our school say:

“Be it known to all who enter here that Jesus is the reason for this school”

Our retreat is being held up at the old school site on Granger Road in Howick. A very special place with years of our school history and memories.

A reminder that children who catch the bus down to Sancta Maria College Campus in the afternoon need to be collected as soon as possible.  Some of our children are being left unsupervised for a length of time.   


To all our wonderful Dads in our school community enjoy your special day on Sunday.

Ngā mihi nui

Sue Kubala
Acting Principal



‘Be attentive to the spirit of prayer’
                                                               Euphrasie Barbier

This morning we took the opportunity to celebrate all the men in our lives who are like Fathers to us. To all the Dads, Grandads, Godfathers and big brothers, we are thankful of the love and care, fun and laughter, courage and kindness you share with us. Your love gives us a little glimpse of how God the Father feels about us. Thanks to the children who led us in prayer this morning. Prayer is at the heart of our Catholic Faith. It is one of the ways we deepen our personal relationship with God, our loving Father. Building a relationship with God, is similar to building a relationship with the people around us. We talk and we listen. If we stop doing that, we run the risk of losing the connection and weakening that relationship. Family prayer times help children to come to meet God and grow their relationship with the Lord.  All children are encouraged to join in or lead prayer in their classroom. When the class prayer bag comes home encourage them to do the same in your family.

Me whakakā to wairua kia kite a iwi katoa

You should be a shining lamp, giving light to all around you


Prayer Intention:        We pray for all the men in our lives who are like Fathers to us.

Detta Fairweather



Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

Your Board met for its first monthly meeting of this term on Tuesday.  

The most exciting happening at this month’s meeting was Kate Smeath’s presentation of the results of our survey on proposed options for the use of our community funds.  We received a fantastic 270 responses with 135 of these coming in on the first day of the survey. This means that well over ¾ of all families at our school have had a say on the use of our funds. The survey results reveal an overwhelming preference to use our community funds for an archgola with 71% of all respondents rating this as their preferred choice and 95% agreeing that an archgola would provide a significant benefit for our children and our school community. 13% of all respondents ranked a chapel as their preferred alternative while 9% chose opening up the junior classrooms and 7% opening up the senior classrooms as their first choice. Comments in support of an archgola noted that an archgola would enable our children to get outside on wet days, would enable our children to get fresh air and engage in physical activity all year round, would allow school sports teams to train in all weathers, would provide protection from the sun on hot summer days and would benefit the whole school community. Your Board has posted Kate’s powerpoint summary of the key findings of the survey on our school website. If you would like to read about the findings of the survey in more detail you can access this powerpoint summary OLSOTS-Board-presentation

Your board has resolved to undertake further investigations into the construction of the archgola. We will be seeking expert advice on questions such as where the archgola should go, what type or types of archgola would work best, and how much each of the different options may cost. We are aiming to collect this information in time for consideration at our next Board meeting on Tuesday 25 September 2018. I will report on the outcomes of these investigations in my Board notes after our next meeting.

Your Board would like to thank Kate Smeath for her incredible work compiling the survey and analysing the results. Thanks Kate.

I imagine that you have all noticed that our new container for our loose parts play has arrived. We will now begin to fit the container out and begin collecting donations of play materials. We will make further announcements about this on school links shortly.

Atua e manaaki

Stephen McKenzie
Chair on behalf of your Board of Trustees



Senior Team Speeches
As you would have seen in our previous newsletter the senior team have been working on delivering their speeches. Each class selected two students to go through to the Team finals. Representatives from each room included Zach Baragwanath, Francesca Crichton, Summer Earl, Raoul Mascarenhas, Oscar Stewart, Emily Ong, Kate Sung, Greer Sullivan, Ella-Grace Wilkinson, Sarah Everett, Maia Tay-Morrison and Ben Bongiovanni.

The audience was treated to a range of topics from “Pies”, “NZ’s Chamber of Secrets”, “What dogs would say if they could talk” to “Numbers” and “Decoding Adults”.

Every student delivered their speech with confidence and eloquence and we are proud of everyone. Maia Tay-Morrison, from Room 23, was the winner of our competition with the topic of “Why Vegetables Are Bad For You” and Oscar Stewart, from Room 20, came second place with his topic of “Pies”. Congratulations to both these students.

Maia will now have the opportunity to represent our school at the HPPA competition that is to be held at Elm Park Primary School on the 11th of September at 7pm.

We wish her all the best.


Photographer in the Making

In Room 23 we love to celebrate everyone’s gifts and talents. Recently we had the joy of discovering that Ashton Warnock has a talent for photography. On our trip to the Mangroves in Term 2, Ashton took some photos for us, and everyone noticed that the composition of the photos and the eye he had for angles and positioning of objects was very good – especially since he has never had any photography lessons. This led to Mrs Presnall finding out about a local photography competition run by Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens.

Last week Ashton headed out to the gardens and spent the morning taking photos of things that caught his eye.

Everyone who has seen his photos agrees – they are very good, and were all very proud of him.

His photos have been displayed in the Information Centre this week, and classes have had the opportunity to vote on them, to help him pick two to enter in the competition.

Keep an eye out for Ashton as he develops this talent!!


Colgate Community Garden Challenge

Our school is competing in the Colgate Community Garden Challenge!   (1 August 2018 to 16 November 2018)

The schools that collect the most oral care waste and have the most online voters can win a recycled community garden set!

You can support us by  …..

  1. Dropping off your oral care waste to Room 3.

Best Practices for Recycling

In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover toothpaste or floss).

If you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry as we cannot ship products dripping with water.

  1. Vote for our school online at

For any queries, please see Mrs Lim in Room 3.

Thank you.



   Room 11 visit to Waitakere Transfer Station:  Zero Waste Zone

Lining up to get on to the bus, then sitting with Dimitri and Jack.  I was very excited.

When we arrived we got to go and play.  I went straight to a bike that you had to pedal to pump water into the buckets.  It was so much fun! Next we went inside and we got to make insects out of lots of different bits and pieces.  I made a stick insect which was climbing on a tree. Then we went into a classroom and we played a game where you had to sort rubbish into the correct bin.  Lastly we had a tour of the refuge station. It was such a cool day.
                                                                                                 Max Tay-Morrison

Interschool Cross Country

On Thursday the 16th of August 48 keen Year 4 – 6 runners headed to Lloyd Elsmore Park to represent our school in the Howick Pakuranga Principals Association Interschool Cross Country. Thankfully the weather was kind, as opposed to the actual day we were supposed to attend. This did not stop the mud closing in on ankles and creeping up calves as each runner gave their best to complete the course. Every runner performed to the best of their ability, with some leaving everything on the track.

Congratulations to all our competitors – it was a privilege to be part of a great group of students.

Special congratulations to our Year 4 girls team for coming third place overall, our Year 5 boys for coming second place and our Year 5 girls for coming first place. Congratulations to the whole team for helping our school achieve Third School overall. An individual placing went to Maia Tay-Morrison who came second in her race.

Well done everyone we are very proud of you!

Gymnastics Competition

On Wednesday 22 August 48 children headed to the HPPA gymnastics competition at the Howick Gym Club, girls looking the part in their leotards with their hair braided and boys in their PE gear.  Representatives from Year 3 to 6 had been practising for many weeks before school and during lunch times. Some were very nervous as they undertook their individual routines and some had done this before. They took part to the best of their ability. Boys had to do floor, vault and bar and girls had to do floor, vault and beam. Some of those successful will compete in the Champion of Champions competition on Thursday 13 September.

Thank you to:
The parents who helped with the teams on the day.
The hair braiders
Organiser – Mrs Kubala
Parent Coaches – Mrs Pennington, Mrs Bousader
Teacher Coaches – Mrs Kubala, Mrs Noble- Campbell, Mrs Barnett, Mrs McClenaghan, Mrs Bailey, Mrs McKay, Mrs Stevens, Mrs Hey, Miss Maratas


Year 3 Boys
1st – Zion Bidois
2nd – Austin Cai
3rd – Cooper Telfer
4th – Nico Taurima
5th – Rocco Gribble
7th – Sebastian Brownrigg
8th – Christian Lianto

1st Team – Austin Cai, Nico Taurima, Zion Bidois, Sebastian Brownrigg
2nd Team – Cooper Telfer, Christian Lianto, Alex Avis, Blake Brown

Year 3 Girls
1st – Charlotte Hunter

3rd Team – Natalia Sandoval, Micah McGrail, Monica Naylor, Charlotte Hunter

Year 4 Boys
4th – Blake Pennington
5th – Keanu Milne

3rd Team – Blake Pennington, Keanu Milne, Kyle Hui, Drew Smal

Year 4 Girls
4th – Rachel Ly
8th – Millie Kirilo

3rd Team – Millie Kirilo, Pamela Rivera-Castro, Zoe Lee, Paige Lim

Year 5 Boys
1st – Geoffrey Cai
2nd – Aaron Santoso
6th – Daniel Bain
8th – Noah Kato

1st Team – Geoffrey Cai, Aaron Santoso, Daniel Bain, Connor Kumitau

Year 6 Girls
3rd – Amelie Lianto

3rd Team – Amelie Lianto, Jessica Kendrick Jones, Summer Earl,Kloe Brooke

Our school has a 40km Speed Zone

Please stay within the sign posted speed limit.    This is for the safety of your young  person and their friends.                                                                                                                

 Avoid the congestion!

Avoid the stress and congestion at the school gate.  Park 500m+ away from the school and let your young person walk the short distance to school.

10 great reasons to walk to school with your children!

Walking to school is an excellent way to include daily physical activity into your child’s life. And if you walk with them, it’s an excellent way to get some physical activity for yourself too.

Here are 10 great reasons to walk to school together:

  1. It’s fun
  2. It’s healthy
  3. It’s non-polluting
  4. It’s friendly
  5. It reduces stress
  6. It’s a chance to teach and learn road safety skills
  7. It’s considerate
  8. It’s educational
  9. It’s free – no petrol money
  10. It makes the street outside the school safer




If you are held up and late for school please bring your child to the office first to sign in and then go to the classroom. After signing in, a slip is printed and the slip is required to be taken to the class teacher.




Trophy Shelf

The new trophy shelf in the Information Centre has been built by Mr Baird. The six trophies presented to Year 6 award winners are on display and have generated a lot of interest from the students. We thank Mrs Kubala for this initiative.



To celebrate National Poetry day on Friday 24th August, student librarians shared poems in the Information Centre at morning tea and surprised students and staff with lovely ‘gift’ poems at lunchtime.



Bree Pennington,  Room 19, recently competed in a rhythmic gymnastics competition where she placed 3rd in the hoop and 6th place overall.  Congratulations Bree and good luck for future competitions!


Congratulations to Mikayla Lau, Room 13, who represented our school in the recent North Harbour and Auckland Rhythmical School Club Championships and gained second place for Level 1.




G A L A    NEWS    –   Saturday 3 November 10 a.m. – 2p.m. 



3  – 7 SEPTEMBER 2018 

 We are collecting  BAKING INGREDIENTS


Our school Gala will be on Saturday 3 November 10 a.m. – 2p.m.     Watch out for school links notices for updates.

The container will be open from 2:15-3:15pm on Fridays during Term 3 and also specific weekend dates in October and November. 

Please DO NOT take items to the school office or leave outside the container as they may get damaged by the weather.  Please watch for further information to be announced on school links and Facebook.

If you have larger items, the container will be open on weekends later in the term. Please contact Carmen Hui 021-032-2590 or Jo Smal 021-212-7979 for more information.



3-7 September Baking Ingredients

10-14 September Toys and Games

17-21 September Lucky Dip and Lollies

14-28 September Non Perishable Grocery and Bottles

Term Break

15-19 September Jolly Jars

29 Oct – 2 Nov Baking and Fudge





School Football Team

The latest result was a win to us 1-0 over Point View Primary at their school.  We had won one game and lost two so to have any remote chance of moving to the knockout round of the last 8 teams we had to win this game and depending on other results from our pool we might progress further.  

Our coach Damien Cooper set the scene well describing our formation for attack and on defence.   Each player was given their position and an instruction to believe in each other, trust each other to do their job and battle it out to the end.   With two of our really good players out with injury and sickness we did not know what to expect.   We scored early, held on and gradually dominated possession and territory.  The strength of our team came through with our determination, to never give up and play for each other.  

We gave Point View their first defeat of the season.   At the time of writing this (Monday) I have heard we have not made it through to the next round but we still have our annual Challenge Cup game we play against St Marks.   In my approx 13 years involvement with the team I would be hard pressed to think of a more complete team performance against a team that had more technically gifted players than us.  Well done, hold your heads up high and lets look forward to the next game.

Barry Vernon 


Bell Times and Routines
8.30amHand Bell – children can enter class only if teacher in room
8.45amSchool Commences
8.45am – 9.00amPrayer
10.40am – 11.00amMorning Tea
12.30pm – 1.20pmLunch
2.45pmSchool Concludes



Friendly Reminders

Drop off and pick up

Please be courteous to all when you are dropping your child off or picking them up after school.  We have been disappointed to hear that not everyone is showing respect to other parents. We all need to be good role models and at our school we do this through our shared values of Service, Respect, Courage, Resilience and Justice


If your child is absent from school for any reason you must either complete an online report an absence form or phone the office and leave a message or use the school website ‘Absence’ line. Please leave a specific reason for the absence i.e. if the child is sick please specify the sickness e.g. cold, vomiting etc. If the child is absent from school due to sickness for more than three days, a medical certificate is required. For any holiday or overseas travel please email our Acting Principal Mrs Sue Kubala at [email protected]

Car parking
Please be considerate when street parking near the school. We have received complaints from neighbours regarding parking across driveways.

When ordering online please make sure your child’s order has the correct room number as  a few lunches have gone to incorrect rooms.

Lost Property
The lost property cupboard is by Room 1 entrance. You are welcome to check this at any time as it is open all day.

Uniform shop
Open every Thursday 8.30 – 9.00 a.m. and 2.30-3 p.m. (during school term)

Before and Afterschool care – 021837977 for bookings

Lunch Menu Update – Tuckshop
For our Lunch Menu for the tuck shop. Please see ‘LUNCHES’ under the Parent Information tab on website.


School Term Dates 2018
 Term 130.01.18   –   13.04.18
 Term 2 01.05.18   –   06.07.18
 Term 3 23.07.18  –  28.09.18
 Term 4 15.10.18   –   18.12.18



PLEASE NOTE all dates and events are SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION via subsequent website newsletters

PTA Meeting7 p.m. Monday 3 September
Middle Team Assembly2 p.m.Tuesday 4 September
Scripture Reading Competition11.30 a.m. – 12 p.m.Wednesday 5 September
Under 50kgs quarter Rugby Final12.45 p.m.Wednesday 5 September
Team and Sibling PhotosFriday 7 September
Maher House School MassParish Church    5.30 – 6.30 p.m.Sunday 9 September
Whole school Assembly9 – 10 a.m.Monday 10 September
Catholic Schools Inter school Cross Country (saving day 13 Sept)Monte Cecilia Park Mt RoskillTuesday 11 September
English Speech CompetitionElm Park     7 – 8.30 p.m.Tuesday 11 September
Champion of Champion GymnasticsThursday 13 September
Mandarin Speech FinalsMeadowbank School     11.00 a.m.Thursday 13 September
Parent Conferences :   Year 1 – 32 – 6 p.m.Thursday 13 September
Under 35 kgs Rugby Final12 – 1 p.m.Friday 14 September
Junior Team Assembly1.50 p.m.Monday 17 September
Middle Team Assembly2.00 p.m.Tuesday 18 September
Baradene Orientation DayWednesday 19 September
Catholic Schools Chess TournamentWednesday 19 September
Under 50kgs Rugby Final12.30 p.m.Wednesday 19 September
Mufti Day  –  CARITASFriday 21 September
Disco6.30 – 8 p.m.    School HallFriday 21 September
BOT Meeting6.30 – 8.30 p.m.Tuesday 25 September
Mercy Day Liturgy9 – 10 a.m.Wednesday 26 September
Barbier House Mass9 – 10 a.m.Friday 28 September



Helping Hands has been part of Our Lady Star of the Sea’s culture for quite some time.  It is where our school community comes together to help those in stressful situations i.e. a parent or grand parent being very ill, a family bereavement or a new born baby to the family.

We would like those in need to know we care!  If you would like to be a part of this wonderful group of caring people who are called upon once or twice a year to either make a meal, bake a cake, transport children to/from school or utilise your gardening skills please fill out the form (click the word ‘form’) and return to the office.   Please add your contact number.

As we all know – “we are in this together”.

If we can assist your family or if you hear of any family in our school community please let the office know.

Thank you

Helping Hands Team



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