Dear Families

It is with great excitement that I am communicating with you all for the first time through the school newsletter.

Having been welcomed last Tuesday 16th October, I have immediately felt the warmth, connection and spirit of this beautiful community. I would like to acknowledge and thank Fr John and Fr Terry, Stephen McKenzie Board Chair and the board, as well as Sue Kubala and the staff and our gorgeous children for their welcome.  I have also appreciated the welcome from parents that I have met; all of which has made my start as Principal of Star of the Sea so enjoyable.

A bit about me: I am an Aucklander born and bred, moving from Mt Wellington to Howick as a teenager where as a family, we were members of Star of the Sea parish. My parents still live locally, now in Botany. My husband and I have one son, Oliver, who is in Year 8 at Sacred Heart College.

I have loved the vocation of teaching in Catholic schools for my whole career, both here in Auckland and in the UK for a few years too. I have come to Star of the Sea from three and a half years as Principal of Marist Catholic School in Herne Bay.

While training as a teacher, I was fortunate to be placed for a month or so at Our Lady Star of the Sea school when it was situated on the old site at Granger Rd, around 27 years ago. I have very fond memories of that experience where the warmth of the school community and the excellent teaching and learning programmes were evident. That warm community and excellence in teaching and learning still exists today and I am thrilled to be joining the team to continue the journey that has been lead so successfully by Mr Ken McKay who devoted himself so tirelessly to this community, and subsequently Mrs Carmel Platt. Stephen McKenzie said in his welcome speech that I am standing on the shoulders of giants – he is 100% right, and I consider it an honour and a privilege to be doing so.

Since my arrival there have been lots of exciting happenings around the school with lots more to come before the end of the year as you will see outlined in this newsletter.

Last week was Niuean Language Week. As a staff we were treated with coconut buns from Shandel and the Pasifika Group at morning tea on Wednesday to celebrate. Our classes have been using the sign of the cross in Niuean and have used basic counting and greetings throughout the week.

On Thursday of last week we engaged in the National Shake Out day, practicing an earthquake drill. We took the opportunity to add a fire evacuation drill to this practice to continue to ensure we are well prepared in case of an emergency.

Last Sunday was Mission Sunday. We heard in Fr Terry’s homily that Mission in the church is about service. We have the ultimate example of servant leadership in Jesus and we are all called on to be of service to others in our everyday interactions.

At Mass this Sunday, the 30th Sunday of ordinary time, we will hear the story of Bartimeaus. As a blind man, Bartimaeus had a tough life. He did not miss the opportunity to let Jesus know his plight, reaching out to Jesus and asking Him to restore his sight. The reading sends a clear message to us in our daily lives. Rather than being passive or bemoaning when we are faced with challenge, big or small, we are called on as followers of Christ to be active in prayer to seek help. How Jesus responds will be different for each of us, however we can have faith that we will get an answer without doubt.

Wishing you all a happy, safe and blessed fortnight ahead.

Ngā mihi nui

Louise Campbell



During the month of October we have gathered as a school on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays to celebrate a decade of the Rosary as a school community. Many thanks to those of you who were able to join us at this time and to those of you who are continuing this practise at home as a family. Praying together is another way to ‘grow’ our faith as a community. Thank you.

People often talk about someone they may know who they think is a saint. Generally they are referring to someone who is very kind and ‘good’. Great qualities to have. The church refers to saints as living individuals who have dedicated themselves to the worship and service of God. All Saints Day is celebrated on the 1st of November. It is a time when we join Catholic’s all around the world to remember and honour all the Saints in our lives. The saints we know and those we do not know. While we have information about many saints, and honour them on a specific day, there are many unknown, or unsung saints who may have been forgotten or have never been honoured specifically. On All Saints Day, we celebrate these holy men and women. When we were Baptised we promised to serve God and carry on Jesus’ work on earth, just as the Saints have done.  We ask them to pray for us, and through the model of their lives, recognise how Jesus wants us to be.

Throughout November, Catholics around the world remember and pray for those who have died and are now in the arms of Jesus. During this month, our school Memorial book will be included in school and class liturgies at appropriate times to honour the memory of our loved ones.

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 in thanksgiving for the saints in our lives and for the love and mercy they show.


Father John is going to be giving two interesting talks on The Mass – how to understand it and why it matters – on TWO Friday evenings in November. The two evenings will be Fridays 9th & 16th November from 7.00 – 8.30pm in the Church.  Anyone is welcome and there will also be an opportunity for questions.   He will speak for the first hour (including questions) and the evening will be finished by 8.30pm which will include a short Quiet Time of Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

Detta Fairweather

Term 1 Tuesday 29th January to Friday 12th April
Term 2 Monday 29th April to Friday 5th July
Term 3 Monday 22nd July to Friday 27th September
Term 4 Monday 14th October to Tuesday 17th December 2019



All children should now be wearing their summer uniform.  This includes short sleeve shirt or blouse, school sunhat and plain black flat sandals.  Sunhats must be worn to and from school and during school break times.



Room 11 Izabella Chetty shared a beautiful poem that she wrote and illustrated.


Imagine your walking through the forest and you see a windmill tower and a beautiful garden with heaps of trees and bushes that tickle your legs and you feel peaceful and mindful.  Then you look up in the sky and admire the beauty of everything around you.



Kids Literacy Quiz at Sancta Maria

Last Wednesday nine eager Year 6 students, who will be attending Sancta Maria next year, attended an introduction session at Sancta Maria College to find out more about their Kids Lit Quiz. The Kids Lit Quiz is a interschool quiz that students take part in after reading a selection of different books. It is called a Lit Quiz because you have to have a wide general knowledge about books and literacy to take part. The students had a lot of fun taking part in a mock quiz and enjoyed listening to some past pupils share some information about what the quiz involves. The best part of the trip was the snacks and drinks at the end. All the students had a great time and thank Mrs Bell for organising the opportunity for them.


HPPA Touch Rugby Tournament

On Tuesday the Our Lady Star of the Sea School touch team went to Mission Heights Primary to play in the HPPA touch rugby tournament. In pool play we won three of our games scoring 15 points and only conceding 4 points.  Sadly this meant we did not progress to the finals. Overall it was a great morning in the sun.


Howick Santa Parade

Our school is entering a float in the Howick Santa Parade on Sunday Dec 9 2018. We would like to borrow a double axle trailer a few days prior to this event that we could use in the parade. Please contact Jane McKay [email protected] or Jan Botherway [email protected] if you are able to help.

School Fees

Thankyou for payment of school fees to date.  Term 4 fees are due on 10 November.  Statements have been sent out last week and we will send statements out again in the first week of November.  If you have any queries regarding your statement please contact Sue Yandell in confidence.   

The Auckland Catholic Diocese operate a hardship scheme for support with attendance dues.  Applications are due in this coming week.   If you would like to be considered for support, please contact Sue Yandell in strict confidence.

Kids Art Work
Don’t miss out in ordering your child’s art work for family. grandparents, aunts or uncles or perhaps a wonderful gift for a birthday or Christmas.  Click on this link with your child’s unique code which has been sent home, to order your child’s artwork.  Orders close on Monday 29th at 9 a.m. – order now!

Photolife Orders

Parents can now access, view and order their child’s photo online.  The online system works off each student’s name, giving you an individual shoot key to view and order photographs. The shoot key information has been sent home with your child.  The ‘free delivery’ deadline is Midnight Sunday 28 October 2018.



Budding Writer

Congratulations to Chelsea Gedge in Room 11 whose piece of writing about her pet guinea pig was selected for publication in the latest issue of Upstart magazine.   Chelsea received a prize and also a free magazine for the Information Centre.   Well done Chelsea!

Information Centre Catalogue

We have developed a carousel on our Information Centre catalogue home page highlighting our Parent Choice collection of books.

Click here Online Public Access Catalogue to go to the information centre catalogue

Have a look around at all the wonderful resources and information which students can access from here.

To join our database and borrow a book, please email Mrs Bell [email protected]



Congratulations to Kloe Brooke Rm 23 who recently competed in the New Zealand Aerobic Gymnastics Championships in Tauranga.  Kloe was placed 4th place Individual , 3rd place Aerodance  and 2nd place Pair.  Well done Kloe.

–   G  A  L  A      N E W S   – 

GALA    Saturday 3 November 10 a.m. – 2p.m. 

WEEK   DONATION REQUEST  …..    29 October  –  2 November 2018

We are collecting  …   BAKING AND FUDGE

Our school Gala will be on Saturday 3 November 10 a.m. – 2p.m.     

The container will be open from 2:15 – 3:15 pm on Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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.

  Please contact Carmen Hui 021-032-2590 or Jo Smal 021-212-7979 for more information.




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


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.

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.


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  Principal Mrs Louise Campbell 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

RosaryHall 8.45 a.m.Monday 29 October
Junior Team Assembly1.50 p.m.Monday 29 October
Middle Team School SwimmingLloyd ElsmoreTuesday 30 October
BOT Meeting6.30 p.m.    StaffroomTuesday 30 October
Rosary8.45 a.m.   HallWednesday 31 October
Middle Team Assembly2 p.m.   HallWednesday 31 October
Senior School SwimmingLloyd ElsmoreThursday 1 November
All Saints Day Mass11 a.m.   HallThursday 1 November
Whole School Assembly9 a.m.  HallMonday 5 November
Middle Team SwimmingTuesday 6 November
Year 6 Transition visit – Sancta Maria9 a.m.  –  1.30 p.m.Wednesday 7  November
Senior Team SwimmingThursday 8 November
Years 3-6 AthleticsFriday 9 November



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


Approximately 5 hours per week with flexibility. Evenings and/or weekends for 38 year old male with Down Syndrome.  For details contact Robin 027 431 5605 or John 027 4777 013


HEAD HELD HIGH have a few vacancies for Term 4.   If you are interested please contact [email protected]



Seasons for Growth is a peer support program which assists people of all ages to understand and manage the changes they experience when a significant loss occurs. We are looking for volunteer Companions (adult facilitators) who would be willing to assist in the delivery of this program in schools and the community

A 2-day Companion Workshop will be held on     Monday 5th and Tuesday, 6th November, 2018

at                St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street,Ponsonby

                  10.00 ~ 4.00pm   (morning tea will be provided)

REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL      by Wednesday, 31st October 2018

To register or find out more about this program, contact:   Delia   09-360 3027, or [email protected]