Dear Families

I am sure you will all agree, that our annual Gala held on Saturday was a fantastic community event. We are so fortunate to have such a connected community filled with families and staff who get stuck in and support the school. We raised an incredible $45,000 with thanks to all who contributed to the preparation, set up and clean up under the expert organisation of Michaela Telfer, Nicole Kelly, Anne Marie Harvey and all of the area teams who made the day so successful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

At Mass on Sunday Fr John shared with us an easy way to remember the most important tenet of our faith ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind, and love your neighbour as yourself’ by using the form of the Sign of the Cross – as we make the sign of the cross, the vertical action reminds us to repeat ‘Love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind’ and the horizontal action prompts us to remember ‘love your neighbour as yourself’. Fr reminded us that we cannot enact one part without the other and that as Christians these two acts (loving God and our neighbour) form the basis for our faith in action.

In the readings for this Sunday’s Mass we hear about the widow who gave the smallest coins to the temple however in doing so made the most generous sacrifice as this was all she had to give as opposed to those who gave from their surplus wealth. Like the widow, we are called on to be generous in our use of prayer and time in support of those around us, particularly those in need.


STRIKE DAY – Monday 12th November – school closed

The New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) have been in negotiations with the Ministry of Education over conditions of work to both retain and recruit effective teachers in our education workforce in order to meet the needs of our young learners. We have been notified that the latest round of negotiations have failed and therefore NZEI teachers throughout the country will engage in rolling strike action next week. Auckland teachers are on strike on Monday 12th November. As you will already be aware, the board have made the decision to close the school as a matter of health and safety. We are very fortunate that Bizzy Bodz will be operating a full day programme from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for families who require support in the care for their child/ren on this day. To book please follow this 

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Staffing News

This week we have farewelled Mrs Ryan who has worked in the Information Centre and fulfilled many roles throughout the school for 17 years. On Monday at assembly, the whole school acknowledged and celebrated the wonderful contribution Mrs Ryan has made to our school. We are so grateful and wish Mrs Ryan and her family well for their exciting new life in Te Puke.

As we approach the end of our school year we will bid farewell to two of our full time teaching staff in December,  Mrs Helen Penney and Mr Lee Orpen.

Helen has been part of the Our Lady Star of the Sea School community in varying capacities at different times extending back to when the school was on site at Granger Rd. She will continue to support the school in a relieving capacity into next year.

Lee has been part of our community for the past 4 years. He has won a position teaching in the intermediate department at Maraetei Beach School.

We wish both Helen and Lee the very best as they finish their service to our community at the end of this school year and head on to different and new experiences.

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

Ngā mihi nui

Louise Campbell



A large group of students start their journey towards being fully initiated into the church this weekend. They will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at a special liturgy on Friday 30 November at 7 p.m. in the parish church. Please keep them in your prayers.

Also a group of students will be baptised into the church during the Garin House Mass at Star of the Sea Church on Sunday 2 December at 5.30 p.m.  Please keep them in your prayers as they start another chapter of their faith journey.


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.

TO CHURCH     ….    
an invitation from Kiarna Makoare  and Maia Tay-Morrison

At Church you will learn about God’s everlasting love for us. You will listen to the Gospel, which will tell you about the stories of Jesus’ life and his saving work. Jesus’ saving work restores the Tapu and Mana of others. When Jesus forgives others they forgive themselves. At Church you will receive Eucharist, the body and blood of Christ. When we receive Eucharist we remember the night when Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples. He calls us to come and share in the Eucharist with him. You should go to Church every Sunday to refill your soul with the Holy Spirit. Think about it as a plant, if you don’t water it, it will not grow. But if you go to Church every Sunday you will grow your faith with God and he will keep you safe. The Eucharist benefits you because it is influencing you to be more like Jesus and to be kind to others. We look forward to seeing you there.

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 people in our lives who are now in the arms of Jesus.   

May they rest in peace.

Detta Fairweather



Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

It has been an eventful term so far. Your Board is happy that Louise Campbell is on board and settling in as principal. A warm welcome to you again Louise. Your Board would also like to thank Michaela Telfer and the PTA for last weekend’s gala. We know that the Michaela and the PTA put in a massive amount of work each year to make the gala happen and we are blessed to have such a great group of people contributing to our School community. I know that the gala is a highlight of my children’s year and that they had a great time on Saturday. I trust that everyone else did too. The gala raised a significant sum of money that your Board, in consultation with the PTA and the wider school community, can use to bring our play spaces and school environment alive for our children as envisaged by our landscaper in the plans displayed at the gala. Your Board will now meet to determine how we can go about implementing the plans in consultation with the Diocese, the PTA and the wider school community.

Your Board has also made progress with our covered outdoor learning area. After submitting a proposal to the Diocese for consideration, the Diocese came back with a number of questions for us to consider and refer back to our quoting suppliers. As a result, we have asked both suppliers to prepare alternative shade proposals for the upper Court for us to consider alongside the lower court proposals. We are expecting to receive these by the end of next week. Your Board will then make a final decision on the preferred proposal at our next meeting and apply to the Diocese for formal consent to proceed. Once the Diocese provides its formal consent, we can let the contract for construction of the covered outdoor learning area.

Our next Board meeting is to be held in the staffroom at 6:30p.m. on Tuesday 27 November 2018. As always, everyone is welcome to attend.

God bless

Stephen McKenzie



Further information about the reason the NZEI TEACHERS UNION have sought STRIKE ACTION





The Senior Team would like to invite all our school community to their production of ‘Aladdin Trouble’.

This is an interactive pantomime style production which includes a princess, a boy in love and a baddy. The story follows Aladdin, a poor boy, as he wins the love of his life and overcomes the baddy! There are lots of pantomime styled jokes to laugh at and the show promises to include the audience at every level.

The students have all been working hard putting the show together and they hope you will be able to come along and enjoy the fun.

Tickets are available from the school office at $5 per ticket – anyone who uses a seat needs to purchase a ticket.

Performance times are as follows:

Tuesday 20th November 6.30 p.m.

Wednesday 21st November 6.30 p.m.

Thursday 22nd November 12.30 p.m. matinee show and 6.30 p.m. evening show

Please come along and be a part of the fun!!


Tom and James closed their eyes and imagined they were looking straight at a fire. They were cold and sad. They  had only a little lantern to see. Soon the lantern faded. So did the boys! Then they reappeared. When they opened their eyes, they couldn’t believe where they were. They ran down to the hot yellow sand and buried themselves in it. Tom and James were overloaded with happiness. They climbed up at a tree to feel the fresh air. Then that’s when they realised they were stuck on a deserted island. Tom panicked and started running in circles. James shouted “stop panicking!” Suddenly he stopped. After awhile they started picking as many fruits as they could. Soon enough night came. James and Tom searched for shooting stars, then they saw one. Quickly, James said a wish. “I wish me and Tom were back in town.” Then they disappeared and landed back in town. They opened their eyes and they were on top of the sky tower. “Ahhhhh!” they screamed.

by Christian Lianto  (Room 12)



On Tuesday 20 November The Walking school Bus mascot ‘Wanda’ will be welcoming children at the front school gate from 8 o’clock onwards. 
Hope to see you there!




Congratulations to Ashton Warnock (Rm 23) who entered two photos in the Auckland Botanic Gardens Photography Competition last term. We were very excited to hear during the holidays that BOTH of his photos were selected by a judging panel of professional photographers. Last week Ashton and his family went to the prizegiving, to find out who the winners (selected by the public) were.

Both of his photos received awards – one got ‘Runner Up Most Promising Young Photographer’ and the other received ‘Runner Up Peoples Choice.’

We are very proud of Ashton and the talent he has and is growing in photography.

Congratulations to Ashley Ip (Rm 19)
who is part of the New Zealand Ice Skating Association figure skating synchronised team representing New Zealand at the Australian National Ice Skating Competition in November.  We are very proud of your achievement and wish Ashley and her team all the very best for the upcoming competition.

 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

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

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


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

** Please note Assembly on Monday 19 November has been cancelled due to set up for production

 PTA meeting (last meeting for year)Monday 12 November
Middle Team AssemblyHall 2 p.m.Wednesday 14 November
Positive Puberty Parent Evening 7.30 p.m.Wednesday 14 November
 PTA Sausage Sizzle Lunchtime Thursday 15 November
 Interschool Athletics  (saving day 19 Nov) Lloyd Elsmore ParkFriday 16 November
 Senior Production ‘Aladdin Trouble’ 6.30 p.m.Tuesday 20 November
 Senior Production ‘ Aladdin Trouble’ 6.30 p.m.Wednesday 21 November
 Senior Production ‘ Aladdin Trouble’ Matinee 12.30 p.m. and evening 6.30 p.m.Thursday 22 November
 Camp 2019 Parent Meeting 7 p.m.Monday  26 November
 BOT Meeting 6.30 p.m.Tuesday 27 November
Parent Conferences2 p.m.Wednesday 28 November
 Year 6 Sancta Maria Transition visit 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Thursday 29 November
Garin House Mass 5.30 p.m.  Parish Church Sunday 2 December



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