Dear Families

Having been part of this community for the past 6 weeks, I would like to express my gratitude for the warm welcome I have received.  We are blessed to be part of such a connected, supportive community and I thank you all for your part in making our school a great place to be for our learners and all involved.  We have had lots of interesting happenings at school over the last two weeks which you will see outlined throughout this newsletter.

As we approach the end of our school year our teachers have been working hard on producing end of year reports summarising your childrens learning across the year.  These reports are available via the portal today  ready for you to download, view and to discuss with your child prior to next weeks parent, student, teacher interviews.

Senior Production
I am sure all those who attended one of the Senior Team Production performances of Aladdin Trouble this week will join me in congratulating Karen Noble-Campbell and the senior team for an incredible show. The arts curriculum is really brought to life through such experiences for our young learners and it was great to see such a phenomenal show put on. To all those who helped support the production with costumes, props, backdrops, staging, lights and music, we are truly grateful.

N.Z.E.I Industrial Action
You will have all felt the impact of a second national strike day for teachers last Monday. As a school we very much appreciate your support as the NZEI union lobby for better conditions to retain and recruit a strong workforce and to best support our learners. Our children are at the heart of the matter, and to attract and keep skilled teachers to inspire the next generation of local and global citizens.

Interschool Athletics
Last Friday our Athletics team represented our school at the Inter-school Athletics day. We had a very strong team who can be congratulated for showing the school values, being great sports, encouraging one another and achieving strongly against tough competition. With thanks to Lee Orpen and Helen Penny for their organisation and to Karen Noble-Campbell, Maree Presnell and Anne Marie Harvey for their support on the day as well as those family members that were able to come along and support. You will see the results published later in this newsletter.  

At Mass on Sunday Fr Terry coached us through the liturgical calendar, informing parishioners that this Sunday brings the Church’s Liturgical year to a conclusion with the feast of Christ the King. Following this, we begin the season of Advent which marks the beginning of the Church’s Liturgical year. The feast of Christ the King celebrates the coming of Christ, which for us Catholics is acknowledged in a variety of ways; firstly every year we celebrate  the birth of Jesus at Christmas, secondly at Mass every week when we receive the Eucharist and thirdly our expectation that Christ will come in glory at the end of time. Through baptism we become part of God’s people preparing for the coming of Christ through all of the good works we do bringing Christ alive to those around us.

Wishing you a happy, safe and blessed fortnight.  

Ngā mihi nui

Louise Campbell



Next Friday the children will celebrate Mission day where we remember the works of the Mission Sisters and all those who work to improve the lives of others. Euphraise Barbier showed us how  growing in faith influences how we can make a difference to ourselves and the lives of others .The Tuckshop will be closed during morning tea but open for lunch as normal. Our middle and senior teams organise a range of activities and food stalls  which will be run during morning tea time. Children are encouraged to bring in small change i.e. 20c, 50c, $1 coins to purchase items at the stalls. Proceeds from the day will go towards buying some child friendly bibles for schools in Northland and to the Refugee Centre in Mangere, to support those who have been uprooted from their home country because of war or political unrest. This initiative is another way our students can be a witness to their faith. Thanks to the Middle and Senior Teams for organising the day.

We are drawing closer and closer to Advent. At this time of the year we wait. We wait for warmer weather. We wait for the holidays. We wait for family time. Waiting is not something we are generally very good at today as many things, like texts, emails, tweets and of course facebook give us an instantaneous response. Gone are the days of waiting for a letter in the post to bring us news from family and friends. Waiting takes patience. Waiting takes time. When we wait we prepare ourselves, thinking about what is to come, often with great anticipation and expectation.

Advent is the season of waiting, of preparation. There are many things we can do at home with our children during this season.

Things like…                                                                        

  • set up a nativity scene                    
  • build a Jesse tree
  • organise an Advent wreath
  • make an Advent calendar
  • play Christmas carols

…. the list is endless.  Each one of these activities helps to build the anticipation and excitement of welcoming Jesus at Christmas time.

Congratulations to our students who will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation Friday 30 November. This is the beginning of their journey to become fully initiated in the church. A wonderful thing. We are thinking of you all.

During the 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. masses on the first Sunday of Advent, a number of our students will receive the Sacrament of Baptism. This is an important celebration for our school community. We look forward to joining them at either of these masses to celebrate this important step in their faith journey. Please keep these children in your prayers.

Samantha PoonKasey PoonDora Finau Donavan Nunes
Katelyn ClarkeBilly-Jean EriheCharlotte EriheRachel Ly
Chloe Ly Payton WilliamsHarper WilliamsJett Hudson
Sloan Hudson Amelia Luo Athena Luo Haydn Gedge
Chelsea GedgeDominic Gedge Luca Dreaver Tyler Dreaver
Luke Preisig Jake PreisigTayla KayAustin Yao
Elsa Cai Eva Moulynox-HicksAmber RikiAlissa Chen
William ChenHayden Homewood 

If your child has been recently baptised in another parish please send a copy of their baptism certificate to the school office so that we can update our records.


Our End of Year school mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Friday 14 December. At this mass we will acknowledge our student leavers and all those who have helped to ensure our school has had another successful year.


Kia hari koa, ka uru tera wairua ki tena ki tena
Be cheerful and happy, generating life in those around you

Prayer Intention: We pray that during the Advent season we prepare to receive Jesus and share His love with all we meet.

Detta Fairweather





WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2018  –  2.00 – 5 p.m.

It’s time to clean out your cupboards and bring in your second hand uniforms and you will be paid immediately in CASH for these.

You will receive the following: $15 for shirts, $15 for shorts/culottes, $15 for jumpers, $5 for P.E. shorts, $5 for P.E. shirts.


We are unable to accept any ‘old style’ uniforms or hats and socks for hygiene reasons.  As usual the clothes must be in good condition, washed and unstained.

The Uniform Shop will be open as usual FROM 8.30 – 9.00 am and 2.15 – 3.00 pm on THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2018

Cathie Barker

Uniform Shop


We are currently accepting new enrolments for the 2019 academic year.  If you have a child, turning five years old from now until December 2019 and wish them to attend Our Lady Star of the Sea School please collect an enrolment pack from the school office or download from our website    There is limited availability in other year levels.


If you wish to purchase further KidsArt Works products – diaries, calendar etc the date of ordering has now been extended to Sunday 25 November 2018.    Please use the same unique CODE as before. 




The big, thick door started to open before my eyes.

To my surprise an old lady with wrinkly arms and wrinkly legs was standing right in front of me.

I looked up at a big sign in the corner.  It said Wishy Washy Laundry.

She was waving at me like she was crazy.

The very old woman had a fake eye and a robot eye. She was a funny lady who had a giant dress and a tiny apron.

Behind her was a tap that was overflowing and a washing machine that was almost broken and one window that you could see the castle from.

                                                        by Fletcher Telfer    (Room 20)



School Athletics results

Thank you to Mr Orpen and Mrs Penney for ably organising a fantastic school athletics day on Friday 9th of November – all of our students, from Years 3- 6, took part. The weather was fabulous (not too hot and not too cold) and everyone gave their very best on the day.

Congratulations to all who participated.

Overall results

7 Year Old Girls

1st place – Izabella Chetty

2nd place – Samantha Bongiovanni

3rd place – Amelia Hunt

7 Year Old Boys

1st place – Nyall Serrao

2nd place – Alex Avis

3rd Place – Austin Cai

8 Year Old Girls

1st place – Winnie Zou

2nd place – Bohan Zhang

3rd place – Rachel Melville

8 Year Old Boys

1st place – Zion Bidois

2nd place – Liam Martin

3rd = place – Drew Smal and Keanu Milne

9 Year Old Girls

1st Place – Paige Beagley

2nd = place – Tayla Kay and Amelia McKenzie

9 Year Old Boys

1st place – Hugo Dougall

2nd place – Adam Bousader

3rd = place – Ryder Brownrigg, Mariusz Mysliwiec, Stefan Kozina, Luke Preisig

10 Year Old Girls

1st place – Annabelle Voo

2nd place – Lola Penfold

3rd place – Kiarna Makoare

10 Year Old Boys

1st place – Thomas Martin

2nd Place – Luke Dougherty

3rd place – Lyonidas Samuel

11 Year Old Girls

1st place – Alexandra White

2nd place – Mia Makoare

3rd place – Myra Leasi

11 Year Old Boys

1st place – Caleb Faulkner

2nd place – Keani Wilson

3rd place – Oscar Stewart


Returning library books

Our annual stocktake of books and resources has begun. Please ensure all books issued to your children are returned as soon as possible. Overdue letters detailing replacement costs will be issued for outstanding books.

Summer reading promotion

We are working towards an exciting summer promotion to help our students to keep reading over the summer holidays.

Research shows that children who seldom read over the long summer holidays can lose progress they have made in their reading levels and fluency over the year. This is known as the ‘summer slide’ or ‘summer reading slump’.

For further reading: National Library of NZ: Research on the Summer Slide & Summer Reading

We want to promote the importance of reading and of reading for pleasure, enjoyment, relaxation, delight and discovery.

Children will have an opportunity to fill a summer gift bag with up to 10 library books and a selection of activities to keep them motivated over the holidays.

More information to follow soon!


Congratulations to Emma Priestley from Room 15. After submitting some of her artwork to  the Toitoi magazine Emma has been selected to illustrate a story called “The Long Night” by Poppy Hawkins. This will be published in Term 1 2019 and our school will receive two copies for our school library. We look forward to seeing this in print.  A wonderful achievement. Emma.

On Sunday 11th November, Kate Sung competed in the Primary and Intermediate Karate Championship 2018, her last competition of the year and last year of representing the school. She won a gold in the Kata girls year 5 – 6 premier, and got a bronze in Kumite (sparring) in the same division.

Kate has made great results this year, and will also compete next year for her new intermediate.


 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

 Camp 2019 Parent Meeting 7 p.m.Monday  26 November
 BOT Meeting 6.30 p.m.Tuesday 27 November
Parent, Student, Teacher Interviews2 p.m.Wednesday 28 November
 Year 6 Sancta Maria Transition visit 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Thursday 29 November
Mission Day Mufti clothes to be wornFriday 30 November
Garin House Mass 5.30 p.m.  Parish Church Sunday 2 December
Junior Team Assembly 1.50 p.m.Monday 3 December
 PTA Year 5 & 6 Skating6.30-8.30 p.m. Paradise Ice Skating Tuesday 4 December
 Junior Team Athletics 8.45 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Wednesday 5 December
Middle Team Assembly2 p.m.Wednesday 5 December
Prizegiving6.30  p.m.   Sancta Maria CollegeThursday 6 December
Maher House Assembly9 a.m.Friday 7 December
Leavers’ Evening (Year 6 students) 5.30 p.m. Monday  10 December
Team End of Year OutingsJuniors – onsite

Middle  –  Monterey Theatre Movie

Seniors  –  Mt Albert Pools

Wednesday 12 December
 Orientation Day 9 a.m. Thursday 13 December
 End of Year Mass11 a.m.   Parish Church Friday 14 December
Final Assembly9 a.m.Tuesday 18 December
2019    TERM 18.45 A.M.TUESDAY 29 JANUARY 2019



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


Advent Vespers and Carol Service – A service of Carols and Readings for the Season of Advent at the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph. Saturday, 1 December at 7.30 pm. All are welcome to share this tradition as we journey towards Christmastide and prepare the way of the Lord. Entry FREE but there will be a retiring collection. Validated parking is available at the Wilsons’ car parks on Hobson Street ($4) and Durham Lane ($2 entry from Queen St only).


Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary at the Cathedral

Saturday, 8 December at 8.30 am and a Choral Mass at 7.30 pm with the Cathedral Vocal Ensemble directed by James Tibbles.

Validated parking will be available for both Masses.