Dear Families

As we approach the end of our school year, we have had many opportunities to share and celebrate our learners and the amazing year we have had.

Prize Giving

Last night our annual prize giving was held at Sancta Maria College. I am sure you will all agree that our children did us all proud with the way they conducted themselves, their singing, musical entertainment and our fabulous nativity performance. I would like to thank all those families who came along and wish all those recipients of certificates and cups after a year of hard work congratulations on behalf of our school community.


Last Sunday we celebrated the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of our four week preparation for Christmas in our Church calendar. The liturgical colour at this time of year is purple which is considered a serious colour signalling this is a time of reflection, contemplation and a chance to remind ourselves of the importance of our faith and the need to reflect Jesus to those around us as we prepare ourselves to celebrate His birth.

The celebrations of the baptism of 29 of our current students were truly special occasions spread over two Masses on Sunday. I would like to congratulate Samantha Poon, Kasey Poon, Dora Finau, Billie-Jean Erihe, Charlotte Erihe, Rachel Ly, Chloe Ly, Hayen Gedge, Chelsea Gedge, Dominic Gedge, Luca Dreaver, Tyler Dreaver, Hayden Homewood, Katelyn Clarke, Payton and Harper Williams, Jett and Sloan Hudson, Amelia and Athena Luo, Luke and Jake PreIsig and their younger sister Gracie, Tayla Kay, Austin Yao, Elsa Cai, Eva Moulynox Hicks, Amber Riki and Alissa and William Chen on becoming part of the wider Church family.

Mission Day

As you will read below, Mission Day last Friday was such a success. We are grateful to all families for supporting our social justice endeavours, teaching our young learners about the importance of supporting others in need.


Last Thursday night many staff were in attendance to celebrate and support Mrs Michelle Barnett and Mrs Angela Lim who have completed two years of teaching, becoming fully registered classroom teachers. We congratulate them and commend them on their achievement under the support and guidance of Miss Lee Marten and Mrs Karen Waters.  

Camp Parent Meeting

Last Monday many parents of children who will be attending Year 5/6 camp in February next year came along to our camp parent information evening. This bi-annual opportunity for our senior children is much anticipated and the feeling of excitement is already building amongst our children. The senior team, alongside Sue Kubala have done an amazing job of organising this education outside of the classroom opportunity and I wish to thank them for all of their hard work so far in ensuring the two weeks of camp in early February are well organised in order to run smoothly.

Staffing News

At the end of this year we bid farewell to a further two  valued staff members.  Robyn Marshall has worked as a teacher aide for the past 20 years and has supported our young learners tirelessly.  We wish her all God’s blessings in her retirement.

Stef Taylor has taught in varying capacities over many years.  She has most recently been teaching music for two days a week over the last 6 months.  Stef and her family are heading to Melbourne.  We wish them all God’s blessings on their new adventures.


I look forward to seeing many families at the Howick Santa Parade on Sunday afternoon.

Wishing you all of God’s blessings over the next week and a half as we work towards the conclusion of our school year.

Ngā mihi nui

Louise Campbell



Last Friday our Year 3 – 6 students led a hugely successful Mission Day market. Euphraise Barbier showed us how  growing in faith influences how we can make a difference to ourselves and the lives of others. The market was a huge success in many ways. The high levels of collaboration, enthusiasm and JOY was obvious through the buzz and hum of the market. Many thanks to all who supported the day. A whopping $3332.50 was raised which was well above all expectations. Monies raised goes towards the purchase of bibles for fellow Catholic schools in Northland, and to the refugee centre in Mangere, supporting those who have been uprooted from their home country because of war or political unrest.

On December 9 our school has entered a float in the Santa Parade. This gives us the opportunity to share the message of the birth of Jesus and to celebrate the christian story. Just as Jesus is the reason for our school, Jesus is the reason for the season.The 170th anniversary celebrations for Our Lady Star of the Sea parish are not far away. The following activities will take place as part of the anniversary celebrations.  

7.30pm Thursday 13 December

Semblemande Concert at All Saints’ Church, Howick.

(Donations to St Vincent de Paul Society)

11 a.m. Friday 14 December

Our school End of Year Thanksgiving Mass

7.00 p.m. Friday 14 December

Fr Merv Duffy will be giving a talk on Father Antoine Garin, founding Parish Priest of Howick.

9.30 a.m. Sunday 16 December

170th Anniversary Solemn Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent and blessing of the Cemetery. Bishop Patrick Dunn, Bishop of Auckland, will concelebrate this mass.


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. Donations to the Parish Foodbank are much appreciated.


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 the time with our families over the Christmas season will be filled with joy and peace.


Detta  Fairweather DRS




Thank you to Asset Hire (Howick) for the donation of the float trailer for our entry in the Howick Santa Parade on Sunday December 9th.



Construction on the AMETI Eastern busway is scheduled to begin in March/April 2019. This new transformational transport project will provide better public transport connections, faster journey times, more travel choices and improved safety.

During construction, there will be some disruption to major routes – particularly during morning and afternoon peak traffic times, around Lagoon Drive and the Panmure end of Pakuranga Road.

Plan a better journey through the construction:

Have a safe and happy summer holiday!
The AMETI team



There has been an outbreak of meningococcal bacteria in Northland.  Meningococcal disease can cause serious illness of the brain called meningitis and illness of the blood called septicemia.

Meningococcal bacteria can pass from one person to another through:

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Sharing eating or drinking utensils such as water bottles, toothbrushes or pacifiers

Signs of meningitis can develop suddenly and can include:

  • A high fever
  • Headache
  • Sleepiness
  • Joint and muscle pains
  • A stiff neck
  • Dislike of bright lights
  • A rash consisting of reddish – purple pin-prick spots or bruises

If you or your child are showing any signs of meningitis please contact your doctor straight away or dial 111. You can also call Healthline free on 0800 611 116.



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.



Room 11

Inspired by the book “Old Turtle”

God is the mighty roar from the peaceful jungle.  He has a warm heart that invites us.

He is the best friend we could ever have.  He loves us with all his heart. His love for us is beyond the universe.  God is a bright star guiding us home. God is a gentle breeze touching our cheeks.  He whispers as quiet as a mouse “I love you”. God looks after us like a kind parent who would do anything for us.  God is a gardener that plants seeds of love. God is a river that spreads the fruits of the Holy Spirit with the world.  God is everything.

by Anaiah Smith  (Age 8)



On Friday 30th November, Thomas Martin, Elise Wall, Luke McEnteer and Jade Sugiharto went to Somerville Intermediate to compete in the EPro8 Semi-Finals. Thanks to Trish Martin for transport and supervision, and Ian McEnteer for photos.

The Silver Stars team did extremely well, and ended the day in 4th place – only just missing out on going to the finals. Well done team!


CONGRATULATIONS! to Room 1 Curious Pest Catchers. They have been awarded the Ros Nicholson Award for Native Ecology, 3rd Place 2018. This is an annual competition open to all the local Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools, organised by the Auckland Council and Howick Local Board. The judges commented on the ‘amazing interest and commitment … of our IMPRESSIVE 5 YEAR OLD PEST DETECTIVES.’

The results of their investigation showed that in the Sample site 1 – the Bush outside room 1, there was 1 mouse and 1 hedgehog found. In the Sample site 2 – the Bush outside Rooms 9, 10, and 11 there was also 1 mouse found. What to do with the results? The CPCs have been supplied with 2 rat traps, 2 trakka tunnels and two weta houses, and have placed the equipment, one trap, 1 trakka tunnel and 1 weta house in each Sample site. They will monitor and record the results in the national data base.

The CPCs and Mrs. Giam’s mahi is published in Auckland Council’s latest Sustainable schools E newsletter that goes out to all Auckland schools. Hope you all enjoy the article! via this link. Please click to View or Subscribe to the Sustainable Schools Newsletter. 11/15/2018  – November update from Sustainable Schools



Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Interschool athletics on Friday the 16th of November. Your behaviour on the day was terrific and you truly represented Our Lady Star of the Sea with pride.

Students who achieved particular success on the day were…

70m Age sprints

8 Year old boys  – Liam Martin – 1st place

9 Year old girls  – Paige Beagley – 1st place

10 Year old girls – Kiarna Makoare – 3rd place

11 Year old girls – Mia Makoare – 2nd place

70m Competition sprints

8 Year old boys  – Zion Bidois – 2nd place

100m Age Sprints

9 Year old girls – Paige Beagley – 1st place

11 Year old girls – Mia Makoare – 2nd place

100m Age Sprints

11 Year old girls – Alexandra White – 2nd place

800m Race

10 Years and over – Alexandra White – 3rd place

Softball Throw

Boys 8 Years and under – Zion Bidois – 1st place

Boys 8 Years and under – Matthew Mills – 3rd place

Boys 9 Years and under – Ben Bongiovanni – 2nd place

Girls 10 Years – Lyla Latay – 3rd place

Girls 11 years – Sienna-Bella Gribble – 2nd place

Girls 11 years  – Myra Leasi – 3rd place

Long Jump

Girls 9 and under – Amelia McKenzie – 1st place

High Jump

Boys 10 Years – Connor Kumitau – 2nd place

Boys 10 Years – Thomas Martin – 3rd place

Girls 11 years – Mia Makoare – 2nd place


Girls 10 and Over – Myra Leasi, Mia Makoare, Annabelle Voo, Alexandra White – 1st place



Summer Reading Programme

Here’s a fantastic opportunity for Auckland library members to keep reading over the holidays!

Register and then complete fun reading challenges from now until 31st January 2019 and be in to win books, designer eyewear, eReaders and tickets to Auckland’s greatest shows and attractions.

Each completed challenge gets you an entry into a weekly prize draw. Complete five or more different challenges by 31st January and you’ll be entered automatically into a bonus prize draw!

The more challenges that you complete, the more chances you have to win!

Register or find out more information here:

CLICK THESE CALENDARS to find out more about local Library activities during December and January.

Summer Reading Bags

Our own school summer reading promotion is underway.

Forms were sent home on Tuesday for those children interested in participating. With parents permission they may borrow up to 10 books over the holidays. Included in the bag will be a bookmark, promotion of the Auckland Libraries summer reading programme, the chance to enter a prize pack draw and fun activities related to books and authors.

Tuesday 4th December – Forms were sent home

Monday 10 December – Signed forms must be returned by now

Friday 14th December – Children come and choose their Summer reading bags.


Only 25 books outstanding!   Let’s make it 0 books!   Thank you to those parents who have this week returned their child’s outstanding library books.  If you have outstanding books please ensure all books issued to your children are returned by next week. Overdue letters detailing replacement costs have been issued for outstanding books.





Congratulations to Oscar Stewart who was recently capped as a Manukau Districts Year 7 Representative Cricket Team member.

Well done Oscar, we are very proud of you.





Congratulations to Maria Maldonado-Diaz (R19) and Ramon Maldonado-Diaz (R17) who did very well at the Nationals Taekwondo Championship recently.

Maria got silver and Ramon bronze!  Well done!



 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    (Finish at 12 noon) 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

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






To view click on the links below.

December 2018 Holiday Programme
CLICK Kelly Sports 2018

January 2019 Holiday Programme
CLICK  Kelly Sports Jan Programme