Dear Families

This is our final newsletter as we reach the end of our school year. Our Lady Star of the Sea  have had a fabulous year, full of great learning experiences and fun for our students. Although I joined this learning community only 9 weeks ago, I already feel as though I have been here for much longer thanks to the warm welcome from all and the fabulous team in which I have the privilege to work. With our sights firmly set on 2019 we approach the holiday period with excitement for the celebration of Christmas and great plans for the year ahead.

End of Year Mass and Parish 170 Year Anniversary Celebrations

On Friday we held our end of year Mass at Star of the Sea Church in Picton Street. Not only was this a celebration of the completion of our school year, it also began the weekend of Parish celebrations of the 170th anniversary of the inception of Star of the Sea Parish. The Mass was a beautiful celebration, filled with song and prayer. Thanks to Detta Fairweather our Director of Religious Studies for her organisation of this celebration.

Winning Float at the Howick Santa Parade

Last Sunday the annual Howick Santa Parade was held with our school participating with a fabulous float celebrating the birthday of Jesus with a cake, presents and balloons. Jane McKay and Petra Fsadni did an amazing job with the help of Ken Baird and Mike Costello in creating an outstanding float that took away top prize on the day. Huge congratulations to all those involved in making the float and participating on the day. Thanks also to Doug Ferguson for brightening up the front end of the float with his fabulous yellow classic car and Asset Hire for the donation of the float trailer.

PTA Lunch

On Monday of last week the staff were treated to a beautiful lunch put on by the PTA in thanks for their efforts over the course of this year. Our teaching, academic and administrative support staff were very grateful for the effort put into the lunch and appreciated the thanks. We are grateful to Michaela Telfer, Nicole Kelly, Tina Moulynox and Cathie Barker and the team for their efforts.  

End of Year Team Outings

On Wednesday of last week our children had fabulous celebrations marking the end of a busy and productive school year, enjoying their long anticipated team outings.

The Junior Team enjoyed a story teller, inflatables, even a water slide and a disco, while the Middle Team went to the movies and enjoyed a shared lunch and the Senior Team enjoyed a day at the wave pools in Mt Albert. Thank you to the team leaders and class teachers for making this day a great day out for our children to celebrate the end of the school year.

Seeking a Board Of Trustees Secretary

The Board of Trustees is seeking a new Board Secretary for the start of next year. This is a paid position requiring the compilation of board papers before each board meeting, minute taking at meetings and the circulation of these. If you are interested please contact our Board Chairperson Stephen MacKenzie through the school office.

I wish you all of God’s blessings over the upcoming Christmas, New Year and holiday season and I look forward to seeing you all at the start of the new school year. To those families who are moving on from our community, please take with you the spirit of Our Lady, Star of the Sea.

 Ngā mihi nui

Louise Campbell




Our advent wreath is a reminder of God’s love for us. It is a circle and it has no beginning and no end. It goes on and on. There are four candles on the advent wreath, 3 violet and one rose coloured. The colour violet reminds us that we are getting ready and preparing ourselves for the birth of Jesus.

The first candle is a symbol of HOPE reminding us that Jesus is coming

The second candle is a symbol of FAITH reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

The third candle is a symbol of JOY reminding us of the Joy of Jesus’ birth

The fourth candle is a symbol of PEACE reminding us of the angels message of Peace on earth to all men of good will

This week we light the third candle, the JOY candle as we move closer to Jesus’ birth. We can feel the students excitement increase and the anticipation of receiving gifts. God gave us the greatest gift of all, Jesus. It is important to remember that without the Christ child, there is no Christmas because JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON. AS the advertising sector builds into a Christmas frenzy it is important we keep the reason for Christmas – the birth of Jesus –  in the forefront of our minds. The Christmas mass along with singing carols help us to focus on the importance of the day. For those of you who will be in the area Christmas Mass times for Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish are:

Christmas Eve – Monday 24 December


Carols 6.00pm            Vigil Mass 6.30pm

Carols 11.30pm           Midnight Mass 12.00am

Beachlands Community

Te Puru Community Centre, 954 Whitford Maraetai Road

Carols 6.30pm         Mass 7.00pm

Christmas Day – Tuesday 25 December


Family Mass with Carols – 9.00am

Wishing you all a safe, happy and holy Christmas.


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



Dear Family and Friends

Your Board would like to congratulate all of our ākonga who received awards at our prize giving. Well done to all of you.

I brought you up to date with progress on our COLA (covered outdoor learning area) at prize giving. Since then your Board met for the final time this year and have chosen our preferred COLA supplier for a COLA over the upper court. We are now working with our preferred supplier to draw up a final proposal for submission to the Auckland Diocese for approval. We hope to have this ready for submission to the Diocese before the end of the year and to have Diocesan approval before the beginning of term one next year. Once we have that, our preferred supplier can prepare and submit the application for building consent to the Auckland Council and upon that approval, construction of our COLA can start. We will share the final concept plans for the COLA with you once we have received the Diocesan approval.

You would have received your Board’s letter regarding compulsory attendance dues and voluntary contributions for 2019 last Friday. Your Board can now advise our community of the compulsory attendance dues and voluntary contributions for 2019.

  • The Diocese has set the compulsory attendance dues for at $440.00 per student
  • The Diocese have also requested a voluntary special character contribution of $50.00 per student.
  • Your Board is also requesting a voluntary contribution of $498.00 per student.
    • The voluntary contribution goes towards the funding and staffing of the additional educational and support programmes in place at our school such as; learning support assistants and information centre support staff, additional resources, ICT provision and technical support, additional Professional Development for teaching staff and curriculum development tools and support.
    • Your contribution will also be used to fund those other activities as explained in our letter of last Friday, such as online learning media, Education Outside the Classroom, class trips, end of year outings, visiting performers and artists.

 As you know, this voluntary contribution is tax deductible and will mean that the school will not be approaching you throughout the year for the cost of any of the activities as mentioned above.

The total of compulsory attendance dues and voluntary contributions therefore comes to $988.00 per student for the 2019 school year.

It now just remains for me to wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and New Year on behalf of your Board   May the blessing of joy abide within you, may the blessing of peace rest upon you, may the blessing of love flow out through you, may all of the blessings of the Lord be yours during the festive season. Nau mai, haere mai.

Stephen Mckenzie






Leaflets have gone home with your child today explaining the process of ordering school stationery requirements for 2019 online.  These will be online on Friday 21 December.  You will find your child’s school stationery list online at

This is exactly the same process as 2018.  Please see below the letter explaining the process.





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 your child is enrolling at Sacred Heart College in 2020 lease read this information in our ‘Community News’ at the end of this newsletter.



Reading Recovery Story  –  ‘The Snowman’
The snowman was excited because it was almost Christmas. At Santa’s Workshop they were making the snowman’s toys. They realised someone was missing! They rushed to Santa’s sled to look for the missing elf. They looked all over the city and they finally found the missing elf in a house playing video games. So they went back to Santa’s workshop and continued making the snowman’s toys.
By Miguel Manuel


A huge congratulations to Room 14 who have been working tirelessly all term on creating a new garden on the field.  They have spent many, many hours painting, moving dirt and bark and have created a wonderful play space that will be enjoyed for many years to come.  Well done Room 14!


Congratulations to Year 6 Student Bryan Shi (Room 23), who came in first place in the Open Standards category of the Australian DanceSport Championships in Melbourne over this last weekend. Bryan has been ballroom dancing for the last few years and has been doing very well in competition

We look forward to seeing you on Dancing with the Stars in the future Bryan!


A huge THANK-YOU to all our wonderful caring Helping Hands Volunteers who have made a difference in giving their valuable time to bake for families in their time of need.

Every one of you who took the time to bake a cake or a meal, you need to know that you truly made the families that received these offerings, feel very cared for & loved within our school community.

We THANK each & every one of you, as we know our time is precious, & everyone is very busy juggling work & family life commitments however, you have managed to find the time to care & help make a difference throughout this year.

This year Helping Hands has delivered 15 cakes & 20 meals to our precious families ~ which equates to a whole lot of kindness given through the generosity of your time.

If you would like to add your name to the helping hands register, please see the ladies in the office.

If you are currently on this list & cannot provide help or your children are leaving school this year, please let the office ladies know, to remove you off this register.

During the school year, if you know of a family that is under a stressful time with an illness, family bereavement, or a new addition to the family – please advise a teacher, Detta Fairweather or the office ladies.

Again to all who used their Helping Hands, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

God Bless you all & may you have a safe & Happy Christmas & Summer Holidays. 

Lisa-Marie Samuel

Helping Hands Co-ordinator

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

Final Assembly9 a.m.  HallTuesday 18 December
2019    TERM 18.45 A.M.TUESDAY 29 JANUARY 2019



Please find below information on the Enrolment Process for Sacred Heart College for enrolments for 2020.  Please note that Sacred Heart will no longer be able to change their interview dates and times. These dates are highlighted in red below.

Enrolment Process

Enrolment at Sacred Heart College is primarily for students in Year 7 and 9 for day boys and Year 9 for boarders. Limited places are available in other year levels. 

We are now offering online enrolments which will be accessible for families from Wednesday 12 December on our Enrolment page on the Sacred Heart College website. Please read the Enrolment Information page first. There are a number of forms that need to be downloaded, filled out and scanned to your device before you begin the online Enrolment Application. If you do not have access to a scanner, or will find this difficult to complete online, please contact Mrs Nicola Thomas from 29 January 2019 on 529 3660 ext 714, or email [email protected]

Once ready to enrol online, please click on the Online Enrolment tab and follow the instructions on the page. 

Please Note: Online Enrolment does NOT apply to International Students or Endeavour Scholarship Applications.
Please go to the International tab for information on International Student enrolment.
Please click on the Scholarships tab for information on Endeavour Scholarships.

Special Character

Consistent with the special character of the College, preference is given to families with an established connection with the Catholic Church and in accordance with the revised guidelines approved by the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand in 2003.

Enrolment Timeline

The enrolment process is conducted on an annual basis and the following timeline operates for 2019:

Open Day and Tours of the College: Tuesday 5 March 2019

Sacred Heart College has an Open Day on Tuesday 5 March 2019. The Principal’s welcoming address is held in the Auditorium at 1pm. Tours of the College are being conducted at 11.45am and 1.30pm. Prospective students and their families are welcome to attend, but do NOT need to register first. Parking is only available at Gate 3 or on the street for Open Day. Please click here to download the Open Day flyer.

Applications for Day Boy and Boarder Enrolments close for the following year of entry, and are governed by the enrolment scheme. Enrolment Applications close on Friday 29 March 2019.

Day boy Interviews, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May 2019
The Principal and enrolment interview panel will interview qualifying day applicants. These applicants will be advised of their interview time by mail approximately two weeks prior to the interview. Interview times will not be changed unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Boarder Interviews, from Thursday 23 May 2019
The Director of Boarding begins conducting Boarding Interviews. Late applications are considered at any time of the year, dependent on vacancies available.

Notification of places for Year 7 and 9 day boys will be advised by the end of Term 2. Boarder applicants will be notified from early in Term 3.

All enrolment enquiries can be directed to:

Mrs Nicola Thomas
Enrolment Officer
250 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie
Auckland 1071, New Zealand
Phone: 09 529 3660 ext.714



If you’re a kid 13 or under and you love to sing… be in to win a fantastic prize, of the ultimate smart bedroom bundle, with an amazon echo dot smart speaker and Alexa-enabled smart coloured light bulbs… 

 This Christmas morning on Newstalk ZB, it’s The Voice of Christmas singing competition… on the ‘Crazy Kiwi Christmas Kids Show’.

 Auditions are open NOW by telephone… and will only be open for the next few days.

To enter, simply call 0800 THE VOICE and sing a Christmas Carol as your audition.

 That’s 0800 843 864.

 Then tune in on Christmas morning to Newstalk ZB (or Radio Sport) from 6am-9am, to see if you’ve won!