Dear Families,

Welcome to our second newsletter of this term.

Community Dreaming Day Saturday 18th May

I wish to begin by expressing my sincerest thanks to those families who attended our Community Dreaming day on Saturday 18th May. It was a huge success, with around 120 adults and 90 children coming along. I would like to thank every member of our community who gave their time to come along, to contribute and listen to the information shared. We discussed our strategic plan, and education into the future, as well as our active learning philosophy, and how to help keep our children safe online. Families contributed to collective community voice on our school vision into the future, our Religious Education review topic and shared what they valued in our reporting. The input on the day was absolutely wonderful. We are hugely grateful to our Teaching Staff and Board for their preparation and hosting of the event, as well as the PTA for providing afternoon tea for both the adults and children. We are also grateful for the Sancta Maria College students who entertained the children with fun and games on the field with the support of Mr Campbell. The next step is for our leadership team to synthesise the information gathered and put a summary together for our whole community, then we will invite further comment so that we capture the voice of families who were not able to make it on the day… watch this space!

Thanks again for contributing to a fantastic community consultation.


Sunday Mass Readings

At Mass on Sunday, the 6th Sunday of Easter, we will hear these readings. We reflect that God has given us free will. As parents of young children, we are charged with the responsibility of growing young people who are well-rounded, socially responsible, with a faith that underpins the way they think, act and feel. As our children grow and mature, the deep love we have for our children allows us, when they mature, to give them the freedom to make their own lives and decisions.  Speaking to any parent of adult children, we hear how it is endlessly satisfying to see their children grow into mature family members living full, Christian lives. The comfort these parents have, knowing they have helped the next generation become rounded, responsible, Christian people is wonderful. While we are still supporting our young children into adulthood, we pray for the strength to continue instilling Catholic values into them and showing them through our own actions, the way to live.

Catholic Schools Day

On Tuesday 28th May we are celebrating with all Catholic Schools across the country our annual Catholic Schools Day. This is a great opportunity for us all to remember the importance of our place in the educational landscape and celebrate what sets us apart from other local schools: Our Special Catholic Character.

This year we are celebrating alongside St Marks Primary, Sancta Maria Primary and the Year 7 students from Sancta Maria College. All three schools are bringing their children to Our Lady Star of the Sea for a combined Mass and a chance to eat lunch together and have a play. We look forward to hosting our fellow local Catholic Schools on this special day.

NZEI Strike Day Wednesday 29th May

We greatly appreciate the community support that we have already received following the decision by teachers and principals to strike on Wednesday 29 May.

The decision to take further strike action was not taken lightly by teachers across the country. For the first time, both primary and secondary teachers are striking together because the crisis in education hits us all very hard and we need the Government to understand how serious it is.

Schools are grappling with the fallout of a 40% nosedive in the number of people training to be teachers between 2010 and 2016, even while the population grew by 400,000.  While the situation improved a little last year and the Government has announced an urgent $95m package to recruit teachers, this is not sufficient to address the crisis.  Schools struggle daily to find enough teachers to meet their relief teacher needs and this will worsen as winter approaches. There is also a desperate need for more support for children with additional learning needs.

The fact is that teaching is no longer considered an attractive profession due to long-term under-funding of the education sector. A significant pay jolt is part of the solution, alongside significant improvements to our heavy workloads. Otherwise, our schools will end up with larger class sizes and more teachers leaving.

We are fortunate that Bizzy Bodz are going to be open for the day to support families who require child care on that day. Please be in touch with them directly if you would like to register for their service.

Before Care: 7.30am – 9.00am = $6.00 

     Structured Programme: 9.00am – 3.00pm = $30.00 

              After Care: 3.00pm – 4.30pm = $8.00 

After Care: 3.00pm – 6.00pm = $12.00 

Book Online Now at 

Choose a “Special Day Booking” 

Any enquiries please phone the Bizzy Bodz office: (09) 530 9020 

Teacher Only Day Tuesday 4th June

As you will know, we have a Teacher Only Day on Tuesday 4th June. Our teaching staff and academic support staff are joining together with the 5 other schools in our South Eastern Christian Kahui Ako (St Marks Primary, Sancta Maria Primary and College, Elim and Kingsgate) to further our understanding of what learner agency looks like and sounds like.

Once again, we are very fortunate that Bizzy Bodz is supporting us in opening for the day should families require care.

Before Care: 7.30am – 9.00am = $6.00 

     Structured Programme: 9.00am – 3.00pm = $30.00 

              After Care: 3.00pm – 4.30pm = $8.00 

After Care: 3.00pm – 6.00pm = $12.00 

Book Online Now at 

Choose a “Special Day Booking” 

Any enquiries please phone the Bizzy Bodz office: (09) 530 9020



There have been a few cases of chickenpox in the Middle School.  CLICK LINK for Ministry of Health information you may find helpful.

Our term continues to progress with lots of exciting learning opportunities for our students. Over the last two weeks, amongst other great events, we have had children experience great success at a chess competition, others attend the Auckland Writers Festival in the city and others still attend a Young Leaders day. We have had a group involved in Otago Problem solving, the start of Buddy Masses for the term, our J1 and J2 netball teams playing in their interschool competition, as well as our U45 Rugby Team begin their interschool competition with great success. We have also had students attend the Science Roadshow this week and many more! Last Thursday we celebrated Support Staff Day, celebrating and thanking our Academic, Administrative and Property Support Staff for all of the hard work they put into making Our Lady Star of the Sea a special place to learn and grow. We also had a fabulous PTA Sausage Sizzle last week, thanks to Nicole and her team.

Keep looking at the ‘Online News’ section of our website for updates and images of events, as well as our school facebook page. Each Friday evening you will continue to receive an email as a reminder to take a further look at ‘Online News’, just in case you missed anything. You will see that we have also included our ‘Events Sheet’ detailing events coming up in this area of our website, so you can access all of this information in one place.

Wishing you all a safe and blessed fortnight ahead until our next newsletter.

Ngā mihi nui

Louise Campbell



Our world is ever changing and is a much different place from when we were our children’s age.  Regardless, we have been gifted with two commandments which can help us navigate our lives in the spirit of Christ. The first one is ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind’ and the second is ‘Love others as much as you love yourself.’  The emphasis is on loving others, not only the people you like and get along with, or the people who think the same way as you do but everyone you meet. A wise person said to me once, ‘You don’t have to like them, you just have to love them.’ At school and at home we encourage our children to show kindness, care, compassion and mercy to all in God’s creation. At times it’s not easy but it is the challenge Christ laid down for us. The focus for Catholic Schools Day is ‘Extending Christ’s call to love, to be, to do.’ Cardinal John Dew reminds us of Pope Francis challenge to reach out to members in our communities that struggle in life and often live without hope. The Gospels challenge us to ‘bring Christ’s love to all, to be Christ for them and to do works of mercy for them.’ As Easter people we are believers and followers of Christ Jesus. By extending Christ’s call to love, to be, to do, we will build harmony and spread joy within our homes, communities and personal lives. A great model and legacy for our children.

Thank you to those who were able to feed into our special character internal review at the Community Dreaming day. Part of the review and teacher appraisal process includes formal observations of Religious Education lessons. These will take place during terms two and three this year.

Jammies in June

The Saint Vincent de Paul (SVDP) society is collecting pyjamas for children up to 18 years of age for Middlemore Hospital. The collection is starting in May to ensure there are enough pyjamas at the beginning of the cold season. SVDP thank you for your generosity last year with this initiative and are hoping for your support again.

The parish liturgy team is hosting – May Friday nights with Mary our Mother  – 7pm in the church to honour Mary our Mother. The evenings will be in two parts. First is to pray the holy Rosary together. Second is to watch part of Scott Hahns’ video series on the place of Mary in our lives.

24 May : The Wedding at Cana – 23 minutes long

 31 May : Born of the Virgin – 26 minutes long

Sunday 9 June is Pentecost Sunday. The parish extends an invitation for people to offer prayers of intercession at Mass in their own language. If you would like to participate please contact the parish office 534 8710.  You will be given a short prayer to translate into your own language to read at Mass. Thanks for your support with this.

Mea ana te atawhai haere mai i runga i te aroha me te awhi

Mercy invites us to love and to care

Prayer Intention:      Holy Spirit may my heart be open to the Word of God, may my heart be open to good, may my heart be open to the beauty of God, every day.    

Pope Francis

Detta Fairweather

Director of Religious Studies  



Nominations are invited for the election of 5 parent representatives to the board of trustees.    A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations has been posted to all eligible voters on the electoral roll.   You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself. Both parts of the form must be signed.   Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office.

Nominations close at noon on 31.05.2019 and may be accompanied by a signed candidate statement and photograph.   The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.  There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school.

Voting closes at noon on 14.06.2019

Sue Yandell

Returning Officer


Mathathon – Yahoo!! This will be starting next week.  

We are supporting the PTA fundraising ‘Math-athon’ this term.

The money raised from the mathathon will be used to purchase new basketball/netball hoops on the top court. These will be installed once our canopy area is completed.

The children will be given some maths facts to learn at home. The children will be bringing home these facts next week. Please support this fundraising event.


Price $70 ($14 profit to school)
View deals  in the Entertainment Book before you purchase – you won’t believe what you can save!!
If you wish to PURCHASE either a digital membership or an Entertainment Book (book format) please CLICK LINK       Books can also be purchased from the school office.



Uniform Shop Volunteers  –  URGENT

A great way of meeting people through our community is to help out and become part of the Uniform Shop Team.  We require 3 more helpers in our uniform shop 8.15-8.45 a.m. either/or both 2.30-3.00 p.m.  on a Thursday. Full training will be given, no experience necessary.  If you would like to join our fun team please contact Cathie 021875767 or pop into the shop (by Room 1).

Production Seating
The Middle Team are busy preparing for their school production which will be held in the last week of Term 3. We are on the lookout for tiered seating that we could use beside the stage to hold 150 children.  If you know of any contacts that would be able to help us with this, could you please contact Denise Bailey at [email protected]

Large Landscape Rocks

We are upgrading the front garden by our staff carpark.  If you have any large rocks that could be used for landscaping please contact the office or Ken the caretaker 021891182 for collection.



Poems from Room 4

God is the tall strong trees.
God is in the cool and silky air.
God is on each cloud.
God is on each roof tip.
God is in every dew drop.
God is in every loving and powerful heart.
by Mia Yandell
Age 6


God is in the green plants
God is in the pink flowers
God is in the grey clouds
God is in the wild animals
God is in the luminous moon
God is in the water we see
by Cooper Quin
Age 6


Over the last few weeks we have had a number of school library books returned to Howick, Botany and Highland Park Libraries. Please check your books carefully when returning them to ensure our library books end up back at school.

Book Week update  ….

Book Week 2019 Celebrating the Joy of Reading 10 -14th June

Monday 10th June
Author/illustrator visit: John Carr

We are excited that John will give two presentations about having fun with words and pictures using lots of examples of his own work. His sessions are aimed at engaging children and inspiring them to write, experiment and have fun with their creativity. He will speak firstly to middle and senior students and then juniors.  A small group of children will then have an opportunity to work with John in a drawing workshop.

Tuesday 11th June

Author visit – Des Hunt:  Senior school

We are thrilled that award winning junior fiction writer and former High School science teacher Des Hunt has included us on his latest North Island book tour. His books have a strong environmental message, emphasising the unique features of New Zealand fauna and geology. We know our senior students are going to be captivated by his unique presentation.

Des will then work with a smaller group of children in a writing workshop.
After lunch – children will be surprised to find a different teacher has popped up in their classroom, ready to share their favourite story with them.

Wednesday 12th June

Pyjama Day ! 

Everyone is encouraged to come to school in their PJs/Onesies and bring their favourite bedtime story to share with their buddy class.

This will be such a fun day! Teachers have already started hunting out their favourite jammies and stories.

In June in the United Kingdom a nationwide Pyjamarama day is held annually. It is organised by the Book Trust as an awesome celebration of reading for pleasure. We love this idea too!

Thursday 13th June
A surprise fun event is planned for children to participate in linked to our Friday book launch, Yvette Williams Leaping into History.
After lunch – children will be surprised to find a different teacher has popped up in their classroom, ready to share their favourite story with them.

Friday 14th June

Author David Riley book launch: Yvette Williams ‘Leaping Into History’
11:30am in the hall – all welcome.

David has written a book about New Zealand’s first female Olympic gold medallist Yvette Williams and we are very lucky that he has chosen to launch it at our school. He will be accompanied by the illustrator Chad Robertson.

David was an amazing speaker at our Book Week last year and we can’t wait to hear more from him about his passion for writing, the process of writing this book and the inspirational qualities of Yvette Williams. She is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s greatest ever athletes, excelling in long jump, discus, shot put and sports such as netball and basketball. Yvette created a legacy of inspiring a new generation of elite female athletes and nurturing talent in young New Zealanders through her role as a PE teacher and founding member of the Pakuranga Athletics club.

It was sad to hear of Yvette’s passing during the holidays. She never got to see David’s completed book but it is fantastic that he has written Leaping into History so children can be inspired by her achievements.
Other activities running throughout the week:

  • Fun Competitions
  • lunchtime guest readers in the Information Centre
  • class art competition

Every class will decorate their classroom door based on the theme of a favourite book. Doors will be judged on Friday by author David Riley and illustrator Chad Robertson. The winning class will be able to choose $100 of Scholastic books from the Book Fair the following week for their own class library!


Rajah the Elephant

A poem for the stuffed elephant at Auckland Museum

By Hannah Chamberlin (age 9)

At the start of your life you wandered with your Mum
the forests of Burma, happy and free.
Hunters came and took you away.
Alone and sad you journeyed for two months
On a boat to London.
Bright and beautiful
To dark and stormy.
You were exhibited
then put on another big boat
to Australia.
At the Hobart Zoo, a cruel person
stuck a lighted cigarette up your trunk.
They laughed.
This made you feel sad and angry.

Next you were taken to Auckland Zoo
to help Jamuna give rides to children
But you were too sad and angry.
You refused.
They kept you for a few years
but you had to be chained up.
One morning, you were killed.
Your body was taken to a professor.
He took off your skin
and put it in a tank to preserve.
Your bones were left out to dry
on the Auckland Museum roof.
They measured the bones
to make a wood and metal structure.
Paper-mache’d and re-skinned
you were put on display.
People rushed by you,
coming and going.
For nearly 60 years you stood,
frozen, on a platform.
You were popular, but
thieves stole your tail.
Then, one day,
you got taken off your platform.
They cut off your legs and trunk
So that you would fit through the door of the museum.
They boxed you up in a dusty, cold storage garage.

Maybe memories came back to you of your long boat trips
Or your childhood with your Mum.
But – one day, the big garage door opened.
Someone came in, fixed your legs and trunk,
And put you back on display at the Museum.
Now I see you in front of me
with squinted eyes,
sturdy legs
and fist-sized toenails.

You had a sad life.

What do you think about the Museum
And the people rushing by?



By Lila Chamberlin (age 6)

Rajah is a big, nice elephant.
I saw him at the Museum and he was shot.
I feel sad when I stand beside him.
I also feel sad that he was shot.






















ALPHA COURSE –  St Marks Parish

Ever wondered if you need to know your Faith a bit more as Parents.

You are invited to attend an 11 week ALPHA Course.

Course starts with a dinner THURSDAY 30 MAY 2019, St Marks Parish Centre at 7.30 p.m.

Find answers to Life’s Hard Questions.

Contact Mary Waldron (09) 5763657 or 0210468015 to register.