FROM THE PRINCIPAL

 

Dear Families,

Welcome to our third newsletter of this term.

At Mass on Sunday, we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, where we remember the Holy Spirit descending on the disciples. Pentecost is 50 days after Easter Sunday and is considered as the day the Church began, the Church’s birthday. The disciples received the Holy Spirit and were moved to spread the Good News to all nations. At a special liturgy next Friday evening a group of our young students will be Confirmed and then at Mass, next Sunday following Pentecost, they will make their First Communion which is a very fitting time in our Church calendar to be welcomed into full participation in the Church. We pray for these children and their faith journey in years to come.

We had a wonderful celebration today as a school of the important day of Pentecost in our Church calendar, you will read more about this below in our DRS area of this newsletter. Please follow this link for Sunday’s readings.

Catholic Schools Day

On Tuesday 28th May we celebrated with all Catholic Schools across the country our annual Catholic Schools Day. This was a great opportunity for our local Catholic Schools to get together to celebrate our Special Catholic Character. Our hall was transformed with our additional stadium seating set up so that we could accommodate students from St Marks Primary, Sancta Maria Primary and the Year 7 students from Sancta Maria College who arrived just after morning tea. We had Mass concelebrated by Fr Terry, Fr Sherwin from St Marks and Fr Rodney from the City for our Year 4 to 6 students and visitors while our Year 1 to 3 students celebrated the day with a beautiful liturgy in the Information Centre. After Mass, there was a chance for buddy classes to eat lunch together and have a play. The day was very special for all involved. Special thanks to Mrs Detta Fairweather for her organisation of the day.

Teacher Only Day Tuesday 4th June

On Tuesday 4th June our Teaching and Academic Support Staff gathered together with the staff from the 5 other Kahui Ako schools in our South East Christian Kahui Ako (St Marks Primary, Sancta Maria Primary, Sancta Maria College, Elim and Kingsgate) to further our understanding of what learner agency looks like and sounds like. We were privileged to engage in keynotes and workshops delivered by Dr Alison Davies, director of Vision Ed and her team which gave us lots of new ideas with opportunities to discuss and further develop plans going forward. The connections made between schools and the chance to participate in workshops as teams of teachers was invaluable.

Community Dreaming Day Update

As stated in our last newsletter, we are excited by the rich information we gained from our consultation process in mid-May. We are currently distilling the raft of rich information into a summary document which we hope to share within the next week or so.

Reporting

In preparation for Parent / Teacher / Student conferences on Thursday 20 June, your child’s report will be posted on the school website portal next Friday.  Prior to this you will receive an email with your username and password to log in.  If you have changed your password and cannot remember it, please contact the office before Friday to have it reset.   A further email will come to you next week with instructions on booking appointment times for Parent / Teacher / Student conferences on Thursday 20 June from 2.00 pm – 7.50 pm.

Our term continues to progress with lots of exciting learning opportunities for our students. Last week we celebrated Samoan Language Week by exploring greetings and phrases in Samoan. The staff were very grateful to the Pasifika Fono Group families for the delicious coconut buns which were shared for morning tea on Friday! Over the last two weeks, amongst other great events, we have had our U35 Rugby Team begin their interschool competition and a continuation of U45 Rugby pool games amongst many other fun learning experiences. We are looking forward to tonight’s PTA Disco, where our children will no-doubt expend lots of energy while dancing in the hall! We thank our PTA crew in advance for a great night out for our children.

Looking ahead to next week we look forward to the start of our Year 3 to Year 6 Passion Project opportunity beginning on Wednesday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. You will have had your child/ren bring home their option sheet. From this, they will be put into a Passion Project group where, each Wednesday until the end of term, and then into Term 3, they will spend an hour each Wednesday working on developing a new passion. I would like to thank the parents who have offered their time and passion to this initiative and to Mrs Sue Kubala and Mrs Karen Noble-Campbell for their organisation of this initiative.

Keep looking at the ‘Online News’ section of our website for updates and images of events that are happening in our school week, 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 the following week into this area of our website, so you can access all you need to know in one place.

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

Ngā mihi nui

Louise Campbell
Principal

 

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

 

Holy Spirit

Make my heart open to the word of God

Make my heart open to the goodness of God

Make my heart open to the beauty of God

Every day Amen.

                                                                           Pope Francis

Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. It is when the first followers of Christ met in the upper room and the Spirit of God touched them all.  They began speaking in many different languages reaching out to all nations around them.

Acts 2: 25-26

Always see the Lord near me,

and I will not be afraid with him at my right side.

Because of this, my heart will be glad,

my words will be joyful, and I will live in hope

 

Our school Pentecost celebration today highlighted the uniqueness of us all. We were reminded of the gifts we have received, the greatest of all being the Spirit of God. Through the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, the Spirit of God brings us the gifts of Courage, Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Reverence, Right Judgement, Wonder and Awe in God’s presence. These gifts help us maintain our moral compass, they help us to have the strength and courage to do good things. A number of our children will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next weekend. Please keep them in your prayers.

This term the RE teaching and learning programme is focusing on the God strand. Students are learning about God as creator (NE – Yr 2), the presence of God in the world (Yr 3 – 4), and God’s faithfulness (Yr 5 – 6). At home to support their learning you could

  • plan to do something to care for God’s creation
  • remind your child that the love of each other is more important than anything we can buy
  • talk to them about the importance of being faithful and keeping promises
  • encourage them to use their gifts and talents for the benefit of others

You are invited to join our Parish Alpha programme starting with dinner on Friday evening, 5th July. The Alpha programme helps us to re examine our understandings of Christianity. It helps us to grow our own faith, an understanding of who Jesus really is, and how this is a reality in our own lives. More information is on our parish website  howickcatholic.org.nz/alpha.html . You can sign up through the website. This will help Fr Terry to know how many potatoes to peel!

Manaakitia te katoa

Share your gifts with others

Prayer Intention:     

Spirit of God, help us to respond generously to the needs of others through what we do and say every day.

Detta Fairweather

Director of Religious Studies  

FROM THE GALA COMMITTEE

Our call for sponsorship went out this week – we are very keen to provide opportunities for local businesses to advertise through our Gala with the sponsorship formula as advertised (below). Please email [email protected] to be in touch.

Start putting aside items to contribute to the wonderful stalls which we will have on the day (Clothing and Linen, Books, DVDs, Gift Baskets, Toys, Near New, Cakes, White Elephant…) – we will call for items from the start of Term 3.

 

FROM THE PTA 

2019/2020 ENTERTAINMENT MEMBERSHIP – DIGITAL or BOOK
Price $70 ($14 profit to school)
View deals  in the Entertainment Book before you purchase https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/for-you/search-the-book – 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 www.entbook.co.nz/990f07       Books can also be purchased from the school office.

HELP NEEDED

 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.

FROM INFORMATION CENTRE

BOOK WEEK UPDATE

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

Monday 10th June        Author/illustrator visit: John Carr
http://www.johncarr.online

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.
https://www.deshunt.com

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.  

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
https://readingwarrior.com

Whole school 11:30am in the hall – Please join us, all welcome.

To celebrate this occasion we will also be joined by some children from other local schools and the Howick Pakuranga Times.

David has chosen to launch his new book 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 is fitting that she was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to athletics.

She never got to see David’s completed book but it is fantastic that he has written this book 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!

Please take time throughout the week to admire the amazing decorated doors around the school, even in the administration block! 

 

 Scholastic Book Fair    17-21 June

Following on from our fantastic week of celebrating the joy of reading, we will be holding our annual Book Fair.  Please come and check out the fantastic range of books and the amazing new Dr Seuss themed decor in the Information Centre!

Monday 8.20-8.50am/ 2.30-3.00pm
Tuesday 8.20-8.50am/ 2.30-3.00pm
Wednesday 8.20-8.50am/ 2.30-3.00pm
Thursday 8.20-8.50am/ 2.30-7.00pm (parent conferences)
Friday 8.20-8.50am

 

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT OUTSIDE SCHOOL

On Saturday 25th May our fabulous students participated in the performance of Snow White at the Harlequin Theatre.  Our students were amazing!

 

COMMUNITY NOTICES

Studying Theology at the University of Otago 

The Theology Programme at the University of Otago offers many opportunities for the study of Theology, Church History, Ministry, Biblical Studies, and Pastoral Theology, both on-campus and to many students across Aotearoa New Zealand through its successful distance study programme. We are committed to serving Christian communities throughout the country.

Semester 2 starts on July 8th and new enrolments are due by June 25th. For details of papers go to: https://www.otago.ac.nz/theology/study/papers/

To enrol go to https://www.otago.ac.nz/study/enrolment/