FROM THE PRINCIPAL
This newsletter finds us one month into our third term for the year. We are setting a cracking pace with school activities and a very busy calendar. Winter is well and truly with us, bringing with it the usual ills and chills. Thanks for all of the support when faced with unwell child/ren in keeping them at home to minimise the spread of bugs and to help keep our teaching staff well.
Parish/School Feast Day
Yesterday was our school and parish feast day, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. We had a beautiful day, participating in buddy class sharing activities and Mary related work in our classrooms, alongside the celebration of Mass with Fr John and Fr Terry. Congratulations and thanks to Mrs Detta Fairweather for her organisation of our Feast Day celebrations.
The PTA generously gifted each student with a Miraculous Mary Medal to mark the celebration of our Feast Day. Fr John blessed these medals at the Feast Day Mass. This is a beautiful way to celebrate and remember our Patron Saint, Mary the mother of Jesus, Star of the Sea. Thank you to Nicole, our PTA Chair for her organisation and her boy Max for adding the pins and placing each one in a bag for the occasion.
The final of our house Tapawae challenge between Garin and Maher on Feast Day ended in a draw. In replaying it today, Maher house came out on top, winning 4:2. Special thanks to Mrs Sue Kubala and Mrs Trish Webb for their expertise in the organisation and refereeing of our Tapawae matches both on the day and in the heats leading up to the big playoff.
Our Feast Day began with our staff sharing prayer before school and ended with the celebration of Mass as a Parish in the evening and a beautiful meal at Mehmaan Restaurant in Uxbridge Road. It was wonderful to see school families and staff members also present at this celebration.
Over the past two weeks we have had Junior, Middle and Senior heats for STAR Idol. I have been blown away by the talent and confidence of our students, from our youngest through to our oldest. I would like to thank Mrs Sue Kubala and our student council for their organisation of the heats and the finals.
This afternoon, as an extension to the celebrations of our Feast Day yesterday, we held the finals of STAR Idol. What a spectacular afternoon of entertainment and amazing skills shared by the finalists. While the judges were deliberating there were wonderful showcase items for the enjoyment of the audience (including a rather amusing staff item!).
The winners of the 2019 STAR Idol are
Year 1/2 – Rosalie Nayla
Year 3/4 – Ariane and Gianna Cordeiro
Year 5/6 – Leana Ferguson and Elise Wall
Overall Winner – Aaron Santoso, Noah Kato, Joseph Chen, Kadyn Serrao and Wesley Lau
These talented students have received movie tickets for their stand-out performances.
On Wednesday and Thursday of last week Our Lady Star of the Sea had the privilege of hosting the HPPA Dance Festival for 2019. 15 of our local primary, intermediate and secondary schools performed each night to the delight of the audience. This year we held the Dance Festival at Somerville Intermediate for the first time. The venue was fabulous, the sound and lighting were awesome and the performances from all of the dance crews were amazing. Both nights went off without a hitch, thanks to the extensive organisation of Mrs Anne Marie Doyle in our school office. Anne Marie worked diligently in the months leading up to the event coordinating and liaising with the schools, ensuring the venue had all requirements, organising practices… the list goes on. Mrs Sue Kubala applied her amazing organisation skills in ensuring our school staff were stationed around the venue to make sure that people knew where to go, that dance crews were ready and backstage as needed and supported through the various transitions each evening. Mr Barry Vernon did a marvellous job as compare and all of our staff exemplified what our school is all about; they were warm, welcoming, helpful, positive and assisted in whatever way they could to make both evenings a huge success. Miss Andrea Begunk and Mrs Kim Wall choreographed and practised our two dance crews who performed on the night and made us all so very proud with their polished and confident performances. On behalf of the HPPA and our school, I would sincerely like to thank Anne Marie, Sue, Barry and all of the staff for their amazing efforts at putting together an incredible experience for all those involved.
Interschool Cross Country
Unfortunately, the HPPA Cross Country was cancelled on Tuesday of this week. Without a confirmed save date we were not able to send our school cross country team along. We are very much looking forward to the Auckland Catholic Cross Country race later in the term where our zippy runners will be able to compete against other Catholic Schools in Auckland for top spot. More information to come shortly.
Senior EOTC Experiences
Last Thursday saw the beginning of our Senior classes EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom) experiences. Our senior students will rotate through activities over six weeks each Thursday, including Flow Academy of Motion, Te Tuhi Art, Bowling, Indoor Football and Netball, Gravity Trampoline Park.
The cost of these activities are covered by the general purpose contribution, as noted in your Board’s letter at the beginning of this year. This enables you to claim a tax rebate on the cost of this trip as part of your general contributions, with the added bonus of not needing to send in any additional sum of money at this time of the year.
I would like to thank Mrs Karen Noble-Campbell and our Senior School Teachers for their work in organising and coordinating these EOTC activities for our students, providing great opportunities to explore challenging situations, and the dispositions required to master a new skill.
Class and Portrait Photos Reminder
A reminder, on Monday 19th August we are having our class and portrait photos. I am sure there will be shiny shoes and careful hairstyles all around (and that is just the staff!!!).
Next week and beyond we have more jam-packed activities for our children to enjoy. Amongst many, we have our OLSOS speech finals to look forward to and a visiting author on Tuesday, our Gymnastics teams competing in the HPPA Gymnastics Competition on Wednesday as well as our fabulous PTA sausage sizzle that day. All areas of the school are lucky enough to engage in our term theme of ‘action’ on Friday of next week by participating in a local tree planting initiative, just to name a few.
We are so fortunate to have such committed staff, active in their desire to provide the very best experiences for our young learners.
Wishing you all a blessed, happy and safe fortnight ahead and I look forward to sharing more school news with you in next fortnight’s newsletter.
Ngā mihi nui
FROM THE DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Yesterday we celebrated our school Feast Day, the Feast of the Assumption, where we remember when Mary was taken to heaven body and soul. Mary is remembered as the First Disciple, the one who heard God’s call and said ‘Yes’.
Throughout the month of August, we remember others who heard the call of God and lived their lives as witnesses for us.
St Dominic – August 4 – After he had an apparition of Our Lady, he promoted the Rosary until the day he died.
St Maximillion Kolbe – August 14- volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz.
St Augustine – August 28 – an early Christian theologian. One of his well known sayings is “When we sing we pray twice.”
Each one of them helps us to come to know Christ through their words and deeds.
Saints are WOW!!!
Saints are Holy
Saints are great
Saints are just WOW
And let me tell you how.
If you like sport
St Sebastian is the one to support
If things are going wrong
call on Saint Demetrius to make you strong
If you have lost an item or two
Saint Antony will come to your rescue
Saint Nicholas is my favourite of all
Because he delivered presents to the poor
No matter what you are going through
There is a Saint that will always guide you
Dimitri Poisson – Pereira Rm 14
There is a tendency to think of Saints as people of the past. Pope Francis reminds us that Saints can be the ordinary people who put their Catholic faith into Action. The ‘saints next door.’ Each one of us is called through our Baptism to share our faith through our words and actions. At the end of mass, we are sent to carry on the mission of Christ. When we are kind; when we stand up for someone who can not stand up for themselves; when we show respect to the people we meet; when we take care of the environment; when we say grace before meals or share prayer before bed; when we go the extra mile to make someone feel welcome; we model to our children how Jesus wants us to be, to do, to love. Each one of these actions, be it small or be it large, help bring to life the mission of the Church and grow our children’s understanding of what it means to put their Catholic faith into action.
Bishop Pat Dunn, a great example of faith in action, recently celebrated 25 years as Bishop of Auckland. As a tribute to Bishop Pat’s Jubilee, the diocese has created a short video clip as part of the celebration. Bishop Pat continues to be our Good Shepherd. Please keep him in your prayers.
Mea ana te atawhai haere mai i runga i te aroha me te awhi
Mercy invites us to love and to care
Prayer Intention: Help us to recognise your presence Lord, in times of hardship, and in times of joy.
Next Tuesday, we are lucky to welcome author/illustrator David Elliot to speak to our middle and senior school students. He is visiting us as part of the Storylines National Festival Story tour which is funded by the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust. The tour only visits a select few schools in each region each year so we are very excited to be included on their schedule.
Storylines has run their national festival since 1993 with the aim of bringing together children’s writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers with their readers and audiences, to enjoy books and reading, and to encourage literacy.
To find out more about David and his work, please check the following links.
NEWS FROM THE CLASSROOM
Hola and Good Afternoon.
My name is Sofia Cornejo Hornsby
We can help save our planet by reusing bags and saving water.
We should stop polluting the ocean because it’s killing the sea creatures. Instead of putting rubbish in the sea put it in the bin.
We need to take Action now not tomorrow. I mean now!!
Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentleman,
This is a news report.
Our World is in trouble!
We need to stand up and take Action because our cars are causing Global Warming to the Arctic.
We need to re use bags again.
We could grow our own vegetables.
We need to find ways to save our water because it is a free Gift from God.
Thank you for reading to my report.
Paul Montemar Room 23 will be representing our school at the Tagalog Speech Finals at St Mark’s Catholic School Pakuranga on 20 August.
NEWS FROM OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
FROM THE GALA COMMITTEE
Congratulations to ROOM 3 for winning the prize for bringing along the most Lucky Dip Items in the first week of our Gala Collections. They very much enjoyed their ice-block treat as a result.
This week’s collections were for Gift Basket Items. Thank you all families who have brought items for our weekly collections. We will share the winning class next week.
Thank you to all of those families who have begun taking advantage of the container dates as published to bring along items for our upcoming Gala. Please keep the dates somewhere handy to make the most of the weekend drop off opportunities too.
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT OUTSIDE SCHOOL
FROM YOUR PTA
- Sausage Sizzle – this coming WEDNESDAY 21 September. Look for School Links on Monday for further information.
HOWICK SAILING CLUB – NEW SEASON
It has been cold and wet, but when the sun shines it reminds us that it’s time to plan for summer. The Howick Sailing Club is once again offering Learn to Sail courses on Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings, starting on October 23. These very popular courses aim to give girls and boys aged 8 to 12 basic skills and enjoyment of this lifelong sport , in the great marine environment right on our doorstep. Our small group instruction has been very successful in the past, and we are especially pleased to have new Optimist sailing dinghies to make the experience even better. The cost per student is $250 for a minimum of 6 weeks. Registration is online. Sailors who have done the first Learn to Sail course and want to keep developing their skills, have fun on the water, and try a bit of racing, will have sessions on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons. Ring Malcolm on 0276494912 if you would like more information. You can also follow us on Facebook.