FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome to Week 6 of Term 3. We are now firmly halfway through the winter term. The lighter evenings are starting to be noticeable, and despite all the rain, we are definitely on the path towards springtime and warmer, dryer weather!
This Sunday we celebrate Fathers Day. It is the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time in our Church calendar. The Readings at Mass this Sunday call on us to act humbly in our daily interactions. We are called on to consider our motivation for the choices we make and filter them through the lens of humility. Are we quick to judge or act with a self-serving motive? Our challenge is to consciously act with humble purpose, asking ourselves when we are challenged ‘what would Jesus do?’ Click here for this Sunday’s readings.
You will have heard earlier this week the news that our wonderful Deputy Principal, Mrs Sue Kubala will be leaving us at the end of this term as she has won the position of Principal at St Mary’s in Ellerslie.
We are filled with such a mixture of emotions; sadness, pride and joy, as one of our special taonga looks to share her gifts with a new community. Sue has worked with us for the past 15 years in varying roles, from classroom teacher to team leader and Deputy Principal in our Senior school. We have valued her strengths in relationship building, her strong Catholic faith, her teaching skills, organisation, energy and positivity. As noted in the letter I sent to you earlier this week, St Mary’s is lucky to have her!
We will farewell Sue at a special liturgy and assembly on Friday 20th September from 1.30pm with afternoon tea extending beyond the end of the school day for people to pop in and say farewell. All are welcome!
You will see a Gala Section in each of our newsletters lately. The purpose of this section of the newsletter is to keep you informed of preparations as we work towards our world-famous (in East Auckland!!) annual Gala on Saturday 19th October. The collections are going really well. I would like to express our gratitude on behalf of the organising committee and the school community to those that have been making the most of the container drop off dates and supporting the weekly collections. The funds raised will contribute to the development of the play space around the loose parts shed. We are hoping that, in combination with the money raised at last year’s gala, this year’s Gala will put us in a position to be able to complete this project. Your support in contributing items and help on the day is truly appreciated.
Chicken Pox appears to be popping up in a few of our classrooms. Chicken Pox is highly contagious to those who have not had the disease or been vaccinated against it. Please be vigilant in getting any itchy, blister-like rash or spots checked by a doctor. The Ministry of Health states that children should stay home from school for one week from the appearance of the rash until all blisters have dried. Thank you for your support in helping to minimise the impact of Chicken Pox by keeping your child at home should symptoms appear.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be life-threatening. If you are keeping an eye on the media lately you will know that currently, Auckland is experiencing an outbreak. the Ministry of Health is extremely concerned as case numbers spike. We are very fortunate that, at the moment, the outbreak is yet to reach our school. Please continue to be vigilant with symptoms as detailed below and help to keep Measles out of our school.
Our Dental Screening Van which was rostered to visit our school this week was cancelled due to staffing issues. This will not be re-rostered this year with the next visit being 2020. Children will still be screened through Shelly Park Dental Clinic as usual, however if you have an urgent need please contact them directly (09) 534 5682.
We have had a very busy and productive fortnight since our last newsletter. We were lucky to have Author David Elliot share his journey as a children’s book author to encourage and inspire our young writers last week.
We congratulate the winner of our speech competition, Maia Tay-Morrison with her winning speech entitled ‘Words’ and to our runner up Ben Bongiovanni with his speech ‘Why Everyone Should Own a Pair of Gumboots’. Maia is representing our school at the HPPA speech finals on September 10th. I know you will join me in wishing her well.
Our hard-working Gymnastics Team did a fantastic job of representing our school at the HPPA Gymnastics Festival last week. Against some tough competition, our gymnasts showed courage and resilience. Please see below for a list of competitors and results. Special thanks to Joan Stevens, Jane McKay, Audrey Maratas, Tracey Elder, Karen Noble Campbell, Michelle Barnett, Jill McClenaghan and Sue Kubala for their hard work in preparing the children with weekly practices, to Jess Pennington for her expertise (and handstand capabilities which won the parents competition!!!), and to all those who helped out on the day with hair and transport, all contributing to a very successful day for the children.
Last Friday, 6 of our classes were lucky enough to engage with the Auckland City Council in a tree planing ‘ACTION’ initiative at Ohuiarangi (Pigeon Mountain), supporting local Iwi in the restoration of the wetlands. The weather on the day prevented our other classes from continuing, unfortunately, however in the morning session our children got stuck in (literally, as it was very muddy!) and planted over 600 seedlings. There is a Saturday planting event coming up in the near future which we will let you know of closer to the time in case you want to take advantage of the opportunity as a family, especially those that missed out on the day. Special thanks to Karen Noble Campbell for her organisation and to all the adventurous parents who offered their help on the day.
Our Senior EOTC Thursdays are progressing well, with classes rotating through fabulous outdoor education activities. Keep an eye on the online news section of our website for updates.
The Under 35kg Rugby Team played at Bell Park in the semi finals on Wednesday. Congratulations to the team who played so well and thanks to Karen Noble-Campbell, who was ably supported by student coach Matthew Thompson, Jared Smeath, Pita Alatini (Pakuranga Rugby Club), parents for transportation and the team’s supporters for their commitment throughout the season.
Today our Kapa Haka group performed at our beautiful Fathers Day Liturgy and also as part of the HPPA Koanga Festival held at Howick College and Cockle Bay Primary. The opening powhiri was moving and our performers did such a fantastic job of representing our school. Special thanks to Carolyn Pou, Chontelle Bidois, Detta Fairweather and Shirley Johnston for all of their hard work and their support of the group.
Next week sees our PTA meeting on Monday 2nd September at 7pm in the staff room – all welcome. We also have our senior school scripture reading competition on Wednesday amongst many other good fun activities.
We were due to have our PTA Disco next Friday 6th September, however our hall will be set up for Production with stage, stadium seating, expensive lighting and sound gear, and so it is not safe to hold our disco at this time. For this reason, unfortunately, the Disco will not be going ahead next Friday.
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
This morning we took the opportunity to celebrate all the men in our lives who are like Fathers to us. To all the Dad’s, Grandads, Godfathers, and big brothers, we are thankful for the love and care, fun and laughter, courage and kindness you share with us. Your love gives us a little glimpse of how God the Father feels about us.
“I ask that you have the grace to be very close to your children, letting them grow,
but being by their side.
They need you, your presence, to be there, your love!”
Thanks to the children who led us in prayer this morning. Prayer is at the heart of our Catholic Faith. It is one of the ways we deepen our personal relationship with God, our loving Father. Building a relationship with God, is similar to building a relationship with the people around us. We talk and we listen. If we stop doing that, we run the risk of losing the connection and weakening that relationship. Family prayer times help children to come to meet God and grow their relationship with the Lord. All children are encouraged to join in or lead prayer in their classroom. When the class prayer bag comes home encourage your child to do the same with your family. Some of you may have already enjoyed having the prayer bag come home with your child.
Andrew Chinn Concert
On Wednesday September 11, Australian religious songwriter and singer, Andrew Chinn, will be visiting our school to share his songs with our children. Andrew’s songs, such as “These Hands”, “Rainbow”, “An African Blessing” and “Rise Up!” are used in classrooms and liturgies around Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. Parents/parishioners are warmly invited to be a part of the celebration of faith and fun. There is no charge for adults. The concert will take place in the school hall, at 1:30pm. You are very welcome to join us.
Baptism of School Aged Children
Father John is holding a meeting in the staffroom on Tuesday 3 September at 2pm to discuss the Baptism of School Aged Children programme. This programme caters for students from Catholic families.
Me whakakā to wairua kia kite a iwi katoa
You should be a shining lamp, giving light to all around you
Prayer Intention: We pray for all the men in our lives who are like Fathers to us.
Director of Religious Studies
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE DUES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support with the payment of attendance dues for preference students attending Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary.
Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest or the Revenue Manager at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland for further information.
Application forms for the Hardship Scheme are available from school and parish offices, or can be down-loaded from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Website :
www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/catholic-schools/ (go to Catholic Schools in Auckland / Attendance Dues and Special Character Contributions)
Nga mihi nui nga mihi mahana ki a koe.
I can’t believe that term three is nearly half-way through. Your Board has had a busy start to the term, attending professional development seminars facilitated by the New Zealand School Trustees Association and the Catholic Diocese of Auckland and meeting together on Tuesday night.
The main agenda item at our meeting was reviewing data on student progress and achievement to ensure that our School is enabling all of our children to realise their full potential across all learning areas within the New Zealand curriculum. This is the critical function of your Board – everything else that we do is to support this overall goal. Your Board is pleased with progress this year with 68% per cent of all children already achieving at or above their expected end of year curriculum level in reading, 57% already achieving at or above in writing and 71% already achieving at or above in maths. Your Board would like to thank the leadership team and all our staff for the incredible commitment they have made towards these results.
Your Board continues to work with the Diocese on our covered outdoor learning area / COLA project. The Diocese is concerned to ensure that the COLA does not cause flooding of our classrooms during torrential rain and has engaged an engineer to investigate the School’s stormwater drainage system to ensure that it has the capacity to cope with stormwater runoff from the COLA during torrential rainstorms. The engineer visited school about two weeks ago to inspect the stormwater system and we are now awaiting the engineer’s report on the capacity of the system and suggestions around the design of a stormwater solution that ensures everyone will be kept safe and dry when it rains. We will let you know as soon as we receive the engineer’s report.
You will all know that one of our Deputy Principals, Sue Kubala, is leaving us at the end of the term to take up the position of Principal of St Mary’s Catholic School in Ellerslie. Your Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Sue so much for her incredible contribution to our School and to wish her well for her new role as Principal at St Mary’s. We will miss Sue very much but also know that this new role will provide Sue with an incredible opportunity to enrich the learning of many more children with that outstanding commitment to the education of Catholic children that we have been privileged to have the benefit of for the last 15 years.
NEWS FROM THE CLASSROOM
Rock painting is one of the current trends that aims to encourage kids to get out and about by looking for rocks and re-hiding them. It is now being offered as part of our passion project sessions. This week our focus has been book quotes that we really like. This beautiful rock and its quote was done by Austin Dawson of Rm14.
ROOM 3 – The Water Cycle
Today we learned about the water cycle. On a sunny day, at the rivers, beaches and lakes, when the water gets too hot, it turns into gas. It goes up to the clouds. When it gets too full all the rain comes gushing out of the clouds. by Bryn Lair
Last week classes enjoyed reading and sharing our many poetry books in the Information Centre and on Friday our wonderful librarians gifted ‘pocket poems’ to staff and children at lunchtime.
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT OUTSIDE SCHOOL
Interschool Gymnastics 2019 Results
Year 3 Boys
Kellan Easton – 2nd equal individual
Kellan Easton/Isaias Chan Mow/Ryan Tam/Forrest Chen – 3rd team
Year 4 Boys
Christian Lianto – 5th individual
Luca Dreaver – 6th individual
Cooper Telfer/Nico Taurima/Zion Bidios – 1st equal individual
Max Tay Morrison/Christian Lianto/Luca Dreaver – 1st team
Year 4 Girls
Charlotte Hunter – 3rd equal individual
Havanna Smith – 5th individual
Chloe Ting – 7th individual
Micah McGrail – 8th individual
Charlotte Hunter/Izabella Chetty/Havanna Smith – 2nd team
Year 5 Boys
Blake Pennington – 3rd individual
Keanu Milne – 6th individual
Donovan Nunes/Blake Pennington/Chiron Yung/Keanu Milne – 3rd team
Year 6 Boys
Aaron Santoso – 1st individual
Daniel Bain – 4th individual
Wesley Lau – 6th equal individual
Noah Kato – 8th individual
Daniel Bain/Wesley Lau/Geoffrey Cai/Jason Cooper – 2nd team
Aaron Santoso/Noah Kato/Ryder Brownrigg/Paul Montemar – 3rd team
FROM THE GALA COMMITTEE
Congratulations to ROOM 18 AND ROOM 17 for winning the prize for bringing along the most items over the past two weeks. Room 18 opted to have 15 mins free time as a treat and Room 17 took the opportunity to tuck into an iceblock as their treat.
This coming week (Week 7)
collections are for
USED TOYS & GAMES
Thank you to all families who have brought items for our weekly collections. We will share the winning class next week.
NEWS FROM THE PTA
PTA meeting 7pm Monday 2nd September in the staffroom – all welcome
The School Disco that was scheduled for Friday 6th September is no longer going ahead as the hall will be set up with costly equipment for the upcoming Middle School Production.
JOB VACANCY – STAR OF THE SEA SCHOOL CANTEEN
Wednesday 9 a.m.-1.30 p.m. & Friday 8.30 a.m. -1.30 p.m. (school terms only)
Training and support provided. Experience not required.
For more information contact Rachel 274 5030 or [email protected]
Rainbows End Tickets
Police work closely with New Zealand Blue Light. There are a number of tickets for Rainbows End available at $20 per ticket as part of a scheme Blue Light have run for many years at Rainbows End.
The use by dates for the tickets are 7 & 8 September. (Only a week away)
Enquiries to the school office.