FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Kia Ora, Malo e lelei, Ni Hao, Talofa. Welcome to our fourth newsletter of Term 3, signalling the end of our 8th week of the term.
We have been enjoying various language weeks over the last little while.
Last week we celebrated Tonga Language week. The theme of Tonga Language week was ‘A Tongan perspective of enriching Aotearoa, New Zealand’. Our classes spent time learning greetings and how to make the sign of the cross in Tongan.
This week we celebrated Maori Language week. The chosen theme for 2019 is again ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’. ‘Kia Kaha’ is well understood in New Zealand English with its meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying – ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’. This week we have had an emphasis on Maori Language, karakia, songs, stories and legends across the school.
In two weeks time, we will celebrate Chinese Language week in a similar way.
The celebration of these language weeks reminds us that we are all made in the image and likeness of God and at Our Lady Star of the Sea we honour and respect the cultures from which we find our identity and unite in our belief in Jesus Christ, sharing who we are and growing in respect and love as Jesus calls us, spreading the good news of the gospel with those we meet by our words and actions.
This week we also celebrated Social Justice Week. The theme for this year’s Social Justice Week has centred around the concept of fairness. This has connected with our school-wide curriculum focus of ‘Action’ this term beautifully, with classes investigating how our actions can promote fairness at home, school and then more broadly into our local and wider community.
As you know, our fabulous Kapa Haka group performed at the Koanga Festival on Friday 30th August. The Howick and Pakuranga Times covered the festival and have some beautiful images of the Koanga Festival which include some fabulous images of our performers. Please click on this link to take a look.
You will have noticed that we have got our Gala signs out advertising our upcoming world-famous (in East Auckland!!) annual Gala on Saturday 19th October. The weekly collections continue to be very well supported which the Gala Team are very grateful for. The chocolate mufti day held today has created a real glint in Mrs Noble-Campbell’s eye as she is passionate about her chocolate trailer and the competition around tossing a coin to land on and win a block of chocolate. Thank you to everyone for your support of our chocolate mufti day. The container drop-offs over the weekend have been very popular to date.
The Gala Team have decided to open the container each weekend moving forward for the convenience of the community.
You will have seen an invitation in your inbox to sign up to help on the day for a short (or extended) period on a variety of stalls using ‘Signup Genius’. The sign-up time slots are steadily filling. If you are able to help out on the day please add your name to the sign-up sheet by following this link. Your support in contributing items and help on the day is truly appreciated.
Andrew Chinn Concert
We were privileged to have Andrew Chinn perform for (actually, it is more appropriate to say ‘with’) our school on Wednesday of this week. Andrew Chinn writes many of the songs that we use as part of our Religious Education Programme and in the celebration of Mass. He has a special gift for engaging children and sharing his faith with those he meets through song, movement and humour. He worked with each team and then our Kapa Haka group, and finally, the whole school gathered together to join him in singing and movement. It was a joyful experience with so many of our children feeling touched by his infectious energy.
The last fortnight has seen many busy activities on the go additional to our classroom programmes.
Our senior school held their annual Scripture Competition with Marli O’Hagan taking out the winning spot on the day and Sonya Yu as our runner up. Both children will represent the school on September 17 at the interschool competition. We wish them well!
Maia Tay-Morrison represented OLSOS at the HPPA Rehu Tai Festival of Oral Language Speech Finals on Tuesday evening this week with her speech ‘Words’. She represented our school so well and can be congratulated for the way she spoke with confidence.
Yesterday the Gymnasts who placed in the HPPA Gymnastics Competition represented our school at the Champion of Champions Gymnastics Competition held at Tri Star Gymnasium. Our team can be congratulated for their amazing sportsmanship, the way they supported each other and the effort they put into their routines. We thank Mrs Sue Kubala and our teachers for their efforts at training our gymnasts and the parents who transported on the day.
Looking ahead over the next couple of weeks, our busy calendar is no exception! We have Catholic Schools Chess competition and further EOTC activities for our senior school. We have the final session of our very successful passion projects going ahead next Wednesday and the much anticipated Catholic Schools Cross Country on next week. We look forward to the middle school production which is fast approaching in the last week of the term.
Looking a little further ahead, we have been notified that the ERO team will be conducting a review of the school in Week 6 of next term, from Monday 18th November. We are very much looking forward to sharing the journey of the school since their last review in 2014.
Santa Parade Float
It is with sadness that we will not be putting a Santa Parade Float in the Howick Santa Parade this year. I wish to thank the two families who offered to help alongside a community member who was willing to take the lead on this project, however in the absence of a community member offering to take the lead to coordinate this at a busy time in our school year, we have had to pull out of this initiative. We are hoping that we will be able to engage in this next year, should there be enough support from our community.
FAREWELL TO MRS KUBALA
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
Our school value of TIKA – JUSTICE is about doing things in the right way, in the right order, in the right time. Jesus challenges us to treat others the way we would like to be treated. The Social Justice focus this week is to ensure everyone has a Fair Go, not just today but every day. Catholic social teaching guides us to respect each other as we are all God’s creation. Our greatest challenge is to follow the example of Jesus and work for justice in all that we do. That’s TIKA
Last year saw the senior team’s inaugural ‘Proclaiming the Word’ scripture reading competition. It was an exciting venture which helped to lift the quality of scripture reading during morning prayer times. The competition this year was of an even higher calibre making judging more difficult than anticipated. Father Terry was very impressed by our students. Congratulations to Marli O’Hagan and Sonya Yu who will represent our school at the inter school competition at Mount Carmel Catholic Primary school Tuesday 17 September. We wish them well.
Tuesday September 24 is Mercy Day. It is the day we remember Catherine McAuley opening the House of Mercy in Ireland and dedicated it to Our Lady of Mercy. A special assembly will be held in the school hall on this day. You are welcome to join us. During the week Buddy Classes will be involved in community outreach activities. This is another way we can respond as Jesus would. You might like to do something as a family. In preparation for the week McAuley House Mass will be celebrated Sunday 22 September at 5:30pm, in the Parish Church, Picton Street Howick. Bringing along donations to the parish foodbank is a way we can show mercy and compassion for others.
It is anticipated that ALL families in McAuley House will attend the mass. Students are to come in school uniform.
Enrolments for the Parish Sacramental programme open 21 September and close 20 October. Baptised children in Year 3 and above are eligible to enrol. More information is on the school website https://www.starofthesea.school.nz/sacramental-programme/
Ko te aroha o te Atua kua whiwhi whanau a tatou Katoa
The tender mercy of God has given us one another
Prayer Intention: God of Wisdom and Understanding, we pray you give us the courage to seek answers to our own faith questions in order to come to know you more.
Director of Religious Studies
NEWS FROM THE CLASSROOM
TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST!
Come along for a night (or day) of fun, laughter and see if you can SOLVE THE MYSTERY ….
Tickets for our Middle Team Production ‘Mystery at Magpie Manor’ are now available at the school office.
$7 a ticket for anyone who occupies a seat.
Show times are:
Tuesday 24th September 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday 25th September 11:30 a.m.
Thursday 26th September 6:30 p.m.
Come along and be a part of the fun
Is your child missing some of their uniform? There is a HUGE amount of lost property in the cupboard outside Room 1. Please make time to check Lost Property if your child is missing clothing, jackets, drink bottles, lunch boxes etc.
There are two pairs of reading glasses and a watch at the school office.
Our Information Centre walls have been brightened by colourful artwork from children in Room 17.
Through studying the distinctive illustration style of Peter Gossage whose books retelling Maori legends are classics in NZ children’s literature, they have produced their own interpretation of stories such as How Maui slowed the sun.
Their artwork has impressed other classes and been a great talking point during Maori Language Week Te Wiki o te reo Māori.
School Holiday Writing Course
Our children have a fantastic opportunity to attend the Write Like an Author course being held at Sancta Maria College during the school holidays. It is an internationally acclaimed writing course that teaches young writers the skills and techniques that professional authors use to create their stories and is ideal for young people who have a dream of becoming a published author or anyone who wants to improve their writing skills. For more information please refer to this flyer or check out the website https://www.writelikeanauthor.com
NEWS FROM THE PTA
Sausage Sizzle – Wednesday 18th September
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT OUTSIDE SCHOOL
Congratulations to Geoffrey Cai who has been invited to attend the Honors Band Music Festival where top musicians from across the greater Auckland area come together to rehearse and then perform at the Auckland Town Hall on Tuesday 17th September at 6.30pm. Geoffrey will be on base guitar. Well done Geoffrey, we are very proud of you.
FROM THE GALA COMMITTEE
Congratulations to ROOM 19 for winning the prize for bringing along the most items over the past two weeks.
This coming week (Week 9)
collections are for …
Thank you to all families who have brought items for our weekly collections. We will share the winning class next week.
KELLY SPORTS OCTOBER HOLIDAY PROGRAMME – enrol now !!
CLICK LINK to view not only upcoming holiday programme but Kelly Sports other activities. With this link you won’t miss out on new and exciting upcoming activities in the future.
HOWICK PAKURANGA NETBALL CENTRE ….
SHELLY PARK SCHOOL ….