FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome to the first newsletter of Term 4 which sees us completing our second week of the last term of our school year.
October is an important month in our Church’s year for giving special honour to our Mother Mary. As Mary is our Patron Saint here at Our Lady Star of the Sea, this is an especially important time in our school calendar. Our term has begun with the exploration of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary as a result, with our whole school gathering on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to pray the Rosary together. As a community that honours the bicultural nature of Aotearoa, our children are doing a fabulous job of responding to the leader of the Rosary, praying the second half of the Hail Mary in Te Reo. All are welcome to join us at 8.50am in our hall on the above mentioned days to pray the Rosary.
Term 4 Curriculum Focus
Our enduring understanding this term based on our concept of Future Possibilities is: The future is in our hands and, as our Catholic faith guides us, we can play our part to protect and enhance the world we live in to bring joy to others. In shaping up our connected curriculum it is easy to see the links between our term 1 concept, exploring the dispositions when faced with challenge through adventure, to term 2, exploring elements of harmony, both relationally and in our earth systems, leading into term 3’s theme of action, where explored ways of taking action to create, enforce or support harmony in our common home, looking at acting locally while thinking globally, into this term where we are exploring how we can impact the future by the stance we take, the way we live our lives and support others in the way they live theirs. It will be another busy term of active learning.
Our Amazing Gala
Well, I think it is safe to say that our Gala, held on Saturday was a roaring success!!
What a spectacular day of energy, fun and fundraising. Our community spirit flowed through the event with so many families supporting the set up throughout the day on Friday and on Saturday morning, the preparation of the food, the running of the stalls, the clean up and pack down.
The containers were filled to the gunnels prior with items that were donated which meant there was plenty on offer to draw the crowds… and they came in droves!
We are so grateful that we made around $46,000 (minus a few minor expenses yet to come in) which will enable us to begin the process of developing the loose parts/mud kitchen play space in line with our developing active learning philosophy.
None of this could have happened without the support and commitment of our community, and people stepping forward to help as area leaders and organisers. We are so grateful to the Gala Team: Nicole Kelly, Anne Marie Harvey, Ross Ellwood, Jane Kumitau and Sue Yandell. The team pulled the event together, especially under the relentless energy, positivity and HARD WORK of Nicole and Anne Marie – we salute you both for spearheading such a successful community day which raised some serious funds! Thank you, thank you, thank you one and all!
Chess Team Success at National Championships
On Friday our Chess Team flew to Christchurch to compete in the National Championships. Wesley Lau, Emily Chan, Aaron Santoso, Joseph and William Chen competed in a tough day of chess games against some very stiff competition. There were 30 teams from around New Zealand competing and our fabulous team came 5th overall, with Wesley Lau coming an astounding 4th amongst the boys who competed on the day. Congratulations on such a successful day! Read more about the event in the ‘STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT OUTSIDE SCHOOL’ section later in this newsletter.
Gifting our special taonga to St Mary’s, Ellerslie
On Tuesday of last week we gifted our special taonga Mrs Sue Kubala to her new school, St Mary’s Ellerslie. Our students did us proud at the welcome Mihi Whakatau with their exemplary conduct and the way they sang with such pride. The welcome was a lovely event where the warmth of Sue’s new learning community could be felt strongly. I am sure she is in your thoughts and prayers as she starts on this new leadership journey.
We have had a very busy start to the term with plenty of activity including middle and senior swimming beginning, our NZ ShakeOut earthquake drill, HPPA touch competition, the Biosecurity Team from the airport coming to talk to our seniors related to taking action to support and protect our local environment, and the J1 netball finals held today (more on the success of this team later in this newsletter).
Looking ahead, we have Labour Weekend this weekend, meaning school is closed on Monday.
Wishing you all a happy, safe and productive long weekend and fortnight ahead.
Ngā mihi nui
FROM THE DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Generally they are referring to someone who is very kind and ‘good’. Great qualities to have. The church refers to saints as living individuals who have dedicated themselves to the worship and service of God.
All Saints Day is celebrated on the 1st of November and a special mass will be celebrated at school in the hall at 11am. All are welcome to join us.
All Saints day is a time when we join Catholics all around the world to remember and honour all the Saints in our lives. The saints we know and those we do not know. While we have information about many saints, and honour them on a specific day, there are many unknown, or unsung saints who may have been forgotten or have never been honoured specifically. On All Saints Day, we celebrate these holy men and women.
When we were Baptised we promised to serve God and carry on Jesus’ work on earth, just as the Saints have done. We ask them to pray for us, and through the model of their lives, recognise how Jesus wants us to be. Throughout November, Catholics around the world remember and pray for those who have died and are now in the arms of Jesus. During this month, our school Memorial book will be included in school and class liturgies, at appropriate times, to honour the memory of our loved ones. Click Link https://www.starofthesea.school.nz/memorial-garden/
Sunday 3 November at the 5:30pm mass, the following students will be presented to the parish and receive the sacrament of Baptism :
You are invited to come to the mass and celebrate this special occasion with our children and their families. Please keep them all in your prayers.
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 in thanksgiving for the saints in our lives and for the love and mercy they show.
From Your BOT
Hello families, Kia whanau, Malo e lelei, Ni Hao, Talofa
On behalf of the Board I would like to start with thanks to the Gala committee, teachers, helpers, students, families and the wider community for the great support and turnout on Saturday. Everyone’s efforts and hard work showed with laughter, smiles, fun and bargains.
Collectively we raised Cira $46,000 – what an amazing effort.
Apart from the normal Board duties we have the following projects on the go:
- COLA: The BOT is continuing to work on getting the COLA moving and ever closer to its installation. Hopefully all going well this should be completed over the Christmas period.
- ERO Review: Ongoing preparation for ERO Review in November
- Cyclical Maintenance: Painting is now being scheduled for the Christmas break
Ma te atua koutou e manaaki, o koutou whanau
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT OUTSIDE SCHOOL
Congratulations to Joshua Donavan from R22 who recently competed in the Auckland Primary and Intermediate Schools tennis tournament.
Joshua did extremely well. He was seeded 7th and ended up making the semifinals before losing to the eventual champion. Along the way he had some great wins, knocking out the 2nd seed in the quarterfinals, and in the previous round beating the runner-up in last week’s Auckland 10 and under championship.
Joshua was pretty exhausted by the end of the tournament but also very proud of his achievements, as are we.
Well done Joshua; we look forward to hearing of your next success with the tennis racquet.
Palmerston North Competition
Congratulations to our Chess champions who went to Palmerston North on the first weekend of the holidays to compete in the NZ Chess Federation Nationals.
All the students did incredibly well and came out 7th overall at the end of the competition in a field of 26 schools.
Congratulations Emily, Joseph, Aaron, Wesley and William, who was the team reserve.
On Friday the 18th of October, while the whole school was preparing for the gala, Wesley Lau, Emily Chan, Aaron Santoso Joseph and William Chen, Mr Cooper and Mrs Noble-Campbell flew to Christchurch for the Chess Power Chess Nationals.
We all met at 6am at the airport and headed for Christchurch on the 7am flight. Excitement levels were high and nervous tension was very evident.
On arrival in Christchurch we boarded a shuttle which took us to Avonhead Primary School for the big event. The hall was packed with over 300 competitors and their accompanying supporters. Once registered we located a small space to call our own and the competition began.
The competition, being a National event, was high and all of our players had to perform at their very best throughout the day. In total nine games were played by each competitor. By the end of the day it was a struggle to maintain concentration and focus.
We are very proud to say that we came 5th overall out of a field of 30 junior teams, which is absolutely amazing! Being a team event every players score counted towards the teams total meaning everyone had to work their hardest in every round to ensure their points counted.
We were rewarded with a certificate of excellence in chess and the honour of beating our nearest rivals, Point View School, whom we qualified with!
On a personal note Wesley was ranked the 4th best player in the competition, with a score of 7 out of 9, and Aaron placed 10th overall with a personal score of 6and a 1/2 out of 9. William, our Year 3 player scored 6 points out of 9 as did Joseph. Emily, who faced some very difficult competition and had to verse the top ranked player, scored 5 out of 9 points.
At the conclusion of the event we headed back to the airport for dinner and then travelled back home eventually landing back on Auckland soil at 9.30pm. A huge day was had by all!
Our sincere thanks go out to Mr Cooper for his amazing coaching throughout this year and the previous years that he has coached the team and also to our school community who helped with our fund-raising by supporting us at our bake sales through Term 2.
Keep an eye out for these players names as they grow in life – they are bound for amazing things.
On Tuesday a group of year 5s and 6s attended an inter school touch rugby tournament. Everyone had a great time and it was positive to see children giving the game a go.
Job Vacancy : Project Manager – Maintenance Delivery (Catholic Diocese of Auckland)
We are seeking a motivated property professional to join our small property team in a Project Manager role focussed in Maintenance Delivery. You are someone who enjoys all aspects of property maintenance including oversight of development, implementation, coordination, scheduling, budgeting, documentation, turnover, and compliance of construction, renovation, upgrade, replacement, and repair projects involving buildings, grounds, facilities and infrastructure.
This is a varied and busy role and we seek applications from candidates who can demonstrate the following experiences and attributes: A tertiary qualification (ideally property related) or relevant professional experience; Understanding of NZ Building Code requirements; Construction/Property contract knowledge; Excellent organising, planning and computer skills; Strong customer focus and excellent relationship building skills. Applicants must have applied property / construction coordination skills or similar experience.
To view the full job description and download the application form, please visit our website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz. Please send CV, application form and a cover letter to Leanne Killgour, HR Manager by email: [email protected].
Applications close 1 November 2019
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