Dear Families,

With one and a half weeks left of our school year, I am sure you share my amazement that the end of our academic year is upon us so quickly.

On the 1st of December, we entered the first week of our Church calendar with the start of Advent, the four week period leading up to the celebration of Christmas. Advent is a serious time in our Church’s year, where we prepare ourselves to remember the coming of Jesus at his birth. Much like preparations for a family celebration, Advent is a time to get ourselves ready. Where we tidy our home, arrange special food and invitations for a family celebration, during Advent we are called on to prepare ourselves, inside and out, by examining our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a time to reflect on our actions and draw ourselves closer to our Lord so that we are really ready, with an open heart to remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas, which, of course, is the reason for the season!

The week that has gone, the first week of Advent is the week where we reflect with HOPE, next week we reflect with PEACE, the following with JOY and finally, the week before Christmas we reflect on our relationship with God with LOVE.

 Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world.

This Advent, help us to slow down,

listen to your voice,

and focus on what is really important.

We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth at Christmas.



We are very fortunate to have a new association with the Confucius Institute and the University of Auckland, who are providing a Mandarin Learning Assistant to us for the 2020 academic year.

We will be hosting the Mandarin Learning Assistant (MLA) from February 7th of 2020 through to mid December.

We are looking for a family who will be able to accommodate our MLA for the year as a host family. The MLA is a University graduate with a Masters in Education who has experience in teaching Mandarin to non-native speakers. They will require clean, welcoming accommodation with their own room, breakfasts and dinners during the week and by negotiation on the weekends. The payment to the MLA homestay will be $250 per week. If you are interested, please be in touch with me via email [email protected]


Thank you all sincerely for your attendance at our prizegiving last night. It is a pleasure to acknowledge the hard work of our students over the course of this year and to feel the community spirit which is ever-present when our school gathers for such a purpose.

Congratulations to all our Class Certificate winners, we are very proud of you.

 Congratulation also to our Senior School Prizewinners for your excellent work during 2019

Academic Award – Emily Chan

Female Sportsperson – Lola Penfold

Male Sportsperson – Jason Cooper

Ken McKay Arts Award – Maia Tay-Morrison

Ngā Hau e Whā Cultural Award – Connor Kumitau

Rotary Award for Citizenship – Billie-Jean Erihe

Father Garin Trophy – Francesca Crichton


We are well and truly getting ourselves set up for next year. You will note below there are a few changes in year levels for some of our teachers. We are also very excited to be welcoming some new staff members to our learning community in the new year.

Junior School
Room 9Year 1Robyn Fromont
Room 10/11Year 1Lesley Benjamin/Alice Shin
Room 4Year 2Karen Waters
Room 7Year 2Brooke Curtain
Room 8Year 2Lee Marten – Team Leader
Middle School
Room 13Year 3/4Denise Bailey – Team Leader
Room 14Year 4Tracey Elder
Room 15Year 4Zahira Salejee
Room 16Year 3Audrey Maratas
Room 17Year 3 Michelle Barnett
Senior School
Room 18 Year 5/6 Andrea Begunk
Room 19Year 5/6 Kendall Evans
Room 20Year 5/6 Helen Burger
Room 21Year 5/6 Team Leader – tbc
Room 22Year 5/6 Raneen Kettoola
Room 23Year 5/6 Catherine Sheffield



  • Monday 9 December – Junior Athletics Day 9.00 – 12.30 pm
  • Monday 9 December – Junior Assembly 1.50 p.m.  –  All Welcome
  • Monday 9 December – Leavers Evening for Year 6 students graduating
  • Wednesday 11 December – End of year outings
  • Friday 13 December – End of year Mass in the Parish Church – 11.00 am
  • Monday 16 December – Service Certificate Assembly at 8.45 am for Year 6 students
  • Tuesday 17 December – Final Assembly 8.45 am
  • Tuesday 17 December  Last Day Term 4 : School FINISHES at 12 NOON  Bizzybodz Childcare available in hall.Online Bookings essential  –  BOOK NOW
  • Monday 3 February 2020 – School REOPENS for 2020  –  8.45 a.m.
  • Thursday 6 February 2020 – Waitangi Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Friday 7 February 2020 – Teacher Only Day – SCHOOL CLOSED  –  Bizzybodz Childcare available in hall.  Online Bookings essential  –  BOOK NOW
  • Monday 10 February 2020 – Teacher Only Day – SCHOOL CLOSED  –  Bizzybodz Childcare available in hall.  Online Bookings essential  –  BOOK NOW


Tuesday 17 December –   School CLOSES at 12 NOON.            Bizzybodz Childcare available in hall.  Online Bookings essential  BOOK NOW


Monday 3 February 2020 – School REOPENS  –  8.45 a.m.


Howick and Pakuranga Buses  – Run as normal Monday 16 December.  On Tuesday 17 December Buses leave when school finishes at 12 NOON.   The Sancta Maria  bus will run but as the College is closed, please make sure children are collected from Sancta Maria on time.

GO Bus (Auckland Transport)  This bus will only run on Monday 16 December.   There will be NO Go Bus on 17 December the last day of school.  Bizzybodz Childcare available in hall.


2019 : Last day for lunch orders  –  Friday 13 December 2019.       

2020 : First day for lunch orders  –  Tuesday 11 February 2020


Uniform shop will be closed next Thursday afternoon, 12 December (2:30 – 3pm) for stock take. 

Open prior to start of Term 1 2020
The uniform shop will be opened Tuesday, 28 January 2020     8:15am – 9:00am and 5:15pm – 6pm.


With a mere 7 school days remaining to us in this school year, I wish you all of God’s blessings for a safe, happy and holy Christmas and New Year period.

Ngā mihi nui
Louise Campbell



Our concept learning focus this year has been for our students tolead like Jesus to make a difference and bring joy to the world they live in. Our school’s annual Mission day market certainly did this. The market set up by our Year 3 – 6 students managed to raise just over $2,700 for St Joseph’s Catholic school in Rarotonga. This will definitely make a difference and bring joy to their school community. 

A great time was had by all and it was wonderful to see our students’ enthusiasm as they led the day. They were very proud of their collective efforts – as they should be! 

Congratulations to our students who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation last weekend. This is the first step in their journey to be fully initiated into the Catholic church. A wonderful milestone for them all. 

The parish is looking for volunteers for various ministries for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day masses. As you make your family plans for Christmas, please consider how you could help out. Sign up sheets are in the church foyer.

Our End of Year school mass will be celebrated at 11am Friday 13 December. At this mass we will acknowledge our student leavers and all those who have helped to ensure our school has had another successful year. Donations to the Parish Foodbank at this time are much appreciated.

Kia hari koa, ka uru tera wairua ki tena ki tena 

Be cheerful and happy, generating life in those around you

Prayer Intention:  We pray the time with our families over the Christmas season will be filled with joy and peace. 

Detta Fairweather



Room 17 learnt about metaphors. We wrote some metaphors about the moon.

The moon is a magical portal, leading to another dimension   –   Carla Lin

The moon is a bowling ball ready to hit a pin and get a strike   –   Noah Hillerby

The moon is torch light, shining inside a dark, black cave   –   Andrea Galvez

The moon is a circle. The moon is round like a donut   –   Joe Peng



MySchool Stationery Lists for 2020 will be online prior to the end of the school year.   Parents will be notified via school links when lists are accessible.

Information re purchasing of stationery is below.    There are no sales of stationery through the school office.

Simply search for our school OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA SCHOOL (HOWICK), select your child’s class and/or subject lists and follow the instructions on the website.

You can also earn School Rewards* for our school if you buy through OfficeMax MySchool. We can use these rewards to purchase extra resources.

OfficeMax MySchool makes back to school easy for you with these great benefits:

  • Order the easy way – online at, phone 0800 724 440 or in your local OfficeMax store.
  • Price match promise – find a lower price and OfficeMax will match it*.
  • Free Delivery – for orders over $46*. Choose delivery to home or work at a time that suits you.
  • Save valuable holiday time – avoid busy shopping malls and traffic queues by shopping online from the comfort of your home so your child starts the year with the correct stationery supplies. 
  • Multiple payment options – including secure internet banking, credit/debit card and cash in your local OfficeMax store.

 * Conditions apply, see for details.



 Uniform shop will be closed next Thursday afternoon, 12 December (2:30 – 3pm) for stock take.







Are you and your family looking for a fun event that you can compete in together?

Why not consider the Go Race.  It has maximum engagement and fun while working together using the skills of Communication, Teamwork, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Collaboration.

Venue: Lloyd Elsmore Park

Date: 2nd February

Time: 10.00-2.00pm

Here is the link to find out more and register

















KELLY SPORTS   Christmas and Holiday Programmes   –    BOOK EARLY TO NOT MISS OUT  

Book NOW for Christmas and Holiday Programmes   ….   Check our website for further information ….

BUYING A HOUSE??     If you are organising a home loan with ASB Bank, please let them know you are a friend of Our Lady Star of the Sea School.  For each home loan over $250,000, ASB will donate $500 to our school.