FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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.
HOMESTAY OPPORTUNITY 2020
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.
|Room 9||Year 1||Robyn Fromont|
|Room 10/11||Year 1||Lesley Benjamin/Alice Shin|
|Room 4||Year 2||Karen Waters|
|Room 7||Year 2||Brooke Curtain|
|Room 8||Year 2||Lee Marten – Team Leader|
|Room 13||Year 3/4||Denise Bailey – Team Leader|
|Room 14||Year 4||Tracey Elder|
|Room 15||Year 4||Zahira Salejee|
|Room 16||Year 3||Audrey Maratas|
|Room 17||Year 3||Michelle Barnett|
|Room 18||Year 5/6||Andrea Begunk|
|Room 19||Year 5/6||Kendall Evans|
|Room 20||Year 5/6||Helen Burger|
|Room 21||Year 5/6||Team Leader – tbc|
|Room 22||Year 5/6||Raneen Kettoola|
|Room 23||Year 5/6||Catherine Sheffield|
A FEW DATES TO NOTE BETWEEN NOW AND THE START OF NEXT YEAR
- 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 www.bizzybodz.co.nz – 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 www.bizzybodz.co.nz – BOOK NOW
- Monday 10 February 2020 – Teacher Only Day – SCHOOL CLOSED – Bizzybodz Childcare available in hall. Online Bookings essential www.bizzybodz.co.nz – BOOK NOW
LAST DAY OF TERM 4 2019
Tuesday 17 December – School CLOSES at 12 NOON. Bizzybodz Childcare available in hall. Online Bookings essential www.bizzybodz.co.nz BOOK NOW
FIRST DAY OF TERM 1 2020
Monday 3 February 2020 – School REOPENS – 8.45 a.m.
BUS INFORMATION FOR LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL
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.
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
FROM THE DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Our concept learning focus this year has been for our students to ‘lead 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.
FROM THE CLASSROOM
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 https://www.myschool.co.nz/ 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 myschool.co.nz, 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 myschool.co.nz for details.
UNIFORM SHOP CLOSED
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
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 …. https://www.kellysports.co.nz/east-auckland
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.