Dear Families,

Welcome to our third newsletter of the year, which sees us at the end of our 6th week of the first term. Isn’t it incredible to think that in one month we will be at the end of the first term!

Term 1 is progressing well with teachers and students well and truly settled, systems and routines in place and teaching and learning programmes humming.

It was great to have so many parents attend our Home/School Partnership conferences last Thursday with our teachers commenting on how valuable they find these meetings at the start of the year as they are getting to know their learners and working on establishing goals with their students. Thanks to the 130+ parents who filled in the parent meeting survey while you were waiting for your interview, this has given us valuable information around what families want information on and when best to schedule such meetings.

No doubt you will be keeping an eye on Seesaw, our Online News section of the website and our school Facebook page for updates of teaching and learning programmes and happenings around the school.

Ordination of the Auxiliary Bishop of Auckland

On Saturday 7th March, Mrs Detta Fairweather, Mrs Karen Noble Campbell, myself and four representative students; Natalie Feng, Venice Abasolo, RuiQi Jiang and Melody Liu, attended the Ordination of  Michael Gielen as the new Auxiliary Bishop of Auckland. There were around 3,500 people in attendance from across the Diocese of Auckland to witness Bishop Patrick Dunn and over 150 priests celebrate this auspicious occasion.

Colour Your Day – Celebration of Life

Today’s Celebration of Life mufti day and assembly was a real reminder to us all that life is a precious gift from God that we must cherish and respect. One year after the tragedy in Christchurch, this affirmation of life and celebration of one another, in all our diversity was a very special day.

Mufti Mania to Support Caritas

Many thanks to families who sent along gold coins last Friday in support of the annual Caritas Lenten Appeal. With your support, the school raised $407.20.

Cricket Success

Over the past 2 weeks our Year 5/6 cricket team, under Mr Barry Vernon’s expert coaching, have participated in the HPPA Cricket Field Day competition. Congratulations to Matthew Mills, Dimitri Poisson-Pereira, Nyall Serrao, Drew Smal, Connor Waters, Cullen Chaytor, Sebastian Brownrigg, Daniel Wellm, Hugo Dougall, Toby Stewart and Mariusz Mysliwiec who came out unbeaten across 7 matches, meaning they will proceed into the Semi-Final stage of the competition, playing the top teams from the other pool. We wish them the very best for their upcoming matches. 

Interschool Swimming

Today our swimming squad represented OLSOS at the HPPA Interschool Swimming Competition. They all represented us well, with a few great wins and fabulous support for one another. Official results will be shared in next fortnights newsletter once they have come in from the organisers. Congratulations to all participants on the awesome efforts today!

Coronavirus Update

As of yesterday, you will have seen that the World Health Organisation has now declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. As noted by the Minister of Health, this doesn’t change what New Zealand is doing to respond to coronavirus which includes border restrictions, a requirement to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand from China, Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea and immediate and detailed contact tracing of any confirmed cases.

I shared with you a good video clip from Nanogirl that will help your children to better understand the virus in my update yesterday. I have included the link here should you have missed it. YouTube clip – Nanogirl

Thank you to all families who have been vigilant and kept their children at home if they are exhibiting cold and flu-like symptoms as requested by us on the advice of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation. We have had lots of feedback that the vigilance around handwashing and trapping sneezes and coughs in our elbows is helping our children feel they are being safe and doing what they can during this worrying time. I will continue to update you as we receive notifications over this ever-evolving situation. Once again, please keep your children at home if they are feeling unwell.

Looking Ahead

You will note in the PTA section of this newsletter a ‘Save the Date’ notice for our upcoming Quiz Night on Friday 8th May. This will be a fun parents get-together, so circle the date in your diary now! More details to come closer to the time. You will also note that the PTA are looking for a Treasurer, Nicole Kelly will be very happy to hear from any willing parents.

We have lots of great events to look forward to in the next couple of weeks including the Rotary Fun Run on Sunday, PTA Sausage Sizzle on Wednesday of next week as well as a group heading to Polyfest on Wednesday. We have our senior school retreat the following Monday as well as the much-anticipated semi-finals and finals of the HPPA Year 5/6 cricket tournament, with the world-famous-at-OLSOS Disco to top the week off that Friday night!

Wishing you all a happy, safe and blessed fortnight between now and when I next have the privilege of sharing more school news in our newsletter.

Ngā mihi nui
Louise Campbell


 Bishop Michael’s Ordination 

The Ordination was really special. There were so many people there and a lot of Priests. The Mayor of Auckland was there. We’ve never seen that many priests before. We smiled when we saw Father John and Father Terry coming in. We saw Bishop Pat and the other Bishops all laying their hands on Bishop Michael and praying over him just like our Confirmation. Bishop Pat anointed him with oil just like at our Confirmation too. Different cultural groups had parts in the mass. That was really fascinating and interesting to watch. We look forward to seeing Bishop Michael at our parish May 3. 

We Can Bring a Can

Representatives from Room 18 and the Liturgy Team delivered our ‘We Can Bring a Can’ collection  to the parish foodbank.
They helped to pack parcels for those in need.
Their message to us all is ‘Bring a Can while you can.’   You don’t know when you might be in need.’

Who will be the most generous class this week?


Lent 2020

Manaakitia te katoa 

Share your gifts with others

Our Lenten Outreach Challenge has started with a bang! Last week our school gathered in enough food items to feed 35 families. Congratulations to Rooms 4 and 18 who were the most generous. Three representatives from Room 18 and a member of the liturgy team came with me to deliver the food to the parish foodbank. The St Vincent de Paul members running the foodbank were overwhelmed and extend a big thank you to you all for the support. The students unpacked the boxes, stacked the cupboards and got to pack a few food parcels. As mentioned previously, the food parcels created are gifted to families in our community as well as the wider community.  Our Lenten outreach challenge continues this week. 

Father John’s talks about the Mass continuing this Friday, 7pm, in the parish church. Each week a different aspect of the mass is unpacked for us. This is a great opportunity to increase your own knowledge and understanding. Before the talk, time is spent praying the Stations of the Cross.

Seasons for Growth is a programme designed to support children who are going through Grief or Loss. If you are interested in your child participating in this programme or would like to find out more about it, feel free to contact either myself or Mrs Campbell.

From Saturday April 4, the regular weekend mass at Beachlands will be celebrated in St Hilda’s Anglican Church, 3 Wakelin Road, Beachlands.



Prayer Intention:   E te Atua,  we pray for the people of Christchurch and our Muslim brothers and sisters in this time leading up to one of New Zealand’s darkest days.

Detta Fairweather 

Director of Religious Studies



PTA AGM 2020

Thank you to those who attended our PTA AGM on Monday evening.  Our Elected Officers for the 2020 year are:

Chairperson.   :    Nicole Kelly

Secretary         :    Tina Molynoux

Treasurer        :    to be appointed


Job Vacancy :   PTA Treasurer

The PTA are looking for a new Treasurer for the 2020 year.    If you think you may be able to help us please phone Nicole Kelly 0272503145 or email [email protected] for more information.

Chocolate Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who has already returned their chocolate money.  For those families that haven’t as yet, this is now overdue.  Can you please send money or unsold chocolates back to school as soon as possible.

Our winning classes will be enjoying a Pizza Lunch next Thursday 19 March and our top sellers will be receiving their prizes at full school assembly on Monday.

Quiz Night

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    This will be HUGE !      


More information to

follow …


Sausage Sizzle

Our first Sausage Sizzle is next Wednesday 18 March.  Sausages in bread $1.50 each; juice or water $1.50 each.  Money and orders to the classroom teacher.


Our first Disco for the year is on Friday 27 March 6.30 p.m.  –   All Welcome!


Senior students have enjoyed having their say on which New Zealander they would like to read about next in this fantastic series by David Hill and Penguin books. They could choose from Margaret Mahy, Jonah Lomu or Dame Whina Cooper or make a suggestion of their own and cast their vote at the polling booth.

Our school team had three games on Tuesday 10 March as part of our cricket competition against local Howick and Pakuranga schools.  We made 56 runs against Bucklands Beach in our 8 overs and they made 32 runs.  Our next game was Beachlands we made 63 runs and they got 30 runs.  Our last game was Baverstock Oaks.   Batting first we made 69 runs and they got 28 runs.
With 7 wins from 7 games we finish top of our pool and play in the semis or finals on Tuesday 24 March.  We will finish 1st 2nd 3rd or 4th from 16 teams so we will let you know what happens after the 24th March.
A fantastic season so far with great skills in bowling and batting from the boys.

Term 1   Monday 3 February to Thursday 9 April  (teacher only day 3 Feb)

Term 2   Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July  (ANZAC DAY holiday Monday 27 April)

Term 3    Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September

Term 4    Monday 12 October to Friday 18 December (12 noon)



A new afterschool programme ‘Move It! will be run by Bizzy Bodz for 4 weeks until the end of Term 1.  If you are interested in your child joining please read the information and enrol


When you’re looking to buy your first home, it’s important to have the right people to support you along the way. That’s why ASB have teamed up with local experts who will share their tips and advice on the home buying journey in an informative evening as we unlock the process to owning your first home.

Where: ASB Botany Downs Branch
Botany Town Centre, Fountain Lane South, Botany Downs
When: Tuesday 31, March 2020
Time: 6.00pm drinks and nibbles, 6.30pm start and finished by 8.00pm
Parking: Street parking is available

  • An ASB Mobile Lending Manager on knowing your buying power, the application process and the various deposit options available.
  • An ASB Kiwisaver Specialist on how Kiwisaver can help you into your first home sooner, whether you’re ready to buy or starting to save we’ll have experts available to talk you through how it all works.
  • A local solicitor on the legal matters associated with buying your first home, when to engage a solicitor and how they can support you through the process.
  • Your local real estate agent who will share local listings and help you to understand what’s happening in your local market and where to buy.
  • Your local building inspector on how they can support you through the home buying journey and give you the peace of mind to decide on the right home for you.

Seats are limited. Please register before Friday 27 March by clicking on this link ASB First Home Buyer and select a location that’s convenient to you. If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact me and I am happy to help.   We look forward to helping more Auckland first home buyers achieve their goal of home ownership and hope to see you there.

Cushla Cruickshank        021 831 667