Dear Families,

This newsletter sees us at the end of a very busy first semester of 2020. Term 1 and 2 have looked very different for us all and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support we have had from our community across this uncertain time. The many words of praise for the way our teachers have gone the extra mile for their learners, the positive feedback related to school led learning from home, the smooth transition back into the school environment and the new journey with mid year sharing of learning have been very much appreciated.

I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our staff; leadership, teaching staff, academic and administrative support staff. Their agile thinking, unending energy, and their commitment to the education and well being of those in our care here at Our Lady Star of the Sea has been second to none. We have been called on in the last 6 months in ways we never thought possible as we have navigated our way in and out of COVID lockdown levels and all that has come as a result. I am constantly blown away by the dedication of the team here at OLSOS and I know you will join me in thanking each and every one of them and wishing them all a happy, safe, healthy and well-earned break.

Our New Chapel Space

After the gorgeous blessing ceremony of our new Chapel space last week, we were privileged as a staff to celebrate our usual end of term Mass with Fr John in this special place on Tuesday morning before school. It was the first Mass to be celebrated in the new Chapel space and it very much feels like a special and sacred space. It is wonderful to see our children taking a moment to pause and pray in this quiet space during lunchtimes too. Classes have already started using the space for prayer and RE lessons which is great to see.Our buddy class Masses will be celebrated in this special place next term. We are so pleased to have this sacred space as a real connect to our Parish and an asset to the expression of our faith at school.

Mid Year Sharing of Learning

Thank you to all families who engaged in our Mid Year Sharing of Learning process over the last couple of weeks. We have had great feedback about the value placed on gathering both parent, student and teacher voice prior to our conferences last week and how the information shared from this shaped very insightful conversations which enabled our families to really gain a deep understanding of how their children’s learning dispositions are developing in order for them to be successful learners across the curriculum. On Friday of the first week of Term 3, a summary of the discussions, next steps and the voice of parent/student/teacher will be drawn together into a Mid Year Sharing of Learning document which will be accessible on the portal. This will take the place of our old mid year report this year. Once this document has been made available we will send out a short survey to find out from all in our community what you thought of the process and we will use this information as part of our review and planning ahead process.  Thank you to all for your open-minded attitude as we embark on a new shape to our mid-year reporting process.

Farewell Mr Vernon

Today we celebrated the 23 and a half years of service that Mr Barry Vernon has gifted to us here at OLSOS. Barry has held many positions in his time here, including class teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, cricket and football coach extraordinaire, NZEI staff representative, HPPA Dance Festival compare and general all-round good guy. He will be missed by all our staff for his wisdom, his humour and his willingness to be a listening ear and support for all. We wish him all of God’s blessings as he embarks on his retirement. Go well Mr Vernon.

Looking Back

Over the past couple of weeks we have resumed some of the activities that add to the variety of experiences here at OLSOS. Our Basketball teams have begun their training as have our netball teams. We have had the Neverland Dance Company visiting take dance sessions with classes as well as the World of Maths problem-solving crew running sessions for our learners in our school hall. Our first whole school gathering for liturgy with the blessing of our Chapel space last week was very special and our gathering for house assembly as a school today to farewell Mr Vernon was also special. Our beautiful PTA provided the classes who sold the most cholcolates way back in March pre-Covid with their pizza lunch today, thanks to Nicole Kelly for making this happen. We are looking forward to the resumption of more such activities next term Covid levels depending.

Looking Ahead

New Community Initiative We all very much missed the community feel of our special place over lockdown levels. To encourage families into school, to spend time together and reconnect, we will be hosting Friendship Fridays. Each Friday from the beginning of next term from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm a coffee van will be on-site for parents to come along, purchase a coffee and enjoy an afternoon together. We will be opening our Information Centre from 2.30 pm to 3.00 pm so families can take advantage of the well stocked parent section and children can exchange books for the weekend. As usual, for the health and safety of our children, any children that remain on-site after school without a parent will be sent to Bizzy Bodz.

Lewis Eady Instrumental Music Lessons at OLSOS starting in Term 3 Our students will have the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments at school with Lewis Eady (commencing week 2 of next term). There are several options available: Lewis Eady’s beginner music programme Musical Jam – a fun, instrumental prep programme for children in year 1 and 2 is a great way to get started! For children in year 3 and upwards, 30 minute lessons (group or one-on-one) will take place on Fridays during school time.  Instruments available include piano and keyboard. Singing, recorder, strings, woodwind, drum kit and brass will also be available should there be sufficient interest. To secure a place for your child for music lessons commencing week two of next term (term 3, 2020) please visit and enrol online by Friday 24 July 2020.

Lunch Orders in Term 3 Deejays, our Tuck Shop operators are running an ON LINE SERVICE ONLY in Term 3.  Orders are to be placed through School lunches  by 9am on the day.  Lunches will be delivered to school to be distributed to classrooms.  There will be no onsite sales for morning tea or extra lunch treats.

After School Classes in Term 3 There are a wide variety of affordable after school classes that are on offer in Term 3.  Information about these classes has been emailed via School Links earlier today.  If you are interested, take a look at the email.

Bizzy Bodz ‘Move It’ Short Sports afterschool programme will be on offer from the second Tuesday of next term. These sessions provide the opportunity for children to experience a variety of sports, building hand-eye coordination, ball skills and encouraging an interest in sport. See advertisement later in this newsletter if you are interested.

Wishing you all a very restful, happy, safe and blessed holiday period. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school next term from Monday 20th July.

Ngā mihi nui

Louise Campbell


Prayer is an important part of our Catholic faith. Spending time communicating with each other helps to build relationships and it is through prayer we build and deepen our relationship with God. The more we pray, the more we come to recognise the presence of God in our daily life.  Prayer provides us with the opportunity to come to know and understand ourselves better, to be less anxious, to be happier, to find peace, to have hope.  The recent survey linked to our new look school reporting process gave us data around some of the attitudes and practices towards prayer life at home. The student data across the school sadly shows the majority of our students don’t feel they ‘share prayer’ at home. Maybe now is a good time to have a home prayer life ‘stocktake’.

Have a think…..

  • Are there special times your family prays together?
  • Do you encourage your children to lead family prayer times?
  • Is there a prayer shared before meal times?
  • Are your children encouraged to pray at bedtime?
  • Is there a cross visible in your home?
  • Is there a bible readily available for your child to read?

Prayer has to become a habit initially. Simple actions like the ones above help to foster the development of a prayer life for both your family and your children. Our school website has a number of prayers in English and Māori under the ‘Our School’ tab which could help you get started. 

Our congratulations go to Linda McQuade, one of our parishioners, who is being honoured by Pope Francis for the valuable service she has given to Catholic Education. Linda has been involved in Secondary education before becoming the Vicar for Education in the Diocese of Auckland. Linda received the insignia as a Dame of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great. We thank Linda for her service to the Church and are proud to have her as a model of faith in our parish.

Prayer Intention:  E te Atua, Let me wake up every morning and be thankful for my life. Help me to see the good in things.  Amen

Keep safe. God Bless

Detta Fairweather

Deputy Principal / Director of Religious Studies




Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support as a result of the Covid-19 Virus with the payment of 2020 Attendance Dues for students attending Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary.
Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest or the Revenue Manager on 09-360-3069 at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland for further information.
Application forms for this assistance are available from school and parish offices, or can be down-loaded from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Website:


Kia ora Whanau,

This month the Board praised the tireless work done by the Teaching and Support Staff over this term. What should have been a holiday for them, was spent preparing and developing lessons and ensuring that the students had the right tools to restart in Term 2. Term 2 has also required them to manage the dynamic changes as they occurred, as we transitioned through the Levels back into Level 1. Each Level had to see the adaptation of strategies to ensure our Students got the best possible learning outcomes. The early end to Term 1 & restart under Level 4 for Term 2 has meant in effect, that Our Lady Star of the Sea Staff need a well-earned break. On behalf of the Board, thank you for your hard work & dedication, we are in awe of the dedication and effort you have given to the community so far this year.

Congratulations to the Support Staff who have achieved pay parity & recognition after a long 3-year campaign, you deserve the rewards of this battle.

The COLA (Covered Outdoor Learning Area) update: late last week we had a visit from the Catholic Diocese to look at the COLA position and how it will impact, if any, with the school’s buildings. As a result of this visit, they have requested some more site drawings to be submitted within the consent documents. We will keep you updated, and we will be scheduling works to begin at the earliest possible start date, and you will be advised.

Our reading recovery teacher Mr Barry Vernon finishes with Our Lady Star of the Sea School this Friday 3rd July. Mr Vernon has helped and tested tens of thousands of students over his tenure with Our Lady Star of the Sea, he has been an amazing and valued asset to the school and the school community.  We (BOT, School Staff and School Community) sincerely thank him for his dedication and professionalism over the these many years, and wish him the best wishes and God’s speed for his next adventure.

Also this month our immediate past BOT Chair and member Stephen MacKenzie resigned from the Board.  Stephen has done a tremendous amount of work for the school. He has been the formal face of Our Lady Star of the Sea School as Board Chair, been instrumental in the recruitment of 2 Principals, the community dreaming day, strategy development, general support & advice. So thank you Stephen for the time shared on the Board, your support, guidance, wisdom & strength will be missed.

Finally, given the change in the way we are now doing student drop off and pick up post lock down (reduced foot traffic through the Office so less opportunity to see items of interest on display), I have attached the letter mentioned in the last newsletter, from the Minister of Education Hon. Chris Hipkins. This will give you all and opportunity to read it, otherwise it is on display at Reception, if your passing.

Until next time

Kia ora korua & kia manaaki ati atua koutou

Vaughan Fraser

BOT Chairman



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Do you enjoy listening to children reading? Are you able to talk to students about their reading and what they are reading? Are you able to share some of your time with students in Years 4-6 to help improve their reading skills?

If you answered yes to these questions then maybe you would like to be one of  our reading tutors and support our students to improve their reading ability. 

You will be required to sit with the same students (up to 2) per session, listen to them read and ask questions about their reading to help them progress their comprehension and reading fluency. You will need to dedicate around an hour of your time twice a week (Wednesday afternoons will not be available) for all of Term 3.

If this sounds like something you would like to do then please email the school office to let them know your name and the times you would be able to help out. The email address is [email protected]

Many thanks in anticipation of your support.



We are looking forward to a fun filled week of reading and book related activities during Week 6 next term.

The costume parade will be a highlight on Friday morning. Start thinking about costumes now – we can’t wait to see all the book characters or jungle animals!




WINNER of the Junior Sportswoman of the Year   –   Howick Local Board Sports 2020

Madeleine Hunter  – Mountain Raiders BMX Club

After a couple of really tough seasons and big crashes – most notably, a spectacular departure from nationals as well as the 2018 North Island titles by way of broken shoulder and both wrists,  Madeleine Hunter’s fortunes on the track are finally aligned with her ability.  Kicking  the season off, Madeleine pulled together a spectacular ride to take out the Oceania titles in Te Awamutu with an O1 plate, battling hard against a trans-tasman contingent.  Jumping forward to Nationals, Madeleine continued her run of fine form, finally securing the coveted NZ1 for 10 year old girls.

Maddie also claimed the NI2 plate at the 2019 North Island titles in Tauranga,  allowing her to  claim the rare feat of 3 podiums across the 3 major meetings of the season.

This is girl that despite her love (and success) with riding bikes – takes on the challenge of sport in general with a recent trip to Brisbane for baseball, as well as being a more than handy netball and basketball player – Maddie embodies all the traits of model young sportsperson.

Acknowledgement to Pakuranga Rugby Club and Howick and Pakuranga Times

for the information and photo

Madeleine Hunter (with trophy) is Junior Sportswoman of the Year

Congratulations to you Madeleine we are so proud of you and your success!


Uniform Shop – The uniform shop wish to advise there has been a delay in the delivery of socks.  We now expect these in Term 3.  Apologies to those who were expecting delivery of socks this week.

Entertainment Book

Buy a Membership by July 13 and receive a $10 or $20 Countdown Gift Card, and a chance to Win a $1000 JB HiFi eGift card!   There’s also a Bonus 2 Months extra added to all Memberships purchased before 13th July, to acknowledge the time in lockdown we have just been through.
With no Gala this year we are again running one of our fundraising efforts through the sale of 
Entertainment App.  For every Entertainment Membership sold 20% goes to OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA SCHOOL.   With thousands of incredible offers on dining, activities, travel and shopping this is the time to get one and save $$ in the coming holidays and until June 2021 (OR August 2021 if you take up the above amazing offer by 13 July).

Just scan the QR code below or  order through our school link         

To VIEW what offers are available. …

HEADS HELD HIGH PROGRAMME   (held during school hours at Our Lady Star of the Sea School)

We are continuing to run our Heads Held High Programme at the school in Term 3.   This is held during school hours and if you wish your child to be involved please visit the website

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Bizzy Bodz ‘Move It!’ After School Short Sports in Term 3




As the demand for Seasons for Growth increases so too does the need to increase our volunteer base.
The opportunity to deliver more sessions in schools for children in need, directly correlates to the number of Companions (volunteers) we have available.
Volunteers will be fully trained and vetted before being paired with an experienced Companion to deliver sessions. All volunteers receive ongoing support from the area coordinator, and all resources required are supplied.
Volunteers are needed during school terms for one hour a week, once a week. Some travel to local schools will be required.
Attendance at a group networking event is required twice a year.
We ask volunteers to be reliable, able to work / connect with children and show empathy.
The next training dates to become a Seasons for Growth Companion are:
Date :   29th & 30th August (Saturday and Sunday)
Where:    Neligan House, Parnell
If you are interested please contact :
Candice Thum Coordinator – Seasons for Growth, Howick   Mob: 022 423 8904   Ph: 09 533 0222.   Facebook: Seasons for Growth, Howick  


Join New Zealand’s premier Irish Dance studios with classes available for dancers of all ages in one of our three Auckland locations:
Ellerslie, East Tamaki and Papakura.
Run by experienced and qualified dance teachers, our lessons are fun and engaging while learning the unique art of Irish Dance.
Contact us:  [email protected] (09)2156805.



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To carry out major work to rebuild part of Pakuranga Road, we will be temporarily diverting eastbound traffic (Pakuranga bound) onto the newly paved busway running alongside the existing road between Panmure bridge and Ti Rakau Drive. This will start on July 20 and the road layout will continue until the end of 2020. While the same number of lanes will be available for traffic, the new layout may slow traffic for a period of time as people get used to the new lane layout.

Some of the main impacts include (see map below):

  • Motorists travelling east on Pakuranga Road from Panmure Bridge that are planning to continue along Pakuranga Road need to stay in the far left lanes
  • Motorists travelling east and planning to right along Ti Rakau Drive need to follow the signs and veer into the right hand turning lanes just past Williams Avenue
  • Motorists will be unable to turn right into or out of Millen Avenue and Latham Avenue while work takes place between 20 July and late 2020
    • If people need to travel east towards Pakuranga Town Centre from Millen Avenue or Latham Avenue then they are able to turn left out of these streets and turn around at Kerswill Avenue or Church Crescent
    • If they are travelling east towards Pakuranga and need to turn into Millen Avenue then you are able to turn around on Pakuranga Road, at the Williams Ave intersection.
    • If you need to turn into Latham Avenue when travelling east towards Pakuranga, you will need to find a safe turning point further east on Pakuranga Road
  • Motorists will be unable to turn right out of the Pakuranga Road slip lane next to Panmure Bridge
    • If you need to travel east from this slip lane, we recommend turning around on Church Crescent.

For further information please visit


Free eBook with 21 ready-to-go projects for COVID-weary parents

We hope you’ll find time to relax and have fun these holidays, but also to continue to engage students in learning. Are you  looking for ways your kids can continue to build academic and success skills, while sparking their imagination (and motivation)? Then please take a look at a free resource from 

nonprofit PBLWorks.

This Teachable Moment is a free eBook that offers an intro to Project Based Learning (PBL), and features 21 easily implemented, “follow the recipe” PBL projects, informed by educational research and designed for children of all ages and capabilities within your household. 

Each project includes detailed directions and recommended adjustments for different grade levels. Through Project Based Learning, kids have the opportunity to build literacy: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Additionally, they’ll practice success skills such as: communication, critical thinking, self-directed learning, and collaboration. 

Download the eBook with 21 projects.

And after the pandemic eases, the eBook can continue to be a resource for parents, caregivers, and homeschooling families. 

Using This Teachable Moment as a roadmap, you can build a simple summer routine that engages your children, and keeps their curiosity and love of learning alive during these unprecedented times.   



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