NEWS FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Malo e lelei,

This week we celebrate Tonga Language Week. The theme of this year’s celebration of the Tongan language is “Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e Lotu Mo’oni” which in English means “Enriching Aotearoa New Zealand through Prayer and Faith”.

We are very grateful to our Pasifika Fono Group who provided morning tea for our staff today. The delicious cinnamon and coconut buns went down a treat! Malo ‘aupito.

Faith is an important aspect of the Tongan Culture. Together we can share and pray in the Tongan Language

Lotu

Ke Tau lotu

Ko ’emau Tamai ‘oku ‘i hevani

‘Oku mau kole ke ke tapuaki’i ae uike ni

Mo Kimautolu hono kotoa

Ko ’emau lotu ia, ‘ia Sisu Kalaisi ko ho mau ‘Eiki,

‘Emeni

Prayer

Let us pray

Our heavenly father

We ask for your blessings this week

Each and every one of us

In Jesus name we pray,

Amen

Social Justice Week – This week is also Social Justice Week. The theme for Social Justice Week 2020 is ‘As Easy as CST: Unlocking the Church’s Potential’. This week in our prayer and RE lessons we have focused on Catholic Social Teaching (CST) which provides a moral framework to guide our decisions and actions. You will read more about Social Justice week in our Director of Religious Studies section of this newsletter.

Daffodil Day Thank you to everyone who supported our somewhat delayed Daffodil Day today by wearing yellow. We raised an impressive $755.60 which is just fantastic. We are proud to be able to support the amazing work the Cancer Society does. Thank you all for your wonderful support.

Attendance Thank you to all those families who have brought their children back to school after the latest Level 3 lockdown. It is pleasing to see the children coming happily and independently into school each day. Every day matters when it comes to learning, so attendance at school is vital, not only for learning and progress, but also for social interactions and a sense of ‘normalcy’ for our children. In these uncertain times, please be assured that we have strict health and safety measures in place and school is a safe place for your children.

Level 2 Covid Alert Continues As we continue to operate at Level 2.5, we have a few additional activities that have needed to be postponed. Book Week has been one of those activities. In looking at the remaining 12 school weeks until the end of the year, and balancing the remaining school events planned (including COVID safe EOTC activities, upcoming swimming next term etc) Book Week has become another unfortunate tragedy of COVID. We have decided that the fun and celebrations of Book Week are best saved until next year where they can occur in a week devoted to the love of reading and promotion of books without the interruptions of other school activities. This is disappointing, however I am sure you will understand. Under Level 2.5 we are continuing the pickup and drop off measures we have in place. Thank you so very much for your patience in parking safely, keeping our neighbour’s driveways free from obstruction and waiting at the gates for your children at the end of the day, and for your vigilance in using the COVID Track and Trace QR Code if you need to come on-site in the mornings. Although there are lots of ‘different’ practices at the moment, such as mask wearing in public, the different entry and exit protocols that are in place at school, hand washing and sanitising etiquette and the paired-back nature of interschool and school activities, the ‘business as usual’ nature of of the school day is important for the well being and learning of our children. Thank you again for your support and patience over this time.

Wishing you all a happy, safe and blessed fortnight ahead as we begin our approach to the end of the third term of what is a very unusual school year.

Ngā mihi nui

Louise Campbell
Principal

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Gracious God, 

E te Atua atawhai rawa, 

give us ears to hear, 

eyes to see and hearts to love, 

so that we reflect you in our way of life, 

and in our choices, words and actions. 

Jesus is the good news to the poor. 

As his followers, 

may we recognize the call to be the same. 

Amen

(Australian Catholic Social Justice Council)

 

Social Justice Week – Sept 6 – 12

Caritas is an important Catholic Social Justice group in Aotearoa New Zealand. The word Caritas appropriately means ‘Love for All.’ Caritas provided schools with resources to support the teaching and learning during Social Justice Week and some key messages to break open with students.

 ‘We are beautifully made in the image and likeness of God.’

‘We are called to work for the good of each and of all.’

‘We all have the right and duty to participate fully in society.’

‘We are called to empower communities, to let everyone have a say.’

‘We are kaitiaki of God’s creation, living sustainably and enhancing the well-being of our planet.’

‘The needs of the poor and vulnerable should be put first.’

‘God created us as one global family called to support our brothers and sisters.’

‘Everyone should have access to their fair share of resources.’

‘We can be God’s instruments of peace through seeking justice.’

These two key messages to our Mercy Charism and link closely to this year’s overarching concept focus of Taonga:

‘We are beautifully made in the image and likeness of God.’

‘We are called to work for the good of each and of all.’

More information about the work of Caritas, resources for families, and ideas of how you can help to make this world be a better and more just place, can be found on their website https://caritas.org.nz/

 

Religious Education Programme – Sacrament Strand 

What is a Sacrament? The easy answer to this is to list the Sacraments – Baptism, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Anointing of the sick, Marriage, Holy Orders. The seven sacraments connect with all stages of our life as Catholic Christians. They give birth to and contribute to our own spiritual growth, they promote our spiritual and physical growth, they support us as we work to bring alive the mission of the Church, and they prepare us to move from our physical life to eternal life. 

Another answer is to say a sacrament is a visible sign of God’s presence. Years 1 – 4 classes are exploring the different sacraments, the signs and symbols associated with each one, how they are linked to Jesus, and the importance of each one. Year 5 – 6 are exploring how Jesus is a Sacrament. We know that Jesus is a member of the Holy Trinity – God the Son. We also know another name for Jesus is Emmanuel, which means ‘God with us.’ Jesus’ actions were examples of how to live life sacramentally. Make the time to chat with your child about the sacraments. For some the interruption of Covid lockdowns has delayed receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and 1st Communion. Please keep these children in your prayers.

Choices

God has gifted us with free will and choice. You have made the choice to send your child to a Catholic school. That was an important choice. Living with Covid has meant many Catholic practices we would usually take part in are not available, such as attending mass, prayer group, faith classes etc. This puts a greater emphasis on the need for us to make our Catholic faith practices visible and obvious to our own children. 

Now is the time to check: 

– Is my model of faith obvious for my children? 

– Can they see the way I live promotes a christian way of life? 

– Do they see me reading the bible or taking time to pray? 

– Is our family making time to pray together? 

– Have we as a family ‘zoomed’ in to mass or watched mass on Shine TV? 

You are your child’s role model. They will do as you do. The current Pandemic Alert Levels has distanced the community from the parish church, the hub of our faith life. Now more than ever, being obvious about your faith and sharing your faith with your children must become a priority – before it is lost to them. 

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

Be cheerful and happy, generating life in those around you

 Prayer Intention:  

That we reflect the face of Jesus to all we meet through our words, deeds and actions. 

 

Keep safe.   God Bless

Detta Fairweather

Deputy Principal / Director of Religious Studies

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF AUCKLAND

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE DUES COVID-19

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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: https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/catholic-schools/covid-19-attendance-dues-assistance/

STUDENT DESKS AND CHAIRS

We have a limited number of student desks and chairs we can offer to families.  If you are interested in a desk and chair (desk is 62cm in height), please email [email protected] to register your interest.  We will contact you by return email to organise collection.

NEWS FROM THE PTA

There will be no sausage sizzle this term.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOK MEMBERSHIP

Order through our school link   …                         https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/990f07

To VIEW what offers are available. …     https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/

Thank you again for your continued support – it is greatly appreciated!

Nicole Kelly

PTA Chairperson

NEWS FROM THE CLASSROOM

On Tuesday 1st September the senior school finally held their much anticipated speech finals in front of a judging panel from Heads Held High and Mrs Campbell.  All speeches from the 12 finalists this year were about the subject of “wisdom” and they were all acknowledged as being of exceptional quality… The overall winner after much deliberation was Talya Kay from room 19 who will represent Our Lady of the Sea at the zone finals on 23rd September with her winning speech “If I was as wise as Steve Jobs…”

NEWS FROM OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon

Weetbix Tryathlon 

This year the school will not be placing a team into the Weetbix Tryathlon. If you would like to enter your child into this event you may do so as an individual. The entries open to the public on Tuesday the 15th of September. 

 

NEWS FROM THE INFORMATION CENTRE

Last week our Literacy Quiz team tuned into an online author event run by Storylines. 

It was a great opportunity for us to learn more about Weng Wai Chan, the author of Lizard’s Tale. This book won the Junior Fiction category at this year’s NZ Children’s Book Awards and has been a favourite of our Literacy Quiz team. It is an action packed adventure set in Singapore’s Chinatown during World War II. 

We were able to ask Weng Wai Chan questions and were interested to hear about her inspiration and that she really does like curry puffs just like Lizard, the main character in her book.

Jade Howse, Leona Yao, Samantha Avis

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

TERM DATES 2020
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)