Dear Families,

Welcome to Week 4 of Term 4’s newsletter where we share school news and aim to keep you informed of all the exciting learning and happenings at Our Lady Star of the Sea School.

November is the month our Church dedicates to remembering our faithful departed. This begins with All Saints Day on November 1 and All Souls Day on November 2nd. Please follow this link to this Sunday’s readings.

A beautiful prayer was shared at the parents camp meeting this week which I would like to share with you as it captures what we want for our children and typifies our school vision of Confidently living, learning and serving with Jesus as our guide:

Loving Lord

Support us as we teach our students how to live this life on earth,

to face its struggles and its strifes,

and to improve their worth.

Not just the lessons in a book and how the rivers flow, 

but how to choose the proper path, 

wherever they may go.

To understand the eternal truth and know right from wrong,

and gather all the beauty of a flower and a song. 

For if we help the world to grow

in wisdom and in grace, 

then we shall feel that we have won and we have filled our place.

And so we ask your guidance, God, 

that we may do our part,

for character and confidence

and happiness of heart. 


Twilight Market 

We are very much looking forward to Friday 27th November.  During the day we will celebrate all things OLSOS by sharing the joy of our Star Idol finals (after having these postponed due to lockdown earlier in the year), sharing our faith by celebrating Mass together, and sharing our competitive spirit and good sportsmanship in our hotly contested Tapawae finals (also put off earlier in the year due to Covid).

In the evening we will be hosting a Twilight Market as an opportunity for our families to connect as community (so sorely missed this year), and a chance for our children to sell their creations made as a result of our connected curriculum Taonga concept and the service elements explored this term, in order to raise money for the missions. In this way, our usual Mission Market Day which is usually held during the day each year will be part of our evening celebrations. There will be food to purchase; hot chips, sausage sizzle, a food truck or two, and the coffee van. There will be entertainment on offer: rides,  a bouncy castle, and our very own orchestra will make its debut as well as our hope to have the orchestra from Sancta Maria College in attendance. Come and join us on this evening, where we will be able to gather to celebrate our children’s learning and our wonderful community. 

Staffing News

It is with much sadness that we farewell a very special member of our community, Mrs Jane McKay, at the end of this year. Jane has been a member of the Our Lady Star of the Sea team for 20 years and has contributed in so many ways to our Special Character and academic excellence. Jane and her wonderful husband, former Principal Ken McKay, made a fabulous team and devoted their time to growing this community. Jane has worked as a classroom teacher, has mentored so many teachers into strong practitioners, and for the past 4 years has run our ESOL programme. I know you will join me in expressing that we will be sad to see Jane go, however, we are very excited for her as she heads into her retirement. More information about Jane’s farewell will be shared as we approach the end of the year.

On Monday we celebrated with Miss Alice Shin, our Room 12 teacher who has obtained her Master’s Degree. Alice’s graduation ceremony has been affected several times this year by Covid, so instead, we had a ‘graduation’ celebration at OLSOS! Congratulations Alice!


Looking Back

Over the last fortnight, there have been lots of exciting events that have occurred on top of our usual robust classroom programmes. Last Friday, we held our school Athletics Day, it was great to see so many family members coming along to see our students compete in the different athletics events. The excellent organisation for the day was undertaken by Kendall Evans with the support of our teaching staff on the day – thanks to all for their support. Our hope of holding the 100m sprint finals and house relays didn’t happen due to the weather yesterday but we did manage, between showers today, to get these completed.  Interschool athletes will be notified shortly and results shared soon. Our senior and middle school students have continued their swimming lessons at Lloyd Elsmore pools. Our Senior School students shared their innovations in the fabulous Tuatara Taonga (our very own version of the Lions’ Den) last Wednesday, with our Chocolate Mufti Day being undertaken today in preparation for the Twilight Market (bring on the chocolate trailer, a much loved feature of our usual annual gala!). You will read later in this newsletter how well Blake Pennington did representing our school at the Champion of Champions Gymnastics Competition. You will also see, later in our newsletter, some amazing accomplishments from our students outside of our school context in the form of Madeleine Hunter’s incredible success in BMX and Helena Brinker’s horseriding.

Looking Ahead

Next week is a big week for our Year 6s who will attend a Safe Boating experience at Lloyd Elmore, attend Positive Puberty sessions (Parent meeting for year 6 parents about the Positive Puberty lessons on Tuesday 10th November at 6.30pm in the staff room) with our Student Council attending the National Young Leaders Day. 

Teacher Only Day

On Friday 13th November we have a Teacher Only Day. Our teaching staff will be ensuring consistency in our strong academic excellence in reading, writing and mathematics through engaging in moderation and leveling of student work across the school as they prepare to report student outcomes to parents, while our academic support staff engage in professional learning and development to support learners with additional needs.

With just 6 weeks remaining in what has been an unusual academic year, we continue to encourage our children to work hard, support each other and show our values of service, justice, resilience, courage and respect.

Wishing you a blessed and safe fortnight ahead until our next newsletter.

Ngā mihi nui and cǐ zhì jìng lǐ,

Louise Campbell


Holy Water Font

Many thanks to Ray Anderson, Mrs Campbell’s dad, for the creation of a Holy Water Font for our school chapel.  The presence of the Font provides another opportunity for our students to participate in the ritual of blessing themselves, by placing their fingers in Holy Water and making the sign of the cross, as they enter this sacred space of the chapel. We will invite Fr John to bless this new addition to the chapel at our next school mass.

November – Month of the Holy Souls

If you would like to have the name of a family member who has died entered into the school Memorial book please contact the school office with their name and the date of their death. 

Alternately go to the school website, complete the form and send it through to the office.

2021 Sacramental Programme

The dates for next year’s Sacramental Programme have been set. Enrolment for the programme will be open soon. If you intend on enrolling your child into the programme please mark these dates into your 2021 calendar.

Parent meetings will be held in the parish church. Children’s sessions will be held during the Sunday night 5:30pm mass. It is anticipated that parents and children enrolled in the programme will attend ALL of the sessions for each sacrament.

Reconciliation Sessions

Parent Meeting Thursday 25 February 4, 11 March

Children’s sessions Sunday 28 February 7, 14 March

Friday 19 March – 1st Reconciliation

Confirmation Sessions

Parent Meeting Thursday 6, 13, 20 May

1st Session Sunday 9, 16  23 May (Pentecost Sunday)

1st Holy Communion Sessions

Parent Meeting Thursday 10, 17, 24 June

1st Session Sunday 13, 20, 27 June

Celebration of the Sacraments

Thursday 5 August – Rehearsal in the parish church

 Confirmation – Friday 6 August 

1st Holy Communion – Sunday 8 August


PRAYER INTENTION:    For all those who have died we pray ….

Detta Fairweather

Deputy Principal / Director of Religious Studies


Kia ora Whanau,

It has been a busy few weeks since our last board updates.

Last week, we celebrated Sue Yandell’s 30 years of service at Our Lady Star of the Sea. We had a beautiful morning tea where the staff and board members joined together to acknowledge all of the wonderful work Sue does – all with a smile!  Congratulations Sue!

We also acknowledged Stephen McKenzie during the same morning tea. Stephen has been a member of our Board since June of 2016, taking on the role of Board Chair in July of 2017. We thanked him for his service and guidance in the governance of the school, presenting him with a taonga; a pounamu in the shape of an adze for wisdom, strength and mana.

Also last week, our Kapa Haka group represented our school proudly and treated guests of our Kahui Ako schools and Early Childhood Centres to wonderful items. We would like to express our thanks to our very own Across School Teacher, Andrea Begunk and Kara Luke from Sancta Maria Catholic Primary School for all of their organisation to make this night the special event that it was.

At our latest Board meeting, held last Tuesday, we confirmed the direction taken in redesigning the visuals of our values & vision, which will be displayed around the school. These will be displayed in a shape of Rosary Beads to deliver our story as a reflection of Mary. We look forward to being able to share these with you all when they are complete.

 We also approved the proposal for the 2021 Year 5 & 6 school camp event which will be held at Camp Bentzon, on Kawau Island, in February 2021. We would like to thank our PTA  for their generous donation and contribution to the cost of the parents who support at this camp.

The Board has agreed for the 2021 Attendance Dues & Donations to remain the same as the value set in 2020 despite an increase of $4 per annum set by the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Your Board acknowledges the challenges many may be experiencing due to the ongoing ramifications of COVID and believe absorbing the increase will be of assistance to all.

On the property front, we were extremely pleased to receive Building Consent for the COLA this past week enabling us to progress this project further, solutions are being investigated for extension to the block walls on the top court, approvals were given for the replacement of the hall’s curtains and for the second stage of the building painting, both due during the summer break.

Finally, we received some very positive feedback from Harrison Tew, the consultant company who organized our 24th September’s school lockdown drill, highlighting that school’s staff members and students were quick in responding and followed instructions very well. All procedures were followed calmly and confidently. Our Board and Lead Team take Health & Safety matters very seriously and we are pleased to receive this kind of feedback. We also wish to thank our staff members for completing this simulation in such a manner.

Kia ora korua & kia manaaki ati atua koutou

Yohann Cuer

Acting Chairman


Last Friday the senior team had a visitor to their afternoon assembly. Matua Brett from the Panuku Development group came bearing prizes for students from Room 18 who entered their artwork into the Protect the Puhinui drawing project.  Luca Dreaver, Kristian Jelavic, Rachel Ly and Gianna Cordeiro were presented with special prizes for their outstanding entries. Congratulations to those students. 

BOOM! Everybody started singing at Kapa Haka. Tingles went down my spine, and bright lights illuminated the room. We started watching each group perform, AMAZINGLY! Their talent placed a huge weight on our shoulders. Time passed, and it was finally our turn. There were butterflies in my stomach as I walked onto the stage. All eyes were on us, so we had to do our best. “ Ka Waiata Ki a Maria….” We all joined in the song. And our voices united in harmony. I was having fun on stage, and felt like everything in the world made sense. After more singing, we did Rona with the poi. We then started dancing to Ka Pioioi, and Utaina and watched the boys do their Haka. They were exquisite! We wrapped our performance with Kia Kaha. Showing that we had strength and confidence. The room was filled with applause, and my smile never left my face. I had so much fun, I will always remember this Kapa Haka!

Anaiah Smith

Last Wednesday the senior classes presented, demonstrated and shared their innovations from their concept learning in the school hall from 1.15pm – 2.30pm.  We called it the “Tuatara Taonga” (the NZ version of the Dragon’s Den) and 57 groups pitched their concepts to a packed audience of students and whanau. The students had all been working on how innovation and creative problem solving could protect and nurture the taonga of our common home…the solutions presented on the day ranged from palm oil free food, water filters, overfishing devices and beach cleaning vacuums to name a few. Congratulations to ALL students, you certainly met your brief!


Madeleine Hunter raced over Labour weekend in the BMX National Championships in Christchurch.  She raced extremely well over the weekend, winning most of her races despite a nasty fall.  Madeleine is now the NZ first place champion for her age group for the second year running – Congratulations Madeleine, such an awesome achievement!



Blake Pennington competed in the Auckland Schools Champion of Champions Gymnastics competition last week and placed second – well done Blake, we are very proud of you! 


The annual Horse of the Year (HOY) show is New Zealand’s premier equestrian competition, featuring a range of horse and rider combinations from multiple disciplines. The discipline is made up of both jumping and flat classes, and is judged on showmanship, style and technique. At the beginning of the season Helena Brinker won three titles, three second place winnings and two third place winnings, achieving the qualification for 2021 competition. Congratulations Helena!



The Information Centre is a very busy place at lunchtime. Children enjoy playing board games, reading, playing cards and relaxing with friends.


Statements for Term 4 have been emailed.  If you have outstanding amounts due from previous terms, please discuss a payment plan with us.    Contact in confidence:  Sue Yandell – [email protected]


We are currently accepting new enrolments for the 2021 academic year.  If you have a child, turning five years old from now until December 2021 and wish them to attend Our Lady Star of the Sea School please complete a provisional enrolment on our school website and collect an enrolment pack from the school office.      There is limited availability in other year levels.



Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support 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:


Please note:

The sausage sizzle day is being moved from Wednesday 18th November to Thursday 19 November due to classes swimming.


The uniform shop is urgently requiring BOYS summer shirts and shorts.   If you are able to help please make sure shirts/shorts are in excellent washed condition.  Please attach your Name, Phone number and Bank account details for payment with your uniform to be sold.  If your items are not suitable for sale please advise the Uniform Shop whether you wish to donate your items to the school or have your items returned to you.
  • UNIFORM ‘BUY BACK’  – we’re planning on doing uniform buy back on the optional Parent-Teacher interview evening, Tuesday 8th December from 2.30-4.30pm.   Please note that the uniform shop will not be open for sales at this time, we’ll just be doing buy-back over this period.
  • STOCK TAKE on Monday 14 December 2020.   Uniform shop will NOT BE OPEN on Thursday 17 December so last uniform shopping date for the year will be Thursday 10th December.

The uniform shop is open Thursdays 8.15 – 8.45 a.m. and 2.30 – 3 p.m.  If you are requiring uniform please fill out the form on our website to request specific uniform items.  Payment enclosed must be cash or cheque. Eftpos is available at the office.  Payments online can be made to ASB:  12-3132-0058312-00.  Please clearly reference “uniform” and “student name”.  Your order will be delivered to your child’s class on Thursday afternoon.


If you wish to sign up your child for an afterschool class for Term 4 please click on the link Admin Newsletter T4_2020 Tutor Classes and register.  Or you can email Melissa at [email protected]

COMMUNITY NEWS  (click flyers to enlarge)


Term 4  Monday 12 October to Friday 18 December (12 noon)  (teacher only day 13 November 2020)

Term 1     Wednesday 3 February – Friday 16 April    (Waitangi Day 8 February, Good Friday 2 April, Easter Monday/Tuesday 5, 6 April)
Term 2    Monday 3 May – Friday 9 July     (7 June Queen’s Birthday)
Term 3    Monday 26 July – Friday 1 October
Term 4    Monday 18 October – Wednesday 15 December 2021  (finish date to be confirmed) 
(Labour day 25 October)