Dear Families,

Welcome to our penultimate newsletter of the year as we reach the end of our eighth week of Term 4.


Last Sunday we celebrated the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of our four week preparation for Christmas in our Church calendar. The liturgical colour at this time of year is purple which is considered a serious colour signaling this is a time of waiting, a chance to remind ourselves of the importance of our faith and the need to reflect Jesus to those around us as we prepare ourselves to celebrate His birth.

This Sunday, the second Sunday of Advent at 9.30am Mass Assistant Bishop Michael Gielen will mark the 60th Anniversary of the blessing and opening of our Parish Church. At the end of Mass the graves of our loved ones will be  blessed, along with the new outdoor grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary. All are welcome to attend this special occasion.

Twilight Market

Last Friday night, after a day of celebrating all things OLSOS with our tapawae final, the celebration of Mass and our STAR Idol finals, our community came together at our Twilight Market. Our children sold their innovative items created as part of their connected curriculum focus as well as hosted some great fun games. Our fabulous Orchestra played for the first time, and they did a mighty job with thanks to our music teacher Mrs Jinny McNae. Our Year 5 and 6 carol singers also did a great job of entertaining the crowd between which Sancta Maria College’s soloists and singers kept us all entertained. It was great to see the ever-popular chocolate trailer in good use too! The PTA were kept busy with their sausage sizzle, as were the Lions Club, making hot chips, the coffee van, Vietnamese food truck and ice cream truck. The money raised by the children from selling their items at the market will go to De Paul House this year. We will be able to share how much was made once expenses for the night are factored in. A special thanks to Mrs Sue Yandell who put her years of gala expertise to good use in preparing for the event – we couldn’t have done it without you Sue –  you are a STAR! Thank you, thank you, thank you one and all for coming along to make this community night so special.

Congratulations to our Cricket Team

Congratulations to our Cricket Team who took out the HPPA cricket tournament, coming away with the coveted trophy in a blinding match against Cockle Bay Primary on Wednesday of this week. This final match was hotly anticipated as it was not able to take place earlier in the year due to Covid. It was great to have Mr Vernon back for the day. You did us proud boys, well done! See more photos and a full write up later in this newsletter.

COLA Update

Later in this newsletter Alina Hooper, a member of our School Board announces the timeframe for our much anticipated Covered Outdoor Learning Area – scroll down to take a look!

Looking Ahead

Over the remaining two weeks of school we have many end of year celebrations and events. We look forward to seeing you all at our Prizegiving held at Sancta Maria College on Thursday 10th December at 6.oo p.m. and for the celebration of our End Of Year Mass on Friday 11th December commencing at 11am where we will farewell our Year 6 graduates, Mrs Jane McKay and other members of our community who are leaving us at the end of the year. Our Year 6 Leavers evening is on Monday 14th December where families of our graduates get together to celebrate. All classes will enjoy their end of year outings on Wednesday 16th December with our final assembly on Friday 18th December. School closes for the year at mid day on Friday 18th December.

Wishing you all a safe and blessed fortnight ahead as things get very busy heading towards the end of our school year.

Ngā mihi nui and cǐ zhì jìng lǐ,

Louise Campbell


Our End of Year school Mass will be celebrated Friday 11 December at 11am in the parish church. Please send a donation for the Parish Foodbank with your child. At this Mass we will acknowledge our student leavers and all those who have helped to ensure our school has had another successful year. A special acknowledgement will be given to Mrs Jane McKay who is leaving our school at the end of the year. The McKay family have been instrumental in growing our school to the great school it is, since the move from Granger Road. Jane will be greatly missed and we wish her well.The Mass is also part of the Parish celebrations for the 60th Anniversary of the Blessing and Opening of our current stone church. 

This celebrations begin this weekend with Bishop Michael, the Assistant Bishop of Auckland,  celebrating the 9:30am Mass in the parish church. After the Mass Bishop Michael will bless the newly established grotto dedicated to Our Lady. You are all invited to attend.

Joy, prayer and gratitude 

are three attitudes that prepare us to live Christmas 

in an authentic way.”

       Pope Francis

Students in years 4 – 6 will participate in a school led reconciliation liturgy on Monday 7 December. This liturgy will not be a  Sacramental one.  In preparation for the arrival of Jesus at Christmas time, we are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This year, the combined St Mark’s / Our Lady Star of the Sea parishes celebration of the Sacrament is unfortunately at the same time as our school prizegiving. St Luke’s are having theirs a week later on Thursday 17th December at 7.00pm. Fr John and Fr Terry will be present at this celebration as well as a number of other priests. Please mark this into your calendar.

NZpray2day is an app designed to support people, young and old, particularly in Catholic schools and parishes to simply enter into the richness of the ancient Christian cycle of seasons, saints and readings. It takes ‘snapshots’ and encourages people to seek a moment to reflect, pray and respond. It also brings in pieces of history to link this liturgical journey with aspects of the story of New Zealand and the wider world. To install on Android or Apple devices simply go to Google “Play Store”, or Apple’s “App Store” search for NZpray2day, and install. It is completely free – a gift for you from NCRS and Te Kupenga.

2021 Sacramental Programme enrolments opened Saturday 21 November. Children in Year 3 or above in 2020 are eligible to enrol. Enrolment forms will be available from the school website, the parish church and the parish website.

If payments are done via the internet please ensure that the completed enrolment form and copy of your child’s baptism certificate are submitted to the Parish Office as soon as possible.

Many thanks for the continued donations to the parish foodbank via the donations box in the school foyer. As a Catholic christian community, your donations are acts of kindness which witness the face of Christ to others.

Thank you for your continued amazing support and generosity. May God bless you for your willingness to help those in need. 

PRAYER:  We pray that during the Advent season we all make time to stop, and get our hearts and minds ready to receive baby Jesus.

Detta Fairweather

Deputy Principal / Director of Religious Studies



Hi everyone, I’m Alina one of your parent representatives on The Board bringing you our monthly update!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that our Principal, Mrs Louise Campbell, will take over the leadership of the South East Christian Kahui Ako next year. For those of you new to school life here is a bit of background; OLSOS belongs to a Kahui Ako (Community of Schools) comprising of 6 schools; ourselves, Sancta Maria Primary, St Marks Primary, Kingsgate School, Sancta Maria College and Elim Christian School. Recently 6 Early Childhoods have also joined our Kahui Ako. Through collaboration and sharing of knowledge and resources, our schools benefit from Professional Learning and Development as well as networking and the sharing of knowledge, skills and wisdom. The Kahui Ako explores ways of working together to achieve what would be more challenging if working alone.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Louise and for the school. We anticipate the benefits of driving the shared learning challenges from our school, with the support of 5 Across School Teachers, will further strengthen systems and programmes at Our Lady Star of the Sea. Louise will still have an open door policy and be a strong presence at our school. She will still be easily contactable and will liaise closely with Mrs Detta Fairweather and Mrs Karen Noble Campbell, our two wonderful Deputy Principals who will continue to work alongside Louise in running the school. If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to email Louise on [email protected]

We are also really excited to be able to let you know that we have a timeframe for the COLA (the covered outdoor learning area which is going over our top court). Foundations and ground works will be undertaken over the summer break and the structure is due to be in place by the end of the holidays between the first and second term. We are so pleased to be able to share this with you all and wish to thank you for your patience while the important preparation work and due diligence was undertaken.

Other exciting property news is that we are getting new curtains in our school hall over the summer break so keep your eye out for those.  We will also be having more painting done on the lower school over the summer holidays for a freshly painted start to the new year.  Also our Visuals for our Values have been approved for the school too, so you will be seeing those go up around the place very soon.

We have just had our Spring Maintenance done on the fields which has made a huge difference.   Our Nature Play design focused on upgrading the mud kitchen area is now moving along nicely too, it will be exciting to see work on this begin with more exciting play spaces for our children.

On an admin note for your reference, recent changes from the New Zealand School Trustees Association mean that we are now called “The School Board” (instead of The Board of Trustees) and we are now “Board Members”.

Lastly, we want to send a huge thank you to our Teaching and Admin Staff, to Sue Yandell our Executive Officer and to Nicole and the PTA for their enactment of the Twilight market, it was such a lovely way to all come together as a large school family after the year we have had.  Despite the weather all I saw when I looked around was people enjoying themselves and having a lovely time.  So thank you Teachers, Admin Team, Sue, Nicole and the PTA Team for all of the hard work that you put in to this and ensuring an amazing night for everyone, it was so appreciated.


School Magazine

Our annual school magazine is currently in the final stages of compilation.  Each family will receive one copy of the magazine as part of the payment made through your General Purpose donation.  Extra copies will be available at $15.00 each.  

On Wednesday our cricket team consisting of Connor, Daniel, Hugo, Matthew, Cullen, Sebastian, Dimitri, Toby and Nyall headed to Lloyd Elsmore Cricket pitch to play the finals of the HPPA cricket season which was postponed earlier in the year due to Covid.
We played Cockle Bay School and are very proud to say we won and walked away with the trophy. Cockle Bay have held the trophy since 2016 so this was quite a momentous occasion for us.
We were in the field in the first innings and played like the Black Caps managing to keep Cockle Bay within reach allowing them to score only 38 runs and taking 5 wickets. We went into bat knowing that 39 runs would win us the cup.
Our batters did a fabulous job scoring singles, twos, fours and sixes to take out the match.
Mr Vernon was there in attendance as coach and umpire and it was lovely for him to see us take home the cup after many years of making it to the finals but not quite getting there on the day.
Thanks to all our supporters – it was great to have your support from the sideline.


Cricket Coach needed for 2021 

Mr Vernon has coached and supported our school cricket team over the years. In his absence, we are on the hunt for a Mum, Dad, Aunty, Uncle, Grandparent or member of our community that is an avid cricket supporter who could take over the role of coach for our 2021 team. This team will be playing during school time.

If you would be interested in supporting us with this please let us know.



A MySchool stationery  information pamphlet was sent home via your child this week.  2021 MySchool class stationery lists will be published on 18 December 2020.

All stationery is required for the first day of Term 1 2021 –  Wednesday 3 February 2021.

You will find your child’s school stationery list online at   

Choose school  :  Our Lady Star of the Sea School (Howick)

Please click this link MySchool explaining the process of ordering and information about purchasing.

There are no sales of stationery through the school office.


Drew Smal (Rm 22) had his second ever Race Walk (getting DQ’d a couple of weeks ago in his first ever race in the Auckland Athletics Road Champs) to focus on his technique and try again at this event.   After focusing on his technique Drew achieved 3rd in New Zealand  at the New Zealand Athletics Road Race, 2km Race Walk.   Amazing progress and achievement in such a limited period of time!

He was lucky enough to get his medal from Alana Barber (NZ Commonwealth games race walk medalist).


All school fees for the 2020 year should now be paid in full.   If you have outstanding amounts and have not as yet made arrangements to have these paid off,  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.

If you are planning not to return to OLSOS in 2021 we would appreciate you letting us know as we are currently planning for classes and accepting enrolments across all year levels in preparation for next year. Your assistance will enable us to offer places to families who may otherwise miss out. Thank you in advance for your support.


Library books due now

All library books are due back to the Information Centre now. Please have a hunt around home for any of our books and return them as soon as possible. Letters for outstanding books will be sent home next week.

Summer reading bags

It is so important for children to keep reading over the long summer break. With this in mind, we’d love them to borrow some of our library books. 

Next week, Summer Reading Bag notices will be available. 

In week 10, those children who have their notice signed by parents, will be able to come to the Information Centre and choose their books for the holidays.

Read for animals this summer with the SPCA reading challenge

Read NZ and the SPCA have teamed up to create the SPCA Reading Challenge, which launches on December 14. Celebrate reading and animals this summer by joining in this super fun competition (for children 5 years up) and be in to win some awesome prizes, such as Paper Plus gift cards and Gecko Press books!

Find out more here


SECOND HAND UNIFORM BUY BACK :  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 CLOSED 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.


PLEASE NOTE:   Last day of Term 4 – 18 December 12 noon finish

Route No. 439 (Howick – Auckland Transport GO Bus) WILL NOT OPERATE on the last day of school.  Please make alternate arrangements to collect your child/ren from school.

School buses will run as normal until the last day of school when the above route 439 Howick will not operate.

All other buses (to Sancta Maria/Somerville/Beachlands Maraetai) will collect children on the last day of school at 12 noon as normal.


Come and enjoy Light Up The Town, a new Christmas event for the whole family at Paerata Rise. December 5th to 12th every night from 6pm to 10pm for FREE fun, entertainment (even grab a photo with Santa himself) and your chance to WIN $2,500 worth of prizes! Search Paerata Rise on Facebook or click here for more info:


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

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)