St Mary's Catholic School, Papakura

Newsletter 12th April 2021 - Term 1 Week 11

Me Whakakotahi, Kia Maarama, Kia Pono, Ki Te Karakia

Together We Learn, We Pray, We Serve


Kia ora e te whānau

We have come to Week 11 and the last week of Term One!

How did that happen so fast?

It's been another term where we have had to cope with further lockdowns, COVID scares and remote learning, but through our faith and the resilience that we develop through our faith, we have come through.

In this newsletter, I would like to celebrate our school community of faith and the bonds that keep us focused on the faith development and academic success of our children. Our community has been through many ups and downs over the years and we have learned that, besides the love of Christ, the only constant in this world is change. We certainly have seen lots of change over the years and our school is evolving to adapt to new developments in education, technology and our community. I want to express my admiration and thanks to everyone who has contributed and continues to support our wonderful school as it morphs into the St Mary's of the future. We will continue to hold on to our traditions and our rich history as we find our special place in the future. We are given confidence in our success by the well known scripture in the Book of Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

As usual, our newsletter is filled with evidence of our students' activity and successes over the last fortnight. We were unable to have our annual Holy Week liturgies at school last year, so we are grateful that we were able to commemorate this special time on our Church calendar as a school community, this year.

As we celebrate the season of Easter and the resurrection of the Saviour, Christ Jesus, we would like to congratulate and welcome those who were baptised into the Church over the Easter weekend. It was wonderful to see how many parents, staff and students were from our school community. We will continue to celebrate the Easter season this week, as we turn our classrooms yellow. All children and staff are invited to wear a yellow ribbon or lei on Wednesday to commemorate this celebration.

Our teachers are busy with their beginning of year assessments at the moment, so Week 11 is a busy one, interspersed with special events and curriculum programmes. We will use this assessment data to identify students' learning needs in order to plan authentic and effective Term 2 learning and teaching programmes. Our new concept for Term 2 is "Earth and Beyond". Our staff are busy in the planning stages of this concept and we will share further details in our next newsletter.

As we prepare for the new term and the colder weather, a reminder that winter uniform is to be worn from day one of Term 2. There have been some changes to the uniform prices at SAS SPORT, which you will find posted in this newsletter. Please note these if you plan to replenish uniforms for your children.

Finally, I would like to wish all of you a wonderful Term One school break. We are looking forward to recharging and returning to provide the best we can for our wonderful children.


Audrey Kippen


We began our Holy Week commemoration with a Palm Sunday Liturgy - led by our Bethlehem (Year 0-2) Team

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Preparing for the Last Supper - Nazareth Team

Culmination of the Stations of the Cross Liturgy led by the Emmaus Team (Year 7-8).

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From Our DRS

WEDNESDAY - Yellow Ribbon/Leis - As part of our Easter season, we are celebrating the risen Lord in a special way. Our learning spaces are buzzing with after Easter stories and artwork. On Wednesday we will celebrate with yellow ribbons or leis. This is not a mufti day, just a day to add some yellow to our special season.

Altar Servers - A huge thank you to all our new altar servers who stepped up during the Easter weekend. You served confidently and represented yourself and our school in a special way. We are proud of you and we hope that many more will follow your example.

St Mary's Youth - A number of our students attend the youth sessions at our parish every fortnight and we are so pleased that previous students from our school are displaying leadership qualities in running these sessions. Early next term the youth leaders will visit our school to inform our students about the sessions on a Friday night. Watch this space

Holy Week Liturgies - A huge thank you to all our students who reverently lead us in our traditional Holy Week Liturgies. We were truly blessed by the Gospel messages and well prepared and focused on the real reason for Easter. It's one opportunity for all our students to have a special role and encounter with Jesus and we pray that these moments will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Sacraments of Initiation - Congratulations to members of our school and parish community who have received the Sacrament of Baptism during the Easter weekend.

Sacrament of First Holy Communion - We continue to pray for our students who are currently receiving lessons for this important Sacrament.

Mrs Bernadette Paulse - Director of Religious Studies

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From Our PTFA

Our PTFA is hosting a special Parent "Meet 'n Greet" on Wednesday 14 April. Please join us from 7.30pm to 9pm. We would like to take the opportunity to welcome new families to our school and hear fresh, new ideas to raise funds to support our school vision and to provide extra special events and experiences for our children. Please set some time aside to join us for a chat over drinks and nibbles.

I look forward to catching up with you all on Wednesday night.

Mrs Audrey Kippen - Principal

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RSA - Poppy Day - Friday 16 April 2021

The St Mary's Student Council will be promoting ‘Poppy Day’ within our school community. The Council will be going into classrooms each morning this week to collect donations for our local RSA. The funds raised are used for current and ex-service men and women. Please send your child to school with a gold coin donation.

The Student Council will be fundraising in our local community with RSA Members on Friday 16 April. Thank you for your support!

Travelwise and Road Safety

Park and Walk 400m to School Day - Held on Wednesday 24 March 2021

Thank you for supporting our Park and Walk Travelwise Campaign to keep our children safe at the school gates during drop off and pick up.

Please remember not to park on yellow lines, do U-Turns or park in our neighbours' driveways to drop children. Our school community appreciates your support!


Food For Faith offers brief daily email encouragements in LENT 2021 for those who sign up at: Take a few minutes each day of Lent to experience Jesus Christ present with you and experience immediate benefits.

This Lent's offerings include a TAKE ONE hour a week invitation to be in contact with others who are on the same journey. More information at:

Museum Knowledge from Emmaus Students

Kia Ora

Emmaus recently went on a virtual tour to the National Army Museum. The National Army Museum is located in Waiouru, which is why we did our tour on a zoom call!

During our tour we were led by three qualified historians. The tour was designed to help us understand life in the trenches during Gallipoli World War One. Overall, it was a great experience, the displays were very effective and the knowledge was extremely valuable.

Emmaus loved learning about the protectors of this country and the sacrifices they made for us.

By Rebekah, Kelais and Sam

Thank You Counties Manukau Sports

Students from Bethlehem and Nazareth have had a lot of fun with Lauren from Counties Manukau Sports. Every week students have participated in a range of high energy games and activities. The activities each Monday are designed to help students develop a wide range of fundamental movement skills. In this photo, students from Mrs Butler's Whanau are working in teams. One team is trying to knock over all of the cones, whilst the other team is trying to put them back upright as quickly as possible.

St Mary's Way

The St Mary's Way is to be like Jesus in our words and actions. Issa Abdulahhad has been working hard towards this goal. Issa is the first students to have achieved 60 tokens, earning him a Kahi & Rosy sticker, as well as 100 tokens, earning him a special St Mary's Way postcard sent via mail to his home. His family will be very proud of him. We are certainly bursting with pride! Ka rawe, Issa!

Jerusalem Team Assembly

Jerusalem students celebrating their achievement of their St Mary's Way tokens. Congratulations!

Student Welcome

We offer a special welcome to Miles Williams, Brydie Edge, Luna Parra Fandino, Francis Delmendo and Nevaeh Sitagata who started at St Mary's Catholic School recently.

We look forward to getting to know you and making you welcome at our school.


Have fun practising these words at home:

Kupu o te Wiki

(Word of the Week)

Kia tau te rangimarie

"Peace be with you"

Kupu o te Ra

(Word of the Day)


"joyful, happiness, delighted, cheerful, ecstatic".


Official Opening of our enlarged store on Tuesday 13th April at 10am. As well as clothing, footwear, bric-a-brac, toys, books, etc we will now be selling furniture. Donations gratefully received - 275 Great South Road, Papakura.

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For more information, contact: Shana Manu on 022 306 1855

KURACONNECT 'COMMUNITY DAY' - Sunday 18 April from 10 - 2pm

Kia ora koutou

I would like to extend an invitation to attend our Papakura, ‘Kuraconnect supported by Police and Everyday Heroes’ Community Day’ happening at Bruce Pulman Park on Sunday April 18th between 10 am - 2pm.

Hosted by Kuraconnect in collaboration with Counties Manukau Police.

It's a fun interactive free Family Community Day, with whanau based activities. We also wanted to honour and thank our Frontline Essential Services and Whanau for their incredible service in helping and supporting our Papakura Community.

Opening at 10am, with a Powhiri performed by Papakura High School students, the day promises to be action packed with free sausage sizzles, stalls, kids zone with bouncy castles, live demonstrations from Police, Fire and St John, Zumba and live entertainment from our local artists and Ardijah, Beau Monga and many others.

As leaders in our Community, we would love your support and participation at our Kuraconnect Everyday Heroes’ Community Day’, a day where we together connect with each other and celebrate our Papakura CommUNITY together.

Nga mihi nui,


Mel Tipene

Kuraconnect Chairperson

Papakura Athletic and Harrier Club: Chairperson

m: +61 21 02000093


Kia hora te marino, Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana, kia tere te Kārohirohi i mua i tōu huarahi' May the calm be widespread, May the ocean glisten as greenstone, May the shimmer of light ever dance across your pathway. Nga mihi nui,

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Initiate Dance Holiday Programme - April 2021

Initiate Dance Holiday Programme April 2021 - East Auckland

27-30 April 2021

Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm

Fencible Lounge (Howick Library)

$75 for the full four days

Open to 8-12 year olds

Book online at

For enquiries contact:

Dance away the holidays and join in the fun! Over one week, 8 to 12 year old students learn a variety of dance techniques and routines with fun games and team building activities. The dance programme is about engaging young people in a positive way during the school holidays. Students finish the week with a fun performance for family and friends. No dance experience is needed.

Young At Art Holiday Art and Craft Workshops

A variety of holiday fun including papier mache, acrylic painting, mixed media and craft workshops available. We also offer Children, Teenage and Adult Art classes in Pukekohe. Our Term Two Art Adventures classes are open for booking in groups for children aged 6 - 9 years, 9 - 12 years and 13 years+ on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This term we are also offering an 8 week 'Crafty Cats' course (6-12 years). For more information or to book, please check out: or email: or telephone: 0297 712 923. Bookings are essential, as places are limited.

Kura Basketball League and Holiday Program - Pulman Arena

We are now moving into Term 2, and we can offer the KURA basketball league at Pulman Arena every Tuesday 3.30pm – 5.30pm - Pulman Arena, Walters Road, Papakura. See details below.
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Upcoming Events

*** Our school assembly has been moved to the last day of term (being Friday 16th April 2021. Time (tbc) with more details to follow ***

Monday 12th April - CMS Fundamental Skills continue - Nazareth/Bethlehem

7.00 p.m. – PTFA Meeting

Poppy Day – This Coming Friday 16 April 2021

The St Mary's Student Council will be promoting ‘Poppy Day’ within our school community. The Council will be going into classrooms each morning next week to collect donations for our local RSA. The funds raised are used for current and ex-service men and women. Please send your child to school with a gold coin donation.

The Student Council will be fundraising in our local community with RSA Members on Friday 16th April. Thank you for your support!

Wednesday 14th April - Aussie Rules Coaching (timetable below):

11.10 - 11.50: 2 x Year 3/4 classes

11.50 - 12.40: 1 x Year 3/4 class and 1 x Year 5/6 Class

1.35 - 2.10: 2 x Year 5/6 classes

2.10 - 2.45: 2 x Year 7/8 classes

St Peter’s College 2022 enrolments close at 4pm

PTFA ‘Meet and Greet’ - All parents and friends of our school welcome.

Join us for drinks and nibbles from 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Friday 16th April - Poppy Day

Special School Assembly (details to be confirmed)

Last day of Term One finishing at the usual time of 2.55 p.m.

Term Two begins on Monday 3rd May 2021.

A reminder that the school winter uniform is to be worn from Term Two. Thank you.

Pompallier Catholic College 50th Jubilee

Queen's Birthday Weekend 2021 - June 4th to June 6th 2021

Pompallier Catholic College will be celebrating 50 years since the College opened in 1971. All past pupils, families, benefactors and staff are warmly welcome to be part of the celebrations.

Go to the College website: and click 'Jubilee' for further information and to register.

We look forward to celebrating with you.

"Diligere Verum" "Love the Truth" "Arohatia te Whakapono"

Children's Community Dental Service - Information for Parents

For information about the Children's Community Dental Service (Auckland Regional Dental Service) during COVID-19, please refer to our website:

Our website will always contain the most up-to-date information for our services at each alert level.

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School Website

Please visit our school website for information about our little gem of a school.

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St Mary's Parish, Papakura - Contact

Parish Priest - Fr Iosefa Euese

Assistant Priest - Fr James Mulligan

52 East Street, Papakura 2110

Parish Office - (09) 299 6056

Presbytery - (09) 298 5134

Email: /

Facebook - search: St Mary's Parish Catholic Church Papakura

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The Uniform Shoppe - SAS Sport Limited - Updated Price List Attached

Uniforms are available for purchase from the SAS Sport shop located at 28B Wood Street, Papakura. The shop hours are Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. AND Saturdays 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Shop Telephone: 296 6063 - or visit: and click 'shop online'. WINZ Quotes are available through SAS Sport. Caps ($16) and 'Scrunchies' ($2) are available through the school office. PLEASE ENSURE ALL ITEMS ARE CLEARLY NAMED. THANK YOU.

See updated Uniform Price List below (which is also posted on our school website):

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MusIQhub Music Lessons

At St Mary's Catholic School - SIGN UP NOW for Term One 2021! Our friends at MusIQhub are happy to announce that there will be new spaces available this term for Drum, Piano/Keyboard, Guitar and Ukulele lessons during school hours! Also, there will be Singing, Recorder and Flute lessons available! Please enquire now to book in spaces for quality music lessons taught by experienced professional musicians.

Drums, Piano/Keyboard, Singing, Recorder and Flute - Paul Barry 022 198 0044


Guitar and Ukulele - Lih Foo 021 2076 231


NB: From Term Two, 2021 guitar lessons with Mr Lih will begin at the earlier time of 9.10 a.m, through until 10.40 a.m. Thank you.


Term One - Wednesday 3rd February to Friday 16th April 2021

Term Two - Monday 3rd May to Friday 9th July 2021

Term Three - Monday 26th July to Friday 1st October 2021

Term Four - Monday 18th October to Wednesday 15th December 2021


Good Friday - 2nd April 2021

Easter Monday - 5th April 2021

Easter Tuesday - 6th April 2021


7th April 2021

28th May 2021

22nd October 2021


Sunday 25th April 2021

Monday 26th April 2021 - ANZAC Day Observed


Monday 7th June 2021


Monday 25th October 2021

Scholastic Book Ordering On-Line - Easy Step-By-Step Instructions

Please check out this link 'getting started' with easy step-by-step instructions on how to order on-line: