Panui-Newsletter Term 2, Week 8

Bishop Edward Gaines Catholic School

Principal's Message

Talofa, Kia ora, Malo e lelei, Habari, Hello, Sawadee, Kia orana, Dia duit, Ma muka chini,

We have an Inter House Read -A Thon happening. This goes to the end of the month. Students will be able to track their progress and an adult will need to sign that the student has completed their reading.

Jumping June was a success. Thanks to all the whanau who supported this cause.

Matariki Week is here! Students have been busy learning about Matariki and participating in Matariki activities. Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in midwinter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Iwi across New Zealand understand and celebrate Matariki in different ways and at different times.

Matariki is an abbreviation of ‘Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea (‘The eyes of the god Tāwhirimātea’) and refers to a large cluster of stars, known in European tradition as the Pleiades. According to Māori tradition, the god of the wind, Tāwhirimātea, was so angry when his siblings separated their parents, Ranginui the sky father and Papatūānuku the earth mother, that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens.

The cycle of life and death

Traditionally, Matariki was a time to acknowledge the dead and to release their spirits to become stars. It was also a time to reflect, to be thankful to the gods for the harvest, to feast and to share the bounty of the harvest with family and friends.

Matariki is a public holiday so no school this Friday.

International Feast Night Celebration! We are pleased to let you now that this will be held:

29 June @ school from 5:00pm. This is a night we come together as a school community and share food, fun and a chat. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a plate of food to share if it can be one that represents your culture-fabulous!

Our children who have been doing their faith journey with their Sacramental Programme have now made their Sacrament of Reconciliation. Now they will have a break, then resume their next part of their Sacramental Programme. This gives students time to reflect on their learning, pause and get prepared for their next stage in their faith formation. This also solidifies their learning.

A reminder that soccer draws are to be found on the Tokoroa A.F.C Face Book page.

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are:"

Ma te Atua koutou e manaaki—God’s blessings,

Bernadette Hall

Making the Matariki Stars

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Making the Matariki Night Sky

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Making Matariki Stones

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Steam Pudding-Thanks Ahlia's family for this!

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Catholic Character

Sacred Heart Of Jesus

This week we honour the Scared Heart of Jesus. This is the solemnity of the Sacred Heart is celebrated each year by the Catholic Church, honoring Jesus’ divine love for humanity.

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque received private revelations from Jesus Christ.

Jesus spoke to her on June 16, 1675, and asked her specifically to promote a feast that honored his Sacred Heart.

Jesus specifically asked St. Margaret Mary Alacoque that “the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi be set apart for a special Feast to honor My Heart.”

The first country to institute a liturgical feast in honor of the Sacred Heart was, of all places, Poland. This is confirmed by Pope Pius XII in his encyclical, Haurietis aquas.

Calling frequently on the Sacred Heart is an excellent way to pray, since doing so is an appeal to the love and mercy of Jesus. Prayer to the sacred heart can be as lengthy as a novena or litany, or as simple as a spontaneous, “Sacred heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.”

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This offer is open to all of your schools' staff, parents, students, and their wider network of friends & family. It gives them the opportunity to unlock amazing deals during the two-week period, starting on Monday June 20th and running through until Sunday July 3rd, 2022. Attached is a copy of the event flyer which we encourage you to share to your school

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Bishop Edward Gaines School App

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Reminder to get the Skool Loop App. This allows you to receive up to date notifications and also to logde any school absences. If your child is away for any reason please do let the school office know, via the app or phone the office: 07 886 8021
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Important Dates

Important dates left this term:

Term Dates

Term One: 1 February-14 April

Term Two: 2 May-8 July

Term Three: 25 July-30 September

Term Four: 17 October-14 December (TBC)

School Mass

Each Friday at 9:30 whole school

Senior Technology Classes

Tuesday at 9:00-10:30am.

School Assembly

Each Monday afternoon 2:30pm

Kapa Haka

Weekly with Matua James & Annie Asiata

Sacramental Programme

Wednesday 3:30pm beginning 11 May Resumes Term 3.

Preschool Visits

Will run each Thursday and Friday from 9:00am -12:30 for the few weeks leading up to the child's 5th birthday. Please let the office know if you are wanting your child to have preschool visits. Also please let others know who may be interested.

Jumping June Event

14 June

International Feast Night Celebration

29 June @ school from 5:00pm

Baptism Course

9 June 2:50pm

Matariki Week

20-24th June

21 Matariki Cultural Lunch-all welcome

Class Photos

4 July

Class Trips

7 July -Rotorua

Lunchtime Fun Sports for our Tamariki

Tuesday and Friday

Friday Fun

After lunch for those who have followed all the school rules! Decided by student votes.