Panui-Newsletter Term 2, Week 8
Bishop Edward Gaines Catholic School
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,
Making the Matariki Stars
Making the Matariki Night Sky
Making Matariki Stones
Steam Pudding-Thanks Ahlia's family for this!
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.”
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
Bishop Edward Gaines School App
Important dates left this term:
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)
Each Friday at 9:30 whole school
Senior Technology Classes
Tuesday at 9:00-10:30am.
Each Monday afternoon 2:30pm
Weekly with Matua James & Annie Asiata
Wednesday 3:30pm beginning 11 May Resumes Term 3.
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
International Feast Night Celebration
29 June @ school from 5:00pm
9 June 2:50pm
21 Matariki Cultural Lunch-all welcome
7 July -Rotorua
Lunchtime Fun Sports for our Tamariki
Tuesday and Friday
After lunch for those who have followed all the school rules! Decided by student votes.