St Mary's Catholic School, Papakura

Term 2 Week 10 - 8 July 2021

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

Together We Learn, We Pray, We Serve


Kia ora koutou katoa

We are cruising down to the finish line as our term draws to a close tomorrow. It's been a wonderful term, full of new and exciting learning, great progress and lots of fun. All teams have proudly shared their term's learning with me and I am over the moon to see the excellent work and the interesting learning that has taken place!

Children excitedly visit my office almost every week to show me what they are working on. Their vocabulary is developing beautifully because of the authentic learning experiences that they are having at school. Even better, our children are growing in confidence by sharing their discoveries. This is also enhancing the quality and content of their writing.

I would like to commend our amazingly skilled teachers for pushing out the boat and creating wonderful contexts for learning and making our curriculum so exciting and engaging for our children. It's been worth every extra minute spent planning and preparing for these learning opportunities. We are beginning to see the impact that these efforts are having on our children.

On Friday you will receive your child's Mid Year progress report.

Please note that the report is a checkpoint to give you an idea of how your child is tracking against the curriculum expectations for reading, writing and maths. We are planning to include science and digital technology achievement in our End of Year reports.

Also included is some information about your child's progress against the Key Competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum. These are the capabilities for living and lifelong learning - the soft skills needed to function effectively in the modern world. We hope that this section will generate effective learning conversations with your child.

Below is a short presentation explaining how to understand your child's achievement against the curriculum expectations for their year level.

We hope this helps. Please celebrate even the smallest achievement and progress made by your child. Small steps well celebrated, lead to giant leaps!

Please feel free to contact us if you require further discussion.

Thank you again for your wonderful support of our awesome little school.

We wish everyone a warm, safe and happy winter break and we look forward to having your children back with us again next term.


Audrey Kippen


Bethlehem sharing their learning about the Solar System

From our Board of Trustees

What a year it has been so far!

We are already halfway through the year and our school has had so much happening with so many different learning opportunities and activities that our blessed children are experiencing. We hope that our children are relishing in the experience of the broadened school curriculum that we offer at St Mary’s.

Catholic Character

We are pleased to see so much happening around our Parish and the connection our children have had so far with Team Masses, School Family Masses and the connection our Emmaus Team are making with their mini working bees at the parish!

We hope you are using your God’s Word daily reflections books and the prayer support bag sent home with your children and that your whole family is enjoying this great gift provided to all our families to further enrich our Catholic Character.


Our children have been enjoying using our STEAM Room for a range of arts and digital technology purposes and we are pleased to see the development of our new Music Room which will soon be operational, thanks to the commitment of our principal and staff to our broadened curriculum. This is another much needed resource and is a result of the parent survey on our curriculum, completed at the end of 2018.

Property Matters

We are hoping all our children are enjoying the new multi sports posts that have been erected on the top field. I have heard that the daily lunch time football game rivals some scenes in the European Cup!

We have recently conducted a safety audit on all our playground equipment. We are working on any areas that needed addressing from a risk perspective.

You would have noticed all our new signage that is being erected around the school, both for identification and wayfinding. We believe that this is creating a more vibrant look to our school and better reflects our cultural connectedness as well as our school values and our school crest. We are eagerly awaiting our LED signage that will ne erected during the school holidays.

The Board has been working for some time on plans to renovate Rooms 15 to 19 (Jerusalem and Emmaus spaces) into Integrated Learning Environments. We will be moving closer to achieving this over the coming months with Government Funding recently being approved for Integrated Schools to receive much needed funds for projects like ours. We are pleased that this project can soon become a reality with the use of this government funding, along with existing funding which we have saved in our School Diocese account, as well as further school fundraising to enable us to deliver such a project.

Finally, I would like to encourage all our caregivers and parents to look at joining the PTFA as either a member of the committee or a friend of the committee. As a friend of the committee, you may have a skill that is unique that you could offer the PTFA in times of need. As a Mission School, we are blessed to be able to serve our families and our community and the more hands available to be involved with the various activities we run around the school is appreciated. From my own experience, it is the best way you can get to meet and get to know the wonderful families we have at our school. The work is highly rewarding and lots of fun, especially knowing the work you do is enriching our student achievement and Catholic character.

As our little gem of a school continues to grow and our children continue to flourish, I look forward to enjoying the pleasure of being part of this wonderful community.

George Khoury

BOT Chairperson

CARITAS - MUFTI MANIA - Friday 9 July 2021

From the Desk of our DRS (Director of Religious Studies)

A huge thank you to all our families for contributing generously to all our charity fundraising events throughout the term. Students engaged in lessons and discussions about each of these events so that they know exactly what the purpose for each event is. As a mission school we are committed to support charity organisations in the work they do in different ways. Please check out the Caritas website (see above) for Mufti Mania and other events. Our next charity event will be Daffodil Day in August.

Grandparents Day - Thursday 29 July

A reminder to return the slips for catering purposes. Every year we are so excited to have our grandparents at our school.

If you are able to support our PTFA with provision and serving of morning tea for our grandparents, please contact the school office on 90 2684450 or email

Sunday Mass

Once again our students stepped up on a very short notice to represent our school at Father James’ first Mass as our official parish priest. Please remember that EVERY Mass is a special celebration of the Eucharist and an opportunity to share in the sacred meal at the table (altar) of our Lord. Receiving the precious Body and Blood of Jesus is an opportunity not to be missed. It strengthens us to face our daily challenges and helps us to grow closer to God. We look forward to seeing more of our students and their families at Mass more often.

Altar Servers

We are always short of altar servers. Please encourage children who have received their First Holy Communion to serve at the altar. This is a beautiful way to develop their relationship with Jesus and serve the parish in a special way. Please contact me if you would like your child to train for service.

Sacrament of Baptism

Please contact the school office if you would like to have your children baptised. Discuss this Sacrament prayerfully as a family. Preparations will commence in Term 3 and we will celebrate as a whole school in September.

Blessings and aroha.

Mrs Bernadette Paulse

Director of Religious Studies

Team Bethlehem

Sharing their learning with Mrs Kippen and Mrs Buckley

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Team Nazareth

What an awesome term of great learning we have had!

Sea Jars

We made sea jars to capture our exciting learning about our world "Under the Sea".


We invited Mrs Kippen for a cuppa and the students shared how the coffee beans come all the way from the Rainforest. They ground the roasted beans and served a fresh cup of coffee from the plunger.

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Soup Day to celebrate Matariki - Students in Kotare made their own veggie soup and enjoyed the yummy, hot meal!


Problem solving during Maths lessons. Rich conversations and collaborations during problem solving activities.

Team Jerusalem

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We are very proud of our Jerusalem team who planned and painted our Jerusalem buddy bench. We are so lucky to have Mrs Devoy who supported this group in this painting adventure. We look forward to using this bench next term during our play times.

Our new Te Reo Māori online programme

We have had so much fun with our new Education Perfect Programme.

We have been learning the Māori names for colours and many different greetings. We even have some students who are highly ranked globally and New Zealand wide.

Troy Al-Haddad is first globally and NZ wide for greetings and māori colours.

Blake Leaitua is second in the country for Māori greetings. Marco, Eva and Lachie are also highly rated. These can change daily and we are having so much fun following this programme. Well done everyone.

Enzo's Planet Earth Poster

The Kowhai students had to create a poster as part of a writing lesson based on Oliver Jeffer's book 'Here we are: Notes for living on Planet Earth.'

Well done on your great work, Enzo!

Enzo's Earth poster

Jerusalem students working on their purerehua.

Thanks to Mr Murray for his help.


We would like to acknowledge all the students who participated in the 40 Hour Famine this year. We are very impressed with Alexis Walker who managed to raise $1,120 from her family and friends.

Alexis, we are very impressed with your effort and the fact that you did not talk for 40 hours!

Wow! What a quiet weekend that must have been!

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Team Emmaus

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Thursday 7 July 2021

The Emmaus team enjoyed visiting the Museum on Thursday to experience our nation's treasures. The history of New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours were appreciated with informative and interactive displays. The museum provided an information session with two experts on Volcanoes and the children built upon the knowledge they had learnt this term with our Natural Disasters Unit.

Technology - STEAM

The children were challenged with a design project to sketch and create a standing 3D slot together animal. There were measurement requirements and they were not able to use glue or tape to secure the design. A design report was completed that reflected upon the design process by viewing and discussing other students' animals to understand how they could have improved their own end product.

Design Report By Izy Castro - Emmaus Team

'Rise+Shine' Josiah Mika Foundation

May Josiah Mika's legacy live on in our hearts, as well as the lives of the children he will be impacting through this amazing foundation. Please support this worthy cause.

Grandparents' Day Invitation - Thursday 29 July 2021

ALPHA - A Special Invitation to All Parents and Caregivers!

Alpha can help you understand why we believe what we believe, and give confidence to share your faith with your child. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore all the big questions about life and faith in a safe, friendly environment. Suitable for wherever you are in your spiritual journey.

Get to know others over a delicious meal followed by a short video and great discussion. Thursday evenings over Term 3.

Start date: Thursday July 29th; 6.30pm to 8.30pm, St Mary's Church Hall.

Ten sessions - come for one or two sessions, or for all. No cost, no pressure. Come and See.....

For more information or to register: or phone Benita 2996056 or Jovita 2985773

The Catholic Caring Foundation

The Catholic Caring Foundation is looking for a community-focused database/grants and administrator co-ordinator to join their busy team on a fixed term 11-month (August 2021 to July 2022) contract period for 20 hours per week.

The Foundation is the philanthropic trust of the Bishop of Auckland, and annually gives out grants to social service agencies who care for the poor, the marginalised and the vulnerable. To help us with our mission, we need a co-ordinator who will make sure that our office runs smoothly and that our team are well supported in grant making, fundraising and donor care.

You’ll have great attention to detail, demonstrate excellent customer service, have experience of working with a CRM system, and have well-developed organisational skills to help us successful connect with our donors and provide grants to our partner agencies.

Please visit our website, Diocesan Services, Staff Vacancies for a full position description and how to apply.

Thank you

Kind regards

Leanne Killgour

HR Manager

Catholic Diocese of Auckland


Direct Dial: 360 3009

Mobile: 021 108 3658

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We were thankful for the Auckland Transport Road Wardens who were present on Monday morning to assist with our Road Safety. Tickets were issued for illegal road activity. They will be back next term!

Thank you for continuing to be mindful of our tamariki and whanau's safety.

Thank you.

The Road Safety Team.

St Mary's Way Tokens

Gaining a St Mary's Badge is a huge achievement, which our students are working hard towards achieving. It takes consistency, determination and perseverence, as well as an inherent belief in our school values of Respect, Care and Responsibility to gain 160 tokens.

Congratulations to Finn Butler, Iraia Sialeipata, Issa Abdulahhad, Marco Omandam, Eva Ellery-Siaosi, Sofia Perry and Luka Khoury who have gained 160 St Mary's Way tokens. They have been awarded their badges.

Congratulations to the following students who have gained 100 tokens and a St Mary's Way Postcard: Alyssa Rowe, Kate Butler, Max Kilpatrick, Timmy Zhang, Troy Al-Haddad, Charlie Bluck and Carlin Walden.

Congratulations also to : Alana Story-Vaifale, Raymond Vakauta, Amaya Varghese, Thea Sheehan, Brydie Edge, Charlotte Bernauer and Isla Morrison who have gained 60 tokens and a St Mary's Way sticker.

Well Done All for Showing the St Mary's Way!

160 St Mary's Way Tokens!

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PhotoLife Studios - Class/Team Photos - Access Key Codes Distributed

The Unique Access Key codes were distributed to students today, so you will be able to view and order On-line with PhotoLife Studios.

The Access Key will display all the photographs of your child. It is then an easy process for you to shop on-line and purchase the photographs you want.

If you place your order within three weeks of receiving your Access Key you will receive free delivery for your photo orders. PhotoLife has agreed to despatch all the orders back to the school and your child will bring their photographs home.

Any orders placed after this three week period will be sent directly to your specified delivery address and will incur a $6.00 postage and packaging charge. You will see this message when you go online to view and order your photographs.

McAuley High School - Enrolments Are Open Now

McAuley High School offers a high quality Catholic education that challenges students to strive for standards of personal excellence. We provide a supportive environment in which our students are helped and encouraged to develop academically, physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Enrolments are open now. Contact us for an enrolment form and prospectus:

Telephone: (09) 276 8715



Rosehill College Enrolment Information for 2022

Monday 26 July – Thursday 5 August 2021

Principal visits contributing schools to distribute in-zone enrolment packs to Year 8 students.


For prospective students with their parents/caregivers. Please gather in the School Hall at 5 pm. The evening should conclude by 7pm.

In-Zone Enrolments

Friday 20 August 2021

Closing date for in-zone enrolment applications to be received by the College delivered either by hand or through the post.

Out of Zone Enrolments

Year 9: 30 places may be available for out of zone Year 9 students in 2022 who have a current sibling at the college. The exact number of places will depend on in-zone applications.

NOTE: Out of zone enrolment application packs are only available from reception upon request.

Wednesday 1 September 2021

Closing date for out of zone enrolment applications to be received by the College, delivered either by hand or through the post.

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‘Young at Art offer Children’s, Teens & Adult Art classes in Pukekohe'.

Our Holiday workshops are open for booking. These holidays we are offering Acrylic Pour Art, Papier mache, Puppet making, Print making, Canvas painting and Weaving. Term 3 ART ADVENTURES classes are open for booking in groups for children aged 6-9yrs, 9-12yrs and 13yrs+ on Monday’s, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s.

If there is no space in your chosen class please email Anna to join the waiting list we often have an odd spot come up at the beginning of term.

For more information or to book please check out:, email: or phone: 0297 712 923. Bookings are essential as places are limited’

Welcome to Treasure Island

Keep the kids Entertained at Treasure Island Adventure Golf these School Holidays.

At just $10 per student, your team can spend 1-2 hours entertained by our explosive cannons, captured wildlife, big waterfalls and scary pirates. The kids get to engage in a competitive game of golf on one of our 18 hole mini-golf courses.

If you're lucky, you might get the chance to feed Bob the Eel and his friends.

Travel through Blackbeards Cave or stumble on the Captains Pirate ship.

Decide to PLAY both and the Second round is Half Price.

We are open 7 days a week and have plenty of Free Parking onsite. 9am - 5pm

Enquire for more information by contacting us at or

PH: 09 275 5370

The Uniform Shoppe - SAS Sport

We have been advised by The Uniform Shoppe - SAS Sport that they are very low on the St Mary's sweatshirts at the moment (only have size 12 and up available). The shipment is on the water and has been delayed a few weeks.

If you urgently require a school sweatshirt, we do have a few 'second hand' items in stock at school. Please enquire at the school office. Thank you.

TE REO - Today's Phrase

What an excellent job!

Kei whea kē mai te pai o te mahi nei !

Upcoming Events

Friday 9th July

MUFTI MANIA - (Gold Coin Donation Please)

Reports to go home today

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

Happy & Safe Holidays Everyone!

Term 3 - Day 1 - Monday 26th July

Thursday 29th July

'Grandparents' Day'

7.00 p.m. - BoT Meeting

Preference Certificates

Fr James is available to sign Preference Certificates on Thursdays from

10.00 a.m. - 12 noon AND from 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. at the Parish Office.

No Appointment Necessary.

Initiate Dance Holiday Programme - July 2021 - East Auckland

19-23 July 2021

Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

Fencible Lounge (Howick Library)

$75 for the full week

Open to 8-12 year olds

Book online at

Dance away the holidays and join in the fun! Over one week 8 to 12 year olds 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.

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Sustainable Papakura - July Events

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Catholic Schools Day - Wednesday 29 September 2021

Catholic Schools Day on 29 September 2021 is another opportunity to celebrate the taonga of Catholic education for which we are kaitiaki.

The poster (below) displays the oldest, continually used Catholic church in Aotearoa New Zealand. In the Archdiocese of Wellington, St Mary’s Church, Ōtaki and the parish school of St Peter Chanel stand alongside the Catholic marae, Te Marae O Hine, all overlooked by the sacred hill of Pukekaraka.

It is within school and parish, and Catholic marae, that tamariki, rangatahi, and their whānau, strengthen their sense of what it means to be Catholic and belonging to parish.

School and parish become Tūrangawaewae - A Place to Stand.

St Mary's will join with our South Auckland Catholic Schools Kahui Ako/ Community of Learning to celebrate Catholic Schools Day with a special Mass at St Therese Church, Mangere on Friday 29 October.

Look At What's Coming To St Mary's !

Have Your Contact Details Changed?

Please remember to let the school office know of any changes in your contact details i.e. postal address, telephone/mobile and/or email address. Thank you.
School Website

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

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Please remember to download our school APP to receive regular updates and reminders.

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St Mary's Parish, Papakura - Contact

Parish 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

Preference Certificates to be signed at the Parish Office

Thursdays Only from 10 a.m. - 12 noon AND 4 - 6 p.m. - No Appointment Necessary

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 Two 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.

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.


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: