Newsletter Week 1 Term 4

St Brigid's School 18 October 2022

Upcoming Events

  • Year 6 Camp - Wednesday 19 October - Friday 21 October
  • Team Tahi swimming - Tuesday 25 October

Term 4 Dates

  • School Photos - Tuesday 18 October - Friday 21 October
  • Year 6 Camp - Wednesday 19 October - Friday 21 October
  • Labour Day (school closed) - Monday 24 October
  • End of Year Mass - Thursday 8 December 6.00pm
  • School Picnic at Waikanae Pool - Monday 12 December
  • 2023 Y1-8 Transition Morning - Tuesday 13 December
  • Year 8 Day Out with the Principal - Tuesday 13 December
  • Year 8 Celebration Evening - Tuesday 13 December
  • Term 4 Ends - Thursday 15 December 1.00pm

Principal's Message

Kia ora koutou e te whānau te Kura o Hato Pirihiti

Welcome to Term 4

Welcome back to school for Term 4! I hope you had a lovely break over the school holidays.

It is great to have the warmer weather here for the beginning of term. A reminder that sun hats are compulsory during the summer term as well as the summer uniform.

We are very happy to welcome Leo Martin who started in Room 2 yesterday as well as Karen Stewart who began as a Teacher Aide. Our new staff, students and whānau (including those who started after the beginning of Term 3) were welcomed at a whole school whakatau yesterday. Thank you to the staff and students who led this beautiful welcome ceremony for us. We wish the new members of our school community a wonderful start at SBS, and we look forward to getting to know them and their whānau.

School values

The St Brigid’s School Values are Aroha (Love), Kotahitanga (Inclusiveness), Whakapono (Faith) and Māia (Courage) and we focus on one value per term. During Term 4, our focus is māia. When we read stories of our Patron Saint, St. Brigid, we are taught of her courage, generosity and mission to spread the word of God.

Having māia and being courageous is a very important quality and value for life. Teaching children about māia helps them to persevere when faced with challenges. Children build courage as they mature and take on more challenges, and in the process it raises their self-esteem. When they feel good about themselves and see that they have the personal power to make courageous choices, they are more likely to lead personally satisfying and successful lives.

There are many references to the value of māia in the Bible. One of my favourite Bible verses is Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Life can be full of challenges, sorrows and tough decisions. However, even amidst hardship, the Lord counsels us to be strong and courageous, and reassures us that he is always with us.

Before/After School Care

Thank you to those who responded to our before / after school care consultation last term.

We have analysed the results and discussed the feedback and level of parent interest with Kelly Club. Unfortunately, projected numbers are still not high enough for any changes to be made to our current arrangements at this point.

We will look to consult again in Term 1 2023 to ascertain if more parents’ circumstances have changed and larger numbers require care for their children.

Year 6 Camp

Wishing our Year 6 students a fabulous experience at Camp Kaitoke from tomorrow! We know there will be plenty of opportunities to use māia in a challenging yet fun environment. Thank you to the parents and teachers who are accompanying Year 6 and ensuring they are safe and cared for while they are away from home.

Ngā manaakitanga,



Planning for 2023

We are starting to plan for next year and would like to get an idea of numbers of children at each year level.

Could you please email the office at to let us know if your family is moving out of the area or will be attending another school.

Summer School Uniform

The summer uniform options are:

Girls - summer dress or tunic with white, short-sleeved polo shirt

Unisex - blue shorts with burgundy trim, white short-sleeved polo shirt

Boys - blue shorts, sky blue short-sleeved polo shirt

Message from our DRS

RE (Religious Education) programme Term 4

The Catholic Social Teaching focus this term is “Common Good” and our Gospel Value for the term is Māia (Courage).

The school will attend the Parish Mass at 9.15am on All Saints Day Tuesday 1 November.

October is the month of the rosary.

You may like to diary in the details of the End of Year Mass 6.00pm 8 December at St Andrew's Church in Newlands.

“Let’s Give Back” Challenge 2000 Service Programme

I’m so proud a group of our senior students took up the opportunity to volunteer their gifts and time and be of service. The participants sorted out food parcels, visited the Saint Vincent de Paul Shop, made cards, helped with cooking and cleaning, prayed and reflected on the gospel call to serve.

I always feel so touched by the many ways members of our school community endeavour to follow in the footsteps of Christ (students, staff, whānau). This is very much in line with the charism of our school.

“For it is in giving that we receive” St Francis of Assisi.


Please pray for our students who will be confirmed on Sunday 30 October at Ss Peter and Paul Church at 10:30am.

Fiona D’Souza, DRS

Parent help needed - Road Patrol

Do you have 20-25 minutes spare one day a week to supervise two senior students on road patrol? The weather is improving so now is a great time to come on board and support our road patrollers.

If you can help please contact Fiona D'Souza -

St Brigid’s Senior Athletics

Our school athletics is on Wednesday 2 November, Week 3 at Nairnville Park.

The postponement day is Tuesday 8 November, Week 4.

We will be taking the train to Simla Cresent - years 7-8 will get the train at 9.00am and years 4-6 at 9:30am. We will all be returning to school on the 2:30pm train.

Please ensure your child comes to school in full PE uniform and brings a sunhat, sunscreen, a warm jersey and jacket. Children will need to bring a water bottle and packed lunch.

We will need parent helpers to assist with running the different activities. If you are available please email Bryony McConnochie at by Wednesday 26 October.

St Brigid’s School's Got Talent Show

The Young Christian Leaders are organising a school talent show later this term. Students are invited to share their talents (e.g. singing, dancing, cultural, musical talents or other) with their class/team during Week 5. Some items will be chosen to share at a schoolwide St Brigid’s School Got Talent Show at the Johnsonville Community Centre. If your child is interested in participating then please let their class teacher know.

Scholastic Lucky Book Club - Issue 7

A copy of Issue 7 of the Lucky Book Club brochure will be sent home this week with students. To purchase any books just note the 3-digit code next to the title.

Visit, type in the postcode 6037 and find St Brigid's School on the dropdown list, then follow the instructions from there. Orders are to be made by Wednesday 26 October.

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Community Notices

Johnsonville Scouts

Johnsonville Scouts have space for youth between the ages of 5-14. Keas age 6-8, Cubs 8-11, Scouts 11-14.

Every year we help 13,000 young people in New Zealand enjoy new adventures, experience the outdoors, make new connections, and gain confidence. This includes outdoor activities and Leadership.

We are also on the lookout for new Leaders in our Group, it is a great and fun opportunity.
To make contact with us, please email

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