St Mary's Catholic School 23 February - Term 1 Week 4

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Gospel Reading

Luke 6:27-38

Jesus teaches his disciples to be merciful as God is merciful.

Background on the Gospel Reading

In Sunday's gospel reading is a continuation of the teaching that began in last Sunday's gospel. We continue to hear Jesus' Sermon on the Plain. Recall that in Luke's Gospel, this teaching is addressed to Jesus' disciples. This is in contrast to the parallel found in Matthew's Gospel, the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus' words are addressed to both the disciples and to the crowds.

These words from Jesus' teaching are familiar to us. They constitute the crux and the challenge of what it means to be a disciple: Love your enemies, turn the other cheek, give to those who ask, do unto others, lend without expecting repayment, judge not lest you be judged.

There are several similarities between Luke's and Matthew's report of Jesus' great teaching. Both begin with the Beatitudes. Matthew includes nearly all the content that Luke does; the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's Gospel is longer than Luke's Sermon on the Plain. There are, however, differences in language and nuance. For example, Matthew presents this portion of the teaching as a contrast between Jesus' teaching and the teachings of the law and the prophets. This is in keeping with Matthew's concern to address his predominantly Jewish audience. It is likely that Luke omits this contrast because it was unnecessary for the Gentile believers for whom Luke is writing.

Another point of contrast between Matthew and Luke's presentation is the terminology. In Luke, Jesus contrasts the behaviour of his followers with the behaviour of “sinners.” In Matthew, Jesus contrasts the behaviour desired with the behaviour of tax collectors and Gentiles. Matthew concludes the teaching about love of enemies with the admonition to be perfect as God is perfect; Luke concludes by emphasising God's mercy.

In both Gospels, Jesus' words challenge those who would follow him to be more like God. God loves us beyond our expectations, beyond anything we can possibly imagine. In response to God's love, we are to love as God loves, beyond expectations and with a depth beyond imagining.


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Tihei mauri ora, nau mai, haere mai, tena koutou katoa, E nga whanau, e nga kaiako, e nga tamariki, e nga manuhiri, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

It's been a very busy start to the Term and I want to thank everyone for their patience, kindness and understanding as Omicron invades our environment. It is very challenging and distressing for people when we hear of cases in our community. St Mary's community has done what it is known for: taking care of those around us and making sure we are showing the love and compassion required.

To those classrooms that have received emails, please read carefully. The emails inform us of the close or casual contacts and what we are asking families to adhere to. Thankfully our staff are all wearing masks, with excellent hygiene practices.

We will continue to provide online learning for those children having to self-isolate.

Classroom learning

I have been wandering around our classrooms over the last couple of days and I have been really impressed with our teaching and learning. The children and teachers are working their way through the curriculum and it's really exciting to see.

Keep up to date with current information

Make sure you keep up to date by checking out our school app and website as they will have all the latest information. We will also be sharing information and learning through HERO and Seesaw.

Mātua Jon

We have Mātua Jon working his way through the classrooms and engaging our children with Te Reo Māori, and our Yr 0-3 Kapa Haka group is looking amazing.

Aroha Swimming Sports

The Yr 5 & 6 swimming sports was a huge success and thank-you to Rachel and her team for putting this on. Check out the photos later in the newsletter.

No Hat No Play!

All children will need their hats to be outside. No Hat No Play. Children are asked to keep sunscreen in their bag and apply it when necessary during the day. We ask for your help and support with these requests. We also have sunscreen available in the classrooms and at 3 stations throughout the school during break times.

Contact Tracing

The following information is from the Ministry bulletin about the updates on contact tracing.

Updated information on contact tracing

Several key changes have been made to contact tracing processes in schools.

There is no longer a two-hour limit in situations where a positive case has been wearing a mask. Where the positive case has been wearing a mask, close contacts will only be identified where there may have been direct contact with respiratory secretions (for example, kissing, spitting, hongi, sharing cigarettes or vapes, singing, shouting, coughing, sneezing, contact sports or physical play in close proximity).


In the event of your child being unwell or presenting with cold/flu symptoms, we ask that you please keep them home and contact the school to advise. If your child presents with these symptoms while at school, you will be contacted to come and collect them immediately.

Thank you for your support with this.

Ngā mihi nui

James Murray


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I went kayaking. It was fantastic. I was scared and then it was fun.


I went kayaking. I love kayaking. It was fun. My bottom was wet.


I felt scared. The sun was bright. The kayaking was fun.


I felt like coldish. We had to wear lifejackets. I had a yellow kayak. It was a sunny day. It was on Friday.


It was hot. I was scared. Everybody crashed into me.

I went to school to canoe in the estuary. It was fun.


Kayaking was fun. I crashed into Max. I crashed a lot. I was wearing a lifejacket.


I am good at kayaking because I have a kayak at my house. I like kayaking. I wanted it to go longer.


I went kayaking. It was fun because we saw a baby shark fighting a baby stingray.

Oliver S

I felt happy in the kayak. After that I felt worried but I took a deep breath in and a deep breath out and I felt happy again.


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Year 5 Girls

1. Rylee Jury

2. Mollie Gleaves

3.Bridget Buywater-Lutman

Year 5 Boys

1. Hugo Baronian

2. Ethan Lowe

3. Jono Dalton

Year 6 Girls

1. Daisy Bell

2. Evie Dumbleton

3. Tilly Martin

Year 6 Boys

1. Max Page

2. Baxter Carlin

3. Solomon Smith


Term 1 - Thursday 3 February - Thursday 14 April

Monday 7 February - Waitangi Day

Term 2 - Monday 2 May - Friday 8 July

Monday 6 June - Queen's Birthday

Tuesday 7 June- TEACHER ONLY DAY, Kahui Ako

Friday 24 June - Matariki

Term 3 - Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September

Term 4 - Monday 17 October - Friday 16 December

Monday 24 October - Labour Day

Friday 18th November- TEACHER ONLY DAY


Term 1- Wednesday 6th April, 3 pm-6 pm, Thursday 7th April 12.30 pm-6 pm. SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12PM Thursday 7th April.


Term 3- Wednesday 27th July, 3 pm-6 pm, Thursday 28th July 12.30 pm-6 pm. SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12PM Thursday 28th July.


Term 4- Wednesday 7th December, 3 pm-6 pm, Thursday 8th December 12.30 pm-6 pm. SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12PM Thursday 8th December.


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