St Mary's Catholic School, Papakura
Term 3 Week 2 - 6 August 2021
Me Whakakotahi, Kia Maarama, Kia Pono, Ki Te Karakia
Together We Learn, We Pray, We Serve
Kia ora koutou katoa
Each term our students show more and more how much they are growing in their understanding of our Charism of Mission. Their generosity of spirit and joy for giving, grows with each opportunity they have to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Thank you to all parents for supporting your child in their understanding of how to share their gifts, skills and talents and to share from their overflow of blessings. Examples of kindness and charity towards others is clearly visible in the way our children interact with each other and in the way they so enthusiastically offer their service to their school community. The RNDM Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions would be very proud of our tamariki.
On Friday 9 July we were able to raise $358.70 on our CARITAS Mufti Mania Day. These donations go directly to support Kristus Raja pre-school in West Papua. The school will greatly benefit from the generosity of our community.
Red Nose Day was held on Friday 30 July and we were able to raise $320.90 for Cure Kids. This was a great opportunity for our children to learn about our collective human responsibility to support child health research to help improve, extend and save the lives of Kiwi kids living with serious illnesses and conditions.
Our new concept for learning is Enterprise. Students are learning about entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity. They are also developing an understanding of how money works for us through learning about income, expenditure, overheads and budgets. Our senior teams have introduced Banquer, which is an online platform which supports us to teach children about how to manage money. Talk with your Year 5 - 8 child about this very exciting opportunity.
We would like to extend a warm St Mary's welcome to Mrs Susan Pohlen who will be taking over the teaching duties of Mrs Kerryn Baker, who will go off on maternity leave from 16 August. Please take some time to introduce yourself to Susan. Whaea Keita Chase has also joined our St Mary's staff as our Kapa Haka tutor. We are very pleased and honoured to have Whaea Keita with us and she is doing some great work with all year levels having the opportunity to enjoy and engage with Kapa Haka at school.
On Wednesday 28 July, Mrs Buckley and I attended the Catholic Caring Foundation Mass at Christ the King Church in Owairaka. Six of our students were among a large group of students from Catholic schools across Auckland who were awarded certificates by Bishop Michael Gielen for their exceptional attitude of care towards others. We are very proud of our students, Nathan Delmendo, Maria Zanzottera, Luke Kiutau, Arielu Perelini, Varaidzo Chaparapata and Mark Sood who received awards. Nathan and Maria were also honoured with the opportunity to take up the offertory gifts - see the picture above.
Grandparents' Day 2021 was another successful event on Thursday 29 July. We had a record number of grandparents and whanau attend. Our children shone with pride as they showed off their learning to their grandparents and we loved seeing the magical interactions between grandparents and children. A huge "thank you" to the PTFA for the wonderful morning tea prepared and served to our grandparents.
We ask that all parents and visitors report to the office immediately on arrival at school. We understand that sometimes parents/ caregivers need to collect a child early or drop off an item to a child during the school day. However, it is a health and safety priority that we know who is on site at all times. We ask that parents and caregivers please support us with this requirement as we would prefer not to have an uncomfortable conversation with you if you are found to have accessed the school property during the school day without signing in at reception. Note that this is not necessary before and after school hours.
St Anne's Shield is an annual event that has become a tradition amongst our South Auckland Catholic Schools. Our school teams compete in a range of sports codes at Bruce Pulman Park and enjoy a fun-filled day of sport and friendship in the spirit of Catholic schools. This year, St Anne's Shield is scheduled for 28 September. Please add this event to your family calendar. Our PTFA will be selling food and drink on the day. If you would like to support the team by cooking, selling or serving on the day, please contact one of our PTFA team or call the school office. PTFA contact information can be found on our school website www.stmaryspapakura.school.nz.
We regret to inform you that our Ice Skating Fundraiser has had to be cancelled. Our PTFA have big plans for a series of fun events coming up over Term 3 instead. Watch out for more news about these.
You will have noticed our new Electronic Signage along our front driveway. This is yet another way that we can keep you informed about events at school or to provide reminders about school notices and deadlines. Thanks to our Board of Trustees for their support in getting all our new signage installed. There is still more to come!
We have also recently upgraded our phone system and we ask that you please bear with us as we adjust to its functions. If you have any trouble getting through on the phone, please feel free to contact me directly on my mobile phone or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Week 2 has brought with it some health and safety concerns, with some of our Bethlehem students contracting Hand, Foot and Mouth disease. We have taken every possible precaution to ensure that the Bethlehem space is sanitised and disinfected daily by professional cleaners. We ask that all parents please watch out for symptoms which include fever, sore throat, sore tummy, spots on the hands and feet and blistery sores in the mouth. Please contact Healthline for more information or consult your doctor for advice on treatment, symptoms and time required away from school. The health and safety of our children is always our top priority and we appreciate your support with this.
Thank you to the Grassroots Trust for funding to run Street Racket at St Mary's School. We are the first school in New Zealand to run the programme. #grassrootsmovingkiwikids
From the Desk of our DRS (Director of Religious Studies)
What a wonderful celebration of our grandparents on Grandparents Day! Pope Francis urges us all to take great care of our grandparents as they are the ones who gave us our roots.
Assumption of Mary
This very important Feast Day is next Sunday (15 August) and this year we will celebrate the day with the parishioners at our local church. Please see the flyer recently sent home and come and celebrate in huge numbers. It is very important that all our students attend this Mass with their families.
Sacrament of Baptism
Please contact me if you would like to participate in the Sacrament of Baptism - for you or your child. We need to confirm numbers soon so that we can organise lessons and prepare our students and documentation for 2 September. Even if you are not 100 percent sure, just pop in and have a chat.
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.
Blessings and aroha.
Mrs Bernadette Paulse
Director of Religious Studies
New Website for Te Ara a Maria: Mary’s Way Project
A website has been created to help promote the bishops’ renewal of the dedication of the country to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven. The renewal project has the title Te Ara a Maria: Mary’s Way and runs for 12 months from 15 August.
Go here for the website: www.tearaamaria.nz
The website contains details of the project. It will be updated regularly to include the schedule of the nationwide hikoi of the artwork created for the project. The hikoi starts on August 18 in Invercargill.
Catholic Schools Office
Auckland Catholic Diocese
30 New Street
Private Bag 47-904
REJOICE: Auckland Catholic Festival - Saturday 16 October
Below is a personal invitation from Bishop Pat to the Rejoice: Auckland Catholic Festival on Saturday 16 October.
It is a free admission, family friendly event. Enjoy the day and we invite families to make up a party with other families. There is also a young people focus throughout the day, and a Youth Festival in the evening.
For the most up-to-date information go to https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/festival/
FESTIVAL - Catholic Diocese of Auckland
I am writing to invite you to the Rejoice: Auckland Catholic Festival to be held on Saturday 16 October 2021 at Sancta Maria College, St Luke's Church, Flat Bush.
Come and gather to be affirmed, inspired, encouraged and strengthened as Catholics so as to continue to love and serve as missionary disciples in parishes, ethnic communities, schools and our wider society.
Team Bethlehem loved spending time with our grandparents and other family members. We got to show them our work, colour in pictures, listen to stories and play together.
It was really cool that the Emmaus kids painted our noses red for Red Nose Day. Some of them even painted hearts on our noses.
There are so many cool instruments to play in our Music Room. It's so much fun!
Maths time has been great discovering more about fractions. Lots of exploring, talking and learning!
Our learning space is all set up for our concept of Enterprise. We have been buying and selling flowers, books, toys, groceries at the supermarket and enjoying some yummy food and drink at the cafe.
Mrs Tanya Rowe - Team Leader
Learning about Fractions
Learning about "buying and selling"
Bethlehem enjoying our new Music Room
RED NOSE DAY
We learned about Devotional Prayer and we shared our learning at our school wide assembly. This form of prayer is a special gift and treasure of the church and we are so blessed that we can continue as a school to engage in devotions.
Kelly Tarlton Trip
A huge thank you to all our parent helpers and to the Board and PTFA for making our trip possible. We are truly grateful for this opportunity. The children had an awesome day and they learned so much more from the presenters. It was exciting to see so many sea creatures close up and some of the children had an opportunity to touch the turtle back. Quite a number of children received compliments from the public about their politeness and respect shown towards the public.
We are in the process of setting up a real newsroom with budding journalists, photographers, editors, sub-editors and publishers. So watch this space in our next newsletters to hear from them.
We had the opportunity to work alongside Mrs Emma Klokie to create an interesting narrative in SIX sentences. Mrs Buckley also popped in to engage our students in another form of writing using interesting pictures!
Students thoroughly enjoy our weekly problem solving activities and they are becoming so confident in engaging and sharing their strategies in a group and even explaining in front of a bigger group.
Cook Island Language Week
Once again we soaked up all the rich learning about the Cook Islands. We learned to make the sign of the Cross and a few of our girls performed a dance at assembly. We also ate some yummy Cook Island doughnuts!!
Nazareth having fun at Kelly Tarltons
Collaboration and problem solving in Nazareth maths sessions
Enjoying island donuts for Cook Islands Language Week
Learning about Time
Music Room - We have had so much fun this term in our new music room. Jerusalem have been learning the cup song and following the beat. Today, we used the xylophones and did our best to play twinkle twinkle little star and baby shark. Haha what fun we had!
Street Racket - Jerusalem have been enjoying the opportunity to learn 'Street Racket' with Coach Brian. We had our second session last Wednesday and we have been learning to control the ball and hit to a buddy. This was lots of fun and we are looking forward to next week.
Mrs Kerryn Baker - Team Leader
Jerusalem enjoying the Music Room and learning how to play the xylophone
Street Racket - so much fun!
Emmaus has had a flying start to the term with our concept of 'Enterprise'. The children are learning about entrepreneurship, what this means and who the most successful entrepreneurs are and why.
The children were pleased to learn that Mother Teresa features as one of the most famous entrepreneurs - that of a social entrepreneur.
During the term, we will research digital platforms, product development, marketing of goods and services and financial literacy. This will allow the children to have an understanding of enterprise when it comes to designing, making and marketing their goods or service for Mission Day.
This week Emmaus enjoyed making ei katu for our Cook Islands Language Week celebration.
Emmaus created News Bulletins to showcase their Term 2 learning about natural disasters
'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.
Welcome to the Sports Desk
It has been fantastic to see students out and about enjoying consecutive days of fine days and sunshine. The Street Racket Programme started with plenty of enthusiasm and action last Wednesday. We are the first school in New Zealand to introduce this programme, and with free coaching and resources, are keen to make the most of this opportunity. Thanks to the “Grassroots Foundation” for their support! The programme runs through the whole term and additional Street Racket sets may be purchased through the school.
Thanks also to a number of our parents of Year 5/6 students who have offered to help as coaches for our St Anne’s shield teams. This year St Mary’s are the organising school for the St Anne’s Shield so we are very keen to perform well across a number of sports. Students from nine South Auckland Catholic Primary Schools compete in Football, Netball, Rugby and Rippa Rugby at Bruce Pulman Park on Tuesday 28th September. After the cancellation of this event in 2019 and 2020 we are looking forward to running this event in 2021.
Visitors to our school may have noticed a number of our keen Bethlehem students playing soccer on our bottom field during break times. We are blessed with excellent fields and have invited our youngest students to play on the fields that have traditionally been used by our older students. What has been particularly pleasing is the way that some of senior students have supported these games through encouragement and refereeing.
Mr J Frings - Sports Co-ordinator
TRAVELWISE and ROAD SAFETY
The Student Council hit Clark Road on Monday, to promote road sense safety with pick-up and drop-offs.
The focus with this safety blitz was to remind drivers that U-Turns on Clark Road and drop-offs on yellow lines are not permitted by New Zealand Police. Please also be courteously mindful that our neighbours' driveways are not drop-off areas.
The Auckland Transport wardens will be back this term to issue fines for any illegal road activity.
Our "Kiss and Go" signs were delivered this week, and have been placed in the drop-off zone in front of the school. Please note that this area is only for quick drop offs and pick ups and parents are not to park or leave their vehicles when using this space.
We thank those who are committed to the road safety of our children and whanau - we appreciate this!
Mrs Walker and 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 perseverance, as well as an inherent belief in our school values of Respect, Care and Responsibility to gain 160 tokens.
Congratulations to Jan Maglangit, Varaidzo Chaparapata, Alex Al-Haddad and Mia Wright who have gained 160 St Mary's Way tokens.
Congratulations to the following students who have gained 100 tokens and a St Mary's Way Postcard: Chris Afoa, Addison Job-Shahab, Marcus Padua, Rosa Zanzottera, Paul Stirrup, Arian Nazareth, Jennifer Merkofer, Ethan Rupp, Katrina Tora, Robin Hayter, Josh October, Kobe Lole, Max Kilpatrick, Kemani Beirne, Chenelle Harris-Nissan, Alexis Walker, Isabella Chhour, Oliver Kiutau, Jaxon Tegg, Emily Waite and Dayla Muir-Sak.
Congratulations also to Darlene Celebre, Inga To'ofohe, Jayce Gray, James Makumbe, Erin Reyes, Isaac Fifita, Isaac Tesimale, Ezalyn Fedelino, Athena Tolovae, Roche Marnewick, Fia'ava'e Ama, Zara Buckley, Lara Simcox-Castro, Flynn van Lierop, Renee Afoa, Layla Sommers, Manaia Baker, Jacqueline Brodrick, Hayden Ruka, Matthew Makumbe and Leo Venu who have gained 60 tokens and a St Mary's Way sticker.
Well Done All for Showing the St Mary's Way!
MusIQhub Upcoming "Have A Go" Sessions for Keyboard, Guitar, Drums and Ukulele !
Our friends at MusIQhub have a few spots available this term and are looking for keen new students. If your child is interested in learning a musical instrument (during school hours), then feel free to come along and "Have A Go"!
At the session, students can get hands-on with the instruments and parents can find out more about lessons, ask questions and meet the tutors.
Drums - with Nick - Tuesday 10 August at lunchtime (12.45 p.m.) held in the Chapel;
Piano/Keyboard - with Phillip - Thursday 12 August before school (8.30 a.m.) and at morning tea time (10.40) held in the Music Room;
Guitar and Ukulele - with Lih - Thursday 12 August before school (8.30 a.m.) in the school hall.
See you there!
PhotoLife Studios - Class/Team Photos - Access Key Codes Distributed
The Unique Access Key codes were distributed to students last term, 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 our school and your child will bring their photographs home. Once we have received the photos at school, we will advise families (in advance) as to when these will be distributed.
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.
Altar Server Training
Altar Server Training is to be held in September (date to be confirmed). Please register your child's interest be completing the Registration Form (available through the school office) and dropping them back to our school office before 30 August.
Please contact Ann on 021 0885 4770 if you have any questions.
Sir Edmund Hillary - Papakura Library - Author Talk
Upcoming 'Author Talk' with Rachel Petero
Wednesday 18 August 2021 from 5.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
For more information, please click below to download.
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
Sacred Heart College - Hostel Open Day - Saturday 14 August at 12.30 p.m.
Would you like to know more about the opportunities your son can gain from boarding at Sacred Heart College Hostel?
Come along to our Open Day, Saturday 14 August. The purpose of this event is for boys and their families to learn more about boarding at Sacred Heart. It has been designed for boys who are attending next year, have applied for next year, or just interested in knowing more. It will be a great opportunity to hear from our Hostel staff, meet some of our current boarders and learn more about what boarding life is all about.
If you are interested, please register via our website:
If you have any questions, or require further information please do not hesitate to contact our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Nicola Thomas on email@example.com.
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.
Thursday 5 August 2021 – ROSEHILL COLLEGE OPEN EVENING
For prospective students with their parents/caregivers. Please gather in the School Hall at 5 pm. The evening should conclude by 7pm.
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.
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 Māori
Phrase for the Week:
Ka Mau te wehi! - That's amazing!
Last term, St Mary's came together as a community to pull off an outstanding Matariki Celebration. As we embraced the Maori New Year as a time of remembrance, joy and peace, each whanau group contributed to the success of the event.
As we recognised the importance of Matariki, we travelled around the world to celebrate the diversity of cultures here at St Mary's. A remarkable performance that was enjoyed by all.
This term we look forward to celebrating Maori Language Week from 13 - 17 September as we submerge ourselves in the Maori culture.
Mrs Jelinda Adams
Upcoming Events from Term 3 Week 3 2021
Week 3 - Maths Week
Tuesday 10 August - MUSIQHUB 'Have A Go' Session - 12.45 p.m. - 'Drums' held in the school Chapel.
Thursday 12 August - MUSIQHUB 'Have A Go' Sessions - 8.30 a.m. and 10.40 a.m. - 'Piano/Keyboard' held in the school Music Room.
Thursday 12 August - MUSIQHUB 'Have A Go' Session - 8.30 a.m. 'Guitar/Ukulele' held in the school hall.
Sunday 15 August - 10.30 a.m. - Family Mass / Assumption of Mary Feast Day held at St Mary's Church, Papakura. All welcome. We would like all children to attend with their families.
Monday 16 August - 9.00 a.m. - Prayer Assembly held in the school hall with a focus on the
Assumption of Mary.
Wednesday 18 August - Year 5/6 North Counties Cross Country.
Thursday 19 August - 1.45 p.m. - 'Big Dreams' - Educational Musical by Perform Education held in the school hall.
6.00 p.m. - BoT Meeting held in the staffroom.
Thursday 26 August - Emmaus Team attending Mass at St Mary's Catholic Church, Papakura.
Friday 27 August - Daffodil Day.
Parents, please remember to name your child’s uniform items.
This will assist in reducing the amount of lost property. Thank you.
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.
Amazing to think we are now in August, for Sustainable Papakura this year is certainly going extremely fast!
We appear to have another busy month ahead of us. Our theme for August is 'Parenting - Eco Living', which is about how to live a more sustainable lifestyle, especially with young families. The next time you are in Papakura have a look at our 'Sustainable Parenting' window display for some fabulous ideas.
We are also starting our first 'Gardening For Life' series in collaboration with Rollerson Park Community Garden as part of Adult Community Education, on Sunday 8 August at Sustainable Papakura from 12.30 to 4.30 pm and on Sunday 22 August from 12.30 to 4.30 pm at Rollerson Park Community Garden - a flyer is attached for your reference, cost is $10 per person. There will also be a Compost Collective workshop on Saturday 28 August from 2 to 4 pm at Sustainable Papakura. Both of these events are a great way to help you prepare your garden for Spring planting!
Our monthly market flyer attached, is for a 'Jumble, Destash and Declutter' market. A great time to have a spring clean and pass on your preloved items! If you or your whanau, friends, work colleagues or neighbours would like to book a stall, please ask them to email Paula, our Market Co-Ordinator, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
021 553 287
Contributing to a vibrant Papakura through the promotion of Eco-friendly waste minimisation choices
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.
Please remember to download our school APP to receive regular updates and reminders.
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
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: www.theuniformshoppe.co.nz 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):
MusIQhub Music Lessons
At St Mary's Catholic School - SIGN UP NOW for Term Three 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
Children's Community Dental Service - Information for Parents
Our website will always contain the most up-to-date information for our services at each alert level.
Term Dates 2021 - PLEASE ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR
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
TEACHER ONLY DAYS
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