St Mary's Catholic School 9 February - Term 1 Week 2

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Gospel Reading

Luke 5:1-11

The fishermen (Simon, James, and John) leave their fishing boats and follow Jesus.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Last Sunday, we heard how Jesus was rejected in his hometown of Nazareth. In the verses that follow, Jesus travels to the town of Capernaum and begins his ministry of teaching and healing. While in Capernaum, Jesus cures a man possessed with a demon and heals Simon's mother-in-law. After spending some time there, Jesus prepares to preach in other places. The fact that Jesus had previously been in Simon's home and healed his mother-in-law suggests that this encounter is not the first between Jesus and Simon Peter. We can read today's Gospel, therefore, as a description of the developing relationship between Jesus and Simon Peter.

In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches from Simon's boat. Jesus turns to Simon and instructs him about where to lower the fishing nets. Simon and others have been fishing throughout the night and have not caught anything. Simon protests, claiming that such an effort would be futile. Simon ultimately obeys Jesus and lowers his nets into the deeper water as directed. Notice here that Peter calls Jesus by the title “master.” He already recognizes Jesus as a person of authority. They catch so many fish that the nets begin to tear; Jesus' presence has created abundance out of scarcity, just as it did at the wedding feast at Cana, which we heard at Mass just a few weeks ago.

Simon Peter becomes a follower of Jesus immediately. He calls Jesus “Lord”—the title given to Jesus after his Resurrection—and protests his worthiness to be in Jesus' presence. Today's Gospel, therefore, marks a turning point in the relationship between Jesus and Peter.

Two of Simon's partners are also named as witnesses to the event described in today's Gospel: Zebedee's sons, James and John. Yet Jesus' words are addressed only to Simon. Jesus gives Simon a new job, telling him that he will become a different kind of fisherman. No longer will he catch fish; instead he will catch people. In these words, we hear the beginning of the leadership role that Peter will have within the community of disciples. Peter was chosen for this role. His task will be to bring others to Jesus. Already he is doing so; the Gospel tells us that all the fishermen with Peter also left their nets and followed Jesus.

We continue to speak of Peter's leadership and influence in the Church today when we call the pope the “successor of Peter.” We participate in the mission of the Church when we bring people to Christ through the example and positive influence of our lives.


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

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a restful break with their families. A very special welcome to those families who are new to our school. I also want to follow on from last week and thank our community for their support around RED traffic light protocols. Please continue to wear a mask onsite, scan in and please do not gather and mingle at the moment, thank-you. Please also ensure your child has a good full lunchbox with their drink bottle. The children did a superb job with masks on day 1 and we ask for this continued support for the foreseeable future.

School Accounts

These will be emailed to you shortly. There are a number of activity items for certain Year groups, your attention to these is much appreciated. Please read more information about the 2022 School Donation here.


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

Sun hats

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.

School uniform

We will be keeping a close eye on the school uniform this term, so please make sure your child/ren are wearing the correct uniform and if they aren't please provide a note for the teacher. Black sandals with a back strap and in particular a back strap for support are important. Please check with your child's teacher if you have any questions. Thank-you for your support with this.

Working in partnership

School and home are a partnership and we want to work together for each child to reach their potential. If there are any concerns throughout the year with your child, please contact your child's classroom teacher first. If you are not satisfied, then you should make contact with the Team Leader. If you are still not satisfied with this, then make a time to come in and see Lisa Broadmore and then myself. It is imperative to follow this process and the teacher should always be the first port of call. There are many things that happen for children in their day and if you are concerned it is best to email them with a time to meet to discuss your concern. We need to make sure we have all the information before we discuss the concern. We need to work in partnership to grow the capacity of our children.

Learning sharing for Term 1

At the end of Term 1 parents will view information regarding goals achieved and learning progress thus far. This information will include Reading, Writing and Maths learning stories. Kanohi ki te kanohi, face to face meetings with parents, will be held this term in Week 10 on Wednesday the 6th and Thursday the 7th of April. to discuss the HERO report and goals.


Again in 2022 if your child needs to bring a phone to school could you please write a letter to me outlining the reason. Your child will then be able to power off and drop the phone into the office. They will then collect it from the office at the end of the day.


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.

Enrolments for the 2022 Sacramental Programme

Due to the Covid Red Traffic Light settings and the restrictions around numbers gathering, the 2022 Sacramental Programme will be run later in the year. This is in the hope that we will be back at the Orange Traffic Light setting with no limits on numbers gathering. As Bishop Steve has been appointed Bishop of Auckland, the Hamilton Diocese is awaiting the appointment of a replacement Bishop. In the interim dispensation has been given to Father Philip to officiate at the Confirmation Liturgy. We will keep you informed regarding the enrolment procedure as soon as we have a clear indication on the traffic light settings. All current information will be posted on the Parish website, Parish App and Parish Facebook page. Click here for the link to the website:

Ngā mihi nui

James Murray



A very warm welcome back to 2022.

We are very proud of our school’s Catholic Special Character and our school’s charism which we have been so fortunate to inherit from our very much loved and respected Cluny Sisters.

Our Board and staff are very committed to upholding our Special Character and nurturing your child’s faith formation.

It is a privilege for me to be helping lead the Special Character and Religious Education once again at St Mary’s School while our present DRS Teresa Rush is acting Principal at St Joseph’s Waihi.

I was DRS here at St Mary’s for many years before I retired in 2015. It was a role I loved and felt very passionate about and still do. To be part of a child’s faith development is a gift.

Masses & Liturgies

Sadly because of the Covid restrictions it is not possible to have parents join us for these very special and important celebrations. Each week the students have an online liturgy in their classrooms and Masses just for the students and their teachers will continue in our beautiful Cluny Chapel here at school.We are very grateful to Fathers Philip and Arnold who will be saying these Masses for us.

We hope and pray that it won’t be too long before you can join us once again for these. It means so much for your children to have you present and share these sacred times with them.

Religious Education

The main focus for the next couple of weeks is teaching your children about and how to pray.

Our key role as educators in a Catholic school is for your child to come to know and love Christ and develop a personal relationship with him. The most effective way to do this as you know is through prayer.

In these very uncertain and challenging times to give your children the language and the tool of prayer becomes even more important to help equip them for the journey of life ahead.

Our school day begins and ends with prayer and grace said before lunch.

Students will be learning the traditional Catholic prayers and be exposed to a variety of ways to pray.

I encourage you to talk to your child/children about this .I know many families do but it would be wonderful for you to find time to pray together as a family.

If you have any queries about our Special Character or Religious Education I am very happy to help .

In the meantime take care and God bless

Sally Washer

Te Reo Māori me Ngā Tikanga

Today our children met Mātua Jon. Mātua Jon will teach Te Reo Māori and Tikanga across the school every Wednesday. Mātua Jon will also run a junior kapa haka roopu for children in Years 0-3.

Mātua Jon shared his pepeha with us during his class visits today,

Ko Tainui te waka,

Ko Maungatautiri te maunga,

Ko Waikato te awa,

Ko Raukawa tōku iwi,

Ko Mātua Jon tōku ingoa.

No reira tēna koutou tēna koutou tēna koutou katoa.

Senior Kapa Haka

On Monday afternoons Mātua Mana will continue to take our Senior Kapa Haka roopu. This group will begin their sessions next week.

Ngā mihi nui

Lisa Broadmore


Welcome to, what looks like, another topsy-turvy school year for our children. Our PTA has always had the goal of fostering a vibrant and interactive community spirit within the school by providing a supportive and proactive link between families and school. We organise events (when possible) and fundraisers to raise money to provide our children with better learning opportunities, resources and facilities.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, 15 February in the staff room and everyone is welcome! We’ll be there from 7pm if you would like to come mix-and-mingle first, the meeting will begin at 7:30pm and conclude at 8:30pm.

I’m Katie Radley, the new Chairperson (middle), and beside me at the helm is Lisa Chan, our treasurer (left) and Sarah Neeley, our secretary (right). We are parents just like you – juggling work, family and school life. The PTA is a great way to have your voice heard, stay connected with what’s happening, share your ideas and to meet other like-minded parents. We hope to see you at the meetings!


· At Red level, we will be required to sign in and wear masks at the meetings.

· Meetings going forward will be held on the second Tuesday of every month (same time, same place)

· Follow the PTA Facebook page to stay up-to-date:

Katie Radley, PTA Chairperson


Sushi is supplied by K Sushi on Cameron Road. Order forms are available at the school office. Orders, including money must be received at the office no later than 9am on Thursday morning n for a Thursday lunch order. Sushi $6.50. Small drink $1.50.


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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