St Mary's Catholic School 17 November 2022 - Term 4 Week 5

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Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Gospel Reading

Luke 21:5-19

Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and warns his followers that persecution will come before the end time.

Background on the Gospel Reading

In the context of Luke, today's Gospel appears near the end of Jesus' teaching in Jerusalem, just prior to the events that will lead to his crucifixion. His warnings and predictions are ominous but can be read in many ways.

To those who first heard Luke's Gospel, those may have been words of encouragement. The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans was history (70 A.D.); Luke's Gospel, Catholic scholars propose, was written between 80 and 90 A.D. His audience was probably Gentile Christians. Luke here tries to interpret the fall of Jerusalem for them and to locate it in God's plans for humankind (salvation history). At the same time, Luke is suggesting to his audience that there will be a considerable elapse of time before Jesus' final coming. Luke's listeners have likely seen much upheaval and are anxious to know if these are the signs of Jesus' coming. Luke is urging greater patience.

In the second part of today's Gospel, Jesus warns that his followers will face persecution for their beliefs. Luke presents persecution as an opportunity for the followers of Jesus for “It will lead to your giving testimony” (Luke 21:13). In persecution God's wisdom and power will be shown in the example of followers of Jesus. Perseverance in the face of persecution will lead to their salvation.

Here Jesus is assuring his followers that God is present to all believers, even in times of trouble. Ultimately, Jesus will witness this with his own death. As disciples of Jesus, we try to follow his example, trusting in God's mercy and protection, even when we are facing difficulties.


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

The term is flying by and we have many things to be grateful for. It is a wonderful feeling to walk through our classrooms and see so much joy on our children's faces as they engage in their learning. It has also been wonderful to see our children compete in the Kapa Haka festival, Jump Jam competition and the Arts & Culture Showcase. Thank-you to all those who were involved in planning and preparing our children for their showcase last night. No doubt you enjoyed the evening.

Teacher Only Day

Just a reminder that we have a TEACHER ONLY DAY THIS FRIDAY, and there is no school for the children. This is to support the teachers in preparing reports, data for the parent conferences on the 7th and 8th December.

A Cyber Safety Evening with Rob Cope

A reminder that St Mary's School is hosting 'A Cyber Safety Evening' with Rob Cope. Rob is the author, parent and film maker of the 2020 documentary 'Our Kids Online'. If you have the opportunity to attend then please come along and learn some practical ways to keep your children safe while they are online. This is a free event.

Please bring your children along if you can't get a baby sitter. We will have a supervised classroom set up for children to watch a movie or two.

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End of year dates

Friday 18th November

Staff Only Day - School is closed

Saturday 19th November

PTA Fireworks

Monday 21st November

South Cluster Athletics

Thursday 24th November

Senior Parent Cyber Safety Meeting

Thursday 1st December

Year 1 Liturgy

Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Centre

Wednesday 7th December 3 - 6pm

Kanohi ki te Kanohi Whānau Conferences

Thursday 8th December 9:30am

Mass - Immaculate Conception

Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Centre

Thursday 8th December 12 - 6pm

Kanohi ki te Kanohi Whānau Conferences

Tuesday 13th December

Prize Giving

Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Centre

  • Senior Year 4 - 6 9:30 - 11am

  • Junior Year 0 - 3 12 - 1pm

Wednesday 14th of December

Year 6 Celebrations

  • Family Celebration - 8:30 - 9:30am Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Centre
  • Pool Party - 3:15 - 4:15pm

Thursday 15th December

End of Year School Mass 10 - 11am

St Mary’s Immaculate Church

Friday 16th December

School Finishes for the year 12pm

All dates can be found on our school calendar.

2023 Term Dates

Term 1 - Thursday 2 February - Thursday 6 April

Monday 6 February - Waitangi Day

Term 2 - Monday 24 April - Friday 30 June

Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

Monday 5 June - King’s Birthday

Term 3 - Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

Term 4 - Monday 9 October - Wednesday 20 December

Monday 23 October - Labour Day

Parent Conferences Wednesday 7th December

On Wednesday 7th December, 3 pm-6 pm and Thursday 8th December 12.30 pm-6 pm we will have Parent Teacher Conferences.

SCHOOL will CLOSE at 12pm on Thursday 8th December.

There will also be No After School Care on this day.

Please follow this link to book a time to meet your child's whānau teacher later this term.

Please note that Mrs Meehan will be in contact with her parents to confirm a time to meet as her parent conferences will be earlier than noted above.

Mrs Tania Yorke

Congratulations goes to Mrs Tania Yorke who is currently on study leave, she will take up the position of Deputy principal at Kaharoa school for 2023. We will inform you when we will be farewelling Mrs Yorke.

Birthday treat food

Over the last couple of weeks we have had a rise in children bringing lollies, cakes, food etc to celebrate birthday's. This can cause a lot of stress and worry for families, as well as food that many children cannot have due to various allergies we have across the school.

We ask that NO PARTY FOOD be brought to school. This also includes individual treats and lollies that are to share with students in whānau classes at the end of the day. It may sound a little harsh, but it just creates so many issues in class for children. We very much appreciate your support with this.

Ngā mihi nui

James Murray



Welcome to new families

On Tuesday we welcomed 16 new families to our school community during our New Families. In the Gospel reading of Mark we are reminded of how Jesus welcomes children and asks us all to be like the little children. Following the tradition of our school, all new children were presented with a miraculous medal. As Mary is the patron of our school, we pray for her continued love and protection over all of us. We pray that our new children and whānau will always feel welcome and come to know the love of Jesus within our community here at St Mary’s.

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All Souls' Mass

Following our All Souls' Mass on Thursday 3 November our Year 5/6 students visited the cemetery to place flowers on the graves of the Cluny sisters. Father Adam led us in a beautiful Liturgy and our Cluny sisters joined us for this special liturgy. Well done to all of our students who showed reverence and respect during their visit to the cemetery.

During the month of November let us remember all of those who have gone before

us, especially those we have known and loved - but also those who have no-one to

pray for them.

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School Parish Mass

A reminder of School Parish Mass on Sunday 27 November at 10.30am. We would love to see as many of you there as possible. Please could the children wear their full school uniform.

Pastoral Care

We recognise that the past two years have been challenging for families in many ways. As a school we hold the pastoral care of our community as a high priority and aim to help in any way we can. If you require any support during this time or know of any families in need, whether financially or socially, please do not hesitate to contact us or our school office We are able to provide assistance in a variety of ways and would like to offer help in any way we can.

Pray the Rosary

A reminder also that Koralee Brazendale is running a parent rosary group in our school chapel every Monday at 2.30pm. Please come along to pray with others and learn more about how to pray the rosary.

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Loving God,

You show your care for us through our families and all those who look after us.

Put in our hearts a deep love for you;

Teach us how to pray and guide us always to do what you wish.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,

Forever and ever.


God Bless

Fay Warnock

Director of Religious Studies/Deputy Principal


Te Hui Ahurei o ngā Kura Katorika 2022

Our Senior Kapa Haka roopu were fantastic at Te Hui Ahurei o ngā Kura Katorika 2022 at John Paul College in Rotorua last Friday. Led by Matua Mana, the group performed Ka Waiata, Hei Runga Hei Raro, Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi, Papaki Tu Ana and He Honore. At prize giving Dylan and Coco received a certificate and trophy on behalf of our roopu. The trophy is very special as it was carved by students of John Paul College.

The group also performed at our Arts & Culture Showcase last night and will perform at the Fireworks evening on Saturday.

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Te Hui Ahurei o ngā Kura Katorika 2022

Arts & Culture Showcase 2022

Last night we were delighted to gather with our community to showcase some of the wonderful Arts and Culture learning opportunities we have at St Mary‘s. Throughout the evening our special guest, former St Mary's student, Jeremy Redmore, performed for us. Jeremy is a well known New Zealand singer and songwriter who shared his gifts and talents with our students recently through a number of creative workshops. We were blessed to have Jeremy perform for us and with our choir at the showcase.

Groups that performed last night included our Hato Maria Kapa Haka Roopu, Speech and Drama students, Senior Jump Jam, our Pasifika group and choir.

We were also excited to be able to share examples of the Mary Icon Art that students created last term. Some of the Mary Icon Art will be on display over the coming weeks at our church on Cameron Road for parishioners to enjoy.

Thank you very much to whānau who were able to join us last night. It really was a very special occasion!

If you would like to purchase a copy of Jeremy's book, Sing Like a Unicorn, copies can be ordered on Jeremy's website

Arts & Culture Showcase 2022

Aroha Camp

Aroha year 5 and 6s had a fantastic time at camp. We would once again like to acknowledge and thank our fantastic camp parents once again. Without them we wouldn't be able to attend our camps. We have attached a few photos for you all to enjoy.



Last weekend Charlie Clarke drove his final round of a four round Kart Series in Tokoroa. The series was held over four months in Hamilton, Auckland, BOP and finished in Tokoroa. Eight days and twenty races in total against eighteen other competitors.
Travelling 80km per hour in hot sun and sometimes pouring rain Charlie did incredibly well to finish sixth in the series. Congratulations Charlie!

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