St Mary's Catholic School 16 June 2021 - Term 2 Week 7
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Sunday, June 13, 2021
The reign of God is like a mustard seed.
Background on the Gospel Reading
After Lent, the Easter season, and three Sundays of feast days—Pentecost, Most Holy Trinity, and Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ—the Church returns to Ordinary Time. Sunday’s Gospel from Mark carries a significant message regarding faith and the Kingdom of God.
In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus appears reluctant to reveal his identity as the Son of God. After performing miracles of healing, he warns those cured to tell no one (see Mark 1:44, 3:12, 5:43, 7:36, and 8:26). Also, when preaching, Jesus chooses to speak to the crowds in parables, leaving them to discern his message. Only to his disciples does he explain the parable’s meaning, and he does this in private at a later time.
Sunday’s Gospel Reading consists of two parables about seeds. In the first, Jesus tells those gathered that this is “how it is with the kingdom of God.” A man scatters seed which over time sprouts and develops. Then when the grain is ripe, the man harvests his crop. The emphasis in the parable is on the seed, which seemingly has the power to grow on its own. In this it is like the Kingdom of God. While on earth, Jesus planted the seeds of the kingdom by his life, miracles, teaching, and suffering. However, the kingdom is not yet fully established. Although already present in Jesus and his group of twelve, it has yet to come to fruition; just as the seed in the parable needs time to grow, so does God’s kingdom.
The second parable focuses on the tiny mustard seed. Though not the smallest of all seeds, it is most likely the smallest that a first-century farmer in Jesus’ part of the world would have sown. Small as the mustard seed is, it develops into a tree. Though the mustard tree generally averages only nine to twelve feet in height, it has a wide expanse and provides a nesting place for birds. Just as the tree welcomes the birds, so is God’s kingdom welcoming and open to many.
These parables help us discern something about the kingdom of God and our own faith. In God we live and move and have our being, but God is a mystery and his kingdom, though present, has not yet come into its fullness. Today, the Kingdom of God is present in the Church. The mission of proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom given to the Apostles is now given to us. But just as seeds need time to come to fruition, so does the Kingdom of God. That is why in the Lord’s Prayer, we pray, “thy kingdom come.” We know that it will come in its fullness at the end of time. All we need is faith.
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
Thank-you to all those families and children that were able to attend our Parish/School Mass last Sunday. It is always beautiful to see our children participating in the ministries at Mass. I also want to congratulate all the children who are continuing to prepare for First Holy Communion.
HERO & Parent/Teacher conferences
Over the course of this Term you will see the dials and expectations changing as the Teachers, share, add information to your child's report. This will be discussed at the Parent/Teacher conference at our Teacher only day on Wednesday 11th August. This day is an accord day and we will utilise this day to hold the conferences. More information regarding booking conference times will come home shortly.
Information will be coming home to families before the end of this Term. This will give you an indication on what will be supporting your child through homework. Again, this comes out of the policy review on homework.
Thank you to all families who helped make our Cross Country at the new Waipuna Park Venue a happy experience. We also send our thanks to the Aquinas College students who helped support our children on the course. A great day for everyone, thank you!
Teachers Only Day Friday 12th November
Our final accord day for Teachers is going to be Friday 12th November. There will be no school on this day.
I ask, once again for your support with the school uniform please.
Children coming to school and leaving school must be in their correct school uniform. We are noticing children adding items to their uniform that they are not allowed. Correct footwear must be worn unless a note has been given to the Teacher.
Polyprops can be worn underneath the uniform as long as they are not showing but the school sweatshirt or jacket should be worn during these colder months. We are asking for parents to support this and make sure if there is an alteration to the uniform that the Teacher is informed.
This works well when all uniform items are named so we can return them to their owners. All teams have designated areas for lost property so please check these areas in the first instance.
All items unnamed generally end up back at the office.
Thanks for your continued support around this.
Ngā mihi nui
Exposition/Adoration/Benediction Thursday 24 June
Throughout the day classes will visit Jesus in the Chapel to adore the Blessed Sacrament.
2pm Benediction in the school centre - All whānau welcome.
24th The Nativity of John the Baptist
We celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist. Throughout the centuries, the Catholic church always remembers Saint John the Baptist’s birthday. But why John the Baptist? Well, if you remember, Jesus said: “I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John” (Lk 7:28). Jesus honoured John above all other men and so it is fitting that we honour him too.
Looking for Religious items and gifts
Pleroma Christian Supplies is an amazing online shop for religious items, gifts etc. They are a non-profit organisation. They have excellent prices and if you are looking for something particular they are excellent at sourcing things. If you are looking for something special or to enhance your families prayer, spiritual life go online and have a look.
MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Over the coming weeks we will profile each member of the Board to give you an insight into the people helping to run our wonderful school. In our last newsletter we met Tracey Oliver-Marshall and Lorraine Schofield.
This week we meet Bernie Gardiner and Matt Dalton.
Bernie Gardiner - Parent Representative
My wife Anna and I have three sons, all of whom have or are attending St Mary’s. I look forward to formalising my contribution to the school community through my appointment to the Board. I will seek to leverage my business and governance experience, having worked in the finance industry for over two decades in NZ, Ireland and the UK.
Matt Dalton - Parent Representative
My name is Matt Dalton, and I am a parent trustee. My wife Kelly and I have two sons who attend our wonderful school as I once did many years ago. I have an educational background, having worked in schools in New Zealand and England for more than 15 years. I hold the privileged position of Principal at Aquinas College, and I am firmly committed to Catholic education and what it offers our children and community.
Matariki, the Māori New Year, means ‘tiny eyes’ or ‘eyes of god’ and is celebrated in June/July when a small group of stars called Pleiades rises above the horizon, bringing the old year to a close and marking the start of a new year. We will celebrate Matariki from June 19th - July 11th this year. Matariki is a special time to celebrate the beautiful place in which we live and give respect to the land we live on. Traditionally, Matariki was a time to finish storing food for the winter, weave new clothing and baskets, listen to the stories of our ancestors, and learn about the natural world. During Matariki we will have opportunities to use poi, rākau, play games in te reo, write poems, make kites and soup. We will share myths and legends and learn about how and why we celebrate Matariki.
Aquinas College Service Day
It was fantastic to have students from Aquinas College join us on the 10th of June for their annual Service Day. The students built and weeded gardens with Mr Turner, sorted readers and helped in classrooms. During the lunch break some of the students ran a fun game of netball.
Thank you again to the Aquinas College students who joined us for Service Day - it was wonderful to have so many past St Mary’s students spend the day with us!
Erena Coffin National Champion
A huge congratulations to Erena Coffin for her achievements at the 2021 Taekwon-Do Nationals tournament held recently. She achieved 3 Golds and 1 Silver. She’s a National champion for the following:
Gold – Team Patterns
Gold – Specialty
Gold – Sparring
Silver – Patterns.
Master Christine Young 7th Dan say that as a 10 year old Erena is hitting well above her belt.
Bike Safety Week
This week Aroha have been doing bike safety week. We have been learning how to keep safe on the road.
The teachers from Bike Safety are kind and have been teaching us how to get on our bikes safely, how to keep safe when turning, how to look after our bikes, and the road rules we need to know.
It has been fun and exciting. We have been learning all we need to know to be safe on the road.
My favourite part so far was when one of the ladies would call out stop and go, and then we all had to go around some cones too. We still managed to learn so much stuff even when it was raining all day.
Written by Ruby Wheeler
Students enjoying Matariki learning. Vegetable soup, poi, rakau, weaving.
Ka Pai tamariki
My Cross Country Run
At the start my legs were full of energy. I ran on the wet grass and I zipped past talking runners. I was as fast as a skink! As I pounded to the tree I was thinking, “Am I going to be first?”
I got to Mrs Walters. I was feeling confident. “I’m doing, ok. Bye” I called as I sped past her as fast as the wind.
On the first cross country hill my heart started shooting like a rocket. I galloped a lot and I dilly - dallied just a little bit. I saw Mrs Wood standing at the top of the hill but now I was so hot I thought my hair was on fire.
Next I headed to kind and encouraging Mrs Yorke. My feet were heavy. I tried to gallop to her but my heart was thumping in my chest. I passed a puffing Abigail, am I going to faint I wondered?
I staggered up the steep hill where Mrs Meehan was standing cheerfully. I was now as hot as magma, maybe even as hot as Venus! As I jogged down the hill my mind was like - Just Stop Already but I forced my legs to keep going.
I was halfway down that long long hill when I jogged past some more talking and walking people. I panted and puffed and puffed and panted. My whole body was exhausted. My knee was sore, my ankle felt strained, my back was all sweaty. When was this race going to end?
I could hear Mrs Tanner hollering, “Don’t walk, keep running!”
Finally I got down the hill with wobbly legs and I started running down the long road. It was so long my legs were burning like fire. I said, “Am I dead?” as I plodded to the end.
Co - crafted by Room 6.
TIKA & MARAMATANGA TEAM
Zones of Regulation
Cross Country results
Year 0/1 Girls
1st: Oliva Kale
2nd: Tamsyn Liddall
3rd: Sam Ello
Year 0/1 Boys
1st: Matthias Tustin
2nd: Kobe Jennings
3rd: Oliver Leathart
Year 2 Girls
1st: Summer Champness
2nd: Florence Smith
3rd: Livie Walker
Year 2 Boys
1st: James Gardiner
2nd: Cruz Champness
3rd: Korbyn Bird
Year 3 Girls
1st: Lucija Walker
2nd: Cassidy Dobbs
3rd: Jessica Radley
Year 3 Boys
1st: Eli Murie
2nd: Gabriel Lewis
3rd: Harry Leonard
Year 4 Girls
1st: Kaitlin Cope
2nd: Olivia Lilly
3rd: Maddy Wheeler
Year 4 Boys
1st: Ethan Lowe
2nd: Jono Dalton
3rd: Flynn Gardiner
Year 5 Girls
1st: Zara Willers
2nd: Emily Sowerby
3rd: Elliot Olsen
Year 5 Boys
1st: Solomon Smith
2nd: Elliot Laurie
3rd: Hunter Clarke
Year 6 Girls
1st: Janelle Tustin
2nd: Grace Raymond
3rd: Phoebe Kirk
Year 6 Boys
1st: Lachlan Murray
2nd: Matthew Rogers
3rd: Tom Mason
Special mention also, to the following students that qualified to represent St Mary's at South Cluster Cross Country.
Zainab Syed, Bella Fergusson, Faith Santos, Mollie Gleaves, George McKinnon, Spencer McIntosh, Rufus Rejthar, Austin Day, Madeline Mear, Isabel Nelis, Annie Van Zyl, Lucy Van Zyl, James Hartman, Noah Askin, Max Page, William Peeters, Eva Phizacklea, Greer Sander, Ella Chea, Relliza Paramio, Mazine Yu, Samuel Farrelly, Mason Francis, Finn Phizaklea, Matthew Robinson
We will be back next year!
Well done Addi, Daisy, Tilly, Katara, Holly and Briar.
Thank you PTA
Brave the Crave Cookie Day fundraiser beginning 21 June 2021
Order individual cookies (60g) or take-home Cookie Bites buckets (one serious mouthful!) to share. Only premium ingredients are used. No colourings, no preservatives, no artificial flavours. Only the best ingredients make it into the cookies. The buckets contain cookie bites which are perfect for those mini cravings. We do find however that stopping at one or two bites is near impossible.
Individual Cookies - 4 flavours
Fairy bread, chocolate chunk, triple chocolate, vegan $3 each ($1 goes to school)
Cookie Bites Buckets – 3 flavours
Fairy bread, chocolate chunk, triple chocolate – 2 sizes available
20 Bites - $14.90 ($2 goes to school)
40 Bites - $28.90 ($4 goes to school)
Ordering through Kindo will open on 21 June 2021 and close off at 10pm 9 July 2021 with distribution being the first week of term 3.
FROM THE PARISH
Parish Youth Choir
Health Care Coordinator Part-time
We need your help!
SVDP St Vincent de Paul has desperate need for small dining tables and chairs, beds, and Vacuum cleaners to help people in need. Phone Peter 021 755864. Thank you. Volunteer staff also required at Cameron Road shop especially delivery van drivers for Monday, Tuesday, and /or Wednesday. Phone SVDP Shop Manager David 027 6988774.
Term 2 - Monday 3 May - Thursday 8 July
Monday 7 June - Queens Birthday
Friday 9 July - Kahui Ako Teacher Only Day
Term 3 - Monday 26 July - Friday 1 October
Wednesday 11 August - Accord Day Teacher Only Day
Term 4 - Monday 18 October - Friday 17 December (12 noon)
Monday 25 October - Labour Day
Friday 12th November - Accord Day Teacher Only Day