St Mary's Catholic School 6 April - Term 1 Week 10

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First Sunday of Lent, Cycle C

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Gospel Reading

John 8:1-11

Jesus does not condemn the woman caught in adultery.

Background on the Gospel Reading

The Gospel for the fifth Sunday of Lent continues to offer lessons about God's mercy and forgiveness. Last Sunday we heard the Parable of the Prodigal Son from the Gospel of Luke. Today we hear not a parable, but the report from John's Gospel of an encounter among Jesus, the scribes and Pharisees, and a woman caught in adultery.

In John's Gospel, the conflict between Jesus and the scribes and Pharisees occurs much earlier than in the Synoptic Gospels. Jesus' cleansing of the Temple in Jerusalem is reported at the beginning of John's Gospel. Even after this event, Jesus continues to teach in the Temple. After returning to Galilee for a time, Jesus again enters Jerusalem and cures a man on the Sabbath. From this point forward in John's Gospel, the Pharisees are described as making plans for Jesus' arrest and seeking his death.

In the chapter preceding today's Gospel, Jesus was teaching in the Temple area. Feeling threatened by his teaching and his actions, the chief priests and the Pharisees are already sending guards to arrest Jesus. The guards return, however, without arresting Jesus because they have been impressed by his words. Even more than this, some among the crowds are considering the possibility that Jesus is the Messiah. The chief priests and the Pharisees change their plan. Before making an arrest, they seek to gather more evidence against Jesus by posing a question intended to trap Jesus.

Today's Gospel begins by reporting that Jesus is again teaching the crowds in the vicinity of the Temple. The scribes and the Pharisees approach Jesus, bringing a woman who has been caught in the act of adultery. They put to Jesus the question of what ought to be done in this case.

The Pharisees state clearly that according to the Law of Moses, those caught in the act of adultery were to be stoned to death. Under Roman occupation, however, the Jewish people did not have the authority to execute people; this is cited in John's passion narrative. To answer the Pharisees' question, Jesus must propose an action that will be either contrary to the Law of Moses or contrary to Roman law. The purpose of the question appears to be similar to the question about paying taxes found in Mark 12:13-17. Either answer, yes or no, will support the Pharisees' case against Jesus.

Jesus avoids the trap, however, by offering an answer that was not anticipated by those who posed the question. Jesus, after writing on the ground with his finger, addresses those who stand before him and suggests that the one without sin cast the first stone. Jesus then returns to his writing. This Scripture reading, by the way, is the only evidence we have of Jesus writing. Yet there are no specific details about what he wrote.

We can easily imagine the scene as the Pharisees and the elders disperse, one by one. Jesus has eluded the trap they had prepared. We might also give credit to the elders and the Pharisees who do not, in the end, claim to be sinless and worthy of passing judgment. These Pharisees are not as self-righteous as the portrait found in the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector (See Luke 18:9-14).

Left alone with the woman, Jesus asks where the accusers have gone. With no one remaining to condemn the woman, Jesus (the one who truly is without sin) sends the woman on her way, refusing to pass judgment on her and exhorting her to avoid future sin.

Jesus' response to those who accuse the woman is more than a caution to us about making judgments of others. It is a profound lesson in divine mercy and forgiveness. As sinners, we are all unworthy to judge the sins of others and we would stand convicted by God for our transgressions. Yet Jesus, the one without sin and thus our judge, offers us who are sinners his mercy and forgiveness. Redeemed by Jesus' compassion, we are sent to sin no more and to live in God's love and peace.


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

I'm not sure whether this Term has gone fast or slow to be fair. It certainly has been a mixture of that and a big challenge for all. As you are aware we are still continuing with high numbers of absences and classrooms having to double up for a few days as we are finding it a challenge to have quality relievers in the room. Again, I ask for your patience and the children are continuing to receive explicit instructional teaching and been able to enjoy their peers at break times.

As the Term draws to a close and the restrictions alter for the rest of Term 1 we will still be having online Liturgies and Huis. They were planned this way and with indoor restrictions slightly better now we will continue with our online classroom practice. This is just to be cautious as we approach the holidays.

I want to thank all those families that are in isolation as contacts and/or positive test results. It certainly is challenging. Below is the latest table around household contacts and what happens. Please continue to be patient and understanding around the changing landscape.

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Parent-teacher conferences

As you will have read in the first newsletter this Year we are holding 3 parent-teacher conferences to share your child's learning with you.

The conferences are scheduled for Wednesday 6th April from 3pm-6pm, and Thursday 7th from 12.30pm-6pm.

SCHOOL FINISHES AT 12PM THURSDAY 7TH APRIL. There will be no after school care that day.

Please make sure your child is picked up at 12pm on Thursday the 7th of April to support our families in sharing and discussing Term 1 learning. We are also aware that we may have to approach this with the opportunity for families to connect via Google meet or telephone if people are isolating. We are wanting to connect with all families so please make sure you book your time.

Booking a Parent-Teacher conference

Parents can book a conference time by going to School Interviews and using the event code 9unjz.

Or use this booking link to go directly to the booking page.

Maths Whizz for Yrs 4-6

We first introduced this last year for our Yr 5 & 6 children. It was supported financially by the school in 2021. In 2022 we have extended it to our Yr 4s and we believe it is a great online component to classroom teaching. We understand there is a cost however we believe it is a great addition to a child’s learning programme. Please talk with your child's teacher if you have any more questions.

Annual Donation

In addition to the Maths Whizz charge, you will also have recently received an invoice for the annual donation request. This is calculated out at around $4.00 each week. $160 for a single child and $240 for a family of two or more children. Although this payment is essentially an optional amount, we hope, where possible, you will be able to support us as this ensures we maintain high aspirations for all our students when planning to achieve educational outcomes based on excellence. This amount can be paid in full at anytime, or by small amounts when convenient over the year. If you have any questions in relation to this charge, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Karen at the school office.

We thank you in advance for your support of our school.

Enrolmy - Booking & Enrolment system for Before & After School Care

Enrolmy is a booking system that lets parents control their own bookings for Before and After School Care. We are hoping to implement this new system for the start of Term 2 and more information will be shared next week. Watch this space!
Ngā mihi nui

James Murray



We are heading into Holy Week this Sunday with the celebration of Palm Sunday. As a school we will have an online liturgy this Friday for Palm Sunday. Next week we will have a special liturgy on Monday to mark the beginning of Holy Week and on Thursday each class will spend time in the chapel praying the Stations of the Cross.

Holy Week as we know is the most important and sacred week of our church’s year as we prepare for the great feast of Easter.

I encourage you to talk to your children about the message of hope which is at the heart of Easter when we celebrate Christ rising from the dead.

In these challenging times it is very important to emphasise to the children the Easter message of hope and joy.

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We continue to join with peace loving people all over the world and the people of Ukraine to pray:

“Bless us with freedom, bless us with wisdom,

Guide us into a kind world,

Bless us, O Lord, with good fortune

For ever and evermore.


Praying all the blessings of Easter and the joy of the Risen Lord to you and your families.

God bless

Sally Washer

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Aroha Year 5 and 6 were blessed with the perfect day for their trip to Waimarino last Friday. Here are some photos to enjoy.

Hoods Up Fundraiser - Wednesday 13th of April

Next week we will have a very special mufti day to raise money for Autism NZ. Wear your hoodie next Wednesday to show your support!

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Te Kōpuha Hapori - Community Bach

Last week we had fabulous new blinds installed in the bach. Our new blinds were supplied and installed by Blinds on Location, a local blind business owned by Wayne and Cheryl Lewis, a St Mary's family.

The new blinds give us plenty of sun protection and privacy, as no one is able to see in but we can still enjoy our beautiful view of the estuary from inside. In the summer they are also very effective at minimising the heat that can often radiate from hot windows.

Thank you very much Cheryl and Wayne, and special thanks again to our wonderful P.T.A for their support of the development of the bach.

To visit the Blinds on Location website visit:

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April Gobsmacked Musical Theatre Holiday Programme

During 5 exciting days, children aged 7 – 15 year will explore drama, dance and voice techniques in a fun, innovative and exciting way! Their final piece will be professionally recorded and produced into a music video as well as presented professionally on stage to parents at the end of the week.

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Gobsmacked Musical Theatre After School Classes

Come along to our unique musical theatre dance classes where we create an environment that brings a unique energy that uses our remarkable formula that brings out the magic in each person.

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Gobsmacked FREE Ministries Weekly Programme

We would like to invite you to join us for our FREE weekly Gobsmacked Ministries programme that is purely donation run. Children will be immersed in dancing, singing, acting, storytelling from the bible and many other activities that will help children learn more about God.

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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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