Newsletter 16 November, 2022

Marian Catholic School

Principal's Reflection

Tena koutou katoa e te whānau

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful” Albert Schweitzer.

In today's world students are presented with an abundance of different opportunities to participate in events. I feel blessed to see so many Marian students taking up the challenge to participate in many of the wide range of activities being offered.

In our celebrations section we have a significant amount of events and achievements to celebrate over the past few weeks. Two national events I will make special mention of are our Year 7 Kids Lit Team, and our Jump Jam team who travelled to Tauranga in the weekend. Well done to you all and congratulations on achieving exceptional placings at a top level. More information and details are below in the celebrations section of those events.

It has certainly been a busy few weeks with Senior Swimming Sports and Athletics days all happening in the past week. Thank you to all those who have been working hard organising and supporting those events. How wonderful it is, that so many people are willing to volunteer their time in supporting children with their involvement in those sports. For me the benefits that come from watching children being involved in sports and physical activity far outweigh the small (but often many) frustrations that come with organising it. So thank you to the many who fit into the above.

It's hard to believe that the summer holidays are only 4 weeks away! We have seen the sun coming out and the weather starting to warm up. Please ensure your child is wearing the correct summer uniform and has a water bottle with them at all times.


It is with regret I announce the following resignations:

Mrs Debbie Anderson has been on Teachers Sabbatical for Term One and leave for terms 2-4 of this year. Mrs Anderson has decided top resign from full time teaching. This was a difficult decision for Debbie and her sabbatical has provided her the time to reflect on her future. Debbie has taught here for 11 years and will always be a special member of the Marian Whanau.

Whaea Donna will be finishing at the end of the year. Whaea Donna has worked here in a part time capacity for the past ten years. She started working as a Kapahaka Tutor and then for the past five years she has worked alongside teachers in classrooms teaching Te Reo and Tikanga across the school. She wrote: “I have loved my time at Marian, however I am branching out into other areas of education and this mahi is growing“.

Ms Amanda Luke has resigned from her teaching position here and has travelled to the UK to be with family. Ms Luke has been a full time teacher here and in the past two years worked in a part time capacity. It is with joy she returns to her extended family after many years apart and we wish her well.

These staff members will be missed and we wish them every success in their new endeavours. God bless you both.

First Communion and Confirmation

This week end the Parish will be celebrating over 100 young people being Confirmed and receiving First Holy Communion at the 10.30am mass. Many of these students are from our school - Marian. Our prayers are with these young people and their families at this very special time in their faith journey. God’s blessings on each one of you.

Ma te Atua koutou e manaaki

Louise Graafhuis Deputy Principal



Tēnā koutou e te whānau

Warm greetings to our parent community

Gathering feedback is an integral part of our school's self review process. We have put together this brief survey to gather community feedback on what is working well and what we can strengthen within the school. Thank you for taking time to complete this survey. Board of Trustees community Consultation 2022

If you would prefer to fill out a paper copy we are sending home a paper copy for each family. The paper forms will need to be returned to the school office by Friday 25th November.

Gospel Reflection -

Luke 21: 5-19

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

The gospel speaks to us of God and how God treats us. We have all been given talents and gifts by God. The important thing is not what we have been given, but how we use what we have been given.

Sometimes , we notice chaos in the world around us. It’s during those days of stress, that we need to remember that Jesus experienced times like this during His time on earth. God is there, waiting to walk beside us and give us strength.

Jesus told the disciples not to be afraid. He promised that he would be with them always and that they wouldn't be harmed if they put their trust in him. Jesus is with us always, even in the hardest times.

Charism Focus

LIVE MISSION - Manawaitia te Mihana

Our Charism focus for this term is LIVE MISSION. This week we are focusing on being hopeful. As we work to bring Jesus into the world and reach out to make a difference - it is important to be hopeful.

As Christians we know that God’s love is there to help us and give us the support we need. We have so much to be thankful for. Hope is not just wishful thinking; it is an important part of our faith.

Hope in God gives us strength and confidence when things aren’t going well for us. Hope teaches us to be patient and not always wanting things -now. Putting our trust in God gives us hope.

As we begin this week, think about how we can give and show hope to our friends and family. We can be confident that God will provide us with what we need to face any challenges that come our way.


DRS news


17th November: School MASS 9.15am

15th December : End of Year MASS

This Thursday, 17th November, we have our School Mass. A special welcome to our parents, whanau and parish community to join us at 9.15am for this Mass.

Teacher Only Day

This Monday 21 November.

There will be no classes as teachers will be busy working on reporting and data collection.


Paid Union Meetings (PUMs)

A note has gone out on HERO, regarding the upcoming Paid Union Meetings (PUMs) at the end of November. Currently teachers and principals are in pay negotiations with the Government as they look to agree on a new contract. Teachers who are part of the union must attend the PUMs to vote on the latest offer from the Government. Our Teachers will be attending the morning PUM on Thursday 24 November. If you are able to drop your children off at morning tea time that day it would be greatly appreciated. The school will have a skeleton staff to provide supervision for those students that can not be dropped off later. If your child will be needing supervision and arriving at the usual start time it would be much appreciated if you could complete the following google form. This will enable us to ensure adequate supervision is available. click on this link to fill out this Google form


We warmly welcome into our school community the following children and their families; Augustine de Vega (Rm3) and Marqui Torres (Rm3).

TWILIGHT CONCERT - Out of School Music Groups

Tomorrow, Thursday 17 November 6pm in the GSEC. All students who are performing are to wear their full school uniform.

Performers are to be at school for tuning and warm-up by 5.30pm

Summer Uniform

Children are now expected to now be wearing their full summer school uniform.

Hats are compulsory this term. Children without their hats will have to sit in the shaded areas.

Sandals are black Roman type, preferably leather.

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Calendar Orders

A reminder that the PTFA Calendar orders close this Friday 18 November.

Please return your orders to the school office by then.

The children have been busy with their artwork in the classrooms.

Celebrating Success


A huge achievement over the weekend was the success of our team who competed in the National Literacy Finals held in Wellington. We had a team of students Dominic Tuffery, Jubair Tohill, Bruno Ritchie and Perpetua Doohan who travelled to the event after placing first in the Waikato finals. We proudly share that Marian placed 4th out of the 16 top teams across New Zealand. They were the top Year 7 team in NZ and top Catholic school! The last time that Marian was in the final was last century, 1998! A Special mention and thank you to Rose, Gerri, and Tobias who worked with them to prepare for this round. Thank you to the parents who’ve transported the children there.

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Over the weekend our school dazzled judges and the audience with their on-stage performance, coming third in the North Island Jump Jam final in Tauranga. They received the following awards: Excellence in Creativity, Excellence in Presentation, Excellence in Execution, Excellence in Costumes and came away with a third placing overall.

Congratulations to all those children involved in the jump jam team. We know a lot of mahi went into preparing for this event, practising three or fives days a week from early in term 2. There was a lot of help behind the scenes from parents during the weekend. We appreciated the support. Finally Congratulations to Mrs Goodwin what a great job you’ve done. Miss Goodwin you were a champion coaching the team during countless breaks and weekends.

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Adding on to our wider school accomplishments our Kapa Haka group performed in the Waikato Full Primary Kapa Fest on Tuesday November 15th. Kapa Haka Māori performing arts - forms a powerful and highly visual part of New Zealand culture.. Well done to all the students who performed it was a pleasure watching you all. You are a group of motivating and inspiring young people, kia mau tonu te mahi nui.

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Speech and Drama Results:

Pedro Passos-Vechi gained Honour Plus at Grade Two in the recent Speech NZ Flexi Speaking and Performing examination.

Band Slam

Last Friday at the Band Slam event at Fairfield intermediate we were represented by Marian Catholic Schools' Three Senior Bands. It was a wonderful experience watching and listening to different bands from other schools, as well as our three bands from Marian school. We congratulate Lizzie Barr, who won 3rd place for best vocals and Mary Elise Yana who won champion for the keyboards. All of the children who participated were amazing! Everyone played very well on their individual instruments to create a fantastic band sound. Well done to our senior musicians!

New Zealand's National Agricultural Fieldays event 2022 Calling volunteers

This year we are seeking volunteers to work on the gates at the Field days to raise funds for our school. This is an annual opportunity and the funds are much needed and appreciated by Marian Catholic School.

These are the shifts we need to fill this year. The shift times are flexible but will need coverage across the whole day, especially in the mornings which are the busiest times.

Full training and support will be provided. If you are able to volunteer for a shift on the gates please contact: Jamie Looker

  • Wednesday 30 November:
  • Thursday 1 December
  • Friday 2 December:
  • Saturday 3 December:

Enrolments 2023

If you have a child due to start in 2023, please ensure you have filled out an enrolment form and returned it to the school office.

If you know that your child is not returning to Marian School next year, please let the office know urgently.

Dates for 2023

Term 1: Thurs 2 Feb to Thurs 6 April

Term 2: Mon 24 April to Fri 30 June

Term 3: Mon17 Jul to Fri 22 Sept

Term 4: Mon 9 Oct to Tues 19 Dec


Dates to Remember

  • Full School Mass - 17 November at 9:15am

  • Cultural Assembly - 17 November at 1:30pm in the Cathedral followed by Whanau Hui

  • Out of School Twilight Concert 17 November

  • NO SCHOOL - 21 November - Teacher Only day

  • Teacher Paid Union Meeting - 24 November, - Classes will begin at 11.30

  • Junior Nativity Show - 1st and 2nd December

  • Senior Prizegiving - 9 December

  • Final School Mass for 2022 and Community thank you morning tea - 15 December

Marian School Holiday Programme

The Programme will be open on the following dates

December: 19th to 22nd from 8am to 5pm

January: 16th to 20th

23rd to 27th

Cost is $35.00 per day.

Please register to

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Open 2.00pm - 2.45pm Friday afternoons in the Whare.

If you have any unwanted articles at home, please drop them into the school office. All donations of uniform are much appreciated.

There is a range of stock on hand but we are very short on tunics and small size skirts.


Sports Notices

Summer sport is already up and running almost back to normal. I’m happy to share that we have quite a good number of students and teams participating in the following sports.

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At the moment, there are 207 students (33%) involved in Marian teams.

Thank you very much to parents, teachers and families involved in this as coaches, managers, drivers and fans of our children.

This is how we also live our school values: Live community, love, faith and


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Round the Bridges

I am going to deliver the bibs on Friday for those who are registered.

If you child is interested to participate, online entry still available until 6th November following the link:

Adriana Cubillos

Marian Sports Coordinator

Kids Tryathlon

The Sanitarium Weet-BixTM Kids TRYathlon is BACK for 2022/23. This season will feature 12 amazing events throughout New Zealand.

The Hamilton event is on Sunday 4th December at Waikato University Fields.

Let me know if you want to register your child/children.

Adriana Cubillos

Marian Sports Coordinator

Hinemoa Amateur Athletic Club

Hinemoa Amatuer Athletics Club welcomes all interested athletes to join the 2022/2023 season. Our club registrations are now officially open for all ages.

Our 2022/23 Season Dates:

20 Oct 2022 – 8 Dec 2022

9 Feb 2023 – 30 Mar 2023

Our club meets on a Thursday at Steele Park, split into two sessions:

- Mini Club (3-6 yrs) run from 5pm - 5.45pm

- Junior Athletes (7-14 yrs) run from 6pm - 7.30pm

Entertainment Books

Join now and discover why Entertainment really is your ultimate companion for fun.

Order your Entertainment Membership and support our fundraiser.

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Hamilton Civic Choir


World Premier of ‘Mi Burrito Sabanero’ by Cristian Grases and

‘Fantasia on Christmas Carols’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Conducted by Elise Bradley MNZM

Venue: Waikato University - John Gallagher Concert Chamber

Time: 7pm

Date: 10 December

Cost: Adults $25, Concession/students $15, School student $5

Tickets from:

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