St James' School Term 1 Week 9

Newsletter 31 March 2021

Our Vision: To grow Catholic, Christian young people,

who are confident, connected lifelong learners, inspired by the teachings of Jesus, and who make a positive difference in their community.

Kia ora Koutou

Twelve months ago, we could not take part in any Holy Week and Easter activities as we were in Level 4 lockdown. It has been lovely to once again this year take part in Holy week and ponder its significance and meaning for our lives. This year I'm pondering - God calls us to participate in Life - this One Life we call God. This is our vocation - to find our niche in that One Larger Life.

Last weekend, I enjoyed playing three games of hockey for the Manawatu Men's 55-59 Masters Hockey Team. We won one and lost two games; however, the weekend reminded me of a gift I was given. I was very fortunate to have a mum and dad who drove me around the countryside to play hockey from the age of 7, and I am still playing some 50 years later. The gift my parents gave me has lasted a lifetime of enjoyment, fitness, skill and friendships. I encourage you to support your children and get them involved in some winter sport this year. It may be the start of a lifelong passion.

Recently Andrea Cawood and I drove to YMCA Camp Raukawa for an orientation visit. Andrea will be sending out Year 5 and 6 camp info in due course. We are going to the camp from Tuesday 16 Nov to Friday 19 November.

Everyone is looking forward to a few days of rest over Easter - thanks for a great Lent and Holy week and blessings to you all for Easter 2021.

Ngā mihi o Te Aranga

Tom Sheehan

Catholic Special Character

Holy Week celebrations at St James'

During week 9, beginning Monday 29th March, we enjoyed our Holy Week encounters and gatherings.

Monday 29th March - Palm Sunday liturgy - 9:00 am - School Hall. We also had some learners and staff leading and participating in the Mass of the Oils at 12 midday.

Tuesday 30 March - Stations of the Cross part 1 School Hall.

Wednesday 31 March - Stations of the Cross part 2 School Hall.

Thursday 1st April - Holy Thursday - Last Supper and Washing of the Feet liturgy - School Hall

The cross out the front of school is adorned with Palms as we head into the Easter Triduum.

CARITAS Challenge 2021 - Thursday 8th April

Thank you so much to all those who have already returned their Caritas Challenge coin trails! Keep them coming in team :-)

Date: Thursday 8 April 2021

Time: 9:00am - 2:50pm

What to wear: PE gear and good walking shoes!

Fundraising: Coin Trail

We look forward to your support.

God Bless

Andrea Cawood


2021 Term Dates & Holidays

Nippers Before School and Holiday Programme - Nippers will be open on Tuesday 6 April and vacancies available for the April School Holiday Programme. Holiday Programme. Contact Nippers 021 645 806 or

The School Swimming Pool Closes Friday 9 April 2021 - please return your keys to the School Office before the end of Term 1. Thank you.

Please Diary Friday 21 May - Teacher Only Day. Our staff will participate in a Kāhui Āko Teacher Only Day. We apologise for the late notification. Nippers will be open this day please enquire for bookings 021 645 806 or

Second Hand Uniform - if you are looking for additional items of uniform for the Winter there is currently a good selection in the school office, please ask if you are looking for shorts.

Three bedroom rental available close to School - approx $500 per week rental - available for 1 to 2 years - if you are interested please contact the school office.


Welcome - We extend a warm welcome to Elijah, who has recently started his faith and learning journey at our kura. We also extend a warm welcome to his family and whānau.

First Reconciliation 2021 - Congratulations to the following learners who have recently participated in this sacrament for the first time - Xavier, Alexia, Alexis, Thom, Ronan, Katie, Oliver, Elhan, William, Naomi, Jarrod, Hope, Kate, Eli , Aaron S, Finlay, Arwynn, Zachary and Jasper. We wish you all blessings for Easter.

Many thanks to Kate Bell and to all families for preparing the children so well.

Holi Festival - On Friday the Indian Group celebrated the Holi Festival. This is the festival of colour and love. We thanked God for the beautiful Spring and Autumn colours that He used in His creation. We did this by throwing coloured powder around, eating delicious Indian food and dancing. Thank you to all the families who supported us by providing food. It really was delicious.


Tuesday 6 April the school will be closed. The Ministry of Education provides schools a holiday the Tuesday after Easter Monday. Nippers will be open this day for more information or to enrol phone 021 645 806.

School App Check-In - Just a reminder we encourage all parents/caregivers who come into the school grounds to use the School App and fill out the Check-in/check out form for each visit. Government QR code is available at the Albert St gate.

Payment of School Donation 2021 - School Donations have been emailed out earlier in the term, if you did not receive a payment request by email please contact the school office. If you pay your school donation before the end of Term 1 you can receive a 10% discount. Your donations assist us in offering extracurricular opportunities for your children. The donation includes Science, Technology, Education Outside the Classroom experiences (except for the Year 5 & 6 Senior Camp), visiting performers, transport to sporting fixtures and Masses. Payments can be paid to ASB Bank account 12-3442-0052178-00. Please Reference your 'child's Surname' and 'Invoice Number'. Online Payment is preferred as there are no EFTPOS facilities are available at the Office. You are welcome to set up Automatic or part payments throughout the School Year. School Donations are Tax deductible. You can claim back 33% of your school donations through IRD.

Drinks at School - St James' is a water only school. Just a reminder please that water is the only drink children are permitted to bring to school. We have recently been seeing hot chocolate and carton drinks coming to school.

New Entrant Enrolments 2021
A reminder that if you have siblings joining us at St James’ in Terms 2, 3 and 4 2021, please ensure that you have returned and Enrolment Form to the School Office as soon as possible please.

School Photos Tuesday 13 April - Forms were sent home last week and orders are to be received by he office by Thursday 1 April 2021. Please ensure that all learners have correct school uniform including school Jersey or Cardigan for photo day.

School Gate - for the safety of all our tamariki if you are entering the school grounds and you open a gate please ensure you pull the gate closed behind you.

School App - Please ensure you have downloaded our School App this is how you stay informed. Instructions can be found: Communication Guidelines for Families. We are in the process of developing a new Website and this will be revealed soon. School newsletters are available on the School App and you should also be receiving these by email. If you are not, please advise the school office.

St James' School PTFA - Parent and Teachers and Friends Association

  • Juicies Fridays after school we are selling Juicies for $2. The last day for Juicies this term will be Friday 9 April .
  • Disco Term One disco date is set for Friday 9 April after Easter. Gold Coin Entry. Junior School (Yr 1,2,3) is from 5.30-6.30pm, Senior School (Yr 4,5,6) is from 6.45-8.00pm. The PTFA sells ice creams and chocolate bars, however please bring a named water bottle to keep hydrated. We require some Parent Helpers to assist at the Disco, if you are able help please contact Kelly
  • Chocolate Fundraiser Beginning this term the PTFA will sell nut free Whittakers chocolate bars to help cover the costs of camp transport and education equipment. The eldest child in each family will be given a box to bring home after Easter for the family to sell over the April holidays and return to the school by Friday 7 May. There are 36 bars in each box and bars sell for $2. Extra boxes will be available (including over the holidays) if you can sell more.
  • Gala There will be a 2021 St James' School GALA MEETING early next term to set up this year's Gala organising team. Please consider supporting this very important work. It is a great way to get involved with the school community - you do not have to be part of the PTFA to be involved.
  • Join us The PTFA is keen to have new members join them this year. Many of the current organisers are nearing the end of their primary school involvement and it is time to add more members. If you are interested please contact Kelly Hoskins (
  • Next PTFA meeting is set for 7 April 2021, 6.30-8.00pm in the Staffroom - All Welcome.
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School Board

Policies for Community Consultation

The following policies are on our website for community consultation:

Comments regarding any of these policies can be directed to or before 16 April 2021.

The next BOT meeting will be held in the staffroom on Monday 12 April 2021 at 6.00 pm. All welcome.

Michael Fennessy


Dates for Your Diary

Please keep checking the Events Calendar on the school website. All coming events will continue to be updated here. Add to my Calendar.

2021 Term 1

Week 9

  • Thursday 1 April - Holy Thursday
  • Thursday 1 April - 12noon Washing of the Feet/Last Supper Liturgy, Hall
  • Friday 2 April - Good Friday
  • Sunday 4 April - Easter Sunday

Week 10

  • Monday 5 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 6 April - Ministry of Education Holiday - School Closed
  • Wednesday 7 April - PTFA Meeting, 6 pm in Staffroom, All Welcome
  • Thursday 8 April - Caritas Challenge
  • Friday 9 April - Swimming Sports Assembly, 2.15pm
  • Friday 9 April - PTFA Disco
  • Friday 9 April - Swimming Pool Closes

Week 11

  • Monday 12 April - School Board Meeting, 6.00pm, All Welcome
  • Tuesday 13 April - School Photos
  • Thursday 15 April - LS5 Trip - Gorge Walk
  • Friday 16 April - Last Day of Term 1


Netball Fees - Just a reminder that all Winter Netball fees are now due. All sports fees are to be paid prior to games starting.

Interschool Triathlon - Congratulations to Chloe, Liam, Lukas and Xavier who represented our school in the interschool triathlon. These learners showed great determination to complete a 1km run, 3km bike and 75m swim. Ka pai hoki koe!

Netball Manawatu skills at school - A huge thank you to Ashleigh Kate from Netball Manawatu for coming and providing netball skill sessions with all of our learners. It's so great to see a large number of children have enrolled in Netball for the winter season! Please encourage your child/ren to get involved in a winter sport.

Road Race - Congratulations to Chloe, Lucy, Ava, Xavier, Liam, Toby and Finnbar for participating in the 2021 Road Race held at the Esplanade. These students showed amazing commitment and perseverance - training 3 times a week at school.

Winter Hockey and Year 5/6 Basketball - Registrations close Thursday 15 April 2021.

Getting Involved

Robotics - Year 5 and 6 learners who are interested in getting involved in Robotics 2021 please come and see Mr Sheehan or email to express your interest. Those taking part in Robotics must be able to commit to most weekend scrimmages (competitions) which are held in the Manawatu/Wanganui area. These work out to be a couple of Saturdays a month. Parents are required to supervise and stay with your children like any Saturday sport and you must also be willing to take your turn to be rostered on as a parent help throughout the year, this will involve responsibility for picking up the Robotics kits from school on a Friday and returning these to School on the Monday. We are anticipating competitions to start in June and will forward more information when available.

We require some Parent Helpers to assist at the PTFA Disco, 9 April, if you are able help please contact Kelly

School App Advertising/Sponsorship - If your business is interested advertising on our School App, please contact our School Office.

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