Newsletter 24 August, 2022

Marian Catholic School

Principal's Reflection

Kia ora koutou

Cross Country enthusiasts would say it was ideal conditions for our school cross country yesterday, the previous few days' weather provided a little bit of mud and a few wet and slippery spots.

This is the first cross country event we have had in two years with spectators able to attend. It was great to see parents on-site cheering the children on. We were blessed with great weather, the sun was out. The children performed brilliantly well and there were many examples of resilience and striving for excellence. Thank you so much to Nicole Higby and Jenna Lord for heading up the organisation of this event and a whole team of staff who assisted with laying out the course and helping with marshalling, first aid and many other jobs on the day.

Congratulations also to all the children who tried so hard and completed the course when running is not really “their thing.” Well done to all those who received a top three placing in their division and we look forward to seeing who will be representing us at the interschool cross country event. Well done to you all.

I think it was all agreed to get the cross country event completed, in today's environment we are always juggling delays and rescheduling, wasn’t it great to see an event run to plan no disruptions just an outstanding day enjoyed by all.

Thank you for all your support over the past 10 weeks in Debra White absence. We look to her return to school next week.

Kia manaaki te Atua koutou katoa

Louise Graafhuis

Acting Principal

Gospel Reflection

Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Few Will Be Chosen Luke 13: 22-30

In Sunday’s gospel reading, Jesus reminds us the way to God’s kingdom is by following God’s way through our words and actions. This isn’t easy to do, and throughout our lives we will often fail and make mistakes. Each of us must try to live our lives every day as well as we possibly can. When we put our faith into concrete action, our yes to Jesus becomes real not only in our lives but in the lives of others. Being a follower and disciple ofJesus today requires some effort and commitment from us.

Charism Focus

Our Charism focus for this term is LIVE FAITH. This week we are focusing on our faith inspiring action. Living our Faith this term is about putting into action our belief and trust in GOD.

Jesus is more concerned about our walk with Him than our talk about Him. He wants us to do what is right, not just say the words. We see many people who talk the “Christian” talk, but their actions don't show it.

How can we live a life of faith and love that brings hope to others? We believe in Jesus by not just what you say but by what we do. Putting our faith into actions that show what we believe.

Can you remember a time when you did something for someone out of kindness and love from your heart? Did you expect some kind of reward or favour in return? Living our Faith -this term is about putting into action our belief and trust in GOD- showing that love to others. Being the hands, face and voice of Jesus to those we meet.

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“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. “

1 Corinthians 16:13

DRS news

Upcoming Masses

8 September: Birthday of Our Lady MASS- Our School Feast day

22nd September: Grandparents day MASS

Feast of the Assumption

Last Monday, 15th August, the Special Character Leaders led the school in a prayerful liturgy to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

The school sang beautifully and participated well in the liturgy.

Father Isaac

Each Thursday morning, Father Isaac meets two classes in the Chapel and leads the students in prayer. It is so special to be able to visit this special chapel so close to our school. Later in the morning, Father visits two classes and chats to the students. Thank you Father- the students enjoy their time with you each Thursday morning.


On Thursday, 8th September, we will celebrate our School Feast Day- Our Lady’s Birthday.

As Marian Catholic School, our Mother Mary is a special person to us all.

We look forward to celebrating her birthday together as a school.

God Bless

Nicki Whyte DRS


We warmly welcome into our school community the following children and their families; Arlene Seby (Rm3), Jonathan Sam (Rm3), Hagen Mibin Matthew (Rm 3), Alyssa Foley (Rm19)

Mufti Day - This Friday 26 August, 2022

Please bring a gold coin and wear mufti. If you can dress in yellow to support Daffodil Day that would be great.

All funds raised will go to the Cancer Society.

Teacher Only Day - This Monday 29 August

There will be no school on Monday 29 August. All staff will be off-site.

Before School Care and After Care will not operate on this day.

Board of Trustee Elections

A reminder that your votes for the 2022 Board of Trustee elections must be in by 7 September (4pm).

If you are posting your voting paper please make sure you post it in plenty of time as the post can be quite slow.

Any votes received over the counter after 4pm on 7 September will be counted as invalid.

Please make sure they are in the envelope provided.

Marian Panettiere

(Returning Officer)

All Parents from Year 5 to Year 8

We would appreciate some community feedback on optional devices being available as a choice in our year 7&8 senior school. We are getting many requests from students, parents and staff that students in the year 7&8 area are able to bring their own devices to school for the purpose of school work. We are not looking at making this compulsory, there will always be a school device available for students to use here at school, but we are considering an option that they can use their own device here at school, and as with school devices there are protocols around use and access. We would appreciate it if you take the time to share your opinion.

Link to google Form

Louise Graafhuis

PTFA Quiz Night


Marian PTFA Quiz Night

Friday 23 September

Quiz starts 7pm

Support the PTFA and have a fun night out. Make a team with your friends, family, workmates or fellow parents and book a table, or you can buy individual tickets and be added to a team.

For tickets please email:

Can you help...

Are you able to offer something for our silent auctions at the Quiz night? In the past we have had a Bach for a weekend, babysitting, gardening/maintenance, beauty therapy, florist, photography vouchers, a dinner cooked from your restaurant....Please email:

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Marian School Jackets

We have 6 Marian School Jackets available for sale in the School Office. They were excesses not wanted from the last order that arrived. First in first served thanks.

We have the following only: 1 x 11-12 years, 4 x 9-10 years, 1 x 7-8 years.

They are $70 each.

The next order we place for Jackets will be in March 2023.

Celebrating Success

Science Fair

Congratulations to Isaiah Lee on his project about whether grey water can be recycled and used to grow plants. He placed Third in the Living World section at the NIWA Waikato Science Fair 2022.

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The annual book fair will be held in conjunction with Grandparents day in the school library,

22 September

8.30am - 4pm



If your child is going to be absent from school please notify the school office before 9am each day. You can leave a message on the answer phone 856 7515 or send us a message on the School App.

With winter hitting hard we are seeing more children absent from school. Unfortunately we are having large numbers of parents not contacting the school office for absentees. If we do not have a reason for your child being absent then they are recorded as Truant to the Ministry of Education.

Dates to Remember

  • This Friday - Mufti Day - Dress in Yellow if you can
  • Teacher Only Day - Monday 29 August SCHOOL CLOSED

  • Oral Language Competition - 1 September 6pm

  • PTFA Quiz Night - 23 September

Before School and After School Care

We will be closed on Monday 29 August

Before School Care: If you are wishing to enrol your child at Before School Care please use the email above.

After school Care : For casual bookings please email the Friday before the following week. This is essential for our planning.


A watch has been found on the playground. Please see the office staff to claim.

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.


Sports Notices

Waterpolo Online registrations are OPEN.

Follow the link: Water polo Registrations

The 2022 season is going to start in term 3

Starting date: 11th September

Playing 7 Aside (1 Goalie and 6 field players)

If you are interested, talk to your child team manager or, flick me an email.

Adriana Cubillos

Sports Coordinator Years 1-6

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