Newsletter Week 9 Term 3

St Brigid's School 20 September 2022

Upcoming Events

  • Team Rua Gymnastics - Wednesday 21 September, Nairnville Recreation Centre, Khandallah
  • Interzone Swimming Sports - Thursday 22 September
  • Sausage Sizzle for Year 6 Camp - Friday 23 September
  • Senior Kapa Haka Group's performance - 11am Saturday 24 September, Onslow College, Burma Road, Johnsonville
  • BOT meeting - Tuesday 27 September, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
  • Year 6 Camp Parent Meeting - Wednesday 28 September, 6:00pm – 6:30pm, School Library

  • End of Term 3 (school finishes at 2.00pm) - Friday 30 September

Principal's Message

Kia ora koutou e te whānau te Kura o Hato Pirihiti

It has been fantastic seeing whānau in the school grounds again - it really feels that life is returning back to normal!

Before/After School Care Consultation

Kelly Club recently closed the after school care at St Brigid’s due to low numbers. Some of the students who were attending the club at St Brigid’s are now attending the club at West Park School.

We have had parent requests to consult with our school community to see if parent needs have changed since the closure of Kelly Club at St Brigid’s and whether parents would like to have child care now if it was offered.

Please answer the following questions in the Google Form to help us with our planning.

Cyber Safety Programme

As part of our ongoing commitment to excellence and our duty to ensure students’ safety and wellbeing, we undertake cyber safety programmes and technologies in partnership with Family Zone.

Family Zone is New Zealand’s leading provider of cyber safety technology. Family Zone helps St Brigid’s School ensure our students are safe and on task during school time and offers parents a range of options for monitoring and supporting their children’s online journey.

A Holistic Cyber Safety Programme

We are committed to creating a cyber safe environment for our school and are taking a holistic and long term view. Our programme includes these key initiatives:

  1. Cyber Safety Hub: The Cyber Safety Hub is an incredible online resource which has been developed to keep our community across the School’s cyber safety programme and the latest cyber safety topics and issues. It also includes information on Family Zone and how it can benefit your family.

  2. Monitoring and Filtering: To ensure student use of technology at school is compliant, we will be installing Family Zone technology into the school network, student accounts and on all student learning devices.

  3. Parental Monitoring Tools: To support parents we will be providing you with a monitoring tool called Family Zone Insights. You can use this account with your child’s school and personal devices.

Invitation to create a Family Zone Account

Go to our school’s Cyber Safety Hub to create a Family Zone Insights account. With this account you can:

  • Monitor your child’s internet use outside of school hours;

  • Disable school policy for your child’s school holidays or sick days; and

  • Optionally install Family Zone onto your children's personal devices.

Thank you for supporting your school and our students in this important cyber safety initiative. And remember:

  • If you are new to Family Zone: Go to our school’s Cyber Safety Hub to create your Family Zone Insights account.

  • If you’re already using Family Zone: There is nothing you need to do, however, we encourage you to sign-in to your Family Zone account and review your settings. If you can’t remember your password, click on the forgot password link and follow the reset password process.

  • If you need help: We encourage you to visit the Cyber Safety Hub or contact Family Zone Support.

Looking ahead to the end of term, please note that we finish school next Friday 30 September at 2.00pm. Wishing whānau a wonderful school holiday break!

Ngā manaakitanga,



Board Message

School Donations

Thank you to our families who have paid their school donations this year. As of 19 September, 32% of our donations have been paid. THANK YOU!!! Donations make up a portion of our income and without these donations, we would have to cut back on our programmes that greatly benefit our students and school.

We wish all our families a wonderful school holiday break.

St Brigid's Kapa Haka Festival

Reminder for parents of performers:

Please make sure your child meets Tania Fransen in the Onslow College lobby no later than 10.00am. Girls are to arrive in their costumes with their hair in a bun and boys are to have their black shorts on ready for the rest of their costume. See the email I sent out yesterday for the map of where our classroom is for changing and the programme for the day. See you there.

Ngā mihi

Tania Fransen

Message from our DRS

How lovely to see the church packed on Sunday. With restrictions lifted, it’s so good to have the church buzzing again. Without masks, it feels like a luxury to see each other's faces and hear voices more clearly!

This is perfect timing, as we journey together to decide the best way forward, moving from three church buildings to the building of one new, multipurpose church that allows us to fulfill our mission as disciples of Christ . Exciting times! I encourage everybody to be part of it.

One of my students attends a different church and often in her weekly reflection she writes of her excitement looking forward to church on Sunday. Wouldn’t it be amazing if our tamariki (children) felt the same about coming to Mass! I continue to ponder how we can make this happen.

Altar serving training

The wonderful Wendy from the parish is holding a couple of training sessions for children who have made their First Holy Communion and would like to be altar servers at the Parish Saturday vigil Masses and Sunday morning Masses.

Children only need to attend one session at 4.00pm today, Wednesday 21 September or Thursday 22 September at Sts Peter and Peter’s Church.

It will be lovely to have more students to choose from to serve at school Masses/Liturgies.

Kia tau te rangimarie ki a tātou. Peace be upon us.

Fiona D’Souza

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Miniball and Basketball registrations for Term 4 - last day today

Welcome to the Term 4 St Brigid's School Miniball and Basketball Season. Please fill out the google form link below and hit send. ONE form for each child please.
Registration form for Miniball and Basketball Term 4 2022

Registrations MUST be entered by Tuesday 20 September at 3.00pm (no late entries accepted) so we can organise teams and ensure we have coaches/managers for each team. If we do not have parental support with these roles we will not be able to enter teams. We do need to know from coaches/managers if they are willing to continue to help out and if there are any parents who may be able to support them. Depending on the number of participants will determine how many teams and the make up of teams.

Year 3/4 play on Monday between 3.30pm and 6.50pm - Monday 1 November - 13 December (7 weeks)
Year 5/6 play on Tuesday between 3.30pm and 6.50pm - Tuesday 26 October - 14 December (8 Weeks)
Year 7/8 play on Friday between 3.30pm and 9pm - Friday 22 October - 10 December (8 weeks)

By completing the registration you agree that you will follow all the rules, regulations and expectations of St Brigid's School and the Nairnville Code of Conduct for players, coaches, managers and spectators. This information is about fair play and will be sent out with team lists to all players, coaches and managers.

Any questions please contact

Camp Information Evening for Year 6 Parents

This is a reminder that the camp information evening for Year 6 parents is scheduled for Wednesday 28 September from 6:00pm-6:30pm in the library.

Sausage Sizzle for Year 6 Camp

Kia ora St Brigid’s families,

Thank you so much to those who have already placed an order for sausages for this Friday 23 September. If you intend to order one for your child or children, please complete this form no later than Wednesday 21 September, and send the money with your child in a named envelope or bag by Wednesday 21 September.

We owe a great deal of thanks to Churton Park New World, who have kindly offered to donate the sausages and bread for this sausage sizzle. Every dollar counts, and this is an incredible help to our year 6 families.

Chocolate Fundraiser for Year 6 Camp Thank You

The chocolate fundraising was a massive success, and we are beyond grateful to all of the year 6 families who helped to make it this way. We would like to especially thank the Muaau family, who sold an incredible 16 boxes! Your efforts and support are immensely appreciated. We would also like to thank the Thavaraj and Irving families who sold 12 boxes and 11 boxes respectively. Beyond incredible and we are extremely grateful.

Student Celebrations

Congratulations to the St Brigid's Sharks who are the Year 6 Northern Suburbs Netball Section Winners for 2022.

Well done to everyone in the Sharks Team.

Please Return Your Netball Uniform

Can any year 5-8 students who have a netball uniform at home please return these to Heather in Room 6 in a named bag or with a named piece of paper. It would be great to have these washed and returned by this Friday 23 September.

Despite a very interrupted season due to the incessant rain, we know that all teams had a great time playing against other schools. We are already looking forward to the new season in 2023!

A MASSIVE thank you to our wonderful coaches who have given up their time to coach our teams every Thursday and run games each Saturday. This is literally not possible without your help, and we are extremely grateful to you for volunteering.

Confirmation Programmes 2022 - Confirmation programme has begun

The next sessions and options are:

Option 1 - St Ben's School, Sunday mornings

Sunday 18 September 10:15am - 11:45am

Sunday 25 September 10:15am - 11:45am

Sunday 16 October 10:15am - 11:45 in St Benedict’s Church

Option 2 - Ss Peter and Paul Church, Sunday afternoons

Sunday 18 September 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Sunday 25 September 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Sunday 16 October 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Option 3 - School Holiday Confirmation Programme, Ss Peter and Paul Church, Johnsonville on Tuesday 4 October, 10:00am-4:00pm. Please bring lunch.

Confirmation Masses will be held at St Benedict’s Church at 5.00pm on Saturday 29 October and on Sunday 30 October at Ss Peters and Paul Church at 10:30am.

Please contact the Parish office for a Registration Form or click here to download

Email back to the Parish office stating which Option your child/ young person prefers. If you require additional information, please text/email or call Kitty McKinley Cell: 021491459.

Also if you can volunteer to help with the programme, would like a role at the Masses, wish to share your artistic talent or music/vocal talent then please get involved. Training, preparation is offered and support/skill is always welcomed.

Please pray for our children and community as they take this next important step on their faith journey.

From the LFT (Leadership Formation Team)

We have listened - and we have heard!

A number of parishioners have expressed disappointment at the time for our Parish Property Meeting on Sunday 25 September. Sunday tea time is not a good time!

SO - definitely, finally - our meeting will now take place:

· At Khandallah Town Hall

· From 2.00pm - 4.00pm, Sunday 25 September

We have arranged transport from St Andrew’s Church and Ss Peter & Paul Church.

Bus pick up details:

1.15pm - Pick up Parishioners at St Andrew’s Church, Newlands

1.30pm - Pick up Parishioners at Ss Peter & Paul’s Church, Johnsonville

1.45pm - Arrive at Khandallah Town Hall

Bus drop off details:

4.00pm - Collect from Khandallah Town Hall

4.15pm - Drop off Ss Peter & Paul’s Church, then St Andrew’s Church

If you would like to join us on the bus, please indicate your interest to the office, so we can have an understanding of numbers.

Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) FAQs relating to the Property Project are now available

Property Project – Human Resources

Please consider whether you have skills and experience (eg: pastoral, governance, project management, property, construction, architectural, financial, legal) to contribute to the success of the property project over the next few years (and contact the Parish Office or a Parish leader). Email:

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Community Notices

Write Like an Author/Draw Like an Artist Holiday Programs

“Write Like an Author" and "Draw Like an Artist" are school holiday programmes for young writers and illustrators.

They will be held during the school holidays, starting on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 and running until Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Scots College.

There will be a three day camp for children aged 9 to 14 and a one day workshop for children aged 7 to 10.

Young writers will learn:

* How to come up with story ideas

* How to plan and outline a story

* How to come up with interesting, sympathetic characters

* The writing process, how to put it all down on paper

Young artists will learn:

* How to draw a cool character

* Different media and techniques

* How to create storyboards

* How to create a multi layered artwork

Plus they'll make new friends and have heaps of fun!

The location of the camp is:

Scots College

1 Monorgan Road, Strathmore Park, Wellington

Young writers (or their parents) can register here:

Young illustrators (or their parents) can register here:
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Johnsonville Junior Cricket Club - Girls Year 5/6 Cricket

The Johnsonville Junior Cricket Club is putting together a team for the Girls League on a Sunday playing softball cricket. The season runs from November through to March with a break over the summer holidays. The cost is $25 for the season as it is an opportunity for girls to learn about cricket. We have a couple of girls registered from St Brigid’s but would love some more players, registrations close this Friday, 23rd September. If you would like some more information or like to register please contact Belinda on
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Bigair Gym

If your child loves doing cartwheels, handstands, trampolining, flips, dance, or parkour moves, then they will thrive at Bigair Gym!

Bigair Gym classes are excellent for fun, focus and fitness! Children learn new skills and develop personal confidence and self-achievement! Strong focus is given to safety and technique, ranging from fundamentals to advanced skills. The structured classes follow a Bigair Badge Programme, which creates focused learning, and allows children to achieve and feel personal progression!

Bigair classes include GYMNASTICS, TRAMPOLINING, TUMBLING, FREE RUNNING (that’s parkour with flips) & CHEERLEADING! Inquire about Bigair BIRTHDAY PARTIES too!

GET IN QUICK FOR TERM 4 GYM CLASSES & BIGAIRS POPULAR HOLIDAY PROGRAMME! Bookings open Mon 19th September. Booking in is easy online at or contact your local Bigair Gym office today.

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