St Mary's Catholic School, Papakura

Term 3 Week 8 - 17 September 2021

Me Whakakotahi, Kia Maarama, Kia Pono, Ki Te Karakia

Together We Learn, We Pray, We Serve


Kia ora koutou katoa

Kia koa te Wiki o Te Reo Maori!

It's been two weeks of wonderful language celebrations celebrating Tonga Language Week last week and Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori this week.

What an honour it was to be able to join with the rest of New Zealand in sharing our Te Reo Maori Moment on the 14 September. It was an important point in time to celebrate, promote and encourage use of Te Reo Māori and to contribute to its revitalisation in Aotearoa.

I have taken great pleasure in having a look at students' work in SeeSaw and joining some of the class Zoom sessions. There is some great work being done out there. Our heartfelt thanks to all parents and whānau who have supported our tamariki through their home learning tasks. We know how hard this can be in some households, but we hugely appreciate your support.

If your child has not fully engaged in their home learning, please do encourage them to do so. Older students are expected to be much more independent and show that they are able to manage their learning and make contact with their teachers when they require one to one support. Teachers are available between 9am and 3pm on weekdays. Schoolwide engagement levels for Week 8 has been approximately 81%, an improvement from last week. However, there are still approximately 50 students have not engaged well this week. If your child is not engaging in their school work while at home, please contact their teacher to discuss this. The work issued and completed will constitute an important contribution to your child's assessment for the year.

Our amazing student leaders have shared some advice and motivation for all our students. Check out their video message later in this newsletter.

This week, along with other Catholic schools, we also commemorated Social Justice Week. Our tamariki were led to turn their focus away from our own present challenges and to consider the difficulties of those less fortunate than ourselves, the poor, the lost, the hurt and disenfranchised. We pray for those who can't help themselves, for those who are suffering under poverty, slavery and autocracy, for those who are hurt, ill or injured and for those who need to draw closer to Christ.

With the change to level 3 looking very possible next week, we have begun planning for our return to school. If you have not already, please let us know if you will be sending your child to school during level 3. We need this information urgently so that we can take all health and safety precautions possible to keep your children safe. Please remember that under level 3 restrictions, school is only open to children if parents have to leave home to go to work and have no appropriate child care at home. All other parents are expected to keep their children home until Level 2. All students are expected to continue with their distance learning programmes while in Level 3, whether they come to school or not. Please check my notice to parents sent out earlier this week, via our APP and email.

We are beginning to plan for our Term 4 curriculum and end of year activities. As a result of the lockdown and time lost in Term 3, we have had to make some major changes to our Term 4 calendar, so that we can focus on making sure that our children are able to achieve their academic goals. You will find an updated Term 4 calendar later in this newsletter and also on our school website.

A special note from our PTFA, who regret that our usual End of Year Calendar Art Fundraiser has had to be cancelled due to time constraints as a result of the lockdown. We thank the PTFA for their efforts and hard work in the organisation of such events. Mission Day will still go ahead in Term 4, but we have had to postpone it to 10 November to give our students more time to prepare but also so that our families will be able to attend in Level 2 or 1.

Parents of students leaving St Mary's at the end of this year, will have received an email earlier this week, requesting confirmation of your intentions. Please check your inbox and reply to this email urgently. This information is very important to our planning for end of year events and for the 2022 academic year.

We are hoping that we will be back together with all our children soon and are praying that all our families stay safe and well.

Please enjoy a short video prepared by our staff in celebration of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

Mā te Atua koutou - God bless you all.


Audrey Kippen


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Home Learning at St Mary's

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A message of motivation from our Student Leaders

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From the Desk of our DRS (Director of Religious Studies)

Another week in lockdown, but I must say, another few weeks of creative ways to practise our faith and connect with our families in a special way. This week our children across the country celebrated Maori Language Week as well as Social Justice Week.

How beautiful that we include the Maori language in our daily prayers and waiatas every day! Our morning and afternoon prayers are well known by all our students and we love singing "Our Father" in Maori. We honour Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in a beautiful way when we sing Mo Maria and Ka Waiata.

Social Justice Week lessons and prayers were shared with our students and it created a robust conversation around what social justice is. Especially during the lockdown, we can see how different communities and families struggle with the basic needs we often take for granted. Kia Kaha. Let’s put our faith in action and check up on our neighbours and friends to see if they need help.

Parish News

Please follow the parish news on Facebook. Father James is taking up the challenge to record two minute posts to share with the parishioners and wider community. Please update your details on the parish database by sending in your details.

A burning question: How do you keep your faith alive when you cannot attend church? We engage with our students every morning, we share the Gospel and readings of the day and we share prayers. What about you? Would you be keen to join small groups in the evening for a time of faith sharing and prayers? Please let me, Mrs Kippen or Father James know and we can organise small group gatherings online.

Blessings and Aroha

Mrs Bernadette Paulse

Director of Religious Studies

~ From the Diocese ~

Vacancy - Part Time Position with Auckland Common Fund Limited

Part-time Credit Controller & Administration - Pompallier Centre

This part time role is to provide credit control and administration support to the Operations Manager for the collection of Attendance Dues for schools in the Auckland Diocese. Hours are flexible to incorporate some evening and Saturday morning work.

Key Tasks include: Collection of compulsory school Attendance Dues; contact with school parents via outbound phone calls; follow up of unpaid accounts and debtor ledger management.

To view the full advert, please visit our website under Diocesan Services and Staff Vacancies.

Check out what's been happening in our teams!

Team Bethlehem

Team Bethlehem have been enjoying lots of fun learning at home.

Our children have been sharing more about themselves with various activities such as "All About Me" where they showed things that they love. Our younger children have also been continuing to explore their alphabet knowledge by doing alphabet hunts with different letters.

We started having Wellbeing Wednesday last week and what a great response we've had! Children and parents have been loving having the day with no devices and are using the time to get creative and enjoy some fun. Here we can see an amazing creation of Spoonville and Spoony. Such wonderful creativity!

This week we have been learning about Social Justice and how we show God's love to others. We have also celebrated Māori Language Week with fantastic efforts by the children to learn more Te Reo Māori.

Mrs Tanya Rowe (Team Leader)

Saira counting in Te Reo Māori

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Team Nazareth

Nazareth Experiences

We know it’s not always easy and some days are better than others. We are so excited every time the children upload their activities! It is absolutely important that our students engage in the online activities because it gives us an idea of how they can work independently and manage their time wisely. Most of the activities are designed for independent learning and we would just want our parents to check if the children have completed what was set for the day in the plan.

Below are examples of work sent in by students.

Thank You Letters

Dear Nan, thank you for looking after me in lockdown. I am so grateful for you and what you have done for me. I just really need to thank you for what you have done for me over lockdown. Thank you for cooking dinner and washing my clothes and for all the work you have done for me. I appreciate what you have done. Charlie Bower

Dear Aunty, thank you for looking after me when my parents are away. Thank you for helping me make my pizza. I couldn’t have done it without you. Alphyne John

Thank you Dada Bear for being brave to go out to work even when there is Covid 19 out there. You’ve always been the person to keep me so happy throughout the year. Thank you for working hard for us to get the things that we want. I love you. Dayla Muir-Sak

Thank you Mum and Dad for always looking after me and my brothers and caring for all of us. Thank you for everything you have done. We appreciate everything. Nagorry Perelini

Silly Sentences ... His itchy cow showers on the roof. Finn Butler

Messages to Teachers

I was so excited to receive a certificate last week in lockdown. It was 'For working hard on all your set tasks. You are setting high standards for yourself and demonstrating diligence in everything you do.' Thank you, Miss Nattrass. Arabella Williams

Reading Tents

I used sheets, chairs, clothes hangers and a hook to create my tent. Abigail Williams

I put pillows, so it could be comfortable. I also put a toy if I get bored and I used a blanket for the roof. Leo Venu

Tongan Language Week

Thank you to our families who sent in photos and videos of the children in their cultural costumes.

Maori Language Week

We joined the whole country in the Te Reo Maori Moment on the 14 September by counting in Maori, saying the days of the week or singing a waiata. The Maori activities during this week were enjoyed by all the children. Let’s keep up the beautiful language!

Mrs Bernadette Paulse (Team Leader / DRS)

Wacky Wednesday - Learning Anywhere?

Team Jerusalem

Mrs Jelinda Adams (Acting Team Leader)

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Te Reo Maori In Schools - By Max Kilpatrick

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The Kauri team would like to share and congratulate Max Kilpatrick on his excellent writing to honour Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori whereby he has presented an articulate and convincing argument, substantiated with facts, research, his own experiences and a personal point of view!

Check out Michael's cool fitness routine while counting in different languages

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My Pepeha - By Alexis Walker

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Persuasive Writing - By Kiara Shore

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Team Emmaus

Kia Ora!

Emmaus has been continuing our Distance Learning Programme with solid engagement. The students have been working on a graphic novel using the application 'Book Creator' to extend on a fictional story that was read to them - it has been some time since they had a picture book read to them! Not only are their writing skills and imagination being utilised, Book Creator allows the opportunity for illustrations and voice overs. Once completed, we will offer them to our younger tamariki to enjoy.

A business planning unit is currently being studied to complement their efforts for Mission Day with sound financial and business savvy planning.

The children are also working on Vector Portraits in Google Draw to further develop their digital graphic design skills. This activity is a follow on from the Mosaics that were created and featured in the previous newsletter.

We are very proud of the resilience that the children are displaying. It is difficult to maintain motivation during lockdown and our children are showing this key competency in style.

Ka Pai Tamariki!

Mrs Anneke Walker - (Emmaus Team Teacher)

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'Rise+Shine' Josiah Mika Foundation

May Josiah Mika's legacy live on in our hearts, as well as the lives of the children he will be impacting through this amazing foundation. Please support this worthy cause.

Welcome to the Sports Desk

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Kia ora parents and caregivers

School Athletics Day

Confirming that our School Athletics Day will be held at Massey Park on Friday 5 November. We trust that by this date, we will all be enjoying a life free of our current Covid restrictions. As with previous Athletics Days, we look forward to the support of parents and whanau throughout the day.

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon

I have registered our school for this year's Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. The link below will go live shortly and by registering through our school group, the entry price is reduced. Over the past few years, a sizable number of St Mary’s students (and teams) have taken on this challenge. This year the event will be held at Mountford Park so why not give it a go!

Feeling stressed?

Here is a link for those interested in Tai Chi. Every once in a while I pop onto Don Fiore’s tutorial and spend 8 minutes ‘hands waving clouds’. I've even invited the Emmaus students to join.

Keep safe and hope to see you all soon.

Mr J Frings - Sports Co-ordinator

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Best Tai Chi for Beginners - 8 minutes

Te Reo - Phrase of the Week

Aue, e hika ma! - Goodness me!

The Uniform Shoppe - SAS Sport

We have been advised by The Uniform Shoppe - SAS Sport that they are very low on the St Mary's sweatshirts at the moment (only have size 12 and up available). The shipment is on the water and has been delayed a few weeks.

If you urgently require a school sweatshirt, we do have a few 'second hand' items in stock at school. Please enquire at the school office. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events from Term 4 2021

Have Your Contact Details Changed?

Please remember to let the school office know of any changes in your contact details i.e. postal address, telephone/mobile and/or email address. Thank you.

Please visit our school website for information about our little gem of a school.

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Please remember to download our school APP to receive regular updates and reminders.

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St Mary's Parish, Papakura - Contact

Parish Priest - Fr James Mulligan

52 East Street, Papakura 2110

Parish Office - (09) 299 6056

Presbytery - (09) 298 5134

Email: /

Facebook - search: St Mary's Parish Catholic Church Papakura

Preference Certificates to be signed at the Parish Office

Thursdays Only from 10 a.m. - 12 noon AND 4 - 6 p.m. - No Appointment Necessary

The Uniform Shoppe - SAS Sport Limited - Price List Attached

Uniforms are available for purchase from the SAS Sport shop located at 28B Wood Street, Papakura. The shop hours are Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. AND Saturdays 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Shop Telephone: 296 6063 - or visit: and click 'shop online'. WINZ Quotes are available through SAS Sport. Caps ($16) and 'Scrunchies' ($2) are available through the school office. PLEASE ENSURE ALL ITEMS ARE CLEARLY NAMED. THANK YOU.

See the Uniform Price List below (which is also posted on our school website):

MusIQhub Music Lessons

At St Mary's Catholic School - SIGN UP NOW for Term Three 2021! Our friends at MusIQhub are happy to announce that there will be new spaces available this term for Drum, Piano/Keyboard, Guitar and Ukulele lessons during school hours! Also, there will be Singing, Recorder and Flute lessons available! Please enquire now to book in spaces for quality music lessons taught by experienced professional musicians.

Drums, Piano/Keyboard, Singing, Recorder and Flute - Paul Barry 022 198 0044


Guitar and Ukulele - Lih Foo 021 2076 231



Term 3, 2021 - Monday 26th July to Friday 1st October 2021

Term 4, 2021 - Monday 18th October to Wednesday 15th December 2021


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Scholastic Book Ordering On-Line - Easy Step-By-Step Instructions

Please check out this link 'getting started' with easy step-by-step instructions on how to order on-line: