St James' School Term 1 Week 7

Newsletter 17 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

We all enjoyed our swimming sports yesterday. A huge thank you to Tracey Gunn and Glenn Maskill for your organisation and to the staff and wider community for your support. The day runs like clockwork and the children are able to swim and participate with joy. If you have any suggestions please let us know.

Lent continues to roll along and we are looking forward to our Holy week events. But first, we have our school mass this Sunday at 9.30 am. Come along for mass and then the 4th First Reconciliation session will follow after mass for those taking part. We are asking learners to be in school uniform for the mass, please.

Kia pai tō rā - Tom Sheehan

Catholic Special Character

Sunday 21 March - St James’ School led Mass

This coming Sunday, the 21 March, at 9:30 Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, is our St James' school led Mass. We encourage as many of you as possible to attend and help us celebrate. If your St James school children could please attend in full and tidy school uniform.

Holy Week celebrations at St James'

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

Monday 29th March - Palm Sunday liturgy - 9:00 am - School Hall. WE also have some learners participating in the Mass of the Oils at 12 midday.

Tuesday 30 March - Stations of the Cross part 1 - 12:00pm - School Hall.

Wednesday 31 March - Stations of the Cross part 2 - 12:00pm - School Hall.

Thursday 1st April - Holy Thursday - Last Supper and Washing of the Feet liturgy - 12:00pm - School Hall.

Caritas Challenge 2021 - Thursday 8th April

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

St Patrick’s Feast Day - Wednesday 17th March
St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles, and, in his writing, he wrote of his love of God. After years of living in poverty, travelling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461. He died at Saul, where he had built the first church.

Why a shamrock? Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.

CARITAS Challenge 2021

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

Lenten Reflection Group - Tuesday's. 9-10.30am at St James' Catholic School Library. All Welcome. Contact Basia 021 0820 3750. Please note this week it will be held on Friday 19 March at 9.10 am in the Library due to Swimming Sports being held on Tuesday.

First Reconciliation 2021 - Reconciliation classes continue with Session 4 this Sunday 21 March.

RITE 2 Reconciliation Thursday 25 March, feast of the Annunciation to be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. St James' and OLOL School learners will take part in the sacrament at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
Kate Bell from the parish can be contacted at

From our Parish Office

Link to Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Website
Link to the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit mass times

Latest Kotahi Ano Parish Newsletter


2021 Term Dates & Holidays

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.

Scholastic Lucky Book Club Issue 2 2021 - Closing date: 19 March 2021

These should have now arrived home, be sure to check out all the great deals. Spare copies of this issue are available from the library.

We encourage you to sign up and order online as paper orders will not be accepted.

You can follow this link to login and sign up for the LOOP order. This will arrive at school 1-2 weeks after the closing date and will be given to your child. If this is to be a surprise or gift be sure to tick the box on your order or let me know and I will be in touch when your order is ready to be picked up from the office. Thanks - Nicci Smith

Melodies Music - Terri has let us know she has two slots available for music tuition on a Thursday. Please text or ring Terrie if you are keen for your learner to learn keyboard/piano - 0211361854



We extend a warm welcome to Jonath and Lachlan, who have recently started their faith and learning journey at our kura. We also extend a warm welcome to their families and whānau.

Donation - We are very grateful for the donation of a $1200 voucher to St James' Catholic School for the purchase of Sports Equipment for our Kura. Thank you to Iplex for supporting your local community schools.

Thank You for your kind Donation

Thank you Cloud9 for supporting your community and to our St James School community for supporting this initiative. We have just received a donation from Cloud9 for $122.14. Cloud9 continue to support us and we encourage you all to use their facilities.


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.

Lost Property - There is a number of lost property, swimming towels and items of uniform. We encourage you to take the time to look through these items.

School Board

At the last School Board Meeting Michael Fennessy was elected the new Chair of the School Board. Michael is a parent rep on the Board and is a parent of 2 children who went all the way through St James and are now in year 7 and year 10 at St Peters. Michael can be contacted on the Board email address -

We acknowledge the service that Matt Balm has given to the St James' School Board. Matt has recently resigned as Board Chair but will stay on the Board. Thank you Matt for volunteering to serve, your support for the staff and community of St James' and your knowledge and understanding of all things St James'.

2021 Board of Trustees

Chairperson: Michael Fennessy

Treasurer: Catherine Norman

Principal: Tom Sheehan

Staff Representative: Andrea Cawood

Proprietor’s Appointees: Josephine Kenrick, Catherine Norman, Geraldine Clear and Analena Siu

Parent Representatives: Matthew Balm, Michael Fennessy, Nivin Pappu and Hamish Sutherland.

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


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

  • PTFA Lunch - Friday 26 March. As it is lent we are offering non meat pizzas. Our pizza offerings will be cheesy garlic or simply cheese. $2 a slice, order before school on Friday 26 March - in front of the School office.
  • We are selling Jucies each Friday after school from now on - $2.00
  • Term One disco date is set for Friday 9 April after Easter. Details to follow.
  • Watch this Space for more information coming on the PTFA Chocolate Fundraiser later in this term.
  • 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.
  • 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 (PTFA
  • Next PTFA meeting is set for 7 April 2021, 6.30-8.00pm in the Staffroom - All Welcome.

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 7

  • Thursday 18 March - Te Mahuri Trip to Esplanade.
  • Friday 19 March - Autism Awareness and World Down Syndrome day - Mufti Day - bright colours and crazy socks.
  • Sunday 21 March - School Mass, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.

Week 8

  • Tuesday 16 March - Lenten Reflection Group 9-10.30am, Library, All Welcome
  • Thursday 25 March - 5.30 pm Rite II Reconciliation at OLOL (1st Reconciliation) LuTBC
  • Friday 26 March - PTFA Pizza Lunch

Week 9

  • Tuesday 30 March - 12noon Stations of the Cross #1, Hall
  • Wednesday 31 March - 12noon Stations of the Cross #2, Hall
  • 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
  • Thursday 8 April - Caritas Challenge
  • Friday 9 April - PTFA Disco

Week 11

  • Tuesday 13 April - School Photos
  • Friday 16 April - Last Day of Term 1


Year 3, 4 5 & 6 Swimming Sports - Tuesday 16 March 2021

The swimming sports were held yesterday with all Year 3 to 6 learners taking part. The racing began with the width races - flutterboard, freestyle, backstroke and walking! It is great to see the confidence of learners to get in, have a go and enjoy taking part. The length races followed with - freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and medley. The event finished with a 4 person relay and free swim. Special note to the Year 6 Girls who had heats and finals in each 50m event. That was a lot of lengths for many of those swimmers. Very well done to all - manuia tele. Thanks to Tracey Gunn and Glenn Maskill for your leadership on the day and to all staff and supporters and whanau. A special thank you to all of the St James' learners for your attitude, your striving and your efforts on the day.


Please click the link below to register online for Netball 2021

Year 1-2 Netball

Year 5-6 Netball

Online Registrations close 24th March 2021

Getting Involved

St Vincent de Paul - Vinnies Shop - Our book supply is really low. We need to replenish our stock of children's and adults books please. We are also in need of clean and tidy double and queen beds. Draws small and large bookshelves. A very special Thank you for Everyone's support.

Cathedral of the Holy Spirit - Welcomers Needed! If you are interested in being a Welcomer at Mass please contact Joan 021 123 2673 or

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