Newsletter 2nd March 2022

Marian Catholic School

Principal's Reflection

Tena koutou te whānau

He moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka

A choppy sea can be navigated

I would like to thank our parents for their support as we embark on COVID - Phase Three. In this current phase the only close contacts are household members. Please continue to use our usual absences notification via SchoolAPP or phone the office if your child is absent due to a family member being positive. Your child’s teacher will be notified and distance work made available for your child.

In the case of your child testing positive please use the email. We will email the families of the class that a student has tested positive and advise close monitoring of symptoms. Our prayers and thoughts are with our students and families who are affected with COVID. If families need any support please email our family Worker: Tricia Robinson -

Our parent community has been fantastic keeping us notified of their household cases and collecting children when required. We will keep our families notified as we are informed of cases. Please ensure you are monitoring for symptoms. We can do this together.

On a positive note we have seen tremendous development in the seamlessness of our distance learning. We are taking a blended approach to our teaching programmes to ensure our student’s learning has minimal disruption across both the classroom and at home. This is working well. This ‘hybrid learning’ model is an educational approach in which schools provide remote and onsite learning at the same time, using a range of technologies and approaches, including paper-based learning. Due to COVID-19, and in particular the Omicron variant a major shift will be a change from thinking about face-to face/onsite learning as the dominant way that learning is delivered, to one where learning is designed from the outset to be delivered seamlessly in three ways (onsite, online and paper based) where required.

As we begin the season of Lent let us reach out to support members within our community who are experiencing isolation due to COVID with prayers, contactless drop offs, or a friendly phone call.

Ma te Atua koutou e manaaki

Arohanui, Debra

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Gospel Reflection

Gospel Reflection: Luke 6: 39-45

In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus talks about seeing a speck of dust in someone else’s eye, but not seeing the wooden log in our own eye. It is much easier to notice the mistakes that others make, than it is to realize when we have made a mistake or done something wrong ourselves.

Jesus is saying we must change the way we act before we can expect anyone else to change.

God can help us. God will fill our hearts with goodness and love, hope, courage and generosity. Filled with these things we will not be able to stop ourselves from wanting to share them with others. So if we let God fill our hearts with goodness and love, we will be able to speak words that share that goodness and love with others.

Charism Focus

Our Charism focus for this term is LIVE LOVE. This week as we begin our Lenten Journey, we can look for ways of being a good friend to others by being trustworthy, honest and inclusive.

If we ourselves use honesty as one of the pillars on which we build our lives, then we will speak the truth to others. When we seek the truth from others, we can look not only to their words, but how they value honesty.

Following in the tradition of Marcellin Champagnat and Euphrasie Barbier, our two founders, we have learned the respect for the dignity of each human person. Showing honesty and love were very important qualities that they both lived by. Jesus is our greatest model.

This week as we begin Lent, we need to look for opportunities to change our ways and grow closer to God. Showing honesty, kindness and love in our words and actions are a good start.

DRS News

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a time when we look at how we can prepare ourselves for Easter. Throughout Lent we pay particular focus on prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

To explain these:

Prayer means developing a closer relationship with God and spending more time talking to God in prayer.

Fasting: this is something we can go without or give up - whether it be food or something else we like, so that we appreciate what Jesus gave up for us by dying on the cross.

Almsgiving means we give to others whether it be helping the old or needy, giving time to others or giving of our worldly goods. We are here to be servants to others and live as Jesus lived for the good of all.

As we begin Lent, a word from Pope Francis in his homily for Ash Wednesday several years ago.

Lent is not a time for useless sermons, but for recognizing that our lowly selves are loved by God. It is a time of grace, a time for letting God gaze upon us with love and in this way change our lives”.


Today 100 students were able to celebrate Mass in the Cathedral with other students participating from their classrooms via live streaming. After Mass the students walked over to the Cathedral and the students were able to receive Ashes from outside, in class groups.

Many thanks for the generous donation of grocery items that have been given to the Hamilton Combined Christian Foodbank- a great start to our Lenten pledge of Almsgiving.


We pray for Ms Gerritsen who is now home from hospital recovering from a broken ankle. We wish her well with her recovery.

God Bless,

Nicki Whyte DRS

Upcoming Events

  • Learning Discussions - Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 February
  • Teacher Only Day - Friday 1 April
  • L3 Tennis - Tuesday 22 and 29 March and 5 April

Learning Community 3 Raglan Beach Trip

LC3 thoroughly enjoyed spending our time at Ngarunui beach, Raglan in Week 3.

Our learners spent the day with the awesome lifeguards, touring the Surf club, learning about how to stay safe on the beach, and being sun smart. We also had a blast spending time in the water practising our key beach safety skills, playing beach games and participating in water activities.

Thank you so much to all the amazing parent helpers who supported us. Our trip would not have been as successful as it was, without your invaluable support. We are truly blessed!

Learning Community 5: Caritas

Representatives of our Young Vinnies group attended an online Zoom ‘Caritas Justice Chat’ with the Caritas Aotearoa Group. One of the aims of this session was to inspire and support students to become active leaders of change in their schools and to use the principles of Catholic Social Teaching in the process. These leaders will share what they learnt back to their Young Vinnies group in their online leadership session. We hold these sessions for each leadership group on Wednesday afternoons.

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Learning Discussions

Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th March

This term our first Learning Conversations are scheduled for 8-9th March. The purpose of these initial learning conversations is to support the learning partnership between the student, the teacher and the parent and talk about goals and what needs to happen for your child, you and the teacher to support these goals.

Please use the online booking system to book your time.

Go to and use the code ra8s5.

We are offering “zoom” meetings for parents and if you would like this please book a time online and then email your child’s teacher to be sent the link.

Rooms 1, 4 and 5 will not be holding learning conversations for students at these times. The class teachers will contact parents/caregivers directly to organise a time to meet. For most students this will be once they have completed their School Entry Assessment which is done after 4-6 weeks at school.

Year 3-8 Choir 2022

Expressions of interest'

If you are interested in joining our 'Marian Singers' Choir this year, please let your class teacher know.

Mrs Clark will be circulating a doc during week 5 & 6 for names to be added.

We welcome Year 3 singers this year, and would love a range of boys and girls across Year 3-8.

Once we are able to begin singing practices we'll let you know ❤️

In the meantime, all singers who sign up will be shared a folder of songs to sing along to at home.

Arohanui ki a koutou

Mrs Clark

Room 14

Choir 2022

Head lice

Cases of head lice have been reported in some classes. Working together helps us protect all our children.

We ask you to regularly check your child’s hair. The best way to do this is by putting conditioner through the child’s wet hair and then combing it through the hair with a fine toothed lice comb. The lice become trapped in the fine teeth of the comb and can not move due to the conditioner. Pull comb through each section of the hair starting at the scalp and wipe onto a paper towel.

Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.

Marian Catholic School Jacket

These jackets are supplied through our sportswear supplier Kukri and are of a very good quality. They are a soft shell, water proof material with a polar fleece lining.

We have some sample sizes in the school office if you would like to come and have a look and try out the sizes before purchasing.

Child sizes available: 3-4 yrs, 5-6 yrs, 7-8 yrs,

9-10 yrs, 11-12 yrs, 13-14 yrs.

The cost is $70.00 each.

Adult sizes: X-small, Small, Medium, Large

The cost is $80.00 each.

Delivery of the Jackets are approx. 8 weeks from

order placed.

Payment must be made before we order.

To place an order please contact Jardine McIntyre: or come into the

school office.

Last day to order: Friday 18 March

Before School and After School Care

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 helps us with our planning.

Advance Notice: ASC Holiday programme will run in the second week of the holidays : Tuesday 26 April - Friday 29 April

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Our Second-Hand Uniform shop is open Fridays from 2pm to 2:45pm. The shop is located in the Whare (situated on the edge of the church car-park)

All articles are from $2.00 to $10.00, the proceeds of which go to the Welfare Fund

Pastoral Care Team

If you are isolating and don’t have any Family connections or friends living close by and you need some assistance e.g Pharmacy items or food, please contact Tricia on 0275170671.

We will either arrange for a delivery or provide information to assist you.

Nga mihi nui


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