St Mary's Catholic School 4 May - Term 2 Week 1

Third Sunday of Easter, Cycle C

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Gospel Reading John 21:1-19 (short form: John 21:1-14)

Jesus appears to the disciples for a third time after his Resurrection and shares a meal with them.

Background on the Gospel Reading

In Lectionary Cycle C, our Sunday Gospels are usually taken from the Gospel of Luke. The Gospels for the Easter Season, however, are taken from the Gospel of John. Today's Gospel is one of the post-Resurrection appearances reported by John. Recall that in John's Gospel, Jesus appears first to Mary of Magdala, second to all of the disciples except Thomas, and finally to Thomas and the disciples (which we heard last Sunday). After those appearances, John's Gospel seems to conclude with a reference to other signs that Jesus gave after his Resurrection, which have not been recorded.

Because it follows this apparent conclusion, most scholars believe today's Gospel passage (and all of John 21) to have been an addition to John's original text. Because there are significant differences between this report and the other appearances described in John's Gospel, it is quite likely that this story is from a different source. There are details in the story that recall Jesus' call to Simon Peter and the other fishermen as well as the miraculous catch of fish (found in the Gospel of Luke, with parallels in the other Synoptic Gospels). The end of the chapter, where Jesus asks Peter three times whether he loves him, most likely is meant to represent the reconciliation that occurred between the community represented by John's Gospel with the larger Christian community represented by Peter. This Gospel reading is a rich and textured story that speaks of Jesus' presence in the Eucharist and our commission to serve others as Jesus did.

Last week we heard that Jesus appeared to the gathered disciples in a locked room, probably in Jerusalem. In today's Gospel, the disciples are no longer in Jerusalem; they are in Galilee, returning to their work of fishing. Simon Peter is still presented in the role of leader: when he announces that he is going fishing, the other disciples follow. They spend the night fishing but are unsuccessful.

Jesus calls to them from the shore, but just as when Jesus first appeared to Mary of Magdala, the disciples do not recognize him immediately. Still, they follow the stranger's instructions and bring in a large haul of fish. It is at this point that one of the disciples (the “disciple whom Jesus loved”) realizes that Jesus is appearing to them. Upon hearing this news, Simon Peter leads the way again, jumping from the boat and swimming to shore. The other disciples follow in the boat, dragging the fish.

The disciples have brought to shore a tremendous catch of fish that Jesus has directed them to find. But once on the shore, they see that Jesus has already prepared fish and bread on a charcoal fire. Jesus directs the disciples to bring their catch of fish as well. Jesus is host at the meal that follows, feeding the disciples the bread and fish. In this detail we see allusions to the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes told in John 6.

There are also allusions in the Gospel to our gathering for the celebration of the Mass. In the Eucharist, we too are fed by Jesus in the bread and wine that have become his very Body and Blood. We also find in this story insight about the Presentation of the Gifts at Mass. The gifts we bring to the altar, bread and wine, are made from gifts that God gave first to us: grain and grapes, the fruit of the earth. God has no need of anything further. Yet God accepts the offering we bring—bread and wine, “the work of human hands”—and transforms our offering into the gift of his very presence.

After the meal, Jesus directs himself to Simon Peter. The community of John's Gospel probably looked down on Peter because of his denial of Jesus. This dialogue with Simon Peter is a reversal of Peter's three denials. Peter is forgiven. Having been restored to friendship with Jesus, Simon Peter is sent on a mission. “Feed my lambs . . . Tend my sheep . . . Feed my sheep.” These commands indicate that Peter is to be as Jesus, even unto sacrificing for the flock. As Jesus has fed Peter in this meal and as Jesus feeds us in the Eucharist, so he also sends us to follow him, asking that we offer our lives in service and sacrifice.


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Tihei mauri ora, nau mai, haere mai, tena koutou katoa, E nga whanau, e nga kaiako, e nga tamariki, e nga manuhiri, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

A very warm welcome back to Term 2. I would like to welcome all our families back and especially those new families who have started with us this term. We know your journey with us will be a great learning experience.

New school vision

The Board of trustees and staff have been working really hard over the past couple of years around a new school vision. We are delighted to share with you:

'Together with Jesus we love, learn and serve in the Cluny Spirit'.

We will be introducing this to the children over the term and at our liturgies. We will also be introducing this into our HERO system alongside our Learner Profile to share some wonderful actions your children are showing.

Covid in the community

The main topic of conversation for the past 2 years and term has been COVID. We continue to have children, staff and parents that are contracting COVID. Please keep all of these families in our community in your constant prayers.


Masks continue to be a discussion point. We have taken the path given to us by the officials that it is “strongly recommended” to wear masks inside for Years 4-6 and adults. As I stated last week, this is not mandatory but becomes a personal choice for families. We do ask that if you come into the office area or classrooms that you wear a mask to protect all in our environment. This is not mandated, just strongly recommended. Thank-you for your patience and understanding around all of these decisions.

With Winter fast approaching we encourage families to think about using masks as an extra layer of protection from bugs.

Whānau are again welcome in and around the school grounds without the need for masks on or having to scan in.

School events and activities

We are excited to reintroduce our much loved larger events and activities such as Kapa haka, choir, orchestra, masses, liturgies and cross country this term.

A wero (challenge or opportunity) is to assess how we have done these things in the past and how we can improve them in the future. Our commitment will always be to consider the pros and cons with a mindset of what works best for our children.


It is great that we have some wonderful weather at the moment and the children are able to get out and play. As we move into the winter please continue to make sure you stay at home if you are unwell and keep us informed of absences.

Field closures due to weather

At times we may need to close the field because of the weather and condition of the field. However, we will try to keep fields open as much as possible for our children to play. To manage this we have introduced a FLAG system.

NO FLAG - the field is open for all play. No special clothing required.

GREEN FLAG - children can play on the field but must have a towel, or a change of clothes.

RED FLAG - the field is closed.

Thank-you for your support with this.

Tackle Rugby

We also have a number of children wanting to play tackle rugby.

Starting next week on Wednesday's and Friday's, Year 5 and 6 children can play tackle rugby with Mr Murray refereeing. Children must have a mouthguard and change of clothes.

We are very much looking forward to seeing our children and families this term.

Ngā mihi nui

James Murray



A very warm welcome to term two. I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Easter break with your family and friends.

We were delighted to be able to come together for a Liturgy as a school community on Monday to celebrate the great feast of Easter.

It is the first time this year we have been able to gather as one school community, so it was very special for us all.

We reminded our students that it is the coming together in the presence of God, to be able to give thanks and praise Him in our Catholic tradition that gives our school its Special Character.

Our Liturgy’s focus was on the Resurrection. As Catholics we believe that Christ has died, Christ is risen and Christ lives among us now. We are called to live the Good News that Jesus is alive. Our school choir sang so beautifully for us, an Easter People and Alleluia is our Song!

You can listen to us singing Rise Up here.

To hear our wonderful choir sing We Are An Easter People, follow this link.

We encourage you to join us this term for our school Liturgies which are at the new time of 10.30am. The school newsletter will give the day and time of the liturgies.

You are also warmly welcomed to our class Masses. Your presence means so much to your children and certainly very much appreciated by our teachers.

We have a whole school Mass to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost on Friday 10 June at 9.30am in the Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Centre which we encourage you to join us for.

May is the Month of Mary

During May all classes in their prayer time will be focusing on Mary, the first and perfect disciple. The year one and two classes will be learning the Hail Mary prayer, and its meaning. Older classes will develop an understanding of the Rosary and be regularly praying a decade of the Rosary together.

We encourage you as a family during this month to offer a Hail Mary every day for one another and particularly too, for peace in the Ukraine.

Mother's Day

We wish all Mothers a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday and ask the Lord to continue to bless you in the precious work entrusted to you. God bless you all, protect you and keep you safe always.

Loving God,

We thank you for all mothers in the world.

Bless them so that they may always give life and nourishment to their children through their firm faith, generous and selfless love, good example and constant concern for their well being.

Grant that we, their children, may honour them always with a spirit of profound love, respect and thanksgiving.

Through Christ our Lord



With warm regards and God bless

Sally Washer

Cluny Mufti Day

Congratulations Cluny teachers and children! You have earned your first Cluny Mufti Day this year and are the first House to do so!

Cluny children can wear blue this Friday, 6th of May. Cluny children will not need to wear their uniforms on this day.

At lunchtime Cluny children can also enjoy an ice block... Go Cluny!

Let’s Spread Kindness Week (Bullying-Free NZ)

Let’s Spread Kindness Week (Bullying-Free NZ) will run from the 16th-20th of May.

The week follows the theme He kōtuinga mahi iti, he hua pai-ā rau: Small ripples create big waves.

Let’s Spread Kindness Week is all about focusing on the positive work already happening in our school community that supports our safe, inclusive school culture, where everyone feels happy, listened to, and feels they belong. Our school is a special place where together we ‘do a little good’, to be the difference!

No matter how big or small the action might be, together we can shine a light on people already doing things that make a difference and inspire others to do the same.

Let's spread the word and aroha, let’s spread kindness!

On Friday the 20th of May we will end the week of celebrating kindness with a mufti day. The children will not need to wear their uniform on this day, and may like to bring a gold coin donation for the NZ Mental Health Foundation.

Thank you for your support!

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Hoods Up

Thank you very much for your support last term of the Hoods Up fundraiser for Autism N.Z. Together we raised $460.90! All money raised will help Autism N.Z continue their work in raising understanding, awareness and acceptance of autism.

Allergy Awareness Week

Next week we will be supporting Allergy Awareness Week through some exciting learning and inquiries. We look forward to sharing our learning with you next week - so watch this space.

At the end of the week to celebrate our learning and growing awareness of allergies our House Captains will be having fun alongside our Allergy Awareness support team to paint one fingernail of any child who would like to, to represent the 1 in 10 Kiwi kids with food allergies.

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St Mary's Diggers Volleyball Team

Great season of volleyball for the St Mary's Diggers (pictured below).

Special thanks to coach Dee Harris for coaching the team. Looking forward to playing again in Term 4.

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St Mary's Staff Squash Team

During Term 1, some of the staff entered a business house squash competition at Devoy Squash and Fitness Centre. It was a great opportunity for us to try a new sport and keep active. The competition ran over 5 weeks and with the amount of players we had, we managed to rotate our roster so everyone had a few games each. In the end, St Mary's won and brought the trophy home!!

It was so much fun with some great squash played and many of our colleagues coming down to support.

Michael Dunston (c), Aden Turner, James Murray, Kylie McIntosh, Debbie Carlin (MVP), Josh McCabe, Steve Broderson and Warren Broadmore.


Welcome back to Term 2!

We're super excited that the restrictions have eased a little bit because it means that we can now get together easier and can start planning some fun things for our children and community.

We would love to welcome new faces to the PTA, especially as many of our long-standing members have left our school this year and there are just a few of us left holding the fort. And we've got some great ideas planned for the year, but we do need more parents (like you and me) to help make them happen.

Come along to the meeting next Tuesday (May 10th) at 7:15pm and see what we're all about. It's relaxed and friendly - enjoy a glass of wine and cheese.

We kindly ask that you RSVP on Facebook ( if you're planning in coming so we can estimate numbers.

We hope to see you there!

Katie, Sarah and Lisa - Your PTA Executives

PS: We're hanging around most afternoons at pick-up by the junior playground - feel free to say 'hi'!

Free Weekly Gobsmacked Ministries Programme

The programme started on Tuesday May 3 but I am still taking enrolments next week. It will run from 5:30 - 7:30pm every Tuesday until the end of this term.

We will be singing, learning new dances and I'll be telling stories that tell the history of our world that are played out through the bible.

Come along and make some new friends with children from all over the Bay of Plenty.

AGES: 9 - 15 years

TIME: 5:30 - 7:30pm

COST: Donation if you'd like to leave one

LOCATION: TGASDA Church - 25 Moffatt Rd, Bethlehem

Also, we're planning to have our BIG 2-day Gobsmacked Ministries Holiday Programme that happens once a year in the October school holidays. We may even have Josiah Ruff, Gobsmacked's very own music producer coming over from Miami, USA which is super exciting!! So stay tuned for more information!

Also, I will personally be teaching the following after school classes every Tuesday this term.

3:45 - 4:35 - Musical Theatre Dance Class (5 - 9 year olds)

4:35 - 5:20 - Musical Theatre Dance Class (10 - 15 year olds)

Cost: $15 a lesson

Register here

Singing Lessons

3:40 - 4:10 (5-9 year olds)

4:10 - 4:40 (10-15 year olds)

Cost: $15 a lesson

Register here

Location: TGASDA Church - 25 Moffatt Rd, Bethlehem

Kindest regards,



Term 1 - Thursday 3 February - Thursday 14 April

Monday 7 February - Waitangi Day

Term 2 - Monday 2 May - Friday 8 July

Monday 6 June - Queen's Birthday

Tuesday 7 June- TEACHER ONLY DAY, Kahui Ako

Friday 24 June - Matariki

Term 3 - Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September

Term 4 - Monday 17 October - Friday 16 December

Monday 24 October - Labour Day

Friday 18th November- TEACHER ONLY DAY


Term 3- Wednesday 27th July, 3 pm-6 pm, Thursday 28th July 12.30 pm-6 pm. SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12PM Thursday 28th July.


Term 4- Wednesday 7th December, 3 pm-6 pm, Thursday 8th December 12.30 pm-6 pm. SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12PM Thursday 8th December.


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