Newsletter 19 October, 2022

Marian Catholic School

Principal's Reflection

Welcome back to Term 4. A highlight for me is welcoming our students back to school after a holiday break. They return rested and looking forward to re connecting with their friends and teachers. They often look so shiny and new in their uniforms and are so ready for new learning. A HUGE thank you to our families for your ongoing support as we work together for your children.

Breaking News

We have just received the exciting news that one of our Lit Quiz Teams has won the Regional Lit Quiz Finals.

Congratulations to Dominic Tuffery, Jubair Tohil, Bruno Ritchie and Perpetua Doohan for all their hard work in preparing for this competition.

We had a number of highlights to celebrate at the end of last term.

  • A HUGE thank you to our families for your support of Grandparents Day. We were absolutely delighted with the turn out and the wonderful positive comments we received. This is always an exciting and much anticipated day in our school calendar.

  • Outstanding results in the Waikato Full Primary Speech Finals. We had two students qualify to compete at this level Mattheas Torres and Lizzie Barr. Congratulations to Lizzie for winning second place overall.

  • Kids for Caritas Concert - This was an outstanding evening showcasing our talented students and staff. We were indeed blessed to have Dane Moeke (New Zealand's Got Talent) join our choir and perform. The GSEC was filled to the brim and I thank all our families for your wonderful support. The evening raised over $300 for Caritas.

Congratulations to Jubilee Catholic Early Childhood Centre on their 20th Anniversary. This was celebrated with a memorable morning beginning with a welcome and waiata, followed by a Blessing and speeches and the unveiling of a plaque. The morning highlighted the journey taken, by a passionate and committed team with a huge vision for a Catholic Early Childhood Centre, to the centre we enjoy today. We love having Jubilee such a special part of our school community.

Construction in the gully

Over the holidays a permanent wooden fence has been constructed to ensure the health and safety of our students during the construction phase of the new presbytery. The construction is expected to take approximately a year. Once completed a final permanent fence will be built closer to the edge of the gully.


Huge congratulations to Anna Gerritsen who has been appointed Deputy Principal at St Columba’s School, Frankton. While it is a regret to announce Anna’s resignation this is a wonderful promotion for Anna and one she has many skills and experiences to draw from. Anna has been teaching here for the past four years and will be starting at St Columba’s School at the beginning of 2023.

We also advise the resignation of Amanda Luke, effective from the start of this term. Amanda has been working part time this year and has decided to take a break from teaching.

Our prayers and best wishes are with both Anna and Amanda as they take these exciting next steps.



Class Placements for 2023

We are in the process of organising our school structure for 2023. If you have information that is important for us to consider to help place your child in a class for next year please email (Years 0-4) and (Years (5-8) by Friday 28 October.

If your child is not returning in 2023, please let the office know as soon as possible.

New Zealand's National Agricultural Fieldays event 2022 Calling volunteers

This year we are seeking volunteers to work on the gates at the Field days to raise funds for our school. This is an annual opportunity and the funds are much needed and appreciated by Marian Catholic School.

These are the shifts we need to fill this year. The shift times are flexible but will need coverage across the whole day, especially in the mornings which are the busiest times.

Full training and support will be provided. If you are able to volunteer for a shift on the gates please contact: Jamie Looker

Wednesday 30 November:

  • 5:15am – 12pm

  • 7:15am – 12pm

  • 11:15am – 4pm

  • 11:15am – 5:30pm

Thursday 1 December and Friday 2 December:

  • 5:45am – 12pm

  • 7:30am – 12pm

  • 11:15am – 4pm

  • 11:15am – 5:30pm

Saturday 3 December:

  • 5:45am – 12pm

  • 7:30am – 12pm

  • 11:15am – 4pm

  • 11:15am – 4:30pm.

Gospel Reflection

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time Luke 18:1-8

In this parable, Jesus shows us we shouldn't be disheartened. Jesus says that God hears the cries of all who call out to him day and night. God will certainly answer our prayers, even if it's not in the way that we expect.

How does it make you feel to know that God always hears you when you pray?

There are many things that are unfair in our world. And there are many people, like the widow in the story, who struggle to make their voices heard.

We can pray for these people, but we also have to do what we can to make sure all people are treated fairly. Who knows, we might even be the answer to someone's prayers!

Charism Focus

Our Charism focus for this term is LIVE MISSION. This means living the Mission of Jesus. This coming Sunday is Mission Sunday in our Church and this Thursday we will celebrate our Mission Day Mass and celebrate our School Mission day this Friday.

What does Live Mission look like and sound like? It involves action - to be the hands, face and voice of Jesus. To truly show love to all those around us - just as Jesus said, ”Love one another as I have loved you”

This month of October our church is focusing on Mission- living Jesus’ Mission in the world. As a part of the Church community Marian Catholic School will show through our actions how we can live our faith.

What does that mean to us ? It means we will look for every opportunity in our day -using our actions to show we are followers of Jesus. It is not just talking about it but it means acting and living it. Giving and showing little acts of kindness to those we meet.


DRS news

Mission Day

This Friday is Mission Day. A school tradition is to hold a Mission Day so that our students have an opportunity to be actively involved in raising money to support missionary efforts.

The students may wear Mufti and bring a gold coin donation which will be collected in the classrooms.

Students are encouraged to bring along some coins to spend at the special stalls that are organised by the senior students. Food will be sold, games organised, raffles, board games, books and drinks to buy. It is best that students bring a shopping bag to collect things they might like to buy. They will also need a named purse to keep their loose change in.

This year we will donate the money we raise to four chosen organisations that need our financial support.

  • Feed the Hungry Programme - which is organised by our Cathedral Parish, supplying a hot nutritious meal for the homeless and needy from Hamilton each Tuesday lunchtime.

  • Hamilton Combined Christian Food bank- As well as giving the groceries we will also donate money to this worthwhile organisation that supplies food parcels to needy families in the Hamilton area.

  • Champagnat Marist Pre-Schools in KIRIBATI- Pre schools run by the Marist Brothers who were founded by Marcellin Champagnat.

  • Euphrasie School in Myanmar - a Catholic primary school that is our partner school in Asia run by the Mission Sisters.

OCTOBER: Month of the ROSARY

October is the month in which Mary appeared for the last time to shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, urging them to "say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world."

Let us, our school community, keep the Rosary of peace prayer at a time.


We warmly welcome into our school community the following children and their families; Harry Jordan (Rm3), Leah Hill (Rm3), Carter Murray (Rm3), Ivana Don Wickramathunga (Rm3), Neytri Sreenivasan (Rm7a) and Abbygale Delos Trinos (Rm 4).

Enrolments 2023

If you have a child due to start in 2023, please ensure you have filled out an enrolment form and returned it to the school office.

Summer Uniform

Children may now be in their summer uniforms. From next week, after Labour Day, all students need to be wearing summer uniform.

We expect children to be in full summer uniform and not parts of it. Jerseys and Fleeces can be worn as part of the summer uniform.

Hats are compulsory this term. Children without their hats will have to sit in the shaded areas.


Thursday 17 November 6pm in the GSEC

Children involved will be bringing a note home next week after their lessons.

Teacher Only Day

Please mark this day on your calendar -

Monday 21 November.

There will be no classes as teachers will be busy working on reporting and data collection.

Dates for 2023

Term 1: Thurs 2 Feb to Thurs 6 April

Term 2: Mon 24 April to Fri 30 June

Term 3: Mon17 Jul to Fri 22 Sept

Term 4: Mon 9 Oct to Tues 19 Dec

Celebrating Success

Lit Quiz Competition

Lit Quiz Competition

Today we had two teams of 4 students from Marian Catholic School enter the Waikato Regional Lit Quiz Finals.

We have just received the news that one of our teams have won and now qualify for the NZ National Final of the Kids’ Lit Quiz.

To win this competition the children needed to have read a considerable number of books and have an all-round excellent literary knowledge.

These students will now to go the NZ Finals held at the National library in Wellington on 12 November.

This is the first time Marian School has made it to the National champs.

Congratulations to both of the teams and we wish the top team all the best for the finals.

Many thanks to Mrs Brycki (Library) for all her support.

Brass Band Competition

At the Waikato Bay of Plenty Brass Band Championships over the weekend Lizzie was 1st in the Under 13 Slow Melody and 1st in the Under 13 Variation. Katie was 3rd in the Novice.

In the full band events, Hamilton Auxiliary Brass won the D Grade with a clean sweep, taking home 7 trophies!

Vision and Hearing Testing

Vision Hearing Technicians from Community and Southern Rural Health will be visiting our school. The objective of the test is to identify previously undetected vision and hearing defects.

If any parents/caregivers do not want their child to be checked, or their child is currently under specialist care for a vision or hearing defect, they should let the school know.

Which children are routinely checked? Children who have not completed vision and hearing checks as part of their B4 School Check. Children absent from previous visit, require retests or follow up. In special circumstances, parents, teachers or others may request a vision or hearing check

What tests are carried out?


Audiometry (hearing test)

Tympanometry – middle ear function test (only carried out when hearing test is not within a normal range)


Long distance vision tests – not a complete visual examination, but a simple screening test

NB All of these checks are non-invasive, safe and should cause no discomfort.

It’s Recycling Week

That means it’s time again to rummage through your drawers and toy boxes and bring into school any unwanted mobile phones you may have. Phones collected help reduce waste sent to landfills, save valuable materials and energy, and help look after New Zealand’s waterways. Please drop any unwanted mobile phones you may have in the collection box in the school reception.

We believe the future of our beautiful coastline & waterways can only be secured if we all work together.

BUSIT changes

This is a courtesy email to notify you of timetable and route changes to several BUSIT services effective Tuesday 25 October 2022.

The following services are impacted:

  • Orbiter

  • 1 Pukete
    The weekday afternoon trip that leaves from Hamilton Girls High School has been removed.

  • 9 Nawton
    This service will no longer go into The Base. It will terminate at the Rotokauri Transport Hub. Access to The Base is over the pedestrian overbridge (stairs and lift available)

  • 13 University

  • 18 Te Rapa

  • 20 Cambridge
    Timing point at Hillcrest Warehouse is now three minutes earlier for the 3.30pm and 5.15pm services from Hamilton to Cambridge.



Thank you to all those families who have been notifying the office if their child is going to be absent from school. Please remember to contact the school office before 9am each day. You can leave a message on the answer phone 856 7515 or send us a message on the School App.

Dates to Remember

  • Mission Day - This FRIDAY - 21 October

  • Labour Weekend - Monday 24 October - NO SCHOOL

  • School Photos - Tuesday 15 November

  • Full School Mass - 17 November at 9:15am

  • Cultural Assembly - 17 November at 1:30pm in the Cathedral followed by Whanau Hui

  • Out of School Twilight Concert 17 November

  • NO SCHOOL - 21 November - Teacher Only day

  • Junior Nativity Show - 1st and 2nd December

  • Senior Prizegiving - 9 December

  • Final School Mass for 2022 and Community thank you morning tea - 15 December

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 is essential for our planning.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Open 2.00pm - 2.45pm Friday afternoons in the Whare.

If you have any unwanted articles at home, please drop them into the school office. All donations of uniform are much appreciated.

There is a range of stock on hand but we are very short on tunics and small size skirts.


Head Injury Research

Researchers from Auckland University of Technology, Waikato and Auckland Universities, are carrying out a study looking at the number of adults and children having head injuries over a one-year period in the Hamilton and Waikato areas. The research team are also interested in learning more about people’s experiences of health care services following a head injury. Study findings will help with planning services in the future. If you or someone you know has a head injury between 01 May 2021 - 30 April 2022, please contact the Study Manager to find out more ph: 07 838 4257 or 0508 2BIONIC, or email


Saturday morning music classes

Enrolments are now open for Term Four 2022 at the Waikato Community School of Music. The first session is on Saturday 29th October.. The school caters for all ages (3 to retired) and ability levels, offering group-format and one-to-one music tuition in a range of instruments. Group-format class fees range from $45 to $110 per term (7 lessons in Term Four) depending on student age and the instrument chosen. The enrolment fee for an instrument class includes participation in as many of our ensembles as the student wishes. Enrolment in ensembles only is also an option. One-to-one classes can aid in preparing for exams and earning NCEA credits.

Class times are between 8:00am and 2:00pm on Saturdays during primary school terms. WCSM is located on the University of Waikato campus in Hillcrest.

Contact us via our website WCSM or on 07 838 4611.

Sports Notices

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Kids Tryathlon

The Sanitarium Weet-BixTM Kids TRYathlon is BACK for 2022/23. This season will feature 12 amazing events throughout New Zealand.

The Hamilton event is on Sunday 4th December at Waikato University Fields.

Let me know if you want to register your child/children.

Adriana Cubillos

Marian Sports Coordinator

Hinemoa Amateur Athletic Club

Hinemoa Amatuer Athletics Club welcomes all interested athletes to join the 2022/2023 season. Our club registrations are now officially open for all ages.

Our 2022/23 Season Dates:

20 Oct 2022 – 8 Dec 2022

9 Feb 2023 – 30 Mar 2023

Our club meets on a Thursday at Steele Park, split into two sessions:

- Mini Club (3-6 yrs) run from 5pm - 5.45pm

- Junior Athletes (7-14 yrs) run from 6pm - 7.30pm

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Entertainment Books

Join now and discover why Entertainment really is your ultimate companion for fun.

Order your Entertainment Membership and support our fundraiser.

Learn to Sail this Summer @Hamilton Yacht Club!

When: Weekly on Fridays throughout Term 4

Friday LTS

Level 1 Group A - 4:15pm-5:30pm

Level 1 Group B - 5:45pm-7pm

Level 2/3 - 4:30pm-6:30pm

Teen Level 1/2 - 4:45pm-6:45pm

No experience necessary, boats provided

Ages 8+

For more info and to sign up go to, or email

Junior MTB Race Series - 2022

Hamilton MTB Park - Nov 6

Te Miro MTB Park - Nov 13

Grades: Under 10, up to Under 20

Start times from 10am to 12:30pm

Spot prizes, thanks to our sponsors; Tuatahi First Fibre, Green Monkey, Squirt, PlaceMakers

Sign up at:

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