Campion College Newsletter
Term 1, Week 5 - 27 February to 5 March
FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S PEN
Kia ora parents and caregivers, Nau mai, haere mai, greetings,
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up”. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
As we settle back into school routines during this Lenten time of self-refection and we think more deeply on the message of love for all that Jesus advocated, we are mindful of those families who have been severely impacted from the effects of the recent flooding. Large numbers of people have a massive job ahead of them in the clean-up. It is important that as a community we continue to reach out to them in a practical way and not leave them to toil alone.
One of our responses has been to put together our student volunteer teams. It is so pleasing to see the large group of students who have volunteered to help. They mobilized this week and their efforts have been greatly appreciated. As one person commented: “it can be soul destroying digging out the mud on your own; some students turn up and heaps gets moved…so good. You feel like something has been achieved.”
This practical help to those in our community is one way we can show God’s love in action. We are gearing up to provide a volunteer response over the long period. More students are very welcome to join us by signing up at the office. Thanks to those who were mucking in this week.
Ngā mihi nui
This Lent We are Walking with Jesus
God, Father and Creator,
we thank you for all the gifts you have given us,
especially for the gift of your Son.
During this holy season of Lent, help us to change and
grow and become the kind of people you created us to be.
Fill our hearts with love for you, and love for other
people created in your image.
Show us how to use the gifts you have given us to
help others in your name.
As we journey together toward the light of Easter, we
know you are with us in all that we do.
May we live always as people of your kingdom
praising your name now and forever.
Mary Our Good Mother, pray for us
St Marcellin Champagnat, pray for us
St Mary MacKillop, pray for us
St Edmund Campion, pray for us.
YEAR 7 & 8 CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY
Congratulations to the following students who were recognised at this week's Year 7 & 8 Celebration assembly. These students have demonstrated one or more of our 3 C's; Commitment, Community and Compassion and are well on the way to becoming Disciples of Christ.
Back: Atonio Ifopo, Unaise Halaifonua,
Middle: Cindy Chen, Natalie Foster, Asher Seaton
Front: Olivia Park, Amelia Parsons, Declan Aitkenhead, Ranya Narayan, Alexis Clare
CHAMPAGNAT MARIST SCHOOLS LEADERSHIP FORUM
Last week, head prefects Lily Heuser and Luca Vita attended the Champagnat Marist Schools Leadership Forum. They spent four days with the student leaders from 10 other Marist Colleges all over Aotearoa. During the forum, the students learned what it means to be a servant leader in a Marist community and how to apply this on a practical level in our kura. Lily and Luca represented our College and their whānau with extreme confidence and humility. By continuing to build a network of belonging across our Champagnat Marist Schools Aotearoa New Zealand, we will find new ways to inspire and support one another as an authentic faith community.
Last week the Young Vinnies team organised a bring a can or coin day for those impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle. Bring a can or cash day was extremely well supported by our students and staff with many of them bringing several cans of food and donating money for St Vincent de Paul. The workers at 'The Haven' were thrilled to receive the food and said it will go a long way to assisting those in need in our community. We also raised $2,476.50 for Saint Vincent de Paul. Ka rawe, e te whānau!
Senior A Trials were held on the 7th and 8th of February. Thank you to our new coaches, Marianne Gillies and Jess Lamont - we are so grateful to have you on board and we look forward to working with you.
Netball trials for girls in Years 9 - 13 were held on the 1st March and a second trial will be held next week. Please keep an eye on the notices for more information. Trials for Years 7 - 8 (girls and boys) will be held on 6th and 7th of March at lunchtime please ensure you have filled out the form for year 7 and 8 trials - Year 7 & 8 Trials Form
Basketball Muster for all boys in Years 9 - 13 is on Wednesday, 8th March in the gym at 12.45. Thank you to Shane McClutchie who returns as our coach this year.
Our girls' basketball muster will be later in the term.
Hockey Muster (girls and boys) / training for Years 9 - 13 will begin on Wednesday, 8th March from 7am - 8am at the School Turf - Thank you to returning coach, Matt King.
Hockey Muster for Year 7 - 8 will be in Week 9, Term 1.
All students interested in playing cricket this year for Years 7 & 8 in a mixed tournament, please see Kylie in the office.
If you are a Year 9 -13 student interested in playing Cricket on Wednesdays or Saturdays, please see Kylie.
All girls aged 14 and over are invited to football trials on Monday 6th March at 5.30pm, Childers Road # 2, our sincere thanks to Michael Ferguson for joining us as coach.
Boys Football muster - will be later on in the term.
It's been wonderful to see our students out in the community helping with the clean up after Cyclone Gabrielle. Ka mau te wehi, koutou!
The Net Team arrived in Gisborne last Friday and supported our first Youth Mass and Youth Group for 2023. They spent time on Monday and Tuesday in Religious Education classes getting to know our students. They will return to Campion College later in March to spend some more time in classes and lead retreats for our senior students.
You can read all about the NET Team and the work they do in the following document.
CARITAS PURPLE RIBBON LENT APPEAL
In support of the season of Lent, Caritas is again hosting the purple ribbon appeal. Lent leading up to Easter and the resurrection of Jesus is a time for us to reflect on aspects of ourselves. It is a time to make prayer, almsgiving and fasting a priority and wearing the ribbon can act as a reminder of this commitment. Purple was the colour of the robe Pilate placed on Jesus, and while it is associated with repentance or pain, it also represents ambition for growth and dignity.
This year's Caritas theme is John 8;12, “I am the light of the world”,
which is something we should all strive to uphold.
Ribbons will be available from verticals by a donation. We want everyone to get involved and there will be a mystery prize for the vertical that collectively sells the most ribbons. You can bring money to your vertical form teacher, use eftpos in the office, or donate via the KINDO APP here.
On Tuesday, 28th February we celebrated our 2023 Commissioning Mass with Father Mark Field and representatives from the Diocese. Our student leaders were given a blessing alongside the student leaders from St Mary's Primary School. At this Mass Karyn Sadler was awarded Leadership Level accreditation in Religious Education and Mark Naden was awarded Leadership Level accreditation in Special Character.
Despite all the rain early this week, our recycling programme is still going strong. So far this year, we have saved 1,020 kilograms of waste going into our landfill! Ka mau te wehi! Awesome work, team!
MIHA MĀORI - MĀORI MASS
You are all invited to attend Maori Mass in the Church this coming Sunday 5th March at 9.00am. Nau mai, haere mai.
If you, or anyone you know, needs any support with food, bedding, furniture or clothing then please contact the Saint Vincent de Paul Society on 020 4171 8608. They are a local Catholic organisation who is able to provide for those in need. We thank the Vinnies for all the wonderful work they do for our community, quietly and humbly in the background.
Volunteer Teams: We continue to offer assistance to any families in need in our community. Please contact Paul McGuinness 027 226 7466 if you, or someone you know, requires assistance.
YEAR 7 & 8 WHANGARA CAMP - POSTPONED
FACEBOOK PAGE & COLLEGE APP
Staying connected is now more important than ever. Please keep up to date with all the wonderful things we are doing on our new Campion College Facebook Page. Head over to Facebook to check it out here.
If you haven't yet downloaded our College App, please do so . It's an easy way to stay on top of school admin.
PARISH MASS TIMES
Our church is St Mary, Star of the Sea. We are fortunate to have our church onsite. Our parish Mass times are:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.00 am
Friday 12.10 pm,
Saturday 9 am and Vigil Mass 6.00 pm
Sunday 9.00 am
Children’s liturgy at every Sunday 9.00 am
We love to hear about and celebrate our students' achievements.
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Location:41 Campion Road, Te Hapara, Gisborne 4010Phone: 06 8679309