Newsletter 21 September, 2022

Marian Catholic School

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Principal's Reflection

Tena koutou katoa e te whānau

Experiencing history unfold was very moving, as I watched the funeral of Queen Elizabeth on Monday evening. We have been privileged to witness centuries of tradition since the announcement of the Queen’s passing. All the pageantry and ceremony befitting our Queen who served us so well. I loved the special tributes where her other roles were acknowledged: as a mother, a grandmother, a dog and horse lover. The Queen demonstrated many fine values we can be proud to emulate.

Our wonderful Queen, May she rest in peace.

Winter Sports

Our winter sports season has finished and the summer sports have began. Over the past couple of weeks many of our winter sports teams have held prize givings to complete their season. I would like to thank and acknowledge the efforts of our parents who support the various sports in our school. We are blessed with the parents and staff who take on coaching and managing roles. Thank you very much. I would like to thank our Sports Coordinator Adrianna Cubillos - for her work providing various sports for our children to experience.

Inter School Speeches and Cross Country

We have had a number of inter school events over the past couple of weeks. Our students always do us proud as they represent themselves, their families and our school. Thank you for being fine ambassadors of our school as you go out and compete with other schools.

Wonderful opportunity - Jump Jam

Congratulations to our Jump Jam teams; Marian Mana and Marian Movers who competed in the recent Freshman Jump Jam competition. The teams have been spending many hours practising during this term to prepare. They all looked stunning in their striking costumes. Marian Mana won the competition and will be competing in the National Competition in Tauranga in November. Thank you Brooke Goodwin and Colette Arnold for your work with these students. Thank you to the parents for your ongoing support.

Grandparents Day - Thursday 22 September

Tomorrow is Grandparents Day. This is a very exciting day in our school calendar. To maximise time for our Grandparents to visit classrooms after morning tea, Mass will start at the earlier time of 9.30am. Grandparents are welcome to join the classes from 8.30am and walk over to Mass with the class. We have a full day planned for our Grandparents and ‘Nearest and Dearest’ visitors.

Term Three has been a busy full term of sporting, cultural and academic successes. I would like to congratulate our students on all their successes this term. I would like to thank our families for all your ongoing support as we work with your children. Next week, we have Day Light saving starting, Queen Elizabeth Memorial Day and the promise of holidays ahead.

All the very best for an excellent last week of term.



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. This year Field days will be 30 Nov - 3 Dec. If you would like to volunteer for a shift on the gates please contact: Jamie Looker

Gospel Reflection

Luke 16:1-13:

In the gospel Jesus tells the parable of the Dishonest Steward, who used his wits to gain favour. We are reminded that honesty is the best policy. If we are honest in the little things in life, we will be honest about everything else too.

Jesus says we can’t serve both God and money in our lives. God says that we should be generous with the money that we do have and use it to look after others.

Money can not make us happy, because true happiness comes from loving God. We are free to live as we choose, because God trusts us to do what we know is right.

Charism Focus

Our Charism focus for this term is LIVE FAITH. This week we are focusing on our participating at church, and showing God we are thankful for all we have. We are so fortunate at Marian as our school is just beside the Cathedral. We have many opportunities - at class prayer time, visits to the Cathedral as a class or as a school at Masses or Monday liturgy to be fully involved and participate.

How can we participate in Church? It is not just for the person speaking up the front, we can also be involved. We just need to join in and respond. To show that we are part of the community of faith we respond enthusiastically in singing and responding in prayer and praising God.

In week one we discussed the beautiful world that God has created for us - one of the many things that we are very thankful for. How often during the day do we take time to reflect on the things that we have and to thank God for them?

Living our Faith this term is an opportunity for us to show that we are thankful - responding with kindness and thanks for things that we have been given and not taking them for granted. Spend time talking to God and thanking God for all that has been given to us. Being the hands, face and voice of Jesus to those we meet.



Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13

DRS news

Upcoming Masses

This Wednesday, 22nd September: Grandparent’s Day MASS 9.30am

We welcome our community to join us for this special Mass on Thursday

Schools Feast Day : Our Lady’s Birthday 8 September

A fortnight ago we had a wonderful school Feast day with the children coming together to celebrate the birthday of Mary, our Mother. We had a beautiful Mass followed by a procession to our Mary Garden where we sang Happy Birthday to Mary. After a special morning tea the students joined with their Buddy classes to complete creative activities on Mary.


Friday 21st October: As part of LIVE MISSION in Term 4 we celebrate a very special day on the school calendar, when we raise funds to support the work of the Mission Sisters and Marist Brothers overseas, Feed the Hungry Programme at the Cathedral and the Hamilton Combined Christian Food Bank.

It is so good to be able to celebrate this special day this year as COVID restrictions happened last year.

LC5 students are working hard to come up with a range of fun activities and items to sell to all other students on the day. Please collect together any unwanted, but in good condition, toys, games and books that could be sold at school by LC4 on our Mission day.

More details of Mission Day will be shared next week.

Sacramental Programme

Many students from school have begun their preparation for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist which they will receive in November. We pray for these students and their families as they continue on their faith journey.

God Bless

Nicki Whyte DRS


We warmly welcome into our school community the following children and their families;

Emily Deepak (Rm 10), Simsee Afadama (Rm 16), Danille Afadama (Rm10) and Esther Afadama (Rm6)

Marian School Board of Trustees

The first meeting for the Board of Trustees was held last Wednesday with our new Board.

The Board consists of four Bishops Reps; Wayne Bates, Andrea Savage, Malcom Barr and Sue O'Brien.

The newly elected members are Mark Edmondson, Nelson Medina, Ben Palmer, Aaron Scott, Sacha Thomson and Megan West. NIcole Higby is Staff Rep and Debra White (Principal).

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club Issue 6 closing Week 9, Wednesday 21st September 3pm. Only ONLINE orders through LOOP! No cash orders sorry. If you have any inquiries, please e-mail Miss D’cruz at .

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The annual book fair will be held in conjunction with Grandparents day in the school library,

22 September

8.30am - 4pm

Grandparents, parents and visitors are welcome to browse and purchase books for their grandchildren and children

Public Holiday

Monday 26 September is a Public Holiday. No School.

This is the Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day

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

Enrolments 2023

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

Kids for Caritas - Choir

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Celebrating Success

Results from LC4 Cross Country; On Friday 16th of September, 36 students from LC3 and LC4 went to the Interschool Cross Country event at the Hamilton Gardens. Congratulations to all students who attended and displayed true determination and resilience during their races. The following students placed in the top 10 and will be receiving certificates:

Year 4 Girls: Monosar Ream - 3rd, Sophie Blair - 7th
Year 4 Boys: Jack Jordan - 1st, Louie Crowley - 9th, Isaac Clark - 10th
Year 6 Girls: Ella-Rose Scott - 2nd
Year 6 Boys: Spencer Clarke - 6th, Cameron Mitchell - 8th

Results from CIS Year 7/8 Cross Country - Top Ten Placings

Year 8 Boys - 1st Hudson Clarke - 6th Christiano Crean - 7th Isaac Wren - 8th Ardan Murphy -

10th Carter Wisnewski-Rowe

Year 8 Boys - First in year 8 boys teams.

Year 8 Girls - 4th Heidi Maarhuis 9th Olivia Dowling Mitchell

Year 7 Boys - 9th Ryan Hennessey

Year 7 Girls - 6th Sienna Casson

Results for Waikato Full Primary Regional Results in Speech

2nd Mattheas Torres - Marian Catholic School - The importance of bees

2nd Lizzie Barr - Marian Catholic School - The power of one

3rd Lilipeta Tusa Soagia - Marian Catholic School - My worst enemy - Eczema

Best of luck to Lizzie and Mattheas, who move on to the Waikato Speech Finals tonight Wednesday 21st of September.

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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.

We have seen a decrease in absences in the last week which is great to see. Hopefully the worst of the colds and flu has passed.

Dates to Remember

  • Grandparents Day - 22 Sept - Mass at 9:30am (Please note change of time)
  • Scholastic Book Fair - 22 Sept (To be held in the Library)
  • 26 September - Public Holiday (No School)

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.


A watch has been found on the playground. Please see the office staff to claim.


Sports Notices

Term 4-

Registrations are closing this Thursday 22 September for:

Touch - Years 1-8. Venue: Swarbrick Park

Summer Hockey - Years 3-8. Venue: Gallagher Hockey Centre

Registrations close on Thursday 29th September for:

Futsal - U/9, U/11, U/13

Basketball: Years 1-8

Finally, Cricket online registrations are OPEN

Register your child following the link: Summer Sports - Term 4

Player Wanted: flippaball team - Year 5/6

Basketball Prizegiving will be held on Thursday 29th September

at 5.30 pm at the GSEC.

Saints United Term 4 Sports - Years 7 & 8


  • Year 7 & 8 Girls only

  • Games played on a Saturday afternoon at Tamahere Park, Hamilton.

  • Fee per child is $30 to play (TBC)

  • Sticks provided by Saints United. If you want goggles you will need to purchase your own (not compulsory at this age)

  • Games are 6 aside. Maximum of 10 players in a team.

  • Register your interest by email: or come and see me in the Marian office.

  • Registrations close Wednesday 28th September.

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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

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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.

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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

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