St Mary's Catholic School, Papakura

Term 3 Week 4 - 20 August 2021

Me Whakakotahi, Kia Maarama, Kia Pono, Ki Te Karakia

Together We Learn, We Pray, We Serve


Kia ora koutou katoa

"Bubble Life" is back. This time round has been a little different, a bit scarier for some, given the nature of the Delta variant, but as always, we lean on our faith in God to protect and guide us through. New Zealand's track record with managing COVID-19 gives us some reassurance, but our security comes from the knowledge and comfort that we lean not on our own understanding, but rather, we trust in our Lord and acknowledge Him in all our ways - He will direct our paths and keep us safe (Proverbs 3: 5-6).

Tuesday was a normal school day for us. Then things suddenly changed and we quickly adjusted to contactless living. This adjustment might be difficult for some of our children and some members of your family. Please be gentle with them. Everyone copes with change in their own way and at their own pace.

Daffodil Day is scheduled for Friday 27 August. At this stage, we cannot confirm if this will go ahead. If we are lucky enough to be back at school by then, we will be selling daffodils only - no mufti or dress up. Watch out for more information about this.

Language Week Celebrations at St Mary's

Tongan Language Week (5 -11 Sept) and Te Wiki or Te Reo Māori (13 - 19 Sept) are two language weeks coming up later this term. We realise that we cannot make any firm plans for these as yet. However, please be informed that students are not required to dress for all cultural language weeks. Students may wear their full uniform for these weeks, unless they already have the traditional dress of that culture. Students who do not have the appropriate traditional cultural dress do not have to dress up. These weeks are not meant to cause any added stress or anxiety for families. The focus is on honouring and respecting the culture and language being celebrated for the week. Dressing up is not the only way to do so. Other ways could be to learn some of the language or dance and enjoy the music and food of the culture being celebrated.

Devices for online learning

We are working on a way to get devices to each of our children who might need one while in Lockdown. Please open this link to complete our Device Survey - this will let us know exactly how many students are in need of devices. Please complete the survey by 1pm Saturday 21 August.

The rest of my message is attached as a video check in. If you have any concerns or queries, or you need support with anything at all, please feel free to make contact with me via email or telephone.

Stay safe and God bless.


Audrey Kippen


Level 4 Lockdown 19 Aug
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Thank you to the Grassroots Trust for funding to run Street Racket at St Mary's School. We are the first school in New Zealand to run the programme. #grassrootsmovingkiwikids

From the Desk of our DRS (Director of Religious Studies)


Once again we find ourselves in another lockdown. Let us use this opportunity to gather as a faith community. Ask the children to set up the prayer focus every morning with a cross, candle, Bible and a special item or two. The prayer bag has the daily readings which can be read during prayer circle time. If there are more children in the family they can each take a turn to lead prayers in the morning. What a beautiful way to start and finish the day. Gather as a family at the table for meals. Teach the children how to set the table, turn off the TV and have quality family time without rushing. Connect with each other and share family stories. Once we start online teaching, it’s such an honour to join you in your homes and be part of the family circle.

Prayer Support

Something that is very close to my heart is to offer prayer support to those who are struggling in any way during this time. Please flick us an email when you need prayer support or help in any other areas. We are here for you and more than happy to assist.

Assumption of Mary

This very important Feast Day was celebrated last Sunday and I would like to thank all our children who proudly represented our school in such a beautiful way in different roles.

Sacrament of Baptism

Thank you to the parents who have contacted me to enrol their children in our Baptism course. Letters and enrolment forms were sent out for our celebration to be held on 2 September. The children will receive lessons to prepare them for this important Sacrament.

Blessings and aroha.

Mrs Bernadette Paulse

Director of Religious Studies

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New Website for Te Ara a Maria: Mary’s Way Project

A website has been created to help promote the bishops’ renewal of the dedication of the country to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven. The renewal project has the title Te Ara a Maria: Mary’s Way and runs for 12 months from 15 August.

Go here for the website:

The website contains details of the project. It will be updated regularly to include the schedule of the nationwide hikoi of the artwork created for the project. The hikoi starts on August 18 in Invercargill.

Catholic Schools Office

Auckland Catholic Diocese

30 New Street

Private Bag 47-904



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REJOICE: Auckland Catholic Festival - Saturday 16 October

Below is a personal invitation from Bishop Pat to the Rejoice: Auckland Catholic Festival on Saturday 16 October.

It is a free admission, family friendly event. Enjoy the day and we invite families to make up a party with other families. There is also a young people focus throughout the day, and a Youth Festival in the evening.

For the most up-to-date information go to

FESTIVAL - Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Dear Friends

I am writing to invite you to the Rejoice: Auckland Catholic Festival to be held on Saturday 16 October 2021 at Sancta Maria College, St Luke's Church, Flat Bush.

Come and gather to be affirmed, inspired, encouraged and strengthened as Catholics so as to continue to love and serve as missionary disciples in parishes, ethnic communities, schools and our wider society.

Team Bethlehem

Bethlehem children have been enjoying exploring shapes with kinetic sand and foam shapes. There was even some problem solving about how we could create shapes using our bodies.

We had some inventors presenting what they created in the STEAM Room. Lots of great sharing!

Tuakana-Teina buddies also worked together to solve their maths problems.


Bethlehem have been inventing in the STEAM Room and enjoyed presenting their creations. We have also been learning about giving clear instructions and listening carefully to follow instructions with our Duplo activity. We sat back to back and had to come up with the same design.


Bethlehem enjoying a visit to the school library. We love reading!


We have begun learning about shapes. We explored shapes with kinetic sand, foam shapes, sticks and lots of other equipment. We even worked together to make some shapes using our bodies!


We had so much fun learning about our emotions at KiwiCan. We can show what they look like and are learning about what to do when we have some strong feelings.

Mrs Tanya Rowe - Team Leader

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Team Nazareth

Nazareth Experiences

Meet our exciting newsroom students. They will gather news from our team and share what is happening in their own words with the wider community. Students are working in buddies on different aspects and activities to share what has been happening in our team.

Religious Education

These past two weeks our focus has been on the Assumption of Mary which is very special to our school because our school is named after Mary, the Mother of Jesus. To celebrate the Assumption of Mary, our school participated in St Mary’s Parish Mass on Sunday 15th August. We had some liturgical dancers performing a reflection of Mary’s response to her call at mass. Everyone was so excited to see them perform. All the dancers have been practising really hard on this dance. The liturgical dancers' blue skirts represent the sky and the Bethlehem Mary dancers’ white skirts represent the clouds. After Mass we had a special feast in the church hall and we celebrated the Assumption of Mary together. On Monday at Prayer Assembly the liturgical dancers performed their dance again and were joined by the girls who represent Mary from different cultures. Two girls, Aja-Lucia Vatau and Gathrene Vakauta represented Elizabeth and sang Gentle Woman. Rosa Zanzoterra and Adrienne Key beautifully responded and sang Mary’s Magnificat.

Arabella Williams and Adeiah-Lilac Hanipale


Lesina Marsters is very proud of her culture and we interviewed her to find out more about her. She was born in the Cook Islands. Something special in her family is making a fire with wood only and sharing about their days while sitting around it. They also like to eat Cook Island food and they do lots of dances. They love celebrations and her mum, dad and her sister normally sing when they have something special to celebrate. Lesina and her family like to wear their costumes for Cook Island parties.

Charlie Bower and Giarn-Ruby Lee


For the past two weeks Mr Moodly taught a group of students new times tables strategies. We have been learning about fractions, like which fractions are bigger, ⅓ or ⅕. The teachers also used fraction tiles to help us understand fractions. Every week we work on a new problem and we use different strategies to solve the answers. We have been improving in sharing our ideas and strategies in our different groups. During 'Maths Week' we engaged in activities on a new website named Matific.

Alex Al-Haddad and Iraia Sialeipata


Every Wednesday we have sports. Street Racket is the most popular sport we are focusing on at the moment. Street Racket was invented and founded by Marcel Straub, a longtime member of the Swiss Squash team. Marcel Straub founded Street Racket with his wife Rahal. (Blog about the origin of Street Racket). We all love our coach and the sport. We appreciate having Street Racket at our School.

Jorja Postill and Eden Telling

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Team Jerusalem

Jerusalem has been hard at work as we continue to push the capabilities of our students. Teachers work collaboratively to ensure students' needs are met and learning is engaging. Let's take a look at what has been happening over the past two weeks.

Maths Is Fun!

In Jerusalem we have been learning about fractions. Students have enjoyed learning about equivalent fractions and some have gone on to convert these to percentages and decimals.

St Mary's Way Is The Way To Go!

100 Tokens! Well done Jerusalem students. You make us proud. Keep shining as you display our values of Care, Respect and Responsibility.

Outstanding! Jerusalem students once again leading the way, showing our school values. Our students received their badges from Mrs Kippen for reaching 160 tokens. We are proud of you.

Music Is Good For The Soul

Students have been using our Music Room to get in touch with their creative side. We have been learning how to play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' on various instruments. Great effort by all.

Concept / Building A Business

We are moving full steam ahead with our businesses. Students have been working collaboratively across Jerusalem as they work on their business ideas by looking at logos and slogans.

Mrs Jelinda Adams - Acting Team Leader

Team Emmaus

The Emmaus team have been busy researching marketing strategies as part of our ongoing concept of 'Enterprise' this term. The students have just completed research on effective logos and using this information, designed a digital logo (see attachment below). Currently, they are investigating advertising techniques and characteristics to then create a digital advertisement for their Mission Day product.

We are further developing our STEAM Coding skills to keep up with our technological era by using the Makey Makeys to conduct a circuit and enable programming to play music on fruit and vegetables! The upcoming unit on the Edison Robots will provide much fun and knowledge as they tackle many programming challenges.

Student Council

We are delighted to have the opportunity of a Future Student Leadership Conference at Holy Cross School, Papatoetoe next Thursday. There are nine Year 7 and three Year 5 students attending. They will be learning about what it means to be a leader, what are leadership skills and identifying and using their strengths. We are sure that the students will gain valuable knowledge from this day.

Daffodil Day

Our Student Council will be promoting Daffodil Day next Friday (27 August). Daffodil Day is a major funding source for the Cancer Society as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer in New Zealand.

Mrs Anneke Walker - Emmaus Team Teacher

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'Rise+Shine' Josiah Mika Foundation

May Josiah Mika's legacy live on in our hearts, as well as the lives of the children he will be impacting through this amazing foundation. Please support this worthy cause.

Welcome to the Sports Desk

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Greetings Parents

I share the frustration of students and parents with sports once again being interrupted by a Covid lockdown. Preparations were well underway across a number of events and we remain hopeful that a new date can be set for those sports affected.

North Counties Cross Country

A team of Year 7/8 students were able to participate in this event held at Strathallan earlier in the month. The students put in a great effort and with a number of solid results achieved.

Aliesha Mulder - 22nd

Samuel Tesimale - 14th

Nathan Delmendo - 15th

My thanks to Mrs Marnewick who supported our runners throughout the competition. A team of 15 Year 5/6 students were due to represent St Mary’s at the North Counties Cross Country Championships last Wednesday (18th). Hopefully this event can be re-scheduled and our team can compete against a range of top runners from other local schools.

St Anne’s Shield Progress

This week we were expecting to finalise teams for this major sporting event. With nine teams entered from our Year 5 - 8 students, we look forward to performing well across a range of sports. My thanks again to the fantastic parents that are coaching many of these teams. We all have our fingers and toes crossed that the current interruptions around lockdowns will soon be behind us.

Year 7/8 Volleyball

I have been thrilled to see the enthusiasm and skill development of our Year 7/8 students on the volleyball court. This year, a North Counties Championship has been organised and St Mary’s has entered both a boys and a girls team. Unfortunately this event was set for Tuesday 24th August. Once again we wait to hear from the organising school with regards to setting a new date.

Keep safe and hope to see you all soon.

Mr J Frings - Sports Co-ordinator

Training for St Anne's Shield in full swing. Thanks to all parents who have given up their time to support and to train our students each week.


Our 'Kiss and Go' sign is working well in our '5 minute' zone to remind drivers that it is not a waiting or parking area. You simply 'kiss' and 'go'. Please do not drop off children on the yellow lines or our neighbours' driveways. U-turns are a highly dangerous road activity for our tamariki who are trying to get into school safely.

Thank you for all your efforts in keeping our roads safe by practising mindful driving.

Mrs Walker and The Road Safety Team

Student Welcome

We offer a special welcome to Kylo Cachemaille, Doronaiah Komiti, Gwen Reyes, Gadiel Reyes, Liam Hohua, Edith Faanunumi and Mason Samuel who started at St Mary's Catholic School recently.

We look forward to getting to know you and making you welcome at our school.

St Mary's Way Tokens

Gaining a St Mary's Badge is a huge achievement, which our students are working hard towards achieving. It takes consistency, determination and perseverance, as well as an inherent belief in our school values of Respect, Care and Responsibility to gain 160 tokens.

Congratulations to Olivia Fitzpatrick, Addison Job-Shahab, Rosa Zanzottera, Riel Cabantog, Marcus Padua, Arabella Williams, Eve Morrison, Delton Jackson, Jorja Postill, Jackson Matia and Nagorry Perelini who have gained 160 St Mary's Way tokens.

Congratulations to the following students who have gained 100 tokens and a St Mary's Way Postcard: Raymond Vakauta, Logan Bower, De Porres Soo Choon, Shinae Chandra, Bailey Hafoka, Thapina Selvatheva, Satali Tula'i, Giarn-Ruby Lee, Stacey Al-Haddad, Luca Vatau.

Congratulations also to Solopani Leakona who has gained 60 tokens and a St Mary's Way sticker.

Well Done All for Showing the St Mary's Way!

Altar Server Training

Altar Server Training is to be held in September (date to be confirmed). Please register your child's interest by completing the Registration Form (available through the school office) and dropping them back to our school office before 30 August.

Please contact Ann on 021 0885 4770 if you have any questions.

Thank you.

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McAuley High School - Enrolments Are Open Now

McAuley High School offers a high quality Catholic education that challenges students to strive for standards of personal excellence. We provide a supportive environment in which our students are helped and encouraged to develop academically, physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Enrolments are open now. Contact us for an enrolment form and prospectus:

Telephone: (09) 276 8715



Rosehill College Enrolment Information for 2022

In-Zone Enrolments

Friday 20 August 2021

Closing date for in-zone enrolment applications to be received by the College delivered either by hand or through the post.

Out of Zone Enrolments

Year 9: 30 places may be available for out of zone Year 9 students in 2022 who have a current sibling at the college. The exact number of places will depend on in-zone applications.

NOTE: Out of zone enrolment application packs are only available from reception upon request.

Wednesday 1 September 2021

Closing date for out of zone enrolment applications to be received by the College, delivered either by hand or through the post.

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The Uniform Shoppe - SAS Sport

We have been advised by The Uniform Shoppe - SAS Sport that they are very low on the St Mary's sweatshirts at the moment (only have size 12 and up available). The shipment is on the water and has been delayed a few weeks.

If you urgently require a school sweatshirt, we do have a few 'second hand' items in stock at school. Please enquire at the school office. Thank you.

Te Reo Māori

Phrase for the Week: Tumeke - Awesome!

hoko(na): buy

I hokona ngā ika e ia.
The fish were bought by him.
- this is an example of a passive sentence

Ka hoko ia i te inu.
She will buy the drink.
- this is an example of an active sentence

I haere au ki ngā toa hoko kai ai.
I went to the shops to buy food.
- this is an example of an active sentence
- this example uses "ai" for additional information

Hear this kupu spoken and get the PDF

Rāpare, te 12 o Here-turi-kōkā, 2021.

Mrs Jelinda Adams

Upcoming Events

Due to the current COVID Lockdown situation, we are unable to provide confirmed upcoming events at this time.

We will be in contact with our school families via our school APP and emails with regards to changes/updates in our school calendar. Thank you.

Thursday 26 August

Emmaus Team attending Mass at St Mary's Catholic Church, Papakura - (yet tbc)

Friday 27 August

Daffodil Day - (yet tbc)

Parents, please remember to name your child’s uniform items.

This will assist in reducing the amount of lost property. Thank you.

Preference Certificates

Fr James is available to sign Preference Certificates on Thursdays from

10.00 a.m. - 12 noon AND from 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. at the Parish Office.

No Appointment Necessary.

Sustainable Papakura

Kia Ora

Amazing to think we are now in August, for Sustainable Papakura this year is certainly going extremely fast!

We appear to have another busy month ahead of us. Our theme for August is 'Parenting - Eco Living', which is about how to live a more sustainable lifestyle, especially with young families. The next time you are in Papakura have a look at our 'Sustainable Parenting' window display for some fabulous ideas.

We are also starting our first 'Gardening For Life' series in collaboration with Rollerson Park Community Garden as part of Adult Community Education. Next session to be held on Sunday 22 August from 12.30 to 4.30 pm at Rollerson Park Community Garden - a flyer is attached for your reference, cost is $10 per person. There will also be a Compost Collective workshop on Saturday 28 August from 2.00 to 4.00 pm at Sustainable Papakura. Both of these events are a great way to help you prepare your garden for Spring planting!

Our monthly market flyer attached, is for a 'Jumble, Destash and Declutter' market. A great time to have a spring clean and pass on your preloved items! If you or your whanau, friends, work colleagues or neighbours would like to book a stall, please ask them to email Paula, our Market Co-Ordinator, at:

Sue Ollerton

Marketing/Publishing Manager

021 553 287

Sustainable Papakura

Contributing to a vibrant Papakura through the promotion of Eco-friendly waste minimisation choices


Catholic Schools Day - Wednesday 29 September 2021

Catholic Schools Day on 29 September 2021 is another opportunity to celebrate the taonga of Catholic education for which we are kaitiaki.

The poster (below) displays the oldest, continually used Catholic church in Aotearoa New Zealand. In the Archdiocese of Wellington, St Mary’s Church, Ōtaki and the parish school of St Peter Chanel stand alongside the Catholic marae, Te Marae O Hine, all overlooked by the sacred hill of Pukekaraka.

It is within school and parish, and Catholic marae, that tamariki, rangatahi, and their whānau, strengthen their sense of what it means to be Catholic and belonging to parish.

School and parish become Tūrangawaewae - A Place to Stand.

St Mary's will join with our South Auckland Catholic Schools Kahui Ako/ Community of Learning to celebrate Catholic Schools Day with a special Mass at St Therese Church, Mangere on Friday 29 October.

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Have Your Contact Details Changed?

Please remember to let the school office know of any changes in your contact details i.e. postal address, telephone/mobile and/or email address. Thank you.
School Website

Please visit our school website for information about our little gem of a school.

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Please remember to download our school APP to receive regular updates and reminders.

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St Mary's Parish, Papakura - Contact

Parish Priest - Fr James Mulligan

52 East Street, Papakura 2110

Parish Office - (09) 299 6056

Presbytery - (09) 298 5134

Email: /

Facebook - search: St Mary's Parish Catholic Church Papakura

Preference Certificates to be signed at the Parish Office

Thursdays Only from 10 a.m. - 12 noon AND 4 - 6 p.m. - No Appointment Necessary

The Uniform Shoppe - SAS Sport Limited - Updated Price List Attached

Uniforms are available for purchase from the SAS Sport shop located at 28B Wood Street, Papakura. The shop hours are Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. AND Saturdays 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Shop Telephone: 296 6063 - or visit: and click 'shop online'. WINZ Quotes are available through SAS Sport. Caps ($16) and 'Scrunchies' ($2) are available through the school office. PLEASE ENSURE ALL ITEMS ARE CLEARLY NAMED. THANK YOU.

See updated Uniform Price List below (which is also posted on our school website):

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MusIQhub Music Lessons

At St Mary's Catholic School - SIGN UP NOW for Term Three 2021! Our friends at MusIQhub are happy to announce that there will be new spaces available this term for Drum, Piano/Keyboard, Guitar and Ukulele lessons during school hours! Also, there will be Singing, Recorder and Flute lessons available! Please enquire now to book in spaces for quality music lessons taught by experienced professional musicians.

Drums, Piano/Keyboard, Singing, Recorder and Flute - Paul Barry 022 198 0044


Guitar and Ukulele - Lih Foo 021 2076 231


Children's Community Dental Service - Information for Parents

For information about the Children's Community Dental Service (Auckland Regional Dental Service) during COVID-19, please refer to our website:

Our website will always contain the most up-to-date information for our services at each alert level.


Term One - Wednesday 3rd February to Friday 16th April 2021

Term Two - Monday 3rd May to Friday 9th July 2021

Term Three - Monday 26th July to Friday 1st October 2021

Term Four - Monday 18th October to Wednesday 15th December 2021


Good Friday - 2nd April 2021

Easter Monday - 5th April 2021

Easter Tuesday - 6th April 2021


7th April 2021

28th May 2021

22nd October 2021


Sunday 25th April 2021

Monday 26th April 2021 - ANZAC Day Observed


Monday 7th June 2021


Monday 25th October 2021

Scholastic Book Ordering On-Line - Easy Step-By-Step Instructions

Please check out this link 'getting started' with easy step-by-step instructions on how to order on-line: