Newsletter 27 July, 2022

Marian Catholic School

Principal's Reflection

Kia Ora Koutou

Kia ora e te whanau and welcome back to Term 3.

And just like that we have completed half of the school year.

I trust you have all enjoyed a good holiday break and are in good health and ready for the start of Term 3. Hopefully the holidays have provided an opportunity for rest and everyone is ready for the second half of the year.

Term 3 has started by getting straight down to business. The students have settled quickly into their curriculum learning which is based around the ‘Quest’ theme this term. We have also started our numeracy programme with a high level of intensity having Bruce Moody in the school. Bruce is an ex secondary teacher and very experienced facilitator of mathematics. He is working across parts of the school but mainly within our LC3 team to further strengthen the numeracy programme.

It certainly has been an interesting year to date dominated by Covid and the Flu. At the end of last term we had to deal with a large number of students and staff away. Despite all the obstacles we managed to keep the school operating and we saw some successful results achieved by the students. Let's all say a few prayers that the worst has passed and it is full steam ahead this term.

With our Term 3 focus firmly directed on ‘quest’, I leave you all with the following whakatauki:

I orea te tuatara ka patu ki waho

A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions

This whakatauki refers to the need for creative thinking, adaptability and perseverance. In order to solve a problem you need to have all of these.

Kia manaaki te Atua koutou katoa

Louise Graafhuis

Acting Principal

Gospel Reflection

Jesus teaches the disciples about prayer. Luke 11:1-13

This week’s gospel highlights the importance of prayer. The Apostles ask Jesus to teach them to pray. Jesus teaches them a simple version of the most famous Christian prayer, the Our Father, or the Lord's Prayer. Jesus reassures the Apostles that God answers prayers.

Prayer is communicating with God. Spending time in prayer helps us to remember God’s presence in our lives and keeps us open to seeing it.

Charism Focus

The Charism at Marian School is LIVE CHRIST - Be the Hands, Face and Voice and Jesus.

This Term the Charism value is LIVE FAITH. We are focusing on-

“revealing who we are, by living what we believe…

Marian School is a Catholic School, a school where we have a special character that makes us different from other schools. At Marian Catholic School, we live and teach the gospel values. Living our faith and belief in God shows ‘who we are’ at Marian.

We are able to learn from the example of our founders, Euphrasie Barbier and Marcellin Champagnat - who both trusted in God and lived their lives with a great belief and faith.

So what does this mean to us at Marian School? We are all called to show our faith in God, through our words and actions. We need for people to recognise that the students and staff at Marian school are Christians and followers of Christ … We need to pass on the love that we receive, and share that love of Jesus in our actions and words.

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DRS news

School Mass: Thursday 4th August 9.15am

We have our School Mass to celebrate the beginning of the Term next Thursday. A warm welcome to whanau and members of the parish community to join us for this Mass.

We ask for students to bring an item of non perishable grocery for the offertory. These groceries will be given to the Hamilton Combined Christian Foodbank to distribute to people in the wider community in need.

Feast day of St Joachim and Anne July 26th

Yesterday was the Feast day of Jesus grandparents

Saints Anne and Joachim,

Most Holy St’s Anne and Joachim, come close to us and guide our hand and our hearts in the way of virtue.

Help us to parent our children and grandchildren with a gentle heart as you did Amen

As a school, we will celebrate in thanks, for our Grandparents and those who are near and dear to us, at the end of this Term - Thursday 22nd September .

So please mark this date: Grandparents Day : 22nd September .

There will be more information to follow in the coming weeks.

First Communion and Confirmation programme - Final call

Enrollment forms are available from the parish office or email

The date of the ceremony is Sunday 20 November at the 10.30am Mass.

The programme begins this week. First parent meeting is on this Sunday 31st July, 7:15pm in the Cathedral.

Enrolments for this close TODAY

Our prayers are with the students and families who are taking part in this programme. Bless them on their journey of faith.

God Bless

Nicki Whyte DRS


We warmly welcome into our school community the following children and their families; Nathan Bequin (Rm21), Gabe Bequin (Rm25), Aleihson Chin (Rm10), Caine Cyril (Rm4), Alana Delizo-Rahiman (Rm1), Isabel Jees (Rm5), Luke Mason (Rm15), Kelechi Onukwufor (Rm5) and Sanutha Sethunga Mudalige Don (Rm21).


We extend our deepest sympathies to Harrison, Hudson and Spencer Clark and their family whose much loved Grandfather passed away.

Learning Discussions - Term 3

Learning Discussions will be held in Week 2. (next week)

The dates for this is Wednesday 3 August and Thursday 4 August.

Please book on line at the following address

The school code is yjftj

If you are unable to attend in person or would prefer a zoom meeting, please book a time and then email each teacher to send you a link.

Board of Trustee Elections

Nominations for the Board of Trustee elections close 3 August at 12noon.

Please get your nomination forms into the school office. If you did not receive a form via email or post, then contact the school office urgently on 07-856 7515

If there are more than 6 nominations, an election will be held.

A list of nominees is on the wall in the school office.

Thank you - Marian Panettiere (Returning Officer)

School Board elections happen every three years and give parents a say in the future of our school. As we have a number of our present elected Board members standing down, some of them no longer have children at Marian, we do need parents to put their names forward. If you are passionate about the education and future of our children then why not stand for our Board. Board members play an important role in shaping the education experience and achievements of our students. Boards work best when they reflect the diversity of their communities.

The present Board encourages parents with a range of experiences, different skill sets and interests to be involved and represent our community on the Board. It is a big responsibility and a true privilege.

Wayne Bates, Chairperson Marian School Board of Trustees

Cyber Saftery Meeting for Parents of LC4 and LC5 Students

LC4 and LC5 parents are invited to attend a Cyber meeting to be held in GSEC

Thursday 4th August at 5pm.


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

22 September

8.30am - 4pm



If your child is going to be absent from school please notify 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.

With winter hitting hard we are seeing more children absent from school. Unfortunately we are having large numbers of parents not contacting the school office for absentees. If we do not have a reason for your child being absent then they are recorded as Truant to the Ministry of Education.

Dates to Remember

  • Beginning of Term Mass - 4 August

  • Learning Discussions - Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 August

  • School Cross Country - Tuesday 23 August

  • Teacher Only Day - Monday 29 August

  • Oral Language Competition - 1 September 6pm

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.


Entertainment Books

Order your Entertainment Membership and support our fundraiser.

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Music Classes - Saturday mornings

Saturday morning music classes Enrolments are now open for Term Three 2022 at the Waikato Community School of Music. The first session is on Saturday 30th July. 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 (9 lessons in Term Three) 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.

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