Newsletter 14 December, 2022

Marian Catholic School

Principal's Reflection

Tena koutou katoa e te whanau

We have come to the end of a very challenging year. We have many highlights to celebrate and our students can feel proud of their achievements this year. I would like to acknowledge our families for the special partnership we have working together for your children. Thank you for your support this year. Your time and kind words are much appreciated. I wish you all a festive Christmas and much deserved restful holiday break. May you find time to enjoy your families, friends and favourite past times.

Meri Kirihimete ma te Atua koutou e manaaki

Merry Christmas and may God bless you all during this festive season.

On Monday we had a beautiful Thanksgiving Liturgy for Mrs Rose Bryki. Next February would mark Rose’s 30th year working here, beginning as a Teacher aide then moving to Librarian. Rose lives our charism of ‘Live Christ be the hands, face and voice of Jesus' in all she does. Rose has made a huge contribution to Catholic Education through her roles as Teacher aide and Librarian and being a faithful lady who lives and breathes her Catholic faith. Rose has touched so many lives; students, staff and families during her time here at Marian Catholic School. To recognise her contribution Rose was presented with an OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD from the New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals Association. On behalf of our school community I wish Rose all the very best for her retirement with good health, lots of love and laughter with her family and friends.

Ma te Atua koutou e manaaki

Debra White

Gospel Reflection -

Matthew 11:2-11

3rd Sunday of ADVENT Gaudete Sunday

John the Baptist, who we heard about last week, wants to make sure that Jesus is really the special person that he has been waiting for, so he sends some friends to check.

Jesus answers them by telling them that he is the one who has come to heal the sick and to bring good news to the poor. This answer tells John that Jesus really is the person for whom he has been waiting.

We are all part of one family, God’s family, and God asks us to love each other and care for each other. Our challenge is to be that good news and help to change the lives of others around us.

Charism Focus

LIVE MISSION - Manawaitia te Mihana

Our Charism focus for the final week of the year is LIVE MISSION. This week we are focusing on how we can live mission in our families during the build up to Christmas.

Christmas is a busy time of year and often our parents are rushing to complete things, wanting to make our Christmas a special time. How can we show support to our parents and family at this time of year?

Being kind, thoughtful and helpful are important. Doing things without being asked - showing service and love to our family.

The important message at Christmas is not about what we receive but the love that we show.

We know that God’s love for us will always endure. We need to share that love with all we meet this Christmas.

DRS news

15th December : End of Year Thanksgiving MASS:

This will be on Thursday 15th December at 9.45am. We welcome family and friends to attend this final Mass for the year. It will be an opportunity for us to reflect on the past year, thankful for all of the blessings we have received.

Grocery Items for Food bank

We are collecting Grocery items for the Hamilton Combined Christian Food bank. These will be part of the offertory at the Final Mass.

We are asking for two items: one non- perishable grocery (tinned food etc) and one special Christmas item such as chocolates, Christmas puddings, Christmas treats, Christmas cakes, lollies etc that the Food bank can add to the food parcels given this Christmas to families in need.

Please place these groceries in the boxes in the School Office.

Many thanks for your generosity.


We are in the third week of ADVENT .

Advent is a time we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. The pink candle is lit during this week.

The focus of this third week is JOY


The timetable for Christmas Masses at the Cathedral and St Matthew’s are as follows:


Christmas Vigil

Saturday 24th December - 6pm

Midnight Mass - Carols begin at 11.30pm followed by Mass at midnight.

Christmas Day

Sunday 25th December 7.30am

Sunday 25th December 10.30am

St Matthews

Christmas Day

Sunday 25th December 8.30am

End of Term

To finish our year, we will have a free MUFTI day on Friday.

School will close at 12.30pm. All children must be collected by 1pm as there will be no supervision.

There is no After School Care on Friday.

Cathedral Message - Children wanted

Christmas Vigil Mass

Any children who wish to take part in the 6pm Vigil on 24th December please contact Andréa at the Cathedral office


We offer our deepest sympathies to Kim-Monosar and Sasda Ream whose much loved father passed away. May he rest in peace.

Celebrating Success

A HUGE congratulations to Lizzie and Tekeaua who won the solo singing competition ❤️

The scores were very, very close with Carlene, and Chloe 2nd & 3rd in the girls and Ioane 2nd in the boys section.

SUPER proud of the courage and maturity these young people showed. They were very nervous but ended up having a ball!!

Wonderful judging and feedback from our judges Lynn Jamieson and Bryan Bevege, and the musical magician Malcolm Barr on piano.

We were also treated to a performance by the SHGC singing group and a solo by Luisa Lussac. These singers included 3 ex-pupils and 3 previous winners of our S.S trophy!!🏆

It was a very memorable evening.

Thank you for your kind support, and for being there last night to support these beautiful, young singers ❤️

Thank You

As ballet has come to an end at Marian Catholic School due to the Whare needing to be used as a classroom. I would like to thank the Principals, Staff and Parents (past and present) who have supported the programme over the last eight years.

A very sincere thank you.


Second-Hand Uniform Shop

The shop is closed this week.

The shop will be open on 24 January, 2023 from 11am to 1pm.

It has relocated to the Resource room between Rooms 22 and Pat Ave classrooms.

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


A 2-bedroom home is available to a family who would like to stay in Hamilton for a couple of days.

Owner just would like person to feed the cat and water the gardens.

Dates are 21 December to 26 December.

For more info, please contact Pip 021 079 0113


Dates to Remember

  • Final School Mass for 2022 - 15 December at 9.45am

  • School finishes at 12.30pm - 16 December

  • 2023 School Year starts - 2 February, 2023

Marian School Holiday Programme

The programme will be open on the following dates:

December: 19th to 22nd from 8am to 5pm

January: 16th to 20th, 23rd to 27th

Cost is $35.00 per day.

Please register to


Sports Notices

Saints United Sports for Year 7 & 8 Students in 2023

Saints United is a club set up by all the Hamilton Catholic Schools to ensure your children can play a variety of sports. The main aim is for our children to have the chance to play and compete against the bigger Intermediate schools in the Waikato. Our aim is to also give our children the chance to play at their ability and hence a few sports will require trials. But no one will miss out! If you register to play on time, I will try my hardest to put your child in a team.

So far, we are getting great results for our children both in sporting achievement and socially. They are meeting lots of new children who they will then hopefully be going off to high school with soon.

In 2023 Saints United will be offering the following sports:

Basketball (all year) Hockey (term 2&3) Netball (term 2&3) Lacrosse (term 4)

The trouble we always face in term one is that a lot of sport teams need to be registered in the first week back at school. Hence why you are receiving this information now. Please keep an eye out earlier in the new year for more information about registration.


Basketball is the only sport run over the whole year. Games are on Tuesday evenings.

In Term 1 we will only be offering social teams and then those teams will decide their grade by grading games. If you would like to play Basketball for Saints United in term 1 please register your interest by email to me:

Registrations Must Include: Name, Sport registering for, Date of Birth, School name,

Year 7 or 8, cell phone number, contact email address.

Please also let me know if you can help out with coaching or managing

Each term is a separate competition and needs to be re-advertised every term as sometimes children may only want to play one term. We will try and place them in a team with kids from the same school or close to your school. Saints United Cost this year was $50.00 per term TBC.

Please note:

Saints United Netball and Hockey Muster and Trials

will be held near the end of February/ early March.

Information will be sent out about that in February!

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We wish you all a very Happy and Blessed Christmas.

Keep safe these holidays and see you on the 2nd of February, 2023

The office will be open from 23 January from 9am to 3pm

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