Newsletter 9 August, 2022

Marian Catholic School

Principal's Reflection

Kia ora koutou

Accountability entails accepting responsibility for the results expected of you. We hold high expectations for all students to achieve their personal best here at Marian Catholic School.

Over the start of the term we have been analysing and looking at our student data for writing. We are seeing some great results based on both our “Structured literacy” and “Write that Essay programme”. We are looking forward to seeing many more positive results over the remainder of the year.

Accountability in schools works to improve learning, school-based systems that create valuable measures that are necessary for improvement. Placing the needs of the students at the centre of their work, working efficiently as a team collaborating and sharing knowledge, and a commitment to the improvement of practice.

As part of the regular review cycle we are working in partnership with the Education Review Office to monitor and evaluate how that is being achieved here at Marian Catholic School. Below is some information on how that process works:

The Education Review Office (ERO)) has shifted to a more developmental approach to evaluation that supports each school’s improvement over time. Key features of the new approach, Te Ara Huarau, are that ERO will:

→ work with all schools in an ongoing way rather than as a one-off event

→ connect with each school’s strategic planning and reporting cycle as part of their improvement journey

→ work in partnership with schools, collaborating in support of equitable and excellent outcomes for all learners

What will public reporting on ERO’s website look like?

As schools’ transition into the approach, ERO will work with schools to publish a one-off Profile Report. This will focus on the strategic goals schools have in place to improve learner outcomes and what the school is seeking to achieve through the evaluation.

Within a three year cycle all schools will then have a Te Ara Huarau | School Evaluation Report. This report includes information about the school’s improvement journey, what the school has achieved for learners and their future priorities.

All schools will receive a Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report about their board’s attestation to meeting those requirements. Provision for International Students and Hostel Reports will be published where applicable.

Other reporting

Progress Reports - These reports are not published on ERO’s website.

Progress reports will provide specific information for specific audiences such as your board, the community or the Ministry of Education.

Kia manaaki te Atua koutou katoa

Louise Graafhuis

Acting Principal

Gospel Reflection

Jesus trusts us. Luke 12: 41- 48

Jesus reminds us that no matter how long it takes, God is always faithful to his promises. Just as the first disciples were trusted, so Jesus trusts each one of us to carry out his work. We can share Christ’s message with others, by our words and actions; and by being kind , forgiving and loving , just as Jesus was.

The scripture says that we walk by faith and not by sight. We are asked to be active in our faith. We must trust that God will never abandon us. God is with us.

What can we do to be faithful servants - to be watchful and waiting. We know that Jesus is always with us - we need to trust in his love and ask for his help. If we have been trustworthy , we will be generously rewarded for our loyalty and goodness by sharing in the joy and happiness of everlasting life.

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…

This week, we are focusing on communicating with God through prayer. Prayer is simply talking and listening to God. We need to know that we can tell God anything at all because He loves us no matter what.

We are lucky to be at Marian Catholic School - where we are able to develop our relationship with Jesus. To get to know Him so that he becomes a very good friend to us. Talking to God is just like talking to your very best friend.

To get to know your friends and to develop a really strong friendship you talk, laugh and share special things with them. Learning the different ways we can pray and talk to God is important for us to learn. Remembering that we also need to learn to listen to God and be open to God.

Times of quiet are a good opportunity for us to listen to God.

Every day we can find opportunities to communicate through Prayer- Living our faith and developing our relationship with God.

DRS news

Upcoming Masses

8 September: Birthday of Our Lady MASS- Our School Feast day

22nd September: Grandparents day MASS

The Feast of the Assumption of Mary

August 15

On Monday, we celebrate the feast called The Assumption of Mary into heaven. As a parish we will celebrate this day on Sunday. This is a day that we remember when Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken into heaven, body and soul, after she died. Mary’s life and death are a wonderful example of praise and thanksgiving to God.

Our Lady is also one of the Patron Saints of New Zealand and we remember that, on this special feast day.

As a school we will celebrate a special Liturgy at 9.05am in the Cathedral. Parents, whanau and the community are welcome to join us.

Sacramental Programme

We remember all of the children who are beginning their journey of faith, attending classes in preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. God bless you all.


A special congratulations to Sr Anne Marie , a sister of Our Lady of the Mission who celebrated her 60th Jubilee on Sunday. It has been 60 years since her first profession as a sister - what a wonderful celebration of her faith, passion and commitment.

God Bless

Nicki Whyte DRS


We warmly welcome into our school community the following children and their families; Gabriel Karalus (Rm4), Isa Rose Johnpaul (Rm4), Maria Magno (Rm1), Noah Zachariah Ouzathil (Rm5), Thresy Antony (Rm3), Ivin Antony (Rm3) and Uakeia Koubateko (Rm22).

Aims Games - Sponsorship

The AIMS netball team would like to thank and acknowledge our company sponsors - Montana Catering, Winger and Sub Wrecks. We really appreciate your support.

Board of Trustee Elections

Parent Elections: At the close of nominations, there were 8 candidates who have been nominated. As there are more candidates than vacancies an election is to be held.

Voting papers have been sent to parents through the post.

Please read the instructions and vote for no more than 6 (six) candidates and return to the Returning Officer as per instructions, in the envelope enclosed with your papers.

The election closes 7 September at 4pm

Staff Election Results Declaration: At the close of nominations, as there was only one valid nomination received, I hereby declare the following duly elected:

HIGBY; Nicole

Marian Panettiere

(Returning Officer)

PTFA Quiz Night


Marian PTFA Quiz Night

Friday 23 September

Quiz starts 7pm

The PTFA needs your help...Are you able to offer something for our silent auctions at the upcoming Quiz night? In the past we have had a bach for a weekend, babysitting, gardening/maintenance, beauty therapy, florist, photography vouchers, a dinner cooked from your restaurant....Please email:

Keep an eye out in the newsletter for information about ticket sales.

Open Day

Welcome to Open Day

Please join us for an information morning for all prospective Year 7 and 8 students

Wednesday 17th August 2022

In the Atrium, Marist Block



  • Please sign in at the Office prior to going to the Atrium.

  • All parents (including existing Marian parents) are invited to attend the information session at 9:30am.

Principal’s Address

  • For families interested in Year 7 or 8 you will have a chance to listen to and meet our Acting Principal Louise Graafhuis.

School Tours and Activities

  • All current Year 6 and prospective students will attend taster sessions in our Year 7/8 classrooms.

  • Tours for new students are also available from 9:00am - please call to arrange on 07 856 7515.

We recommend enrolments for 2023 are sent to the school by the 15th of September.

Enrolment pack available by request.

Celebrating Success

Congratulations to Jubair Tohill (Yr7) and Manaia Tohill (Yr6) on their performance at the National Concert Band Festival held at the Waikato University of Performing Arts.

Jubair plays trombone and Manaia plays percussion (suspended cymbals, triangles, tambourine, maracas and castanets).


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

  • Open Day for Yr 7 & 8 - 17 August
  • School Cross Country - Tuesday 23 August

  • Teacher Only Day - Monday 29 August

  • Oral Language Competition - 1 September 6pm

  • PTFA Quiz Night - 23 September

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.


  • A size 6 school jersey named Carmen Fernandez-Ritchie. Please return to Room 10.

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.


Sports Notices

Waterpolo Online registrations are OPEN for Year 7 and 8 students only

Follow the link: Water polo Registrations

The 2022 season is going to start in term 3

Starting date: 11th September

Playing 7 Aside (1 Goalie and 6 field players)

If you are interested, talk to your child team manager or, flick me an email.

Adriana Cubillos

Sports Coordinator Years 1-6

Sport Photo Success

BIG Thank you Nicole Higby for a great organisation with the year 8 leaders to be runners and collect the children from the classroom to the Whare for their sport team photos. Also, Thank you to all teachers for patiently sending out those children from their school routine.

Finally but not least, Thank you to all coaches and managers who were able to come and be with your team.

Great result Team Marian!!!

Adriana Cubillos

Sports Coordinator Years 1-6

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Entertainment Books

Order your Entertainment Membership and support our fundraiser.

Kids Speak Out

  • No Confidence – School speeches – Bullies - a NIGHTMARE?

  • After School Classes: Kids find their voice and gain real-life skills.

  • LEADERSHIP: School Holidays 1-4 days with Certificate - Age 10+

  • RING: Roz 027 248 2888


At Marian School your kids can learn an instrument with a trained professional musician. Contact Carl for more info…

Carl Watkins: ph 027 388 9558

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