St Mary's Catholic School, Papakura

Term 3 Week 10 - 1 October 2021

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

Together We Learn, We Pray, We Serve


Ni hao, Kia ora koutou katoa

Happy Chinese Language week! Congratulations to all our students, parents and staff for your effort throughout this term. It truly has been a term of uncertainty, adjustment and patience. St Mary’s students have persevered and showed resilience in their learning and have produced some fantastic work over this time. We have enjoyed seeing the family collaboration, student independence and creative ways that tasks have been managed. We are very proud of their efforts and achievement over this challenging time. Thank you parents for your ongoing support.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Mrs Kippen and her family. Mrs Kippen's father Terence Bonhomme, recently passed away in South Africa. We extend our love and prayers to Audrey’s family. We also pray for our St Mary’s families who have lost a loved one during this very difficult time. May eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.

On Wednesday we celebrated Catholic Schools Day with a special zoom liturgy. The theme of Catholic Schools Day 2021 is Tūrangawaewae: Catholic Schools – A Place to Stand. It was wonderful to see so many families join together and share in the celebrations of our Catholic special character. We give thanks for our faith which has sustained us during these uncertain times. We saw God’s love for us revealed in so many different ways, through children writing prayers, families praying together, to whanau helping one another in different ways. We have presented some of these special moments in a video which is attached below.

We look forward to an exciting final term. Book week will be held from Tuesday 26th until Friday 29th October. We will be having our special book character parade on Friday 29th October. Our term 4 concept has a distinct Literacy focus. Drawing from our overarching theme Pohewa - to imagine, fantasize, create and dream. Staff are designing lessons that support students in developing a love of story-telling.

A final acknowledgement to the staff. I am very proud of all our staff and how they have managed their distant learning journey alongside the students. As always, they continue to place the children at the heart of every decision we make and every action we take, and it has never been more important for home and school to work together. Have a wonderful break and we will see you all again in term 4.

Stay safe and God bless

Anna Buckley

Deputy Principal

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Home Learning at St Mary's

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

What a great way to finish off the roller coaster term with a whole school zoom liturgy to celebrate Catholic Schools Day. This special day only comes around every three years and this year we had to think outside the box to still capture our special character and connectedness to all the other Catholic schools in our diocese.

A liturgy can’t happen if we do not have participants to gather and share our special God moments with. A huge thank you to all our families who managed to join us in our first ever whole school zoom liturgy. This needs to be noted in the history of our school, that we could step up and still gather as a faith community. Max Kilpatrick prepared a beautiful prayer and quoted Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am with them.” We could indeed feel God's presence when we gathered as a school community to celebrate our Tūrangawaewae. It was truly a wonderful way to let us know that we belong to each other and a wider faith community.

As we say goodbye to each other and come out of lockdown, let us continue to stand firm and grow in our faith, knowing that God is our safe haven in challenging times. Be safe out there if you are travelling during the holidays.

Parish News

Please watch out for guidelines of how we will gather again as a faith community depending on the lockdown levels. Please respond to the different initiatives like contributing to the St Vincent de Paul food bank or the shop, building fund and consider getting actively involved in our vibrant parish community.

Blessings and Aroha

Mrs Bernadette Paulse

Director of Religious Studies

Reminder! From Term 4 - Summer Uniforms

Check out what's been happening in our teams!

Team Bethlehem

Team Bethlehem have continued enjoying all sorts of fun learning these past two weeks.

We have learnt about the gifts God has blessed us with and thought about how we can share those gifts with others. We have also been learning about the important places in our parish.

Most of all, we've been enjoying the extra time with our families. One of the perks of having more time at home is extra baking. Lots of families have been enjoying that!

There has been loads of imaginative and creative play, some cool challenges to get our brains working and lots of fun fitness. We love our dancing and music in Bethlehem.

Mrs Tanya Rowe (Team Leader)

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Team Nazareth

Nazareth Experiences

First of all we would like to thank our real heroes during the 6 week lockdown, OUR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS! Once again you have displayed super powers and you wore your hero cape to juggle online learning and for many of you, demanding work expectations. Thank you from the bottom of our teachers' hearts.

Even though we were all in our own bubbles, our daily morning gatherings connected us in a special way. We are so proud of the way our students displayed resilience and perseverance to complete their daily set tasks. We wish you could see the interesting uploads across the team.

Well done to so many students who consistently turned up every morning. Unfortunately a handful of our students did not engage throughout the six weeks.

Birthday blessings to all our students who had lockdown birthdays. We hope you managed to have a great day celebrating with your families. Personally I also had a very significant milestone and even though the children’s eyes go BIG when they see the number 60, I am truly blessed to have reached this milestone, with wonderful families supporting me throughout the years at our school.

Lockdown Activities

Kotare students wrote messages, stored them in a bottle and then they will bury them in their backyards. They wrote stories about being a tree, a spider and a few scary ones as well. They also added positive words to a virtual jar on Seesaw.

Kereru students made volcanoes and watched the reactions after last week's challenge of eating lemons dipped in baking soda. We enjoyed Wacky Wednesday, putting socks and eyes on random objects followed by writing about “What’s pouring out of this silly cloud?” We were blown away by all the wonderful contributions. We also enjoyed our Travelling Tuesday with a virtual tour of Disneyland finishing with some great art work.

Kea students focused on positive thinking, communication skills and 'never say never' along with great progress to become “seesaw, epic, prodigy, matific and studyladder STARS.” We had the contributions from Mrs Culpan, reading to us from her bubble too. Thank you Mrs Culpan for reading to us, we really enjoyed the story and the activities Miss Nattrass set too.

Congratulations to the following students who earned online tokens, secretly given by our teachers. We have noticed how you diligently worked hard and displayed our school values.

200 Tokens

Finn Butler

Jackson Matia

Iraia Sialeipata

Alex Al-Haddad

Badges: 160 tokens

Charlie Bower

Dayla Muir-Sak

Abigail Williams

Kadisha Fetu'u

Alyxia Ibarra

Adeiah-Lilac Hanipale

Arabella Williams

Eve Morrison

Sophia Delmendo

Delton Jackson

Lucas Postill

Zane Ruka

Postcards: 100 tokens

Matthew Makumbe

Taylor Scott

Jorja Postill

Obinna Njoku

Leo Venu

Eden Telling

George Mathew

Carrie Howarth

Emily Zhang

Repeka-Naomi Tuia-Pemerika

Zoey Morris Franklyn

Beau Kitney

Hayden Thaliath

Jorge Lozoya-Zazueta

Luke Kiutau

Rhys Kelly

Zachary Lai

Stickers: 60 tokens

Zaidee Marikit

Kingston Pongi

Brayden Polkinghorne

Pippa Browne

Benji Hohua

Karlson Yandall

Mila Ualesi

Mrs Bernadette Paulse (Team Leader / DRS)

Jerusalem Team

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Mrs Jelinda Adams (Acting Team Leader)

'My Life Cycle' - By Alexis Walker

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Team Emmaus

As we finish the final week of Distance Learning for Term 3 I would like to extend my appreciation to our parents that have assisted their children with their learning.

Emmaus finished the term with research to gain an understanding of the development of video games and its different purposes. With the advancement of technology, video games are used not only for entertainment but for educational purposes, especially during times of distance education to engage learners.

I am especially proud of the work that the students completed on Book Creator. Book Creator is a digital platform for presenting literacy in a written, visual and oral format. The children were presented with a fictional story and were required to extend the characters to create a sequel. I would like to congratulate Tana who joined us from Samoa at the beginning of Term 2 who has been diligently working on his English and his book is credited to his efforts - well done Tana!

I wish you all happy and safe holidays and I look forward to us all being together in the classroom next term.

Mrs Anneke Walker - (Emmaus Team Teacher)

Artwork By Fou Ama

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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.

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Want to learn how to run, jump or throw? The skills you learn in athletics are the perfect foundation for almost any sport.

Every student can give athletics a go. Our local athletics club, Papakura Athletics & Harrier Club, Massey Park, Ron Keat Drive, Papakura is welcoming new members now, and we encourage students to get involved and get active.

Contact details for all athletics clubs nationwide are available here at … and become a member.

Win With Sports Distributors: To enter, tag @athleticsnz in a social post from our school about athletics. You can share athletics information from Athletics NZ or your local club. Our school will then go in the draw to win one of two $500 Sports Distributors vouchers! Entries close at 5.00 p.m. on Friday 29 October 2021.

Welcome to the Sports Desk

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Kia Ora Parents and Caregivers

Looking forward to the announcement of Level 2 lockdown next week.

School Athletics Day

Confirming that our School Athletics Day will be held at Massey Park on Friday 5th November. We trust that, by this date, we will all be enjoying a life free of our current covid restrictions. As with previous Athletics Days we look forward to the support of parents and whanau throughout the day.

Weet-Bix TRYathlon

Another week - another cancellation.

Unfortunately the Weet-Bix TRYathlon series has been cancelled this year. There are plans to set up a modified programme to run during February next year. Further information about these events will be out to schools in November.

Skills and Games from NZ Cricket

With this lockdown being extended, and the number of things to do probably running thin, NZ Cricket have created some Cricket @ Home sessions. Little equipment is required for each activity and can be continued each day to challenge and progress further.

Each video will explain the activity which will cover a fundamental skill. Please use these videos as much as you want to engage and keep everyone active during this time at home.





Mr John Frings - Sports Co-ordinator

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The EcoMatters Bike Hubs have launched the 'Street Art Bike Challenge', a month-long photo treasure-hunt by bike, in which people are invited to look for street art across the Auckland region and share their photos with the hashtag #StreetArtBikeChallenge.

The challenge is part of Biketober, Auckland's annual festival of bicycle fun and will run from 1 – 31 October 2021.

The challenge is a family-friendly event, all ages can enjoy while adhering to Covid-19 restrictions and physical distancing.

Event Website:

For more information, please telephone: Bailey Gorst, EcoMatters Environment Trust, Project Manager - 021 0873 4668

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FREE Parent Online Summit - 3 days, 3 themes, 24 world-class speakers: 8th -10th October. If you want tips, tools and ideas to parent your child to be resilient, confident and independent - this FREE summit is for you!

Register for your FREE tickets here:

Te Reo - Phrase of the Week

Kei runga noa atu koe! - You're the best!

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Upcoming Events from Term 4 2021

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.

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

As we move into the fourth term, please remember that we move back into our summer uniforms. Please ensure children have the correct footwear which are either sandals or black school shoes. Children also need to wear a regulation school hat.

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

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



Term 3, 2021 - Monday 26th July to Friday 1st October 2021

Term 4, 2021 - Monday 18th October to Wednesday 15th December 2021


22nd October 2021


Monday 25th October 2021

Term Dates 2022 - PLEASE ADD TO YOUR 2022 CALENDAR

Term 1 - Tuesday 8th February - Thursday 14th April 2022

Term 2 - Monday 2nd May - Friday 8th July 2022

Term 3 - Monday 25th July - Friday 30th September 2022

Term 4 - Monday 17th October - Friday 16th December 2022


Teacher Call-Back Day

Wednesday 2nd February 2022

ACCORD Teacher Only Days

Thursday 3rd February 2022

Friday 4th February 2022

Monday 27th June 2022


Auckland Anniversary

Monday 31st January 2022

Waitangi Day

Sunday 6th February 2022

Observed: Monday 7th February 2022


Good Friday - 15th April 2022

Easter Monday - 18th April 2022

Easter Tuesday - 19th April 2022


Monday 25th April 2022


Monday 6th June 2022


Friday 24th June 2022


Monday 24th October 2022

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: