Newsletter 2 November, 2022

Marian Catholic School

Principal's Reflection

Kia ora e te Whānau,

Welcome back to Week 3 of our final term as the finish line races into view. With this in mind, I hope you had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather over Labour weekend and didn’t spend too much time working.

This term has gotten off to a flying start. October was World Mission Month. During this month, Pope Francis asked every member of the Catholic community around the world to recognise themselves as missionary disciples. Here at Marian we honoured this commitment by holding what was, pre covid, our annual Mission day.

A lot of mahi was put into the organising and running of Mission day from our Senior students. So much fun and joy was had from the many activities that ranged from a dunk tank to various arts and crafts, and many food creations. Brightly displayed stalls and sporting activities were spread across our field. Sadly my invite went missing to be a participant in the dunk tank but Father Isaac led the way for the adults being dunked. I was lucky enough though to try the island potato salad, and yes, there certainly was a wonderful array of food available. As you saw on our fb page, there was also an amazing display of decorative cakes sold and up for a very successful auction at the end of the day. The entire day was a huge success and was a credit to the students, staff, and community involved in organising the event. Thank you everyone for doing such an outstanding job.

As 2022 champions Marian were able to host the Waikato inter-schools Police challenge (PCT competition) on the Thursday of week 2. 31 teams from various schools attended and completed! The competition is a team challenge with the teams being made up of four members – two boys and two girls. Marian had eight students selected to represent our school - Noah Billman, Heidi Maarhuis, Olivia Dowling-Mitchell, Hudson Clarke, Emma Palmer, Harry O’Connor, Niko Dale and Kaysie Fong. Well done to our teams, they gave their best and produced some excellent times. We congratulate Maeroa Intermediate, their Team 2 were the winners on the day and posted the best time, only slightly faster than ours.

The calendar is full this term, and we look forward to many more outside events.

Ma te Atua e manaaki me te mihi

Deputy Principal

Louise Graafhuis


Gospel Reflection -

Luke 19: 1-10

The gospel tells the story of Zaccheus, who was the chief tax collector. He was a very short man, and was unable to see Jesus as he walked by so Zaccheus climbed a tree to get a better view of Jesus. Jesus told Zacchaeus that he wanted to have dinner at his house. The crowds were cross because they thought Zacchaeus was a sinner – a person who was not always good and kind.

Zacchaeus really wanted to change his life but didn't know how to do it without someone helping him. He believed that Jesus was the only one who could help.

Zacchaeus changed his life because of Jesus. Zacchaeus wanted to have better relationships with everyone he knew and with God. Zacchaeus welcomed Jesus into his home and into his heart.

When we let Jesus into our lives, our relationships with each other are much better. The love that God has for us fills our hearts and makes us more loving to others. God is always ready to make a home with us. God is full of forgiveness and will fill us with love and goodness to help us make a fresh start.

Charism Focus

LIVE MISSION - Manawaitia te Mihana

Our Charism focus for this term is LIVE MISSION. This week we are focusing on how we can tell people about God’s love. Our mission is to share the love of God with others. Just as the Saints showed their love for God and inspired others to show this love and goodness to all.

We can tell people about God’s love through our actions. People notice how we behave towards them and others. It may be a look, our actions or the words we say. All of these are signs about what we believe. Make sure your actions say what you believe.

We believe in God and God’s love for us - we need to spread that good news with others around us. We need to serve as Jesus did.

“Go out and preach the Gospel: and if necessary, use words.” a quote attributed to St Francis of Assisi.

As we are inspired by the life and actions of the Saints who have gone before us, we remember the importance that - We LIVE CHRIST at Marian - by being the hands, face and voice of Jesus.

...I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:18


DRS news

Mission Day

It was a very successful day and the school raised $7,412.50. This is an amazing total. Many thanks for your generosity. We are delighted to be able to pass this money onto the following very worthy organisations.

  • The Marist Brothers - Preschools in Kiribati, so they will be able to continue to support the needs of the children in the three preschools in Kiribati.

  • The Mission Sisters - Euphrasie School in Pyay Myanmar

  • Feed the Hungry programme at our Cathedral Parish that provides a nourishing lunch each Tuesday for the homeless of Hamilton.

  • Hamilton Combined Christian Food bank who provide food to families in need in the Waikato.

It is important for us as a part of our School Charism for Term 4 of Live Mission to be able to support the work of our founding orders (Marcellin Champagnat- Marist Brothers and Euphrasie Barbier - Mission Sisters ) in their mission work overseas.

Many thanks for the support that has been given to our Mission Day.

Andrew Chinn Concert

Tomorrow afternoon, Thursday 4th November, Australian religious songwriter and singer, Andrew Chinn, will be visiting our school to share his songs with our children. Andrew’s songs, such as “These Hands”, “Rainbow”, “An African Blessing” and “Rise Up!” are used in classrooms and liturgies around Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. The concert will take place in the Cathedral, at 1.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.


17th November: School MASS 9.15am

15th December : End of Year MASS


On Monday 31st October, 24 students from LC5 attended this year’s Regeneration Retreat which was led by the Hamilton NET team. Our students, alongside students from a number of schools in the Hamilton Diocese, had an awesome day filled with lots of fun, faith and friendship.

The theme for this year’s retreat was “A Chosen Instrument”. The retreat began with Mass. Fr. Isaac was the celebrant. Throughout the day the activities, led by the NET leaders, reinforced the message that we all have a calling to bring others to faith and share Christ's love. To conclude the day, Father Isaac guided the students through Eucharistic adoration.

On returning to school, the participating students reflected on the messages they will take away from the day. Here are some of their reflections:

“The main message I got today was to trust in God no matter what and he will take care of me.” (Rachel)

“God is always there and watching, even in tough times. God works in mysterious ways.” (Xavier)

“Today was a reminder for me that I have a purpose and there was a reason that God has put me on this earth. I might not know it yet, but someday I will.” (Lana)

“No matter what point you are at in life, Jesus will always be with you.” (Bryce)

“Something that I learnt today was that Jesus has a plan for us. No matter what happens in life he still knows that we love him and he forgives our sins.” (Lizzie)

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New Zealand's National Agricultural Fieldays event 2022 Calling volunteers

This year we are seeking volunteers to work on the gates at the Field days to raise funds for our school. This is an annual opportunity and the funds are much needed and appreciated by Marian Catholic School.

These are the shifts we need to fill this year. The shift times are flexible but will need coverage across the whole day, especially in the mornings which are the busiest times.

Full training and support will be provided. If you are able to volunteer for a shift on the gates please contact: Jamie Looker

  • Wednesday 30 November:
  • Thursday 1 December
  • Friday 2 December:
  • Saturday 3 December:


We warmly welcome into our school community the following children and their families; Miguel Floresca (Rm3) and Kianu August (Rm3)

Enrolments 2023

If you have a child due to start in 2023, please ensure you have filled out an enrolment form and returned it to the school office.

Summer Uniform

Children are now expected to now be wearing their full summer school uniform

Hats are compulsory this term. Children without their hats will have to sit in the shaded areas.

Sandals are black Roman type, preferably leather.


Thursday 17 November 6pm in the GSEC

Children involved will be bringing a note home next week after their lessons.

Teacher Only Day

Please mark this day on your calendar -

Monday 21 November.

There will be no classes as teachers will be busy working on reporting and data collection.

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

Celebrating Success

Altrusa International Club of Hamilton Young Citizens of the Year Award 2022

Congratulations to Lizzie Barr for being awarded a Young Citizens of the Year Award 2022 by the Altrusa International Club of Hamilton. Students nominated displayed the following attributes: Courtesy, Attitude and initiative, Sportsmanship, Community work and Scholastic achievement/Improvement.

Lizzie attended the award ceremony on Wednesday 26th October.

Speech Finals

Congratulations to Mattheas Torres who also received 2nd place in the Yr7 Waikato Speech Finals

Vision and Hearing

Vision Hearing Technicians from Community and Southern Rural Health will be visiting our school. The objective of the test is to identify previously undetected vision and hearing defects.

If any parents/caregivers do not want their child to be checked, or their child is currently under specialist care for a vision or hearing defect, they should let the school know.

Which children are routinely checked? Children who have not completed vision and hearing checks as part of their B4 School Check. Children absent from previous visit, require retests or follow up. In special circumstances, parents, teachers or others may request a vision or hearing check

What tests are carried out?


Audiometry (hearing test)

Tympanometry – middle ear function test (only carried out when hearing test is not within a normal range)


Long distance vision tests – not a complete visual examination, but a simple screening test

NB All of these checks are non-invasive, safe and should cause no discomfort.

Scholastic Orders

Scholastic orders are closing this Friday, 4th November at 3pm. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to email Miss D’cruz at: .

Kia pai tāu pānui! Happy reading ♥️📚!



Thank you to all those families who have been notifying the office if their child is going to be absent from school. Please remember to contact 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.

Dates to Remember

  • School Photos - Tuesday 15 November

  • Full School Mass - 17 November at 9:15am

  • Cultural Assembly - 17 November at 1:30pm in the Cathedral followed by Whanau Hui

  • Out of School Twilight Concert 17 November

  • NO SCHOOL - 21 November - Teacher Only day

  • Teacher Paid Union Meeting - 24 November, details to follow

  • Junior Nativity Show - 1st and 2nd December

  • Senior Prizegiving - 9 December

  • Final School Mass for 2022 and Community thank you morning tea - 15 December

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.

There is a range of stock on hand but we are very short on tunics and small size skirts.


Sports Notices

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Kids Tryathlon

The Sanitarium Weet-BixTM Kids TRYathlon is BACK for 2022/23. This season will feature 12 amazing events throughout New Zealand.

The Hamilton event is on Sunday 4th December at Waikato University Fields.

Let me know if you want to register your child/children.

Adriana Cubillos

Marian Sports Coordinator

Hinemoa Amateur Athletic Club

Hinemoa Amatuer Athletics Club welcomes all interested athletes to join the 2022/2023 season. Our club registrations are now officially open for all ages.

Our 2022/23 Season Dates:

20 Oct 2022 – 8 Dec 2022

9 Feb 2023 – 30 Mar 2023

Our club meets on a Thursday at Steele Park, split into two sessions:

- Mini Club (3-6 yrs) run from 5pm - 5.45pm

- Junior Athletes (7-14 yrs) run from 6pm - 7.30pm

Learn to Sail this Summer @Hamilton Yacht Club!

When: Weekly on Fridays throughout Term 4

Friday LTS

Level 1 Group A - 4:15pm-5:30pm

Level 1 Group B - 5:45pm-7pm

Level 2/3 - 4:30pm-6:30pm

Teen Level 1/2 - 4:45pm-6:45pm

No experience necessary, boats provided

Ages 8+

For more info and to sign up go to, or email

Junior MTB Race Series - 2022

Hamilton MTB Park - Nov 6

Te Miro MTB Park - Nov 13

Grades: Under 10, up to Under 20

Start times from 10am to 12:30pm

Spot prizes, thanks to our sponsors; Tuatahi First Fibre, Green Monkey, Squirt, PlaceMakers

Sign up at:

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