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Newsletter Week 7: 16 March 2021

ST JOSEPH'S WHANAU DAY MARCH 19th - WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU

AN INVITATION TO OUR WHANAU DAY: FRIDAY MARCH 19th

YEAR OF ST JOSEPH’S

(December 2020-2021)

We want to celebrate this amazing man and model of faith. We have planned a fun packed day for all to share.


FRIDAY MARCH 19th - all welcome

  • 11am - St Joseph’s Liturgy in the HALL

  • 11.30am - Kapa Haka practice (come along and see what we do, join in!) in the HALL

  • 12pm - JUNIOR CLASSES DUATHLON BEGINS...children will run around the field, then head over to the pool. (Seniors will begin their activities once the juniors have left the field)

  • 12.30pm - SENIOR CLASSES DUATHLON BEGINS - longer field expectations and then swimming

  • 1.15pm - Bring along a lunch and share a picnic with your child and their friends

  • 2pm - Spend time in your child’s classroom - seeing and learning what they do


We ask for a family donation that will then go directly to our wonderful CARITAS organisations. (Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' agency for justice, peace and development.)

*Children can wear their PE Uniform to school...

A BIG THANK YOU

A big thank you to Tyler and the Gilberd family for popping in last Wednesday on our Teacher Only Day and for the donation of a goalie shirt and gloves to help us when we compete. We truly appreciate your support.

PRINCIPAL/TUMUAKI MESSAGE

Kia ora koutou

What a start to our week! We are truly fortunate to have our community supporting us all in so many ways when someone decided to break into our classrooms. We are truly fortunate to have everything returned due to the hard work of our police, and our security cameras that were installed last year. Our children were amazing and lived out being Jesus' hands and heart yesterday as we got the classrooms tidied up.

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Mia for completing LEVEL 6 on the STEPSWEB programme. That is a mighty effort and we are so proud of you. 100 Mercy points coming your way.

CATHOLIC FORMATION FOR US ALL

Week 4: Fourth Sunday of Lent

The Lord saves us from the darkness that we have inside, from the darkness of daily life, of social life, of political life, of national, international life... But he asks us to see them first; have the courage to see our darkness so that the light of the Lord might enter and save us.”

Pope Francis, Holy Mass at Casa Santa Marta, 6 May 2020


OPENING PRAYER

E te Atua, God, each day you invite us to follow you. You rejoice with us when we accept your invitation, and you are patient with us when we falter. We give you thanks for the abilities and strengths you have gifted to us – including the ability to think and make choices. Help us to continue to choose the path that brings us closer to you. Āmene.


GOSPEL READING

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 3:14-21

Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”


GOSPEL REFLECTION

The Gospel reading this week shares with us a popular piece of scripture John 3:16, ‘For God so loved the world …’ This is such a great verse. Through it we can understand that God loves the world so much that he sent his only Son into it. God does love the whole world; God loves us all. He loves those who love him, and he even loves those who hate him. This means that you do not have to earn God’s love, he already loves you and there is absolutely nothing you could do to change his love.

This even means when sometimes we might not make the right choices or make the best decisions, he still loves us. Remember that Jesus is a gift from God given to us with love, a way for us to remember that there is always hope. This hope provides us with a choice to live with the grace of God in all that we do.

Sometimes it can be hard to say when we are wrong or have mucked up, but this is part of our faith journey. Sometimes these choices move us away from our relationship with God. We must learn to see the light in ourselves and use the grace of God to continue to nurture us and bring us closer to Him. Grace helps us to make wrongs right, it helps us to reflect and say sorry, it helps us to forgive and redeem. It is a gift given freely to us. All we have to do is believe God loves us. We do not have to be perfect; we just have to believe in God, put our faith in him and trust in him and love him.

The Berenstain Bears and the In Crowd

BOARD OF TRUSTEES - CASUAL VACANCY

As you are aware a Casual Vacancy has become available on our Board of Trustees. There are approximately two meetings every term. First and foremost we are a Catholic Board of Trustees and uphold our Code of Ethics as set down by the Bishops and the New Zealand Catholic Education office. We begin every meeting with Catholic Faith formation and prayers, followed by a review of the Governance expectations for that month. Following on from this, Management then discuses their report for the month. This includes aspects of Health and Safety, Financial reporting, personnel and school wide data. At times additional meetings may need to occur.


There are guidelines that the Board will now follow form the NZSTA. Below is a link for those who are eligible and those who are not. If this is something you might be interested in then please ask for the Eligibility form from the office and return here when completed.

Thank you

Maria Amey, Chairperson

MERCY AWARDS FOR WEEK 7

RUMA TAHI/ ONE: MRS O'CONNOR

Hazel for her Courage and quiet determination to do well in her learning.

RUMA RUA/ TWO: MS BROWN

Oscar - for showing the Mercy value of Excellence in his work. He puts in 100% effort into his learning, especially in his story writing.

RUMA TORU/ THREE: MRS PEDLEY

Lupe for showing Compassion to others in the classroom by helping them out if they are unsure of what to do.

RUMA ONO/ SIX: MRS O'CALLAGHAN

Dani-Nicole - She has demonstrated the Mercy value of Excellence by taking care in her work and trying her best all the time.

RUMA WHITU/ SEVEN: MRS MOOR

Charlotte-Jane - For her Mercy Value of Excellence when she completes her learning tasks she also does so to a high standard.

RUMA WARU/ EIGHT: MR ANDERSON

Gwen - demonstrating the Mercy Value of Excellence through always completing her Kiwi Kids News homework to an extremely high standard.

MERCY HOUSE POINTS FOR THE WEEK

  • POMPELLIER: 150
  • McAULEY: 99
  • ONGLEY: 105
  • BERNADETTE: 86
  • VINCENT: 189 ***
  • FRANCIS: 100
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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Mar 19: St Joseph's Whānau Day: Please see above information

  • Mar 23: Stream visit for the senior school

  • Mar 29: Chrism Mass at the Cathedral - senior leaders to represent our school

  • Apr 1: HOLY THURSDAY - Mass 7pm/ Leaders to present the oils from the Chrism mass

  • Apr 2: GOOD FRIDAY - SCHOOL CLOSED - Mass at 3pm

  • Apr 5/6: HOLY MONDAY/ TUESDAY - SCHOOL CLOSED

  • Apr 16: LAST DAY OF THE TERM


SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB: Last day for orders is Friday 19th March