Newsletter 7 September, 2022

Marian Catholic School

Principal's Reflection

Tena koutou katoa ma te Atua koutou e manaaki

Greetings and God’s blessings to you all,

I have returned from my Principal Sabbatical. Returning half way through a term creates exciting challenges as I grapple to ‘catch up’, ‘settle in’ and ‘look forward’! I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting the classrooms and reconnecting with both staff and students. I have been most impressed with the conversations I have had with the students around their learning and sharing their highlights with me. The rich learning opportunities offered across the school are outstanding and I commend the teaching staff on their energy and commitment to our students.

Schools across the country have struggled with the challenges of a second wave of COVID, nasty winter ‘flus and colds and ongoing illnesses. Our school has met these challenges admirably with all staff going the extra mile to ensure our school remains open and providing learning for our students and families.

I would like to thank Mrs Louise Graafhuis who was Acting Principal in my absence. I have returned to a very settled highly functioning school. Louise has done an excellent job. She has been supported by an outstanding team. I would like to acknowledge the work and support of our leadership team, teaching team and our wonderful support staff. I would like to thank our parent community for your ongoing support and your understanding as the challenges of illness were addressed. This whakatauki says it all:

He aha te mea nui o te ao

What is the most important thing in the world?

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

We look forward to our Feast Day tomorrow celebrating Mary’s birthday with Mass, House Colour mufti day and a buddy class art activity. These days are full of fun celebrating who we are and what is important. Friendship, leadership and working together within our Special Catholic Character.

Ma te Atua koutou e manaaki

God’s blessings on you all,



Gospel Reflection

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 14:25-27

Jesus is telling us that following him and being a disciple is something that we have to see through to the finish. We need to follow Jesus but this isn't always easy. Often we are distracted by other people or by thinking about what we want, rather than about what Jesus wants for us.

We need to “carry our cross” accepting the things we find difficult in our lives and asking for God's help in these difficult things. Throughout our lives as followers of Jesus we might have to choose to do what Jesus wants even if it means not always being popular. Jesus is an important person in our lives.

Charism Focus

Our Charism focus for this term is LIVE FAITH.

Several months ago we celebrated Pentecost, the birthday of the church- the coming of the Holy Spirit into our lives. We are the church - our presence here and how we live our lives with others, brings the Kingdom of God alive.

This week is Social Justice week - a special week in the Catholic Church when we focus on bringing the Kingdom of God alive. This week we focus on how we can build peace in our communities and consider the impacts of our daily actions on those around us.

When we focus on allowing the Holy Spirit to come and wake us and make us shine, we bring Christ into the world - shining in our lives and the lives of those around us.

So what does this mean to us at Marian School? How do we build peace in our community? Everytime we treat those around us with love and think about the words and actions we use, we are allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us.

So let your light shine. The light of Love, the light of patience, the light of joy, the light of goodness, the light of peace…. If we allow the spirit to work through us we are truly Living Faith. Being the hands, face and voice of Jesus, so as our school motto says: we can Bring Christ into the World.

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13

Social Justice Week


This week is Social Justice week, and the focus this year is on the topic of racism.

Catholic social teaching guides us to respect each other as we are all God’s creation and have an inherent human dignity. We are called to love even those who may treat us unfairly. Our greatest challenge is to follow the example of Jesus and work for justice in all that we do. To be the Hands, Face and Voice of Jesus.

Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

JOHN 13:34

DRS news

Upcoming Masses

8 September: Birthday of Our Lady MASS at 9:45am- Our School Feast day

22nd September: Grandparents Day MASS at 9:45am


Tomorrow, Thursday the 8th September is our school Feast day. It is the birthday of Mary- Our Lady (MARY).

To celebrate this special day, we welcome you to join us for MASS at 9.45am.

Students are asked to wear their HOUSE COLOURS to school on Thursday. Students will sit with their houses for Mass.

Mary is a very special person. She was chosen by God to be the mother of God’s Son. Mary, mother of the Church, watches over us just as mothers do. She leads us to be followers of Jesus, just like she was.

As Marian Catholic School, we honour Mary on her birthday and look to her as our Mother.

We will join together as a school to celebrate Mass on Thursday morning and then after morning tea we will join in fun activities with our Buddy Classes.

God Bless

Nicki Whyte DRS


We warmly welcome into our school community the following children and their families;

Adelyn Freddy (Rm3), Aira Jimmy (Rm3), Christina Sugith (Rm3), Leo Pauley (Rm3), and Tashi Presly (Rm3).

Board of Trustee Elections

Voting closes today, 7 September at 4pm. The counting of votes will take place on 13th of September and the new six elected members will take office Wednesday 14th September for their first meeting.

Thank you to all the candidates who have put their nominations forward. Marian School staff and community appreciate all your support to make this school a wonderful place of learning for your children

Marian Panettiere

(Returning Officer)


We regret to inform you that the PTFA Quiz Night Fundraiser on September 23rd has been cancelled. The decision has been made due to lack of table sales, which makes the evening un-viable.

Thank you to those who kindly offered auction items and booked tables.

Marian School Jackets

We have 6 Marian School Jackets available for sale in the School Office. They were excesses not wanted from the last order that arrived. First in first served thanks.

We have the following only: 1 x 11-12 years, 4 x 9-10 years, 1 x 7-8 years.

They are $70 each.

The next order we place for Jackets will be in March 2023.

Celebrating Success

Aims Games

Well done to Alex James who finished 7th in qualifying (out of 37). He was into the quarter-finals yesterday.

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Congratulations to all the Speech Finalists and Winners

LC3 (Poetry Recital)

1st Eden Kaloni

2nd Kayla Libre

3rd Felicity Lewis

4th Naomi Jijo


1st Ruben Wren

2nd Leo McFetridge

3rd Zoe Christensen


Year 7 girls

1st Lilipeta Soagia

2nd Josie Mitchell

3rd Lana Fassler

Year 7 boys

1st Mattheas Torres

2nd Xavier Karalus

3rd Ryan Hennessy

Year 8 girls

1st Lizzie Barr

2nd Olivia Dowling Mitchell

3rd Laura Hampton

Year 8 boys

1st Isaac Wren

2nd Hudson Clarke

3rd Riley McChesney

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Club Issue 6 closing Week 9, Wednesday 21st September 3pm. Only ONLINE orders through LOOP! No cash orders sorry. If you have any inquiries, please e-mail Miss D’cruz at .

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The annual book fair will be held in conjunction with Grandparents day in the school library,

22 September

8.30am - 4pm



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.

We have seen a decrease in absences in the last week which is great to see. Hopefully the worst of the colds and flu has passed.

Dates to Remember

  • Mass - 8 Sept at 9.45
  • Grandparents Day - 22 Sept - Mass at 9:45am
  • Scholastic Book Fair - 22 Sept (To be held in the Library)

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 watch has been found on the playground. Please see the office staff to claim.


Sports Notices

Online registrations open for term 4

Flippaball - Years 5/6

Summer Hockey - Years 3 to 6

Futsal - Years 4-8

Touch - Years 1-8

Basketball - Years 1-6

Follow the link: Summer Sports - Term 4

Winter Sports Prizegiving

  • Netball and Hockey - Saturday 10th September 3.30 pm at the GSEC

  • Basketball - Thursday 29th September 5.30 pm at the GSEC

Saints United Term 4 Sports - Years 7 & 8


  • Year 7 & 8 Girls only

  • Games played on a Saturday afternoon at Tamahere Park, Hamilton.

  • Fee per child is $30 to play (TBC)

  • Sticks provided by Saints United. If you want goggles you will need to purchase your own (not compulsory at this age)

  • Games are 6 aside. Maximum of 10 players in a team.

  • Register your interest by email: or come and see me in the Marian office.

  • Registrations close Wednesday 28th September.


At present our Basketball team is full. I currently have a waitlist to get in. If some players decide not to play in Term 4 then I will advertise for more players.


Sorry our cricket teams are currently full - they were confirmed in term 1 for the 2 terms.

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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.

New Zealand Uniforms

One of our uniform suppliers, NZ Uniforms, now offers an easy way for our families to get a Govt/Charity quote online without having to visit the store.

Families can visit and follow the instructions.

Once you use their quote to gain funding, you can book in for a uniform fitting.

This will save families from making an extra trip into the store so the process is more efficient.

Entertainment Books

Join now and discover why Entertainment really is your ultimate companion for fun.

Order your Entertainment Membership and support our fundraiser.

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