Posts made in September, 2012

27 September

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Dear Parents

With this being the last newsletter of the term I wish to thank all the parents who have helped make this term such a success. Whether it be parent help, cooks, drivers, coaches, managers, audience, or supporter, your presence shows the children that what they are doing is important. Thank you.

Also a big thanks to the PTA for organising tonight’s Disco. I look forward to the latest dance crazes.

We farewell Saphira, Jade and Corey Rance tomorrow and wish them all the best.

We also farewell Mrs Armstrong from our staff. We thank her for her commitment to the children at our school. Many thanks.

*REFLECTION ON TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (From Lectio Divina)

 Jesus surprises his disciples yet again. Apparently someone was casting out demons in Jesus’ name. The disciples tell him to stop because he is not one of their group. Jesus surprises them by telling them not to stop him. The reason Jesus gives is very practical. Someone performing miracles in his name could hardly turn round later and speak against Jesus’ ministry. We’re not really given many details so do not know why this person was not more closely connected with Jesus’ disciples. However Jesus makes it clear that kindness shown to one of his disciples because they are following him will certainly by rewarded.

Jesus then turns his attention to the seriousness of sin. He gives a strong warning to those who cause the young to lose their faith in Jesus (verse 42). Jesus sums his teachings up by saying don’t allow anyone or anything to cause you to lose faith in him. He emphasises the importance of this by repeating it no fewer than three times. It’s a matter of life or death, heaven or hell. We must keep our lives clearly focused on Jesus and the Kingdom of God.

MEDITATION: What does this passage teach us about how we should deal with temptation and sin? Do we take it as seriously as God does? What can we learn about our responsibility to others, especially to children concerning their faith in Jesus?

PRAYER: Read Psalm 19 and allow time for the Holy Spirit to open up areas that need to change. If we confess our sins God promises ‘he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all wrongdoing’ (1 John 1:9).

Do you know how beautiful and precious you are in God’s sight?

Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women National team are delighted to invite all women to a special retreat weekend with international speaker Elissa Macpherson and local speaker Diana Ingle. Both women are delightful accomplished speakers. Theme “Lavish Gifts, Extravagant Love!”  5-7 October Villa Maria College Christchurch. On line registration available at www.dove.org.nz or pick up a registration form from your church foyer. Sponsorship available.Further enquiries contact Judith 03 358 4754 email jmosullivan@clear.net.nz

Convent Cup

Well done to all the teams who competed on Tuesday. The day was perfect and we had some excellent results. A big thanks to the parents who coached and managed our teams.

Enrolments

Please contact me if you know of any pre-schoolers not yet enrolled or any prospective enrolments for next year and beyond.

Sports ~ Cricket

Southland Cricket are running 3 different competitions next term:

1       Have a Go (5 – 8yr olds) – Sat 9 am (7 wks) @ Queens Park $35 per team

2       Kiwi 8’s – Yr 1 – 4 Thurs 3.45 pm @ Queens Park $50 per team per term

3       Yr 5 & 6 Friday night hardball or softball grades $60 per team per term

Entries close 19th October – another note will go out in the first week of next term. In the interim, email me at principal @shsinv.school.nz to indicate interest. If there is not a full team, we will combine with the other schools.

Nude Food Day ~ Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The children will hear more about this in their classes.  We would strongly encourage everybody to consider having a “rubbish free lunchbox” on this day.  Please refer to the posters hanging in the corridors and look at this website. http://www.nudefoodday.com.au/

School Fair Meeting – Monday 15th October 7.30pm

PTA School Disco   Tonight – Thursday 27th September 2012    

Gold coin donation (per family) please.

Chips, ice blocks & drinks available to purchase ($0.50 – $1.00)  

Variety of glow products available to purchase ($0.50 – $2.00)

Juniors            Years 0-3            6.30pm – 7.30pm

(Younger siblings are welcome to stay for the juniors disco if accompanied by parents)

Seniors            Years 4-6             7.30pm – 8.30pm

Tea & coffee is also be available for adults. We look forward to seeing you all there.

JR McKenzie Youth Education Trust

The above trust gives financial supportto families with children moving from Yr 6 to Yr 7with uniform costs. If you wish to apply, please ring or email me. This is confidential.

2 Scooters Missing               

A MGP Team Edition scooter was taken from school last week, purple with green hand grips, has a custom paint job and deck underneath is a bright orange.  Very distinctive colours, please contact the school, police or 021-678481 with any information. 

The 2nd one is also a MGP and has blue handlebars and wheels and has a pink deck. Any information can be directed to Jackie 027-4922118.

Annual Inter-school Relay Carnival – Saturday 3rd November @ 6 pm

Children interested in participating in this carnival, please see me.

Keep in mind the school fair is on the following morning.

Basketball Camp 7 – 12yr olds ~ 4 & 5 October 9am – 3pm

All enquiries: to 211-2254.

Achievements

The following children did extremely well at the Jazz Competitions recently.

Holly Wolf received ‘Highly Commended’

Brooklyn McLeod received ‘Honours with Distinction’

Mya O’Connor received ‘Honours with Distinction’

Altar Servers

Saturday 22nd September                           7.00 am                   Cameron Ralston & Caleb Brown         

Sunday 23rd September                            10.30 am                                     Patrice & Aimee Brookland

Children’s Liturgy                                                                           Nicki Brookland

Governor General

Yesterday Mrs Ingham attended a morning tea and assembly at St John’s Girls School, where she had the privilege of meeting the Govenor General of New Zealand, Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife, Lady Janine.

Exciting News

With just one month to go for our Meadow Fresh Cool Stuff for Kids campaign we hope everyone is still busy collecting as many Meadow Fresh stickers as they can! Remember the more stickers, the bigger share your school gets of the $500,000 worth of cool prizes.

Anyone who buys a bottle of Meadow Fresh Milk between now and 26th October and sends us their original receipt can win $10,000 dollars cash for your school PLUS $500 for yourself! How awesome is that! To enter, send original receipt with their name and phone number, plus their nominated school on the back to:

FreePost MeadowFresh
PO Box 90450
Victoria St West
Auckland

Room 5 Class Happenings

This week we had the opportunity to learn some Badminton with Brent Busby.  We learned how to hit a shuttlecock and that they are made from goose feathers and plastic. Brent also told us that the older the bird is that they get the feathers from the more expensive the shuttlecock is.

                                 

The Big Shake Out – This week we took part in the largest ever earthquake drill. This is what we had to do

    DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),

    Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and

    HOLD on to it until the shaking stops.

If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY

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20 September

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 20 September

Dear Parents
The Ski Trip again this year proved to be very successful. The weather held until the end of the day. The snow conditions were perfect. Many experienced their first time skiing. Some of these first timers even made it onto the chairlifts and down the slopes. A big thank you to the parents who helped make the day such a success. 
Disco  ~  Please add to your calendar list of events.
Thursday 27th September – PTA School Disco
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Philips and Henson families this week.
*REFLECTION ON TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (From Lectio Divina)
 On today’s reading Jesus repeats the teaching to his disciples about his death and resurrection that we read about last week (Mark 8:31-33). It was so important that Jesus made sure they were alone and wouldn’t be interrupted. Mark reveals the disciples were puzzled and afraid to ask Jesus about the subject. Perhaps they were afraid they might get a similar rebuke to Peter if they said the wrong thing (Mark 8:33) so decided to keep quiet. Or maybe they just couldn’t handle the implications of what Jesus was saying.
The disciples’ discussion about who is the greatest may have been prompted by wondering who would be their leader if Jesus died. Of course Jesus picked this up straight away. The disciples were too ashamed to confess what they had discussed. Jesus doesn’t wait for them to explain. He simply shows them. But not in a way they would have expected.
Importance within Jesus’ community is achieved through service to others not by imposing power. At that time children had no power and little value. But in Jesus’ view whoever welcomed a ‘valueless’ person welcomed him and the Father who sent him. Jesus’ view of life and the world’s way can never mix: they are like oil and water.
The disciples’ views had to be shaken up to adopt Jesus’ teaching. Jesus and his Father will be encountered in and through the people society rejects. If the disciples do not change they will still be thinking like the world and not like God. Once again Jesus is saying ‘my way is not and never will be the world’s way’.
MEDITATION: Were the disciples right to be afraid of asking Jesus to explain his teaching? Do you feel able to ask Jesus about things you don’t understand? Consider the importance Jesus places in our attitudes to serving others. How do you make this a practical part of your life?
PRAYER: Prayerfully read through Psalm 54. Can you join the psalmist in expressing your reliance on God? Throughout this week repeat verse 4 ‘But God is my helper. The Lord is my defender’. To which specific situations in your life can these truths be applied? 
Uniform
Now that Spring is here it is a good time for us to be thinking about next term and the change to summer uniform. Included below is the list of uniform items.  In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the shoes and hair ties. All students should keep their hair tidy and tied up if it is long.  This is for health and safety reasons as well as tidiness.  Jewellery is not part of our uniform and therefore should not be worn at school.
If students are wearing sports uniform they are able to wear sports shoes.  However, these should not be worn with our basic school uniform.
As always, if there is a reason why your child cannot wear correct school uniform, please contact the class teacher.
We look forward to seeing all our children in correct school uniform at all times.
Many thanks for your support with this.

 

Summer Girls                                                                                 Summer Boys                                                             

Pinafore                                                                                            Light weight grey shorts

White open necked short sleeved blouse                               Grey open necked short sleeved shirt 
Blue V necked jersey                                                                     Grey socks               
Navy blue or white socks                                                              Blue V neck jersey 
Sunhat                                                                                               Sunhat
Brown, navy or black shoes                                                         Brown, navy or black shoes
REMINDER – ALL CHILDREN NEED A SUNHAT IN TERMS 1 & 4 TO PLAY OUTSIDE.
THESE CAN BE PURCHASED FROM THE OFFICE @$10 EACH.
Choral Festival
Well done to the children who participated in the Choral Festival last night. Many thanks to Mrs Stupples for preparing the children. She is super proud!
Nude Food Day ~ Wednesday, 17 October 2012
The children will hear more about this in their classes.  We would strongly encourage everybody to consider having a “rubbish free lunchbox” on this day.  Please refer to the posters hanging in the corridors and look at this website. http://www.nudefoodday.com.au/
2 Scooters Missing               
A MGP Team Edition scooter was taken from school yesterday afternoon, purple with green hand grips, has a custom paint job and deck underneath is a bright orange.  Very distinctive colours, please contact the school, police or 021-678481 with any information. 
The 2nd one is also a MGP and has blue handlebars and wheels and has a pink deck. Any information can be directed to Jackie 027-4922118.
                                                                       
Newsletter Cover
Thank you to the businesses who kindly sponsor our newsletter each week.
We would appreciate you supporting these businesses. Thank you.
Annual Inter-school Relay Carnival – Saturday 3rd November @ 6 pm
Children interested in participating in this carnival – Please see me on Monday.
Touch Teams
We need 3 more players to get a Yr 3/4 & Yr 5/6 touch teams. If your child is interested, please have names and $18 registration fee into Mrs T-K tomorrow.
We also need coaches for these teams to go ahead. Thank you.
NZ ShakeOut
We’ve registered to participate in New Zealand’s largest ever earthquake drill!
So get ready to Drop, Cover and Hold at 9.26am on Wednesday 26thSeptember 2012.
Lost Property
Lost Property will be displayed in the foyer next week.
Lost on the Ski Trip – 1 pair of black ski pants, size 10. Any information please contact 027-4831621 or return to Briana Henson.
Achievements
Jake Meikle got 2nd in ‘Christchurch King of the Canterbury’ and 2nd in ‘The Sandpit Series’ for motocross 8-12 years 85cc.
Flipperball Draw  ~  Friday 21st September
5.10  Sacred Heart Seals (Yr 1, 2, 3) vs Makarewa Minnows
5.10  Sacred Heart (Yr 4, 5 6) vs Makarewa manta Rays
Altar Servers
Saturday 22nd September                           7.00 am                   Sam & Nathan Russell
Sunday 23rd September                            10.30 am                                     Georgea Newell & Claire Kinney
Children’s Liturgy                                                                           Amanda Smith
Tap Dancing – 22nd & 23rd Sept
Come along and watch local Tap Dancing @ Centre Stage 8.30am-8.30pm (Sat) &
8.30am-2.30pm (Sun).
PTA
Fair Update
Grocery Items (17th – 28th September) – Thanks to all the families who have already brought in their bottles and grocery items. These last two weeks of term we are looking for donations of non-perishable items for our grocery hamper(s).
Again we only ask for one grocery item per family during this time and we have left the bin for bottles out for anyone who would still like to add any bottle donations. We have also received some hair product and we are happy to get this anytime.
In the coming weeks families will receive a call from the fair committee representative from your children’s class, asking you to help and join your child’s class roster to man the stall this class is responsible for. Please remember many volunteers make this a great day and in most instances we will only be looking for up to an hour of your time on the day. If you have an issue with being contacted then please advise the school office so you can be removed from the contact list.
Do you have ice cream containers with lids that fit? If so please save these for us to get next term or pop them in one of the bins by the office if you need to get rid of them now.
Kids start saving your coins for the fair day – we always end up with lots of notes at the start of the day so parents encourage your kids to save their coins to use on the day.
PTA School Disco   Thursday 27th September 2012    
Gold coin donation (per family) on the night please.
Chips, ice blocks & drinks available to purchase ($0.50 – $1.00)   Variety of glow products available
to purchase ($0.50 – $2.00). Tea & coffee is also available for adults.
Juniors            Years 0-3            6.30pm – 7.30pm(Younger siblings are welcome to stay for the
                                                                                                juniors disco if accompanied by parents)
Seniors            Years 4-6             7.30pm – 8.30pm
Room 3 Class Happenings
As a finale to our recent Inquiry unit, we had a celebration of the different cultures of children and teachers that make up our school community.  The children took part in a range of art and music activities.  A performance by some Aurora College students, which included traditional Cook Island drum playing and dancing, was enjoyed after our ‘cultural’ shared lunch.  Below are some stories that the children have written.
I ate cake at the Culture Day and it was yum.  I did art and it was fun. The name of the art was tapa cloths.  To make a tapa cloth we had to draw on a piece of paper and then we had to crush the piece of paper.  We put feathers and grass on it.   Alex
Culture Day was fun and I liked the house teams.  The food was yummy and we ate it in the hall.                                                                                                                                                                                      Conna
On Culture Day I went to Room 6 to make a paper plane and a jumping frog.  It didn’t go so well.  After that we all went to the hall and ate lunch.  We all went to play for a little bit.  I liked the people of Aurora College and how they kept the beat on the drums.  The girl kept the beat too when she was dancing.   Jade
On Culture Day I liked when we had the shared lunch with the sweet things.  I also liked when we got into our house teams and went around doing different activities. My favourite activity was the gecko painting because we got to put dots around the outside of the gecko.   Robbie
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13 September

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 13 September

Dear Parents

As you read this I will hopefully be getting ready to travel down the road from the Remarkables Ski field after an enjoyable school ski trip. All reports are for excellent skiing conditions.

This will have followed on from the excellent Culture day yesterday. The children had a great time throughout the day culminating in the drumming exhibition from Mr Tagomoa and his team from Aurora College, then our own concert.

A huge thanks to all the staff for your organisation and to the parents for all the food and support.

Next week I will be at the Australia – New Zealand Principal’s Conference in Melbourne.

Every 5 years there is a shared conference between the 2 countries. While I can be contacted by email – Mrs Buxton is acting principal in my absence.

Good luck to the children taking part in the Sing Out Choral festival next week.

I will be sorry to miss it.

Also a few reminders:

  • Please get the Touch notices in to the office by Thursday.

  • Any children wanting to enter the Squash Whack n Run competition for Term 4, please see Mrs Forbes.

  • Mini-ball starts next week, please take note of the draw up on the junior & senior noticeboards.

  • Convent Cup – Tuesday 25th September.

*REFLECTION ON TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (From Lectio Divina)

 Catholic Bishops Conference 2012).

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Wild rumours are flying around about Jesus’ real identity. He asks the disciples who people think he is. Most people liken Jesus to Old Testament prophets, particularly Elijah. Others think he might even be John the Baptist. Jesus then asks the disciples who they think he is. Peter says he is the Messiah, even though he doesn’t fully understand this. At this point Jesus only wants the disciples to know his true identity, so he commands them not to tell anyone else.

Jesus then gave them an insight into how his mission on earth will end. He tells them clearly that he will suffer and die but three days later will rise from the dead. This doesn’t fit with Peter’s idea of a Messiah so he tells Jesus off! Jesus firmly rejects Peter’s suggestion and makes it clear that Satan is using Peter. This is human thinking not God’s. Peter clearly has a lot more to learn about Jesus.

Jesus then explains to the crowd just what it means to be one of his disciples. He uses the image of carrying a cross. This would have created a vivid and fearful picture in the minds of his listeners. Many would have seen a condemned man staggering beaten and bleeding through the streets to face this humiliating and painful death.

Jesus’ words are an alert for the first disciples. If you want to follow me be prepared; it will involve suffering. Some disciples did experience physical crucifixion. Some today still give their lives for the sake of the gospel. For the rest of us, being prepared to lay down our lives to submit completely to God’s will is a daily challenge for every disciple.

MEDITATION: Consider who you believe Jesus is. How complete is your understanding? Can we, like Peter, sometimes be guilty of thinking we know better that Jesus? Jesus speaks of ‘carrying your cross daily’ and ‘losing your life for Jesus and the gospel’. What does this mean for you? Remember Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit to help us live the Christian life.

PRAYER: Psalm 116 is a great shout of joy for deliverance. The psalmist says ‘I kept on believing’ even though he was crushed and afraid (verses 10-11). Think about your relationship with God; can you use these verses to praise him now?

Science Fair – Congratulations to Hannah Dawson, Emma Harrington, Cameron Rouston, Kayne McCann, Jake Meikle and Mathew Brooks who got 1st prize at the Science Fair and received the Metrology Award.

Choral Festival – Tickets are available at the ICC Booking Office – Adults $12.50 – Child $6.50

The Year 3 and 4 children in Room 5, 6 and 7 will be going to the Civic Theatre on Wednesday, 19 September to listen to the choir.  Please ensure your child is wearing correct school uniform.  No sports uniforms please.  They will travel by bus at 9.00 and return about midday.  Thank you for your support. 

School Fair  ~  Meeting Monday 17th 7.30pm at School

Thanks to all the families who have very kindly donated bottles for the Fair’s “Mystery Bottles”, and grocery items for the grocery hamper already – this is very much appreciated. If you would still like to contribute bottles then it’s not too late – the bins will be left in the foyer over the coming weeks and we will gladly accept any further donations.

Stand Up For Kids – Protect Our Schools: Talking to the Community

In helping to support your local NZEI Te Riu Roa, please visit www.standupforkids.org.nz which is aimed at parents. These events’ highlight the excellent public education our kids receive. You can do the community survey online, get brief information about each issue and take action yourselves. Local events are also listed. Help protect our schools.

Social Justice Week – This week Sacred Heart School recognised this year’s Social Justice Week (September 9-15) theme of Food and Hunger. It has been intended to challenge the Catholic Community in New Zealand to take another look at how caring we are as a society. 

In our classrooms we have viewed the food crisis happening in a video:

 https://vimeo.com/45123478. In Sahel on the southern edge of the Sahara, learners have been encouraged to think about food in three different aspects: our spiritual food, our daily food and the connection between hunger and injustice. 

Please help by donating to Caritas so that lives can be saved through:

  • Providing special nutrition for children and mothers 

  • Giving farmers seeds and tools

  • Employing local people to prepare land, dig wells, and provide irrigation. 

Altar Servers

Saturday 15th September                            7.00 am                   Isabella & Mackenzie Wild

Sunday 16th September                            10.30 am                                     Emma Harrington & Emma Brooks

Children’s Liturgy                                                                           Pauline Harrington

Achievements – Aubrey Page received the ‘Player of the Year’ trophy for Thistle Legends Junior Football Club in the weekend.

Toolbox Parents Courses – We are now taking expressions of interest for Toolbox Parenting Courses to run in Term 4 and/or the new year. Toolbox parenting courses equip you with the tools you need to grow great families. Early Years (0-6 years), Middle Years – (6-12 years) & Teens and Tweens – (12 + years).  $67.50 single, $90.00 couple BUT FULL subsidies are readily available.
Expressions of interest to Megan Tierney – 2131333 or 0274676234.

NIT-ENZ is EASY TO USE, SAFE, EFFECTIVE & VERY AFFORDABLE!

After initial treatments simply use as a normal shampoo twice a week, normal conditioner afterwards,and you won’t have to worry about head lice again! One of our repellent products should be used daily.Nit-Enz is NOW available from Ascot 4 Square and Newfield 4 Square or for further details visit www.nit-enz.com.

Maths and English Tuition – Finish the year off on a positive note with Maths and English tuition which really makes a difference; whether it’s for catch up, confidence, consolidation or extension. Our friendly tutors provide individualized tuition according to your child’s needs. Spaces are filling fast for Term 4, so call Raewyn 032186804 at NumberWorks’nWords for a free assessment and introductory lesson.

ICAN 2 DAY CONFIDENCE & MODELLING COURSE – Saturday September 29th & Sunday September 30th INVERCARGILL. Contact Tracy Cameron 021 818 318 / 03 4412412 for more info.

October Holiday Programme will run from 2nd – 12th of Octoberin Invercargill, Gore, Winton, Te Anau and Riverton  There are over 20 sports available from Karate and Archery to Outdoor Bowls or Volleyball. Info and enrolment forms are available on our website www.sportsouthland.co.nz or alternatively you can come in and see us at Stadium Southland.

Room 2 Class Happenings:

Miss Paulin has been in Room 2 for the past two weeks and the children have enjoyed having her in the classroom.

For music, the children have been learning a Maori waiata (song) ‘Whakarongo’.

First we went through the words of the song learning how to say them correctly and what each word means.

The children learned the actions to the waiata. We took photos showing the actions in the song. We used these photos to create our own poster to help us learn the waiata, and we were  the waiata experts on Culture day.

Culture Day

Room 9, Room 7 and Aurora College Pacific group entertained us.  Some students and teachers were given the opportunity to learn the drums and how to do the traditional Cook Island dance.

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6 September

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 6 September

Dear Parents

It looked for a couple of days that winter had finally arrived. It is good to see things have reverted to normal for tonight’s Southland Stags game against Otago. I do know that a number of staff members and parents who rely on rain water will have been pleased.

Well done to the children from Room 9 who exhibited at the Science Fair this week. I am thrilled that 10 of our pupils received prizes: Alex Armstrong, Callum O’Connor, Finley McMurdo, Harry Oosterbroek, Cameron Roulston, Emma Harrington, Hannah Dawson, Jake Maxwell, Kayne McCann and Mathew Brooks.

Congratulations to Liam, Matthew and Braedyn Francis who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last night.

Welcome to Fiah Adams and Rewi Schiller who started in Room 2 this week. We hope they enjoy their time at Sacred Heart School.

Reminders for tomorrow and next week:

Friday 7th Book Dress Up Day

Friday 7th Waterpolo / Flipperball starts again

Sunday 9th School Mass

Wednesday 12th School Photos

Thursday 13th Culture Celebration Day

Friday 14th Ski Trip

School Mass – This Sunday, September 9. I look forward to seeing all the children at Mass on Sunday. Please be in your school uniform and meet in the school foyer at 10.15 am.

*REFLECTION ON TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (From Lectio Divina)

HEALING TOUCH: Jesus solved two problems for this man when he healed him. The man who could not hear or speak was set free to do both. So a man who lived in a totally silent, isolated world, could now participate fully in his community. His log jam of silence was blow apart from Jesus commanding him to ‘open up’. Mark uses the Aramaic word Jesus spoke to give the healing. But it wasn’t the choice of a language or a word that enabled the miracle to take place. Iit was Jesus’ divine healing power. The evangelists make it plain Jesus does not perform miracles by rite, magic or demonic power, but solely by the power of God. God’s power at work in Jesus makes healing, forgiveness and deliverance a reality.

Mark is the only gospel writer to record this healing of someone who was both deaf and dumb. It is not clear where this miracle took place but, given the region Jesus was traveling through, it impossible the man was not a Jew. Jesus healed him just the same because the people who interceded for him showed faith. He and his divine power are there to serve and save all men irrespective of nationality or cultural background. The people are thrilled. They can’t contain their joy or approval and they tell everyone about the miracle, despite Jesus’ orders!

MEDITATION: What do you think the man thought as Jesus prepared to heal him? Why do you think Jesus took the man away from the crowd? Why did Jesus direct the man’s friends not to speak about this miracle? What are the outcomes of this miracle?

PRAYER: Read Psalm 146 – it is a beautiful prayer extolling God’s promises and faithfulness. It is full of help and expectation listing miracle after miracle.

Do you know how beautiful and precious you are in God’s sight?

Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women National team are delighted to invite all women to a special retreat weekend with international speaker Elissa Macpherson and local speaker Diana Ingle. Theme “Lavish Gifts, Extravagant Love!” 5-7 October Villa Maria College Christchurch. On line registration available at www.dove.org.nz or pick up a registration form from your church foyer. Further enquiries contact Judith 03 358 4754 email jmosullivan@clear.net.nz

Convent Cup

Children from Rooms 8, 9 (and some of Room 7) will be representing the school at the Convent Cup sports competition at Verdon on Tuesday 26th September.

We have 2 boys rugby teams (1 x Yr 5 & 1 x Yr 6). Do we have any parents who could help coach these 2 teams, and supervise on the day? I am away the week before the tournament and run the soccer games so don’t get the chance to see any games. Please contact me if you can help with this. Also if any parents have access to a set of club rugby jerseys, can you please contact me?

‘School Parade @ 9.05 am Tomorrow’

International Literacy Day Book Character Dress Up Day 7 September 2012

To raise awareness with our children of how fortunate we are to have access to education, we will talk about and dress up as our favourite book character. The children may come to school dressed as their favourite character and talk about their book with others on Friday, 7 September 2012.

September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world.

Stand Up For Kids – Protect Our Schools: Talking to the Community

In helping to support your local NZEI Te Riu Roa, please visit www.standupforkids.org.nz which is aimed at parents. These events’ highlight the excellent public education our kids receive. You can do the community survey online, get brief information about each issue and take action yourselves. Local events are also listed. Help protect our schools.

FAIR Reminder Mystery Bottles are being collected NOW 3rd – 14th September

We ask each family to please send in a bottle during this time – this can be any sealed bottle eg wine, sauce, cleaner, juice?? We wrap each bottle and on the day of the fair people will either be bidding or taking tickets on an unknown bottle! Please leave your bottles in the bin outside the office over this period. Thanks very much to those who have already left donated bottles.

Altar Servers

Sunday 9th September 10.30 am Charlotte Sherriff & Bridie Kinney

Lost Jersey – Size 4 with the name Jack Smith.

Achievements

Corbyn Shuttleworth won his first ever race on Sunday, he actually ended up winning 2 races to finish second overall in the Kartsport Southland Grand Prix.

‘Makarewa Aquatics’

Please visit www.MakarewaAquatics.co.nz if you are interested in ‘Learn to Swim’ classes.

Room 1 Class Happenings

Buddy Reading ~ Every Monday afternoon Room 1 and Room 9 buddy up to share their learning experiences. During this time the children read to a Room 9 child – called their ‘BUDDY’, they count and practice sounds, sight words and spelling. The children are very excited to see their buddies and are always keen to share their learning for the week. Below are some photos of us hard at work.

Art – Construction ~ This term our focus for art is construction. On Fridays we worked with Room 2 to make our own gold medal, just like our awesome Olympic team. We had to do lots of layers of paper to make the effect of an extra heavy medal.

Writing ~ In writing this term we have been focusing on feelings and our favourite word BECAUSE. Below are a few examples of our great writing.

On Father’s Day when the kids were playing puppies we gave Dad a hose reel in a box. We got to play with the box. I put the box on my bed and when I tried to hop out of the box it tipped over and I hurt my head and I had to go to A&E. I felt brave because it tickled. By Sam

Today at morning teatime I fell over on the concrete and I hurt myself on my arm and my leg. I felt sad because I could not run. By Jacob

Sarah Phillipson, Tanesha Tagomoa-Kaa and Maiya Tagomoa-Kaa

at their Baptism last Thursday.

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