Posts made in September, 2018

20th September 2018

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20 September 2018

Dear Parents

Congratulations to the Taula family on the arrival of a lovely wee boy who arrived last night. 6lb 7oz, no name yet.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Winter & Wilson families this week.

Mercy Day – This Monday 24th September 2018
This year for Mercy Day we are going to bus to St Mary’s in Gore. St Thomas’, Winton and St Peters, Gore will also be attending. The programme for the day is to attend a Mass, have lunch and join together for some games. There will be a sausage sizzle supplied but all children will still need to bring some lunch.

  • There will be no heat ups.
  • The bus will be leaving at 9am sharp, you must make sure your child is at school by 8:45am
  • All children are to wear sports uniform and bring a jacket
  • Your child will need to bring a packed lunch and a water bottle

If you would like to join us for the day please let your child’s teacher know ASAP (limited space on the bus).

My Study leave
Last year I won a Konica Minolta award that provides me with time off work and some funding for travel. I will be away  from 25/9 to 12/11. Mrs Buxton will be acting principal while I am away.

Faith Facts
Week 7 – 3rd September
3rd St Gregory the Great
8th The Nativity of Mary

This week we can say happy birthday to Mary and Celebrate her birth. Through Mary and her parents, we were sent a saviour in Jesus. Happy Birthday Mary.

In New Zealand we can take time to think of all those affected by disaster. The 4th of September is the anniversary of three disasters in New Zealand that affected those in the air, on the sea and on land. The ship wreck of the Delaware (1863) the first Earthquake in Christchurch (2010) and the tragic loss of nine lives in a plane crash at Fox Glazier (2010). We pray for all those in today’s world who suffer loss and grieve after a natural disaster and tragedy. May Mary be with the suffering and may God guide them to peace.

Week 8 10th September (Social Justice week)
13th St John of Chrysostom
14th The Exhortation of the Holy Cross
15th Our Lady of Sorrows

Social Justice week theme. Enabling Communities: Everyone has a part to play.

15th Our Lady of Sorrows feast is dedicated to the sorrows of Mary and her compassion with the sufferings of her Jesus. As Mary stood at the foot of the Cross on which Jesus hung, the sword of sorrow Simeon had foretold pierced her soul. These are often depicted as daggers in her heart. The seven sorrows of Mary:

    • The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35)
    • The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)
    • Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50) 
    • Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17)
    • Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (John 19:25-30)
    • The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37)
    • The burial of Jesus (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47)

Week 9 17th September
Sts Andrew Kim Tae-gon and Paul Chong Ha-sang and companions
21st St Matthew

18th September 1937 the very first State house was opened. This week let’s think of all those people who do not have homes in New Zealand. For those forced to live rough and those who struggle to find a home.

God of compassion, Your love for humanity was revealed in Jesus, whose earthly life began in the poverty of a stable. We pray for those who are homeless and cold especially in the cold weather. We pray for all those suffering and sleeping on the streets, especially for children, who maybe weak and vulnerable. Make a way for them and draw them near, comfort them in spirit and bless those who work to provide them with shelter, food and friendship.

Week 10
24th September
27th St Vincent de Paul

We thank you Lord, for this term. For the challenges, the successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt. Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends. Give us strength and courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith. Help us to be a practical Christian these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us, to give time and effort to help others. Keep us safe in our activities; give us good rest and good fun. Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term. We thank you for our classmates, teachers, parents and a community that cares for us. Amen

Charism Awards and Certificates

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8


Week 9



Ski Trip
This picture says it all!!! Mitchell Armishaw, Liam Sommerfeldt and Jackson Hutton relaxing, enjoying the amazing views up The Remarkables! Another successful Ski Trip enjoyed by all who went.

Year 6 Netball Tournament held at Stadium Southland last Wednesday. Our girls played their hearts out and got 11th overall out of 35 teams – what a great effort!!!


This is my carving that I designed at Enrich. It is made out Oamaru stone. This carving took me about one term and a bit to complete. The hardest part was drawing the design. I had some amazing help from Oti Murray.  By Rohan Murray

Lost Hoodie – James Hillman’s hoodie is still missing. Please check your child has the correct one.

Southland U13 Development Basketball Team
Ruby and her team – Southland Development Under 13 Basketball are heading to Nelson on the 9th of October for the Southland Island Regional Tournament.  They are doing a team fundraiser – Jingo at Glengarry Pub on Thursday 4th of October – starting at 7:30pm.  $20 per card for 4 rounds.
Any support would be greatly appreciated…….

Out of School Art Classes (Yr 1 – 8)
Enrolments are now being taken for Term 4. For more information and enrolments, please contact Helen, 2177482.

Saturday Tennis Inter-Club Competition
This competition is a six week competition from Saturday 3rd November – Saturday 8th December at Waihopai Tennis Courts. Games will start at 9.30am – 12.00pm.
This competition is for beginners to experience players from 16 years and under. Teams consist of four/five players (boys and girls mixed – placed in playing order according to ability and experience). Each player will play a single and double match and results will be entered for Configure Rankings. A Manager is required for each team.
If you are interested in entering this competition then please contact Julie on or 021 449 758

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6th September 2018

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6th September

Dear Parents
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Buxton family this week. We also bid farewell to Mrs Manukitau as she starts her maternity leave. Thanks very much Keisha, we have really enjoyed having you here this year.

My apologies for the lack of photos in this weeks newsletter. We will have to make up for it next time.

Ski Trip
We had another very successful ski trip yesterday, the weather was great and everybody enjoyed themselves.

A big thanks to Miss Smith, Mrs Manukitau, Matua Marcus and all the staff and parents who made the polyfest performance such a success. The children looked great and I was very proud of their performance.

Mercy Day
On Monday 24th September we will all be travelling to Gore to join St Mary’s, St Peters and St Thomas’ celebrate Mercy Day.

Sing Out
Our Sing Out performance is on Tuesday 18th September. A note will come home soon with information around timing and uniform. Ticket info is at or the City Council Booking Office.

Netball Tournament
Good luck to our team next week, as soon as we have a draw we will send it out.

Lost Hoodie – Could you please keep an eye out for a lost hoodie, the name ‘Hillman’ is on the back.

My Study leave
Last year I won a Konica Minolta award that provides me with time off work and some funding for travel. I will be away  from 25/9 to 12/11. Mrs Buxton will be acting principal while I am away.

Piano – Is there anyone out there who has a Piano they are not using. We have a family new to Southland very interested is obtaining one. Please email Christine with any enquiries:

Invercargill Tennis Champs
This will be held at the Waihopai Tennis Club on Thursday 18th October (Postponement date – Friday 19th October). Schools can enter up to 4 boys and 4 girls per grade. This is a qualification event for the Southland Primary School Championships two weeks later (Wednesday 31st October). For info please see Mrs Forbes

 Phoenix Synchro National Display – Splash Palace 23rd Sept. $2 entry

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