28th November 2019

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29 November

Dear Parents
Thanks for the parent help at swimming, we have 4 sessions left (no swimming next Wednesday) and it has been pleasing to see the progress made by a lot of the children.

Tomorrow our senior children are away to Verdon College to take part in the Convent Cup. Thanks to the parents who have volunteered to coach the teams, we look forward to an enjoyable day.

A reminder about some of the end of term events:

  • Mission Fair – 3/12 @ 1.30pm
  • Tough Kids – Rm 8&9 – 4/12
  • End of Year Mass – 11/12 @ 5.45pm
  • Year 6 Day and Leavers Night – 10/12
  • Last day of school – 12/12 @ 12.30 
  • School re-opens 2020 – 29/1/2020

Faith Facts
Week 7: November 25th – 29th
24th Feast of Christ the King
26th 150 years of the Dunedin Diocese
30th St Andrew apostle

Bishop Patrick Moran
First Bishop of Dunedin 1869 – 1895
Patrick Joseph Moran was Born in Rathdrum, County Wicklow, Ireland in May 1823. He was ordained a priest in 1847 and served in Dublin until 1856. In 1856 he was consecrated bishop and sent to South Africa. At 33 he was the youngest Bishop in world at that time. In 1869 Bishop Moran was appointed the first Bishop of the newly created Diocese of Dunedin which was Otago and Southland. Bishop Moran campaigned strenuously (unsuccessful in his time) for state funded education for Catholic schools. He died in May 1895

Week 8: December 2nd – 6th     1st Week of Advent – Hope
6th St Nicolas
On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle (symbolising hope) on the advent wreath is lit. This candle is typically called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ.

Pope Francis Prayer That every country determines to take the necessary measures to make the future of the very young, especially those who suffer, a priority.

Let’s pray this week in the first week of Advent for those children who have nothing and suffer in slavery.

Yes there are an estimated 152 million children in forced labour throughout the world today. Millions of those children are slaves.

O God, when we hear of children and adults being deceived and taken to unknown places for purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labour, and organ ‘harvesting’, our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights are ignored through threats, lies, and force. We cry out against the evil practice of this modern slavery and pray for it to end. Give us wisdom and courage to reach out and stand up for those whose bodies, hearts and spirits have been so wounded, so that together we may make real your promises to fill these sisters and brothers with a love that is tender and good. Give them hope. Send the exploiters away empty-handed to be converted from this wickedness and help us all to claim the freedom that is your gift to your children. Amen

Lost and Found Clothing
Below is a photo of the huge amount of clothing in our lost and found bin. Please come and have a look to check if anything belongs to your child. Most items are unnamed, which makes it extremely difficult to find the owner. N.B All unclaimed items will be taken to the Vincent de Paul shop next week.  

Mission Fair
On Tuesday the 3rd of December, we are having an in-school Mission Fair. This is a child-focussed market. The purpose of the fair is to give the children the opportunity to follow the process of manufacturing something and then finding out how to sell and purchase items. Classes are in the process of preparing small crafts to sell during the afternoon. Items will sell for up to $1. The money raised will go to our Missions – including the World Vision girl we have sponsored for over 10 years now. 
The children are to wear their sports uniform and bring a small amount of change to purchase items. Thank you for your support with this.

Congratulations to Cookie Le who was our Charism winner last week, and to the children who received certificates. 


A big thanks to the coaches and supporters, without your help we would not be able to field teams in these competitions. Your assistance is much appreciated.

Well done to our Year 5/6 girls, who were placed 3rd overall.

And to our Year 3/4 mixed team, who were unbeaten all season, then went down by 2 in the final seconds. 

Class Happenings
Room 8 are very happy to have moved into our new classroom.  We are very excited about our new space and are looking forward to having our new name. You are all welcome to come and have a look around.

Community Notices

Nativity Photos – Christmas Photos with a difference. Come and have your Christmas photo taken in a Nativity scene. Costumes available if you wish to dress up. Sat 7th, 14th,  21st Dec 10-4, Mon-Fri 16th – 20th Dec 10-12, 2-4, Manna Bookshop, 90 Spey Street, Invercargill.

Out of School Music – We are now taking enrolments for 2020. Classes
start Feb 23rd and are run from Girl’s High. These classes suit children from 5 years up. For details please contact Deborah admin@osmc.co.nz,              ph 216-5137 (answerphone) or Facebook ‘out of school music classes’.

A Long Walk Picton to Bluff
Tim Adams fulfils his longtime dream of walking from Picton to Bluff to raise funds for the Cancer Society of New Zealand in honour of his grandfather. 
A walk as long as the South Island. I am Tim Adams and I am going to walk from Picton to Bluff to make a difference! I will walk the length of the South Island of New Zealand to raise funds for the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
I will be carrying photos given to me by family friends and strangers, of those affected by Cancer – they will be walking the distance with me. One of the photos I am carrying is of my Grandad who suffered from lung cancer and passed away when I was twelve years old.
I would love to carry a photo of anyone who has been affected by Cancer. I would also love to hear their stories of the loved ones in the photos and share them during my walk. I will be posting my planned routes on social media and inviting people to walk parts of the journey with me. I want to get my message out so more people can help support the Cancer Society with my journey.
Start date: Saturday, 30 November 2019 Duration: Approximately 23 days Distance: Approximately 960km Distance to walk per day: Approximately 41.7km
Why I am walking a.k.a Cancer sucks!
I am thirty five years old and I have been affected by Cancer. Since I was in my early twenties I have wanted to complete a long walk to raise money for the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
I served in the New Zealand Army for almost a decade. Being a soldier walking and marching becomes your bread-and-butter daily routine. You learn to dig deep and to carry on when the going gets tough. I have been training in recent weeks and I have built a substantial support system from my family and friends but also from partners and sponsors all over New Zealand who have become involved in a variety of ways, and the list of helpers is growing every week.
Like so many others in New Zealand who are affected by this disease, I have lost family and friends and I have been denied the opportunity to meet some really great people because they left us much too soon.
My first experience with cancer was when my Grandad had been diagnosed with lung cancer in his late fifties. I was only twelve years old when he passed. I am not alone in this experience; approximately ninety percent of the population is affected physically or emotionally by the big C.
“Late last year a very good friend shared with me about their family member who was struggling with this cruel disease. That person, who I was not lucky enough to meet, ignited a fire to get me off my arse and finally do the walk.”
This is the year! Together we are stronger and together we can help one another!
Contact details and links, Tim Adams e: Pictontobluff@gmail.com
m: 0273805892. Donation page Cancer Society of New Zealand
Facebook Page for the event https://tinyurl.com/A-Long-walk-P2B
Instagram account for the event: https://www.instagram.com/a_long_walk_920/


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