Newsletter #4 2023 / Pānui #4 2023

Kia orāna, kumusta, talofa e te whānau,

Firstly, a massive thank you to all of our families for righting our waste free lunches. We have had a big push as laziness had set in with waste and uniform.
About six years ago, our students in the Enviro Team asked our Board to make a waste free policy to reduce money we were spending on our skip emptying and to reduce waste flying out or being dropped out of lunchboxes which would then be blown into the stream, bushes or been eaten by birds. They also noted at the time that it was the most unhealthy food that had the most wrappings. The Board offered to give free lunchboxes with compartments to all students who started to make life easier, and it was even put in the enrolment forms when entering so parents knew what they were signing up for.
I myself have now completed 10 years of waste free lunches for my children (yes my eldest just turned 15). It is so doable. Many schools have this policy for the above reason.
I have one other. I lead this school due to our faith. I cannot stand seeing rubbish in a Church, a place dedicated to God. Well, our Catholic schools are dedicated to God also, and I cannot allow the place to be desecrated (mostly accidently) by rubbish and lack of respect. It is again something I really value and you should too by having your child here! I even get frustrated by untidy rooms (especially in the prayer area).
This also is in our uniform. Again, if you are proud of your faith, you would only allow uniform to be worn correctly. Pride in faith and school go hand in hand when you choose a Catholic school.
God bless your efforts to make our school the best dedication to our faith we can!

Below is the section from your enrolment forms and rubbish we saw earlier in the week. These were photographed because they are what we find so many of in our seating area and in our bushes.

St Vincent de Paul Lent Appeal

Over the next week we will be collecting items to support the St Vincent de Paul Society who provide for those in need. They are asking for items such as canned food, toiletries, clothing, blankets and toys.

Please bring in items to your child’s classroom. The last day to drop in items will be Monday 3rd April.
Any donations to support those in need this Lent will be greatly appreciated.
Ngā mihi nui!

Here are our students showing their faith through their kind actions to one another!

Mana Ake Parenting Evening
Mana Ake, the school service which promotes well-being, is excited to offer a community evening discussing topics which help strengthen whānau and encourage positive hauora. The evening will focus on explaining how emotions function in our
brains and bodies, emotional coaching tips to strengthen the relationship you have with
tamariki, and supporting impulse control to influence the choices our tamariki make. In
the past these presentations have been valuable not only to parents, but teachers,
caregivers, grandparents, anyone really!

From 6:30- 8:00 Thursday 30th March
Venue: Catholic Cathedral College
Hall – 62 Ferry Road Central City

Students are allowed on site from 8.30am. If you need care prior, please contact Kidsbase for competitive child care rates and support to apply for financial support.
Kidsbase are looking for new instructors. If you are interested please contact

Kāhui Hākinakina
This has just started but students headed to CCC today to play Kī o Rahi, touch and hockey against St James, St Marys and on Wednesday’s against CCC too. Pictured is Deakyn (Ngāti Kahungunu) accepting the one of the first three prizes. His was for use of te reo Māori for communication with his team in his games. Please remember PE uniform for this day and we have plain black shorts for uniform not tights. We allowed all to play today from all schools but the rule is team in uniform so will be enforced next week. Thanks heaps!!!

Walk and Wheels Week
We had so many prizes for those who were in the draw on Friday. Well done to all for increasing the amount of walking and wheeling you are doing!

Staying Safe on Social Media
A nation-wide campaign to raise awareness of how everyone can stay safe on our Catholic social media platforms starts next Monday, 20 March. Check our Facebook, Instagram and other social media each day from Monday for tips on how to keep yourself safe.  Details of the campaign are here:

Thanks for all your support team and again, sorry for the inconvenience. It’s a rewarding career but not super attractive one. Even less attractive if we are forced to teach in a way recently presented to the country.

Tautai o le Moana
I have been away for the last three days and am slowing catching up. I was fortunate to attend a conference/fono regarding helping pasifika success. It was very rewarding and look forward to talking more of it. Again, benefits of bi and multilingualism, and culturalism were at the forefront.

New Rooms
We are close and can smell it! We are looking like 8 school days left before it’s move in time! We are so excited to get our bball court back and Mission Centre back!

Kia pai te wīkene everyone!
St Annes!