Thursday, November 1, 2018


Yesterday morning, the whole school gathered into our wharenui to commemorate All Saints and All Soul's Day, led by Miss Lennon and students from Room C3.

All Saints' Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven.  All Saints' Day is a Catholic Holy Day of Obligation, meaning all Catholics are required to attend Mass on that day, unless they have an excellent excuse, such as serious illness.

All Souls' Day is observed on November 2, and is specifically honoured to commemorate the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven. Catholics celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those in the state of grace who have died and are either being purified in purgatory or are in heaven.

Prayer for All Saints Day:

Dear God, thank you for the example of the Saints. I desire to join in their company, worshiping you forever in Heaven. Please help me follow their footsteps, and yours, Jesus Christ. Please help me to conform myself to Your image, seeking Your will in all things, as the Saints did. Please help me to devote myself, and all that I do, to Your glory, and to the service of my neighbours. Amen.

Prayer for All Souls Day:

Eternal Rest grant unto them
O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them
May they rest in eternal peace.

IMPORTANT: New Enrolment Morning for 2019

Just a friendly reminder if you received a received a letter in the post, then you would know that our Enrolment morning for new students is NEXT WEDNESDAY 7th NOVEMBER at 9.30am in our School Library. As you arrive, there will be some Senior students that will help guide you to the meeting place.

It is very important that you attend the enrolment morning, so that you are aware of our School’s Expectations and our School Charism, and ask any questions you may have.

I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday at 9.30am, and formally welcoming you to St Mary Mackillop Catholic School.

Please feel free to contact me in the school office if you have any questions.

I hope to see you all there!

A Pod Read-a-thon Ceremony

This morning, I was privileged to have attended A Pod's Read-a-thon Ceremony in our school wharenui, where we acknowledged those students who read 50 books last term.  It was also great to see the wonderful learning that took place in each class last term, learning about a different country such as Egypt, England, Japan and Greece.

It is great to see our teachers motivate their students to want to read so they can practice reading independently and, thus, become fluent readers. That happens when children enjoy reading. We teachers can do for reading what fast food chains do for hamburgers? ADVERTISE! And our teachers advertise by reading great stories and poems to their students.
We can help our students find the tools they need to succeed in life. As teachers, having access to information through the printed word is an absolute necessity. Knowledge is power, and books are full of it. But reading is more than just a practical tool. Teachers model to our students that through books they can enrich their minds; they can also relax and enjoy some precious leisure moments.
Our parents working together with our teachers, your child/ren can begin a lifelong relationship with the printed word, so they grow into adults who read easily and frequently whether for business, knowledge, or pleasure.
Congratulations again to these wonderful students for being acknowledged this morning for reading 50 books last term:

Leilani Aumareva
Khloe Motuliki - Kihakau
Vanessa Tupou
Faith Tovio
John Ula
Juroll Safole
Christopher Hunt
Elijah Schwenke

Richie Haungatau
Thaedius Michael
TJ Tietie
Jericho Ulberg
Sila Vea
Mckay Niupulusu

Zyon Lui
Alexis Diaz-Lafaele
Kalolo Vitolio
Siale Mahoni
Sela Palefau
Desire Maketi
Eirene Sene

Kingston Fono
Jarryd Kumar
Jasmine Matangi
Quanariah Tootoo
Phydaelius Leota
Lisi Ah See
Zac Sabalburo
Achilleus  Ah Wa-Viau
Cloie Anipot

Welcome back to Term 4!

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Kia Orana, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu and Welcome to Term 4.  I hope everyone had a well rested and lovely holiday.  With daylight saving started, I would still urge you to make sure that your children go to bed early, especially on Sunday nights and school nights.  Tired children cannot learn and it is not fair to teachers to expect them to teach tired children.

Children need 11 to 12 hours of sleep every night!

OCTOBER: The month of the Missions and the Month of the Rosary.

School Summer Uniform:

A reminder that ALL children should now be in the correct full school summer uniform.  That is black/brown sandals.  Also, children must be wearing the school hat this term.  They have been told that if they don't have their hat during break times, they cannot play.  The school hats can be purchased at our school office.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

B1 Trip to Te Tuhi Art Gallery

On Friday 21st September, I was fortunate to go with Ms Gill and her class - Room B1 to Te Tuhi Art Gallery in Pakuranga.  

When we arrived, we were greeted by our facilitator for the afternoon - Salome Tanuvasa.  Because our topic this term has been about various Cultural Festivals and Celebrations, the purpose of our visit was to learn how signs and symbols have been used to tell stories in the Pacific culture. 

Therefore, during our practical session, we saw various examples by local and international Pacific artists, and were inspired to create our own signs and symbols to tell our personal stories.
During our Te Tuhi visit, we designed and created our very own artwork inspired by Polynesian tapa. We used colour, shape and line with a range of art materials such as sketching pencils, pastels and dye to help tell our story.
Finally, I'd like to thank Mrs To'omata, Mrs Pepe, Mrs Si'ilata and Ms Peto for being wonderful parent helpers during our trip.
Here are some photos from our trip:

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week!

This year, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori runs from 10 to 16 Mahuru.  Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week has been celebrated in New Zealand since 1975. It acknowledges and celebrates the Māori language as a unique cultural treasure for all New Zealanders.

The theme for this year is:
Kia Kaha te Reo Māori - Let's make the Māori language strong
New Zealand (Aotearoa) – Māori Language Week, te wiki o te reo Māori, is a popular, government-sponsored initiative promoting the use of Māori language. The week is part of the broader Māori language revival and raises public awareness for Māori language revitalisation, learning and public usage.
Here is a great link of some te reo Māori resources you may be interested in:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Tongan Language Week.

Mālō e lelei!  Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga is being held from Sunday 2 September – Saturday 8 September 2018

Tongan Language Week - Uike ‘o e Lea Tonga celebrates the culture and language of the more than 60,000 people of Tongan heritage who live in New Zealand. 
The theme this year is:  Fakakoloa Aotearoa ‘Aki ‘A E Ofa Fonua - Enrich Aotearoa with the love and duty of service to Country, Community, and People.
Within our school, the Tongan ethnicity make up the second largest ethnic group with 24%.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Tonga and all our Tongan parents for promoting Tongan Language Week this week with lunchtime activities for our students and the wonderful shared lunch for our students and staff.
Mālō 'aupito!