Monday, October 14, 2019

Welcome back for Term 4!

We welcome all our students and families to Term 4.  I hope everyone had a lovely holiday.  With daylight saving started, I strongly encourage that children go to bed early, especially on Sunday and school nights.  Tired children cannot learn and it is not fair to teachers to expect them to teach tired children.

On the last day of last term, our wonderful and hardworking PTFA organised their first disco fundraiser evening at the Manukau Rovers Rugby Club which was a huge success!  It was so wonderful to see so many of our students and parents in attendance and a lot of fun was had by all.  A huge thank you to our hardworking PTFA who worked tirelessly to make sure everything ran smoothly and most importantly, the students had fun.  Here are some photos from the evening:

We also start Term 4 with Niuean Language Week - Faahi tapu he vagahau Niue.  Niue Language Week is being held Sunday 13 October – Saturday 19 October 2019.  The theme for this year is: Tokiofa, ofania, mokoina e vagahau Niue, which means Treasure, love and cherish the Niue language.

We had a lovely liturgy as a whole school to introduce Niuean Language Week which was led by our Niuean students and organised by Mrs Lui.  Here are a few photos from the liturgy:

OCTOBER - Extraordinary Mission Month: Te Marama o te Tino Mīhana 
Baptised and sent: the Church of Christ on mission in the world – Kua iriiria, kua tukuna: kua tukuna te Hāhi o te Karaiti ki te manaaki mīhana i te ao
Extraordinary Mission Month – Te Marama o te Tino Mīhana Archdiocese of Wellington
Pope Francis has asked all Catholics to celebrate a special ‘missionary month’ in October 2019. In conjunction with the 100 years since the 1919 apostolic letter Maximum Illud by Pope Benedict XV on the Church’s missionary activity, Pope Francis has set October 2019 as an Extraordinary Missionary Month to foster greater awareness of the Second Vatican Council’s decree on missionary activity, missio ad gentes – ‘To the Nations’ – and to enliven the missionary transformation of Church life and pastoral activity. 
The logo of the Extraordinary Month of Mission represents a world made up of different races that proclaim the greatness of God. Yellow gold for the people of Asia. Red for the Americas. Green for Africa. Blue for Oceania, White for Europe. All are called to be baptised and sent.

Prayer for The Extraordinary Month of Mission – October 2019

Heavenly Father,
when your only Begotten Son 
Jesus Christ rose from the dead,
He instructed His followers to
‘Go and make disciples of all nations’. 
Your Holy Spirit 
has led us to understand 
that through our Baptism 
we are called and sent to share 
in this mission of the Church.

Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit 
to be courageous and zealous 
in bearing witness to the Gospel, 
so that the mission entrusted to the Church, 
which is still continuing, 
may find new and productive expressions 
that bring life and light to the world.

Help us make it possible 
for peoples to experience 
the saving love and mercy 
of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever.

– From the heart of Pope Francis.

Monday, September 23, 2019

End of Term 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Please note:  We close at the NORMAL time of 3.00pm this FridaySCHOOL OPENS again for Term 4 on MONDAY 14 OCTOBER at 8.50am.

We end Term 3 with our end of term Mass this Friday 27 September at 11am at St Therese Parish.  We would love for all our families to join us in this Mass which will be led by B Pod.

I would like to wish all our families an enjoyable time with their children during the holidays. Please make sure children get plenty of play and outdoor activities when the weather is fine, and if you are travelling, please travel safely.  Find time to read books with and to your children.  Keep bedtimes regular so that children are well rested for the new Term 4.

Have a well rested and blessed holiday with your children!!! (and GO THE ALL BLACKS!!!)

Loud Shirt Day 2019 - Please support this great cause!

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

This Thursday 26th September, St Mary Mackillop Catholic School is once again, proudly supporting Loud Shirt Day.  Loud Shirt Day is the annual appeal of The Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Paediatric Programme, two charities dedicated to enabling deaf children with cochlear implant or hearing aids to listen and speak like their hearing peers. 

The Hearing House is based in Auckland and provides services to families living north of Turangi, and the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme is based in Christchurch and provides services to families in the rest of the country. Our Loud Shirt Day donations will be going towards The Hearing House.

Therefore, please wear and send your child to school THIS Thursday in their most colourful ‘loud shirt’, and don’t forget to bring a gold coin donation to support such a wonderful cause! 

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s ‘Loud Shirts’ this Thursday 26th September!

Acknowledging World Teacher's Day - 5th October 2019

This morning - Monday 23 September, I surprised our teaching staff with a mini assembly to thank and acknowledge them for all they do for the students of St Mary MacKillop Catholic School as part of World Teacher's Day which actually falls in the school holidays - 5th October, but I wanted to acknowledge them in the last week of this term.

We were very fortunate to have Ms Fonua - our Board of Trustees chairperson be our MC for the surprise mini assembly for the teachers, and she did an absolute wonderful job being our hostess.  She brought an element of enthusiasm and liveliness to the assembly which the students and staff thoroughly enjoyed.

A huge thank you to our lovely support staff for helping me get organised for this assembly with the thank you cards for each teacher and also helping to prepare a few students to say some word of thanks for their teachers.

Here are a few photos from the teacher's assembly:

St Anthony's Parish Fair - Saturday 21st September

What a beautiful spring day we were blessed with for the St Anthony's Parish Fair.  A huge big thank you to our hard-working and committed parents of our PTFA who were there to transport, set up, and pack down for our cake stall.  Our school - St Mary MacKillop Catholic school are extremely blessed to have such dedicated parents and friends of the school who are willing and keen to always support our school. 

Also, we had some of our students perform an item at the Parish Fair, and they received so many compliments and represented our school so well and proudly.  A huge thank you to one of our English Language Assistants - Stephanie Tuala who was in charge of getting the students ready with practices and making sure they were ready for their performance.

It was a successful Parish Fair, and we are always grateful that we can offer our support as a school towards our two Parishes.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Te wiki o te reo Māori 2019

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all. 
This week, we acknowledge and celebrate Te wiki o te reo Māori between 9 and 15 September.  Kia Kaha te reo Māori is the theme for this year’s Māori Language Week. ‘Kia Kaha’ is a well known phrase in New Zealand, meaning ‘be strong’. We often talk about language health, strength, and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying  - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.
Te wiki o te reo Māori provides an opportunity to celebrate and learn te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language. 
This morning, we acknowledged Te wiki o te reo Māori with a whole school liturgy in our Wharenui led by Mrs Lui and our Maori students.  We were also fortunate and blessed to have Matua Mikaira (Elena & Cassius' Dad) present during the liturgy to present his mihi and to sing a waiata.  Matua Mikaira will also be working with each Pod and teaching them a school waka.  We thank Matua Mikaira for his time and dedication in working with our tamariki.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Tongan Language Week 2019

Mālō e lelei!  Tonga Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga is being held from Sunday 1 September – Saturday 7 September 2019
The theme for this year is: Fakakoloa 'o Aotearoa 'aki 'a e Tauhi Fonua - A Tongan Perspective of Enriching Aotearoa, New Zealand.
This week we celebrate Tongan Language Week and we join with the 25% of our school who are Tongan in celebrating their language and culture.  We are all richer in NZ for the variety of cultures and ethnicities that we have.  Let us value and appreciate that richness.
We started our Tongan Language Week celebrations yesterday with a liturgy led by Miss Tonga and some of our Tongan senior students in the morning in our Wharenui.  We were also very blessed to have the beautiful children from McNaughton Kindergarten perform a tongan item for us.  We then ended our Tongan Language Week celebrations with a wonderful mini assembly which involved a fashion parade of the many types of Tongan attire that is worn for various special occasions such as Holy Communion, at funerals and weddings. I'd like to thank the teachers, staff and parents from McNaughton Kindergarten for their support with our Tongan Language Week celebrations this week and I look forward to strengthening our partnership with you in the near future.  Here are some photos from Tongan Language Week: