Dear Parents

 Prayers are with the Phillips, Humm, Tagomoa & Tagomoa-Kaa families at this time.

As the term comes to an end I look back on a term that has been very busy with lots of positive events such as the Production and Polyfest, but also tinged with sadness with events at the beginning and end of the term. It is in times of tragedy that people’s inner true self is revealed and I wish to thank every one for their support of the Phillips family and our school community. Kade is still in a critical condition in Dunedin and may yet be moved to Starship Hospital in Auckland. Please keep him in your prayers and thoughts. The PTA have set up a “Give a little” account for the family which can be accessed via this link:  It is also on the newsletter website

A special thanks to the school staff for your care and support of the children week. Also to the Ministry of Education Trauma Team who have been with us during the week. The PTA have been marvellous and I thank Paul Brooks, our chairman for his support and leadership.

My biggest thanks is to Kade’s family, in particular his grandfather for keeping us fully informed of his condition and allowing me to pass this on to you.

I would also like to thank all the schools and parents who have been very generous with supplying morning tea and offers of assistance this week. It is truly humbling.


Mufti Day – Tomorrow 25th September

Dress up in your favourite Rugby World Cup rugby team. Please bring a non-perishable pantry item.

Mercy Day – Tomorrow 25th September

Tomorrow we will have a liturgy in the hall @ 10.30 followed by the junior and senior schools getting together and a sausage sizzle for lunch. Thanks to the PTA for this.

 Parent Help – A huge thanks to the drivers, coaches, managers and cheerleaders who encourage and support our children each week. We are grateful for the support we have had and continue to receive from our parents.


Headlice  – These little critters are alive and well.  Please take the time over the holidays to check your children’s hair and treat if need be.



Summer Girls                                       Summer Boys

Pinafore                                                 Light weight grey shorts

White open neck short sleeved blouse       Grey open necked short sleeved shirt

White socks                                           Grey socks

Blue V neck jersey                                  Blue V neck jersey

Sunhat                                                  Sunhat

Tan, brown, navy or black shoes or sandals  Tan, brown, navy or black shoes or sandals

Have a safe and happy holiday

 School re-opens Monday 12th October


Faith Facts ~– St Matthew, the Apostle

Born in Palestine sometime in the 1st century, St. Matthew was one of Jesus’s 12 apostles and also one of the four Evangelists, according to the Bible. Prior to preaching the word of God, he worked as a tax collector in Capernaum. Matthew is the patron saint of tax collectors and accountants. The Feast of St. Matthew is annually celebrated on September 21

Tomorrow we join the worldwide Mercy community in celebrating Mercy Day. On this day over 180 years ago, Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, opened the House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland to provide shelter for the homeless, education for the poor, and opportunities for young women. In honor of Catherine McAuley we will celebrate Mercy Day tomorrow with a Liturgy in the hall at 10.30am. Parents are most welcome to attend.


Basketball Results

Jazz won 6 – 4. POD was Fiah Adams

Magic won 7 – 3. POD was Harris Page

Grizzlies won 38 – 4. POD was Tim Richardson

Bucks won 18 – 2. POD was Jesse Richardson

Sonics won 14 – 8. POD was Mackenzie Jordan

Achievements – Congratulations to Dylan Hawkes who was awarded MVP for his Southland Development 11th Grade Football team.


Holiday Programmes  ~  Check out the notice board in the junior corridor for programmes on in the holidays.


OSCAR ~ Cream Bottles / Lego  ~  OSCAR have a request for any clean 500ml cream bottles with lids and also any Lego than can be donated. If you can help, these can be left in the box at the school office. Many thanks.


Touch Southland U11 Girls Touch Team

Looking for at least 10  more girls to play in this Southland U11 Girls Touch team.  This team will be attending two IPS (Otago/Southland) tournaments 22 Nov in Mosgiel and 6 Dec in Invercargill and also one Junior South Island tournament 19th/20th December in Christchurch.  Cost of $350 per person. If interested please send your name through to . Please state your DOB. Preferably birthdate of 2005.


ILT Appleby Cricket Club – Junior Holiday Skills Programme – Stadium Southland

A beginner’s program for 5 – 8 yr olds designed to introduce cricket skills before playing competitive cricket. It provides an opportunity to have fun, through a series of sessions in which the children participate in a variety of activities and modified games. All playing equipment is provided, but bring your own bat if you wish. Also bring: snacks, water bottle, gear suitable to run around in. Cost is $20 per child for 3 x 2 hour sessions, to be held on Wednesday 30 Sept, Thursday 1 Oct and Friday 2 Oct 10am – 12 noon.  Any queries and registrations to Daryl Williams please 021510865 /

School Disco – Thursday 24 September 

The PTA school disco for the children is tonight.

Years 1-3 are from 6:00  – 7:00pm, and Years 4 – 6 will be from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Drinks $1, chips 50c and lollies 50c will be available.

Also a variety of glow toys will be for sale 50c to $3


Gold coin entry fee please.


Room 3 Class Happenings




Growing trees

Blooming sun

Warm lonely shovel

Warm breeze

Wind blowing gently

Kids saying it is hot in the sun

Leaves growing and falling.  Logan


Beautiful daffodils are glowing. The sun is warming my back. Buds are about to bloom and pink and white blossoms are bursting. The sun warmed the concrete wall. I could see my shadow. Metal things in the playground are burning hot.  I love Spring!  Fiah


Air swishing through the classroom just like sound coming through. Leaves falling just like you are on a leaf. The wind making the paintings sway like being high on a mountain.  McKenzie


Spring is here. Everyone is having lots of fun. Two balls left lonely around the place. Every bird chirping in trees, waving. Flowers growing flowers in the trees blooming like the sunset. The wind like a ghost. People warming their back on the wall.   Pippa


I feel the breeze blowing on my skin .The hot hot sun is warming my back. I see flowers blowing about in the wind.  Lilly


I see blossoms blooming on a big tree. It is a very sunny day today. Shaun