Dear Parents

Kia ora,

It has been unsettled times as we move in and out of Alert levels.  It is good to see the children regularly hand washing and hopefully we will be able to participate in sports next week.
Thank you to the 12 families who supported our working bee on Saturday.  Not a great turnout considering we have 75 families, however we appreciate the people who did turn up, and the grounds look great!

A massive thanks to Brett Hamilton, Jono Duffy and Richard Cook for the preparation work required, and also for the equipment.

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Akomanga Mana had an amazing Thursday morning at Southland Stadium participating it lots of community activities including golf, indoor bowls, badminton, squash and lots more!!

On Monday we were lucky to watch a shown presented by Environment Southland called ‘Waste Free Wanda’ We are all looking at how we can reduce, reuse, recycle, refuse and rehome.  The children are encouraged to do this at home as well.

Up and coming events

  • Zone Running  Seniors                           10/3
  • Zone Athletics Seniors                            12/3
  • Junior Athletics                                       25/3
  • Southland Athletics                                27/3
  • Easter Liturgy                                            1/4
  • Good Friday                                               2/4
  • End of Term 1                                          16/4
  • TEACHERS ONLY DAY                   3/5

As a Catholic school Baptism is an opportunity for all families to become connected to our Church community.
We strongly encourage families to take part in our Baptism and then Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion programmes.
These programmes are run through our school every 2 years.
In 2021 we will be running the Sacramental programme.

BAPTISM
A warm invitation is extended to all parents wanting their children (and/or themselves) baptised.
A programme will be run within the school.
Please email Anna Russell:  arussell@shsinv.school.nz
This is the first step in the Sacramental programme.

RECONCILIATION, CONFIRMATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
This year all children who have been/or about to be baptised and are Year 3 and above, are invited to participate in the Sacramental Programme.
This will include:-
Reconciliation – Term 2  –  Date to be set.
Confirmation and First Holy Communion – Term 3 – Sunday September 19.
Once we have confirmation of names, a parent meeting outlining the programme will be held by Father Tony.

If you wish your child to be prepared for the Sacraments, please come and see Anna Russell in Akomanga Aroha or email: arussell@shsinv.school.nz

Faith Facts

WEEK 5 1st – 5th March (Violet)
2nd Week of Lent
Pope Francis Universal Prayer Intention for evangelization ‐ Sacrament of
reconciliation. Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of
reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy
of God.


Reconciliation is a Sacrament instituted by Jesus in his love and mercy to offer us forgiveness for the times we have sinned and turned away from God. At the same time, we are reconciled with the Church because it is also wounded by our sins.

Every time we sin, we hurt ourselves, other people and God. In Reconciliation, we acknowledge our sins before God and the Church. We express our sorrow in a meaningful way, receive the forgiveness of Christ and his Church, make reparation for what we have done, and resolve to do better in the future.

WEEK 6 8th – 12th March (Violet)
3rd Week of Lent

Your child may be praying the Stations of the Cross at school.

Praying the Stations of the Cross (alone or with a group) is a Lenten tradition. Catholics walk to the fourteen stations of the Way of the Cross and stop to pray at each one. The Stations tell the story of Jesus Easter Journey. The stations can be displayed outside in a park but are usually found inside churches. People read and pray these stations very slowly. Imagine the scene in Jerusalem as Jesus walked his Way of the Cross.

Charism Award – Congratulations to Eli Taula who received the Charism award this week, and to all the children who received certificates.

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 2 will close on Friday 19th March.

Peirce’s Orchard – the next fruit delivery will be Thursday 11th March. Parents wanting to place an order, must do so first thing Monday morning (cash only).
Available is:
Mix box (nectarines, plums peaches) $22
Omega Plums 4kg $16
Black Doris Plums 4kg $16
Pacific Beauty, cox orange or royal gala Apples 4kg $12
Corn $10 for 10 cobs

Wairua Class Happenings

Akomanga Wairua has had a busy start to this term, but this week we had the privilege of having Waste free Wanda visit our school and teach us about how we can look after our environment. We started making posters with messages and put ideas together that really stood out for us.

We have also been doing some Art and looking at silhouettes and using Native New Zealand birds and plants to draw. We also blended colours to create sunsets with water paints.

Community Notices