Dear Parents / Caregivers

I want to thank you all for supporting the changes we have had to make navigating the Covid journey.  Please continue to ensure you keep your children at home if they are symptomatic, if you think they need to be tested for Covid contact either the health line on 0800 611 116 or your local GP.

Mrs King has sent home a notice today to each family about beginning our Lenten Journey. Lent is the 40 days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter. Lent is often described as a time of preparation and an opportunity to deepen our relationship with God. This means that it’s a time for personal reflection that prepares people’s hearts and minds for Good Friday and Easter. Lent is also a great opportunity for us to give to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Frederic Ozanam was 20 years old when he began what we know as the the St Vincent de Paul Society with a number of friends in Paris on April 23, 1833. Today this is a voluntary organisation, working with people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. The society seeks to respond to the call every Christian receives to bring the love of Christ to those in need: “I was hungry and you gave me food” (Matthew 25). No work of charity is foreign to the Society.  Young Vinnies is the name given to the young people involved.  Congratulations to our Young Vinnies leaders – William, Brooke, Nadia and Jamie. Tomorrow we have a zoom meeting with the St Theresa’s group to see what kinds of things we can do to help in our community. Our first project is going to be a community garden. If you have green fingers (or even basic gardening skills) and would like to help us get our project off the ground please contact me.

It is great to see so many of our students making the most of the sporting opportunities on offer. There have been great reports back of students enjoying futsal, cricket and touch. Keep up your awesome efforts team!

Regards – Catherine

Faithfacts 

Week 4: Green 21st – 25th February
21st Saint Peter Damian
22nd Chair of Saint Peter
23rd Saint Polycarp

Chair of Saint Peter Every year on February 22, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Confusing to many, this feast is less about an ancient piece of furniture than it is about the office of the pope and his role as a sign of unity and peace. To be seated is to be in a position of patience and listening, hospitality and charity. Remembering the Chair of St. Peter through this lens recalls Peter’s role (and the role of all popes since) to be the Supreme Pontiff. (or Pope)

Week 5: Green 28th – 4th March
2nd Ash Wednesday
4th Saint Casimir
On Wednesday we begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday celebrations. You will notice that the children and all at mass will have ashes on their foreheads. This is a reminder to try to turn away from sinful things and be sorry for any wrongdoing. Lent is a season of repentance and conversion. The season lasts for 40 days and the liturgical colour used is violet.

Akomanga Wairua Class Happenings

Kia ora whānau,
Akomanga Wairua has been learning all about statistics this term. We worked in groups collecting and displaying data about favourite sea animals, takeaways, colours and pets. We had discussions around our findings, deciding the most and least popular choices.
Akomanga Wairua have done an amazing job!

Nga Mihi Nui
Emma Austin