Dear Parents/Caregivers

In Pope Francis’ Lenten message, he states “For our Lenten journey in 2022, we will do well to reflect on Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Galatian’s: “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity let us do good to all” (Galatians 6:9-10)

While there seems to be a world of turmoil around us, we need to take time and be thankful for the blessings which we have in our lives, and those which we can share with others – a friendly smile, checking in with those people who we don’t see very often, cooking an extra meal for a friend. Our students have been learning about how we can show kindness to those around us – they have some great ideas!

Our plans for our community garden are well underway. Students have been approaching local nurseries to ask for donations of plants and planter boxes. Depending on this outcome, we will design the layout of the garden and begin our planting – there is a lot of enthusiasm for this project!

Next Thursday we are celebrating St Patrick’s day – We will be having a “Dress up, your walk n’ wheels day and duathlon”.  St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He spread Christianity in the country in the 5th Century. St. Patrick was known through folklore for having chased away snakes in Ireland, thus protecting townspeople from the mysterious creatures.

At this time, I would also encourage you to make a time for a goal setting interviews to be held on the 30th March. School will close at 12pm on this day. There are times available from 1pm-7pm. This is a great chance to check on how your child is settling in and make goals for their learning together.  To make a booking time head to:
https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code/9r8kr

Just a heads up, we are very lucky to have only one positive case of covid within our school community. One family is currently isolating as the parents have covid. However the children are both negative. Please keep them in your prayers for a speedy recovery.

On that note, our aim is to provide a safe environment for all of our staff and students. If your child is symptomatic (sore throat, runny nose, coughing) please keep them at home.

And finally, a traditional Irish blessing…

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And, until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand

Catherine Colvin
Principal

Faith Facts

Week 6: Green 7th – 11th March
1st Week Lent
6th Te Rā o Ngā Tamariki – Children’s Day (NZ)
7th Saints Perpetua and Felicity
8th Saint John of God
9th Saint Frances of Rome

Lent is getting ready for Easter a bit like Advent is getting ready for Christmas. In Lent it is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Almsgiving is donating money, food, or other items to the poor or needy, especially as a spiritual practice. Almsgiving helps us experience giving freely. Caritas helps us focus on Lent and our prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The theme this year is “Called to be Peacemakers”.

Week 7: Violet 14th – 18th March
2nd Week Lent
13th Anniversary of Election of Pope Francis, 2013
17th SAINT PATRICK
18th Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
19th SAINT JOSEPH

This is a big week. The 2nd Week of Lent, Patricks Day, Saint Joseph’s Day and the anniversary of Pope Francis’ election as Pope. Lots of things to remember and celebrate.

Sacred Heart Friends of the School
Thank you to the ladies who came to our first meeting for the year. We are delighted, and excited to announce we have several new people on our ‘friends of the school’ committee. We look forward to working with you all.
2nd Hand Uniform
On hand in our shop we have plenty of:
Shirts, shorts, sports tops $5
Woollen jerseys & sports hoodies $10
Pinafores $15
We also have new pinafores @ $95 each & new winter shorts @ $20
Please contact Laura Hamilton 0272925774 or Tracey-Lee Parker 0274679801 for any enquiries.
New sports polo tops are available at the office for $30.
If you are interested in purchasing a sports hoodie or a soft shell jacket, these are available at Uniform NZ in Otepuni Ave.
Oyster Raffle
Our annual Oyster Raffle will be held again this term, tickets will be sent home next week.
Our next meeting will be held in the school staffroom, Wednesday 23rd March @ 7pm.
All parents are welcome to attend.
Scholastic Bookclub Issue 2 has been distributed today. Orders close Friday 25th March, or parents have the option of ordering online.

Akomanga Tika Class Happenings

We have had a very busy week 5 and 6! Some of us were lucky enough to have pancakes for lunch on Tuesday.

We have been catching up via ZOOM with Lindsay from the Public Library. He has been reading to us. We love seeing other schools that are listening to the funny stories too.

We celebrated Book week too! We had lots of fun exploring different books. We had a whanau book challenge too, congratulations to Shanika, Reuben and Hawkdun who were lucky enough to have their names drawn out to receive a prize for completing the whanau book challenge. To celebrate our book week we had a book character dress up day.

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