Kia Ora Koutou

As you are well aware our staffing has been under pressure this term due to illness, I thank you for your understanding during this time and want to reassure you that we continue to provide students with a quality catholic education as we navigate our way through this.

Focus Value for the Term
This term our focus value is Aroha.
We Show Aroha for each other, like Jesus shows for us
In the bible there are 3 types of love that are described:
Eros – This is the kind of love portrayed most often in chick-flicks and romantic movies of any kind – based on physical attraction.
Philos – While eros love is based on physical attraction, philos love is based on shared interests. You feel the philos kind of love towards a friend, a pal, a buddy.
Agape – Agape love is not based on any circumstances or feelings. It is unconditional love, acted upon on a regular basis, with no expectation of love in return. Love in action. Agape love is how God loves each and everyone of us and it is how he wants us to love one another.
Aroha/Agape love is what we want to model to our students, we do this through.
Showing everyone is Valued
Teaching about Self-Care
Love – Self – Others – Community
Inclusion – Empathy – Understanding

Life Education
Teresa and Harold from Life Education will be in the school on the 11th and 12th August.
Topics for classes are as follows:
Aroha – Kindness and conflict resolution
Tika – Healthy Minds (Emotions & Resilience)
Wairua – Kindness and conflict resolution
Manaaki – Leadership and teamwork, Friendshsips
Mana – Decision making

Friends of the School
There will be a meeting tonight in the staff room at 7pm. All members of our school community are invited to attend.

Ski Trip
For those away skiing on Monday, have a great day.  Mr Taula will send an email tomorrow with final details. Please make sure all payments are made today.

Red, White and Black Day
What a great day raising funds for the Southland Charity Hospital. Special thanks to Missy Vinning and Anton Lienert-Brown for visiting our school. We are very proud to have raised $127 for this cause.

Sharks Tickets
We still have a number of tickets left for tomorrow’s game. This is the last home game for the season so make sure you head along to support our team. Tickets $10 each, cash only.

We are looking for someone who could come in and work with our students, establishing a Kapahaka group. If you or somebody you know is interested in this, please contact me at:

Regards – Catherine

Faith Facts

Week 2 – Two significant feast this week. The first on Wednesday for St Dominic. Five schools in our Diocese carry the Dominican Charism. The Dominican motto is Veritas meaning Truth or Pono. With so much misinformation about these days, it is an excellent value to have. The mission is to Praise Whakapaingia, to Bless Whakanuia, to Preach Whakapoaoho.

The other feast day is on Sunday, The Transfiguration. Jesus and three of his apostles, Peter, James and John, go to a mountain. On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Then the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him, and he speaks with them. Jesus is then called “Son” by God the Father. The Transfiguration is one of the five major milestones in the gospel story of the life of Jesus, the other being hi Baptism, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension.

Week 3 – St Mary of the Cross Australia’s first saint. St Mary of the Cross also known as Saint Mary Mackillop made several visits, by ship, to NZ from 1894-1902. In 1897 she stayed for some time with the sisters in Arrowtown while travelling in Otago and Southland. A woman of faith, courage and vision. Mary McKillop had an impact in NZ with her Sister’s founding and working in throughout NZ and in Otago. We are waiting for our own Suzanne Aubert to be made NZ’s first saint.

Saint Clare of Assisi was good friend of Saint Francis of Assisi, who our Pope Francis is named after.
After hearing Saint Francis speaking about Jesus, Saint Clare wanted to devote her entire life to God. At first, her family did not respect her decision, however she stood by her decision because she truly loved God. In time, some members of her family joined her in her religious lifestyle.
St Clare of Assisi – Patron of eye disease, goldsmiths, laundry, television.

Akomanga Mana Class Happenings
Akomanga Mana has had a very busy start to the term. We are writing poems, studying fractions, learning about temperature, covering winter ball skills in P.E., learning about topics relating to ‘our garden’ in inquiry, following the Commonwealth Games, practising our handwriting, learning spelling rules and performing plays. In addition to this Jason has taught us how to make a mini movie and edit it. Whew!!!
Last weekend Nadia competed in the Southland Aerobic heats and is going forward to compete in the Southland finals shortly. Good luck Nadia.
Good luck to Daisy also who is trialling for the Under 13 Basketball team on Sunday.
Cookie has had a wonderful trip to Vietnam and we look forward to hearing all about this on her return to school.
Finally a big congratulations to Pippa and Rhea and families for their precious new ‘additions’.

Free Haircuts for those in Need: Sunday 7th August, Aurora College Gymnasium, Tramway Road, 1.00 – 3.30pm.

Sacred Heart Yr 5/6 Netball team had a great time playing in Term 2. We played 8 games, 7 wins and 1 loss. Thanks to the team for being such good sports on and off the court and the parents support on the sideline. Looking forward to the 6 week, Term 3 competitive competition.  Thank you –  Laura Hamilton 🏐