Newsletter 2019/9 – March 26


2019/9 – March 26

Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence at two mosques in Christchurch, and he assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks.

Mindful of the efforts of the security and emergency personnel in this difficult situation, His Holiness prays for the healing of the injured, the consolation of those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, and for all afflicted by this tragedy.

Commending those who have died to the loving mercy of Almighty God, Pope Francis invokes the Divine blessings of comfort and strength upon the nation.

Parish Centenary

Last Tuesday, March 19, our school attended one of two Parish masses, at which our St Joseph’s centenary was celebrated. At these masses the following prayers were said:


For members of our parish, that, inspired by St Joseph, St Luke and St Vincent de Paul, we may bear witness to the wider community of the joy of faith, the generosity of love, and the power of service in the name of Jesus  – We pray to the Lord


That the life and the prayers of St Joseph may help us promote family life, and to support families going through difficult times – We pray to the Lord


For our local Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist communities, that the Holy Spirit will lead us together in the path of unity – We pray to the Lord


That our political leaders may be blessed with wisdom from God to deal well with the challenges of the day, and with courage to act justly for the common good – We pray to the Lord


For our parishioners who are sick, or experiencing relationship problems, financial difficulties, or job insecurity, that they may be blessed with strength from God in their times of trial – We pray to the Lord


For organisations that provide care for those in need, such as hospitals, rest homes, groups for the disabled, citizen advice bureau, Oranga Tamariki and St Vincent de Paul Society, that they may be channels of God’s mercy in our local community – We pray to the Lord


For our whole country, following the tragic shootings in Christchurch, that we may be resolute in promoting understanding and respect, and robust in opposing all forms of violence, discrimination and extremism – We pray to the Lord


For former parishioners who have died, that they may rest in the embrace of God, and support us to build on their legacy – We pray to the Lord

Pompallier House Mass

Thank you to the many students and their families who attended the Pompallier House mass on Sunday. A special thanks to the students who read the readings and prayers, those who took up the offertory gifts and to our wonderful choir. Thanks also to Miss Woodhead and the many teachers who support the students at this special mass. 


In my sunglasses I reflected a drawing of my house. I chose my house because that is where I love to be, where I feel safe out of anywhere in the world. Julia

The hair was a bright colourless mohawk and a brilliant face with glasses that show the future past and present all at the same time while the bright red jacket glimmers in the sun. Bene

What I can see in my sunglasses is reflected. I am on the boat seeing islands while fishing for snapper with my family. Nic

My self portrait shows a flamingo and a beach because these are my favourite things. Amelia
My art is about myself wearing sun glasses and in the sun glasses that is what I can see. I saw flamingos on a beach and an Australian surfer. I chose those two things because I love flamingos  and I also love Australia and surfing. Amelie
My picture is a forest clearing with a nice trickling waterfall nearby. It is very nice and peaceful and quiet. Isabella

Beach Clean Up

On the 13th of March the Kakariki team of year 5 and 6’s walked to Takapuna beach, with help of wonderful parents.

The reason we did this was because, we had been studying community and plastic pollution in Social studies. We were split into two groups, group 1 was HG 1,HG 2 and the year 5s in HG 3 and Group 2 was HG 3 year 6s, HG 4 and HG 5.

There were two other activities not including cleaning the beach. Amy from sustainable coastlines came and gave us a presentation, why we were doing this and about what will happen with plastic pollution. That was the first activity. The second activity was looking around for rubbish on the ground, but not picking it up, only recording what materials it was made of.

Cleaning up the beach:

All Kakariki students got in to groups of 3 – 5. Then they got a pair of gloves, they also got a bag to fill with rubbish. There was  heaps of rubbish found. Once they had all given their bags to the teachers it was time to head home.

The next day at school with all the full rubbish bags, the eco leaders and the reporters got together to empty the bags out. Isabel year 6 was interviewed and told us she was surprised how much plastic rubbish there was in the pile. She also saw lots of collections and unusual things including: jandals, tickets, a dummy (pacifier) and pizza boxes with still a little bit of cheese in them. They also found lots of things like glass bottles, plastic bottles, cigarettes and bottle caps. Isabel liked looking at all of the rubbish and investigating it. She is worried about the animals especially turtles and Maui dolphins. We all want people to stop leaving their rubbish on the streets because it goes into the drains which lead to oceans and rivers.

Thank you to all of the parents for helping us clean up the beach, It rubbish day.

By Ava Hg 4 and Stella Hg 1.

Drop Off / Pick Up

Central to our drop off / pick up procedures is the safety of all our students. We ask that parents please ensure they and their children follow these procedures in order that your child and the children of our school are safe.


  • Students are not to arrive at school before 8 am. Any child arriving before 8 am needs to be enrolled in the sKids Programme or their parent needs to supervise them till 8 am.
  • Students are expected to be at school before 8.45 am. This allows students time to unpack their bags and prepare for their day.
  • Students arriving after 8.50 am need to be signed in by their parents. Please park your car and walk your child to class and sign you child in at the office.


  • Students being collected in the school court yard need to stay with their parents and not play on the junior playground till after 3.10 pm.
  • Students registered in sKids go directly to sKids.
  • Students walking to the Arts Centre are to line up by the Junior Playground.
  • Students catching the Rosmini buses, or walking home via Dominion St are to line up by the Junior Playground.
  • Students catching the Taharoto Rd buses, or walking home across the road at the Taharoto Rd lights are to line up by the Junior Playground.
  • Students going to Kumon are to line up by the Junior Playground.
  • Students being picked up by their parents/caregivers at the pick up zone are to go directly to the front of the school office.

Please walk across the car park to collect your child. Please do not ask your child to walk across the car park to you

Thank you for your support of these procedures thereby ensuring the safety of all our students

Policy / Procedure Reviews

Board, staff and parents are invited to provide feedback for the following policy …

Alcohol/Drugs and Other Harmful Substances

Visit the website

Enter the username (sj) and password (mercy).
Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
Read the policy.
Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
Enter your name (optional).
Submit your ratings and comments.

Tomorrow’s Schools Review

As you will be aware, through the various media outlets, the Government are currently reviewing the New Zealand Education system, known as Tomorrow’s Schools, which was introduced in 1989. Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together |Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini is the link to the document currently under discussion. It contains an introduction and information on our current system, a summary of the report along with the full report. 
If you are interested in giving feedback to this report the following options are available to you;
  • A free 0800 number for oral submissions: call 0800 FOR TSR (0800 367 877) to leave your thoughts on the future of our schooling system.
  • Formal written submissions: these can be sent to:
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