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St Francis Xavier Catholic School
                                           To Love, To Learn and To Serve
                                          Kia Aroha, Kia Akona, Kia Aro Atu
  No. 1 Rāpare-Thursday 11th February-Hui-tanguru 2021

Dear%Parents,%Caregivers%and%Friends%of%our%school,

Welcome%back%to%school%and%a%special%welcome%to%our%new%students,%of%which%we%have%28,%and%their%families.%
We%have%opened%the%school%roll%with%474%children.%

There%is%a%lot%happening%this%term%so%we%are%gearing%up%for%a%busy%Dme.%We%have%98,%Year%5%and%6%students%
going%on%camp%at%Kawau%Island,%the%annual%school%Gala%Day%on%March%the%20th,%the%Keeping%Ourselves%Safe%
programme%and%the%Life%EducaDon%Trust%truck%arriving.%Please%watch%out%for%updates%and%informaDon%regarding%
these%acDviDes.

In#the#Event#of#a#Covid#Resurgence:%The%holiday%break%was%great%and%despite%a%couple%of%hiccups%New%
Zealanders%enjoyed%the%freedom%that%most%other%countries%have%not%had%the%opportunity%to%experience%for%a%
considerable%period%of%Dme.%We%are%very%blessed%but%we%cannot%afford%to%be%complacent.%For%this%reason,%we%
encourage%parents%and%visitors%to%conDnue%to%scan%the%codes%as%they%enter%the%school.%

We%have%all%learned%a%lot%from%the%CovidWrelated%events%of%2020.%Schools%have%been%asked%to%prepare%for%a%"just%
in%case%we%lockdown%again"%scenario.%In%order%to%help%with%this,%we%are%asking%families%to%indicate%if%they%would%
need%a%device%to%help%with%learning%at%home%if%we%are%asked%to%go%back%to%Level%4.
Please%take%the%Dme%to%follow%the%link%and%complete%the%form.%https://forms.gle/Z22RzeLRBKxn2uFV7

AZer%the%last%Covid%Lockdown%the%Senior%Leadership%team%reviewed%the%learning%programmes%and%
communicaDon%we%had%with%parents.%In%the%event%that%we%were%to%go%into%Lockdown%again%please%note%the%
following.

   1. For%Years%4W6%we%will%be%using%both%seesaw%and%Google%classroom%as%the%learning%pla\orm.
   2. Face%to%face%Google%Meets%had%their%place%but%there%were%lots%of%challenges.%It%became%apparent%that%
      the%number%of%children%online%reduced%considerably%over%Dme%and%much%of%the%Dme%spent%by%the%
      teacher%online%was%not%producDve.%Therefore%we%will%have%two%to%three%face%to%face%learning%
      opportuniDes%per%week,%not%daily.%
   3. For%children%in%Years%1W3%the%learning%pla\orm%will%be%seesaw.%Again,%the%online%face%to%face%learning%will%
      only%take%place%2W3%Dmes%a%week.%One%of%the%challenges%faced%by%junior%children%was%the%unfamiliarity%
      with%the%keyboard.%This%has%become%a%teaching%point%in%the%classrooms.

Craig%McKernan
Principal
                                               Scholastic Book Club
  Scholastic Book Club brochures were sent home with students last week. Orders are due back at the school office by
                                              Tuesday 16th February.
                Please check you have named the order form and entered this year’s classroom number.
                                            There are three ways to pay.
      If paying by cash please pay the EXACT amount as change often gets lost on the way home with students.

                             Cheque payments made payable to Scholastic New Zealand.

              For credit card payments you may register online with Scholastic’s LOOP service for parents.
                                                   To register go to:
                                                 scholastic.co.nz/loop
              Address: 1 Percy Street, Whangarei 0112  Phone: 09-4371039   Cellphone: 027 2784303
      Email Office Manager: office@sfx.school.nz Website: sfx.school.nz  Email Absences: absent@sfx.school.nz
St Francis Xavier Catholic School - St Francis Xavier School ...
Religious Education
                                                            This Sunday’s Reading:
                     (Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time) Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46; 1 Corinthians 10:31 11-1; Mark 1: 40-45
                                                              Thought for the week:
                                 “The first step to wisdom is silence; the second is listening.” Proverbs 1:5
                                Let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skills.

*Our School Charism
The Charism of our school is the missionary zeal of both Saint Francis Xavier, our school patron saint, and St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) who
carried the Word of God to distant lands.
St Francis Xavier, a ‘Man of God’, had the passion and energy to proclaim the gospel of Christ to all people. He had a unique desire to evangelise
and worked tirelessly for others.
It is the faith and life example of St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop), who founded the religious order of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. The main
principles of her Order arose from her respect for human dignity.
St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop’s) Charism is a gift of the spirit which is characterised by:
Listening to God’s call.
Making room for all.
Having an attitude of gratitude.
Doing your bit.

The school community, take on the responsibility of following the examples of St Francis Xavier and St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop).
*Ash Wednesday
We will be celebrating Ash Wednesday with a Mass, on Wednesday 17th February at 9:00am in the church. We look forward to seeing you there.
Why we place cold ashes on our forehead. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, a time when we stop and assess how we’re doing in our
walk with God. Lent helps us identify spiritual areas in which we can grow and sinful areas that we need to avoid. To repent, put simply, means to
turn away from sin and turn toward God. We use ashes as an outward expression of our need to begin again.
* Lent
Lent (which begins on Ash Wednesday) is a time for renewal and preparing for Easter. The children will be discussing the season of Lent and
talking about Lenten promises. A good way to remind your child(ren) about these Lenten discussions is to ask them questions about it.
* Family Masses
During the year, Whanau will be rostered to participate in Family Masses on Sunday at 10:00am. These Whanau Masses have been a success in
recent years and it is a beautiful way of coming together as a school Whanau and Parish family to celebrate the Eucharist. It is very pleasing to see
our children involved in our Parish Masses. Our next Family Mass is on Sunday, 28th February at 10:00am. Puriri Whanau (Rooms 13, 14, 15 and
16 will be participating). ALL ARE WELCOME.
* Sacramental Programme
Reconciliation, Confirmation & First Communion. For baptised children who will be 8 years of age, or older by Easter 2021 (4th April) Enrolment
forms are available from the Parish Office. The programme begins Sunday 21st February 2021 in our Parish Hall. Enquiries to the Parish Office.
* Classes attending a Tuesday Mass at 9:00am
If you are able to, you are welcome to come and join your child’s class when they attend Mass on a Tuesday morning.

 Week        Tuesday 9am Mass                 Class -Year Level              Week        Tuesday 9am Mass                 Class -Year Level

    3       Puriru - 16th Feb              Room 16 - Year 3                     4       Kowhai - 23rd Feb             Room 10 - Year 1
                                           Room 13 - Year 4                                                           Room 12 - Yr 5 & 6
                                                                                                                      Room 11 - Year 3

    5                                                                          6        Kauri - 9th March             Room 3 - Year 1
                                                                                                                      Room 1- Yr 5 & 6

    7       Kauri - 16th March             Room 2 - Year 1                     8        Karaka - 23rd March           Room 19 - Year 2
                                           Room 4 - Year 3                                                            Room 20 - Yr 5 & 6

    9       Karaka- 30th March             Room 17 - Year 4                    10       Easter Tuesday -              School Closed
                                           Room 18 - Year 5 & 6                         6th April

   11       Rimu - 13th April              Room 21- Year 2
                                           Room 22 - Yr 5 & 6
                                           Room 23 - Year 4
Yours in Christ,
Maria Wilson
DRS – Director of Religious Studies
We welcome these students who have started in
                 our school this term,
   Byron Alkema, Andreia Anish, Steve Antony, Jaillet Benito, Aria Bowmar, Giselle Correa,
     Juan de Wet, Oliver Flower, Amelia Foster, Levi Gillard, Noah Joseph, Arron Krebs,
    Emma Lijo, Zeke Netzler, Maverick Newman, Bodhi Pevats, Maci Pifeleti, Joseph Price,
      Anthony Saunders, Lochlan Schick, Louis Schreurs, Isabella Seaman, Kayla Seaman,
         Jamie-Lee Storey, Sloan Sullivan, Finlay Sworn, Deacon Tasker, Xavier Temm,
                                Levi Velez and Laycee Wright.

    Family Worker                                           Just in case....
        We are pleased to introduce              We have all learned a lot from the Covid-related events
                                                 of 2020. Schools have been asked to prepare for a "just
          Rosie Ponifasio-Hughes
                                                 in case we lockdown again" scenario.
        as our new family worker.                In order to help with this, we are asking families to
 Rosie will be working with our school and       indicate if they would need a device to help with
                                                 learning at home if we are asked to go back to Level 4.
        Pompallier Catholic College.
                                                 Please take the time to follow the link and complete the
If you and your family are in need of any        form.
 support with situations that may arise in       https://forms.gle/Z22RzeLRBKxn2uFV7
                                                 Many thanks
   family life, feel free to contact Rosie in
            complete confidence.
             rosie@sfx.school.nz
           Phone 021 02833587                                            Te Rauroha Paki
                                                                         from Room 15
                                                                         competed in the
                                                                         2021 Harlequins
                                                                         SC Regional
                                                Championship on the 6&7th February.
  Reading your Newsletter helps                 Te Rauroha won 4 first placings, 2
    to keep you informed on                     seconds and 1 3rd place, managing to
    what is happening in our                    break more records. Well done!
       School Community

        School Gala- Saturday 20th March
Welcome back to school from                                    Whangarei Marist
                 your PTFA                                            Rugby
  We hope that everyone had an amazing holiday with
                  family and friends.
We have lots of exciting events already planned for   2021
 including guest speakers, information evenings and our
                     beloved GALA!
Please keep an eye out for our PTFA meeting times, come
        along and join a fun bunch of people and
   keep up to date with what’s happening in our school
                                                              Please see the following
                    for your children.
                                                              request from Pompallier
              We look forward to seeing you.
 Thank you to all that came along to a really informative
                                                              Catholic College
                                                              We are looking for
evening last night and to those who are getting involved in
                                                              a Canteen Assistant to help
     helping to make our Gala another huge success!           our Canteen Manager with the daily running of the
                                                              school Canteen.
                                                              We envisage the position would be around
                                                              9.30am - 2.30pm each day, during term time only.
                                                              Duties would include food preparation and serving students
                                                              at interval and lunchtime.
                                                              At Pompallier Catholic College we pay the living wage.
                                                              If this sounds like you, or you know of someone who might
          2021 Term Dates                                     suit this role, please contact me via email:
                                                              admin@pompallier.school.nz
                     Term One:                                as soon as possible with a CV and cover letter, to register
                                                              your interest.
             2nd February to Fri 16th April
 (Easter holidays: Good Friday 2nd April, Easter Monday       Kelli Adams | Office Manager & Principal's Secretary
         5th April AND Easter Tuesday 6th April.              Pompallier Catholic College
Please note school is closed on these days to all students    Te Kāreti Katorika o Pomapārie
except those classes leaving for camp on Easter Tuesday.)     Ph: 09 438 3950 Ext. 201
                                                              www.pompalliercollege.school.nz
                     Term Two:
          Monday 3rd May to Friday 9th July

                    Term Three:
       Monday 26th July to Friday 1st October
                                                              Walk a day in their shoes! Join a 12-
                     Term Four:                               hour walk around Auckland on the
  Monday 18th October to Tuesday 14th December                6th of March to raise funds for
                 School Timetable
                                                              vulnerable families in Latin America
                                                              through the Catholic charity - NPH
           8:45am – 10:25am Morning session
                                                              New Zealand. Find out more or
            10:25am – 10.50am Morning tea
        10.50am – 12:30pm Mid-morning session                 donate here:www.nph-nz.org/ walk
            12:30pm – 1:20pm Lunch break
           1:20pm – 2:50pm Afternoon session
Dates and times for events are subject to change.
                           Please check this fortnightly newsletter for any changes.

February

12th! Swimming!        Room 22 Leave at 9:00am Lesson at 9:15am !        Room 18 Leave at 9:30am Lesson at 9:45am
!      !       !       Room 15 Leave at 10:00am Lesson at 10:15am    !   Room 20 Leave at 10:30am Lesson at 10:45am
!      !       !       Room 12 Leave at 11:00am Lesson at 11:15am   !    Room 1 Leave at 11:30am Lesson at 11:45am
13th ! 6.00pm! !       Blessing Mass for Catholic School Staff
16th! Swimming!        Room 22 Leave at 9:00am Lesson at 9:15am !        Room 18 Leave at 9:30am Lesson at 9:45am
!      !       !       Room 15 Leave at 10:00am Lesson at 10:15am   !    Room 20 Leave at 10:30am Lesson at 10:45am
!      !       !       Room 12 Leave at 11:00am Lesson at 11:15am   !    Room 1 Leave at 11:30am Lesson at 11:45am
17th! 9:00am! !        Ash Wednesday Mass
19th! Swimming!        Room 22 Leave at 9:00am Lesson at 9:15am !        Room 18 Leave at 9:30am Lesson at 9:45am
!      !       !       Room 15 Leave at 10:00am Lesson at 10:15am   !    Room 20 Leave at 10:30am Lesson at 10:45am
!      !       !       Room 12 Leave at 11:00am Lesson at 11:15am   !    Room 1 Leave at 11:30am Lesson at 11:45am
23rd! Swimming!        Room 22 Leave at 9:00am Lesson at 9:15am !        Room 18 Leave at 9:30am Lesson at 9:45am
!      !       !       Room 15 Leave at 10:00am Lesson at 10:15am   !    Room 20 Leave at 10:30am Lesson at 10:45am
!      !       !       Room 12 Leave at 11:00am Lesson at 11:15am   !    Room 1 Leave at 11:30am Lesson at 11:45am
26th! Swimming!        Room 22 Leave at 9:00am Lesson at 9:15am !        Room 18 Leave at 9:30am Lesson at 9:45am
!      !       !       Room 15 Leave at 10:00am Lesson at 10:15am   !    Room 20 Leave at 10:30am Lesson at 10:45am
!      !       !       Room 12 Leave at 11:00am Lesson at 11:15am   !    Room 1 Leave at 11:30am Lesson at 11:45am
28th ! 10:00am!!       Puriri Whanau Mass(Rooms 13,14,15 & 16)
March

2nd !    1:30 – 6pm!   Parent Teacher Meet and Greet!
!        Swimming!     Room 22 Leave at 9:00am Lesson at 9:15am !          Room 18 Leave at 9:30am Lesson at 9:45am
!        !        !    Room 15 Leave at 10:00am Lesson at 10:15am ! Room 20 Leave at 10:30am Lesson at 10:45am
!        !        !    Room 12 Leave at 11:00am Lesson at 11:15am !        Room 1 Leave at 11:30am Lesson at 11:45am
3rd!     1:30 – 6pm!   Parent Teacher Meet and Greet
5th !    1:30pm! !     Whole School Assembly
!        Swimming!     Room 22 Leave at 9:00am Lesson at 9:15am !          Room 18 Leave at 9:30am Lesson at 9:45am
!        !        !    Room 15 Leave at 10:00am Lesson at 10:15am ! Room 20 Leave at 10:30am Lesson at 10:45am
!        !        !    Room 12 Leave at 11:00am Lesson at 11:15am ! Room 1 Leave at 11:30am Lesson at 11:45am
9th!     Swimming!     Room 22 Leave at 9:00am Lesson at 9:15am !          Room 18 Leave at 9:30am Lesson at 9:45am
!        !        !    Room 15 Leave at 10:00am Lesson at 10:15am !        Room 20 Leave at 10:30am Lesson at 10:45am
!        !        !    Room 12 Leave at 11:00am Lesson at 11:15am ! Room 1 Leave at 11:30am Lesson at 11:45am
10th!    1:30pm! !     He Kakano Programme
12th !   9am 12pm!     Yr 5&6 Swimming Sports at Pompallier Catholic College
17th !   11:00am!!     Reconciliation Yr 5&6
!        1:30pm! !     He Kakano Programme
!        !        !    W.P.S.S.A Swimming Champs
20th!    !        !    SCHOOL GALA DAY
24th!    1:30pm! !     He Kakano Programme
25th!    5:00pm! !     Camp Meeting
29th!    !        !    Rooms 1, 12 & 18 Leave for Camp 1
31st!    9:00am! !     Holy Week Mass
!        1:30pm! !     He Kakano Programme
April

1st !    !       !     Camp 1 home
!        !       !     Holy Thursday
2nd!     !       !     Good Friday-No School
5th!     !       !     Easter Monday-No school
6th!     !       !     Easter Tuesday-No School with the exception to Rooms 15, 20 & 22 who leave for Camp 2
9th!     !       !     Camp 2 home
16th !   1:30pm! !     Whole School Assembly
!        !       !     Northland Swim Champs
16th !   2:50pm! !     Last day of Term 1
May
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