Dear Parents and Caregivers,

MISSION DAY FRIDAY 14th OCTOBER
This week we will think about outreach as we prepare for our annual Mission Day – Children Helping Children.    We remember that the greatest commandment that God gave to us through Jesus was “Love your Neighbour”.    The Gospel tells us that our neighbour isn’t just the people who live next door, but rather, everyone in the world.  To help, through our own actions is an impossible task so we do our best in whatever way we can; to help in our small way through our Mission Day activities.  Please see the detailed notice that went home yesterday for how you can help and support Mission Day.

This week we are raising funds for two main areas, one for our sister school Nirmalalaya (in South India), and we will also give 50% to the Pontifical Missions which will go towards supporting the Care of Children in poor communities.

Homework Survey Summary
Eighty two families answered our homework survey and 82.35% of them agreed to continue the new homework we had been trialling in term 3.  We were thrilled that 86.91% of those surveyed read with their child, or the child wanted to read and read for 10-20 minutes every night.  In maths, 75% do basic facts or mathletics every night for 10-20 minutes or more.  Spelling homework was less well attended to with only 50% of students working 0-10 minutes.
44.05% of our students are involved in after school activities 1-2 days per week, while 10.71% of students have after school activities 3 days and 21.43% have after school activities on more than 3 days a week.   Therefore, for the remainder of this year, our homework will continue to be as it was last term with children reading to a parent, older sibling or caregiver and spelling as set by the teacher.   Mathematics/basic facts as set by the teacher or mathletics (for year 3 onwards).  If your child would like to do more homework please let me them work on other web based programmes such as Study Ladder (for English and Mathematics).

A PARENT’S GUIDE TO HOMEWORK
1.  Show you think education and homework are important
– set a regular time for homework.  NE – Y1 Reading, Y2-Y6  Reading, Spelling and Mathematics.    Provide a place for homework that is fairly quiet and well lit.  A desk is good but the kitchen table can work just as well.  Turn of the TV and restrict phone calls/texting during homework time.  Encourage all the family to find quiet activities.  Set an example by reading or writing yourself.
2.  Check your child’s spelling – check to see spelling is learnt  (Monday to Thursday) and hear the spelling words.  Work out a programme for a busy child so there is time for play, sports, clubs and homework.
3.  Reading – make time to read to your child for 10-20 minutes each night if they are tired, this sets up good exposure to different texts and has a positive spin off in that it becomes quality time spent together which strengthens a parent/child relationship.  Often this can be 10 minutes at bedtime.
4. Give guidance  –  find out how your child learns best and build on that.  Encourage good homework habits by discussing how much time homework is likely to take.  Give praise.  Everyone likes to be told when they have done a good job.  Keep criticisms to a minimum and then only offer constructive suggestions.

Catherine M Rivers
Principal

CATHOLIC CHARACTER
We would like to welcome the following new students to our school:  Eliana Chanda Rm 4, Ellen Socorin Rm 4.  Please welcome them and their families into our school community.

We would like to congratulate the following students who have been recognised in assembly for showing our school values by:
Caring for Self –  Flynn Verner and Antonija Kasum.
Caring for Others –  Mikaela Bangalan and Olivia King.
Caring for Environment  – Oliver Karkkainen.

We would like to acknowledge the following families who recently loved lost ones, Erhin, Lian and Lana Cortina whose grandmother passed away and to Kristine Guerrero who also lost her grandfather.   Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

In baby news we would like to welcome a new baby to the Granich family! Congratulations, Emma Rose and Ezra have a new sister.

PRAYER
We ask for Your blessing God, on each one of us. Sharing, talking, helping, caring. Supporting each other for the good of all.  Give us sensitivity and friendship.
Your blessing God, on our community.  Accepting, working, growing, cooperating.  Involving our families, celebrating diversity.  Give us empathy and understanding for those who are not as fortunate as us.  Amene.

PARISH NEWS
Mass of Anointing – Annual Anointing mass on Thur 27 Oct at 11am.   Bring a small plate of finger food.  Enquiries Ph: 537 3545.
Mother’s Prayer Group – St Mark’s Church on Tue 11 Oct 1.30-2.30pm.
Pasifika Group Fia Fia Night – Sat 19 Nov at St Patrick’s Church Hall Panmure.  $10 ticket.   Further information contact Kurt 021 0232 1722  or Tommy 021 0322 737
Spirituality of Suzanne Aubert presented by the Sisters of Compassion,  7.30pm 12 Oct at St Thomas Moore Church Hall.  All welcome.

Swimming Lessons During Term 4
Rooms 2, 3, 4, 5
Lessons begin on Monday 31st October until Wednesday 9th November at the YMCA Lagoon Pool.   Cost of $72 for 8 days of lessons.  Please ensure they come every day during this time with their swimwear, towel, swimming cap and goggles.  Please refer to the letter sent home in September for further information.

Rooms 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 1
Lessons begin on Friday 21st October at Lloyd Elsmore.  Your child must bring their swimwear, (goggles and caps if they have them) and a towel every Friday until Friday 2nd December (last day).
NB:  the last day for Rm 6+7 will be on 25th Nov.
Please refer to the notice sent home on the 10th October for more information.

This Friday is Mission Day!
This is a special day for our children.  Children raise money on this day which goes towards the Missions and people in need.   If your child is able to bring one grocery item for the Parish Foodbank (as we traditionally give a basket of food to them at Mission Day) we’d appreciate it.  Also any donations of wool would be appreciated.
Children to wear mufti – $1.00
We would like children to bring wrapped lollies, homemade sweets (bagged in small quantities ready to sell), small cakes, books, games, toys etc that we can sell at our trading table.  Please ensure you do not send broken toys or ripped books.  Please bring donation items to room 4.
Bring a named coin purse with small change for spending money.
A named supermarket bag if you are going to spend money.
Children may not need/or only need a light lunch as they usually spend their money on food.  There will be a sausage sizzle.  Any parents who are able to help with our sausage sizzle from 11.10 am would be appreciated.
Many thanks to you all once again for your continued support for this day.
EFTPOS  For your convenience our school office now has an eftpos machine (eftpos only no credit card transactions or cash out).
Permission Slips that are returned to the office with money
PLEASE ensure these are in an envelope that is labelled with your child’s name and room number.  If you return permission slips with money that are not in an envelope they will be returned home.
Term 4  Upcoming Events
Fri 14 Oct     Mission Day
Tue 18 Oct   PTFA Meeting
Thu 20 Oct   Senior School Athletics at Lloyd Elsmore Park
Fri 21 Oct     Year 3 -6 Swimming Lessons Start at Lloyd Elsmore
Mon 24 Oct   Labour Day Public Holiday  (no school)
Tue 25 and 26 Oct  St John visiting the Junior School
Thu 27 Oct    New Entrant Meeting 1.30pm
Fri 28 Oct      PTFA Ice Blocks for sale
Mon 31 Oct   Junior School Swimming begins
Wed 02 Nov  Photolife School Photos
Fri 02 Dec     Junior Liturgy, 11.30am at Pakuranga Park Village
Mon 12 Dec   Senior School Prize Giving (at St Mark’s Parish Church) 7pm
Fri 16 Dec    End of Year Mass 11.30am, school closes at 1.30pm

2017 Term Dates
Term 1  Tue 31 Jan  –  Thu 13 April    (Good Friday 14 April)
Term 2  Mon 01 May – Fri 05 July
Term 3  Mon 24 July – Fri 29 Sept
Term 4  Mon 16 Oct – 14 or 15 Dec

Howick Intermediate Enrolments for 2017
Out of Zone student enrolments for Howick Intermediate close on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 and our ballot will be held on Wednesday 19 October. We will advise all applicants the results of our ballot via mail.
Successful applicants are invited to attend our Orientation day from 1:45pm to 2:30pm on Thursday 10 November.  A new parent Information evening for all enrolled students will be held on 10 November at 7:00pm.
COMMUNITY NOTICES 
Football for Children  will begin again this term from Friday October 28th and run for 6 sessions (the last one on 2nd Dec)  from 3.15 to 4.15pm. This is for all children from 5 years to 12 years of age. $88  register online www.footballfc.co.nz  or email  footballfcnz@gmail.com, or phone Rudy or Sander on 0273 032 035
‘The Desert Princess’  easy to care for succulent gardens that are great for gifts, these are currently on display at our school office.  Please contact Diana Subido on PH 021872253 or email thedesertprincess@yahoo.co.nz
Keyboard Music Lessons – with Ruth Leafberg, on Monday and Wednesday after school in the Music Room, only $8.00 for a 30 min session.  Enrolment forms are available from the school office.
Guitar Lessons – Guitar Lessons are available after school on Tuesdays. There are spots available for complete beginners. Please contact Jordan on 021 132 7024 or at jordan.morrison@musiqhub.co.nz to signup or for more information.
Fencibles United Summer Programme  Starting Saturday 29 October until Saturday 10 December.  William Green Reserve.    Ages 4-8 8.30am – 10am.   Ages 9-12 9.30am – 11am.     $2 entry fee on the day (please make sure you get a stamp on your hand).   No registration required.   This is not a competition this is for children to come along and have a go.