Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,
Thank you to all those who have helped in a multitude of ways over the years; putting class readers away, library, trips, supervision and transport, coaching and managing sports teams, reading to children and parent help.
Congratulations to our St Mark’s STARS TEAM who won the Eastern Year 5/6 Basketball Final. We played the Eastern Dragons and won convincingly 27-12. We thank Mr Chris Barry who coached and Mrs Flor De Guzman who managed the team, well done all!!!
ADVENT – Sunday 4th December was the 1st Sunday in Advent. Advent means coming, and in the time of Advent we are waiting to celebrate the coming of Jesus to live with us. Sometimes Jesus is given the special name ‘Emmanuel’, which means God be with us.
|God waits to be with people and that is why God sent his own son to become a human being, Jesus of Nazareth. In that way the Lord Jesus, a human child, could be with the people. So Emmanuel means God is with us through God’s own son Jesus. Advent is a special time of waiting. |
Most people do a lot of waiting – waiting for dinner or a favourite TV programme, waiting for a turn in a game, waiting for loose teeth to fall out, waiting for birthdays. While we are waiting for things to happen, we have all sorts of waiting thoughts – longing, hoping, wishing, wondering, looking forward and feelings – tired-ngenge, excited-harihari, joyful-koa, angry-riri, impatient-porangi, bored-hoha. We can be busy, helpful, kind, selfish or cross.
There are good days of waiting that makes the waiting time happy and worthwhile, and there are bad days of waiting that make ourselves and others miserable.
Advent should be a happy time, because we are waiting for someone wonderful – Jesus-Emmanuel.
Suggestions For You At Home – as 4 weeks is a long time to wait. You could mark off the days on a special calendar and remind children to tick off or open a day and remember that we are counting down the days as we wait to prepare our hearts to welcome Jesus. We could also put out a Christmas crib and make an advent wreath – lighting a candle each week.