Thursday 11 February 2021

2. Special Character Week 2 Term 1 2021

Special Character Focus:

Religious Education: Our children are excited and very keen to share their learning and have some critical thinking about our school vision, school values, school motto-Veritas and know that JESUS is the reason for this school. He is the model of its' Community and the inspiration of its children and teacher.

Thank you to Mrs Brookes class- Pukeko and Miss Sollano class- Kiwi for sharing the learning of their children at our assembly last Friday. They were be able to explain what Charism of Veritas and 4R's means and how that works for them. You can watch the videos of their learning in our St Joseph's Facebook page. 

School and Family Mass- 
Thursday Mass
We would like to thank you our Parishioners and parents who are continually attending and supporting our children and being there to witness how our tamariki are presenting the Gospel at Mass. This is an opportunity for each child to serve and preach the word of God. Our children are proud of themselves every week either through singing, videoing and acting the gospel. You are welcome to join us for mass at 9:15 am on Thursday and this Sunday 14th February in the Basilica for our Community Mass. 

Thank you to Year 7/8 Mrs Winders/Mrs Dooley's class for the presentation of the gospel last week. Today's gospel is leading by year 5/6 Mrs Thomas class.

Next week there will be no Mass but we will have Ash Wednesday Liturgy for the Juniors in the school hall on Wednesday the 17th. The Senior students will be joining the Parish Mass for Ash Wednesday in the Basilica. 

Faith Insights

WEEK 2 8th – 12th February (Green)

8th St Jerome Emiliani
8th St Josephine Bakhita
8th Waitangi Day
10th St Scholastica 

Although recognised as a significant day since it’s signing in 1840, it did not become a national holiday until the 1970s. The Waitangi Day Act 1960 declared that 6th February would be known as Waitangi Day and would be observed throughout the country 'as a national day of thanksgiving in commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi'. The call for the 6th

February to be a nationwide public holiday continued from the early promises made in 1957. Prime Minister Norman Kirk announcing that from 1974 it would be a national holiday known as New Zealand Day. The Waitangi Day Act 1976 reinstated the name Waitangi Day.

So we have a Holy Day of sorts to reflect as a country, in thanksgiving, for the founding document of our nationhood.  

Aotearoa       God Defend New Zealand           Māori translation

Tōna pai me toitū
Tika rawa, pono pū;
Tōna noho, tāna tū;
Iwi nō Ihowā.
Kaua mōna whakamā;
Kia hau te ingoa;
Kia tū hei tauira;

Thank you

Malo 'Aupito

God Bless

Tua Misiloi Co DRS

May our mountains ever be
Freedom's ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations' van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

Let its good features endure,
Let righteousness and honesty prevail
Among the people of God
Let it never be ashamed,
But rather, let its name be known
Thereby becoming the model to emulate

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