Key Dates September 6 Inter-Zone Swimming 6 NZEI Teacher Meeting 1.30pm 13 Open Day 21 & 22 Parent Interviews 23 Term 3 ends October 10 Term 4 begins 16 SPRING FAIR – 11am – 2pm 19 & 20 School Production Newsletter No. 28 November 07 Northern Zone Athletics (TBC) Khandallah 25 School Disco Absence Phone No: 939-3878 December 14 ‘Big Day Out’ – Whole school Answer Phone: 479-6878 16 Term 4 ends January 2017 Fax: 479-3879 31 Term 1 begins

Email: [email protected] Website: www.st-benedicts.school.nz

6 September 2016

Dear Parents

We ask that you keep the staff and community of the Khandallah Kindergarten in your prayers as they come to terms with the sudden passing of Kim Smith one of the teachers that worked there.

Year of Mercy: In his homily for the canonization of St Teresa of Kalkutta, Pope Francis said: “Our task is to perceive the call of God and then to do his will. But in order to do his will, we must ask ourselves, “What is God’s will in my life?” “. These words reflect the emphasis Pope Francis puts on the practise of discernment. In another homily he said: “Discernment is always done in the presence of the Lord, looking at the signs, listening to the things that happen, the feeling of the people, especially the poor.” For Mother Teresa discernment was a natural outcome of prayer and being in the presence of the Lord. That discernment enabled her to take big steps with certainty, for example, when she left the Sisters of Loreto to work in the slums of Calcutta, she said: "I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. It was an order. To fail would have been to break the faith”. Discernment is not just for saints; it is for all who want to follow Christ.

This week our EPIC Award “EPIC Eddie” was awarded to Room 12. They received this award because the week before last they had some fairly challenging tasks, including writing a formal essay analysing the meaning and language features in a song. This was something new to many of the students. It was also the week they started doing production rehearsals every day, which meant a lot of the students were busy with those and had little spare time to complete work. Quite a few Year 8 boys were also out for most of a day sitting a scholarship exam.

Despite all that, every student in Room 12 completed all their tasks for the week and did an especially good job writing their essays. Room 12 showed perseverance and creativity with their work.

On Tuesday 13th September we will be holding an Open Day from 9.00am – 12.00pm. This will be a chance to see a typical day at school and visit classrooms throughout the school. We will have some of our senior students guiding visitors around the school. We invite current and prospective parents to have a look around our classrooms on this day. If you know of families considering St Benedict’s School for their children for 2017 please let them know about this day.

Congratulations to three of our students who won prizes at the NIWA Science Fair at Victoria University last week. Ystefano Ubaldo won first place overall in Year 8 for his project on the most efficient ways to dry clothes. Emily-Kei Brewerton came third overall in Year 8, and also won a Victoria University Faculty of Education Prize for her project on seaweed fertiliser. Elizabeth Sullivan won a Victoria University Faculty of Education Prize for her project investigating which forms of exercise burn the most energy.

Well done also to the other seven students who represented our school so well at the Science Fair: Dhyanesh Joseph, Alex Humphrey, JL Ibarra, Jennifer Arthurs, Katherine Robson, Lottie Keogh and Donoghue. We are very proud of our students and it is great to see them continuing our school tradition of high achievement in this event.

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Father’s Day Breakfast last Friday. It was great to see so many children enjoying breakfast with their family and friends. We would like to say a huge thank you to Kylie Faitaua and her team for all of the planning and work they put into making this event the success it is.

Check out the latest update about the Spring Fair and from HOK in this newsletter. The fundraising work they do makes a huge difference to the education of all students at St Benedict’s school and we are grateful for their ongoing work and support.

Last week (Monday-Sunday), our solar panels generated 87 kWh of solar energy. Our school page can be viewed by clicking on the St Benedict’s School Schoolgen link: http://schoolgen.co.nz/schoolgen-schools/st-benedicts-school.

From the Archdiocese of Wellington Thank you to those of you who have completed the survey for the Bishops Conference already. If you would like to contribute your views please send your replies to school by tomorrow or email responses to Coralie at [email protected] Information about the survey is below. The New Zealand Catholic Education Office and the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference are seeking information from Catholic communities about involvement in the Catholic faith, parish life and being part of a Catholic community. Attached to this email is an anonymous questionnaire for parents. If you have thoughts and opinions to share the Bishops would be grateful for your input as they seek to find ways to strengthen Catholic communities.

Kind regards, Dave Lamont, Principal


"Spiritual identity means we are not what we do or what people say about us. And we are not what we have. We are the beloved daughters and sons of God."

Henri Nouwen - Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian

th Sunday 16 October 2016 11am - 2pm

All families are asked to donate at least one hour of their time helping out at a stall. We Need 30 more Stall Helpers

Stalls What we are looking for Good quality second hand books Books Helpers on the day Bakers who would donate cookies, slices, biscuits, muffins, scones, pies or a cake. Café We are also looking for volunteers to help set up and serve at the café. Good quality clean 2nd hand clothing for children and adults Clothes Pre-fair sorters Helpers on the day

We would love your help if you have an international dish you would be prepared to make for the stall please contact Rebecca Young [email protected] or 021 358250. We are also looking for special ethnic dishes, spring rolls, samosas, and meat dishes. Ethnic Food Loans of crock pots /slow cookers Pie warmer that we could borrow Helpers on the day

Are you a face painter extraordinaire? Kid Zone We are looking for 3-4 artistic people or experienced face painters.

Out Side Games 9 Helpers on the day… Come on Dad’s we need you!

We are looking for cuttings, cactus/ herbs and seeds, plants & pots, bird seed, compost, potting mix, gardening tools and gloves. Please contact Ruth Burns ([email protected]) or Meredith Ogilvie Plants ([email protected]) to discuss what your speciality plant is and how many you can propagate.

Sweet and fudge bakers Sweets Helpers on the day

Spiders Helpers on the day

Silent Auction Helpers on the day The last day of term 3 we will be having a Mufti for a Bottle Day. In exchange for wearing Mufti we ask that each student bring a bottle of something delicious - sauces, dressing, lollies or soft drink, maybe something children would like to win. Tombola Non-alcoholic contents only please. Alcohol of any sort cannot be accepted. Please make sure all items are within their expiry date.

Instead of bringing an item for the Tombola Year 7 and 8s to bring a bag of wrapped lollies for lolly necklaces.

Quality 2nd hand toys that have been cleaned. Puzzles with all the pieces Toys Pre-fair sorters Helpers on the day Good quality white elephant including kitchenware and home wares, retro items from ‘60s and ‘70s, bed and table linen in good clean condition, DVD’s and CD’s (please no video White tapes or cassettes), small electrical items such as kitchen and personal appliances and Elephant lighting, sporting equipment in good working order, paintings and prints, picture frames, small, furniture items, chairs, coffee tables etc. and general bric-a brac Pre- fair sorters and helpers on the day

If you can volunteer, please contact Catherine on [email protected] or text mobile 027 669 6455. ______

Sponsorship – we are looking for the following sponsorship / donations to cover our costs.

• Ethnic food stall setup and food $500.00 • Sweet stall including candy floss $350 • Cake stall for cake boxes $230.00 • Bouncy castle $400.00 • General fair expenses i.e. packaging, tablecloths, sundry items $400.00 If you or your business would like to sponsor an event or activity. We would love to hear from you. Please contact Kim Howard at [email protected]

HOK Notices…

A huge thank you to Madeleine Berry, my amazing 2IC, and all the helpers who assisted with set up, clean up and offered their expertise on the day! The delicious baking was a hit too! All these wonderful people helped make the Fathers’ Day breakfast an enjoyable morning for all. Thank you also to our generous sponsors - Tea pea, Mike Pero Real Estate, New World Khandallah, Gilmour’s, The Khandallah Trading Company and Laffare. With their kind donations we managed to raise $1,535 for our school.

A big thank you to Kylie Faitaua for organizing this successful morning.

Second-hand Uniform sale

Please remember to mark your calendar for Sunday 11th September 2016. Our second-hand uniform sale will run from 3.00pm – 4.30pm.

For our sales to be successful we do rely on your donations/items to sell. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either Andrea Jetly ([email protected]) or Angela Trotter ([email protected]).

Entertainment books

School holidays coming soon, don’t miss out on great discounts with the entertainment books. To order online simply click on the link below. A limited number of books can be purchased through the school office. https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/10422e1

Sewing skills needed for school chair bags

We are looking for someone to help with the sewing of our school chair bags, if you are interested can you please email [email protected]

Future fundraisers

Secondhand Uniform sale – Sunday 11th September 3.00pm – 4.30pm School Fair – Sunday 16 October 11.00am till 2.00pm School disco – Friday 25 November

Have a great week! HoK Team

‘YUMMY’ STICKERS’ – Now until the end of Term 3. We have 3386 stickers so far. Thank you to Charlie & Jack McDougall, Henry McIntyre & Cole Stockler for their stickers.

* Please remember to save ‘Yummy’ Stickers for your sticker sheet. Keep those stickers coming, only 3 more weeks left.

It’s time to start collecting yummy apple stickers and the cut-out labels on the yummy 1.5kg apple bags. You will find all your favourite yummy apples at your local New World or Pak’n Save (and some participating 4 Square stores). Plus three new varieties now. Eat ‘Yummy’ and support our school. Crunch on apples and collect ‘yummy’ sports money. Collect the ‘cut out’ labels from the 2kg bags of ‘Yummy’ apples or individual ‘Yummy’ apple stickers, available from New World and Pak’n Save stores. Cash them in for Rebel Sports gear for our school. Send all your ‘Yummy’ stickers to the office. * Collect your sticker sheets from the office or visit www.yummyfruit.co.nz. Let’s get munching.

ASB SCHOOL BANKING Has your child been registered for School Banking? If not please ask at the office for a form to sign up for their Head Start Saving Account.

Once your child has been registered they will receive a Kid’s School Banking pack which will include a piggy bank, calculator, savings diary and deposit envelopes to help them get started.

For easy and convenient banking for your child, the ASB has provided a Deposit Drop Box in the office area where your child can make their regular savings deposit. Emma McCallum


Term 3 Tuesday 6 Sept Burke family Wednesday 7 Sept Burns family Thursday 8 Sept Byrne family (Adam) Friday 9 Sept Byrne family (Olivia)

Monday 12 Sept Casey family Tuesday 13 Sept Cassidy family Wednesday 14 Sept Catalan family Thursday 15 Sept Cheminais family Friday 16 Sept Chu family

Parents: Please be present from 8:30-9:00am and again from 2:50-3:15pm

SCHOOL PATROL ROSTER TERM 3, 2016 AM Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Billy India Ben, Alicia Kate, Jennifer Caitlin, Liam Archie Maricar

Reserves (Jacob, Lara (Adam, Liam (Adam, Neeve, (Jack, Harrison (Betty, Lara, Tyler, India) Marguerite) Sandrine, Marguerite, Jennifer) Jennifer) Tyler) PM Jigs, Amelia, Riley, Joshua Dhyanesh, Harrison, Olive, Billy, Olivia W, Alicia, Olivia W R, Gemma & Iraklis, Amelia B, Daniel, Betty C, Elizabeth Sandrine Sam Sandrine, S Reserve (Billy) (Julia, Katie, (Rosie, Avania) ( Billy, Katie, (Katie, Kate N, Rosie, Eve D) Alex, Ystefano) Regina) (Parents, please remind your children to be on time for their duty)

COMMUNITY NOTICES LUX RETURNS IN 2016 with a FREE indoor experience for all the family. Glade promises to excite the imagination, oozing and glowing with weird nature and fantastical science fiction. Explore this weird and wondrous world from 30th Sept to 9th Oct, perfectly timed for the school holidays. Tickets are being snapped up & so bookings are essential & can be made on Eventfinda. If you need an email address, please feel free to use mine.

DO YOU WANT TO GIVE ATHLETICS A GO? The Olympic Harrier and Athletic Club has it's registration day on Saturday 10 September from 12pm to 1.30pm at Alex Moore Park, Bannister Avenue, Johnsonville. If you'd prefer to register online to save you a trip that's an option too. Club nights are held at Park in Tawa from the end of October until mid March with athletics activities for under 7s through to 14 years. We also have coaching options for all age groups from 7 years upwards - including college age and adults. All details are at www.olympicjuniors.nz or email Jo at [email protected] if you have any questions. ARTRAGEOUS KIDS HOLIDAY PROGRAMME BOOKINGS ARE OPEN www.artrageouskids.co.nz We focus on extending children's creativity through many different medias. Our aim is to draw out your child's creative expression to develop confidence & self esteem & also to have heaps of fun. Sept 2016 Holiday Programme 26–30 & 3–7 October 2016 5-12 years Venue: Poneke Dojo, Prince of Wales Park, Salisbury Tce, Mt Cook, Wgtn. Big Kids (Older-ageous) Programme 26–30 Sept, Venue: The Pavillion, Wellington High School, Taranaki St, Mt Cook. Ages 10-14 years. This programme is tailored to draw out older children’s interest in creating & using their imagination & creativity in a hilariously fun atmosphere. Artrageous Kids at Pataka Art Gallery, , 26–30 September 2016 Venue: Pataka Art Gallery and Museum, Parumoana St, Porirua 26–30 September Ages 5-13 SHUT UP & DANCE is coming to Khandallah! Want to moonwalk? Drop it like Beyoncé? Grab yourself a 6 x week course for $80 from www.shutupanddance.co.nz and prepare yourself to have the Time of Your Life. We teach routines from your favourite films and music videos - your dream fitness class is finally here! Spaces are limited and the course will sell out | Begins November 1st DO YOU HAVE MUSICIAN CHILDREN? This is perfect for any budding musician, give them to us & we’ll send them back to you full of inspiration, musical ideas & confidence. Location: St Patrick’s Parish Hall, 5 Road Kilbirnie Time: Starts at 9:00am & finishes at 3:00pm. Drop off 8:45am. September: 28th 29th and 30th – Wednesday to Friday – Week One / October: 4th 5th & 6th, Tuesday to Thursday – Week Two. Activities include: Daily busking trips – The pupils get to keep the money, highly motivating & great for their confidence. Group jam sessions – Learning lots of cool new modern rock and pop songs. The Rock Academy’s Got Talent workshop & competition – Pupils learn how to audition, introduce themselves, hold eye contact & perform a piece to take out TRA trophy. Singing lessons/exercises – Singing exercises & scales every morning. Instrument skills sessions – learning new riffs, licks, chords, tricks & techniques. Industry workshop – Learning how to be a successful musician however large or small their ambitions may be. Solo & group song writing sessions – Pupils are asked to write & perform their own songs over the three days. We do book out in advance so please contact us well before the holidays if you are interested. Geoff Day, Director - Teaching Coordinator , The Rock Academy & The Singing Academy 021 565 750 HOLIDAY PROGRAME @ ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE WELLINGTON 9:00am to 3:00pm, 5 to 10 years old | $45 per day. Between 12:30pm & 1:30pm, we take the children to play games together on Civic Square - weather dependant. Holiday Programme activities are supervised at all times by our experienced French teachers. Discounts: $40 per day when booking & paying for 5 or more days per one child in the same transaction. Family discount: 10% for 2 or more children from the same family who attend the holiday programme on the same day. Family discounts are only available if children are enrolled together in the same transaction. KAPITI ISLAND FOR KIDS SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME for ages 8-12 28-30 September 3 days of nature-based adventures, exploring the wildlife on exciting Kapiti Island. Incl. ferry, DOC permits, accommodation, all food, 24-hour experienced adult supervision & guidance, kiwi-spotting tour, nature talks/walks/discovery & fun games. $395 Limited to 12 spaces. [email protected] EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES Kidz stuff theatre is brought to you with all the sass, sparkle & pizazz a fashion show needs. Using song & dance to delight children & adults alike. All KidzStuff shows use a professional cast & crew who are committed to making sure families have a great time at the theatre. Tickets are just $10 each, with groups of 10+ charged just $9 per person & under twos are free! It's easy to book: just email the Box Office. We'll take it from there! You can also make bookings on our website LOVE TENNIS IS AN INITIATIVE BEING RUN BY TENNIS CENTRAL over the weekend of 10 & 11 September. On both days, between the hours of 1- 4.00pm, the Khandallah Squash & Tennis Club will be open for both existing members & anyone in the community who wants to come & give tennis a go or is keen to pick up where they left off. For those brand new beginners there will be racquets available & existing club players will be there to get players of all ages & ability on the road to LOVE tennis. Everyone is welcome, it is free & you will be in with a chance to win a trip for two to the ASB Classic in Auckland this January. So make a family afternoon of it, have some fun outdoors & come to LOVE tennis. See you all on court, Khandallah Tennis & Squash Club, 55 Delhi Crescent, Khandallah. ONSLOW KINDERGARTEN are holding a ‘Back to the 80’s’ dance & auction to fundraise for renovations to the children’s bathroom. Tickets are on sale now for $35 each at Video Time in Khandallah. The event is R18, so get a babysitter for the kids & come join in the fun! Date: Saturday 10 September Venue: Khandallah Town Hall Time: 7.30pm till midnight . It’s going to be a great night, with some of the highlights being: •Music by DJ Musical Cheers.  An Auction hosted by guest Auctioneer Mark Sainsbury. • Supper (provided) • A raffle & silent auction • Sale of craft beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. NORTHLAND KIDZ CLUB'S NEXT HOLIDAY PROGRAMME – 26 September to 7 October. Join us for lots of fun – kids theatre productions, ice-skating, roller skating, old-time movies, laser tag & much more - we're out on a trip every day. $45 per child per day (third child onwards, $20), 8:30 a.m to 6 p.m each day. For details, check out our website (www.nkc.org.nz) , or contact Jan on cell (022-140-2612) , e-mail ([email protected]). FENCING HOLIDAY PROGRAMME AND FENCING CLASSES during school term with Olympian fencer & international qualified coach ping yuan Where: Baptist Church, 24 Donald McLean Street, Newtown. When: Tuesday 27/9 and Wednesday 28/9 (9am – 3pm for both day). Fee: $130/two days/per person. Fencing classes during school term in ASB Sports Centre on Mondays. For further info & to book a place contact PING YUAN at [email protected] or 021 059 2558” NGAIO PLAYCENTRE 50TH JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS Saturday 17 Sept: Dinner at Khandallah Town Hall - $35 a ticket, doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets [email protected] Sunday 18 Sept: Playscape Opening Ceremony and Afternoon Tea Party at Ngaio Playcentre, 50 Silverstream Rd - Free attendance. All ex-children, parents, grandparents & friends of Ngaio Playcentre welcome. Further details at www.ngaioplaycentre.org.nz

HOK Sponsors

Thank you to businesses and individuals that sponsor and support St Benedict’s School. We acknowledge and appreciate their support and ask that you use them when you can.