In this Week’s Newsletter

Principal’s Message

“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.”

Isaiah 11:1

This week the senior students completed the painting of our new Jesse Tree. The tree shows symbols from different Bible stories. We thank Miss Graham for the time and effort put into such an amazing piece of art.

Leavers Mass

Thursday 10th December @ 5:30pm (Year 4 – 8)

This is our farewell to Year 6 and 8 students. We will gather in the church for Mass, Leavers Certificates, Leavers Prizegiving and supper afterward.

Every family is to bring a plate of food to share please.

End of Year Celebration of Learning

Thank you to all the families who attended our celebration last night. It was a great evening of acknowledging achievements and performances. Congratulations to all students who recieved awards for their efforts.

Key Dates

Special Catholic Character

The Season of Advent

“You are the God who saves me. I put my hope in you all day long.” Psalm 25:5

The liturgical season of Advent and Christmas is upon us!

The learning focus for Religious Education now turns to Advent, the time for remembering and reflecting on the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The term Advent means “coming” in Latin. It is a season observed as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.

The Advent wreath and four candles are full of symbolism tied to the Christmas season with the gift of hope, peace, joy and love. Each week a candle is lit in joyful and expectant hope of celebrating Jesus’ birth.

In the silence of our hearts, let us name one thing that we can be more aware of this Advent Season that will draw us more deeply into Christ’s light and love.

Many Blessings for the Christmas season

Te Aroha o te Atua

Beverley D’Souza

Director of Religious Studies

Advent wreath photo supplied by Sister Jane Maisey


The end of 2020 is fast approaching! What a year it has been with the unprecedented impact of Covid-19 across our nation and the entire world. This has affected how school and learning has been throughout the year. Our students have shown great resilience and perseverance!

Term 1 focused on Respect for Community and we learned about the ideas of what makes a community, and where we fit in the many different communities we each belong to. We also looked at Life Cycles of Plants.

In Term 2 our focus was on Respect for Environment where we had Water Care visit our school with some learning in science and water care systems. This also continued into Term 3 with Respect for Science and focusing on Landforms with our Tika team, our senior classes. Our Pono team, our junior classes, conducted a range of fun science experiments.

Term 4 we celebrated our Christ The King feast day with tabloid sports and a fun afternoon with our amazing families who attended this special school event.

2021 – The Journey

Next year for 2021, our overarching theme for the whole year is The Journey of Learning. Our focus throughout the year will be:

Term 1 AKO: How do we Learn? – Learning Pit/Growth Mindset.

Term 2 RESILIENCE: The Voyage to NZ – Migration/History of Education.

Term 3 LEADERSHIP: Tuakana Teina – Teaching Others.

Term 4 WELLBEING: School – What would students like to see in our school?

We are excited for our curriculum learning focus for 2021. We have an amazing trip planned for the whole school next year. This trip ties into our theme for the year, The Journey of Learning. We aim and plan to visit the Hamilton Gardens and the Hamilton Zoo as a whole school in term 4. So, watch this space for further details. What an amazing opportunity for our students!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

George Tyrell

Deputy Principal

Office Updates

Thank you to students who have returned library books and readers! It is a huge help with the end of year inventory.

Please return books until the last day of school, 15th December. If you happen to find more books and readers over the Chrismas and summer holidays, please hand them into the school office when we return in 2021.

Blessings to you and your families for a safe and healthy holiday.

Virginia, Shanya and Eileen

2021 student classroom lists and stationery pack prices will be available on the school website the first week of January.

Digital Devices 2021

From Feburary 2021 CTK will no longer be connected to the Ako Hiko Digital Cluster. This means small changes will be made.

1 – Our Year 3 – 6 students will be in 1-1 Digital Classes.

2 – Chromebooks will have to be sourced by the families (CTK will no longer sell chromebooks). Devices can be purchased from places such as PB Tech, Noel Leeming, Harvey Norman and The Warehouse Stationary. Refer to the links below.

We do ask that if you are purchasing a new device be sure it is a chromebook as this will match the system we run in school.

If you have any questions please contact the school office  626 7123.

Christ the King Parish

Mass Times

  • Monday – 9am – Liturgy of the Word
  • Tuesday – 9am
  • Wednesday – 9am
  • Thursday – 9am
  • Friday – 10am
  • Saturday – 9am & 6pm
  • Sunday – 8:30am & 10am
Christ the King Parish Website

Community Notices

A programme of sacred music with a Christmas feel will be performed by musicians from St Michael’s, led by James Ioelu. This concert is in aide of the Saint Gianna’s Home for Mothers and Babies.

St Michael’s Church

6 Beatrice Road, Remuera

Saturday 12 December at 2:00pm

For more detailed concert information and entry pricing, click HERE.

For information regarding Saint Gianna’s Home for Mothers and Babies, click HERE.

Click on the photo for sKids Term 4 school holiday programme information.


This programme takes place at Halsey Drive Primary School.

Christ the King Sponsors

Sponsors of our Construction Room

If you would like to be a sponsor for Christ the King Catholic School, please contact Mr Hadnett for details.

Respect – Love and Service – Justice – Peace and Joy