Mission Statement:
“We are a Catholic faith community
committed to quality learning.”

Welcome to St Francis - Thames

We are a Catholic faith community committed to quality learning.

About our school
St Francis School is a state integrated school, which means that the buildings are owned by the
Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland while the school operating costs are met  via the Ministry of
Educations state operating grant.  Currently we have a roll of 60 students. See more.



 

    

   

   

  

  

   

We are a Green Gold Enviro School and working towards our Gold. We operate a whole school team green approach to sustainability. We grow trees from saplings, operate a worm farm and composting. We look after our school environement and plant trees in our local community. We grow veggies and fruit for our local community. Together we make a difference and live the faith of St Francis.  

Special Character Review Quote

The school is a friendly, welcoming, co-operative learning environment where the dignity of each person is respected. The school is homely and relaxed and parents acknowledge the approachability of staff.

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Notice Board

Whakataukī

He rau ringa e oti ai ~ Many hands make light work

 Principal’s Pen  

Kia Ora whānau,

 This  week we have our Thames Valley Cross Country at Ngatea, well done to Jonathan and Parker for qualifying, this is a huge achievement. Good luck to you both , you are already winners in our eyes.  Thank you to all those people who came on Tuesday to support the children at Puriri School, all the children did really well, we are very proud of them all.

 We are having family prayer every Wednesday in Room 4 at 9am.  This is being organised by Sr. Paula to give people an opportunity to come together and pray for our school.  Everyone is welcome. We would really like to get our PTA up and running again and really need people to come forward to establish a core team of about
four people. It would be good to get some events organised for term 4. If you would like to join us then please contact either Julie Burchell, Fiona Webster or myself, so we can organise a AGM .  
Have a wonderful week. 
 Kia te wairua tapu ki runga ki a koutou katoa. ~ May the Holy Spirit be upon you all.

Geraldine Sumner ~ Principal.

  Twenty third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Green

‘Everything he does is good!’

Isaiah 35: 4-7a Psalm 146 James 2:1-5 Mark 7: 31-37

Unless we know someone who is deaf, we take the gift of hearing for granted. We never stop to imagine how different our lives would be if we could not hear. On Sunday we hear how one deaf man’s world would never be the same again.

Sunday’s Gospel story is a miracle of liberation as one man is set free to hear and proclaim the mercy of God. Jesus’ mission is to be of service to all, the handicapped and disabled he welcomes – no one is rejected because of their difference. We are encouraged to be open to the influence and needs of all as well – there is no place for prejudice. We must take people as we find them, God’s people, and God has touched each one. There are other forms of deafness; we can refuse to listen to what Jesus wants us to hear; we can be so tied up in our own world and how busy we are, that we can neglect to hear what people say to us. Is Jesus calling us to bless others with our full attention? What new possibilities might open up to us as we meet and hear the words Jesus has for us? What comfortable aspects of our life might we need to relinquish, or what new demands might be made on us? Spend time this week being attentive to the way we use gestures and touch – either to include or exclude others.

 


Kia Ora whānau,

 This coming week we have our Thames Valley Cross Country at Puriri School.   Thank you to all those people who came on Friday to support St. Francis School Cross Country it was a fantastic morning. Also thanks to those helping with transport on Tuesday.

We had the Ministry of Education Review Officers visiting last week. This was a very enjoyable process and we are really looking forward to sharing the report with you in due course.

Sad news that Mrs. Darrah’s Husband Gary is gravely ill and has only a very very short time left. Please keep them in your prayers. We would like to do something as a school community to show our love and support, if anyone has any suggestions then please come and see me.

Flowers have been sent from the Board and staff.

 A huge thank you to all the staff for their hard work and dedication that contributed to our review. You are all awesome.  

 Kia te wairua tapu ki runga ki a koutou katoa. ~ May the Holy Spirit be upon you all.

Geraldine Sumner ~ Principal.

 

Twenty second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Green

‘Following Jesus’

Deuteronomy 4: 1-2, 6-8 Psalm 15 James 1:17 -18. 21b-22 Mark 7: 1-5, 14-15, 21-23

The Pharisees and scribes had made many laws that were supposed to help the Jews obey God’s law. After a time it became more important to obey their own laws than those of God. Today we hear how and why Jesus disobeyed one of these laws .

Some Pharisees and several teachers of the Law of Moses from Jerusalem came and gathered around Jesus. They noticed that some of his disciples ate without first washing their hands. The Pharisees and all other Jewish people obey the teachings of their ancestors. They always wash their hands in the proper way before eating. None of them will eat anything they buy in the market until it is washed. They also follow a lot of other teachings such as washing cups, pitchers and bowls. The Pharisees and teachers asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples obey what our ancestors taught us to do? Why do they eat without washing their hands?” Prepared by the Liturgy Centre, Catholic Diocese of Auckland 2 Jesus called the crowd together again and said, “Pay attention and try to understand what I mean. The food you put into your mouth does not come out unclean and unfit to worship God. The bad words that come out of your mouth are what make you unclean.” “Out of your heart come evil thoughts, vulgar deeds, stealing, murder, unfaithfulness in marriage, greed, meanness, deceit, indecency, envy, insults, pride and foolishness. All these come from your heart, and they are what make you unfit to worship God.”

Jesus is only really interested in the stirrings of the human heart, the personal issues that preoccupy us and influence our choices and behaviour. No external law can change people’s hearts. When our hearts are set on God they are freed from the multitude of human rules that tie us down, hinder a direct, personal relationship with God and prevent proper action and worship. What are some ‘human regulations’ in today’s world that you find difficult to conform to? Why? Are you in need of a change of heart? What might need to change in order to live the Christian life more fully? What might Jesus affirm in your own heart, and how might he challenge you to grow further?

 


  



 Principal’s Pen       

Kia Ora whānau,

This coming week we are busy preparing for our Thames Valley Cross Country at Puriri School.   We will need to transport the children to and from Puriri on the day. If you can  help then please let Ms Trenwith know. 

We have the Ministries' Education Review Officers visiting this week, we welcome them and invite them to enjoy the warmth and aroha of St. Francis and experience the dedication and hard work of our Kia ma he and tamariki. We are looking forward to sharing our learning story with them.

Kia te wairua tapu ki runga ki a koutou katoa. ~ May the Holy Spirit be upon you all.

Geraldine Sumner ~ Principal.

 

Twenty first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Green

 ‘The Spirit gives life’ Joshua 24: 1-2a, 15-17, 18b Psalm 34 Ephesians 6: 1-4 John 6:60-69

When Jesus had told the crowd that he was the living bread, many of them turned away and left because they did not believe in him.

Many of Jesus’ disciples heard him speak about the bread of life and said, “This is too hard for anyone to understand.” Jesus knew that many of his disciples were grumbling. So he asked, “Does this bother you? What if you were to see the Son of Man go up to heaven where he came from?” “The Spirit is the one who gives life! Human strength can do nothing. The words I have spoken to you are from that life-giving Spirit. But some of you refuse to have faith in me.” Jesus said this, because from the beginning he knew who would have faith in him. He also knew who would betray him. Then Jesus said, “You cannot come to me unless the Father makes you want to come. That is why I have told these things to all of you.” Prepared by the Liturgy Centre, Catholic Diocese of Auckland 2 Because of what Jesus said, many of his disciples turned their backs on him and stopped following him. Jesus then asked his twelve disciples if they were going to leave him. Simon Peter answered, “Lord there is no one else we can go to! Your words give eternal life. We have faith in you, and we are sure that you are God’s Holy One.”

Jesus and Joshua gave their people a choice: the same choice that they each had been asked to make at the beginning of their ministry to the people of Israel. It is the choice that we also are each asked to make: a daily re-commitment to the will of God. Past choices can become old and partially forgotten, or half-heartedly kept. They need to be revisited regularly to be revitalised. We need to keep on choosing Jesus, choosing to serve God for he is our God. This freedom to choose is essential to the Christian message. What made you choose to follow Christ? What are the alternatives that the world offers, and how attractive are they? What are some of the significant choices that you have made in your life? How do you go about making these major decisions? Are there things that stop you believing in all that Jesus taught? What are the teachings of Jesus that you find most challenging?

 

 



  

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Green

‘I am the bread of life’

Proverbs 9:1-6…..Psalm 34 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58

On Sunday Jesus tells the people that he is “The bread of life,” and that anyone who eats this bread will live forever.

Jesus offers himself totally – nothing held back — as the food that nourishes for life and beyond. The people to whom he speaks do not understand. When we share the “body of Christ” we share the Person, when we share the “blood of Christ” we share the life of Christ. We travel as did the chosen people of old, on a journey to the promised land, sustained by the food we find along the way. The Eucharist is our manna in the wilderness. Through it we receive a share in the life of God directly from the hand of God. Sometimes it can be difficult for us to understand and accept the teachings of Jesus. What do you draw life from? What is the source of your nourishment? What kind of life is Jesus offering you? Is it for now or the future? Are there ways you can being life and nourishment to others this week?

 


Principal’s Pen       

Kia Ora whānau,

 Well done to all the children for the tremendous effort they are putting in with their cross country training. Please remember we have our school cross country on 17th August. We also have the Education Review Office coming on the 20th August and will be with us for four days. There will be a community meeting on 21st August at 2.30 p.m. in school, all welcome.

 Just a reminder that their will be a full day strike action on 15th August and the school will be closed.

 Kia te wairua tapu ki runga ki a koutou katoa. ~ May the Holy Spirit be upon you all.

Geraldine Sumner ~ Principal.

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Green

‘I am the bread of life’

Proverbs 9:1-6…..Psalm 34 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58

On Sunday Jesus tells the people that he is “The bread of life,” and that anyone who eats this bread will live forever.

Jesus offers himself totally – nothing held back — as the food that nourishes for life and beyond. The people to whom he speaks do not understand. When we share the “body of Christ” we share the Person, when we share the “blood of Christ” we share the life of Christ. We travel as did the chosen people of old, on a journey to the promised land, sustained by the food we find along the way. The Eucharist is our manna in the wilderness. Through it we receive a share in the life of God directly from the hand of God. Sometimes it can be difficult for us to understand and accept the teachings of Jesus. What do you draw life from? What is the source of your nourishment? What kind of life is Jesus offering you? Is it for now or the future? Are there ways you can being life and nourishment to others this week?

 



 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Green

‘I am the living bread’

 1 Kings 19:4-8 Psalm 34 Ephesians 4:31-5:2 John 6:48-51

 

Over the past two weeks we have heard how God feeds his people and takes care of their needs. Today we listen to a story about the prophet Elijah, who lay weak with hunger, feeling totally hopeless until God saved him. Jesus says “I am the living bread come down from heaven.”

The bread of life sustains and gives life, and it is also the presence of God in our midst. Elijah is given the food first to sustain him on his journey where he will meet God. Elijah needs new hope to carry on with his life as a man of God. Jesus is the bread of life sent by God. We need and receive renewed hope when we take part in the sharing of the bread broken and given, that becomes a spiritual food to sustain us. Is there a time when you were strengthened or nourished by another person? Jesus offers us a powerful gift. How can you share this gift with others?

 







 

This term is Cross Country training and the children will be running three times a week in preparation for our school competition on Friday 17th August at 10am. The Thames Valley competition will be held on Friday 24th August at Puriri School.

 

Please remember it is school policy for all children to be wearing black shoes to and from school. With cross country training this term, we will permit children to wear trainers to and from school until cross country has finished.

 

Kia te wairua tapu ki runga ki a koutou katoa. ~ May the Holy Spirit be upon you all.

Geraldine Sumner ~ Principal.

 








Please remember that we are now wearing our winter uniform.

Black shoes (not boots)

We have a selection of second hand uniform available just contact the office. 

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He rau ringa e oti ai

Many hands make light work

 

 

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Ma te Korero, ka mohio

Through discussion we become aware

 


 


 


 


 


 


   

ENROLLING NOW FOR 2018/2019 

Are you thinking of enrolling for next year? then call into the office for your enrolment pack.

We do currently have spaces for Non-Peference children (Children without a Catholic connection) 

To help us with future planning if you are thinking about enrolling in the next three years can you please let the office know. We do have a waiting list for children who do not have a Catholic connection if you would like to put your name down. 




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Piano Lessons Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Guitar and Uke lessons on Wednesdays

Brass instrument lessons Tuesdays after school

PTA meet every second Tuesday of the Month at 2pm all new member welcome

Wednesday Food for Thought Lunches

Running Club Tuesday and Thursday










 

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