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

Kia Kaha, Kia  maia Kia manawanui—Be strong, be brave be dedicated

 

 Principal’s Pen       

Kia Ora whānau,

 This coming week we are busy preparing for our whole school cross country on Friday. This is a wonderful event made special by all those family members who come and cheer on their children. This year it will start at 10 am with the juniors and go through to about 1.30.

 Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday to help celebrate First Holy Communion and Confirmation with Bishop Pat. It was a beautiful celebration and the children really did us proud with their singing and readings.  Thank  you to Eric & Mary Hamilton and Sister Paula for giving their time to prepare the children. It is wonderful to see so many children with their families taking the Sacraments.

Debbie Trenwith will be leaving us at the end of the year to take up a position at Moanataiari School. We would like to thank her for her years of service and wish Debbie well in her new position. We will be advertising our Deputy Principal and Director of Religious Studies positions for the start of 2019.

 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?

 


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. 

Whakataukī

He rau ringa e oti ai

Many hands make light work

 

 

Whakataukī

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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