Catholic Schools Day – 2007
Radiating Hope by Celebrating Excellence
An overview of some of the many celebrations that occurred throughout the country
Sancta Maria College and Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Howick joined together for a combined liturgy, lunch and games. About 1250 students and 100 staff took part.
Pompallier College Whangarei hosted senior students from St Francis Xavier Whangarei and St Joseph's Dargaville. The day began with a powhiri involving the local community and Church kaumatua. After morning tea there was a liturgy including school dramas on renewing the earth and raising hope, followed by planting a native tree to symbolize hope at each school.
St Anne's School, Manurewa, St Joseph's School Onehunga, McAuley High School Otahuhu, and St John the Evangelist School Otara, St Joseph's School Pukekohe, St Mary's School Papatoetoe, De La Salle College Mangere, St Joseph's School Otahuhu and St Francis School Thames joined together to celebrate Mass at the Telstra Pacific Events Centre at Manukau. Bishop Patrick Dunn was the celebrant along with priests from each parish. About 3,000 were present.
Holy Cross School, Henderson hosted St Paul's School, Massey, St Dominic's College, Henderson, St Francis School, Pt Chevalier, St Mary's School, Avondale and Liston College Henderson for a combined liturgy and morning tea for west Auckland schools.
St Mark's School, Pakuranga invited St Pius X School, Glen Innes and St Patrick's School, Panmure to celebrate with a Mass followed by a sausage sizzle and tabloid sports for the three schools. Balloons were released with messages of hope attached.
Carmel College Milford celebrated with banners carrying messages of hope.
Christ the King School Mt Roskill, celebrated with school-wide tabloid sports.
-Stella Maris School Silverdale celebrated with a banner for their front gate, balloons and streamers. The children also wrote statements and poems about what it means to them to attend a Catholic School.
St Joseph's School Grey Lynn held a liturgy and worked in buddy groups to produce art work reflecting Catholic Schools' Day.
At St John's School Mairangi Bay buddy groups shared prayers, work and morning tea, then joined in a special assembly. Children received a special bookmark. The school network had a power point presentation on the history of the school for classes to view.
A Celebration Mass at the Cathedral was attended by representatives from most of the Hamilton diocese schools, after which each school celebrated in their own way: St. Joseph's School Paeroa, with invited parents grandparents and parishioners, flew kites and had a picnic; Bishop Edward Gaines School Tokoroa, did art work; St Peter Chanel School Te Rapa had a dress up day as their favourite Bible character; St Joseph's School, Morrinsville released 100 balloons; Sacred Heart College Hamilton had an aerial photo taken, and joined Marian School to release over 1,000 balloons with 'Proud to be Catholic' messages attached.
-St Mary's School, Gisborne farewelled the old school site with Mass, fun activities and a display of photographs and memorabilia dating back to 1926 when the school opened. The day was covered in the local newspaper.
St Joseph's School, Matata had a mufti day and shared lunch then launched 30 balloons to celebrate peace.
Aquinas College hosted a Mass with St Mary's School Tauranga and St Thomas More School Mt Maunganui. The liturgy was designed by Fr Ivan Sergy and featured a 4 metre high lighthouse which radiated the light of hope. Mass began in darkness, and students waved glow sticks to symbolize the light of God (Linked to the reading of Genesis). Every class added bricks with hope messages to build the base of the lighthouse. 1300 attended. this hugely prayerful, reverent Mass.
Palmerston North Diocese
Hato Paora College and St Joseph's School, Feilding, St Peter's College, St Mary's, St James and Our Lady of Lourdes Schools, Palmerston North came together at the Regent Theatre for a liturgy and presentation by each school. Prior to this a Catholic Schools' Torch was passed from school to school making the link between each.
St Joseph's School New Plymouth held a hangi for the school and family community.
St Marcellin School, St Mary's School, St Anne's School and Cullinane College all of Wanganui, and St Matthew's School Marton joined in a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Cullinane. Over 1,000 attended. Staff also had a social gathering and professional development.
St John Bosco School, New Plymouth invited the wider parish community to visit their classrooms and meet the children as they worked, followed by an afternoon of fun to thank the children for all they give to the school.
Sacred Heart College, Napier invited representatives from St Patrick's School, Reignier School, Greenmeadows, St Joseph's Maori Girls College, past pupils, Mission Sisters and parish priests to join them in a 'Pilgrimage (Hikoi) for Peace'. They joined other Hawkes Bay Schools for further celebrations on Catholic Schools' Day.
Reignier School,Taradale participated in the pilgrimage of peace and also wrote messages of peace on balloons to display in local businesses.
Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt held an open day with seventh form students showing prospective Year 9 students around the college.
Holy Family School, Porirua held a small liturgy to celebrate and also commemorated the 200th year of the foundation of the Brigidine Sisters, with Sisters of the Order invited to attend.
San Antonio School Eastbourne hosted Sacred Heart School Petone for Mass and lunch.
St Peter Chanel School Otaki and St Joseph's School Levin celebrated Catholic Schools Day together.
Chanel College Masterton joined with St Patrick's School Masterton, St Mary's School Carterton and St Teresa's School Featherston for a parade and liturgy, followed by activities such as dance, theatre sports, making salt dough crosses, board games, swimming and other sports.
St Francis Xavier School, Tawa, hosted St Brigid's School Johnsonville and St Benedict's School Khandallah for shared songs, games and art activities.
Our Lady of the Rosary School Waiwhetu held a liturgy in the morning and a sports exchange with Ss Peter and Paul School, Lower Hutt in the afternoon.
Ss Peter and Paul also welcomed grandparents and grandfriends, and shouted morning tea to their non-Catholic neighbours.
St Bernadette's School Naenae held a whole school Mass then joined St Michael's School, Taita for games and lunch. Friends and family joined in.
St Catherine's College, Kilbirnie made flax crosses.
St Mary's College Wellington celebrated a shared lunch, and the student leadership team distributed lollipops.
St Joseph's School Nelson made giant icons from auntumn leaves, highlighting an environmental focus for the day, of respecting, preserving and loving our planet.
St Canice's School, Westport and other West Coast Catholic schools, St Mary's Hokitika, St Patrick's Greymouth, Sacred Heart Reefton and John Paul II High School came together for Mass, followed by a barbecue lunch.
St Joseph's School, Kaikoura celebrated Mass and invited parishioners for morning tea and classroom visits.
St Theresa's School, Plimmerton created flowers with statements on them like: We are flowers in God's garden. They also had a ceremony of songs and prayers of thanks for the gift of the school and the gift of faith.
Saint Paul's School Richmond, went out into the community and gave away balloons printed with the school's name and mission statement. ("You must shine among them like stars.") Senior students visited all local early childhood services to give away balloons.
New Brighton Catholic School, Christchurch held a liturgy and shared morning tea followed by a school cross country.
John Paul II High School Greymouth hosted West Coast Catholic schools, St Mary's Hokitika, St Canice's School Westport, St Patrick's Greymouth, Sacred Heart Reefton for Mass, followed by a barbecue lunch. Peace cranes were also made.
Christchurch West pastoral area schools, St Bernadette's, St Teresa's, Villa Maria College, Our Lady of Victories and St Thomas of Canterbury College, printed and distributed a colourful poster and prayer card.
Our Lady of Victories School, Sockburn also decorated bookmarks and watched St Thomas of Canterbury College's school production.
St Joseph's School, Ashburton released balloons with greetings messages, had family group activities and a games afternoon.
St Alban's Catholic School Christchurch hosted St Mary's School for a liturgy, shared lunch and games.
St Francis Xavier School, Dunedin had a family lunch and released a magazine of children's work.
St Kevin's College, Oamaru hosted St Joseph's School for Mass.
Holy Family School Wanaka, St John's School Ranfurly, St Gerard's School Alexandra and St Joseph's School Queenstown met in Alexandra to celebrate Eucharist. About 400 children shared lunch and games then released balloons with messages of hope.
St Bernadette's School, Dunedin celebrated Mass with the parish community followed by a 'Golden Time' which included old style board games, knuckle bone and so on.
St Peter's College and St Mary's School, Gore planned an aerial photograph of 600 children from the two schools, Mercy Sisters and staff standing within the shape of the Mercy sisters' "Heart of Mercy" cross.
Verdon College, Invercargill celebrated a thanksgiving Mass with parents and the ERO team invited.
St Theresa's School, Invercargill held a poster competition on "What belonging to a Catholic schools means to me."
St Patrick's School, Nightcaps celebrated with a school Mass followed by an afternoon of sport.
St Mary's School Gore held special prayers then walked through the town.
St Mary's School, Dunedin held an open day, inviting the community and local pre-schools to join them.
St Joseph's School, Port Chalmers hosted Sacred Heart School, Dunedin for sports activities, lunch and a social time.
St. Teresa's School, Bluff, with a roll of just 47, had a mufti day and the children brought an item of food for the food bank in Invercargill. They collected 4 large boxes and 2 bags of groceries, a great effort. There was also a special Mass and morning tea for parents.
St Thomas' School, Winton invited families and care givers to a school Mass to celebrate Catholic Schools Day.
Thank you for all your efforts, which are sincerely appreciated.
Thank you to all the schools that let us know what they were doing for Catholic Schools Day. If your school has been left out of this listing, it is possible that your message did not reach us. If your activities were misreported, we apologise.
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