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Liston News Issue 132

14 February 2014

Scripture Quote: “Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge”

Proverbs 23:12

Dear Parents and Caregivers Changes to Newsletter Distribution:

Welcome, Kia Ora, Namaste, Talofa lava, Kia Orana, Ni Hao Ma, Malo e lelei, Welkom, Faka’alofa lahiatu, Dobro Dosli, Magandang Bati, Karibu, Bonjour, Sawadee, Guten Tag, Konnichi Wa, Apa Khabar, Selamat Datang, Cead Mile Failte, Buenos Dias, funyihng, Croeso

IMPORTANT DATES 24 February Inaugural School Mass 11.30am—Gym 20—21 February Athletics Day 28 February Final Day of NCEA Course Changes 1-4 March NZ Edmund Rice Leadership Camp 5 March Ash Wednesday Liturgies Saturday 15 March School Gala 2.00pm—5.00pm

Welcome to the first newsletter for 2014. This will be the last printed newsletter which we will send home. All future newsletters will be distributed electronically via email. There is a specific notice about it in this newsletter, as we need to ensure that we have your current email address to assist in improving communication. Newsletters are usually distributed fortnightly and are available on the Liston College website. There will be some printed copies available from the school office for those parents or caregivers who do not have access to email. As we become more familiar with this system we will identify other areas where we can replace paper with a digital copy. I look forward to your feedback Staff Retreat: Each year the entire staff – teaching and support- gather at the start of the year to focus on the year ahead and remember our purpose as a Catholic school. This year we gathered at the Columba Centre in Ponsonby and were fortunate to have Fr. Richard Leonard SJ to lead us. He is a world-renowned presenter who willingly made himself available for our retreat. He certainly stimulated and challenged us – making for a most valuable day. NCEA Results: I have included a table which shows the results for Liston College compared to National figures. They are outstanding results which continue the success which the College has shown for some considerable time. I wish to take this opportunity to thank the staff who have worked tirelessly to help the students achieve success. I also wish to acknowledge your support in this success. My staff appreciate your commitment to improving teaching and learning at the College. NCEA DATA Liston




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We also had success in the Scholarship exams. Dylan Woods achieved success in Physics, Calculus and Statistics – a superb achievement. Johnson Cheuk was successful in Physics, Jayden Crooks in Painting, and Conor O’Hanlon in Music. Anthony Yelavich achieved an Outstanding Scholarship in Biology. Well done! Continued over page...

Liston College’s Special Character Statement This is what the Lord asks of you “Act justly, love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8


Continued from page 1: Senior Students Attending Classes at St Dominic’s: This year a number of senior students from both schools will be taught in the other school. This is restricted to two subjects for each student at the other school. The reason for the co-operation between both schools is to give all senior students greater opportunity to have their choice of subjects. More efficient use of our combined teaching resources has enabled more students to avoid subject clashes in the timetable. The Year 13 Deans at both schools have been working with the students to ensure a smooth transition. Year 8 Camp: The Year 8 students attended the annual camp at Finley Park Camp at Karapiro. The lovely summer weather helped to make the week a successful one - for staff and students alike! I wish to thank Mr Lord and his team for the thorough organisation and supervision. I also wish to acknowledge the parents who gave up their time to assist with the camp. Thanks very much. Polyfest: This year Liston College will compete in the ASB Polyfest. We have entered in the Tongan competition. Mr Fotu who has recently joined the Mathematics Department and Geoff Thomas – an Old Boy – will be ensuring that the cultural group is well prepared to represent the College. Powhiri: Mr Swann organised the Powhiri for new students and staff. It was great to see so many parents were able to attend this important event. This year Ryan O’Hanlon – an Old Boy who has joined the teaching staff this year, spoke on behalf of the Manuhiri. Ryan is one of 7 Old Boys who are on the teaching staff. PTFA – and New Parents’ BBQ: Each year the PTFA organise a BBQ for parents new to the school, or parents whose son is new to the school. This will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday 18th February. I look forward to meeting you then. Gala: HELP! The PTFA is busy organising the annual Gala. This year it will be held on Saturday 15 th March. If you are able to assist the PTFA with the planning and organisation of this event it would be most appreciated. Please contact the school office and your details will be passed to Yvonne Wood the PTFA Chairperson. Athletics Days: Mr Borich is currently organising the annual Athletics Days which will be held on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st February. This event is one of the highlights of the year and is very important in helping to build school spirit – and Inter-House competition! This is a reminder to ensure that your son has protection from the sun. All students are given full instructions on the requirement for the two days to ensure they are sun-smart. You are most welcome to come and join us. Welcome Back: We welcome back Mr Worth who has been absent from school since the beginning of November. He is now fully recovered from his surgery - and definitely more mobile! I look forward to being able to communicate more frequently using email.

C S Rooney Principal


ELECTRONIC SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS To help us become more efficient in terms of cost and time, the school newsletter will now only be sent out electronically via email. It will also be available on the College website and hard copies will be available from the school office. If you would like to receive the newsletter by email, please email: with the subject line—Newsletter. We would encourage you to regularly check the website for updates during the year, coming events, news, parent teacher interview bookings and lots more. CHAPLAIN’S CORNER



Fr Kevin Murphy SM, our College Chaplain is running again in the first term of 2014 the Sacramental Programme for the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion (First Eucharist) Reconciliation and Confirmation. If any student wishes to enrol in the programme, please give your name to Mrs Cathrine Skelton, our DRS.

How often do we feel in need of something or someone to turn to, to ask help from, just to be there when we need a helping hand or word of encouragement—but we don’t take the step and ask for help? And we end up staying in our depression, our loneliness, our frustration, our helplessness, our self-pity, our hurt. We need to realise that people aren’t insensitive to our needs, only unaware of them. If we are too proud to share them, whose fault is that? We don’t want to believe we are limited, so we hide away in some safe world of self-pity or boredom.

REMINDERS: Can you please remember to name your son’s uniform. It is difficult to locate and identify the owner of clothing when, for example, it has been left on the field or under a table in the classroom.

There’s no shame in admitting our shortcomings, our needs, our weaknesses. Others are prepared to help us if only we make our needs known. Even Jesus needed someone to help him carry his cross. It takes trust, even humility to stretch out our hand for assistance, to share a problem. So what— if it gets us back on an even keel where we can see the sun and not the gloom, feel the warmth and not the cold? It isn’t a crime to complain; it isn’t a crime to be needy. The only crime is to allow the need to become an excuse for not living. We are all limited in some way. We all need to stretch out our hand for help at some time or other. Just do it. Blessings for today Fr. Kevin Murphy, SM. Chaplain

The programme takes place in period 5 on Mondays and the Sacraments will be celebrated by Bishop Patrick Dunn on Liston Day in May, in St Patrick’s Cathedral. The young men in the programme over the last few years have really enjoyed the programme. Families are also involved.

Thank you for your assistance to reduce the loss of garments at the school and saving stress for both the boys and their parents. ******************** Parents/Caregivers who are picking up students after school, please remember that as from 3pm no vehicles are allowed into the school grounds. This is to safeguard our students who are usually running to catch buses and also gives the buses clear access into the school to pick up our boys. It is an extremely hazardous time and we are trying to minimise the risk of accidents occurring on the school grounds. It is only for a short period of time, please do not be offended if you come to the entrance at 3pm and you are not allowed to enter. This is a Health and Safety directive to ensure our boys are kept safe.





Parents, Students & Staff

YEAR 8 CAMP 2014 The Year 8 camp was held at Finlay Park, Lake Karapiro. It was a 2 hour bus ride from Liston College. We stopped at Hamilton Gardens for lunch and a run about to let off some energy and to enjoy the beautiful gardens! When we arrived, we unloaded the buses, and then had free time which was one of the highlights. There were so many fun activities to do on camp. There was a massive water slide and outdoor swimming pool to enjoy. There were also night activities, glow worms and spot light orienteering. We had lovely weather all week on camp and we celebrated Waitangi Day with another day of fun filled activities. On Friday, we cleaned up and came home. Year 8 camp was a great experience, I enjoyed it and I’m sure everyone else did too. On behalf of all the Year 8 students we would like to thank all the teachers and parents who came and helped out on the camp. A great start to 2014! Cameron Halberg


COMING EVENTS Inaugural School Mass

New Parents / Students BBQ Liston College PTFA invite new parents/caregivers and students to a BBQ. This will be held on Tuesday 18 February.

Parents/Caregivers are invited to our Inaugural School Mass. This will be held on Monday 24 February.

Time: 6.30pm Venue: Liston College Staffroom

Time: 11.30am Venue: Liston College Gymnasium

School Gala

An invitation to any family or friend who may be interested in sending their son to Liston College in the future.

Saturday 15 March

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Time: 2.00pm—5.00pm


For further detail please contact: Yvonne Wood—835 2006

To find out why, come to

Liston College’s See more details on separate page

OPEN EVENING Wednesday 10th2 April Wednesday April2013 2014


7.00pm – 9.00pm


Please assemble in the Gymnasium at 7.00pm If you are unable to attend our Open Evening, please contact the School Office to organise another opportunity to visit our School.

69 Rathgar Road, Henderson | | | Phone: 838 9350

14 February

Class & ID Photos

18 February

New Parents / Students BBQ

2014 SCHOOL TERMS AND HOLIDAYS Liston College: A Year 7 – 13 Catholic School for Boys

20-21 February School Athletics

Term 1

23 February

Old Boy’s Association Cricket Game

31 January—17 April

24 February

Inaugural Mass

Term 2

25 February

Liston College Board Meeting

5 May—4 July

5 March

Ash Wednesday Liturgies

Term 3

12-15 March


21 July—26 September

15 March

School Gala

Term 4

25 March

Liston College Board Meeting

13 October—10 December

2 April

Open Evening

8-9 April

Parent Teacher Interviews

17 April

School Easter Day Celebrations

17 April

End of Term 1

40th JUBILEE The 40th Jubilee celebration of Liston College will be held on Saturday 1 November 2014. There will be a mix & mingle, including entertainment, food and an exhibition of memorabilia. This will be followed by a Mass on Sunday 2 November. Make a note in your diaries and please do pass on this to any Old Boys you may know. More information will be advised early 2014. If you would like to register your interest, please email: with JUBILEE in the subject line.



Christian Brothers Cricket Week / Jan 2014 15 Liston cricketers, accompanied by a strong group of supporters/ including staff/ parents and ex Liston 1st XI boys, travelled to Brisbane for the bi-annual CBCW on the 13th Jan. The boys played 5 round robin 50/50 matches in brilliant 30+ sunshine and remained unbeaten going into the Final of the CUP draw v St Pius XI from Sydney. Despite the loss in that match, it has been the most successful Cricket Tour to travel to Australia. Luke Devereaux, who topped both the batting and bowling averages for Liston, was picked to represent the Australasian CBCW 2014 XI (again the first Liston cricketer to be included with the best XI from the CBCW tournaments in 37 years) I would particularly like to thank all those who fundraised for almost 2 years, those parents who came to help support the tour group, and the ex Liston boys who helped train and supervise the group during the 2 weeks ( Ben Lister/Ethan Hunt/Nathan Fletcher) The boys were great ambassadors for the College in the tournament held at St Joseph’s Nudgee College, N.Brisbane ….and enjoyed the few days following at the Trilogy Apartments in Surfers. The only downside was that we “lost” 3 batsman for 2 months with injuries that has weakened our side going into the PREM A competition. Nevertheless, we wish the 1st XI well in their campaign to remain in Prem A at the conclusion of this year….as in 2015, most of the CBCW tour players from Jan 2014 will still be at Liston.

CONGRATULATIONS TO... Michael Kulene, (Year 12) won the Men’s Adaptive Singles at the North Island Rowing Club Championships at Lake Karipiro. Well done Michael. Michael Kulene receiving his medal. Year 7 Leo Fatialofa -1st Under 11 Oceanic Squash championships Year 9 Connor Lopesi Jackson has made the Auckland U/15 mixed touch team and will compete in the Nationals this weekend Year 10 Shane Kraus -4th New Zealand Surfing championships U14 Boys Division, held in Mt Maunganui. Also 3rd in the Billabong Grom Series held in Whangamata.

BEST WISHES TO... Joshua Bieshar (Year 13) who is competing in the Auckland Head of the Harbour Rowing Regatta this weekend. Liam Thompson (Year 12) will be competing in the National Pipe Band Championships in Tauranga in March. Alphaeus Ang (Year 7) is taking part in the upcoming inaugural NZ Sudoku Championship that are being held during the NZ Mindsports Festival in Thames, 28Feb-2Mar2014. Alphaeus is the top seed.

OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION As you know, 2014, is a special milestone in Liston College's young history, namely it's 40th birthday. To acknowledge this unique anniversary, the Liston College Old Boys Association ("OBA"), intends to run a number of social events throughout the year beginning with a limited overs cricket tournament on Sunday 23 February 2014 at 11am. All former students, teachers and friends of the college are invited. It is not necessary for a former student to have attended all of their secondary school education at Liston College. Further, all former students are welcome, even those who may have left the school recently. There is a $10 fee for those who wish to play and there will be a sausage sizzle and drinks for sale, but do feel free to bring your own picnic basket and drinks for an afternoon of entertaining cricket. If you know anyone who would like to get involved as a member of the committee please contact Peter Fuiava on 302-8454. There is much work to do and this is an excellent opportunity for you to get in early and help build the Association from the ground floor up.





2 XI Soccer Coach/Manager. The team will be entered into Senior B Competition & will play 3 grading games before playing Championship (10+ games). Games are on Saturday mornings beginning Sat 10 May kicking off always at 10am. Training’s – once or twice a week after school. If you are interested please contact Soccer Co-ordinator Ian (Cuz) McLaughlan work direct 839 2298 .

WATER POLO Junior Boys/Year 7 & 8 Boys Training begins for both teams in Term 2. Information sheet will be available early March. Water Polo Co-ordinator Ian (Cuz) McLaughlan work direct 839 2298.

CRICKET Liston will again have 8 Cricket teams entered into the various grades of the Auckland Secondary Schools Cricket Competitions in 2014. New players are welcome to attend training practices after school. Please contact Daniel Girven who is co-ordinating Cricket in 2014 to offer any support at any level.

A set of high quality chopsticks are for sale to raise fund for the Liston College Japan Trip 2014. Ideal present for birthday, Mother’s day etc. $10 per set. Limited number available. Please contact Ms Takeda if interested.

LIBRARY NEWS The year started with a wrap up of the Summer Reading Programme. Nineteen students borrowed 145 books between them over the Christmas holidays. This is the first time that Liston College has run this programme and it is intended to do so again at the end of this year. All students returning to Liston in 2015 will have the opportunity to borrow library books to read over the summer break. Reading B I N G O We are starting this term with a Reading BINGO competition for Year 7-10 students. A competition sheet is available from the library. Each student has to read 20 books from different categories. There is a different form for each year level. There will be prizes for those who finish or get the most squares completed. Please encourage your son to come to the library and join in, or just issue a book.

LISTON TONGAN GROUP 2014 The Tongan Group has started their practice this week. This is the first Tongan Group formed at Liston College in 19 years! We currently have 32 strong boys but would like to have more members. We are holding the first meeting with the members’ families on Thursday February 20th. We appreciate your support and guidance.

Polyfest THE LISITONE POLY BOIZ SUPPORTER TEE FOR 2014 for sale. $40 each. T SHIRTS WILL BE PRINTED ON GOOD QUALITY SHIRTS. ALL PROFIT GOES TO THE Liston Tongan Group participating in the POLYFEST 2014. Thank you very much for your support!


SCHOOL FEES In the next week you should receive an invoice/statement for your sons outstanding fees that will need to be paid. If you have not received any statements at all by the end of February, please contact us so we can send another invoice to you, as sometimes there are postal or address issues. Discounts: 1.

Many of you may want to take advantage of the discount we offer to those who pay for all 2014 fees (Compulsory and Contributions) by the end of Term 1 (April 17th). Discounts offered are: Year 7 -8 the discount is $70 Year 9 – 13 the discount is $100.

2. Proprietor’s Financial Contribution: If you have a second or third son etc at Liston College the account will be invoiced at the lower rate of $120 for the year. Please check this and let Mrs Muller know if there are any discrepancies. Tax Receipts: These will be issued after the 31st March – you will automatically receive one if you have paid for ‘contribution’ fees during the April 13 to March 14 period. Exam fees: (Year 11-13) NCEA fees will be invoiced now to help with your budgeting, but are not due yet (final date to be advised). Financial assistance forms will be available next term through Mr Swanink or the school office. Attendance Dues: We remind you that this is a compulsory fee and must be paid. Any outstanding fees from 2013 or prior must be paid for promptly to avoid debt collection action. Hardship applications to reduce this fee are available to those who have unanticipated or genuine need, and are handled in confidence. Subjects/workbooks Please remember that these are all compulsory invoice items and must be paid. Any outstanding fees from 2013 or prior must be paid promptly to avoid debt collection action. Camps or Retreats If your son participates in any of these which is part of the schools curriculum, they must be paid. Any outstanding fees from 2013 or prior must be paid promptly to avoid debt collection action. Sports Fees If your son participates in a competitive sport this is a compulsory fee that needs to be paid. Any outstanding fees from 2013 or prior must be paid promptly to avoid debt collection action. Please contact Philippa Muller to discuss any school fee issues: Phone: 839 2297


BE IN THE DRAW…. Fees paid in full by the end of October will be in the draw for one of our three $250 Pak’nSave Grocery Vouchers. Good luck !


Telecom employees and paying School


Donations via Telecom Payroll Giving

Auckland Music School

If you or someone you know works for

Music lessons available: Piano/ Violin/ Flute/ Guitar/ Singing

Telecom then you can pay your child’s school donation via Telecom Payroll, Liston is a registered school. For every dollar you pay, Telecom will

**Call NOW to enrol** Ph 8388853 or email and check out Level 1 - 357 Great North Rd. Henderson

match that to the school up to a limit of $1000 per employee.

Anger Management Workshop for children will start


19th February from 4:30-6pm at Titirangi Community House. Hurry to register, spaces are limited. For more details: Noa 021 162 5066/

If your son is likely to arrive late to school please ensure you give him a note explaining his lateness, this way he will avoid having to do an after school detention. If your son is absent from school for any reason, please phone the absentee line on 837 9807 or inform the main office on 838 9350. Alternatively, you can email your son’s absence to the email address below. When your son returns to school please ensure he has a note explaining his absence, preferably in his school diary. Many thanks for your help in this regard. Sarah Young, Attendance Officer Absentee Line 09 837-9807 / Ph: 09 838-9350 Email:


Our Gala last year was a fantastic success! A huge thank you to all the amazing people who helped us raise valuable funds for a whole range of projects around the College.

EXTRA GOODS DROP OFF DATE…. Saturday 1st March 11.00am to 1.00pm AND Saturday 8th March 11am to 1.00pm Goods can be dropped off at the College on these days. QUALITY CATHOLIC BOYS’ EDUCATION In the Edmund Rice Tradition

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