CareyWeekly Newsletter Week 5

CareyWeekly Newsletter Week 5

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Hot Cross Buns

At this time of the year, you will have definitely seen hot cross buns for sale in your local supermarkets.  

In Malaysia, which is where I am from, there are no hot cross buns for sale, and it is not a tradition to eat these buns on Good Friday. As such, my first encounter with hot cross buns was by learning to play the childrens' song "Hot Cross Buns" on the piano. You can imagine my delight when I subsequently got to taste and see real hot cross buns rather than just singing and playing about them on the piano!

There are many theories about the origin of hot cross buns. One theory is that a monk baked these buns to give to the poor. To make them pleasant, the buns were filled with raisins and spices.  

In more recent years, hot cross buns have undergone further changes (chocolate vs original), and there has also been debate about when hot cross buns should begin to be sold in the supermarkets.

What do hot cross buns mean to you? No matter your background, family tradition or preferences, may the cross on these buns bring a renewal of the importance of Christ's crucifixion in your life.


Changes from Week 10 

With government restrictions changing, we are continuing to move forward with the health and safety of our Carey whānau in mind. From week 10 (starting 9 May) the following changes will be in effect:

  • Community lunches will be Mondays and Tuesdays. See below for details and to register your preferences for weeks 10-12.
  • Chapel/karakia will take place in the chapel but continue to actively engage our distance students. More details to come. 
  • All weekly-taught courses will be offered on-site except for MB6/732 Pentateuch, which will remain online for all of Semester One. 
  • Block courses will be on-campus as per the timetable, and in-person attendance is expected. Please discuss with your teachers if you are unable to attend.
  • Library hours will return to normal: Monday-Thursday: 8.30am-6.30pm, Friday: 9am-5pm, Sat: 10am-12.30pm.
  • Masking rules remain the same.
  • Please continue to monitor for Covid symptoms, and stay home if you are sick. 
Feel free to message Rob if you have any questions.

Tuesday Chapel

Chapel is happening on Tuesday, 12 April at 11.15 am. Join us on Zoom as the wonderful Phil Halstead shares with us. Meeting ID: 956 2360 7784

Also, beginning in week 10, our chapel format will change as we will be able to gather in the chapel for karakia. We will also be continuing to integrate students from a distance in new and creative ways.


If you are worried about getting your assessments done in time and would like to request an extension, please contact Neroli Hollis, and complete an Application for Extension form.

Community Lunch

The last community lunch before the semester break is on Monday, 11 April. 

Beginning in week 10, we will have community lunches on Mondays and Tuesdays at 12.15pm, and we will have a new cook preparing our meals. In order to help cater appropriately, please register your plans to attend lunches and any dietary preferences for weeks 10-12.  
Register for Lunch Weeks 10-12

10 Essentials for Assignments

Looking for help with referencing? How about completing assessments and writing essays? Using the Library?

You can find all this and heaps more in the 10 Essentials for Assignments. Seriously, this could change your life!

Student Support Workshop on Referencing

We would like to invite you to our next workshop on referencing held on Wednesday, 13 April from 11-11.45am in Te Whare Oranga. This will be a beginners workshop aimed at those doing level 5 papers.

Light kai will be provided, so please RSVP by Tuesday 12 April if you plan to attend. You can also join via Zoom (Meeting ID: 999 6992 5659).
RSVP to Attend
Our "How to Write an Essay" workshop this week was a great success. Check out CareyOnline to view the workshop and access other helpful resources.

Library Competition

Another great week of identifying various Bible languages in the Library display! Two people correctly identified both languages, which were:

  1. Bengali: an Indo-Aryan language native to the Bengal region of South Asia
  2. Cook Islands Māori: an Eastern Polynesian language that is the official language of the Cook Islands

Here are this week's photos:

Submit your answers for the competition

Easter Closure and Semester Break

Just a reminder that Carey is closed from Friday 15 April (Good Friday) through Tuesday, 19 April in observance of Easter.

Beginning the week after Easter Sunday, the semester break commences, spanning weeks seven through nine. Lectures will resume in week 10, beginning 6 May.