Newsletter No 21,5 July 2017 2017

Kia Ora,

Hello Everyone,

What another busy week we had last week.

Our third Cultural last Thursday night. Thanks to Sylvia and our Whanau Roopu, Athlene and Eliana ,for organising our very successful Cultural Dinner. It was very enjoyable and I have only heard positive comments from you, our parents, about the night. I think we must have had over 250 there and that is awesome when you think of the forty to fifty people we got at our first dinner a few years ago. Over twenty of our children spoke so well about their countries and they proudly held up their countries’ flags. These flags are now flying on our flagpoles.

The Junior Cross Country ran exceptionally well on Thursday morning, thanks to the organisers, Kate Keaney and Nicky Rowe. The track looked fun to compete on and thank you to the parents who were able to come and support their children. The weather was perfect too.

We launched Matariki in the school with a Liturgy. The senior children had a Cake competition and the middle and junior school had a Colouring Competition. The children did a wonderful job with their artwork.

Our matariki celebrations conclude with the PTA Disco on Thursday night. It starts at 5.30pm and concludes at 7.00pm. There will be glow sticks available along with hot chips etc. EFTPOS is available at the disco.

Our Senior classes, Totara team, opened their classrooms to share their Term 2 work on Sustainability. I managed to get around and see the different displays. Well done children. On 22 June we had four teams of four students competing at the Epro 8 Challenge. The teams all performed very well in this engineering and problem solving competion. Congratulations to all involved. In August there is an Epro 8 Challenge competition for adults - see details later in this newsletter. It's an amazing event so get a team and register at

On Friday Jade Moller did a fantastic job as the ‘Principal for the Day’. Her rule of having a wacky hair style was successful and a lot of fun. We raised over $300 which will be donated to Child Cancer. Thank you for being an excellent principal Jade.
Here is what Jade wrote, ‘We raised money for Wacky hair day, so that it could go to Child Cancer Foundation at St Mary’s Catholic School, Rotorua. We love helping children and their parents to have a better life and help those who have cancer. I hope they get better!’ From Jade Moller.

It was announced last week that Jade has made the finals for the Matariki Star Search. The successful performers will compete for prize vouchers at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre on July 19th. The 13 finalists include singers, dancers and cultural performers. Jade will be competing in the dance section. All the best Jade.

Congratulations to our Year 3/4 Rippa Rugby Team who recently competed at the Baywide Rippa Rugby Tournament and were placed 6th overall. I hear their coach plays awesome netball for the St Michael’s/Marist Premier team and was Player of the Day…. Well done Eliana!

The holiday reading programme is on again these holidays. The reading logs will be sent home today. The prizes this time are: UE Boom, 2 walkie talkies and lots of other little prizes. If children read 7 books they will also get a pizza voucher from Hells Pizza. The top class of children participating will also get a pizza lunch. When they hand their logs back, you might ask them a couple of questions about the books. Children can start entering their books as soon as they get their logs and the draw will take place in the second week of Term 3, August 9th. PLEASE, please keep your children reading over the holidays. If you are short of books at home, you could take your child to the town library.

And finally we received this email from a Rotorua resident: About 2-3 weeks ago a group of children from your school came and picked up leaves outside my house in Devon St. I just wanted to say thank you very much to them and the adult involved, for their help. The trees at Smallbone Park are lovely - the very large one by the carpark entrance is estimated to have been there 75-80 years and is one of Rotoruas' iconic trees, but their leaves at this time of year become problematic and it seems an endless task picking them up each year, so the help from your school was hugely appreciated! Please pass on my thanks to the people involved.
Yours sincerely, Sue Haua.

Thanks to the children from Room 4 and Bevan James. Your help was obviously much appreciated. I must say we often get phone calls from residents who have been struck by our children’s kindness: helping carry groceries to cars for elderly people at the supermarket, little fundraising projects with the proceeds going to a worthy cause and the list goes on. It does make you feel very proud when you hear these things and often the people who ring with the nice comments have no idea of the child’s name. They just want us to know about the good deed.

I hope that your children have a wonderful holiday. This is a good chance to shake off coughs and the flu. We look forward to seeing children back on the first day of Term 3, Monday 24th July.

David Macmillan, Principal.

Rest ... whakata ... far-car-tar

Fun, Fun, Fun ... See you there!



Guten Tag!
Teachers are planning the RE Strands for next term and hope to deliver an informative and exciting RE programme again for next term. I have been very impressed with how well received into homes, the prayer journals have been this term. Teachers will continue to send home the prayer journals next term. Over the holidays try to take your child to Mass. There are several Mass times available and it is really special to attend Mass with your family. Our prayers continue to go out for those who have passed away this term.

Enjoy your time with your child/ren over the holiday break and travel safe and keep warm!


Bernadette Hall-DRS


Thank you from the Maxwell Family

Ryan and I would like to pass on our immense gratitude to all of the St Mary’s school community during the very recent passing of Ryan’s dad.

Your expertise with the catering was so greatly appreciated, your presence and support at the funeral meant so very much to Ryan and the Maxwell Whanau. We feel very privileged to be part of the loving, caring community of St Mary's School.

Thank you all so very much.

Extra special thanks to the teachers and Room 4 for the prayer jar - so very comforting for the days ahead.

Catholics Returning Home
You are invited to attend a refresher course for Catholics wanting to return to the practice of their Catholic Faith. This will run weekly on Tuesday nights commencing July 4th for four weeks until 25 July. Sessions 7pm at St Mary's Corner of Seddon and Ranolf Streets.
Any further enquiries, please email Father Eamon Kennedy,

St Mary's Parish :
The parish is having a Parish Mission this year at St Mary's. We would love to see you all there!



(There could be a treat for anyone who comes in and uplifts any of these items ... See Maggie!)

5 X Fidget Spinners in School Office

2 x sunglasses in school office

Plates/dishes returned from catering for Maxwell funeral

Lots of NAMED jerseys in the lost property box near Room 5.

Miniature bright pink satchel with dog picture on front in school office

Missing : Jersey named 'James or Paul Michael'. Please check your child's clothing for this item.

Matariki Cake/Cupcake Competition:
Last Friday the Senior School team had a Matariki Cake/Cupcake Decorating Competition.
Judges were looking for originality, imagination and effort involved. They were also looking to see that each competitor had received minimal adult assistance with the decoration of their cake.

Results were :

Year 5
Cupcake Gold Awards: Molly Bradley and Liam Nicholson
Cake Gold Awards: Sofia Keeling, Vanessa Liang
Silver Awards: Kennedy Meads, Maiah Ngawhika, Shekinah Maxwell

Year 6
Cupcake Gold Awards: James Gaston, Angus McKinley
Cake Gold Awards: Michael Kemp, Nyla Fulo
Silver Awards: Gargi Vaidya, Jasmine McCashin, Queenie Liang

Thanks to the Judges - Mrs Rennie and Mrs Strathern



We are half way through the year, and we still have a large number of fees outstanding.
We will send out invoices again early next term for those who have not yet paid.
Automatic payments are a good way to chip away at fees, so if you would like any information regarding setting a payment plan - please contact Margo Mason at

Please note that Student Reports will go home in the first week of Term 3.

Three-way conferences are scheduled for Tuesday 1 August. We will advise you when bookings are open.

Earlier this year, through the Nga Pumanawa e Waru Rotorua Education initiative, we were able to offer five families, who didn't have internet at home, a Spark Foundation modem. This was so their children could use MathsWhizz, Reading Eggs and other learning sites at home. This scheme has now been expanded. We can now offer any family at school one of these modems - they plug into a power point, come set up ready for you to use and the only cost involved is the prepay Skinny topup of $15 a month, which gives you 30GB of data for the month.

Some of our families who already have internet access at home may wish to look further into this offer - this may be a cheaper way of accessing data and getting fast internet access at home. Please note that unused data does not roll over into the next month.

The offer is intended to support education and learning within your home and MathsWhizz/Reading Eggs usage will be monitored to ensure that children are spending the 69-90 minutes usage expected per week.

If you are interested in finding out more about how to access one of these modems please contact Anne Cato.




Uniforms are available in the Warehouse School Uniform Shop, as well as on-line on the School Website.
If an item is not in stock at the Warehouse - please go to customer service and they will order the item for you. Tracey Dunbar is the local contact person.
Please note - some items are only available from school e.g. sports uniforms and pinafores.

SCHOOL ABSENCES If your child is away from school for any reason, please notify our office staff using one of these options :
Phone 3481 701
Link to website:

Change of Address/Contact Phone numbers:
We always appreciate notification if your personal contact details have changed. Please notify the office or email :
The school newsletter is available on Wednesday afternoons. A hard copy is always available from front reception if required - otherwise you will be emailed a copy.

Parents - If you have a Chromebook needing a screen repair, you might find it useful to contact Paul Hintz 021 024 30817.

EPro8 Challenge: Now it is the Adults Turn.

Recently St Mary's Catholic School (Rotorua) took part in the EPro8 Challenge - the engineering and problem solving competition.
Well now it is the adults turn. On 23 August your workplace or organisation can compete against others in the Bay of Plenty region. You will work as a team to solve a range of fun engineering based challenges. This is a fantastic team building opportunity.
For details and to register see

Extra activities available at school -

Gymnastic classes are available to pupils on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the school hall from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Please contact Marie Hughes to learn more about this activity. Phone 34566275 (h) or 027 362 5645.

Kapa Haka:
Thursdays at 2pm in the school hall. Any parent is welcome to join us on Thursday afternoons. Check out our blog site!

Pasifika Group:
Pasifika practice every Friday at 11am in Room 15.If you enjoy learning songs and dances of other Pacific cultures come along. Mrs Wallbank is in charge of the Pasifika Group.

ICT Club:
Thursdays in Room 4. 12.30 to 1.15pm. For middle/senior students.



Say No to plastic bags ...


Be prepared with Reusable Shopping Bags ... Selling from the school hall all this week! $5.00



Cross Country Results :
Last Tuesday we had 3 students competing in the Bay of Plenty Interschool Cross Country. This is a big event with the top runners from Bay of Plenty schools competing - over 500 runners!

Congratulations to:
Darcy Ferguson 30th out of 45 competitors in in 8 year old girls
Leah Field 12th out of 39 competitors in 10 year old girls
Brendon Caley 34th out of 48 competitors in 10 year old boys

A big thank you to one of our parents, Sara Field, who was our Team Manager for the day.

ST MARYS APP - Download now

If you have a child playing winter sports for St Mary's - PLEASE download the app and ensure you check your settings to allow notifications for the sport/s your child/ren are playing. Eg Football, Hockey, Miniball or Netball. This way you will be sure to know about cancellations etc....


No draw up on the website yet, but when avaliable I will put up on the St Mary's Website.

Rotorua Hockey website, click here should you need to know any additional information or for any last minute changes.


Draw is up on the St Mary's website for this weekend - Saturday 8th July

The next time St Mary's is on duty is Saturday, 5th August at Puarenga Park. Would be great to see some new faces! I will send out an email closer to the date about what you can volunteer for.


Draw is up on the St Mary's Website for this weekend Saturday 8th July.

Or you can check for changes draw on the Rotorua Netball website

Coaches, Parents, please can you ensure your child is in the correct uniform. No trousers/trackpants under dresses. Warm clothing is fine pre, post games and subbing but not whilst playing.


Draws for both Wednesday and Friday are up on the St Mary's Website.

  • Midgets
  • Mini's, Juniors and Seniors

Please note that students playing miniball CANNOT wear tshirts or thermals under their playing singlets. They can wear a singlet under their playing singlet particularly those that have larger shirts that have been issued.

School Holiday Tennis
Holiday Tennis Programme.

Topguns Tennis is running holiday tennis for juniors at Lynmore Tennis Club on Monday 10th. Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th July.
Times-9am to 12.
Cost-$30 per day
Learn tennis with Tennis NZ Competition Coach Guy Beamish. Lots of fun and prizes to be won. Rackets available, see you there.
Contact Guy to book your spot.

Fairplay and Code of Conduct

Again parents, there have been a few issues with fairplay and the code of conduct not being adhere to by other schools/teams. It is safe to say that St Mary's are generally pretty good if not great. However parents could you please take the time to remind your child/ren of the Fairplay and Code of Conduct rules and how these rules lead to great sportsmanship and great leaders.I have noted these rules below.


A Special Mention

To all our Coaches, your time and effort put into our St Mary's children so far over this winter period has been outstanding. After this weekend, enjoy a wee break (a few sleep ins) and I look forward to catching up with you at some point in Term 3.

In the meantime, cheer on the Mighty All Blacks this weekend!!!!!

Here's to the two super coaches of Rugby


Team Photos

Many thanks to parents who have been sending through the team photo's, they will be up on the website soon. Keep sending them through as we can also use many of them for the end of year - Yearbook.

Coaches/Parents please take some team photos for the website and the year book. You can email them to me with the team name: We also have a St Mary's Facebook page, so feel free to tag your photos to our page.

Zippered Sports Hoodies for sale :


Zip sports hoodies for team sports and school events :
$40 for jersey, $5 extra for name on back of jersey (optional).
On sale in school office on Monday mornings.
Sample sizes to try.
Further information please contact Shanelle 02102657995 (or call at Room 2 where she is a teacher aide).


71st Annual Rotorua Speech & Drama Competitions 2017
Saturday 8 July - Monday 10th July
Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre
Admission to all performances is FREE - members of the public are encouraged to come and see some great performances.
Programme of Events -

Term 1: 1 February to 13 April
Term 2: 1 May to 7 July
Term 3: 24 July to 29 September
Term 4: 16 October to 15 December