Newsletter No 23, 2 August 2017

Kia Ora,

The weather has been great over the last few days. A little cool, but no rain and wind to speak of.

Our first week is behind us and the reports and portfolios have gone home. I was very impressed with where our students are with their learning at this year’s mid point. The reports looked pretty good across the school.

Thanks to the Junior teachers and the effort they put into ensuring that their children’s portfolios reflected well the children’s valuable learning.

Thanks to the parents who came along to the student led conferences last night. It does give our children the opportunity to show off their work and set goals for the coming term. If you missed out on a conference, talk to your child’s teacher about scheduling another time for you to come in and look at your child’s work.

On Wednesday, five of our teachers graduated from the Academy of Collaborative Futures. The courses the staff were involved in were leadership courses: Voyager and Learning to Grow programmes. Congratulations to Leon Volschenk, Bevan James, Kate Keaney, Nicki Rowe and Michelle Ryan. Well done to you all.

Over the last few weekends Elmer Ersando and Api Waititi installed new gate posts for our gates on Ranolf St. They have done a wonderful job; thank you to you both. Elmer spent many hours at his engineering workshop making the gate posts. Thanks Elmer.

Tonight Tessa Gray from Core Education is facilitating an Internet Safety Workshop for parents/caregivers only at JPC’s Edmund Rice Centre starting at 7.00pm. The meeting will be very informative and highly recommended. The flyer about the meeting appears later in this newsletter.

On Friday we will have our Holiday Reading and raffle draw. Today was the cut off day that reading logs and raffle books needed to be returned. If you still have either of these, please return them to school as soon as possible.

We welcome Kataraina Leef, a student teacher from Wananga o Aotearoa. She is teaching in Room 5 with Karen Tabuteau. Welcome Kataraina.

We also have had two facilitators from the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement in New Zealand. They are working with some of our Year 4 students to find out about the teaching of Science, Health and PE in our school. A number of schools in New Zealand will be surveyed too.

Your child has probably told you that Tim from Sport Bay of Plenty has been working in their class taking Physical Education lessons. Tim is working with all classes during the term.

Just a couple of things coming up that you are very welcome to join us for:

TOMORROW - THURSDAY 3RD AUGUST: 9.00am Heelan Tompkins, NZ Equestrian Rider and Olympic Ambassador is speaking to our Year 3 to 4 children at 9.00am in the school hall.
FRIDAY 4th AUGUST: 2.10pm School Hall. Holiday Reading Draw.
MONDAY 7th AUGUST: 9.00am in the hall. The Minstrel, Hiwi the Kiwi is performing for all our children.
FRIDAY 11TH AUGUST: 9.00am School Mass -St Mary of the Cross Mackillop.

David Macmillan, Principal.

Wednesday 2 August Reading Logs due back
Wednesday 2 August PTA Raffle closes
Wednesday 2 August Info evening JPC - 7pm
keeping your child/ren safe online
Thursday 3 August Heelan Thompson, Equestrian Olympian Hall 9am-Y3-4
Friday 4 August Draw for Reading Logs 2pm Assembly
Friday 4 August Deadline for Goal to empty Lost Property Box
Monday 7 August Minstrel, Hiwi the Kiwi 9am School hall
Wednesday 9 August PTA Raffle draw
Friday 11 August Scholastic Book Orders Close 12 noon
Friday 11 August St Mary of the Cross Mackillop Mass 9am St Marys Church

MATAORA ... cycle ... mut-ah-or-ah


Hello Everyone,

This week our year 6 students had the opportunity to attend a workshop on prayer and the Eucharist held by the students from the Catholic Discipleship College. The students enjoyed this mini focus. Next week we celebrate Mary Mackillop and her great work with a schoolwide focus on her mission. We will have a Mass on Friday which will be followed by a short re-enactment of Mary Mackillop’s life. Classes will then spend some time learning and revisiting the ideas, inspiration and life of Mary Mackillop and how she helped shape our school. Our year 6 students also had their JPC interviews this week, which all went well.

A reminder if you are considering having your child Baptised that there is an information evening/course held for this each first Thursday of the month. Please make contact with the Parish office.

Bernadette Hall-DRS


PTA RAFFLE: urgent!!!

Raffle books are now overdue. If you still have one please send it back tomorrow (sold or unsold). Prize draw postponed from Friday 4 August to Wednesday 9 August as 100 raffle books are still outstanding.

Free Range eggs for sale
$3 1/2 dozen
$5 1 dozen
Cash only - no pre-orders. 3pm Fridays from Hall Kitchen.



It has been brought to our attention that there is an error on the Room 6 photo - unfortunately the rows are incorrect. Photolife sends their apologies and states that they will reprint all photos and forward same to school as soon as possible.

The office is still holding plates from food supplied to the Maxwell Family. Could parents please claim as soon as possible..... Thank You!


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.


Parents of Year 3-6 Students
We'd like to get more parents accessing the parent dashboard on Maths Whizz. Here are some instructions to help you do this and to understand what it will allow you to do. Click here

Scholastic book orders are due back Friday 11 August at 12 noon. No late orders please. If paying by cheque please make payable to Scholastic New Zealand.
Please take note that credit card orders can only be used via the loop system on the Scholastic NZ Website. See letter from Book Club following.


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:
Fridays in Room 4. 12.30 to 1.15pm. For middle/senior students.



Term 3 Parent Centre.pdf

Orange Swim School - United Aquatic Sports - Te Arawa
Swimming - a swimming pathway from Learn to Swim, Development to
Performance swimming

email or
phone / text 027-2203470 (Henk)

United Aquatic Sports where we care about swimming

Be prepared with Reusable Shopping Bags ... now selling at $5 each or two for $7.00!!
Contact Room 1 for purchases!

Interested in Primary Teaching - Open Evening:



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....


The draw is not out yet, when it is i will post it up on the St Mary's website.

So Lynmore School are carrying on with games for funstick players on a Saturday 11:45 through to 12:30pm ish. If your child/ren would like to participate, please let me know ASAP via email and I will let Lynmore know our numbers. Email:

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 - Saturday 5th August

The next time St Mary's is on duty is Saturday, 9th September 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 5th August

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.

  • Teams that play on Wednesday are now: Cheetahs. Lions, Jaguars, Cougars and Lynx
  • Teams that play on Fridays are now: Panthers, Pumas, Tigers and Leopards.

There have been changes so PLEASE ensure you check the draw.

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.

2017 - ITM Junior Tough Guy and Tough Gal Challenge

ITM Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge
Friday 18th August 2017 (8:30am – 1:00pm)
St Mary’s School will be entering a team for the Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge. This is a chance for our kids to get involved in New Zealand’s biggest mud run series in a version tailored especially for them! The Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge will include many of the same amazing perks as the adult version, such as outstanding goodie bags, challenging obstacles, incredible venue, hot showers and spot prizes.

There are 2 Course Options

Ankle Biters 1.5km Course Option – For Year 3-4
Little Nippers 3km Course Option – For Year 5-6

Early Bird Fee $20 per child up until two weeks before the event (Friday 4th August)
Late Entry Fee $25 per child. Payment to be made on registering your child.

Click here for more details and a registration form

Parent Rego lttr 2017.pdf

A Special Mention

We have one of our St Mary’s Mum’s up for Bride of the Year 2017.
Unfortunately, this beautiful bride didn’t get to go on a honeymoon, so let’s hope that she can win one through ‘The Rydges Bride of the Year 2017’ competition.

There are 12 brides competing in the Rydges Bride of the Year Competition on September 9. Top prize is a ‘Honeymoon’ thanks to Hello World.

St Mary’s Mum & Bride this year is Stacey Birch, it would be great for one of our hardworking mum’s to win this super prize, so if you can support her in voting for her that would be fab.

Voting for the ‘People’s Choice’ is open, click here for the link or you can vote through the More FM or Facebook Websites.


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).


Sick Child Parent Support:
In home child care service for working parents who have a child that cannot attend school or day care.
Mature early childhood qualified, Plunket Karitane trained, Police vetted. Call Pauline 021 589 177, Anne 027 6869931

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