Newsletter No 24, 9 August 2017

Kia Ora,

On Friday we celebrate St Mary ‘of the Cross’ MacKillop’s feast day. For those who do not know, Mary MacKillop started the Sisters of St Joseph. It was these sisters who started St Mary’s 151 years ago. The school, when it first started, was called St Michael’s and was next to St Michael’s Church at Ohinemutu. The school moved to its present site here on Carnot St in 1956 and was renamed St Mary’s in 1958. There have been a number of Sisters who have taught over the years and we are very fortunate to have Sister Carina with us in our parish and she often comes in to visit our children and staff.

On Friday we celebrate Mass together and you are very welcome to join us at 9.00am. There are a number of activities focusing on Mary MacKillop’s work that the children will be involved in. The day will conclude with an Inter-house Chalk Drawing Competition. Some classes have organised a shared lunch. There will be NO sausages sizzle or juicies sold on Friday.

Last Friday, the Holiday Reading draw took place and what a lot of excitement. Over 80% of our children participated in the programme over the holidays. That is fantastic. Thank you for your support in encouraging your children to read. A number of children were lucky to win a prize and for those children who read seven books, a pizza voucher will be sent home by the end of the week.

On Monday the school was very fortunate to have The Minstrel and Mrs Minstrel present the ‘The Hiwi the Kiwi’ fishing show. It was very entertaining and the show had a strong sustainability message. The children had lots of fun. You can view photos of the show on our school facebook page.

I am not sure if I have mentioned it, but Tim from Sport Bay of Plenty is working with all the classes in different aspects of PE. He is doing an awesome job and the children are really enjoying his classes. Thanks Tim.

Have a great week and hopefully I will see you at our Mass on Friday.

David Macmillan, Principal.

Friday 11 August Scholastic Book Orders Close 12 noon
Friday 11 August St Mary of the Cross Mackillop Mass 9am St Marys Church
Tuesday 15 August Feast of Assumption Liturgy 10am
Tuesday 15 August Maths - ICAS Test
Wednesday 30 August PTA Annual General Meeting 7pm Staffroom

Saint Mary ... Hut-ah-Mar-ree-ah


This week we celebrate the life and work of Saint Mary Mackillop of the Cross. As a Josephite school we follow the charism of St Mary Mackillop. Her influence on our school is immense and our students all know many of her wise quotes. Students are learning about Mary Mackillop this week and revisiting her initiatives. On Friday we have Mass at 9:00am. After interval students will move around the school joining in with the many activities teachers have organised for them. After lunch we will have singing and a video in the hall before a school house chalk drawing competition!
Click on the links below to find out more about Mary Mackillop.
We pray for safe travels for Mr James and Mrs Cato and the students accompanying them to the Auckland GEG student summit- looking at creative and collaborative use of digital technologies.

God, who so loves us dearly,
We thank you for the life of
Saint Mary MacKillop.
She showed us how to love and
Care for each other
And how to trust you when
Everything seemed wrong.
We ask her to pray for us at this time.
May Saint Mary MacKillop
Help us to follow Jesus always.


Mary Mackillop the Beginning
Mary Mackillop is Steadfast

Bernadette Hall-DRS

(Please note: For the meantime,
the Church Office will only be
open 9am - 2pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday).


Results of PTA Raffle drawn this morning:

1.Athlene Wallbank - Mini 3D Printer
2.Joanne Curtis - $300 Hunting & Fishing Voucher
3. Lalang Cilocelo - $200 Pak 'n Save Voucher
4. Ryan Peters - Mystery Prize
(sandwich press)

Thank you to those who were able to support us!! PTA

PTA AGM Wednesday 30 August 2017
7pm in School Staffroom.
Everyone very welcome - come and meet some new parents.

$3 1/2 dozen
$5 1 dozen
Cash only - no pre-orders.
Church Gate Fridays 3pm.



NO SAUSAGE SIZZLE this Friday as most classes have shared lunch and activities centred around the Feast of Mary Mackillop

(Years 4, 5 & 6)


Year 4:
Harrison McLeod - High Distinction
Emma McCowatt - Distinction
Ariel Muchirahondo - Credit
Year 5:
Harrison Roberts - Distinction
Alan Antony -0 Credit
Millie Lucich - Credit
Year 6:
Aaron Muchirahondo - High Distinction
Ariahna Ngawhika - Credit
Gargi Vaidya - Credit

Year 4:
Kyle Hall - Distinction
Emma McCowatt - Credit
Harrison McLeod - Credit
Ariel Muchirahondo - Credit
Year 5:
Aarav Adlakha - Credit
Harrison Roberts - Credit
Year 6:
Aaron Muchirahondo - Distinction
Callum Andrews - Credit
Aaron Ash - Credit
Zach Hall - Credit
Michael Kemp - Credit
Gargi Vaidya - Credit

Digital Technology
Year 4:
Emma McCowatt - Credit
Year 5:
Nyla Fulo - Credit
Harrison Roberts - Credit
Year 6:
Corbin Beazley - Distinction
Aaron Muchirahondo - Distinction
Callum Andrews - Credit
Michael Kemp - Credit
Jay Patel - Credit

Well done to all students
for these pleasing results.


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.

Asthma Newsletter :


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!


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 on the St Mary's website - Saturday 12th August

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 12th 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 12th August & for Monday 14th 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

This event has sold out

A Special Mention

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

Our parents - Stacey Birch and Cherie Connors

Team Photos

Many thanks to parents who have been sending through the team photo's, I have been uploading them as I have received them. Take a look and those teams who have team photo's missing please snap away so we can see them standing proud in their St Mary's Sports Uniforms. We will 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).


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