Newsletter No 25, 16 August 2017

Kia Ora,

Well, we certainly had a group of excited students and parents last night. Our J-Rock Lyrical dancers won the Regional DanceNZ Made competition at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre. They won a flash trophy and the chance to go through to the national finals. The girls participated in Hip hop, Jazz and Contemporary workshops run by dance teachers from all round New Zealand, throughout the day. Well done to Isla and Rose Bannan, Brooke Thom, Jaymie Hall, Una Filipo, Darcey Ferguson, Billy Bradley, Kelsey Henderson, Annie Nelson, Isabelle McCashin and Ngawai Wilkinson-Smith. Thanks to Shanelle McCashin and Robyn Hall for accompanying them to the dance workshops and the performance.

We celebrated 'St Mary of the Cross’ MacKillop’s Feast day last Friday. It was an excellent day and the children participated in a number of fun activities throughout the day. The Mass was very special with the children singing their little hearts out and the play around the story of Mary MacKillop performed by a group of our students was fantastic. Thank you to those parents who were able to join us for that. Later in the day, Whakaue won the Inter-House Drawing Competition. There are lots of photos of the day on our school facebook page.

Ten of our students were lucky enough to attend the Google Summit in Auckland last week. The children participated in a number of workshops and had a great time at the Summit. Thanks to Anne Cato and Bevan James for taking the group to Auckland for this

Yesterday Rooms 1 and 2 led us in the Assumption of Mary Liturgy. Thank you to those students and to Miss Nelson for this meaningful liturgy.

In between the Winter and Summer Seasons we intend to hold a working bee to fix the wooden swimming fence that borders the pool and church carpark. We also intend to replace rotten palings on the field/church border. We have managed to buy palings from Red Stag at an excellent price. Thanks to Dog and Claudine Bradley for picking the timber up from the Mill and delivering it to school.

I hope you have a great week and fingers crossed for fine weather for sport on Saturday.

David Macmillan, Principal.

Friday 25 August Mandarin Speech Competition
Friday 25 August Visit of NZ Marist Colts 11.30am
Wednesday 30 August PTA Annual General Meeting 7pm Staffroom
Friday 1 September Final day for collecting plastic bags Rm 1 Vinnies Group
Friday 8 September Mass - Birthday of Mary 9.00am

RESPECT ... WHAKAUTE ... far-ko-te


Classes really involved themselves in many Mary Mackillop activities last week. See below of a couple of samples of work by our students for this day.


This week Rooms 1 and 2 held the Assumption Liturgy for our school. Students have been revisiting what the Assumption is and why it is significant for us. The Assumption was when Mary -the Mother of Christ was taken up body and soul into heaven. The feast of the assumption reminds us of the unique role that Mary served in the process of our salvation. Her entry into Heaven means we have hope also of eternal life.

August 15 The Feast of the Assumption

Blessed Virgin Mary, united to the victorious Christ in heaven,
In your Assumption you manifest the fullness of redemption.
Grant that we may follow your example on earth thereby imitating your Son as well
and being enabled to share your glory with Him for all eternity.


Bernadette Hall-DRS

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



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.





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

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.


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


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....

Summer Sports

Registrations for Summer Sports went out last Friday, if you missed out of a form we have extra at the office. You can also find the Information and Registration Forms on the St Mary's Website under the Sports Tab.

Please note that this year we have new Touch Tops. A bond will be required when registering for both Touch and Cricket. The cost is $20 per shirt issued. I have also noticed some of the registration forms that have been returned have not paid a bond. Shirts will not be issued until the bond is paid.

Sorry parents, there are just too many shirts NOT being returned.


The draw is on the St Mary's website - Draw TBA for Saturday 19th August

FUNSTICKS - no more games at Lynmore School

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 19th 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 - Draw TBA for Saturday 19th 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

Parents that have children participating in the Touch Guy and Tough Gal Challenge this year, please ensure you check your emails tonight. I have sent one out about transport and what to expect particurlary our newbies to this event.

A Special Mention

To Kaia & Miki Joyce + Aaron and Ariel Muchirahondo. I heard you lot did exceptionally well at the swim meet last Friday. Medals all round, would be great to see these. Maybe Mum's and Dad's have photo's for next week newsletter.


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