Newsletter No 26, 23 August 2017

Kia Ora,

It was announced last week that one of our teams who entered the nationwide NZTA's Future Transport Competition was awarded runners up. The team was Aaron Muchirahondo, Millie Lucich and Mitchell Russell and their entry was called Future Transport - Going Subterranean. Two teams entered the competition and both entries were excellent. Teams put in many hours of work. The team of Mary Schuster, Ariahna Ngawhika, Aidan Bye and Harrison Roberts created an outdoor game around sustainability which a number of our classes enjoyed playing.

This story is amazing. It is fluidly written with real feeling. Plus, a huge effort sits behind it with excellent research and intriguing solutions.
You’ve contrasted the past and present with the future and you’ve tackled topics like accessibility, pollution and future transport needs.
Readers: be prepared to head underground and beneath the sea in surprising ways.

Over eighty of our students participated in the Tough Guy/Gal Challenge last Friday. The event was a sell out with 1800 runners involved. The Children who participated came back from the challenge buzzing.

Our Lyric Dancers who won the Regional DanceNZ Competition have been invited to dance in the national competition in Palmerston North next month. The team is very excited to be going.

The Netball season finished on Saturday. It was perfect weather for the final day. Thanks to our coaches and managers who have done an awesome job throughout the season:
ANZ Future Ferns Teams 1 & 2 - Alison Shaw and Angela Thrupp
ANZ Future Ferns Teams 3 & 4 - Tony Bradley & Maree Judd
Magdalines - Angela Pryor & Claudine Bradley
Apostles - Eliana Maxwell
Gospel Girls - Shanelle McCashin & Cheri Connors.

This Friday we are hosting the NZ Marist Colts at school The team is brought together every 3 years and usually it is made up of a player from each of the Marist Clubs in NZ - and there are a lot of Marist clubs in NZ. The thing I like about Marist Clubs, besides having a Catholic flavour, is that players can move to different parts of NZ and still play for a Marist Club. All the university towns in NZ have a Marist Club. I hope one day one of our rugby playing students gets an opportunity to be selected for the NZ Marist Colts team.

At the end of this month we farewell Annie Russell from our school. Annie Russell has won a job as a Resource Teacher of Learning Behaviours (RTLB). She will be employed by Lakes High and she will be working with students from schools around the region. The new position will also give Annie an opportunity to do further study. This is an excellent opportunity for Annie, but unfortunately it means that she will no longer be teaching at St Mary’s. I am sure you will join with me in congratulating Annie on her appointment and wishing her well.

Mrs Mary Kusabs has been appointed to take over from Annie in Room 13. Mary has been teaching at St Mary’s for a number of years and she is a very experienced Junior Teacher.

Today we also farewell Takayuki Tanaka, a Japanese Primary School teacher, who has been working with Room 2 over the past 2 weeks observing NZ Curriculum and teaching methods. His English speaking has gone forward in leaps and bounds.

Have a great week.

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

HOPE ... tu manako


ZDRAS-TVUY-TE – (Russian),
Classes are busy learning about Church and what it means to be part of a Church. As a staff, last week we looked at the teaching of this strand across the different year levels. It was good to see how each year level builds understanding and a deeper meaning of Church as the year levels progress. Teachers shared ideas on what activities they will do in this strand and how to keep it meaningful for all our students. The older students will be looking at how the Church serves others and how we can be part of the mission of our church to do the same.
The Catholic Church -click to view


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.




Recently on TV 'Sunday Programme' an inmate at the Invercargill Prison was knitting up strips from plastic bags into blankets for the homeless. He has been joined by several other inmates in this project. He himself has spent alot of time on the streets and feels this is a need he can fulfil. Our Young Vinnies group will box these up and send down to the Salvation Army in Invercargill . So bring those bags to school, and the Young Vinnies will collect on Friday 25 August and Friday 1 September from your classroom.


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

With Summer Sports ahead, please be sure to amend your settings to include the sport/s your child is playing. Touch Rugby, Flippaball and Cricket.

This way you will be sure to know about changes and/or 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 for Cuattro, Seis and Seite

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 26th 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.

Netball - Season is over.


Draws for both Wednesday and Friday are up on the St Mary's Website. Please note that the team playing the St Mary's Cougars will not be there this afternoon. So please check with the coach as to wheather you will still have a run on the court or not.

  • 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

Wow what a fab day the kids had. First off thank you too all those parents that made it out and helped co-ordinate the kids. You guys make my job very easy.

Another thank you to those parents who took photo's, I ended up with 550 photo's from varying locations around the course, which was absolutely the coolest seeing them all covered from head to toe in mud.

Here are a few shots, I will be adding alot to the Sports Gallery on the St Mary's website.

There were some black tracksuit pant, a raglan styled top and some purple trainers left in the area that we were in. If these belong to one your child, please collect from the office.


A Special Mention


As mentioned last week, some of our St Mary's students (Miki and Kaia Joyce) & (Aaron and Ariel Muchirahondo) competed in the Mount Maunganui swim meet. All won medals, but I have received a stunning photo's of Miki and Kaia. Miki got gold in 50 m breaststroke, silver in 200 m breaststroke and bronze in 100 m breastbone and made it to finals in another 6 events.

Kaia was racing in 10 and under age group and she is only 9 so it was tough however she was amazing and made it to the finals in all of her 11 events. Well done Kaia, and well done boys.

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).


This Saturday! FREE zine workshops children/adults and poetry !

As part of our poetry bomb festival, visiting ZINE producer, Sam Dew, is running free workshops for Rotorua pepole to make their own zines.

At Rotorua Library this Saturday

26 August 2017

Children of all ages - 10am
Youth / Adults - 1.30pm


"Zines are small self-published works of a combination of text, images, and drawings about any topic. Zines are often made with ‘old fashioned’ methods, techniques and resources such as printing presses, stamping or collaging which gives them the unique, quirky, creative look they have."

For adults .....+


1-16th September Shrek the Musical! All kid cast!

Some of our St Mary's Students are involved and have been rehearsing for weeks.

Harrison Roberts, Zach Hall, Kyle Hall.

Chelsea Winters is coming .... EAT


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