Hello Everyone,

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Next Thursday is our GALA DAY. Prayers please that we get a beautiful fine evening. Our Gala Day is a really awesome community night, so I encourage you all to come: invite everyone you possibly can. The Gala starts at 4.00pm and finishes at 7.00pm. Thanks to all those families who have contributed so far to our Gala. Please see our Gala Countdown requirements later in this newsletter. Of course we will accept other things up until Gala Day. This year the cake decoration competition for Year 5 & 6 students will not be taking place on gala day due to space constraints.

Points to note - No fresh cream items please; cake boxes will be given out to all students for our coffee and cake stall and items will be priced by our PTA.

Baby Elephant includes – children’s toys, sports gear, CD’s, DVD’s, puzzles, games, lego, books.
PLEASE NO damaged or broken second hand goods.
All gala contributions to be taken to classroom as each item received wins 1 point towards your house; the class that receives the most points (pro-rata on number of children per class) wins a surprise lunch!!! The class that brings in the most cakes also wins a special prize.

Yesterday our Young Vinnies organised a lunchtime Disco to raise funds for the parishioners of St John’s Church after their lovely Church was burnt down. The students did a great job and raised $250. Awesome work Guys.

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. Our school is hosting a Liturgy and the distribution of Ashes at 9.00am at St Mary’s Church. Everyone is invited to join us.

On Tuesday our Swimming Sports will be held at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre on Tarewa Road in Rotorua. Our Year 3 – 6 students need to be dropped off at the Aquatic Centre on the day to meet their teacher by 8:45am. Swimming sports will finish at approximately 2:30pm. Children need to be collected from the Aquatic Centre by 3:00pm at the latest.

Children may come to swimming sports in their house colours, they may wear their bathing costumes under their clothes. Children will need – togs & towels, sunhat, sunblock, warm clothes, lunch & a drink. There will be no sausage sizzle at the swimming sports this year. Children need to bring their lunch and a drink. Should the event need to be cancelled this information will put on our website by 7:30am and a notification sent via Facebook, Twitter and the school phone app. Thanks to those parents who have offered help on the day. If there is anyone else that can help please let Maggie in the office know. A progamme will be attached with this newsletter with indicative times of the swimming races on it.

Last weekend two St Mary’s students represented the Bay of Plenty as part of the Swim Rotorua Team at the NZ Junior Swimming Festival. Both were new to competing at this level and they did an outstanding job. Aaron Muchirahondo won the GOLD medal in the 50m backstroke with the fastest 10 yr boy time in NZ of 37.39. He followed this with a SILVER in 100m back. He achieved top ten places in all his other 8 events, including 4th in 50m Breaststroke. Karolina Joyce displayed excellent team skills as well as performing well in the pool. She placed 12th in her 200m breaststroke, and raced an outstanding 100m Individual Medley dropping nearly 10 seconds off her time. Well done to Aaron and Karolina.

Enjoy the busy week ahead, and again, prayers for fine days for the Swimming sports and Gala Day.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our school gala 4pm – 7pm on Thursday 2 March.

Thank you for your kind support.

Regards,
David Macmillan, Principal.

CLASS BLOGS

Every week our teachers are posting to their class blogs. At the beginning of the week the class teacher posts a notice for the week and later in the week there are postings to share classroom learning and events.

We would like to encourage all our families to view the class blog for your child/ren at least once a week. We also welcome comments on blog postings. In our blog settings we have tried to make it very easy for you to make a comment this year. You don't need a login to make a comment. All comments do get viewed by the class teacher before they are published on the blog, so expect a delay before it is published ( eg if you post a comment one evening it may not appear until after the teacher has seen it the next day).

This week we have checked our blog stats. The blogs of Room 1, Room 3, Room 4 and Room 18A are currently our most viewed 2017 class blogs, with 1335 - 1496 views each. We have noticed that many class blog weekly updates for this week have been viewed by over 20 people - but it is a little disappointing that in some classes it is obvious that quite a number of parents have not viewed the weekly update. Could we please encourage you to visit the class blog each week. We'd love it if you also sometimes posted a comment.

PHONE APP

If you have a smartphone we would like to strongly encourage you to sign up for our school phone app. We are able to send notifications via the app eg we can let you know if the swimming sports are postponed, a sports practice is cancelled etc. You don't reply to a notification - but you can select which notifications you wish to receive. See the following link for some assistance if you are not sure what to do. If you want help to download the app Anne Cato will be in the Meeting Room, by the student counter at the School Office, from 8.15 - 9am on Thursday and Friday this week.

SCHOOL PHONE APP - HOW TO GET IT...

Android devices : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nz.school.stmarysrotorua

Apple devices- St Mary's Catholic Primary School https://appsto.re/nz/xbD6eb.i

SCHOOL PHONE APP - HELP SHEET

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SCHOOL CALENDAR :

Thursday 23-Feb Reading Logs due back
Friday 24-Feb School Leaders Commissioning 2pm School Hall
Tuesday 28-Feb Swimming Sports Years 3 - 6 Aquatic Centre
Wednesday 1-Mar Ash Wednesday Liturgy 90am St Marys Church
Thursday 2-Mar GALA 4pm - 7pm
Friday 3-Mar World Day of Prayer St Mary's Church 10.30am
School Camps 13-17 March : 20-24 March

FROM OUR DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Nameste!

Last Thursday our Year 6 RE leaders, Mr Macmillan and myself attended the Commissioning Mass for 2017 at St Thomas More, Mount Maunganui. It was a wonderful Mass and so special to see our fellow schools there. It was also great to catch up with Father Mark. He is responding well to his treatment and feeling much better, please continue to pray for him.

On Friday, 3rd March we will celebrate ‘World day of Prayer’ with a service at the church at 10:30am. We warmly invite all ethnicities to this service and if you are able to, please feel free to wear your national costume. Please contact me if you are considering joining in so I can forward more information to you. bernieh@stmarysrotorua.school.nz

On Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday-the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time we prepare for Easter by fasting, repentance and moderation. Our school will hold an Ash Wednesday service at 9:00am in the church. All welcome.

God Bless, Bernie Hall DRS.

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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 Thursday nights commencing Thursday 9 March 2017, for four weeks, until 30 March 2017. Commences at 7pm in St Mary's Church corner of Seddon and Ranolf Streets.
Further enquires please email Fr Eamon Kennedy at freamonkennedy@gmail.com

Parents - If you have any Chromebook Screen Repairs contact Paul Hintz 021 024 30817

2017 GALA COUNTDOWN
Thursday 2 March 4pm to 7pm

The PTA appreciates your support and needs your help to make the gala a great success. Gala countdown list appears below -
If you are able to help in any way, please contact Renee on 021902530 or remcleaver@icloud.com.

Thursday 23-Feb Books/Packet/Boxes day Box of something e.g. biscuits, cereal, flour, crackers, chips, jelly etc. Plastic bags appreciated.
Friday 24-Feb Bottle Day Bottle or jar of something e.g. shampoo, sauce, jam, cooking oil, NO ALCOHOL.
Monday 27-Feb Books, toys, baby elephant Board games, CD's, DVD's, play station games, children's pre-loved clean quality clothing
Tuesday 28-Feb Tinned goods, bags of sweets peaches, beetroot, licorice allsorts, any preloved baskets or platters.
Wednesday 1-Mar Groceries, fresh fruit, veges grocery items, fresh fruit/veges
Thursday 2-Mar Cakes, biscuits, muffins, sweets, fresh produce , fresh produce - NO Cream items please.

FAMILY NOTICES :
Congratulations to the Nacar family (Charles Room 1) on the arrival of a new baby sister. We wish you well.

Missing lunchbox: Large compartment box with pink lid. Please return to Alice Konyves Room 13.

PARENT NOTICES:

A GREAT SOLUTION TO ENSURING YOUR LOST OR MISPLACED ITEMS ARE RETURNED ...
An easy and affordable iron on name label for all types of clothing - orders can be placed via www.lynneslabels.co.nz or to Lynne
027 2787 - 07-3459472, Postal Box 2272 Rotorua.
Pricing: $19 for 25 labels, $23.50 for 50 labels, $29.50 for 100 labels
Please note: our school lost property box is situate outside Room 6. It is totally overloaded!

School Banking:
FIRST CREDIT UNION provides a school banking service to St Mary's pupils. Application packs are available from the school office. School Banking for St Mary's is Thursday.

Change of Address / Contact Phone Numbers:
We always appreciate notification if your personal contact details have changed. Please notify the office or email : dorothyj@stmarysrotorua.school.nz
Reminder - 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.

School Absences:
If your child is away from school for any reason, please notify our office staff using one of these options :
Phone: 07 3481701
Email: maggied@stmarysrotorua.school.nz
Online form: http://www.stmarysrotorua.school.nz/absence-form/

Extra activities available at school -

Gymnastics:
Gymnastic classes are available to pupils on Wednesdays/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:
Will be commencing later in the term.

Choir Practice:
Choir Practice will be held every Monday in Room 14 at 12.30pm. All children in Years 3 - 6 welcome. Mrs Nielson is in charge of Choir.

Band Practice:
Band practice is at 11.45am on Fridays in the school hall. Musical parents are most welcome to come and help at these sessions.

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:
Will be starting later in the term.

COMMUNITY NOTICES:

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Click Here for more information

ROTORUA PARENTING PLACE: Toolbox Course
"The Middle Years" 6 - 12 years
Make the most of these years while your children still want to be part of your team!

Course covers -
Parent types, Building character and self-esteem, Emotional Resilience, Discipline, Creating traditions & memories, Capitalising on the 'tween-age years'
$75 per person, or $110 per couple for 6 week course. (Subsidies available for foster carers, whanau caregivers, adopters, grandparents raising grandchildren).

VENUE: LIVING WELL CHURCH LIBRARY, Biak Street, Rotorua
TUESDAYS 28 FEBRUARY - 4 MARCH 2017
CONTACT Dee Horne 027 613 9067 OR EMAIL RROTORUA@PARENTINGPLACE.NZ

CHILDREN'S WEEKEND -
CELEBRATING CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD

SATURDAY 4 MARCH 10AM TO 3PM
SUNDAY 5 MARCH 1.30PM TO 4.30PM Redwoods forest adventures
rotorualakescouncil.nz/childrensweekend)

GIRLS CLUB: Girls Brigade -

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SPORTS NEWS :

Swimming Sports - Tuesday 28th February

Click here for full information and day's events

School Holiday Programmes

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Rotorua Development Flyer.pdf

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Rotorua Netball 2017.pdf

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RCA Girls Cricket Programme 2017.pdf

Playtopia or Kid Central

Should you require assistance over the holidays with childcare, Playtopia and Kid Central have Holiday Programmes availible.

Call either
350 1341 for Playtopia - Website www.playtopia.co.nz
or
350 1344 for Kid Central - Email: Kidcentral2@hotmail.com

Sports Uniforms

Still a few uniforms to come parents, please check your child/ren draws, wardrobes for any St Mary's uniforms.

Team Photos

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

If you have any ‘special mentions’, (sports related or otherwise) that you would like to add to the sports news, please let me know. sports@stmarysrotorua.school.nz If you have a photo to support the ‘special mention’ then please also email as well.

TERM DATES FOR 2017
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