Newsletter No 7, 22 March 2017

Kia Ora,

Hello Everyone,

This week Rooms 1 and 2 are away on camp at Ruaihona Marae at Te Teko. Room 1 left on Monday and Room 2 left today. David Macmillan also joined the camp on Monday (after the Canes loss) and from what we have heard they are having a fantastic time. The children have been most enthusiastic and well-behaved. Next week Rooms 3 and 4 attend the same camp. This is certainly a wonderful experience for all concerned. We hope that the weather holds for the whole of next week.

A warm welcome to our new students, Zophia Cordera (Room 18B) and Greens George (Room 13). We hope they enjoy their learning experiences at St Mary's.

Athlene Wallbank who teaches in Room 15 has been appointed Middle School Team Leader as from the beginning of next term. She will be replacing Margot Neilsen who is leaving to take up the position of Deputy Principal at Otonga Road School.

Next week will be a busy one for the school. We have Bernie Volschenk and 'Harold' from Life Education Trust visiting our school for two weeks, starting on Monday. Each class will have two sessions, providing our children with a series of excellent health and life skills programmes.

The Middle School also have museum trips on Tuesday and Wednesday, there are swimming lessons provided by Henk Gruepink for Years 3 - 6 as well as a Liturgy on Monday.

Nine of our teachers, Margot Neilsen, Bernie Hall, Anne Cato, Karen Tabuteau, Brigette Holmes, Ruth O'Leary, Susan Nelson, Bevan James and Tai Waititi, will graduate from Mind Lab. Mind Lab is a post graduate certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative). We currently have another three staff on the same course - Brigit Nieuwboer, Sylvia Dunkley and Sheryl Todd. Congratulations to all our teachers. Your efforts to increase your classroom skills and knowledge are certainly most appreciated.

Please remember to look at your child's class blog. Links to the class blog can be found on our school website - also remember to look at St Mary's School facebook page.

Welcome too to our new cleaner, Elmer Ersando, who started this week. He has replaced Jelish who is moving to Hamilton with his family.

Kind regards,
Leon Volschenk, Deputy Principal.

(Go South Africa in the cricket this week!)

MARAE STAY ... Noho Marae


School Camps 13-17 March : 20-24 March

Years 5 & 6 Room 1, 13 - 15 March
Years 5 & 6 Room 2 15 - 17 March
Years 5 & 6 Room 3, 20 - 22 March
Years 5 & 6 Room 4, 22 - 24 March

School Camps 13-17 March : 20-24 March
Thursday 16th March Museum Trip Room 12
Monday 20th March Life Education Trust 20 March - 31 March (two weeks)
Monday 20th March Feast of St Joseph Liturgy 10am in School Hall
Monday 20th March Off to camp Room 3
Tuesday 21st March Museum Trip Rooms 14 & 15
Wednesday 22nd March Museum Trip Rooms 16 & 17
Wednesday 22nd March Off to camp Room 4
Tuesday 28th March Feast of the Annunciation 10am in School Hall


This week we launched into our Caritas focus. We were fortunate to have Gemma Sinnott come and talk to all syndicates on what Caritas is and who they help. Our students will be doing more study on Caritas and our fabulous Young VInnies will be holding a fundraiser for Caritas soon!



Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development. Working on behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief.

  • Caritas provide community development and emergency relief overseas
  • Caritas educate and advocate on social justice issues to counter poverty and injustice around the world, including in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Caritas teach Gospel values and Catholic social teaching underpin our work
  • Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has 21 staff based in Wellington and two in Auckland
  • Caritas are part of Caritas Internationalis, an international confederation of 165 Catholic aid, development and social justice agencies
  • The Caritas network operates in over 200 countries and territories, supporting the poorest and most vulnerable, regardless of ethnicity, religion or nationality.

Next Monday we celebrate St Joseph’s Day starting with a Liturgy at 10:00am in our hall - all welcome. This is a day to thank Sister Carina and all she does for our school community.

Blessings to you and yours,
Bernadette Hall- DRS

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

Parents - If you have a Chromebook needing a screen repair, you might find it useful to contact Paul Hintz 021 024 30817

Dry Douglas fir/pine
Cut firewood
$80 for 1 cubic metre.
Phone Al : 0272298325


Congratulations to the family of Rohan Praveen (Room 6) on the arrival of a new baby brother. Wishing you many blessings for the years ahead.

Our prayers and condolences to the family of Chloe Yuill (Room 14) who lost their grandfather this week.

Our sincere condolences to Sister Carina who lost her dear youngest sister last week. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sister.

Our prayers and condolences to the Tickelpenny Family (an 'old' family of St Mary's) who lost their twin daughter 'Lee' very suddenly last week. They now live in Brisbane and Lee has left 3 little children. Your prayers would be appreciated.



Some camp fees are still outstanding. If need be, you can set up a payment plan. Please contact or ring Margo Mason to discuss your options. Thank you for your early co-operation.

Can anyone help?
If anyone is able to repair a skateboard ramp we would love to hear from you. Please contact our caretaker Michelle on 0226375800

Extra activities available at school -

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.



ST MARYS APP - Download now

For sports notifications, please download the St Mary's APP (see above) the more we have sign up the more you will know what is happening with your child/rens games.


No draw has been sent yet.

Touch Rugby

See website for the draw


See website for the draw

Winter Sports

Winter Sports information and registration forms are out now and the forms are coming in thick and fast. Be sure to register your child now as to ensure they do not miss out on a winter sport.

Teams will be based on a first in first serve basis. I will create a waitlist should be have extra players wanting to play a sport. Should there be enough for another team, then one will be created.

The sports on offer are: Miniball, Netball, Hockey & Football. Both Football and Netball are to be registered online. Click here for Netball Registrations and here for Football Registrations.

Parents please note that some of the forms that have been returned have had NO PAYMENT. Please be aware that children who have paid will take priority over a child that has not paid. If you wish for your child to play a sport, we do have some grants available. Please see David MacMillian for further information.

Central Bay of Plenty Swimming

Parents, there was an email sent out today for the children that have made the CBOP Team. Please keep a look out for this information and be sure to confirm that your child is available to compete.

School Holiday Programmes


Rotorua Development Flyer.pdf


Rotorua Netball 2017.pdf


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
350 1344 for Kid Central - Email:

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: 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. If you have a photo to support the ‘special mention’ then please also email as well.


Offer from NZ Catholic Education office: Discounts at Noel Leeming -




Fundraising Concert for St John's Church -


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