Newsletter No 8, 22 March 2017

Kia Ora,

Hello Everyone,

The last of the Senior camps started today returning on Friday. I have been lucky to enough to be involved in all of these camps and all I can say is the children are lucky to experience a number of different and varied activities. The children have been staying at Ruaihuna Marae at Te Teko and have been on the river rafting and tubing, swimming at the Kawerau Pool, weaving, learning poi, taiaha, maori games and maori protocols. We have been very lucky to have a number of parents involved helping at the camps, providing transport and staying over. Thank you to them and also to the class teachers. It is a very tiring time, but very worthwhile for our children.

Our school celebrated St Joseph’s Day on Monday. Our very new children led the liturgy and they were outstanding. It is amazing that children so young can be confident enough to lead a liturgy. Thanks to their teacher Michelle Ryan for preparing the children for their role. St Joseph’s Day is an important day for us, as we not only acknowledge the life and contribution of St Joseph, but we also celebrate the work of the Sisters of St Joseph. Sr Carina was our special guest at the liturgy. Sister Carina is a member of the Sisters of Joseph and it was these Sisters who started our school many years ago. Sister Carina was on the staff at St Mary’s Rotorua for many years and she is now a Parish Pastoral Worker in the Rotorua parish. Sr Carina continues to support and maintain an interest in the school. A highlight of our Year 5 and 6's school camp in Auckland is to visit the Sisters of St Joseph in Mission Bay. We value the contribution the Sisters of St Joseph have made to St Mary's and it is wonderful that Mother Mary MacKillop, who set up the first Catholic Primary School in Rotorua, is now a Saint - known as St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

We are getting close to the end of term and we have our winter uniform change-over in Term 2. I am noticing that some children have either lost their school sandals or the sandals are broken. If that is the case then boys should wear the school uniform grey socks and black shoes and girls can wear short white socks and black shoes. Please do not send your child in sports’ shoes. It also needs to be noted that children need to have a school woollen jersey. The polar fleeces are additional, not an alternative to the school jersey. Please make sure that uniform is named. Children can wear both in the colder months of winter. It is important that the correct school uniform is worn.

A letter has been sent home to the parents of children who would like to be involved in J Rock. This is an excellent opportunity for our children. Stage Challenge and J Rock is New Zealand’s largest and longest running youth performing arts event. J-Rock is the junior version of Stage Challenge and is a dance, drama and design spectacular. These events are performed all round New Zealand and the Rotorua event is to held in June. Rebecca Daniels from Lakes Performing Arts School along with three students from John Paul College are coordinating our performance. There is a cost associated with this, so if you need help with this please let me know.

Last night our three new Bishop’s Reps attended their first board meeting. We welcome to the BOT Michael Jones, Dirk Stahlhut and Elmer Ersando. Thank you for taking on this important role in our school.

Next Tuesday we have our Annunciation Liturgy in the hall at 10.00am. Everyone is welcome to join us at this time.

On Wednesday, 29 March, our Whanau Roopu has their first hui for the year. The Roopu meets in the school staffroom. Please come and support this group.

Have a great week.
David Macmillan,

JOSEPH ... Hohepa


School Camps 13-17 March : 20-24 March
Life Education Trust 20-31 March
Wednesday 22nd March Off to camp Room 4
Tuesday 28th March Feast of the Annunciation Liturgy 10am in School Hall
Thursday 6 April Stations of the Cross liturgy 9.00am Church
Friday 7 April Palm Procession / Donkey 10am School Field
Tuesday 11 April Resurrection/Easter Liturgy 10.00am School Hall
Thursday 13 April Washing of the Feet liturgy 10am school hall
Thursday 13 April END OF TERM ONE School closes 3pm
Monday 1 May START OF TERM TWO Re-start 8.45am


All 90% 84% 87%
Maori 88% 88% 85%
Pasifika 81% 65% 69%
Asian 90% 87% 88%
NZ European/Other European 91% 82% 88%

We are very encouraged with our Maths results particularly, which showed an increase from last year of 5%.



こんにちは Kon'nichiwa,

This week our mini learners Rooms 18A & 18B facilitated our St Joseph’s Day Liturgy. Sister Carina came to talk to the students and be part of this special day. As a Josephite nun she continues God’s mission by immersing herself in the lives of others to bring hope. St Joseph’s Day is an opportunity to look at Joseph as a man of integrity, whose decisions and actions shine light on how we can face the challenges of today. Joseph - a man of dreams, kindness, faith and action - ordinary in an extraordinary way! See the link: St Joseph


We are pleased to hear the senior camps are going well, and continue to pray that Rooms 3 and 4 have an excellent experience also.

This week your child’s RE book will be coming home for you to look at and comment in. Please take the time to talk to your child what they have been learning about: Lent, our School Charism, Caitas, Tonga and prayer.

Blessings to you and yours,
Bernadette Hall- DRS


Our prayers and condolences to the family of Nevan Winmill (Room 2) on the loss of their grandad.

Congratulations to the Tapsell family (Rory Room 18A) on the new arrival in their household - a little baby brother. Best wishes to you all.


Next meeting Wednesday 29 March at 6pm in the School Staffroom.


Now that the camps have been held, we would request that all camp fees be paid up. If need be, a payment plan can be set up .
Please contact or ring Margo Mason to discuss your options. Thank you for your early co-operation.


Flat top desks $5
Lift up lid desks $10
Small grey plastic chairs $2
Please see our caretaker if interested. Michelle Strathern Phone 022 637 5800

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

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:
Commences this Thursday, 23 March at 2pm in the school hall.
Students are able to trial Kapa Haka for 3 weeks to see whether they like it - we would especially like to see our children of Maori descent giving it a try.
On Week 11 notices will be sent home for those who wish to sign up for the remainder of the year. Mrs Dunkley (Room 6) is the teacher in charge of Kapa Haka.

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, an email was sent out for the children that have made the CBOP Team. I still need confirmation that your child is able to particiapte.

A Special Mention

Ashton Dudunski, represented St Marys in the Rotorua MX School Challenge in the weekend and came 5th in his class 85cc 8-11yrs, well done Aston.


School Holiday Programmes

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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.




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