I hope you enjoyed the extra hour’s rest on Sunday morning. I guess children’s body clocks need a little adjusting and they were probably up and about at the normal time regardless of what the clocks said. It was a little muggy over the weekend but it looks like temperatures are cooler this week as we move deeper into Autumn.
This week we have liturgies that lead into Holy week. This is the most important week in the Church’s calendar.
Thursday 6 April 9.00 am Stations of the Cross. St Mary’s Church
Friday 7 April 9.45am Donkey Parade. School Field. Children can come dressed in Jesus and Mary clothes.
Thursday 13 April 10.00am Washing of the Feet Liturgy. School Hall.
On Saturday our Pasifika group performed at the Pasifika Fun Day at the Lake Front. Our children performed beautifully and I was certainly very proud of them, and I am sure the many parents who were there, were also. Thanks to Athlene Wallbank who spent many hours with the children preparing them for this performance. Teuila Schuster performed beautifully a Tongan dance on her own. The MC at the Fun Day announced that St Mary’s group looked to be a very inclusive group with children representing many different nationalities. Yes, that’s our school!
On Friday our School Band and Choir are performing an end of Term 1 Soirée. The concert starts at 2.00pm in the hall and you are all invited. Thanks to Margot Nielson for work she has put into these groups over the term.
The 3 - Way conferences are scheduled for next week (10-11th April). It gives the children an opportunity to review the goals they have set for for Term 1 and set new ones for next term. Instructions on how to book their 10 minute interview are online now. You could also use the St Mary’s School App to book an appointment. Go to the links tab and press school interviews. The code is 7zb55. Interviews are ten minutes duration. Please consider other parents by adhering to the time set.
On Tuesday our Year 1's are heading off to Mount Maunganui for their ‘Big Day Out’. They have a really exciting programme organised. They travel over by bus, which will be a great experience in itself for a number of the children. Please keep the children in your prayers for a safe trip and good weather.
ANZAC Day is on Tuesday April 25th. This date is during the holidays, and again this year I would like St Mary’s to be involved in the Parade and the Civic Ceremony. All children are invited to be part of this. If your child is able to attend please bring him/her to the parade in school winter uniform.
This Saturday we have a Working Bee organised. It is really our last chance to have a working bee before the Winter Sports season starts next term. The plan is to start at 8.00am and finish at 12 Noon. If you could give us at least an hour, it would be most appreciated. The list of jobs are varied, so I’m sure there is something for everyone. The forecast is excellent for Saturday.
A reminder that the Whanui Hui is on tonight in Room 14.
A list of our generous GALA sponsors appears at the end of this newsletter. Please support these businesses wherever you can.
Congratulations to our swimmers who competed in the Central BOP Swimming Champs yesterday. Results can be viewed in the Sports section.
There was an interesting interview on BREAKFAST TV ONE last week. We have started Play Based learning in our Year 1 classes. It is going very well and our children in these classes are making huge progress with their learning. See Breakfast TV One 30 March.
I hope you enjoy the week.
Have a great week.
EASTER MASS TIMES
Holy Thursday 7.00pm at St Mary's Church
Good Friday 3.00pm at St Mary's & St Michael's
Good Friday - Way of the Cross leaving St Mary's at 10am
Easter Vigil 7.00pm at St Mary's
Easter Sunday - St Michael's 8am - St Mary's 10am & 5pm
FROM OUR DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES:
From Our Director of Religious Studies:
This week we have our Stations of the Cross led by the Middle School tomorrow at 9:00am in the Church. The stations recap the last hours of Jesus' life leading up to his crucifixion. The Stations of the Cross originated in pilgrimages to Jerusalem and a desire to reproduce Via Dolorosa-this was the way travelled by Jesus on this day. At each station we pause and reflect on what happened to Jesus and for our students we put it into a context that they can relate to today. Lent is the time we attend the Stations of the Cross.
On Friday we have our annual Palm Procession out on the field. This is the re-enactment of Jesus entering Jerusalem one week before His resurrection. Thanks to Jenny and Gerry Shorer for providing us with a real donkey for this! Children are expected to wear something from Jesus time and wave palms (a bathrobe is fine) and wave palms for the re-enactment.
I hope you all found the RE books reflective of your child’s learning for this term. Have a great week.
Blessings to you and yours,
Bernie Hall -DRS
ORDINATION TO THE PERMANENT DIACONATE:
ALL INVITED TO THE DIACONATE ORDINATION OF BEN POMARE, JOHN LIMRICK AND DOUG REWI ON THE 29TH APRIL AT ST MARY’S CHURCH AT 11:00AM. PLEASE KEEP THESE MEN IN YOUR PRAYERS AS THEY PREPARE FOR THEIR ORDINATION.
FAMILY NOTICES :
Congratulations to the Hettiarchchige family (Navinu Room 17, Ranidu Room 15) on their new arrival - a little baby sister. Best wishes to you all.
Lost Property held in School Office:
Red umbrella with white dots, frilled edging.
One silver sandal with fancy toework, size 11, found in school carpark.
WHANUI HUI :
Tonight - Wednesday 5 April at 6pm in Room 14.
If your child is going to be absent, please let the child's teacher know, or notify us via a phone call, or via the absence form in the quick links section of the school website, or via the absentee form on the school app. Thanks.
FOR SALE (ex school stock)
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
FOR SALE (ex school stock)
Computer monitors - Gold coin for a screen. Please see Mr James after school on Friday in room 10 to buy a screen. These screens all work and come with power and vga cables.
Some keyboards also available.
Parents - If you have a Chromebook needing a screen repair, you might find it useful to contact Paul Hintz 021 024 30817
Extra activities available at school -
Gymnastic classes are available to pupils on 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.
Has commenced on Thursdays 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 (next week) 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 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 is at 11.45am on Fridays in the school hall. Musical parents are most welcome to come and help at these sessions.
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.
Will be starting later in the term.
The Rotorua Citizens Advice Bureau is looking for new Volunteers and will be running a training course starting on 17 May. If you are interested in joining this dynamic community organisation and giving back to the community then please email Jane on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.”
Free Chinese ( Mandarin ) Lessons - for all ages
Registration and start date: 10am SAT 6 MAY at Rotorua Primary School
Mandarin Language Assistants volunteer their time to help promote Chinese Language and Culture.
MLA in-charge: Joy and Evelyn
WHAT'S ON AT WAIKATO MUSEUM
April school holiday programme
18-21, 24, 26-28 April, 8.30am - 5pm
ROTORUA PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMME:
Free Art Workshops:
To start the month long Matariki celebrations Rotorua Lakes Council will be holding an ‘All Stars’ lantern parade.
Featuring stilt walkers, drummers, jugglers and an array of handmade crafts the parade will travel through the city centre telling the story of Matariki.
We want to invite everyone to get involved and take part in a series of art workshops creating crafts that will feature in the parade.
All workshops are free and materials will be supplied – all you need to do is come along and have some fun.
To find out more visit the Matariki All Stars Parade Facebook page and register for any of the workshops by emailing email@example.com or phoning Creative Director Ali Rogers on 027 921 8652.
Easter Egg Competition - Sunday Market
We offer a variety of swimming programs with our partners in swimming and therefore can be the onestop shop for your swimming needs.
Orange Swim School at Holdens Bay, recently awarded Quality Swim School status
Swimming NZ is where learning to swim starts. Youngsters next progress to the Aquatic Centre.
Aquatic Centre here we offer a number of swimming programs.
Our new program starts in Term 2, Ika Roa (long fish) is a post learn to swim program where the youngsters will further develop with skills and water awareness. Ika Roa is a new, fun and exciting program.
Further programs include Ika Iti (little fish) and Ika Nui (big fish).
Make enquiries now, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or text Henk at 027-2203470
SPORTS NEWS :
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.
Season over until Term 4
Season over until Term 4
if you have downloaded the school app, you would have received a notification that Flippaball was cancelled yesterday. Semi Finals and Finals will be played next week on Tuesday. So be aware in advance your child may possibly playing two games. The draw for this is yet to come..
Parents, please note that the registrations for the Mini Marathon close this Friday. The Mini Marathon is Friday 5th May down at the Energy Events Centre. See the St Mary's website, Sports Tab for more details..
LAST CHANCE to REGISTER your CHILD for 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
Well done to all our St Mary's students that participated in yesterday's CBOP Swimming. All the kids gave it everything and most were placed. Click here for Results
A Special Mention
Congrats to those who represented St Mary's in yesterday's CBOP Swimming.
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. They also have a Morning Care Pick Up service if your child needs a ride to school.
350 1341 for Playtopia - Website www.playtopia.co.nz
350 1344 for Kid Central - Email: Kidcentral2@hotmail.com
Still a few uniforms to come parents, please check your child/ren draws, wardrobes for any St Mary's uniforms.
Also as we are nearing the end of Summer Sports, please start returning your sports uniforms so that I can have uniforms ready for Miniball next term.
Coaches/Parents please take some team photos for the website and the year book. You can email them to me with the team name: email@example.com. We also have a St Mary's Facebook page, so feel free to tag your photos to our page.
ST MARY'S PTA WISHES TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR GALA SPONSORS - HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR SUPPORT:
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