Newsletter No 12,3 May 2017

Kia Ora,

Hello Everyone,

Wasn’t the weather perfect for our children's school holidays? I hope children were able to get out and enjoy their time on holiday. I heard many stories of some of the different and exciting things children got up to in the last two weeks.

Thank you also to parents for sending children in full winter uniform. A very timely decision given the temperatures this week. Just a reminder that black shoes form part of the winter uniform - black leather lace-ups preferred or shoes with buckle. No sandshoes or sports shoes.

I hope that children were also able to get plenty of reading done during the holidays and have entered their stories onto their holiday reading logs. Children are to bring their reading logs back to school by next Wednesday (May 10) to go in the lucky draw for a prize. The draw will take place on Friday 12th May.

You would remember that our last day of term was a little hectic with school closing early because of the impending storm. All children were picked up by 1.00pm; thank you for your ready response. One way we can communicate important messages to you is through our phone app. These phone apps can be downloaded from the Apple and Android store.

On the last day of term we had a Mufti Day to raise money for Edgecumbe. Even with many children away we raised $688.00. That is impressive. Thank you.

We were well represented at the ANZAC parade and Civic Ceremony on ANZAC day. Thanks to the parents who also joined us for the event. Two of our students laid a wreath on our behalf at the ceremony. Thanks everyone. We had our own ANZAC liturgy at school on Monday and I was very impressed with the respectful way our children conducted themselves during the ceremony.

We welcome Katherine Brolly to our staff. Katherine is teaching in Room 14. Prior to teaching here Katherine taught at St Mary’s Putararu and schools in England. Please make her very welcome and if you have a child in Room 14, perhaps you could pop in and introduce yourself to Katherine.

On Monday, staff and members of our Kapa Haka group attended a powhiri at Otonga Road School for Margot Nielson and other new staff at Otonga. The children performed beautifully and it was a lovely welcome for Margot.

Athlene Wallbank is the new team Leader for Kahikatea (Middle team). Athlene has been with us since the beginning of the year. She has a wealth of experience in leadership. She has previously been a team leader at other schools and more recently a Deputy Principal in an Auckland school before coming to St Mary’s.

This Friday we have over 200 students participating in the Mini Marathon. I hope our children enjoy running in this event. Thanks to the parents who will be down at the Events Centre supporting the children. Good luck to all those parents who are participating in the Rotorua Marathon this weekend.

Friday, 26th May we have our Pentecost Mass. Mass is at St Mary’s Church at 9.00am. We would like your support for this Mass please.

Later on Friday (26th May) is our School Cross Country at the Redwoods. This involves our Year 3 to 6 students only. The event is to start at 1.00pm. More details will be sent home shortly. The Junior Cross Country date has not been confirmed as yet.

A huge thank you for Integrated Systems Design and the McCowatt Family for their very generous donation of the pig for our gala. Our apologies that they were missed from our original list of Gala Sponsors. It was a huge contribution and we are very sorry we missed acknowledging them for their generosity.

Have a great week everyone.

David Macmillan,



Friday 5 May Mini Marathon
Tuesday 23 May ICAS exam (Computers)
Friday 26 May Mass 9am at St Mary's - Pentecost
Friday 26 May Cross Country Years 3 - 6, at 1.30pm
Friday 16 June Class photos


Welcome back to another term. This week we held our ANZAC liturgy and Rooms 3 and 4 hosted our Resurrection liturgy. The students led these liturgies well with prayers, readings, song and reflection. Over the next couple of weeks students will be looking at prayer and recognising the power of prayer in everyday situations. Classes have been encouraged to start a class Prayer Journal. Your child will bring this home one night. Please create a prayer or poem or reflection, signed from your family and whanau. This book will then be a resource to be used for morning prayers by the class throughout the rest of the year.

Thank you for your generosity for the flood victims last term. Our school raised $688 - a fantastic effort for a couple of days notice... so THANK YOU AGAIN!


Look out for the Prayer Journal coming soon to your place!!!

Blessings to You and Yours,
Bernadette Hall - DRS

For those parents (and grandparents) who may be interested in becoming Catholic, during the month of May we will begin the Inquiry Period for the RCIA. This is the best time of year to join the RCIA which gives those who start, a full year of formation in preparation to enter the Church next Easter. You are invited to come and learn about the Catholic Faith.
This will run weekly on Thursday nights commencing Thursday 11 May 2017 for four weeks until 1 June at 7.00pm at St Mary's corner of Seddon and Ranolf Streets.
Further enquiries to Fr Eamon Kennedy at


Congratulations to the Bonot and Kannangara families who became NZ Citizens today : Vaughn Bonot Room 5 & Yevin Kannangara Room 2. We wish you well for the future.

LOST PROPERTY The lost property box is situate outside Room 6 if you are needing to look for mislaid items.

The last week of Term One a device (not a chromebook) was found at school. Please contact the school office in the first instance.



As from this week the PTA will be replacing the juicies with a Juicie Tube which is a better option for children in the school who have allergies. This will involve a slight price increase : Sausage $1.50 and Juicie Tube $1.50.


Request for Linen:
We have received a request from Western Heights Surgery who have a project directed at needy families whose housing is likely to contribute to poor health outcomes. They run a linen bank for needy people and currently their stocks are very low.
If you are having a clean out you may drop items off to Western Heights Medical Centre directly, or from the start of Term 2 the school is happy to take any items.

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 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. ONLY for those students who have registered for Kapa Haka.

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:
Thursdays in Room 4. 12.30 to 1.15pm. For middle/senior students.


Mandarin Corner:
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


Kia ora

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 or phoning Creative Director Ali Rogers on 027 921 8652.



ST MARYS APP - Download now

If you have a child playing winter sports for St Mary's - PLEASE download the app and ensure you check your settings to allow notifications for the sport/s your child/ren are playing

Mini Marathon

Hello Mini Marathon Parents,

2 days to go before your child/ren will be participating in the 2017 Mini Marathon down at the Energy Events Centre. We have over 200 students participating this year, so please ensure you read the following.

Final Information.


Parents will drop off child/ren in the morning at the Energy Events Centre. The kids will be walking back to school after the race. No juniors will be able to walk back with the seniors.


Those students who have paid for the bus will meet here at school at 8:30am by the hall. The bus will depart St Mary’s at 8:45am to the EEC.
It will then collect us at 11:45am and bring us back to St Marys School.

For those parents who have not advised how your child/ren will get to the Mini Marathon there is a bus in which your child can go on. The cost is $4 for the return trip ($2 one way)

1. All St Mary's Children will need to wear their PE uniform, (Maroon Shorts and Blue PE T-Shirt, Sports Shoes)
2. Take some water & morning tea
3. Sports Bib's have been handed out to students (parents will need to help place these on the kids the morning of the race)
4. For those who are taking their child/ren direct we need to be there by 0900. Look for the St Mary's Flag.
5. Bus kids will be collected from the EEC and returned to school at 1145am


Starts this Saturday 6th May

Draw is still to come, I will forward to coaches as soon as it becomes avaliable. It will also be placed on the St Mary's website. If you download the school app, click on links and then sports draw - very easy.


Starts next Saturday 13th May down at Puarenga Park. We are duty shift the following Saturday 20th March. So parents if you are able to help please email Trudy,

Draw is still to come.


Starts this Saturday 6th May

Draw to up on the website now.


Midgets - this Wednesday 3rd May, Draw is up on the website

Mini's, Juniors and Seniors - Start next Friday 12th May, draw to come

Winter Sports

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.

Sports Uniforms

Kids can come and collect sports uniforms from the office at morning tea, lunchtime and afterschool Monday to Thursday. Netball Uniforms have been given to coaches,and will be issued out to your children.

Still a few sports uniforms to come parents, particularly touch tops. We really need these returned for Miniball. Please check your child/ren draws, wardrobes for any St Mary's sports uniforms they may be hiding.

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