Newsletter No 13,10 May 2017

Kia Ora,

Hello Everyone,

There was a real festival feel to the Mini Marathon event last Friday. There were over 2,000 children participating and over 200 from St Mary’s. All our Year 5 & 6s ran along with many children from other year groups. We even had lots of 5 year old children running. Our children had lots of fun and a few of our children won spot prizes. Thanks to our Sports Coordinator Trudy and our Teacher in charge of PE, Sheryl Todd, for organising the entries and getting the children to the Events Centre. It was also awesome to see so many parents supporting the children.

At assembly on Friday, we intend to launch the names of our Learning Teams in the school. We have new signage for each class and I hope that children will know the meaning behind our new team names. Our Whanau Roopu was instrumental in deciding our team names. Here they are:

1. Ko te Whānau Kākano (Year 0 and 1s and will be known as Kakano).
E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea - I will never be lost, for I am a seed sown in Rangiātea

2. Ko te Whānau Mānuka (Year 2s and known as Manuka).
Whakapūpūtia mai ō mānuka, kia kore ai e whati - Find Strength in Unity

3. Ko te Whānau Kahikatea ( Year 3 & 4s and known as Kahikitea).
He iti te mokoroa, nāna te kahikatea i kakati - Even the small can make a big impact

4. Ko te Whānau Tōtara (Year 5 & 6 and known as Totara).
He tōtara wāhi rua he kai nā te ahi - Stand Together

On Friday 26th May we have our Pentecost Mass at 9.00am. We welcome you all to this Mass.

Just a reminder that the Middle and Senior School have their Cross Country at the Redwoods on the afternoon of Friday 26th May. We will need help with transport and marshalling. A note will be sent home shortly. The Junior Cross Country is scheduled for 29 June.

Friday May 19th our Middle and Senior School have been invited to watch John Paul College’s show, "Into the Woods". This is a little about the show, “ The story……. An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch… who raps? They’re all among the characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone’s wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results. What begins a lively irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children”.
The show starts at 11.00am and we intend to walk down and we will need a couple of parents to accompany us. Teachers will be contacting you soon. The cost is $5.00 per student and $10 adult. The cost will be covered by the fee you paid at the beginning of the year.

Just a reminder that we want our junior children to access their reading eggs account at home each night and our middle and senior children, Math’s Whizz. These programmes are excellent to reinforce what the children are learning at school and it does make a huge difference when children work on these programmes at home each night. Thank you for your support with this.

If you want to see some really cool photos of our children in action, go to our facebook page: St Mary’s Catholic School Rotorua and like our page.

And to all our awesome MUMS, I hope you have a great day on Mothers’ Day this Sunday and you are smothered with hugs and kisses from your children.

Have a great week everyone.

David Macmillan,

**CREATION ... Hanga ... har-nga


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


The children in the Sacramental Programme resumed their studies on Sunday. It is wonderful to see so many St Mary’s students willing to receive their next Sacraments.
In week 5 this term we will be holding an information evening for whanau and families on what it means to be part of a Catholic School.
This will cover topics such as;
What education in the Catholic system looks like, content in RE lessons, expectations of students who attend our school, our emphasis on Catholic values, Baptism information. There will be a Q and A component as well. This is useful information for new families to our school and those wishing to continue in the Catholic system via JPC. We hope many of you can make it.

WHAT: Catholic School Education Evening
WHEN: 31st May 5:30-6:30
WHERE: St Mary’s School, Rooms 14 & 15
WHO: New families, those intending on sending their child on to JPC, Anyone interested in knowing more about what it means for their child to attend a Catholic school.

We wish all mothers a wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday.

A Blessing and Prayer tribute to all Mothers

Blessed be all mothers
Who have come into our lives
Whose kindness, care and loving
Remain with us to guide.

Your inspiration in us
Made us strive in every way
Especially to remember
Helping others makes our day.

Mothers, this little tribute
Flows directly from my heart
You are so loved and cherished
Invaluable, one and all, you are.

Susan Kramer


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



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

SCHOOL ABSENCES If your child is away from school for any reason, please notify our office staff using one of these options :
Phone 3481 701
Online: See link on website or app.



The PTA have replaced 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.

SCHOLASTIC BOOKS Orders due back on Friday 19 May, 12 noon. No late orders please.
If paying by cheque please make payable to Scholastic New Zealand.
Remember to put child's name and class number on Order Form.

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


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

Well done to all our St Mary's kids who participated in the Mini Marathon last Friday. We had a stunning 217 children run, was a great effort by all

Keep an eye on the sports gallery under the sports tab, as I will be posting photo's up soon.


Well done Hockey Players, I hear the first round of grading went well.

The draw has only just come out on the Rotorua Hockey website so I will place up tomorrow. Feel free to check out the Rotorua Hockey website, click here should you need to know the draw asap.


yay the season has arrived and football starts this weekend. The draw is up on the St Mary's website so parents either download the app or check out the draw on your computer.

We are duty shift the following Saturday 20th March. So parents if you are able to help please email Trudy, Would be great to see some new faces lend a helping hand.


Saturday 13th May & Monday 15th May

Draw to up on the website now.


Midgets - this Wednesday 10th May, draw is up on the website

Mini's, Juniors and Seniors - Friday 12th May, draw is on the website

Please note that students playing miniball CANNOT wear tshirts or thermals under their playing singlets. They can wear a singlet under their playing singlet particularly those that have larger shirts that have been issued.

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. I am having to issue size 12 tops to our juniors, not ideal when we have loads of Singlets. 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.

Junior Golf Classes
Tuesdays 3.40-4.40pm
Ages 7-9
Thursdays 3.40-4.40pm
Ages 10 +
Location: Rotorua Golf Club

Six sessions over the term.

This is a chance for your child to have a go at playing golf, email Ant Barkley at the golf club for more details.

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