Newsletter No 18, 14 June 2017

Kia Ora,

Today is SUPPORT STAFF DAYin New Zealand Schools where we recognise all the fantastic work support staff do around our school. On behalf of the teaching staff at St Mary’s I want to thank our awesome support team for all they do at our school. They all often go beyond the call of duty for our children, teachers, and you as parents. They do many jobs around the school from administration, supporting children and teachers in the classrooms, running special programmes, coordinating sports, library, caretaking and cleaning. Thanks heaps to these wonderful people: Dorothy, Maggie, Margo, Michelle Rennie, Ruth, Michelle McIntyre, Kelley, Shanelle, Karen, Abbie, Courtney, Michelle Strathern, Jaime, Justine, Anna and Elmer.

I have had one of the best weeks ever. I was very proud of our 56 students who were confirmed and made their First Holy Communion over the weekend. It was a magnificent time and our students looked stunning on these very special days. Bishop Steve was very good with the children and gave them some key messages during his chat/sermon with them. The children have been preparing for receiving these sacraments for several months and there have been many adults from school and the parish who have been responsible for preparing the students. Thanks to them and also to the many parents who set up the dining areas for the feast after the Masses and the tidy up after.

On Monday night, our school, for the first time, participated in JRock and I must say I was blown away by their performance. It was very polished and the children really looked as if they were enjoying every minute of their performance. Their theme was Reduce - Re-use - Recycle. I want to acknowledge once again the awesome team behind preparing the children: Rebecca Daniels from Lakes Performing Arts (and parent), and Lilly Russell, Georgia Lovegrove, Josh McGrath, Erykha Levae and Georgia Howard from JPC. They have been awesome. Thanks to Annie Russell for the work she has done behind the scenes over the last few months and all the parents and JPC students who helped out on performance day.. THANKS EVERYONE and well done kids. You were stunning!! Our JRock students will be performing around 2.30 this coming Friday in the school hall if anyone would like to come and watch their performance.


OPEN NIGHT will be held on Thursday 22nd June at 4.30pm (new start time) commencing with tours of the campus. We have sent application forms home with your child and information is available on the college website The deadline for applications is 30th June. Application forms MUST BE RETURNED TO ST MARY'S not JPC.


The College is offering a baptismal programme for those already attending John Paul College and those parents intending to enrol their child in John Paul College, which is a ‘Catholic faith-based’ school. The programme will be conducted in the MacKillop Chapel on the following dates and times: Thursday 29th June 3.30-5.30pm Thursday 6th July 3.30-5.30pm Thursday 27th July 3.30-5.30pm Following the programme, parents will be invited to have their child baptised at St Mary’s Parish as a group by Fr Eamon Kennedy. Please contact Mrs Paulene Walsh (E: or Ms Jacinta Wood (E: to register your interest or to answer any questions you may have. You can also contact Bernie Hall or myself if you have any questions.

This week we welcome Lorna Dobson to our school. She started in Room 6, in a Year 2 class, on Monday. Welcome Lorna and if you have a child in Lorna’s class, please pop in and introduce yourself.

Next Tuesday our Cross Country team is competing at the Interschools at Waipa Forest. I wish the team well for this event.

Friday, June 23rd we have the Feast of the Holy Spirit Mass. We also love having our parents and whanau join us for our school Mass.

Please keep Wednesday 28th June free for our annual cultural dinner. It is usually a great affair. It is ‘bring a plate’, so if you like, bring some of your culture’s food. It starts at 5.30pm and it is usually all over by 7.00pm.

School photos are being taken on Friday. Orders must be at the school office by Thursday at 12.30pm. Photos can be ordered online from Photolife after Thursday’s deadline.

The Giant Haka takes place on Saturday at the Village Green - start time 12 midday. Come down and be part of the record breaking haka which is presently held by the French.

And finally our awesome Sports’ Coordinator Trudy is out of action for a little while, so we will do our best in making sure that it will be business as usual in the sports department.

David Macmillan, Principal.

RUGBY ... Whutuporo .. foot-oo-poor-ror

Giant Haka links to watch:
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Thursday 15 June 12 midday deadline for photo orders
Friday 16 June School Photos
Friday 16 June Feast of the Sacred Heart
Tuesday 20 June Interschool Cross-Country
Thursday 22 June JPC Open Night 4.30pm
Friday 23 June Feast of the Holy Spirit Mass St Mary's 9am
Wednesday 28 June Cultural Dinner St Mary's Hall 5.30 - 7pm
Friday 30 June Deadline for Return of JPC Enrolment data (to St Mary's)


Sawasdee Krab/Ka!
Well done to all our children who made their Holy Communion and Confirmation Sacraments on the weekend! What a great day for you all. You should be very proud of yourselves for this milestone in your personal faith journey. We will continue to support you as you move forward in your learning of your faith. Looking around the classrooms there are some wonderful displays of God’s creation in the rooms. The students really get to express their understanding in creative ways with this strand.

Pope Francis: ..said that one of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith is that we have a God we are taught to call ‘Father’ – a father who never leaves us and who we can call on in prayer at any moment.
Pope request-click here.

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 Tuesday nights commencing July 4th for four weeks until 25 July. Sessions 7pm at St Mary's Corner of Seddon and Ranolf Streets.
Any further enquiries, please email Father Eamon Kennedy,

Congratulations to Alona Santhosh (Room 12) and family who became New Zealand citizens yesterday! May you enjoy many happy years in our beautiful country with your family.

Our condolences, prayers and sympathy are extended to the Schuster family on the death of their paternal grandfather in Australia.

Our condolences and prayers are also extended to the family of Esraela Linusa who lost their grandfather who lived in Indonesia.


Please note that it is a ticketed offence to stop on the yellow line in the turning bay in Carnot Street near our school gates. This includes dropping off students or stopping to park. Several parents have already received a ticket for this offence.


Uniforms are available in the Warehouse School Uniform Shop, as well as on-line on the School Website.
If an item is not in stock at the Warehouse - please go to customer service and they will order the item for you. Tracey Dunbar is the local contact person.
Please note - some items are only available from school e.g. sports uniforms and pinafores.

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
Link to website:

Change of Address/Contact Phone numbers:
We always appreciate notification if your personal contact details have changed. Please notify the office or email :
The school newsletter is available on Wednesday afternoons. A hard copy is always available from front reception if required - otherwise you will be emailed a copy.

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. Any parent is welcome to join us on Thursday afternoons. Check out our blog site!

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.


Is your child having difficulty with spelling & reading?
Individual tuition offered at school using the Zannie Danks-Davis method.
Further information from Robyn Currie 07 357 4884.

Have you any unwanted mobile phones? Do your workmates, neighbours or place of work have unwanted mobile phones? We would love them! Old, broken, not working - any condition appreciated! Please remove batteries. No chargers required.
This campaign earns rewards for our school and helps fundraise for the Air Ambulance Service. Please leave at school office.

    In your home child care service for working parents who have a child that cannot attend school or day care.
    We will come to YOUR home and look after your child
    Early childhood qualified
    Police vetted
    Plunket karitane trained
    By hour or day
    Mature Staff
    Contacts: Pauline 021 589 177, Anne 027 6869931 or 07-3492668


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. Eg Football, Hockey, Miniball or Netball. This way you will be sure to know about cancellations etc....

The interschool cross country is only for children aged 8+, sorry parents I know some of your 7 yr olds were placed, but it will be something they can look forward to next year.


Feel free to check out the Rotorua Hockey website, click here should you need to know any addtional information.


Please check this link for the Football Draws for this weekend.

The draw is up on the website now.

The next time St Mary's is on duty is Saturday, 5th August at Puarenga Park. Would be great to see some new faces! I will send out an email closer to the date about what you can volunteer for.


The draw is up on the Rotorua Netball website

Coaches, Parents, please can you ensure your child is in the correct uniform. No trousers/trackpants under dresses. Warm clothing is fine pre, post games and subbing but not whilst playing.

Miniball - Coaches have been advised of game times - if you are not sure of times please contact your coach.

  • Midgets
  • Mini's, Juniors and Seniors

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.

Upcoming Sports Events

BOP Primary Squash Tournament
Date: Thursday 15th June 2017
Venue: Te Puke Squash Club
Entries close: Thursday 8th June (no late entries will be accepted)
Cost: $15 per player
Time: 8.45am - All teams to arrive by this time, parents to transport direct
9.00am - Match play starts
3.00pm - Finish (approx.)
Prize giving will be after the last match of the day

Sports Uniforms

Students can come and collect sports uniforms from the office at morning tea, lunchtime and after school Tuesday - Friday. Hockey and Football kids will need St Mary's Maroon and Blue Socks. These can be ordered online (St Mary's Website) should you not be able to make the uniform shop hours/days.

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

Many thanks to you parents sending through the team photo's, they will be up on the website soon. Keep sending them through as we can also use many of them for the end of year - Yearbook.

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.

Zippered Sports Hoodies for sale :


Zip sports hoodies for team sports and school events :
$40 for jersey, $5 extra for name on back of jersey (optional).
On sale in school office on Monday mornings.
Sample sizes to try.
Further information please contact Shanelle 02102657995 (or call at Room 2 where she is a teacher aide).


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