Newsletter No 19, 21 June 2017

Kia Ora,

Today is the shortest day; Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. The good news is that now the days will start getting longer again. Bring on Spring…...

We did have a very busy week, last week. The city was certainly buzzing with the Lions Rugby team being town. Thanks to those who were able to take their children to the Giant Haka on Saturday morning. It was a memorable occasion and it was fantastic that we were part of the record breaking haka.

We have our own “Lions’ promotion”. We are encouraging our students to spend more time on the Maths’ Whizz, Reading Eggs and Lexia programmes online. The children earn raffle tickets when they reach a certain time on any of those programmes. The more tickets they earn, the more chances they have of winning one of the awesome prizes which were donated by the New Zealand Rugby Union. One class has already gone through one of their raffle books. The promotion finishes at the end of the term, just before the 3rd All Black Test.

Thank you to the parents who check the class blogs weekly. There is always important information for you on the blogs.

Tomorrow is JPC Open Night:


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.

Yesterday our runners ran in the Interschool Cross Country. Congratulations to all our runners, but particularly these students who were placed in the top ten place-getters: Leah Field (3rd), Cyris McDonald (10th), Brendon Caley (9th), Riley Parkinson (10th), Darcy Ferguson (6th) and Lola Telfer (7th), Thanks to the parents who helped with transport, marshalling and supporting our children. Thanks also to Anne Cato and Sheryl Todd for coordinating the event.

Tomorrow we have four teams competing in the EPRO 8 at Rotorua Intermediate. I wish the teams all the best. It is a fabulous competition based around collaboration, problem solving and engineering. Anne Cato has been involved with training these teams.

On Friday is our Mass of the Sacred Heart at 9.00am in St Mary's Church. At this Mass too, all our new entrants will be formally welcomed and will receive a pair of rosary beads. Parents and families of these students are particularly encouraged to join us at Mass.

We also have a large group of gymnasts at Te Puke competing at a Gymnastic Competition. These competitions are usually a lot of fun and I wish our students all the best. Thanks to the parents who are going to be accompanying the teams.

Please keep Wednesday 28th June free for our annual cultural dinner. It is usually a great affair. It is ‘bring a plate of food for a shared dinner’. It is helpful if you also could bring a serving utensil for your dish. We always ensure the variety of food at this wonderful evening. It starts at 5.30pm and it is usually all over by 7.00pm. There will be some cultural performances and some children will talk a little about their country. It should be awesome.

Enjoy the week.

David Macmillan, Principal.

HEART ... MANAWA ...Mah-nah-wah ...

Thursday 22 June JPC Open Night 4.30pm
Friday 23 June Feast of the Sacred Heart Mass St Mary's 9am
Tuesday 27 June Matariki Liturgy 10am School Hall
Wednesday 28 June Cultural Dinner St Mary's Hall 5.30 - 7pm
Thursday 29 June Junior Cross-Country 9.30am to 10.30am School grounds
Friday 30 June Deadline for Return of JPC Enrolment data (to St Mary's)


Guten Tag!

Over the next couple of weeks Middle and Senior classes are finishing the God Strand and beginning the Jesus Strand. We will continue with this strand next term.

The Feast of the Sacred Heart Mass is on Friday.

The "great apparition," which took place on June 16, 1675, during the octave of the Feast of Corpus Christi, is the source of the modern Feast of the Sacred Heart. In that vision, Christ asked St. Margaret Mary to request that the Feast of the Sacred Heart be celebrated on the Friday after the octave (or eighth day) of the Feast of Corpus Christi, in reparation for the ingratitude of men for the sacrifice that Christ had made for them.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus represents not simply His physical heart but His love for all mankind. See how Jesus points to his heart ..inviting us to come back to Him.


[Explanation of the Feast of the Sacred Heart]
Informati of the Sacred Heart

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,

PLEASE check at school office if you are looking for your sun glasses.

1 x 6 month rooster
1 x female adult guinea pig
1 x longhaired male guinea pig
Please see Michelle Strathern (caretaker) if interested or Phone 0226375800.


Please be considerate when picking up and dropping off your child. After school is a particularly busy time and we need to have safety as our priority at all times.

A reminder too that children need to have left the school grounds by 3.15pm, unless they have an adult supervising them. Teachers have meetings and cannot be responsible for your children after school.

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.


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....


Feel free to check out the Rotorua Hockey website, click here should you need to know any additional information. We are advised he draw should be up by Thursday.


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

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