Newsletter No 12, 9 May 2018.

Kia Ora,

Have a great week everyone.
Regards
David Macmillan, Principal.

Our school website and app now have a more user friendly calendar where you can see what is coming up at school. Be sure to check it out to stay informed. Click here for link

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OPEN NIGHT AT JPC - 17 MAY. 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Arts in Motion -
Arts in Motion Practice is on Wednesday. Lyrical and Jazz are at 7.30am till 8.30am. Hip hop is after school till 4pm. Check out our Arts in Motion blog to keep up to date. Follow the blog so the messages get sent straight to your email. Any questions please contact Shanelle McCashin Phone 0210265 7995

Scholastic Books:
Scholastic Book orders are due back Friday 18 May by 12 noon. NO late orders will be accepted. If paying by cheque please make payable to Scholastic NZ. Please ensure name and room number are on the order form. If the order is a "gift" please mark this on the order form and it will be left at the office for your collection.

WE ARE HOLDING LOTS OF POTS AND PANS IN THE OFFICE BELONGING TO PARENTS WHO HAVE PROVIDED MEALS FOR SICK FAMILIES. WE WOULD APPRECIATE COLLECTION.
WITH THANKS TO ALL CONCERNED.

Condolences to the family of Mark Alosio (Room 9) on the death of an uncle in Wellington. Our prayers are with you.

SCHOOL LUNCHES :__
School lunches are available from Pita Pit, Rotorua on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Lunches need to be ordered online via www.lunchonline.co.nz. Children need to come to the School Office at lunchtime to collect their ordered lunch.

On Fridays the children are able to buy a sausage and a juicie. This is an initiative of the PTA. Children place their orders with their own class teacher and orders are delivered to their class at lunchtime.
Sausages $1.50 - Juicies $1.50

FROM OUR DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES:

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The [Ascension](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdXxbeY4p34

Blessings,

Bernie Hall-Director of Religious Studies

Programme for children who are not baptised.
The Parish invites children who are 8 years old, as of 1 March 2018, to do a programme in preparation for Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and Reconciliation. If your child/family is interested please email your details to Fr Eamon, freamonkennedy@gmail.com, or call the Parish Secretary 07 3480289 ext 2. You will also need to meet with Fr Eamon for an interview, which will be organised for the month of April.

Interested in becoming a Catholic?
You are invited to come and learn about the Catholic Faith. This will run weekly on Tuesday nights commencing Tuesday 1st May 2018 for four weeks until 22nd May, 7.00 pm at St. Mary's, corner of Seddon and Ranolf Street. For further enquiries, please email Fr. Eamon Kennedy at freamonkennedy@gmail.com

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ONLINE UNIFORM SALES
UNIFORMS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE USING PAYPAL.
WE AIM TO FILL THE ORDERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BUT PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST 3 DAYS FROM TIME OF ORDERING TO RECEIPT OF GOODS.

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:
See quicklink on website (top of page) on website

Change of Address/Contact Phone numbers:
We always appreciate notification if your personal contact details have changed. Please notify the office or email : dorothyj@stmarysrotorua.school.nz
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.

Sports News

Kia Ora Sports Parents,

Winter Sports has finally arrived. All four sports are a go now. The draws are up on the St Mary's Website. For new parents click on the Sports Tab and scroll down to sports draws.

Miniball, Middles & Seniors will start this Friday 11th May with Juniors playing their 2nd round the following Monday 14th May. Once the draw is out, I will post on the St Mary's website. Teams are up on the St Mary's website again under sports. Coaches will touch base re practices.

Hockey & Football starts this Saturday 12th May, again as the draws are in. Football is posted and hockey is to come.

If you haven't already, DOWNLOAD the school app, this is great for looking up the game draws and for notifications for your child/ren sports.

All sports TOPS are available from the School Office Tuesday - Friday 10am to 3:15pm

St Mary's App - Download Now

Kia Ora Parents, if you don't have the School App please make sure you download this so you do not miss out on sports updates. With winter sports here and the rain that is expected over winter months it pays to know when there are cancellations. Please ensure you click (under settings) the sports your children are participating in. Winter Sports are Football, Netball, Miniball and Hockey.

Football

Starts Saturday 12th May

Check on the website for your child's team.

The draw for Saturday 12th May is up on the website.

Football Uniform is:
Maroon PE Shorts
St Mary's Sports Socks (Blue and Maroon)
Football Top (to be collected from the Front Office) I have 30 kids who have not collected their top yet
Child's own Football Shoes

I have a range of football boots that have been donated. If your child needs boots, please let Trudy (Sports Coordinator) know.

Netball

Netball Uniform is:
St Mary's Netball Dress
Navy Socks
Child's own court shoes / sneakers

Your child can most definately wear warm clothing before and after a game, but please stick to the uniform when playing.

Miniball

Miniball Teams are up on the St Mary's website, please check what team your child is in.

The miniball draw is up on the website.

Miniball Uniform is:
St Mary's Maroon PE Shorts
St Mary's Singlet (to be collected from the Front Office) if you played touch then you will be playing in the same singlet.
Child's own court shoes / Sneakers

This year Juniors will play on a Monday and Middles and Seniors will play on the Friday. Please check website for teams and draws.

Hockey

Starts Saturday 12th May

Hockey Uniform is:
St Mary's Maroon PE Shorts
St Mary's Hockey Sock (same as Football socks) Must have to hold shin pads in place.
St Mary's Hockey Top (to be collected from the Front Office)
Child's own hockey shoes / sneakers
Mouthgaurd
Shin pads
Hockey Stick (Belly High)

Hockey draws for Mini's and Maxi's will be posted up soon.

Mini Marathon

Wow what a great day last Friday. We had just over 200 kids participate this year and the ST Mary's Force was great to see. To the parents who can down to support the kids - thank you. There are many photo's taken so some of these will be put up on the school website in the sports gallery.

Winter Sports

Winter Sports notices have closed now. Most teams are full, but I have a few openings. If you would like to complete a form I can waitlist your child and if we have enough to create another team then I will make a team up.

  1. The notice and registrations are available to see on the school website so if you did not receive your copy you can view it online. Click here to view

If your child is playing Hockey, please ensure that they have Shin Pads and St Mary sports sock to hold shin pads in place. Also a hockey stick (belly high) and a mouthguard. Uniform shirts will be handed out in the beginning of Term 2. They will wear a Hockey Shirt that I will supply from the office and their PE maroon Shorts.

If your child is playing Football again they will require our school PE Maroon shorts, SM sports socks and a Football Top - Tops need to be collected before Friday.

Miniball Tops are the same as our Touch tops, so if your child played touch last term, hold on to your singlet. If not please return ASAP so our miniball kids have shirts to play in. I still have 15 shirts outstanding from kids who have played touch and are NOT playing miniball. I need these tops back ASAP. I will be sending out invoices in the next couple of weeks if tops are not returned.

Gymnastics

Tuesday & Thursday Lunchtime in the school hall

Rippa Rugby 2018

This event is for Year 3 to Year 6 students – there are two divisions Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6. Maximum of 10 players per team which must consist of 5 boys and 5 girls with only 7 players on the field at any given time (at least 3 girls).

  • Priorty will be given to year 6 players, the same courtesy will be applied next year for year 6's

Date: Wednesday 6th June
Postponement: Friday 8th June
Time: 9.15am to 2.30pm
Venue: Rayboord Park Rugby Fields

Trails will be next Thursday 3:30pm on the school field. This will be held by Al Dinniss. The trail will be for both teams year 5/6 & 3/4. Practices will be advised when the teams have been selected.

Squash

BOP Primary Inter-School Squash Tournament

Date: Thursday 14th June 2018
Venue: Geyser City Squash, Rotorua
Entries close: Thursday 7th June (no late entries will be accepted)
Entries to: Trudy - Sports Co-ordinator
Cost: $15 per player
Time: 8.45am - All teams to arrive by this time, 9am - Match play starts, 3pm - Finish (approx.) Prize giving will be after the last match of the day

If you are keen on participating, please let Trudy know asap via email: sports@stmarysrotorua.school.nz

St Mary's Ski Team

Simon Nicholson and Fee Teat are putting together a Ski Team (6) to represent St Marys at the NIPS - North Island Primary School ski champs that take place on the Monday 27th-30th August. We would love to hear from families whose children that have the ability of riding a T-Bar and beyond.

Please contact Fee Teat 0212405334 direct should you be keen to join our Ski Team.

A Special Mention

To all our coaches for helping out in seasons past and this winter season

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TERM TWO SCHOOL CALENDAR
Wed 9-May Student Led Conferences
Thur 10-May Student Led Conferences
Thur 17-May JPC Open Night
Fri 18-May Scholastic Book orders 12 noon
Fri 25-May Pentecost Mass 9am
Fri 25-May C/Country 3-4, 5-6 1pm

TERM DATES FOR 2018
Term 1: 7 February to 13 April
Term 2: 30 April to 6 July
Term 3: 23 July to 28 September
Term 4: 15 October to 19 December
Teacher Only days : 2 February, 5 February