Newsletter No 16,31 May 2017

Talofa lava! ...
Greetings to you during Samoan Language Week...

Last week we celebrated Pentecost at our Mass on Friday. Thanks to those students who led us in prayer and song. Thanks also to the parents/whanau who were able to join us for this.

We were also lucky to have a fine day for our cross country run. Well done to all the children who ran in the race at the Redwoods. Thanks to Trudy and Sheryl Todd for organising the event and all the staff who assisted on the day. Thanks also to the many parents who helped with transport. Congratulations to our winners:

7-8 Years
1st Noah Maxwell Darcy Ferguson
2nd Olly Atkinson Lola Telfer
3rd Francis Larkin Abigail Sims
9 years
1st Cyris McDonald Shekinah Maxwell
2nd Josh Richardson Teuila Schuster
3rd Richard Hawker KJ Waititi
10 years
1st Don Telfer Leah Field
2nd Brendon Caley Mary Schuster
3rd Jesse Skews Delana Trask
11 years
1st equal Callum Andrews Teina Hatu
2nd Aaron Ash Charlotte Graham
3rd equal Cormac Barbour /
Zach Hall

A number of our students were fortunate to be able to participate in Marimba workshops yesterday. Our children were joined by students from Horo Horo, St Michael's and Seventh Day Adventist Schools. The workshop was organised as part of Music Month and the workshop was run by a group of experienced musicians. Thanks to Jill Walker for organising this for us.

During the weekend of June 10th and 11th, 56 of our students will be Confirmed and making their First Holy Communion. This is a very special time in these children’s faith journey and I ask that you pray for them as they make their final preparations.

A reminder that we have a Parent Information Evening on ‘The Catholic School’ TONIGHT at 5:30-6:30pm in Room 14. The meeting is for parents new to the school, parents intending to send their child on to JPC and anyone who would like to know more of what is taught/expected at a Catholic School.

At the end of this week we farewell Brigit Nieuwboer. Brigit has been a teacher at St Mary’s since 2005 and, as well as being a teacher, she has taken on a number of different leadership roles within the school over these years; led the Literacy, Science Curriculum team, SENCO and Team Leader in the Middle and Senior School. Brigit has been a wonderful teacher and leader and she will be remembered for her hard work, gentle, approachable manner and her professionalism and commitment to teaching. Brigit starts at Mokoia Intermediate from Monday and I am sure you will join me in wishing Brigit all the best in her new position.

Sylvia Dunkley will be taking over Room 3 and the Senior Team Leader’s position for the year, from Monday 12th June.

We have had two teams representing us at the Rippa Rugby tournament today. They had a fantastic day - making the semi-finals. Thanks to Eliana Maxwell who coached the two teams and Trudy for managing the teams on the day. Great to see the parent support down at the park too.

J-Rock is getting very close now and our children have been practising hard over the last couple of months. We have been lucky in that we have had five John Paul College students choreographing and teaching the dances. Rebecca Daniels from Lakes Performing Dance Studio has been directing the show. Thanks also to Api Waititi for building the frame for the set and Fee Teat for organising the backdrop.The show is scheduled for Monday June 12th. Tickets for the show go on sale via ticketek very soon. Students involved do not attend school that day. Instead they are to meet at 10.00am to 9.30pm at the Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre. Please note that anyone involved with J Rock has the option of a late start on the Tuesday morning following (11 June). Please either start at 8.45am or arrive at 10.30am for a 11.00am start.

School photos are scheduled for 16 June and information/envelopes with ordering photos will be sent home this Please do not leave the ordering of these photos to the last minute. Last year we had lots of parents bringing their envelopes in on the day. The organisation on the day is already hectic without having to contend with a large number of late orders.

Fingers crossed for fine weather for this weekend’s sport.

Have a great week.

David Macmillan,


Wednesday 31 May Parent Information Evening on Catholic Schools, 5.30 - 6.30pm

Friday June 16th Class Photos



WHAT: A Parent Information Evening on the Catholic School.

WHEN: TONIGHT 31st May 5:30-6:30pm

WHO: New parents, those intending on sending their child on to JPC, anyone who would like to know more of what is taught/expected at a Catholic School.

WHERE: Room 14, St Mary’s Catholic School Rotorua

If you know of anyone thinking of sending their child to our school please also inform them of this opportunity.

Students preparing to make their Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation, are almost there! June 11th is there big day..please keep these children and their families in your prayers as they embark on their next steps in their faith journey.

Classes have been focused on the God strand and students are really very receptive to what they are learning, affirming and questioning on this strand. Ask your child what new things they have learnt about God and creation.

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,



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
Online: See link on website or app. form/

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:
Parents are welcome to come along at 2pm on Thursdays.

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.



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....

2017 Rippa Rugby

Wow what a fantastic day had by both our teams today. Both years 3/4 & 5/6 teams play hard and fair, both making the semi's and unfortunately just missing out on the finals this year. But that's ok as the kids all played well under the referee's (at times ill) calls. Another massive thank you to Eliana for coaching both teams and at times having to run between the fields to support our players.


Cross Country

As you would have seen from the results above, last Friday we had our annual Cross Country run in the Redwoods Forest. Well done to all our kids that participated. The rain held out and splinters of sunshine shone through. I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to our parents who helped not only with transport but with the marshalling of this event.

Those children that have made the Central Bay of Plenty team for Cross Country, well be advised shortly on what day and time this event will be taking place.


Hockey stick - belonging to Aanya Adlakha. It is a Mulberry Hockey Playing stick with Aanya's name on it. I have the same stick in the office and thinking that another player has accidently picked Aanya's up. Parents please check your kids playing stick too see if they have the correct one.

Hockey - No Games due to Queen's Birthday Weekend

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

Football - No Games due to Queen's Birthday Weekend

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.

Netball - No Games due to Queen's Birthday Weekend

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 - Wednesday and Friday night games are STILL ON

Midgets - this Wednesday 31 May, draw is up on the website

Mini's, Juniors and Seniors - Friday 2nd June, 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.

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.

Trudy James - Sports Coordinator

Please be aware that my hours have changed and I now am working Tuesday to Friday's. Still part-time 10:30am to 3:30pm. Should you need anything you can reach me at school during these days/times or send me an email and I'll reply on the next working day.



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