Newsletter No 03, 21 February 2018

Dear Parents,

Hello Everyone,

Next Thursday is our GALA DAY. Prayers please that we get a beautiful fine evening. Our Gala Day is a really awesome community night, so I encourage you all to come: invite everyone you possibly can. The Gala starts at 4.00pm and finishes at 7.00pm. Thanks to all those families who have contributed so far to our Gala. Please see our Gala Countdown requirements later in this newsletter. Of course we will accept other things up until Gala Day.
We really need your support in bringing items in for the Gala Day. We haven’t specified what day to bring goods in, so we will take items on any day. Presently we have received many donations of goods. At the moment Nachos are needed for one of the stalls. If you are able to, please send a packet of Nachos in with your child.
Points to note - No fresh cream items please; cake boxes will be given out to all students for our coffee and cake stall and items will be priced by our PTA.
Baby Elephant includes – children’s toys, sports gear, CD’s, DVD’s, puzzles, games, lego, books.
PLEASE NO damaged or broken second hand goods.
All gala contributions to be taken to your child’s class’s box in the hall foyer as each item received wins 1 point towards their class; the class that receives the most points (pro-rata on number of children per class) wins a surprise lunch!!! The class that brings in the most cakes also wins a special prize.
Yesterday Room 1 organised a cake stall to raise funds for Tonga after the cyclone caused devastation on the island. The students did a great job and raised $236. Awesome work everyone.
Last Friday we had our first school Mass. Thanks to those who joined us for this. We were also able to welcome our new students and families during the Mass.
The Vodafone Warriors visited our school on Friday. They ran an excellent assembly with our students. They gave away lots of great prizes. It was a great occasion for our students.
Tuesday the 27th February we have the regional schools’ Commissioning Mass at 6.00pm in our church. Schools from Whakatane, Opotiki, Matata, Tauranga, Taupo, Tauranga, Mount Maunganui are invited to celebrate Mass with Bishop Steve. Other schools in the diocese have already had their Mass and they were all well attended by staff. The Mass is specifically for blessing the staff, students and parents in all our schools. All our students are welcome but we will specifically invite our senior students. It is important that we attend this Mass with the Bishop. There is a light supper served following Mass.
On Monday and Tuesday we hosted ‘meet the teachers’. Thanks to those who took the opportunity and met with your child’s teacher. The holiday Reading Draw is this Friday. Children need to bring their logs back by tomorrow.
Henk Gruepink from the Orange Swim School has started swimming lessons with our Year 5 & 6 students this week. This will continue for two weeks and then he will spend time with the Year 3 & 4 children. He does a fantastic job with the children.
Miss Brolly is on leave from today and she returns next Wednesday as Mrs Smith. Katherine’s wedding day is Saturday and I am sure she and her husband-to-be, Richie, will have a wonderful day. Fingers crossed for a fine day. God bless to this happy couple.
Over the weekend two St Marys students represented the Bay of Plenty as part of the Swim Rotorua Team at the New Zealand Junior Swimming Festival (Aquaknights zone). They were both integral to Swim Rotorua winning the overall Top Club at the competition. Over 330 competitors took part, so their results are fantastic.
Kaia Joyce (10 yrs) came away from the competition with a stunning 8 medals in the girls 10 & under age group. Kaia won GOLD in the 200m Individual Medley, SILVER in 50m Breaststroke and 50m freestyle and BRONZE in 50m backstroke, 50m fly, 100 Individual Medley, 100 and 200 freestyle. Kaia raced with determination and focus, winning her 100m freestyle medal from a 13th place ranking, and beating 50 other swimmers’ times.
Ariel Muchirahondo (8yrs) was competing in the 10 & under age group at his first national event. With two more years in this age group, his results are fantastic. Ariel came 4th in the 200m Individual Medley taking 7 seconds off his time. He placed 7th in 200m backstroke and 8th in 50m backstroke.
Kaia and Ariel were awesome team mates, and gutsy athletes. Well done Kaia and Ariel.
Enjoy the busy week ahead, and again, prayers for a fine day for the Gala Day.
We look forward to seeing everyone at our school gala 4pm – 7pm on Thursday 1st March.
Thank you for your kind support.

Kind Regards,

Have an awesome week.
David Macmillan, Principal.

Maria Rexy is looking for a group of children who would like to be part of a children's Indian dancing group to perform at the Gala.
Practices will be Saturday and Sunday in the school hall, and during the week at her home 4/5 Toko Street.
Please phone Maria on 075624218 if your child is interested.

School lunches are available from Pita Pit, Rotorua on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Lunches need to be ordered online via 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


Prayer for first Sunday of Lent
Loving God, e te Atua O te aroha, each of us finds ourselves at various times in the wilderness. Help us remember and reach out to others in their times of vulnerability and trial.


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Hello Everyone,
Our first 2018 Mass went well on Friday with all the students joining in with songs and responses. We also welcomed all new children to our school and Father also blessed the staff.
This week we launch into our Caritas focus. The 2018 theme for Caritas is inspired by a quote from Suzanne Aubert: ‘Let us go together’. We are personally called to go on a journey - with each other and with God. In the course of the journey we are changed and we change the world around us. Our focus includes; peace, reconciliation, overcoming poverty and empowering women. Classes have access to the school Lenten resources and this year we look at these issues in greater depth in Timor-Leste.

In week 4 we celebrate World Day of Prayer for Children. We will hold a liturgy for this in the Church at 11:00am. Children will be invited and encouraged to dress in their national costume for the day. We will celebrate all cultures and children around the world but pray especially for those in great need.
If you have a flag for your home country please do bring it along for this. Last year we had a fantastic response and the children looked amazing in national dress.
Congratulations too, to Keerat Sran who became a NZ Citizen this week!

Room 1 have a fabulous display in their room for Lent and their Lenten promises. It is wonderful to see class displays of children’s work up on the walls. The quote regarding Lent is spot on. Well done Room 1 and thank you for sharing your work!

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Tuesday the 27th February we have our Schools’ Commissioning Mass at 6.00pm in our church. Schools from Whakatane, Opotiki, Matata, Tauranga, Taupo, Tauranga, Mount Maunganui are invited to celebrate Mass with Bishop Steve. Other schools in the Diocese have already had their Mass and they were all well attended. The Mass is specifically for blessing the staff, students and parents in all our schools. All our students are welcome but we will specifically invite our senior students. It is important that we attend this Mass with the Bishop. There is a light supper served following Mass.

Bernie Hall -Director of Religious Studies

You are invited to attend a refresher course for Catholics wanting to return to the practice of their Catholic faith. This will run weekly at 7.00pm on Tuesday nights commencing 27 February 2018 for four weeks until 20 March. Course to be held at St Mary's Church, corner of Seddon and Ranolf Streets.
Enquiries: please email Fr Eamon Kennedy at

Year 5 & 6 Camp 2018
The Year 5 & 6 camp for 2018 to Auckland is in Term 1 : 26 - 29 March.
We would like to encourage you to start a payment plan for this activity. The cost will be $330.00 and we require the fee to be paid before the students go on camp.
Many thanks to those parents who are already underway with payments. Any queries to Margo Mason -

Scholastic Book Orders
Scholastic book orders are due back by noon this coming Friday 23 February. NO LATE ORDERS PLEASE. If paying by cheque please make payable to Scholastic NZ. You can pay by cash or online via loop system.
Please ensure your child's name and classroom number are on the order form.


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.

The school is able to offer a banking service to pupils. This is through Credit Union and our banking day is Thursday.
Please call at the office if you would like an enrolment form to complete.

2017 School Magazine : The office is still holding a few copies of the 2017 school magazine. Cost $5.00. Please call at the office if you wish to purchase one.

Reliable Repair Service...

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Sports News

St Mary's App - Download Now

Kia ora New and Returning Parents, Summer Sports started this week, both Flippaball and Touch Rugby are on and hopefully cricket tomorrow. Lets pray to the weather gods. If you have the app on your smart phone you would have receive notifications on whether games are cancelled or when trainings have been moved etc...... If you do not have the app, please download, so you do not miss out on sports updates.


Draw up on website either late in the week or early Mondays.

Well done to our teams getting out and doing St Mary's proud.

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Touch Rugby

On today at Kuirau Park


No draw, so head down to Smallbone Park on Devon Street.


Starts this Thursday 22nd February

Tuesday & Thursday Lunchtime in the school hall.

Rats Duathlon

The team at RATS are organizing the 8th off-road duathlon event for Year 3-8 students. Enter your students now and compete for the Inter-School RATS Duathlon trophy that gets to stay with the winning school for the year!

When: Tuesday 6th March 2018
Where: Waipa MTB Carpark
Cost: $10 per student to be paid at the school office
Entries Close: Tuesday 27th Feb 2018
Two course options:
Short Course 500m run – 3km MTB – 500m Run
Long Course 1.5k run – 8km MTB – 500m Run

There are No Team entries this year. All athletes will compete as individuals.

To register, see Trudy at the office or email me and I will email you a form.


MARG'S SWIM SCHOOL - St Mary's Heated Pool
Term 1 - 12 February 2018
*Quality programme for all ages
*Specialty classes for 4 - 7 years old water confidence
*Experienced teachers
"We guarantee to teach your child to swim"
Phone Margaret 0274599286 or 07-3482951
(please include phone number with email.)

FREE Sunday Golf Sessions for new golfers- Government Gardens Driving Range. 10-11am Every Sunday.
Ant: 100% Golf Ltd
NZPGA Professional
Rotorua Golf Club

Market Day - Riding for the disabled

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Rotorua Parks Week 10 - 18 March and Children's Weekend 3 - 4 March
Info on events: or follow

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Sacred Heart College Open Day: Wednesday 7 March 2018. Tours of the college at 11.45am and 1.30pm.
Places available in Years 7 & 9 2019. Full-time and weekly boarding is available in Years 9 - 13.
There is also a scholarship opportunity for Catholic students of Maori or Pasifika descent for Years 7 onwards. These scholarships include financial contributions, boarding fees and other expenses. Applications close 29 March 2018.
Further information:
Nicola Thomas Phone 09 529 3660 ext 714

or see Mr Macmillan for enrolment application.


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