Newsletter No 34, 1 November 2017

Kia Ora,

I was absolutely over the moon with the way people just poured into school to help at the 'working bee' on Saturday, despite the drizzly weather. So many parents and grandparents showed up to help us. We must have had well over 60 people who came to assist! There were many children there too and they were also most helpful. We got all the jobs done, plus more than we wanted to get done including erecting 75 m of fence on the church/field boundary, new swimming pool fence completed, mountain of softfall spread on the senior playground, playground platforms were replaced, top of garden boxes in our vegetable garden area were replaced, painted veranda posts, gardening, cleaning windows, guttering cleaned out at the back of the school, shade cloth up, turf fence repaired, swimming pool shade cloth water blasted, pet area cleaned up, some of the outdoor bench seats stained and our new playhouse painted. The PTA also provided a yummy morning tea. A huge thank you to Glen Orbell, a parent and builder for Urbo Homes, who came into school on the Friday, with his worker James to build the swimming pool fence and he was also our foreman for the boundary fence build and the completion of the swimming pool fence on the Saturday. It was amazing how quickly that fence went up. Glen also negotiated for some free building supplies from CARTERS for the project. Thanks Glen. Phil Haines from Pita Pit also donated some delicious wraps for morning tea. Thanks to them too. It was a great school community event and I must say we do have an awesome community.

There are some parents who couldn’t make it on Saturday who have volunteered to help fix up things around the school at a later date. Thank you to you too, we will certainly take up your offers of help.

We heard some excellent news from JPC. The new leaders for 2018 have been appointed and two of them are our former students: Julia Florence is Head Girl and Te Ohongaake Swanson Hall is the Deputy Head Boy. Isn’t that fantastic? This year’s Head Girl, former St Mary’s student, Teresa McLean has been an awesome leader.

Student Led Conferences were held yesterday. Thank you to the parents who came to these. It is important you see what your child has been doing at school and also the goals they have set for themselves for this term. The junior teams (Kakano and Manuka) are having their Student Led Celebration on Thursday November 30th.

Years 3-6 Inter House Athletics is this Friday 3rd November 8:45-2:30pm. You are very welcome to attend this event. It is on at the Rotorua Athletic Track which is next to the stadium. We are still looking for parents to assist us on the day. If you are able to help please email Lorna Dobson in Room 6.
If your child requires a sausage and juicy lunch they will need to be ordered on Thursday with their teacher.
Please note that if the event has to be postponed a posting will be made on the website and school app by 7.15am on Friday.

Grandparents/Friends Mass and Picnic is on Friday 10th November. The day starts with Mass at 9:00, followed by refreshments at the school, then a mini concert from our various school groups. Hopefully the weather will allow us to have the concert outside on the field. Please invite Grandparents and Grandfriends to this day.

All Souls/Saint Liturgy is this Thursday at 10:00 in the hall. Our children have been invited to write names of their loved ones who have passed away. Children are bringing the names to the liturgy and will be placed in a basket. These names will be taken to the Church where they will continue to be prayed for.

Our building programme starts in the middle of November. There will be no disruption to classes, as the builders will be working away from the classrooms. One of the classrooms is housing all our library books and they will need to be shifted out for a term (middle of April). If you have a dry space to store the boxes of books please let me know. Presently we have some containers to store furniture, but they are too damp to store our books. Our library will be reinstated at the beginning of Term 2.

A reminder that we have a Teacher Only Day on Monday 27th November. There will be no school for children on that day.

Just an advance notice. I have entered our school in the Rotorua Christmas Parade again this year. Mark it in your calendar, as it is usually great fun for the children. So dust off those angels, shepherds, wisemen, Mary, Joseph outfits for the parade. Hopefully we will have the donkey again too. The date and time is 4.00pm Saturday 2nd December.

Have a great day and please pray for a fine day for Friday for the Athletics.

Have an enjoyable week.

Regards,David Macmillan, Principal.

Friday 3 November Athletics Sports - Snr & Middle Schools
Thursday 9 November Athletics day back-up
Friday 10 November Grandparents/Grandfriends day Mass 9am
Friday 17 November Young Vinnies Mufti Day
Saturday 18 November JPC Testing for Yr 6 students at JPC 9-11.30am
Tuesday 21 November JPC Orientation Day for Year 6s
Thursday 23 November Coaches Thank You evening
Friday 24 November Ahurei performance
Monday 27 November Teacher Only Day
Tuesday 28 November Advent Liturgy
Thursday 30 November Junior Student Led Conferences
Thursday 30 November Totara Trip out
Friday 1 December Year 6 retreat
Saturday 2 December Rotorua Christmas Parade
Thursday 7 December Junior Big Day Out
Friday 8 December Reports to Yr 3 - 6 students
Friday 8 December End of year Mass
Tuesday 12 December Prizegiving
Wednesday 13 December Junior Athletics Day
Thursday 14 December School Tryathlon
Friday 15 December Missioning of Year 6 students


This Thursday we have a liturgy at 10:00am in the hall for All Souls and All Saints Day. Students have been invited to put names forward of their loved ones who have passed. The names will be collected and then we can collectively pray for them. Later in the day the basket of names will be taken to the Church where they will continue to be prayed for.
All souls need our prayers as we will too, when we pass.

Also this week the Emmaus icon will be at St Mary’s Church on Thursday. Classes will make time to visit it and say a prayer. The story of Emmaus is one our Bishop is using as the diocese focus this year on spirituality. The icon is travelling around the diocese.
Bishop Hudson from the Diocese of Westminster is coming to talk at St Mary’s Church on the 4th November at 11:30. He is here to help facilitate ‘With Hearts Burning’ alongside Bishop Steve. Lunch provided!


The Emmaus Story: This story describes the encounter on the road to Emmaus and the supper at Emmaus, and states that a disciple named Cleopas was walking towards Emmaus with another disciple when they met Jesus. They did not recognize him, and discussed their sadness at recent events with him.

Week 4: Grandparents/Special Friends Mass Friday 10th November.
Starts with Mass at 9:00am, followed by refreshments at the school and a mini concert from some of our different culture and sports groups. All most welcome!


Bernadette Hall-DRS

CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to the family of Luca Robb (Room 11) on the arrival of a new baby sister (Isabella). Best wishes for happy family times ahead.

If anyone would like some rhubarb please see/phone Michelle Strathern (caretaker) 0226375800.

Parent thinks she lost her valuable pendant at the working bee on Saturday. Sentimental value. If found please hand into the office.


PLEASE NOTE: Whanui Hui is happening tonight - McDonalds, Fenton Street - change of time to 7pm.

Family Notices:


Lucky Book Orders are due back by 12 noon on Friday 10 November. No late orders will be accepted.
If paying by cheque please make it payable to Scholastic Books and ensure your child's name and classroom number are on the order form.
If items are for a gift please write on order form or let the office know and the items will be put aside for you.

Year 5 & 6 Camp 2018

The Year 5 & 6 camp for 2018 to Auckland is in Term 1 - mid March.
We would like to encourage you to start a payment plan for this this activity. The cost will be approximately $350.00 and we require it to be paid before camp.
Many thanks to those parents who are already underway with payments. Any queries to Margo Mason -


We would like to acknowledge the Rotorua Lakes Swim School who will shortly be tutoring all of our Yr 5 and 6 students. They are providing intensive swim tutoring for two weeks and also the NZ Water Safety Council Water Skills for Life Programme which is run at the Aquatic Centre. We would also like to thank their partners in this programme – Swim Rotorua and funders, Baytrust, RECT and Ritchies Bus Services.


We acknowledge the generosity of PITA PIT to St Mary's School. Special thanks for contributing to morning tea at our working bee last weekend!!! You certainly do deserve your recent national Award.

PMP: Perceptual Motor Programme -
Junior classes NEED parent support on a Tuesday/Wednesday afternoon from 1.30pm to 3pm to assist the teacher running this programme. Anyone is very welcome to contact Brigitte Holmes for further information: Room 18A or

Community Notices:

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.


**Extra activities available at school -*

Kapa Haka:
This term only students selected for the Ahurei will attend Kapa Haka on Thursdays at 2pm in the school hall. Check out our blog site!

Pasifika Group:
The Pasifika group meet every Friday at 11am in Room 15.

ICT Club:
Fridays in Room 4. 12.30 to 1.15pm. For middle/senior students.


Heated Pool - St Mary's School - Term 4 After School lessons
Beginner - Swimmer
All stages of development.

Phone Margaret 027 4599286 or 07-3482951
(Please include your phone no with email)


ST MARYS APP - Download now

With Summer Sports ahead, please be sure to amend your settings to include the sport/s your child/ren is/are playing. The summer sports this coming season are, Touch Rugby, Flippaball and Cricket. Once you have downloaded, you will be sure to receive changes and/or cancellations etc....

Summer Sports

Registrations for Summer Sports is now closed. However you are welcome to fill out a registration form and go on a waitlist. Should we get enough players then we can enter another team. You can find the Information and Registration Forms on the St Mary's Website under the Sports Tab.

Touch Rugby

Parents the draw is up on the St Mary's website under Sports Draws. Good luck for today's games.


Round 3, It's warming up and our teams are doing great.


We now have a coach for both the Super 6 and the Incrediball Teams, thanks Bevan James for taking the Incrediball Team. Practices for Incrediball will be on Friday's afterschool. Super six's (Pukaki) your practices will be on Wednesday's afterschool. We still need a coach for the Superstars (year 0-2), so parents please put your hands up if your kids are playing.

St Mary's Athletics Day

Athletics Day (Years 3 – 6)
9am – 3pm Friday 3rd November 2017
International Stadium, Field Two, Devon Street, Rotorua.

We really need parents helpers, only 4 have offered so far. So if you are able to help on the day please can you email Lorna Dobson (TIC) for Athletics. Email: thank you.

Sulphur City Athletics Club



Weetbix Tryathlon


It's that time again parents, let get your 7+'s out and enjoy the Weetbix Tryathlon 2017.

Event: Rotorua Tryathlon
Location: Kuirau Park
Date: Sunday 10th December 2017
Early Bird Cut Off: Midnight, Friday 10th November (online only)
School Group Cut off Date: Friday 17th November

Click here for a Registration Form

A Special Mention

We had 3 kids enter the CBOP Tennis Tournament last Friday. Charlotte Graham, Rosa Hingston and Corne VanderMerwe. All did well, Charlotte made it to the Semi Final in the individual and Charlotte and Rosa came 2nd in the doubles tournament. Well done Team.


Team Photos

Many thanks to parents who have been sending through the team photos. I have been uploading them as I have received them. Take a look and those teams who have team photos missing please snap away so we can see them standing proud in their St Mary's Sports Uniforms. We will also use many of them for the end of year - Yearbook.

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: 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