Newsletter No 35, 8 November 2017

Kia Ora,

This Friday is our Grandparents/Friends Day. We always look forward to this awesome day. You are all invited to come along and bring with you children’s grandparents/friends. Here is the programme:

9.00 am Mass at St Mary’s Church
10.00am Back to your Grandchild’s class and enjoy a shared morning tea.
10:30am Cuppa provided by PTA outside of the hall.
11:00am Mini concert begins (5-10 mins per group). Outside on stage.
12:30pm Visitors free to roam around the school or depart for home.

This year we would like to add a ‘photo booth’ opportunity. Students with visitors can have their family photo taken with a cool backdrop to remember Grandparents /Friends Day 2017!



I would like to thank our DRS, Bernie Hall and the RE team for organising this event.

Unfortunately our Athletics Sports had to be cancelled last week. We are all set to go tomorrow, but still need help. If you are able to help, please just turn up on the day and see Lorna Dobson or Leon Volschenk. Children need to bring hat, lunch, sunscreen and water. The athletic sports are for Years 3-6 students from 8:45am to 2:30pm. You are very welcome to attend this event. It is on at the Rotorua Athletic Track which is next to the Rugby Stadium.

Colleen Pinfold and our Reading Tutors had morning tea with children they have been tutoring, last week. I just need to acknowledge the awesome progress the children have made. Thanks to Colleen and her helpers for their work with our children.

Well, our community keeps giving. Thanks to David Ronayne who has spent the last few days finishing off the boundary fence. Mike Woolford came in yesterday and completed a few plumbing jobs for us. We now have a tap for the school vegetable gardens and Mike also fixed a few of our downpipes. Thank you to you both.

I had someone offer to store our library books while the building programme takes place in the school. Thank you to Anne-Marie Jessen.

Thanks also to our PTA Hospitality group who support families with meals when the need arises. Your support is much appreciated.

In the first weekend in December we intend entering a float into the Christmas Parade. We will have a nativity focus with a Donkey in our parade. All our children are invited to be part of our float. We would appreciate any outfits that children could wear on the float. The outfits could be anything that would resemble shepherds, wise men, angels, Mary, Joseph etc. We also have some material, so if anyone could help us by sewing basic outfits, that would be fantastic. If you can help please email me or leave a message with Maggie in the office. And if you have any costumes you would like to donate, please drop them off at the office.



Lunch Break 12.40 - 1.15


Have an enjoyable week.

Regards,David Macmillan, Principal.


Thursday 9 November Athletics day back-up : Year 3-6
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
Thursday 30 November ELL Picnic
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


Grandparents/Special Friends Day this Friday 10th November. All most welcome!

Starts with Mass at 9:00am, followed by classroom visits and a shared morning tea in classes. At 11:00am we will begin our concert from some of our different culture and sports groups. Please do come along.

Weather permitting our concert will be outside the hall otherwise we will hold it inside. Coffee and Tea will be provided by our wonderful PTA. This year we will have a ‘photo booth’ available for families to have their photo taken to remember the day!

Students please bring a shared morning tea for their classes.

Christmas is around the corner and we are participating in the Christmas parade this year. If you have any angel or Jesus items/clothing we can use-please send to the office. Mrs Hall (Room 17) will also be collecting items. Our Young Vinnies are doing a Christmas Food Appeal. Cans of food can be sent to school from now on and House points will be given. From there our Young Vinnies and Mrs Todd will collect them. Thank you in advance.


Due to the sudden closure of the Howard Morrison Centre on Friday, ticketing and venue options are currently being reconsidered. Mrs Dunkley will attend a meeting this Thursday to discuss these matters. Please note Ahurei children will not receive their notices until NEW arrangements have been finalised. There could well be a very tight time frame on ticket purchases so please be aware of this.

An information evening for Year 2 Parents:
When: Thursday 16 November
Time: 5.15 - 6pm.
Where: Rooms 14/15
This meeting is targeted at Year 2 parents who will have students in Year 3 next year. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the use of google apps accounts and chrome books in Years 3 - 6 classes. Flyers outlining the latest Chromebook deals offered to our parents through Harvey Norman, Office Max, Noel Leeming, PB Technology and Cyclone Computers will be available.

Results of Trinity London Speech and Drama results for students:

Students from St Mary's gave excellent performances in the recent Trinity London Speech & Drama examinations. Particular congratulations must go to Harrison Roberts-Brake who was awarded the Junior Civic Arts Scholarship this year for the highest mark in Rotorua for Trinity London Speech and Drama examinations.

Aarav Adlakha
Speech New Zealand Speech and Drama Initial Grade = Merit

Lily Kautz
Trinity London Speech & Drama Grade 1 = Distinction
Speech New Zealand Speech and Drama Grade 1 = Honours Plus

Sofia Keeling
Trinity London Speech & Drama Grade 1 = Distinction
Speech New Zealand Speech and Drama Grade 1 = Honours

Maiah Ngawhika
Speech New Zealand Speech and Drama Grade 1 = Honours

Molly Bradley
Speech New Zealand Speech and Drama Grade 1 = Honours

Harrison Roberts Brake
Trinity London Speech & Drama Grade 2 = Distinction
Speech New Zealand Speech and Drama Grade 2 = Honours Plus

Gargi Vaidya
Trinity London Speech & Drama Grade 2 = Distinction
Speech New Zealand Speech and Drama Grade 2 = Honours

Anusha Sharma
Speech New Zealand Speech and Drama Grade 2 = Honours

Ihita Nath
Speech New Zealand Speech and Drama Grade 2 = Merit plus

Drama Kids Rotorua
H 07 345 4163 | M 027 424 6050

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 - 26 - 29 March.
We would like to encourage you to start a payment plan for this activity. The cost will be approximately $350.00 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 -


United Aquatic Sports - Te Arawa Swimming - Orange Swim School
- delivering the full aquatic package - or orange.swimschool@gmail.comor 027-2203470 (text)

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:

MISSING SCHOOL JERSEY: Named Maddisyn Rolleston, lost Tuesday. Please check your child's belongings for this item. Thank you.

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.


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

Touch Rugby - Cancelled today 8th November

Parents the draw is up on the St Mary's website under Sports Draws.


as the draw comes in, it will be posted up on the ST Mary's website, so please keep checking the website.


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.

There is NO PRACTICE for the PUKAKI Team today afterschool.

St Mary's Athletics Day

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

Topguns Tennis Holiday Programme.

Venue- Lynmore Tennis Club.

Days- Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th, and Wednesday 20th December.

Times- 9 am to 12 pm. Cost $30 per day.

Bring food and drinks, racquets available if needed.

Learn tennis from a Tennis NZ Competition Coach and have some fun as well.

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


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.


For details of Rotorua Locals Weekend deals see the following link



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