Newsletter No 37, 22 November 2017

Kia Ora,

We had a fantastic assembly last week. It was run by our Pasifika Group and they entertained us with some great action dances and songs from Samoa, Fiji, Rarotonga and Tonga. Many thanks to Athlene Wallbank, our Kahikitea Team Leader and Pasifika Tutor, and Rachel and Ezra Schuster who taught the children an action song from Samoa. The children performed beautifully and I was very proud of them.

The building programme is underway FINALLY! The planning for the project started over two years ago. Due to roll growth, we are entitled to two new classrooms. The new classrooms will be attached to Rooms 9 and 8. I am looking forward to their completion. Our Kaumatua and Father Eamon blessed our building site on Friday. Our Ahurei group and the RE Leaders were part of the group and sang beautifully. The builders have arrived this week. The area from the Ranolf St Entrance, back of offices between Rooms 8 & 9, back of Rooms 9 & 10, and in front of Room 8 & 9 is now fenced off. The builders are trying to minimise the disruption to us as much as possible. They will also be upgrading our staffroom and offices upstairs and expect the staffroom to be completed at the start of Term 1. The new classrooms are to be ready for the start of Term 2.

There is a Christmas Tree up in the office foyer. This tree is the ‘Angel Tree’. The following letter explains what the Angel Tree is all about. We have only 19 more gifts left to be bought. If you can help please drop into the office and pick up a tag which lists what you can buy for a specific child. Our community has been very generous supporting this project.

To St Mary’s parents, caregivers and community,
Last year our church community supported ‘Angel Tree’ which is a branch of the ‘Prison Fellowship of New Zealand’ (PFNZ), a Christian charitable organisation that was founded over 40 years ago. For 18 years PFNZ and angel tree have been making a difference at Christmas for children with a parent or grandparent in prison. This year, through our school community, we are hoping to support 80 local Rotorua children.
This is how it works and how you can help. By the end of this week a Christmas tree will be in the office foyer with 80 gift tags on it. On each tag is written a child’s name, age and a present suggestion from their caregivers. Gifts are $25 each. Please support angel tree by taking a tag and buying a present. When you have bought the present bring it back to school UNWRAPPED and with the tag attached by Friday 8th December.
If you can’t get to the school office to pick up a tag, please text or phone me and a tag will be sent home in an envelope with your child. Angel tree would prefer that children didn’t select the tags to take them home.
Your support helps local Rotorua children receive a gift from their loved one at Christmas.
For any questions or to organise a tag to be sent home please phone Rachel Schuster on 0274461351
Thank you for your help and support.
The Rotorua Angel Tree team.

St Mary's and St Michael's have entered a Christmas float in the local Christmas Parade. The parade is Saturday 2 December commencing at 4pm. A letter will be going home tomorrow inviting children to be part of our float.If you can help sew costumes please let me know. Thank you.

The Young Vinnies are also co-ordinating a ‘can drive’ and the cans will be given to the Vinnies food bank. It would be great if you could send a can or dried food item to school with your child. The goods are being collected by classroom teachers.

The Ahurei is on this Friday. Our Tamariki are performing in this. They have been practising for a while now and they sound awesome. Thanks to Koro for tutoring the group and Sylvia who has been coordinating the group. I am looking forward to the performance.

Yesterday we had twenty seven students competing in the CBOP Inter-School Athletics Competition. Thanks to Trudy for managing the team and the parents who helped with the gazebo and supported our athletes.

Thanks to the Year 2 parents who came to our parent meeting last Thursday evening. We had a good turn out of parents and feedback has indicated that parents found the evening very worthwhile. Information folders will be sent home today for any Year 2 families who were either not at the meeting or didn't collect the folder issued at the meeting.

If any families want to access the latest Chromebook deals suppliers are offering to our Year 3-6 parents, check out the information in the Elearning section of the A-Z Guide under Our School on our School Website

We are publishing a school magazine again this year, and this will be available during the last week of this term. There will be only 100 magazines printed and for $5, it will be a great memento of 2017. Orders will be taken now and the cost for the magazine is $5.00. Orders will be taken by your child’s teacher or the office. Be in quick; there will only be 100 printed.

Tomorrow we are hosting the “Coaches’ Thank You” Evening. It starts at 5.30pm in the school foyer and it is a special night when we can thank all our coaches.

St Mary’s have two trained swimming instructors - Jack Weston and Jess Gordon - giving year 5 and 6 students swimming and water safety lessons for free in the mornings for two weeks. This opportunity has been made possible by the ‘Making the Difference Water Safety’ programme run by Rotorua Lakes Swim School and Swim Rotorua Swimming Club.

Monday 27 November is a Teacher Only Day. There will be NO school for our children. If you need care for your children on Monday you can contact Mary-Ann Roling on 347 0709 or 0211 215599.

Enjoy your week.
Regards,David Macmillan, Principal.


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 Kakano & Manuka teams' celebration/parents
Thursday 30 November ELL Picnic
Friday 1 December Year 6 retreat
Friday 1 December Kakano & Manuka teams portfolios go home
Friday 1 December Return date for Angel Tree gifts
Saturday 2 December Rotorua Christmas Parade
Thursday 7 November Junior Big Day out
Friday 8 December Reports to Yr 3 - 6 students
Friday 8 December End of year Mass
Friday 8 December Prizegiving
Tuesday 12 December Junior Athletics Day
Wednesday 13 December School Tryathlon
Thursday 14 December Missioning of Year 6 students
Friday 15 December School closes

Parent Interviews for Junior Student Led Conferences will take place on Thursday 30 November from 3.15 - 5.45pm.
To book an interview please follow this process -
parent/teacher interview school bookings
event code : kp7mb
Please note that bookings are at 5 minute intervals - expect the Student Led Conferences to take approximately 15 minutes. If you wish to discuss any other aspects of your child's performance at length, please make an appointment with the class teacher for another time.


Remember - photos from Grandparents/Friends day are available on Facebook. There are also lots on the class blogs.
Students are learning about the Holy Spirit. Ask your child if they can name the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will build into our lives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Some students in the middle school have been keeping a log of how they show these different gifts in their typical school day.
Have a look at the these links:

Bishop Barron on the Holy Spirit

Purpose of the Holy Spirit

Students enrolled in the Sacramental Programme have already had a few lessons. It is wonderful to see the children at Mass with their caregivers. Let’s remember to pray for them as they embark on this personal journey of faith.

Bernadette Hall.
Director of Religious Studies.




Room 5 calculated today that there is over $2100 worth of school uniforms in our lost property box, plus a number of other items such as lunchboxes, jackets and umbrellas. If your child is missing ANYTHING, please check now.

If items are not collected by the end of week 7, these will be donated to the uniform store for resale.**


Performances will take place at the "Harvest Centre" (near Malfroy Netball Courts).
Tickets will be sent home with your child today.
St Mary's will be performing on Friday 24th November at 7.30pm**

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


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.



ST MARYS APP - Download now

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

Summer Sports

Touch Rugby

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.


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

Wow what a fantastic day we had yesterday for Interschool Athletics. All our kids did their best and some placed not only in the heats for track but aced the finals too. Our field events even had a record set by Reegan Boag.

Official Results have been emailed to parents today.

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.

Early Bird has now ended, so to participate is $41.25, photo's are additional.

Event: Rotorua Tryathlon
Location: Kuirau Park
Date: Sunday 10th December 2017to
School Group Cut off Date: Friday 17th November

Click here for a Registration Form

A Special Mention


Finals - Mary Schuster, 1st 200m


Finals - Teuila Schuster 3rd, 200m


Finals - Leah Field, 3rd 100m + 3rd Long Jump, 4th 200m 10 yr old girls.


Finals - Madaleine Keaney 1st High Jump


Finals - 1st Teina Hatu, 2nd Mary Schuster, 100m 11yr old girls


Finals - 1st Reegan Boag (And Record Breaker) for Discus, 10 yr old boys

Zachery Richardson 4th in both Discus and in High Jump.

These Gals and Super Guys, qualifiers and place getters are off to BOP Athletics. Looking forward to see what they can do there. I also want to say a BIG thank you to Nigel Caley, Simon Nicholson and Gerrard Telfer for helping on the day.Thanks 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.


Torpedo7 Offer for St Mary's Community from Catholic Education Office



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