Newsletter No 20 3 July 2019

Kia Ora,

On Friday, the curtain comes down on another busy term. It is hard to believe that we are halfway through our school year. I hope our children all enjoy a well earned rest over the holidays.

A large group of students performed at ShowQuest in Tauranga last Thursday. I would like to sincerely thank our staff, Bernie Hall, Shanelle McCashin and Kelley Kemp for organising our ShowQuest students. It was a huge commitment of being at rehearsals, organising props and costumes, coordinating show day with transport, food, parents to help with costume changes, makeup and hair. Was it worth it? Too right it was. Our kids got so much from performing and they also found out that it requires a huge commitment from them to get to practices each week and in doing their bit to be part of a large team. A large team it was, with just under one hundred children involved. Feedback we got from some members of the ShowQuest team, was that we had one of the largest groups of children on stage from all the shows in NZ and they also thought that St Mary’s and Lynmore’s performances were two of the best. Great feedback. We were also fortunate to have our three JPC students coaching our children. It was certainly a commitment on their part too. They did all the choreography and teaching of our students. Thanks to Georgia Howard and Lilly and Charlotte Russell for their work. It was excellent. We will get a chance to watch the performance at Friday assembly. Unfortunately we won’t have the lights or staging but I bet we have huge excitement from our performers as they get a chance to perform in front of their school. Assembly starts at 1.50pm this coming Friday. You are invited to come and watch this performance.

Manuka and Kakano had their cross country on Friday. It was a great morning with a huge turnout of parents. The weather was fine, the track was hard and fast and the students all participated to their fullest. We had some speedsters in this group. Thanks to those who organised this event and our senior students were great with their help too. Congratulations to our winners.

Congratulations to Olivia Graham and Sahr Kortequee who both passed their Grade 1 Classical Guitar exam with merit. Well done!

This week is a busy week with performances galore happening. I think it is a nice way to finish the term. All our children are going to Felix the Fearless Dog at the Blue Baths. Feedback from the students who have so far watched the performance has been very positive. Felix will also be performing during the holidays.

Today we hosted Carine Senior High School from Australia. Our children like performances, so it is a good opportunity to hear Carine’s school band, concert band and rock band. A number of Australian schools are playing in Rotorua schools this week and are participating in Rhapsody Rotorua.

On Thursday our Young Vinnies have organised a book swap. Children can bring a book in good condition and swap it for a different book. The swap will occur at lunchtime. If you have books you would like to donate, we would love them. You can leave them at the school office.

On Friday we have mufti-mania. This is a NZ Catholic Schools initiative and all the money raised is going to a Papua New Guinea school. Here is some background: We are supporting Doputz Primary School in Bougainville so they can re-open their school by helping them repair classrooms and access new water tanks and toilets. Gold coin donation please.

The holiday reading programme is on again these holidays. The reading logs will be sent home tomorrow. There are many great prizes this time. When children hand their logs back, we might ask them a couple of questions about the books. Children can start entering their books as soon as they get their logs and the draw will take place in the first week of Term 3, Wednesday 24th July. PLEASE, please keep your children reading over the holidays. If you are short of books at home, you could take your child to the town library. If you read to your child, enter that on your child’s log too.

Next term, we will be starting a new Kakano class. The new teacher who will be teaching these children is Sara Mines from St Michael’s. Sara is an excellent, experienced teacher and I am sure you will make her feel very welcome at St Mary’s.

Just a heads up about some events in the first few weeks next term:

In partnership with the NZ Police all our children will be involved in the Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme. Keeping Ourselves Safe enables children to learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others. Students recognise the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and those who have been or are being abused are encouraged to seek help.

We will be holding ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ parent information meetings on Thursday 25th August at 2.00pm in the School Staffroom and the meeting will be repeated at 5.30pm in Room 14. You are encouraged to attend a meeting to hear more about the programme.

Friday 26th July. Children’s Reports go home

Monday 29th July and Tuesday 30th July. 3 -Way Conferences after school. You will be able to book an interview on-line next term.

Friday 23rd August: Teachers’ Only Day. NO SCHOOL.

Thank you for all your support over the term, it has been a busy term. I hope you enjoy your break and you have some quality time with your children. I would also like to thank the staff of St Mary’s for their hard work this term.

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Kind regards,
David Macmillan, Principal.

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Wow what an amazing show! We are so proud of all the children involved! Thank you to all the parents that helped make the day a great success! For those that missed the show the children will be preforming again this Friday at Assembly. Assembly will start at 1.50pm.

Thank you
Bernie Hall, Shanelle McCashin, Kelley Kemp.

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Teacher Aide position
We are looking for a teacher aide to work with a male student for 1 hour each day. There is a possibility an additional hour a day may be available. We need someone from the start of Term 3 and the work hours will be in the middle of the day.

If you are interested in being considered could you please submit an application to by 5pm Monday 8 July.


Bonjour Everyone,

We wish all our families a safe and blessed holiday. Classes are busy finishing their Holy Spirit focus. Ask your child what they know about the Holy Spirit. See if they can name some of the gifts we receive from the Holy Spirit. Next term staff will be having some professional development hosted by Father John. Father John is in our parish for 6 weeks, and he has offered some of this time to work with staff. This will be a valuable contribution for our teachers. We continue to pray for the unwell in our community and pray they understand God walks with them also.

Renew my strength, Lord. Fill me with your supernatural power to overcome each obstacle in my path. With my eyes on you, Lord, with you walking beside me, working through me, Thank you, Lord! In Jesus's name, Amen.



OUR CONDOLENCES to the Hintz family (Leon Hintz Room 12)on the death of their grandmother (Paul's Mum) who passed away in North Auckland. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.


PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

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PITA PIT have updated their menu options..The following new product(s) are now available on your Organisation's menu.
If you do not wish for this product(s) to be on your menu please email request to have product(s) removed. Alternatively call our helpline on 0800 565 565.

FRIDAYS: Sausage Sizzle and Juicies available. $1.50 each item. Order from your classroom teacher.

Online Cooking Programme

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Online Uniform Sales: Uniforms are available online via our website using paypal.
Parents can also order uniforms from Schooltex (warehouse) direct at this link

For parents who want to order boys' winter shorts with buckle. link here

We are also holding a stock of rugby socks for sale at $5.00 pair. We are unable to sell these as part of the uniform as the manufacturer made a mistake with the coloured stripes. Size 6 - 10, $5.00 per pair, royal blue and maroon. : Great buy for practice socks or just keeping those feet extra warm.

Mark your calendars now :
AGM Wednesday 31 July, 7pm in school staffroom.
Any parent/caregiver is welcome to attend. Come and meet this lively bunch of parents who work so hard for our school. No Gender bias!


Notices re 2019 ICAS Assessments will be made available to interested Year 3-6 students from today.

ICAS Tests we will offer this year:
Year 3 - 6 students: Science, Mathematics, Spelling, English
Year 4 - 6 students: Writing

The School Office will also have extra copies of the notice. Participation in these tests is optional and on a user pays basis. We suggest that they are only suitable/useful for very able students.

If you want your child to participate please encourage them to collect a notice from their class teacher. Please also note that the return slip, with payment, needs to be at our School Office by noon on Thursday 25 July.

Change of Address/Contact Phone numbers:
For change of personal contact details : Please notify the office or email :
The school newsletter is available on Wednesday afternoons via email.

To advise School absences

Leave a message on the answerphone
Notify us via the school website (see quick links-absences)
Notify us via the School App - see absentee form

Driving Courtesy in the Church Carpark:

REGRETFULLY, once again we have to mention the lack of courtesy displayed by some of our parents in the Church Carpark. Please note that the arrows painted on the carpark grounds are there for a reason and must be followed. Some drivers are trying to take the "quick" way out and unfortunately it will not be a quick or pleasant option if an accident occurs.
ALSO a staff member found someone had banged into the rear of her "new" car last week. These things can happen accidentally, but it is usual courtesy for a note to be left for the person whose car has been damaged. Pleased contact the school office if you can assist with further details.

GYMNASTICS Tuesday, lunchtimes in the school hall.
Your child is welcome to come along and join in.

Sports News


SPORTS DRAWS click here

Games are ON this Friday 5th July - then we break for the school holidays with games resuming first week back Term 3.
DRAWS are up on the school website
DRAWS for the season are available to view on the Rotorua Basketball website

NO games this Saturday. Next games are Sat 27th July and Monday 29th July. Enjoy your break.
DRAWS are up on the school website

Games are ON this Saturday 6th July, then next game is Saturday 27th July.
DRAWS are up on the WaiBOP website

We are the DUTY club again on Saturday 3rd August and September 7th. We will need many volunteers to help make this day a success. We need people to help set up the fields, run the BBQ, pack up the fields, transport the required equipment, collect food in the morning and manage the money on these days. Please let Catherine know if you are available to help. Email or ph 07 3481701
"Many hands make light work"

NO games this Saturday, next games are Saturday 27th July. Enjoy your break.
DRAWS are up on the school website

TOUGH GUY & GAL 2019 - Yrs 3-6

Wednesday 21st August 2019. $25 per child.

Information and registration forms have been sent home with children. Forms are also available to view on our school website click here or can be collected from the school office. Please ensure you make payment when returning your registration form.


What a great event this was. Congratulations to all the children who participated. Here are the results from the day.

Junior Cross Country Results 2019
5 Year Olds BOYS GIRLS
1st Mateo Parra Rodriguez Chahat Kumar
2nd Hayden Liu Indie Fraser
3rd Tirama O'Connell Holly Taylor
5 1/2 yr olds BOYS GIRLS
1st Ian Yoo Addison Wilkinson
2nd Carlos MacDonald Kennedy Grant
3rd Armaan Prasad Mila Grant
6 Year Olds BOYS GIRLS
1st Flynn Hurihanganui Zique Ligutom
2nd Fraser Leatherland Mia Jeffs
3rd Tai Filipo Sophie Bunnett
6 & 1/2 Year Olds BOYS GIRLS
1st Xavier Parata Sara Plummer
2nd Owen Squibb Julia Forte
3rd Nate Rowe-Hawkins Avantika Rana
7 Year Olds BOYS GIRLS
1st Lennox Portland Lea Gelid
2nd Max Schuster Lydia Hardman
3rd Drew Donnelly Arianna Excultero


These are available to view on our school website (under Sports - School Holiday & Sports Programmes) - click here


Please send any team photos you have to Catherine -


If your child has achieved something special, sporting or otherwise, please email Catherine with a blurb and photo

Kadin Martin completed the O Rock challenge course where he had to run through mud, climb over tyres, cars, through ropes and lots more. He had heaps of fun. Well done Kadin!

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