Newsletter No 22 31 July 2019

Kia Ora,

Tonight the PTA is having their AGM in the staffroom at 7.00pm. Our PTA do wonderful things for our school and they would appreciate your support in attending this meeting.

Yesterday, students from our Kapa Haka group performed at the Citizenship Ceremony at the Rotorua Lakes Council. It is great when our tamariki can perform Kapa Haka. By all accounts our students performed very well.

Children’s reports went home on Friday and our 3-Way Conferences were held at the beginning of this week. It was great to see so many of you at these important meetings.

At assembly on Friday, children who were involved in the Holiday Reading Programme participated in the lucky draw. All classes had over 90% return from students in reading over the holidays, with many classes at 100% participation. This is outstanding. Thank you for your support with this. Children reading over the holidays is so important. Thanks to the parents who sent photos of their children reading. Kakano 1 and 4 along with Room 11 had their classes drawn out for a pizza lunch. Well done kids.

Last week we hosted an after school Workshop for 60 educators in the Kakano teaching space. They wanted to see and hear what we are doing with the transition from Early Childhood to school and the learning programme, particularly phonics and learning through play. They were very impressed.

The Keeping Ourselves Safe programme started in our classrooms this week. This is a short summary of the programme: Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS) has been designed to give students the skills to cope in situations involving abuse. It has three overall aims:

* to develop and strengthen children’s skills to keep themselves safe with other people.
*to support and encourage abused children to get help from caring adults.
*to make teachers and parents/caregivers more aware of the need to keep children safe from abuse by adults or other children.

Keeping Ourselves Safe will be taught by your child’s teacher, with support from our local Police School Education Officer, Constable Teri King.

To be successful, Keeping Ourselves Safe needs your help and support. Your child may have homework activities to work on with you. It is important that you participate as much as possible and talk to your child about what they have been learning. This will help reinforce the messages that we as a school are giving, and help your child to use his or her new skills with confidence.

Last week we held two information meetings for Keeping Ourselves Safe and these meetings were well attended.

If you would like to find out more about the Keeping Ourselves Safe programme, please also feel free to visit the KOS Website.

Enjoy your week.

Kind regards,
David Macmillan, Principal.



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.


Student invoices for fees have been sent home with your child.
As we are now mid year, we would like fees paid by the end of term 3 at the latest, unless you have a automatic payment plan in place.

If you need any information regarding setting up a payment plan, or if you have difficulty or a query with your invoice, please do email Margo Mason - or call into the office and we can talk through the query.


Lucky Book orders are due back 2 August at 12 noon. NO LATE orders please.
If paying by cheque please make payable to NZ Scholastic.
Please remember to put your child's name and classroom number on the order form.
If the order is a gift please write this on the order form and it will be held in the office for collection.

Programmes at St Mary's Church - completed registration forms to Parish Office direct:

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We are looking for a volunteer to operate our uniform shop on Mondays (8.30am to 9.00am)- starting in three weeks. Training will be given.
Please call and see Shanelle in the front office if needing more information.


Talofa Everyone,

Our Mary of the Cross Mass is next week. This is a special day for our school. Mass will be followed by shared morning teas in classes, and activity rotations across the school run by the teachers. We do hope you can join us. Classes have begun the Jesus strand, and students usually find they enjoy this strand. They get to hear the stories of Jesus' life, His teachings and how He encouraged his followers.

Our RE leaders are busy organising The Great Art Challenge! As part of celebrating what we believe as a Catholic school and what we value. This challenge is open entry. BIG PRIZES up for grabs.

  • Details below:
    A piece of art that represents an image, icon or a quote from our Catholic teachings
    A child’s creation
    Any medium may be used from one of the following categories: painting, clay, sculpture, mosaic, fabric, sketch, or digital art
    Submit a short description about the art piece and what inspired it
    Art may be submitted individually or in the small group category
    Entries must be received by the end of week to be announced on
    Nativity of Mary Mass.
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PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

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PITA PIT have updated their menu options. You may call their helpline on 0800 565 565 if needing updates.

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


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

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

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

Sports News


Winter SPORTS DRAWS click here


DRAWS are up on the school website
DRAWS for the season are available to view on the Rotorua Basketball website


DRAWS are up on the school website


DRAWS are up on the WaiBOP website

We are the Football DUTY club this Saturday 3rd August. We still 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 and transport the required equipment. Please let Catherine know asap if you are available to help. Email or ph 07 3481701
"Many hands make light work"


Funsticks - you start back again this Sat 3rd August

DRAWS are up on the school website

St Mary's are the DUTY CLUB on Sat 10th August. We will need many volunteers to make this day a success. We will, in particular, need a person or family to volunteer to oversee this fundraising day (in charge of the money, picking up the food and utensils needed etc), with all money made going straight back in to Hockey here at St Mary's. If you can do this or help on the day please contact Catherine, email:

TOUGH GUY & GAL 2019 - Yrs 3-6

Wednesday 21st August 2019. $25 per child. Lakes Ranch, Tikitere

Completed forms and payment must be returned TODAY to be registered by our school. No late registrations can be accepted at school.
Parents can still enter their children online themselves. It is important that parents select the correct entry type/day and venue and also select Teacher for bib collection and write our School name in FULL. This will link you to our Registered School Group.


We have entered a team in the upcoming SEVENS Tournament. TRIALS are Thursday lunchtime on the field. Yr 5 & 6 only. Please come as soon as the bell rings. Bring a mouthguard if you have one. No boots needed.
A team of 12 will be selected and parents will be notified.
Tournament day is Tuesday 13th August 2019, Westbrook Fields Rotorua.
Any questions please contact Catherine Elmiger

WaiBOP Football GK Programme - Term 3 (2019)

WaiBOP Football GK Programme - Term 3, 2019 (7 weeks)

Rotorua, International Stadium, 9th-12th Grade players 4pm - 5pm and 13th -16th Grade players 5.15pm - 6.15pm, Cost $75 Aug 6th - Sept 17th.
For any further information please contact Seamus Casey or James Bannatyne

To register 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

73rd Annual Rotorua Speech and Drama Competition – Sat 3rd – Sun 4th August

FREE ENTRY all weekend, Energy Events Centre.

Over the two days more than 170 five to eighteen year olds will participate in rehearsed group drama items, reading recitals, Shakespeare, light verse, character recitals in costume, poetry recitals, impromptu performances and more.
The Premier event is the ‘Performer of the Year Award’ which takes place on the Sunday afternoon at 1pm with senior competitors taking to the stage to compete for this prestigious award.

Come along to see Rotorua's talented youth showcase talents at the 73rd Annual Rotorua Speech and Drama Competition.”

Facebook Event:

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Talent Wanted – Agrodome

Agrodome, New Zealand’s ultimate farm experience, is looking for 20 “models” to assist us in an upcoming photoshoot.

We are after people who:

Are over the age of 40
Enjoy laughing and aren’t afraid of the camera
Are available on Sunday, 1st September from 9:00am – noon at the Agrodome, Rotorua

Successful models will receive a $50 Prezzy card, lunch and a complimentary pass to the Agrodome Farm Show and Farm Tour!

If you’re interested please email so we can add you to the talent list.