Newsletter No 23 7 August 2019

Kia Ora,

On Friday we celebrate St Mary ‘of the Cross’ MacKillop’s feast day. Mary MacKillop started the religious order, the Sisters of St Joseph. A lot of Mary MacKillop’s sayings are on the outside walls of our school. It was these sisters who started St Mary’s Catholic School in 1903. The school, when it first started, was called St Michael’s and was next to St Michael’s Church at Ohinemutu. The school moved to its present site here on Carnot St in 1924 and was renamed St Mary’s in 1958. There have been a number of Sisters who have taught over the years and we are very fortunate to still have Sister Carina with us in our parish and she often comes in to visit our children and staff.

On Friday we celebrate Mass together and you are very welcome to join us at 9.00am. There are a number of activities focusing on Mary MacKillop’s work that the children will be involved in during the day.

Last Wednesday the PTA held their AGM. Thanks to the parents who made an effort to attend. We are so lucky to have an active PTA in our school. They do great work. Not only do they fundraise for us but they also coordinate meals for families/whanau during times of need. Renee Cleaver has been re-elected as chairperson, Juanita Conder re-elected as Secretary and the re-elected treasurer is Giovanni Fredricksen. Lorraine Thomson will act as the staff representative as Kate Keaney is standing down after a number of years.

A group of students were involved in a gym competition at Mount Maunganui on Friday. From all accounts it went very well. Thanks to Kelley Kemp for organising this event for our children and the parents who helped with transport and supervision on the day.

Some of our students are very keen to have a chess club in the school. If you or someone you know might be keen to help run this, please let me know.

Next week we have a busy week: Maths Week, Steam Extravaganza, BOP Rugby 7’s, Assumption of Mary Liturgy, Schools’ Spelling Bee Competition are all on and the Kakano team will be hosting teachers from a local school.

Just a heads up that we have a Teachers’ Only day on Friday 23rd August, so there will be no school for our children on this day. We are joining other Catholic Schools from the Bay of Plenty to hear David Wells, International Speaker, Teacher, Catechist and Author. The day is being hosted by Aquinas College in Tauranga.

Have an enjoyable week.

Enjoy your week.

Kind regards,
David Macmillan, Principal.

School Library: Parent Help Wanted
If you have a little bit of spare time and would love to help out at the school library - shelving and labelling the wonderful treasures held therein - please contact the librarian, Kay Hall, on

Whanui Hui
Wednesday 14 August - 6pm - McDonalds Fenton Street.
Nau mai Haere Mai

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

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Nǐ hǎo Everyone,
Our Mary of the Cross Mass is on Friday this week.This is a special day for our school. Mass will be followed by shared morning teas or lunches in classes, and activity rotations across the school will be run by the teachers. We do hope you can join us!!

Mary MacKillop:
Within four years of Mary becoming a sister, there were 130 Sisters of St Joseph.The Sisters of St Joseph was the first Catholic order founded by an Australian. They vowed to live in poverty, own no property and were committed to equality. These were central to the order's rule. As well as schools, Mary MacKillop and the sisters founded hospitals and orphanages, as well as providing shelters for the homeless, former prostitutes and unmarried mothers. And they raised all of the money themselves - mostly by begging. Other religious orders were controlled by their local bishops but the Sisters of St Joseph insisted on governing themselves, something that caused considerable friction with the powers that be in the church. Mary suffered a stroke in 1902 and was an invalid until her death on August 8, 1909. Mary was beatified on 19 January 1995 at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, in a Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II. She was canonised as Saint Mary of the Cross at a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square in the Vatican on 17 October 2010.

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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.

2019 Daffodil Day-30th August
Daffodils will be on sale from Room 6 and we will be setting up a coin trail under the shade sails from 8:30am on the 30th August too.
1 in 3 New Zealanders are affected by cancer,
who will you wear your daffodil for?

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

Hi, my name is Patricia and I’m a SPELD teacher. I come into St-Mary’s School to help support children with learning difficulties.

I provide evidence-based strategies and tools to help your child. (Testimonies available.)

If you need assistance send me an email.
Teacher: Patricia Sabourin

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.

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

Final Miniball Dates for the season
Wednesday - 18th September 2019
Friday - 20th September 2019
Monday - 23rd September 2019


DRAWS are up on the school website

Final Netball Dates for the season
Monday - 12th August 2019
Saturday - 17th August 2019


DRAWS are up on the WaiBOP website

Many thanks to all those who helped with Duty Club on Saturday. Great team work!!

Final day of football this season
Saturday - 7th September 2019
Falcons, Tuis, Sparrows and Robins you are playing in the McDonald's Junior Tournament Saturday 14th September 2019. Your coaches will receive all the information about this.


DRAWS are up on the school website

St Mary's are the DUTY CLUB this Sat 10th August. Please check your emails to see the duty club list and add your name to what you can help with.
If you have any questions or can help on the day please contact Catherine, email:

Final Dates for Hockey this season
Fun Sticks - Saturday 10th August 2019
Mini and Maxi Grades - Depending on if you make the finals please click here to view the Junior Hockey Calendar

TOUGH GUY & GAL 2019 - Yrs 3-6

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

School registrations have now closed.
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.

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

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Ariel received a record breaker award at the Swimming BOP Annual Awards Ceremony held 28th July 2019. Ariel also won the John Hare trophy for most records broken in a season in the BOP - 32!! WOW, congrats Ariel!

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Zack at the Kids Fish Out, Ngongotaha Fish and Game Hatchery. Zack caught this goodie and had great fun doing so!!

South Rotorua Meets Ratepayers’ Candidates for Council, St Chads Hall, Monday, September 16, 1730-1900, free event. Help make Rotorua a better place for everyone.

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