Newsletter No 25 21 August 2019


Kia Ora,

Another very busy week last week. We involved ourselves in Maths week and each of the teams had many different activities on the go. It was a lot of fun and the week concluded with an inter-house competition at Friday’s assembly. It was a lot of fun and it was great for the children to see the teachers battling it out and having fun too. Thanks to Nicole Lovegrove for organising Maths week.

The ZM Spelling Bee was held after school on Thursday and our children did very well. Rosa Hingston and Lorenzo Ersando were placed second in their age group, Connor Hesson fourth and our team was placed fourth. Congratulations to all our students who were involved in the competition.

Thanks to our little children in Manuka for leading us through the Assumption of Mary Liturgy on Thursday. It is always great to see our little ones get up in front of the school and speak. I thought the assembly from Room 12 last week was awesome too. They explored Mindsets and put on a puppet show with Kermit the Frog leading it.

A reminder 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. Mary-Ann Roling from Glenholme After School Care will be available to offer care at St Mary’s. You can register by contacting her on 347 0709 or 0211 215599.

Have a great week.

Kind regards,
David Macmillan, Principal.

Lost Property Items : Please call at the school office to see whether we are holding any of your missing treasures - knick-knacks, toys, 2 brand new jerseys, Size XS and L.

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Bula Everyone,

Last week our year 2 students hosted the Assumption of Mary Liturgy. It is great to move around the school and hear students being able to explain what the various Liturgies and Masses are about and why we celebrate them.

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**What is special about Catholic schools?

The Church, school and home are in partnership to help the faith formation of the young. Catholic schools have a great reputation for delivering a sound curriculum, but it is also as an extension of the Church and it’s doctrine, that Catholic school’s exist. The Church’s role is to help each individual become more fully human and the Catholic school plays a part in doing this. The Catholic school is given the task of helping people to recognise their holiness. When we celebrate Mass and Liturgies, and make students aware of social justice issues, teach the teachings of Jesus, we help to add to the child’s encounter of Christ. That is how students get to know what he stands for and how he wants us to be. With an ever changing society and the demands on family time it is as important as ever that youth have a faith that through the years, guides them to recognise and cherish what the important things in life are.

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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

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


ALL 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


Your season has now finished. Please send any team photos to


DRAWS are up on the WaiBOP website

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

Final Dates for Hockey this season
Fun Sticks - your season has finished
Mini and Maxi Grades - Depending on if you make the finals please click here to view the Junior Hockey Calendar


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

On Saturday Mark, Cooper and Zak were part of the Marist Under 9 team that won the FINAL of the under 9 Central Bay of Plenty Rugby Champs. Yeehah, well done boys!!

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Congrats to Rosa Hingston, 2nd place in the Year 6 Spelling Bee! Well done Rosa!

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Edventure Survivor Camp
Aongatete, Sept 30th - Oct 4th, $495

We have an amazing week lined up with bush walks, archery, rock climbing, team building and confidence activities, orienteering & night activities. A typical "Kiwi Outdoors" camp with an emphasis on mountain safety and survival skills. Based at Aongatete Lodge- near Katikati. More info or 02102241576

8-13yr olds

OSCAR available

Pick ups Hamilton, Akl and BOP

Mark Bridger
Edventure Director

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**2019 Daffodil Day - 30 August
Daffodils will be on sale from Room 6 on this day.
A coin trail will be set up under the shade sails from 8.30am on 30 August .
1 in 3 New Zealanders are affected by cancer.