Newsletter No 28 11 September 2019

Kia ora koutou,

It is Maori Language week this week.

Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori

The chosen theme for 2019 is again 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’.

‘Kia Kaha’ is well understood in New Zealand English with its meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

Thanks to our DRS, Bernie and the Junior Children for the great Mass on Friday. I was really impressed to hear that our children sang so beautifully. It was also an opportunity for us to welcome our new families to our school.

A small group from our Kapa haka group performed at a luncheon for the Marist Sisters who came from all over New Zealand and different parts of the world. Our children performed two waiata and a haka. It was very impressive indeed. Frank Ma a Year 6 student also performed playing the piano and clarinet. He has an exceptional musical talent.

Today Totara team had their speech competition. It was adjudicated by a former student and a very accomplished speaker herself, Orla Walsh, and our librarian Kay Hall. Kaitlin Pola was placed first, Jade Moller second and third was Madeline Smith. Congratulations children. I have been very impressed with all the children’s speeches. They all prepared speeches about taonga. Well done to all of you.

On Friday, Kahikatea team are having their poetry finals. All the best to the children involved in that.

We have a team entered in an Aquabotics Competition being held at the Aquatic Centre on Sunday. It is being run by the Rotorua Museum. We have a number of teams participating. All the best children.

This Friday 13 September the Student Council invite all students to participate in a "Wear your favourite colour" mufti day. Gold coin donation to help fund the purchase of resources being sent to St Paul X1 College, Catholic School in Samoa.

And a reminder that Thursday 26th September the PTA is running a disco for our children in our school hall.

Also JPC are hosting an information session on “Cracking the code and unlocking boys in Literacy” The session is on the 24th September at 7.00pm in their gym. The speaker is Marshall Diggs, who will share from his reservoir of experience as a Principal, PLD Presenter, Literacy leader and father of four. Not to be missed.

Unfortunately our Sports Coordinator, Catherine Elmiger, has resigned from her Sports Coordinator’s role. She has done a wonderfully professional job and her organisational skills have been top class. We will miss her in this role.

If you are interested in the Sports Coordinator position or know of anyone who might be, you can email Dorothy by Wednesday 18th September with your expression of interest.

Kia pai tō koutou rā


Students are to start Term 4 in full summer uniform.
Our Uniform Shop is open Mondays (8.30-9.00am), Wednesdays (2.30-3.00pm) & Fridays (8.30-9.00am) during term time. The girls’ summer dresses are currently only available from our school uniform shop.
Summer uniform is:
Boys - Grey drill shorts and a royal blue short sleeved polo shirt.
Girls - Blue check dress.
All students need a royal blue sunhat.
Fielding Red woollen school jersey
Black sandals for footwear (no socks to be worn with sandals).

We also sell school uniform via our school website. You can order and pay online and pick up your uniform from the school reception after you have been notified by email that the uniform is ready to pick up. Hopefully it will be easier for those parents who find it difficult to get to our uniform shop.

JPC Uniform Shop
Second hand uniform shop sale - 3.45 - 4.45pm
Thursday 19 September
Thursday 26 September
Mckillop Campus
Cash or cheque.

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Calendar order forms are out now -
If you are making a bank deposit, please ensure you use the St Mary's PTA account number as follows. We did have a typo on the form that went home with an additional 0 in the account number.
St Mary's PTA ANZ 06 0230 0242515 00

Mrs Kemp will be in the hall foyer next Wednesday with all the art if you would like to check out your child's work, and the office has a copy of all the products that are available to order.
Thank you all for your support,
St Mary's PTA


Hello Everyone,

Mass last Friday was wonderful. Father enjoyed the singing by the children and their responses were on cue! Classes are now into the Church Strand, and learning what the Church is. Some classes are hoping to do a tour of the church where they can have an opportunity to look closer at the icons, and images in a Church. Also to help explain the rituals that occur in a Mass and where those traditions come from.
Our St Vincent De Paul Liturgy is planned for later in the term. Our Shoe Box Appeal is going well. Thank you for your support for this. By the end of week 9 we hope to fill the boxes ready for collection.

Bernie Hall-DRS



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.

LOST PROPERTY : We are holding two puffer jackets in the office. One is a Size 10 Macpac jacket,the other a Vodafone
Warriors Size 12 - with Kids can on the neck label.

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



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 - 25th September 2019
Friday - 20th September 2019
Monday - 23rd September 2019


Your season has now finished. Please return your uniforms to the school office.


Football has now finished for the season.
Many thanks to everyone who helped with duty club on Saturday. We made just over $500 for St Mary's Football.

McDonalds Junior Tournament - Sat 14th September 2019
Falcons, Tuis, Sparrows and Robins you are playing in this tournament. Your coaches have all the information about this.


Hockey has finished for the season.

Congrats to our year 5 & 6 St Marys Cyclones who came runners up in C Grade receiving the Downey Trophy.

Massive congrats to the following players who have been selected for the Rotorua Rep Development Squad:
Miah Rowe
JMarie Riini
Grace Erskine-Shaw
Jessica Rowley
Adam Dillon
Shaumya Rana


Sunday 1st December 2019 -Kuirau Park, Rotorua
You must enter online, entries are now open!
Enter as part of our school group 'St Mary's Catholic Primary School Rotorua' by clicking here


Summer sport that your child can register for, as part of a school team for Term 4, include Touch (Yr 0-6), Cricket (Yr 0-6) and Flippaball (Yr 3-6).
Registration forms for Touch are due this Friday 13th Sept.
Registration forms for Cricket go home today and are due back by Wednesday 18th Sept.

Development Hardball Program

In Term 4 2019 the Rotorua Cricket Association will be running a development hardball program for Years 2 – 4 players. The aim of this program is to teach players the basics of hardball cricket.
Sessions will run on a Wednesday afternoon at Ray Boord Park, Devon Street, Rotorua from 3.45pm till 4.45pm for 6 weeks starting the 16th and running through to and including 20th November 2019. There will be a cost of $20 per player for Term 4 but please note that if a player will be playing in either the Superstar Cricket, Super 6 or Incrediball on a Thursday then they will not be charged for the Development Hardball Program.

If you would like to register for this program please email


To view Holidays Programmes for the upcoming school holidays, please click here or visit our school website (Sports tab - School Holiday and Sports Programmes)


Orange Swim School enrolments for term 4 are open, both at St Mary's (Thursday and Saturday) and Holdens Bay (Monday-Friday)
Enquiries and 027-2203470

Advance swimming at the Aquatic Ctr enrolments are open for term 4. Enquiries and 027- 2203470

United Aquatic Sports - Te Arawa Swimming - Orange Swim School
- delivering the full aquatic package -


St Mary's Primary School
Recommencing Monday 14th October 2019.
We have classes for all levels from non confident to advanced.
We coach on a Mon, Tues and Wed.
We have smaller classes, provide personal attention and a solid progression based programme.
Please phone Marg 0274599286 or email and please provide your phone number


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

On Saturday, Kyle Hall, Max Woolford, Abigail Sims, Emma McCowatt and Rosa Hingston attended a Basketball NZ U13 Skills Workshop in Tauranga.
Feedback from the boys was "It was amazing! 3 hours of hands on non stop drills, techniques and fun! Run and instructed by Basketball New Zealand High Performance General Manager Leonard King. Over 70 boys from around the BOP." Great stuff kids.

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Last week our Ski Team had a great time on the slopes. More results to come and we are also promised some video footage.

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Whakarewarewa Under 8 Red team are the CBOP Under 8 Rugby Champions. Congrats to Wiremu Weber,Te Haeata Thrupp,Tumanako Ngawhika and Max Schuster. Awesome boys!!

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

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