Newsletter No 29 18 September 2019

Kia ora,

This week we welcomed Lorette Tiedt to Room 14. She has made a wonderful start with her new class. Lorette comes from St Michael’s where she was Deputy Principal. We are very fortunate to have such an experienced and highly regarded teacher join our school.

Last weekend two of our students were Baptised. This is a huge milestone for them and their family and I wish them all God’s blessings as they continue on their faith journey. Congratulations to Summer and Adam Fredricksen. While we are talking about the Sacraments, we encourage all of our students at St Mary’s to continue their Catholic faith journey and to consider being involved in the Sacramental programmes, focusing on Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation. There are information evenings coming up for you to find out more about the Programme. These are on the 18th or 25th October at 7pm at St Mary’s Catholic Church. I have sent a letter home today to all those children who are eligible to participate. If you are interested, please send the bottom of the letter back to school.

Last weekend was the last week for winter sport. I would like to thank our coaches, managers and supporters for all the work you have done over the season in getting our children match fit for their games.

Last Friday we had “Can Olympics” which was very successful, with children having lots of fun and with many cans donated. Thanks to Sheryl Todd and the Young Vinnies for organising this.

Thanks also to Anne Cato and the Student Council for organising the Mufti Day which was also held on Friday...over $500 was raised and that money will be used to buy solar powered calculators for a Catholic Secondary School in Samoa.

We had a number of teams entered into the Aquabots Competition at the Aquatic Centre on Sunday. They have had a few practices at school over the last month and one of our teams was placed first in the primary schools’ division. Congratulations to Samantha Bite and Loraine Umadhay. This was an excellent result.

Our school speech and poetry competitions went well last week. These competitions are great opportunities for our children. I published the names of the results for the Totara Speech Competition in last week’s newsletter.
Results of Kahikatea’s poetry competition: :
Year 3: Peyton Erskine-Shaw (1) Calvin Tio (2) Francesca Hall (3) Year 4: Victoria Underwood(1) Ena Schuster(2) Carl Delos Santos (3)

Events that are happening this week for our students include: ICAS English and Maths, Rotorua Gym Competition on Friday and an inter-school Speech Competition in which we will be represented by Tinky Pola. Catfish Netting speakers also spoke earlier this week to Kahikatea and Totara teams.

On the last day of term we are organising a Sports and Cultural Exchange with seven other Catholic Schools in our cluster at John Paul College. St Patrick’s Taupo, Bishop Edward Gaines, St Michael’s Rotorua, St Joseph’s Whakatane, St Mary’s Tauranga, Putaruru, Gisborne and Rotorua. Teams will be playing hockey, miniball, netball, ripper rugby and football and the cultural activities are Scripture Reading, Speeches, Religious Quiz, Drama and Chess. Children involved are Year 5 and 6 students from all these schools. St Michael’s and some of our Kapa Haka group are welcoming our visitors. Rooms 14 and 15 students and their whanau are running the food stalls. Thanks for all the help we are getting from our parents for this exchange.

Lots of parents have been in to sort out summer uniforms. 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.

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.

The Holiday Reading Programme will be distributed to children next week.

We intend to have a working bee on the third Saturday after the holidays: November 2nd. There are a number of jobs that need to be done. If you are willing to manage a particular project, can you please let me or Michelle Strathern know. The projects include painting, cleaning gutters, putting together an aviary, stripping paint off aluminium doors, concreting the pool area, repairing Ranolf St gate, repairs to building and gardening. This list is getting longer. I was amazed at the support we received for last year’s working bee, so I would really appreciate your support with this one too please. Children are welcome and we will have a BBQ lunch.
Have a great week!
David Macmillan, Principal.

JPC Uniform Shop
2nd 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.
St Mary's PTA ANZ 06 0230 0242515 00

Mrs Kemp will be in the hall foyer on Wednesday after school (TODAY) with all the art if you would like to check out your child's work.
Our school code is KZ1410 if you would like to submit your own photo.
Thank you all for your support,
St Mary's PTA


Parents will receive forms this week (once photocopier is working) for input into class placements for 2020.
Completed forms to be returned to the school office by Friday 27 September.


Hello Everyone,

The Church is our topic of study at the moment. Students are learning about how the Church is special and what a Church is.

Next term we move into God and the Communion of Saints Strands.

A huge thanks for your generosity for our Shoe Box Appeal. Some students have filled whole boxes themselves. That is very generous, so many more kids will experience a happier Christmas this year because they will get a gift for Christmas.

Throughout his public life, Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, emphasis on God's mercy, international visibility as Pope, and concern for the poor. Our school is certainly generous in all that we do to assist where and how we can for many worthy causes.

Bernie Hall-DRS



PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

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


Phone found and handed into office on Tuesday, please ask at office if you think this is yours.

We also have a number of things in the office lost property, teddies, drink bottles, puffer jackets, and lots of balls that have been returned from our neighbours, and many more treasures. Anything left over at the end of term will be donated to charity.

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 uniforms are due back by Friday 27th September. If your uniform is not returned by this date, you will lose your bond.
Please note: If your child played Miniball and is going to play Touch in Term 4, you do NOT need to return their singlet. Also if your child played Hockey and is going to play Cricket in Term 4, you do NOT need to return their shirt (it is the same shirt worn for both)

Children playing in the sports day on Friday 27th September at JPC will need to return their shirts that afternoon. Please bring your school PE shirt to change in to after the games.


Wednesday Lynx you have finished for the season. Well done team!

FINAL Draw for Friday, Jaguars, Cheetahs, Panthers and Lions, has been sent to coaches. Good luck!

Monday Puma's - FINAL game Monday 23rd September 2019


Football has now finished for the season. Please return your clean shirts to the School Office. Falcons and Tuis, you will need these still for the end of term Sports Day.

Congrats to the Falcons who came second in their grade at the McDonalds Junior Tournament and the Robins who came third in their grade. Well done guys!


Hockey has finished for the season.

Massive congrats to Lily Morris who also made the BOP rep squad. Congrats Lily!


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


Touch Registrations have closed. However, we still have room for a couple more Yr 5/6 students who would like to play. First in first served. Teams will be available to view on the school website from Monday - click the Sports tab - Touch Teams

Registration forms for Cricket are due back today Wednesday 18th September.

Flippaball registrations go home today and are due back this Friday 20th September 2019.


Friday 27th September 2019 @ JPC
Please see team lists for all the sports by clicking here

If your child is not already playing a sport at this event and would like to play Rippa Rugby please let Catherine know asap, we have a spot available

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


Junior tennis starts term 4. Club membership for a year only $70 and includes club days in terms 4 and 1 and all affiliation fees. For more information contact Debra at or 021335492
Club night Friday. Fun games and matches. Primary age Hot Shots from 3.30- 4.15. Intermediate and High School 4.15-5.45.
Coaching with Club professional Justin Megraw and his coaches is available on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Book in through Taking bookings for term 4 now. Adult classes for beginner to advanced also available.


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

Here is Te Haeata Thrupp, at Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village in Rotorua, where his rugby prize giving was held. He is holding the Central Bay of Plenty Under 8 rugby champions trophy that his team won.
He was also awarded the Most Valuable Player for his rugby team. Well done Te Haeata!!

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