Newsletter No 30 25 September 2019

Kia ora,

The curtain comes down on another term. It has been a very busy term and I would like to thank you all for your on-going support. I hope you get to spend extra time with your children over the holidays. The fourth term will fly by very quickly and Christmas will be here before we know it.

A large contingent of our students competed in the MIG’s gymnastic competition on Friday. Thanks to Kelley Kemp and Marie Hughes who have been preparing the children over many weeks. We are very lucky to have a Gym club running in our school at lunchtimes.

At the end of this week we farewell Annie Russell who leaves us to take up a Team Leader’s position at St Michael’s. I would like to thank Annie for being an awesome teacher to the children in Room 12 and I wish her well in her new role.

Also Catherine Elmiger leaves us on Friday. Catherine has been an outstanding sports coordinator and I have been impressed with her ability to just get things done effectively without any fuss. Catherine has also been very helpful in the front office. I would like to thank her for the great job she has done.

We had the Principal’s Morning Tea today. I was very pleased to be able to host around forty of our children to morning tea in the staffroom. Each child received a special letter congratulating them and outlining why they received the letter. Congratulations children.

On Friday for the first time, eight schools from our Coastal Catholic Cluster are playing each other in Football, Netball, Miniball and Hockey and in the afternoon; scripture reading, religious drama, religious quiz, speech and chess. Fingers crossed, the weather will be fine. If your child is involved with this please drop them at JPC by 8.30am and pick them up by 3.00pm from outside the JPC gym. Those children who are normally on the bus can catch their bus from JPC. I sent a notice home today with your child with the day’s organisation and draw on it.

On Thursday we have the PTA Disco. It would be great if as many children as possible can come and enjoy this social occasion. The disco runs from 5.30pm until 7.00pm. The entry is $2 and there’s lots of food on sale.The theme is black to support the All Blacks.

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 31st October or 7th November at 7pm at St Mary’s Catholic Church. I have sent a letter home to all those children who are eligible to participate. If you are interested, please send the bottom of the letter back to school.

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. Please don’t forget children need to wear the school sun hats in term 4.

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 this will be easier for those parents who find it difficult to get to our uniform shop.

The Holiday Reading Programme will be distributed today. Please encourage your child to read over the holidays. The lucky draw will take place 18th October. Lots of awesome prizes to be won. 97% of our children participated in reading during the last holiday. Can we reach 100% participation in this these holidays? There is a special prize for the best photo with child/children/child and parent reading.

We intend to have a working bee on the third Saturday after the holidays, November 3rd. There are a number of jobs that need to be done. If you are willing to help, can you please let me or Michelle Strathern know. The projects include painting, building sandpit surround, playground maintenance, concreting, cleaning gutters, stripping paint off aluminium doors. 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


Please note: NO SAUSAGE SIZZLE at school this Friday but there will be homemade lemonade sales at school this Friday for $1. This is a fundraiser for Kahikatea Team Equipment

Sports and Cultural Day this Friday at JPC for some of our Year 5 and 6 students. There will be food sales at this event:
Sausages $2
Hot chips $3
Coffee $3.50
Hot Chocolate $2.50
Juicies $2
Baking $1

Parents should have received a form to be completed regarding your child/ren's class placement for 2020. Completed forms need to be returned to the school office by Friday 27 September.

DISCO on Thursday night. The disco open at 5.30 and parents need to collect the children from the hall no later than 7pm please.

The UNIFORM SHOP will be open 10.30am to 12.30 on Friday the 11th October

PARENTS OF SCHOOL BUS STUDENTS Please note that only students on our bus list may travel on the afternoon school bus.


Condolences to Caden Connor Rm15 who lost his Koro over in Australia.
Also to Ngawai Wilkinson-Smith Rm2 who lost her Grandad this week. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your families.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation lessons
Enrolment and briefing for Parents will be at 7.00 pm, on 31St October or 7th November at St Mary’s Church. A $20 fee is to be paid upon enrolment. If your child was not baptised in this parish, then proof of baptism is required for enrolment. Your child must be 8 years old by 1St November 2019 and must be baptised as a Catholic. The expectation is that the children will be attending Sunday Mass each week and their parents will participate fully in the Sacramental Programme. The Sacrament of Confirmation will be received first at the beginning of December and First Holy Communion is made on Pentecost Sunday next year.

Children baptised in another faith
Children who are not Catholics but are genuine about becoming Roman Catholics, they are required to see Fr Eamon before 1st November, with their parents for a discussion about entering the Catholic Church. These children are required to be at least 9 years old. Please contact the Parish Office 07 348 0289 ext 2 to arrange for an appointment.

****Calendar orders close this Friday****
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

Our school code is KZ1410 if you would like to submit your own photo for a photo calendar. See details on order form.
Thank you all for your support,
St Mary's PTA


Kia Ora,
A huge thanks for your generosity for our Shoe Box Appeal. We managed to fill 36 boxes. The Re Leaders stacked them full of goods to be sent overseas. So thank you!
We have a Liturgy on Thursday- Saint Vincent De Paul. We have many senior led groups in our school which promote the Christian values, charitable causes and help others eg our RE leaders, Young Vinnies, Environment Leaders, ICT Leaders, our First Aid Leaders, and Kapa Haka and Pasifika Leaders. The Liturgy is to remember Saint Vincent De Paul legacy to always be prepared to help others and to lead in that responsibility.

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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.


We have a number of things in the office (not uniform items) that have been handed in as lost property.

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 have now finished for the year. 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 uniform to change in to after the games.


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


Lots of our sports teams still need Coaches for Term 4. Please contact Catherine asap if you can help.

Touch Registrations have closed. We do have room in our Yr 4 BOYS team should you have a Yr 3 or 4 that would like to play. We also have room in our Yr 5/6 MIXED team if you have a child that would like to join.
Click here to view TOUCH TEAMS Term 4 2019

Cricket registrations have closed.
Click here to view CRICKET TEAMS TERM 4 2019

Flippaball registrations have closed. We do have space in our Yr 3 & 4 team if your child would like to play. Pop into the Office to register.
Click here to view FLIPPABALL TEAMS Term 4 2019.


This Friday 27th September 2019 @ JPC
Drop off 8.30am, pick up 3pm.
Please see team lists for all the sports by clicking here

Notices have gone home with children yesterday with all the information and team DRAWS.
Please ensure your child arrives in their correct sports uniform. Rippa Rugby children need to wear their PE uniform and will play in bare feet. All sports uniforms need to be handed in on Friday so make sure your child has their PE uniform to change into afterwards.

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


Calling all Yr 3 to Yr 6 girls interested in having a go at playing cricket. During term 4, Wednesday lunchtimes, Shane Neilson and Bruce Johnson will be taking cricket skill/games on the turf with the goal of sending an all girls team to the cricket carnival in Tauranga in November.

Girls that want to join do NOT have to be playing cricket already. This is to give Girls a chance to learn and see what cricket is all about.

If you would like to have a go (with no pressure!) then head to the turf Wednesday lunchtime starting Term 4.


Register your child ASAP for the Touch Rep Trials (Saturdays 5 and 12 October) and Touch Holiday Programme (Monday 7 October). Further information is available on our website.


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

Swim Rotorua is a friendly swimming club based at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre offering swim coaching on a daily basis for those who have already learnt to swim, but want to improve their technique and fitness for fun, water safety, flipper ball, waterpolo, triathlons, waka ama or to have a go at swimming competitions. We can take your swimming skills as far as you want – our club ranges from 8 year olds to those who win medals at national and regional competitions, right through to those who have swum for New Zealand. We have a range of squads and coaches and offer a free trial. Bring a friend and give swimming a go. Email or phone Tara on: 022 332 6922.


For all information and registrations please contact Rotorua United directly. See Flyer below.

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

Joshua Finnerty and his Marist St Michael's under 10's team had a rugby festival in Taupo over the weekend. Teams from Australia and America attended. Marist St Michael's came 3rd! Congrats Josh!!

Two St Marys students competed last weekend at the Bay of Plenty Classic Swimming competition.

Ariel Muchirahondo - A complete sweep in every race securing Gold and qualifying for NZ Division 2.
Zariah Lomas – Secured Gold in the 9 year old girls and qualified for the NZ Junior Aquaknights Festival.
WOW Congrats Ariel and Zariah.

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CONGRATS to the St Mary's Lions Miniball team who won their D Grade Final on Friday night. Great stuff kids and Coach Mike!