Newsletter No 34 6 November 2019

Kia ora,

Kia ora,

This Friday is our Grandparents/Friends Day. We always look forward to this awesome day. You are all invited to come along and bring the childrens' grandparents/friends.

Here is the programme:
9.00 am Mass at St Mary’s Church
9.45 am Back to your Grandchild’s class and enjoy a shared morning tea.
10:30 am Cuppa provided by PTA outside of the hall.
10.45 am Mini concert begins (5-10 mins per group). Outside on stage.
12 Noon Visitors free to roam around the school or depart for home.
This year we will have our ‘photo booth’ again. Students with visitors can have their family photo taken with a cool backdrop to remember Grandparents /Friends Day 2019!

1st Gymnastics Club
2nd Pasifika
3rd School Choir
4th Filipino Group
5th Kapa Haka
6th Visiting New Caledonia School Performance
I would like to thank our DRS, Bernie Hall and the RE team for organising this event.

We had our Athletics Sports on Thursday. It was a perfect day, weather-wise. Thanks to Lorna Dobson and the team of St Mary’s staff who helped to ensure the day ran smoothly. A big thank you to the number of parents and whanau who also helped out on the day. Our team of athletes will now be selected to compete in the interschool sports this month.

The Working bee was successful and we managed to get a lot done: new wheels on pool cover trolley, school washed, aluminium joinery paint removal, 4 new picnic tables made, new gate by caretaker’s shed, new fence erected by library, broken tiles removed from garden seats, new barrels planted, fence water blasted ready for staining, all bench seats stained or painted, gardens tidied. Thanks to our caretaker Michelle Strathern for coordinating this day. Thanks to the huge support we got from parents, your help was very much appreciated. As you can see from the list, a lot was achieved.

Loraine Umadhay and Samantha Bite competed in the Aquabots National Competition in Nelson over the weekend. Overall there were 35 teams in the competition - 11 High School teams, 12 Intermediate teams and 12 Primary teams. The Intermediate and Primary students competed together in one category. Out of the 24 teams the girls were placed 1st in the Journey Across the Pacific obstacle and gained 2nd place in the Treasure Collection obstacle. A huge achievement. Well done girls.

Please return your raffle books **urgently** to the school office. The raffle is being drawn this Friday at the Grandparents’ Concert.

Friday 15th November is a Teacher Only Day. There will be no school on this day. If you need to enrol your child in the Glenholme After School Care, please contact Mary-Ann Roling on 021 215599. She will be running this at St Mary’s. Thank you for your support with this.

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 is an information evening for you to find out more about the Programmes. This is on tomorrow 7th November at 7pm at St Mary’s Catholic Church. PLEASE NOTE; At the briefing, dates will be given and fees of $20.00 are required to be paid. EFTPOS is available. For children who were not baptised in Rotorua, please bring a baptismal certificate. The children are required to be 8 years old by the 1st November 2018. Children who are not baptised or who are baptised in another Christian faith and would like to become Catholic are required to book an appointment with Father Eamon through the Parish office to discuss options.
See you on Friday.

Have an enjoyable week.
David Macmillan, Principal.

Some important dates for the term

Thursday 7th November: 2nd date option - Sacramental Programme Meeting. 7.00pm.
Friday 8th November: Grandparents’ Mass
Friday 15th November: Teacher Only Day
Monday 18th November: JPC Orientation (afternoon)
Friday 6th December: Yr 6 Retreat
Thursday 12th December: School Tryathlon
Friday 13th December: End of Year Mass
Wednesday December 18th: School Prizegiving
Friday December 20th: Missioning and last day of term

Invitation to Parents of Students who will be in Year 3 in 2020

All Year 2 parents are invited, and encouraged, to attend a parent meeting to be held:

When : Wednesday 13 November
Where: Room 14, St Mary's School
Time: 7 - 8 pm
Parking: We will make sure the Church Carpark gate into the school yard is open so you can park in the Church Carpark if you wish.


  • To help parents gain a better understanding of what a Chromebook is and how Chromebooks are used at school.
  • Some suppliers' pricing for different Chromebook models
  • How our Y3-6 students use the G Suite and Chromebooks to assist them with their learning
  • Some considerations for parents when students have access to devices at home eg safe searching, looking at family values and setting up family guidelines and resources that might be helpful.

Speld Learning Difficulties

Hi, my name is Patricia and I work with children who struggle to keep up with their peers.

Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD) such as dyslexia (a learning disorder that can cause difficulties with reading, writing and spelling) and dyscalculia (a pattern of difficulties characterized by problems processing numerical information, learning arithmetic facts and performing accurate or fluent calculations). This can affect the way your child achieves at school. I can help!

I am a Speld NZ teacher and I can provide evidence-based strategies and tools that will facilitate your child's academic achievement.

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

I look forward to supporting your child to reach their goals.


Nǐ hǎo everyone!

This Friday we celebrate Grandparents Day and special people in our lives. Please invite your family to join us for Mass on Friday at 9:00am. We will welcome new students at this Mass. Mass will be followed with visitors being invited to look around their little person's classroom and enjoy a shared morning tea. A cup of tea will be available from the hall at 10:30 for our visitors. A mini concert will be held from 10.45am to showcase some of our school groups. Our photo booth will also be available for you to snap a shot with your family.

Classes have been busy learning about God this term as well as the importance of the Rosary. November is the month to pray Rosary for our loved ones who have died.

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.


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 WEDNESDAYS - lunchtimes in the school hall.
Your child is welcome to come along and join in.

Sports News


Any outstanding winter sports uniform will now be invoiced. However please return any items if you have them.
If you have any queries around this, please contact Leanne via email or ring/visit the school office between 10am-3.15pm

Inter-house Athletics Results

What a fantastic Athletics Day! We were blessed with amazing weather.
All the children participated with great enthusiasm and had a lot of fun.
Thank you to all our volunteers who helped out on the day, events like these can run without your help!

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please note: vortex/ foxtail/javelin are not events for inter school. Results can be found on our website.

We had 4 students attend the CBOP Tennis Champs on Friday 2nd November.
Destin Overbeay, Caiomhe Barbour, Ella McCashin and Rosa Hingston.
The girls played amazingly and showed great sportsmanship on and off the court.
Well Done girls.
Rosa Hingston 2nd Championship Final
Ella McCashin 1st Plate Final



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 - Term 4 2019

All information regarding summer sport including the weekly draw can be found on our school website

Click here to view Touch Information.

Cricket registrations have closed.
Click here to view Cricket Information.

Flippaball registrations have closed.
Click here to view Flippaball Information.


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.


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.



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


Two guinea pigs available:

One female - one male

They come with separate cages!

Please see Michelle Strathern or phone 022 637 5800