Newsletter No 36 20 November 2019

Kia ora,

Thank you to the parents of Year 2 students who came to the e-Learning Information Evening last week. There was an excellent turnout. Thanks Anne Cato and Bevan James for facilitating the meeting. I think those of you who were present would agree that the meeting was helpful.

On Friday we had a Teacher Only Day. The day was productive for staff. A number of us also attended a first-aid course during the day.

Yesterday our Athletic Team competed in the Inter-Schools’ Competition. All our athletes performed well. Official results will be made available once they are to hand.

Thanks to Leanne Rankin our Sports’ Coordinator who managed the team and Sophie Macmillan who helped with the High Jump competition and all the parents who helped get students to the right spot at the right time.

Tara Watt and her team from Swim Rotorua are running the 'Making the Difference' water safety programme in our school again this term. They are teaching swimming with our year 3 to 6 students. We are grateful for the help we get from these coaches. Our children are looking confident in the water.

On Friday 29th November, forty of our Kapa haka group are involved in the Kapa haka festival. They have been practising for a long time now under the tutelage of Kori Tini. I hope they are enjoying practising for the big night.

The Christmas Parade is only two weeks away. Here are some details for you; a notice with more details will be sent home this week. It will be great to have a Catholic presence in the parade.

This year the Christmas Parade Rotorua Trust is looking forward to creating a uniquely Rotorua event with a new location, the Rotorua Government Gardens. The parade starts at 11am by the Energy Event Centre and will make its way around the gardens. After the parade there will be many free activities for the kids, live entertainment, food vendors and a great time throughout the gardens and surrounding venues.

We are hoping to have a donkey with Mary on it leading our float, with Joseph, Wise Men and shepherds. It would be quite nice to have a drummer boy too. If you have an appropriate costume for any of these characters please email me
The rest of the children will be on the float which will be decorated as a stable. Children can come dressed as angels, shepherds and in any clothes that might resemble people in Jesus’ era...

Every year our school produces a school magazine filled with photos and memories from throughout the year. Please support our school by purchasing a yearbook for your family to keep as a memory of St Mary’s 2019. You can purchase yearbooks for $5 by ordering at the school office. The magazines will be available before the end of the school year on 20 December. All funds raised from magazine sales go towards supporting student learning here at St Mary’s.

Have a great week everyone.

Some important dates for this term

Wednesday 20 November : PTA meets 7pm school staffroom
Friday 22 November : Movie night in the hall.
Friday 29 November : Ahurei Events Centre
Saturday 30th November: Rotorua Christmas Parade
Friday 6th December: Yr 6 Retreat
Friday 6th December; Kakano Nativity play midday
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

Have an enjoyable week.
David Macmillan, Principal.

PTA MEETING - this evening - 7pm School staffroom. All welcome

The PTA would like to thank all those who supported their annual raffle. A profit of $6000 was made.
A special mention goes to Emma McCowatt who kept coming back for more books to sell. Her final number was 10. Well done Emma for your huge effort!

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PTA MOVIE NIGHT: . School Hall -

Movie night for everyone - parents, students, grandparents, friends ...
22nd November Doors open at 5.30pm and movie starts at 6pm
Polar Express is the Movie and the project will be managed by "Night Flicks" with a screen the whole size of the back wall in the school hall.
$7.50 per person which includes some goodies!!
Burger, chips and Drink Combos $7.50 and other goodies.
Bring your beanbag, cushion or chair.
Tickets presold at office - CASH only.

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This Friday our school is hosting the DRS (Directors of Religious Studies) from around the Diocese. These workshops are always great for collaborative planning opportunities and implementing ways to network between our schools with the Religious Education Programme. A new RE Curriculum is in the process of being drafted. It looks very good and will incorporate years 1-13.

We pray for all the students who have just begun their Sacramental Programme. May this be the beginning of a life long journey in discovering who God is and developing their faith.

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.

Health & Safety : We ask that parents whose children are bringing scooters to school, also bring helmets. When the children are learning to use the ramps there are alot of mishaps so the children need to be protected. Thank you for your co-operation.

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
Note: If you are having trouble using the App please update or remove it from your device, and re-install the App.

Missing School Sandals:
These sandals are brand new Size 2 Keen sandals and wewre very expensive. A sticker with surname was inside the shoe but it is possible this could have been peeled off.

Parents, it would be very much appreciated if you could check your child's bag. Sandals may be returned to the school office.

Sports News


Sports uniform MUST be returned at the end of each season, even if your child will play the sport again next year. Unless your child is playing cricket or touch rugby, any sports uniform you have needs to be returned asap.

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

Congratulations to Rosa Hingston who represented St Mary's at the Regional Tennis Champs last week.
Rosa played amazingly and won 2 of her 3 games. Well done Rosa, we are very proud of you!

We had over 30 children represent our school at the event this year. It was a fabulous day with our tamariki/children giving it their all while having fun too.
Huge thank you to Sports Bay of Plenty who organise such a busy event for our local schools.
Official results will be made available once we receive them.


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.


Nate Rowe was lucky enough to be chosen as one of 10 7/8yr olds to ride at the KTM Junior Supercross race at the SX Open held at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland over the weekend. The event is designed to give future superstars of supercross the opportunity to immerse themselves in a large scale event, meet & greet champions in the sport and an opportunity to gain invaluable experience that they will never forget, it surely delivered that for Nate.
What an amazing memory to have, we are so excited to see where Nate goes in supercross.

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

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