Newsletter No 01 7 February 2019

Kia Ora,

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to all our families and children. I hope you all had a great break with your families over the holiday time.

It is great to see our children returning from holiday, rested and ready to go for a new year of learning. Thanks to our fantastic staff who have been working hard over the holidays preparing for the return of our students. I am looking forward to an exciting year. A special thanks to Michelle our caretaker, who has worked hard to get our school looking tip top for the start of the year. Unfortunately we farewelled Jaimee Wheeler our part time caretaker during the holidays. We wish him well with his future endeavours.

A special welcome to all our new children and their families. It is fantastic to have you join our large St Mary’s family and I hope you find your time with us rewarding.

A special welcome to our new staff members. Sany-Joy Maguire is teaching in Kakano 2. Sany-Joy has come from Te Matauranga School in Manurewa where she was a Team Leader. Susie Bye, a reliever in previous years is also teaching in Kakano 3.

Our ‘start of the year’ Mass is FRIDAY 15TH FEBRUARY and it would be fantastic if you could join us. Mass is at 9.00am in our Parish Church and we particularly welcome parents of new children. For new parents, our Mass normally finishes around 9.45am.

FRIDAY 22ND FEBRUARY is the swimming sports for our Year 3 to 6 children. Whanau support will be needed on the day especially within the pool. Some of our children are reluctant swimmers and your help would be greatly appreciated.
Please contact Lorna Dobson by email if you are able to help: lornad@stmarysrotorua’

For our new families, and also a reminder to our not so new families, our behaviour management programme at St Mary’s centres around our six ‘Golden Rules’:

We are gentle
We are kind and helpful
We listen
We are honest
We work hard
We look after property

When the children follow the Golden Rules they are entitled to half an hour of Golden time on a Friday afternoon. Usually each class decides on Monday morning what that golden time activity will be for Friday. Children look forward to their golden time. If children choose not to follow the golden rules they can lose golden time. You could also discuss these rules with your children over the next little while, so they are getting the same message from home and school.

A number of children read lots of books over the holidays and we will be having our lucky log draw at the end of February. Children can keep reading and adding to their logs up until this cut off time. If you have been reading stories to your child, that counts too. Just write the story on the holiday log. Please continue to support your child/children reading at home.

Summer sports will be starting soon. If you want your child to play, please register TODAY. Registration forms have been sent home with your child/children this week. Sports that are available are Flippaball (Year 3 up), Cricket (all ages) and Touch (all ages). Payment is required at the time of registration.

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON ..... four weeks to our Gala Day, Thursday 7 March. This is an important date on our calendar and we need everyone to help make the gala a success. A newsletter from the PTA will be sent home soon outlining ways you might be able to help.

PTA Meeting/Gala Organisation:
Wednesday 13th February, 7pm in the school staffroom. Anyone who is interested in joining the PTA or who would like to help at our upcoming Gala on the 7th March, please come along to our meeting.

GALA SPONSORS - if you are able to help us out with sponsorship this would be greatly appreciated.If you are able, can you please contact Heidi on 021 911305. Thank you.

For our new parents: Our school has a phone app. Search in your Android or iOS app stores for St Mary's Rotorua and then tap the download/install button. Once in the APP go to the three bars on the top left hand corner to select settings and make sure you select which options you wish to receive notifications for (junior, middle and or senior as one of your options). You will be able to access newsletters, absences and sports draws. You can also subscribe so you can receive notifications from a particular sports team.

Remember, St Mary’s Catholic School has a facebook page too and photos are often posted on this page.

Have an awesome week.

David Macmillan, Principal.


Sheryl Todd Room 1 Katherine Smith Room 12 Lorna Dobson Room 6 Brigette Holmes Kakano 1
(Team Leader)
Susan Nelson Room 2 Laura Mac Room 14 Michelle Ryan Room 7 Sany-Joy Maguire Kakano 2
Sylvia Dunkley Room 3 Nicole Lovegrove Room 15 Karen Tabuteau Room 11 Susie Bye Kakano 3
(Team Leader) (Team Leader) (Team Leader)
Jill Dinniss Room 3
Bevan James Room 4 David Bach Room 16
Bernie Hall Room 5 Kate Keaney Room 17


Hello everyone, and welcome back!
It is great to see everyone again after a restful holiday. A special welcome to all our new families and staff members who have joined us for 2019!

Term one is a busy one in terms of the Liturgical year. Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday. Lent begins in week 5 and we will have an Ash Wednesday service at 9:00am in the Church. We also have our opening school year Mass on Friday the 15th February. You are always most welcome to attend any of these and we would like to see you there.

There is a lot to cover in Religious Education this term, so keep asking your child what they are learning in RE at school. This term we look at prayer, celebrate several Liturgies such as Waitangi Day, The Annunciation, our school charism, The Stations of the Cross. We also focus on Lent and what that means and how it builds up to Holy Week. Caritas and the work they do , is an ongoing study this term. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the NZ Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development. We are working on behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief. In 2019 the focus will be on South Sudan and how we can make a difference to the people living there. Last year we looked at Timor Leste.

All are warmly invited to the Diocese Commissioning Mass at St Mary’s Church on 28th February 6:00pm. Many other schools in our diocese will join us for this. Bishop Steve will be taking the Mass.

Your child’s RE book will come home at least once a term so you can see what they have been learning in RE. This year a class prayer journal will also be available for your child to take home and add a prayer to it. The prayer could be anything from praying for your family, pets, a local or world event, and special occasions.

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Students will all get the opportunity to take the journal home and add a prayer and decorate their page. The journal then becomes a classroom resource students can use at prayer times.


Bernie Hall, Director of Religious Studies.


PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

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

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All children in Y3-6 need a set of headphones. We currently have 2 options available at the School Office if anyone needs a set or to replace a set. Basic headphones are $6.50 and currently, we have limited numbers of a special deal for some Panasonic Headphones that are $13 (this option usually retails for $34.99 - first in, first served!)


From this year we are starting a gradual change from the PE blue T-shirt (with house emblem)to a generic top that will be used for physical education, sports days, as well as some sports teams.
The new tops are very similar to our current hockey team shirts.
This change will mean a rise in cost (to $38). During this transition period the current t-shirts in stock will still be available, with the new version also available for purchase. (no further blue t-shirts will be ordered).
We are expecting that by the beginning of 2021 the complete change-over to the new top will be in place.

Online Uniform Sales: Uniforms are available online via our website using paypal.

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 : please email

St Mary's School has a banking facility for students through Credit Union. Application forms are available from the office. First banking day for 2019 is Thursday 14 February.

Book orders are due back 22 February at 12 noon. No late orders please.
Books can be ordered through Scholastic NZ via the loop system, or taken to the office with the payment. If paying by cheque please make payable to Scholastic NZ. Please ensure your child's name and room number are on the order form.


Measles Alert

In January there have been 11 confirmed cases of Measles in the Waikato, BOP area.
It is an important time to check if you and your whānau are up to date with the measles immunisation. The vaccine that protects against measles is the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and given as two doses normally at 15 months and 4 years.
Early signs are fever, runny nose, sore eyes, and cough. After 5 days a red blotchy rash appears.
Any concerns please keep your child at home and visit your GP.
For more information please contact your school Public Health nurse 07 3437747

Sports News

St Mary's App - Download Now

Parents, if you don't have the School App please make sure you download this so you do not miss out on sports updates.


St Mary's Catholic Primary School Swimming Sports 2019
Friday 22nd February
Rotorua Aquatic Centre, Tarewa Road, Rotorua

Information to Parents & Caregivers Points to note:
The programme is for our middle and senior school students - Years 3, 4, 5 & 6.
The swimming sports will be held at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre on Tarewa Road in Rotorua.
Years 3-6 students need to be dropped off at the Aquatic Centre on the day to meet their teacher by 8:45am.
Swimming sports will finish at approximately 2:30pm. Children need to be
collected from the Aquatic Centre by 3:00pm at the latest.
Children may come to swimming sports in their house colours, they may wear
their togs under their clothes.
Children will need – togs & towels, sunhat, sunblock, warm clothes, lunch & a drink.
There will be no sausage sizzle at the swimming sports this year. Children need to bring their lunch and a drink.
Should the event need to be cancelled this information will put on our website by 7:30am and a notification sent via Facebook, Twitter and the school phone app.

Whanau support will be needed on the day especially within the pool. Some of our children are reluctant swimmers and your help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Lorna Dobson if you are able to help by email:


Summer Sport Registrations close today Thursday 7th Feb 2019. Teams will be available for you to view from next week on our school website under the sports tab.

If your child is no longer playing a sport and you have a school sports top at home, please return these to the office asap.

If your child requires a touch singlet or cricket shirt please ensure you have paid the $20 uniform bond fee. Then your child may collect their sports top from Catherine in the office during break time on Tuesday or Wednesday.


Touch starts Wednesday 13th Feb 2019.

Click here to see the Term 1 touch teams.

Click here for the weekly Touch Draw


Flippball starts on Tuesday 19th Feb 2019. Please note the date change, now being a week later.

Click here to see the Term 1 flippaball teams.

Click here to see the weekly Flippaball Draw.


Cricket starts Thursday 14th Feb 2019.

Click here to see the Term 1 cricket teams.

Hardball cricket starts on Saturday 16th Feb 2019.

Development Hardball Program

In Term 1 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 Smallbone Park, Devon Street, Rotorua from 3.45pm till
5pm for 6 weeks starting the 13th February and running through to and including 20th March 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 Academy, Super 6 or Incrediball on a Thursday then they will not be charged for the
Development Hardball Program. Please email Catherine at if you would like to register for this.

Orange Swim School

Orange Swim School are currently taking bookings for Term 1 - 2019 at both Hannah's Bay and St Marys swimming pool. Please contact (email) or (text) 027-2203470

It is a great honor for Orange Swim School to be awarded a Quality Swim School status by Swimming NZ.

Marg's Learn to Swim Classes
Re-commences on February 4th at St Mary's Primary School pool.
We have classes for all levels from non-confident to advanced.
Coaching days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
Small classes to provide personal attention and a solid progression based programme.
Please phone Marg 0274599286 or email
Please provide phone number with email.

3.30-4.30 Wednesday and /or Friday with professional tennis coach, Justin Megraw.
$75 for rest of the season membership.
For more information see or contact Debra 021335492


Congrats to Kymani Waititi who represented the BOP under 10 Girls in the IPS (Inter Provincial Series) over the holidays. Kymanis team came 4th.

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Kaia and Peyton Bball Rep.PNG

Also over the holidays Kaya Waititi and Peyton Robinson represented Te Arawa in the under 9s girls Basketball team who competed in the New Zealand Basketball tournament held here in Rotorua and Te Arawa Under 9 girls received a bronze medal.
Congrats girls!

Term 1 Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April
Term 2 Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July
Term 3 Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September
Term 4 Monday 14 October to Friday 20 December

Teacher Only Days 2019
31 May COL Teacher Only Day
23 August COL Teacher Only Day

Public Holidays 2019

Waitangi Day 6 February
Good Friday 19 April
Easter Monday 22 April
Easter Tuesday 23 April
Anzac Day 25 April
Queen's Birthday 3 June
Labour Day 28 October