Newsletter No 02 13 February 2019

Kia Ora,

Hello Everyone,

We have had an excellent start to the year, although I know for some children the change of routine from holiday mode to school mode has been a bit of a challenge.

This Friday is our Opening School Mass at St Mary's Church at 9.00am. Mass is a great way to start our year of learning, so we would appreciate your attendance if you are able to make it.

A reminder about our Christmas holiday reading programme. A number of children read lots of books over the holidays and we will be having our lucky log draw on Monday, 4 March. Children can keep reading and adding to their logs up until the cut off time of February 22nd. 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.

We have parent interviews next week, Monday 15 February. The meetings are 10 minutes. The purpose of these interviews is to hear what your aspirations are for your child and also anything else you might want to share with us about your child. A questionnaire about your child is being sent home this week and if you could fill this in and bring it to the interview that would be much appreciated. Check Educare for more details.

A reminder that teachers unlock their classrooms at 8.30am. This gives teachers an opportunity to prepare for the day and set up their classrooms without interruptions and then at 8.30am teachers are ready to give children their undivided attention. Kakano team open their doors at 8.15am so our new little ones have time to settle in class.

At the end of the day the bell rings for the end of school at 3.00pm. Please make sure your children are picked up by 3.15pm. Children who are in the school grounds without parent supervision will be sent to the admin block steps. Teachers have meetings after 3.15pm, so we cannot take responsibility for your child after 3.15pm.

And finally … THE COUNTDOWN IS ON .... Twenty-one days to our Gala Day!!!! Thursday March 7th. This is an important date on our calendar and we need EVERYONE to help make the gala a success.


7 March, 7 March, 7 March, 7 March, 7 March.

We are also looking for sponsorship for the Gala Day. If you can help contact Heidi on Phone 021 911305.

Have an awesome week.
David Macmillan, Principal.

David Macmillan, Principal.


The PTA meets tonight in the school staffroom at 7pm for a gala organisation meeting. Anyone who is interested in joining the PTA or would like to help at the upcoming Gala on 7 March is most welcome to join us.
Gala Sponsors:
If anyone/any organisation is able to assist with sponsorship this would also be appreciated. Please contact Heidi on 021 911305.



Staff enjoyed a day at Tyburn Monastery in the holidays. Sister Anne Sklenars led us for the day, which focused on prayer. The importance of prayer, how to pray, and how prayer helps us to connect and tune into our thoughts. Classes have been learning about prayer and the different ways to pray and the different types of prayer.
Please pray for those in our community who are unwell at the moment, that they may have a speedy recovery.
The following is taken from:
Question: "Why pray? What is the point of prayer when God knows the future and is already in control of everything? If we cannot change God's mind, why should we pray?"
Answer: For the Christian, praying is supposed to be like breathing, easier to do than to not do. We pray for a variety of reasons. For one thing, prayer is a form of serving God (Luke 2:36-38) and obeying Him. We pray because God commands us to pray (Philippians 4:6-7). Prayer is exemplified for us by Christ and the early church (Mark 1:35; Acts 1:14; 2:42; 3:1; 4:23-31; 6:4; 13:1-3). If Jesus thought it was worthwhile to pray, we should also. If He needed to pray to remain in the Father’s will, how much more do we need to pray?

Another reason to pray is that God intends prayer to be the means of obtaining His solutions in a number of situations. We pray in preparation for major decisions (Luke 6:12-13); to overcome demonic barriers (Matthew 17:14-21); to gather workers for the spiritual harvest (Luke 10:2); to gain strength to overcome temptation (Matthew 26:41); and to obtain the means of strengthening others spiritually (Ephesians 6:18-19).
This Friday we have our opening school Mass at 9:00 in the Church. All welcome.


Bernie Hall, Director of Religious Studies.


You are invited to attend a refresher course for Catholics wanting to return to the practice of their Catholic faith. This will run weekly at 7.00 pm on Tuesday nights commencing 5th March 2019 for four weeks until 26th March at St. Mary's, corner of Seddon and Ranolf Street. For further enquiries, please email Fr. Eamon Kennedy at


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.

We are seeking a volunteer to man the school uniform shop - on Fridays - 8.30am to 9am - during term time only.
If you would like to know more please see Maggie at the front office. Full training given, no money handling required.

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.

Black Feather puffer jacket Size 8, MACPAC Brand.
See Maggie in the office.


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

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For further information/detail please apply to Dorothy at the office.

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 have now closed. All teams are listed on the school website, under the sports tab. All draws are listed under the sports tab also on the school website.

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 (between 10am and 3:30pm).


Touch starts TODAY Wednesday 13th Feb 2019.

Click here to see the Term 1 touch teams.

Click here for the weekly Touch Draw

Children need to wear our school touch singlet (to be collected from Catherine in the office between 10am and 3:30pm), school PE shorts and closed in running shoes.


Flippaball starts on Tuesday 19th Feb 2019.

Click here to see the Term 1 flippaball teams.

Click here to see the weekly Flippaball Draw.

Children need to wear their own togs and everything else will be supplied.


Cricket starts Thursday 14th Feb 2019.

Click here to see the Term 1 cricket teams.

Hardball cricket starts on Saturday 16th Feb 2019.

Children need to wear our school cricket shirt (to be collected from Catherine in the office between 10am and 3.30pm), school PE shorts and closed in running shoes.

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


If there is something special your child has done or achieved please email Catherine (with a photo if you have one)

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