Newsletter No 02 19 February 2020

Hello Everyone,

What a great response we had today to the SportBOP Bike to Work Day. You can see by the photos on our facebook page the number of children and parents involved in this event. Thank you to the staff and parents who rode with our children from Sophia St and the parents who were on street crossings to marshall the riders across the many roads between Sophia St and school.

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 welcome your attendance if you are able to make it.

A number of children read lots of books over the holidays and this was evident with the number of holiday reading logs that were returned for the draw. Thank you for your support with this. This week we have a draw for those children whose photos were sent in with them reading. Many staff also participated in this programme and there will be a draw for them too.

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.

There are eighty students who are keen to play chess in our school. Mr G who is our new support staff member is a keen enthusiastic chess teacher and player and intends to start a chess club at lunchtimes. If you have a spare chess set at home that you no longer need we would love to use it.

And finally … THE COUNTDOWN IS ON .... 16 days to our Gala Day!!!! Thursday March 5th. This is an important date on our calendar and we need EVERYONE to help make the gala a success.

Thanks to all those families who have contributed so far to our Gala. Please see our Gala Countdown requirements later in this newsletter. Of course we will accept other things up until Gala Day.

All gala contributions areto be taken to your child’s class box in the hall foyer. Each item received wins 1 point towards their class; the two classes that receive the most points (pro-rata on number of children per class) wins a surprise lunch!!!

PLEASE NO clothing, damaged or broken second hand goods.

Have an awesome week.

David Macmillan, Principal.

St Mary's has a school app and here are some instructions for installing this app

Some people are currently experiencing an issue when notifying an absence via the app. We suggest you try updating the app, or deleting it and reinstalling. If you are still having issues after doing this could you please email [] and provide details of the issue, any error message showing and let us know what device ( make and model) you are using - so we can follow up and try and get this issue resolved. Please note you can also notify absences via the quick links tab on our website.

Sports Teams:
To check sports information or sports draws please visit the School Website. Please note that some phones do not easily allow you to view all tabs under Sports on the website. Maybe try using a different device if you are having any issues. We will try and address this issue but it might take a little time.

Sports coaches have contact details for one parent. If you need both parents to be kept up to date with information for a particular sports team could you please provide the coach of the team with contact details for both parents.


WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY : Grocery Day - tinned goods, bags of sweets,any pre-loved baskets or platters you no longer require.

THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY: White Elephant Day - Books, toys, board games, children's sports equipment, CD's, DVD's

FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY : Tinned goods, bags of sweets. Any pre-loved baskets or platters you no longer require. Baby elephant items.

MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY : Mystery Jar Day - fill an empty jar with anything new that children may like. Please do not wrap for sorting boys/girls.

TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY : Nacho Day - corn chips, tinned tomatoes, chilli or kidney beans.

WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY: Books, toys, baby elephant, board games, playstation games, jigsaws.

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


On sale now at the school office - $ 5 PER ENTRY - CASH ONLY
Wood was split in October 2019, and has been in dry storage since.
It is a mix of eucalyptus and pine and has been donated by a St Mary's family. Approximately 3 cubic metres.

Is a mix of Eucalyptus and pine and donated by a St Mary's family.

Prize includes delivery within 30 minutes of Rotorua.

Limited to 100 tickets only, so the odds of winning are high!
Draw will take place at school on Gala night.
Get in quick to win this awesome prize!


Thanks to those students who were able to attend last Wednesday’s Commissioning Mass. It was great to have some student representation.

Classes are learning about Prayer and the different types of prayer at the moment. The five finger prayer is a neat way to remind kids who they could pray for. You can view more information here Five Finger Prayer . Quiet Meditation is also a form of prayer and classes will be using this also at prayer times. Luke 5:16 shows that just like you and me, Jesus needed a break from the demands of his busy life to recharge his batteries and spend time with his Heavenly Father.

Soon we will be moving into the season of Lent. This starts on Ash Wednesday and is a very important time in our Liturgical Calendar.

Bernie Hall-DRS

Invitation to participate in St Mary's Parish Alpha Course - March 2020

This year St Mary's Parish is running a Day-Time Alpha Course beginning on the 3rd March, and an Evening-Time Alpha beginning on the 3rd September.

What is Alpha?
Alpha is an 11-week programme which looks at the meaning of life and faith through a Christian perspective.

Alpha is a good introduction to Jesus, Prayer, the Scriptures and Community.

You may register on the Parish website
OR email your details to
OR you may fill out a registration form found at the back of St Michael’s or St Mary’s Churches.

Catholics Returning Home.
You are invited to attend a refresher course for Catholics wanting to return to the practice of their Catholic faith or for Catholics wanting to renew their faith and their prayer life. Everyone is invited to attend. This will run weekly at 7.00 pm on Tuesday nights commencing 3rd March 2020 for four weeks until 24th March at St. Mary's, corner of Seddon and Ranolf Street. For further enquiries, please email Fr. Eamon Kennedy at

Lucky Book orders are due back 21st February at 12 noon. NO late orders please.
If paying by cheque please make payable to Scholastic New Zealand.
Please ensure the child's name and classroom are marked on the order form.

Sports News

We are running low on sports uniform and have children waiting on tops in their size.
Unless you are playing cricket or touch rugby this term, then any sports uniform you have must be returned to the School Office by Friday 21st February 3.15pm. If uniform is not returned you will lose your bond.

No uniform will be issued to children if they haven't got a bond in place or have uniform not returned.

We will be enforcing our Sports Uniform Policy from this term. This can be found on our school website under Our Sports

Please ensure you have our school app and have set up to receive notifications for the sports your tamariki/children are playing. Instructions on how to do this can be found here.

Registrations are now closed for Term 1 Summer Sports.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this mornings Go By Bike Day! It was a fabulous ride to school. I hope it inspired some of our tamariki to start biking every day to school.

RATS Duathlon
The team at RATS are organizing the 10th off-road duathlon event for Year 3-6 students.

Please note: You will need to drop off your child and their bike at the event by 9am and pick up from the event no later than 12pm.**

When: Tuesday 10th March 2020
Where: Waipa MTB Carpark
Cost: $10 per student
Forms must be returned by: 3.15pm Friday 28th February - no late entries can be entered.
Two distances on offer:
Short Course: 500 m Run – 3 km MTB – 500 m Run (Years 3/4, 5/6)
Long Course: 1.5 km Run – 8 km MTB – 500 m Run (Years 5/6)
Age Groups: Year 3 and 4 children must enter the short course. Year 5 and 6 children can choose which course they would like to enter - short or long.
Entry forms will be handed out to children in class or can be downloaded here or from the School Office.
Completed forms can be returned to your classroom teacher or to the School Office no later than 3.15pm Friday 28th February.

If you have any queries please contact Whaea Leanne, Sports Coordinator at or 027 285 7579 or 07 348 1701 ext 1701.

The Rotorua Motorcycle club 2020 interschool MX challenge is on this year, and Saint Marys will be entering a team in the Primary category, racing on Saturday, 21st march.

at Manuka Crescent
Only $50 for the rest of the season. This includes fun matches and games on Friday afternoon plus all the benefits of being a member. Starts Friday Feb 7. Contact Debra.
Primary aged Friday 3.30-4.15
Intermediate and High School Friday 4.15-5.45
Professional Tennis Coaching with Justin Megraw on Wednesday and Thursday at extra cost. Groups start Feb 5th. See website for details

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Well Done Jessica Rowley!
Yesterday we received a phone call from Karen at Todd McClay's office on the corner of Ranolf & Amohau Streets.
Karen had been watching Jessica scooter home every day and was so impressed with how responsible and courteous she was crossing such a busy road. Every time Jessica would hop off her scooter, keep to the side to not get in other people's way, wait patiently for her green light to walk across. When it was time to cross, she would walk safely - still looking for cars even though she had the right of way.
Wow! What an amazing example to us all on how to be safe around our roads, Keep it up Jessica.

Congratulations Addison Wilkinson from Kakano 1!
Addison received the highest marks in New Zealand for her Jazz Dance Exam in 2019!
She also received 95% for her first dance exam!
What an amazing achievement, Well Done Addison.

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

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Digital Natives Academy has been providing the Rotorua community with FREE digital tech workshops for half a decade.

DNA likes to keep learning relevant and exciting. We illustrate clear
career pathways while inspiring and guiding students along the way.
Students move from basic programming and code language to creating
characters and exploring world-building.

TANIWHA TECH are after school digital workshops.

First Lesson is FREE!!

WHEN: 4pm - 6pm Weekdays
WHERE: 1181-1185 Pukuatua Street
(Usually $20 per lesson)

Limited spaces.

If you are interested in joining us, click on the link below to book a class!
Click> Book Now > Classes > Choose the number of students > desired
workshop > Select date.

Scholarships are available. EMAIL us to apply.

School Dates for 2020:

Term 1 Tuesday 4 Feb - Thursday 9 April.
Term 2 Tuesday 28 April - Friday 3 July
Term 3 Monday 20 July - Friday 25 September
Term 4 Monday 12 October - Thursday 17 December