Newsletter No 03 20 February 2019

Kia Ora,

Hello Everyone,

I was saddened to hear of the passing of our Deacon, Deacon Mike Jones. Mike was our chaplain and often he visited the classrooms on a Wednesday and would come in for a cuppa with the staff at morning tea. Mike loved coming to St Mary’s and the children loved hearing about the different Saints in the Church. He would pick the Saint who had a feast day on the day he visited the class. Mike was a great storyteller and he could capture the attention of the children as he weaved a story around the Saint of the day. Before Mike became a Deacon he held many Principal’s positions around the country. Mike was on our Board of Trustees as a Proprietor’s Rep and his views were respected by all on the board. He was gentle, wise and had a strong sense of social justice. I enjoyed the many chats we had together and I found the advice and support he gave me invaluable. He is a man we are going to miss in our community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Irene, who was always by his side and his whanau. His daughter Whaea Eliana taught at our school for a few years. Mike’s funeral is at 11.00am at St Mary’s Catholic Church, then he will travel to his marae at Waiohau and his burial will be on Saturday.

Last Friday we had our first school Mass. Thanks to those who joined us for this. For our first Mass for the year, I think our children joined in with the prayers and sang very well. Our staff received a special blessing for our year ahead.

On Monday we had our ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening. Thanks to those parents who were able to come, but if you couldn’t get a time slot to meet with your child’s teacher, feel free to contact them and set up another time.

On Friday (22nd February) our Swimming Sports will be held at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre on Tarewa Road in Rotorua.

Here is some information:
The swimming sports is for our middle and senior school students - Years 3, 4, 5 & 6.
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 swimming 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 be put on our website by 7:30am on the day, and a notification sent via Facebook and the school phone app.
At this point in time we are very short of helpers: If you are able to help on the day please email Lorna Dobson:

Thursday week is our GALA DAY. Prayers please, that we get a beautiful fine evening. Please see our Gala Countdown requirements later in this newsletter. Of course we will accept other things up until Gala Day.

We really need your support in bringing items in for the Gala Day. Presently we have received many donations of goods. PLEASE NO damaged or broken second hand goods.
All gala contributions to be taken to your child’s class box in the hall foyer as each item received wins 1 point towards their class; the class that receives the most points (pro-rata on number of children per class) wins a surprise lunch!!! The class that brings in the most cakes also wins a special prize.

Thursday the 28th February we have the regional schools’ Commissioning Mass at 6.00pm in our church. Schools from Whakatane, Opotiki, Matata, Tauranga, Taupo, Tauranga, Mount Maunganui are invited to celebrate Mass with Bishop Steve. The Mass is specifically for blessing the staff, students and parents in all our schools. All our students are welcome but we will specifically invite our senior students. It is important that we attend this Mass with the Bishop. There is a light supper served following Mass.

Have a great week
David Macmillan,


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


Pick a number from 1 to 40 for a $100 prize and its all yours for gala night.
Contact Heidi 021911305 to secure your baton.

Gala Sponsors:
If anyone/any organisation is able to assist with sponsorship this would also be appreciated. Please contact Heidi on 021 911305.

Thursday 21 February White Elephant Day
Friday 22 February Tinned goods, bags of sweets, preloved baskets/platters
Monday 25 February Mystery Jar Day- Fill an empty jar with anything new children may like
Tuesday 26 February Nacho Day - corn chips, tinned tomatoes, chilli or kidney beans
Wednesday 27 February Books, toys, board games, CD's, playstation games
Thursday 28 February Bottle Day- shampoo, sauce, jam, oil - no alcohol thank you
Friday 1 March Nacho Day - corn chips, tinned tomatoes, chilli or kidney beans
Monday 4 March Grocery Day - plus any plastic bags appreciated
Tuesday 5 March White Elephant Day
Wednesday 6 March Mystery Jar Day- Fill an empty jar with anything new children may like
Thursday 7 March GALA DAY! HOMEMADE cakes, muffins, biscuits sweets, any fresh produce


Thank you to those who were able to attend our school Mass on Friday. At this Mass we blessed our school staff for the up-coming year. New students will be formally welcomed at our next Mass, an invitation will go out to families.
This week classes continue to focus on prayer and learning how they can use different types of prayer. Older students are being encouraged to find in the bible examples of times when Jesus prayed.
Traditionally, Catholic prayers fall into four types:
Adoration: Praising God.
Contrition: Asking for God's forgiveness.
Petition: Asking God for a favor.
Thanksgiving: Showing God gratitude.


Next week we have our Diocese Mass here at St Mary’s Church. It is 28th February 6:00pm. Many schools will attend this Mass with us. The Bishop and several priests will preside at this Mass-you are invited to attend.


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.

There will be no sausage sizzle for Year 3 - 6 students at the swimming sports BUT for students remaining at school Years 1 & 2 there will still be a sausage sizzle.

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

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.

SHOW QUEST will be happening 25 May this year. If your child would like to participate, forms are available from the office. Please return by Tuesday 26 March.

GYMNASTICS has started again for the year. Tuesday, lunchtimes in the school hall.
Your child is welcome to come along and join in.

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

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For further information/detail please apply to Dorothy at the office.
Open Day Tuesday 5 March.

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.

RATS Kids Duathlon

Bike and run event. Tuesday 5th March 2019 - 8:30am. Waipa MTB Car Park. $10 entry fee. Yrs 3-6, entry forms have been sent home with children today. Forms and payment are due back in to the office Tuesday 26th Feb, no late entries can be accepted.

BOP Primary Golf Championships 2019

Monday 25th March 2019. Otumoetai GC. 9.30am Tee off. $5 entry fee. 9 and 18 hole divisions. Please contact Catherine if you are interested


We have a couple of spots available for Yr 5 or 6 boys who may wish to play. Please let Catherine know if your child would like to play

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.


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.


We are still in need of a coach for our Super 6's team. Please contact Catherine if you are able to coach

Click here to see the Term 1 cricket teams.

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.

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

Marist St Michaels Junior Rugby 2019 Registrations

Marist St Michaels Junior Rugby- 2019 Registration
Players wanted for all grades Under 6’s to Under 13
We would love to have your young Rugby players join Marist St
Michaels Junior Rugby. Come along to our Player Registration at
Marist St Michaels Clubrooms, Te Ngae Road (opposite Countdown
supermarket). Our registration dates are:
Friday 22nd February 2019 5-7pm
Friday 1st March 2019 5-7pm
Saturday 2nd March 2019 – 9-11am
Any queries contact Trudy Edwards Ph 027 6072689.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Jade Moller Room 5 (9 years old). She won the Junior Jazz Scholarship 2019 at Amjazz Dance Studios last December 18 at the end of year production. She sat her dance exams and had the highest marks for her jazz exams in the whole of the junior school.

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