Newsletter No 04 27 February 2019

Kia Ora,

Hello Everyone,

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Next Thursday is our GALA DAY. Prayers please that we get a beautiful fine evening. Our Gala Day is a really awesome community night, so I encourage you all to come: invite everyone you possibly can. The Gala starts at 4.00pm and finishes at 7.00pm.

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.

We really need your support in bringing goods in for the Gala Day. We haven’t specified what day to bring things in, so we will take other items on any day. Presently we have received many donations of goods. At the moment Nachos are needed for one of the stalls. If you are able to, please send in a packet of Nachos with your child.

Points to note - No fresh cream items please; cake boxes will be given out to all students for our coffee and cake stall and items will be priced by our PTA.
Baby Elephant includes – children’s toys, sports gear, CD’s, DVD’s, puzzles, games, lego, books.

PLEASE NO clothing, damaged or broken second hand goods.

All gala contributions to be taken to your child’s class box in the hall foyer. 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.

Tomorrow 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. Other schools in the diocese have already had their Masses and they were all well attended by staff.

The Mass is specifically for blessing the staff, students and parents in all our schools. All our students are welcome. It is important that we attend this Mass with the Bishop. There is a light supper served following Mass.

Henk Gruepink from the Orange Swim School starts swimming lessons with our Year 5 & 6 students next week. This will continue for two weeks and then he will spend time with the Year 3 & 4 children. He does a fantastic job with the children.

Next Monday we are hosting ‘Opera in Schools’. This a fantastic show that is being performed by singers from NZ Opera Company. Our Year 3 to 6 students will be in the audience and we have a number of JPC students joining us for the performance.

Enjoy the busy week ahead, and again, prayers for a fine day for the Gala Day.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our school gala 4pm – 7pm on Thursday 7th March.

Thank you for your kind support.
David Macmillan, Principal.

Parent Meeting for Year 5/6 Camp THIS Wednesday 5.15 pm in Room 3.

ODD JOBS: If there is anyone in our community who would like a job as a handy person, please see Dave 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.

Anyone available to help on Gala night please ring Renee 021902530

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


Our prayers and thoughts are with the Jones and Maxwell families on the passing of Deacon Mike. He will be sadly missed.

I had the opportunity to attend his funeral last week. Mike was seen as a gentle man by all and passionate about his belief in God.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” – John 14:3

So... no one child of the Lord should fear death.

Issac Fransen is a seminarian currently staying here with Father Eamon and Father Tovio, in our parish. Issac has been invited to come visit our classrooms and students to talk about his life. Issac is happy to talk to students about religious education and the themes we cover in the Catholic faith. Our school is fortunate to have this opportunity. Welcome Issac!

Tomorrow we have our diocese Mass here at St Mary’s Church 6:00 pm.
You are all invited to attend. We would particularly like to see some senior students at our commissioning Mass on Thursday. If you can come along, please meet Mrs Hall or Mr Macmillan, in the church foyer before Mass. Please wear your school uniform.
Many thanks.

Next week we begin the very important time in the liturgical year-Lent.



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.



Invoices for fees will be sent out over the next 2 weeks. If you have a credit from 2018, this will be applied to this year's fees - so please note the amount stated on the invoices.

If paying by internet banking please state YOUR CHILD'S NAME in the reference and FEES so we can apply to the correct child. If there are any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Margo Mason

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 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



WANTED: Does anyone have any spare coathangers that we could use for the uniform shop. Please leave at the office.

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

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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 - Tuesday 5th March 2019

Entries have now closed for this event, no late entries will be accepted. A letter, with all the important event information, will be sent home to all registered children today.
All information about the event can be found on our school website under the sports events tab click here


Click here to view the summer sport WEEKLY DRAWS

If you are wanting to improve your swim skills or build up your fitness, then you should join Swim Rotorua. We are a very friendly club with over 100 young members training in our Platinum and Diamond Squads at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre. If you are wanting to do well at School Swimming Sports, then please join us and have a go.
If you can swim laps of Freestyle & Backstroke, then please contact Tara Watt on 022 332 6922 or at
Swim Rotorua – building confidence in every swimmer

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.


The Crankworx Rotorua team wish to advise that the first leg of the Crankworx World Tour is returning to Rotorua in March 2019. This year, as part of the biking festival, there are all new opportunities for local Children aged 14 and under (as at 31st December 2019) to get involved.

For those wishing to experience events first hand , the Kidsworx team have created two new children's race formats:

“Challenge” events: designed with a focus on participation and fun.
“Race” events; designed with the more competitively inclined in mind.

Children can only choose to participate in the “Challenge” events or “Race” events, not both. This ensures that those that entrants in the participation events will not be pressured or intimidated by the more competitive focused “Racers”. All Kidsworx events are outside school hours.

In addition to the riding events, there are many more opportunities for children to get amongst the action through interactive games and play in the Kidsworx Arena or free-to-access spectator events throughout the week.

Click here to view the full flyer on our school website

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We love to hear about your child's achievements, sporting or otherwise. Please email Catherine with a blurb and photo.

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

International Children’s Day is this weekend -

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Full details and flyer for Sunday at the Redwoods with the magic Jill Walker QSM and friends!
Music Art and FUN for families