Newsletter No 04, 28 February 2018

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4pm to 7pm
Thank you for your support!

Gala Day has finally arrived and we do rely on you getting in behind it. This is one night when we come together as a community and also a night when we raise money for the school. Please tell everyone you can think of about our Gala Day. Our PTA has put in many hours, voluntarily, to make our Gala a success. Please come along and have a great night out. The Gala will go ahead rain, hail or shine; hopefully it will be the shine!

Yesterday, our students participated in the World Day of Prayer Liturgy at the church. A number of our children came dressed in their national dress and they looked fantastic. Thank you for sending your children in costume. I think it really made the day. There are photos on facebook for you to view.

Last night we had our Schools’ Commissioning Mass. The Mass was specifically for blessing the staff, students and parents in all our schools. It was great to see a good number of our children and parents there. Thank you parents and children for supporting this.

Our Year 5 and 6 students have been involved with water survival skills with Henk Gruepink from the Orange Swim School. Each class will receive ten lessons. The middle school will also get the opportunity to be involved over the next few weeks.
The school swimming sports is March 13th. Our Year 3 to 6 children are involved in this. Hopefully the weather will stay warm and it will be a sunny day.

See you all the at the Gala Day tomorrow night with your families and friends.

David Macmillan, Principal.

Our condolences and sympathy to families in the school who have recently lost family members:
Whyte family (Denzyl Room 12)on the loss of their great grandmother.
Lucich family (Millie Rm 1 and Rosie Rm 14) on the loss of their new baby cousin
Brown family (Abby Rm 14 and Zak Rm 7)
on the death of their grandmother in Australia.
Waiomio family on the loss of their Aunty. (Persia Rm 12 and Freyja Rm 18B)
Please know that we hold you in prayer.


School lunches are available from Pita Pit, Rotorua on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Lunches need to be ordered online via Children need to come to the School Office at lunchtime to collect their ordered lunch.

On Fridays the children are able to buy a sausage and a juicie. This is an initiative of the PTA. Children place their orders with their own class teacher and orders are delivered to their class at lunchtime.
Sausages $1.50
Juicies $1.50

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Prayer for Lent
Loving God, e te Atua God of Mercy we thank you for the paschal sacrifice your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. We pray for the promotion of human dignity around the world.


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Hello, nǐ hǎo, Talova lava, Guten Tag, Buenas tardes, Bonjour, Kia ora tātou:

Hello, nǐ hǎo, Talova lava, Guten Tag, Buenas tardes, Bonjour, Kia ora tātou:
Our Children’s World Day of Prayer Liturgy went extremely well. We had over 20 nationalities represented at this event. It was fantastic to see so many cultures represented and a great reminder to us all of our diverse cultural community here at St Mary’s. It was also pleasing to see many of our students and staff attend our Commissioning Mass on Tuesday night. The Bishop enjoys visiting our Rotorua Parish and schools. Thank you again.
Our Lent focus on life in Timor -Leste highlights;
Following on from a very difficult past, Timor-Leste has experienced a period of relative peace and development since 2006. There are still many challenges as the country seeks to establish and deepen a stable democracy and develop its economy. Many institutions in the young nation remain weak, and there are still tensions between the political elites and among security forces. The gap between rural and urban development is significant. Challenges for city-dwellers include intermittent water supply, low paid work, limited housing supply and a lack of jobs for the many young people living there. Most of the Timorese population, however, live in rural areas with life revolving around the village and subsistence agriculture. Farmers are largely dependent on what they can grow themselves and remain vulnerable to bad weather and crop failure. Our students are beginning to learn more about the difficulties facing Timor-Leste and what we can do to help.

We pray for fine weather for Thursday’s Gala!!!

Bernie Hall -Director of Religious Studies

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"Please vote on the School-gen voting page

People can vote once a day up until voting ends on 2 April.

To ensure a small school has as much chance of winning as a big school, we’ll be dividing the number of votes a school gets by its school roll. The top five schools will go forward to an independent judging panel who will decide who wins"

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 7.00pm on Tuesday nights commencing 27 February 2018 for four weeks until 20 March. Course to be held at St Mary's Church, corner of Seddon and Ranolf Streets.
Enquiries: please email Fr Eamon Kennedy at

Year 5 & 6 Camp 2018
The Year 5 & 6 camp for 2018 to Auckland is in Term 1 : 26 - 29 March.

Please return the medical consent form for your child by Tuesday the 6th of March.

A camp meeting will be held for all parents on Tuesday the 6th of March at 5 pm in Room 4.

Immediately after (approx 5.30 pm) we would like to meet with all parent helpers who will be attending camp with us.

Please note that the camp “gear list” is published on to the Camp site. You can access this via your child’s classroom blog.

Mr James, Whaea Eliana, Ms Nelson, Mrs Todd, Mrs Dunkley


SCHOOL ABSENCES If your child is away from school for any reason, please notify our office staff using one of these options :
Phone 3481 701
Link to website:

Change of Address/Contact Phone numbers:
We always appreciate notification if your personal contact details have changed. Please notify the office or email :
The school newsletter is available on Wednesday afternoons. A hard copy is always available from front reception if required - otherwise you will be emailed a copy.

The school is able to offer a banking service to pupils. This is through Credit Union and our banking day is Thursday.
Please call at the office if you would like an enrolment form to complete.

2017 School Magazine : The office is still holding a few copies of the 2017 school magazine. Cost $5.00. Please call at the office if you wish to purchase one.

Reliable Repair Service...

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Sports News

St Mary's App - Download Now

Kia ora New and Returning Parents, Summer Sports is well under way now, both Flippaball and Touch Rugby are on and hopefully cricket tomorrow. Let's pray to the weather gods. If you have the app on your smart phone you would have receive notifications on whether games are cancelled or when & if trainings have been moved etc...... If you do not have the app, please download, so you do not miss out on sports updates.


Draw up on website either late in the week or early Mondays.

Touch Rugby

On today at Kuirau Park


There is NO Cricket this Thursday 1st March due to the St Mary's Gala event.


Tuesday & Thursday Lunchtime in the school hall from next week.

Rats Duathlon

Entries are now closed. Those who have registered I will have information out to you by the end of the week.

Middle and Senior Swimming - Tuesday 13th March

We will be holding our annual Swimming Sports on Tuesday 13th March at the Rotorua Aquatic centre on Tarewa Rd. This will be for years 3-6.
Students must be dropped off at the Aquatic Centre and meet their teacher no later than 8:45am. Swimming Sports will be finished by 2:30pm and children must be collected no later than 3pm. Children may come in their bathing gear and dress in their house colours.
Children will need the following:
Warm Clothes
Lunch and a Drink

There will be No Sausage Sizzle or Pita Pit avaliable on the Tuesday.

Should the event be cancelled this information will be put on our website by 7:30am and a notification sent via the school app, facebook and twitter.

We are going to need parent helpers, if you are avaliable to assist please email Lorna Dobson or call the school and let either Maggie Dalton or meself Turdy James know.

A Special Mention

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A couple of weekends ago we had 2 current St Mary's students and a number of ex St Mary's students compete in a national swimming event. See photo of the team that participated.

A special mention to Kaia Joyce and Ariel Muchirahondo, both did extremely well.

Kaia Joyce (10 yrs) came away from the competition with a stunning 8 medals and Ariel Muchirahondo (8yrs) was competing in the 10 & under age group at his first national event.
Former students, now at JPC: Aaron Muchirahondo, Ariahna Ngawhika, Lina Stahlhut, Jasmine Hagan, David Boles and Luisa Vulu - great work!

FREE Sunday Golf Sessions for new golfers- Government Gardens Driving Range. 10-11am Every Sunday.
Ant: 100% Golf Ltd
NZPGA Professional
Rotorua Golf Club

Market Day - Riding for the disabled

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Rotorua Parks Week 10 - 18 March and Children's Weekend 3 - 4 March

As part of Rotorua Children’s Weekend celebrations there are a wide range of free family activities hosted in various venues around Rotorua over 2 fun-filled days.

Around the World – Saturday 3 March 2018, 10am – 3pm

Enjoy a wide range of activities with international flavour including crafts, music, games, story-time, face-painting, swimming and much more!

Start at any of the following locations and complete activities to receive a ‘passport stamp’. Collect three passport stamps to go in the draw to win a great prizes.

Great locations to visit:

*Rotorua Arts Village

*Children's Art House

*Te Runanga Tea House

*Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri

*Rotorua Village Green

* Rotorua Aquatic Centre

Redwoods Children’s Day – Sunday 4 March 2018, 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Children can enjoy an afternoon of free stories, arts, music and forest adventures located at the beautiful Redwood Forest (Long Mile Road).

Free activities include forest games, storytelling, log dig, bucket fun, soundscapes, clay, paint, Taiko drumming, hut building, gymnastics, young artists alfresco art exhibition, and the opportunity to be a star on the stage!

The Travelling Tuataras will bring their own special brand of magic to the forest with interactive stories and songs.

Families are encouraged to bring along a picnic and share lots of laughs with the little people in our lives and treasure the time spent together.

For more information visit

The Art House (in Govt Gardens) offers after school classes and event classes at modest rates.

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Sacred Heart College Open Day: Wednesday 7 March 2018. Tours of the college at 11.45am and 1.30pm.
Places available in Years 7 & 9 2019. Full-time and weekly boarding is available in Years 9 - 13.
There is also a scholarship opportunity for Catholic students of Maori or Pasifika descent for Years 7 onwards. These scholarships include financial contributions, boarding fees and other expenses. Applications close 29 March 2018.
Further information:
Nicola Thomas Phone 09 529 3660 ext 714

or see Mr Macmillan for enrolment application.


Term 1: 7 February to 13 April
Term 2: 30 April to 6 July
Term 3: 23 July to 28 September
Term 4: 15 October to 19 December

Teacher Only days : 2 February, 5 February