Newsletter No 06 13 March 2019

Kia Ora,

Another AWESOME Gala Day. Thank you, thank you all for your fantastic support. We got a great crowd, the weather was kind and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves at this great St Mary’s community event. Thanks to the many people and businesses who donated goods and services. We had lots of people volunteer many hours of work; it was truly a team effort. It was also fantastic to see so many JPC students helping out at the Gala.

The success of the Gala Day was due in large part to our hardworking PTA Gala team. Renee Cleaver, and Lizzy Gaston and their team - Rebecca Hesom, Heidi Symon, Kelley Kemp, Lynda Fox, Juanita Conder, Kate Keaney, Giovana Fredricksen, Logan Moka, Rachel Schuster, Monique Sholte, and Lorraine Thomson who have worked tirelessly co-ordinating our big day. A huge thank you to them all. I am amazed that we had a number of parents who no longer have children at our school take leave from their jobs to help with the Gala. You are amazing, Thank you. We took in approximately $27,900 on the night and with expenses taken out we should make a handsome profit of well over $20,000. Check out the many photos on our Facebook page. I will put some more up this weekend.

Many thanks to Neil Jessen (grandad of Samara in Room 7) who kindly made a new bike stand for the school - the area behind the caretaker's shed is much tidier and safer now.

Our Totara Team students are on camp this week and next. Each class is spending a night at Kearoa Marae at Horohoro. The classes who have been out so far have had an awesome time. Thanks to all the parents who have helped us or who are going to be helping with camp. Many have taken time off work to help. Please keep in your prayers the children who are still to go on camp that they have a safe camp and the weather is fine.

You may have heard that Maggie Dalton who is our school receptionist is unwell. Please keep her in your prayers.

Kind regards,
David Macmillan, Principal.

Gala update :



ShowQuest Update

Unfortunately due to a lack of interest from Rotorua schools, Showquest Rotorua will not be going ahead. However, we have a plan B! We have been invited to perform at the Tauranga Showquest at the end of June. We are currently working to see if we can make this happen.

Also due to this and senior camps over the next two weeks, we are going to defer practice times until we confirm if we are able to participate. Thank you for your support and we will keep you posted.

So no practice for next week. We will let you know if/when practice resumes.

Thanks for your understanding.


During Lent, classes will be looking at the Caritas organisation and all they do to help those in need. Please support the Caritas appeal by donating change to your classroom Caritas money box.
Lent in schools:


The theme for Lent 2019 is inspired by a quote from Pope Francis: 'Living our lives with love.'

We are called to live our lives with genuine love - for others and for God. This year students will focus on South Sudan. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is partnering with Caritas South Sudan and other Caritas agencies to provide emergency supplies to those affected by the famine and conflict in South Sudan where millions of people face severe hunger. The extreme food shortage has been caused by civil unrest and drought.

Quick Facts: Two-thirds of the population are under the age of 30, Only 27% of the population older than 15 years of age is literate, The literacy rate for males is 40% compared to 16% for females, The infant mortality rate is 105 (per 1,000 live births), Maternal mortality rate is 2,054 (per 100,000 live births), Only 17% of children are fully immunized, 55% of the population has access to improved sources of drinking water, Around 38% of the population walk for more than 30 minutes one way to collect drinking water, 80% of South Sudanese do not have access to any toilet facility.



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.


Hello Lunchonline Families at St Mary’s School !

Just a reminder that it’s $4 Pita Promo day tomorrow
Pita Pit will donate $2 back to school for every Pita sold!!
Thursday 14 March!!
Yummy Pitas for only $4
That's fantastic value

Get on Lunchonline and order your $4 pita now!

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



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

Sports News


For all information regarding Sports events you can look under the sports tab on our school website
You can also download our school app.

Sports DRAWS click here

Sports EVENTS click here

Sports RESULTS click here



Click here to view the summer sport WEEKLY DRAWS

RATS Duathlon

To view all the results and photos from the day click here

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
Any queries contact Trudy Edwards Ph 027 6072689.


Grab your specially created Crankworx Locals Guide for all of the best info on free days and activities during the Crankworx Rotorua Festival from the 15 – 24 March.

Get yours FREE from Rotorua Lakes Council customer service and Mountain Bike Rotorua Fenton Street

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.

Click here to view the full flyer on our school website

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Holiday Programmes

To view School Holiday Programmes please see our school website - under sports Tab or click here


If you have anything worth a special mention, sport or otherwise, 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

Talent Wanted – Rainbow Springs Nature Park

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We are excited to announce that we are launching Taonga: Treasures of New Zealand, an informative and entertaining insight into precious treasures which have connected Māori to the land and natural world for hundreds of years. Where our guides share the rich history behind a range of treasures including traditional Māori cloaks, weapons, tools, traps and greenstone.

We need your help to be talent for two hours to assist with our promotional photos, and in return you can spend the rest of the day wandering around our beautiful nature park and getting up close with our precious wildlife.


When: 17 March at 1pm

Where: Rainbow Springs Nature Park

Duration: 2 hours

If you’re interested please email so we can add you to the talent list.

Life Education Trust:

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No doubt your children have been telling you all about Harold and the Life Education trailer at school presently.
The Trust has fundraisers to sell :

Big Harold stuffed toy $20
Harold Towels $20
Small Harold stuffed toy $5
Pens $2
Sales before school from Harold House (Mobile Unit)