Newsletter No 06, 15 March 2018.

Kia Ora,

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Last week our Year 6 students were commissioned as our school leaders for 2018. Our school’s leadership programme is around leaders giving service to their fellow students. Each student has been given a specific responsibility in an area that they indicated they were interested in. I wish God’s blessings on their work this year.
Here are our student leaders:


Science Leaders:
Matthew Lam
Dylan Chikono
Aarav Adlakha
Nathan Graham

Library Leaders:
Max Claxton
Emily Burnett
Lucy Gaston
Charles Nacar
Bryll Baguio


Peer Mediators:
Julianne Pureza
Bongani Mabhena

Recreational Leaders:
Robert Hermano
Jayden Elmiger
Jett Taylor
Adam Dinniss
Liam Nicholson
Nathan Graham
Liam Reinders
Emily Russell

Young Vinnie Leaders:
Makyla Smith
Molly Bradley
KJ Waititi
Tara Ronayne
Alexis de la Rocha

Environment Leaders:
Patrick Konyves
Flossie Smith
Ryan Eggers
Ava Ponce-Kereopa
Charli Parkinson
Denzel Whyte
Yevin Kannangara
Cyris McDonald

Kapa Haka Leaders:
Jacob Rogers
DJ Kapita
Louis Gigliotti
Maiah Ngawhika
Kennedy Meads
Kamiria Thrupp

House Leaders:
Mackillop - Olivia Schwalger, Richard Hawker
Mill Hill - Kaia Joyce, Nevan Winmill
Pompallier - Madeleine Keaney, William Gillespie
Whakaue - Don Telfer, Nyla Fulo

Student Council Leader:
Millie Lucich

Pasifika Leaders:
Teuila Schuster
Una Filipo

RE Leaders:
Alan Antony
Ysabella Pagaduan
Vanessa Liang
Marian Lopez
Kate Vivero

ICT Leaders:
Nathaniel Ward
Jake Atkinson
Leah Field
Imogen Blundell
Harrison Roberts

Health & Safety Leaders:
Sean Nicholls
Sofia Keeling

Last Friday we had our Bike to School Day. It was fantastic to see so many of our children ride/scoot to school. It was also impressive to see parents riding to school with their children. Thank you all for your support.

We were lucky with the weather on Tuesday and we were able to go ahead with the Swimming Sports. The day went very well with our children participating in races and novelty events with great enthusiasm. I was very impressed with the standard of swimming of our children. Thanks to the parents who helped us. We do rely on your generosity of time and once again we had an awesome number of parents there to help. Thanks to Lorna Dobson, Trudy and also to the staff who organised the sports and those who helped on the day. Have a look at some of the photos on our facebook page.

Next Friday (23 March) we have our St Joseph’s Mass. St Joseph is important to us because the Sisters of St Joseph was based on the work of St Joseph. Please join us for this Mass. It starts at 9.00am

Have a great week.

David Macmillan, Principal.

ICAS International Assessments

Notices re 2018 ICAS Assessments will be made available to interested Year 3-6 students on Thursday 15 March.

ICAS Tests we will offer this year:

Year 3 - 6 students: Science, Mathematics, Spelling, English

Year 4 – 6 students: Writing

The School Office will also have extra copies of the notice. Participation in these tests is optional and on a user pays basis. We suggest that they are only suitable/useful for very able students.

If you want your child to participate please encourage them to collect a notice, on Thursday, from their class teacher. Please also note that the return slip, with payment, needs to be at our School Office by noon on Thursday 22 March. NB NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

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.

Thank you to all the parents and caregivers who ordered Pita Pit for the gala fundraiser. It was a huge response and the Pita Pit Team made 195 lunches for your children. The team at Pita Pit are thrilled to be making a donation of $300.00 to the School’s Gala Fund.

The only feedback from the day is that a number of the lunches for the children had the incorrect class room number registered against that child. That makes it difficult on the staff at the school to distribute the lunches to your children. Can you please take a minute to double check you child’s classroom number on your Lunchonline Account and update it if it is incorrect.

Once again thank you for your support of the School Gala, Pita Pit Rotorua and Lunchonline.

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


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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If your child has received the Sacrament of Holy Communion, please do ask them to consider becoming an altar server. Father is hoping to train up some new students. Please forward your child’s name and details to or forward details to the parish office, thank you.
More on Timor-Leste:
Timor-Leste is one of the poorest countries in the world. As of 2011, 37.4 percent of the population lived below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day. Forty percent of the population is malnourished. The gap between rural and urban development remains significant in Timor-Leste. Approximately 75% of the population live in rural areas. The median per capita income for the rural population is US$32 per month.1 Rural communities are primarily engaged in subsistence agriculture and typically have limited employment opportunities, little or no access to credit and are likely to experience several months of food insecurity each year. In Timor-Leste, women face poverty, domestic violence and a lack of recognition of their contribution to the political, economic and social spheres. Empowering women is core to the work of HAFOTI where Timorese women make the decisions, access microcredit, participate in training and learn new skills. This enables members to earn money to meet their everyday needs (like food) and send their children to school as well.
Your child is learning more about this country and hopefully developing a recognition of how well blessed we are here in NZ in regard to access to education, medical, household assistance and opportunities for young , old and male and female.

Bernie Hall -Director of Religious Studies

"Please vote on the School-gen voting page

People can vote once a day up until voting ends on 2 April. We need you to vote each day if possible.

Programme for children who are not baptised.
The Parish invites children who are 8 years old, as of 1 March 2018, to do a programme in preparation for Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and Reconciliation. If your child/family is interested please email your details to Fr Eamon,, or call the Parish Secretary 07 3480289 ext 2. You will also need to meet with Fr Eamon for an interview, which will be organised for the month of April.

Fee invoices will be coming home with your child this week. Please watch out for them Thursday or Friday. If you have made any payments since invoices were printed or if you have any queries, please contact Margo Mason..

Camp is coming up in just over a week. We have a large number of families who have not paid their camp fees ($330) We require all camp fees to be paid prior to the 26th. If you have a issue with payment, please contact Mr Macmillan or Margo Mason our Accounts Officer :

Please note that the camp “gear list” is published on to the Camp site. You can access this via your child’s classroom blog or obtain a hard copy from the office.


Please check the expectations on our School Website ( see Our School, A-Z Guide, Uniform). We want our students to wear the correct school uniform with pride and would like your assistance with this please.

Hannah's shoe shop staff are willing to assist you in finding correct footwear. We have marked acceptable styles of summer and winter shoes in a catalogue they hold.

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. Keep checking the school app for the sports draws. If you don't have the School App please make sure you download this so you do not miss out on sports updates.


Apologies I was only able to get draw out to coaches this week.


Cricket is on this week, please meet down at Smallbone Park.


Tuesday & Thursday Lunchtime in the school hall

Swimming Sports

Well what a chilly start but fantastic day for our school swimming sports. Thanks to Lorna and all our parents helpers who ensured everything went to plan. The results for the swimming sports yesterday has been loaded onto the school's website. Click Here for results, I will touch base with parents about the Central Bay of Plenty Swimming coming up the 4th April.

St Mary's Ski Team

Simon Nicholson and Fee Teat are putting together a Ski Team (6) to represent St Marys at the NIPS - North Island Primary School ski champs that take place on the Monday 27th-30th August. We would love to hear from families whose children that have the ability of riding a T-Bar and beyond.

Please contact Fee Teat 0212405334 direct should you been keen to join our Ski Team.

A Special Mention


To ALL our Teachers and Parent Helpers for Swimming Sports yesterday. Your time and effort to see the day a success was truly appreciated.

Last week I left a St Mary's student out who also made the cut for the top 12 for the 'Junior Masterchef'.

A special mention to Emma McCowatt who also made the finals for the 'Junior Masterchef'. So to all 5 Students from St Marys - GOOD LUCK Girls.

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Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical (11-24 March)

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Experience the spellbinding magic of Mary Poppins as she flies into the Rotorua Energy Events Centre this March. Rotorua Musical Theatre presents a limited season of this supercalifragilistic family favourite based on the well-known Disney movie. We are happy to offer special concession rates to Rotorua schools, staff and families to attend this arena spectacular. Use this special link to book:


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

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Thanks to the businesses who have supported our Gala. We hope you might be able to also support them.

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