Newsletter No 08 27 March 2019

Kia Ora,

Maggie Dalton, our awesome School Receptionist has informed me that she will be retiring from her position at St Mary’s. You may not know that Maggie has been unwell and is now recovering well at home. Maggie has been at St Mary’s for 23 years and she has been an excellent person to have at the front of the school, either answering the phone, sorting out the many questions parents have, receipting uniform sales, sports registrations and patching up the injured child or comforting the student who may be unwell. These are just a small list of the things Maggie has done at the front of school. The one thing I have found with Maggie is that she has a huge heart and is very quick to help families in need. Maggie, thank you. We are going to miss you.

On Friday we farewelled Bernie and Harold from Life Education. Bernie has been excellent in teaching and talking to our students on a number of social issues that they are confronted with on a daily basis.

Yesterday we held our Rice Day. The focus was to remember that for many people around the world, including those in South Sudan, rice is the main or only meal of the day. It was a learning experience for our students. Thanks to Bernie, our DRS, teachers and the awesome parental help we got. I think Rice Day was a worthwhile experience for our children.

Fingers crossed that we have fine weather for our swimming sports. Below is information about our Swimming Sports Day programmed for this Friday 29th March.

Swimming Sports 2019-Friday 29th March
Rotorua Aquatic Centre, Tarewa Road, Rotorua

Information to Parents & Caregivers
Points to note:

The programme is for our middle and senior school students - Years 3, 4, 5 & 6.
The swimming sports will be held at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre on Tarewa Road in Rotorua.
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.
If your child attends After School Care or they usually catch the bus home they will be picked up from the Aquatic Centre at 2:30 pm.
If you are unable to drop off or pick up your child from the Aquatic Centre please email Lorna Dobson (email address below).
Children may come to swimming sports in their house colours, they may wear their togs under their clothes. There will be points for the ‘Best Dressed House.’ Teachers will be dressing up too!
Children will need – togs & towels, sunhat, sunblock, warm clothes, morning tea, lunch & water.
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 put on our website by 7:30am and a notification sent via Facebook, the school phone app and Educa.

Whanau support is needed on the day to help especially within the pool. Some of our children are reluctant swimmers and your help would be greatly appreciated.
Please contact Lorna Dobson if you are able to help or call into Room 6.

On Thursday 28th March we have the Annunciation Liturgy in the hall at 10:00 am. You are invited to attend and next Friday is our school Mass. At this Mass we also bless our new students. You are all welcome.

This Saturday morning our Pasifika group is performing at the Village Green at around 10.00am. This is the annual Pacific Island Trust Pasifika Day. Our teacher Sany-Joy Maguire and forty students are participating in this event. I wish them all the best. It will be a lot of fun.

We want to keep our school community safe with regards to vehicles moving in and around our carparks and the roads surrounding our school. We understand the carparks and roads can be congested at peak times but please be patient and follow the road rules. Please be aware that the following offences may result in an infringement notice. RLC Parking Wardens were monitoring the area this week and will continue to do so on random days. The wardens did say when parking on Carnot St they are happy with two left tyres on the grass berm and the other two must be on the road.

STOP ON A BROKEN YELLOW LINE (not just park for several minutes, just a quick stop will do it!) = $60
STOP ACROSS A VEHICLE ENTRANCE (these are clearly driveways for vehicular access whether being used or not!) = $40
DOUBLE PARKING (stopping your vehicle momentarily beside another on the road!) = $60
PARKED ON A FOOTPATH (even stopping briefly on a footpath!) = $40
PARKING ON A GRASS VERGE (or pulling onto and stopping for a moment!) = $40
INCONSIDERATELY PARKED (anything considered inconsiderate to another road user!) = $60
PARKED IN A PROHIBITED AREA (stopping your vehicle, even if you are inside it... within an area of signs that say not to!) = $40

With regards to the Church Carpark and the parks outside the church, we have had these concerns raised by the Parish Finance Committee, “ Elderly people, especially those who were disabled, who attended 9.00 am Masses had been quite seriously disadvantaged by parents who parked poorly, entered through the exit lane and made wide turning or multi-point manoeuvres to exit angled parks. There was clear signage on the site. Despite an expectation that parents would have left the area by 8.45 am when school started, it was common for there to be no angle parks available on the street for mass-goers at that time. Though there were no masses in the afternoons, the parking area was chaotic at that time too, and the Finance Council held real fears that someone would be hurt.”


Have a great week.

Kind regards,
David Macmillan, Principal.

Science Survey
We would really appreciate it if parents and caregivers would complete the following science survey to assist us with planning for science learning at St Mary's Catholic School. Please click on the following link.
We will put all respondents into the draw for a $50 New World voucher. It is optional to provide your name - but please note that in order to be able to contact you, if you are the respondent randomly selected for the New World voucher, we will need a name. Please note that the names of respondents will not be used for any other purpose.

Science Community Survey Link


We held a Liturgy for Christchurch last Monday and also observed 2 minutes of silence for the victims. We continue to pray for all those affected by this NZ tragedy.

On Tuesday we held our Rice Day raising awareness for those in need and money for Caritas. We also had visitors from Caritas NZ come and talk to us about all the work they do and where the money raised goes. Well done to Room 1 who managed to raise $488 dollars for Caritas.

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Jesus said:
It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”


Bernie Hall, Director of Religious Studies.

Interested in becoming a Catholic?
You are invited to come and learn about the Catholic Faith. This will run weekly on Thursday nights commencing Thursday 2nd May 2019 for four weeks until 23rd May, 7.00 pm at St. Mary's, on the corner of Seddon and Ranolf Streets. For further enquiries, please email Fr. Eamon Kennedy at


PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

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FRIDAYS: Sausage Sizzle and Juicies available. $1.50 each item. Order from your classroom teacher.



Kia Ora Whanau

We will have our regular hui (meeting) next week on Wednesday the 27th March, 6 pm at Fenton St, McDonalds.

Everyone is most welcome. Please let friends and whanau of the school know, in particular if you know of new parents.

Any queries to Heidi Symon 021 911 305 OR Sylvia Dunkley (Rm 3)

Nga mihi.

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

Sports DRAWS click here

Sports EVENTS click here

Sports RESULTS click here



Please send any team photos you have to Catherine -


Winter sport registration forms have been sent home. These must be completed and returned to the office with payment, no later than Friday 29th March 2019. Football and Netball also require you to complete an online registration as well as the school registration form. Please ensure you do complete both of these.

All information about Winter Sport and the registration forms can be found under the 'Sports' tab on our school website - click here


We have loads of football boots that are FREE to a good home. There are lots of different colours and sizes, many of which have only been used for one season. If you would like a pair then please just pop into the uniform shop during their normal opening hours to pick up/try a pair on.


DATE: Friday 3rd May 2019 (No Postponement)
VENUE: Energy Events Centre, Rotorua
TIME: Check-in at 9:00am. First race at 10am. Prize-giving at completion of Mini Marathon.
AGE: Year 1 - 8 Children
COST: $5.00 per child to be paid to the school office with your entry form
ENTRIES CLOSE: Friday 5th April 2019. No late entries will be accepted, this is Sport BOP Policy.

Entry forms have been sent home with children. We do have a bus available on the day for only $2 per child, however there are limited seats so this will be filled on a 'first in first served' basis.
To view all the information and entry forms please look under the 'Sports- Events' tab on our school website click here


FINAL day for Touch is this Wednesday 27th March 2019.

Final week for Flippaball next Tuesday 2nd April 2019.

Final day for Thursday cricket is this Thursday 28th March 2019. Due to a tournament being held at Smallbone Park, all cricket will be at Puarenga Park on Te Ngae Rd this Thursday 28/03/19.

The last day of Junior Hardball for the 2018/19 season will take place on Saturday 30th March 2019 at Puarenga Park.

Click here to view the summer sport WEEKLY DRAWS

FLIPPABALL - Attn: Yr 5's & 6's

Yr 5 & 6 students who can swim are invited to join the U12 Trainings in the Deep Pool Sundays 4:30pm-6pm

For more info contact Slim, Water Polo Rotorua, ph: 0272630091

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.

Holiday Programmes

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


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Rosa played Tennis in the 2019 BOP 10 and under Girls Grade Singles Champs and came Runner Up. Congrats Rosa!

If you have anything worth a special mention, sport or otherwise, please email Catherine with a photo if you have one

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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