Newsletter No 08, 28 March 2018.

Kia Ora,

What wonderful weather we have had this week - especially good for our Year 5 and 6 students who are away on camp. See the update from Camp below.

This week the children really enjoyed a visit from Flynn, the donkey, as part of our Palm Sunday Liturgy yesterday. This donkey is beautiful and so placid. We are very fortunate and grateful that Jenny and Jerry Sorter are prepared to come in from Mamuku with Flynn each year. They help make the Palm Sunday recount real for the children.

Easter is a very important time in our Church Calendar. Please note the Holy Week schedule for St Mary's and St Michael's Easter Services. It is wonderful to see parents supporting their children to attend these services.

We have a Washing of the Feet Liturgy tomorrow, 10am in the School Hall. We would like to invite you to join us.

At the start of Term 2 children need to change to Winter Uniform. It's a good time now to check that you have the uniform items your child/ren need ready for the new Term. Remember you can purchase uniform via our website and school app. Don't leave it until the last minute if you need to collect items this term. We hope you will encourage your child to wear the correct school uniform, with pride. Please name all uniform items.


We hope you all have a great Easter break. Remember the reason for the holiday - and hope you also get the chance for some quality family time. Take care and if you are on the road this weekend, safe travels.

Anne Cato

REMINDER: We wish to remind parents that along with other schools, St Mary's is closed on Good Friday (30 March), Easter Monday (2 April) and Easter Tuesday (3 April). Term 1 ends on Friday 13 April and Term 2 starts on Monday 30 April.

Report from Mr Macmillan, who is away with the Senior School in Auckland:
Hello from the Auckland Year 5 & 6 camp. Our children are all doing very well and are enjoying what has been on offer here.

We had a smooth trip up and the Auckland Museum was a great place to start our week away. It is a fantastic place to take children. Yesterday we travelled up the Sky Tower and children were taken on a tour of the place. Visiting Rangitoto Island was a highlight, travelling over on the ferry and exploring the many tracks on offer. Last night children played tabloid games and that was a lot of fun. There has been plenty of free time for children to play and enjoy each other’s company too. There is so much to do at camp.

Today we travel to Motat and visit the Sisters of St Joseph at Mission Bay. The children will be singing a couple of songs to the Sisters and the residents of the retirement home there. Tomorrow we are visiting Hamilton Zoo on our way home.

This has been the largest group of children we have taken away and I have to say the children have been excellent. They have been well behaved and respectful of each other and the places we have visited. I have received many positive comments from people we have come across in our travels. Our parents have been excellent and a fantastic support to us on camp. Our staff on camp are doing an awesome job too. For a number of our children, being away from home is a huge challenge. They are all doing very well and are having a wonderful time. If you want to see photos, go to our St Mary's Catholic School Rotorua Facebook page.

Wishing you all a great Easter break.

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

Many thanks also to the Plummer Family from Four Square Ngongotaha who kindly sponsor the bread for the Sausage Sizzle.


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.


Nǐ hǎo,
Our school held our annual Donkey Parade yesterday. This marks Jesus' entry into Jerusalem at the start of Holy Week. Our focus in Holy Week is on Jesus last days on earth. This Thursday we have our Washing of the Feet Liturgy. This is when Jesus washed the disciples feet and invited them to take part in the first Eucharist. Sunday is Easter Sunday, this is when Jesus was resurrected. Holy Week highlights the importance of what Catholics believe and the significance of what Jesus did for us. Please do check out the Easter Mass and vigil times for this Easter.
We hear our senior students are enjoying their many experiences on camp and pray they keep well and return safely.
Have a safe and happy Easter.

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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.

Interested in becoming a Catholic?
You are invited to come and learn about the Catholic Faith. This will run weekly on Tuesday nights commencing Tuesday 1st May 2018 for four weeks until 22rd May, 7.00 pm at St. Mary's, corner of Seddon and Ranolf Street. For further enquiries, please email Fr. Eamon Kennedy at

Winter Uniform Expectations

The A-Z Guide on our school website clearly outlines the Winter Uniform requirements, which are included here for your convenience:

Boys - Grey woollen shorts, royal blue skivvy and grey knee high socks with black leather lace up school shoes.

Girls - Blue and red tunic, royal blue skivvy, navy blue knee high socks or navy blue tights with black leather lace up school shoes, or Mary Jane type shoes with a strap across the top of the foot.

In winter students may also wear a school polar fleece in addition to their school jersey, when they come to school or are playing outside. The polar fleece is an optional and additional item and is not to be used instead of a school jersey. Polar fleeces should not be worn in the classroom or at Assembly, Masses or Liturgies.

The only jewellery items allowed are a watch and one stud per ear if the student has pierced ears.

Students with hair that is shoulder length or longer need to have it tied back. Blue and red hair ties are acceptable. Hairstyles must be simple and of natural colour.

Hannah's Shoe Shop has a catalogue with a tick beside any makes/models of shoes that we allow at school.


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:
See quicklink on website (top of page) on 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.

Sports News

St Mary's App - Download Now

Kia Ora Parents, Keep checking the school app for the last of 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. This week there is no Flippaball or Touch fo seniors as they are at camp. Juniors will still play.


Next week, Tuesday 27th all Seniors are at Camp, so again NO Flippaball for Seniors. Juniors will still be playing.

Touch Rugby

Final Games for Touch are Wednesday 28th March (this afternoon) Seniors will be at Camp, I have already advised Rotorua Touch about this. Unfortunately we are defaulting for not being there. Touch is still on for Juniors.


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

Winter Sports

Winter Sports notices went out last week and have been trickling in slowly. Please can you ensure you get these back to me ASAP as I need to start making up teams as registrations for Netball, Football, Miniball and Hockey are all due earlier this year.

  1. The notice and registration are available to see on the school website so if you did not receive your copy you can view it online. Click here to view


Tuesday & Thursday Lunchtime in the school hall

CBOP Swimming Sports

CBOP Swimming is next Wednesday 4th April. Can you please get those confirmations back to me asap. Also just a reminder, your child cannot do both NOVICE and COMP swimming. It is either one or the other.

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.

School Holiday Programmes

For a list of pragrammes avaliable over the holidays, please click here

A Special Mention

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Well done to some of our students who participated in the Crankworx competition last week.

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Well done to Jacob Eggers for making the BOP Squash Team. You little rippa!


The Rotorua Citizens Advice Bureau is looking for new volunteers. If you are interested in helping people, have good computer skills, are a good listener, want to give back to the community and are able to attend our training course which starts on 3 May, then please contact Jane for more details.
Contact: 07 348 3936 or

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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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A very big thank to all involved with the foodstalls at the gala especially:
Mata and her Pasifika team; Kelly Winiata and her nacho making team; Olivia and her amazing Fonterra; Todd Hughes our Mad Butcher at Te Ngae; our Indian and Sri Lankan families Kalyani, Suranga, Priyanka for the divine mango lassi and fishballs; Nicole Wu with her delicious dumplings; Jorgelina Ferreira and family for the popular Crepes; Sally, Mika, Yuka for delicious sushi; Lorna & Ian Dobson for their handiwork on the deep fryer; Crystal Plummer at the Ngongotaha Four Square for the masses of bread; Teresa Weber and her contacts at Gilmours; Mereheni and Wade Meads of Diverse Distributors for their generosity with food stall consumables; Grant and Natasha Keeling for their ongoing support and generosity donating a lamb for our spit roast; Geraldine Jacques for supplying a pork roast; Glen Brake Homekill in Ngongotaha; Allan Robilliard and Mike Woolford for their roasting & carving skills; Loryl for her knowledge and wisdom divvying up the sweets; Atalo de la Rocha at the Sudima for all the ice; Michelle Strathern and the Lions for the scrumptious candyfloss and all our fantastic volunteers - parents, friends, staff and, of course, our ever supportive big brothers and sisters at JPC.

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