Newsletter No 13, 16 May 2018.

Kia Ora,

A reminder that the John Paul College Open Night is tomorrow, Thursday 17th May, – commencing with tours of the Campus between 4.30 - 5.30pm, followed by a presentation in the Gym.

Today is Support Staff Day. It is our chance to reflect on how much our support staff do and to thank them for the awesome work they do in our school. A big THANK YOU for being such important members of our school staff.

Tomorrow, Thursday we have several teams competing in the EPro8 competition at Rotorua Intermediate. EPro8 is an event where children have a number of technology challenges to try and solve in a team situation. All the best children.

Wacky Hair Day is on Friday.

We would like to invite our Pasifika families to a meeting held to be held in Room 15 on Wednesday 23rd May, from 6-7pm. We highly value our Pasifika community at St Mary’s School and would like to be able to share with you our current goals and successes for our Pasifika students. This meeting will also be an opportunity to gain parent voice and feedback on how we can better meet the needs of our Pasifika students and families. I encourage all Pasifika parents to attend this meeting.

Our Pentecost Celebration is planned for next Friday. Mass is at 9.00 am and you are all welcome to join us.

Next Friday (27th May) the middle and senior school students have their cross country in the Redwoods. A separate note will be sent home soon and you can also find a notice about this under the newsletter tab on our website.

Presently we are reviewing our School Values. Staff, BOT and some children have had an input into what these values might look like at St Mary’s. I would like some feedback from parents too. I would like to meet interested parents next Thursday at 2.30pm in our staffroom with a second opportunity again at 3.30pm. It would be great if you could come to one of these meetings and give us some feedback.

Our school values put Christ at the Centre. The cross displays our primary values which are placed in correlation to the head, hands and feet of Jesus. These are: Wonder, Respect, Excellence and Courage. Our secondary values circulate around the outside of the cross, still connecting to our primary values: Curiosity, Creativity, Care, Integrity, Perseverance, Confidence, Passion, Resilience **and Gratitude. Deliberately placed at the centre of the cross is the acronym J.O.Y. (Jesus, Others, Yourself) within a heart shaped koru. All values are promoted with consideration to Jesus, Others and Yourself. Underneath J.O.Y is Faith, which underpins all of our values.

Have a great week everyone.
David Macmillan, Principal.

Our school website and app now have a more user friendly calendar where you can see what is coming up at school. Be sure to check it out to stay informed. Click here for link

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This term we are reviewing our policy around ‘Reporting to Parents’. If you would like to view the policy and make some comments please follow the instructions below:
Visit the website
Enter the username (stmarysrotorua) and password (3010).
Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
Read the policy.
Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
Select the reviewer type "Parent".
Enter your name (optional).
Submit your ratings and comments.

If you don't have internet access, the school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.

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FREE concert on Saturday afternoon at St Lukes.

Arts in Motion -
Arts in Motion Practice HAS BEEN CANCELLED TODAY - WEDNESDAY 16TH - as the tutor is unavailable.
An APP message has been sent out. Our apologies for the late notice. Any questions please contact Shanelle McCashin Phone 0210265 7995

Scholastic Books:
Scholastic Book orders are due back Friday 18 May by 12 noon. NO late orders will be accepted. If paying by cheque please make payable to Scholastic NZ. Please ensure name and room number are on the order form. If the order is a "gift" please mark this on the order form and it will be left at the office for your collection.



**Condolences to the family of Liam Reinders (Room 12) on the death of their maternal grandfather.
Also to the Tahana family (Bronson Rm 7 & Layla Rm 18B) on the loss of their great grandfather.
Our prayers are with you at this time.

Welcome to Sadie, a new baby sister for Briana Nelson (Rm 16) and family
Welcome also to Gurikk, a new baby brother for Sehajleen Mander (Rm 16)and family.
Good news for our school roll!

Congratulations to the Litten family - Leon Rm 13 and Noel Room 18B - who have become New Zealand Citizens. Welcome to our beautiful country.

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

Nǐ hǎo everyone,
Students from year 3-6 can log onto the RE Music Site to practice the songs for our up-coming Masses and Liturgies.
RE MUSIC this is great extra reading too!
Classes are learning about Pentecost-the Church birthday and what that means. Pentecost is the Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension. It is an important event in the history of the early Church that enabled the rapid spread of Christianity. Within a few decades important congregations had been established in all major cities of the Roman Empire.
Thanks to Zac in room 18 (5 years) for sharing his RE art with me! Great detail Zac.



Bernie Hall-Director of Religious Studies

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 22nd May, 7.00 pm at St. Mary's, corner of Seddon and Ranolf Street. For further enquiries, please email Fr. Eamon Kennedy at

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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

Kia Ora Sports Parents,

We are into all four sports now. Thanks parents for all the taxi driving you do to make it possible for the kids to play sports. The draws are up on the St Mary's Website. For new parents click on the Sports Tab and scroll down to sports draws.

If you haven't already, DOWNLOAD the school app, this is great for looking up the game draws and for notifications for your child/ren sports.

All sports TOPS are available from the School Office Tuesday - Friday 10am to 3:15pm

St Mary's App - Download Now

Parents, if you don't have the School App please make sure you download this so you do not miss out on sports updates. With winter sports here and the rain that is expected over winter months it pays to know when there are cancellations. Please ensure you click (under settings) the sports your children are participating in. Winter Sports are Football, Netball, Miniball and Hockey.


We are duty this weekend at Puarenga Park, so please let me know if you can help out.

Check on the website for your child's team.

The draw for Saturday 19th May is up on the website.

Football Uniform is:
Maroon PE Shorts
St Mary's Sports Socks (Blue and Maroon)
Football Top (to be collected from the Front Office) I have 30 kids who have not collected their top yet
Child's own Football Shoes

I have a range of football boots that have been donated. If your child needs boots, please let Trudy (Sports Coordinator) know.


The Draw is up- on the website for both this Saturday and next Monday.

Netball Uniform is:
St Mary's Netball Dress
Navy Socks
Child's own court shoes / sneakers

Your child can most definately wear warm clothing before and after a game, but please stick to the uniform when playing.


Miniball Teams are up on the St Mary's website, please check what team your child is in.

The miniball draw is up on the website for Friday 18th May and Monday 21st May.

Miniball Uniform is:
St Mary's Maroon PE Shorts
St Mary's Singlet (to be collected from the Front Office) if you played touch then you will be playing in the same singlet.
Child's own court shoes / Sneakers

This year Juniors will play on a Monday and Middles and Seniors will play on the Friday. Please check website for teams and draws.


  • Funsticks to be at the turf at 12pm

Games in this Mini grade will run from 11:00am to 12:00pm. We have four pools of seven. This means seven weeks in Round 1. Six of the weeks they will play teams in their own pool and one week they will play a cross-over games with a team from another pool. The draw will be up on the BOP Website today.

Games in the Maxi grade run from 8:30am to 11:00am. To move through the grading pools a bit faster and make sure for the first three weeks all our keen maxi beans are playing hockey we are going to run 20 minute games with a 5 minute change over. This means we can get through two games on May 12th, May 19th and May 26th. There will be no byes. If you are in Pool A you will have two games each week. The other pools will have two weeks of two games an one week where there is only one game. We have blocked the games so teams may have one game right after the other but they will not be waiting around for ages to play a second game. The draw will be available on the BOP Hockey Website today:

DUTY for Hockey

Hockey 1st duty is next Saturday 26th May.This is a great opportunity for St Mary's to fundraise for our hockey teams.
We will need some volunteers for the following jobs:
Hooter upstairs from 8:30-12.
Several people on both turfs to:
set up for Maxi games and water (if not frosty) at 8am
shift goals and piping for Mini games at 10:50
shift goals, piping and set up for Fun Sticks at 11:50
Please let me know if you are able to assist with this and if you can provide baked goods to sell.

Hockey Uniform is:
St Mary's Maroon PE Shorts
St Mary's Hockey Sock (same as Football socks) Must have to hold shin pads in place.
St Mary's Hockey Top (to be collected from the Front Office)
Child's own hockey shoes / sneakers
Shin pads
Hockey Stick (Belly High)


Tuesday & Thursday Lunchtime in the school hall

Rippa Rugby 2018

Trials were held last Thursday for Rippa Rugby. We had only the year 5/6's turn up. The senior team has been named.

As for year 3/4 team, I have created a team as we had NO kids turn up for the trials.

Practices for Rippa Rugby for the senior team will be held at the Marist St Mikes field's at 3:30pm until 4:30pm. I will let the year 3/4 team know when their practices will be.

Should you be keen to coach the year 3/4 team for Rippa, please let me know ASAP as the Rippa Tournament is on Wednesday 6th June.


BOP Primary Inter-School Squash Tournament

Date: Thursday 14th June 2018
Venue: Geyser City Squash, Rotorua
Entries close: Thursday 7th June (no late entries will be accepted)
Entries to: Trudy - Sports Co-ordinator
Cost: $15 per player
Time: 8.45am - All teams to arrive by this time, 9am - Match play starts, 3pm - Finish (approx.) Prize giving will be after the last match of the day

If you are keen on participating, please let Trudy know asap via email:

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 be keen to join our Ski Team.

A Special Mention

Well done to Flossie Smith. She was awarded a bronze medal from the New Zealand Indoor Climbing Nationals last week. She did really well ... her whanau and St Mary's whanau are all very proud.

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