Newsletter No 13 15 May 2019

Kia Ora,

The Scholastic Enchanted Forest Book Fair in our school library finished on Monday.Thank you to all those who visited the library during this time. The Family Day was a huge success with people enjoying the deliciously enchanted, forest themed cakes and snacks. Because of your fantastic support we will be able to get $1,000 worth of free books from Scholastic. Thanks to our librarian Kay Hall for organising this successful event and to our 'baker supreme', Viv Radley.

Tomorrow 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 to them for being such important members of our school staff.

This week our Years 3 to 6 children had their Goal Setting Conferences. Thank you for your support with this. I think you will agree that this meeting is very worthwhile.

All our sports teams, by this weekend, would have played their first game. I was able to get around a few games in the weekend and I was very pleased to see that students were in correct sports uniform. I really encourage coaches and parents to promote positive sporting behaviour with all of our children, even when they are up against opposition teams who might not display positive behaviour. Generally our children are very good, but we have had issues with opposition teams.

Our Safe Ways to School Survey is now live. A pizza lunch for those classes who gain 70%.


The Safe Ways to School Survey is now open. Our school has been selected to participate in the Ways to School survey. The survey is designed to help us understand preferred routes, barriers and safety issues that parents have getting kids walking and cycling safely to and from our school, and opportunities for improvement. The survey uses a fun interactive map, so you can see where you live and drop pins on area you’d like to comment on or improve. We suggest doing this with your children so that you can discuss safety hazards with them and record any suggestions that they may have too. Every class that reaches a 70% response rate of completed surveys will win a pizza lunch shout! Click on this link to complete the survey.

The OPEN NIGHT AT JPC is on THURSDAY 23rd MAY commencing with tours of the campus between 4.30 and 5.30pm, followed by the 2020 enrolment information presentation in the Edmund Rice Centre. Please put this date in your diary if you or someone you know is considering enrolling a child at JPC next year.

Our cross country is scheduled for the Redwoods on May 27th at 1.00pm. This event is for children in the Kahikatea (Yr 3 & 4) and Totara teams (Yr 5 & 6). We will be needing some assistance running this event, so if you can help with marshalling please drop an email to Lorna Dobson (Room 6)

BOARD OF TRUSTEES PARENT TRIENNIAL ELECTIONS 2019 are to be held in June. We have called for nominations for vacancies on the Board of Trustees for parent representatives. Being a School Trustee is an important role and we seek a range of skills and experiences within applicants for this role which will suit those who believe in making a positive difference to our children’s learning. All those eligible to vote will have received envelopes by post this week. If yours is not to hand please contact the office, or if you have a new address please advise the office.

Some important dates for the coming weeks:

Tuesday 28 May - Diary this date now for a Parent Evening 5.15-6.00pm at school. The purpose of the meeting is to support parents of Y3-6 students, "Developing Digital Citizens." Guest presenter Rob Clarke from Learning Architects. Parents with their Y3-6 child/ren welcome - could students attending please bring their chromebook. Year 1-2 parents (adults only) are also welcome to attend. More details in next week's newsletter - along with a link to register if you would like to come (so we have some idea of how many will attend).

An advance warning. Primary and Secondary Schools have voted to strike on Wednesday 29th May. The school will not be open for instruction on this day. We also indicated at the beginning of the year that we will be joining other primary schools in our Community of Learning (COL) for a Teacher Only Day on Friday 31st May. There will be no school on this day either. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause.

Thursday 16th TOMORROW: School Photos. Children to wear woollen jerseys. Hair tied back.
Monday, May 27: 6.00-8.00pm. Neil MacKay, a speaker with an international reputation and at the cutting edge of research on Dyslexia will be speaking at JPC. All are welcome.
Monday 27th May: School Cross Country at the Redwoods. It is only for our Years 3 to 6 students. The event is to start at 1.00pm. Full details appear at the end of this newsletter.
Friday June 7th Pentecost Mass
Wednesday June 12th Cultural Dinner

Have a great week everyone.

Kind regards,
David Macmillan, Principal.

SCHOOL PHOTOS - School photo day is tomorrow,Thursday 16 May.

AM Jazz Studio will be presenting a programme on the Teacher Strike Day.

Please check their website for details of what is on offer.

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School App for your phone
If you don't have the School App on your phone we would highly recommend you get this for your phone. It is free from the Google Play or Apple App store.

The phone app is used for notifications eg sports updates/cancellations and important reminders. It can also be used for accessing the School Calendar and school contact details, to purchase school uniform or to notify us of an absence. If we need to contact all parts in a hurry, the app is a very useful tool for us to use BUT you need to have it set up to receive notifications. Please read the following if you need instructions on how to set up for notifications.

Please check your School Phone App is up to date
If you have not updated the school app on your phone since the end of Term 1, could you please do an update. Probably a good time to also check the app settings for which notifications you wish to receive.

Showquest Practices Term 2, from 13 May (Week 3) 2019.

Hi Everyone,

Our group dances are coming together wonderfully. Thank you for ensuring your child is at these vital practices. Our amazing volunteers Lilly and Georgia, both JPC students and dancers, are giving up a lot of their time to co-ordinate and choreograph the dance routines.

From week 3, beginning 13 May, we have a new rehearsal schedule. Please check below for the times and day your child is needed.
Remember to check the school website for updates of the dances for your child to watch and practice.




Purchase straight from the Ticketek website. There are still tickets available! The first show is smaller so shouldn’t be a problem securing tickets :)
Baycourt Theatre Box Office.


Shanelle McCashin-

CONGRATULATIONS to the Taylor family, Brae (Kakano 1) and Zack (Room 11)
on the safe arrival of a new little sister 'June Rose Taylor'. Congratulations to grandma Viv Radley also - another little one to share your baking skills with.!


nǐ hǎo,
Children's World Day of Prayer:
Please keep this date in mind, 23rd May at 10:00am in the church. Our Liturgy for celebrating all children all over the world and praying for those children in countries who are most at risk of war, violence, poverty and starvation, those who receive no education, victims of child trafficking, and those orphaned.
Students are invited to come to school in their national dress or national costume of their country of origin or heritage. This is to help represent that we stand as one for all children around the world who are at risk in any way.

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PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

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PITA PIT have updated their menu options..check it out today!

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


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


Sports DRAWS click here

Miniball - Next games are Mon 20th May, Wed 22nd May & Fri 24th May

Netball - Draws are up on the website

Football - Draw info and Puarenga Park Map are up on the school website click here.
To view the DRAW go to the WaiBOP website and select 'Draws', 'Junior's Rotorua', your child's grade.
9th, 10th and 11/12th Grade - your game time can change each week, you can view your game times for the first four weeks on the WaiBOP website.

Hockey - Maxi (Yr5/6) and Mini (Yr3/4) click here to view your DRAW.
Funsticks (Yr 1/2) your games start this Saturday 18th May 2019.

FOOTBALL DUTY CLUB - Saturday 18th May
We are duty club at Football this coming Saturday. We desperately need help with all of the following, please let Catherine know if you can help
8am - Set up fields (nets, flags etc)
8.30am - 10.15am - BBQ (Sausage Sizzle fundraiser)
10.15am - 11.45am - BBQ (Sausage Sizzle fundraiser)
11.30/11.45am - Field pack up
Ute or a similar vehicle needed for transporting flags/nets etc around the fields for set up and pack up

All money raised goes straight back into St Mary's football so please help support this by volunteering your time.


Please send any team photos you have to Catherine -


Please return summer sports uniforms to the office asap. Touch singlets are used for Miniball and Cricket shirts are used for Hockey so it is important these shirts are returned please.

Children can collect their winter sports uniforms from the office.

If your child is interested in entering, please contact Catherine asap
Primary Schools – Year 5 & 6 Students
Date: Thursday 13th June 2019
Venue: Geyser City. Rotorua Squash Club, 17 Depot street
Entries close: Thursday 6th June (no late entries will be accepted)
Cost $15 per player
Time 8.45am All teams to arrive by this time
9.00am Match play starts
3.00pm Finish (approx.)
Prize giving will be after the last match of the day

FOOTBALL Term 2 Skills Centre Registrations
Term 2 Rotorua United Skills Centre Open is starting May 13th and will be held at the Rotorua International Stadium (field2). Registrations in MyComet are now open.

This is a programme of skills sessions for male and female footballers aged 9 to 12 yrs, designed to develop player ability through engaging, fun sessions and high quality coaching.

Questions should be directed to

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WaiBOP Football GK Programme - Term 2, 2019 (7 weeks)
Rotorua, International Stadium, Tuesdays,
9th-12th Grade players 4pm - 5pm and 13th -16th Grade players 5.15pm - 6.15pm, 14th May to 25th June, 2019. Cost: $75. (Seamus)
Please register here:
Any questions please contact or

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Isabel McCashin competed in her first trampoline competition representing MIGS gym. She made it to the finals in all 3 events, coming 1st in Synchro and qualifying for nationals to represent the Bay of Plenty. WOW, congrats Izzy!

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Dear Parents / Caregivers

Our annual Inter-House school cross country will be held on the afternoon of Monday 27th May 2019 in the Redwoods Forest. This event is for Yr 3-6 students.

Children need to be assembled in house groups at our school ‘HQ’ near the Redwoods Visitor Centre, Long Mile Road by 12:50pm ready for a briefing. The first race will be at 1:00pm with the event finishing by 2:30pm.

Children come to school in full uniform and change into PE gear for the afternoon’s events. For the event children will need:
Running shoes

Polar fleece jacket /school jersey

A drink bottle, lunch / snacks


Spare set of clothes

Any medication required

To make this a successful & enjoyable event for everyone we require parental assistance both with regards to transport and marshalling on the day.

We will need the following help at various times on the day from parents:
Transporting children from school to the Redwoods Visitor Centre
1pm – 2:20pm
Marshalling in the forest on the day
Transporting those children who catch a bus or require after school care back to school

All other children may be collected by their parents by 2:30pm from the Redwoods.

If you’re available to help with transport we’d really appreciate it. Please complete the attached form and return to the school office by Thursday 23rd May.

If your child catches a bus, attends after school care or you can help with marshalling please indicate this on the attached form & return to school office by Thursday 23rd May.

Event outline:
1:00pm 7 & 8 yr old Girls 1.10pm 7 & 8 yr old Boys
1:20pm 9 year old Girls 1:30pm 9 Year old Boys
1.40 pm 10 year old Girls 1.50pm 10 year old Boys
2.00pm 11 year old Girls 2.05pm 11 year old Boys
Thanking you in anticipation for your help and support to make this a successful day.

St Mary’s Inter-house Cross Country
Redwoods Forest, Long Mile Road Monday 27th May 2019

Please complete this form if:
You’re available to help with transport

Your child catches a bus

You’re available to help marshalling

Your child attends after school care

❑ I can transport (how many) children in seatbelts, in a vehicle complying with WOF & Rego standards, to and from the Redwoods Forest Visitor Centre.
❑ I can transport (how many) children in seatbelts, in a vehicle complying with WOF & Rego standards, to or from (please circle which one)the Redwoods Forest Visitor Centre.
❑ I can help with marshalling for the afternoon.


Contact Numbers:

Your child’s name: Rm:


Contact Numbers:

❑ My child catches the bus so needs to return to school after the cross country

Your child’s name: Rm:

❑ My child attends after school care on Monday 27th May so needs to return to school after the cross country

Your child’s name: Rm:

Completed forms need to be returned by Thursday 23rd May 2019
Thank you!
Click here to download the full notice.

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