Newsletter No 15, 30 May 2018.

Talofa lava! ...
Greetings to you during Samoan Language Week… Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa is being held from Sunday 27 May – Saturday 2 June 2018. The theme for this year is: “Alofa atu nei. Alofa mai taeao – Kindness given. Kindness gained”. This theme also sits with our School Golden Rules.

Last week we celebrated Pentecost at our Mass on Friday. I felt the Mass was very uplifting. The children sang well, Kakano children wore their special pentecost hats they made themselves and the sermon preached by our school chaplain, Deacon Mike Jones was memorable. Thanks to those students who led us in prayer and song. Thanks also to the parents/whanau who were able to join us.

Our next Mass is our Sacred Heart Mass on Friday 8th June.

On Friday, our children from Kakano had their big shift. Teachers, caretakers, parents and children moved their ‘stuff’ to their new space. The path from the library to the new space looked a bit like an ant trial with our little children carrying their things with military precision. Teachers were very busy over the weekend to ensure the children had a great start on Monday. Thanks to the hard working team for their extra work.

Room 13, Mrs Smith’s class has moved to Room 17, and on Thursday Room 11, Mr Bach’s class moves into Room 16. Room 11 is going to be turned into a Music Room and Room 13 will be where our ELL children will have their classes.

Our school library is getting a bit of a spruce up and will be re-opening soon. Kay Hall has been appointed as our new school librarian. Kay has had many years experience in the children’s section in city libraries and has qualifications in children’s literature. We are indeed very lucky to have Kay and she is very excited to get things up and running in our library. Kay has been in the school for several months and has been working with the Kakano team.

We have appointed Bill Wright to replace Kay as a teacher aide in the Kakano team. Bill has worked previously in schools in England and has a wealth of experience working with children. Bill has already been working with children in the Kakano team as a volunteer since the beginning of the year. He has also volunteered to take one of our football teams.

On Monday, a crane moved a metal roof structure over the deck between Rooms 15 & 16. A message was sent out on Sunday letting you know that most of the church car park would be out of action and asking you not to park in the car park. Thank you for your excellent cooperation with this. The builders had a good clear area to work, so the whole procedure went very well. Thank you again.

We were also lucky to have a fine day for our cross country run on Monday. Well done to all the children who ran in the race at the Redwoods. The Redwoods is always a magic place to run in. Thanks to Lorna Dobson and Trudy for organising the event and all the staff who assisted on the day. Thanks also to the many parents who helped with transport. Congratulations to our winners. Results appear on our sports news.

During the weekend of June 9th and 10th, 40 of our students will be Confirmed and will make their First Holy Communion. This is a very special time in these children’s faith journey and I ask that you pray for them as they make their final preparations next week.
School photos are scheduled for 22nd June and information/envelopes with ordering photos will be sent home today. Please do not leave the ordering of these photos to the last minute. Orders must be with the school office by Wednesday 20 June. Last year we had lots of parents bringing their envelopes in on the day. The organisation on the day is already hectic enough without having to contend with a large number of late orders.

A reminder that this Friday June 1st is a Teacher Only Day. There will be NO children at school. Mary-Ann Roling from the Glenholme After-School group will be running a programme at our school. If you would like to enrol your child with Mary-Ann please contact her on 347 0709 or 0211 215599.

This MONDAY is a public holiday, so there is NO SCHOOL.

We anticipate the construction to reach your school in approx. 2 – 4 weeks time.The contractors
know we need to minimise impact on the schools and that they are to try their best to avoid major works at peak flow times (within reason).
They are taking a block by block approach so you can see them creeping their way towards your school block. This is a compact and easier/safer way to manage the project.
A reminder about trees being removed, please advise anyone who asks that they will be reinstated post construction. Also the poles will be relocated.

Have a great long weekend.
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.

ONE SIGHT APPOINTMENTS - Thursday 31 May at Rotorua Primary School.
The children who have indicated they would like their eyes tested will be transported by bus to Rotorua Primary School tomorrow morning. If any parent wishes to go down to Rotorua Primary, the following times have been allocated for testing:

Rooms 18A, 18B, 17,16 = 9.00am to 9.45am
Rooms 13, 14 , 15, = 9.45am to 10.30am
Rooms 6, 7, 5, 11, = 10.30 - 11.15am
Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, = 11.15am

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

From Our Director of Religious Studies:

Talofa Everyone,
Classes have begun their focus on the Sacraments Strand. There are seven sacraments in the Church:
Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders.The purpose of the sacraments is to make people holy, to build up the body of Christ, and also to give worship to God;
The Sacraments here.

This week is Samoan Language Week and classes have been learning new words in Samoan.
Here is the Lord’s prayer in Samoan:


Retreat in Everyday Life

“The Christian life is a constant battle. We need strength and courage to withstand the temptations of the devil and to proclaim the Gospel. This battle is sweet, for it allows us to rejoice each time the Lord triumphs in our lives.” [Pope Francis - Gaudete Et Exsultate, 158] Fr. Richard Shortall SJ, Papal Missionary of Mercy, is coming to the Hamilton Diocese upon the invitation of Bishop Steve. Fr. Richard is offering a Directed Retreat and Spiritual Direction to help us grow in the Christian life.
Directed Retreat at Tyburn Monastery, Ngakuru:
Beginning Sunday June 10 at 6pm and finishing on Thursday June 14 at 1pm.
Cost: $55/night ($220).
Spiritual Direction
Fr Richard is available for one hour appointments at the following locations during the times listed.
June-6, Cathedral of the BVM, Hamilton (9am - 4pm)
June-7, St. Mary of the Cross, Rotorua (9am - 4pm)
June-8, St. Mary Immaculate, Tauranga (9am - 4pm)
If you would like to join the Directed Retreat, or to book an appointment for Spiritual Direction please express your interest ASAP (places are limited) by emailing or calling Robert Garan - or call 027-6274475.


Bernie Hall-Director of Religious Studies

Our condolences and prayers are extended to the Gillespie family (William Room 3) on the death of their grandad last week.

Congratulations to Harrison Roberts who was recently awarded a $750 scholarship from the Rotorua Civic Arts Trust towards his Performing Arts Studies. Well done Harrison - you certainly have a great talent.


Arts in Motion
Arts in Motion practice is on Wednesdays. Lyrical and Jazz are at 7.30am until 8.30am. Hip hop is after school until 4pm. Check out our Arts in Motion blog to keep up to date. Follow the blog so the messages get sent straight to your email. Any further information please contact Shanelle McCashin Ph 021 02657995

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.

KAPA HAKA has begun for the year with our nationally recognised tutor, Matua Koro Tini. Notices have been sent home with children who wish to participate. If you have not received your notice, please see your classroom teacher for a copy. Notices are due back to school, along with a $10 koha by Friday 8 June.
If you have any queries about Kapa Haka please come and see Mrs Dunkley in Room 3, or email

Sports News

Kia Ora Sports Parents,

Well what a perfect day for the Middle and Senior Cross Country on Monday. Thanks to Lorna for organising a great X-Country this year. A special thanks to the parents who helped with marshalling and transport. Click here for the results

To the kids named in the top 6 of each age group, they have qualified for inter-school cross country. I will send information out in a seperate email by the end of the week.
Central Bay of Plenty (Inter-school) is Tuesday 19th June at Kaharoa School.

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.


Check on the website for your child's team.

There is NO FOOTBALL this weekend - due to Queens Birthday

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.


There is NO NETBALL this weekend or MONDAY due to Queens Birthday weekend

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 1st June. There is NO Miniball on Monday due to Queen's Birthday Weekend.

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.


NO Hockey this weekend due to Queen's Birthday Weekend.

Many thanks to those parents who helped out on Saturday with the Hockey Duty. Next year parents you will need to ensure that you took good notes as our forever Blundell's will not be here to help out. So if there is a parent or parents looking to help out for next year please let me know.

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:

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

Both teams have been named for Rippa Rugby and all parents should know practice times.

Year 5/6 are Tuesday's 3:30pm to 4:30pm at the St Mikes Rugby Fields

Year 3/4 are Thursday's lunchtime and Friday afterschool. Both practices will be on the school fields.

The tournament is Wednesday 6th June at the Westbrook Rugby Fields.

Our Country for this Tournament is Argentina. If you have any regalia for Argentina please add to your child's look for the day.


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


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Edventure Outdoors- School Holiday Camps
These July school holidays we are running 2 awesome camps.
Tramping, rock climbing, possum trapping, team building challenges, hot pools and much more
Edventure Outdoors Camp, Mt Pirongia, July 9-13th
Edventure Winter Camp, Aongatete lodge, July 16-20th
- 8-14 yr olds
- OSCAR available
- Pick up/drop off AKL, BOP, Waikato
Book at or email


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