Newsletter No 16 5 June 2019

Kia Ora,

I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend. It was extra long with the teachers’ only day Friday in which our teachers joined with colleagues in our Kahui Ako (Community of Learning) in Tauranga. The teacher only day was fantastic and we enjoyed listening to the speaker talk about how play enhances the learning and development of children.

Last week was a muddly week with a strike day in the middle of it. Thank you for your support for this day. Our teachers appreciated the positive messages we received from our community.

You will have received an email letting you know the outcome of our BOT elections. We received five nominations which fill the five parent representative vacancies we had for the board, so there is no need for us to have an election. Our BOT is made up five parent reps: Heidi Symon, Rachel Shuster, Ed Judd, Chris Parnell and Bryce Smart. Four Proprietor’s reps who are co-opted on: Dirk Stahlhut, Rod Pola, Elma Ersando and Catriona Gordon. Staff Rep is Bevan James and myself as the Principal. Thanks to all of you for offering your time and energy to be part of the board.

Four of our former BOT members and another of our parents are standing for the JPC Board of Trustees. They are Jean-Paul Gaston, Paul Andrew, Heidi Symon, Catriona Gordon and Nick Beazley. I think all five of them would do a fantastic job. I wish them well in their bid for a place on the board.

On Friday at 9.00am we will be celebrating Pentecost at our school Mass. You are all very welcome to join us for this.

Our first Holy Communion for the children doing the Sacramental programme is celebrated next weekend at the Saturday 5.00pm Mass at St Michael’s and the 10.00am Mass at St Mary’s. Please keep these children in your prayers as they continue to grow in their Catholic faith. A group of our children are also singing at Mass with Gabriel’s Presence.

We received the wonderful news this week that Katherine Smith gave birth to a beautiful girl during the weekend. Congratulations to Katherine and Rich and I wish them all the best as they begin the adventure of parenthood

Kind regards,
David Macmillan, Principal.

Showquest 2019 is coming up fast on the 27th June.

The students have been working hard on their dances and it is coming together nicely. It is really important to try not to miss any practices. As we are now merging the dances together and putting in the drama, please see the timetable below.

New practice times starting in week 7:

Tuesday 7.30am to 8.30am

Charleston, War Hip Hop, Rock’n’Roll and also drama & Backstage

Thursday 7.30am to 8.30am

Disco, 9/11 Hip Hop, Lyrical and also drama & Backstage

The Transport Notice has gone home. If your child has not brought this home there is spare copies in the office.

We will also be having a full dress rehearsal on Sunday the 23rd June from 1pm to 3.30pm. Please mark this on your calendar.

Thank you
Bernie Hall & Shanelle McCashin

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If your child wishes to start school banking please see the office for application forms. Our banking day is Thursday.


Buenas Tardes Everyone,
This Friday we have our Pentecost Mass. Pentecost is the Church’s birthday and we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension. The Holy Spirit is our advocate here on earth, sent by God to help guide us. Soon classes will start their learning focus on the Holy Spirit strand.

Many of our students will be making their Holy Communion this coming weekend. We wish them all the best and pray they continue to learn and to practice their faith.




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.

SCHOOL VEGE GARDEN .... For a donation you may help yourself to kale from the school vege garden. Please see or phone Michelle Strathern 022637 5800.

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 - DRAWS are up on the school website

Netball - DRAWS are up on the school website

Football - DRAWS are up on the WaiBOP website

Hockey - DRAWS are up on the school website


Please send any team photos you have to Catherine -


Nate & Isla competed in the South Waikato Queens Birthday Motor cross event, held in Tokoroa, over the weekend.
Isla Adriaansz came 2nd in the 4-5 50cc Trail class and Nate Rowe-Hawkins came 1st in the 6-8 MX50cc class. Well done kids!!

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The Dunk for Harold is back!
Every child that enters and raises money for Life Education Trust Rotorua goes in to the draw to win a day at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre for their whole school!
Every teacher that enters and raises money gets 5 entries in to the draw.
Every principal the enters and raises money gets 10 entries in to the draw.

Enter here:

This year you can choose to 'SIT FOR A BIT' in the icy cold spas
RUN THE GAUNTLET: across the pool, along the slippery slide, under the cargo net, back through the pool, through the shooting gallery (Icy cold water guns), under the chilly water buckets and back through the pool again.

Awesome fun!

Of course we still have wacky costumes, this years theme: SUPER HEROES! You can be a Hero for Harold!

Help us to raise fund for Life Education Trust Rotorua by having for friends, family or colleagues sponsor you.

The individual that raises the most money will have their name engraved on the trophy and receive a trophy of their own to keep. (Sponsored by Kings on Peace)

But wait, there's more...we have awesome spot prizes, entertainment for the whole family.

Proudly supported this year by The Rotorua Aquatic Center and ZM!

Enter here:

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