Newsletter No 19, 27 June 2018

Kia Ora,

This week we welcome the Catholic Schools Review team to our school: Sister Anne Sklenars, James Murray (St Joseph’s Fairfield) and John Coulam. The last time we had a review team at our school was four years ago. They have met a group of students, staff, parents, the Board of Trustees and the team has also been visiting classrooms. Thank you to those parents who met with the team today.

As you know Trudy left us last week. Catherine Elmiger has been appointed as our new sports’ coordinator and she has been involved in her children’s sports here at St Mary’s for a number of years. Catherine has three children at St Mary’s and her youngest child starts with us next term. I am sure you will make her feel very welcome in her new role.

On Thursday we have our Junior Cross Country being run at the school. This is for our children from Year 0, 1 and 2. The event starts at 11.00am and you are welcome to come and cheer the children on. The weather forecast looks good for Thursday. As previously advised school will be finishing at 1.30pm to enable teachers to attend the stop work meeting. If you wish, you may take your child home when the event has finished. If you have children in the middle or senior school you will be able to take them home at the same time as your child in the junior team. You will need to let your child’s teacher know that you are taking your child.
Apologies to Briar Rotherham who was left off the place-getters in the cross-country last newsletter. Briar gained 10th placing in the 9 year old girls section - the first St Mary's pupil to come in in that section. Good work Briar!

Next Thursday, 5th July is our PTA’s disco from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Our children love dressing up for these discos. The cost is $2 and there will be plenty of food on offer.

So just more detailed information about the NZEI meeting:
* On Thursday 28th June, the teachers will be attending a NZEI Te Riu Roa paid union meeting regarding the Kua Tae Te Wā - It’s Time campaign. The meetings will allow our teachers to discuss how the Ministry of Education has responded to changes that the union is seeking.
* The teachers need to leave school at the end of lunchtime in order to get to their union meeting which starts at 2pm. You will be able to pick your child up from his/her classroom at 1.30pm.
* I strongly encourage all our parents to make arrangements to pick up their child(ren) from school at 1.30pm on Thursday 28 June. If, for any reason, you are unable to do so, then you need to advise us please so we can make arrangements for their supervision at school.
Contact the school office: 3481 701

Timetable for Thursday:

8.45am Start of Day
10.30am Playtime
11.00am Back in class
12.30pm Lunch
1.05pm Back in class
1.30pm End of day. Please pick up your child/children
Children who need to be supervised will go to the hall.

Thank you for your support with this.

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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Please note that the meeting scheduled for this evening for our Indian parents has been cancelled.

ANIWANIWA DISCO - 5th July, 5.30-7pm $2 Entry! Come Dressed in your RAINBOW best Everyone welcome, but please preschoolers must be supervised.
We are also in need of volunteers for the night. If you are able to lend a hand at any stage it would be greatly appreciated, please contact Heidi on 021911305 or Lynda on 0276299421.

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July School Holidays Animation Workshop for Year 5 and 6 students
See St Mary's website for full details/cost of this exciting workshop coming up in the holidays.

Homework Club – Every Thursday
The Homework Club is specifically set up to offer extra learning time and support for our Pasifika students after school.
Every Thursday from 3.00pm-4.00pm students can meet in room 15 to complete any home reading or homework they would like support with. Parents are also welcome to attend, to gain tips and ideas on how to support learning at home.
*If you would like your child to attend but they are not Pasifika, they are still welcome to attend.

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

Acknowledgment to Ngongotaha Four Square
BIG thanks to the Ngongotaha Four Square (Plummer Family) for their ongoing sponsorship of our Friday Sausage Sizzle with regard to bread. Your generous gesture is much appreciated.

From Our Director of Religious Studies:

Kia ora koutou,
Our Religious Education Review takes place this week. This occurs every three years in Catholic schools. We welcome our visitors-The lead reviewer will be Sister Anne Sklenars, assisted by James Murray and John Coulam. We hope they enjoy their time here at St Mary’s and get to know a little about our wonderful community, students and staff. The year 2 team enjoyed spending some time at the church this week. The focus was on studying the different icons, images and special items used during Mass times and at the initiation of Sacraments. The questions the children asked showed their genuine interest and a better understanding of the rituals and symbols during the Mass and Holy observerences. Room 12 have been looking at the Sunday Gospel reading of the week and reflecting on it each day and unpacking it’s meaning for children to understand. Well done Room 12! This is a great activity to help our students acquire knowledge and understanding of what they hear at the Mass.
We pray for fine weather for our junior cross country on Thursday.


Bernie Hall-Director of Religious Studies

Catholics Returning Home
You are invited to attend a refresher course for Catholics wanting to return to the practice of their Catholic faith. This will run weekly at 7.00 pm on Tuesday nights commencing 3rd July 2018 for four weeks until 24th July at St. Mary's, corner of Seddon and Ranolf Street. For further enquiries, please email Fr. Eamon Kennedy at

Come away to be refreshed, renewed & restored – Dove Retreat 27-29 July.

Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women National team is delighted to invite all women to a retreat weekend with special guest speakers Wilma Conroy and Anne Claessens.

Theme: “Harvest” Come and enjoy your personal harvest

Venue: Willow Park Christian Camp, Eastern Beach, Auckland

To Register online (or download a Registration Form) visit[
For further information contact Shona Williams 07 543 0101 or email


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.
Arts in Motion is coming up quick, 13 August. A letter went home last week. if your child did not receive one please contact me. Things are looking great and coming together nicely. Please keep an eye on the blog for updates, notices and videos.
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. Please make sure you have sent your notice back.
If you have any queries about Kapa Haka please come and see Mrs Dunkley in Room 3, or email

Hi everyone,
My name is Sylvia Dunkley and I am the teacher in Room 3. I have been looking after our second hand uniforms for many years. If your family is finding ther cost of school uniforms difficult, please call and see me. I might be able to help you out. I have many families who I do swaps with - they give me uniforms that are too small and I give them larger ones. Works for everyone! I also have a selection of school shoes. Please feel free to pop into Room 3 and see me, preferably after school.

Cross Country 2018

Best of luck to our four girls, Leah Field, Madeleine Keaney, Maiah Ngawhika and Anaia O'Connell competing in the BOP Cross Country at Kaharoa School tomorrow. Have fun girls!

Tough Gal and Tough Guy

It's that time again for our kids to get dirty!

The Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge at Lakes Ranch in Rotorua on Wednesday, 15 August 2018. This is a chance for our school kids to get involved in New Zealand's biggest mud run series.

The Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge will include many of the same amazing perks as adult version, such as outstanding goodie bags, challenging obstacles, incredible venues, hot showers and spot prizes. There is a 1.5km course for school years 3 to 4 and 3km course for years 5 & 6's.

Please note that the cost for Early Birds is $25 (until 3rd August) and after this is $30. Closing date is 10th August 2018.

There has been a copy of prices sent out saying $20 early bird and $25 after. PLEASE note this is incorrect!!!

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 draw.

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

**WAIBOP are running a Futsal holiday programme these school holidays, click here for details.


Draw is up on the website.

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

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


Miniball draw is on the website

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.


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

A Special Mention

There were a number of St Mary's kids at the RATS second winter series duathlon last Sunday.

St Mary's had 8 children participating, two for the first time and Abigail Sims was placed second in the girls section. Children racing were Abigail and Charlotte Sims, Carlee and Annie Neilson-Annett, Kadin Martin, Lea and Franco Gelid and Victoria Underwood.
Well done kids!

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The third and final duathlon will be held Sunday July 22nd. More details can be found on the RATS Facebook page

St Mary's - Good Sorts

Our Kapa Haka group were part of Trudy's welcome at Pipi Mā (Trudy's new employers) on Monday. We haven't had any distress calls yet so she must already be wowing them!


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

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Looking for a fun way to explore Rotorua these school holidays? Colour the Night is on Thursday 12 July. From 5pm the city will light up with lots of cool arts, crafts, performance and music. From fire dancers at the Night Market to star making at The Arts Village, music in The Monarch Room and poetry at the library, there's something for everyone. All activities are free, no bookings are required. Simply pop in to whichever venues take your fancy and take in the wonder of the arts here in Rotorua. For more information visit Colour the Night for Matariki 2018 on Facebook.

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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