Newsletter No 19 26 June 2019

Kia Ora,

Yesterday our staff and many former staff were able to farewell Maggie Dalton in style at a special luncheon we had in our staffroom. It was a great opportunity to thank Maggie for her 23 years of service to our school. As you probably know, Maggie got quite ill in the last part of Term 1 and, at that time, decided to retire. Maggie was in high spirits yesterday and we all had a lovely time being able to reminisce and celebrate her time here.

Tomorrow is showtime for our Showquest children. Our large group dance is over in Tauranga tomorrow evening. The children have been putting in many hours of practice over the last two terms so it will be exciting for them to finally be able to perform. Thanks to Bernie Hall, Kelley Kemp and Shanelle McCashin who have been co-ordinating the practices, costumes, props, letters home etc. A mammoth effort. We must not forget to thank our dance tutors: Lilly Russell, Charlotte Russell and Georgia Howard. We have been so fortunate to have passionate, experienced and reliable JPC students come in weekly and tutor our students. It has been a huge effort from them.Thanks also to the parents who have ensured that children turned up to practices.

On Friday we celebrate the Mass of the Sacred Heart. You are welcome to join us at 9.00am at St Mary’s Church. It is always lovely to hear our children singing.

This Friday is also our Junior Cross Country. Children from Year 0, 1 and 2 will be participating in this at school. Children can change into their PE gear or their house colours following Mass. The event starts at 11.00am and you are all welcome to come along to support the children.

On Friday we also celebrate the Mass of the Sacred Heart. You are welcome to join us at 9.00am at St Mary’s Church. It is always lovely to hear our children singing.

We had three EPRO8 teams entered in the local heats last week and they were placed 1st, 3rd and 4th. The team 'Cool Name Pendinbg' were Sterling Stevens-McNab, Francis Larkin, Aydin Beazley and Kyle Hall. This team goes through to the finals being held tomorrow. All the best boys.

Next week is a busy week. Each team is off to the Blue Baths to watch Felix the Fearless Dog. This is the sequel to Buttercup’s Big Break, written and directed by the very clever Darlene Mohekey. Totara head off on Tuesday, Kahikatea on Wednesday and Manuka and Kakano on Thursday. The children are going to be bussed to and from the venue.

On Wednesday we are hosting an Australian school musical performance as part of the Rotorua Rhapsody Festival. The group is from Carine Senior High School and the show starts at 2.00pm. You are welcome to attend this show if you would like.

On Friday 05 July, the last day of Term 2, we are involved in Mufti Mania and we invite our students to wear mufti on this day, and bring a gold coin donation. This is a great opportunity for our students to go a little crazy with bright and colourful clothes. Mufti Mania is celebrated by most Primary Catholic Schools up and down the country and this year the money goes to a school in Papua New Guinea.

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Thank you to all our parents who have been helping our students in Kahikatea with their building projects this week. The students have designed different things for the areas outside their classrooms.
Have a great week everyone.

Kind regards,
David Macmillan, Principal.

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Showquest is finally here! See you all at school in the morning 8.30am. Go to your class first in your named PE gear with your bag and packed lunch. Don't forget a water bottle.

Good luck children you have worked hard.

Thank you
Bernie Hall and Shanelle McCashin

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 7.00pm on Thursday nights commencing 4th July 2019 for four weeks, until 25th July at St Mary's Church, corner of Seddon and Ranolf Streets.

For further enquiries please email Fr Eamon Kennedy


Talofa Everyone,

We wish all our Show Quest participants the best of luck for Thursday’s performance. Our school’s theme is how history has shaped us and how our next generation can continue to make our world a better place. Laudato si’ is a passionate call to all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action”, particularly in relation to the environment, but also he asks us to be passionate about our moral and spiritual growth.

The feast of the Sacred Heart is this coming Friday. This is a day of solemnity. Solemnities are the celebrations of greatest importance. Several of the solemnities have their own Vigil Mass. On these days, both the Gloria and the Creed are recited. Students have been practicing these prayers for Mass.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus can be clearly traced back at least to the eleventh century. It reminds us to follow Jesus' heart, that Jesus has a divine love for us.

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PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

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PITA PIT have updated their menu options..The following new product(s) are now available on your Organisation's menu.
If you do not wish for this product(s) to be on your menu please email request to have product(s) removed. Alternatively call our helpline on 0800 565 565.

Roast Lamb $5.20 effective immediately

Roast Lamb $3.10 effective immediately

Roast Lamb $5.20 effective immediately

Roast Lamb $5.20 effective immediately

Sweet Chilli Sauce $0.00 effective immediately

Sweet Chilli Sauce $0.00 effective immediately

Sweet Chilli Sauce $0.00 effective immediately

Sweet Chilli Sauce $0.00 effective immediately

Caesar Sauce $0.00 effective immediately

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

FOUND AT DISCO .... small brown leather wallet with rugby weetbix card insert. Call at the office.

Online Uniform Sales: Uniforms are available online via our website using paypal.
Parents can also order uniforms from Schooltex (warehouse) direct at this link

For parents who want to order boys' winter shorts with buckle. link here

We are also holding a stock of rugby socks for sale at $5.00 pair. We are unable to sell these as part of the uniform as the manufacturer made a mistake with the coloured stripes. Size 6 - 10, $5.00 per pair, royal blue and maroon. : Great buy for practice socks or just keeping those feet extra warm.

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 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
DRAWS for the season are available to view on the Rotorua Basketball 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

TOUGH GUY & GAL 2019 - Yrs 3-6

Wednesday 21st August 2019. $25 per child.

Information and registration forms have been sent home with children today. Forms are also available to view on our school website click here


Congratulations to Madeline Smith, Ella McCashin, Joshuagh Richardson and Ariel Muchirahondo who all competed at the BOP Cross Country Champs at Kaharoa School yesterday. All of these students did very well to qualify for this event and did our school proud giving it their all. Well done team!!


These are available to view on our school website (under Sports - School Holiday & Sports Programmes) - click here


Please send any team photos you have to Catherine -


If your child has achieved something special, sporting or otherwise, please email Catherine with a blurb and photo

Isabel has made nationals and as a fundraiser to help get her there she is selling first aid kits. If you would like to buy one to support her please text or call Shanelle on 02102657995. Big first aid kit is $39.95 and small is $15.00.

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Do you have a desire to help others and learn about your community? If you are a good listener, keen to learn, extremely confident using a computer and want to make a difference to people’s lives, being a Citizens Advice Bureau Volunteer may be for you.

The Bureau is looking for people to undertake its comprehensive initial training course for new Volunteers starting on 2 August 2019.

For more information and an Application Form call into the Bureau,
1143 Eruera Street, Rotorua or phone 348 3547 or email

Applications close midday Wednesday, 3 July 2019.

Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust has partnered with Nicholson Nissan for an exciting new venture and we want to get the children of the Rotorua district involved.

Nissan is generously donating a new Navara to Wingspan soon and we need some help colouring in the design on the sign-written ute. We were hoping some innovative and creative children might like to contribute some ideas, so we have launched a colouring competition!

The winner will have their design printed onto the next Wingspan Nissan Navara and have a T-Shirt and Hoodie printed with their design! Runner up will receive a T-Shirt and Hoodie printed with their design, and second runner-up will receive a T-Shirt printed with their design. Terms and conditions are detailed on the colouring form. Your child will have received a copy of this form today.

This is such a cool opportunity for the budding artists out there! Plus, a striking design on the Wingspan vehicle will help to increase awareness for our incredible birds of prey, including the threatened Karearea or New Zealand Falcon.

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