Newsletter No 20, 4 July 2018

Kia Ora,

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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The PTA is having its annual raffle. Parents: Please check your child's bag as raffle books will be sent home today. If you did not receive one and wish to do so - please contact the office. If you received a book and do not wish to sell it - please return same to the office. Last year a few unsold books were discovered in children's bags after the event.
Thanks for your support and co-operation.

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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


Invoices for unpaid fees will be sent out at the beginning of next term. We would appreciate outstanding fees to be paid as soon as possible please. If you have a query regarding your child's fees, please contact Margo Mason or call into the office.

From Our Director of Religious Studies:

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Blessings to you all


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.

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.

Sports News


St Marys have entered a team into the BOP Rugby Sevens tournament on August 14th.
Mrs Dinniss will be running a TRIAL for this team on Tuesday 24th July (first Tuesday back Term 3) straight afterschool on the field. This is for Year 5 and 6 only.

Cross Country 2018

Well done to Leah Field, Madeleine Keaney, Maiah Ngawhika and Anaia O'Connell who represented our school at the BOP Cross Country last week. You all ran really well. Congrats 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)

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


No netball this Saturday 7th July or throughout the school holidays.
Next game is the Mother Earth Future Ferns (Yr 0-4) on Monday 23rd July (first day back Term 3).

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

Juniors play on a Monday and Middles and Seniors play on a Friday.


Maxi, Mini and Funstick rounds are on Saturday July 7th
The new Mini draw will be up by Wednesday.

There will be a FUNSTICK prize giving at 12:45 on Saturday!

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

Well done to more of our top 10 place getters from the Rotorua Interschool Cross Country Rural Cluster
Joshuagh Richardson - 10th, 10yr old Boys
Samuel James - 7th, 8yr old boys
Sahr Kortequee, 10th, 9yr old boys
Danni Coleman, 8th, 8yr old girls
Great running kids!


JUMP is a weekly music programme for 3-7 year olds run by new tutor Angela Frank. Starting in Term 3, Wednesdays 3.30-4pm at Rotorua Music School.
To enrol visit

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