Newsletter No 21 29 July 2020

Dear Parents/Whanau

Week 1 was a great start to the term. There was a lot of rain at the beginning of the week and that meant our field became very wet and muddy underfoot and it needed to be closed for a period of time. This may need to happen again as we navigate around wet days. Thanks to the Sports Coaches for being understanding when they had their practices cancelled because of this. It was awesome to see our children out playing in team sports again. The weather was perfect for sports on Saturday and it looks like it will be good for the start of the netball season on Monday and Tuesday.

Tonight the PTA is having their AGM in the staffroom at 7.00pm.
Our PTA does wonderful things for our school and they would appreciate your support in attending this meeting. PTA organises excellent fundraising events and they also support families that might need a little assistance.

Gala 2020. This year our awesome community raised a whopping profit of $21, 894.62 This is for the middle school sound system. Thank you to everyone who helped, sponsored or attended the gala.

'Caring Community' If you or anybody you know are struggling or experiencing a tough time, the ‘caring community’ is available to prepare meals for families in need. This can include but is not limited to, bereavement in the family, financial hardship, health struggles. We know times are tough and want to support our school whanau. This is also a confidential service and information is not shared. Please contact Renee Roberts on 021902530 or email

Children’s reports went home on Friday and our 3-Way Conferences were held yesterday and today. It was great to see so many of you at these important meetings. If you were unable to attend please contact your child’s teacher for a catch up meeting.

Liz Macaskill joined our staff this week and she will be teaching in Room 2. Parents of students in Room 2 will have had the opportunity of meeting Liz at the 3 way conferences. I am sure you will make sure that Liz feels welcomed in her new school.

At assembly on Friday, children who were involved in the Holiday Reading Programme participated in the lucky draw. Most classes had over 90% participation from students in reading over the holidays, with many classes at 100% participation. This is outstanding. Thank you for your support with this. Children reading over the holidays is so important. Well done kids.

This week we have been hosting the JPC Year 12 retreats in our hall. It has been lovely catching up with our former students during this time. We have also had Patrick Walsh, JPC’s principal, and Year 7 Dean, Brigit Nieuwboer, meeting our Year 6 students who are enrolling at JPC for next year.

Tomorrow the Young Vinnies are organising a coin trail for Niksham’s family. Niksham is undergoing treatment at the Starship Hospital in Auckland and he will be away from school for some time. It would be a great help to the family if you could send a coin with your child so they can put it on the coin trail. Thank you also for supporting the Milo fundraiser yesterday. This will be repeated next Tuesday as well.

David Macmillan.

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PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

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

Online Uniform Sales: Uniforms are available online via our website using paypal.


Kia tau te rangimārie kia koutou – Peace be with you.

Classes have begun their study on the Jesus strand. Students are learning that Jesus is the Son of God. They are learning about Jesus' life and what He calls us to do.

Next week we have our Mary MacKillop Mass,(7 August 9.00am) and this is followed by our Mary MacKillop school activities. We haven’t had a school Mass in many months due to Covid, so we are looking forward to being a prayer community again.
At this Mass we will also take time to remember our past colleague and St Mary’s Teacher, Ms Townes who sadly passed away this year.
Rest in Peace Susan.

For the recently deceased:
In your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters. In this life you embraced them with your tender love; deliver them now from every evil and bid them eternal rest.
The old order has passed away:welcome them into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain, but fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.

Director of Religious Studies.

Sacramental Programme :
Students who have been working through the Sacramental Programme at St Mary's Church will receive a notice today about upcoming session times.
If you wish to delay receiving the sacraments until 2021 please contact Andrea at the church office. Phone 3480 289 ext 2.

Lucky Book Orders:
Lucky Book Orders are due back on 7 August by 12 noon. no LATE orders please.
If paying by cheque please make it payable to Scholastic Books.
Please ensure that your child's name and class number are on the order form.

Wanted - Coat hangers for school uniform shop:
If you have any spare coat hangers please leave at the school office.

Keen Gardeners wanted:
Now that the school roses have been pruned, we would like some assistance weeding the surrounding flower beds. This could be done during the school day - or this coming Saturday afternoon some helpers will be at school from 1pm to 3pm. Please contact Dorothy at school if you are able to assist in any way. Thank you.

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Emily Conway
Caregiver Recruitment Coordinator
CCS Disability Action, National Office

MOB 027 208 2496



Your coach will let you know when and where your games are each week.
However,you can also find the weekly draw on our school website - click here to access it.
Please note the sports draws can change once published, we will update any teams involved as soon as possible.

Sports fees are OVERDUE
Y0-2 $37 per player
Y3/4 $47 per player
Y5/6 $60 per player
9th/10th grade $70 per player
6th grade $45 per player
7th/8th grade $70 per player
Y0-6 $45 per player
(this includes the $1 door fee for the season)
No Fees.

Fees are to be paid via the school office or online to the school’s bank account ANZ 06 0209 0229658 00 please ensure you use your child’s name as reference and sport being played as the

Sports notices will be made via the School Newsletter and School APP please make sure you are receiving these. If you have registered for sports, please check your emails regularly also.

Whaea Leanne - School Sports Coordinator
027 285 7579 or via School Office 07 348 1701

Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

Monday 24th August 2019 (8:30am–12.30pm)

St Mary’s School will be entering a team for the Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge. This is a chance for our kids to get involved in New Zealand’s biggest mud run series in a version tailored especially for them! The Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge will include many of the same amazing perks as the adult version, such as outstanding goodie bags, challenging obstacles, incredible venue, hot showers and spot prizes.

Cost: $25 per child
Payment must be made when registering your child - via online banking to the school acc 06-0209-0229658-00 or via the School Office. Please use Tough Guy as reference and your child's name as code.

REGISTRATIONS to be completed by 3.15pm Wednesday 5th August. The event has a limited number of entries,once the event is sold out there can be no additional entries, so please register ASAP to avoid disappointment.
Please click HERE to go to our School registration form. The online google form is the preferred registration. However paper registration forms will be available to collect from the School Office from Thursday 30th July.

There are 2 Course Options
Yr 3 & 4 - Ankle Biters 1.5km
Yr 5 & 6 - Little Nippers 3km
Event Timetable
8.30-9.30am Registration and late entries
10.00am: Start (Years 7-8 Boys, Years 7-8 Girls, Years 5-6 Boys, Years 5-6 Girls, Years 3-4 Boys, Year 3-4 Girls)

Lakes ranch SH30, a course with spectacular scenery for the ultimate experience. The facilities include hot showers, hot food, coffee for sale and good parking should you want to come along and support your child.

To make this a successful & enjoyable event for everyone we will require parent help with transport and supervision.

Entering your child yourself
We ask that you still complete the School Online Registration form here especially if your child requires transport to/from the event.
Parents who would like to enter their child online themselves, there is a question section where you must put in their school name and tick a box to say if the Teacher/Sports Coordinator or Parent is picking up the race bag on the day of the event. As long as you put in your full school name and tick the box to say Teacher/Sports Coordinator/Parent will collect the race bag then Event Promotions will be able to link you with St Mary’s and have everything waiting for you on the day of the event. It is very important that you follow these instructions or you will not be linked to our school group.

Date: Friday 25th September (no postponement date)
Time: Marshals briefing 9.15am, 10am first race starts
Venue: Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua
Who: Year 1 - 4*
Cost: $5 per child to be paid to the school office with your entry form
ENTRIES CLOSE: permission slip must be returned to the School Office with payment by Wednesday 26th August. No late entries will be accepted, this is Sport BOP Policy.
***Please note that this event is only for Year 1 -4 this year as our Year 5 & 6 students have the Cultural Sports day on the same day.**

Please contact Lorna Dobson for enquiries for Mini Marathon,


We have an opportunity to enter a team into a
10-aside rugby tournament being held on Tuesday August 11th.
To enter a team, we must have a coach who has experience in tackle rugby, a team manager and someone who is able to referee games (this can be the coach, manager or another parent).

Because of the short notice, we prefer children who are currently playing or have experience with tackle rugby/league.

Please complete the online form HERE if your child is interested in playing.

On Sunday 19th May, Swim Rotorua held their annual Club Championship & prizegiving.
We had a number of present and Current St Mary's students participate with some amazing achievements.
Well done to the following tamariki who have shown commitment and dedication throughout the year. We are very proud of you all.

Present Students: For some it was their first time competing and club champs is a great way to start that journey.
Noah Lomas - 9yr Boy Champion
Zariah Lomas - 10yr Girl Champion, 10yr & under Top FINA points scorer
Alice Konyves,Jun Kim,Jessica Rowley and Joseph Ronayne all had great results in the pool.

Past students:
Ariel Muchirahondo - 11yr Boy Champion,11yr Boy Top FINA points scorer, Prolific Record Breaker.
Aaron Muchirahondo - 13yr Boy Champion.
Kaia Joyce - 12yr Girl Champion
Miki Joyce - 13yr Top FINA points scorer
Nitika Pola - 14yr Girl Champion, 14yr Top FINA points scorer
Jasmine Hagan - 15yr Girl Champion, 15yr Top FINA points scorer
David Boles - 16yr & over Boy Champion,Top Open Water male.
Some fantastic performances in the pool from Recco Watt, Patrick Konyves,Tara Ronayne, and Lina Stalhut.



We acknowledge that the past couple of months has been a stressful time for many households in Rotorua, but it has also provided a unique opportunity for people to spend more time in their own neighbourhoods. COVID-19 Alert Levels meant people were using spaces closer to home for recreation more than ever.

Our Local Council is running a survey to help Council better understand what our community values about local parks and reserves.

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As we reflect back on that time, we want our community to share with us what they noticed about their local parks and reserves. Did you use them for exercise and leisure? Do you use them more now? What did you miss about having a local playground available?

Understanding how our community uses local parks and reserves, and what value people place on them, enables Council to effectively plan for future projects and work programmes.

We want to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and tell us what you value most about your local park or reserve.

Survey link -

We want to hear from young people too! Get your tamariki to create a picture of the park or reserve that they like to use, and what they like most about it and send it in to Council for a chance to win a family pass for the Redwoods Treewalk and Family Aquatic Centre passes.

Click here to find out more about the competition, prizes and how to enter.

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Bike the Night ....

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