Newsletter No 22, 1 August 2018

Kia Ora,

Kia orāna. This week we celebrate Cook Island Language Week.

Our first week of Term 3 is behind us and the Kahikatea and Totara reports have gone home. I was very impressed with where our students are at with their learning at this year’s mid point. The reports looked pretty good across the school.

Thanks to the parents who came along to the Student Led Conferences last night. It does give our children the opportunity to show off their work and set goals for the coming term. There is another opportunity tonight, but If you missed out on a conference, talk to your child’s teacher about scheduling another time for you to come in and look at your child’s work and discuss goals.

Yesterday we had our STEAM EXTRAVAGANZA and what a success it was. The Extravaganza was opened by Craig, a Microsoft Educator from Taupo. He had some awesome messages for our students. Years 5 & 6 students led the different workshops on offer and there was a great variety too: MBot and VEX IQ Robots, Breakout EDU, Minecraft, Stop Motion Photography, Coding using Scratch, Stickman Animation, Spreadsheets and a student made up Card Game. It was a brilliant day with students enjoying leading and explaining the activities during the workshops, while the other students learnt some new skills. Thanks to Bevan James and Anne Cato for organising the event.

On Friday we will have our Holiday Reading and raffle draw. Today is the cut off day for reading logs and raffle books to be returned. If you still have either of these, please return them to school as soon as possible.

Your child has probably told you that Daniel from Sport Bay of Plenty has been working in their class taking Physical Education lessons. Daniel is working with all classes during the term.

Just a couple of things coming up that you are very welcome to come join with us :

FRIDAY 3rd AUGUST: 2.10pm School Hall. Raffle Draw and Holiday Reading Draw.
FRIDAY 10TH AUGUST: 9.00am School Mass -St Mary of the Cross Mackillop.
MONDAY 13TH AUGUST: 7.00pm Arts in Motion Performance
THURSDAY 16TH AUGUST: 9.00am Assumption of Mary Liturgy
FRIDAY 17TH AUGUST: Mandarin Speech Competition.

The results are in, and both primary teachers and principals have voted for full day strike action on August 15. The very clear message of the vote to the Government is that the teaching profession is facing a crisis that can't be resolved with a business-as-usual approach to negotiations.

August 15 will be a National Day of Action; we will keep you informed !

It is 24 years since educators have gone on strike and this is not an action we are taking lightly. Striking will have implications for all of us.

Kia manuia.
David Macmillan, Principal.

**The PTA raffle is going well. Tickets still available.
Thanks for your support.

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Check out our blog for Notices and updates!!! We are going great!
All practice times and dates are on the blog as well as videos and ticketing information.


PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

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

PITA PIT Classroom Competition:
Rooms 3 & 13 = 1st place
Room 5 - second
Room 1 - third.

Lucky book orders are due back by Friday 10 August at 12 noon. No late orders please. If paying by cheque please make payable to Scholastic New Zealand.
Remember to put your child's name and class number on top of the form.
If the order is a gift please indicate this on the order form and it will be left in the office for collection.

From Our Director of Religious Studies:

Namaste Everyone,
We have our special celebration of Mary MacKillop coming up in week 3. We will begin the school day with a Mass at 9:00am. Then students will be involved in moving around the school to participate in different activities, organised by the teachers. ​A Catholic school derives its identity and culture from its Catholic Christian character, from its charism. The word charism, in the tradition of the Church, refers to spiritual gifts used for the service of the whole community​. A central influence on the charism of any school is the person of Jesus Christ. Inspired by our founders, St Mary Of The Cross MacKillop and the Sisters of Saint Joseph, our school has the charism of building a relationship with Jesus through valuing our relationship with each other.
St. Mary MacKillop, also called Saint Mary of the Cross, (born January 15, 1842, Melbourne). Was a religious figure, educator, and social reformer who was the first Australian beatified by the Roman Catholic Church and the first Australian to be recognized as one of its saints. She is the founder of our Catholic school.

Room 11 have been looking at making prayer tables with their classes. Here are a few examples. The students did well in explaining their prayer table also.

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Our Prayer Table

The heaven book represents---Heaven.
The sign of saying thank you and please represents---Being polite.
The candles represents---The holy spirit.
Books under the cloth represents---The books that jesus read.
The bracelet represents---Asia.

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Blessings to you all.
Bernie Hall, Director of Religious Studies.

PLEASE also remember in prayer those families who have lost relatives recently :
Zara Weallens (Room 15) on the loss of their grandfather.
Congratulations to the Konyves family who
became New Zealand Citizens this week. We are lucky to have you!

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

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:

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.

Extra activities for students:
IT Clubs:
Minecraft Wednesday lunchtimes with Mrs Dobson
Angels Flying Squad Friday with Mr James
Kapa Haka:
Kapa Haka meets Thursday afternoons from 2-2.50pm. Contact Mrs Dunkley. Families welcome to come and visit.
Pasifika Club: Fridays at 11am in school hall with Mrs Wallbank.
Homework Club : Room 15, 3 - 4pm Thursdays. All students/parents are welcome to attend if you are needing homework support.
Gymnastics: Tuesdays & Thursdays in hall 12.30 to 1.15pm. See the office for details.

Sports News

Tough Gal and Tough Guy

Early bird price of $25 finishes this Friday 3rd August, the price then increases to $30.

The Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge at Lakes Ranch is in Rotorua on Wednesday, 15 August 2018.
Forms and payment to be taken into the office please.

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.


Draw is up on the website.

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


The draw will be available on the BOP Hockey Website

Please check your game times carefully - all Grades/Pools will have different game times. If you are in the Maxi Development round you will have double headers in the first two weeks. This is so the season will end on August 18th. Please mark this in your diaries as there will be prize givings that day.

The Prize Giving for Minis will be held at 12pm on August 18th.
The Prize Giving for Maxi will be held at 11am on August 18th.

Calling U11 Hockey players in Rotorua -
If you are a keen Year 5 or 6 hockey player who wants to extend your hockey skills we have an U11 programme for 2018. Below is the fixture list. Registrations open at the start of Term 3 and close August 10th. The cost will be $45 plus the cost of a personalised hoodie.

We ask that players who register be committed to the trainings and they must be available for the tournaments.

Numbers will be limited by turf time and coach availability. If you are a coach or manager willing to help out with this programme please email or

Please go to the BOP Hockey website to register.

A Special Mention

Well done to Jade Moller who has achieved the following results recently for dance

Rotorua Competition Society
She did over 12 solo dances over 3 days
1st for impromptu Duo
Awarded the most promising local jazz dancer under 12

Expression Dance Competition in Hamilton
2nd for Jazz under 10
3rd for Hip Hop under 12
3rd for lyrical under 12


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