Newsletter No 23, 2 August 2018

Kia Ora,

On Friday we celebrate St Mary ‘of the Cross’ MacKillop’s feast day. Mary MacKillop started the religious order, the Sisters of St Joseph. A lot of Mary MacKillop’s sayings are on the outside walls of our school. It was these sisters who started St Mary’s Catholic School in 1903. The school, when it first started, was called St Michael’s and was next to St Michael’s Church at Ohinemutu. The school moved to its present site here on Carnot St in 1924 and was renamed St Mary’s in 1958. There have been a number of Sisters who have taught over the years and we are very fortunate to still have Sister Carina with us in our parish and she often comes in to visit our children and staff.

On Friday we will celebrate Mass together and you are very welcome to join us at 9.00am. There are a number of activities focusing on Mary MacKillop’s work that the children will be involved in during the day. The day will conclude with an Inter-house Tabloids event.

We also had the Holiday Reading draw at assembly and what a lot of excitement. Over 80% of our children participated in the programme over the holidays. That is fantastic. Thank you for your support in encouraging your children to read.

On Sunday the Bradley family organised a Netball Tournament at the RGHS Arena, for the school teams in Rotorua who compete in the Monday afternoon competition. They organised the event because a lot of the games were cancelled due to poor weather. It was an excellent day and it was great to see our children so excited playing at the arena. Our Year 4 team won their grade and our Year 3 team was runner up, so well done to the girls. Thanks to Tony and Claudine for organising the day.

Next Monday night our children are participating in the Arts in Motion. It is a dance extravaganza for primary and secondary schools and it used to be called J-Rock. The children have been coached by two former students who are Year 11 students at JPC: Tayla Framp and Lucy Mortimer. They have volunteered many hours over the last four months to help our children. Shanelle McCashin, a staff member, has been present at all the practices and has been organising the costumes and co-ordinating the whole event. She has been ably assisted by another staff member Kelley Kemp. Thank you to you both and I am really looking forward to Monday night.

David Macmillan, Principal.


This coming Wednesday,15 August 2018, School will be closed.
Primary Teachers and principals have voted for full day strike action on this date. The very clear message of the vote to Government is that the teaching profession is facing a crisis that can't be resolved with a business-as-usual approach to negotiations.
It is 24 years since educators have gone on strike and this is not an action being taken lightly.

Catriona Gordon, BOT Chair.


Last Friday our PTA raffle was drawn amongst some very excited children at our assembly. It was really exciting because all the prizes went to St Mary’s families;
1st Prize: Chromebook Jack Filipo
2nd Prize: Imogen Blundell $300 Prezzy Card
3rd Prize: $200 Pak 'n Save VoucherMike Whyte
Seller of most books :
Tai Filipo (11 books)
Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to those families who sold tickets to the raffle. The profit was around $4,500. Thanks also to Kelley Kemp from the PTA, the organiser of the raffle. She put in many long hours with the organisation.

August 15th at 7pm
Venue, Staff Room
Drinks and Nibbles

Everyone most welcome

Parents we would value your support at this AGM. Your PTA is a very vibrant group who achieve so much around the school for your child/children. Come and meet some other parents as well and have a few laughs. Every contribution is much appreciated.

Check out our blog for updates!!! Monday night is THE night!
Tickets can be purchased via TicketMaster, search 'ShowQuest'

Some of our students opt to sit the International ICAS tests run through the University of New South Wales in Australia. Students in over 20 countries participate in these test.

Some St Mary's students have recently achieved outstanding results in the ICAS Science test held in May. They have been issued with their Certificates of Merit, Credit, Distinction and High Distinction at a recent School Assembly.

High Distinction (Top1% students)

Tyler Graham Y3

Distinction (Top 4%)

Aarav Adlakha Y6

Harrison Roberts-Brake Y6

Kyle Hall Y5

Ariel Muchirahondo Y5

Credit (Top 35%)

Alan Antony Y6

Imogen Blundell Y6

Ysabella Pagaduan Y5

Emily Russell Y6

Francis Larkin Y5

Paul Michael Y5

Neela Stephens Y4

Merit (Top 40%)

Nathan Graham Y6

Sahr Kortequee Y5

Emma McCowatt Y5

Congratulations to these children who did particularly well at the competitions:
Rotorua Competitions Scoiety Plaque for Best O.S. Poem under 8 years Alice Konyves
Wicks Trophy for Under 10 Group Drama Aarav Adlakha, Francis Larkin & group
Adele Cup for Light Verse under 12 years Harrison Roberts-Brake
McDonald Family Cup for Character Recital under 12 years Harrison Roberts-Brake
Ben & Todds trophy for Comic Excellence Harrison Roberts-Brake
1st place under 14 years small group drama Harrison' group (incl Gargi Vaidya & Anusha Sharma
1st place under 10 years group drama Francis Larkin, Aarav Adlakha & group
1st place 10 & under 12 Impromptu Improvisation Maiah Ngawhika & Molly Bradley
1st place under 8 years O.S. Poem Alice Konyves
1st Place 10 & under 12 Prepared Reading Harrison Roberts-Brake
1st place 10 & under 12 light verse Harrison Roberts-Brake
1st place 10 & under 12 Character Recital Harrison Roberts-Brake
2nd place 10 & under 12 O.S. Poem Harrison Roberts-Brake
3rd place 10 & under 12 Impromptu Improvisation Harrison Roberts-Brake & partner
3rd place under 14 years small group drama Molly Bradley, Maiah Ngawhika (also ex-pupil Lily Kautz)
3rd place under 10 years group drama Alice Konyves & partner
3rd place 10 & under 12 Character Recital Molly Bradley, Maiah Ngawhika (also ex-pupil Lily Kautz)


PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

PITA PIT Classroom Competition: results to date
Rooms 3 - first
Room 5 - second
Room 13 - third
Room 1 - fourth

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

The class that orders the most Pitas during Term 3 will win EVERYONE in their class a Pita Pit Prize Pack! The Pack includes a cool Pita Pit Tog Bag, a Kids Pita Voucher and a Sipper Bottle.
Make sure you put the correct room number on your order!

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,
On Friday we have our special Mary MacKillop Day celebrations. We begin the day with Mass at 9:00 am followed by a short skit about her life. After morning tea students will be choosing fun activities about Mary MacKillop to participate in around the school. Then after lunch all students will be involved in tabloid sports in their house teams! Big thanks to the teachers for getting some rotations and fun sports activities organised for this. All are very welcome to join us for these activities.

The Life of Mary MacKillop-view
Know Your Saints-view
Students have been learning about and reviewing the life and work of Saint Mary MacKillop. Classes have been doing some neat activities. Ask your child what they have been learning.

Next Thursday morning, we have our Assumption of Mary Liturgy in the hall.


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

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

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

The Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge is on Wednesday, 15th August 2018. This is the same day as the Teacher Strike, however we are still going ahead. All parents will need to collect their children from school by 1pm after the event, as there will be no teachers at school.

If you still wish to enter you will need to do this online. The cost is $30.

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.

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

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WINNERS - Sunday Netball Tournament
Yr 4 St Mary's Angels
WELL DONE girls!!

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