Newsletter No 24 19 August 2020

Dear Parents/Whanau

Kia Ora
We have remained in Level 2, thank goodness. I think it is much better to have our children at school learning rather than at home. However, we are well prepared if we do move into level 3 sometime. Please send your children to school unless the child is unwell.

Level 2 protocols remain in place. The important things from the protocols are around hygiene: children washing/sanitising their hands, entering school, after play, lunch, after visiting the bathroom. Teachers are also wiping down surfaces in their classrooms after play and lunch. We are also reminding children of sneezing and coughing etiquette.

Last week we sent packs of books and resources home just in case we moved to Level 3 on Friday. Kakano team has asked that you return the packs to school so they can use the books at school. If your child is in the Kakano team could you please make sure that you return the packs to school.

We were unable to have our Liturgy together as a school to celebrate the Assumption of Mary but each class was able to have their own Liturgy. We did have our Grandparents/Grandfriends Day and Mass scheduled for September 11th. In the current climate with Covid we have decided to cancel this awesome day for this year. It is a pity but I think it is important that we keep everyone safe at this time.

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On Monday we launched our Food Pantry. If you need food, please help yourself. On Mondays there will be loaves of bread, buns, iced buns etc from Baker’s Delight. We receive the bread on Sunday so we will put some of it in the freezer and on Thursday we will put the frozen loaves in the food pantry too. If you have any food that you are able to donate please leave in the pantry. Thank you to those who have already donated goods. The pantry will be set up in the Church Car Park on fine days.

A reminder that we have a Teachers’ Only day on Friday 18th September. We will be involved in professional development focusing on science and digital technologies. Our other Teacher only day is scheduled in Term 4 on Friday 13th November.

Kind regards,
David Macmillan, Principal



The online ordering system works off each STUDENT'S NAME giving them an individual Photo Access Key to view and order their photographs.

Your child will be issued with their Online Photo Access Key slips via their class teacher as photos are now uploaded and ready to view online.

Please attend to your ordering requirements as soon as possible. Free delivery expires at midnight on Sunday 30 August 2020.

Please contact the office if you have any queries.


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 noho te Atua ki a koutou,
The disruption to many planned events due to Level 2 is unfortunate but students and staff continue to show their resilience and positivity in all we do here at St Mary’s.

From Father Eamon: In Alert Level 2 we are back to booking in for Mass. See link below. We also have the ministry of Health QR Code in both churches for those who have the government app installed on their phone.Please make sure those who do not get this email or FB know about this weekend’s Mass schedule.

Director of Religious Studies.

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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 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

Hockey games will resume this Saturday.
Football games will continue with a revised draw which is up on our School Website here or on the WaiBOP website.
Miniball games resumed from Monday.
Netball have decided to postpone their competition until we return to Level 1.
Rippa Rugby Tournament has been postponed for Term 3 due to the Stadium now being used.
Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge is postponed to Wednesday 28th October(registrations for this event will open up again mid September).
An email has been sent to parents/caregivers whose children play hockey, football, Miniball and Netball. It has important information about the rules and guidelines to be followed during Alert Level 2 eg.
1 spectator per player, clubrooms closed.
An email has been sent to parents/caregivers whose children entered the Junior Tough Guy & Gal Challenge. It has information about the postponement date and refunds if you require one. Please check your emails regularly for updates.

Please ignore the Entry close date on the permission slip, as it applies to schools not parents.
We need entries in ASAP so that we can organise transport/parent help.
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. Permission slip must be returned to the School Office with payment - 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,

Is still going ahead this Saturday!!
The Rotorua Hockey Development Program is on again this year. Please read the flyer below for further information.
Registrations are done directly to Rotorua Hockey via their website, click HERE.

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All gymnastics routines are now on the St Mary's Gymnastics blog - which can be accessed from the School Website.

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