Newsletter No 24, 14 August 2018

Kia Ora,

Our children had an awesome time celebrating Mary MacKillop Day last Friday. Thanks to our DRS, Bernie Hall for co-ordinating MacKillop Day for us and thanks to all the teachers who helped with Mass, activities and the tabloids. The Mass was excellent and the children really did sing their hearts out. It is certainly a day the children enjoy. I particularly enjoyed the re-enactment by our children of the Mary MacKillop story. One parent commented that she enjoyed hearing all about Mary MacKillop from her 7 year old daughter and she didn’t know that Mary MacKillop had spent time in Rotorua. Isn’t it great that our children can retell the story to their parents.

Show Quest was performed last night and over seventy of our children were involved. The children have been practising for a long time; over many many months. Two of our former students have been helping with the choreography, Tayla Framp and Lucy Mortimer. Thank you both very much for your commitment to this production. We greatly appreciate your hard work. Mrs Shanelle McCashin has been awesome in co-ordinating the practices etc for us and she has been well supported by Mrs Kelley Kemp. Thank you to you both. Thanks also to Mrs Bernie Hall for her support. I must thank the parents of our children who made sure that our children turned up to the many practices. Our children were awarded the Enhancement, Drama and Theme Awards. Well done to our children!

During the weekend our Netball Magdalenes team was runner up in the primary School A Grade and runner up in the mini tournament. I really enjoyed watching the team in action, as I remember when they first played as five year olds. Congratulations girls.

Our Year 6 Hockey team is in the finals in the ‘Hockey A Grade’ this Saturday. All the best to them. I hope they have a great game.

Some more great news for our two competitive swimmers. The following paragraph was taken from the Daily Post, “Swim Rotorua enjoyed another competitive outing at the popular Bay of Plenty Short Course Championships.
The event attracted more than 400 swimmers from all corners of the Bay of Plenty, and from all over the North Island.
Kaia Joyce, 10, was in great form to remain unbeaten in her age group. Showing great versatility and speed, she notched up an amazing 12 gold medals. Her best effort came in the 100m backstroke where she demolished her best time by more than six seconds to set a time of 1m 21.28s.
Another rising star is Ariel Muchirahondo who won one gold and five silver medals. His gold came in the 50m breaststroke with a time of 46.99s. Ariel's efforts in the 100m medley (1m 25.52s), 50m backstroke (37.87s) and 200m medley (3m 0.69s) were all new Bay of Plenty 9-year-old records.”
Well done Kaia and Ariel. What great swimmers.

This is a note from Kay Hall, our Librarian: Our school library will be open this Thursday from 3.00pm to 3.45pm for parents and their children to browse, chat about and select books together. Visiting your child's school library is another way you can travel with them on their reading journey, encouraging reading for pleasure and a life-long love of story. As from Week 5 the library will be open Wednesday and Thursday after school until the end of term. Happy reading....

A reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday, our school is closed for instruction. There will be no school for our children. Teachers are striking for better conditions and pay. We would really appreciate your support with this.

David Macmillan, Principal.

SCHOOL CARE: If you are needing care for your child/ren tomorrow (Wednesday) please contact Mary-ann to make a booking.

Phone 347 0709 or 0211 215599.

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.


If you were unlucky and missed our Show quest show, we will be performing this coming Friday (17 August) at the school assembly at 2pm. All welcome.

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Our Showquest production was amazing and we are so proud of all the children. Big thank you to Taylor and Lucy for all their hard work and time with the children over the last few months. Thanks to our helpers on the day Robyn Hall (for helping with costumes as well), Leonie Neilson, Natalie Wheeler, and Rebecca Daniels! Thanks again to all the parents that popped in and out during the day and your support getting children to practices and the grand show. We were lucky enough to have some JPC helpers, Sedona, Lauren, Gina, Lilly, Kasey, Shaya - thank you for all your help on the day.

Shanelle, Kelley and Bernie


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: results to date
Rooms 3 - first
Room 5 & 1- second
Room 13 & 11 - third

STOP PRESS!!! Wondering what to give your kids for lunch this Wednesday when they are home from school?
Come to Pita Pit at Trade Central.
Kids Pitas will be $4.50 and they will get a free packet of Pita Chips (while stocks last).
Come and get their photo taken with Peta Pete the Pita Mascot between 11.45am to 2pm.

Congratulations to the Vinod family (Depriya Room 6) on the safe arrival of little twin girls last weekend. May you be blessed with happy family times ahead.

Our condolences to the family of Luca Robb (Room 7) on the loss of their grandad recently. Our prayers are with you.

Condolences also to Mary Kusabs - a relief teacher here at St Mary's - on the death of her father in the UK. Our prayers and sympathy are extended to you all.

Big thanks to Super Dooper who generously printed our PTA raffle tickets recently.

From Our Director of Religious Studies:

Hello Everyone,
We celebrated Mary MacKillop Day with many hands-on fun tasks and house tabloids last Friday. The teachers created some fantastic activities suitable for all ages.

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Mary MacKillop spoke about the uncomfortable things in her time - poverty and neglect and showed by example we all have a part to play in the society we create and live in.
The same goes for today. We all have a responsibility to teach by example. If we want our children to be responsible citizens we too must act responsibly. Social media is a great way to connect, share views, have others find and respond to us. But how and what we choose to post should be done responsibly also. The elimination of face to face interactions via social media makes it too easy for some to ‘vent’ without thinking about the consequences that may create, or show accurately both sides of an issue.
We teach responsible use of digital technology in our classrooms. So the next generation are aware and digitally literate about the use of such things as social media. This has to start at a young age to help eliminate the pitfalls we have seen with the negative use of social media.

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.

Performing Arts


Sports News

Tough Gal and Tough Guy

The Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge is still on tomorrow (Wednesday August 15th). An email has been sent out to all parents with all the information needed, including a transport list.

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.

All netball has now finished for the season.


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.

A Special Mention

Thank you to all the children who are filling in for other sports teams who do not have enough players. It is great to see you all working together and helping each other.
Special thanks this week to Kyle Hall, Emma McCowatt, Bongani Mabhena, Jayden Elmiger and Mya Elmiger, well done kids!


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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