Newsletter No 25, 22 August 2018

Kia Ora,

Thanks to our little children in Kakano for leading us through the Assumption of Mary Liturgy on Thursday. It is always great to see our little ones get up in front of the school and speak. I thought the assembly from Room 5 last week was awesome too. Some of those children were little ‘naturals’ up there and it was great to have our ‘Golden Rules’ back in the limelight at assembly. Just a reminder of our school’s Golden Rules. You might like to use them at home too.

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Our sporting teams have done well this season. The sevens team were runners up last week in a tough competition between schools from Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatane. They played out of their skins. Thanks to Jill and Al Dinniss for coaching and co-ordinating this. Our Senior Hockey and Netball teams were also runners up in their A grade competitions. The Cyclone Minis Hockey team also won all their matches during the season. Outstanding results! Thanks for all the support we get with coaching and support on the sidelines.

School Choir started last week. There was a good turnout. It would be good to see some more boys take part in our choir. Please encourage your child to come to the next practice on Friday.

Marc Spijkerbosch and Helen English are working with a group of Totara students. They are going to design and paint a mural about St Mary’s. The mural is going to be on display at the entranceway to the airport terminal. You may have noticed that there are four murals from different schools already on display there. The murals stay at the airport for a couple of years then they are donated back to the school. This is a great opportunity for our students.

Totara team are going to see Rotorua Girls and Boys Highs’ Musical Production Footloose. Totara students are walking to RBHS on Friday and returning at lunchtime.

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....

David Macmillan, Principal.

Community Survey

We invite you to complete a community survey. This is for parents, family and whanau members, or caregivers (together, these people are called parents in this survey).

This survey is about how well this school supports students to feel they belong at school and can learn.

If you have more than one child at this school please answer for the child you think needs the most support with learning.

This survey is completely anonymous. No names are recorded and no one will know your answers.

Here is the link to the survey. The survey will accept responses until Thurs 30 August.

Policy Review

We are currently reviewing the following policies in Term 3:

  • Behaviour Management
  • Complaints
  • Board, Staff and Parents will be involved in this review.

If parents/caregivers wish to be involved in this review, please follow these instructions:

Visit the website
Enter the username (stmarysrotorua) and password (3010).
Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
Read the policy.
Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
Select the reviewer type "Parent".
Enter your name (optional).
Submit your ratings and comments.
If you don't have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.


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....a very tight competition!
Rooms 3 - first
Room 5 & 1- second
Room 13 & 14 - third

On Friday 31 August the PTA will be having a "Chips" Friday (this will be instead of the usual sausage sizzle).

Friday 31 August
Children will be able to buy a punnet of chips for $3
Orders will need to be placed with their class teacher on Wednesday 29 August
There will still be juicies for sale @ $1.50
There will be NO sausage sizzle this day.

News from your PTA :

Thank you to those who attended our AGM last week. We hope it was informative and fun and a good chance to meet fellow parents.
Members elected: Renee Cleaver was re-elected chairperson
Olivia Dunlop was re-elected Treasurer and
Juanita Conder was re-elected Secretary

The PTA welcomes any other parents/guardians who might like to join them. They would especially welcome any new members for their caring committee. Please ring Renee if you would like to know more : Phone 021902530.

From Our Director of Religious Studies:

Hello Everyone,
We have started our school choir. Huge thanks to Bruce Norman and Rob Ball who are volunteering their time with this and working alongside myself. We hope in time, to have our choir sing at our school Masses, and perform at events such as Grandparents Day, and Christmas Carols and assemblies. Our junior classes had visitors from Tauranga this week. They came over to see some wonderful Learning Through Play activities and planning. Classes are still busy learning about various Saints and their lives. Miss Ryan and Mrs Keaney Kakano students put on a wonderful Assumption Liturgy for us last Thursday. I have been asking some students around the school what the Assumption is..and many have been able to tell me what it is about.


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 or a quiet space to complete work.
Gymnastics: Tuesdays & Thursdays in hall 12.30 to 1.15pm. See the office for details.
Library is open:
Lunchtimes 12.30 - 1pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays
After school 3pm - 3.45pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays

Piano available for Koha (donation). Must be collected from school. Please see Michelle, Caretaker.

Performing Arts


Sports News

Tough Gal and Tough Guy

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who helped at Tough Guy/Gal last week. It was a great day!
Medals were given out at school last Friday. If your child did not receive theirs they need to see Catherine in the office.

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 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.
Uniforms need to be handed in at the office with your child's name please.


Miniball draw is on the website


All hockey has now finished for the season.
Uniforms need to be handed in at the office with your child's name please.


Saturday Sept 8th 1.30. Manuka Crescent. All Welcome

TERM 4 and 1 program

Wednesday year 1-5 3.30, year 5-8 4.30

Friday Year 1-6 3.30 -4.30

For further info contact Debra Dowland or 021335492

A Special Mention

Congratulations to the St Mary's Thunder Hockey team who received the 'Fair Play Award' from Rotorua Hockey. What a wonderful acknowledgement!

Our Mini Hockey team, the St Mary's Cyclones received the runner up trophy for the B grade. Well done kids!