Newsletter No 28, 12 September 2018

'He mauri te reo Māori nō Aotearoa māu, mā tātou katoa'
Ahakoa iti, ākona, kōrerotia - Learn a little, use a little

Kia ora,

Thanks to our DRS, Bernie and the Junior Children for the great Mass on Friday. I was really impressed with the children. It was also an opportunity for us to welcome our new families to our school. Brigitte Holmes was also awarded her Diploma in RE at our Mass. Paul Shannon from the Hamilton Catholic Diocese came and awarded this to her. Congratulations Brigitte. It is an excellent achievement.

Kaitlin Pola represented us at the first Rotorua District Speech Competition. She delivered an awesome speech and was placed second. Well done Tinky.

Teuila Schuster played in the inaugural girl’s rugby tournament. The team Teuila was in placed first and she had an excellent tournament. All reports indicate that the day went well.

This week we had a team from ERO review our school. They were impressed with what we are doing at St Mary’s, the work staff are doing for our children and the wonderful learning outcomes for our children. They also were very taken by the friendly atmosphere at the school. We look forward to our report which will be due out next term.

One of the major issues identified by the schools in our Community of Learning is the prevalence of ANXIETY amongst students in its many forms.

Paulene Walsh ( John Paul College LSCO) has arranged for a speaker to share her expertise on the issue including building resilience. This talk is open to all parents who may be affected in any way by their children’s anxiety. The public lecture starts at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 18th September in the Edmund Rice Centre at John Paul College. A gold coin donation would be appreciated.

Students are to start Term 4 in full summer uniform. Our Uniform Shop is open Mondays (8.30-9.00am), Wednesdays (2.30-3.00pm) & Fridays (8.30-9.00am) during term time. The girls’ summer dresses are currently only available from our school uniform shop.
Summer uniform is:
Boys - Grey drill shorts and a royal blue short sleeved polo shirt.
Girls - Blue check dress.
All students need a royal blue sunhat.
Fielding Red woollen school jersey
Black sandals for footwear (no socks to be worn with sandals).

We also sell school uniform via our school website. You can order and pay online and pick up your uniform from the school reception after you have been notified by email that the uniform is ready to pick up. Hopefully it will be easier for those parents who find it difficult to get to our uniform shop.

We intend to have a working bee on the second Saturday after the holidays: November 3rd. There are a number of jobs that need to be done. This list is getting longer. I was amazed at the support we received for last year’s working bee, so I would really appreciate your support with this one too please. Children are welcome and we will have a BBQ lunch.

Have a great week….

David Macmillan, Principal.

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From our Director of Religious Studies

Tēnā koutou everyone,

This week is Social Justice Week. Classes have been learning about what this year’s theme is and what this means for us. 2018 is about awareness of those in our community who are struggling with a disability. How can we make sure they feel included in everything we do.
The key messages are:
Those of us with disabilities are people first, and gifts in ourselves,
having something to offer others in terms of insights, experience
and understanding of God and life.
As followers of Christ, we are called to engage with people
with and without disabilities, to ensure inclusive attitudes and
practices and full participation. This provides a foundation for
true belonging.
The disability community is diverse – there are many voices and
considerations. No one person or group can speak for people
with disabilities.
Many disabilities are hidden and as a result we need to be aware
of what people are going through beyond what we can actually See.
Ask your child what they have been learning this week.

Noho ora mai,
Bernie Hall, Director of Religious Studies.

Enrolment for the Sacramental Programme (Confirmation, Reconciliation and First Holy Communion) only for Children who are baptised Catholics.

  • Enrolment will be at St Mary’s Catholic Church 7.00 pm, 18th October and/or 25th October. There will be a briefing on the Sacramental Programme and dates will be given.
  • A fee of $20.00 per child is required to be paid.
  • For children who are not baptised in Rotorua, please, bring along your baptismal certificates.
  • The children are required to be 8 years old by 1st November 2018 to qualify to enter this programme.
  • Children who are baptised in another Christian faith and wish to become Catholic are required to book an appointment with Fr Eamon through the Parish office to discuss options.


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.

Last Wednesday 20 students, Mrs Cato and parent helpers went to the Science Roadshow at Westbrook School. This show is always an amazing event and everyone who went found the exhibits really interesting. A great deal of learning took place during the hour and a half show. Thanks parents for supporting events such as these.


Beetroot Bake
This term we are having a competition for our pupils. Your challenge is to think of a recipe to make beetroot a bit more exciting! Bring in your entries on Friday 28th September. They will be taste tested by a top Chef from the Sudima Hotel. Entries need to be completed by the children with minimal help from Parents or Caregivers. Prizes up for grabs!!!!



PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

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

Classroom Competition:
Current results:
First - Room 1
Second - Room 3
Third - Rooms 5, 17 and 14.

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.

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: Meets Fridays at 11am in the 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 12.30pm to 1.15pm. See office for details.
Choir:** Meet Fridays at 11am in school hall. Years 3 - 6. Boys, we would love to see
you as well!

Library is open:
Lunchtimes 12.30 - 1pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays
After school 3pm - 3.45pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays

Sports News

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. Please ensure you click (under settings) the sports your children are participating in. Winter Sports are Football, Netball, Miniball and Hockey. Summer sports are Touch, Flippaball and Cricket.

St Marys Tauranga Inter School Competition

If your child has brought a notice home regarding this trip please complete the permission form and return it to the office asap. Thank you


Thank you so much to all the parents and children who helped on Saturday, it is much appreciated.

Grades 5-8 your season has now finished. Congratulations on a wonderful season of Football.

Grades 9, 10 and 11 you are playing in the McDonald's Junior tournament on Sat 15th of September. Your coaches/managers have all the info required for the day. The school gazebo will be set up as a meeting point for all teams there on Saturday. Good luck!

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.

Summer Sport Registrations

Summer sports on offer at St Mary's are Touch, Flippaball and Cricket. The summer sport registration forms have been given out to all children. Please complete the form and return it to the office (with payment) by Friday 21st September to ensure your child is included in a team. Thank you


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

Holiday Programmes

MIGS Rotorua

Click here for the Rotorua Touch Holiday Programme

Click here for the SKIDS Holiday Programme

Swimming Schools

Marg's Swim School
Can your child swim and survive in water?
Starting date 15 October 2018 - St Mary's heated pool
Quality programme for all ages - 8 lessons $100
Specialty classes for 4-7yr water confidence.
Beginner swimmers to advanced
"Our guarantee is your child's gift for life"
Experienced teachers ph: 0274599286 (please include your phone number)

Orange Swim School
Orange Swim School at Lee Road taking enrolments for Term 4 now.
Also starting limited sessions at St Mary's School.
For more information please contact
Aquatic Sports - Te Arawa Swimming - Orange Swim School - delivering the full aqautic package.

A Special Mention

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Kaitlin Pola in action at the Rotorua Speech Competitions. Congratulations on being awarded 2nd place Tinky!

Harmony in the Home:
Jessie Buttons, owner of Harmony in the Home specialises in helping parents deal with behavioural issues with their children and how to simply create Harmony in their home.
If you are interested please visit

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St Mary's is collecting oral waste - collection box outside Room 6.

Edventure Survivor Camp Oct 1st-5th
Awesome outdoor activities, rock climbing, archery, bush walks and bush survival skills.
Based at Aongatete lodge with pick up/drop off points in Hamilton, AKL and BOP.
OSCAR available , 8-14 yr olds, $495
Book at or ph 02102241576



Toyota Kiwi Guardian Family Day Okere Falls
Date: Sunday 23 September
Time: 10am to 2pm
Location Okere Falls Scenic Reserve
Trout Pool Road

Join DOC and Toyota Rotorua at Okere Falls Scenic Reserve to celebrate Conservation Week 2018 and World Rivers Day. Use the adventure map to follow the Okere River as it cascades between narrow, steep ravines to enter the tranquil waters of Trout Pool.

Lots for kids to learn about nature and have an epic family adventure!