Newsletter No 29 23 September 2020

Kia ora,

We are very pleased to be at Level 1 and now we can return to some sort of normal. Thank you all for supporting us through Level 2. It has been heartening to have your support during this time.

In the mornings from 8.25pm there will be a teacher at the Church car park gate only. There will not be a teacher at the Ranolf or Carnot St gates. School will start at 8.45am. Please ensure that your child is at school prior to this.
Children will be permitted to play in the playground before school
In the afternoon there will be a teacher at all 3 gates. There will be a pick up zone for parents to pick up children without needing to get out of the car in the Church Carpark.
At the end of the day school will finish at 3.00pm for all students.

The curtain comes down on another term. It has been a busy term and I would like to thank you all for your on-going support. I hope you get to spend extra time with your children over the holidays. The fourth term will fly by very quickly and Christmas will be here before we know it.

We had the Principal’s Morning Tea today. I was very pleased to be able to host around forty of our children for morning tea in the staffroom. Each child received a special letter congratulating them and outlining why they received the invitation. Congratulations children.

Lots of parents have been in to sort out summer uniforms. 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. Please don’t forget children need to wear the school sun hats in term 4.

We also sell school uniforms 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 this will be easier for those parents who find it difficult to get to our uniform shop.

The Holiday Reading Programme will be distributed today. Please encourage your child to read over the holidays. The lucky draw will take place 18th October. Lots of awesome prizes to be won. 92% of our children participated in reading during the last holiday. Can we reach 100% participation these holidays? There is a special prize for the best photo with child/children/child and parent reading.

A reminder that class placements for 2021 need to be returned to the blue box in the school office no later than this Friday. If you have a four year old preschooler and you intend to enrol him/her at St Mary’s for 2021, please fill in an enrolment form which you can pick up from the office.

We intend to have a working bee on the third Saturday after the holidays, October 31st. There are a number of jobs that need to be done. I am always amazed at the support we get from you, so thank you in anticipation. Children are welcome and we will have a BBQ lunch.

Have a great week…. Term 4 resumes on Monday 12 October.

Ngā mihi
David Macmillan, Principal


Kia tau te rangimārie kia koutou – Peace be with you.

➤23/09/2020 Today’s Gospel is Proverbs 30:5-9
“Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:

Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.

Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonour the name of my God.

On Thursday there will be a Liturgy for Saint Vincent de Paul at 10:15 in the hall. Our Young Vinnies do service in his name.

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Saint Recognition. St. Vincent de Paul, (born April 24, 1581, France—died September 27, 1660, Paris; canonized 1737; feast day September 27), French saint, founder of the Congregation of the Mission for preaching missions to the peasantry and for educating and training pastoral clergy. The patron saint of charitable societies, St. Vincent de Paul is primarily recognized for his charity and compassion.

Nga manaakitanga

Director of Religious Education

From Father Eamon:


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.

PROMOTION FOR LUNCHONLINE : Refer a friend - who subsequently makes an order -
and you go into the draw to win $500 -
check out their website


__**Year 2 Parent Information Evening - IS BEING HELD THIS EVENING AS RESCHEDULED.

When: Wednesday 23 September
Time: 7.15 - 8.00pm
Where: Room 14
Who: The target group for this meeting is parents who will have a student in Year 3 in 2021.
Parents with students at other levels at our school are also very welcome to attend this meeting, if they wish.

Purpose of meeting: To help parents gain a better understanding of how and why we use both G Suite for Education (formerly called Google Apps for Education) and Chromebooks, to assist our Year 3-6 students with their Learning.

Note: Please feel free to stay behind at the end of the meeting and ask our school staff any questions you may have.

THURSDAY - Bring your coins and buy a treat.

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Registrations have closed and team lists will be sent out by the end of the week.
Touch singlets will be issued to your child at school during the first week of Term 4.
Cricket players are to wear the school PE uniform.

Winter Sports - Thank you!
Thank you to all our children, parents and spectators for a fantastic season. It has had many challenges due to covid-19 restrictions and I am proud of the way everyone has handled it all.
A huge thank you to our team coaches and managers for volunteering your time. It's been a bigger job than usual this year and all your support and help is truly appreciated. Thank you!

Sports Uniforms
We need ALL school issued uniforms back by the end of the week, even if your child is playing touch rugby/sports next term. Sports that need to return uniform are 8th, 9th and 10th Grade Football, Rippa Rugby, Miniball and Netball*.
*Y5/6 Netball have until the end of week 1 Term 4 to return their dresses.

Winter Sports Photos
Team photos were taken yesterday and it was a great day. It was great to have our coaches attend too. Photos will be available to view and purchase from Term 4. We will send out further information when it's available.

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Mini Marathon - Friday 25th September
Children are to come in their PE uniform and can stay in it for the remainder of the day.
If your child is travelling by bus, they are to meet outside the school hall at 8.30am.
If you are taking your child directly to the event, Mrs Dobson will be at the Energy Event Centre from 8.30am, look for the St Marys Flag.
Race bibs will be issued on the morning of the event.
Please note: Prize giving Prize-giving will be held outside the Event Promotions stage truck near the start/finish line at 11.30am upon the completion of the event. Or inside the Rotorua Energy Events Centre if it’s wet. Spot prizes will be randomly drawn and handed out to children at prize giving.

Sanitarium Weetbix Tryathlon - Sunday 29th November, Kuirau Park, Rotorua.
The team from the Weetbix Tryathlon will be visiting us tomorrow to share what the event is about with our children. The TRYathlon is all about giving it a TRY and is a rewarding and fun day out for you and your child.
Participants need to be aged 7-15 years old on event day, and can complete the TRYathlon as an individual or in a team of two.
Participants need to be aged 6 years old on event day to complete the Splash & Dash
Our school has created a School Group which you can join when you enter. Search for St Mary's Catholic Primary School Rotorua when prompted or click HERE for the direct link to register into our school group. By linking to our school group it will give us the chance to win some great prizes.

All entries are to be done directly through Weetbix Tryathlon.
For more information visit

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Whaea Leanne - School Sports Coordinator
027 285 7579 or via School Office 07 348 1701

Junior Tennis is starting in Term 4.
The Love Tennis Open Day to have a go and sign up is at Rotorua Tennis Club, Manuka Crescent on October 10-11 from 1-4pm each day. This is for everyone, from children to adults. Bring a friend, enjoy the activities and get a Hell Pizza voucher.
Junior Club night is Friday for fun games and matches. Primary from 3.30 to 4.15 and Intermediate and High School from 4.15 to 5.45. There is the opportunity to play interclub and tournaments on weekends.
Coaching groups with professional, Justin Megraw are various times Tuesday to Thursday.
Contact Debra or Jo for more information

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Holiday Art Academy: 28 September to 9th October

In the September/October holidays we are running two awesome 5-day programmes. Young artists (8-12 yrs) will learn new skills, make new friends, try new materials, and create cool art to take home and share with their whānau.

Our program is taught by local artist and educator Maui Riley, and provide a stimulating environment for nurturing young creatives. Each week runs Monday to Friday, from 9am - 3pm each day.

12:1 Supervision Ratio
Cost: $150 per week
All materials are supplied but BYO kai & drink bottle.

Programme link here

HEADFIRST TRAVEL ..... options for school holiday trips :

Headfirst is a NZ wide tourist bus company with a depot in Rotorua. Like so many who are without tourists at the moment they have put together a cost based programme of trips aimed at the school holidays to try and give local children a chance to visit places during the school holidays at extremely good prices.

Any questions please direct to :

Neil Carr
Operations Manager

M:+64 27 4367253
Headfirst Travel
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