Newsletter No 29, 19 September 2018

Kia ora,

The ERO Review team was with us last week and we were really pleased with their feedback. They were very positive about our school and our wonderful community; students, family/whanau and staff. We were really pleased that they gave us glowing feedback on Kakano and Learning through Play. Brigitte and her team have done a lot of work in this area and ERO’s comments validate that what they are doing is excellent. We have also had a large number of teachers from other schools visiting Kakano. Our unconfirmed ERO report will be with us at the start of next term. I look forward to sharing the report with you.

A couple of weekends ago three of our students were Baptised and made their First Holy Communion. This is a huge milestone for them and their families and I wish them all God’s blessings as they continue on their faith journey. Congratulations to Harrison Roberts, Rosa Hingston and Ngawai Wilkinson Smith.

While we are talking about the Sacraments, we encourage all of our students at St Mary’s to continue their Catholic faith journey and to consider being involved in the Sacramental programmes, focusing on Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation. There are information evenings coming up for you to find out more about the Programme. These are on the 18th or 25th October at 7pm at St Mary’s Catholic Church. I have sent a letter home today to all those children who are eligible to participate. If you are interested, please send the bottom of the letter back to school.

This is the last week for winter sport. I would like to thank our coaches, managers and supporters for all the work you have done over the season in getting our children match fit for their games.

Next week our senior playground is going to be re-surfaced at a cost of $30,000. The money was raised by our PTA at our last Gala Day and fundraising activities through the year. Thanks to our AWESOME PTA.

Next Thursday (27 September) is the PTA’s Disco night. The Disco starts at 5.30 until 7.00pm and the theme is 'Come as your Favourite Idol'. Thanks again to our PTA for organising this event. Our children love them.

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.

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.

The Holiday Reading Programme will be distributed to children next week.

We intend to have a working bee on the third Saturday after the holidays: November 3rd. There are a number of jobs that need to be done. If you are willing to manage a particular project, can you please let me or Michelle Strathern know. The projects include; painting, building sandpit surround, playground maintenance, concreting, cleaning gutters, putting together an aviary, tree maintenance, laying cobblestone path, stripping paint off aluminium doors. 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.

Forms will be distributed to each child today so that you may have input for your child's class for 2019.
These are due back by Friday 28 September at the latest.

If you mislay your form please visit the office or check our website.


  • Next Thursday the disco is happening for all students.
    5.30pm - 7pm
  • Your Favourite Idol could be someone you could look up to, a singer, movie star, sports person, famous person - even your mum or dad!
  • Hot food available
  • $2 entry fee
  • Non-school age children welcome but need to be supervised.
  • Helpers required please
    Contact Lynda Fox

From our Director of Religious Studies

Tēnā koutou everyone,

This week a reflection on the Suffragette Movement....
2018 marks the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand. On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections. Kate Sheppard and her fellow suffragists gathered the signatures of nearly 32,000 women to demonstrate the groundswell of support for their cause. A 270-m-long petition – then the largest ever presented to Parliament – was unrolled across the chamber of the House with dramatic effect. Despite the opposition of Premier Richard Seddon, the Electoral Act 1893 was passed by both houses of Parliament and became law on 19 September. The news took New Zealand by storm and inspired suffrage movements all over the world. A little country like New Zealand-Aotearoa has a history of making change for the better. We must be mindful of those who have carved the way before us in so many ways and look toward the next generation in breaking new ground in areas of need in society.
NZHistory – New Zealand and the vote
NZ On Screen – Pioneering women
Te Ara – Votes for women
Te Papa – Whakatū Wāhine

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.


Congratulations to the following students on their results in the recent ICAS English exam.

High Distinction
Alice Konyves Year 3

Year 5 - Rose Bannan, Harrison McLeod
Year 6 - Harrison Roberts

Year 3 - Sean Keeling, Victoria Underwood
Year 5 - Ariel Muchirahondo,

Emma McCowatt
Year 6 - Aarav Adlakha, Nyla Fulo, Nathan Graham

Year 5 - Francis Larkin, Paul Michael, Alan Antony, Patrick Konyves, Maiah Ngawhika

Year 5 - Francis Larkin, Paul Michael, Alan Antony, Patrick Konyves, Maiah Ngawhika

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 (only 3 behind)
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.
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

An email will be sent out this week with all information required for the day.


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

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

Friday and Monday are the FINAL days for the season.


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

All registration forms need to be handed into the office with payment by this Friday (21st September).

Summer sports on offer at St Mary's are Touch, Flippaball and Cricket.


1st Trials - Saturday 22 Sept
9.00-10.00am - U10s
10.30-11.30am - U12s
12.00-1.00pm - U14s

2nd Trials - Thursday 27 Sept
3.45-4.30 pm - U10s
4.45-5.45pm - U12s

Register here


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

Grace Stables Holiday Camp:
We are offering a holiday day camp for 8-12 year-olds from 8.30am – 5pm on 1st, 2nd & 3rd of October at Grace Stables 343 Rehi Rd, RD1, Rotorua. Pick up and drop off is yet to be arranged.
The experiences will include ground work activities with miniature horses (this is not a horse riding camp), fun indoor and outdoor games, and arts and crafts. We will supply morning and afternoon teas. Please bring your lunch, water, sunhat, jacket, and closed in shoes or gumboots.
Cost: $50 for 1 day, $95 for 2 days, and $135 for 3 days.

Two siblings: $95 for 1 day, $180 for 2 days, $250 for 3 days.

Three Siblings: $135 for 1 day, $260 for 2 days, $350 for 3 days.

There are limited spaces, contact Cindy to make your booking on 0278641339 or through Facebook messenger.

Cindy and Tilly MacGregor

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 aquatic package.
Flyer with full information available at the school office.

Sulphur City Athletics Club**

We are running a skills based program for children aged 2-12 years, and have our registration night on Thursday 27th September 2018 at Kawaha Point School from 5.15-6.15pm

For more information and registration forms email

A Special Mention

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DJ Katipa - ‘Back of the Year’ & ‘Player of the Year’ for his combined Marist St Michaels and Rotoiti U11’s Rugby Team the ‘Taniwha’ 2018. Congratulations DJ

Congratulations also to...
Caleb Finnerty Marist U7 Rugby Player of Year!
Dallas Portland Marist U9 Rugby Player of the year and top try scorer.
Well done boys!

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Congratulations Rico Trask Kahukura U6 Blue Rugby Player of the Year

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!