Newsletter No 31 21 October 2020

Kia ora,

We have had a really good, settled start to Term 4. We had an awesome assembly on Friday with our parents/whanau being able to join us. We haven’t been able to have you for a couple of terms so it was great to see you, thanks for coming. Rooms 14 and 15, (they call themselves Room 29), ran our lively assembly and they did an awesome job. The assembly was followed by the Holiday Reading Lucky Draw and I must say I was very impressed with the number of children reading books during the holidays. Thank you for your support with this.

On Monday we had our cross country in the beautiful Redwoods and what an event it was. Thanks to Lorna Dobson for organising the event with help from Leanne, Richard, Chris, Brigitte and the rest of the team of staff. A big thank you again. It was great to see so many parents and whanau there and thanks also for your help with the transporting and marshalling. Place winners appear in the sports section.

The PTA has been putting in a huge effort with the raffle tickets. We would really appreciate you all making a big effort to sell these tickets. Could all PTA raffle books, sold or unsold, be returned to the school office by 22 October. Thanks for your help

This Friday our Young Vinnie Leaders are organising a Loud Shirt Day in our school. Children who want to come to school in a loud shirt can wear it over their uniform and are asked to bring a gold coin.

This month is the month of the Rosary. On Thursdays, Rosary is at 8.45am and children from the Kahikatea Team will lead us this week.

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. If you are willing to help, can you please let the office staff know - for catering purposes. The projects include painting, gardening, pruning, stripping paint off aluminium doors, spreading chips under the playground, mending a tile area. This list is getting longer. I am always thrilled at the support we receive for our working bees, so I would really appreciate your support with this one too please. Come along and meet other parents, enjoy morning tea and a delicious lunch. Children are welcome also.

Monday 2nd November we have our Inter-house Athletics for children in Years 3,4,5 and 6. The details are below and we would appreciate any help that you might be able to give us. If you can help either let Shanelle know or email Lorna on

Some important dates for this term:
Thursday 22 October : PTA raffle books due back - sold or unsold
Monday 26th October: Labour Day. Public Holiday.
Wednesday 28th October : Junior Tough Guy Challenge Yrs 3 - 6
Monday 2nd November: Totara and Kahikatea Teams Athletic Sports
Thursday 5th November: All Saints/All Souls Day Liturgy
Saturday 31st October: School Working Bee
Thursday 5th November: Incredible Years Parents’ meeting
Friday 13th November Teacher Only Day
Tuesday 17th November Interschool Athletics Meet
Thursday 19th November: JPC Orientation (afternoon)
Thursday 26th November: Yr 6 Retreat
Sunday 29th November Weetbix Tryathlon
Tuesday 8th December: School Production
Wednesday 9th December: School production
Monday 14th December: School Tryathlon
Friday 11th December: End of Year Mass 9.00am
Tuesday 15th December: School Prizegiving
Wednesday 16th December: Missioning and last day of term
Thursday 17th December: Teacher Only Day

We have had a great start to the term. Enjoy your week.

David Macmillan, Principal.

Please note that the term dates for 2021 are on our website.

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

➤Rosary. Our school is praying the rosary each Thursday at 9:00am for October. Anyone is welcome to attend. This week middle school are hosting the rosary for us. The rosary is a great prayer to teach children. It leads them to focus on a mystery, and learn how to sustain a prayerful presence.

➤Saint of the day: Saint Luke: October 18 Patron Saint of Physicians and Surgeons. Luke, the writer of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, has been identified with St. Paul's "Luke, the beloved physician" (Colossians 4:14). We know few facts about Luke's life from Scripture and from early Church historians. We have to go to Acts to follow the trail of Luke's Christian ministry. Luke first joined Paul's company about the year 51. Luke's unique perspective on Jesus can be seen in the six miracles and eighteen parables not found in the other gospels. Luke's is the gospel of the poor and of social justice. He is the one who tells the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man who ignored him. Luke is the one who uses "Blessed are the poor" instead of "Blessed are the poor in spirit" in the beatitudes. Luke also has a special connection with the women in Jesus' life, especially Mary. It is only in Luke's gospel that we hear the story of the Annunciation, and Mary's visit to Elizabeth.

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Open our hearts to your word, O Lord, that we may be renewed. Open our hands to receive and to give, that we may be replenished. Open our minds to the silence of Your presence, that we may be refreshed
– Amen
Kia Kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

Director of Religious Education

Would you like your children to become a Catholic?

St Mary’s Catholic Church invites interested families to explore the possibility of their children becoming a Catholic. We run a programme for children who are at least 9 years old, are not baptised and are genuine about becoming full members of the Church. Interested families are to email their details to the Parish Secretary or call 07 348 0289 ext. 2. Families will need to meet with Fr. Eamon for an interview by the 6th November 2020.


Enrolment and briefing for Parents at St Mary’s: Parents may attend one of the following dates.
Tuesday 13th October at 7.00 pm, Wednesday 14th October 9.00 am. A $20 fee is to be paid upon
enrolment. If your child was not baptised in this parish, then proof of baptism is required for
enrolment. Your child must be 8 years old by 1St October 2020 and must be baptised as a
Catholic. The expectation is that the children will be attending Sunday Mass each week and their
parents will participate fully in the Sacramental Programme.

PTA Meeting: for your diary - next meeting is Wednesday 4 November at 7pm in the school staffroom. Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting.


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.

School Banking: : First Credit Union provides a banking service for our school pupils. Banking Day is Wednesday.
If you would like to enrol your child in this banking option please call at the office for an application form.

Lucky Books:. Book orders are due back by 30 October at 12 noon. No late orders please.. If paying by cheque please make payable to Scholastic NZ, and ensure that your child's name and classroom are marked on the order form. This is the last book club order for 2020.
If the order is a gift, please write this on the order form and the items will be left in the office for you to collect.

Chromebook repairs: If you are needing repairs or servicing for your child's chromebook we recommend PAUL HINTZ (ex-parent).Friendly professional service.
Mobile 02102430817. or

Become a teacher ...

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An internationally renowned, FREE, Parenting Program will be offered at St.Mary’s in Terms 1 and 2 of 2021. It will be presented by Erna Cullen, from the Ministry of Education and Corbus Venter, an Educational Psychologist with a passion for helping young children.

It is a 14 week evidence based program that supports parents who have concerns about their child’s conduct. If you feel like you need some help or want to understand your children better, this is a course for you.

There will be an information afternoon/evening held on the 5th November in the school library at 2.30pm and again at 5.15pm, for those interested in learning more about the Incredible Years' Parent course. Feel free to come along to find out more and have a chat to the convenors of the course or to sign up.

If you would like to register your interest for this course earlier, please email or phone Brigitte Holmes, our Learning Support Coordinator.

Brigitte Holmes
Learning Support Coordinator
St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, Rotorua
Mobile 0272121206

Message from Jessica Wilkes from Rotorua Museum re TAM Code Club at Rotorua Library ...

We’ve seen members move through Scratch, HTML (what makes websites) and Python over the last year and it’s been fantastic seeing students come back each term – in fact we have 4 members who have been coming for more than a year.

We are still strongly encouraging students to bring their own devices (makes things much easier) so please do encourage your child to bring their own device.

Just an extra push, we’d love to have more girls coming through, so you have daughters, nieces or friends who might want to come along, please encourage them to bring a friend and join our Girls Can Code group on Thursdays from 4 – 5pm. Entry is by gold coin donation. Register here if you are interested.


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Yummy stickers are an easy way for us to earn points to access sports equipment for our classrooms and playground. If you happen to come by some please do keep them somewhere safe for us.
You can bring them to the office or your child's classroom teacher. Thank you so much for you support!
Mrs. Dinniss
The official collection sheets can be found and printed off here: School Sticker Promo


Wednesday 28th October - Tough Guy & Gal Challenge - Transport/event details will be sent out soon.
Friday, 30th October - CBOP Tennis Champs
Monday 2nd October - School Athletics Day
Tuesday 3rd November - CBOP Cricket Festival
Thursday 12th November - Rugby 7's Tournament

When: Wednesday 12th November - 8.45am - 2.30pm
Where: Westbrook fields, Devon Street.
Transport: Carpool and/or drop off & pick up from the event.
Bare feet (No shoes / boots) - Mouthguards are COMPULSORY - no mouthguard, no play.
ENTRIES CLOSE: 3.15pm Wednesday 28th October.
Team/s will be filled in the order of completed registration forms, so get in quick.
If your child would like to participate, Please click HERE register.

It is important that we know how your child will be getting home from Athletics Day. We also require helpers on the day, this can be yourself or a whanau/family member.
Please click HERE to complete the required form. It is required for ALL Y3-6 children.

Congratulations to all students who participated in our School Cross Country on Monday. The rain stayed away and we had perfect conditions for a running event. We were extremely proud of the effort everyone put in, from the start right to the finish. Well done to the following students who placed in the top 10 for their year level.
*unfortunately, there is no inter-school cross country this year.

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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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The Rotorua 2020 Interschools Motorcross Challenge was finally held over the weekend after a 7 month delay unfortunately due to Covid restrictions and racing. Sean Keeling, Nate Rowe-Hawkins and Isla Adriaansz all raced superbly in their individual classes and tried their very best. Unfortunately, both boys had mechanical issues and weren't able to complete their final race of 3. However, it was great to watch all 3 kids give it their all on the day representing St Mary's School.
Well done Sean, Nate and Isla we are very proud of you for getting out there and giving it your all.

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