Newsletter No 32, 24 October 2018

Kia ora,

Well, last week passed very quickly. The days seem to go much faster when the weather is good.

I would like to welcome Gail Marten to our staff. Gail is working in the mornings as a teacher aide. Gail has been coming into our school as a volunteer for a couple of years and prior to that she had spent many years as part of the admin team at Westbrook School. Welcome Gail.

In term 4 children are expected to wear their sun hats, so if children aren’t wearing a hat they will be sent to the school verandas. From next week sunblock will be available for children to use in the playground. However, when our days heat up, please put sunblock on your children before they arrive at school.

The auditions for our school production Noah and the Ark are to be completed today. We have been very impressed with the talent we have at our school and are looking forward to staging the show at the end of the year. The style is a little different from previous years. All classes will have an act of singing or dancing or both to perform and our main actors will be performing through all the acts. I am really looking forward to the show. Bernie Hall is our Director and she is getting help from staff and parents. If you would like to help with making props, building an Ark, making costumes etc. please email Bernie at

THURSDAY OCTOBER 25TH, Enrolment for Sacramental Programme.
At St Mary’s Catholic Church 7.00 pm.

There will be a briefing on the Sacramental Programme, dates will be given and fees of $20.00 are required to be paid.

For children who are not baptised in Rotorua, please bring a baptismal certificate.

The children are required to be 8 years old by the 1st November 2018.

Children who are not baptised or who are baptised in another Christian faith and would like to become Catholic are required to book an appointment with Fr Eamon through the Parish office to discuss options.

SATURDAY (NOV 3RD) we are have a working bee at our school. We have a number of jobs on our list ranging from handy-man jobs, maintenance on the playgrounds, putting together an aviary, painting the boundary fence on Ranolf St, building a frame around the sandpit, painting the container, constructing a fence bordering the library grounds, painting Kakano’s playhouse, clearing the hall gutters (we have hired a scissor lift) and I am sure there will be plenty more jobs to do. Come along and meet other parents, enjoy a morning tea and a delicious lunch. Children are welcome also. For catering purposes please let the office know if you can assist, even if it is just for an hour or two.

MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER we have our Years 3 to 6 Athletics Sports at the stadium. We are needing parent help for this day please. If you are able to help, leave a message with Maggie in the office or email

FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER Grandparents/Grandfriends Day. We start with Mass at 9.00am, morning tea in your grandchild/friend’s classroom and then some performances from our children. Please invite your parents to this great event. Our children really enjoy the day.

Our classroom blogs are a great way for you to see what your child’s class is doing, It would be great if you have look at the blogs at least once a week.

Have an enjoyable week.

David Macmillan, Principal.

Thursday 25 October Sacramental Programme Meeting 7pm. (Repeat of 18 October meeting)
Thursday 1 November All Saints/All Souls Day Liturgy
Saturday 3 November School Working Bee
Saturday 3 November JPC Entrance Testing 8.45am @ Mackillop Campus
Monday 5 November Totara & Kahikatea Teams Athletic Sports
Thursday 8 November Athletics Back-up Day
Friday 9 November Grandparents' Mass
Wednesday 14 November Orientation Day at JPC 12 noon - 2pm
Wednesday 28 November Ahurei Performance
Monday 3 December Student Celebration Conferences - Year 2
Tuesday 4 December Student Celebration Conferences- Year 0,1,3,4,5,6
Tuesday 4 December Year 2 - Zoo Trip
Thursday 6 December Year 6 Retreat/Pilgrimage
Thursday 6 December Dress Rehearsal day
Wednesday 10 December Showtime: Noah
Tuesday 11 December Showtime:Noah
Wednesday 12 December End of Year Mass
Friday 14 December School Tryathlon (Years 1 - 2)
Friday 14 December Reports to Year 3-6 students
Friday 14 December Students meet their 2019 teacher
Monday 17 December School Prize-giving
Tuesday 18 December Kakano's Nativity Play
Tuesday 18 December Missioning of Year 6 students
Wednesday 19 December Missioning of Year 6 students
Wednesday 19 December Last day of school

Please note that the term dates for 2019 are on our website.

A Monica Moore Production.
Yes it’s that time again! Every two years we hold a school production and this year all students will be involved. We need adult helpers to make this a school success.

Can you help?
We need some dedicated teams to help with some prop construction and some costumes.
If you are able to help us out-please email me and let me know what you are keen to assist with.
Teacher in charge of the Arts -St Mary’s School.

Sponsorship: We would also welcome any businesses or individuals that are keen to sponsor our production. As there are always costs involved in putting on a show this size. Your business logo will be on the programme and digitally displayed in all 4 show performances.
If you are able to help us out with sponsorship please email Margo Mason our awesome admin wonder woman, with your details and business logo.

Thanking you.
Bernie Hall

Hey Parents! The Catholic Diocese of Hamilton is putting on a Family Weekend 2018, Nov 9-11.

  • Prayer for families.
  • Bouncy castles and bumper balls for the kids.
  • Presentation from a Catholic Counsellor on "Understanding and managing conflict in marriage".
  • Wine and cheese evening for mums.
  • Bacon and waffle breakfast for dads.
  • And more!

All finishing up with a Sunday roast!

For more information or to register visit

A preview of the video from the Guest Speaker Chris Padgett (who will presenting with his wife Linda Padgett).

From our Director of Religious Studies

October is the month of the rosary and teams will be hosting the rosary each Wednesday at 8:45. Last week the middle team hosted a lovely rosary, and this morning the juniors hosted the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary.
Rosary explained for Kids


Our school values are being explored in classes also. These have been incorporated into our school production. Examples of them are a running theme throughout the show.

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Next week we have our All Souls/All Saints Day Liturgy as well.
In week 4 we have our annual Grandparents/Friends Day celebrations. Morning school Mass will be followed by a concert put on by various culture and art groups in our school. Mark this on your calendars and start letting family know now. Blessings to you all,

Bernie Hall, Director of Religious Studies.

  • The Parish invites children who are at least 8 years old to do a programme in preparation for Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and Reconciliation. Interested families are to email their details to the Parish Secretary or call 07 3480 2889. Families will need to meet with Fr. Eamon for an interview which will be organised during month of November.

Orders are due by Friday 2 November at 12 noon. No late orders please.
If paying by cheque please make it payable to Scholastic NZ. If the items are a gift please mark the order stating that and it will be left in the office for collection.
If using the online ordering system there is now a Gift Function which will allow a separate order to be taken and the gift will be at the office for collection.


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.

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.

To advise School absences : please email

Library is open:
Lunchtimes 12.30 - 1pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays
After school 3pm - 3.45pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays
Gymnastics in Term 4 will be Wednesdays only at 12.30pm.

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.


Interhouse Athletics
9:00am – 3:00pm
Monday 5th November
Postponement date: Thursday 8th November
International Stadium, Ground 2, Devon Street West, Rotorua

Event Overview

  • The Inter-house Athletics is for our middle and senior school students - Years 3, 4, 5 & 6.
  • The Interhouse Athletic Sports will be held at Field 2 by the stadium in Rotorua.
  • Years 3 – 6 students need to be taken to / dropped off at the International Stadium, Ground 2 Devon Street West Rotorua on Monday 5th November, meeting their teacher by 8:45am in the designated area.
  • Interhouse Athletics will finish at approximately 2:30pm on Monday. Children need to be collected from the International Stadium, ground 2 by 3:00pm at the latest.
  • Children may come to Interhouse Athletics in their house colours, they must wear their school PE gear.
  • Children will need – sunhat, sunblock, warm clothes, lunch & a drink.
  • Should the event need to be cancelled this information will put on our website by 7:30am
  • Parent support is needed for this event. If you are available to help on the day please email

Outstanding Sports Uniforms

All winter sports uniforms need to be handed in at the office with your child's name please. If your child played miniball and is going to play touch in term 4 please keep hold of their singlet. All other sports uniforms are to be returned asap so these can be used by our summer sport teams.


Registrations have now closed. Team lists and draws are up on the school website under 'Our Sports' tab.


Flippaball is held at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre every Tuesday
Click here for Term 4 Flippaball Teams
Click here for the weekly Flippaball Draw


Touch is held at the Westbrook Fields (& Ray Boord Park), Devon St West every Wednesday
Click here for the Term 4 Touch Teams
Click here for the weekly Touch Draw

Children must wear the St Mary's school singlet, PE shorts and closed in running shoes.


Cricket is at Smallbone Park, Devon St West every Thursday @ 3.30pm - 5/5:30pm

Click here for the Term 4 cricket teams

All children must wear the St Mary's Cricket shirt, PE shorts and closed in running shoes or cricket shoes.

Hardball Cricket

Hardball Cricket starts this Saturday 27th October. Hardball is played at Puarenga Park.
The draw will be up later this week.
click here for the Hardball Cricket Draw

All children must wear the St Mary's Cricket shirt, PE shorts and closed in running shoes or cricket shoes.

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon
Please register and pay online at Weet-bix kids TRYathlon
We do have a school group registered so be sure to select 'St Mary's Catholic Primary School Rotorua'.

Summer Football League - United FC

Please contact Rotorua United Football Club for more info - email

MONDAY or FRIDAY evenings 5:15pm - 6pm. You choose which night suits. You can pre register or just turn up a bit earlier on the night and register then.

  • This is organised through United Football Club.
    Players pay $30 for the whole season of 14 weeks.
    If you want to put in a team it is $30 per player.
    If you have no team, they will make them up each week with whomever turns up, this will allow more kids to play. $30 per player for the term. Casual rates will be $5 per game.
    Kids will be put in bibs to play.
  • Games begin
    Friday 26th October - Friday 14th Dec break for Christmas and new year - then Friday 4th January - Friday 8th February 2019
    Monday 29th October - Monday 17th December break for Christmas and new year - then Monday 7th January - Monday 11th February

CBOP Primary & Intermediate Tennis Champs

If you would like to enter please see Catherine in the office or email by Thursday 25th October.

Date: Friday, 2nd November 2018
Time: 9am briefing
Venue: Rotorua Tennis Club Courts, Manuka Crescent
Cost: $12 per player
Entries Close: Thursday, 25th October 2018

Primary Division Yr 5 & 6:
- Boys and Girls Singles – social or competitive
- Boys and Girls Doubles

The top 2 boys and girls in Primary competitive grades will qualify for the Waikato/BOP Champs on Friday 9th November 2018.


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

Swim Rotorua Swimming Club

Swim Rotorua Swimming Club provides professional coaching for children who have
already learnt to swim right through to swimmers competing at national events. We run a
very successful Junior Academy which caters for swimmers aged 8 to 12 years who
would like to improve their strokes and take part in local swimming competitions. We
offer a very flexible timetable from Monday to Friday afternoons in the 25 metre pool at
the Rotorua Aquatic Centre. For further information, then please contact Tara Watt on
022 3326922 or at
Get ready for the summer and join now, and see your child make lots of progress and
have plenty of fun.

Special Mention

Flossy Smith has competed in all three, NZ National Indoor Climbing Championships this year. She represents Rotorua in the under 12 girls grade. Flossy has placed 1st in the Regional competition in Auckland and recently both 3rd and 4th place in the National Champs. Flossy loves climbing and trains as much as she can down at "The Wall" in town. Flossy thinks everyone should give climbing a go.

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Well done to the Keas touch team who have many new players to the sport this term. Parents were so impressed last week with your determination and 100% effort on the field. Congrats boys, keep it up!

Congratulations to Jayden Elmiger who was selcted to represent the Bay of Plenty Junior Golf Society at the National Booth Shield Tournament held at Poverty Bay golf course over labour weekend.

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