Newsletter No 33, 31 October 2018

Kia ora,

What a lovely day it is for the Royal Visit. A number of our students received invitations to meet Harry and Meghan. We trust they will have a very special and exciting day. I am sure this will be a day they will never forget. Other students are hoping they may get close on the public walkabout later in the day.

Unfortunately, there were a few errors in some dates listed in last week's newsletter. A correct version of the calendar appears at the end of this Newsletter.

Congratulations to Eliana Maxwell and family on the birth of their son. Eliana taught in Room 12 in Term One this year.

Congratulations to the following students who last Friday received their certificates at Assembly for their commendable ICAS Mathematics results:

Year 3:
High Distinction: Tyler Graham
Credit: Lorenzo Ersando, Sean Keeling, Victoria Underwood
Merit: Laine Williams
Year 4:
Credit: Samuel James
Year 5:
Credit: Leon Hintz, Francis Larkin, Harrison McLeod, Ariel Muchirahondo, Loraine Umadhay
Merit: Kyle Hall
Year 6:
Credit : Aarav Adlakha, Alan Antony, Harrison Roberts
Merit: Imogen Blundell, Nathan Graham, Ysabella Pagaduan, Denzel Whyte

The Year 3-6 students have their Athletic Sports next Monday, weather permitting. We would still welcome some more parent help. Please make sure you read the details. Take note of the need to bring sunblock, drink bottle and lunch and please be aware of start and finish times and where and when to drop and collect your child/ren.

On Wednesday 14 November we will have a meeting for current Year 2 parents, from 5.15 to 6.15, to discuss the use of a Chromebook device and Google accounts in Year 3. More details to follow.

Unfortunately, we have had some issues with the pool heating and the pool is out of action while we wait for a replacement part to arrive and be installed. It probably won't be back in action till after next week.

We look forward to a good turnout at the working bee this Saturday. Please feel free to come and join us, even if it is for a short time. Many hands make light work!

Summer sports are well underway - thanks to all those wonderful parents who are coaching, managing and supporting our students. We do appreciate and value all you do for our students.

Have an enjoyable week.

Anne Cato, Acting Principal.

WORKING BEE ON SATURDAY - If you have any of these tools they may be helpful -
buckets, hammers, electric drills, impact drills, gardening tools, gloves, ladders, painting clothes, nail guns, drop saw, step stools, yard brooms, spades, shovels, wheelbarrows, skill saws, trowels for concreting.


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.

Animal Onesies:
Is anyone able to donate any Animal Onesies?

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

From our Director of Religious Studies

  • The senior team ran a lovely rosary this morning. It has been great to hear the school recite decades of the rosary and learn about the life of Jesus through the mysteries. Sister Carina joined us too.
    Tomorrow Room 11 and 14 host our All Saints/All Souls Day Liturgy. (Mat. 5:48) (2 Pet. 1:3).
    All Saints' Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven.
    All Souls' Day, which is observed on November 2, is dedicated to those who have died. Students have been invited to write a prayer to a loved one who has passed. We will pray as a school for the souls of those who have died. Prayer is one real way we can help those who have died.
    TIP: What can we do for those who have died?
    Pray the Novena to the Holy Souls.
  • Offer up your Holy Communions for those who have died.the souls in purgatory.
  • Have Masses said for your departed loved ones, especially on the anniversary of his or her death.
  • Eucharistic Adoration: visit the Blessed Sacrament to make acts of reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on behalf of those in purgatory.
  • “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon them. And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”

Bernie Hall, Director of Religious Studies.

  • Congratulations and best wishes to the Echiverri family (Paulo Room 1) on the safe arrival of a new baby boy.
    Congratulations and best wishes to the Assen family (Jerome Room 16) on the birth of a new baby boy also.
    We wish you joy with your new family members.
  • 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.


All summer sports have now started. 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 is played at Puarenga Park, Saturday mornings 9am-12pm.
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. Type St Mary in the search box, scroll down and 'St Mary's Catholic Primary School Rotorua' will come up as an option, click the green join button.


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

Congrats to our children who were part of the Swim Rotorua team which defended their title to WIN the Central North Island Championships.
Kaia Joyce won 10 medals in the 10-11 years age group. This included three new Bay of Plenty records in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 200m medley.

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Congratulations to Kymani Waititi on being selected for the U10 girls Central BOP Touch Team.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR TERM 4 NOTE: Some dates were incorrect last week.
Thursday 1 November All Saints/All Souls Day Liturgy 10am
Saturday 3 November School Working Bee from 8am onwards
Saturday 3 November JPC Entrance Testing 8.45am @ Mackillop Campus
Monday 5 November Totara & Kahikatea Teams Athletic Sports:Stadium
Thursday 8 November Athletics Back-up Day
Friday 9 November Grandparents' Mass 9am at St Mary's
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 @ St Michaels
Tuesday 11 December Showtime: Noah
Wednesday 12 December Showtime: Noah
Friday 14 December End of Year Mass 9am
Friday 14 December Reports issued to Year 3-6 students
Monday 17 December Students meet their 2019 teacher
Tuesday 18 December Prizegiving 9am
Tuesday 18 December Kakano's Nativity Play 11am
Wednesday 19 December Missioning of Year 6 students
Wednesday 19 December Last day of school

Term 1 Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April
Term 2 Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July
Term 3 Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September
Term 4 Monday 14 October to Friday 20 December

Teacher Only Days 2019
31 May COL Teacher Only Day
23 August COL Teacher Only Day

Public Holidays 2019

Waitangi Day 6 February
Good Friday 19 April
Easter Monday 22 April
Easter Tuesday 23 April
Anzac Day 25 April
Queen's Birthday 3 June
Labour Day 28 October