Newsletter No 34 11 November 2020

Dear Everyone,

We had our All Saints/All Souls Liturgy last week. All Saints' Day (also known as All Hallows' Day or Hallowmas) is the day after All Hallows' Eve (Hallowe'en). It is a feast day celebrated on 1st November by Anglicans and Catholics. All Souls' Day is marked on 2nd November (or the 3rd if the 2nd is a Sunday), directly following All Saints' Day, and is an opportunity for Catholics to commemorate the faithful departed. The children leading our liturgy did an excellent job.

During the weekend our Aquabots teams competed in the Regional Aquabots Competition and one of our teams was placed second.
Congratulations to Sean, Jo and Maclyn (team - Te Waka Ora) from Room 4 who pitted their engineering skills against other teams.
The regional competition, held at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre, saw local school teams pit their engineering skills against each other in three categories: an obstacle course, a Quiz round and a presentation. They have qualified for Nationals beig held in Masterton on 29 November. Good Luck!The boys got three firsts out of five tasks giving them second place overall and now qualifying them for Nationals. This is being held in Masterton on the 29th November. Good Luck.’

Congratulations to all students from our school who competed in this event.

Our PPP tutors who have been supporting some of our children with their reading, hosted a celebration morning tea for their children this morning. I would like to thank Colleen Pinfold who has been leading and coordinating this initiative and to Viv Radley, Imelda Roberts and Marie Hamilton who all give up several hours each week to help our children.

Our children are in full swing with their rehearsals for Peter Pan. The children are working very hard on their parts and dances and the production is shaping up to be an excellent show. All children are involved in the production. Bernie Hall is the director, and she is being assisted by Jane Trask with dance, and Lorette Tiedt with singing. We are also lucky to have Chris and Sheila Manlunas helping some senior classes with their dances. Other staff are helping with the costumes, props and acting parts. You must keep 8th or 9th December free for some excellent entertainment. The main cast perform at all shows.
8 December - R1, R3, R5, R15, R17, Kakano 1-3 - Matinee and evening performance
9 December - R2, R4, R12, R14, R16, Kakano 4-8 - Matinee and evening performance

We have our Teachers’ Only day this coming Friday. There will be no school on this day. If you need to enrol your child in the Glenholme After School Care for the day, please contact Mary-Ann Roling on 021 215599. She will be running this at St Mary’s. Thank you for your support with this.

Have a great week

David Macmillan, Principal.

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**TERM DATES FOR 2021:**

4 February 2021 16 April 2021

3 May 2021 9 July 2021

26 July 2021 1 October 2021

18 October 2021 16 December 2021

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.

If you would like to register your interest for this course please email or phone Brigitte Holmes, our Learning Support Coordinator. Mobile 0272121206

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We would welcome any businesses or individuals who might be 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 at both performances).
If you are able to help us out please email Shanelle at the school office with your details and logo. ***


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

Our 2019-2020 candidates for the Sacramental programme are getting closer to making their Holy Communion. Please pray for them as they prepare for this significant stage of their faith journey.

This week is Social Justice Week.

Social Justice focuses on Catholic social teaching principles.

These include:
Participation-each of us called to contribute.
Common Good-respecting the rights and responsibilities of all people.
Distributive Justice-helping all to have the necessities of life.
Recognising the Vulnerable-care for them first.
Human Dignity-each of us is unique.
Stewardship-entrusted to care for creation.
Solidarity-acting for the good of each other.
Promotion of Peace- safeguarding freedom of people. Subsidiarity-decision making that benefits all who contribute.

Some really big themes around Social Justice! This week classes will look at a few of them and unpack what they look like in our school and our community.

Kia Kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.

Director of Religious Education


PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

FRIDAYS: Sausage Sizzle and Juicies available. $1.50 each item. Order from your classroom teacher. NOTE: No sausage sizzle this week - Teacher Only Day

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.

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This year St Mary's is not organising the Christmas Shoebox venture through the school. However, if you would like to give any items, the school office would gladly take them and forward to this year's co-ordinators. Final day for accepting items - 30 November 2020.


Thursday 12th November - Rugby 7's Tournament
Tuesday 17th November - CBOP Athletics Day
Sunday 29th November - Weetbix Tryathlon

Unfortunately, there has been a delay with these being completed. We hope to have them available to order in the next week or two. Thank you for your patience.

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

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