Newsletter No 34, 7 November 2018

Kia ora,

This Friday is our Grandparents/Friends Day. We always look forward to this awesome day. You are all invited to come along and bring the children’s grandparents/friends. Here is the programme:

9.00 am Mass at St Mary’s Church
10:00am Back to your Grandchild’s class and enjoy a shared morning tea.
10:30am Cuppa provided by PTA outside of the hall.
11:00am Mini concert begins (5-10 mins per group). Outside on stage.
12:30 Visitors free to roam around the school or depart for home.
This year we will have our ‘photo booth’ again. Students with visitors can have their family photo taken with a cool backdrop to remember Grandparents /Friends Day 2018!

1st Gymnastics Club
2nd School Choir
3rd Pasifika Group
4th Item Room 2
5th Marimba
6th Kapa Haka

I would like to thank our DRS, Bernie Hall and the RE team for organising this event.

We managed to have our Athletics Sports on Monday despite the cool wind. Thanks to Lorna Dobson and the team of St Mary’s staff who helped to ensure the day ran smoothly. A big thank you to the number of parents and whanau who also helped out on the day. Our team of athletes will now be selected to compete in the interschool sports this month.

The Working bee was successful and we managed to get a lot done: playground equipment replaced in the senior playground, bird swing fixed, new surrounds for the sandpit, kakano container undercoated, first coat of paint on the Ranolf St fence, new gate put into the chooks/orchard area so Kakano children can access the area from their classrooms, 3 retractable hoses installed in different parts of the school, area in pool enclosure ready for concreting, gardens weeded, bushes pruned, area behind caretakers shed cleared for bikes to be parked there safely, aluminum doors cleaned, fence around astroturf repaired, netting in the rabbit enclosure repaired, door jambs painted and autex laid in the area between Rooms 3 & 4, all the gutters cleared and the second hand cubby holes we inherited, stained. I think that’s all. Thanks to our caretaker Michelle Strathern for coordinating this day. Thanks to the huge support we got from parents, your help was very much appreciated. As you can see from the list, a lot was achieved.

Michelle would also like to say, “Thank you so much to the staff members, parents, children and even a school neighbour who helped at the working bee last Saturday. A lot was accomplished despite the drizzly rain. We are so grateful to have in our school community such dedicated and talented people who give their time so willingly to undertake tasks that are required from time to time. I give my personal appreciation to you all as without you my job would be so much harder. You all have your own occupations but time is always found to assist when you can and without remuneration. Thank you so much for finding that time and helping make St Mary's School be the great place it is. Kind regards. Michelle.”

Michelle and Jamie are going to put the final coat on the Ranolf St fence soon, so if you are able to help with that please contact Michelle Strathern at school.

While this was going on, Bernie Hall was busy building the set for the show with willing builder parent Aaron Brown. Thank you both too.

It looks like at this stage that the teachers’ strike will go ahead, so our school will be closed this coming Tuesday 13th November. If you need to enrol your child in the Glenholme After School Care, please contact Mary-Ann Roling on 021 215599. Thank you for your support with this.

See you on Friday.

Have an enjoyable week.


David Macmillan, Principal.


Reminder of meeting for Year 2 parents - Wednesday 14 November. 5.15pm to 6.15pm.
Discussion on use of a Chromebook device and Google Accounts for 2019 Year 3.

Production Up-Date:

Thank you to those cast members who attended rehearsal on Sunday and to those who let me know in advance if they couldn’t. Sunday rehearsal is 11:00-12:30 THIS Sunday.
Students doing the Sacramental Programme are excused.
This is the first time the whole school have had every class involved in a singing/dancing part in a school production-not an easy feat! Every show has main characters and minor characters. Every character, as I have explained to the children is equally important.
Please keep in mind this is a school production not a Hollywood movie!

Production Rehearsals for Cast are:
This Sunday 11:00-12:30
Monday 3:15-4:15
Monday's and Thursday's lunchtimes.
Children doing the Sacramental Programme are excused on Sunday.

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

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From our Director of Religious Studies

Grandparents /Friends Day is this Friday! Let your relatives know so they have time to travel, it would be wonderful to see them. We have Mass at 9:00, and will also welcome our new students. This will be followed by a morning tea in classes. Then a cup of tea provided by our amazing PTA, ready to sit, relax and enjoy entertainment by our various school groups. Including: Pasifika group, Gymnastics, Kapa Haka, Choir, Dance and Marimba. There will be an opportunity for you to have your family photo taken at our ‘photo booth’ so bring your cameras and our expert photographers will take your photo for you!

Last week we had a wonderful Liturgy for All Saints/ All Souls Day. Students were invited to write prayers for loved ones. The Manuka Team went to Mass for All Souls Day and then delivered these prayers to the Church.

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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.


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.

Maybe when you are next at school you might like to visit the Lost Property box outside Room 6 ??????

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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.

Outstanding Sports Uniforms

Please double check at home for any sports uniforms you have lying around and return them to the office with your child's name.


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.

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

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CONGRATULATIONS to Rosa Hingston and Jasper Dobson who competed at the CBOP Tennis Champs last Friday
Rosa won the Yr 5 & 6 Girls Competitive Grade
Rosa & Jasper won the Yr 5 & 6 Doubles Grade

IMPORTANT DATES FOR TERM 4 NOTE: Some dates were incorrect last week.
Friday 9 November Grandparents' Mass 9am at St Mary's
Wednesday 14 November Orientation Day at JPC 12 noon - 2pm
Wednesday 14 November Yr 2 parents 5.15 - 6.15 : Chromebooks/Google Ac/s
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