Newsletter No 35 18 November 2020

Kia ora Parents/Whanau

Our first Holy Communion for the children doing the Sacramental programme is celebrated this weekend at the Saturday 5.00pm Mass at St Michael’s and the 10.00am Mass at St Mary’s. Please keep these children in your prayers as they continue to grow in their Catholic faith.
Our communicants are: Mark Alosio, Aaron Baluyot, Brydin Beazley, Vaughn Bonot, Lachlan Boyd, Lorenzo Ersando, Justine Flores, John Greens, Samantha Guevarra, Savannah Gunn, Francesca Hall, Zoey Hetrosa, Ranidu Hettiarachchige, Ann Joseph, Bella Kerr-Grant, Marlo Macdonald, James Michael, Campbell Mines, Mitchell Mines, Fynn Nicholson, James Robinson, Skyrah Senerpida, Olivia Shaw, Leonardo Spanbroek, Neela Stephens, Nathaniel Tio, Christian Waititi, Cherica Young.

We are very excited that this year’s School Production - Peter Pan, is coming together and we are looking forward to Showtime. The students selected for main cast roles will perform at all shows. The rest of the students will perform with their class on either the Tuesday or the Wednesday.

Tuesday 8 December.
School Hall, 1pm and 6.30pm
Note: Classes involved in this performance
Rooms: 1, 3, 5, Kakano 1-3, 15, 17

Wednesday 9 December
School Hall, 1pm and 6.30pm Performances
Note: Classes involved in these performances
Rooms: 2, 4,12, Kakano 4-8, 14, 16

Tickets will cost $5.00 per person (not required for performers, or toddlers sitting on adult knee) will be available for purchase from the school office from next Wednesday onwards. A notice will go home with your child.

Yesterday our Athletic Team competed in the Inter-Schools’ Competition. All our athletes performed well. Official results will be made available once they are to hand. Thanks to Leanne Rankin, our Sports’ Coordinator who managed the team and Mr G who coached a number of our athletes, and all the parents who helped get students to the right spot at the right time.

Further to our letter to parents concerning a student at our school who has cancer, we wish to advise that a case of chickenpox has been identified in another class. The student's family has been advised. We request that if your child develops chickenpox or measles, or comes into contact with same, that the principal or class teacher is advised.

Tara Watt and her team from Swim Rotorua are running the 'Making the Difference' water safety programme in our school again this term. They are teaching swimming with our Year 3 to 6 students. We are grateful for the help we get from these coaches. Our children are looking confident in the water.

On Monday 30th November, forty of our Kapa haka group are involved in the Kapa haka festival. They have been practising for a long time now under the tutelage of Koro Tini. I hope they are enjoying practising for the big night.

Every year our school produces a school magazine filled with photos and memories from throughout the year. Please support our school by purchasing a yearbook for your family to keep as a memory of St Mary’s 2020. You can purchase yearbooks for $10 by ordering at the school office. The magazines will be available before the end of the school year. There will only be 100 copies printed. All funds raised from magazine sales go towards supporting student learning here at St Mary’s.

Thursday 19th November: JPC Orientation (afternoon)
Friday 26th November: Yr 6 Retreat
Sunday 29th November Weetbix Tryathlon
Monday 30th November Kapa Haka group at Ahurei
Tuesday 8th December School Production
Wednesday 9th December School Production
Monday 12th December: School Tryathlon
Friday 11th December End of Year Mass
Tuesday 15th December: School Prizegiving
Wednesday 16th December: Missioning and last day of term
Thursday 17th December: Teacher Only Day

Loan of Grandstand, Rotorua Commercial Travellers’ Club,

Better known as the CT Club, Rotorua's Commercial Travellers Club is hidden away in the suburb of Springfield and offers something for everyone ...
The club has an emphasis on family membership, with the heated swimming pool being a great attraction in the summer months. The club is a very friendly place with a convivial atmosphere
The Club’s membership currently numbers approximately 1100 and new members are always welcome.
Application for Membership form:
These are available from the Club’s Office or Bar or you can download here
There are a number of staff members who would be happy to support your application.

We would also 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. ***

Have a great week

David Macmillan, Principal.


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

Our 2019-2020 candidates for the Sacramental programme are making their Holy Communion this Sunday. We pray that they will be blessed with the confidence and grace of our Lord.

Holy Communion commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples during Passover. Catholics believe that during this final meal, Jesus blessed the bread and wine and said, “This is my body ... This is my blood.”Roman Catholic Church teachings say Jesus is present in the consecrated Communion wafer and wine, also known as the Eucharist, which means thanksgiving, each time parishioners receive them. The bread and wine become the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus, which is the belief of the Catholic faith.

Manaaki te Atua,

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.

MUDDY FINGERS Gardening Group:

Calling all keen gardeners, would be gardeners and those who just like being in the garden!!!

Are you looking for a fun activity to do during the school holidays?

Our St Mary’s garden is overflowing with tasty morsels, and Mr Guilford would love to have some helpers over the school break to help him with…
Garden maintenance
Harvesting produce
Utilising the produce (cooking)
General gardening

When- Tuesdays 11.00-12.30pm
Where-St.Mary’s vege patch behind the library
Who-anyone who wants to come along

If you think you might be interested, you can leave your name at the school office, or you can email Mrs Holmes- to get your name on the list.

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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. Items such as colour pencils, rubbers, small toys, little jewellery items, hand held games - underwear - not soap/lollies/personal items - Final day for accepting items - 30 November 2020.


Sunday 29th November - Weetbix Tryathlon

Trophies issued at last years prizegiving need to be returned to the School Office asap.

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.

Congratulations to our St Mary's Rugby Team who participated in the Rugby 7s Tournament last Thursday. They weren't able to get much practice time in leading up to the day, but they still managed to produce some outstanding performances on the field.
They should be very proud of themselves.
Thank you to Mr Burborough - coach on the day, our parent helpers for providing transport and to Mr G & Mrs Waititi for all your help.
Well done to Ena Schuster and Samuel James who were chosen as our tournament Players of the Day.


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