Newsletter No 36, 21 November 2018

Kia ora,

Thank you to the parents of Year 2 students who came to the e-Learning Information Evening last week. There was an excellent turnout and the speakers were very informative. Thanks to our excellent student speakers and also to Anne, Bevan and our invited guest Rob Clarke. I think those of you who were present would agree that the meeting was helpful.

On Monday JPC had their workday and a team of students from JPC came to St Mary’s to paint a mural on Kakano’s container. I think it looks marvellous, so thank you to those students.

Yesterday our Athletic Team competed in the Inter-Schools’ Competition. All our athletes performed well. Placings appear in the sports section of the newsletter.

Thanks to Catherine Elmiger our Sports’ Coordinator who managed the team and Sara Field who helped with the High Jump competition and all the parents who helped get students to the right spot at the right time.

Each week we are getting a number of schools visiting St Mary’s to see different parts of the school in action. Many are wanting to see our new entrant/year 1 classes as most schools are focusing on ‘learning through play’. I am very proud of what are teachers are achieving in their classrooms.

Next Wednesday forty of our Kapa haka group are involved in the Kapa haka festival. They have been practising for a long time now under the tutorage of Kori Tini. I wish the group well and I hope they enjoy performing on stage next week.

Noah and the Ark is shaping up well and the children are practising hard. All children are learning songs and dances. Songs can be found on the R.E. Music site (available only to Y 3 - 6 who have access to this site via their chromebooks). We are encouraging children to be practising these songs at home. Every child will be involved in at least two performances and the main actors will be appearing in all four of the performances. I am really looking forward to the show. I’ll let you know when tickets go on sale.

In the newsletter you will see a notice advertising the sale of real christmas trees. For every tree sold, a donation will be made to St Mary’s. The scent of the pine is awesome, so I will be lining up for my tree.

Have a great week everyone.


David Macmillan, Principal.

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Production Up-Date:

Cast Rehearsals will be:
Monday's and Thursday's 3:15-4:15 after school from now on.

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.
Class Costumes:

The children in the production need to start looking at home for these to wear:

Rooms 1 & 2 Boys

Jeans-preferably blue or black

Rooms 1 & 2 Girls

Black leggings/tights

Rooms 3 & 4

Tough street people-casual clothes from home, but rolled up sleeves a bandana if have one, no shorts.

Rooms 11 & 13

Ordinary street people-large variety of casual clothes, to represent old people and young kids, mums and dads, dress hats.

Rooms 14 & 15

Black/dark leggins/black jeans/or black shorts

Room 12

Black/dark jeans/leggins/tights

Kakano and Manuka Children

A variety of animals-so animal ears, costumes source as much as possible from homes.

Thanking you.
Bernie Hall

To St Mary’s School Community,
For the last two years our wonderful school and church community have supported Angel Tree, which is a branch of the Prison Fellowship of New Zealand (PFNZ), a Christian charitable organisation that was founded in NZ over 40 years ago. For the last 18 years, PFNZ and Angel Tree have been making a difference at Christmas for children who have a parent/grandparent in prison. Last year nearly 4000 children benefitted nation wide and St Mary’s helped by supporting children in Rotorua.

This is how it works – Angel Tree buys presents for children on behalf of the parent/grandparent who is in prison. Gifts are $25.00 each and next week a Christmas tree will be in the school office foyer. On the tree will be Angel Tree tags that have a child’s name, age and a present suggestion from their caregivers. Please support Angel Tree by taking a tag and writing your name next to the child’s name on the list. The list will be next to the tree in the foyer. Please buy a present and bring it back to the school Christmas tree UNWRAPPED and with the tag attached by Monday 3rd of December. Donations of wrapping paper are also gratefully appreciated.

If you can’t get to the office to pick a tag, please text me and I will put one in a sealed envelope for your child to bring home. Rachel Schuster 0274461351.

Thank you for supporting Angel Tree and children in our Rotorua community.

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From our Director of Religious Studies

Our school choir is busy preparing for our end of year Mass. They are also working on the Christmas carols which they would like to share at a school assembly in a few weeks.
It has been great to see class awards given to students for displaying our school values. These values are essential to being a successful learner and productive member of our wider society. It is important they are recognised in every student at our school at some point. What we show recognition for is what students will value in themselves and in others. It is not just the academic mileage children make but the holistic development of a child that teachers strive to nurture.

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A massive thanks to Aaron Brown and Api Waititi and Dobby Dobson for building the NOAH ARK props for us! What a great effort-thank you.

Bernie Hall, Director of Religious Studies.


PITA PIT : Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
orders online via

FRIDAYS: Sausage Sizzle and Juicies available. $1.50 each item. Order from your classroom teacher.


Year 2 Parent Meeting last Wed

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Year 2 parent meeting last week. Fantastic turnout. We do appreciate all the lovely feedback we have received too. Special thanks to Victoria Underwood (Y3), Ben Fredericksen(Y3) and Rosie Lucich(Y4). These students each presented a section of our parent evening and it was wonderful seeing them so capable and confident in their role.

Information folders have been issued to students whose parents were unable to attend the meeting. If you have not received one please see your Year 2 child's teacher. A link to the presentation used at the meeting can be found in the Elearning section of the A-Z Guide on our website.

All children in Y3-6 need a set of headphones. We currently have 2 options available at the School Office if anyone needs a set or to replace a set. Basic headphones are $6.50 and currently, we have limited numbers of a special deal for some Panasonic Headphones that are $13 (this option usually retails for $34.99 - first in, first served!)


Chromebook Deals
If anyone is looking to purchase a Chromebook you may wish to check out the following deals. Remember a basic Chromebook is all that is needed.

Link to information sheet re Chromebooks and Google Account

Chromebook - Harvey Norman Flyer
Chromebook - Cyclone Flyer
Chromebook - PB Technologies Flyer
Chromebook - Link to latest Noel Leeming Deals
Chromebook - Link to Office Max flyer

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.

Kapa Haka - if you would like to join the whanau page, please use this link and request to join the group.

Sports News

Inter School Athletics Results

Congratulations to all the children who were selected to represent our school at the Rotorua Rural/Central Cluster Athletics yesterday. You all performed wonderfully and displayed great sportsmanship and behaviour throughout the day. We were extremely lucky with our parent support also, thank you to my amazing group of helpers!

A very special CONGRATULATIONS to the following students who gained a placing in their event and have qualified for the EBOP/CBOP Athletics Championships to be held in Whakatane on Tuesday 4th December 2018 (more info will follow this week).

Maiah Ngawhika - 3rd Junior Girls 800m
Harrison Roberts-Brake - 3rd 11yr old Boys 100m
Leah Field - 2nd 11yr old Girls 100m
Leah Field - 2nd 11yr old Girls 200m
Leah Field - 2nd 11yr old Girls Long Jump
Madeleine Keaney - 4th 11yr old Girls 200m
Madeleine Keaney - 2nd 11yr old Girls High Jump
Teuila Schuster - 2nd 10yr old Girls 200m
Anaia O'Connell - 3rd 9yr old Girls Long Jump
Zach Richardson - 4th 10yr old Boys Discuss

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.

Outstanding Sports Uniforms

Please return all sports uniforms that are not currently being used to the office, we need these for other children playing sport.


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


Please let your coach know if you can not make it to a game or if you are going to be late. Many teams are struggling for numbers because team members are not turning up.

Touch is held at the Westbrook Fields (& Ray Boord Park), Devon St West every Wednesday

Click here for the weekly Touch Draw


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

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

Entries are still open, however all participants who enter now will need to collect their TRYathlete kit on the event day.

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.

Special Mention

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Last week, Bruce Johnson (grandad to Jmarie Riini and Jessie Riini) was awarded the Local Hero Award. Well done Bruce for your 43 years of work and service within the local community we are very proud of you.

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Congratulations to Jayden Elmiger who won the Bay of Plenty Men’s Champion of Champions (Junior division) on Sunday. Jayden shot rounds of 81 and 85 to tie in first place. He then had to have a playoff which he won on the third hole.

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

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To redeem this limited time offer, download this flyer and show it in-store or on your device.