Newsletter No 36 25 November 2020

Kia ora Parents/Whanau

A number of our students received their First Holy Communion at Mass last weekend. It was really a lovely occasion and our students looked stunning on their special day. We wish all these children God’s blessings on their First Holy Communion.

Opening day for our school musical, Peter Pan, is getting closer and practice times have been scheduled over the next few weeks. I invite all of you and your family and friends to come to our show. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the school office. Tickets are $5 per person; tickets not required for toddlers sitting on adult knee or for performers. It is a great show.

There are 4 shows:
Tuesday 8th December at 1:00 pm
Tuesday 8th December at 6:30 pm
Children from Rooms: 1, 3, 5, 15, 17 and Kakano 1, 2, 3 are performing.

Wednesday 9th December at 1:00 pm
Wednesday 9th December at 6:30 pm
Children from Rooms: 2, 4, 12, 14, 16 and Kakano 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 are performing.

The main cast are performing in all four shows.

The Ahurei is on Monday. Our Tamariki are performing in this. They have been practising for a while now although Covid has meant less preparation. Our group sounds awesome. Thanks to Koro for tutoring the group and Sylvia who has been coordinating the group. I am looking forward to the performance.

We are publishing a school magazine again this year, and this will be available during the last week of this term. There will be only 100 magazines printed and it will be a great memento of 2020. Orders will be taken now with the cost for the magazine being $10.00. Orders will be taken at the office. Be quick as there will only be 100 printed.

St Mary’s have three trained swimming instructors - Kate Elvy, Lucia Watt and Tara Watt - giving year 3 and 4 students swimming and water safety lessons for free in the mornings this week. This opportunity has been made possible by the ‘Making the Difference Water Safety’ programme run by Rotorua Lakes Swim School and Swim Rotorua Swimming Club. Thanks to them.

It is the Weetbix Tryathlon this weekend. I wish all our participants well and I hope they enjoy the event.

A Chess team from our school is competing in the Australian Chess Tournament on Monday and Tuesday. Mr G has organised this for the players and it is an online competition this year. What a great experience for them. I wish them all the best too.

Some of our students have done exceptionally well in sporting and cultural activities recently. Jackson Hepi broke the record for the 100m at the Rotorua Inter-schools’ Athletics Event. He also ran well in Hamilton last weekend when he was representing the local Athletic Club. And these students received the Top Tier Award in their Dance Examinations. The award is awarded to a student who is one of the top three students in their grade in all countries APDA is taught: Jade Moller and Billy Bradley got in the top tier in their level for Contemporary Dance.

Congratulations also to these students who recently sat Speech NZ examinations.
Initial: Aanya Adlakha – Merit plus
Grade 1: Anja Van der Merwe – Honours, Alice Konyves - Honours
Grade 2: Billie Bradley – Honours Plus.
Congratulations children on your achievements.

Have a great week.

David Macmillan, Principal.

Loan of Grandstand, Rotorua Commercial Travellers’ Club,

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We would also welcome any other 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. *** or we can send you an 'official'sponsorship request letter.

Have a great week

David Macmillan, Principal.


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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 Year 6 students will be on their retreat this Thursday. This is always a very special day. Our students get to come together and spend a day reflecting on the values of our school and how they can go forward walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Also to take time to appreciate their journey together so far, at primary school before they embark on their next learning journey.

Dear Lord,
Today is laid out before us full of possibilities and so open for Your movement. Thank You for the plan You have for us today. We pray for eyes to see Your footsteps clearly, so that we may walk in Your steps. Amen

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.

Please note: First Credit Union School Banking:
The last day for banking this year will be Wednesday 2 December. First Credit Union thanks you all for your support this year and best wishes for a profitable 2021.

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
Monday 14th November -
School 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.
Those who have registered should receive and email from the event organisers which will have all the information you require for the day.
Unfortunately, there will be no school gazebo this year.

We had 33 children represent our school at this event. It was a great day and we had many qualify for finals.
Thank you to our fantastic parent helpers on the day, your help and support makes our job much easier and it truly appreciated.

Congratulations to the following children who placed in their events:
Christian Waititi (11yr) - 2nd place 100m, 2nd place 200m.
Rosa Atkinson (9yr) - 2nd Place 200m.
Marisia Ostrowska (11yr)- 3rd place shot put, 2nd place discus.
Kincade Moka-Walters (11yr) - 2nd place high jump.
Eunice Chikono (9yr) - 3rd place high jump.
Jackson Hepi (9yr) - 1st place 100m, 1st place 60m, 1st place high jump.
Special mention to Jackson Hepi who is the new CBOP record holder for the 9yr 100m event.

Whaea Leanne - School Sports Coordinator
027 285 7579 or via School Office 07 348 1701