Newsletter No 37, 28 November 2018

Kia ora,

A number of our students are to receive the sacrament of Confirmation at Masses this weekend. Bishop Steve will be here to celebrate Mass and Confirm our students. Confirmation is a sacrament, ritual practised by several Christian denominations. The word means strengthening or deepening one's relationship with God. We wish our students well.

Opening day for our school musical, NOAH THE MUSICAL, 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. It is a great show.

There are 4 shows:
Tuesday 11th December at 1:00 pm
Tuesday 11th December at 6:30 pm
Children from Rooms: 15,11,1,3,12 and Year 2 are performing.

Wednesday 12th December at 1:00 pm
Wednesday 12th December at 6:30 pm
Children from Rooms: 14, 13, 2, 4, 12 and Kakano are performing.

The main cast are performing in all four shows.

We heard last week that Karen James’ mother passed away in Tokoroa. The family had a private ceremony on Friday. Please keep Karen and her family in your prayers.

Rm 4 is running a Rubik Cafe for parents on Friday. Here is a letter I received from Abigail, a student in Room 4.

Dear Mr Macmillan,

We are hosting a whanau cafe at school on Friday 30 November from 8:20am -10:00am . It is outside the hall, but if raining it will be in the hall foyer. This is for anyone in our community who wants a yummy coffee or tea. This is happening because we want to help our school community to meet whanau of their child’s friends. We would like you advertise it in the school newsletter. It is part of our learning about financial literacy and working together as a team. Any money we raise will go towards the Young Vinnies projects. It would also be great if you could even come out for a coffee with us (free for Principals).

What: Whanau cafe - Real coffee, tea, juice and biscuits
Where: Outside the hall by the office (hall foyer if it is raining)
When: 8.20am - 10.00am Friday 30 November
Who: Anyone from our community who wants to connect and meet others or just have a coffee.
Why: To help our school community meet whanau of their child's friends,make connections.

Thank you to those who have supported the Angel Tree. The Christmas Tree is up in the office foyer. We have only 19 more gifts left to be bought. If you can help, please drop into the office and pick up a tag which lists what you can buy for a specific child. Our community has been very generous supporting this project. More details are included later in this newsletter.

Our Tamariki are performing in the Ahurei tonight.They have been practising for a while now and sound 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 2017. Orders will be taken now with the cost for the magazine being $5.00. Orders will be taken by your child’s teacher or the office. Be in quick; there will only be 100 printed.

Tomorrow we are hosting the “Coaches’ Thank You” evening. It starts at 5.30pm in the school library and it is a special night when we can thank all our coaches. All coaches and managers are invited. We would love to see you all there.

St Mary’s have four trained swimming instructors - Jack Weston, Jess Gordon and Lucia and Tina Watt - giving year 3 and 4 students swimming and water safety lessons for free in the mornings for two weeks. 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.

And finally ……… VOTE SHERYL TODD FOR TEACHER OF THE YEAR. You need to vote on the official Morefm facebook post. You have to LIKE Sheryl’s PHOTO on More FM Facebook to vote for her.

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Have a great week everyone.


David Macmillan, Principal.

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Production Up-Date:

Tickets for the school production are now available for purchase at the school office. Preschoolers (sitting on a parents' knee are free) all other tickets $5 per person. The performance times are Tuesday 11 December 1pm and 6.30pm and Wednesday 1pm and 6.30pm. A note is being sent home today with all students.

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: (COULD STUDENTS PLEASE BRING THEIR CLOTHING IN A NAMED PLASTIC BAG AND LEAVE WITH THEIR CLASS TEACHER.)

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.

Middle school are hosting our Advent Liturgy this week. Classes are learning about the significance of this important time in the Catholic Liturgical year. Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming.

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A massive thanks to all our supporters for our up coming show.

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.


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

Gymnastics in Term 4 will be Wednesdays only at 12.30pm.

Sports News

EBOP/CBOP Athletics Champtionships

Good luck to Maiah Ngawhika, Harrison Roberts-Brake, Leah Field, Madeleine Keaney, Teuila Schuster, Anaia O'Connell and Zach Richardson who are all competing at the EBOP/CBOP Athletics Champtionships next Tuesday.

Parents, please return permission slips to the office ASAP. Thank you

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
Tuesday 4th December is the final day of Flippaball this term.


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

Final day for Thursday Cricket is tomorrow 29th November 2018.

Hardball Cricket

Please note for this Saturday 1st December your hardball game will be held at Neil Hunt Park

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

Good luck to all our children participating in the Weetbix TRYathlon this Sunday.
Make sure you join the local event Facebook page where they'll be posting updates in the lead up to event day, or check out the location page on the Weetbix TRYathlon website.

Please click here for pre race info.

Please click here for more info from the Weetbix TRYathlon website about the actual event day.

Please note, due to bad weather forecasted, there will be no school gazebo set up at the event.

Special Mention

Congratulations to all students who performed in their end of year dance show over the weekend. You were all amazing!!

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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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Mark your Calendars...
Our 2019 Gala will be happening on 7th March 2019.
Funds raised will go towards the extension and development of the car park on Seddon Street.
If you wish to help in any way please phone Renee Cleaver 021902530

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