Newsletter No 38 9 December 2020

Kia Ora,

Many of us have sat, or will sit tonight, in our transformed school hall to watch our children entertain us as they perform "Peter Pan”. The show is absolutely fantastic and it does provide opportunities for the performing arts to shine. Not only is this show a demonstration of the fantastic dramatic talents of our students, but also a wonderful example of the talents, commitment, energy and passion of many staff and volunteers who worked together as a team. A special thanks to Bernie Hall, who is the director of the show. She has put in many long hours to ensure that the show is a success and it certainly is. Thanks Bernie and the huge team that supported you. Thanks also to Lorette Tiedt, the Musical Director, and Jane Trask, the Dance Director, both very talented, and playing major parts in preparing the children for the show. Thank you one and all!

Friday, we have our end of year Mass. This is an opportunity to be together celebrating the Eucharist, also to reflect on the year’s achievements, farewell our Year 6 students and award major prizes. You are all welcome to join us.

Tryathlon Day is Monday. Totara and Kahikatea will be participating from 9.00am and Kakano, at 11.15 am. Children can ride trikes, three wheelers and bikes, swim in the school pool and run around a course. We need parents to help with marshalling etc, so if you can help, please let your child’s teacher know or email Lorna on or Leanne Rankin

The curtain falls on Wednesday 16th December on an excellent school year. May I sincerely thank you for the fantastic support we have received from you throughout the year. It has been much appreciated.

Thanks to all of the St Mary’s staff for the magnificent job they do in teaching and supporting our wonderful children throughout the year. Their tireless commitment to our school is awesome.

On Tuesday at 9.00 am we will hold our school prize-giving in the school hall. You are very welcome to attend. If your child is receiving an award on Tuesday, you will receive a notification with your child’s report. Reports will be sent home this Friday. I hope you all enjoy discussing your children’s progress with them. I was very pleased with the reports this year. The children have done particularly well.

Next Wednesday, we will commission our Year 6 students at a final assembly at 11.00 am in the school hall. Everyone is invited to attend. School finishes at 12 Noon. Please ensure you pick your child up promptly.

This week your child will bring home information about reading over the holidays. Children must READ, READ, READ during their time away from school. Some children’s progress can go backwards if they do not continue to read over the holidays. Please keep your child reading. Books also make great Christmas gifts! There will be a lucky draw again when the children return in Term 1. Lots of summer prizes for children to choose.

Thank you to all of those who have donated to the St Vincent de Paul Foodbank. We are still accepting non-perishable food. We will hand the food over next week.

Once again we have produced a school magazine. It is a fantastic record of the year. The price is $10.00 and it is certainly good value. Thank you to Ricoh Copiers who sponsor this book. The magazine will be available next week but you must pre-order from the school office if you want a copy. Last year we ran out of magazines and some of our children missed out on getting one, so get your order in to avoid disappointment.

To those staff members and parents who are departing our school community, you go with our thoughts and prayers. Farewell to Nicole Lovegrove who has been in Senior management, Team leader and teacher responsible for Maths. Nicole has been a very valuable member of our staff and I wish to thank her for her leadership and support over the two years she has been with us. Nicole is furthering her studies but she will be returning to St Mary’s on a part time basis. Farewell also to Susie Bye and Jane Trask who were in fixed term positions this year. They also will return in part time roles next year. Susie and Jane have been doing a great job in the Kakano area.

We also farewell Father Eamon who is transferring to Frankton in Hamilton next year. I would like to thank him for all he has done for our students and school. I wish him well as he moves to the Waikato. Father Thomas is our new priest and he moves to us from Hamilton.

We welcome Sophie Bowie, a talented teacher from Kawaha Point and Shayla Dixon, a graduating teacher, to our staff for next year. We are looking forward to them joining our team.

Farewell to our Year 6 students. They have been a wonderful year group and we will miss them in the school. I hope they leave with fond memories of St Mary’s and that they continue to build on the skills and values we have nurtured in their time here at school. God Bless them as they continue their education at John Paul College and other schools.

I take this opportunity to congratulate all our students of St. Mary’s Catholic School. I wish them all a very happy, safe and enjoyable summer. Please be sure to take time as a family to talk, play, and pray together. I look forward to seeing you all in February.

Those families who are not returning to our school will continue to be in our prayers as you make your journey on to new places.

May Christ be in your Christmas and with each family in the New Year.

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Have a great week,
Regards, David Macmillan, Principal.

Start of School Year 2021

1. In 2021 we will start our school year with Three-Way Conferences (for Parent/Student/Teacher). These will take place for all our students on either Thursday 4th or Friday 5th February 2021. Parents can choose the day that will work best for them.

Students and their parent(s) need to attend a 20 minute appointment on one of these two days. Details are provided below for how to make an appointment. Students do not need to come in uniform and they only attend school for their appointment time.

Appointments available
Thursday 4 February 8.30am - 4.50pm
Friday 5 February 8.30am - 3.50pm

How to make a booking
Bookings are now open. How do parents make a booking for their child's Three Way Conference?
They need to go to and enter the event code 8eubx
When making the booking parents will get the following message:
Thank you for booking an appointment for a Parent/Student/Teacher Conference. Twenty minutes is allowed for each appointment. If you are late for your appointment you might be asked to rebook for another time. This is because the class teacher needs to consider the bookings made by other families and keep to the times they have booked for. We look forward to seeing you and your child at the conference.

2. The first day of class for all students will be Tuesday 9 February.


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

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Our End of Year Mass is this Friday 11th December.

We celebrate a year of learning and discovery and we also

acknowledge our Year 6 students.

Covid 19 has made 2020 a very different year in terms of our

‘normal’. Those differences have also made us

re-set how we prioritise what is really important.

Our show has been a huge success. It has incorporated our theme of Solidarity and our School Values, in highlighting how the characters in the play show perseverance, care, wonder, faith, courage and resilience. A massive thank you to our community who supported and contributed to the success of the show. I know students have learnt a lot about team participation, showing courage, and trying new skills.

Manaaki te Atua,

Director of Religious Education


PITA PIT : Tuesday only next week (15th).
orders online via

FRIDAYS: Sausage Sizzle and Juicies available. $1.50 each item. Order from your classroom teacher. Last Friday for the year.

Online Uniform Sales: Uniforms are available online via our website using paypal.

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.


Monday 14th November -
School Tryathlon

These are now available to purchase. Details are in the flyer below.
Please click HERE to purchase photos - Copy & paste Password: jhpsmws20
Deadlines: print orders Monday 14th December & digital files Wednesday 23rd December

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9.00am - Years 3 - 6
11:15am - Years 1 - 2
What your child needs:
- Bike / Scooter & Helmet
- PE Uniform
- Sunhat
- Togs & Towel
Signs will be put out on the day letting you know where each class is to put their bikes/scooters.
You may like to put something on your child's bike to help them identify it when they come into transition.
Parent help is needed:
Please contact Lorna Dobson if you can help

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From Term 1 2021 the following sports are to wear our School PE Uniform instead of school issued uniforms: TOUCH RUGBY, Cricket, Football, Hockey.
Players are to wear the newer PE Uniform, please see images below.
Uniform can be purchased via the School Uniform Shop open Monday & Friday 8.30 - 9.00am and Wednesday 2.30 - 3.00pm and via our School Website HERE
If you have any queries please contact Whaea Leanne asap so we can make necessary arrangements.


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


On Saturday Dominic Spanbroek competed in his first mountain biking event - Giant 2W Gravity Enduro. He was placed 4th in his age group which is a fantastic achievement. Well done Dominic!


Cailie MacDonald has been very busy this year with her performing arts. Last weekend she performed at the LPAC Musical Show and was brave enough to perform her first-ever live vocal performance on stage singing "Let it go" from Disney's "Frozen".
Cailie has been awarded a 1-year vocal scholarship at LPAC for 2021 for her vocal achievements after only starting vocal lessons this year. Well, done Cailie! What a very busy year with some fantastic performances and some great personal achievements.