St Mary's School Term 2 Week 5


Newsletter 3 June 2021


Talofa lava

It certainly has been a wild week with the weather. This significant event will certainly go down in the history books. Many of our school families had flooding around their homes and in their neighbourhoods and some had lost power. Thankfully our school did not suffer any flooding and coped well with the heavy rain. I hope that none of our whanau have had any damage to their homes. If you need assistance please let me know and we will see what we can do to help.

On another note, this week is Samoan Language week. This year’s theme for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week 2021 is Poupou le lotoifale. Ola manuia le anofale which means strengthen the posts of your house, for all to thrive. This is especially important as it relates to the Samoan language. At St Mary’s we believe in celebrating all our cultures and their languages. I encourage our Samoan students to use Samoan when interacting in everyday school life. This week the Arataki team have painted the windows of the Learning Centre with patterns relating to Samoan culture. When you walk into school next have a look at them. They look awesome. Very colourful. I hope you all have an enjoyable long weekend for Queen’s birthday.

Manuia le aso (Have a good day)

David O’Neill



06/06 Sunday VENUS Rm3

11/06 Friday LOLA Rm 1

15/06 Tuesday MALIA Rm 4

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Samoan Language Week

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Samoan Language Week

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

A reminder that school will be closed on Monday 7 June as our country has a public holiday for Queen's Birthday.

Teacher Only Day - Friday 18 June

A reminder that school will be closed and there will be NO SCHOOL on Friday 18 June as we have a teacher only day.

Library Van - Wednesday 9 June

The library van will be visiting our school again on Wednesday 9 June. Please bring any library books you have issued back to school on this day.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Trip 14 June

As part of our discovery theme schoolwide the whole school will visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve (60 Hussey Road, Harewood) on Monday 14 June (postponement 21 June). Thank you to everyone who has put their name forward to help on this trip. Parent helpers, please be at school by 10.45am to travel to Willowbank with the school on the bus.

Congratulations to our Zone Cross Country Reps

Last week on Wednesday, Ian, Joseph, Olivia and Venus competed at the North Zone Cross Country competition at Murchison Park. They did very well against tough competition from many other schools. Well done team!

Pictured from left to right: Ian, Joseph and Olivia. (Absent: Venus)

Faith Fact

During the month of May the Catholic Church celebrated a number of things to do with Mary; Our Lady Help of Christians, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church and The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Did you know that the first sentence of the Hail Mary comes from the Bible when the Angel Gabriel greeted Mary!

The photo to the left was taken inside The Rose Chapel on our recent visit for our feast day. It depicts Our Lady holding baby Jesus with Catherine McAuley (foundress of the Mercy Order) and a child.

Special Choir Singing at Mass - Sunday 27 June at 9.30am

Our special choir will be singing at the 9.30am parish Mass on Sunday 27 June. Parents please text Caitlin Godfrey to inform her of your child's attendance. If your child is unable to attend please also let Caitlin know.

School Polar Fleece

Our school polar fleece can be purchased from the school office at a cost of $50.00. Payment can be made with cash or via internet banking.

Pre Enrolment of Siblings

The number of spaces remaining on our school roll in the upcoming years is limited. If you have a child that you would like to attend St Mary’s that you haven’t already advised us about can you please make sure you talk to Mr O’Neill or Mrs Odams otherwise there may be no space for your child.

Closing of School Gate

Please ensure that when you enter and leave the school grounds you shut the school gate properly after you - thank you. This is to ensure the safety of all of our students.

Carpark Safety

A reminder to all parents/caregivers to reduce speed in our driveway and carpark areas to ensure the safety of our students as they walk down the drive or across the carpark.

Student Absence

Please remember to send the office a notification via the school app if your child is away from school. If your child is going to be away for a planned reason such as an appointment or holiday during term time you can advise us in advance with the dates and reason for their absence.
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Attendance Dues

Each term the parish email invoice to families for attendance dues. Please note that the bank account number for making payments has changed. Their new bank account number is: 03-1592-0207236-22.

Attendance dues are compulsory for all students who attend catholic schools in NZ. For 2021 attendance dues have been set at $412 per year or $103 per term. For budgeting purposes families are welcome to pay weekly or monthly.

Upcoming Events


  • LIBRARY VAN- Wednesday 9 June
  • KOTAHITANGA TEAM MASS- Thursday 10 June 9.15am
  • FIRST COMMUNION MASS- Sunday 13 June
  • ARATAKI TEAM MASS- Thursday 24 June 9.15am


  • KOTAHITANGA TEAM MASS- Thursday 1 July 9.15am
  • LIBRARY VAN- Wednesday 7 July
  • END OF TERM 2- Friday 9 July 3pm

Teacher Only Days for 2021

Friday 18 June

Friday 27 August

Monday 15 November

Lunchonline - Subway or Sushi on Fridays

If you would like to order your child’s lunch for delivery on Fridays this can be done via Lunchonline. You can click on the lunchonline image or link below to take you directly to their website or login to . Follow the instructions to create an account if you don’t already have one. Food must be ordered before 8.30am on Friday. If you already have an account you can update your child’s classroom by logging on and clicking on Members.

School App

If you haven’t downloaded our school app please do so as this is our primary means of communication with our school community. This is very important as if you do not have the app downloaded you may miss out on important information. If you require any assistance to download it please ask at the school office.