St Mary's School Term 3 Week 5 2022

Te Kura O Hato Mere

Pānui/Newsletter - Thursday 25 August 2022


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

Today Mr Debenham and I are gathering with Bishop Michael Gielen, and other key Catholic leaders within our diocese, for a Hui at St Bede’s College. This Hui is called ‘Chosen - To know, To Grow, To Go Out’ and will focus on Evangelisation and Mission in our School Parish communities.

This Hui will give us the opportunity to explore our Bishop’s vision for evangelisation and mission in our school parish communities. It will provide the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on what our school parish communities are currently doing well. However, we will also be challenged to consider new possibilities, to collaborate, and be inspired to take risks so that the young people in our care may come to know Jesus more fully and be inspired to live the Gospel.

I look forward to sharing new insights with you from what will be an informative and enlightening day.

Have a great weekend. GO THE ALL BLACKS!

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O'Neill

Principal / Tumuaki


23/08 Tuesday
24/08 Wednesday
25/08 Thursday
26/08 Friday
27/08 Saturday
28/08 Sunday
03/09 Saturday

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Religious Education is assessed and reported on in the same ways as all other Essential Learning Areas in the school curriculum. The partnership that Parents and Teachers have which supports children’s learning has a special significance in Religious Education. The knowledge that is passed on, not only increases children’s understanding, but it can help to deepen their faith and develop their relationship with God – a prime outcome of any Religious Education programme.

What is Assessed?

Children’s knowledge and understanding of important concepts.

What is the Main Purpose of Assessment?

To improve teaching and learning.

How is Assessment Done?

Through observation, through writing, drawing, talking, acting and answering questions. Self-assessment is done through personal reflection and discussion.

When is Assessment Done?

As part of the learning experiences, at the completion of a lesson or Learning Strand. Faith and Assessment Teachers are responsible for helping children to understand religious knowledge and to develop appropriate skills and attitudes and these can be assessed. It is sometimes assumed that if a child is receiving Religious Education, their faith will be deepening also.

However their faith cannot be assessed as it remains each person’s individual response to God. The responsibility for this belongs to each individual alone. Other people, such as parents and teachers, can help children increase their religious knowledge and they can provide environments which nurture and affirm faith, but they cannot make the child believe or respond to God – that is done freely in each person’s own unique way. Parents and teachers can help children explore ways to express their faith. They are a most powerful model of faith for children through the ways they express their own faith in their own lives. Children are more influenced by the messages people give them when they see those people living by the messages. The faith of Primary age children is affected intensely by the significant people in their lives.

Farewell And Thankyou Mrs Gill

Tomorrow we farewell Mrs Catherine Gill who has been working as the home room teacher in Room 3 since March. We thank her for all her hard work, kindness and dedication and wish her all the best as she takes a well earnt break to spend with her family.

Mrs Karen Payne will be the new Room 3 Homeroom teacher from Monday 29 August until the end of the year.


We welcome the following students to St Mary's School:

Caren- Room 1

Year 7 & 8 Thursday Winter Sport Competition- Results

St Mary's Red Netball vs Heathcote- Win

St Mary's Blue Netball vs Selwyn House- Win

St Mary's A Football vs Heathcote- Win

Teacher Professional Development

Our teachers are learners too. They are undertaking a variety of professional development opportunities this year to increase their learning so as to increase our students' learning.

  • UC Early Writing Success: Focus for Teaching and Assessment for Years 1-2
  • Te Ahu o Te Reo
  • Just in Time Maths PLD
  • Teaching Sexuality in a Catholic School

Our Catholic Faith Fact

Wednesday 24 August is the Feast Day of St Bartholomew. (Monastry pictured)

Bartholomew the Apostle is one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. He is the patron saint of Armenia, bookbinders, butchers, Florentine cheese and salt merchants, Gambatesa, Italy, leather workers; nervous diseases, plasterers; shoemakers; tanners, and trappers. Along with Saint Jude Thaddeus, he helped bring Christianity to Armenia. He is the patron saint of people who work with leather and animal skins.

Piano Lessons

Mrs Diane Coad is offering students half hour piano lessons during school time at a cost of $250 per 10 week term. If your child is interested in learning to play the piano please contact Mrs Coad for further information. Email: or ph (027) 662-3544

Free Flu Jabs For Children Aged 3 to 12

Children aged 3 to 12 years old can get a free flu vaccination from their GP, healthcare provider or at most pharmacies from this Friday 1 July.

Free flu jabs for tamariki – Ministry of Health

Most tamariki aged 9 years and over need one vaccination each year to get good protection against flu.

If you have a child under 9 years old, talk to your healthcare provider as they may need one or two vaccinations depending on whether they’ve had a flu vaccine before.

If tamariki have recently had COVID-19 they can have a flu jab as soon as they’ve recovered.

Do you or your child want to be baptised?

If you would like to be baptised or you want your child to be baptised please contact Mr O'Neill so that he can pass your details onto Fr Monty from the parish. Email Mr O'Neill at


Term 3: Mon 25 July – Fri 30 Sept

Term 4: Mon 17 October – Friday 16 December

Teacher Only Days

Monday 14th November 2022

Upcoming Events


  • Yr 7&8 Winter Sport- Thursday 25 August


  • Yr 7&8 Winter Sport- Thursday 1 Sept
  • Benediction- Tuesday 27 Sept 2.30pm
  • Cultural Performance at Cathedral College- Wednesday 28 Sept 12pm - 3pm
  • Term 3 Ends- Friday 30 Sept


If your child displays some of the symptoms please keep them at home and test for Covid-19. If your child tests positive please send me an email to let me know.

What does it mean if I am a Household Contact?

If you are considered a Household Contact you must follow these steps (whether you are vaccinated against COVID-19 or not):

  • Self-isolate from the day that the first person in your household receives their positive test result, until they complete their 7 days of self-isolation and are released.
  • When the first case in your house gets to days 3 and 7 of their isolation, you need to get tested using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
  • If symptoms develop at any stage, you need to get tested using a RAT.
  • Avoid or minimise contact with the person with COVID-19 as much as possible during your isolation period.
  • You can end your self-isolation on the same day as the first ‘case’ in the household, provided you have no new or worsening symptoms and your tests were negative.
  • Your isolation does not restart if additional members of your household are identified as cases during the first case’s isolation period.
  • After the initial isolation period ends there is a 10-day window during which no Household Contacts of the original case can be re-classified as Household Contacts. You only need to begin isolation again during these 10 days if you test positive yourself.
  • 10 days after the original isolation period ends the usual rules apply. If a new household member (not the original case) tests positive, they and all other Household Contacts (who have not yet become cases themselves) must isolate for 7 days.

A recovered case is exempt from becoming a Household Contact for 90 days after their recovery.The factsheet below provides helpful information on COVID-19 and precautions you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. The fact sheet should be read together with the advice on self-isolation or staying at home (viewable at Advice for people with COVID-19) and any specific advice that may be given to you by your doctor, Healthline (0800 358 5453) or public health official.

Symptoms of Covid-19

- A new or worsening cough
- Sneezing and runny nose
- A fever

- Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste

- Sore throat

- Shortness of breath
Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.

For more information, go to

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 (Use your child's name and polar fleece as reference).

School Bank Account number is: 03 0855 0436803 00


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. 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.

Lunchonline - In Situ Cafe on Wednesdays and Subway or Sushi on Fridays

If you would like to order your child’s lunch for delivery on Wednesdays and/or 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 the day of delivery. If you already have an account you can update your child’s classroom by logging on and clicking on Members.
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Change of Policy – Attendance Dues Debt Recovery

Please be advised that at the May Cathedral Parish Finance Committee, the committee signed off on a new Attendance Dues Debt Recovery Policy. This enables the parish to engage an external debt recovery company (Under Control Collections). This will always be used as a last resort, when we have been unable to get a family to engage with us in relation to their outstanding Attendance Dues.

Any queries should be directed to Kirsten Tester – Attendance Dues Administrator - Ph (03) 595 1053 or

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School App

If you haven’t downloaded our school app it is very important you do so as this is our primary means of communication with our school community and you may miss out on important information.

Please email the school office to obtain a secure link to download the app.