St Mary's School Term 2 Week 7 2022

Te Kura O Hato Mere

Pānui/Newsletter - Thursday 16 June 2022


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

It was my privilege to supervise one of the senior netball teams last Thursday at Hagley Park. I was particularly impressed by the way the team began doing their own skills warmup without being prompted. Their coach (Esme's mum Geni) was also very impressed by the way they have taken on board many of the strategies that they have been taught in the last few weeks.

When reflecting on this later I felt a sense of pride and a sense of accomplishment. Our teachers are continually empowering our students to take more control of their learning. I see this on a daily basis and over the past few years I have seen a huge shift in their self-control and self-management skills. The way we teach, and the environment we have at St Mary's, is creating learners who are more able to direct their own learning and manage their own learning behaviour. This has led to students being more focused and also better behaved.

Last Thursday our netball team illustrated all the skills and learning behaviours we have been teaching. This is a testament to all of their teachers and something we prize at St Mary's School.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

Welcome to St Mary's School

In the past two weeks we have welcomed the following students to St Mary's:

Jonath-Room 2

Neha -Room 5


15/06 Wednesday
23/06 Thursday
27/06 Monday

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A reminder our school will be closed to students on Thursday 23 June as our staff have a teacher only day.


A reminder that school will be closed on Friday 24th June for Matariki Public Holiday.

Special Choir Singing at Jubilate - Tuesday 21st June - 7pm-8.30pm

The annual Jubilate will be held next Tuesday evening 21st June from 7pm-8.30pm at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral.
Our Special Choir will perform an item and participate in the Jubilate celebration.
We ask that all Special Choir students be at the church by 6.45pm on the night to prepare for the concert. School uniform is to be worn.
Please txt Caitlin Godfrey (Choir Administrator – 027 924 7309) if your child is unable to attend. We are relying on all choir members to be present so that we can perform to the best of our ability.
All Parents and Caregivers are invited to come along and enjoy the concert. Free admission.


Key competencies

Competencies are abilities and capabilities that people use to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their communities.

The New Zealand Curriculum identifies 5 key competencies that it has a focus on children developing throughout their time at school:

  • Thinking - is about using thinking processes to make sense of information, experiences and ideas.
  • Using language, symbols, and texts - working with, being able to understand, and making sense of the codes (languages and symbols) in which knowledge is expressed.
  • Managing self - having self-motivation, a "can-do" attitude, and seeing oneself as a capable learner.
  • Relating to others - is about interacting effectively with a range of different people in a range of different situations, including things like being able to listen well, recognise different points of view, and share ideas.
  • Participating and contributing - being involved in communities, such as family, whānau, school, and be able to contribute and make connections with other people.

Special Choir Singing at Mass - Sunday 26 June - 9.30am Mass

Our Special Choir will be singing at the 9.30am Mass on Sunday 26 June. Special Choir members please be at the Pro-Cathedral by 9.15am wearing school uniform.
Year 7 and 8 Fitness

Year 7 & 8 Thursday Winter Sport Competition- Results

St Mary's Netball Blue vs Heathcote - Win

St Mary's Netball Red vs Selwyn House- Win

St Mary's A Football vs Oaklands-Loss

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

Tuesday 15 June is the Feast Day of St Vitus.

Little is definitively known about St Vitus, apart from the fact of his martyrdom in Lucania. Devotion to the Saint is known from the beginning of the Middle Ages. St Vitus was known for healing miracles; he is invoked especially against epilepsy and other neurological disorders.

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 Job from the parish. Email Mr O'Neill at


Term 2: Mon 2 May – Fri 8 July

Term 3: Mon 25 July – Fri 30 Sept

Term 4: Mon 17 October – Friday 16 December

Teacher Only Days

Friday 25th March 2022

Thursday 23rd June 2022

Monday 14th November 2022


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

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.

Upcoming Events

JUNE 2022

  • Benediction- Tuesday 21 June 2.30pm
  • Jubilate- Tuesday 21 June 7pm - 8.30pm
  • Teacher Only Day- Thursday 23 June
  • Matariki Public Holiday- Friday 24 June
  • Special Choir sing at Mass- Sunday 26 June 9.30am

JULY 2022

  • Term 2 Ends- Friday 8th July
  • Term 3 Begins- Monday 25th July

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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Jubilate 2022: the Series Begins

Many of you were in the Christchurch Town Hall for Jubilate 2021. This year, the diocese hosts a Jubilate series. The Cathedral and Waimakariri parishes kick us off, bringing their talented parish and school choirs together for a good sing. Come and join your voice in fervent core singing and support our featured choirs.

Where: St Mary's Pro-Cathedral.

When: Tuesday 21 June from 7.00 to 8.30pm.

All welcome and admission is free.

Ken Joblin, Sacred Music Advisor, Christchurch Diocese.

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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.