St Mary's School Term 2 Week 1

Te Kura O Hato Mere

Newsletter - Thursday 5 May 2022


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

It's so good to be back at school with a bit of normality returning to our school life. As we are at the Orange Covid Protection Framework level our Year 4-8 students and their teachers are not required to wear masks. Anyone who wishes to do so are more than welcome to and if conditions in the community change we may reinstate the wearing of masks again to protect each other.

In the holidays we constructed a Gaga Dodgeball pit. This was made possible with a very generous donation from the Piper family. We are very grateful for their generosity as this has enabled our students to play this fun game in a purpose made arena. Another wonderful addition to the school in the holidays was the installation of artificial grass outside the classrooms with our picnic tables. This area has been hard to maintain and has been muddy for a long time due to the fact the grass wouldn't grow well and it is a high use area. The artificial grass will be easy to maintain and looks amazing.

Our students have been really excited to come back to these significant developments and they have enhanced our school environment.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill


Welcome to St Mary's School

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

Ava-Room 1

Michaella-Room 1

Liyoni- Room 1


06/05 Friday
10/05 Tuesday
14/05 Saturday
16/05 Monday

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Our New Artificial Grass

This area has been hard to maintain and has been muddy for a long time due to the fact the grass wouldn't grow well and it is a high-use area. The artificial grass will be easy to maintain and looks amazing. (See below)
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Gaga Dodgeball Pit

We are very grateful to the Piper Family for generously donating the funds to build our new Gaga Dodgeball pit. This game is very popular in schools currently. It is certainly a very popular addition to our school playground! (See below)
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School Cross Country - Thursday 12 May 1.30pm - Weather Permitting

This week students have been continuing their training for our school cross country that we are holding at school next Thursday 12 May at 1.30pm. Parents/caregivers and whanau are invited to join us to watch the running races. We will begin with our year 7 and 8 students and conclude with our 5 year olds.

Students need to wear sports clothes to school on the day.

They will require:

Running shoes

Shorts and t-shirt

Warm clothing for before and after their race

Asthma medication if appropriate

Drink bottle

If the weather does not permit the event to go ahead we will send out an alert via our school app.

Emmalei talks about school

First Holy Communion 2022 - Starts 14 June

Our First Holy Communion Programme for 2022 is set to start on the 14th of June. Children can be part of this programme from year 4 upwards in preparation for this special sacrament. Our programme this year consists of 3 parent and 3 child sessions. The First Holy Communion date is 28th of August.

If you have a child who is interested in being part of this programme or have any questions, please email me on The closing date for registrations is the 5th of June.


Term 1: Wed 2 February - Thurs 14 April

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

Our Catholic Faith Fact

On Monday 25th April Pope Francis spoke with a group of students from Northern Ireland. He said, “If we truly believe in Jesus, we must do what Jesus does: encounter others, encounter our neighbours, in order to share with them the saving truth of the Gospel". He went on to say that:

“Building a culture of encounter is not simply about seeing, but looking; it is not about hearing, but listening; it is not about just meeting or passing people by, but stopping to engage with them about the things that really matter.”

We need to ask ourselves how we can become promoters of this culture of encounter in our communities.

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


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.

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

MAY 2022

  • Term 2 Begins - Monday 2nd May
  • Cross Country- Thursday 12th May 1.30pm
  • Mary Help of Christians - School Feast Day- Mass 9.15am- Tuesday 24 May

JUNE 2022

  • Year 7&8 Winter Sport Competition Begins- Thursday 2 June

JULY 2022

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

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.
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Notice from Parish: Tax Receipts - Special Character Contributions

The Special Character component of your Attendance Dues invoice from the parish is tax deductible (i.e. you can claim 1/3rd of it back from IRD)

Should you require a tax receipt for your payments received during the 31st March 2022 financial year please send an email to with the subject heading SC Tax Receipt

These tax receipts will be emailed out before the end of May.

Attendance Dues increase for 2022

Please click here to read this letter from Bishop Paul regarding the attendance dues increase for 2022.

Each term the parish email invoice to families for attendance dues. Their bank account number is: 03-1592-0207236-22.
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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.