Newsletter Week 9 Term 2

Newsletter 19 - Week 9 Term 2 30 June 2021

Principal's Message

Our Matariki Cultural Dinner was very successful. For those who came to the dinner, thank you. It was a lovely occasion with a great turn out and delicious food was shared. It was fantastic to see people sharing food they prepared.

Thanks to Sany-Joy Maeroa, Tai Waititi and Sylvia Dunkley and all the staff who got in behind them to ensure that our Matariki Cultural Dinner was a success. Thanks also to Richard our caretaker for all the help he gave with the set up and pack up.

Sister Rachel and Sister Ema from the Sisters of Compassion in Wellington are with us this week to teach us how to facilitate meditation in our classrooms. Both Sisters are spending time each day in the classrooms. Meditation is a form of prayer and it is important to teach our children different forms of prayer. It also helps children to slow down and be still, a good tool for self regulation.

I sent home an invitation yesterday inviting children to be involved in the Sacramental programme. If your child is eight years and over and you would like them to be baptised and/ or undertake reconciliation, communion and confirmation, please fill out the form and return the form to school.

We had 5 students competing in the Bay of Plenty Cross Country. The children did well. Official results still to come.

The RE committee has organised an RE Competition again this year. Here are the details:

RE themed art competition- so it can be anything to do with our Catholic character being

icons, Mary Mackillop, Saints, Jesus, Cross, Holy Spirit. Due back Week 1, Term 3.

Next week I will be hosting a Principal’s Luncheon. Three students from each classroom will be invited to join me for this. Invitations will be sent home on Friday.

Our magnificent PTA is organising a Matariki Disco - “Dress as Your Favourite Star” on the last Thursday of term, next week. The PTA wants it to be a great end of term celebration and there is a $2.00 entry charge. The disco starts at 5.30 and finishes at 7.00pm.


David Macmillan,


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There is a PTA meeting this evening at 7pm. Everybody welcome to attend.

Please come into the school via the Carnot Street gate and enter the building through the student entrance alongside the school office..

Message from DRS Bernie Hall

Students are well into their learning about the Church. This focus includes what the Church means to us, and how our Church came to be what it is today. It is explained to our students that people are the Church, and as such we are an extension of what Christ calls us to be and calls us to do. This is why belonging to a Catholic School is so special. Our students get to experience the opportunity to grow their spiritual awareness. Our fantastic staff and teachers provide opportunities for students to realise encounters with Christ, because if this doesn’t happen how can a person ever get to know who Christ is?

Pope Francis says the Church is more than its brick and mortar, its doctrines and morality, as important as those are. Our Church means ongoing engagement beyond the comfortable associations of our language, culture, age, or gender. Our Church communicates the Gospel, and the Gospel offers people the opportunity to experience a personal encounter with God.

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PB4L is a Ministry of Education initiative that was developed to help NZ schools build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life. A key part of this for our school is having our school values at the very heart of the way we live and learn at St Mary's.

Why do Circle Time?

Circle Time is a really important piece of the Golden Rules/ Golden Time/Circle Time system. Circle Time takes place regularly in each classroom. It is an opportunity to come together as a team and communicate about issues and to promote self esteem and positive behaviour.

Circle Time is structured to allow honest discussion and develop emotional literacy. Children gently share their issues, think about their own behaviour and its effect on others and share the responsibility for coming up with solutions to create better learning and caring in the team.

Our Circle Time sessions are sometimes focussed on specific classroom issues but are often related to learning around the Zones of Regulation. During Circle Time the teacher is one of the team - not the boss at the front of the room. We allow the children to lead the discussion and to find their own solutions to issues raised. The children rise to the challenge and are quick to offer their support to their teammates - they are such wonderful, caring and respectful children.

On Tuesday 3rd August 6pm-6:45pm the PB4L Team are holding a discussion night. The focus will be on Relationships between families, children and school. We will cover topics such as wellbeing, Home-School Partnerships, Bullying and where to go for guidance and support.

Upcoming School Events

  • Friday 9 July Teacher only Day (last day of Term 2)

  • School Photos

    School Photos were taken by Photolife ( earlier this week. The keycode to use for orders for your child will be issued once photos are ready for purchase.

    Special Mentions

    We love celebrating your child's successes outside of school, please share them with us. Email a small blurb & photo (optional) to Whaea Leanne at by 12pm Tuesdays for the following days newsletter.

    Sports News

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    BOP Cross Country Champs

    Well done to our tamariki who qualified to participate at the BOP Cross Country Champs held in Tauranga yesterday. The Waipuna Park course is definitely a tough track with a decent hill or two to add to the challenge. Everyone put in 100% and came away with results we are very proud of. Thank you to Naomi Lomas who managed the team on the day and to our parent/whanau helpers who also went along to support and help out.

    *Official results to come.

    Junior Tough Guy & Gal 2021

    This is an 'extreme running event' - a chance for kids to get involved in New Zealand’s

    biggest mud run series in a version tailored especially for them. There will be lots of mud, obstacles, mud, water crossings and more mud!

    When: Wednesday 18th August 8.30am - 12.30pm

    Where: Lakes Ranch, 79 Rotokawau Rd, Rotorua

    Who: Years 3 - 6 children only

    How: Own transport / carpool if possible

    Cost: $25 per child

    School Registrations & Payment must be made by: 3.15pm Thursday 8th July 2021

    Please use the online form below to register your child for this event.

    St Marys Jnr Tough Guy & Gal Registration Form

    (Paper copies are available on request)


    If you miss the school registration close date, you can still enter your child directly through the event organisers.

    If you are entering your child yourself please make sure you put St Mary's Catholic School Rotorua as the School and select TEACHER for 'Bib number pick up'.

    Special Mention

    Congratulations to The Pion family who welcomed a new addition to their family on the 25th June 2021 - Makaya Rose Pion.

    Elliott, Oscar & Beaude are now officially big brothers to a little sister and thrilled to let everyone know she is here!

    Matariki Night Ride

    The Safe and sustainable Journeys Team from Rotorua Lakes Council is running a Matariki night ride on July 10th at 5pm.

    This is a free fun event for the whole family.

    Link to event on FB:

    Friday Skate School

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    Special Mention

    Special Mention

    Congratulations to The Pion family who welcomed a new addition to their family on the 25th June 2021 - Makaya Rose Pion.

    Elliott, Oscar & Beaude are now officially big brothers to a little sister and thrilled to let everyone know she is here!