St Mary's Catholic School 21 September 2022 - Term 3 Week 9

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Gospel Reading

Luke 16:1-13 (shorter form, Luke 16:10-13)

Jesus tells a parable about a dishonest steward who is commended for his prudence; one cannot serve both God and money.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Today's Gospel sounds puzzling to contemporary readers, but it can be made less so by considering the economic system which stands behind the parable. A steward is dismissed because he is squandering his master's property. He is called dishonest because he is not serving the interests of the rich man, his employer. In response the steward, in an attempt to ensure favour for himself among the rich man's debtors, brokers repayment of the rich man's loans by foregoing the interest and fees that had been levied to line the steward's pockets. It is this action, in which the steward puts aside his greed and takes the longer perspective in order to enhance his security, which is commended by the rich man.

The passage concludes with three morals for the listeners. The first exhorts the listener to be prudent about the use of wealth. Like the steward in the parable, those who would follow Jesus must put transitory affairs in proper perspective. Christians should handle the affairs of temporal life with an eye toward eternal life.

The second concerns trustworthiness. Those who can be trusted in small things can also be trusted in great things. If Christians handle money and other passing things responsibly, then they can also be trusted with the affairs of the Kingdom of God.

Finally, Jesus tells his listeners that no one can serve two masters simultaneously. God must be put ahead of money.


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Tihei mauri ora, nau mai, haere mai, tena koutou katoa, E nga whanau, e nga kaiako, e nga tamariki, e nga manuhiri, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

Celebrating our New Vision

This week at our liturgy we learned more about our new School Vision: Together with Jesus we love, learn and serve in the Cluny spirit

We also celebrated a number of children for following our Vision. Ways we might demonstrate that we are following our School Vision include:

  • Being responsible and respectful citizens
  • Having a strong sense of identity and belonging
  • Being literate and numerate
  • Being agentic learner or an effective communicator
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Board News

I want to thank our outgoing Board members for their commitment to St Mary's School and for their work in our community. Most of this work goes unnoticed but we are very grateful for their input and wisdom over the last couple of very challenging years. Last night our outgoing board met with our new members, this was a great way for us to get to know our new trustees a little better, and for the new trustees to learn a little more about how the board operates. We will give you an update in Term 4 around our first meeting. The results of 2022 Board Elections can be found further on in this newsletter.

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Classrooms open at 8.30am

Please note that our classrooms are open from 8.30am as this gives time for teachers to be in their rooms and plan for the day. Some classrooms may be open when the weather is cold or raining. From 8.30am the playground is supervised by the leadership team. If your child is here before 8.00am in the morning it is advisable to book your child into Before School Care. The cost is $6.00 from 7.15am to 8.15am. Breakfast is provided if needed. Please contact Theresa 027 3102090.

2023 Planning

This year our class sizes may have been considered a little high in some areas of our school. Depending on 2023 enrolments we are hoping to rectify that next year. While we cannot guarantee that some class sizes won’t be large, we are committed to looking at class sizes differently. With this in mind we will be looking at the makeup of our class year groups for 2023. It could mean that we have a mix of Yr 1 and 2, or Yr 2 and 3 classes in our junior school. It could also mean we have Yr 4 and 5 classrooms, as well as some straight Yr 6 classrooms in our senior school. Again, this will all depend on 2023 numbers and trying to spread the load across our two teams. We will keep our community updated as we move through our thinking.

Raising Concerns

A reminder if you have concerns, it is imperative that you speak with your child's teacher in the first instance. After that if you feel you need to go to the team leader then please do so. Mrs Akkerman is the leader for Years 4-6 and Ms Oates is the leader for Yrs 0-3

Mrs Broadmore and I will support the school and families once they have been through these channels. We must role model good behaviours to our children and follow the correct processes.

Ngā mihi nui

James Murray


Aroha Camp Information

All consent forms will need to be completed for camp. A Child Consent form was sent in HERO on 21st September. For the parent volunteers attending camp, a Parent Consent form has been sent to your inbox. If you have not received this, please email your child’s whānau teacher.

Camp Meeting Term 4

A camp meeting will be held on Thursday 27th October, Week 2 Term 4 in our Aroha Hub space at 5:00pm to inform parents/whanau of our programme. At the conclusion of this meeting at 5:30 pm there will be a Parent helper meeting for those parents coming to camp only.

Waterline in Aroha Hub

I learnt about the percentage of the world’s water, and how to tell if you are dehydrated. Sarah-Ann also taught us about the solar system. Overall I found it really fascinating and fun and informative.

Now I want to learn more about the solar system.

by Adam Alasad


Term 4 Sport registrations close tonight!

Registrations close at 11:59pm on Wednesday 22 September.

Rippa Rugby – Years 1-6

When: Thursday 27 October to 1 December

Where: Greerton Park

Cost: $15 p/p Years 1&2 and $20 p/p Years 3-6

Register here:

Volleyball – Years 3-6

When: Friday 28 October to 9 December

Where: QEYC

Cost: $25 p/p

Register here:

Mini Polo – Years 3-6

When: Tuesday 1 November to 6 December

Where: Memorial Pool

Cost: $50 p/p

Register here:

Water Polo – Year 5-6

When: Friday 28 October to 2 December

Where: Toi Ohomai Pool

Cost: $50 p/p

Child must be able to confidently swim 200m freestyle

Register here:

Tennis – Years 1 – 6

Limit of 40 children

When: Thursday 27 October to 1 November

Where: 0730 – 0830 at St Mary’s tennis courts

Cost: $80 per child

Register here:

Gymnastics – Year 1-6

When: Tuesdays 18 October to 13 December

Where: 0745am – 0845am St Mary’s BAMJC

Register online at:

Contact Marie on 0211705426 for any information

Summer Football – Years 1-6

When: Wednesday 26 October to 7 December

Where: Waipuna Park

Cost: $15 p/p

Year 1&2 play at 3:30pm

Years 3- 6 play at either 4pm or 4:45pm

Register here:

Cricket – Year 3 -6

When: Saturday 29 October to 10 December

Where: Venues TBC

Cost: Year 3&4 $25 p/p and Year 5&6 $35 p/p

Register here:

The Athlete Factory

Ben from the Athlete Factory will be continuing on with his Wednesday morning sessions in Term 4. To register, please fill in the link below.

Summer Basketball – Years 1-6

Tauranga City Basketball are running a Summer League. Please see below for details.

Dates: 17th October to 12th December (MONDAYS)

(No games Labour weekend)

Location: QEYC Courts 1&2 and Trustpower Arena

Cost: $50pp


Little League (Year 1-2)

Year 3&4

Year 5&6

Register using this link:


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Personalised Photo Sessions

Last month we had class and individual photos of our students in their school uniforms, as well as sports photos.

There are limited spaces for personalized photography sessions with children and family photographer Shaun O’Leary. These lifestyle photography sessions are informal portraits taken in outdoor settings within school grounds with children wearing their own choice of clothing and anything they would like to be photographed with, such as a soccer ball or guitar. The experience aims to capture their genuine expressions and personalities and give you a large gallery of photos to choose from. The results are vibrant, playful images with a fine art quality that will be treasured for years to come.

All the photos are professionally processed and edited and within a few days, you will then be sent a link to a slideshow for you to view the full gallery of photos of your child from the session. After seeing the slideshow of images, you will then have the option to purchase digital image downloads and prints. *Packages have recently been revised for schools. For more information go to sessions

Sessions are available next week, and the beginning of Term 4 and involve small groups of up to 3 children for around 45 minutes. The sessions are FREE but you will need to check for your child’s year level and book your space on the website at

*Sessions are no cost and there is no obligation to purchase, so be sure to book early to avoid missing out!


St. Mary's School Discos
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Term 1 - Thursday 3 February - Thursday 14 April

Monday 7 February - Waitangi Day

Term 2 - Monday 2 May - Friday 8 July

Monday 6 June - Queen's Birthday

Tuesday 7 June- TEACHER ONLY DAY, Kahui Ako

Friday 24 June - Matariki

Term 3 - Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September

Friday 2nd September-TEACHER ONLY DAY


Term 4 - Monday 17 October - Friday 16 December

Monday 24 October - Labour Day

Friday 18th November - TEACHER ONLY DAY


Term 4- Wednesday 7th December, 3 pm-6 pm, Thursday 8th December 12.30 pm-6 pm. SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12PM Thursday 8th December.


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