St Mary's Catholic School 16 June 2021 - Term 2 Week 7

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Gospel Reading

Mark 4:26–34

The reign of God is like a mustard seed.

Background on the Gospel Reading

After Lent, the Easter season, and three Sundays of feast days—Pentecost, Most Holy Trinity, and Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ—the Church returns to Ordinary Time. Sunday’s Gospel from Mark carries a significant message regarding faith and the Kingdom of God.

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus appears reluctant to reveal his identity as the Son of God. After performing miracles of healing, he warns those cured to tell no one (see Mark 1:44, 3:12, 5:43, 7:36, and 8:26). Also, when preaching, Jesus chooses to speak to the crowds in parables, leaving them to discern his message. Only to his disciples does he explain the parable’s meaning, and he does this in private at a later time.

Sunday’s Gospel Reading consists of two parables about seeds. In the first, Jesus tells those gathered that this is “how it is with the kingdom of God.” A man scatters seed which over time sprouts and develops. Then when the grain is ripe, the man harvests his crop. The emphasis in the parable is on the seed, which seemingly has the power to grow on its own. In this it is like the Kingdom of God. While on earth, Jesus planted the seeds of the kingdom by his life, miracles, teaching, and suffering. However, the kingdom is not yet fully established. Although already present in Jesus and his group of twelve, it has yet to come to fruition; just as the seed in the parable needs time to grow, so does God’s kingdom.

The second parable focuses on the tiny mustard seed. Though not the smallest of all seeds, it is most likely the smallest that a first-century farmer in Jesus’ part of the world would have sown. Small as the mustard seed is, it develops into a tree. Though the mustard tree generally averages only nine to twelve feet in height, it has a wide expanse and provides a nesting place for birds. Just as the tree welcomes the birds, so is God’s kingdom welcoming and open to many.

These parables help us discern something about the kingdom of God and our own faith. In God we live and move and have our being, but God is a mystery and his kingdom, though present, has not yet come into its fullness. Today, the Kingdom of God is present in the Church. The mission of proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom given to the Apostles is now given to us. But just as seeds need time to come to fruition, so does the Kingdom of God. That is why in the Lord’s Prayer, we pray, “thy kingdom come.” We know that it will come in its fullness at the end of time. All we need is faith.


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

Parish/School Mass

Thank-you to all those families and children that were able to attend our Parish/School Mass last Sunday. It is always beautiful to see our children participating in the ministries at Mass. I also want to congratulate all the children who are continuing to prepare for First Holy Communion.

HERO & Parent/Teacher conferences

Over the course of this Term you will see the dials and expectations changing as the Teachers, share, add information to your child's report. This will be discussed at the Parent/Teacher conference at our Teacher only day on Wednesday 11th August. This day is an accord day and we will utilise this day to hold the conferences. More information regarding booking conference times will come home shortly.

Learning Matters

Information will be coming home to families before the end of this Term. This will give you an indication on what will be supporting your child through homework. Again, this comes out of the policy review on homework.

Cross Country

Thank you to all families who helped make our Cross Country at the new Waipuna Park Venue a happy experience. We also send our thanks to the Aquinas College students who helped support our children on the course. A great day for everyone, thank you!

Teachers Only Day Friday 12th November

Our final accord day for Teachers is going to be Friday 12th November. There will be no school on this day.

School Uniform

I ask, once again for your support with the school uniform please.

Children coming to school and leaving school must be in their correct school uniform. We are noticing children adding items to their uniform that they are not allowed. Correct footwear must be worn unless a note has been given to the Teacher.

Polyprops can be worn underneath the uniform as long as they are not showing but the school sweatshirt or jacket should be worn during these colder months. We are asking for parents to support this and make sure if there is an alteration to the uniform that the Teacher is informed.

Lost property

This works well when all uniform items are named so we can return them to their owners. All teams have designated areas for lost property so please check these areas in the first instance.

All items unnamed generally end up back at the office.

Thanks for your continued support around this.

Ngā mihi nui

James Murray


Exposition/Adoration/Benediction Thursday 24 June

Throughout the day classes will visit Jesus in the Chapel to adore the Blessed Sacrament.

2pm Benediction in the school centre - All whānau welcome.

School Values focus

Please ask your child/children to share with you about their Religious Education Religious Education.

Term 2

Week 7: We serve alongside others

Week 8: We learn to serve from the example of others

Week 9/10: We follow the example of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey

24th The Nativity of John the Baptist

We celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist. Throughout the centuries, the Catholic church always remembers Saint John the Baptist’s birthday. But why John the Baptist? Well, if you remember, Jesus said: “I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John” (Lk 7:28). Jesus honoured John above all other men and so it is fitting that we honour him too.

Looking for Religious items and gifts

Pleroma Christian Supplies is an amazing online shop for religious items, gifts etc. They are a non-profit organisation. They have excellent prices and if you are looking for something particular they are excellent at sourcing things. If you are looking for something special or to enhance your families prayer, spiritual life go online and have a look.

Teresa Rush



Who Are Your Board of Trustee Members?

Over the coming weeks we will profile each member of the Board to give you an insight into the people helping to run our wonderful school. In our last newsletter we met Tracey Oliver-Marshall and Lorraine Schofield.

This week we meet Bernie Gardiner and Matt Dalton.

Bernie Gardiner - Parent Representative

My wife Anna and I have three sons, all of whom have or are attending St Mary’s. I look forward to formalising my contribution to the school community through my appointment to the Board. I will seek to leverage my business and governance experience, having worked in the finance industry for over two decades in NZ, Ireland and the UK.

Matt Dalton - Parent Representative

My name is Matt Dalton, and I am a parent trustee. My wife Kelly and I have two sons who attend our wonderful school as I once did many years ago. I have an educational background, having worked in schools in New Zealand and England for more than 15 years. I hold the privileged position of Principal at Aquinas College, and I am firmly committed to Catholic education and what it offers our children and community.



Matariki, the Māori New Year, means ‘tiny eyes’ or ‘eyes of god’ and is celebrated in June/July when a small group of stars called Pleiades rises above the horizon, bringing the old year to a close and marking the start of a new year. We will celebrate Matariki from June 19th - July 11th this year. Matariki is a special time to celebrate the beautiful place in which we live and give respect to the land we live on. Traditionally, Matariki was a time to finish storing food for the winter, weave new clothing and baskets, listen to the stories of our ancestors, and learn about the natural world. During Matariki we will have opportunities to use poi, rākau, play games in te reo, write poems, make kites and soup. We will share myths and legends and learn about how and why we celebrate Matariki.


Aquinas College Service Day

It was fantastic to have students from Aquinas College join us on the 10th of June for their annual Service Day. The students built and weeded gardens with Mr Turner, sorted readers and helped in classrooms. During the lunch break some of the students ran a fun game of netball.

Thank you again to the Aquinas College students who joined us for Service Day - it was wonderful to have so many past St Mary’s students spend the day with us!

Erena Coffin National Champion

A huge congratulations to Erena Coffin for her achievements at the 2021 Taekwon-Do Nationals tournament held recently. She achieved 3 Golds and 1 Silver. She’s a National champion for the following:

Gold – Team Patterns

Gold – Specialty

Gold – Sparring

Silver – Patterns.

Master Christine Young 7th Dan say that as a 10 year old Erena is hitting well above her belt.



Bike Safety Week

This week Aroha have been doing bike safety week. We have been learning how to keep safe on the road.

The teachers from Bike Safety are kind and have been teaching us how to get on our bikes safely, how to keep safe when turning, how to look after our bikes, and the road rules we need to know.

It has been fun and exciting. We have been learning all we need to know to be safe on the road.

My favourite part so far was when one of the ladies would call out stop and go, and then we all had to go around some cones too. We still managed to learn so much stuff even when it was raining all day.

Written by Ruby Wheeler



Students enjoying Matariki learning. Vegetable soup, poi, rakau, weaving.

Ka Pai tamariki

My Cross Country Run

At the start my legs were full of energy. I ran on the wet grass and I zipped past talking runners. I was as fast as a skink! As I pounded to the tree I was thinking, “Am I going to be first?”

I got to Mrs Walters. I was feeling confident. “I’m doing, ok. Bye” I called as I sped past her as fast as the wind.

On the first cross country hill my heart started shooting like a rocket. I galloped a lot and I dilly - dallied just a little bit. I saw Mrs Wood standing at the top of the hill but now I was so hot I thought my hair was on fire.

Next I headed to kind and encouraging Mrs Yorke. My feet were heavy. I tried to gallop to her but my heart was thumping in my chest. I passed a puffing Abigail, am I going to faint I wondered?

I staggered up the steep hill where Mrs Meehan was standing cheerfully. I was now as hot as magma, maybe even as hot as Venus! As I jogged down the hill my mind was like - Just Stop Already but I forced my legs to keep going.

I was halfway down that long long hill when I jogged past some more talking and walking people. I panted and puffed and puffed and panted. My whole body was exhausted. My knee was sore, my ankle felt strained, my back was all sweaty. When was this race going to end?

I could hear Mrs Tanner hollering, “Don’t walk, keep running!”

Finally I got down the hill with wobbly legs and I started running down the long road. It was so long my legs were burning like fire. I said, “Am I dead?” as I plodded to the end.

Co - crafted by Room 6.

Process Cooking

Whakapono is doing Process Cooking as part of our Fun Friday rotation. We are each making two Anzac biscuits from scratch and as “kindness” is our focus this term, we get to eat one and give the other one away. The Sisters at the convent have been the recipients of our kindness and so have the staff.
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Zones of Regulation

Tika and Māramatanga have been learning about the Zones of Regulation. We are becoming more aware of our emotions and how to identify them in ourselves and others. We know that everyone experiences the different emotions and we are learning some tools to help us when we are in the different Zones.


Cross Country results

Year 0/1 Girls

1st: Oliva Kale

2nd: Tamsyn Liddall

3rd: Sam Ello

Year 0/1 Boys

1st: Matthias Tustin

2nd: Kobe Jennings

3rd: Oliver Leathart

Year 2 Girls

1st: Summer Champness

2nd: Florence Smith

3rd: Livie Walker

Year 2 Boys

1st: James Gardiner

2nd: Cruz Champness

3rd: Korbyn Bird

Year 3 Girls

1st: Lucija Walker

2nd: Cassidy Dobbs

3rd: Jessica Radley

Year 3 Boys

1st: Eli Murie

2nd: Gabriel Lewis

3rd: Harry Leonard

Year 4 Girls

1st: Kaitlin Cope

2nd: Olivia Lilly

3rd: Maddy Wheeler

Year 4 Boys

1st: Ethan Lowe

2nd: Jono Dalton

3rd: Flynn Gardiner

Year 5 Girls

1st: Zara Willers

2nd: Emily Sowerby

3rd: Elliot Olsen

Year 5 Boys

1st: Solomon Smith

2nd: Elliot Laurie

3rd: Hunter Clarke

Year 6 Girls

1st: Janelle Tustin

2nd: Grace Raymond

3rd: Phoebe Kirk

Year 6 Boys

1st: Lachlan Murray

2nd: Matthew Rogers

3rd: Tom Mason

Special mention also, to the following students that qualified to represent St Mary's at South Cluster Cross Country.

Zainab Syed, Bella Fergusson, Faith Santos, Mollie Gleaves, George McKinnon, Spencer McIntosh, Rufus Rejthar, Austin Day, Madeline Mear, Isabel Nelis, Annie Van Zyl, Lucy Van Zyl, James Hartman, Noah Askin, Max Page, William Peeters, Eva Phizacklea, Greer Sander, Ella Chea, Relliza Paramio, Mazine Yu, Samuel Farrelly, Mason Francis, Finn Phizaklea, Matthew Robinson


Recently a team of gym girls attended Gymfest. It was a great experience to be part of Gymfest, our girls were very competitive and had a great day.

We will be back next year!

Well done Addi, Daisy, Tilly, Katara, Holly and Briar.


Thank you PTA

As mentioned in the last newsletter the PTA recently purchased ukuleles for the school to make sure we had a full class set - Aroha are having lessons with Mrs Washer this term and the whole school will get the same opportunity throughout the year. Thank you PTA for your support with this.

Brave the Crave Cookie Day fundraiser beginning 21 June 2021

Order individual cookies (60g) or take-home Cookie Bites buckets (one serious mouthful!) to share. Only premium ingredients are used. No colourings, no preservatives, no artificial flavours. Only the best ingredients make it into the cookies. The buckets contain cookie bites which are perfect for those mini cravings. We do find however that stopping at one or two bites is near impossible.

Individual Cookies - 4 flavours

Fairy bread, chocolate chunk, triple chocolate, vegan $3 each ($1 goes to school)

Cookie Bites Buckets – 3 flavours

Fairy bread, chocolate chunk, triple chocolate – 2 sizes available

20 Bites - $14.90 ($2 goes to school)

40 Bites - $28.90 ($4 goes to school)

Ordering through Kindo will open on 21 June 2021 and close off at 10pm 9 July 2021 with distribution being the first week of term 3.



Sacramental Programme

The lesson preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist (First Holy Communion) continues with the “Liturgy of the Eucharist” and finally the “Communion Rite of the Mass”.” There will be a parent talk on Wednesday 16th June at 7pm, St Mary Immaculate Church. First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 26th June, at the 5pm Vigil; or Sunday 27th June at the 10.30am Mass. Please keep these children, and their families, in your prayers.

Parish Youth Choir

It was very special for our Parish Youth Choir to celebrate a wonderful singing journey with Mrs Leaf at her last Parish mass with us on Saturday 12th June 2021. Mrs Leaf has given many years of service to our St Mary's school choir accompanying Mrs Washer as the pianist. We will miss the beautiful music she shares so wonderfully with us all.

Health Care Coordinator Part-time

The Clergy Trust are seeking expressions of interest for a caring empathic person to work with Clergy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton, assisting them with health and welfare issues. Ideally a person with experience or knowledge of care for older men or empathy with this ministry is sought. A knowledge of the healthcare system would also be an advantage. Travel within the Diocese will be required at times, with the majority being within the Waikato. Hours are by negotiation but expected to initially be around 24 hours a month. Please forward resumes to: Chairman, Hamilton Clergy Trust Fund, c/- 17 Gloucester Rd., Mount Maunganui 3116. Or email:

We need your help!

SVDP St Vincent de Paul has desperate need for small dining tables and chairs, beds, and Vacuum cleaners to help people in need. Phone Peter 021 755864. Thank you. Volunteer staff also required at Cameron Road shop especially delivery van drivers for Monday, Tuesday, and /or Wednesday. Phone SVDP Shop Manager David 027 6988774.


Term 2 - Monday 3 May - Thursday 8 July

Monday 7 June - Queens Birthday

Friday 9 July - Kahui Ako Teacher Only Day

Term 3 - Monday 26 July - Friday 1 October

Wednesday 11 August - Accord Day Teacher Only Day

Term 4 - Monday 18 October - Friday 17 December (12 noon)

Monday 25 October - Labour Day

Friday 12th November - Accord Day Teacher Only Day

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