St Mary's Catholic School 8 July 2021 - Term 2 Week 10

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Gospel Reading

Mark 6:1-6

Jesus is rejected in his hometown.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Last Sunday's Gospel immediately follows upon last week’s stories of the raising of Jairus’s daughter and the healing of the woman with a hemorrhage. It sets the context of our Gospel readings for the next two weeks in which Jesus will extend the work of his ministry to his disciples.

Sunday’s Gospel describes what many believe to have been the typical pattern of Jesus’ ministry: teaching in the synagogue followed by acts of healing. In his hometown of Nazareth, the people are amazed by what they hear, but they also cannot comprehend how someone they know so well might move them so powerfully.

In this Gospel, we learn some interesting details about Jesus and his early life. Jesus’ kinfolk know him to be a carpenter, an artisan who works in wood, stone, and metal. He probably learned this trade from his father. Family members of Jesus are also named. Mark describes Jesus as the son of Mary, which is an unusual designation. Adult males were more typically identified with the name of their fathers. It is unclear why Mark deviates from this custom.

Brothers and sisters of Jesus are also named. Scholars are divided on how to interpret this. As Catholics, we believe that Mary was and remained always a virgin, thus we do not believe that this Gospel refers to other children of Mary. Some have suggested that these family members might be Joseph’s children from a previous marriage, but there is little evidence to support this. Others explain this reference by noting that the words brother and sister were often used to refer to other types of relatives, including cousins, nieces, and nephews.

This Gospel tells us that Jesus is hampered from performing miracles in Nazareth because of the people’s lack of faith. Jesus is said to be surprised by this. He did not predict or foresee this rejection. In this detail we find a description of the very human side of Jesus.

This passage unfolds a continuing theme of Mark’s Gospel: Who is Jesus? His kinfolk in Nazareth might know the carpenter, the son of Mary, but they do not know Jesus, the Son of God. Mark is foreshadowing Jesus’ rejection by his own people, the people of Israel. He is also reflecting on and trying to explain the situation of the community for which he wrote. While many of the first Christians were Jewish, Christianity took hold and flourished in the Gentile community. Mark’s community was mostly a Gentile community, who may have been experiencing persecution. By showing that Jesus himself was rejected, Mark consoles and reassures his first readers. He also prepares us to accept this possible consequence of Christian discipleship.


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

Thank-you to all our families for your support over this Term. We really appreciate the partnerships with our community.

I would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable break and I'm sure you will all create some wonderful family memories.

School is closed tomorrow

I would like to remind you that Friday 9th July is a Teacher Only Day, our staff will all be heading to John Paul College in Rotorua for some learning. We will be joined by all our Catholic Colleagues within our Catholic Kahui Ako.

Ngā mihi nui

James Murray


Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey - Feast Day 15th July

Story of Anne Marie Javouhey

Anne Marie Javouhey, born on 10 November 1779 in a village in Burgundy, heard the Spirit’s call to proclaim God’s love for all people without distinction of race, religion or social status.

Passionate and fearless, quick to love and to forgive, filled with a goodness that knew no limits or barriers, Mother Javouhey lived a life of intense union with God which strengthened her in times of trial and was the driving force behind her unconditional service of children, those sick in mind and body, those who were despised; all the poor who came her way.

Missionary expansion

As God’s call continued to reveal itself little by little, the Cluny Sisters were dispersed far beyond the plains of Chamblanc. The departure for Bourbon, a little known distant island, was both Anne-Marie’s response to that call and the realization of her vision and desire to respond to the needs of her day, no matter how great the difficulties might be. Before her death, the five continents would see her sisters arrive to educate, nurse and evangelize poor and rich, children and adults, blacks and whites, all “children of a common father”.

In French Guiana

“To break unjust fetters, to let the oppressed go free” Is.58

In Mana, a village was built, land was cleared for agriculture, lepers were settled in a lush area, and runaway slaves were welcomed and prepared for emancipation. Convinced that she was doing “God’s work”, Mother Javouhey was able, in spite of opposition and criticism, to assist hundreds of slaves to live their lives in freedom and peace.

From the Cluny Sisters of Ireland and Scotland:


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 previous newsletters we have met Tracey Oliver-Marshall, Lorraine Schofield, Matt Dalton, Bernie Gardiner, Tony Lenton and Ati Aaifou-Olive.

This week we meet Monika Lolohea and Terry Consedine.

Monika Lolohea - Parent Representative

I currently work as a Recruitment Specialist for Labourworks NZ Ltd. Originally from Invercargill, I moved to the sunny Bay of Plenty in 2004. We have two children at St Mary’s, Noa in Year 5 and Lennox in Year 2. I am committed to the growth of St Mary’s students, our teachers and our community.

Terry Consedine - Proprietor’s Representative

Terry is married to Wendy, has two children and two grandchildren all of whom bring him great joy! He has been involved in teaching secondary students for many years, most recently as Deputy Principal at Aquinas College, a position he retired from four years ago. More recently, Terry has done relief teaching at Aquinas and the Northern Health School. He has also been employed by the Diocese for presentations on Safeguarding in the parish as well as being part of a team leading Catholic Character Reviews in schools in the Diocese.


Ryan wins Term 2 House Award!

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International Families Lunch

Sadly, we are saying goodbye to two of our international families who are returning to Korea - it is Gyuwon Kim's last day today and Jennie and Yusung Kim leave next term. We celebrated their time here at St Mary's with a farewell lunch yesterday with our other international families. It is sad to see them go but very exciting for them to be returning to their families. We wish them all the best.


New gardens

Mr T has built some new gardens in the junior school. We had some Aroha students come down to help the Tika children decorate the wood for the front of our gardens. Make sure you come and check out the gardens outside Room 1 next term when they are finished!


Healthy Eating

Recently, in Aroha we’ve been inquiring into ‘Healthy Eating’. After our trip to Pak n Save learning to read labels, we were presented with a $60 voucher. We decided to put this money towards a healthy lunch/snack activity in which we paired off into groups to design a healthy meal that we could all embrace in blithely. Our criteria needed to include the four food groups such as calcium, protein, grains, fruit and vegetables and come within our $60 budget. Each class had different ideas and this week we got to make them. Once we were finished we all could gobble down these healthy treats in haste.

Here are some photos of some of our lunches.

In conclusion, we all learnt loads from this experience and enjoyed it immensely.

Reporters: Maebh Manning and Greta Gilbert

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Strictly Jump Jam

At the Strictly Jump Jam Bay of Plenty Championships that were held at Otumoetai College 6 July, St Mary's had the following results

Senior Competition Year 5-8

1st Place

2nd Place

Junior Competition Year 1-4

3rd Place

Term 3 & 4 Jump Jam

St Mary’s Jump Jam recently competed in the BOP Jump Jam competition, with a win in the senior section up, against intermediate children. We now turn our attention to the end of year Jump Jam Nationals. Training gets under way straight after the holidays and will be twice a week until the competition, with a few weekends as needed. At this stage there are spaces available in all teams, so we will be holding more trials in the first week of Term 3. Please encourage your child to step out of their comfort zone and take up the challenge to be part of a team that will strive for excellence in this sport that encompasses physical fitness and performance art. Trials times will be posted at the beginning of the term. We are especially looking for a few competent year 2-3 children, who will be doing “Who Let the Dogs Out”. We would also like to see a few more boys to bulk out the boys’ team. The boys will be doing a fun version of “Ghostbusters”. If you think you might like your child to become a Jump Jam star, you could contact Kim to get a link to be able have your child Jump jamming during the holidays.

Year 3/4 Hockey Tournament

On Tuesday this week two Year 3/4 Hockey Teams took part in a tournament at Blake Park. Despite the weather, the children had a great time and managed to get lots of games in. Our St Mary's Spitfires placed 1st overall, which is amazing and the St Mary's Hurricanes placed an impressive 12th place. Thank you to our fantastic coaches and managers, Nathan Bradshaw, Kelly Dalton and Meg Yardley. Your support is so appreciated!


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.


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Gobsmacked Musical Theatre Holiday Programmes

It's that time of the term where we are gearing up for our GOBSMACKED HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES!

If you love our Gobsmacked musicals and after school classes, then this is the holiday programme for you!!

Spend the first week of the holidays (Monday – Friday, July 12 – 16) with the talented Gobsmacked team to create a Gobsmacking music video that will be uploaded to our Youtube Channel 'Gobsmacked Productions'. The week will be jam packed with acting, dancing, singing, theatre sport games and all the training you need to be GOBSMACKING!

Or you can spend the last two days of the holidays with us (Thursday July 22 and Friday July 23) for our yearly christian-based holiday programme ‘AMAZING’ where we aim to bring between 200 – 250 children together from around Tauranga who will be taught this year by some very talented volunteers and teachers from around New Zealand and Australia. You don't want to miss this AMAZING experience. Check out last years 2-day holiday programme highlights by going to

Coming off major success from our last holiday programmes, we invite you to join us for our bigger and even better programmes!!

We have attached all the details you will need!

Grab a friend and sign up fast as spaces are limited!!

FINALLY last but not least.... sign your child up for next term's Gobsmacked lunchtime musical theatre classes on Tuesday's. Your child will learn how to integrate acting, singing and dancing into a music video. This will be filmed, edited and uploaded to our social media and youtube channel for you to have access to forever. This is open to all ages for diversity in our music videos.


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


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

Friday 24 June - Matariki

Term 3 - Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September

Term 4 - Monday 17 October - Tuesday 20 December

Monday 24 October - Labour Day

There is provision for two Teacher only days and two Accord days to be added to the 2022 calendar year.

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