St Mary's School Term 4 Week 3 2022

Te Kura O Hato Mere

Pānui/Newsletter - Thursday 3 November 2022


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

It has been an amazing week weather-wise. It lifts everyone’s mood when we have warm weather with plenty of sunshine. It’s a timely reminder for us to wear hats and slip on some sunscreen. I am pleased to say that our students are very good at being sun smart.

On a different note, thankyou to the many parents and caregivers who have completed the survey we sent out via our school app. We are appreciating your very positive feedback so far and the ideas you have for future direction in our school. If you haven't yet completed this please do so as soon as possible as it closes on Monday 7 November. There are two $50 New World vouchers to be won and all completed survey entries go in the draw to win one of these.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill



02/11 Wednesday


03/11 Thursday



11/11 Friday


15/11 Tuesday




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City Centre Motel are currently hiring part time/ casual housekeepers Mon-Fri, 9am- 2pm.

It’s great for someone who is looking things to do during the school hours.

We are located 876 Colombo street, please come and talk us or phone us 3729294.

Our email address is

Looking forward to see you join our friendly team.



City Centre Motel

Christmas Choir For All- St Mary's Pro-Cathedral

Join the St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Family Choir for Christmas Eve.

All children and family members are invited to join our Parish Family Choir to lead the music at

5.30pm Mass on Christmas Eve.

Practices will be on Tuesday afternoons 4pm-5pm.

  • 22nd and 29th November and 6th December at St Francis of Assisi School Hall [Innes Rd]
  • 13th and 20th December in the Cathedral Choir Loft

Email: for further information or just turn up to practices

described above.

Everyone is welcome. Please join us and be part of this important Liturgy.

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Keeping Ourselves Safe

We are continuing to teach the personal safety programme Keeping Ourselves Safe.

Keeping Ourselves Safe has been designed to give students the skills to cope in situations involving abuse. The programme was designed by teachers and the New Zealand Police. It is part of the current Health and Physical Education curriculum.

It has three overall aims:

● to develop and strengthen children’s skills to keep themselves safe with other people, both online and face to face

● to support and encourage abused children to get help from caring adults

● to make teachers and parents and caregivers more aware of the need to keep children safe from abuse by adults or other children.

Keeping Ourselves Safe will be taught by your child’s teacher, with support from the local Police School Community Officer Constable Meg Moynihan who will assist the teachers in the teaching of some lessons of this programme.

Resources for Parents/Caregivers

To download a ‘Safely Home’ booklet for parents/caregivers to keep your kids safe please visit:

Should you have any questions regarding this programme please feel free to talk to your child’s

teacher or talk to Mr O’Neill.

Our Catholic Faith Fact - All Saints and All Souls Days

The word "Halloween" is a direct derivation of All Saints Day with "All Hallows" in Old English meaning "the feast of the saints." "Halloween" has also been translated to "Eve of All Hallows," which was a holy day celebrating the day before All Saints Day.

All Saints' Day is celebrated the first day of November while All Souls' Day is celebrated November 2

Thankyou to Pub Charity for paying for our Year 7&8 camp

Pub Charity have generously donated $6,104 ex gst to pay for our bus and camp costs. We are very grateful.

Thankyou Lion Foundation for our reading books

We are very thankful to the Lion Foundation for paying for new junior reading books worth $1,763.00 ex gst.

Year 8 End of Year Dinner: Monday 12 December 5pm - 7pm

Year 8 parents and caregivers please book this evening in for our traditional Year 8 graduation dinner to be held at The Bealey Hotel -263 Bealey Avenue. Year 8 students and parents/caregivers only.

Final Mass and Prizegiving- Tuesday 13 December 7pm

On Tuesday 13 December we will be holding our end of year Mass and prizegiving at St Mary's Pro Cathedral at 7pm. All students are to attend in school uniform and sit with their class at the front of the church. Please bring a plate of food to share after the Mass.

Students need to be seated by 6.50pm.

Term Dates For 2023

Term 1: Tuesday 31 Jan 2023 - Thurs 6 April

Term 2: Mon 24 April – Fri 30 June

Term 3: Mon 17 July – Fri 22 Sept

Term 4: Mon 9 October – Friday 15 December


We welcome the following student to our school:

Raphael- Rm 3

Upcoming Events


  • SHOW DAY HOLIDAY- Friday 11 November
  • TEACHER ONLY DAY- Monday 14 November
  • Kotahitanga Team Mass- Thursday 24 November- 9.15am (All welcome)
  • Year 7 and 8 Camp Woodend- Wednesday 23 Nov-Fri 25 Nov


  • Arataki Team Mass- Thursday 8 December- 9.15am (All welcome)
  • Year 8 Dinner- Monday 12 December 5pm - 7pm
  • Final Mass and Prizegiving- Tuesday 13 December 7pm
  • Term 4 Ends- Friday 16 December


  • Term 1 Begins- Tuesday 31 January 9am

Teacher Professional Development

Our teachers are learners too. They are undertaking a variety of professional development opportunities this year to increase their learning so as to increase our students' learning.

  • UC Early Writing Success: Focus for Teaching and Assessment for Years 1-2
  • Te Ahu o Te Reo
  • Just in Time Maths PLD
  • Teaching Sexuality in a Catholic School
  • Improving Literacy through storytelling

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 (Use your child's name and polar fleece as reference).

School Bank Account number is: 03 0855 0436803 00


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. 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.

Lunchonline - Sushi (Wednesdays) and Subway (Fridays)

If you would like to order your child’s lunch for delivery on Wednesday or Friday 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 the day of delivery. If you already have an account you can update your child’s classroom by logging on and clicking on Members.
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Attendance Dues Debt Recovery

Please be advised that at the May 2022 Cathedral Parish Finance Committee, the committee signed off on a new Attendance Dues Debt Recovery Policy. This enables the parish to engage an external debt recovery company (Under Control Collections). This will always be used as a last resort, when we have been unable to get a family to engage with us in relation to their outstanding Attendance Dues.

Any queries should be directed to Kirsten Tester – Attendance Dues Administrator - Ph (03) 595 1053 or

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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.