Newsletter Week 3 Term 2

Newsletter 13 - Week 3 Term 2


Yesterday we hosted several Catholic schools from the Diocese competing in sports and special character activities. The event went particularly well in spite of the weather. The behaviour of children attending was exemplary. The games were played in such good spirit. We received so much positive feedback on how well the event was organised.

I would like to heap praise and thanks on our parent community for helping with the set up, overseeing activities on the day and the tidy up. You were all awesome. Thank you.

Thanks to Leanne who helped coordinate the sports events and Bernie Hall, the Special Character events. Thanks also to students from JPC who officiated at the games, helped with administration and judged the cultural events; they were all amazing.

Thanks to the children and parents of the children from the Totara team who ran the food stall.

Also a big thanks to Patrick Walsh for allowing us to use JPC’s facilities. It was a perfect venue and we were lucky to have Arthur Faulkner (JPC Sports Coordinator) who liaised with us before and during the day. Thanks also to JPC’s caretaker Lockie Beckham and his assistant Grant, for marking the fields for us. It does take a lot of people working together to run something like this, so thank you all again.

Our Kapa haka group along with JPC’s and St Michael’s welcomed the schools yesterday, and again today at the Novotel, they welcomed all the Principals and DRS’s from the Hamilton Diocese to their conference. I was very proud of the children’s performance, they did an excellent job.Thanks also to Wiki Wilson and Koro Tini for speaking on our behalf and coordinating the three Kapa Haka groups.

We welcome Andi, the Nutritionist from Foodstuffs who is working with the Totara Team children. The theme is Food for Thought. The programme is excellent and as part of the programme the children will be visiting the supermarket and analysing the labels on food packaging. A real eye opener for them.

On Thursday we have our Ascension Liturgy in the hall at 12.15pm. You are welcome to join us for this.

Next week, Wednesday 26 May, we have our School Cross Country in the Redwoods for Year 3 to 6 students.

  • 12:30pm Children transported from school to the Redwoods Visitor Centre
  • Children come to school in full uniform and change into P.E. gear for afternoon events.

For the event students will need:

  • Running shoes & P.E. gear, jersey, drink bottle, any medication required

Event outline:

  • 1:00pm 9 yr old Girls
  • 1:10pm 9 yr old Boys
  • 1:20pm 7 & 8 year old Girls
  • 1:30pm 7 & 8 year old Boys
  • 1:40pm 10 year old Girls
  • 1:50pm 10 year old Boys
  • 2:00pm 11 year old Girls
  • 2:10pm 11 year old Boys


Thursday May 20 - Ascension Liturgy

Wednesday 26 May - Cross Country

Friday May 28 - Pentecost Liturgy

Monday 31st May -Samoan Language Week

Monday June 7th - Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

Saturday and Sunday 8-9th June - First Holy Communion

Wednesday June 9th - Showquest

Monday 16, 17, 18 June - JPC Interviews at St Mary's

Friday 11 June - Feast of the Sacred Heart Mass

Wednesday - 16 - 17 -18 - JPC Interviews at St Mary's

Monday 28 June - School Photos

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

Have a great week everyone.

Kind regards,

David Macmillan, Principal.

Message from DRS Bernie Hall

Students have begun their focus on the Sacraments/Hakaremeta. Classes are defining what a Sacrament is- a channel of God’s grace, and a way for God to help us and for us to help others. Sacraments have been instituted by Christ.

This week we also celebrate the Ascension of Jesus. The Ascension of Jesus is Christian teaching that Christ physically departed from Earth by rising into Heaven, in the presence of eleven of his apostles. According to the New Testament narrative, the Ascension occurred forty days after the resurrection.

In the Christian tradition, reflected in the major Christian creeds and confessional statements, God exalted Jesus after his death, raising him from the dead and taking him to Heaven, where Jesus took his seat at the right hand of God.

Our Ascension Liturgy is 12:15 in the hall Thursday -all welcome.

Ascension of Jesus-view FYI

On The Sacraments of Initiation-view FYI


Year 6 students will receive a note today advising of upcoming interviews for JPC.

These will take place at St Mary's School on 16 - 17 - 18 June. Please ring the school office to make your interview time.

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PB4L is a Ministry of Education initiative which 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.

Last week we talked about COURAGE!

Lucky Book Club

Lucky Book orders are due back this coming Friday, 21 May at 12 noon. NO LATE ORDERS will be processed.

There are 3 ways to pay: cash, credit card or credit voucher. Cheques are no longer included on the order form as a payment method.

Please remember to write your child's name and classroom number on the order form. If the order is a gift it will be left at the school counter for you to collect. Please ensure this requirement is clearly marked on the order form.

Open Home foundation

If you are not able to foster at this stage but would like to have some involvement, you may consider:

  • Becoming a support and / or prayer partner for a foster family
  • Becoming a VIP sponsor to provide bicycles, camp attendance, club or sports fees for children already in foster care

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Sports News

Upcoming School Events

  • Thursday May 20 Ascension Liturgy

    Friday May 27th Pentecost Liturgy

    Monday 31st May - Samoan Language Week

    Monday June 7th Queen’s Birthday WeekendSaturday and Sunday 8-9th June First Holy Communion

    Wednesday June 9th Showquest

    Monday 10-11-12 June JPC Interviews

    Friday 11 June Feast of the Sacred Heart Mass

    Wednesday 18th-20 June JPC Interviews at St Mary’s

    Monday June 28th School Photos

    Friday July 9th Teacher Only Day (last day of Term 2).

  • Upcoming Sports Events

    Wednesday 26 May Cross Country Years 3-6

    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.


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