St Mary's School

Wednesday 15th December 2021

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13)

Dear whānau, tamariki and parishioners,

It is sad to farewell such a number of families this week; the current year 6 have been a wonderful cohort - they have supported one another and worked together in a way that should make you, as families, very proud. I am sad to see them leave, but very excited to see where the world will take them. I have known so many of them as preschoolers - especially those children of leaving families. Some families will end an association with the school for almost 20 years. They deserve a medal!

For those of you who remain with us, all the information you need for 2022 will be coming home at the end of the school day tomorrow. Knowing who your child's teacher will be is very exciting. As I said last week there are a few moves around the school and the classes have been organised to make the most of the available space. The children are generally in mixed year groups with Junior classes sitting at 20 or less, and no senior class over 27 ākonga/students. More information below.

In the meantime I wish you all a safe, happy, healthy and holy Christmas. Thank you for all your support over this past year, we have had some challenges but we have also had so much fun.

God bless, kia kaha, Annie

School structure 2022

Mrs Gray and Mrs Hansen - Years 5 and 6 Room Kiwi

Miss Bond - Years 5 and 6 Room Takahe

Miss Hood - Years 4 and 5 Room Moa

Mrs Christie - Years 3 and 4 Room Piwakawaka

Miss Smith - Years 3 and 4 Room Ruru

Mrs Butterfield - Years 1 and 2 Room Kea

Miss Sutherland - Years 1 and 2 Room Tui

Mrs Knowler - Year 1 Room Kereru

Mrs Cruickshank and Mrs Thacker - New Entrants Room Pukeko (note the name change, no Bellbirds!)

We are really looking forward to the New Year - once we have had a break of course :)

Te kupu o te wiki - the word of the week

Easy one this time Meri Kirihimete - Merry Christmas!

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Term 4 dates

We are still gently working our way through our events; thanks for working with us as we carefully finish the year.

Week 9 13-16 December

Miss Bond, Mrs Hansen and Mrs Gray Gospel

School Mass for school students only Monday 13th December

Leavers assembly Wednesday 15th December times specified in the Year 6 letter

School finishes at the usual time

Term starts 2/2/22

REMINDER - School finishes at the usual time tomorrow

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Term dates 2022

Term 1 02/02/22 - 14/04/22

Term 2 02/05/22 - 08/07/22

Term 3 25/07/21 - 30/09/22

Term 4 17/10/22 - 15/12/22

Teacher only days (sorry I missed two last week) 31st Jan, 7th and 8th June 16th December 2022

Mass times

Please note that as of this weekend all Catholic churches will be working to the traffic light system. We will still have two Masses - 7pm Saturday is open to anyone with a number limit of 50, and 10.00 on Sunday morning is for those with vaccination passes.

Sunday vigil - Saturday 7pm

Sunday morning 10.00 am


10.00pm 24th December Christmas Vigil (vaccine pass required - unlimited numbers)

9.00am 25th December Christmas morning Mass (open to all, limited to 50 people)


The Gore Parish 2nd. Rite of Reconciliation in preparation for Christmas is on next Wednesday 15th. December in the church at 5.00 p.m. (3 priests available).