St Mary's School

Friday 20th August 2021

"As it is, these remain: faith, hope and love, the three of them; and the greatest of them is love." Corinthians, 13 – 13

Dear whānau, tamariki and parishioners,

Well I started this at the start of the week when our world looked a little different, just goes to show you never know what will happen.

Moving on to next week we will start our school week with online work. Class teachers will be in touch. Your teacher's email follows this pattern - If you are unsure then use or

In response to last year's feedback we won't be running as many zooms. We are very much aware of the pull on devices and the drain on your internet download. The secret to our school and community success is that we have a shared understanding that you, as parents are doing your best, as you know we, as staff at school, are also doing our best. Last year's survey has also been revamped and is attached below. Please use the form to let us know how we can help.

Fr Jaime is planning to say Mass via zoom this weekend, a link will be shared on facebook.

God bless, kia kaha, Annie

Maths week

... was a cracker. Miss Sutherland's Nissan Micra took 239 balloons, and we had a number of winners of the scavenger hunt, the guess the lollies in the jar etc. My favourite part of the week was looking at the tremendous maths hats that were created at all levels of the school.


Look at these amazing tamariki!

Introducing the Pioneer RFC prizegiving trophy winners for 2021: Lucie, Mason, Blake, Drake, Finn and front row, Thomas, Jack, Lucy, Harrison and William. Well done everyone, I also heard that your behaviour made your whānau (family) and kura (school) very proud.

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Whole school Mass Sunday 12th September

Sacramental Programme - Preparation for the Sacrament of Holy Communion is on hold this week, but there is an online Mass being planned. More news to come.

29th August

First Holy Communion and St Mary’s whole school Mass is on Sunday 12th September (God willing!)

Te Ara Maria - Mary's Way (still planned, but wait and see)

From Bishop Michael:

"Sun 15 August the feast of the Assumption of Mary is Aotearoa New Zealand’s National Patronal Feast. It is being marked in a special way this year as a re-dedication of our country to Mary Mother of God Assumed into Heaven. There will be a national Mass in Wellington on Sunday 15th August at St Mary of the Angels and an art work especially commissioned for this rededication will be blessed and begin a hikoi around the country."

The hikoi will be in Gore on Thursday 26th August at St Peter's College and with St Mary's on Friday 27th August. We will be celebrating a whole school Mass that afternoon instead of the usual school assembly. The Mass will be at 1.30pm unless otherwise stated.

What’s coming up term 3

Every Monday whole school prayer in the Church at 8.55 and every Friday assembly is 2.20 also in the Church (unless stated differently)


Wk 5 23-27 Aug (Kea)

Home and School meeting Tuesday 7pm at school (postponed)

Kea Class Mass Thursday 26th August 1:45pm

Mass with the Parish to welcome Te Ara Maria 1.30pm in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament

Sacramental Programme - First Communion lesson 4 Sunday 29th

Wk 6 30-3 Sept (Ruru)

Life Education 30th to 2nd

Ruru Class Mass Thursday 2nd Sep 1:45pm

Father’s Day BBQ and Liturgy Friday 3rd 8am

Wk 7 6-10 Sept (Tui)

Tui Class Mass Thursday 9th Sept 1:45pm

Whole School Mass - First Holy Communion Sunday 12th September

Wk 8 13-17 Sept (Kereru)

Social Justice Week AND Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

Kereru Class Mass Thursday 16th Sept 1:45pm


Wk 9 20-24 Sept (Bellbird)

Bellbird Class Mass Thursday 23rd Sept 1:45pm

SENIOR School production, 22nd and 23rd

Wk 10 27-1 Oct

Catholic Schools Day 28th

Eastern Interschools Year 6 sports tournament

Friday Term ends at the usual time 2.50pm

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