St Mary's School Term 1 Week 6


Newsletter 11 March 2021


Tena koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

We have almost completed the first week of our two week swimming programme. It is important that after the programme finishes that students are given the opportunity in the weekend or in the holidays to continue practising the skills they have learnt in the pool. Swimming is one family activity that doesn't cost a lot of money and is great fitness too!!! Whilst swimming lessons can be expensive for some families, a few visits to the local pool each term does not cost a lot and helps build confidence in the water.

As a nation surrounded by water and blessed with beautiful rivers and lakes it is important that all of us know how to stay alive if we are faced with a situation where we end up in water out of our depth. Sadly the Water Safety NZ statistics state that as at 5 March this year there have been 15 preventable drownings in NZ. This is very sad and often avoidable. The skills our students are learning may well save their life one day.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill



We would like to welcome the following students to St Mary’s School:

Pascuala - R1


17/03 Wednesday, SHANE Rm3

20/03 Saturday, JOANNA Rm5

24/03 Wednesday, KRISTOFFER Rm3

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Swimming - Monday 8 March - Friday 19 March

Graham Condon Pool, Papanui

Our swimming programme runs every day until Friday 19 March. This is a compulsory component of our school curriculum. If your child is unable to swim for any reason can you please inform us by emailing the school via our school app.

Please make sure your child has their togs, towel and goggles each day during the two weeks of swimming.

LunchOnline Orders for Friday 12 March and Friday 19 March

A reminder, as students will be eating their lunch at different times for the 2 weeks of swimming and LunchOnline deliveries are not able to be at school earlier please do not order LunchOnline for your child's lunch for Friday 12 March or Friday 19 March.

St Patrick's Day - Wednesday 17 March

St Patrick is one of the patron saints of Ireland. He is said to have died on March 17 in or around the year 493. He grew up in Roman Britain, but was captured by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland as a slave when he was a young adult. After some years he returned to his family and entered the church like his father and grandfather before him. He later returned to Ireland as a missionary and worked in the north and west of the country.

According to popular legend, St Patrick rid Ireland of snakes. However, it is thought that there have been no snakes in Ireland since the last ice age. The "snakes" that St Patrick banished from Ireland, may refer to the druids or pagan worshipers of snake or serpent gods. He is said to be buried under Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, Ireland. Ireland’s other patron saints are St Brigid and St Columba.

Special Choir Singing at 9.30am Mass on Sunday 21 March

Our special choir will be singing at the 9.30am parish Mass on Sunday 21 March. Thank you to all parents who have already informed Caitlin of your child's attendance. If you haven't already done so please text her to let her know.
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Religious Education Newsletter

Please click here or on the image to read our latest Religious Education Newsletter from Mr Debenham.

Pre Enrolment of Siblings

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 - thank 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.
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Attendance Dues

Each term the parish email invoice to families for attendance dues. Please note that the bank account number for making payments has changed. Their new bank account number is: 03-1592-0207236-22.

Attendance dues are compulsory for all students who attend catholic schools in NZ. For 2021 attendance dues have been set at $412 per year or $103 per term. For budgeting purposes families are welcome to pay weekly or monthly.

Upcoming Events


  • SWIMMING - Monday 8 March - Friday 19 March
  • KOTAHITANGA TEAM MASS - Thursday 18 March 9.15am
  • BENEDICTION - Tuesday 23 March 2.30pm
  • LIBRARY VAN - Wednesday 24 March


  • KOTAHITANGA TEAM MASS - Thursday 1 April 9.15am
  • GOOD FRIDAY - NO SCHOOL - Friday 2 April
  • EASTER MONDAY - NO SCHOOL - Monday 5 April
  • EASTER TUESDAY - NO SCHOOL - Tuesday 6 April
  • SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY - Tuesday 13 April
  • LIBRARY VAN - Wednesday 14 April
  • ARATAKI TEAM MASS - Thursday 15 April 9.15am
  • LAST DAY OF TERM 1 - Friday 16 April


  • FIRST DAY OF TERM 2 - Monday 3 May

Teacher Only Days for 2021

Friday 18 June

Friday 27 August

Monday 15 November

Lunchonline - Subway or Sushi on Fridays

If you would like to order your child’s lunch for delivery on Fridays 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 Friday. If you already have an account you can update your child’s classroom by logging on and clicking on Members.

School App

If you haven’t downloaded our school app please do so as this is our primary means of communication with our school community. This is very important as if you do not have the app downloaded you may miss out on important information. If you require any assistance to download it please ask at the school office.