St Mary's School

Friday 5th November 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,

This week we welcome Cody and Chloey Eslava to St Mary's. Cody and Chloey are part of the Blessed Sacrament parish and were part of the group mentioned below who received their First Holy Communion; you, and your family are really welcome here at St Mary's.

Well, we 'rebooted' Mission day, Holy Communion and the production COVID style. Next up is the Kids' Tech Summit, Junior Nativity and our end of year Mass. The end of year Mass is the big one as we really want to celebrate the year, the successes that our children have had and ensure the leaving families are acknowledged for their commitment and service to the school.

We have a shared responsibility; a partnership between home and school for the good of the learner (our school vision)

We are so grateful to all our school families over the years for your support as parent help in the classroom, school trips and at camps, and we are certainly missing you. As you may be aware all schools fall under the health order that comes in on the 15th November: all workers, parent volunteers whether for class, sports or camps will have had to have the first vaccination, and after 1st January 2022 will need to be fully vaccinated. We are all agreed that it is just not the same without you.

As I said last time we are focusing on what's important - which is our children, our families and our faith. Let's stay being creative for a fabulous term 4.

God bless, kia kaha, Annie

Holy Communion Mass

Congratulations to these wonderful, blessed children and their families. This is the Sacramental group of 2021 who are full members of the Blessed Sacrament Parish. You are all very welcome.

Home and School news (inc Pizza)

Last ever PIZZA DAY on Wednesday 10th November - if you ordered pizza before the lockdown (and paid or prepaid) then double check with Di and we will finally deliver on that! If you fancy pizza on that Wednesday then please put your order in on Tuesday 9th early in the morning.

The cookbooks are continuing to sell - listen out for a some news soon. Also keep an eye out for a survey that will come out through the app or on here in the next few weeks.

The president of the Home and School is Vanessa Bennett, Secretary is Sarah Clinton and Drew Goater is the Treasurer.

School Production - CUT!!! It's a MOVIE

Congratulations to the Senior Syndicate on an excellent week of production activity. The Juniors just loved watching you all in Cinderella Rockerfella. The acting, singing and dancing was amazing! Well done to the marvellous staff that helped create our first production as a movie. Thanks SBS St James' Theatre who will be sharing our movie on the big screen - more information to come.

Te kupu o te wiki - the word of the week

The words this week Kia Kaha meaning be strong, get stuck in or keep going. How appropriate for this time we are all living right now. Kia kaha o te whānau - be strong family!

Helicopter landings

St Mary's is in the fortunate position to support our local community. Last Friday we had a special landing. The pilots and paramedics talked us through how we can we help save lives by just doing the right thing such as picking up rubbish and listening to instructions.

Congratulations tennis players

Well done to these fabulous players: Jack, Zavier and Finn who took out first, second and third (in that order) in last week'sEastern Primary School's tennis competition.

Reminder - teacher only day Friday 12th November, hopefully the sun is shining!

Term 4 dates

Throughout the month of October the school prays a decade of the Rosary together every morning. If you have some prayer intentions please let us know and we will say a decade for you.

Class Masses are going ahead for the children, as our family members are unable to join us we will remember all families in our prayers.

Week 3 1-5. November

Room Kereru, Mrs Knowler Gospel

Kereru Class Mass Thursday 4th Nov 1.45pm

Senior Production filming 1-4th November off site

Week 4 8-12 November

Room Tui, Miss Smith Gospel

Kids Summit with St Theresa’s Tuesday 9th November

Armistice Day with Stretch and Aaron Thursday 11th Nov

Tui Class Mass Thursday 11th November 1.45pm

Teacher Only Day Friday 12th November

Week 5 15-19 November

Room Ruru, Mrs Butterfield on prayers and Gospel

Science Roadshow for Year 5 & 6 Friday 19th Nov 10:35- 11:55am

Ruru Class Mass Thursday 18th Nov 1.45pm

Welcome Liturgy Friday 19th 2pm

Week 6 22-26 November

Room Kea, Mr Sutherland Gospel

Georgia in for Rippa Y3 – 6 Monday 22nd November

Kea Class Mass Thursday 25th Nov 1.45

CANCELLED Convent Cup Friday 26th Nov at Verdon College

Week 7 29-3 December

Room Piwakawaka, Miss Sutherland Gospel

Piwakawaka Class Mass Thursday2nd December 1.45

Week 8 6-10 December

Room Moa, Miss Hood Gospel

Junior Nativity 9th December - IN SCHOOL TIME, LIVE STREAMED

Final Leavers Assembly Friday 10th December

Week 9 13-16 December

Year 6 leavers – Miss Bond, Mrs Hansen and Mrs Gray Gospel

School finishes at the usual time but we are all back for the End of year Mass at 5.45 in the quad

Mass Thursday 16th December 6pm