St Mary's School Term 4 Week 1

Te Kura O Hato Mere

Newsletter 21 October 2021


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

It’s been great to have some warmer weather to begin term 4. It’s a reminder of what lies ahead with summer on our doorstep. During the term break, it was a hive of activity at school. Builders and electricians were busy working away creating two new workroom spaces in the back portion of the Learning Centre. They made excellent progress with this project. All-new LED lighting has been installed, acoustic paneling added to the ceiling and a wall built to separate the two new workroom spaces. Unfortunately, due to COVID there have been supply shortages so we have to wait until next year for the glass doors and new carpet to arrive. When this project is finished we will have two new workroom spaces that will be a great asset to our school. We are very grateful to the Catholic Education Office for carrying out this awesome enhancement to our school.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill



22/10 Friday


27/10 Wednesday
30/10 Saturday
02/11 Tuesday
03/11 Wednesday

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Welcome to St Mary's

We welcome the following students to St Mary's:

Dylan - Room 1

Emmalei - Room 1

Ki o Rahi at St Mary's

October- Month of the Rosary

During October we gather as a school to pray a decade of the Rosary each morning at 9am. This tradition dates back more than two decades in our school. Please feel free to join us.

Bible quote in Te Reo Maori

Recently we installed a bible quote in Te reo Maori onto our office wall. It reads: And Mary said, 'My soul glorifies the Lord'; Luke 1:46

Religious Education Newsletter Term 4

Learning Centre Project

During the recent school holidays builders and electricians were busy working away creating two new workroom spaces in the back portion of the Learning Centre.

Sunhats must be worn Term 4

School Sun hats are compulsory during Terms 1 and 4 and are available from the school office at a cost of $12.00.

Royal blue, Aussie style wide brimmed hat.

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 -New requirement-Please wear masks for pickup and drop off

Parents and caregivers are now asked to wear masks when picking up and dropping off students in the car park. If you come into the school grounds you must wear a mask also.

Please remember at Alert Level 2 that if you are entering the school grounds you need to scan the COVID tracer QR code at the entrance gate or on the office window. If you are staying in the school for more than a few minutes you must also sign in at the school office.

Faith Fact

Synod 2021-2023 - For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission. Have you heard about this!

The tradition of “synods” is a long and varied one in many of the Christian Churches. On October 17th the world celebrated the opening of the Synod: “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission”. This Synod will have a 3-phase consultation: diocesan, continental and universal. Pope Francis is asking all Catholic dioceses around the world to start consulting with parishioners from October 17 to hear the voices of the People of God. Get involved! Visit our Diocesan page to find out more.

Teacher Only Day Monday 15 November 2021- No School

Please note that school will be closed to students on Monday 15 November. Our staff will be working on assessment this day.

School Polar Fleece

Our school polar fleece can be purchased from the school office at a cost of $50.00. Payment can be made with cash or via internet banking.

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 increase for 2022

Please click here to read this letter from Bishop Paul regarding the attendance dues increase for 2022.

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


  • START OF TERM 4- Monday 18 October 9am


  • SCHOOL PHOTOS- Thursday 4 November
  • TEACHER ONLY DAY- No School - Monday 15 November
  • YEAR 7&8 CAMP- Wednesday 24 November - Friday 26 November


  • ARATAKI TEAM- Jellie Park- Wednesday 1 December
  • YEAR 8 DINNER- Monday 6 December
  • SCHOOL FUNDAY- Thursday 9 December
  • FINAL SCHOOL MASS- Monday 13 December 7pm (All students to attend)
  • LAST DAY OF TERM 4- Tuesday 14 December

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 it is very important you do so as this is our primary means of communication with our school community and you may miss out on important information.

Please email the school office to obtain a secure link to download the app.