Newsletter Week 8 Term Three

Newsletter 27 6 September 2023


Kia Ora,

I hope all our Dad’s, Grandad’s and stand-in Dad’s had a relaxing Father’s Day with their families. Wasn’t is a lovely spring weekend? We had a perfect day for the last day of soccer too, with lots of food sold at our stall. Thanks to Shanelle for organising the shop and being at the grounds early on a Saturday morning. Also, thanks to all those families who have been able to assist at the soccer fields this season. As they say ‘Many hands make light work’.

Last week was another busy week with a variety of things on for our students: Chess Tournament, STEAM Day with the Kahui Ako, Father’s Day gift buying, Gym Competition at Te Puke, Totara team celebrated Mass with the parish, and the Speech and Poetry finals were held. Thank you to all those staff members who helped in some way to make sure that these events were successful.

Our Mini Munchy Makers this week was all about meat. The children who are finalists watched cooking demonstrations of chicken and bacon bites, crumbed fish, spaghetti bolognese and steak in various forms. Each group then explained the process of creating their dish, what variations could be made on that dish, and then we all got to taste test the delicious food. Things are hotting up now! We have our final demonstration next week and then the children will be working in groups to plan a three course meal in a final competition during the last week of the term.

Could I please remind families who pick their children up from the Church carpark, if you are parking in the carpark, please exit your vehicle and come and collect your child. Tooting and beckoning your child to run to your vehicle is unsafe as there are vehicles moving around in the carpark constantly. We need to keep all our children safe.

Have a great week, here’s hoping for some more sunshine this weekend.

Sylvia Dunkley

Deputy Principal


Wednesday 13th September STEAM afternoon/evening

Tuesday 19th September to Friday 22nd September MAD School Art Exhibition - Art Village

Tuesday 19th September Totara Team Exhibition

Thursday 21st September Mini Munchy Makers final cooking competition

Friday 22nd September Final Day of Term 3

Director of Religious Studies

This week we celebrated the Nativity of Mary with a Liturgy led by the Year 2 children. Well done to all our readers and participants. It was a lovely celebration for Mary’s birthday. The Church has celebrated Mary’s birth since the Sixth Century.

Saint Augustine connects Mary's birth with Jesus’ saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.”

Everyone loves to celebrate their birthday, it is such a joyous occasion. Each time we celebrate her we can hope for an increase of peace in our hearts and in the world.

I hope you are all keeping well.

Have a wonderful week.

God bless.

Lorna Dobson, DRS.


Year 4-6 Steam Extravaganza

Next Wednesday, 13 September, Year 3-6 students and teachers will be running STEAM workshops for both students and whanau to attend. STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Fun workshops have been planned to excite students about learning in these areas.

During school time students will attend a workshop of their choice, and then after school they can attend a different workshop with their whanau to learn alongside each other. The after school workshops run from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm. We encourage families to take part in this fun event to get a taste of what Steam learning is happening at school.

Should whanau not be able to attend the after school workshops we still encourage students to attend. We just ask that students be picked up from school at 4:15 pm.

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This coming summer there will be two options for the girls' to purchase as their summer uniform :
  • Summer Skort
  • Sizes:4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20
  • Cost $55.00 per size
  • Existing Summer dress.
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If you are looking for any information about sports and events, please head to our school website under sports.

Cricket, Netball, Futsal & Touch for Term 4

Online registrations for Term 4 sports are up on our school website. Please go to

Then click on the sport you would like to register for on the left hand side.

Most registrations will be closing on the 15th of September. Cricket registrations close this Friday 8th September.


Coaches/Managers please return any football gear from your teams please.

Team photos

PLEASE can I have some team photos sent in or any awesome shots of kids playing their sports. This is so we can make up our sports pages for our end of year magazine.

Ngā mihi

Shanelle McCashin

School Office & Sports Coordinator


Rotorua Tennis Club will run Love Tennis 2023 on Sunday 10 SEPTEMBER at the tennis courts on Manuka Crescent.

Come along at any time from 9am - 4pm for a BBQ, free games, a quick tennis lesson and fun activities for kids of all ages. (Wet or fine)

Heavily discounted annual memberships are available to anybody who joins on the day, with a complimentary 5-week coaching course to help you get your eye in.

Tennis is a very social sport that you can play for life. For young people in particular it is a way to meet new people and enjoy a sport outside, and gain confidence in a social setting.

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Learn to Swim re-commences Monday 16 October 2023.

Non-confident - to - Confident Swimming and Water Safety.

Phone Marg 0274599286


Please include an email address with your phone contact.