St Mary's School Term 4 Week 7 2022

Te Kura O Hato Mere

Pānui/Newsletter - Thursday 1 December 2022


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the year 7&8 camp to Woodend. We were very fortunate to have had the support of Pub Charity who through their generous donation enabled the camp to go ahead. These camps are a highlight for our students and a very necessary component of our school curriculum. Many of the activities on the camp take the students out of their comfort zone and provide challenges outside the classroom. It is awesome to see students rise above their fears and give things a go even when they are scared. For many students this is their first time away from home and this can be a huge challenge in itself. For us as teachers the responsibility is great with 24 hour supervision. We aim to give the same care and attention that parents would give their children whilst they are in our care. As professionals we take this very seriously and view it as a great privilege to be responsible for your children. After 23 years of taking students on camps it still thrills me to see the elation and sense of achievement that students display after achieving challenging tasks or even just being away from home.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill



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Year 7&8 Camp to Woodend

Thankyou to Pub Charity for paying for our Year 7&8 camp

Pub Charity have generously donated $6,104 ex gst to pay for our bus and camp costs. We are very grateful.

School Photos

School Photo pass keys have been emailed to all families from Photolife. Please check your emails (including spam/junk) and follow the instructions to order photos. Photos must be ordered by 4 Dec for free delivery.

If you do not receive the email from Photolife please email the school office and we can provide the key for you.

Year 7&8 Fun Learning Day at Cathedral College

Our year 7&8 students attended a fun learning day at Catholic Cathedral College yesterday morning. They joined students from St James and St Anne's schools for art, science, drama and PE activities. They thoroughly enjoyed the day and the learning that took place.

Year 8 End of Year Dinner: Monday 12 December 5pm - 7pm

Year 8 parents and caregivers please book this evening in for our traditional Year 8 graduation dinner to be held at The Bealey Hotel -263 Bealey Avenue. Year 8 students and parents/caregivers only.

Final Mass and Prizegiving- Tuesday 13 December 7pm

On Tuesday 13 December we will be holding our end of year Mass and prizegiving at St Mary's Pro Cathedral at 7pm. All students are to attend in school uniform and sit with their class at the front of the church. Please bring a plate of food to share after the Mass.

Students need to be seated by 6.50pm.

Our Catholic Faith Fact - Feast of St Andrew the Apostle

St. Andrew, also known as Andrew the Apostle, was a Christian Apostle and the older brother to St. Peter. According to the New Testament, Andrew was born in the village of Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee during the early first century. Much like his younger brother, Simon Peter, Andrew was also a fisherman. Andrew's very name means strong and he was known for having good social skills. In the Gospel of Matthew, it is said Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee and saw Andrew and Simon Peter fishing. It is then he asked the two to become disciples and "fishers of men."

Year 8 2023 School Based Vaccination Programme

The School Based Vaccination programme will offer the two dose HPV vaccinations to

protect against genital warts, cervical cancer, throat and mouth cancers, and other types

of cancers later in life. The programme also includes a one dose Boostrix vaccination to

provide protection against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Whooping Cough.

To enable students to receive the vaccinations at school a vaccination pack will be

provided to students who have not completed their vaccinations in General Practice in

term one 2023 to take home for the parent/caregivers to complete and return the

consent form to school. Consent to the school based programme can be withdrawn at

any time during the programme by contacting the vaccinating team directly

Christmas Choir For All- St Mary's Pro-Cathedral

Join the St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Family Choir for Christmas Eve.

All children and family members are invited to join our Parish Family Choir to lead the music at

5.30pm Mass on Christmas Eve.

Practices will be on Tuesday afternoons 4pm-5pm.

  • 22nd and 29th November and 6th December at St Francis of Assisi School Hall [Innes Rd]
  • 13th and 20th December in the Cathedral Choir Loft

Email: for further information or just turn up to practices

described above.

Everyone is welcome. Please join us and be part of this important Liturgy.

Term Dates For 2023

Term 1: Tuesday 31 Jan 2023 - Thurs 6 April

Term 2: Mon 24 April – Fri 30 June

Term 3: Mon 17 July – Fri 22 Sept

Term 4: Mon 9 October – Friday 15 December

Upcoming Events


  • Arataki Team Mass- Thursday 8 December- 9.15am (All welcome)
  • Year 8 Dinner- Monday 12 December 5pm - 7pm
  • Final Mass and Prizegiving- Tuesday 13 December 7pm
  • Term 4 Ends- Friday 16 December


  • Term 1 Begins- Tuesday 31 January 2023 9am

Teacher Professional Development

Our teachers are learners too. They are undertaking a variety of professional development opportunities this year to increase their learning so as to increase our students' learning.

  • UC Early Writing Success: Focus for Teaching and Assessment for Years 1-2
  • Te Ahu o Te Reo
  • Just in Time Maths PLD
  • Teaching Sexuality in a Catholic School
  • Improving Literacy through storytelling

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 (Use your child's name and polar fleece as reference).

School Bank Account number is: 03 0855 0436803 00


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. 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.

Lunchonline - Sushi (Wednesdays) and Subway (Fridays)

If you would like to order your child’s lunch for delivery on Wednesday or Friday 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 the day of delivery. If you already have an account you can update your child’s classroom by logging on and clicking on Members.
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Attendance Dues Debt Recovery

Please be advised that at the May 2022 Cathedral Parish Finance Committee, the committee signed off on a new Attendance Dues Debt Recovery Policy. This enables the parish to engage an external debt recovery company (Under Control Collections). This will always be used as a last resort, when we have been unable to get a family to engage with us in relation to their outstanding Attendance Dues.

Any queries should be directed to Kirsten Tester – Attendance Dues Administrator - Ph (03) 595 1053 or

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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.