St Mary's Catholic School 5 May 2021 - Term 2 Week 1

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Cycle B Sunday, May 2, 2021

Gospel Reading

John 15:1-8

Jesus teaches that he is the vine and that his disciples are the branches.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Sunday’s reading from the Gospel of John is part of Jesus’ discourse at the Last Supper. Recall that John tells the story of Jesus’ Last Supper differently from the other Evangelists. In John’s Gospel, the Last Supper begins with Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. Jesus then provides them with a series of instructions. We call this section the Last Supper discourse or Jesus’ farewell discourse. In these chapters of John’s Gospel, Jesus instructs his disciples about the importance of following his example of love and service, about the gift they will receive when Jesus sends them the Holy Spirit, and about their relationship with Jesus and with the world. The Last Supper discourse concludes with Jesus’ prayer for his disciples.

Today’s Gospel reading is taken from the middle of the Last Supper discourse. Jesus speaks about his relationship to his disciples. In his metaphor of the vine and the branches, Jesus is referencing the Hebrew Scriptures. In the Hebrew Scriptures, Israel is the vineyard, and Yahweh himself tends the vineyard. One of the primary themes of John’s Gospel is to show Jesus to be the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel.

In this passage, Jesus teaches his disciples that his relationship with them will not end after his death; he will remain with them always. This unity between Jesus and his disciples is the basis for their ability to continue to do the work that he began. Similarly, Jesus’ presence with us through the Gift of the Holy Spirit enables us to continue the work of love and reconciliation that he began.

Jesus also teaches his disciples about the importance of the words he has taught to them. Just as Jesus will remain in the disciples, so too will his words. We come to know Jesus through the Scriptures, the living Word of God. Our commitment to be Christ’s disciples is sustained through God’s Word. This commitment is also strengthened by our life of prayer and nourished by the Eucharist. Through the Eucharist, Jesus dwells in us, remains with us, and transforms us so that we might bear fruit in his name.

We observe many people who act in ways that show their commitment to serve their neighbour. Christians and non-Christians feed the hungry, care for the sick, shelter the homeless, and give alms to the poor. These actions become acts of Christian discipleship when they are motivated by our relationship with Jesus. Whatever the immediate results, Jesus promises us that these actions will bear fruit when we undertake them in his name.


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Tihei mauri ora, nau mai, haere mai, tena koutou katoa, E nga whanau, e nga kaiako, e nga tamariki, e nga manuhiri, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

On behalf of St Mary's staff, we want to welcome all our children and those starting a very warm welcome to St Marys. We have enjoyed welcoming back the children and seeing them get straight back into our school routines. We are excited for the learning that is taking place during Term 2.

We do hope your break has been refreshing and restful.

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Parent conferences

As we begin Term 2, I want to thank all those families that were able to participate in our parent conferences as we work in partnership to help our children grow in their faith and learning.


During the early part of this Term, we will have our new website up and running and please continue to check our calendar out on the current website and the calendar through HERO. Our newsletters come out every 2 weeks on a Wednesday starting this week. Families are always welcome to our Liturgies and Huis, and all Class and School Masses, we would love to see our families on these occasions.

If you have any concerns through the term please make contact with your child's teacher in the first instance, then the Team Leader, and if required Lisa Broadmore or myself. We are always wanting to make sure we are open and transparent around resolving concerns.

Structured Literacy learning information evening

We have a couple of changes we are hoping to make with HERO and the goals so we can continue to show progress and achievement regularly. With this, we have a parent information evening on Wednesday 26th May from 6.30 pm-7.30 pm in Aroha around our Structured Literacy Learning. More information will come out but please save this date. We will make sure parents can bring their children if they require this, and we can put a movie on.

Toys to support learning

Poppet spinners are becoming a very popular toy. I would recommend that they are brought to school for the purpose of supporting learning so they don't go missing. We have a container that is slowly being filled with items to play and create with. If you have any items that may be of use please let me know.

Lost Property

Lost property works when we make sure items are named and we return them to their owners. All teams have designated areas for lost property and that is the first port of call. All items unnamed generally end up back at the office.

Thanks for your continued support around this.

Ngā mihi nui

James Murray


Mothers of the Bible | Igniter Media | Mother's Day Church Video

A Mother's Love

There are times when only a mother's love

Can understand our tears,

Can soothe our disappoints

And calm all of our fears.

There are times when only a mother's love

Can share the joy we feel

When something we've dreamed about

Quite suddenly is real.

There are times when only a mother's faith

Can help us on life's way

And inspire in us the confidence

We need from day to day.

For a mother's heart and a mother's faith

And a mother's steadfast love

Were fashioned by the angels

And sent from God above.

- Author Unknown

Welcome to Term 2.

This term our main focus is on the school Value - Faith; Faithfulness to the Gospel in light of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey’s teachings. Specifically through prayer and service.

Week 1: We talk to Jesus in Prayer

Week 2: Jesus in heaven hears our prayers

Week 3: The Holy Spirit is always with us

Prayer Intentions

If you would like to have a prayer intention prayed for you, your family or someone you know in need. Please email Teresa Rush and you can be added to a prayer list. (This can be confidential as well as specific names and prayer intentions given.)

Sacramental Programme

Please keep our students in your prayers.

This Thursday and Friday we have 5 students preparing for Baptism.

The 55 senior students have begun their sessions for Confirmation which will be on Sunday 23rd May 2pm at St Mary Immaculate Church.

Teresa Rush



Waste Free Wednesday starts this term!

The Environmental Leaders would like to reduce the amount of rubbish at St Mary's school. If your child brings a lunchbox with no rubbish on a Wednesday, one of our wonderful Environmental Leaders will give them a Be Token or House Point!
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EPro 8 competition

Congratulations to our St Mary’s team who made it to the semi finals for the EPro 8 competition. This will be held on May 26th at Mount Intermediate. It was a fantastic effort from these boys who are also our STEM leaders.

We are so proud of you! This is the second year running St Mary’s has had a team qualify for the semi finals.


Dinner for the Homeless - May 29th

The Catholic Youth Office is looking for donations to provide those on the streets with some warm things this winter. We are looking for new or gently used warm clothes, sleeping bags, blankets, toiletries and non-perishable food items to create care packages for our brothers and sisters who are doing it tough. On the 29th May we will be hosting a dinner for the community and they will be able to pick-up these care packages, as well as receive haircuts from local hairdressers. If you are able to donate contact the Youth Office at the Chanel Centre on Grey St. Hamilton. Alternatively, if you would like more details about how you might be able to help email Danielle:

Week of Prayer

Coming up is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated in the Southern Hemisphere between Ascension Sunday and Pentecost Sunday, thus from 16 May to 23 May in Aotearoa New Zealand for 2021. For more information:

Atypical parents support group

This month the Atypical parents support group will have Sarah from Mockingbird demonstrate a few sensory products from the Sensory Sam range.
Please join us at St Mary Immaculate Parish, at 9am, on Thursday 25 May. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.


Dates to remember

Netball - Starts Saturday 22 May (Year 6 Grading Sat 15 May)

Hockey - Starts Saturday 15 May

Basketball - Starts week of 10 May

Year 1-2 Monday

Year 3-4 Tuesday

Year 5-6 Friday


Term 2 - Monday 3 May - Thursday 8 July

Monday 7 June - Queens Birthday

Friday 9 July - Kahui Ako Teacher Only Day

Term 3 - Monday 26 July - Friday 1 October

Wednesday 11 August - Accord Day Teacher Only Day

Term 4 - Monday 18 October - Friday 17 December (12 noon)

Monday 25 October - Labour Day


New Shoots Pre School Market Day

On Saturday 15th May New Shoots Pre School will have a Market Day from 9am to 2pm.

Sausage sizzles, stalls, bouncy castle, face painting, Tauranga Boys Band, Precision dancers, ice creams, balloons, raffles, Otumoetai Lions doing a spin the wheel. Gold coins for bouncy castle and face painting. We hope to see you there!

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