St Mary's Catholic School 24th March 2021 - Term 1 Week 8

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Gospel Reading

John 12:20-33

Jesus teaches his disciples about the way in which he will be glorified by God, and a voice from heaven is heard to affirm this teaching.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Sunday’s Gospel reading is taken from the Gospel of John. We are reading much further into John’s Gospel than we have for the past two weeks. Chapter 12 of John’s Gospel is a preparation for the beginning of the passion narrative to follow. Jesus has just raised Lazarus from the dead—an important sign in John’s Gospel, which inspired many people to believe in Jesus. This event also marks the turning point in Jesus’ conflict with the Jewish authorities. John’s Gospel tells us that the Sanhedrin met after this event and made plans to kill Jesus. In the 12th chapter of John’s Gospel, Jesus is anointed at Bethany and enters Jerusalem in triumph. We again see evidence of the significance of the raising of Lazarus to this event; John reports that the crowds also gathered to see Lazarus.

Following his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Jesus predicted his suffering, death, and Resurrection and prepared his disciples to believe in the salvation that his death would accomplish. Using the metaphor of the grain of wheat, Jesus presented the idea that his dying would be beneficial. He also taught that those who would be his disciples must follow his example of sacrifice. This theme will be repeated in John’s account of the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as an example of how they must serve one another.

The final section of today’s Gospel might be read as John’s parallel to the agony in the garden. Unlike the Synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of John does not record Jesus’ anguished prayer in the garden of Gethsemane before his arrest. Although comparable words are found in today’s reading, Jesus gives a confident response to the question he raises when asking God to save him from his impending death. After announcing his conviction that it is for this purpose that he came, a voice from heaven speaks, as if in answer to Jesus’ prayer. This voice, like the one heard at Jesus’ baptism and at Jesus’ Transfiguration—events reported in the Synoptic Gospels but not in John’s Gospel—affirms that God welcomes the sacrifice that Jesus will make on behalf of others. In John’s Gospel, Jesus teaches that this voice was sent for the sake of those who would believe in him.

In Sunday’s Gospel, we also hear Jesus speak about the cosmic framework against which we are to understand his passion, death, and Resurrection. Through his death and Resurrection, Jesus conquered Satan, the ruler of this world. In this way the world is judged, but the judgment is not condemnation. Instead, through Jesus’ dying and rising, salvation is brought to the world.


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.

This Term seems to be certainly racing by. I want to thank our community for the way in which you supported us through our Tsunami evacuation. We have taken some learnings as a school from this and we will put those learnings into practice at our next planned drill.

Also, thank-you for all the support in our extra-curricular activities that all our parents and volunteers give time to support our children with.


We are so fortunate to have a couple of parents who take photos of our children at events and we are able to publish them. This is an area where we also want to be safe and protect our families. If, for any reason you do not want us to publish pictures of your child or whanau please let the office know. We also ask that parents be very mindful of taking photos of any other children while taking photos of their own and putting them on their own social media. A good habit for our society to get into is to ask permission.

Term 3 and 4 Accord days

Accord days are essentially TEACHER ONLY DAYS and were given to schools during the last round of NZEI negotiations. St Mary's used one accord day last year. This year we have added two more to our 2021 calendar. Accord days are for the Teachers to support their workload. Our Term 3 Teacher Only Day is Wednesday 11th August which we have aligned with Aquinas College. I will inform you of our Term 4 date in the next newsletter.

Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme

The Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme commenced this week for all students. We have shared the information overview with you via two email communications, and your child's Whanau Teacher has shared with you what they will be covering each week. We held one parent meeting with Emma Buxton, our Police officer. Emma will be able to deliver one lesson per class and then Teachers will deliver the rest of the programme. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

On Wednesday 14th April and Thursday 15th April we will be holding parent/teacher conferences. These will be 15 minutes where the teacher will go over the goals, graph and information regarding our philosophy and teaching of spelling. The interviews start at 2pm both days. Tika children will go into Rm 3 from 1.45pm onwards and the rest of the school will be in the BAMJC. School does not finish early, however if you wanted to pick your child up from their room between 1.30pm-1.45 please just let your teacher know. The bus service and After School Care will still be running.

To book a conference time please go directly to the booking page using this link.

Sports at St Mary's

We are looking forward to an action packed Term 2 and thank-you to Rachel for all her efforts when sorting teams out. As a school we want as many children to participate in our extra-curricular activities as possible. The process for all sports is to take expressions of interest, then work through teams and coaches from there. As a school we need to take full control of these activities and we are proud of it. I would like our community to note that we make these decisions in the best interests of all sports. I have linked an article below that supports this. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Rachel in the first instance.
Sports Information

Ngā mihi nui

James Murray

WHAKAPONO YEAR 4 CAMP - we will never forget it!

See heaps more photos on our Facebook page


Exposition/ Adoration/ Benediction

This Thursday the school will spend special time with Jesus. All classes will visit the chapel for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The school will have Benediction at 2 pm, all welcome.

Holy Week

We start our Holy Week Celebrations this Friday.

Students are encouraged to bring Jesus Clothes this Friday to wear at the Palm Sunday Liturgy.

Whanau are welcome to attend Liturgies and the Way of the Cross this and next week to prepare for Easter.

Holy Week Timetable

Week 8

Friday 26th March

11:00 am - Palm Sunday Liturgy led by Whanau Wood and Whanau Tanner in the BAMJC - whole school

Donkey parade -All students encouraged to bring ‘Jesus clothes’

Liturgy. Palm Sunday Liturgy - in Centre and move out to field for the Donkey parade.

Week 9

Monday 29th March

10:00 am Washing of Feet led by Whanau Meehan and Whanau Fraser in the BAMJC - whole school

1:30 pm, Way of the Cross led by Whanau Robbie Whanau Fraser, Whanau Walter, Whanau Meehan

2:15 pm, Way of the Cross led by Whanau Laban Whanau Wood, Whanau Piceno, Whanau McCabe

Tuesday 30th March

10:00 am, Last Supper led by Maramatanga in the BAMJC - whole school

1:30 pm, Way of the Cross led by Whanau Akkerman Whanau Oates, Whanau Mayall, Whanau King, Whanau Yorke

2:15 pm, Way of the Cross led by Whanau Kelliher/ McIntosh Whanau Strange, Whanau Goldsmith, Whanau Cochrane, Whanau Tanner

Wednesday 31st March

10:00 am, Garden of Gethsemane (10 am) - Whanau Tanner in the BAMJC - whole school

Thursday 1st April

10:00 am, Good Friday Whanau McCabe in the BAMJC - whole school

Wednesday 7th April

10:00 am, Resurrection Liturgy Whanau Walter in the BAMJC

St Joseph’s Day

We had a wonderful day on Friday with Mass and then student activities.

The bake sale raised $413, thank you for supporting our act of service. A special thanks to Evie Dumbleton, Ruby Wheeler and Nieve Barry who organised the Bake sale.

Sacramantal programme

Please keep in your prayers the 62 St Mary’s students who are making their first Reconciliation on Friday evening.

God Bless

Teresa Rush



Easter Services

Holy Thursday - 7pm, St Mary Immaculate (no morning Mass on Holy Thursday)

Good Friday - 3pm, St Mary Immaculate and St Joseph’s, Te Puna

There will be Stations of the Cross on Good Friday 9am at St Mary Immaculate, and 10am St Joseph’s

Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil: 6.30pm, St Mary Immaculate (no morning Mass or confessions)

Easter Sunday - 8am and 10.30am St Mary Immaculate, and 9am St Therese, Bethlehem.


McLaren Falls Forestry Trip

Many thanks to the Aroha parents who were able to join us on this trip. The children learned about pest control and how vital this is to saving our native plants and birds in the bush. We enjoyed carrying out the bait setting and discovering how well this method of trapping worked.

A-Typical Parents Support Group

We will be meeting at St Mary Immaculate Church on Thursday 25 March at 9am. We will have Daniel Ortiz from Manawanui talk to us about different options for using our funding. Daniel will also be gathering our opinions on the Covid vaccination rollout to a-typical children.

If you’d like to know more please email me, Mary-Jane Du Toit at

Musical Theatre Tuesday Lunchtime Registration

In Term 2, Patrice from Gobsmacked will be running lunchtime musical theatre workshops.

See the poster for more information.

Musical Theatre Holiday Programme Registration

Sign up for Gobsmacked's Musical Theatre Holiday program held at the Tauranga Boys College Graham Young Theatre. See the poster for more information.



Congratulations to the 2021 St Mary's Swimming Cup Winners.

Year 6
Matthew Rogers
Mackenzie Jury

Year 5
Max Page

Daisy Bell

South Cluster Swimming Championships

Good luck to our 26 swimmers who will represent St Mary's School at the South Cluster Swimming Championships on Tuesday 30th March held at Greerton Pools.

Netball Registration

Year 1- 6

Season begins Saturday 22nd May and finishes the end of August.

Years 1 & 2 games will be played between 10:00am – 11:00am

Years 3 & 4 games will be played between 11:30am – 12:30pm

Years 5 & 6 games will be played between 12:30pm – 1:30pm

*Grading for Year 6 team on Saturday 15th May (Years 1-5 don’t grade).

Trials for Year 5-6 teams will take place at lunchtime over the next few weeks.

Cost - $50 pp for Year 1-5

$65 pp for Year 6

Register for Year 5 & 6 Netball here

Last day for Registration is 31st March.

Basketball Registration

Year 1-6

Season begins week of 10th May for Year 3-6 and then the week of 17th May for Year 1-3 (Little League). The season runs until the end of September.

Year 1 & 2 will play on Monday

Year 3 & 4 will play on Tuesday

Year 5 & 6 will play on Friday

Locations – Trustpower Arena, QEYC

Referees will be supplied and are included in fees

Trials for Year 5-6 teams will take place at lunchtime over the next few weeks.


Cost - $45 pp for Year 1&2

$95pp for Year 3-6

Register for Year 1 - 6 Basketball here

Last day for Registration is 31st March.

Hockey Registration

Year 3-6

Season begins Saturday 15 May and ends last week of August – NB may be subject to change.

Games will be played between 8:30am – 1:30pm at Blake Park. Occasionally satellite turfs around Tauranga are used.

· Funsticks (Year 1&2) is a separate competition which each child registers individually with the Hockey Association. More information will be available in the next week or so.

Cost - $50 pp

Trials for Year 5-6 teams will take place at lunchtime over the next few weeks. More information will go out to families closer to the time.

Register for Year 3 - 6 Hockey here

Last day for Registration is 31st March.

Gymnastics Registration

Years 1-6

This takes place at school, on a Tuesday morning. For all registrations please contact, Marie on 0211705426 or

Jump Jam Registration

Ms Mayall will be taking ‘fun’ Jump Jam classes on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes during Term 2.

There will also be Competitive Jump Jam taking place. Registrations are now open, and a form is available on Hero for you to fill in. You can also register your child using this link.

The Tauranga based Competition will take place on 3rd June. Venue TBA

Hip Hop Registration

Hip Hop with Val is a fun introduction to dance for Year 0 – 8’s with a focus on building self-confidence for the children.

Choreography is kept simple so that children of all levels can have a go.

This term fees are $50 per child, per term 1 and invoiced directly to the parents. Classes run for 10 weeks this term which includes 9 classes plus a performance.

Classes will be held Mondays lunch times beginning Week 2.

Full information and invoices will be send in next 7 days after registration.

Simply click on this link & fill out the online enrolment form to enrol.

Enrolments close 2nd May

Rachel Parry Sport Coordinator

Any sporting queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on:

Term Dates

Term 1 - Ends Friday 16 April

Friday 2 April, Monday 5 April, Tuesday 6 April - Easter holidays

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

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

Monday 25 October - Labour Day

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