St Mary's School Term 4 Week 5 2022

Te Kura O Hato Mere

Pānui/Newsletter - Thursday 17 November 2022


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

Our recent community survey provided some excellent feedback for the staff. Last Monday I read out the responses to the staff at our staff meeting. At the end of it, I could sense that they were all very heartened by the strong positive responses in nearly every area of the survey from the overwhelming majority of respondents. It is a great feeling to have such positive feedback and affirmation.

As educators in a catholic school, we strive to provide the best education for our students whilst trying to model the Gospel values of Jesus. Sometimes we get it wrong and need to reflect on what we need to change and move on from there. Schools are living, breathing entities and constantly in a state of flux. If we just sit back and take things for granted soon enough we can stagnate so that we are no longer maintaining such a high standard. We are mindful that we need to continue to listen and take action from feedback and adapt and change if necessary. That way we can keep up the incredibly high standard of education we offer to our students and whanau.

Thank you all so much for all your positive feedback and affirmation. We are very grateful.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill



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Thanks New World Stanmore Rd, Canterbury Cricket and Kookaburra for our new cricket gear!

Baking Sale Monday 21st November- 2pm

As part of our fundraiser to support Paulo, the boy we sponsor through World Vision from Tanzania, the Arataki team are hosting a bake sale at school next week on Monday the 21st of November at 2pm.

We will be selling cookies, biscuits, cakes, cupcakes, slices and some savoury items.

We hope you can come along, we appreciate your support!

Prices to expect:

Prices will range from $1 - $15 depending on quantity and size of the items.

Year 7 and 8 Camp to Woodend- 23 November -25 November

A reminder to Year 8 parents and whanau that Year 7 and 8 will be going on camp next Wednesday. Please make sure your child has all the gear on the list.

Winners of Community Feedback Survey

Thankyou to the huge amount of parents/whanau that completed our recent survey. We appreciated you invaluable feedback.

The winners of the two New World Vouchers were:

1. Anastasia Ah Tong

2. Mary Rose Burns

Our Catholic Faith Fact - Christ The King

On the last Sunday of each liturgical year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, or Christ the King. This will be celebrated on Sunday November 20.

Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925 with his encyclical Quas primas (“In the first”) to respond to growing secularism and atheism. He recognized that attempting to “thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law” out of public life would result in continuing discord among people and nations. This solemnity reminds us that while governments come and go, Christ reigns as King forever.

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


City Centre Motel are currently hiring part time/ casual housekeepers Mon-Fri, 9am- 2pm.

It’s great for someone who is looking things to do during the school hours.

We are located 876 Colombo street, please come and talk us or phone us 3729294.

Our email address is

Looking forward to see you join our friendly team.



City Centre Motel

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.

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.

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.

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


  • Kotahitanga Team Mass- Thursday 24 November- 9.15am (All welcome)
  • Year 7 and 8 Camp Woodend- Wednesday 23 Nov-Fri 25 Nov


  • 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 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.