St Mary's School

Friday 17th September

"As it is, these remain: faith, hope and love, the three of them; and the greatest of them is love." Corinthians, 13 – 13

Dear whānau, tamariki and parishioners,

This week we welcome Khalee Robertson into room Bellbird, she is joined by Grace Gadpayle. Grace has a big brother, Altius, who is in Year 5. You are all very welcome to St Mary's.

The past few weeks have been a strange and trying time for many of us, but what a great opportunity to reach out to one another, to smile or greet each other, ask how people are, to be alert to each other's feelings and situations. Thank goodness for our shared commitment to the virtue of love. We are a blessed community to have so many people prepared to work together for the benefit of our children.

Keep an eye out for the zoom Mass invitation and the live facebook feed at 10.00am Sunday.

God bless, kia kaha, Annie

Social Justice Week - Te Wiki o te Whai Tika 2021

Tis week is a time to consider, reflect and take action on current social justice issues in the light of Catholic Social Teaching. This year's theme is A culture of Encounter: Be the Church.To help us with this we use the resources created by Caritas and these resources remind us that we are called to be God's hands and feet. Currently there are a lot of questions and issues around COVID and what next - being the hands and feet of God means that we are kind and we suspend judgement as we all learn to live through this time together.
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Sacramental programme news

The new date for the Holy Communion Mass and celebrations is Sunday 31st October. In order to continue to prepare the children to receive the Sacrament for the first time Mrs Gray started this Wednesday and will use the next two Wednesday afternoons to take the children for lessons in the school library at 1.30pm.

Introducing our new Bilingual Support Worker

Sheilah Omega is our new Bilingual Support Worker. Sheilah migrated to New Zealand in 2008 with her husband Michael and eldest child Mikee. Her husband begun dairy farming in 2007, and was ably assisted by Sheilah in 2017. When they landed their dairy contract milking business the business become a pathway to help with introducing other Filipino to the greener pastures in New Zealand. In 2018 Sheilah was a member of the Knapdale School Board of Trustees. Her role was an asset in helping migrant families feel a belonging within the community. From then on Sheilah has been tagged as being the elder sister of the Filipino community.

Contact no: 0211872421 or email:

Kotahi i te Miriona - One in a million!

This week is te wiki o te reo Māori, Māori language week. Just one of the ways we celebrate this is through participation in the Māori Language Movement Moment. At midday today (Wednesday) each class was involved in a Māori language or a tikanga Māori activity.

Te kupu o te wiki

Te kupu o te wiki - the word of the week - this is a new addition to the newsletter following our Māori whānau consultation hui.

This week's we will focus on how to say 'thank you'.

In te Reo you can informally say, "kia ora" or more formally "ngā mihi"

For high achievers you can find more simple greetings etc at this website.


Many of you will have noticed Annie Nelson wears a badge with the number 1737 on - that's not her birthday badge, she is marginally younger than that.

1737 is a free talk or text counselling help line that operates 24 hours a day. This number gets a trained counsellor or a peer support worker, and the service is absolutely free. Encourage others to reach out if they need to.

Updated term 3 dates

All class Masses are on hold until Term 4.

Holy Communion Mass - now 31st October

Wk 9 20-24 Sept (Bellbird)

SENIOR School production, 22nd and 23rd - POSTPONED UNTIL 3rd and 4th NOVEMBER

Wk 10 27-1 Oct

Catholic Schools Day 28th - CANCELLED

Eastern Interschools Year 6 sports tournament CANCELLED

Friday Term ends at the usual time 2.50pm