Newsletter Term 4 Week1

St Mary's School Blenheim Friday 21st October 2022

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Kia ora koutou Te Kura O Hato Mere Whānau,

Welcome back to school and the stunning weather that has made this week fly by as the tamariki have been outside learning, playing and training for the school athletics day this term.

Smiling faces ‘In Christ’s Light’ have guided happiness and joy back to our kura after two weeks of silence. It is great to all be back together as a hapori whānui.

Having the gates open and parents back on site has been fantastic. You are all welcome back. It was heartening to have parents and whānau join us for morning prayer on Monday as we started the new term in the prayer garden. Thank you to the children for singing with such vigour, faith filled expressions of joy through their voices and brilliant dance moves.

The prayer garden went through a transformation during the holidays. The gardens cleaned up, weeds removed, hedges trimmed, and daffodils planted ready for their first showing in 2023. Silence over the holidays but certainly not stillness.

Thank you very much to Miss McCone, her parents, niece and nephew, Nick and Casey Twidle, Megan and Harry McKendry, Mrs Lamain and Lukas Dowling for coming to school in week one and joining in the fun moving tonnes of mulch into the new garden space alongside the MBC boundary with the new fruit trees and helping to spread mulch and add more coverage to the big garden on the Stephenson Street Boundary. The space looks fantastic and is nearly ready for more plants to go in the ground.

Another 500 daffodils bulbs have been planted and we look forward to the Stephenson Street boundary looking sharp next year when they come out and shine

Loads happening this term, school camps, athletic sports, touch, fundamentals, tennis, volleyball, a working bee, Year 8 Taonga, end of year celebrations. It will feel like a short term because it is such a fast term. Please make sure you keep reading the notifications that get sent to you all through the school app, Hero and the newsletters.

I am looking forward to celebrating the rest of October, the month of the Rosary as we all take time to reflect and look forward to celebrating the time of Christ’s birth and Mary’s ultimate sacrifice.

It is a time to focus on whānau and our wider hapori whānui. Take care of each other and support those on the margins. Margins and those in the margins include all people to varying degrees and this is exacerbated through this time of the year leading up to Christmas.

Show love, take care and spread JOY.

May God Bless you all,

Yours ‘In Christ’s Light’

Paddy Dowling

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  • Labour Day (Public Holiday) - Monday 25th October
  • Year 5/6 Camp - Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th October
  • Rooms 4, 5 & 6 Fundamental Skills - Tuesday 25th - Friday 28th October
  • Year 7/8 Camp Pine Valley - Tuesday 1st Nov - Friday 4th November
  • School Athletics - Wednesday 16th November
  • Marlborough Girls College Orientation Day, year 8's - Thursday 24th November
  • St Mary's Got Talent - Thursday 8th December
  • Celebration Evening - Thursday 15th Dec 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • End of Year Liturgy - Friday 16th December 10.45 - 11.45am
  • Last Day of School - Term 4 - Friday 16th December 12.05pm
  • 150th Jubilee - 30th June - 2nd July 2023
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Term 4 Sports

Check out the Term 4 Sports draws weekly on our website

Touch Rugby

Competition is now underway - good luck to all our students participating in Touch Rugby, have fun and enjoy your games each Thursday.

Games are played: Thursdays 3:45, 4:15, 4:45 or 5:15 at Lansdowne Park

Competition begins: Thursday 20th Oct and finishes Thursday 8th Dec 2022.

Touch Draw Term 4 2022


Inspire Tennis Primary School Tennis Competition

When: Saturday Mornings

Saturday 29th October to Saturday 10th December 2022

Continues: Saturday 11th February to Saturday 18th March 2022 (13 weeks total)

Two Timelsots for games: 8:45am (Division 2 and 4) and 10:15am (Division 1 and 3) Kiwi Division may alternate between both time slots.

Where: Various Courts throughout Marlborough.

Tennis Draw - 29 Oct 2022


The Marlborough Junior Volleyball League will operate during Term 4, 2022 to cater specifically for Year’s 3 to 8 students.
League details for Term 4 season are as follows:
Venue: Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000, Blenheim
Time: From 4.00pm.
Duration: Friday 28th October – Friday 9th December (7 consecutive weeks)

Games will be a minimum of 30 minutes duration.

1 game per team per night unless a double-header is required due to an uneven no. of teams.

Assisting with duty (scoring) may be required.

Teams must have a Parent/Teacher supervisor court-side at every game. If for any
reason this person cannot attend please ensure that a ring-in is found.

The season runs as follows:
Friday 28th October: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th November: Friday 2nd and 9th December:

Summer Football

5-6 year old 4.15 – 4.45

7-8 year old 4.45 – 5.15

9-10 year old 5.15 – 5.45

11+ year old 5.45 – 6.30

Games played from Wednesday 16th November to Wednesday 14th December

Where: A and P Park

Shinpads are compulsory for all players.


Want to learn how to run, jump or throw? The skills you learn in athletics are the perfect foundation for almost any sport.

Every student can give athletics a go. Our local athletics club is welcoming new members now and we encourage students to get involved and get active.

They have a junior section, which caters for 5-6 year olds. The emphasis on this group is to introduce children to track and field events, focusing on the development of the correct techniques and skills – while having fun!

Older children, aged 7-15 year old, take part in a more structured programme focused on age-appropriate events. You can find out more on our About page. Contact details for click this link: Marlborough Athletics

When: Wednesday Nights 5.30-7.00.

Where: Athletic Park – Brewer Street, Blenheim

Season runs from mid October to end of March.

To register go to Marlborough Athletics.

Big thanks for all the parents who have volunteered their time to Coach or Supervise our school teams.

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If you would like to order SUBWAY, please order online Wednesday mornings

Orders must be done before 8.45am on Wednesday mornings.

Online order instructions here

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