St Mary's School Term 3 Week 8

Te Kura O Hato Mere

Newsletter 16 September 2021


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

It’s so nice to have all of our students back at St Mary’s School. The Alert Level 4 lockdown certainly took us all by surprise and has caused disruption to our country and of course to school life. I would like to thank our staff for the work they did during the lockdown trying to support students’ learning via distance. Every individual household is unique and has different challenges. Teachers were very aware of some of the pressures that some families faced during the lockdown and were careful to try to not add additional stress to families. In Alert Level 3 we had 3 small bubbles of students return to school who were looked after by Miss Coad, Miss Duns and Miss Watson. When we were moved to alert level 2 on 9 September there were a lot of students who were very excited to be back at school to see their friends and teachers again. Although in Alert Level 2 the community in general has not returned totally to normal, learning at school has resumed in much the same way as before and has brought some normality back to all of our lives. Thank you for doing your bit to keep us all safe and healthy by COVID-19 QR tracing whenever you enter the school grounds and trying to keep a safe distance from other parents and whanau.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill



17/09 Friday ERIN Rm5

27/09 Monday CHRISTIAN Rm4

28/09 Tuesday EVA Rm4

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Update to School App

We have introduced a new feature of our school app which requires that you set up a password. This provides additional security and will allow us to send alerts to private groups or individual parents.

You will have recently received an email from School Apps NZ to get you set up. If you have already downloaded the app, just click on the link in the email to set up your new password. If you haven’t downloaded the app previously, you will need to click on the link to download the app from Apple's App Store or the Google Play Store and follow the procedure to set up a password. The good news is that once you have set up your password and logged in, you won't need to re-enter it each time you access the app. When you download the app, please make sure you allow notifications. Please ensure that once you have set up your password that you login to our app so that you may begin receiving alerts again.

If you haven't already done this, please make sure you do so urgently as you currently will not be receiving any school notifications.

Thank you to all parents and whanau who have already completed this.

Maori Language Week

About Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Māori Language Week has been celebrated in Aotearoa since 1975. This special week is an opportunity for the concentrated celebration and promotion of te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language.

In the mid-20th century there were concerns that the Māori language was dying out. The future of te reo Māori was the subject of a Waitangi Tribunal claim in 1985. The tribunal’s recommendations led to far-reaching legislative and policy changes. Māori became an official language of New Zealand in 1987. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori was established in the same year to promote te reo.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is part of a broad Māori language revival programme and raises public awareness for Māori language learning and public usage. Mahuru Māori is an initiative begun in 2017 to promote the use of te reo Māori throughout the month of September.

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Requirements

Please remember at Alert Level 2 that if you are entering the school grounds you need to scan the COVID tracer QR code at the entrance gate or on the office window. If you are staying in the school for more than a few minutes you must also sign in at the school office.

Mana Ake Parent Drop In - Monday 27 September 8.15am-8.45am

Mana Ake provides support for children aged 5 - 12 years across Canterbury. Mana Ake kaimahi (social workers) work with schools to support teachers, families and whānau when children are experiencing ongoing issues that impact their wellbeing such as anxiety, social isolation, parental separations, grief and loss and managing emotions.

If you have any concerns you would like to discuss with our kaimahi Alofa she will be available to meet in our learning centre, fortnightly on Mondays from 8.15am-8.45am.

Faith Fact

Three more Beatitudes for the modern Christian, given to us by Pope Francis…

"Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness.”

"Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him.

"Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.”

Student Drop off in Mornings

Please ensure when you are dropping off your children in the mornings that you do not stop in the carpark in a way that obstructs other cars and parents/whanau from moving past.

It is very important that if you are stopping near the school gate to ensure that you do not hold up other traffic behind you.

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.

Pre Enrolment of Siblings

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.

Teacher Only Days for 2021

Monday 15 November

Closing of School Gate

Please ensure that when you enter and leave the school grounds you shut the school gate properly after you - thank 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.
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Attendance Dues

Each term the parish email invoice to families for attendance dues. Please note that the bank account number for making payments has changed. Their new bank account number is: 03-1592-0207236-22.

Attendance dues are compulsory for all students who attend catholic schools in NZ. For 2021 attendance dues have been set at $412 per year or $103 per term. For budgeting purposes families are welcome to pay weekly or monthly.

Upcoming Events


  • MANA AKE PARENT DROP IN- Monday 27 September 8.15am - 8.45am (Learning Centre)


  • END OF TERM 3- Friday 1 October- School finishes 3pm
  • START OF TERM 4- Monday 18 October 9am

Lunchonline - Subway or Sushi on Fridays

If you would like to order your child’s lunch for delivery on Fridays 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 Friday. If you already have an account you can update your child’s classroom by logging on and clicking on Members.

School App

If you haven’t downloaded our school app please do so as this is our primary means of communication with our school community. This is very important as if you do not have the app downloaded you may miss out on important information. If you require any assistance to download it please ask at the school office.