Newsletter Week 1 Term 3

Newsletter 20 - Week 1 Term 3, 28 July 2021

Principal's Message

Welcome back to Term 3. We have an action packed term planned with great learning experiences for our students.

This term we welcome Jane Trask who has been appointed as a classroom teacher in Kakano 8. Jane has been relieving in the school this year and was also the Kakano 8 teacher last year. I am sure that you will make Jane feel very welcome.

Welcome to our new children who started at St Mary’s this week; Nico Dicker, Molly Doyle, Indi Adriaansz, Athena Antony, and Awa Nishanthan.

The PTA AGM is scheduled for 7pm TONIGHT in the school staffroom. All are welcome to attend. There will be drinks and nibbles provided!! I would really appreciate you supporting our PTA.

Three Way Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday 3rd August from 3.10 to 6.00 pm and Wednesday 4th August 3.10 - 6.00 pm. You need to go to and enter the event code aemzc.

The time allowed for each conference is 10 minutes. Please be considerate of the teacher (who needs to keep to the appointment schedule) and other parents who have made bookings. If you feel you need more time for discussion, please organise another time to meet with the teacher.

The purpose of the conference is so parents/student/teacher can co-construct a literacy goal, maths goal and a values/key competency goal.

Reports will be sent home with your child on Friday. With the reports is a whanau sheet for you to rate your child’s progress against the key competency area.

The Key Competencies are capabilities that help your child learn. Using the scale you tick the appropriate box that you think best describes your child. Please return the form to your classroom teacher on Monday the 2nd of August. This document will form part of the discussion, in order to co-construct your child’s next learning goals, at the learning conferences.

On Tuesday August 19th from 6pm-6:45pm the PB4L Team is holding a discussion night. The focus will be on the relationships between families, children and school. We will cover topics such as wellbeing, home-school partnerships, bullying and where to go for guidance and support. You are all invited to attend this meeting.

In partnership with the NZ Police, all our children will be involved in the Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme. Keeping Ourselves Safe enables children to learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others. Students recognise the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and those who have been or are being abused are encouraged to seek help. We will be holding ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ parent information meetings on Monday 9 August, 5.15-6pm, in Room 14. You are encouraged to attend a meeting to hear more about the programme.

Have a great week. A mixed bag of weather but the good news is we are over the winter hump and now we are heading towards Spring. A great thought.

Kind regards,

David Macmillan,



The PTA AGM is scheduled for - 7pm tonight - Wednesday 28 July - in the school staffroom. All interested persons are welcome to attend. There will be drinks and nibbles provided!!

Please come into the school via the Carnot Street gate and enter the building through the student entrance alongside the school office.

We would love to have some new members ... so come along and see how we operate ... you will love being part of this vibrant group!

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Message from DRS Bernie Hall

This week our school celebrates Matariki and we pray that this season of renewal will also help us to renew and grow our relationships with each other, and with Jesus.

From the Josephite Sisters Aotearoa:

During Matariki, we celebrate our unique place in the world. We give respect to the whenua on which we live, and admiration to our mother earth, Papatuanuku.

Throughout Matariki, we learn about those who came before us. Our history, our family,

our bones. Matariki signals growth. It’s a time of change. It’s a time to prepare, and a time of action. During Matariki, we acknowledge what we have and what we have to give. Matariki celebrates the diversity of life. It's a celebration of culture, language, spirit and people.

Matariki is our Aotearoa Pacific New Year.

Goal Setting Three Way Conferences Tuesday 3 August and Wednesday 5 August

Students and their parent(s) need to attend a 10-minute appointment on one of these two days.

Appointments available

Tuesday 3 August 3.10pm - 6pm

Wednesday 4 August 3.10pm - 6pm

How to make a booking

Bookings are now open. How do parents make a booking for their child's Three-Way Conference?

Via the following link and enter the code aemzc

Via the links button on our School App - select School Interviews - enter the code aemzc

Please note: If you are late for your appointment you might be asked to rebook for another time. This is because the class teacher needs to consider the bookings made by other families and keep to the times they have booked for. We look forward to seeing you and your child at the conference.

National Netsafety Week is this week

Check out the link to access some resources

Important Community Hui : Monday 9 August 5.15 - 6pm in Room 14

Kia ora koutou. I would like to acknowledge St Mary’s school for their ongoing commitment to delivering the Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS) programme. KOS is a personal safety programme that teaches students vital interpersonal skills in different situations. You can find out about the programme at:

The programme will be delivered by classroom teachers from 23rd August. There will be a community hui at St Mary's School on Monday 9 August, 5.15-6pm, in Room 14, where I will explain what the programme entails, and share some tips about keeping your young ones safe. You are encouraged to attend.

Please take time to speak with your children about what they are learning in the programme. It will also give you an opportunity to reinforce your family’s values and expectations.

If you have any questions please contact me

E mihi ana

Viv Sutton

School Community Officer, Rotorua Police

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PB4L is a Ministry of Education initiative that was developed to help NZ schools build a culture where positive behaviour and learning is a way of life. A key part of this for our school is having our school values at the very heart of the way we live and learn at St Mary's.

Zones of Regulation

You may have heard your children talking about the Zones of regulation - the red, yellow, green and blue zones. The Zones of Regulation are based in cognitive therapy and help children to understand what emotion they are feeling, what triggered the emotion and how to get themselves back into a calm place. We all deal with things that make us feel worried, frustrated, angry, jiggly, happy, silly... and it’s all perfectly normal. There are times and places where some of these feelings are going to get in the way, however - e.g. we can’t do our best learning at school if we are feeling worried and we can’t play nicely with others when we are feeling angry. Managing our emotions, and our actions, sometimes needs a little skill training and some practice. The Zones of regulation gives us a common language and a framework to support our young people through this important learning. We will be talking more about each zone in the coming newsletters but your children could teach you a bit about The Zones, too.

Upcoming School Events

  • Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 August - Goal Setting Three Way Conferences

  • Monday 9 August 'Keeping Ourselves Safe' programme

  • Thursday 19 August PB4L 'Focus on Family' presentation

  • Grandparents Mass 10 September 2021

  • School Photos

    The keycode to use for orders for your child will be issued once photos are ready for purchase.

    Special Mentions

    We love celebrating your child's successes outside of school, please share them with us. Email a small blurb & photo (optional) to Whaea Leanne at by 12pm Tuesdays for the following days newsletter.

    Sports News


    Junior Tough Guy & Gal Challenge

    Entries through school have now closed - if you have registered your child, please make sure you have paid the $25 registration fee by Friday 30th July.

    You can still register your child directly through the Event Promotions website by clicking HERE. Important Information: Our school group is attending on Wednesday 18th August, please put ‘St Marys Catholic Primary School’ as school and TEACHER for bib pickup, otherwise your child's race bib will not be available for us to collect on the day.

    Special Mention

    Congratulations to Keira Murray, who won gold in her category at the BOP Grappling Series (Jiu Jitsu) held in Rotorua during the school holidays.

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    Golf Programme

    - Futures Geyserland Term 3.

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