St Mary's School

Friday 10th December 2021

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13)

Dear whānau, tamariki and parishioners,

The sunny days are bringing out the best in our children. It is great to see them out together playing team games and working together. Your children are an absolute credit to you all, working hard right to the very end; I have read some wonderful stories about Christmas, some persuasive texts encouraging elves to travel the world, lovely letters to Santa and some mighty fine 'warning' stories.

The Senior Leadership Team is planning for 2022, we have smaller classes that are of mixed year groups (composite classes) these will really make the best of our teaching spaces - exciting! Overall, I feel like we have all had enough to manage this year so I am definitely taking it slowly to make the best decisions rather than the 'quick' decisions. There will be more information to come of course!

I hope you are all beginning to plan for a restful and holy time with your families.

God bless, kia kaha, Annie

Christmas mufti on Friday

A big thank you for your support last Monday. We sold 170 gingerbread reindeer. We raised $185.80 and today we have added $453.90 to that total, making it $639.70, Mrs Nelson will round that up to $650.

Congratulations to Hamish Christie who guessed the correct number of lollies in the jar. Our Christmas themed mufti day has been great fun, everyone looked great. We will give this money to our local St Vincent de Paul Society after our school Mass on Monday morning.

Thank you from Madelyn, Alby, Max and Augusta

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A Donkey's Christmas

It has just got to be the very best time of the year. The Junior students were outstanding yesterday, I really hope families got to see the zoom link either live or later in the day. Well done to everyone involved, thanks for all your work in ensuring to make the Christmas season complete with the Nativity story.

Te kupu o te wiki - the word of the week

This week I'll do a quick recap on all the words we have shared this term

  • aroha love
  • whakapono faith
  • awhero hope (as in to desire for something)
  • whānau family
  • ra whānau birthday
  • arohamai sorry

Hopefully I've time to fit one more in before Christmas!


The Gore Parish 2nd. Rite of Reconciliation in preparation for Christmas is on next Wednesday 15th. December in the church at 5.00 p.m. (3 priests available).

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Term 4 dates

We are still gently working our way through our events; thanks for working with us as we carefully finish the year.

Week 9 13-16 December

Miss Bond, Mrs Hansen and Mrs Gray Gospel

School Mass for school students only Monday 13th December

Leavers assembly Wednesday 15th December times specified in the Year 6 letter

School finishes at the usual time

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Term dates 2022

Term 1 02/02/22 - 14/04/22

Term 2 02/05/22 - 08/07/22

Term 3 25/07/21 - 30/09/22

Term 4 17/10/22 - 15/12/22

Teacher only days (sorry I missed two last week) 31st Jan, 7th and 8th June 16th December 2022

Mass times

Please note that as of this weekend all Catholic churches will be working to the traffic light system. We will still have two Masses - 7pm Saturday is open to anyone with a number limit of 50, and 10.00 on Sunday morning is for those with vaccination passes.

Sunday vigil - Saturday 7pm

Sunday morning 10.00 am


10.00pm 24th December Christmas Vigil (vaccine pass required - unlimited numbers)

9.00am 25th December Christmas morning Mass (open to all, limited to 50 people)