St Mary's School

Thursday 5th May 2022

'We should be as shining lamps, giving light to all' - Catherine McAuley

Dear whānau,

What a great start we have had to term 2. This week we welcomed 7 new students. In Pukeko: Ollie Braithwaite, Jordan Coyle (Tyler's little brother), Harper Holland-Williams (Braylen's little sister), Thomas Muir (Theo's little brother), and Belle Savage. Further up the school we have Hollie (Ruru) and James (Takahe) Deuchrass who have joined us from Winton. Wishing you all happy school days and we look forward to welcoming all of you at our Welcome Liturgy later this term.

In other exciting news, we've had our architect, builders and other tradies on site this week. They have started work on Annie's old office, the old staffroom/Oscar/extra new entrant classroom , and first aid and reading recovery rooms which will be renovated and rejigged to create a new learning space and resource rooms.

We're looking forward to having you back in school and joining us to support your kids in different activities throughout the term. We've already got a few events on the calendar: Mother's Day Liturgy (tomorrow), Cross Country (week 3) and whole school Mass (week 4) - we'd love to see you there.

God bless,


Acting Principal

Where in the world is Annie Nelson?

As you know, Annie has taken some well deserved time off to go and visit her family overseas. She's part of a large family who are dotted all over the place - like Cyprus! You'll see her pictured below at the Tomb of the Kings. As part of her trip, she will be joining the Queen at Buckingham Palace for a Platinum Jubilee Garden Party to celebrate her amazing sister, Kate, who was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) a few years ago (celebrations couldn't go ahead at the time because of Covid).

Annie isn't very good at bragging, so I'll happily do it for her. Just incase you're not up with your Order of the British Empire awards, I'll tell you this. Adele, Ed Sheeran and John Lennon (he gave his back, but you get the idea) have all received MBE awards. The OBE award is a whole step above that. David Beckham has one, I think that's all I need to say about that. You're a legend, Kate!

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Sacramental Programme 2022

Enrolment forms have gone out this week to the children in year 4 and above who have been baptised but have not yet received the sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and First Communion.

Lessons start this Sunday the 8th May at the 10am Mass. There is a small charge of $15 for the two workbooks for the programme. Here are the dates for the preparation lessons for Confirmation at the 10am Mass: 8th May, 15th May, 22nd May

29th May Confirmation will be celebrated with Bishop Michael Dooley

Please return completed forms to the School office or the Parish office by Friday 6th May. Any questions please email

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John Parson - Cybersafety

Last term Annie shared with you all a link from John Parsons about nosy parents being loving parents.

This week's clip is about children trusting their gut instincts. Either click the link below, or this one if it is playing

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Upcoming events

Week 1

Gospel and prayers - Room Kiwi

Friday 6th May - Mother's Day Liturgy and afternoon tea

Week 2

Gospel and prayers - Room Pukeko

Monday - Kieva, Albion Excelsior Rugby Ambassador, in for rugby skills

Tuesday and Wednesday - Sarah, Sports Activator

Thursday - year 5's at Hamilton Park, GDC replanting project

Week 3

Gospel and prayers - Room Takahe

Monday - Kieva, Albion Excelsior Rugby Ambassador, in for rugby skills

Wednesday - whole school cross country - Gore A&P Showgrounds

Week 4

Gospel and prayers - Room Kea

Sunday - whole school Mass - 9.45am in the school quad