Newsletter - Week 4 Term 2

Newsletter 13 25 May 2022

Principal's Message

Kia Ora,

St Mary’s Board of Trustees would like to congratulate Sylvia Dunkley and Brigitte Holmes on their appointment to the positions of Deputy Principal at St Mary’s. The process of selection was robust and the Board had a number of excellent candidates to select from. Sylvia starts in the position immediately and Brigitte will start in Term 3.

We, at St Mary’s, are pleased to hear of the appointment of Justin Harper to the position of Principal at John Paul College. I am sure you will join me in congratulating him. Justin is currently the Principal of Cullinane College in Wanganui. We look forward to working with him in times to come.

We had a very successful Pink Shirt day last Friday. Thanks for your support with this. Over $400 was raised for NZ Mental Health Foundation.

Next Wednesday the Parish is hosting the Ko Hata Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua icon. The translation is Holy Mary, Mother of God. The Bishops of NZ commissioned this artwork as they wanted a depiction of Mary that connects her to our country. On Wednesday our Year 4 to 6 children are participating at Mass where the icon will be present. Feel free to come into the church next week and see the painting and pray and grow in your devotion to Mary.

Next Thursday, 2nd June is our Cross Country. If you haven’t done so already, please fill in the survey telling us how your child is going to get home from the cross country.

Cross Country form

A reminder that we have a Teacher’s Only Day on the 7th of June and there will be no school on that day for our children. Maryanne Roling provides childcare at school. You can contact her on 0211 215599

I am presently at home after testing positive for Covid yesterday. I look forward to seeing everyone when I return to school next week.

Have a great week.

David Macmillan,



The artwork, Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua, which was commissioned and blessed to commemorate the rededication of Aotearoa under the care of Mary, Mother of God, assumed into Heaven, is scheduled to come to the parish of St Mary of the Cross from 29th May until 2nd June.

Centuries ago the whole month of May, not just one day, was dedicated to Mary the Mother of God. Some Parishes recite the rosary during May as a reminder of Mary. In the Junior Team, we have been including the Hail Mary as one of our prayers. Additionally, it is a long-standing tradition to crown the statue of Mary in May. Often the crown is made up of beautiful blossoms representing Mary’s beauty and virtue.

Here is a short prayer that you might want to say at home during this month of May:

Come gracious spirit of Mary. With light and comfort from above. Be our guardian and our guide. Stay close to each of our family's sides. Amen.

God bless,

Sara Mines and Lorna Dobson CO DRS

2022 John Paul College enrolments

Parents of Year 6 students will have received a notice about upcoming dates for their JPC enrolment for 2022.

Interview dates will be 8 - 9 - 10 June, and will take place at St Mary's School. Appointments for interviews can be booked through our school office.

Open Day at JPC is now Thursday 2 June from 4pm to 5.15pm.

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Pita Pit fundraiser - lunchonline ....

For every lunch that is ordered in Term 2, Pita Pit will donate $1.00 to the Fundraising efforts of the PTA. Help the school by ordering your child/ren Pita Pit for lunch on any Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during Term 2.


Cross Country 2022

On Thursday 2nd June we will be holding our annual Cross Country for Year 4-6 in the Redwoods. Please could all Parents and Caregivers fill in the form below to ensure all children have transport to the Redwoods.

Cross Country form

Please regularly check our school website for information about the sport/s your child is playing. If you have any sports queries please do not ring the office. Contact for the Sports

Co-ordinator is : or mobile 0272857579

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Years 4 - 6


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Freyja Waiomo, Madison Hill and Carlee Nielson -Annett play in the U11 Rotorua Girls Basketball team. The team competed in the Mel Young Easter Tournament over Easter weekend and was placed second. They played against Waikato in the final and Waikato were the victors in a close encounter. Congratulations girls you played amazingly.

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Join our Swim-Able NZ Winter Challenge NOW!

Swim or exercise in water - 10 km, 50 km or 100 km during Winter (1st June - 23rd September), get a really cool Medal on completion and support Swim-Able NZ Charitable Trust by doing so.

Did you know?

Swim-Able NZ Charitable Trust provides client focused in-water sessions for all abilities. For many of our clients this is a 1 on 1 or in a small group to enable a quality specialised service.

Participating in this event means you will be supporting Swim-Able NZ to keep our costs to our unique clients affordable

Registration cost is $20 but you are welcome to increase your entry fee if wanted

We trust in your integrity and we will not require any evidence on your completed distances. Once you have completed the distance you signed up for - please email us or message us to let us know.


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