Newsletter - Week 7 Term 4

Newsletter 36 30 November 2022

Principal's Message

Kia Ora,

I thoroughly enjoyed my week on school camp with our Year 5 and 6 students. It was really cool to see our students pushing themselves through some very challenging activities. The weather was also challenging, and I was very impressed with the way children just carried on in spite of the weather. I received many positive comments from camp staff on how well-behaved they were and also how well-mannered they were. So I was a very proud principal indeed.

A huge thanks to our teachers in the Totara team who made sure that our children at camp received a positive experience and also to our awesome parents/grandparents who also came to camp to help with the many tasks that go with school camping. Thank you, everyone, I am sure that our children will take away some lovely memories of their 2022 camp.

Last weekend the Touch finals were held and our teams acquitted themselves very well. We are indeed fortunate to have so much support from parents who are willing to coach and manage our teams. Thank you to these generous people. Both our Year 0 -2 teams, Cheetahs and Tigers were runners-up in their grades and the Jaguars Gold and Lynx Gold teams won their grades.

On Thursday 8th December we are holding our Triathlon/Swimming Sports and we need help, please. It is going to be at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre. Here is information regarding the day. The sports are for Year 4, 5 and 6 students

  • The swimming sports will be combined with the Triathlon and will be held at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre on Tarewa Road in Rotorua.

  • Years 4 – 6 students need to be dropped off at the Aquatic Centre on the day to meet their teacher by 8:45 am.

  • Swimming sports will finish at approximately 2:30 pm.

  • Children may come to swimming sports in their house colours. They may wear their togs under their clothes.

  • If your child is taking part in the triathlon - Run/Bike/Swim - they will need to have you transport their bike to the Aquatic Centre.

  • Alternatively, your child can take part in the duathlon which is a Run/Swim


  • Children need to be collected from the Aquatic Centre by 3:00pm at the latest.

  • If your child attends After School Care or usually catches the bus home they will be picked up from the Aquatic Centre at 2:30 pm.

  • If you are unable to drop off or pick up your child from the Aquatic Centre please email Lorna Dobson

Children will need:

  • togs & towels, bike, sunhat, sunblock, warm clothes, morning tea, lunch and a water bottle.


  • Should the event need to be cancelled this information will be put on our website by 7:30 am and a notification sent via Facebook, Educa and the school phone app.

Parent Support:

  • Whanau/parent support will be needed on the day to help, especially in the pool. Some of our children are reluctant swimmers and your help would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact Lorna Dobson

On Thursday we have a team of athletes competing in the Interschool Athletics Sports. I wish the children involved all the best.

We are publishing a school magazine again this year, and this will be available during the last week of the term. At this stage, there are only to be 100 magazines printed. It will be a great memento of 2022. Orders are being taken now with the cost for the magazine being $5.00. Please pay at the school office. We also have previous years' magazines for sale too.

Some important dates:

Tuesday 6th December - Junior Triathlon 11.00 am Year 0 to 3 at school

Thursday 8th December - Triathlon/Swimming Sports for Years 4 to 6 at Aquatic Centre

Monday 12th December - End of year Mass. 9.00 am

Tuesday 13th December - Big Day In (Y6 students)

Wednesday 14th December - Prizegiving - 9:30-11:30

Thursday 15th December - Missioning - 11-12:00

Thursday 15th December - Last Day of the term. School finishes at Midday.

Friday 16th December - Teacher Only Day RE Planning Day for 2023

Monday 19th December - Teacher Only Day. Pause Breathe Smile PD

Have a good week.

David Macmillan,



On Sunday we celebrated the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a liturgical Season leading up to Christmas. The name was taken from the Latin adventus “coming, arrival”. At school many classrooms have Advent Wreaths.

Advent wreaths are made from leaves which are formed into a circle. The circular shape is a symbol that there is no beginning or end to God’s love.

In week 1 a purple candle is lit. This is a symbol of Hope that Jesus is coming.

Week 2 another purple candle is lit. This is to symbolise Faith and remembers Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

In week 3 a pink candle is lit. This is known as the candle of Joy. It is the joy the world experiences at the coming birth of Jesus.

In week 4 another purple candle is lit and this symbolises Peace. It reminds us of the message from the angels, ‘Peace on Earth and goodwill to all men’.

On Christmas Day a white candle in the middle is lit. This is known as the Christ Candle and celebrates the birth of Jesus.

Year 2 are facilitating the Advent Liturgy on Thursday 1st December. You are all invited to join us at 12:15 pm.

God bless,

Sara Mines and Lorna Dobson DRS

School Library Books to be returned

Our school library will be closing on Friday 2 December 2022, in order to commence work on the annual library stocktake.


School books have a "yellow" St Mary's School Library, Rotorua sticker on the front cover and a St Mary's School Barcode on the back cover.

As there are a number of books still to be returned, please search your homes and return any books belonging to our library.

Invoices will be issued to Year 6 students who have outstanding books, prior to the end of term.

With thanks for your co-operation.

Making a Difference ...

Our St Mary's M.A.D (Making a Difference) Crew are running a Christmas craft stall at the Night Market on Thursday 1st December from 5pm. All proceeds will go towards a community group that needs some extra Christmas cheer. We would love our St Mary's school community to come down and support their stall. Mark your calendars!

Enrolment for Sacramental Programme 2023

Confirmation - Reconciliation - First Holy Communion

(only for children who are baptised catholics)

Enrolment forms are now available at the Parish Office, 8am to 2.30pm on Tuesdays through to Fridays. If your child is not baptised in Rotorua please bring along your baptismal certificate at the time of enrolment.

Children are required to be 7 years old by May 25, 2023, to qualify to enter this program.

The Sacramental Programme will be starting February 5th 2023.

Any queries please phone the Parish Office 07-3480289.

Special Mention

Olivia Shaw (Room 5) had a busy weekend...She entered her solo jazz and lyrical dances in the Te Puke Dance Competitions and came second, then third then very highly commended and highly commended. Congratulations on all your hard work and great results Olivia.
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