Newsletter Week 7 Term 1

Newsletter 07 - 17 March 2021


Kia Ora

Many of us have really enjoyed watching America's Cup races this past week. Team New Zealand certainly models many of the values we encourage at school. It seems like a good time to introduce and remind our families of our school values.

Our school values put Christ at the centre. The cross displays our primary values, linked to the head, hands and feet of Jesus. We talk about being part of the St Mary's CREW - showing Courage, Respect, Excellence and Wonder. We want our students to be Curious, Creative, and Caring and to also display Integrity, Perseverance, Confidence, Passion, Resilience and Gratitude. We'll explain the JOY acronym in another week's newsletter.

This week we have had three more classes attend camp. Room 3 went Mon/Tues, Room 2 Tues/Wed and Room 5 headed off this morning and will return tomorrow. The weather has been kind, the camp programme fun and challenging and our parents' support amazing. Thanks to all who have been involved.

We are so lucky to have wonderful parent support at St Mary's. Our PTA volunteers have been busy too - setting up the Hall and finalising preparations for our Gala on Friday night.

It might be a good time to start thinking about getting winter uniform organised for Term 2. If you want to keep things really easy you can order uniform online via our app or website - the School Office will phone you once it is ready to collect/or gain your permission to send it home via your child.

We welcome the following staff - Nicole Lovegrove is back with us in a part-time role -supporting learners across the school. Kerry Alemann is helping out temporarily as a Teacher Aide and Maria Sewell has been appointed as our new Librarian.

Thanks for all the donations that have been sent in for the Gala. The PTA and their willing helpers have done a wonderul job preparing for Friday night. We have a very generous and willing community. We look forward to seeing you and your friends and family, 4-7pm on Friday.

Wishing you a Happy St Patrick's Day.

God Bless

Anne Cato

Assistant Principal

News from Bernie Hall - our Director of Religious Studies

Kia ora everyone

Classes have made cards for the Sisters of St Joseph nuns in Auckland. They have been posted, hopefully, to arrive in time for St Joseph’s Day. Last week our RE Leaders visited Sister Carina’s grave (Sister died at the end of the 2020 school year) to lay some flowers on behalf of St Mary’s School students. Please do come and join us for our Mass this Friday for St Joseph’s Day - 9am at the Church.

On Wednesday 24 March, we will have Rice Day. This is a day our school eats rice for lunch while we raise money for Caritas. Caritas is a Catholic Aid organisation. Many children in the world eat a bowl of plain rice as their only meal of the day. We want our students to be able to know what that would be like. So please don’t send or buy lunch on WEDNESDAY 24th MARCH, we will provide rice for lunch. A huge thanks to Lucky Star Indian Takeaways who will cook our rice for us, and also to Viv Radley who helps with the rice on the day. Please send along a bowl and fork or spoon for your child to use next Wednesday for your child's rice. A donation for Caritas would be appreciated and this will be collected in each class.

Kia manaaki atua

Bernie Hall-DRS

Invitation to St Joseph's Mass this Friday 9am in the Church

2021 is the Year of St Joseph and our school was started by the Sisters of St Joseph. You are invited to join us this Friday for our special Mass in honour of St Joseph.

This is the prayer that will be prayed at the beginning or end of every Mass.

Hail Guardian of the Redeemer, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

To you God entrusted His only son; in you, Mary placed her trust;

With you Christ became man

Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father, and guide us in the path of life,

Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage and defend us from evil. Amen.

GALA DAY - see you on Friday

The gala will take place rain, hail or shine. Bring all your friends and family for a fun evening with us from 4-7pm at school.

NO Sausage Sizzle this Friday

Due to Gala preparation there will be NO sausage sizzle this Friday. Come to the Gala and buy your dinner instead.

Bring House Colours to wear Friday afternoon

This Friday afternoon all students will participate in House activities. We encourage them to bring some clothing in their house colours to wear for the afternoon events. Students need to wear school uniform to Mass on Friday.

Year 3-6 Swimming Sports Monday 22 March

The swimming sports will be held at the Rotorua Aquatic Centre, Tarewa Road, Rotorua.

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

Children may come to the swimming sports in their house colours.

If your child attends After School Care, or they usually catch the school bus home, they will be picked up from the Aquatic Centre at 2:30 pm by the school bus and returned to school.

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, sunhat, sunblock, warm clothes, lunch and a drink.

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

Whanau support will be needed on the day to help, especially in the pool.

Please contact Lorna Dobson if you have any queries:


Netball Registrations are now open, registration forms must be completed by 3.15pm Friday 26th March.

All information and registration forms are on our School Website - please click HERE to access.

Hockey, Football and Miniball registrations will be out soon, please check the newsletter each week and make sure you are receiving the School App notifications.

Return of Sports Uniforms

ALL School issued sports uniform - singlets and short sleeve tops, must be returned by 3.15pm FRIDAY 26th MARCH. Any uniform not returned will lose their Sports Bond and/or be invoiced for the missing item/s.

Special Mention

On Saturday, Jackson Hepi competed in the Waikato - Bay of Plenty Athletics Champions event held in Tauranga. It was the final event for the Athletics season where participants could only enter a maximum of 4 events. Jackson had an outstanding performance on the day placing 1st in all four of his events - High Jump, Long Jump, 100m and 200m.

Well done on finishing the season with such success, your St Mary’s School Whanau are very proud of you.

We love celebrating your child's successes outside of school, please share them with us. Email a small blurb & photo (optional) to:

Whaea Leanne - School Sports Coordinator
027 285 7579 or via School Office 07 348 1701

All information about sports can be found on our school website

School App - Make sure you select relevant notifications

Please make sure you are subscribed to the sports your child is currently playing and would like to play as well as any sports events coming up. Alerts specific to these sports/sports events will be sent to these notification groups.

JPC Enrolments

To register your interest in enrolling a student for JPC please note that 2022 enrolments are now open. You start the enrolment process online by going to the JPC KAMAR Parent Portal - see the link here. The enrolment officer, Sue Rowles, will then email paperwork for parents to complete and submit. Any queries to the Enrolments Secretary,

Do you want to perform this Saturday in a busking "Locals Day"

If there is any talented musician (adult or child) who would be interested in busking at the "Locals Day" this Saturday from 10 am please contact Horlick on 0271186708 for more details.

Upcoming Events

  • St Joseph's Day Mass - Friday 19 March 9am
  • School Gala - Friday 19 March 4-7pm
  • Year 3-6 Swimming Sports - Monday 22 March 8.45 - 2.30 Aquatic Centre
  • Rice Day - Wednesday 24 March. Remember to bring a bowl and fork/spoon and donation
  • Annunciation Liturgy - Thursday 25 March, 10.15am School Hall
  • Washing of the feet Liturgy - Thursday 1 April 10.15am School Hall
  • Easter Holiday - Friday 2 April - Tuesday 6 April inclusive
  • Term 1 ends - Friday 16 April
  • Term 2 begins - Monday 2 May
  • Student/Teacher/Parent Conferences - Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 May from 3-6pm
  • JPC Open Day - Saturday 8 May. Tours from 8.30-11.15 am
  • Teacher Only Day - Friday 9 July
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