St Mary's School Term 2 Week 3

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Newsletter - Thursday 19 May 2022


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

Every time I stand up in front of our school assembly each week I thank God for the wonderful students that we have at St Mary's. They listen so attentively and it makes it easy to teach them. One of the greatest things that I like to foster at our school is inclusiveness and our students display this daily by their words and actions. It doesn't mean to say we don't have times where there is disharmony or issues - we are human after all, but on the whole everyone looks after each other and cares for those in need.

At last Monday's assembly I mentioned the Gospel from Sunday when Jesus said, love one another as I have loved you. I gave them examples of how they could do this during the week and many seemed to take this on board as I have seen many acts of kindness and love in the playground over the course of the week. It would be great if you could talk about what loving one another looks and sounds like in your own families.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill


Welcome to St Mary's School

In the past two weeks we have welcomed the following students to St Mary's:

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Mary Help Of Christians Feast Day- 24 May- St Mary's School Feast Day

On our school feast day next week (24 May) we will remember Catherine McAuley who founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831. Our school was founded in 1894 and staffed by the Sisters of Mercy and we are proud of our rich history. To celebrate our feast day we will attend the 9.15am Mass at the Pro-Cathedral and have a Mr. Whippy Icecream after lunch.

Below is a timeline of Catherine McAuley's life.

1778 Sept 29 Catherine McAuley was born

1783 Catherine’s father dies

1798 Catherine’s mother dies

1801 Catherine has no money, so she goes to live with some relatives

1803 Catherine now moves into the home of Mr and Mrs Callaghan

1819 Mrs Callaghan dies

1822 Mr Callaghan dies. He left all his money and property to

Catherine, including his country estate called Coolock House

1824 Catherine decides to use her inheritance to build a house

in Baggot Street, Dublin, to help the poor

1827 Sept 24 The House of Mercy on Baggot Street opens. It is a school for

poor Irish girls, and also a home for homeless girls and women

1830 Catherine and two close friends begin their training to

become nuns

1831 The beginning of the Sisters of Mercy

1841 Nov 11 Catherine dies

Year 7 & 8 Netball

We are very grateful to Esme's mum, Geni Ah Tong, (Netball NZ Relationship Manager - Mainland Region) who has found time in her busy schedule to coach our year 7 and 8 netball teams. We are very lucky to have someone of such a high calibre to coach our students.

School Cross Country - Thanks for supporting

Thanks to the many parents and whanau who turned up to support our students in our Cross Country last week. Your support certainly spurred them on and we were really proud of every student's effort!

Two of our students qualified to compete in the North Zone Cross Country competition, David Yr 6 and Joseph Yr 7 which was held yesterday (Wednesday 18 May). We were very proud of their achievement and how they represented our school.

Dental Van Visit Soon

We will be visited in the next few weeks by the Dental Van. The dental nurses will check up on students who need followups. Not all students will be seen at this time.

Click here to read a notice from the Community Dental Service for further information.

First Holy Communion 2022 - Starts 14 June

Our First Holy Communion Programme for 2022 is set to start on the 14th of June. Children can be part of this programme from year 4 upwards in preparation for this special sacrament. Our programme this year consists of 3 parent and 3 child sessions. The First Holy Communion date is 28th of August.

If you have a child who is interested in being part of this programme or have any questions, please email me on The closing date for registrations is the 5th of June.

Teacher Professional Development

Our teachers are learners too. They are undertaking a variety of professional development opportunities this year to increase their learning so as to increase our students' learning.

  • UC Early Writing Success: Focus for Teaching and Assessment for Years 1-2
  • Te Ahu o Te Reo
  • Just in Time Maths PLD
  • Teaching Sexuality in a Catholic School

Our Catholic Faith Fact

The Blessed Virgin Mary is a beautiful, beloved, essential and pervasive figure in Christian life and in the Church’s calendar. She has been since the early days of the Church. Her feasts are as varied as the cultures of the world, with each having special traditions, customs, and habits of piety. Tuesday 24th May is the feast day of Our Lady Help of Christians. We observe it here in Aotearoa as a memorial. It dates back to the sixteenth century, which was not a peaceful time in Europe. In 1571, Catholics throughout the continent joined in praying the rosary in hopes of prevailing over military forces that had long sought to expand into Europe. These prayers were answered at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571, which is now the feast for Our Lady of the Rosary.

Do you or your child want to be baptised?

If you would like to be baptised or you want your child to be baptised please contact Mr O'Neill so that he can pass your details onto Fr Job from the parish. Email Mr O'Neill at


Term 2: Mon 2 May – Fri 8 July

Term 3: Mon 25 July – Fri 30 Sept

Term 4: Mon 17 October – Friday 16 December

Teacher Only Days

Friday 25th March 2022

Thursday 23rd June 2022

Monday 14th November 2022


If your child displays some of the symptoms please keep them at home and test for Covid-19. If your child tests positive please send me an email to let me know.

What does it mean if I am a Household Contact?

If you are considered a Household Contact you must follow these steps (whether you are vaccinated against COVID-19 or not):

  • Self-isolate from the day that the first person in your household receives their positive test result, until they complete their 7 days of self-isolation and are released.
  • When the first case in your house gets to days 3 and 7 of their isolation, you need to get tested using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
  • If symptoms develop at any stage, you need to get tested using a RAT.
  • Avoid or minimise contact with the person with COVID-19 as much as possible during your isolation period.
  • You can end your self-isolation on the same day as the first ‘case’ in the household, provided you have no new or worsening symptoms and your tests were negative.
  • Your isolation does not restart if additional members of your household are identified as cases during the first case’s isolation period.
  • After the initial isolation period ends there is a 10-day window during which no Household Contacts of the original case can be re-classified as Household Contacts. You only need to begin isolation again during these 10 days if you test positive yourself.
  • 10 days after the original isolation period ends the usual rules apply. If a new household member (not the original case) tests positive, they and all other Household Contacts (who have not yet become cases themselves) must isolate for 7 days.

A recovered case is exempt from becoming a Household Contact for 90 days after their recovery.The factsheet below provides helpful information on COVID-19 and precautions you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. The fact sheet should be read together with the advice on self-isolation or staying at home (viewable at Advice for people with COVID-19) and any specific advice that may be given to you by your doctor, Healthline (0800 358 5453) or public health official.

Symptoms of Covid-19

- A new or worsening cough
- Sneezing and runny nose
- A fever

- Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste

- Sore throat

- Shortness of breath
Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.

For more information, go to

School Polar Fleece

Our school polar fleece can be purchased from the school office at a cost of $50.00. Payment can be made with cash or via internet banking.

Pre Enrolment of Siblings

The number of spaces remaining on our school roll in the upcoming years is limited. If you have a child that you would like to attend St Mary’s that you haven’t already advised us about can you please make sure you talk to Mr O’Neill or Mrs Odams otherwise there may be no space for your child.

Closing of School Gate

Please ensure that when you enter and leave the school grounds you shut the school gate properly after you - thank you. This is to ensure the safety of all of our students.

Carpark Safety

A reminder to all parents/caregivers to reduce speed in our driveway and carpark areas to ensure the safety of our students as they walk down the drive or across the carpark.

Student Absence

Please remember to send the office a notification via the school app if your child is away from school. If your child is going to be away for a planned reason such as an appointment or holiday during term time you can advise us in advance with the dates and reason for their absence.

Upcoming Events

MAY 2022

  • Mary Help of Christians - School Feast Day- Mass 9.15am- Tuesday 24 May

JUNE 2022

  • Year 7&8 Winter Sport Competition Begins- Thursday 2 June
  • Queen's Birthday Public Holiday- Monday 6 June
  • Benediction- Tuesday 21 June 2.30pm
  • Teacher Only Day- Thursday 23 June
  • Matariki Public Holiday- Friday 24 June

JULY 2022

  • Term 2 Ends- Friday 8th July
  • Term 3 Begins- Monday 25th July

Lunchonline - Subway or Sushi on Fridays

If you would like to order your child’s lunch for delivery on Fridays this can be done via Lunchonline. You can click on the lunchonline image or link below to take you directly to their website or login to . Follow the instructions to create an account if you don’t already have one. Food must be ordered before 8.30am on Friday. If you already have an account you can update your child’s classroom by logging on and clicking on Members.
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Join us for our FIRST Family Mass

On Sunday 29th at 9.30am the Cathedral Parish will be hosting its first Family Mass and we would love for you to join us.

Come and be inspired by a family orientated homily, hear some of our children speak and sing to lively hymns. Mass will be followed by morning tea in the Assisi Lounge where we will have time to connect and catch up.

Family Mass will be held monthly on the last Sunday of the month and will be focused on all thing’s family, from children and parents to aunties, uncles, grandparents, and Godparents. It will be the perfect ease back into Mass if you haven’t been for a while or a Sunday to look forward to if you’re a regular.

Why not make Family Mass extra special by inviting someone you love to share the celebration with you!! We look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at

Notice from Parish: Tax Receipts - Special Character Contributions

The Special Character component of your Attendance Dues invoice from the parish is tax deductible (i.e. you can claim 1/3rd of it back from IRD)

Should you require a tax receipt for your payments received during the 31st March 2022 financial year please send an email to with the subject heading SC Tax Receipt

These tax receipts will be emailed out before the end of May.

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School App

If you haven’t downloaded our school app it is very important you do so as this is our primary means of communication with our school community and you may miss out on important information.

Please email the school office to obtain a secure link to download the app.