St Mary's School

Friday 3rd December 2021

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13)

Dear whānau, tamariki and parishioners,

We are almost at the end of the year, and yet there is so much more to do; organising the end of year events and the new rules is just one of the things on my mind. I am so grateful to you all for acknowledging that this is a decision that is made way beyond the school, and I am sure you all appreciate the dilemma - we have worked so hard as a community to make the school a place that is community based and welcoming for all and now we feel a distance between school and home.

Please don't wait for an issue, you can still come and see us in the office at any time for the good stuff and for your worries.

God bless, kia kaha, Annie

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How very exciting for our Senior Syndicate children to see themselves on the big screen. It was all go on the red carpet, paparazzi present and of course a hostess with the mostest. Thanks to all the students, staff and families that have made this possible, and thanks to SBS St James' Theatre for everything else!

Te kupu o te wiki - the word of the week

I think you will like this one, I use it often arohamai or aroha mai which is te Reo for sorry. You'll see the word aroha in there from earlier this year. Aroha means love which is the root of arohamai, absolutley perfect when you think of sorry as a word that is used in love.

Congratulations to...

St Marys children scooped up half of the available awards at the Edendale league prize giving last Friday. These boys have been playing for the Edendale league club which compete in Invercargill each weekend.
Drake Newton took away the Under 12 Most valuable player award.
Henry Howden took away the Under 8 Most valuable player and Mason Newton took away the Under 12 Most improved player.

Well done boys!

... and more congratulations

Augusta Howden competed at the Southland short course swimming Championships in mid November. She was placed 3rd in all 3 of her events. Augusta has also qualified for the Southland long course swimming championships this weekend in Invercargill. Good luck Augusta!
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Term 4 dates

We are still gently working our way through our events; thanks for working with us as we carefully finish the year.

Week 8 6-10 December

Room Moa, Miss Hood Gospel

Junior Nativity 9th December - IN SCHOOL TIME, LIVE STREAMED


Final Leavers Assembly Friday 10th December - change of date, see below

Week 9 13-16 December

Miss Bond, Mrs Hansen and Mrs Gray Gospel

School Mass for school students only Monday 13th December

Leavers assembly Wednesday 15th December

School finishes at the usual time

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Term dates 2022

Term 1 02/02/22 - 14/04/22

Term 2 02/05/22 - 08/07/22

Term 3 25/07/21 - 30/09/22

Term 4 17/10/22 - 15/12/22

Teacher only days (sorry I missed two last week) 31st Jan, 7th and 8th June 16th December 2022

Mass times

Please note that as of this weekend all Catholic churches will be working to the traffic light system. We will still have two Masses - 7pm Saturday is open to anyone with a number limit of 50, and 10.00 on Sunday morning is for those with vaccination passes.

Sunday vigil - Saturday 7pm

Sunday morning 10.00 am