St Mary's School Term 3 Week 9 2022

Te Kura O Hato Mere

Pānui/Newsletter - Thursday 22 September 2022


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

Last week I attended the New Zealand Principals' Federation Conference in Christchurch. This was held at Te Pae our brand new convention centre which is a magnificent building with marvelous facilities. Over 860 principals from around New Zealand attended the conference and we had many speakers address us over the 3 days. A highlight for me was listening to Scott Robertson (Crusaders Coach) speak. He explained how he builds team culture in the Crusaders and how he works with individuals to bring out the best in his players. What he said resonated with me strongly. I believe our role as teachers is to develop each individual child to help them to be the best person they can be and to realise their full potential. Teachers are coaches and help students to refine skills and take learning from different experiences in their time at school. We help them develop in their faith and hope to build their relationship with Jesus as they progress throughout St Mary's. I am lucky to have a great team of coaches around me to help teach our students. Together we will develop future champions no doubt!

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O'Neill

Principal / Tumuaki

Scott Robertson Speaking at the NZ Principals' Federation Conference in CHCH

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Cultural Performance At Catholic Cathedral College- Wednesday 28 September

Next week the Arataki Team will travel to Catholic Cathedral College via buses to perform at a cultural performance. St Mary's will perform as well as students from St James, Cathedral College and St Anne's School. Unfortunately, there will be no room for spectators in the hall but the performance will be videoed and parents and whanau will be able to view this at a later date. We will provide this when it becomes available.

Term Dates For 2023

Last night the School Board approved the term dates for 2023. Please see below.

Term 1: Tuesday 31 Jan 2023 - Thurs 6 April

Term 2: Mon 24 April – Fri 30 June

Term 3: Mon 17 July – Fri 22 Sept

Term 4: Mon 9 October – Friday 15 December

Mufti Day For Paulo Friday 30 September- $2.00

For the past 4 years, we have been sponsoring a child through World Vision. His name is Paulo and he lives in Tanzania. We ask each child to bring $2.00 to school next week on Friday 30 September in exchange for wearing mufti (casual clothes) to school.

Thankyou for your support.

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Daylight Savings begins this Sunday 25 September at 2am. Remember to put clocks forward 1 hour.

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Queen's Death Memorial Public Holiday on Monday 26 September- No School

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Term 3 Ends Friday 30 September at 3pm

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Baptism Programme

The Parish is running a Baptism Catch Up programme for 4–8-year-olds who are not yet baptised.

It will consist of 2 parent/child sessions and 1 parent/godparent session and will begin at the end of the month.

Here is the registration link if you’d like to register.

If you have any questions, please email Cathie-


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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
  • Improving Literacy through storytelling

Our Catholic Faith Fact

Why do priests wear red vestments? Well, when we celebrate a particular feast day within Ordinary Time the priest wears the colours of that feast. Red is used on Palm Sunday, on Good Friday, on Pentecost Sunday, on celebrations of the Lord’s Passion and on the feast days of the Apostles and Evangelists and martyr Saints. Wednesday 21 September is the Feast Day of St Matthew, the apostle and evangelist so look out for red when you are at Mass!

Piano Lessons

Mrs Diane Coad is offering students half hour piano lessons during school time at a cost of $250 per 10 week term. If your child is interested in learning to play the piano please contact Mrs Coad for further information. Email: or ph (027) 662-3544


Term 3: Mon 25 July – Fri 30 Sept

Term 4: Mon 17 October – Friday 16 December

Teacher Only Day

Monday 14th November 2022

Upcoming Events


  • Benediction- Tuesday 27 Sept 2.30pm
  • Cultural Performance at Cathedral College- Wednesday 28 Sept 12pm - 3pm
  • Term 3 Ends- Friday 30 Sept


  • Term 4 Begins- Monday 17 Oct


  • Year 7 and 8 Camp Woodend- Wednesday 23 Nov-Fri 25 Nov


  • Year 8 Dinner- Monday 12 Dec 5pm
  • Final Mass and Prizegiving- Thursday 15 Dec 7pm
  • Term 4 Ends- Friday 16 Dec


  • Term 1 Begins- Tuesday 31 Jan 9am

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 (Use your child's name and polar fleece as reference).

School Bank Account number is: 03 0855 0436803 00


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. 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.

Lunchonline Notice - In Situ Cafe-Unable to deliver until next term

In Situ Cafe have advised that due to staffing shortages they are not going to be able to deliver lunches to our school for the rest of this term. Hopefully this will resolve soon and these will be able to start up again next term.

Lunchonline - In Situ Cafe on Wednesdays and Subway or Sushi on Fridays

If you would like to order your child’s lunch for delivery on Wednesdays and/or 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 the day of delivery. If you already have an account you can update your child’s classroom by logging on and clicking on Members.
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Change of Policy – Attendance Dues Debt Recovery

Please be advised that at the May Cathedral Parish Finance Committee, the committee signed off on a new Attendance Dues Debt Recovery Policy. This enables the parish to engage an external debt recovery company (Under Control Collections). This will always be used as a last resort, when we have been unable to get a family to engage with us in relation to their outstanding Attendance Dues.

Any queries should be directed to Kirsten Tester – Attendance Dues Administrator - Ph (03) 595 1053 or

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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.