St Mary's School

Friday 21st October

'The mission of the Christian in the world is a mission for all, a mission of service, which excludes no-one; it requires great generosity.' - Pope Francis

Dear whānau,

Welcome back for term 4, it has been great to get back into the swing of things and to have all our kids back on deck. We've had a ripper first week with Rosary, Sports Activator, Mass for Shine TV (thanks for all your hard work Paula Gray) and of course, our famous Mission Day - with sun and no wind!

On duty out on the playround this week I noticed all of our values - faith, hope and love in action but particularly, love: big kids creating games for our younger kids, kids picking up rubbish, kids making sure other kids had someone to play with or taking care of them when they'd hurt themselves or were missing their mum - I was surrounded by it. ❤️ Nothing like being out in the fresh air, sun shining, in amongst 200 kids knowing you've got the best job ever, at the best place ever - let's go, term 4!

Please remember, if you have something you'd like us to celebrate in the newsletter, send me through a picture and a wee blurb by Thursday 9am each week and I'll make sure it gets in -

We hop you have a fantastic long weekend.

God bless,


Acting Principal

Happy School Days

This term we officially welcome Kym Soriano to Room Pūkeko and St Mary's School. Kym is the daughter of Nikki and Michael. Kym's sister, Lia was one of our fantastic year 6 leaders in 2021. We're stoked to have you join us, Kym. We hope you enjoy your time here at St Mary's.

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New appointment for 2023

As you may know, Miss Smith is having a baby boy next February and is taking some parental leave. Who will step in you ask? Poppy McRae, that's who. Poppy is an eager and enthusiastic second year teacher and she is also an ex pupil of St Mary's (joining 7 other staff - what does that say about our wonderful school?). Poppy spent some time here in her second year as a student teacher too and when we saw her in action in the classroom, we knew she was made for our place. She has a deep understanding of, and connection to our speical character and is just an all round good sort. Where will she be teaching you ask? Don't be too nosy, class structures etc will be out in good time. Here is what Poppy had to say about herself ...

Kia ora, my name is Poppy McRae and I am 22 years old. I grew up in the Gore area and went to St. Mary's and St. Peter's as a student. I have great memories here and loved my schooling so it is exciting to be returning as a teacher! I moved to South Otago with my family in late 2016 and returned to the area this year after university to teach at Clutha Valley Primary School. I love the beach, spending time with family and friends, the farm and a spot of shopping! I look forward to getting to know your children and this fantastic school (and wider) community

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Month of the Rosary

October is the month of the rosary. As a school we are gathering all together each morning to pray a decade of the rosary in Room Kiwi. The children have been amazing and it’s great to see our senior students supporting the juniors with learning the rosary. You are welcome to join us each morning at 8.50am.

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Senior Long Distance Running

Today our older students went to St Peter's College to compete in the last of our running events for athletics before Eastern Southland Athletics on November 3rd. Congratulations to all who took part, 200m, 800m and 1500m are certainly no mean feat. Eastern info for those who are eligible in all events, will be out by Tuesday. The photos are from after the event, I didn't look that good and I'd just been starting the races! All the kids were desperate to get back into class and their learning while the posers below wanted to stick around for another photo.

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Upcoming events

Week 1

Room Kea and Mrs Butterfield - Gospel

Monday - Friday - Rosary in Room Kiwi

Tuesday - Sports Activator

Thursday - Long distance running for seniors at St Peter's

Thursday - Whole School Mass for Shine TV

Friday - Mission Day

Week 2

Room Tui and Miss Sutherland - Gospel

Monday - Labour Day - no school

Tuesday - Friday - Rosary in Room Kiwi

Tuesday - Jack in from Southland Cricket

Wednesday - School Photos

Thursday - BYOD info evening for year 6 parents - 6 - 7pm

Friday - School Disco - St Peter's College - 5.30pm

Week 3

Room Kereru and Mrs Knowler - Gospel

Monday - Friday - Rosary in Room Kiwi

Tuesday - Science Roadshow for years 5 and 6

Thursday - Eastern Southland Athletics Day

Friday - Levi Goodall in for his bike show

Week 4

Room Pukeko and Mrs Cruickshank and Mrs Thacker - Gospel

Monday - Friday - Rosary in Room Kiwi

Tuesday and Wednesday - Sports Activator

Friday - Group art course with Jacqui Byars and Janet de Wagt

Friday - Armistice Day - Whole school at RSA then to the Cenotaph for the service 11am

Week 5

Room Ruru and Miss Smith - Monday prayers and Gospel

Monday - Wednesday - Year 3's to Gore Main for frisbee golf

Thursday - Year 3's to Dolamore Park for frisbee golf tournament

Week 6

Room Takahe and Miss Bond - Gospel

Monday - Advent Prayers - Church

Week 7

Room Moa and Miss Hood - Gospel

Monday - Advent Prayers - Church

Tuesday and Wednesday - Sports Activator

Wednesday - Karla from UTB in - Microsoft with year 6's

Thursday - Tūrangawaewae celebration and cultural Mass

Week 8

Room Piwakawaka and Mrs Christie - Gospel

Monday - Advent Prayers - Church

Friday - Final leavers assembly for our year 6 leaders

Week 9

Room Kiwi and Mrs Gray and Mrs Hansen

Monday - Advent Prayers - Church

Tuesday - 6pm - Junior Nativity - Church

Thursday - 6pm - Whole School End of Year Mass and last day for 2022