Newsletter - Week 1 Term 2

Newsletter 12 4 May 2022

Principal's Message

Kia Ora,

Wasn’t the weather perfect for our children’s school holidays? I hope children were able to get out and enjoy their time on holiday. The weather this week is great too for childrens' return to school.

We welcome our new students...

Amira Hettiarchchige, Cara Delos Santos, Komba Kortequee, Tahlia Tremain, Juan Monge-Guardado, Reuben Tapsell, Micayla Martirez, Gallahan Menor, Sienna Lewis, Ysabella Dominguito, Harry Mathis, Nathea Bayron, Keller Anand, Romeo Evans, Wyatt Murphy and Margaux Tuburan.

We were represented by Rebecca de la Rocha and Noah Lomas at the ANZAC parade and Civic Ceremony on ANZAC day. Unfortunately, we were only permitted to have two students representing the school due to Covid restrictions. Our two representatives did a fantastic job.

In the holiday break Rooms 14, 15, 16, 17, library, reception, enrichment room and downstairs admin area were carpeted. The new carpet looks great. Richard our caretaker has given the grass areas at school their autumn renovations. Thanks to Richard for his hard work for keeping the school ship-shape and also Deb who works on the grounds too.

The PTA Mothers’ Day Gift Shop was open today in the school hall and will be open again tomorrow and Friday at lunchtime. Children can choose a gift for $3.00. Thanks to the PTA for organising this for us.

Just to reassure you that we are doing our very best to try and slow down the spread of Covid at school. We still expect students to sanitise when they arrive at school and when they enter learning spaces, ventilation is good in all the classrooms. Our air purifiers have arrived today and will be put into classrooms at the end of the week. Teachers and students from Year 4 are expected to wear masks indoors. Please notify us if your child has had covid so we can keep an accurate record.

A reminder that school starts at 8.45 am and finishes at 3.00pm for everyone.

Some important dates for the coming weeks:

Tuesday 10th and Wednesday May 11th : 3 way conferences. Parents will need to book a time. Instructions outlined below.

Monday 16th May :School Photos

Thursday June 2nd: School Cross Country at the Redwoods. This event is only for our Year 4 to 6 students. The event is to start at 1.00pm. More details will be sent home later.

Friday June 3rd: Pentecost Mass

Tuesday 7th June: Teacher Only day.

To all our Mums - have an awesome day on Sunday. Happy Mother’s Day.

Kind regards,

David Macmillan,


Reminder : PTA meeting tonight at 7pm in the staffroom. Please use the Carnot Street entrance.

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Three-Way Conferences (for Parent/Student/Teacher) are scheduled for Tuesday 10 May and Wednesday 11 May. Families can choose the day that will work best for them.

Appointments are of a 10 minute duration and Bookings are now open.

Appointments available

Tuesday 10 May 3.15 - 6.45pm

Wednesday 11 May 3.15 - 5.35pm

How to make a booking

How do parents make a booking for their child's Three Way Conference?

There are a number of ways bookings can be made. Either:

1) Go to the School App and then the Links section then School Interviews. Enter the code akwma

2) Go to and enter the event code akwm


Happy Mothers Day to all our lovely Mums. Pope Francis wrote a beautiful quote in 2020 which fits perfectly with this special day.

‘I wish to remember all our Mothers with gratitude and affection, entrusting them to the protection of Mary, our heavenly Mother. Let us also remember those mothers who accompany us from Heaven.'

This week we welcome lots of new families to St Mary’s. We hope your children have had a fantastic week of learning and fun within our school community.

As part of our continuing Professional Development our teachers had a look around St Mary’s Church on Tuesday afternoon. We hope to show and share our students the new knowledge and facts about our vibrant and special Church.

Lorna Dobson and Sara Mines Co DRS


Lucky Book orders are due by 13 May at 12 noon. NO LATE ORDERS PLEASE.

Ensure that your child's name and class number are on the order form.

If your order is a 'gift' please write that on the order form and the gift will be left at the school office for collection.

Payment methods are cash or credit card (through the loop system on the web page).


Applications must be completed by 27 May. If you wish they may be handed into our school office by Monday 23 May and we will forward on to JPC.

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Sports Registrations for Term 2 & 3


Thank you for registering your child for Hockey, Miniball and/or Football, Netball.

An email has been sent to parents regarding your child's team.

Please also make sure that you have paid your child’s sports fees.

Fees can be paid to the School Office or via Online Banking ANZ 06 0209 0229658 00

If paying online, please use your child's name as code and the sport as reference. Eg Smith Football

Hockey: Football: Miniball:

Funsticks (Y1/2) $20 5th - 8th Grade (born 2014 - 2017) $35 All ages $50

Mini’s (Y3/4) $55 9th - 12th Grade (Born 2010 - 2013) $50

Maxi’s (Y5/6) $70

Netball $40

Please see our school website for information about the sport/s your child is playing.

Thank you to our parents who have kindly offered their time to coach or manage a team, it is very much appreciated. All the best for a great season!

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