St Mary's School Term 1 Week 8


Newsletter 25 March 2021


Tena koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

This week I am attending a Catholic Primary Principals' conference. The theme of the conference is 'Cultural Responsiveness in a Catholic School’. It will be really interesting to gain further insight into how we as a staff can build on the many ways that we are culturally responsive at St Mary's School. Our aim as a staff is to celebrate the diverse abilities, languages, identities, and talents of every individual at our school. We try to do this by providing equitable learning opportunities and by recognising and meeting the learning needs of all students. I feel very strongly that we should always affirm our students’ different cultural identities and where possible incorporate the rich cultural backgrounds into our learning. Each student is unique and has different learning opportunities so that they can grow to their full potential. One of the reasons that I really enjoy working at St Mary's is the diverse cultures that make up our school. This rich tapestry of culture and heritage makes us unique and special. We are all enriched by our sharing of cultural practices and traditions in a catholic setting.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill



We would like to welcome the following students to St Mary’s School:

Willow - R1

Quan- R5

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Stations of the Cross for Holy Week

Next week for Holy Week every morning we will gather as a whole school to reflect and meditate upon the Stations of the Cross.

The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.

The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of 14 small icons or images. The stations are most commonly prayed during Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays, and especially on Good Friday, the day of the year upon which the events actually occurred.

Holy Week

Holy Week is the last week of Lent,when we follow Jesus from Palm Sunday, the Sunday of the Passion, to his death on Good Friday in preparation for his rising from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday: Accompanied by his disciples, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt, while crowds of people covered the streets ahead of him with their cloaks and with palm branches.

Monday: Jesus chased the money-changers out of the Temple.

Tuesday and Wednesday: Jesus preached and taught in Jerusalem.

He went to Gethsemane to pray, where he was arrested by the Temple guard and taken to an illegal night session of the Jewish court, the Sanhedrin.

Holy Thursday: After washing the feet of the disciples, Jesus celebrated Passover, instituting the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

Good Friday: Jesus was taken into Roman courts, before Pontius Pilate and Herod Antipas, who sent him back to the Jewish court. Roman soldiers took him to Golgotha, the place of the skull, where he was crucified.

Saturday: Jesus rested in the tomb while his disciples observed the Sabbath.

EASTER SUNDAY: An angel met Mary Magdalene and "the other Mary" (perhaps Mary, the mother of James and John) at the tomb to tell them that Jesus was risen from the dead.

Palm Sunday: 28 March

Good Friday: 2 April

Holy Saturday: 3 April

Easter Sunday: 4 April

Easter Public Holidays

A reminder that school will be closed the following days for the Easter break:

Good Friday: 2 April

Easter Monday: 5 April

Easter Tuesday: 6 April

We wish you and your families all a very safe and happy Easter break.

Holy Week Songs- Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Holy Week songs- Jesus remember me when you come into your Kingdom.

Violin Lessons - Expression of Interest

Cathy, who was one of the musicians who visited our school with the CSO, has proposed offering violin lessons to students who are interested. A minimum number of 6 students would need to be interested for this to go ahead. Lessons would be held during school time. If you are interested in your child receiving violin lessons please click on the link below to register your interest. The tuition cost options are outlined in the expression of interest form.

Click here to complete the expression of interest form

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.

What have we been learning at St Mary's School?

What are we learning in Room 1?
What are we learning in Room 2?
What are we learning in Room 3?
What are we learning in Room 4?
What are we learning in Room 5?
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Attendance Dues

Each term the parish email invoice to families for attendance dues. Please note that the bank account number for making payments has changed. Their new bank account number is: 03-1592-0207236-22.

Attendance dues are compulsory for all students who attend catholic schools in NZ. For 2021 attendance dues have been set at $412 per year or $103 per term. For budgeting purposes families are welcome to pay weekly or monthly.

Upcoming Events


  • LIBRARY VAN - Wednesday 31 March


  • KOTAHITANGA TEAM MASS - Thursday 1 April 9.15am
  • GOOD FRIDAY - NO SCHOOL - Friday 2 April
  • EASTER MONDAY - NO SCHOOL - Monday 5 April
  • EASTER TUESDAY - NO SCHOOL - Tuesday 6 April
  • SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY - Tuesday 13 April
  • LIBRARY VAN - Wednesday 14 April
  • ARATAKI TEAM MASS - Thursday 15 April 9.15am
  • LAST DAY OF TERM 1 - Friday 16 April


  • FIRST DAY OF TERM 2 - Monday 3 May

Teacher Only Days for 2021

Friday 18 June

Friday 27 August

Monday 15 November

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.

School App

If you haven’t downloaded our school app please do so as this is our primary means of communication with our school community. This is very important as if you do not have the app downloaded you may miss out on important information. If you require any assistance to download it please ask at the school office.