St Mary's School

Thursday 24th November

'Our smallest gesture of love benefits everyone.' - Pope Francis

Dear whānau,


Keep scrolling for all the goodness that's been taking place at St Mary's this week ... faith, hope and love by the bucketload ...


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 - mallory.hood@stmarys.school.nz


God bless you all.


Mallory

Acting Principal

Dates to keep in mind ...

School photos - orders back into school office by 29th November


St Peter's lunch orders - Last day for 2022 - Friday 2nd December

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Southland Athletics

Well done to these awesome athletes who competed at the Southland Athletics at Surrey Park in Invercargill on Saturday 19th November. They showed fantastic sportsmanship and 'put their whole confidence in God.' They made us very proud as St Mary's students but also as students representing Eastern Southland - you're all champs in my eyes! Ka pai!

Results:

10 year old girls relay (Phoebe, Holly, Mia and Kate) -

10 year old boys relay (Baxxter, Moss, Zavier and Drake) - 5th place

9 year old girls relay (Lucie, Lily, Mia and Kate) - 5th place

8 year old boys relay (Henry, Jordan, Malakai + GMS) - 2nd place

Holly - 1500m 9th, relay

James - 200m

Gus - 100m, 200m, discus

Mia - 800m 3rd, shot put 2nd, high jump 4th, discus 6th, relay

Kate - 100m 8th, long jump 11th, relay

Mason - 100m, 200m, long jump - 1st in all

Moss - high jump - 1st, relay
Zavier - 800m 11th, 1500m 8th, relay

Drake - 100m, high jump 5th, long jump, relay

Pixie - 60m, 100m

Hayden - 60m

Check out this AMAZING writing!

Heath popped into the office today and made my Thursday with amazing writing that he did all by himeself! What a machine, you should be so proud mate!


In my opinion winter is the best season.

Firstly, you can play in the snow.

Secondly, you can have heaps of hot chocolate!!!!!!

Lastly, you can have heaps of hot food.


By Heath

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Thanks Carter's Tyres!

Huge thanks to Kelly-Anne and Dean Findlay, and the team at Carter's Tyres for another generous donation of rugby balls. What good sorts. You can never have too many of these in a school. Lucky kids!

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Congratulations Alianne!

Well done to our very own Alianne Dela Cruz who earned a bronze in her blue belt grading in Ranfurly in the weekend. All your hard work has paid off! Ka pai!
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WHAT A DEAL! Get your copy from Di at the office (cash only) or fill out the form below

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Next Week - 1st December - Cultural Liturgy

On Thursday December 1st we are having a special afternoon of celebrating and sharing.


From 12.30 - 1.40pm we will be having a shared lunch (byo), this is also a time where your kids can take you around our classrooms and show you the cool stuff they've been learning about and making for our inquiry topic, Tūrangawaewae.


At 1.40pm we will head over to the Church to celebrate a Liturgy (it was originally a Mass but the lovely Father Jaime is away on retreat) together, as this is part of our culture and special character at St Mary's. This Liturgy will be like no other that we have had before, it will be a Liturgy celebrated in many languages, with songs and sharing, embracing all the fantastic cultures we have as part of our St Mary's School community. We'd love you to join us for all of the afternoon events, or even part of them ... but of course, if you can't make it, we'll always have pictures on Facebook afterwards.

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Spreading Joy This Advent

Wow, what an amazing response! We've had a huge amount of Advent Wreath's making their way into school this week (75 and counting) which has really kicked off the Advent vibe here at school. This afternoon Father Jaime blessed each and everyone of them as well as the Jesse Tree ornaments Room Moa have made for the Christmas Tree in the Church.


Advent officially starts this Sunday 27th November, this means you can light your first purple candle, the candle of hope. I've probably over done it with photos (noooooo!) but unfortunately I couldn't fit them all in, the rest will be up on Facebook later in the day.

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Upcoming events

Week 6 (21 - 25th November)

Room Takahe and Miss Bond - Gospel

Monday 21st Nov - Advent Prayers - Church

Thursday 24th Nov - Board Meeting - 6.30pm


Week 7 (28 Nov - 2nd December)

Room Moa and Miss Hood - Gospel

Monday 28th Nov - Advent Prayers - Church

Tuesday and Wednesday 29 and 30th Nov - Sports Activator

Wednesday 30th Nov - Karla from UTB in - Microsoft with year 6's

Thursday 1st December - Tūrangawaewae celebration and cultural Liturgy


Week 8 (5 - 9th December)

Room Piwakawaka and Mrs Christie - Gospel

Monday 5th Dec - Advent Prayers - Church

Friday 9th Dec - Final leavers assembly for our year 6 leaders


Week 9 (12th - 15th December)

Room Kiwi and Mrs Gray and Mrs Hansen

Monday 12th Dec - Advent Prayers - Church

Tuesday 13th Dec - 6pm - Junior Nativity - Church

Thursday 15th Dec - 6pm - Whole School End of Year Mass and last day for 2022