St Mary's Catholic School 19 October 2022 - Term 4 Week 1

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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Gospel Reading
Luke 18:1-8

Jesus urges his disciples to pray and not lose heart, for God hears and answers prayers.

Background on the Gospel Reading

This is the first of two parables that Jesus tells in Luke 18 about prayer. (The second will be read at Mass next Sunday.) This first parable is a lesson in persistence in prayer. (Next Sunday's parable will address attitude in prayer.) While the parable seems to present prayer as nagging God for what we want, such a reading misses the point. God is not like the judge in the parable, worn down by requests and coerced to respond. The key is found in the description of the judge as corrupt and unjust. Since God can be neither, we must understand Jesus to be saying that if even an unjust judge responds to the persistence of the widow, how much more so will God listen to our prayers. God truly wants to hear our needs and respond generously. It is the final lament of Jesus that gets to the point of the parable. The lesson is about the persistence of the one who prays. God wants us to be like the persistent widow, staying in relationship with God, confident that God hears and answers prayers. Then Jesus laments, “Will such faith be found when the Son of Man comes?” In this lament, Jesus notes how easy it can be for us to lose heart.


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Tihei mauri ora, nau mai, haere mai, tena koutou katoa, E nga whanau, e nga kaiako, e nga tamariki, e nga manuhiri, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

Welcome back to Term 4 and all the excitement this brings. It has been wonderful to have all the children back at school. We have heard great laughter and fun filled break times with our children enjoying the company of their peers.

Welcome to Fay Warnock

Yesterday, we had a very beautiful Liturgy to welcome Mrs Warnock back to our St Mary's community. Mrs Warnock taught at St Mary's a number of years ago and now returns as our newly appointed DRS/DP.

We gave thanks and praise to God and asked for His blessing upon Mrs Warnock as she comes back to her St Mary’s family.

We presented Mrs Warnock with a number of special symbols:

A candle

A lit candle in our Masses, Liturgies and prayers shows we are in the presence of Christ. Jesus is the light of the world.

Mrs Warnock, as our DRS/DP, will help us keep Christ as the centre of all we do here at St Mary’s so that we will all be Christ’s light to everyone.

The Bible

The Bible contains the word of God. Mrs Warnock will be helping lead us to break open the word of God, to understand, know and put into action how Jesus wants us to live and treat each other.

Rosary Beads

The Rosary Beads are to represent prayer. Mrs Warnock will be helping us to know and love God and grow our relationship with Him through our school, class and individual prayer.


We gave Mrs Warnock a plant as a symbol of growth.

From this beginning today, we will be nurturing and supporting Mrs Warnock as she grows and learns about her new job just as we will be growing alongside her in our love and faith in Christ.

Miraculous Medal

It is a tradition of our school that all new members of our St Mary’s School family receive a miraculous medal.

Our school of course is named after Mary and she is our Patron Saint. We seek and ask in prayer for her love and protection of Mrs Warnock and for each one of us.

Prayer Card for Canonisation of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey and Prayer to the Heart of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey.

The Cluny Sisters started our school and we have received the gift of our charism from them and their foundress Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey. Mrs Warnock will help us keep the charism of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey alive in our school as we each strive “to do a little good everyday”.

A Cyber Safety Evening with Rob Cope

St Mary's School is hosting 'A Cyber Safety Evening' with Rob Cope who is the author, parent and film maker of the 2020 documentary 'Our Kids Online'. If you have the opportunity to attend then please come along and learn some practical ways to keep your children safe while they are online. This is a free event.

Please bring your children along if you can't get a baby sitter. We will have a supervised classroom set up for children to watch a movie or two.

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Uniform & School Hats

A reminder that we are transitioning into our summer uniform. The only changes that should take place are that black roman sandals should now be worn and a school sun hat should be worn at all times when outside.

It will be compulsory for students to wear a school hat from Tuesday 25 October. The No hat, No play! rule will be in place after Labour weekend.

Please take the time over Labour weekend to buy a new hat if needed. Hats can be purchased from NZ Uniforms 94 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga. An important reminder is to name your child's hat. It is best to write their names on the top in white for ease of finding when they are lost. We have a pen in the office if you would like us to write names on for you.

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Please make sure that your child has applied sunblock before they come to school. All classrooms have sunblock available for children to use through the day if needed.

2023 Classes

Our composition of classes for 2023 will be two New Entrants classes and two Year 1 classes. We will have four Year 2/3 classes with two of these being in Maramatanga and the other two in single cell classrooms. We will likely have five Year 4/ 5 classes, as well as three straight Yr 6 classes. Again this will all depend on numbers and trying to spread the load across our two teams. We will keep our community updated as we make decisions around next years classes and teaching staff.

2022 Magazine $10.00

We have decided to produce a 2022 school magazine this year. Every classroom is featured in the magazine which is usually filled with great stories including lovely coloured pictures of our 2022 school year. It is a wonderful keepsake for students of all year levels.

Kale Print have generously offered to print the magazine for us this year at a reduced price and this has allowed us to offer the magazine at less than half price. We are very thankful to Kale Print for their amazing support.

This year every family will receive a copy of the magazine for the very low price of $10.00 per family. This will be charged on your next school account which you should expect to receive by the end of next week. If you require more than one copy then please let the office know as soon as possible.

As an acknowledgement of their support the Kale Print logo will feature in the magazine. If you would like to support the magazine and feature your business logo then please contact Theresa Dunston or Lisa Broadmore for more information.

Term 3 Accounts

Last term our children enjoyed the performances by New Zealand Playhouse of “The Emperor’s new clothes” and the amazing virtual show “The Imagineer” the cost to each child was $5.50. These have been added to your term account.

Ngā mihi nui

James Murray



Tēnā koutou katoa

It was my privilege to be welcomed here on Tuesday through a beautiful Liturgy. I feel very blessed to be part of St Mary’s Catholic School community again and recognise what a special place it is. Thank you to all the helping hands who worked together to create the Liturgy with the presentation of the Candle, Bible, Rosary Beads, Plant, Miraculous Medal and prayer card to guide my work. I do feel very thankful once again to be serving at this school.

I am looking forward to my new role here at St Mary’s and getting to know you and your children. I welcome this opportunity to help inspire our children to be kind hearted followers of God who grow in their faith through Joy, Creativity and Curiosity. As with any new venture it will be a learning journey and I am confident that along with the special symbols and the kindness of my colleagues, I will serve and lead as Jesus would like me to do.

Thank you, Lord, for this new beginning and exciting opportunity. I trust that your peace will watch over us as we step into a new beginning together. As always, I will rely on the riches of your grace to help me love, learn and serve in the Cluny Spirit.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

The Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary.

October is the month in which Mary appeared for the last time to shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, urging them to "say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world." Let us, our school community, keep the Rosary of peace prayer at a time.

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New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops in March this year also asked Catholics to offer special prayers for everyone caught in the Ukraine war. They suggested that we pray the Rosary.

“The Rosary is one of the most excellent prayers to the Mother of God." (NZCBC, March 2022).

Andrew Chinn Visit

During this term we are very fortunate to have Andrew Chinn visiting on Tuesday 1 November. Andrew will be sharing his music and faith with the children, leading workshops with each class. His music is played in schools across New Zealand, Australia, USA and Canada and he has visited more than 1000 different schools around those countries.

There will be a whole school concert in the afternoon where the children will celebrate their new learning. You are very welcome to join us for the concert, which will begin at 1.45pm in the centre. Photo is from 2019 visit.


A reminder that we have the All Saints/All Souls Day Mass here at school in the BAMJC on Thursday 3 November at 9.30am. This will be followed by the cemetery visit by our Year 5/6 students. As always you are welcome to join us for this Mass.

Our School Parish Mass will be on Sunday 27th November at 10.30am at St Mary Immaculate Church. We would love to see as many of you there as possible to share in celebrating the Eucharist.

God Bless

Fay Warnock

DRS / Deputy Principal


Tauranga Delegation Visit Seoul, Korea

During the last week of term three I was very fortunate to visit Seoul, Korea with a delegation of 23 Western Bay primary and secondary schools and Waikato University representatives. We attended two fairs to showcase our region and education opportunities for the first time since 2020. The week-long trip included a visit to the New Zealand Embassy in Seoul where we were hosted by Philip Turner, New Zealand’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.

Attending the Seoul Coex Fair was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with past families and promote our school to new families. I was so fortunate to have Siyeon Crowe as my translator on the first day. Siyeon was our ESOL teacher at St Mary’s several years ago. Some of you may also remember her husband Bryan, who taught at St Mary’s for a number of years. Bryan, Siyeon and their two sons William and James, live two hours south of Seoul. It was wonderful to spend the day with the Crowe family at the Coex Fair.

We look forward to welcoming many international students back to St Mary's in future years.

Lisa Broadmore

Deputy Principal

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Year 5 & 6 Camp Meeting Thursday Week 2

A reminder we are offering a camp meeting on Thursday at 5 pm in Aroha Space next week. Those parents attending the camp will meet when this concludes around 5:30 pm.

Speech and Drama Trinity College Exam News!

A special congratulations to our girls who sat September Trinity College Speech and Drama exams.

Sadie Frank, Evie Dumbleton, Indie McKenzie, Caitlin Schofield passed their grades with Distinction.

Rylee Jury and Sienna Prince passed their grades with Merit.

Excellent effort girls - well done!


Colour Fun Run this Friday!

We are really looking forward to our PTA Colour Fun Run this Friday, the 21st of October.

Children will come to school in their school uniform and bring a change of clothes to wear during the event (clothes that you don’t mind getting messy!). If possible, please have your child wear a white t-shirt, so the colour really stands out, and accessorise with their House colour. If your child has sensitive eyes, goggles or glasses are a good idea to wear during the fun run.

If your child usually has an inhaler - please send this along to school with your child, clearly named.

Please send your child to school with a packed lunch and water bottle as usual, and don't forget their school hat!

We’d love to see lots of family & caregivers cheering the students on at the event. The event kicks off at 12:30pm on the school tennis courts, so please come down and support the children after all their hard work!

There’ll be a teacher/parent run too if you want to join in the fun and walk away colourful!

Here's a quick video from the School Fun Run company that will show you and your children what to expect and how the colour works.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Note: if you’re unsure of your child's House colour, please ask their Whānau teacher.

Taylor Bros & Form Fireworks tickets on sale soon!

Tickets to our fabulous fireworks evening go on sale from Saturday 22 October. We will share a link with you as soon as they become available....super exciting!


Water Polo

Congratulations to the following Year 6 children who played for the Tauranga Lightning in the Tauranga U12 Water Polo tournament over the weekend. L-R Baxter Carlin, Sadie Frank, Lucy Marr, Amelia Dow, Coco Jacobs, Vanessa Moncrieff and Hugo Baronian.

The team placed 2nd overall in the C grade which was a fantastic achievement for the first time being involved for the majority of them. Well done!

Taekwondo New Zealand Open Championships

Congratulations to Zainab Syed who won a Gold medal against competitors from around New Zealand during the Taekwondo TUNZ OPEN 2022 held at Te Rauparaha Arena and Aquatic Center, Porirua, New Zealand during the school holidays. What an amazing achievement. Well done Zainab!

Thank you and have a great day.

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Teacher Games

Well done to our very own St Mary's Dodgeball Team, who won Gold at the New Zealand Teachers' Games during the school holidays!

Congratulations Team!


Aquinas College Host families needed for 2023

With the welcome return of international students to our school, we again need host families.
Both short and long-term placements are available, and you receive a weekly payment to cover food and accommodation costs. If you have a spare room, and are able to offer support and care for these new students, please let us know. We are looking for host families for Term 4, and all of next year.
If you have any questions at all please let us know.

Aisha Bellamy
Arts Coordinator & Homestay Coordinator

Aquinas College
07 543 2400

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Term 1 - Thursday 3 February - Thursday 14 April

Monday 7 February - Waitangi Day

Term 2 - Monday 2 May - Friday 8 July

Monday 6 June - Queen's Birthday

Tuesday 7 June- TEACHER ONLY DAY, Kahui Ako

Friday 24 June - Matariki

Term 3 - Monday 25 July - Friday 30 September

Friday 2nd September-TEACHER ONLY DAY


Term 4 - Monday 17 October - Friday 16 December

Monday 24 October - Labour Day

Friday 18th November - TEACHER ONLY DAY


Term 4- Wednesday 7th December, 3 pm-6 pm, Thursday 8th December 12.30 pm-6 pm. SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12PM Thursday 8th December.


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