St Mary's School Term 2 Week 7


Newsletter 17 June 2021


Kia ora koutou

It’s been a busy week. We started off the week with an awesome visit to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. A huge thank you to all of the parent helpers who helped make this trip possible. Our students were very excited getting on the bus and you could sense that they were really looking forward to the day. When we got to Willowbank the gloomy cold weather didn’t dampen their spirits as we walked through the muddy tracks to get to the barn where we based ourselves. Students were broken up into whanau groups and adults led them around the wildlife reserve to discover all sorts of native animals in a beautiful setting. Sometimes through the bush you could hear shrieks of laughter and surprise as students fed some of the animals. Many of them had never fed animals before and this was an amazing experience for them. This term our theme is discovery and this trip really enabled lots of students to discover and learn about animals that they did not know about. Once again thank you to all of our parent helpers who were amazing at looking after our students and who made the day possible. You’re all an important part of educating our wonderful students at St Mary’s School.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill



20/06 Sunday SHELDAN Rm2

21/06 Monday IZAAC Rm4
23/06 Wednesday CHRISTINE Rm3
27/06 Sunday JAKE Rm4; FRANKIE Rm1

29/06 Tuesday MAILE Rm2

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Are you a parent who has not made your Confirmation and would like to too? This year we are running an adult Confirmation programme alongside the student programme. If you would like to make your Confirmation please contact Clare

Confirmation will be on Saturday 4th September. The student programme will run in August on Monday evenings with a retreat day on the 15th August.

Confirmation is for year 8 and above.

Register here

Please make sure you read all the information in the registration form so you know what you are committing to.

Clare Bell

Altar Servers Needed Urgently for 11am Masses

Altar Servers are needed for the 11am Masses at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral. Training will be provided. Students aged 10 and over who have made their First Communion are invited to put their names forward.

Once they have been trained they will be rostered on only once a month. If you would like your child to take up this very important ministry in the church please phone Sam and Paul Eastwood (027 282 1093) or email

Teacher Only Day Tomorrow Friday 18 June- No School

A reminder that school will be closed tomorrow for our Teacher Only Day.

Faith Fact

The Sign of the Cross is primarily a blessing. We use it to call God's blessing upon us.

When we make the Sign of the Cross upon ourselves, we are also expressing our belief in God and the Trinity. Through it, we remind ourselves of God's love for us, of the sacrifice Jesus made to give us eternal life, and of the presence of the Holy Spirit within us.

The Sign of the Cross also gives us a way to express our belief in Jesus' death and our hope in the Resurrection.

So while making the Sign of the Cross may sometimes seem like a routine action, it is not. It marks us as Christians and is a visible expression of our belief and hope in God.

Special Choir Singing at Mass - Sunday 27 June at 9.30am

Our special choir will be singing at the 9.30am parish Mass on Sunday 27 June. Parents please text Caitlin Godfrey to inform her of your child's attendance. If your child is unable to attend please also let Caitlin know.

Villa Maria College Enrolment Applications for 2022

Please see the following notice from Villa Maria College regarding enrolment applications for 2022.

Applying to Villa Maria College for 2022?

Applications for enrolment close on Monday 28 June 2021. If you haven't already, please apply via our online enrolment system:

Catholic Cathedral College Production - The Wizard of Oz

Please see the following notice from Catholic Cathedral College inviting families to attend their school production of The Wizard of Oz.

We have our School Production of 'The Wizard of Oz' coming up at the end of June.

The show runs from Tuesday 29th June through until Friday 2nd July at 7pm in the College Hall.

The tickets are $10 each or $40 for a family pass (2 adults, 3 children or 1 adult, 4 children) and can be paid for at the school office or into the school account.

All inquiries to

School Polar Fleece

Our school polar fleece can be purchased from the school office at a cost of $50.00. Payment can be made with cash or via internet banking.

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.
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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


  • ARATAKI TEAM MASS- Thursday 24 June 9.15am


  • KOTAHITANGA TEAM MASS- Thursday 1 July 9.15am
  • LIBRARY VAN- Wednesday 7 July
  • END OF TERM 2- Friday 9 July 3pm

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.