St Mary's School

Thursday 12th May

'We should be as shining lamps, giving light to all' - Catherine McAuley

Dear whānau,

Just like that, we're at the end of week 2. We've had another great week full of active, fun learning opportunities. This week we had Kieva into school, he's the Albion Excelsior Rugby Ambassador. Every class in the school spent time outside on the field learning some rugby skills with him, and the teachers all raved about how well he worked with the kids. We're lucky to have him coming back this Monday for another session. As if that wasn't tiring enough, we then had Sarah, our Sports Activator in for hockey skills sessions with each class on Tuesday and Wednesday. We share Sarah with other Eastern Southland schools and are grateful to see her at least 3 times a term. She's fantastic with all the kids and knows them well, and we enjoy having her because she's enthusiastic and flexible.

Today, Mrs Hansen and I took our year 5's to help with the Gore District Council's Revegetation Planting Project for Hamilton Park and the Waikaka walkway. With the help of Rotary volunteers and some of the GDC parks and recreation team, we planted over 140 natives that will create a nice little forest in the near future. The kids also put together and hammered in a cardboard guard for each plant to keep the rabbits from eating them. #CaringForGodsCreation #Turangawaewae

Thanks to everyone who attended last Fridays Mother's Day Liturgy. It was so lovely to be able to have you all here to share it with us. I think I'm right in saying that it's the first event we've been able to have together as a school community this year so it was even more special than usual.

We're looking forward to seeing lots of you at our school cross country this Wednesday at the Gore A&P Showgrounds. Our first race kicks off at 12pm, starting with the wee tackers and working our way up. We've also go Trudy and her coffee cart arriving about 11.45am so you have something to warm your hands with.

Have a great weekend.

God bless,


Acting Principal

Mother's Day Liturgy

Look at that for a turn out!
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Where in the world is Annie Nelson?

If you missed last weeks 'Where in the world is Annie Nelson?' you should go back and have a read. One of the reasons for Annie's trip home (and around the world) is to celebrate a very special event with her sister, Kate.

She is now back in the UK but earlier this week she was hanging out with her brother and Michelangelo’s Statue of David (she's taken a very strategic selfie in front of the famous statue to keep things PG) in Florence, Italy.

You know what they say, 'while the boss is away ...' Not really, while we're missing her loads, we're stoked to see she is having such a great time away.

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Student Teachers

On Monday we welcomed Kayla Davis and Kasey Wilson from the University of Otago into Room Moa and St Mary's. Kayla and Kasey are first year student teachers and will spend two weeks in Room Moa learning the ropes of being primary school teachers.
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John Parson - Cybersafety

Last week I shared with you all a link from John Parsons about kids trusting their gut instinct.

This week's clip is called Bedroom, bathroom, pajamas. Either click the link below, or this one if it is playing


Upcoming events

Week 2

Gospel and prayers - Room Pukeko

Monday - Kieva, Albion Excelsior Rugby Ambassador, in for rugby skills

Tuesday and Wednesday - Sarah, Sports Activator

Thursday - year 5's at Hamilton Park, GDC replanting project

Friday - Rippa Rugby tournament team, training with Rugby Southland - 2pm

Week 3

Gospel and prayers - Room Takahe

Monday - Kieva, Albion Excelsior Rugby Ambassador, in for rugby skills

Wednesday - whole school cross country - Gore A&P Showgrounds - 12pm start

Week 4

Gospel and prayers - Room Kea

Sunday - whole school Mass - 9.45am in the school quad

Week 5

Gospel and prayers - Room Kereru

Tuesday and Wednesday - Sarah, Sports Activator

Wednesday - Year 5 and 6 Rippa Tournament - Invercargill