St Mary's School Term 2 Week 5

Te Kura O Hato Mere

Newsletter - Thursday 2 June 2022


Talofa lava

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week we had a visit from two reviewers from the Education Review Office. They talked to many people in the school and spent several hours with me gathering information about our school and how it operates. This initial visit enables them to make a statement to our school community about our school. I was very pleased with how the visit went. The reviewers, Mrs Juliette Hayes and Mrs Megan Cassidy, spoke very highly about how our school operates and the tremendous teaching and learning taking place. They commented about the fact that our teachers are improvement-focused and that our students are at the forefront of all decisions we make at school.

One of the groups they spoke to was a year 8 group. They particularly enjoyed speaking to this group who were very effusive about being at St Mary's School and the learning that takes place. The reviewers commented that they are our best advertisement for the wonderful education they receive here at St Mary's. The reviewers will write an interim statement to the community in the near future and will continue to be engaged with the school in the coming years as part of the new review process. Their visit left me feeling very proud of our school and it affirmed all the wonderful things we do for our students.

Have a great long weekend.

Tofa soifua

David O’Neill


Welcome to St Mary's School

In the past two weeks we have welcomed the following students to St Mary's:

A.J. -Room 1

Sayuri -Room 5


06/06 Monday


11/06 Saturday


15/06 Wednesday


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Samoan Language Week

Talofa lava, this week is Samoan Language Week and our classes have been learning some Samoan language and about Samoan culture. See the poster above for some common phrases that you might like to use in your aiga (family) this week.

NZ Curriculum Refresh

The following is an excerpt from the attached poster explaining the NZ Curriculum refresh that is taking place over the next few years.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, let’s have a future where every child experiences success in their learning. Over the next five years, we’re refreshing The New Zealand Curriculum. It’s vital that all ākonga experience a sense of wellbeing and belonging in their schooling. This refresh will support teachers to design curriculum that fits the uniqueness of every learner - so that every child’s progress and achievement is responded to and celebrated. The refreshed national curriculum will provide a greater sense of what progress looks like, and the learning that matters. We will all have clarity about the learning that ākonga should experience across the curriculum – what is important to understand, know, and do. This clarity will strengthen partnerships between teachers, kaiako, and leaders to work with ākonga, their family and whānau, and the wider community including hapū and iwi to develop rich and relevant local curriculum.

Click here for poster explaining what is going to change:

Special Choir Singing at Mass - Sunday 26 June - 9.30am Mass

Our Special Choir will be singing at the 9.30am Mass on Sunday 26 June. Special Choir members please be at the Pro-Cathedral by 9.15am wearing school uniform.

Year 7 & 8 Thursday Winter Sport Competition

Today our year 7 & 8 students attended their first game of the Thursday Winter Sport Competition.

Our netball teams played Ellesmere College and Our Lady of Victories Schools.

The football team we were supposed to play defaulted so our football team had a practise here at school.

Dental Van Visit

The Community Dental Service has begun their visit to our school today and will be seeing only the children who require a check-up. For further information please click on the link below.

Click here to read a notice from the Community Dental Service for further information.

First Holy Communion 2022 - Starts 14 June

Our First Holy Communion Programme for 2022 is set to start on the 14th of June. Children can be part of this programme from year 4 upwards in preparation for this special sacrament. Our programme this year consists of 3 parent and 3 child sessions. The First Holy Communion date is 28th of August.

If you have a child who is interested in being part of this programme or have any questions, please email me on The closing date for registrations is the 5th of June.

Teacher Professional Development

Our teachers are learners too. They are undertaking a variety of professional development opportunities this year to increase their learning so as to increase our students' learning.

  • UC Early Writing Success: Focus for Teaching and Assessment for Years 1-2
  • Te Ahu o Te Reo
  • Just in Time Maths PLD
  • Teaching Sexuality in a Catholic School

Our Catholic Faith Fact

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost is the Feast where we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to guide and sustain the Church after the death, resurrection and ascension to Heaven of Jesus.

Pentecost is hugely significant to us as members of the Church because:

  • Without the presence of the Spirit Jesus’ mission could not have continued and the Church would not have been born.

  • The Spirit poured out gifts on people that enabled them to live as Jesus lived and build his kingdom here on earth.

  • The coming of the Spirit fulfilled Jesus’ promise to be with his followers always.

  • Pentecost enables the Spirit to live in the world, in the Church and in our hearts guiding and prompting us to make Jesus alive in the world.

Do you or your child want to be baptised?

If you would like to be baptised or you want your child to be baptised please contact Mr O'Neill so that he can pass your details onto Fr Job from the parish. Email Mr O'Neill at


Term 2: Mon 2 May – Fri 8 July

Term 3: Mon 25 July – Fri 30 Sept

Term 4: Mon 17 October – Friday 16 December

Teacher Only Days

Friday 25th March 2022

Thursday 23rd June 2022

Monday 14th November 2022


If your child displays some of the symptoms please keep them at home and test for Covid-19. If your child tests positive please send me an email to let me know.

What does it mean if I am a Household Contact?

If you are considered a Household Contact you must follow these steps (whether you are vaccinated against COVID-19 or not):

  • Self-isolate from the day that the first person in your household receives their positive test result, until they complete their 7 days of self-isolation and are released.
  • When the first case in your house gets to days 3 and 7 of their isolation, you need to get tested using a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
  • If symptoms develop at any stage, you need to get tested using a RAT.
  • Avoid or minimise contact with the person with COVID-19 as much as possible during your isolation period.
  • You can end your self-isolation on the same day as the first ‘case’ in the household, provided you have no new or worsening symptoms and your tests were negative.
  • Your isolation does not restart if additional members of your household are identified as cases during the first case’s isolation period.
  • After the initial isolation period ends there is a 10-day window during which no Household Contacts of the original case can be re-classified as Household Contacts. You only need to begin isolation again during these 10 days if you test positive yourself.
  • 10 days after the original isolation period ends the usual rules apply. If a new household member (not the original case) tests positive, they and all other Household Contacts (who have not yet become cases themselves) must isolate for 7 days.

A recovered case is exempt from becoming a Household Contact for 90 days after their recovery.The factsheet below provides helpful information on COVID-19 and precautions you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. The fact sheet should be read together with the advice on self-isolation or staying at home (viewable at Advice for people with COVID-19) and any specific advice that may be given to you by your doctor, Healthline (0800 358 5453) or public health official.

Symptoms of Covid-19

- A new or worsening cough
- Sneezing and runny nose
- A fever

- Temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste

- Sore throat

- Shortness of breath
Less common symptoms include diarrhoea, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, malaise, chest pain, abdominal pain, joint pain, or confusion/irritability.

For more information, go 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.

Upcoming Events

JUNE 2022

  • Year 7&8 Winter Sport Competition Begins- Thursday 2 June
  • Queen's Birthday Public Holiday- Monday 6 June
  • Benediction- Tuesday 21 June 2.30pm
  • Jubilate- Tuesday 21 June 7pm - 8.30pm
  • Teacher Only Day- Thursday 23 June
  • Matariki Public Holiday- Friday 24 June
  • Special Choir sing at Mass- Sunday 26 June 9.30am

JULY 2022

  • Term 2 Ends- Friday 8th July
  • Term 3 Begins- Monday 25th July

Lunchonline - In Situ Cafe on Wednesdays and Subway or Sushi on Fridays

If you would like to order your child’s lunch for delivery on Wednesdays and/or 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 the day of delivery. If you already have an account you can update your child’s classroom by logging on and clicking on Members.
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Jubilate 2022: the Series Begins

Many of you were in the Christchurch Town Hall for Jubilate 2021. This year, the diocese hosts a Jubilate series. The Cathedral and Waimakariri parishes kick us off, bringing their talented parish and school choirs together for a good sing. Come and join your voice in fervent core singing and support our featured choirs.

Where: St Mary's Pro-Cathedral.

When: Tuesday 21 June from 7.00 to 8.30pm.

All welcome and admission is free.

Ken Joblin, Sacred Music Advisor, Christchurch Diocese.

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Inform Magazine

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Change of Policy – Attendance Dues Debt Recovery

Please be advised that at the May Cathedral Parish Finance Committee, the committee signed off on a new Attendance Dues Debt Recovery Policy. This enables the parish to engage an external debt recovery company (Under Control Collections). This will always be used as a last resort, when we have been unable to get a family to engage with us in relation to their outstanding Attendance Dues.

Any queries should be directed to Kirsten Tester – Attendance Dues Administrator - Ph (03) 595 1053 or

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School App

If you haven’t downloaded our school app it is very important you do so as this is our primary means of communication with our school community and you may miss out on important information.

Please email the school office to obtain a secure link to download the app.