St Mary's School Term 2 Week 9


Newsletter 1 July 2021


Kia ora koutou

Over the past few weeks our teaching staff have been concentrating on writing mid year reports.

Writing reports takes a lot of thought and a lot of consideration. Teachers need to use pieces of assessment and other information including observations of the student to make judgements about how they’re progressing in relation to the New Zealand curriculum. Our New Zealand curriculum is made up of levels. Students are expected to be achieving within their appropriate level for the class level they are in. All people are different and learn at different rates. Our goal is to take a student from where they are now and move them to their next step as they progress within the curriculum levels.The mid year reports go home on Friday 9 July. Parent/student and teacher interviews will take place in week 2 of term 3. We always look forward to this time to expand on what we have written in the reports and answer questions you may have about your child’s learning. I encourage you to ensure you book in a time to meet with your child’s teacher next term. Keep an eye out for the alert with the interview link for booking a time.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill



02/07 Friday FRANCESCA Rm2

04/07 Sunday FILIPO Rm5

08/07 Thursday DARRAGH Rm1

12/07 Monday KHAYLAN Rm2

14/07 Wednesday SKYLA Rm4

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Last Day of Term 2 - Friday 9 July

School finishes for the term at 3pm Friday 9 July. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

Arataki Team Trip to see Wizard of Oz

Last Tuesday the Arataki Team travelled by bus to Catholic Cathedral College to watch their school production of The Wizard of Oz. Our students really enjoyed this experience.

Dental Care During School Holidays

The Community Dental Service will be providing dental care for children enrolled with the service during the upcoming school holidays. The clinics will offer check-ups, treatment and relief of pain sessions by appointment only. To make an appointment please call/email our Contact Centre which operates between the hours of 8am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday throughout the holidays.

The following Dental Clinics will be open during these school holidays:

· Aranui Clinic, 240 Breezes Road, Aranui,

· Burnside Clinic, 96A Memorial Avenue, Burnside,

· Timaru Clinic, Level 1, 18 Woollcombe Street, Timaru

The clinics will offer appointments between 8.15am and 4.45pm for school-age and preschool children. If your child has dental pain because of an accident, please contact your dentist in the first instance.

To book an appointment at one of our clinics please: call 0800 846 983

Or email


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

Faith Fact

On Monday 28th of June the Church celebrates the Feast of St Irenaeus. He was the Bishop of Lyon in France from c. 177 to 202. He is important to the Church in Aotearoa New Zealand because he was ordained as bishop by St Polycarp, who had in turn been ordained by St John the Evangelist (one of the twelve apostles). A later Bishop of Lyon, Jean-Baptiste Pompallier brought the Catholic faith to New Zealand in 1838. (Pictured right)

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


  • LIBRARY VAN- Wednesday 7 July
  • END OF TERM 2- Friday 9 July 3pm

  • TERM 3 BEGINS- Monday 26 July 9am

Teacher Only Days for 2021

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.