St Mary's School Term 3 Week 7 2022

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Pānui/Newsletter - Thursday 8 September 2022


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

I write this today as I isolate with Covid-19. I feel very fortunate to have had only mild symptoms such as a mild heacahe and runny nose. For me the most annoying thing is being away from school. I missed the excitement and curiosity generated by the students on Tuesday by the snowfall. The first in Christchurch for a decade. Teachers sent me video clips of our students laughing and enjoying the novel experience. I also missed Wig day which no doubt generated more excitement and fun and raised money for a very worthy cause. It was great to see members of staff join in the fun and getting behind this worthy cause. As a catholic school we are obliged to help our neighbour as Jesus taught us. Children helping children is very special and our children need to be aware of those less fortunate than themselves. We are lucky to have such wonderful students who constantly strive to live out the Gospel values.

I’m looking forward to getting back to school on Monday and catching up on all the fun and excitement!

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O'Neill

Principal / Tumuaki


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Wig Wednesday - Supporting Child Cancer Foundation

Yesterday staff and students supported kiwi kids with cancer by wearing a wig or having a funky hairdo. Thank you to everyone who took part and for your kind donations in support of this very worthy cause.

Click link below to read about the history of catholic schooling in NZ

Baptism Programme

The Parish is running a Baptism Catch Up programme for 4–8-year-olds who are not yet baptised.

It will consist of 2 parent/child sessions and 1 parent/godparent session and will begin at the end of the month.

Here is the registration link if you’d like to register.

If you have any questions, please email Cathie-


No new students have started since our last newsletter

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
  • Improving Literacy through storytelling

Our Catholic Faith Fact

Thursday 8 September is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the day that the Church celebrates the birth of Mary, the mother of Jesus.


Term 3: Mon 25 July – Fri 30 Sept

Term 4: Mon 17 October – Friday 16 December

Teacher Only Day

Monday 14th November 2022

Upcoming Events


  • Benediction- Tuesday 27 Sept 2.30pm
  • Cultural Performance at Cathedral College- Wednesday 28 Sept 12pm - 3pm
  • Term 3 Ends- Friday 30 Sept


  • Term 4 Begins-Monday 17 October


  • Year 7 and 8 Camp Woodend-Wednesday 23 Nov-Fri 25 Nov


  • Term 4 Ends-Friday 16 December


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 (Use your child's name and polar fleece as reference).

School Bank Account number is: 03 0855 0436803 00


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. 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.

Lunchonline Notice - In Situ Cafe-Unable to deliver until next term

In Situ Cafe have advised that due to staffing shortages they are not going to be able to deliver lunches to our school for the rest of this term. Hopefully this will resolve soon and these will be able to start up again next term.

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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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.