Newsletter Week 10 Term Two

Newsletter 19 28 June 2023

Principal's Message

Kia Ora,

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through our school year, and when we return from the winter holidays we will have passed the halfway mark in the winter season. Roll on the spring months.

It is Support Staff Week this week. We acknowledge and thank our support staff for all they do. They have important jobs to do and they do them so well, whether it is in admin, library, in the classrooms or around the grounds. Thank you.

The PTA’s Addam’s Family disco was a hit. The children came dressed up and had an awesome time. Thanks to the PTA who made it such a success.

On Monday over a hundred of our students shone on the Showquest Stage. Our children were awesome and performed brilliantly. Thanks to Jane Trask who prepared our children so well. Thanks to our staff and parents who were with our students for the day prior to the performance. Our children received the awards for Best Theme, Best Use of Props and Highly Commended Lighting.

ALL Totara Team students will perform as part of the Senior School Performance Showcase this Friday 30th June at three mini-performances. The times for these performances are 9.30 am, 11 am and 1.30 pm. Hopefully, everyone is able to attend one of the shows at a time that suits their day, alongside classes from the rest of the Junior School.

Today I hosted a group of students for a Principal’s Luncheon. These children will be given a letter to take home so you can see why they were nominated for the luncheon. I hope they enjoyed their lunch with me.

We are in the process of sending a notice home inviting children to participate in the Sacramental Programme. This programme is for children who haven’t been baptised and are eight years and over. If you want your child to take part in this programme please register at the Church Office.

There is a Baptism programme being offered in Term 3 for children aged 7 years and under. The children will participate in lessons at school and go as a group to Midday Mass. A notice for this will be sent home shortly.

On Thursday 10th August our Whanau Rōpū is hosting the school’s 10th Matariki Dinner in the school hall. All families are invited to come to this and we encourage families, if possible, to bring food that is part of your culture.

Our cleaner Justine Lewis’s mother passed away at the end of last week. Please keep Justine and her whanau in your prayers as they farewell their loved one.

As the end of the term draws near it’s timely to say thanks to the staff for all they do in providing learning opportunities for our children. Thank you too, to all the volunteers who have generously given time to help teachers and children.

I hope all our children have a relaxing holiday and I look forward to seeing them all on Monday 17th July. It would be great to keep your children reading during the holidays. A reading log has been sent home with your child. Parents/whanau reading to the children count so make sure you record those occasions on the reading log.

Ngā mihi

David Macmillan.

Director of Religious Studies

On June 29th we usually celebrate the feast day of St Peter and St Paul. This year the Church celebrates these special saints on Monday 3rd July.

St Peter was the first Pope and founder of the Roman Catholic Church. St Peter was crucified like Jesus, but he did not consider himself worthy to die in the way Jesus did and asked to be crucified upside down.

St Paul previously called Saul went around persecuting Christians. On his way to Damascus, he saw a bright light and Jesus spoke to him asking why he was being violent towards them. Saul was blinded and it was after this that he altered his life. He changed his name to Paul and continued to share the teachings of Jesus with as many as he could. This would be a great chance to take the family to Mass and share in this special occasion.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our families a wonderful break with their whanau. May God bless you all and take care of you during the holidays.

Lorna Dobson DRS

Sacraments of Initiation

The parish will be starting the next programme of Sacraments of Initiation, (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, and Reconciliation) beginning Thursday 3rd August 2023 at 5pm. This program is for unbaptised children only.

You can start registering the names of your Child / Children 8 years and above at the Parish Office from June 19th during Office hours only.

The Parish Office is open 8am until 2pm Tuesdays through to Fridays. Registrations will close at 2pm Friday 28th July.



Starting in Term 3 (Friday 21 July) the price for a sausage or a juicy for Friday's Sausage Sizzle will be $2.00. We have held off increasing the price for as long as we can.

Thank you for your understanding.

The PTA would also like to thank the teachers for their support at the recent Disco. They appreciate your support and willingness to be present at such an event, knowing how busy you all are.

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We have a number of jerseys and polar fleeces in our lost property. Many are unnamed. If your child has lost one, can you please get them to check the box. Parents can you please check regularly that your child has the correctly named jersey.

Weather permitting, all our lost property will be displayed outside the hall on Thursday and Friday for you to check.

ALSO... we know that it is end of term, but many parents are not clocking in to advise of their child's absenteeism. Please help us with this. We need to know all our pupils are accounted for each day of the week. Telephoning everyone is very time-consuming.

Thanks for your co-operation in all ways.


Tough Guy and Girl

Registrations close: 3.15pm Friday 28th July 2023

All information and registration link is on our website under sports.

When: Thursday 24th August 8.30am - 12.30pm
Where: Lakes Ranch, 79 Rotokawau Rd, Rotorua
Who: Years 4 - 6 children only
How: Own transport / carpool if possible (note: we can not guarantee transport for your child)
Registrations close: 3.15pm Friday 28th July 2023

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