St Mary's School Term 1 Week 10

Te Kura O Hato Mere

Newsletter - Thursday 7 April 2022


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

It has certainly been a challenging few weeks for our school community! Covid 19 has disrupted all of our lives in some way and caused a great deal of anxiety for some.

I am pleased to say that St Mary’s has ‘weathered the storm’ and bounced back strongly. We have very few cases of Covid 19 in our school community now and the vast majority of students are back at school playing and learning happily with their friends. I would like to thank the staff for their resilience and their dedication to doing their best to keep educating our students in difficult circumstances. We have had to adapt and be flexible in delivering the curriculum. First and foremost we have had our students' emotional and physical health at the forefront of everything we do.

Thanks to all of our parents/caregivers and whanau who have been so positive and supportive of us during these challenging times. Together we have weathered the storm and together we go forward into hopefully a positive, enriching and much more relaxed time of learning in term 2.

Have a great holiday break and a very Happy and Holy Easter.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill


Welcome to St Mary's School

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

Brooklyn-Room 1


11/04 Monday
13/04 Wednesday
20/04 Wednesday

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Term 1 Ends On Thursday 14th April at 3pm

We would like to wish you all a Happy and Holy Easter. We hope you take some time to enjoy the school holidays and have a restful, relaxing time with your family.

Term 2 Begins Monday 2 May at 9am

Winter Uniform To Be Worn In Term Two

Please ensure your child wears the following

uniform next term.

Girls (Terms 2&3)

  • Standard red / blue tartan pinafore

  • White blouse

  • St Mary's School Polar Fleece or royal blue woollen cardigan/ jersey

  • Navy blue tights or navy blue knee high socks

  • Shoes black/brown

Boys (Terms 2&3)

  • Plain navy blue track pants (no logos) or standard grey winter shorts

  • Standard grey winter shirt or royal blue skivvy

  • St Mary's School Polar Fleece or royal blue woollen jersey

  • Grey Socks

  • Shoes black/brown

Nita talks about what she has been learning

Changes To Outdoor Mask Use At School

The government announced recently that it has removed the requirement for mask-wearing outdoors.

Parents /Caregivers and Whanau are no longer required to wear a mask entering the school grounds.

We do ask that parents and caregivers wear a mask inside classrooms if you are visiting please.

Covid-19 Update

School Update:

Positive Covid Cases in our school have dramatically decreased and 95% of students are attending school now. We have not had new cases of Covid appear in the school for over a week.

A Reminder to be vigiliant:

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

Stations of the Cross

Next week on Thursday we will hold a special Stations of the Cross ceremony in the school grounds for our students. This will be a special way for us to prepare for Easter.

During Lent, Catholics often undertake the Stations of the Cross. It is a walk that allows for reflection and re-enactment of Jesus' final journey, when he carried his cross to Golgotha, the place of his crucifixion.

Holy Week Next Week

Next week is Holy Week in the Catholic Church's calendar. Please have a look at the following information and clips for more information for you and your children. (These resources have been shared by the Catholic Education Office)

Palm Sunday

Read this part of the Holy Week story in a Bible: The Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem -Mark 11:1-11

Want to find out more about Palm Sunday.

Watch this video clip

Or Entry into Jerusalem Or Palm Sunday for older children

Holy Thursday

Read this part of the Holy Week Story in the Bible: Jesus eats the passover meal with the disciples- Mark 14-12-26

Watch this video clip on The Last Supper Or this video

Good Friday

During the morning, read this part of the Holy Week Story in the Bible: Jesus is put to death on the cross. He gave his life for us - Mark 15:1-41

In the evening read, read this part of the Holy Week Story in the Bible: The Burial of Jesus - Mark- 15: 42-47

Find out more about Good Friday and Easter Sunday by watching the video.

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Catholics, Easter Sunday comes at the end of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving known as Lent.

Alleluia Alleluia He has risen!

First Holy Communion 2022 - Now Commencing Later

The parish have advised us that the First Holy Communion programme will now begin at the start of June, with students receiving this sacrament in late August.

To register your child for First Holy Communion please click on this link to fill out the registration form:


Term 1: Wed 2 February - Thurs 14 April

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

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

Our Catholic Faith Fact

Notable missionary anniversaries

Pope Francis said that 2022 sees several notable anniversaries in the Church’s missionary spirit. The first is the 400th anniversary since the establishment of the Sacred Congregation De Propaganda Fide, now the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith by a young French woman, Pauline Jaricot, who will be beatified in 2022.

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.

Sunhats must be worn Term 1

School Sun hats are compulsory during Terms 1 and 4 and are available from the school office at a cost of $12.00.

Royal blue, Aussie style wide brimmed hat.

Please note payment may only be made by cash or internet banking. Our bank account number is:

03 0855 0436803 00

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 increase for 2022

Please click here to read this letter from Bishop Paul regarding the attendance dues increase for 2022.

Each term the parish email invoice to families for attendance dues. Their bank account number is: 03-1592-0207236-22.
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Upcoming Events

APRIL 2022

  • Benediction - Tuesday 12th April
  • Last Day of Term 1 - Thursday 14th April
  • Good Friday - Friday 15th April
  • Easter Sunday - Sunday 17th April

MAY 2022

  • Term 2 Begins - Monday 2nd May

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 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.