St Mary's School Term 3 Week 3


Newsletter 12 August 2021


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

Last Friday it was my privilege to be the Master of Ceremonies for the Catholic Schools’ Jubilate at the Christchurch Town Hall. I was incredibly proud to be able to announce our very own St Mary’s School Special Choir for their individual item. Our students sang so beautifully in front of nearly 2000 people and I have had many positive comments and emails from people saying how amazing our students sounded. Thank you to all of our parents and whanau who came along to support our choir and who were treated to a very special music event. At the rehearsal earlier in the day I spoke to our students about the significance and privilege of being able to be on stage at the Christchurch Town Hall, as many famous people have stood on that stage over the last few decades. I am sure that many of our students enjoyed the experience so much that they would love the opportunity to do it again.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill



14/08 Saturday-KALEB Rm4

17/08 Tuesday-LINCOLN Rm5
18/08 Wednesday-MALINA Rm4
19/08 Thursday-KYLE Rm5, TOMAS Rm2
21/08 Saturday- ELISHVA Rm2
23/08 Monday- JULIA P Rm1
24/08 Tuesday- NOAH Rm2
26/08 Thursday- JESSE Rm5
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Reminder- School Mass This Sunday 9.30am- All to attend- Please arrive early

Jubilate 2021

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Ave Verum- St Mary's School Special Choir

Mana Ake Parent Drop In - Monday 16 August 8.15am-8.45am

Mana Ake provides support for children aged 5 - 12 years across Canterbury. Mana Ake kaimahi (social workers) work with schools to support teachers, families and whānau when children are experiencing ongoing issues that impact their wellbeing such as anxiety, social isolation, parental separations, grief and loss and managing emotions.

If you have any concerns you would like to discuss with our kaimahi Alofa she will be available to meet in our learning centre, fortnightly on Mondays from 8.15am-8.45am.

Student Drop off in Mornings

Please ensure when you are dropping off your children in the mornings that you do not stop in the carpark in a way that obstructs other cars and parents/whanau from moving past.

It is very important that if you are stopping near the school gate to ensure that you do not hold up other traffic behind you.

Religious Education Newsletter Term 3 2021

Faith Fact

This coming Sunday is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Aotearoa’s National Patronal Feast Day. It is a holy day of obligation when the Church celebrates Mary being taken to Heaven, body and soul to share in the Resurrection of her Son and anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.

Read this reflection on the Assumption by Father John O’Connor on Food for Faith.

Year 8 Students' Perspective

Since coming back this term we have experienced multiple things.

First of all we have new daily tasks. This term the teachers have gone all out on the daily maths tasks. The reason they did this is because they made this google sheet of everyone’s maths results from a test that we all took at the start of the year. They put all of the different maths strategies onto the sheet and if you got that sort of strategy correct they would highlight it green to show that you know how to do it. The ones that weren't green you would have to go and get the maths activity worksheets out of the different classrooms. There are 4 different stages, stage 5 maths which is year 5&6 maths, stage 6 which is year 6&7 maths, stage 7 which is year 7&8 maths and stage 8 maths which is year nine maths. Even though they printed a lot of paper and killed a lot of trees it’s for the best because this is really helping us all with our maths.

The next thing that has changed is Fantastic Friday. This term we are doing an around the world theme based Fantastic Friday. We can choose to do our own project based around the world or you can opt to go into one of the structured groups that the teachers are running. The three structured groups that the teachers are running are upcycling which is taking old furniture and making it into something new. The second option is art. This term for art we are doing things from around the world such as sculptures of famous artifacts or buildings and doing paintings of famous things around the earth. The third option is science. Not a lot of people joined science so they might cancel it and they might put the teachers running it with another group so the other two groups can be bigger.

The next thing we will talk about will be sports. With our sports last week both netball teams won. The blue team won 6-5 and the red team won 13-7 and the soccer team tied 1-1. Overall it was a great week for all the sports teams.

In our SDL we are also learning about stuff around the world just like in Fantastic Friday and every term we get a new teacher who teaches us for SDL in the afternoon. For Room 4 it’s Miss Francis and for Room 5 it’s Mrs Wilkins and Miss Coad is in Room 3.

Ethan and Jake Year 8

Teacher Only Days for 2021

Friday 27 August

Monday 15 November

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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Latest Diocesan Inform Magazine

Click here to read the latest news from around the Christchurch Diocese.

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


  • SCHOOL/PARISH MASS- Sunday 15 August 9.30am
  • MANA AKE PARENT DROP IN- Monday 16 August 8.15am - 8.45am (Learning Centre)
  • YEAR 7&8 SPORT- Thursday 19 August
  • KOTAHITANGA TEAM MASS- Thursday 26 August 9.15am
  • MANA AKE PARENT DROP IN- Monday 30 August 8.15am - 8.45am (Learning Centre)


  • ARATAKI TEAM MASS- Thursday 2 September 9.15am
  • MANA AKE PARENT DROP IN- Monday 13 September 8.15am - 8.45am (Learning Centre)
  • LIBRARY VAN- Wednesday 15 September
  • KOTAHITANGA TEAM MASS- Thursday 16 September 9.15am
  • ARATAKI TEAM MASS- Thursday 23 September 9.15am
  • MANA AKE PARENT DROP IN- Monday 27 September 8.15am - 8.45am (Learning Centre)


  • END OF TERM 3- Friday 1 October- School finishes 3pm
  • START OF TERM 4- Monday 18 October 9am

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.