Newsletter Week 10 Term 1

Newsletter 10 - 7 April 2021


Dear Everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed the Easter break, the weather wasn’t too bad at all over this time.

Last week Ange Thrupp’s Tangi was over at Pūkeko Marae in Poroporo. It was a moving tangi with a huge number of whānau and friends there to support the Thrupp whanau. Thank you for the cards, messages and koha you left for the Thrupp whānau. I handed these to Leighton while I was over there and he was very appreciative of the support. Please keep Leighton and his whānau in your prayers.

Confirmation and First Holy Communion was postponed for a number of children in February because of COVID, but the great news is that this is all going to happen this Sunday at the 10.00am Mass. We wish the children God’s blessings as they receive these wonderful sacraments.

Congratulations to : Ariana Cordero, Ryan Peters, Caleb Finnerty, Joshua Finnerty Jesse Riini Oliver Smith, Liebling Rounds, Eryn Espinosa, Anna Luisa Lopez, Anna Lopez, Olivia Martin, Wirinia Thrupp, Te Haeta Thrupp, Andrew Antony, Teresa Wang, Connor Orbel, Alvin Biju, Hannah Jomi, Lennox Portland, Junior Doel, Nina Lopez, Caleb Naynes, Axiom de Lena, Emily Tane, Carlos Camacho, Cheska Flores, Richard Zhan,g Frances Rounds, Liebling Rounds, Albercht Layug, Sebastian Macdonald, Hugh Milligan, Tamba Kortequee, Tasiana Peato, Lika Peato, Josh Laserna and Rory Tapsell.

The start of Term 2 is not too far away, and at this time children need to be in winter uniform. It's a good time now to check that you have the uniform items your child/ren need ready for the new term. The uniform shop is open Wednesdays 2.30pm to 3pm and Friday 8.30am to 9am. Remember you can also purchase uniforms via our website and school app. Please don't leave it until the last minute if you need to collect items this term. We hope you will encourage your child to wear the correct school uniform, with pride. Please name all uniform items.

Have a great week everyone.

Ngā mihi

David Macmillan.

Message from DRS Bernie Hall

Rice Day earned $508 dollars. Thanks again to Lucky Star Indian Takeaway for their generosity in cooking and donating the rice for this.

Room 5 completed their Caritas Challenge and raised $577.40, by walking 2.5km carrying 4 litres of water each!

Inspiring messages:

Your faith is more powerful than your fear. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”-John 14:27.

This world will give us so many unknowns—whether that’s career-wise, health-wise, status-wise, or even where you call home. There are moments you can’t plan for, whether that has to do with your loved ones, your decisions, or how moments play out around you. In those moments you can fold, you can be anxious, you can live with regret or fear, or you can trust God.

Let your faith in the Father be bigger than any fear. Even when times are tough, even when you’re unsure where to go, even when you’re filled with doubt, know that God has a plan. Know that God isn’t just going to leave you in the dust. This world might not always make sense, and your prayers might not be answered in the way you hope, but that doesn’t mean He’s ignoring you. Perhaps an unanswered prayer is a blessing you never know you needed. Perhaps a closed door is an opened one down the road. Perhaps the pain you’re feeling is a powerful lesson in strength. Perhaps you simply need a reminder that you serve an all-powerful God.
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Seeking any parents who may be keen to help out with gymnastics on a Monday or Wednesday - lunchtime 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Please email Mrs. Holmes

Thank you.

Sports News


If you have registered your child to play football this year, please make sure you have registered them via the Mycomet website as well. This is a requirement by Football New Zealand. Please click HERE for all information and help about registering.

Mini Marathon - Friday 7th May (Yrs 0 - 6)

Registrations are now open for the Rotorua Mini Marathon.

Please click HERE to register your child for this event.

Entries close Wednesday 14th April - no late entries can be accepted.

Rip, Grip & Whip Mountain Biking Event - Tuesday 11th May (Yrs 4- 6)

This is a new event for our students to participate in, please read through all the information in the registration form before entering.

Please click HERE to register your child for this event.

Entries close Wednesday 14th April - no late entries can be accepted.

St Marys Mountain Bike Club

We are looking for parents/adults who are keen mountain bikers who would be interested in starting up a ‘St Marys Mountain Biking Club’ for our tamariki. This will be open for all ages if possible. The initial step would be to gauge interest. The goal would be to get children out in the forest riding, gaining skills & confidence, learning about bike care & maintenance and hopefully entering future events. If you, or someone you know who like to help us out, please contact Whaea Leanne at or 027 285 7579.

St Mary’s School Ski Team

Those who want to race in the St Mary’s School Ski Team on the 29th August for 2 days in the North Island Ski Champs (NIPS), with a training day on the 28th August please contact Fee Teat ASAP on 0212405334

Upcoming School Events

  • Totara Team Art Exhibition Thursday 15 April
  • Term 1 ends - Friday 16 April
  • Term 2 begins - Monday 2 May
  • Student/Teacher/Parent Conferences - Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 May from 3-6pm
  • JPC Open Day - Saturday 8 May. Tours from 8.30-11.15 am
  • Teacher Only Day - Friday 9 July
  • Upcoming Sports Events

    Sunday 11th April - Golf Tournament

    Wednesday 14th April - CBOP Swimming Sports

    Friday 7th May - Mini Marathon (Registrations will be available soon)

    Golf Tournament

    Calling all golfers! There is a tournament this Sunday. If you want to enter you need to email the organiser directly. Please let Mrs Holmes know if you are entering.
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    Deadline for Newsletter

    Any items for inclusion in a Wednesday Newsletter need to be sent to before 9am on a Wednesday, please. We are not able to include general information received after the deadline noted.

    Rotorua Music School

    Looking for more music in your life? Rotorua Music School offers affordable music & singing lessons. Email for more info or see

    Special Mentions

    We love celebrating your child's successes outside of school, please share them with us. Email a small blurb & photo (optional) to Whaea Leanne at by 12pm Tuesdays for the following days newsletter.

    JPC Enrolments

    To register your interest in enrolling a student for JPC please note that 2022 enrolments are now open. You start the enrolment process online by going to the JPC KAMAR Parent Portal - see the link here. The enrolment officer, Sue Rowles, will then email paperwork for parents to complete and submit. Any queries to the Enrolments Secretary,

    Hoopstars holiday event

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