St Mary's School Term 3 Week 1 2022

Te Kura O Hato Mere

Pānui/Newsletter - Thursday 28 July 2022


Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

I hope you have all been keeping dry and safe after our record rainfall this week and month. Luckily we did not have any issues at school apart from the usual puddles etc that are normal with that volume of rain. Our students have not let the weather dampen their enthusiasm for being back at school amongst their friends and teachers.

Our year 4-8 students have been wearing masks and have been so good at remembering each day. They take it all in their stride as they just get on with their learning. Mask wearing can be a pain but as evidence has shown it can reduce the spread of viruses among people. In the classrooms, our teachers ensure that windows are open to provide ventilation. We also have portable air cleaners in each room to filter the air. As you can see we are doing our best to reduce the spread of sickness and this will help ensure there is the least amount of disruption as possible to our school life.

Please remember to book your interview time with your child's teacher/s next week. There are still some slots available. I hope you have a relaxing weekend and stay healthy.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O'Neill

Principal / Tumuaki

Welcome to St Mary's School

We welcome the following students to St Mary's:

Nyjah - Room 1

Jerome - Room 1

Felix - Room 1

Love Joy - Room 3


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Student / Parent / Teacher Interviews

Student / Parent / Teacher interviews are being held next week.

Monday 1st August- School finishes 2pm (Interviews 2.10pm-7pm)

Tuesday 2nd August - School finishes 3pm (Interviews 3.10pm-7pm

Wednesday 3rd August- School finishes 3pm (Interviews 3.10pm- 5.50pm)

Please note that school finishes at 2pm on Monday 1 August

A link to book interviews has been sent out via our school app previously. If you haven't made an interview time and would like to do so, please refer to that alert and click on the link.

What sort of questions might I ask?

  • Does my child participate (take part) well in class?
  • Is my child progressing as expected?
  • What do they do well?
  • What do they need help with?
  • What can I do to help?
  • Does my child seem settled at school? How do they get along with others?
  • Are there any areas for concern?

Fr Monty Bamford Our New Assistant Priest

This week we welcomed Fr Monty to St Mary's. He is recently ordained and takes the place of Fr Job who has moved to St Anne's. We are sure Fr Monty will enjoy working at our school and in the parish.

Year 8 Confirmation - Register Interest Now

Please click on the link if you wish your year 8 child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in October.

Click here to register


Tuia Mātauranga is a collection of digital resources and activities that highlight local people, places and events that have helped shape our nation’s histories.

You can discover lots of topics – from our early navigators, settlements and first encounters to Te Tiriti and beyond.

Together with your tamariki, you can:

  • find out about Aotearoa New Zealand histories
  • explore the stories of who you are and where you’re from
  • develop a more in-depth knowledge of your whakapapa and identity.

The resources and activities are available in both te reo Māori and English.

Explore the resources and activities that interest you and your tamariki.

Kotahitanga Team Enjoy Daily PMP Activities

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Year 7 & 8 Thursday Winter Sport Competition- Results

No sport last week due to the school holidays.

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

Our Catholic Faith Fact

Bishop Michael Gielen was appointed bishop of Christchurch on 21 May 2022 and was installed as Bishop on 9 July 2022 in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.

He was born in 1971 in Cambridge, Waikato and was raised in Tokoroa. He is the eldest of six children and loves sport - he even played representative cricket for Poverty Bay when he was a priest living in Gisborne. He has been a keen Chiefs supporter, and then a Blues supporter, and now he looks forward to becoming a Crusaders supporter.

Bishop Gielan studied for the priesthood at Holy Cross Seminary, Mosgiel and was ordained a priest for the Hamilton Diocese on 29 November 1997 by Bishop Max Mariu SM. He worked in parishes in Gisborne, Hamilton and Western Bay of Plenty before becoming Director of Formation at Holy Cross Seminary, Auckland in 2014. He was appointed Auxiliary (assistant) Bishop of Auckland on 6 January 2020 and was ordained as a bishop by Bishop Pat Dunn (then Bishop of Auckland) on 7 March 2020.

Special Choir Singing at Mass - Sunday 31 July at 11am

The Special Choir will be singing at the 11am Mass on Sunday 31 July.

Students need to be at the Pro-Cathedral by 10.45am wearing school uniform.

Please contact Caitlin Godfrey asap to let her know if your child is able or unable to attend so that we can work out numbers.

Free Flu Jabs For Children Aged 3 to 12

Children aged 3 to 12 years old can get a free flu vaccination from their GP, healthcare provider or at most pharmacies from this Friday 1 July.

Free flu jabs for tamariki – Ministry of Health

Most tamariki aged 9 years and over need one vaccination each year to get good protection against flu.

If you have a child under 9 years old, talk to your healthcare provider as they may need one or two vaccinations depending on whether they’ve had a flu vaccine before.

If tamariki have recently had COVID-19 they can have a flu jab as soon as they’ve recovered.

St Mary's School Board Election 2022

Our school is undertaking a parent election for our School Board. This process has

started with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community.

We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with

legislative change, our nomination form and full instructions on how to place your

nomination into our own School’s Election website will have been emailed to you if we have your

email address in our database or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in

our database.

Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those

on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.

Nominations close on Wednesday 3rd August at 12 noon. Election day is

Wednesday 7th September.

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 Monty from the parish. Email Mr O'Neill at


Term 3: Mon 25 July – Fri 30 Sept

Term 4: Mon 17 October – Friday 16 December

Teacher Only Days

Monday 14th November 2022


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

Pre Enrolment of Siblings - Urgent

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.

Upcoming Events


  • Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews- Monday 1 August 2.10pm - 7pm
  • Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews- Tuesday 2 August 3.10pm - 7pm
  • Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews- Wednesday 3 August 3.10pm - 6pm (Arataki Team)


  • Term 3 Ends- Friday 30 Sept

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.