St Mary's School Term 2 Week 3


Newsletter 20 May 2021


Tena koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

Next Monday is our school feast day. In the Catholic Church’s calendar the feast day is known as Our Lady Help of Christians (Maria Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano). The origins of this feast date back to the times of Pope Pius the VII. Napoleon Bonaparte had jailed Pius VI who died in jail. When Pope Pius VII was elected he too was jailed by Bonaparte, who kept him prisoner at Fontainbleau. The Holy Father vowed to God that if he were restored to the Roman See, he would institute a special feast in honour of Mary. The military eventually forced Bonaparte to release the Pope and on 24 May 1814, Pius VII returned in triumph to Rome. Twelve months later the Pope decreed that the feast of Mary Help of Christians be kept on 24 May.

We will celebrate on Monday by visiting the Rose Chapel which was originally part of our school and by offering fun activities for the students. Most likely a highlight for many will be a Mr Whippy icecream after lunch!!

See you all at Mass on Sunday at 9.30am.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill



28/05 Friday EVELYN Rm 3

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School/Parish Mass Sunday 23 May 2021 at 9.30am

Our school/parish Mass for this term is Sunday 23 May at 9.30am. Students are asked to be at Mass by 9.20am and to sit at the front of the church with their classmates. Special Choir are required to wear uniform and will be seated in the choir loft. Special choir parents, please confirm your child's attendance by texting Caitlin Godfrey (choir administrator).

St John In Schools - Make It Safe

We have had Rebecca from St John visiting us this week to teach our students about injury prevention and how to keep themselves safe at home and school.

Rooms 1 and 2 (Year 0-3) Recognise the dangers of falls and poisons

Room 3- (Years 4/5) How to prevent falls at home and school

Room 4 -( Year 6)- Preventable injuries at home and school

Room 5 (Year 7/8)- Keeping safe playing sport

School Feast Day - Our Lady Help of Christians (Maria Mapag-ampon sa mga Kristiyano) Monday 24 May - students to wear mufti

To celebrate our school feast day on Monday we will begin the day by visiting the Rose Chapel on Colombo St. This chapel was part of the original St Mary's School and is a significant part of our history. After lunch we will be having a Mr Whippy icecream and students will be able to participate in some fun activities.

Students do not have to wear school uniform and are allowed to wear mufti (casual clothing) for the day.

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Rose Chapel- St Mary’s Chapel

The Rose Chapel in Colombo St was originally part of our school. This significant historical building is now maintained by the City Council as a heritage building.

1894 25 July - Sisters led by Mother M. Mechtilde Boland (founder All Saints Convent, Greymouth) came to their convent home at St. Mary’s on the corner of Salisbury and Manchester Sts about 127 years ago.

1899 May - After 5 years as a branch house of Greymouth, St. Mary’s became independent with Mother Mary Mechtilde as the first superior.

1900 Sisters purchased what became the 876 Colombo St. site.

1911 23 February - new chapel under the patronage of Our Lady of Mercy was opened by Bishop Grimes.

St Mary BV (Our Lady of Mercy), and the Christ-Child, with Venerable Rev Mother Mary

Catherine McAuley, and Child Window”

The Mother of Mercy/Catherine McAuley window is one of several windows ordered by Rev Mother Mary Mechtilde for St. Mary’s Convent Chapel from John Hardman & Co, Birmingham. Hardman records preserve her instructions: “Follow portrait for nun’s face & be sure dress is correct.” The face of Catherine is from a supplied portrait. The depiction of Mary and the Child-Christ is based on the painting of Our Lady Help of Christians by Tommaso Di Lorenzo in St. John Bosco’s Basilica, Turin. Our Lady Help of Christians is a patron of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Trip 14 June- Parent Help Needed

As part of our discovery theme schoolwide the whole school will visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve (60 Hussey Road, Harewood) on Monday 14 June (postponement 21 June). We require parent helpers to help supervise groups of students as we explore the park. Please click on the link here to complete a Googleform if you are able to assist.

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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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 MASS- Sunday 23 May 9.30am
  • ARATAKI TEAM MASS- Thursday 27 May 9.15am
  • YR 7/8 THURSDAY SPORT BEGINS- Thursday 27 May


  • KOTAHITANGA TEAM MASS- Thursday 3 June 9.15am
  • LIBRARY VAN- Wednesday 9 June
  • ARATAKI TEAM MASS- Thursday 10 June 9.15am
  • FIRST COMMUNION MASS- Sunday 13 June
  • KOTAHITANGA TEAM MASS- Thursday 24 June 9.15am


  • ARATAKI TEAM MASS- Thursday 1 July 9.15am
  • LIBRARY VAN- Wednesday 7 July
  • END OF TERM 2- Friday 9 July 3pm

Teacher Only Days for 2021

Friday 18 June

Friday 27 August

Monday 15 November

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.