Newsletter Week 9 Term Three

Newsletter 28 13 September 2023


Tena koutou katoa

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is here. This week is Māori Language Week and this year's theme is Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori – making the language stronger. Māori Language Week is an annual event that exists to celebrate the culture and language of the Māori people.

This week is a busy week:

  • Students are involved in Aquabot training after school in the school pool,
  • 'Food for Thought' programme is being run across the Totara team. We have two nutritionists from Auckland working with students
  • STEAM afternoon today for students and after school for staff, parents and students,
  • Barbie Disco on Thursday night
  • Our Gymnastic team is competing in the local competition and
  • On Friday a group of Kakano children are being baptised at the Parish Mass.

We have a planned Pasifika fono during the Barbie Disco. This will be held in Room 14. The meeting will be to discuss our strategic plan and get some feedback on the aspirations you have for your child. Next week, we are keen to hold a Whanau Roopu meeting to also gather some feedback. This will be held in the Staffroom on Wednesday the 20th of September at 6 pm. Please feel welcome to come to one of these meetings. We will also be holding other meetings early next term.

This week your child will bring home a form regarding class placements for 2024. These forms need to be returned to the school office by the last day of the term. If you have a preschooler aged 4 years, and you intend to enrol him/her at St Mary’s, please fill in an enrolment form which you can pick up from the office. Places are filling quickly in our new entrant classes so if you would like a space for your child then you do need to enrol now.

Students are to start Term 4 in full summer uniform. Our Uniform Shop is open Mondays (8.30-9.00 am), Wednesdays (2.30-3.00 pm) & Fridays (8.30-9.00 am) during term time. The girls’ summer dresses are currently only available from our school uniform shop.

Summer uniform is:

Boys - Grey drill shorts and a royal blue short or long sleeved polo shirt.

Girls - Blue checked dress or culottes

All students need a royal blue sunhat.

Feilding Red woollen school jersey.

Black sandals for footwear (no socks to be worn with sandals).

We also sell school uniforms via our school website. You can order and pay online and pick up your uniform from the school reception after you have been notified by email that the uniform is ready to pick up. Hopefully, this will be easier for those parents who find it difficult to get to our uniform shop.

The pick-up of children in the Church Carpark has become a Health and Safety issue with the congestion of cars on Seddon St. Before Covid it wasn’t an issue because parents parked their cars and came into school to get their children. It has become the norm for cars to swoop around the car park and stop to pick up their child. From next term we ask that you park your cars in the car park and come into the school grounds to pick up your child. It was great pre-covid to have parents gathering around classrooms after school to collect their children.

Please keep in your prayers Iquita and her brother and sister Charis and Avaani as they grieve for their mother, Melissa Drysdale, who passed away a few days ago.

Have a great week.

Ngā mihi

David Macmillan


Tuesday 19th September to Friday 22nd September MAD School Art Exhibition - Art Village

Tuesday 19th September Totara Team Exhibition

Thursday 21st September Mini Munchy Makers final cooking competition

Friday 22nd September Final Day of Term 3

Director of Religious Studies

On Friday - 8 children will be baptised. This term over 20 students took part in the Baptism Programme over 4 weeks with Mrs Mines. Our Year 0-3 students and teachers will be attending 9 a.m. Mass on Friday to celebrate the baptism of these children along with their families. Everyone is more than welcome to join us.

Baptism is one of the first Sacraments we receive as Catholics and shows how we belong to God's family. There are 5 symbols of Baptism. The Baptismal Font, water, white clothes, candle and oil. When we are baptised we get to choose a Saints name or a holy person from the Bible. This Saint or holy person can be a special guide or protector during our life.

The RE Team travelled to Blenheim last week to look at a number of different schools. We spent a whole day at St Mary’s in Blenheim planning our RE topic for next year. As a school we look forward to sharing our ideas with you.

God bless and have a lovely week.

Lorna Dobson, DRS.


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This coming summer there will be two options for the girls' to purchase as their summer uniform :
  • Summer Skort
  • Sizes:4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20
  • Cost $55.00 per size
  • Existing Summer dress.
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If you are looking for any information about sports and events, please head to our school website under sports.


Coaches/Managers please return any football or Hockey gear from your teams please.

Team photos

PLEASE can I have some team photos sent in or any awesome shots of kids playing their sports.

This is so we can make up our sports pages for our end of year magazine.

Ngā mihi

Shanelle McCashin

School Office & Sports Coordinator

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Learn to Swim re-commences Monday 16 October 2023.

Non-confident - to - Confident Swimming and Water Safety.

Phone Marg 0274599286


Please include an email address with your phone contact.