St Mary's School Term 1 Week 10


Newsletter 8 April 2021


Tena koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

It is hard to believe that next Friday is the last day of term 1. It has been a very busy term with lots of learning opportunities. Some of these include: swimming lessons, a visit from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, digital technologies sessions hosted by Christchurch City Libraries, teaching teams attending a weekday Mass three times a term and next week we have our school cross country on Tuesday.

In the Kotahitanga Team students have been extending their scientific skills through the study of plants. They have been using our new electronic microscope to make discoveries of details of seeds and plants that cannot be seen easily with the naked eye. I have loved seeing their enthusiasm as they make new discoveries each day. In the Arataki Team, as part of their science learning, they have been studying the human body and the functions of its many organs. As part of their student directed learning on Figure It Out Fridays many students have created projects about the body and have thought up many interesting ways to share their learning.

As this is the last newsletter for the term I'd like to take the opportunity to wish you all a safe and restful holiday break.

Mā te Atua koe e manaaki, e tiaki

May God bless you and protect you

David O’Neill



We would like to welcome the following students to St Mary’s School:

Indi - R1


09/04 Friday ELLIS Rm2

11/04 Sunday LIANA Rm5; EDDIE Rm2

12/04 Monday STEVIE Rm4

13/04 Tuesday AGNEL Rm1

20/04 Tuesday BENEDICT Rm1

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End of Term 1 School Holidays

Term 1 concludes at 3pm on Friday 16 April.

Term 2 begins at 9am on 3 May.

Digital Technologies

Cross Country - Tuesday 13 April

On Tuesday 13th April we will be holding our Cross Country at school starting after morning tea at approximately 11.15am. If the weather is unfavourable we will send an alert on the day via our school app to advise postponement. Our postponement date is Wednesday 14 April.

Students need to wear sports clothes to school on the day.

Please ensure they have the following:

● Running shoes

● Shorts and t-shirt

● Warm jacket

● Asthma medication if appropriate

● Drink bottle

We would love to see as many of you here as are able to make it.

Winter Uniform Term Two

Please ensure your child wears the following

uniform next term.

Girls (Terms 2&3)

  • Standard red / blue tartan pinafore

  • White blouse

  • St Mary's School Polar Fleece or royal blue woollen cardigan/ jersey

  • Navy blue tights or navy blue knee high socks

  • Shoes black/brown

Boys (Terms 2&3)

  • Plain navy blue track pants (no logos) or standard grey winter shorts

  • Standard grey winter shirt or royal blue skivvy

  • St Mary's School Polar Fleece or royal blue woollen jersey

  • Grey Socks

  • Shoes black/brown

Figure It Out Friday Project

This photo is a project created by some of our Arataki Team students detailing the parts of the brain.

A Message from the Parish Office

We are at the end of another financial year end and would like to remind parents that the Special Character component of their school fees invoice from the parish is tax deductible. You can claim 1/3rd of this back through Inland Revenue. If you would like a tax receipt for the Special Character Contributions made during this financial year please email

The parish office will email your receipt to you by the end of April.

Dental Care During the School Holidays

The Community Dental Service will be providing dental care for children enrolled with our service during the upcoming school holidays. The clinics will offer check-ups, treatment and relief of pain sessions by appointment only. To make an appointment please call/email our Contact Centre which operates between the hours of 8am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday throughout the holidays.

The following Dental Clinics will be open during these school holidays:

· Hornby Clinic, 2 Hei Hei Road, Hornby,

· Northcote Clinic, 24 Tuckers Road, Casebrook,

· Timaru Clinic, Level 1, 18 Woollcombe Street, Timaru

The clinics will offer appointments between 8.15am and 4.45pm for school-age and preschool children. If your child has dental pain because of an accident, please contact your dentist in the first instance.

To book an appointment at one of our clinics please:

Call 0800 846 983 or email

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 CROSS COUNTRY - Tuesday 13 April
  • LIBRARY VAN - Wednesday 14 April
  • ARATAKI TEAM MASS - Thursday 15 April 9.15am
  • LAST DAY OF TERM 1 - Friday 16 April


  • FIRST DAY OF TERM 2 - Monday 3 May

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.