St Mary's Catholic School 2 June 2021 - Term 2 Week 5

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Cycle B

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Gospel Reading

Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus sends his disciples to make disciples of all nations.

Background on the Gospel Reading

This week we return to the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. This Sunday and next Sunday, however, are designated as solemnities, special days that call our attention to the central mysteries of our faith. Today, on the first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This feast invites us to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed himself to us in the Trinity, one God in three Persons.The Gospel for this Solemnity is taken from the Gospel of Matthew. In its conclusion, Matthew’s Gospel quickly moves from the disciples’ discovery of Jesus’ empty tomb and Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to the commission that Jesus gives to his disciples in today’s Gospel.

The final commission, as this part of Matthew’s Gospel is sometimes called, is given on the mountaintop. Throughout Scripture, many of the most important events happen on a mountaintop, and Matthew used this motif often. Peter, James, and John saw Jesus transfigured on the mountaintop, and Jesus taught the crowds from the mountaintop in the Sermon on the Mount. In today’s Gospel, the eleven disciples go to the mountaintop in Galilee, as Jesus had instructed them through Mary Magdalene and the other Mary. They see Jesus, and they worship and doubt at the same time. Jesus approaches them and commissions them to baptise and teach. It is a task for which Jesus had previously prepared his disciples; recall that Jesus had already sent the twelve apostles to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal. Yet earlier, the Twelve were sent only to the House of Israel; in this final commission, the eleven are told to go to all nations. The mission of Jesus is now to be taken to all people, and the task is to baptise and to teach.

Jesus commissions his disciples to baptise in the name of the Trinity; this is one of the clearest attestations for Baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity found in Scripture. Other New Testament references to Baptism describe it as being celebrated in the name of Jesus. As we read this Gospel on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we are reminded that this central mystery of faith is meant to be lived. As baptised Christians, we share in the life of the blessed Trinity and seek to invite others to share in God’s love.


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Tihei mauri ora, nau mai, haere mai, tena koutou katoa, E nga whanau, e nga kaiako, e nga tamariki, e nga manuhiri, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

Structure Literacy Parent Meeting

Thank-you very much to all those families who were able to attend our parent evening on Structured Literacy. The information and videos have been shared through Hero and Facebook so please take the time to look at these. More information around this will come out via newsletters and from Teams.

School Uniform

We need your support with the school uniform please.

We are making sure that children are coming to school and leaving school in their correct uniform. We are noticing children adding items to their uniform that they are not allowed. Correct footwear (black school shoes) must be worn unless a note has been given to the Teacher.

Black or white short sleeved polyprops can be worn underneath uniforms as long as they are not showing. Most of the classrooms are warm and if children are cold they need to wear their school polar fleece or jacket. We are asking for parents to support this and make sure if there is an alteration to the uniform that the Teacher is informed.

Cross Country is this Friday

The weather is looking great for our new Cross Country adventure at Waipuna Park in Welcome Bay. The children are to come to school in their uniform. Please bring a change of clothes to run in ie, PE uniform or house colours. Children will bring their school bags to the cross country with their food and water. Please pack a towel just in case.

I want to thank everyone for their support and understanding around this.

Thank-you to Pyes Pa and Greenpark schools for their support in helping to get the course ready.

The children will be in positions with their teams where they can see all the races.

We ask that parents not take their children during the races as they can see the majority of the races from where they are. We are really looking forward to a great day. The children will get to walk through the course with their teams before the start.

Hot Dog Day

Thank-you to the PTA for the hotdog day and supporting our new families Liturgy during the week. We are very grateful for your support.

Parish School Mass - Sunday 13th June 10:30am

A reminder that we have a Parish School Mass on Sunday 13th June at 10.30am.

The school will take the lead of the Mass ministries; Reading, Prayers, Serving, Singing, Welcoming. We look forward to seeing our families there.

Procedure for resolving concerns

If you have any concerns during the term please make contact with your child's teacher in the first instance, then the Team Leader, and if required Lisa Broadmore or myself. We are always wanting to make sure we are open and transparent around resolving concerns.

Ngā mihi nui

James Murray

Samoa Language Week

Talofa lava

We will be celebrating Samoa Language Week - Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa 2021.

This year’s theme for Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa is
"Poupou le lotoifale. Ola manuia le anofale" which means
"strengthen the posts of your house, for all to thrive."

When you’re building a foundation for a fale (house) it can’t have a weak foundation or posts. This is the same for the foundations of our families, schools and churches that play an important role in strengthening Gagana Samoa (the Samoan Language). Language is important for the foundations of our overall wellbeing.


Visit today from Bishop Steve

Students were excited and privileged to have a visit from Bishop Steve. Bishop Steve talked to students about the three gifts he received on his ordination. (Staff, Mitre, Ring) The reason and symbolism behind the gifts.

The Staff to remind him of his responsibility to Lead the people.

The Mitre to remind him of his responsibility to Look after the people.

The Ring to remind him of his responsibility to Love the people.

Junior students enjoyed learning the ‘Bishop Steve’ dance. Students asked the Bishop a variety of questions about how he became a Bishop; What kind of things a Bishop does; The best and least favourite parts of his role; Where he was born and grew up…

Students had great fun getting to know Bishop Steve in person and chatting with him.

We congratulate Bishop Steve and pray for him as this coming Monday is his 25th Ordination Anniversary. May God always bless Bishop Steve and guide him as our shepherd.

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Feast of the Sacred Heart- 11th June

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is a very unusual and even odd image in our world today. This image of Jesus was first imagined in early as the 13th century and maintained devotion through to the 16th and 19th century even to now. This image was created to represent Jesus’ humanness and Jesus’ love for humanity.

School Values focus

Please ask your child/children to share with you about their Religious Education Religious Education this term.

Week: 5 - We pray for others

Week: 6 - We are called to serve

Week: 7 - We serve alongside others

Looking for Religious items and gifts

Pleroma Christian Supplies is an amazing online shop for religious items, gifts etc. They are a non-profit organisation. They have excellent prices and if you are looking for something particular they are excellent at sourcing things. If you are looking for something special or to enhance your families prayer, spiritual life go online and have a look.

Teresa Rush



Who Are Your Board of Trustee Members?

Over the coming weeks we will profile each member of the Board to give you an insight into the people helping to run our wonderful school. First up are...

Tracey Oliver-Marshall - Secretary (Parent Representative)

With an MBA in International Business, I bring extensive experience in project/programme management, strategic planning and stakeholder management from a career in Auckland’s local government sector. I’ve also spent a number of years living and working in Asia, where I owned a trading company. Life in Tauranga is focused on family, and participating within our school community to support the talented and passionate staff at St Mary’s.

Lorraine Schofield - Proprietor’s Representative

I’m honoured to join the Board as a proprietor’s representative and work alongside this dedicated team. I have a strong connection to St Mary’s - as a former student and now parent - and am committed to its ongoing success. My background is in communications and journalism.


Community Bach - Te Kōpuha Hāpori

Thank you to whānau who have already purchased their tickets for the P.T.A Quiz night on the 19th of June.

All money raised at the Quiz Night will support the development of our Community Bach - Te Kōpuha Hāpori.

Currently a library, our vision for this space is to create a welcoming atmosphere where our St Mary’s community can not only gather and spend time together, but also develop a love for reading in a learner centred environment.

The first part of this transformation will be in the creation of two beautiful murals on the exterior walls of the bach. We have been working with local artists, Faye Chadburn and Alex McLeod, who are guiding us through the design process.

Thank you to our wonderful P.T.A for their support of this exciting community project.


Kilikiti - Samoan Cricket

Aroha also played Kilikiti which is Samoan Cricket. The same rules apply but Samoans usually play up to 20 aside. The rest are sitting on the side singing songs and cheering their teams on.

Epro8 Semi Final Rundown

Hi this is Adrian, Jake, Mitchell and Eamon.

We would like to tell you a little about what we did in the exciting Epro8 competition. First, we competed in the Tauranga Intermediate heat alongside 10 other teams which included the other St Mary’s team (who unfortunately didn't make it). However, we came 3rd equal with another team so we had to compete in a tiebreaker which was extremely nerve racking. For the tiebreaker, we had to build the tallest structure in 4 minutes and of course we won and advanced to the semifinal.

The semi final was held at Mount Intermediate. We came in 3rd place however sadly didn’t make it through. What we had to do for the competition was complete a series of challenges which included electronics and building materials. Anyway, thanks for listening.

From Epro8 team 2, 2021

Exciting update from the Prodigy team

One space is now available for the Grand Final and the Prodigies, due to them scoring the highest score of any of the teams, are getting direct entry. This means for the first time in St Mary's history a team will qualify for the Grand Final. The event is in Rotorua at Rotorua Intermediate on Friday 25-Jun-2021 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

We wish you the best of luck boys!

Aroha Team

Whanau Akkerman buddy ready with Whanau Mayall


Thank you writing from Whanau Tanner

Thank you Mum for putting a smile on my face everyday non stop. Thank you Darcie for always being there for me and being caring to me. Thank you Dad for making me happy each day. Thank you Mrs Tanner for teaching me alot of things. Thank you Mrs Radley.

By Kora Wills

Dear Sophie,

Thank you for being there when I came first in cross country. Thank you Mum for teaching me how to ride my bike and getting me a Kindle so I could learn to love reading. Thank you Dad for making me laugh when I am down and getting me to soccer on time. Poppa Colin, thank you for bringing me a block of chocolate when you visit. Thank you.

By Bella Ferguson

Thank you Dad for working hard to make money for food, clothing and anything else I need. Thank you Mum for taking car of me and not putting me in doubt. Thank you Mrs Tanner for teaching me my education. Thank you Mrs Radley for helping keep the classroom a joyful place (not exactly all great). for all of the students. Thank you Grandma for helping me understand things I struggle with.

By Bridget Bywater-Lutman


Tika children have been working hard learning the letter names and sounds in their Structured Literacy lessons.




Over this past week Bishop Steve has confirmed 96 rangatahi – young people from our Parish family. This was a graced occasion for our Parish community. Many thanks must go to our catechists who have spent many weeks teaching and preparing our rangatahi for taking on the mission of the Holy Spirit – to be Christ’s witnesses in the world. Fr Philip

Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination Workshops

Tauranga City Council (TCC) in conjunction with Waikato University and the Tauranga Moana Interfaith Council (TMIFC) is holding a Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination workshop on either Friday 11th June or Saturday 12th June, 10:00 – 4:00. Topics include: Identity, Cultural Awareness, Examining and Confronting Issues. Cost is $20.00 per person. To register contact:

St Vincent de Paul

SVDP St Vincent de Paul has desperate need for small dining tables and chairs, beds, and Vacuum cleaners to help people in need. Phone Peter 021 755864. Thank you. Volunteer staff also required at Cameron Road shop especially delivery van drivers for Monday, Tuesday, and /or Wednesday. Phone SVDP Shop Manager David 027 6988774.

A-typical parents support group

Nadia Du Pleasis the educational psychologist from Micamhs will be speaking at the next mums group meeting at our parish.

All welcome, the more the merrier.

Topic: Understanding Autism
Date: Thursday 24 June
Venue: St Mary Immaculate Church
Time: 9am to 11am

For catering purposes please email Mary Jane Du Toit.


Term 2 - Monday 3 May - Thursday 8 July

Monday 7 June - Queens Birthday

Friday 9 July - Kahui Ako Teacher Only Day

Term 3 - Monday 26 July - Friday 1 October

Wednesday 11 August - Accord Day Teacher Only Day

Term 4 - Monday 18 October - Friday 17 December (12 noon)

Monday 25 October - Labour Day

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