Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

A very warm welcome to our last enrolments for the year.  Isaiah Deo, Toby Williams, Charlie Williams, Rylee Jury, Miah Jithin and Caitlin Schofield and Mina Aaifou-Olive.  We finish our school year with 496 students.

With less than three weeks of school remaining the acceleration towards year end is definitely in action.  There are many end of year events, activities and procedures that we all need to be aware of at this time.  Please ensure you take note of dates, times and information as it is distributed by differing means and appears from different sources.  I am definitely looking forward to sharing in the many events to come this end of year.

2018 Parent information evening

My thanks to all those who came along last Thursday evening to share in the presentation of our school organisation for next year.  The key organisational change is of course the move of our year 0-1 students to a class based foundation for 2018 and conversely the opportunity to work with Whakapono within a collaborative, connected space.  For those parents who were unable to attend, the presentation from the evening is on our website under information.

2017 Ra Whakangahau

Also on the Thursday of last week was our opportunity to hand over the Mauri of Tauranga Moana Ra Whakangahau.  The spirit of the event we have held since hosting last year.  This occurred as a part of the Powhiri and was well supported by whanau.

Our Ropu then followed with the opening performance of the festival.  It is was the fifth time in recent years that our school has performed at the Tauranga Moana Ra Whakangahau and having been present each time can honestly say the strength of the group continues to grow each year.  My thanks on behalf of you all to Lisa Broadmore for her leadership, both Iwi and Tamoe Malcolm for their tutorial expertise and all whanau for their continued support.

2018 Appointments

There are quite a few changes in regard to staffing for 2018 due to promotion, retirement and staff opting to take leave.  Though much of the following has already been communicated it doesn’t hurt to summarise.  

  • We congratulate Deanne Willemse for her career as she retires from teaching at the end of this year.
  • We also congratulate Fay Warnock who has won a promotion to the position of Deputy Principal at Papamoa Primary School in 2018.
  • Both Donna Vincent and Pip Berquist have been granted leave for the 2018 academic year.
  • New appointments include the following leaders and teachers
    • Miss Jasmine Maddock - Lead teacher Maramatanga
    • Mrs Tania Yorke - Lead teacher Whakapono
    • Mrs Angela Cochrane - Aroha
    • Miss Adelle Mayhall - Aroha

We are currently within the process of appointing a new Assistant Principal.

2017 School Magazine

As you are aware, we are once again putting together a school magazine which is of course a great collection of our year’s highlights and achievements from classes and the many groups contribute to make our school great.  These are available to purchase from the school office. 

Second Hand Uniforms

If you are in possession of a second hand uniform that is no longer required by your family we will gratefully accept them at our office.  There are a number of families in need within our community who will be extremely accepting of item received.  If your items are of value to you and you would prefer to sell them a good place to do so would be through our parents facebook page (STM’s Parents!).

2018 Enrolments

We are at capacity in most year levels of the school for 2018.  It is important that we are aware of any intentions to leave St Mary’s School. Also, if you have children turning 5 next year or know of families whose intention it is to attend St Mary’s at any time during 2018 please ensure enrolment procedures have started. 

Ben Fuller