A message from our BoT Chair - Claire Stott 8 July 2016

Kia Ora Koutou

As the newly elected chair of St Mary’s Board of Trustees,  I wanted to take the opportunity to say hello to you all and thank you for participating in the recent election for our 5 new parent representatives.  

Our first meeting last week showed we’ve got a very strong, skilled team and we’re all keen to keep building on the great work our last Board have done. We thank Kelly Quin and her team for handing things over in a very thorough and helpful way. 

We will obviously be using the next few weeks or so to get up to speed as a new Board but we are looking forward to working closely with Mr Fuller and the school community to ensure we meet our current strategic priorities as set out in our school charter: all with the focus of helping our students learn and achieve to the best of their ability. 

Look out for more information from your Board next term. 

Have a fabulous holiday and take care. 

God bless 

Claire Stott
Board of Trustee Chair

Sports News - 8 July 2016

Bay of Plenty Cross Country

We sent a small team of runners to the Bay of Plenty Champs in Opotiki. All of our runners finished in the top 20 in their respective age groups.

Emma Rogers 5th - year 4 girls

Holly Fausett 17th - year 4 girls

Renee Carey 2nd - year 5 girls

Hugo McCarroll 12th - year 6 boys

Anna Tustin 16th - year 6 girls

A special mentions must go to Renee for placing 2nd in the whole of the Bay of Plenty.  

Miniball World Cup

St Mary’s sent 2 teams of year 5/6 children along to the Miniball World cup. A fantastic day of basketball was had by all. With over 400 children taking part there was a real festival atmosphere inside ASB Arena.

Team Switzerland, coached by Kevin Schuler took out best dressed team and with some good wins and some very close loses had a very fun day .

Team Greece coached by Robin Deal landed in a tough pool including the eventual winners but played with good spirits and determination all day.

Our year 3/4 teams took to the court yesterday and we will report on them in our next newsletter.

A huge thank you to all our coaches. Kevin Schuler, Robin Deal, Di Kahura and Wayne Fausett.

Representative Sports Selection

Jayden Hyland and Pateriki Parker  U9 representative football team for WBOP.

Anika Hyland and Maraih Gardiner-Hano 

U11 Tauranga City Basketball 

Briar Davie and Maia Kahura U13 Tauranga City Basketball. 

Congratulations to these children. It is a fantastic effort to reach representative level and we wish them all the best for the season. 

Cathy Pini
Sports Coordinator

Interim Reporting

Today, Friday 8 July, you will receive your child’s Interim National Standard Report.

This Interim Report, discusses your child’s current strengths and next steps and identifies how your child is tracking to meet the End of Year National Standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

There are different National requirements for reporting depending on Year level:

In Years 1 to 3, a judgement is made on your child’s birthday (anniversary) and a judgement is made between each birthday (interim).  These judgements are reported to you mid year and end of year.  

In Years 4 to 6, a judgement is made mid year (interim) and end of Year and reported at the same time.  

Our teachers continue to use many different ways to find out where your child is at and how your child is tracking, according to meet the National Standard, in Reading, Writing and Maths. This is called an Overall Teacher Judgement (OTJ).  

This includes:

  • using a range of formal tests/assessments
  • watching your child working in the classroom
  • talking with them about their learning
  • your child assessing their own and each other’s work

We encourage you to spend time discussing your child’s report with them, their next learning steps and congratulating them on their progress and effort. We look forward to working together with you and your child in Term 3 and 4 to help them achieve their learning goals.  

Anna MacKinnon, 

Deputy Principal

Parent information workshops - Assessment procedures in the first year of school

St Mary’s will be running a series of parent information workshops during the rest of this year.  Please see the calendar for the first two workshops which will be a repeat of the same topic to enable choice of dates and times:

Monday 8 August, 9:15 - 9:45am - Assessment procedures in the first year of school.

Wednesday 24 August - 3.15 - 3.45am - Assessment procedures in the first year of school (repeat).

We look forward to seeing you during the year.

Parent information workshops - Assessment procedures in the first year of school

St Mary’s will be running a series of parent information workshops during the rest of this year.  Please see the calendar for the first two workshops which will be a repeat of the same topic to enable choice of dates and times:

Monday 8th August, 9:15 - 9:45 - Assessment procedures in the first year of school.
Wednesday 24th August - 3.15 - 3.45 - Assessment procedures in the first year of school (repeat).

We look forward to seeing you during the year.

Anna MacKinnon
Deputy Principal

Holy Communion and Confirmation

On Sunday 29 May, 70 young people from our St Thomas Aquinas Parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation and Holy Communion for the first time. Many of those children were from St Mary’s School. Bishop Steve led us in the most beautiful Mass along with Father Mark, Father Edwin and Father Brian

and we were so proud of our children. We were proud of how they had prepared for the day and how they conducted themselves at this most special celebration. They looked absolutely gorgeous as well!! We hope and pray that this is the beginning of a lifelong commitment to them meeting and receiving Jesus in the precious gift of the Eucharist. The children all took away from the day many things including

an onion. Here is a beautiful summary from one of our children about the significance of the onion “ The onions were a sign to symbolize faith. Onions bring flavour to food, but faith brings flavour to life. You must never forget about the flavour of faith. The flavour of faith is the Holy Spirit, it brings the flavour to life of all who have received it.”

A huge thank you to all those staff and members

of our parish community involved with the teaching, administration and running of the programme, for the Mass itself and for the Communion Breakfast – an outstanding team effort which resulted in the most wonderful and memorable day.

Photos can be viewed at http://snaphappy.co.nz/fhcpage.html and will be online from Friday 24 June.

St Mary's Catholic School 75th Jubilee

Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September 2017


2017 marks the 75th Anniversary of the commencement of St Mary’s Catholic School in Tauranga.
St Mary’s Catholic School began in September 1942 managed and staffed entirely by the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny, many of whom came to New Zealand from Ireland.
To celebrate this significant event in the life of the school a Jubilee weekend is planned to take place on September 22, 23 and 24 September 2017.

To register online, download a registration form, or to view events for the two days please click here. Or click here to go to our Facebook page.  Feel free to load as many stories and photos as you would like on our Facebook page.

To make the jubilee a success we would be grateful if you would pass on the above information to past pupils, parents, staff and friends of the school.

 

Rippa Rugby results 2016

St Mary’s School was well represented at the Western Bay of Plenty Rippa Rugby World Cup on 27 May 2016 at Blake Park.  

We had two teams, a year 5/6 team and a year 3/4 team, both who played under the country of Belguim.  

The children played with pride and determination and had a great day displaying their rippa rugby skills.  Despite being extremely competitive the year 5/6 team were unable to progress past pool play amongst tough competition.  The year 3/4 team were undefeated in pool play and were only beaten by eventual winners Papamoa in the semi final.  

This top 4 finish ensured the team would go on to the next level to compete at the Bay of Plenty World Cup help at Paeongaroa two weeks later.  The team trained hard and proudly represented St Marys School.  Throughout the day the team demonstrated wonderful team work and some brilliant individual flair.  They impressively won 3 games and lost 1 in pool play to again reach the semi finals.  Despite giving it all they had the team lost to eventual winners Kawerau.  

Coming in the top four in the Bay of Plenty is a massive achievement for this young team.  Watch this space in years to come!

Amy Rogers