Andrew Chinn visits St Mary's School

Andrew Chinn’s visit to our school left it humming tunes for days after. Andrew workshopped with each class group and all of them learned a song or two from his repertoire .  His animated, friendly approach warmed the students to him and he had them doing all sort of actions to songs like Ubuntu, a favourite among teachers as well, Rainbow and many more. 

After spending time with the students he worked with the teachers after school with the idea of creating a school song. This will be further developed with student input via Skype later this term.

Sports News - 10 May 2016

With our Winter Sports kicking off this weekend we wish all those St Mary’s children who are taking part all the best for the season. Our senior Netball girls made a solid start to the season with all 4 teams posting a win on Saturday.

We finished our summer season on a very positive note with division winners across a number of codes. At the end of last term we celebrated the success of our cricketers and today we congratulate our water sport teams.

Flippa Ball
The Year 3/4 teams Flippa Ball teams achieved fantastic results this season.

SM Shooters winners of the A Grade: Donavon Price, Finn Richards, Ethan Ryan, Matthew O’Connor, Roman Rejthar, Aidan Dobbs, Sam Webb and Hunter Sands.

SM Rockets winners of the C grade: Willem Winders, James Whitaker, Lacey Zurcher-Herbert, Ryan Bell, Caitlin Kavanagh, Millie Lochore, Luka Mahy, Jas O’Connor and Chloe Gleaves.

SM Jets third place B Grade: Ben Haydock, Austin Roper, Cole Hulsebosch, Ciaran Manning, Ryder Frank, Theo Shaw, James Whitaker, Xavier Kirk, Eli Banbury, AJ Goodin and Nat Jarden.

Water Polo
The Senior Water Polo Team placed 3rd in the Primary/Intermediate league.

SM Sunfish: Max Broadmore, Cara Butler, Renee Carey, Kate Dekker, Charlie Hammerich, Niamh Manning, Mikayla McGrory, Zach Quin, Stella Roper, Issac Schuler and Georgia Verhoeven.

Swimming Champions
St Mary’s also has a number of very talented swimmers and these children achieved excellent results at School, Cluster and Western Bay level.

The swimming Champions for 2016 are:

Year 6 Girls 
Champion - Georgia Verhoeven
Runner Up -  Maia Kahura

Year 6 Boys 
Champion - Zach Quin
Runner Up - Hugo McCarroll

Year 5 Girls 
Champion - Renee Carey
Runner Up - Niamh Manning

Year 5 Boys 
Champion - Charlie Hammerich
Runner Up - Henry Scholes

We sent a strong team to the Western Bay Swimming Champs where there was some fierce competition. Our team of swimmers competed well and had a fantastic day representing St Mary’s School. All our swimmers placed in the top 10 in their events which is an excellent result with a large number of podium finishes included in this.

Special mention must go to Renee Carey who set a new Meet Record for the 50m Breaststroke.

Other results were:

Year 6 Girls 
Georgia Verhoeven 2nd  Mixed 100m Grand Relay.

Year 6 Boys 
Zach Quin 3rd 50m Breaststroke.

Year 5 Girls 
Renee Carey 1st 50m Breaststroke,1st 25m Breaststroke, 2nd 100m Freestyle,2nd 100m IM, 2nd Girls 100m Relay, 3rd 50m Freestyle.

Niamh Manning 2nd 100m Freestyle, 3rd 25m Freestyle.

Stella Roper 3rd 25m Butterfly.

Year 5 Boys 
Henry Scholes 2nd Mixed 100m Grand Relay and 3rd  100m Freestyle.

Charlie Hammerich 1st 50m Breaststroke and 2nd Boys 100m Relay.

Certificates and trophies for all these children will be handed out after our liturgy on Monday 16 May.

A huge thank you must go to our amazing team of parents who volunteer their time to coach and manage teams throughout the summer. Without them our children would not be able to participate in these extra curricular activities. Thank you.

Best of luck for all those playing a winter sport. Play hard, play fair and have fun.

And finally... thank you all for making me feel so welcome to the St Mary’s School community.  I have appreciated your kind patience and help in my first term as Sports Coordinator.  I look forward to meeting you all in the near future.

Cathy Pini 
Sports Coordinator

Young Vinnies Cup Cake Fundraiser

Thank you for supporting our Cup Cake Fundraiser for the Merivale School Community.  We raised an amazing $714.50.  Thank you for your kind generosity.

Special Character - 10 May 2016

This term we celebrate two feast days. The feast of Ascension of our Lord, where Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father and promised to send the Apostles a gift. This Feast day was on Sunday 8 May.

The gift, as promised, of the Holy Spirit, was given on the feast of Pentecost which is on Sunday 15 May. Our school will celebrate this feast day with a whole school Mass on Friday 13 May at 9.30am at St Mary’s Immaculate Church in Cameron Road. All Parents are welcome to attend and celebrate this feast with us.

The Angelus
As May is the month of Mary our school will be saying The Angelus every Friday at 12.00 noon for the term. The Angelus is an old prayer which started around the 11th Century. It calls us to interrupt our daily, earthly routines and turn to thoughts of God, of the Blessed Mother and of eternity. 

Welcome to new children and new families liturgy
We will be welcoming all new children and new families who started school since 16 February 2016 on Tuesday 10 May at 10.00am in the Blessed Anne-Marie Javouhey Centre. All families are warmly invited to attend.

Andrew Chinn
Andrew Chinn’s visit to our school left it humming tunes for days after. Andrew workshopped with each class group and all of them learned a song or two from his repertoire .  His animated, friendly approach warmed the students to him and he had them doing all sort of actions to songs like Ubuntu, a favourite among teachers as well, Rainbow and many more. 

After spending time with the students he worked with the teachers after school with the idea of creating a school song. This will be further developed with student input via Skype later this term.

It was a wonderful day of praise and worship and our students, teachers and parents who attended the afternoon concert sang out loud and proud. 

Sacramental Programme
The programme resumed again on Monday 9 May Please keep all these students who are preparing for the their First Communion and Confirmation in your prayers.  First Communion Mass is on Sunday 29 May at 10.30am at St Mary Immaculate Church.

Religious Education
This term we will continue to learn how Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey spread God’s message through the value of Mercy and the strand we will focus on is the Sacrament.  We will be learning about the Holy Spirit.

Our Year 1 and 2’s will be learning about the Eucharist and how we as people are welcomed at the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Our Year 3’s and 4’s will be learning about the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Our Year 5’s and 6’s will be learning about the Healing sacraments as well as participating in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Gavin Hesqua
Acting DRS

We made it to the top!

May I first convey my thanks for the contribution all made towards the success of our Trek to the Top musical production.  In reflecting on the week of performances there is possibly no better way to bring a school community together in celebration of student achievement. 

The focus of education in New Zealand is very much centred on academic achievement and in the primary sector, achievement specifically in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.  You will not hear me say that this is not important.   However, after witnessing the artistic expression portrayed by our amazing students during Trek to the Top journey, I will definitely continue to advocate for the incorporation of a range of opportunities for children to experience success.

A special mention must go to the outstanding husband and wife Gobsmacked team of Patrice and Dion Williamson.  Congratulations to you both.  My heartfelt thanks to my staff for your passion and support of the production. In particular a special thank you to Pip Berquist for your fantastic leadership in our Trek to the Top.

Check out the Gobsmacked photos here....

Ben Fuller


Board of Trustee Parent Election Notice

Parent Election Notice
St Mary’s Catholic School, Tauranga

Board of trustees’ election

Nominations are invited for the election of 5 parent representatives to the board of trustees.

A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters.

You can nominate another person to stand as a candidate, or you can nominate yourself (make sure you sign both parts of the form).

Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office.

Nominations close at noon on Friday, 20 May 2016 and may be accompanied by signed candidates’ statements.

The voting roll is open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.

There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school.

Voting closes at noon on Friday, 3 June 2016.

Theresa Dunston
Returning Officer

St Mary's Super Strikers

Congratulations to St Mary’s Super Strikers, Asa Banbury, August Porter, Callum Roberson, Darcy Gilbert, Finn Pryor, Isaac Schuler, Jack Williamson, Jake Bell, Lachlan Aubrey,Max Broadmore and Samuel Leitch. They have finished the season as Division 1 Blue Champions. 

A great season for all the boys and a fantastic job by coaches Shem Banbury and Mike Williamson. The boys are looking forward to taking the next step on the cricketing ladder as they move up to the high intensity of Division 1 Gold in term 4. 

Great work boys!

Cathy Pini - Sports Coordinator

Maramatanga Mini Pilgrimage

 This term our team “Maramatanga” made  a mini pilgrimage to St Joseph’s Church Te Puna and the surrounding area incorporating Maramatanga Park.  We were met by Mark Nicholas who lead us in a brief history and tour of the local area. The children loved the scavenger hunt he had prepared for us.  Fr Edwin lead us in a beautiful liturgy in St Joseph’s Church.  We talked about how lucky we were to be passing through the Holy Doors of St Joseph’s as we reflected on this Jubilee year of Mercy. We all developed our understanding about what Maramamtange means to us  and our two key words were light and understanding. The most powerful image of light that Mark gave us was the image of the Cross. One of our children summed it up  beautifully ” When I went through the Holy Doors at the church I felt love” ( Yerie Park).  
Donna Vincent - Maramatanga Team Leader

Whakapono Team - Our visit to Hobbiton

Last week Whakapono Team visited Hobbiton in Matamata. This was to support our Social Science study of Peter Jackson and the effect his work has had on New Zealand. We had a perfect day and explored the film set that was used to make the Hobbit. The children listened intently to our wonderful guides and learnt a great deal about the making of a movie. The highlight was having a drink of ginger beer in the Green Dragon at the end of our visit!   
Fay Warnock - Whakapono Team Leader

Yesterday was a super special day because the middle school block explored Hobbiton. We had a guide named Yvonne. She explained some important rules that even adults always follow. First Yvonne and our group explored the gorgeous gardens that they had. They had lots of maintenance workers taking good care of them. In their gardens they had colossal pumpkins, tall but ruined sunflowers, teeny ripe tomatoes and lots of monarch butterflies and wasps swooping around us. Then we started to climb a steep hill. We saw lots of Hobbit homes all different looking. Some were big and some were small. We even got to go inside one! All of them had revolting moss on their fences, smoke rising up to the sky and decorations sitting on the window sils. Their doors were different colours too. Blue, yellow, red and green. They were all creaky and old. Some even had little old fashioned clothes hanging on the washing lines! When we were half way through we got to have a 5 minute rest at the party field. There was a red and blue see-saw and a swing. When we were nearly at the top of the hill we suddenly stopped to gaze at a fabulous view. I remember seeing cows, sheep, trees and colourful flowers. We crossed a grey, stony bridge and we could see a black swan paddling in the lake. The lake had a violently turning water wheel pouring water into the lake. We walked a little more and stopped to feed our grumbling tummies. The people who work at Hobbiton gave us a huge cup of ginger beer and then it was time to go back to school. Everyone looked disappointed at leaving but we all knew that we have a great memory.  
By Enseo Ko from Room 1 

One bright morning Bilbo Baggins was standing at his front door after preparing breakfast. He was smoking a long wooden, hollow pipe, reaching almost down to his barefeet.

Then Gandalf approached him but Bilbo did not recognise him.

Gandalf was a tall man with a long silky transparent beard and a grey coat and also a blue hat matched with immense black boots.

Bilbo sat down on a chair, crossed his legs and began to create rings of misty smoke. “Good morning” said Bilbo politely.

“Hello I am searching for someone to share an adventure that I arranged” Gandalf announced.

“Well good luck with that considering that nobody enjoys adventures around here” Bilbo protested. Then Gandulf left.  
By Pateriki Paaka from Room 1