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 22, 23 and 24 September 2017.

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.

Registrations have closed for the Saturday night dinner.  Please ring the school if you would like to come to the Friday 'Mix and Mingle' or to the Saturday events.

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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

St Marys Gymnastics Team for 2016

For the last 6 months 18 children from year 3-6 have been practising every Wednesday morning for the annual Argos and Impact Gymsports competition.   

They have spent many hours learning and perfecting their routine for the Beam, Floor, Vault, Trampoline and Mat.  On the 3rd and 17th of June we competed and were judged in these two competitions.

The results were:

Jai McGarva - 6th overall for Artistic Gymnastics

Isla Wills - 1st overall for Trampoline, 1st overall for Artistic Gymnastics, 3rd overall for Artistic Gymnastics at Impact Gymsports competition

Sophie Hooper - Placed 6th overall for Artistic Gymnastics

Zac Carey - Placed 6th overall for Trampoline

Jai McGarva, Sylvester Green and Ned Shaw – placed 2nd team overall.

Congratulations to all our amazing gymnasts for achieving great scores, medals and for representing St Marys School with such pride.  Awesome work !

Megan Wills
Gymnastic Coach 2016

South Cluster Cross Country results 2016

This year St Mary’s sent a team of 42 runners to the South Cluster cross Country held at Waipuna Park. It was a glorious day, and and there was a buzz of excitement on board the bus.

Up against some very tough competition our runners performed incredibly well, taking out a number of podium finishes. With the top 7 runners in each age group progressing through to the Western Bay Champs.  A very special congratulations to Renee Carey who placed first in her year group.  Well done Renee!

Year 4 Girls - Holly Faussett 2nd and Emma Rogers 4th

Year 4 Boys - Will Quin 2nd, Finn Curragh 6th, Aidan Dobbs 7th

Year 5 Girls - Renee Carey 1st

Year 5 Boys - Max Broadmore 4th and Darcy Gilbert 7th

Year 6 Girls - Anna Tustin 7th

Year 6 Boys - Hugo McCarroll 2nd, Scott Breebaart 6th and Zach Quin 7th.  We wish these runners all the best for Western Bay Champs.

St Mary’s Cross Country 2016 Results

The day dawned a little grey and overcast but this was not enough to dampen the spirits of the children who had all been training hard over the weeks leading up to Cross Country.  The weather held and and first place was hotly contested across all age groups.

I would like to say a big thank you to all who helped out around the course, without your support the day would not have been the success it was.


Year 1                            

1st Lotte Jones

2nd Aja Nix 

3rd Grace Raymond 

Year 2                                  

 1st Areta Kahura

2nd Cleo Sands 

3rd Ashliegh Taitumu-Boot

Year 3                                  

1st Eva Jeffries

2nd Amelia Muller 

3rd Olivia Williamson 

Year 4                                  

1st Emma Rogers

2nd Holly Faussett 

3rd Eliana Hulesbosch

Year 5                                    

1st Renee Carey

2nd Stella Roper        

3rd Rozalia Wisnewski    

Year 6                                    

1st Anna Tustin    

2nd Myscha Barry 

3rd Emma Thornton

Girls Overall Champion Renee Carey   


Year 1

Matthew Rogers

Matthew Robinson            

Quinn Downes

Year 2

Sydney Orchard

Josh Faussett

Oliver Laurie

Year 3

Austin Roper

Ciaran Manning

Eli Banbury

Year 4

Will Quin

Aidan Dobbs

Finn Curragh

Year 5

Jack Williamson

Max Broadmore

Darcy Gilbert

Year 6

Zach Quin

Scott Breebaart

Hugo McCarroll

Boys Overall Champion Zach Quin






Samoan Language Week

We were lucky to have the opportunity as a school to move from an amazing show week straight into a celebration of Samoan language and culture thanks to the work of the parents in our recently formed Pasifika group.  It was great to have parents come into our classes to teach our children some Samoan language and expose us all to aspects of Samoan culture.  The week culminated in a fantastic celebration assembly led by the Pasifika group.  My thanks on behalf of our community for all the work that went into the many facets of the week.

Our First Board of Trustees Meeting


My thanks to all who took the time to make an informed voting selection in our recent Board of Trustee elections.  Those elected members now have the challenge of continuing to guide and govern the strategic direction of our school.  Again my thanks to departing trustees of Kelly Quin, Scott Brodie, Shirley-Marie Whata-Coffin, Amy Rogers, Steve Curtis and Gavin Hesqua, and my congratulations to those who have been duly elected.  

Those elected trustees being:


Shem Banbury; Antoine Coffin; Shay Hulsebosch; Claire Stott; Anne Young; Donna Vincent (staff representative).

Yesterday evening, Tuesday 28 June, the newly elected Board of Trustees sat for the first time.  At this meeting Mrs Claire Stott was elected as Board Chair with Mrs Anne Young elected as Deputy Chair.  Both Claire and Anne will be supported in their roles by other elected parent trustees; Mr Antoine Coffin, Mr Shay Hulseboch and Mr Shem Banbury.  Together our new parent trustees join our staff trustee Mrs Donna Vincent and Proprietor representatives Father Mark Field, Mr Paul Callinan, Mrs Katy Wealleans and Mr Victor Villegas.

Together as a board we are looking forward to serving the interests of our school community.

Kind regards


Ben Fuller