Inspirational Teachers

Mrs Fay Warnock - Waitomo 22km Trail Run - April 2017

An action packed trail run with narrow tracks, caves, streams and plenty of mud. The wet weather leading up to the event helped make it a little more slippery and adventurous than I expected. There was never a dull moment, but a great atmosphere of runners who love new challenges. It was an amazing experience to be able to run through the eerie caves, scale the muddy climbs and feel a great sense of achievement being pushed out of my comfort zone! 

Mrs Teresa Rush - Nugget Multisport Festival - 13 March & Paeroa to Waihi 21km - September 2017 

13th May - The Nugget Multisport Festival. A tough 21km trail run which will take you on an unforgettable adventure from Waihi’s charming town centre out to the spectacular harbour and coast at Waihi Beach, before returning to Waihi via breathtaking trails to the rim of the mighty Martha Gold Mine and our iconic finish line under the shadow of the Cornish Pumphouse.  Lots of mud, streams, cow pats and uphill then more uphill!!  Enjoyable but really tough.

12th Sept - Trail Trilogy.  A scenic 21km along the Hauraki Rail trail from Paeroa to Waihi.  A tough run when I had not gone for a run for four weeks!!- Lucky it was flat with only little hills (felt really big at the time) near the end.  The scenic Karangahake gorge was great and the tunnel was as always a highlight. For the really keen there is also 100k, 50k, 42k and a 10k run. 

Mrs Heidi Pink -  Taupo Ultra 50km 

The Ultra 50km was an awesome run from Kawakawa Bay along an airstrip, down some steep farmland before joining the wonderful Great Lakes K2K and W2K trails to the finish line at Whakaipo Bay. It was an epic day out that showed off the very best of the Lake Taupo region: lake views, mountain ranges, rivers, waterfalls, and native forest - and a few more hills and blisters than we had anticipated! I loved (nearly) every minute and felt an amazing sense of achievement running over that finish line.

New Gold Group Sponsor - Smart Business Centre

At Smart Business Centre, we pride ourselves on not being your ordinary Accountants, let me explain why.

We have fixed fees so you know your costs before we have completed your work, we don’t charge for phone calls, emails and quick chats about your business. We offer an open family friendly environment.  We help our clients succeed by applying our three step Smart Business Model:

Step 1: Smart Accounting

We take care of your accounting & tax work, make sure you are not paying more tax than you need to, and make sure your assets are protected. You will have better information, faster, and you won’t have to deal with the IRD. Once your books are in order, we will recommend tools for you to make your life easier, and your business more efficient.

Step 2: Smart Biz Tools

Every business needs tools to make their business more efficient and less hassle. Having the right tools for the job means business owners and their staff can spend more time doing the things that will grow your cash flow and bottom line. Having smart tools is smart business. We have spent a great deal of time selecting the best APPS and online tools available today. Whatever your challenge (stock control, cloud based invoicing, portfolio management) we will have a tool for the job.

Step 3: Smart Thinking

Once your books are in order and you have the information you need to make good decisions quickly, and you have the tools to make your business run efficiently, we can then apply some smart business thinking and strategy. We can benchmark your business against your competitors so you know how you are doing, or it may be you need a 12-month Smart Business Plan, or a succession plan to put the business in the best possible position before selling or transferring the business to a family member.

Property Management

We launch Smart Property Management on the 1st of November 2017, Smart property investors use Smart Property Managers to look after their investment and maximise their returns. It’s the smart thing to do because not only are the management fees less than you would expect, but the service is second to none. 

Our management fee is all inclusive so you know exactly how much our service will cost. There are no extra charges for property inspections and we don’t charge a management fee for organising contractors to do repairs.

Be smart. Take the hassle out of your residential property investment and maximise the returns. Contact Mark Fantham at Smart Property Managers. 

Ph. 07 578 0228 or 022 0597490

Tauranga Office 20 Park Street Tauranga 

Ph. 07 5776600 or Anthea Fantham 027 7466204

Mount Maunganui Office 1/314 Maunganui Road 

Ph. 07 5756559 or Tony Ryan 021 0407020

www.smartbusinesscentre.co.nz

Sports News 2 November 2017

What a magnificent two terms of winter sport we have had.

A massive congratulations to the following St Mary’s teams:

 St Mary’s Blasters Hockey team of, Ethan Ryan, Grace Gundry, Ariana Workman, Nathan Holmberg, Briar Grace, Luke Tustin, Lenny Gilbert , Zac Carey and their coach Lance Workman, who won the A3 Tauranga Hockey Grade.

The St Mary’s Bears of Lync Schiphorst, Oliver Robinson, Aiden Dobbs, Lia Hesqua, Dylan Dobbs, Jyrone Felix, Matthew Deal, Roman Rejthar and their coach Robin Deal who won their grade at the Tauranga Basketball League

Towards the end of last term we hosted a sports exchange with St Thomas More.    Year 5 & Year 6 Netball games as well as Social and Competitive Football matches were held.  Despite a few showers at the start, it was a fantastic day enjoyed by everybody who took part.  It was great to hear that St Thomas More would like to have another sports exchange next year.  For the record, it was a clean sweep to St Mary’s!!!

With the Summer Sport and School Athletics now underway it is great to see so many of our students running around with their friends and enjoying themselves on the sports field.  I hope that the weather holds up and they are all able to enjoy their chosen sport before the summer holidays. 

Steven Finlayson
Sports Coordinator

 

St Mary's School Taylor Bros Fireworks Saturday 4 November 2017

Message update: 7.47am Saturday 4 November

The Taylor Bros Transport Fireworks Gala will go ahead today in all weather conditions.  Be prepared and bring jackets and umbrellas and wrap up warm!  Looking forward to seeing you all there!  Have a great night!

Important Fireworks Information for Fireworks Day tomorrow: 

Order of events for the evening. 

a) 5pm – Gates Open $25 family (2 adults & up to 3 children), $10 Adults, $5 children, under 5s free.

b) 5.30pm - St Mary’s Kapa Haka Powhiri 

c) 5.40pm – Wheelbarrow Race

d) 8pm – UnLock a trolley draw 

e) 8.30pm – Vegepod Draw 

f) Approx 8.40pm – Lights dimmed, then FIREWORKS!

Tickets: Tickets have been selling well. We will have limited gates sales so we suggest coming early if you wish to buy on the night. 

Eftpos available at the 13th Avenue entrance. 

Cash sales only at Harvey St entrance. 

Please check our Facebook page for updates ‘St Mary’s School PTA’ - https://www.facebook.com/stmarystgapta/

Baking – Please bring baking to the Centre today or tomorrow morning (Saturday 9-12pm) for all Yr 3 – 6. 

Weather Watch – we are continuing to monitor the weather but current reports suggest it may clear, so we are all go for tomorrow! We will keep you up to date if this changes. We will notify by email / Facebook and App. 

Even on sunny days the evenings are cold, so pack that extra jacket and warmer clothes! The field may be a bit damp so leave the high heals at home! 

Thanks again to all those parents, sponsors, teachers and our wonderful admin staff who have made this evening possible. I know there are some very excited young people out there!

Fireworks Committee (3 November 2017)

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Saturday 4 November 2017 from 5.00pm.  Fireworks @ 8.45pm

Get ready for yet another fun extravaganza!

* Entertainment Stage * Cake Stall

* Gala Stalls * Quick Fire Raffles

* Giant Slides & Bouncy Castles * BBQ, hot food & lots more food...

* Jar-a-rama * Glow Sticks & Inflatable Toys

* Balloon Pop / Plate Smash

* Bungy Run * Mr Whippy and much more...

Including the World Famous St Mary’s Wheelbarrow Race

Tickets go on sale Friday 27 October.

Tickets will be on sale before AND after school from the Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Centre. 

$25 family (2 adults & up to 3 children), $10 Adults, $5 children, under 5s free.

Donations & Prizes

We need awesome prizes & donations for gala stalls and for the Winning Wheel. All contributions greatly appreciated!!!

Prizes can be dropped into the office in October or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rain date:  Saturday 18th November

 

School Lunches Term 4 - Sushi and La Brioche

In Term 4, 2017 we will trial Sushi Thursday at lunchtime.  Orders and payment must be at the school office no later than Wednesday morning at 9am.  More information regarding menu and price will be emailed to you at the beginning of term.  If this works well we will continue it next year.  

We will still have La Brioche lunch orders on Fridays.  A menu is on our school website and orders need to be at the school office no later than 9am on Fridays.

New Gold Group Sponsor - Ryan + Alexander Consultancy (R + A)

Thank you to our new sponsor Bernadette Ryan-Hopkins from Ryan + Alexander Consultancy who has joined our St Mary’s Gold Group.  

Ryan + Alexander Consultancy (R + A) is a Tauranga-based professional recruitment firm founded by its two directors, Kiri Burney and Bernadette Ryan-Hopkins in February 2016. Its goal is to support Bay of Plenty’s immense growth with a locally-based, regionally-focussed, globally-capable recruitment service. The directors come from differing recruitment backgrounds so their collaboration offers clients the potent fusion of two distinct specialties.  Kiri is a specialist in temp and all recruitment up to mid-tier, while Bernadette is an executive recruitment specialist.  They have also recently appointed their first consultant, Danielle Ross to the growing team. 

Bernadette returned to the BOP in 2013 to manage Zespri’s Global Recruitment.  She was joined by her husband, Gareth Hopkins and their two boys, George and Henry, who are currently in Year 2 and 3 at St Mary’s Catholic School.   R+A are driven to support local businesses with hiring top-tier candidates and to support talented individuals into professional roles.  They are privileged to also be able to support the local Community and St Mary’s School. www.ryanandalexander.co.nz

From the Board Table 28 September 2017

Yet another busy term seems to have flown by, but what a lot we have achieved.

As Mr Fuller shared in the last newsletter, the opening and blessing of our new Sister Gabrielle Innovative Learning Environment is a fantastic achievement and significant milestone in our school’s history and a very proud moment for all those involved. We especially thank the teaching staff, students and parents of our Maramatanga team for ensuring a smooth and seamless transition, and know they’ll have a wonderful time learning there.

It was of course perfect timing to have it officially open and ready for our 75th Jubilee Celebrations.  The Jubilee was a great success and well received by those who attended.  It was quite amazing to have discussions with some of our early students remembering how it was ‘back then’.  Very special times and memories.  A huge thank you to the organising committee, the staff, helpers and students involved in making this a memorable and successful occasion. A great example of our community working together.

A thank you to the staff and community also for your ongoing patience with the works going on around the school over the last year, and particularly this last term, when painting and maintenance kicked up another level. It made for a noisy and disruptive environment, especially with some pretty nasty weather thrown into the mix. We are very grateful for your perseverance, and hope you think the school looks fresh and tidy. 

At a Board level, the school recently underwent a Catholic Character Review, which involved discussions and observations with staff, students, the Board and parents.  We are yet to receive the final report, but can say that on the whole they were very happy and hope that we continue to build on the good practice that is evident in our school.  We as a Board, will continue to work with Mr Fuller, Mrs Rush, the rest of the staff, and parish community to ensure we fully embrace our Catholic Character in all things.  

We extend our thanks to our longserving outgoing Proprietor Representatives, Paul Callinan and Vic Villegas, and wish you all the best in the future.  You’ve been amazing to work with and we have valued your contributions and knowledge. 

Lastly, I’d like to warmly welcome two newly appointed Proprietor’s Representatives to the Board of Trustees.  We have official notification that Sister Emeli, our very own Cluny Sister, and Terry Consedine will be joining our team for the next three years. We look forward to working with them and sharing their wisdom in our work.

I hope you all have a lovely break over the holidays.  Take care and God Bless.

Claire Stott
Board of Trustee Chair

From the Board Table 28 September 2017

Yet another busy term seems to have flown by, but what a lot we have achieved.

As Mr Fuller shared in the last newsletter, the opening and blessing of our new Sister Gabrielle Innovative Learning Environment is a fantastic achievement and significant milestone in our school’s history and a very proud moment for all those involved. We especially thank the teaching staff, students and parents of our Maramatanga team for ensuring a smooth and seamless transition, and know they’ll have a wonderful time learning there.

It was of course perfect timing to have it officially open and ready for our 75th Jubilee Celebrations.  The Jubilee was a great success and well received by those who attended.  It was quite amazing to have discussions with some of our early students remembering how it was ‘back then’.  Very special times and memories.  A huge thank you to the organising committee, the staff, helpers and students involved in making this a memorable and successful occasion. A great example of our community working together.

A thank you to the staff and community also for your ongoing patience with the works going on around the school over the last year, and particularly this last term, when painting and maintenance kicked up another level. It made for a noisy and disruptive environment, especially with some pretty nasty weather thrown into the mix. We are very grateful for your perseverance, and hope you think the school looks fresh and tidy. 

At a Board level, the school recently underwent a Catholic Character Review, which involved discussions and observations with staff, students, the Board and parents.  We are yet to receive the final report, but can say that on the whole they were very happy and hope that we continue to build on the good practice that is evident in our school.  We as a Board, will continue to work with Mr Fuller, Mrs Rush, the rest of the staff, and parish community to ensure we fully embrace our Catholic Character in all things.  

We extend our thanks to our longserving outgoing Proprietor Representatives, Paul Callinan and Vic Villegas, and wish you all the best in the future.  You’ve been amazing to work with and we have valued your contributions and knowledge. 

Lastly, I’d like to warmly welcome two newly appointed Proprietor’s Representatives to the Board of Trustees.  We have official notification that Sister Emeli, our very own Cluny Sister, and Terry Consedine will be joining our team for the next three years. We look forward to working with them and sharing their wisdom in our work.

I hope you all have a lovely break over the holidays.  Take care and God Bless.

Claire Stott
Board of Trustee Chair

2018 Sacramental Programme

The next Sacramental programme for Year 4, 5 & 6 students will run from 11 February to 1 July 2018. 

Enrolment Sunday - 11 February 2018

Classes for Reconciliation - 5, 12, 19 March 2018

Reconciliation - 23 March 2018 (SMI)

Classes for Confirmationn- 30 April, 7, 14 May 2018

Confirmation - 20 May 2018 (Bishop Steve - Pentecost Sunday)

Classes for Eucharist - 28 May, 4, 11, 18 June 2018

Eucharist - 23-24 June 2018 (SMI) or 1st July 2018 (Te Puna)

The Sacramental Programme will be based at the Parish. Classes will be on a Monday 4pm-5:30pm.  (There will be no lessons taught at the School)