Book Fair is coming………

Exciting range of popular titles supplied by Scholastic.

When: Wednesday 7 June to 9 June 2017

Where: St Mary’s School Library

Times: 8.30am to 3.30pm 

Dress Up Day Wednesday 7 June 2017

As part of the book fair we are having a dress up fun day on Wednesday 7 June.  Children (and staff) will have a chance to dress up as their favourite “Book Character” such as aliens, pirates, knights, robots, dragons, fairies, cowboys, Indians, animals, just to name a few.

We want costumes that are exciting, interesting, creative and fun.

Mufti (ordinary clothes) is not considered a costume.

The costume needs to include a badge with the name of the character or title of book character is from.

Each child must be in an individual costume.  Two children cannot share one costume.

No props / things that need to be carried (eg swords, weapons etc).  Children can come to school in their costume, but they MUST bring their uniform to school to change into later in the day. If a child chooses not to wear a costume then they must wear their uniform.

There will be a costume parade which begins at 9.15am in the BAMJC. Parents are most welcome to come and watch.

Needed: some assistance with book fair sales during peak times – 8.30am–9.30am, 12.30pm-1.30pm, and 3.00-3.30pm Wed and Thur.  Just 8.30-9.30am on Fri.  If you can help please contact Debbie in the Library. 

Learning through play

Learning through play is a term used to describe how children learn to make sense of the world around them. Through play children develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments. Play empowers creativity and problem solving.

In our Year 0 -1 programme we allow our children opportunities throughout the day to engage in meaningful play.  Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways.

Do you have any of the following items? We would appreciate any of the following...

tyres, planks of wood, pipes, tubes, tarpaulin, nuts and bolts, stones, stumps, sheets, fabric, mats / carpet squares, driftwood, untreated wood, wooden blocks, nets, pallets, buckets, baskets, crates, bike inner tubes, boxes, logs, rope, shells and seedpods, buttons and beads, cotton reels, foam pads, sponges and boxes.  Many thanks in anticipation.

Quiz Tickets are now on Sale

St Marys PTA invites you to register your table for the Famous Quiz Night, Saturday 20 May 2017.

Please complete the below google forms to book your tickets.

FOR TABLE TICKET SALES: http://bit.ly/2pVTzmh

Tables are $250 for a group of ten people.  You may purchase only one table.  Tables are limited to 18 and will be sold on a first in first served basis. 

FOR INDIVIDUAL TICKET SALES: http://bit.ly/2pSXaRE

Tickets are $25 per person and you will be placed at a table with 9 other people to make a table of ten.  You are able to purchase more than one ticket.  Individual tickets are limited to 20 and will be sold on a first in first served basis. 

We are very fortunate to already have many auction prizes available.  Here are are just a few of the auction prizes you could win!!  

Principal for the Day - Priceless

Deputy Principal for the Day - Priceless

Babysitting Services - Priceless - Liz Driver, St Marys School

St Mary’s Fireworks Extravaganza Prize, which includes a VIP Ticket with VIP Parking, entry into the VIP area and nibbles PLUS the opportunity to set off the 2017 Fireworks display! - Priceless

Snoring Therapy x 3 -  Eden Sleep 

Teeth Whitening & Toothbrushes x 2 Jennifer Corson - Corson Dental 

My Food Bag Voucher

Numberworks Lessons Voucher - Leanne Robinson - valued at $500.00

Vegepod self watering Vegetable Garden system - Lisa Lowe - valued at $299.00

GHD Hair Dryer and Products - Carolyn Redshaw, Peros Hairtek - valued at $350.00

Immerse Nail and Beauty $35 Voucher + Product - Becky Wilde - valued at $145.00

If you have would like to donate a prize then please contact Michelle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our 2016 Principal (Jack) and Deputy Principal (Mikayla) share their experience of being in the top jobs last year.

Principal and Deputy Principal for the Day

Principal for a day 2016 - Jack Mear – R 10

Being principal for a day is an extremely special day for one lucky child. My parents bid for me to become principal for the day at last years St Mary’s School quiz night and they won!

My amazing day started by traveling to Saint Mary’s Church in Mr Fuller’s car for our special school mass and I was able to greet parents as they entered the church, right next to Mr Fuller. When we got back to school, I was then invited to the staff room to have morning tea with the teachers. This was great as I got to have my favourite – a mince savoury.

I then showed two new families around our school with Mr Fuller. I really enjoyed this as I could tell these families how amazing our school is, especially my classroom. Then we went to Macdonald’s for a very yummy lunch.

At assembly at the end of the day, I handed out the principal’s awards to children in our school, it was great because one of my best buddies got a principals award that day as well as my sister. It was an amazing day I will never forget.

Deputy Principal for a day 2016 - Mikayla R9

In 2016, I had an amazing fun opportunity to spend the day with our deputy principal, Mrs MacKinnon. At the PTA Quiz Night, Mum and Dad bid on “Deputy Principal for the Day” and they won!  I was unsure of when I was going to be Deputy Principal but one morning before assembly Mrs Mackinnon came into my classroom and she tells me that I am being Deputy Principal today. I followed her into her office, and she told me that we were teaching Room 5 and I was going to help! While she was looking after the students, I was preparing what I was going to say at the assembly, I was the first person to speak out of all of us…….. Wow I was so nervous.

The day of being Deputy Principal was so great, I got to eat morning tea with the teachers in the staff room. They had sausage rolls for morning tea – my favourite! I got to chat to some of the teachers in the staff room which was kind of weird but really fun! As it was Bike Safety week Mrs MacKinnon allowed me to join back with my class and do Bike safety At lunch time Jack (Principal of the day) and I were taken to McDonalds for lunch with Mrs MacKinnon and Mr Fuller!  It was great to sit and chat with them!

Assembly was so much fun, I got to help Mrs MacKinnon give out Christ Like certificates and Jack helped Mr Fuller. 

I can totally recommend becoming Deputy Principal of the day, it’s so much fun and you get to see all the things the Principal and Deputy Principal do!

Principal and Deputy Principal for the Day

Principal for a day 2016 - Jack Mear – R 10

Being principal for a day is an extremely special day for one lucky child. My parents bid for me to become principal for the day at last years St Mary’s School quiz night and they won!

My amazing day started by traveling to Saint Mary’s Church in Mr Fuller’s car for our special school mass and I was able to greet parents as they entered the church, right next to Mr Fuller. When we got back to school, I was then invited to the staff room to have morning tea with the teachers. This was great as I got to have my favourite – a mince savoury.

I then showed two new families around our school with Mr Fuller. I really enjoyed this as I could tell these families how amazing our school is, especially my classroom. Then we went to Macdonald’s for a very yummy lunch.

At assembly at the end of the day, I handed out the principal’s awards to children in our school, it was great because one of my best buddies got a principals award that day as well as my sister. It was an amazing day I will never forget.

Deputy Principal for a day 2016 - Mikayla R9

In 2016, I had an amazing fun opportunity to spend the day with our deputy principal, Mrs MacKinnon. At the PTA Quiz Night, Mum and Dad bid on “Deputy Principal for the Day” and they won!  I was unsure of when I was going to be Deputy Principal but one morning before assembly Mrs Mackinnon came into my classroom and she tells me that I am being Deputy Principal today. I followed her into her office, and she told me that we were teaching Room 5 and I was going to help! While she was looking after the students, I was preparing what I was going to say at the assembly, I was the first person to speak out of all of us…….. Wow I was so nervous.

The day of being Deputy Principal was so great, I got to eat morning tea with the teachers in the staff room. They had sausage rolls for morning tea – my favourite! I got to chat to some of the teachers in the staff room which was kind of weird but really fun! As it was Bike Safety week Mrs MacKinnon allowed me to join back with my class and do Bike safety At lunch time Jack (Principal of the day) and I were taken to McDonalds for lunch with Mrs MacKinnon and Mr Fuller!  It was great to sit and chat with them!

Assembly was so much fun, I got to help Mrs MacKinnon give out Christ Like certificates and Jack helped Mr Fuller. 

I can totally recommend becoming Deputy Principal of the day, it’s so much fun and you get to see all the things the Principal and Deputy Principal do!

BoP Primary School Marist Tournament

Well done to the St Marys students that turned out for our Marist rugby club at Saturdays BOP Primary schools Marist Tournament. The tournament is played each year between the three Marist clubs in our region, Tauranga – Greerton Marist, Rotorua – Marist St Michaels and Whakatane Marist.

Winners:  U6s - Whakatane, U7s - Whakatane, U8s - Draw Whakatane & Tauranga, U9s - Whakatane, U10s - Tauranga, U11s - Tauranga, U12s - Whakatane U13s - Tauranga

An excellent day was had by all. We now look forward to next year’s tournament and a strong representation from our St Marys students in Marist colours in 2018.  

Taekwondo Success

Joshua (Room 7) and Jazmine Oficial (Room 10)  began Taekwondo in 2016 and are now yellow belts. They have entered two competitions and been successful already. Josh has won one gold and two silver medals and Jazmine has won two gold and one silver medal. They practise twice a week and are training hard for the Nationals later in the year.  Congraulations Joshua and Jazimine.  

Taekwondo Success

Joshua (Room 7) and Jazmine Oficial (Room 10)  began Taekwondo in 2016 and are now yellow belts. They have entered two competitions and been successful already. Josh has won one gold and two silver medals and Jazmine has won two gold and one silver medal. They practise twice a week and are training hard for the Nationals later in the year.  Congraulations Joshua and Jazimine.