Term Dates

2020 Term Dates

Term 3

Monday 20 July - Friday 25 September

Term 4

Monday 12 October - Monday 14 December at 12 noon


Board of Trustee Elections 2019

What do we need in a Parent Trustee?

We are looking for Trustees who are focused on
    ·  ongoing improvement in student achievement,
    ·  growing and nurturing our special character and relationship with our Parish, priests and Cluny Sisters, and
    ·  supporting professional leadership, teaching and learning within our school. 

Is this you?

We encourage you to Step Forward for your School.

Watch out for our call for nominations soon!

NZEI Meeting postponed

In the wake of the appalling events in Christchurch on Friday 15th March, the National Executive of NZEI Te Riu Roa has made the decision to postpone the paid union meetings for teachers and principals that were scheduled for this week of 18-22 March.
Paul Goulter
National Secretary

Rā Whānau Mai Friday 31 January 2020


On Friday 31st January 2020, St Mary’s will open for Râ Whânau Mai (Family Welcome Day). This is a family open day and is a great opportunity for you, as parents and whânau, to share your expectations, your child’s interests, strengths, and learning needs and the knowledge you value, directly with your child’s teacher. There will be a coffee cart and a lunchtime sausage sizzle.  More information will come home shortly regarding how to book interview times with your child’s class teacher.

Special Character 15 November 2018

This term our focus is on the Sacrament Strand- Aroha team, year 5 and 6.


Confirmed in the Spirit
There are times in people’s lives when they are in need of healing in body and soul. 

The Sacraments of Penance and Anointing of the sick bring people the grace of reconciliation, healing and peace. Each Sacrament gives to people its own special grace or gift from God and makes God present in a special way. 

All of the Sacraments make Jesus present because they bring new life, tapu and mana, healing and strength and peace to people. Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are the Sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church. Through these Sacraments people commit themselves to live as full members of the Church involved in the Church’s mission, prayer and celebrations. 

Through the rite, rituals and symbols of the Sacrament of Confirmation confer the full gifts of the Holy Spirit and increase the grace of baptism to enable people to spread the gospel of Jesus. The rituals and symbols of the Sacrament can be seen but they have a deeper meaning that cannot be seen. In celebrating the Eucharist the community celebrates the sacrifice or gift of Jesus’ life to God on the cross

November - Month of the Holy Souls
During November we pray especially for our loved ones who have passed away. Father Mark has encouraged all students to be able to recite the following prayer. Please use it at home and pray together as a family for those you love who have died.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, 
and let perpetual light shine upon them. 
May they rest in peace.

Students from Aroha Team after All Souls Mass went to the cemetery where they prayed for the Cluny Sisters who have died.  

Whakapono team led the school in liturgy on Monday and the focus was on Parihaka. Students learnt how following the bible Te Whiti and Tohu encouraged violence to be met with peace.

In the late 19th century, under the leadership of Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi, Parihaka became a place of non-violent resistance to the confiscation of land. The small village on the western slopes of Taranaki continues to be a place of gathering to discuss issues of the day, and look for a collective response to injustice. 

Catholic Social teaching
Violence has no place in a just society. The Catholic Church teaches that true peace is made possible only through forgiveness and reconciliation. As part of this process, Catholic social teaching asks us to acknowledge past wrongs as a means to reconciling our past and its shortcomings on our way to building a better future.  Te Whiti and Tohu recognised that there must be a better way to fight the injustices that they were faced with. They chose to lead their people in non-violent resistance. They ploughed fields in order to be heard. Te Whiti and Tohu chose not to physically fight eviction and arrest.  Peaceful intentions were at the forefront of their resistance, as was the building of a community committed to finding a way to live together.Caritas Parihaka resource. 


Teresa Rush

Spring Book Sale

Ex School Library Books. Picture books/chapter books/non fiction.  ALL 50 cents.

When: Monday 5th November to Thursday 8th November 8.45am-3.15pm

Parents welcome to visit during school time and children can buy during class visits. Books will also be available at the Fireworks Gala

Special Character 26 October 2018

Month of the Rosary
October is the Month of the Rosary, students started the term with a Rosary liturgy and have been praying the rosary in the classrooms.

We focus on how our Mother Mary takes our prayers to God and intercedes on our behalf. 

To Mary by Joy Cowley
Mary, Mother of God,
you are the woman who is always there.
You celebrate with us the Bethlehems and Nazareths of our daily family living.
You stand by us in our Calvarys and are with us at Pentecost.
Whatever our need or wherever we are,
Mother of all seasons you are there. 
The images we have of you will change with our life’s journey.
You are the warmth of home and hearth.
You are the fertile full moon embracing land and tide.
You are the little secret thing, the kauri seedling rooted in earth and growing upwards,
outwards, to the Queendom of Heaven.
You are the Ark of the New Covenant. You are the clay chalice which holds the wine of Life.Ko te koha koe
Ko te koha koe
You are the silent space of prayer in our lives.You are the yes to God, our yes to growth, our yes to the birthing of Christ in the world.
And however we see you or fail to see you, you are always there.

Religious Education Term 4 
This term our focus is on the Sacrament Strand.

How am I called to be holy and serve?

Aroha team: The focus is on the Sacraments of Healing and how we are Confirmed in the Spirit.

Whakapono: The focus is on the Sacraments of Forgiveness and Food for Life.

Maramatanga and Tika: The focus is on the Sacraments of Welcome into holiness through Baptism.

Congratulations Eric and Ella Chea who were Baptised in the school Chapel on Thursday after the class mass. May God always be at your side. 

Teresa Rush, DRS.

Special Character 27 September 2018

Tika and Maramatanga Jesus Strand key teaching and learning

Jesus is a human person who was born into a Jewish family around 6-4 BC. He lived as a child just like us. As an adult Jesus invited the apostles to be his friend and follow him. What Jesus did when he lived on earth he continues to do today with the help of the Holy Spirit. We get to know Jesus through the bible stories. Jesus showed love and respect for the tapu of people in different ways; talking, listening, sharing meals, touching, healing and showing he cared for them. Jesus wants us to be like this.

Service Highlight

The school would like to recognise and thank the students who performed at the Parish Meal to welcome Father Rico. The Jump Jam was a great way to start the evening. Serrie Park played the piano beautifully and Nathan Holmberg was amazing on the saxophone. It is great to have such talent at the school and for students to be involved in active service. 


Song for Sunrise — Joy Cowley, New Zealand

Hey, beautiful morning, we’re singing your God song, a psalm of seas and mountains, of empty roads and houses yawning under a new blue bowl of sky.

It’s the song of the bellbird, of steaming cows in sheds, of freckled trout quivering in deep dark pools, and dew on cobwebs lacing trees.

Hey, beautiful morning, stay in our wakened hearts so we can carry your God song into the busy day.

Remind us that newness is an ongoing gift and that every moment is potential reborn, but if our ears become full of other concerns, and we lose the freshness of your song, then comfort us with the knowledge that you will sing with us again tomorrow, oh beautiful morning, oh song of God.

From Psalms for the Road by Joy Cowley, 2005 (2nd Edition 2014), Pleroma


Pono Tahi have been learning about the rosary. They used play dough to sculpt the beads on a mini whiteboard and label the prayers we say. This was then posted on Seesaw in our RE folder.

Teresa Rush


My speech experience by Gia Dumbleton

This week I had the privilege of representing St Mary’s and the South Cluster at the Western Bay of Plenty speech finals. I particularly enjoyed listening to all the other speeches.There were some really interesting topics. The winning speech was on paper, scissors, rock and how it got its name.  I felt very lucky to come third.