Meet the Teacher - Tuesday 20th February 1.00pm - 7.00pm

9 February 2018

On Tuesday the 20th February we will be holding a Meet the Teacher afternoon/evening, which is an opportunity for you to have a conversation directly with your child’s teacher.  Each time slot (one per child) will be 10 minutes long and can be booked by going to :
www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and using the following code: fhs3j

Meetings for all New Entrants to school this year (Whanau Meehan) will be arranged individually with parents throughout the Term. 

The emphasis of these meetings will be on you sharing your knowledge about your child.   This is a great opportunity for you, as parents and whanau, to share your expectations, your child’s interests, strengths, and learning needs and the knowledge you value. 

Si Yeon Crowe will also be available on this day from 1.00pm - 5.00pm, for any parents of ESOL students wishing to make an appointment. 

On this day, school will be closing at 12:30pm for all students, so please make arrangements to collect your child at this time.  There will be no bus service or After School Care available on this day.

We are looking forward to continuing to work together to provide effective home-school partnerships in which parents and teachers are involved together in our children's learning.


Anna MacKinnon
Deputy Principal

Parent Information Meetings - Thursday 15 February 3:15pm - 5:15pm

On Thursday the 15th February we will be holding Parent information evenings within each hub.  This is an opportunity for you to meet all of the hub teachers and hear important information about the expectations and procedures that each hub has. 

The times will be as follows:

3:15 - Tika Team (New Entrant and Year 1)
3:45 - Maramatanga Team (Year 2)
4:15 - Whakapono Team (Year 3 & 4)
4:45 - Aroha Team (Year 5 & 6)

We are looking forward to continuing to work together to provide effective home-school partnerships in which parents and teachers are involved together in our children's learning.

Anna MacKinnon
Deputy Principal

From the Principal - 29 November 2017

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

A very warm welcome to our last enrolments for the year.  Isaiah Deo, Toby Williams, Charlie Williams, Rylee Jury, Miah Jithin and Caitlin Schofield and Mina Aaifou-Olive.  We finish our school year with 496 students.

With less than three weeks of school remaining the acceleration towards year end is definitely in action.  There are many end of year events, activities and procedures that we all need to be aware of at this time.  Please ensure you take note of dates, times and information as it is distributed by differing means and appears from different sources.  I am definitely looking forward to sharing in the many events to come this end of year.

2018 Parent information evening

My thanks to all those who came along last Thursday evening to share in the presentation of our school organisation for next year.  The key organisational change is of course the move of our year 0-1 students to a class based foundation for 2018 and conversely the opportunity to work with Whakapono within a collaborative, connected space.  For those parents who were unable to attend, the presentation from the evening is on our website under information.

2017 Ra Whakangahau

Also on the Thursday of last week was our opportunity to hand over the Mauri of Tauranga Moana Ra Whakangahau.  The spirit of the event we have held since hosting last year.  This occurred as a part of the Powhiri and was well supported by whanau.

Our Ropu then followed with the opening performance of the festival.  It is was the fifth time in recent years that our school has performed at the Tauranga Moana Ra Whakangahau and having been present each time can honestly say the strength of the group continues to grow each year.  My thanks on behalf of you all to Lisa Broadmore for her leadership, both Iwi and Tamoe Malcolm for their tutorial expertise and all whanau for their continued support.

2018 Appointments

There are quite a few changes in regard to staffing for 2018 due to promotion, retirement and staff opting to take leave.  Though much of the following has already been communicated it doesn’t hurt to summarise.  

  • We congratulate Deanne Willemse for her career as she retires from teaching at the end of this year.
  • We also congratulate Fay Warnock who has won a promotion to the position of Deputy Principal at Papamoa Primary School in 2018.
  • Both Donna Vincent and Pip Berquist have been granted leave for the 2018 academic year.
  • New appointments include the following leaders and teachers
    • Miss Jasmine Maddock - Lead teacher Maramatanga
    • Mrs Tania Yorke - Lead teacher Whakapono
    • Mrs Angela Cochrane - Aroha
    • Miss Adelle Mayhall - Aroha

We are currently within the process of appointing a new Assistant Principal.

2017 School Magazine

As you are aware, we are once again putting together a school magazine which is of course a great collection of our year’s highlights and achievements from classes and the many groups contribute to make our school great.  These are available to purchase from the school office. 

Second Hand Uniforms

If you are in possession of a second hand uniform that is no longer required by your family we will gratefully accept them at our office.  There are a number of families in need within our community who will be extremely accepting of item received.  If your items are of value to you and you would prefer to sell them a good place to do so would be through our parents facebook page (STM’s Parents!).

2018 Enrolments

We are at capacity in most year levels of the school for 2018.  It is important that we are aware of any intentions to leave St Mary’s School. Also, if you have children turning 5 next year or know of families whose intention it is to attend St Mary’s at any time during 2018 please ensure enrolment procedures have started. 

Ben Fuller
Principal  

There are quite a few changes in regard to staffing for 2018 due to promotion, retirement and staff opting to take leave.  Though much of the following has already been communicated it doesn’t hurt to summarise.  

 

 

Special Character 29 November 2017

Advent - Te Wa o Aweneti

Longing and waiting in our lives for the coming of the Lord.

Advent has a twofold character: as a time to prepare for the solemnity of Christmas when the Son of God’s first coming to us is remembered, and as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, the season of Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation. 

The word “advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus”, which means “coming” or “arrival”. Advent is a time of waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus. We prepare for the celebration of Christmas, the anniversary of the first coming of Jesus to us. We also prepare for him to come again at our death or at the end of time.

The Sunday readings in Advent reflect these themes of waiting, longing and hope for the coming of Jesus. The readings of the First Sunday of Advent look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus at the end of time. On the Second and Third Sundays the readings are about the role of John the Baptist who came to ‘prepare the way of the Lord’. On the Fourth Sunday of Advent the Gospel is about the events which lead up to and follow the birth of Jesus.

The liturgical colour worn of Advent is purple but it is a time of joyful preparation rather than being a penitential season. Purple was once the colour of royalty and it is used in Advent to signify the coming of Christ and his kingdom.

Advent Symbols

The Advent wreath has four candles to mark the waiting period before Christmas. One additional candle is lit each week, reminding us that Jesus comes to bring light to the world.

The Jesse tree is a branch or small tree which refers to Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots”. The decoration of the tree with symbols during Advent records the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, beginning with Adam and Eve.

https://www.nlo.org.nz/  

The Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand  

Te Hohi Katorika ki Aotearoa

We wish those who are representing our school at the numerous events in the Bay leading up to Christmas.  Two students - Eliana Hulsebosch and Callum Roberson  are to be Mary and Joseph at the  Christmas Carols at The Strand on the Waterfront at 5.30pm on Sunday, the 10th of December.  Our Jump jam teams are performing at “A Night Before Christmas”-  December 16th.

 If I have not mentioned your child and they are taking part in a celebration please let me know so we can recognise them. 

Teresa Rush
DRS

 

 

End of Year Buses

 

Route 406 & 552

Last bus for St Mary’s on 14 December.

Route 519

Last bus for St Mary’s is the Morning on 15 December.  

No bus in the afternoon.

Route 5, 6, 9, 553, 657

Last bus for St Mary’s on 15 December at 12noon.

Route 7 & 12

Last bus for St Mary’s on 15 December at 12.15pm.

All buses will be running as normal when St Mary’s commences on 7 February 2018.

Extension to Route 552 and 553 in 2018

The plan is to extend route 552 along Lakes Boulevard as far as Te Ranga Memorial Drive, which adds three new bus stops to the route.  In addition to this change, part of the route from Cheyne Road to Inverness Drive will be removed from route 552 and that section of the route will be added route 553.  Vist the School Hopper website to download the routes and bus stops.

Sports News 29 November 2017

Now that the weather is starting to settle and the sun is out, the students have been getting into the full swing of Term 4 summer sport.  The Flippaball Pool will be warming up and the Touch Rugby players won’t be getting so wet each time they play.

From the recently completed St Mary’s Senior School Athletics Championships we took a team of 41 students to the South Cluster Championships.  Congratulations to Charlie Hammerich, Emma Rogers, Erin Moore, Ferlyn Wijaya, Finn Curragh, Holly Fausett, Isaac Schuler, Kate Finlay, Luka Mahy, Oliver Grosso, Renee Carey and William Pepers who have all qualified for Western Bay of Plenty Championships

We were lucky enough to have two teams entered into the Junior World Cup of Cricket.  Out of twenty four teams the team of Asa Banbury, Darcy Gilbert, Finn Pryor, Henry Scholes, Jack Williamson, Jake Bell, Lockie Aubrey and Max Broadmore won the competiton.  Congratulations on becoming Bay of Plenty Junior World Cup Champions for 2017.

I hope you have all had a fantastic year playing sport at St Mary’s.  I look forward to another action packed year next year, full of fun filled action and sporting excitement.  Steven Finlayson, Sports Coordinator

Taylor Bros Fireworks Gala Thank You

A little bit of rain did not dampen our evening, with 4007 people from all over the Bay of Plenty & beyond, turning out to enjoy our 2017 Fireworks Gala. We have had so many reports of families having a great night out, and our children experiencing a world class fireworks display in their own school grounds! Thank you to our wonderful sponsors Taylor Bros Transport, Vegepod, Willis Towers Watson & Zariba Properties – Terrace Views, without your support this event would not have been possible.  Thank you to all our amazing parents, staff and families, who gave up their time to help set up and clean up, volunteered to manage and assist on stalls on the night, and donate fabulous prizes, our event was a huge success because of you all! We were thoroughly entertained by our talented performers & broke records with the huge number of Jar-a-ramas, and had a massively successful ‘Winning Wheel’.  Another highlight was the ‘Wheelbarrow Race’, congratulations to ‘Accident & Healthcare’ our 2017 Champions.  Together we raised almost $25,000, part of this will be spent on exciting outdoor play equipment and playground upgrades for all our children.  What a great evening to showcase our beautiful school, its people and its sense of community.  We are looking forward to 2018! Fireworks Committee 2017 

Our Fireworks Sponsors

1. Taylor Bros  

2. Vegepod  

3. Willis Towers Watson  

4. Zariba Properties – Terrace Views

Wheelbarrow Race Sponsors  

Lysaght Consultants, Little Sweethearts, Aspect Construction, Pacific Saw Mill Engineering, Harris Tate Lawyers, Men’s Shed Charitable Trust, Fulton Hogan, Accident and Health Care, TDDA – The Drug Detection Agency, Pero’s Hair Tek, Fulton Hogan, Cooney Lees Morgan, Firewatch, Smart Business Centre, Immerse Nail & Beauty Therapy, ASB, Wish for Fish, Tasman Plumbing, X Span, Sharp Tudhope Lawyers, First National ~ Tammy Francis, Forestaire.

Other Supporters 

Pak n Save ~Tauriko - RYE electrical – More FM – Bay Marine Works – Mainfreight – Triac – Tauranga City Council  - Hellers – Kale Print - Hirepool.

From the Principal - 2 November 2017

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Greetings to friends and family with a special word of welcome to any new members of our school community, especially our new students Isaiah Deo, Toby Williams, Charlie Williams, Zainab Syed, Somyeong Chu, Faith Santos, Beau Lock, Jope Veitaladrua, Maunga Kingi, Daya Devin, Henry Collings, Maggie Collings, Sally Collings, Luuka Pink, Marcello Goodin, Layla Brunsden, Eirene Jaswil, Indie McKenzie, Ethan Lowe, Sophie Fitzgerald, Isaac McMah, Yaelim Kim, Richard Salanoa, Meila Butcher, Rufus Rejthar, Tyler Richards, Mason Richards and Tommy Lumsden.  

With our new Sr Gabrielle Learning Environment now in operation we have been able to continue to accept new enrolments this term.  Previously we have had to restrict this due to a lack of classroom space.  The result is a number of new families to our school and a move towards that ever closing roll number of 500 students.  At time of writing we will finish the year with 498 students.

Reasons for Celebration
Our students have been the focus of a number of amazing experiences, performances and achievements in the first few weeks of this term.  Our Aroha team started the term with another great camp experience at Totara Springs.  This experience would not have been possible without the commitment of teachers and the untiring support of parents who accompanied the team.  Thanks to all on behalf of our community.

Our Pasifika Group again participated in the Western Bay of Plenty Pasifika festival, this year held at Tahatai Coast School.  It has been great to see this festival go from strength to strength, as has our own Pasifika group.  The performance on the day of our combined St Mary’s and Aquinas group was definitely a standout and further testament to the work, dedication and commitment of our Pasifika families to the identity and celebration of Pasifika.

Our Jump Jam Teams! This was our best ever Nationals. Such a great effort from everyone involved to make it happen.  

1st: Junior Team  (Y1-4 Open)

2nd: Senior Team (Y4-6 Advanced Open)

3rd: Boys Team  (Y4-8 All Boys)

Excellent peformance:  Girls Team

Some facts that may interest you:

St Mary’s now has 11 titles including 4 National titles. This is the first time three of Kim Artus’ teams have come home with medals from Nationals. St Mary’s was the only school to win three trophies.  We won four distinctions for the seniors, a first for any Yr 4-6 team.  This was also the first time all three of our teams gained distinction for presentation. St Mary’s also received special recognition for having the most students at the Nationals.

I am sure you will all agree this is a superb achievement and one that we all should celebrate.  Congratulations to our coach Kim Artus with the help of Gabby Cardey, and the many parents who worked hard to support the teams.  Check out photos within this newsletter.

Fireworks Gala
I don’t have to tell you how thrilled we are as a school to once again be a few days out from another memorable St Mary’s Fireworks Gala.  There has a been a lot of work go on behind the scenes with the final organisational touches falling into place as I write.  It is testament to the passion within our school community and the support of our PTA to see this event back on our calendar.

I would like to thank our major sponsors, Taylor Bros Ltd, Vegepod, More FM, Willis Towers Watson, Terrace Views Papamoa and Zariba Properties for their support of this event.  We also have a great turnout of community members who have agreed to sponsor the wheelbarrow race.  They include

Lysaght Consultants, Little Sweethearts, Aspect Construction, Pacific Saw Mill Engineering, Harris Tate Lawers, Men’s Shed Charitable Trust, Fulton Hogan, Pero’s Hairtek, Cooney Lees Morgan, Firewatch, Smart Business Centre, Tasman Plumbing, X Span, Sharp Tudhope Lawyers, First National, Forestaire, Immerse Nail and Beauty Therapy, ASB Bank, Wish for Fish, Pacific Sawmills Engineering, Cooney Lees Morgan.

In preparing for the night please be advised that this year, unlike previous years, we have a maximum number of people we are able to grant entry to.  It is therefore important to get your tickets early as we cannot guarantee that there will be gate sales on the night.

If we have to postpone the Fireworks due to bad weather we will notify you via the radio, school website, email, facebook and app alert.

Postponement date Saturday 18 November.

Visit to Cluny Mother House
In the last week of last term I was privileged to be able to stay at our Cluny Mother House in Paris.  This is the house that Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey purchased in 1851, two years before her death, for her growing congregation.  For many, our connection to the order of St Joseph of Cluny is unknown but for those who understand the story of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey will support me in expressing how extremely fortunate we are to have been established by the order she founded.

My time at the mother house reaffirmed for me the amazing gift and opportunity we have been given here in Tauranga to be apart of this community.  The founding principles on which our school was established are still apparent today and therefore we must continue to recognise them in all that we do.

Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey believed in the sacredness of each individual, be it a child in need of education or a slave she helped emancipate. This was the premise for Catholic Education first applied by our Cluny Sisters here in Tauranga and our continued mantra for education at St Mary’s today. Cluny statements that are pertinent to our vision include;

  • To stand as counter witness to the spirit of our day and age.
  • To search for God’s Will in the challenges of today’s world.

I would like to take the opportunity to present some of the information and findings I encountered during my time in Paris with our school community at an opportune time in the future.  I would also like to thank our Board of Trustees for allowing me the time away from school.

Traffic Management
It is important that we remain aware of our obligations as road users when driving and parking around our school neighbourhood.  As previously communicated please ensure your vehicle is parked appropriately in a designated space before stopping to pick up or drop off children.  Unfortunately complaints from neighbours have increased recently due to parents once again parking on grass verges and across driveways.

2018 Enrolments
As this term draws to a close and next year beckons, it is important that we as a school are aware of any intentions to leave the area and / or our school. Also, if you have children turning 5 next year or know of families whose intention it is to attend St Mary’s at any time during 2018 please ensure enrolment procedures are started now and contact the school office.

New children and new families liturgy
On Tuesday 7 November we invite all new families and welcome 35 new students to St Mary’s since our last welcome in Term 3.  All families are very welcome to attend this very special liturgy.

Sun Safety
Sun block will be available in classes but I would suggest applying sunblock to your child in the morning before school as an additional precaution.  As I am sure you do as parents we encourage children to manage themselves when it comes to sunscreen.  Our teachers will always give reminders but are unable to apply sun block to their entire class.  A reminder also that it is compulsory for students to have a school sun hat.

Ben Fuller
Principal 

Aroha Rua - Serving our Community

In Aroha Rua, we understand the importance of service in our community.  Last term, as part of our Student Volunteer Army learning, Ollie Grosso, William Pepers, Sophie Hooper and Harrison Lowry organised a car wash.  They charged $4.00 for each wash, with the proceeds to be donated to Child Cancer.

Thanks to the generous teachers, friends and parents of St Mary’s, this group managed to raise $100.00.  People were keen to pay more than needed to donate money to help those in need.

This photo was when they met Jo from the Cancer Society, and proudly presented their donation.

“It felt really great giving to the Cancer Society and knowing that the money would help sick kids”, said William Pepers.

We congratulate this group of students for planning such an event and striving to make a difference.  Well done!