St Mary’s Speech and Drama Term 2 News!

Hello St Mary’s Catholic School families! We are now into the second half of the year – dramatically scary to say the least! However, us drama and communications enthusiasts have not let the year get away on us, thus we have thrown ourselves into comps, exam prep and performance pieces across the speech and drama and communication skills syllabuses. 

We’ve been busy!

As we nearer mid-July, we have several speech and drama students – Sophia Mason, Gia Dumbleton, Ivy Barrett-Hodgson, Imogen and Saoirse Williamson, Chloe Evans, Eve Jeffries, Amelia Muller, Abby Moore and Lila Drummond – all gearing up for the Tauranga Performing Arts Competitions, Speech and Drama Section, to be held in at Baycourt from 12th – 14th July - best of luck all!

Heading into August from 21st – 23rd, we also have several students sitting Trinity College London Speech and Drama, Acting in Pairs, Group Scripted and Communication Skills exams. 

It will be all systems go closer to comps – and much holiday practise for exams no doubt – so we wish them a rewarding journey and experience ahead and look forward to hearing all about!

Term’s 3 and 4 will also see all St Mary’s speech and drama students preparing play scripts for an end-of-year Xmas concert to be performed for fellow students, teachers and parents – stay tuned for the date!

Wishing all families a safe and enjoyable mid-year break ahead! All speech and drama queries should be directed to Dee Ellwood: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 021 581917.

Dee Ellwood and the St Mary’s Catholic School Speech and Drama Students

Sports News 7 July 2018

What a fantastic finish to term two we have had.

Basketball World Cup

At the recent Year 5/6 Basketball World Cup, our St Mary’s team of Caden Lowe, Jayden Hyland, Kiwa Kahura, Finn Curragh, Oliver Grosso, Pateriki Paaka, Emma Rogers and Holly Fausett competed as Puerto Rico.  Not only did they have a fantastic time, the team came runner up in the best dressed competition and finish 5th out of the 32 teams who competed.  On behalf of everybody involved I would like to say a huge thank you to Lisa Hyland, who coached the team for a very full on and long day.

South Cluster Cross Country Championships

St Mary’s competed as part of the South Cluster Cross Country Championship team, where the top 15 finishers in each age group qualified for Western Bay of Plenty Cross Country Championships.  It was an outstanding day, run in perfect cross country conditions and St Mary’s results were a great reflection of the day.  Our results were Year 6 Girls: Holly Fausett 1st, Emma Rogers 3rd.  Year 6 Boys we had a clean sweep of: Reef Joseph 1st, Jacob Kleinsmith 2nd, Aidan Dobbs 3rd and Caden Lowe 5th. Year 5 Girls: Summer-Ann Joseph 1st, Eva Jeffries 3rd, Imogen Williamson 5th, Sophia Mason 6th.  Year 4 Girls: Areta Kahura 1st, India-Rose Scholes 4th, Cleo Sands 6th and Naimh O’Connor 7th. Year 4 Boys: Sidney Orchard finished 6th.

Western Bay of Plenty Cross Country Championships 

From there our students competed in the Western Bay of Plenty Cross Country Championships to qualify for the BoP Cross Country Championships, where 420 students from 92 different schools competed.  The BoP Cross Country Championships is the pinnacle cross country event for our school and all of our students ran with courage, conviction and determination.  Congratulations to the following students who ran very well to achieve their great results.  

Eva Jeffries 23rd 9 Year Old Girls.  Holly Fausett 1st and Emma Rogers 5th 10 Year Old Girls.  Reef Joseph 5th and Jacob Kleinsmith 9th 10 Year Old Boys. A special mention for our new Bay of Plenty Champion.  Congratulations Holly Faucett.  The best in the Bay!

Argos Gymsport Competition 

A team of 13 Gymnasts represented St Mary’s School and competed in the annual inter-school Gymsports festival.  After many many hours of training and learning routines for beam, floor, vault and trampoline we came away with many medals, certificates and super happy girls. The routines were flawless on the day and their attitudes were outstanding.  Well done girls all your hard work paid off. Our team was lead by the amazing Megan Wills had some incredible results.  

These results are not only a reflection of the passion of Megan, but also of our enthusiastic gymnastics students.

Addison Sands-6th overall and 1st team overall

Cleo Sands-5th overall and 1st team overall

Liae Yang -1st floor, 1st vault, 2nd beam, 2nd overall, 1st team overall

Grace Gundry placed 13th floor, 5th vault, 23rd beam

Summer Joseph 23rd floor, 8th vault, 9th beam

Alana Perrett 16th floor, 7th vault, beam 4th

Eva Jefferies 1st floor, 1st vault, 4th beam, 1st overall and 1st team overall

Briar Grace 1st vault, 4th beam, 2nd floor, 1st team overall

Isla Martin 5th floor, 2nd vault, 30th Beam, 1st team overall

Greer Wakelin 3rd floor, 10th beam, 6th beam, 1st team overall

Milla Mason 16th floor, 10th vault, 9th beam, 1st team overall

Isla Wills 1st trampoline, 6th floor, vault 2nd, beam 6th, 6th overall

Olivia Williamson 1st floor, 1st vault, 3rd beam, 1st overall

For the first time in quite a while we had two Rythmic Gymnasts compete at the same competition.  Congratulations to Sophie Van Den Borst who finished 4th in the Club Level year 3/4 competition and Imogen Williamson who finished 2nd in the Club Level year 5/6 competition.

North Island Synchronised Swimming Championships

Yeva Parshikova competed in the North Island Synchronised Swimming Championships that were held in Wellington on 18-20 May. The competition attracted over 80 athletes from the North Island.  Yeva achieved the following fantastic results:

12 & under Figures       3rd      (in a large field, and in her first year competing in this category)  

12 & under Team          2nd       

Board News 7 July 2018

Term 2 seems to have flown by and here we are at the end of it already.  I’m sure you’re all ready for a chance to wind down for the next 2 weeks and recoup somewhere out of this chilly weather.

As our DRS mentioned in the last Newsletter, a number of teachers and Board members were fortunate to attend the NZ Catholic Education Convention in Wellington in early June.  This is an event that comes around every 3 years and is an excellent forum for those involved in Catholic Schools to reconnect with their core purpose, get updated on new teaching methods and principles based on our Catholic premise, upcoming RE curriculum changes, and review processes, and listen to teachings from some very wise and faithful educators.

The theme of the Convention was ‘Christ’s Call: To Love, To Be, To Do’, and a common thread throughout the key speakers related to ‘Accompaniment’. That we are not alone on our journey, but must be open to receiving that help and enlightenment with those that accompany us.  A very uplifting message.

One key speaker, David Wells, I found particularly inspirational.  Check out some of his talks on YouTube if you have time:

On that note, have a fabulous holiday break all, and take care

God Bless

Claire Stott, BOT Chair 

The Sir Peter Blake Young Leaders Award: Ariana Workman 

In Week 8, we had representatives from our local Westpac Branch come to our school assembly, to present The Sir Peter Blake Young Leaders Award. This award is presented to one worthy leader from schools across New Zealand. 

These awards celebrate young people whose outstanding leadership uplifts their school community.  

By acknowledging leadership at this young age, The Sir Peter Blake Trust hopes it encourages these talented young people to keep going and to aim higher.

Ariana Workman a worthy Y6 Leader, was this years recipient. She received a $100 that was placed in a Westpac account, a medal, a framed award and a prize pack including a pair of red socks.

We congratulate Ariana on receiving this award.

Special Character 7 July 2018

Sacramental Programme

Congratulations to our students who made their First Communion. We thank Father Mark and the teachers who assisted them on their journey. 

Farewell to Father Danny

Thursday 26th July 10.10am the school will hold a special Liturgy to give thanks to and farewell Father Danny. Followed by Morning Tea. We thank him for all the knowledge and assistance he has given our school. We wish Father Danny all the best in his new role as Parish Priest. We will miss him. 

Grandparents/ Grandfriends Day Liturgy and Open Morning

Please have students phone up their Grandparents and Grandfriends. 

Liturgy 10am Tuesday 31st July.

Classrooms will be open to visitors from 9am, so arrive early and see today’s classrooms and explore your child’s learning environment.

Catholic Character 21 June 2018

Prayers for the Meehan familyPlease keep the Meehan family in your prayers. Anselm Meehan passed away on Thursday night. We pray for his wife Leonie, and his family. Anslem is Anna McKinnon, Joanne Meehan and Nicola Meehan’s Father, and Grandfather to Dolores McMaster who are all members of our staff. 

Sacramental programme
Please keep our students who are making their First Eucharist this weekend. May they always know that God is with them and have the opportunity to receive Eucharist continually throughout their life. It is a very exciting time for the students and we wish them all the best on their very special day.

Thank you to the staff from school and the parish who have prepared them. We are grateful for these faithful people volunteering their time and love to guide our children on their faith journey.

Pastoral Care
We have an active pastoral care system in place for when an event happens in the life of your family that you may need support with.  A birth, death, sickness or financial hardship can be some instances where we can provide support as a School Community. Pastoral Care includes meals, kindly supplied by the PTA or assistance with fees or uniforms. Please contact Anna MacKinnon if you require assistance.  

Cluny Foundation Charitable Trust
The Cluny Trust was established to assist and advance students and other members of the St Mary’s Catholic community in Tauranga.  

Specifically, the purpose of the trust is to help students who are in need of assistance to enable participation in educational and extracurricular activities.

Please pick up a pamplet from the school office if you would like more information.

Catholic Convention
An amazing three days attended by Bishops, Priests, Catholic educators, Board of Trustees and others associated with our national Catholic education system. 

Keynote speakers included Dame Therese Walsh; Professor Br David Hall; Fr. Daniel Horan; David Wells.

School Feast Day - Friday 6 July
Friday we will celebrate our school feast day. On this day we will also take part in mufti mania - Caritas More information will follow shortly in regards to the school’s feast day. 

This year our aim is to have students actively serve in our community. 
We would like to acknowledge Luke Tustin who altar serves. He is our only student who altar servers within our school and parish community.  
May others be inspired to become altar servers. Please see Teresa Rush if your son or daughter would like to become an altar server. 

Cluny Sisters News
The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny have a new Superior General, Sister Clare Stanley SJC - the first African woman to be chosen to lead the congregation. She was elected by all the Sisters gathered in their General Chapter in Paris. May the Lord bless Sister Clare in her work of leadership and service for the Sisters throughout the world.

“It is quite an historic event as Sr Clare is the first African woman to be chosen as our leader. Anne Marie Javouhey was the first woman missionary to Africa from France about 200 years ago and was instrumental in making sure local men and women were sent for training as priest and religious for Africa” (Sister Allison)

Please continue to keep Sister Allison, Sister Emile and Sister Gabrielle in your prayers as they travel to France and Ireland. 

Mark’s Gospel 
We are delighted that Father John Jolliffe SM is offering some talks on Mark’s Gospel, the Gospel we read from most Sundays during this liturgical year: “Following Jesus Christ in Mark’s Gospel” 
The talks are at the following times: 

St Mary Immaculate Church - 6pm  
Tuesday 26th June 
Tuesday 3rd July

St Joseph’s,  Te Puna - 10am 
Friday 22nd June 
Friday 29th June 

Please let Margie from the parish office know (578 6209) if you will be attending at either time, to give Father John some idea of how many to expect.

St Mary’s staff have been fortunate that Fr John has been leading professional development on Lectio Divina and Mark’s Gospel. 

Teresa Rush


Everyday (Except Friday’s) Club

Willow and Lottie of Whanau Broadmore have really embraced our school Charism of doing a little good.  

The girls independently started a club, the Everyday (Except Friday’s) Club,  where children who may not have anyone to play with or want to make new friends can go at morning tea and lunchtimes.  Activities are art and craft based. 

What a fantastic initiative girls!  If you have old colouring in books or other art and craft material you no longer use, the girls would certainly put it to good use.  Please hand into Mrs Broadmore, Room 12.

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

PB4L at St Mary’s allows us to have....

  • consistency in the language we use
  • consistency in what is taught and learned
  • consistency in the way our school values
  • are the cornerstone of everything we do

This week our focus has been:

I am proud of the work I do and try to do my best

Alana from Pono Tahi reflected on this focus, sharing her work on Seesaw.
‘I am proud of my 3D cube. I tried really hard to make it look as good as I could.”

Seth from Pono Rua also reflected on this focus,
‘I am proud of my writing because I tried hard to use lots of adjectives.  I added detail to describe people and my writing had lots of interesting parts.”

We will be learning about the following expectations during the next few weeks of this term:

Week 4: I use my inside voice

Week 5: I look after my belongings and classroom equipment

Week 6: I walk on decks and pathways

Lisa Broadmore
PB4L Leader/Coach

Mauao Book Launch

Kia Ora koutou,

Many of you may be aware that I have recently written and illustrated a bilingual picture book which tells the oral tradition of Mauao, and very soon it will be available for purchase in book shops everywhere.

This came about because as a kapahaka and reo teacher at St Marys Catholic School, we draw on the story of Mauao constantly to share with the kids – but we have never had a resource to show them. One day I visited the library to look for a single book and after finding nothing on the shelves, I asked the librarian, ‘Do you have any Maori picture books that tell local Maori stories?’ She shook her head to say no, but then she said ‘maybe you should write one…’

Two or three years later and that book that I was trying so hard to find in the library, is the book that I have now completed. I couldn’t find it, so I wrote and illustrated it myself.

One of the greatest things about this project was being able to draw on my passions; writing, storytelling, drawing and Te Reo; to complete the whole book myself. I didn’t have to wait on anyone else and just worked at my own pace - which was still relatively fast. The only thing I did have to wait for was for my kids to go to bed so I could get my paintbrushes and art materials out and paint in peace. Like Mauao, I was waiting for the cover of darkness to get moving.

For my upcoming book launch, I would be extremely humbled to have some of our St Marys kids and whanau there.

Like the very last line of ‘E Hika’ says;

‘E kokoia e ara e’

That line translates to mean, ‘The birds have awakened. Dawn has come.’ For Mauao, this meant the stark realisation that he would not fulfil his wish however, for us I think this line can represent the awakening of our wairua, our learning of Maori traditions and our connection with Mauao. All in all, bringing a new dawn too - for us the people and also for our hometown.

Naku noa, Tamoe Ngata
St Mary’s Kapa Haka Tutor