2018 Teaching Staff

Tika Team (Y0-1)
Janine Goldsmith - Team Leader
Joanne Meehan
Amber Simonson

Maramatanga Team (Y2)
Jasmine Mattock - Team Leader
Liz Driver
Teresa Rush

Pono Tahi (Y3-4)
Lisa Broadmore - Team Leader
Bryan Crowe
Catherine Wood
Randy Piceno

Pono Rua (Y3-4)
Tania Yorke - Team Leader
Suzanne Tanner
Lisa Walter
Randy Piceno

Aroha Tahi (Y5-6)
Megan Akkerman - Team Leader
Gerardin Robbie
Adele Mayall

Aroha Rua (Y5-6)
Megan Akkerman - Team Leader
Angela Cochrane
Gavin Hesqua

Board of Trustees Casual Vacancy for an Elected Trustee

A casual vacancy has occured on the Board of Trustees for an Elected Parent representative.

The Board has resolved under Section 105 of the Education Act 1989 to fill the vacancy by selection.

If ten percent or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Any eligible voter who wishes to ask the Board to hold a by-election should write to:

Claire Stott
Board of Trustees
St Mary's Catholic School Tauranga
Thirteenth Avenue
Tauranga 3112

By: 2nd April 2018

For more information contact Claire Stott
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021 0730706

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

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.


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



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

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!