Special Character 2 November 2017

Communion of Saints - Classroom learning

Over the next month the students will be learning about the ‘Communion of Saints’

Year 1: In the classroom

Lesson Focus: Mary As a Church one of the ways we honour Mary, the greatest of the Saints, is as the Mother of Jesus. We reflect on how Mary’s holiness was magnified by her encounters with the holiness and power, the Tapu and Mana, of God.

As a family:

Take time to – make a special place at home with an image of Mary in it to use at family prayer time – read the Mary stories from a Children’s Bible at bedtime.

Plan to – leave a message of love under someone’s pillow – tell children a story about something your mother did to show you she loved you

Year 2: In the classroom

Lesson Focus: Saints and Inspiring People Those officially declared by the Church to be Saints because of their virtues, the holiness – tapu and mana of their lives, are now with God. They act as models for the members of the Church on earth, and are linked to them through prayer. The saintliness of ordinary people can also inspire others and lead them to God.

As a family:

Take time to– make a family “Saints’ Place” at home with books, pictures and statues of saints and use this as a focus for family prayer – talking about inspiring people you know or have read about.

Plan to – decide on a few simple things you can do which can help you to become saintly, eg * say something encouraging to each other everyday, * work hard at something you are not good at – buy a book about Saints for your family.

Year 3 and 4: In the classroom

Lesson Focus: Life, Death and Christian Hope Suffering and death are part of life. Catholic beliefs about the resurrection of the body and life after death provide meaning and a reason for hope. The rituals of Catholic funerals and tangi provide consolation for the bereaved. The Church encourages people to remember those who have died and to pray for them.

Lesson Focus: Choices Our life journey – Te Wa, is a journey towards God. The choices we make on that journey have significance in terms of our final destination, our life after death. Traditionally the Church has spoken of life after death in terms of heaven, hell and purgatory.

As a family:

Talk together about – what Christians believe about death, eg * in death, life is changed not ended, * people undergo Purgatory so they will be able to be with God in Heaven – how different cultures have differing burial rituals – how we should support and care for people who experience death in the family

- how life is a journey and how we can all help each other achieve our goals in life by sharing our gifts to help others and by encouragement. Emphasise that effort and persistence are always needed to achieve goals – how you achieved a goal and who helped you to do it.

Plan to  – include in family prayer prayers for people who have died

Year 5 and 6: In the classroom

Lesson Focus: Saints and Inspiring People Catholics believe in the Communion of Saints – the unity or community of all members of the Church, those now living, those who are with God in heaven, and those undergoing purification before entering into the fullness of life with God. The living may pray to the saints for their intercession, and for those in Purgatory. The living and the dead are all joined in praise of God.

Lesson Focus: Mary. From the New Testament we learn that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is a model of faith and discipleship. Catholics honour Mary as the Mother of God, Mother of the Church, and patroness of Aotearoa, New Zealand. This honour is expressed in various forms of devotion to Mary.

As a family:

Talk together– talk about how the Communion of Saints is the bond of friendship between all who have been baptised whether they are living or dead – make a family list of relations and friends who have died and keep it in a place which reminds you to pray for them, include photographs as well if you have them – tell your children stories of their relatives who have died and the good things they did while they were on earth.

Take time to – share ideas about Mary’s life on earth including the sort of person she was – find and discuss various images of Mary.

Pope Francis’  Monthly Intention for November

Christians in Asia

That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and  mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.

Teresa Rush
DRS

Sursum Corda's visit to St Patrick's School and Church in Taupo 27 October 2017

Last Friday Sursum Corda travelled to Taupo to sing at the midday Mass at St Patrick’s Church which was attended by St Patrick’s School students,their families and parishioners.

We were warmly welcomed by Monsignor Trevor Murray and St Patrick’s School. We were made to feel very much at home.

Sursum Corda sang absolutely beautifully and did St Mary’s proud. On the way home we visited Mind Junction, a learning and discovery centre.

It was the most wonderful and beneficial day. Not only did the students have a really enjoyable day but it highlighted what our Special Character is all about.

A special and very grateful thank you to Mr Fuller and the parents who came with us.

We have also  really appreciated the support of our own parent community for our fundraising activities which helped make the day possible and so successful.

Sally Washer 

Inspirational Teachers

Mrs Fay Warnock - Waitomo 22km Trail Run - April 2017

An action packed trail run with narrow tracks, caves, streams and plenty of mud. The wet weather leading up to the event helped make it a little more slippery and adventurous than I expected. There was never a dull moment, but a great atmosphere of runners who love new challenges. It was an amazing experience to be able to run through the eerie caves, scale the muddy climbs and feel a great sense of achievement being pushed out of my comfort zone! 

Mrs Teresa Rush - Nugget Multisport Festival - 13 March & Paeroa to Waihi 21km - September 2017 

13th May - The Nugget Multisport Festival. A tough 21km trail run which will take you on an unforgettable adventure from Waihi’s charming town centre out to the spectacular harbour and coast at Waihi Beach, before returning to Waihi via breathtaking trails to the rim of the mighty Martha Gold Mine and our iconic finish line under the shadow of the Cornish Pumphouse.  Lots of mud, streams, cow pats and uphill then more uphill!!  Enjoyable but really tough.

12th Sept - Trail Trilogy.  A scenic 21km along the Hauraki Rail trail from Paeroa to Waihi.  A tough run when I had not gone for a run for four weeks!!- Lucky it was flat with only little hills (felt really big at the time) near the end.  The scenic Karangahake gorge was great and the tunnel was as always a highlight. For the really keen there is also 100k, 50k, 42k and a 10k run. 

Mrs Heidi Pink -  Taupo Ultra 50km 

The Ultra 50km was an awesome run from Kawakawa Bay along an airstrip, down some steep farmland before joining the wonderful Great Lakes K2K and W2K trails to the finish line at Whakaipo Bay. It was an epic day out that showed off the very best of the Lake Taupo region: lake views, mountain ranges, rivers, waterfalls, and native forest - and a few more hills and blisters than we had anticipated! I loved (nearly) every minute and felt an amazing sense of achievement running over that finish line.

New Gold Group Sponsor - Smart Business Centre

At Smart Business Centre, we pride ourselves on not being your ordinary Accountants, let me explain why.

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Step 1: Smart Accounting

We take care of your accounting & tax work, make sure you are not paying more tax than you need to, and make sure your assets are protected. You will have better information, faster, and you won’t have to deal with the IRD. Once your books are in order, we will recommend tools for you to make your life easier, and your business more efficient.

Step 2: Smart Biz Tools

Every business needs tools to make their business more efficient and less hassle. Having the right tools for the job means business owners and their staff can spend more time doing the things that will grow your cash flow and bottom line. Having smart tools is smart business. We have spent a great deal of time selecting the best APPS and online tools available today. Whatever your challenge (stock control, cloud based invoicing, portfolio management) we will have a tool for the job.

Step 3: Smart Thinking

Once your books are in order and you have the information you need to make good decisions quickly, and you have the tools to make your business run efficiently, we can then apply some smart business thinking and strategy. We can benchmark your business against your competitors so you know how you are doing, or it may be you need a 12-month Smart Business Plan, or a succession plan to put the business in the best possible position before selling or transferring the business to a family member.

Property Management

We launch Smart Property Management on the 1st of November 2017, Smart property investors use Smart Property Managers to look after their investment and maximise their returns. It’s the smart thing to do because not only are the management fees less than you would expect, but the service is second to none. 

Our management fee is all inclusive so you know exactly how much our service will cost. There are no extra charges for property inspections and we don’t charge a management fee for organising contractors to do repairs.

Be smart. Take the hassle out of your residential property investment and maximise the returns. Contact Mark Fantham at Smart Property Managers. 

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Ph. 07 5756559 or Tony Ryan 021 0407020

www.smartbusinesscentre.co.nz

Sports News 2 November 2017

What a magnificent two terms of winter sport we have had.

A massive congratulations to the following St Mary’s teams:

 St Mary’s Blasters Hockey team of, Ethan Ryan, Grace Gundry, Ariana Workman, Nathan Holmberg, Briar Grace, Luke Tustin, Lenny Gilbert , Zac Carey and their coach Lance Workman, who won the A3 Tauranga Hockey Grade.

The St Mary’s Bears of Lync Schiphorst, Oliver Robinson, Aiden Dobbs, Lia Hesqua, Dylan Dobbs, Jyrone Felix, Matthew Deal, Roman Rejthar and their coach Robin Deal who won their grade at the Tauranga Basketball League

Towards the end of last term we hosted a sports exchange with St Thomas More.    Year 5 & Year 6 Netball games as well as Social and Competitive Football matches were held.  Despite a few showers at the start, it was a fantastic day enjoyed by everybody who took part.  It was great to hear that St Thomas More would like to have another sports exchange next year.  For the record, it was a clean sweep to St Mary’s!!!

With the Summer Sport and School Athletics now underway it is great to see so many of our students running around with their friends and enjoying themselves on the sports field.  I hope that the weather holds up and they are all able to enjoy their chosen sport before the summer holidays. 

Steven Finlayson
Sports Coordinator

 

New Gold Group Sponsor - Ryan + Alexander Consultancy (R + A)

Thank you to our new sponsor Bernadette Ryan-Hopkins from Ryan + Alexander Consultancy who has joined our St Mary’s Gold Group.  

Ryan + Alexander Consultancy (R + A) is a Tauranga-based professional recruitment firm founded by its two directors, Kiri Burney and Bernadette Ryan-Hopkins in February 2016. Its goal is to support Bay of Plenty’s immense growth with a locally-based, regionally-focussed, globally-capable recruitment service. The directors come from differing recruitment backgrounds so their collaboration offers clients the potent fusion of two distinct specialties.  Kiri is a specialist in temp and all recruitment up to mid-tier, while Bernadette is an executive recruitment specialist.  They have also recently appointed their first consultant, Danielle Ross to the growing team. 

Bernadette returned to the BOP in 2013 to manage Zespri’s Global Recruitment.  She was joined by her husband, Gareth Hopkins and their two boys, George and Henry, who are currently in Year 2 and 3 at St Mary’s Catholic School.   R+A are driven to support local businesses with hiring top-tier candidates and to support talented individuals into professional roles.  They are privileged to also be able to support the local Community and St Mary’s School. www.ryanandalexander.co.nz

From the Board Table 28 September 2017

Yet another busy term seems to have flown by, but what a lot we have achieved.

As Mr Fuller shared in the last newsletter, the opening and blessing of our new Sister Gabrielle Innovative Learning Environment is a fantastic achievement and significant milestone in our school’s history and a very proud moment for all those involved. We especially thank the teaching staff, students and parents of our Maramatanga team for ensuring a smooth and seamless transition, and know they’ll have a wonderful time learning there.

It was of course perfect timing to have it officially open and ready for our 75th Jubilee Celebrations.  The Jubilee was a great success and well received by those who attended.  It was quite amazing to have discussions with some of our early students remembering how it was ‘back then’.  Very special times and memories.  A huge thank you to the organising committee, the staff, helpers and students involved in making this a memorable and successful occasion. A great example of our community working together.

A thank you to the staff and community also for your ongoing patience with the works going on around the school over the last year, and particularly this last term, when painting and maintenance kicked up another level. It made for a noisy and disruptive environment, especially with some pretty nasty weather thrown into the mix. We are very grateful for your perseverance, and hope you think the school looks fresh and tidy. 

At a Board level, the school recently underwent a Catholic Character Review, which involved discussions and observations with staff, students, the Board and parents.  We are yet to receive the final report, but can say that on the whole they were very happy and hope that we continue to build on the good practice that is evident in our school.  We as a Board, will continue to work with Mr Fuller, Mrs Rush, the rest of the staff, and parish community to ensure we fully embrace our Catholic Character in all things.  

We extend our thanks to our longserving outgoing Proprietor Representatives, Paul Callinan and Vic Villegas, and wish you all the best in the future.  You’ve been amazing to work with and we have valued your contributions and knowledge. 

Lastly, I’d like to warmly welcome two newly appointed Proprietor’s Representatives to the Board of Trustees.  We have official notification that Sister Emeli, our very own Cluny Sister, and Terry Consedine will be joining our team for the next three years. We look forward to working with them and sharing their wisdom in our work.

I hope you all have a lovely break over the holidays.  Take care and God Bless.

Claire Stott
Board of Trustee Chair

From the Board Table 28 September 2017

Yet another busy term seems to have flown by, but what a lot we have achieved.

As Mr Fuller shared in the last newsletter, the opening and blessing of our new Sister Gabrielle Innovative Learning Environment is a fantastic achievement and significant milestone in our school’s history and a very proud moment for all those involved. We especially thank the teaching staff, students and parents of our Maramatanga team for ensuring a smooth and seamless transition, and know they’ll have a wonderful time learning there.

It was of course perfect timing to have it officially open and ready for our 75th Jubilee Celebrations.  The Jubilee was a great success and well received by those who attended.  It was quite amazing to have discussions with some of our early students remembering how it was ‘back then’.  Very special times and memories.  A huge thank you to the organising committee, the staff, helpers and students involved in making this a memorable and successful occasion. A great example of our community working together.

A thank you to the staff and community also for your ongoing patience with the works going on around the school over the last year, and particularly this last term, when painting and maintenance kicked up another level. It made for a noisy and disruptive environment, especially with some pretty nasty weather thrown into the mix. We are very grateful for your perseverance, and hope you think the school looks fresh and tidy. 

At a Board level, the school recently underwent a Catholic Character Review, which involved discussions and observations with staff, students, the Board and parents.  We are yet to receive the final report, but can say that on the whole they were very happy and hope that we continue to build on the good practice that is evident in our school.  We as a Board, will continue to work with Mr Fuller, Mrs Rush, the rest of the staff, and parish community to ensure we fully embrace our Catholic Character in all things.  

We extend our thanks to our longserving outgoing Proprietor Representatives, Paul Callinan and Vic Villegas, and wish you all the best in the future.  You’ve been amazing to work with and we have valued your contributions and knowledge. 

Lastly, I’d like to warmly welcome two newly appointed Proprietor’s Representatives to the Board of Trustees.  We have official notification that Sister Emeli, our very own Cluny Sister, and Terry Consedine will be joining our team for the next three years. We look forward to working with them and sharing their wisdom in our work.

I hope you all have a lovely break over the holidays.  Take care and God Bless.

Claire Stott
Board of Trustee Chair

2018 Sacramental Programme

The next Sacramental programme for Year 4, 5 & 6 students will run from 11 February to 1 July 2018. 

Enrolment Sunday - 11 February 2018

Classes for Reconciliation - 5, 12, 19 March 2018

Reconciliation - 23 March 2018 (SMI)

Classes for Confirmationn- 30 April, 7, 14 May 2018

Confirmation - 20 May 2018 (Bishop Steve - Pentecost Sunday)

Classes for Eucharist - 28 May, 4, 11, 18 June 2018

Eucharist - 23-24 June 2018 (SMI) or 1st July 2018 (Te Puna)

The Sacramental Programme will be based at the Parish. Classes will be on a Monday 4pm-5:30pm.  (There will be no lessons taught at the School)