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.

We have fixed fees so you know your costs before we have completed your work, we don’t charge for phone calls, emails and quick chats about your business. We offer an open family friendly environment.  We help our clients succeed by applying our three step Smart Business Model:

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. 

Ph. 07 578 0228 or 022 0597490

Tauranga Office 20 Park Street Tauranga 

Ph. 07 5776600 or Anthea Fantham 027 7466204

Mount Maunganui Office 1/314 Maunganui Road 

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)

Catholic Character 28 September 2017

Sacramental Programme for 2018

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

Enrolment Sunday - 11 February

Classes for Reconciliation - 5, 12, 19 March

Reconciliation - 23 March (SMI)

Classes for Confirmationn- 30 April, 7, 14 May

Confirmation - 20 May (Bishop Steve - Pentecost Sunday)

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

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

Thank you
We thank Father Mark, Father Danny and our Parish of St Thomas Aquinas for the gift of a stunning new stained glass window of St Joseph, patron saint of the Cluny Sisters for our cluny Chapel to mark the occasion of our 75th Jubilee. Father Mark blessed the window during Room 10’s class mass this week.

St Francis of Assisi
On Monday during our school liturgy the school focused on St Francis of Assisi. 

St Francis was a wealthy young man of privilege, he served as a soldier and was a prisoner of war. He heard Gods call and went on to be one of the most venerated catholic saints. It is said he designed one of the first nativity sets and was the first man recorded to receive the Stigmata, the wounds of Christ.

Francis was a man of action. His simplicity of life extended to ideas and deeds. If there was a way, no matter how impossible it seemed, Francis would take it. So when Francis wanted approval for his brotherhood, he went straight to Rome to see Pope Innocent III. You can imagine what the Pope thought when this beggar approached him! As a matter of fact he threw Francis out. But when he had a dream that this tiny man in rags held up the tilting Lateran Basilica, he quickly called Francis back and gave him permission to preach. He died on October 4, 1226 at the age of 45. Francis is considered the founder of all Franciscan orders and the patron saint of ecologists and merchants.

To read the full story: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=50

October: Month of the Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary.

How to pray the Rosary as a family:

Personalize it:  Each family member should have their own Rosary.  Children may play with it.  Girls may wear it as a necklace.  Boys will try to use it as a lasso.  That’s fine.  It helps them become familiar with a Rosary.  Eventually they will learn and grow in reverence for their Rosary.

Create a habit: Set a time that is comfortable for your family and that works without adding stress.  When it doesn’t happen, don’t give up entirely, just pick it up again the next day.

Create a space:  Set the tone for prayer so young children understand this is different than other family activities.  If possible, light a candle and play some soft, background, instrumental music.

Start small:  Be patient.  Don’t try to complete an entire Rosary the first time you gather together in prayer, particularly if you have young children.  Start with a decade and build over time.

Keep it simple:  The Rosary is a great way for young children to learn the Hail Mary, Our Father and Apostle’s Creed and to learn about the lives of Jesus and his Mother Mary.

Involve all family members: If children have a role, they will participate more fully and be more attentive. Let them lead a reflection or the prayers depending on their age.

Opportunity to teach:  Use the Rosary as a starting point to teach children about other aspects of their faith.  Children are curious and will ask questions.  Pause in prayer as necessary to answer their questions.  As they get older, you can hold their questions until prayer is complete.

Just start: There’s no time like the present and no place like home.

Pope Francis’  Monthly Intention for October 
Workers and the Unemployed

That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.

Teresa Rush
DRS

From the Principal - 28 September 2017

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Great to write to you at this time of celebration for our school.  The planning and preparation for our Jubilee provided a time to reflect on the very special place our school holds within the wider community of Tauranga Moana.  We are not just a Catholic School, we are one of the first schools established in our area.  However, the fact that we are indeed a Catholic School, commissioned by Bishop Liston and established by our Cluny Sisters richens this.  The place we hold in Tauranga Moana is significant for the growth of our Church and our city.  It is therefore fitting that we celebrated it as we have.

A very big thank you to all those who attended our Jubilee and a special thank you to all those who worked so hard and assisted in making it such a memorable weekend.

We had many past pupils return to the school from all parts of New Zealand and from overseas. All attendees appreciated the school’s hospitality, especially the students participation in the Kapa Haka welcome, the performances on Saturday and the Sursum Corda and Pasfika Group at Sunday’s Jubilee Mass. Our Year 6 students who offered to conduct tours of the school did an amazing job.

It was great to see so many of our families and pupils taking part in the peformances and old fashioned games at the Saturday picnic. 

One of the highlights at the Saturday night dinner was having two past pupils Kevin Farrelly and Jeremy Redmore entertain us with their singing. Jeremy, a former member of the band Midnight Youth.

Michael Cooney spoke about the origins of the school paying tribute to the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny and proposed a toast of thanks to the Sisters for establishing the school.

In her reply Sister Allison said how the Sisters were delighted that the charism of their foundress Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey is still being kept alive and how all members of the school community strive to live by her motto “To do a little good each day”.

The Jubilee Mass celebrated by Bishop Steve, Fathers Mark and Danny and Father John Joliffe was a wonderful and very fitting conclusion to our weekend.

In the words of Pope John Paul the second our Jubilee did express our gratitude for the past, our enthusiasm for the present and we pray that God will continue to abundantly bless St Mary’s School community in the future.

This week I have been visiting the Cluny Mother House in Paris.  A trip I have been looking forward to and anticipating for a long time.  When I first started at St Mary’s I was introduced to the history of our school and quickly made a connection with our origins and the success of today.  One of the key ingredients of this is our Cluny Charism.  

I had initially thought of Charism as a gift, and it is, but it is a gift that we need to develop, enhance and in turn pass on to those that will follow into our community.  We have an obligation to add to the amazing work of those who have made St Mary’s what it is today.  To contribute to the many qualities our school is so proud of and for whom our students benefit. 

It is my intention to therefore better understand the Cluny Charism on which our school was built and has prospered and hopefully return with an enhanced ability to continue the work our Cluny Sisters started so passionately 75 years ago.

Start of Term 4
In starting the new term the expectation is to see a major focus on personal uniform standards. A slight transition to summer footwear and the retirement of any visible under garments should take place by Monday 16 October. 

Absences 
If your child is absent from school, please notify the school office by phone or text before 9.00am on the morning of the absence. The school absentee mobile number is:  021 2969437.  When a child returns to school after an absence please give a written explanation to his/her classroom teacher.

Late arrivals to school
We have noticed a growth in the number of students who are arriving late to school.  I realise that, on occasion, this cannot be avoided but unfortunately we have a number of students who arrive regularly after 9.00am.  The start of the school day is 8.50am.  It is important that students are here before this to ensure that they are ready for learning and do not disrupt a functioning class on their arrival.  

An alarming statistic at St Mary’s is that of all students who are late or absent for more than 15% of the school year, over 50% have achievement concerns.  Something that I believe is easily addressed.  Please make a big commitment next term to be at school on time.

Ben Fuller
Principal