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Movie Night Postponed to Saturday 25 March

Fri Mar 17 12:06pm



St Mary’s School Newsletter 15 March 2023

Wed Mar 15 06:03pm




Wed Mar 15 03:54pm

A reminder that school is closed tomorrow Thursday 16th March as teachers are on strike.

Please do not send your child to school tomorrow.

Kia Ora

St Mary’s School Newsletter 1 March 2023

Wed Mar 01 07:52pm



St Mary’s School Newsletter 15 February 2023

Wed Feb 15 08:42pm



Cyclone Update

Tue Feb 14 03:43pm

Kia ora e te whānau,

Thank-you very much to our school community for their patience and understanding during the cyclone.


Thankfully, we have escaped serious damage and we will be OPEN tomorrow Wednesday 15th February.We have had some damage to our junior playground shade sail and some fallen tree limbs at school. We have some areas that are roped off for safety. 


The great news is, after a clean up today, we are safe, ready and looking forward to welcoming our tamariki back tomorrow.

Our aroha and prayers go to those affected by the cyclone.  


Mā te Atua tātou e manaaki

May God’s blessings be upon us all


Nga Mihi

St Marys Team

SCHOOL CLOSURE-Tuesday 14th November

Mon Feb 13 04:43pm

Kia Ora St Marys School Whānau,
Thank-you very much for your patience and understanding around my communication last night and today. These calls are not always popular but are made with a safety priority.
As with other schools in our community, St Marys School Board Chairperson and the Senior Leadership team has decided to close the school tomorrow – Tuesday 14 February – due to the unpredictable nature of Cyclone Gabrielle and the focus of personal safety at this time.
We would like to thank you all for your patience and support at this time and look forward to seeing all students again on Wednesday.
In the interim, we remind whanau to be cautious and if you have any concerns or doubts, do not hesitate to seek safety or help.

We plan to reopen on Wednesday 15 February, but will update everyone by 4.00pm tomorrow.
There will be no online learning tomorrow as we fully expect to be back on Wednesday.

Stay safe.
James Murray


Cyclone Update-please read

Mon Feb 13 11:59am

Kia ora e te whānau,

I do hope everyone is safe and well at this stage. All of the children here today are safe and well in their classrooms.

The weather has changed and is a little wilder and potentially getting worse.If you would like to collect your child early from school (2pm onwards) you are more than welcome to do so. Just go to your child’s classroom and collect them. There is no need to sign in and out through the office. The teacher will just take note of this. This will help ease congestion at the end of the day. Of course if you feel you need to do so earlier that is also ok.

Any information regarding tomorrow will be made later this afternoon/evening. Stay safe everyone.

Please be safe at drop offs today and be patient. If at any stage it gets unsafe we will notify families.

If you require anything please let us know by emailing me: or your child’s teacher.

Thank you for your patience.

Nga Mihi

St Marys Team

Monday morning Cyclone update

Mon Feb 13 07:12am

Kia ora e te whānau,
I hope our community is safe and dry?
If you require anything please let us know by emailing me: or your childs teacher.
The weather has changed and is a little wild.
At this stage school is still OPEN today. If that changes we will let whānau know as early as possible and it may well get worse during the day.
So far, we believe it is safe to OPEN, but things may change over the course of the day.
We understand that whānau may wish to make their own decisions about keeping tamariki at home tomorrow and fully support you in that choice. Please just let us know in the usual ways that your child will be absent.
Please be safe at dropoffs today and be patient. If at any stage it gets unsafe we will notify families.
Thank you for your patience.
Nga Mihi
St Marys Team

Cyclone Gabrielle update: facebook and HERO messages have also gone out.

Sun Feb 12 04:59pm

Kia ora e te whānau
I hope our community is safe and dry. If you require anything please let us know by emailing me: or your childs teacher.
The weather is beginning to change. We are monitoring the situation carefully.
At this stage school will be OPEN tomorrow. If that changes we will let whānau know as early as possible.
So far, we believe it is safe to OPEN, but things may change overnight.
Thank you for your patience.
Nga Mihi

St Mary’s School Newsletter 1 February 2023

Wed Feb 01 05:29pm



Ra Whanau Mai

Wed Feb 01 10:17am

Rā Whānau Mai
Kia Ora Whanau,

I hope everyone and their families are well and safe in their environments. The weather is wild and will mean we are making a few alterations to Ra Whanau Mai day tomorrow. We are very much looking forward to building strong relationships with our families so please if you haven’t booked your time for tomorrow please do so.


A reminder that on Thursday the 2nd of February, St Mary’s will open for Rā Whānau Mai. This is a family open day and is a great opportunity for you, as parents and whānau, to share your expectations, your child’s interests, strengths, and learning needs and the knowledge you value, directly with your child’s teacher.


Each time slot (one per child) will be 10 minutes long and can be booked by going to: and using the following code: cpv9d or by using this direct link


It would be very helpful if you could please complete this questionnaire with your child before you meet with the teacher on Thursday the 2nd of February. Thank you.


School is closed for instruction for Rā Whānau.

The coffee cart will be at school from 9am to 12pm. As the weather is a little wild we will not be having the swimming pool open and no sausage sizzle.


A school newsletter and team newsletters will come out today as well. Please check HERO, school website and the school app.


We are looking forward to continuing to work together in 2023 to provide effective home-school partnerships in which parents and teachers are involved together in our children’s learning.

Nga Mihi


From the Parish
of St Thomas Aquinas

Reminder, Stations of the Cross again this evening (Friday 17th March), 6pm at St Mary Immaculate Church.

Fri Mar 17 05:02pm

Newsletter – Fourth Sunday in Lent – 19th March 2023

Fri Mar 17 04:01pm



Newsletter – Third Sunday in Lent – 12th March 2023

Fri Mar 10 04:01pm



Newsletter – First Sunday in Lent – 26th February 2023

Fri Feb 24 04:00pm



Stations of the Cross, every Friday during Lent……

Thu Feb 23 04:00pm


Lent has begun ……

Wed Feb 22 08:30pm

Why not try out the FORMED website (The Catholic Faith on demand). The Parish has paid for the subscription to the Formed website. Sign up and create an account as a parishioner by searching for the Parish of St Thomas Aquinas, Tauranga, New Zealand. Great Catholic content, something for the whole family. A variety of choices for Lent.  Click here.




Seesaw is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best, and saves teachers time! Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio. Teachers find or create activities to share with students.The Seesaw platform is used for homework activities as well as in class work.

Parents are also notified by the class teacher about classroom and school activities and events via the Seesaw platform. Parents can also Seesaw their child’s teacher.


Families only have access to their child’s journal. This means you will see student work tagged with your child’s name and posts the teacher tags with ‘Everyone’. Families will also be able to see any comment made by another user on their child’s journal posts.

Download the app or open Seesaw here


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Download the School App

Our School App is what we use for general School-Wide communication. You can download the School App to receive Alert Notifications, read the latest newsletter, view upcoming events, submit absences and more.

To download the School App, search SchoolAppsNZ in the App Store or Google Play Store, and then search St Mary’s School in the search bar in the app.

If you are on a mobile you can click this link to download the App.