School Lunches Term 4 - Sushi and La Brioche

In Term 4, 2017 we will trial Sushi Thursday at lunchtime.  Orders and payment must be at the school office no later than Wednesday morning at 9am.  More information regarding menu and price will be emailed to you at the beginning of term.  If this works well we will continue it next year.  

We will still have La Brioche lunch orders on Fridays.  A menu is on our school website and orders need to be at the school office no later than 9am on Fridays.

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

Sports News - 30 August 2017

Bay of Plenty Steamers Squad
Thirty students were lucky enough to have some time with the Bay of Plenty Steamers Squad at The Adams High Performance Centre this week.  A massive thank you must go to Hobec Lawyers who organised this event for us.  We were lucky enough to have a look around the gym, spend some time watching the Steamers train, talk with various staff and hear about the culture and discipline that the Steamers have bought into their training (pictured).  Unfortunately due to the weather we were unable to do any drills with the team, however being able to announce the team to play this week on Facebook was a definite highlight.

Rugby 7’s
Our Year 6 Rugby 7’s team finished third in the Bay of Plenty Rugby 7’s tournament.  Coaches Mr Schuler and Mr. Broadmore were proud of the great team effort.  The team played 5 games, won 4 (lost in the semi-final to the eventual winners) scoring 24 tries and only let in 11.  

New Zealand Marist Colts
We recently had a visit from the New Zealand Marist Colts team (pictured).  The team spoke about the New Zealand Marist concept, individual players spoke about the importance of each of our school values and the session was finished with a small game and some drills on the field.  A particular highlight was the lineout lifting!!!  With teachers and students being hoisted high into the air by the players causing great excitement and laughter in the Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Centre.

Gymnastics
St Mary’s students continue to have outstanding success at gymnastics.  At a recent Midlands (Mid-North Island) Gymnastic competition in Hamilton.  In Step One Olivia Williamson (Year 4) had a fantastic competition, helping her team finish third.  Cleo Sands (Year 3) placed second on uneven bars and her team finished second overall.  Liae Yang (Year 3) had a number of placings over several apparatus and finished as the third placed individual overall.  Addison Sands (Year 2) finished first on vault, second on uneven bars, third on floor and second overall for the competition.  She had the highest overall score for the step twos, so was named the 2017 Step Two Midlands Champion!!!

So all in all, another fantastic term of sport of St Mary’s. I am looking forward to updating you all in the next newsletter, about our sports exchange with St Thomas More, which will take place before the end of the term.

Steven Finlayson
Sports Coordinator

St Mary's School Speech Finals 2017

At St Mary’s School we recognise that oral language (both listening and speaking) is vital for students to be able to communicate effectively.  In Tika and Maramatanga Teams we use poetry as a basis to recite and read aloud. We talk about voice projection, good expression, modulation and pace. With the students we identify ‘what good listeners do’ and discuss eye contact and the use of body language. 

As the students progress through to Whakapono Team, they are encouraged to take on more challenging types of public speaking with the main aim of writing a simple speech to present.  

All students in Aroha Team are supported to prepare and deliver a 3-5 minute formal speech around a topic of their choice. This process includes defining the purpose of the speech and constructing an effective introduction, body and sound conclusion. Original and thought-provoking ideas are encouraged. 

This year’s judges were Dee Ellwood (Private Speech and Drama tutor), Miss Millie Burton and Miss Abigail Speight  (students from Aquinas College). The judges used set criteria that are also used in the South Cluster Finals at the next level. This ensures consistency for all.

We are extremely proud of the standard of speeches this year.  Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists:

Tika Team
First Place - Dominic Leitch
Second Place - Maddie Mear
Third Place - Coco Jacobs
Highly Commended - Sadie Frank
Finalist - Regan Dobbs, Keegan Murphy, Vienna Vale, Arielle Duytshoff and Manaia Brazendale

Maramatanga Team - Year 2
First Place - Tommy Mason
Second Place - Milli Banbury
Third Place - Jake Swanson
Highly Commended- Lucy Greaves
Finalist - Harin Kum and Saoirse Williamson

Whakapono Team - Year 3 
First Place - Peter Chang
Second Place - George Hopkins
Third Place -  Hugo Palairet
Highly Commended - Ivy Hodgson- Barrett
Finalist - Liae Yang and Indie-Rose Scholes

Whakapono Team - Year 4 
First Place - Eva Jeffries
Second Place - Gia Dumbleton
Third Place - Sam Waylen
Highly Commended - Ciaran Manning
Finalist - Georgia Abernethy and Kate O’ Halloran

Aroha Team - Year 5 
First Place - Nathan Holmberg
Second Place - Finn Richards
Third Place - Briar Grace
Highly Commended - Tallulah Clark and Isla Wills

Aroha Team - Year 6 
First Place - Mila Laurie
Second Place - Niamh Manning
Third Equal- Henry Scholes
Third equal - Ferlyn Wijaya
Highly Commended - Jaime Lock and Jorja Smart

Good luck to Nathan Holmberg, Finn Richards, Mila Laurie and Niamh Manning who are representing St Mary’s at the South Cluster finals on Thursday 7 September.  

Anna MacKinnon
Deputy Principal