Gobsmacked Productions Presents - "Mad Pearce takes Flight'


It is that time again, St Mary’s moves into production season with auditions occurring today.  With memories of ‘Trek to the Top’ still firmly in our children’s minds I am sure Term 2 will be a wave of excitement as we progress to being on stage once again.  


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

From the Principal 12 February 2018

Tena Koutou Katoa

Nga mihi nui ki te tau hou

It is exciting to be back at St Mary’s with teachers, students and parents.  May I bid a special word of welcome to any new students and families to our community.  We particularly welcome Adrian Adelaide, Cody Blythe, Nadya Broadbent, William Crowe, Jonathan Dalton, Tohu Edwards, Ngahere Edwards, Adelia Elphick, Dylan Harris, Indee Holden, Summer-Ann Joseph, Reef Joseph, Jacob Kleinsmith, Seung Lee, Sennen Legayada, Kate Levis, Holy McElroy, Emma Mischewski, Rohan Moby, Vanessa Moncreiff, Johaan Paul, Rebecca Ryder, Tayla Setefano, Prince Sobiaco, Evelyn Strange, Lily Te Pairi-Bradshaw, Blair Trow, Elliot Tunney, Frankie Willers and Liwoo Yang.  Greetings to you all. I look forward to sharing in the success of your children as they progress through the coming years.  I also look forward to interacting with you as members of our community.  There are many events within, and involving our community in the coming weeks so please make the most of the opportunity to be informed and a part of our learning here at St Mary’s. 

With the Easter season upon us we will be holding our Ash Wednesday liturgy in our Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey Center, this Wednesday at 10am.  Parents and members of our community are most welcome to join us.

We have two learning related events that I would like to draw your attention to.  Firstly our learning team information afternoon starting from 3.45pm this Thursday and our individual meet the teacher opportunity next Tuesday 20 February.  Please check our website and / or other sources of communication for details of these and other events.

This year proves to be an exciting time within education.  With requirements to assess children against set standards removed by our new government we can focus more on the assessment, growth and reporting of the wider development of our students.  I hope to focus more on aspects such as dispositions to and of learning as well as social interaction skills and growth within future reporting formats.  Our core subjects are still of course a priority, with progress to be mapped against curriculum progressions and expectations.

New Teachers to St Mary’s
Due to retirement, promotion and staff leave we welcome a number of new teachers to our community at this time.  Mrs Ayn Harris has been appointed to the position of Assistant Principal.  Ayn comes from a team leaders position at Arataki.  Mrs Tania Yorke joins the leadership of our Whakapono team having previously taught at Papamoa College, Mount Intermediate School and Tauriko.  Another new leader to our professional team is Miss Jasmine Mattock who returns to New Zealand after experiences in the UK.  Within our Aroha Team we welcome Mrs Angela Cochrane who has come to us from Pyes Pa Primary and Miss Adele Mayall who is both a beginning teacher and an old girl of St Mary’s.  I am sure you will join me in welcoming them to our school.

A reminder that 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.

Arriving late to school
If your child has an appointment and is going to be late to school then a call or text to the office is much appreciated.  Then, when you arrive at school you must come through the school office to sign your child in.

Signing in and out - Health and Safety
If, for whatever reason you are going to be on the school grounds, then please come through the school office to digitally sign in and out.  If you are taking your child out of school early then please, also come through the school office to sign out.  

Traffic Safety
The safety or our students is paramount. We therefore request that all parents take due care and diligence in respect to driving and parking around our school.  The best place during summer months to drop off and collect children is our Harvey Street boundary.  If this is not possible please remember that no child should be left to cross roads by themselves after being dropped at school.

Ben Fuller

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

From the Principal - 29 November 2017

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

A very warm welcome to our last enrolments for the year.  Isaiah Deo, Toby Williams, Charlie Williams, Rylee Jury, Miah Jithin and Caitlin Schofield and Mina Aaifou-Olive.  We finish our school year with 496 students.

With less than three weeks of school remaining the acceleration towards year end is definitely in action.  There are many end of year events, activities and procedures that we all need to be aware of at this time.  Please ensure you take note of dates, times and information as it is distributed by differing means and appears from different sources.  I am definitely looking forward to sharing in the many events to come this end of year.

2018 Parent information evening

My thanks to all those who came along last Thursday evening to share in the presentation of our school organisation for next year.  The key organisational change is of course the move of our year 0-1 students to a class based foundation for 2018 and conversely the opportunity to work with Whakapono within a collaborative, connected space.  For those parents who were unable to attend, the presentation from the evening is on our website under information.

2017 Ra Whakangahau

Also on the Thursday of last week was our opportunity to hand over the Mauri of Tauranga Moana Ra Whakangahau.  The spirit of the event we have held since hosting last year.  This occurred as a part of the Powhiri and was well supported by whanau.

Our Ropu then followed with the opening performance of the festival.  It is was the fifth time in recent years that our school has performed at the Tauranga Moana Ra Whakangahau and having been present each time can honestly say the strength of the group continues to grow each year.  My thanks on behalf of you all to Lisa Broadmore for her leadership, both Iwi and Tamoe Malcolm for their tutorial expertise and all whanau for their continued support.

2018 Appointments

There are quite a few changes in regard to staffing for 2018 due to promotion, retirement and staff opting to take leave.  Though much of the following has already been communicated it doesn’t hurt to summarise.  

  • We congratulate Deanne Willemse for her career as she retires from teaching at the end of this year.
  • We also congratulate Fay Warnock who has won a promotion to the position of Deputy Principal at Papamoa Primary School in 2018.
  • Both Donna Vincent and Pip Berquist have been granted leave for the 2018 academic year.
  • New appointments include the following leaders and teachers
    • Miss Jasmine Maddock - Lead teacher Maramatanga
    • Mrs Tania Yorke - Lead teacher Whakapono
    • Mrs Angela Cochrane - Aroha
    • Miss Adelle Mayhall - Aroha

We are currently within the process of appointing a new Assistant Principal.

2017 School Magazine

As you are aware, we are once again putting together a school magazine which is of course a great collection of our year’s highlights and achievements from classes and the many groups contribute to make our school great.  These are available to purchase from the school office. 

Second Hand Uniforms

If you are in possession of a second hand uniform that is no longer required by your family we will gratefully accept them at our office.  There are a number of families in need within our community who will be extremely accepting of item received.  If your items are of value to you and you would prefer to sell them a good place to do so would be through our parents facebook page (STM’s Parents!).

2018 Enrolments

We are at capacity in most year levels of the school for 2018.  It is important that we are aware of any intentions to leave St Mary’s School. Also, if you have children turning 5 next year or know of families whose intention it is to attend St Mary’s at any time during 2018 please ensure enrolment procedures have started. 

Ben Fuller

There are quite a few changes in regard to staffing for 2018 due to promotion, retirement and staff opting to take leave.  Though much of the following has already been communicated it doesn’t hurt to summarise.  



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