The annual Outdoor Adventure Day is on Friday, March 13th

!! Save the date !! 

The annual Outdoor Adventure Day is on Friday, March 13th

We will need LOTS of volunteers on this day to help make it a success.  The kids have a ton of fun - and so do the parents!   Keep an eye out for the volunteer form that will be emailed to you in the next week and sign up for the fun! 

It's a full day of fun held during school hours. More details to follow soon.

Novel coronavirus update

Coronavirus Update 3

2 February 2020

Tēnā koutou

You will have seen that the Prime Minister has made an announcement this afternoon. https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-zealand-restrict-travel-china-protect-against-coronavirus.  It includes the following information concerning all foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through mainland China:

“The Government is placing temporary entry restrictions into New Zealand on all foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through mainland China to assist with the containment of the novel coronavirus and to protect New Zealand and the Pacific Islands from the disease. 

This will take effect from tomorrow and will be in place for up to 14 days. This position will be reviewed every 48 hours.

Any foreign travellers who leave or transit through mainland China after 2 February 2020 (NZ time) will be refused entry to New Zealand.

Any foreign travellers in transit to New Zealand on 2 February 2020 will be subject to enhanced screening on arrival but, pending clearance, will be granted entry to New Zealand.

New Zealand citizens and permanent residents returning to New Zealand will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members, but will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival back in the country.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has also raised its travel advice to New Zealanders for all of mainland China to “Do not travel”, the highest level.”

The Ministry of Education, TEC, and NZQA are working together and we will provide you with information over the next couple of days regarding the Government’s announcement.  In the meantime please contact TEC, NZQA or the Ministry of Education with any questions or concerns.  We will keep our websites updated.

Please continue to refer to the Ministry of Health website for health advice and the latest information:

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health

 

Everyone’s health and wellbeing, including international students’, is important to us.  While there are no confirmed or suspected cases in New Zealand at the moment, the Ministry of Health continues to encourage a precautionary approach and a focus on good hygiene.  Please err on the side of caution and be alert, not alarmed.

 

Thank you for your recent work and support helping our students, parents, staff and providers on this issue, I appreciate the complexity that the current situation causes.  I know you all have the interests of our children and students as your priority.

 

Nāku noa, nā

Iona Holsted

 

Secretary for Education

 

30 January 2020

Novel coronavirus Update 2

30 January 2020
The Novel coronavirus situation is continuing to evolve rapidly.
We will add new information to our website so key information is kept in one place and it is easier for you to see. There is a now a Novel coronavirus page on our website, with the following information added last night:

· Schools with homestay families (scroll down the page)

· Information for school hostels (scroll down the page)

· Information for staffing provisions (linked from the Principals and Tumuaki page)

· Notifiable diseases – noting the Novel coronavirus is now classified as notifiable (scroll down the page)

· Funding and other considerations for early learning services – scroll down to ‘Other useful information’

The Ministry of Health has also updated their health advice with a more narrowed focus on which geographic areas within China are deemed at the most risk for exposure to the infection – these are Wuhan and Hubei province.

For those of you who have not yet contacted students and staff about the Novel coronavirus, please note the following information.

Based on the latest advice from the Ministry of Health, our advice to you has now been amended:

For any staff member or student who has recently been to Wuhan or Hubei province, or has been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, we encourage you to ask the staff member or parent/caregiver of the student to delay the start of their school year for 14 days and stay home.

Please keep an eye on our website and the Ministry of Health website for future updates:

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Ministry of Education
Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health
    

 

28 January 2020

Novel coronavirus Update 1

The Ministry of Education has updated their statement from yesterday regarding Coronovirus. Here’s their latest statement - the advice given is common sense.

Coronavirus

Tēnā koutou

As you will have seen in the media the situation is rapidly evolving internationally concerning the coronavirus.

This is a new virus and its specific nature is currently unclear, however it appears that you can have the virus at an early stage and not be showing any symptoms. This incubation period is currently considered to be 14 days.

Children and young people are currently returning to classrooms. The health of students and staff is a priority for all. I encourage you to err on the side of caution and here are some steps you can take.

As always, anyone who is unwell should not be at school or at their early learning service. If you have a particular concern about any child, student or staff member, please urge parents or the staff member to contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or their GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages and they do have Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff available.

If a student still attends school while showing symptoms the Principal of a state school can preclude them if they believe on reasonable grounds they may have a communicable disease (Section 19 Education Act). The student has to stay away for the infectious period of the specific disease. For private schools, Section 19 of the Education Act does not apply. Principals can request that a student with an infectious disease or is suspected of having an infectious disease, does not attend.

 

For any staff member or student who may be at high risk of exposure because they have recently been to China or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, I encourage you to ask that the staff member or parent/caregiver of the student delay the start of their school year for 14 days and voluntarily stay away.

 

St Mary's Sports Registrations 2020

St Mary's Winter Sports Registrations Term 1 and Term 3, 2020

Hi All St Mary's Families,

This year St Mary's is offering Hockey, Netball and Miniball/Basketball, as our winter sports

Due to Covid-19 we are unsure when winter sports will be starting, because of this the sports registration process has changed.  If you could please fill out the Google Form, this will allow registration of the appropriate number of teams with each league before the close off date. Because winter sport may or may not take place this year, there will be no charge until we are 100% sure these sports will be taking place.  As soon as more information is available in regards to exactly when each sport will start, we will forward that to you.

Registrations will close on Monday 6th April.  So that we are able to get the correct number of teams and the balance of players per team right, late registrations will not be accepted.

Please CLICK HERE to register your child for this year's winter sports.  

 

Regards

Steven Finlayson

 

St Mary's Sports Registrations Term 1, 2020  

To register for our Term 1 Sports please CLICK HERE.  Please remember, the registration will not complete until you pay.  Registrations close on Tuesday 4th February PLEASE BE AWARE NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  CLICK HERE to see options using the St Mary's Sports Term 1 - 2020 document. 

Go Girls Cricket

Our GoGirls cricket programme is back again for Term 1 and we are looking for registrations for the weekly coaching sessions.  There are 4 coaching sessions (approx. 45mins each) before the Festival Day at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Wednesday 11th March. These sessions for Year 4-6 Girls will begin the week of 10th February.  The GoGirls programme works on fundamental skills through modified games of cricket. There is no cost for participation in the GoGirls Programme and the festival day is for teams of 8. (Flyer attached)

Beginners Tennis

This programme is a great way to introduce your children to tennis, through fun games and exercises.  Classes run for 6 weeks, starting on Thursday 13th February between 7:30 am - 8:30 am.  All sessions will be held on St Mary's School tennis courts before school.

If you have any questions about the Beginners Tennis programme please email Luis Luna at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLICK HERE to register for Tennis.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop with Val is a fun introduction to dance, with a focus on building self-confidence for the children. Choreography is kept simple so that children of all levels can have a go.  This term fees are $50 per child, per term 1 and invoiced directly to the parents. Classes run for 10 weeks this term which includes 9 classes plus a performance. 

Classes will be held Mondays lunch times beginning Week 2.  Full information and invoices will be sent in the next 7 days after registration.   Simply click on the link below & fill out form to enrol.  Enrolments close 5th February.

CLICK HERE to register for Hip Hop.

If you have any questions you are welcome to contact Valentina 0272216457.

Gymnastics Academy

Gymnastics for our Yr 1 - 4 students.  Please see the attached flyer for registration information, or CLICK HERE to go straight to the website.

If you have any questions about the attached information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/text me on 027 437 2323.

 

Regards

Steven Finlayson

2020 Stationery - Tika New Entrant

Tika New Entrants stationery packs can be purchased directly from Office Products, 20 Christopher Street, Tauranga for $58.75.
For a small fee they can deliver to your home ordering online here The Back to School Store.  In the past we have had great feedback regarding the online service.

Alternatively stationery requirements for Tika New Entrants are below.  If you choose to use another provider then please ensure that you try and get the correct products.  Many thanks.

1 x Coloured Pencil Staedtler Luna pkt/12 (1008837)
1 x Whiteboard Lapboard Fm Dudes Double Side (1501082)
1 x Masking Tape 24mm x 50m (4502149)
1 x My Everyday Exercise Book 1 Warwick Unruled (7096479)
1 x Magazine Rack Black (7500153)
3 x Glue Stick Amos 35g (7500490)
2 x Sharpie Marker Fine Black (7501520)
3 x Whiteboard Marker Compact Black Staedtler (7501684)
6 x 1A4 Warwick Exercise Book (7502834)
1 x 1G2 Warwick Exercise Book (7502848)
2 x My Literacy Book 1 Exercise Book 14 mm Rule War (7524337)
1 x My Maths Book 1 Exercise Book Unruled Warwick (7524341)
6 x Faber Castell Junior Triangular Pencil Each (BAY116527) 
1 x Journal Bag Large 360x290mm (BTS056) 

2020 Stationery - Tika New Entrant

Tika New Entrants stationery packs can be purchased directly from Office Products, 20 Christopher Street, Tauranga for $58.75.
For a small fee they can deliver to your home ordering online here The Back to School Store.  In the past we have had great feedback regarding the online service.

Alternatively stationery requirements for Tika New Entrants are below.  If you choose to use another provider then please ensure that you try and get the correct products.  Many thanks.

1 x Coloured Pencil Staedtler Luna pkt/12 (1008837)
1 x Whiteboard Lapboard Fm Dudes Double Side (1501082)
1 x Masking Tape 24mm x 50m (4502149)
1 x My Everyday Exercise Book 1 Warwick Unruled (7096479)
1 x Magazine Rack Black (7500153)
3 x Glue Stick Amos 35g (7500490)
2 x Sharpie Marker Fine Black (7501520)
3 x Whiteboard Marker Compact Black Staedtler (7501684)
6 x 1A4 Warwick Exercise Book (7502834)
1 x 1G2 Warwick Exercise Book (7502848)
2 x My Literacy Book 1 Exercise Book 14 mm Rule War (7524337)
1 x My Maths Book 1 Exercise Book Unruled Warwick (7524341)
6 x Faber Castell Junior Triangular Pencil Each (BAY116527) 
1 x Journal Bag Large 360x290mm (BTS056) 

2020 Stationery - Tika Year 1

Tika Year 1 stationery packs can be purchased directly from Office Products, 20 Christopher Street, Tauranga for $47.25.
For a small fee they can deliver to your home ordering online here The Back to School Store.  In the past we have had great feedback regarding the online service.

Alternatively stationery requirements for Tika Year 1 are below.  If you choose to use another provider then please ensure that you try and get the correct products.  Many thanks.

1 x Coloured Pencil Staedtler Luna pkt/12 (1008837)
1 x Whiteboard Lapboard Fm Dudes Double Side (1501082)
1 x Masking Tape 24mm x 50m (4502149)
1 x My Everyday Exercise Book 1 Warwick Unruled (7096479)
3 x Glue Stick Amos 35g (7500490)
2 x Sharpie Marker Fine Black (7501520)
3 x Whiteboard Marker Compact Black Staedtler (7501684)
6 x 1A4 Warwick Exercise Book (7502834)
1 x 1G2 Warwick Exercise Book (7502848)
1 x My Literacy Book 1 Exercise Book 14 mm Rule War (7524337)
1 x My Literacy Book 2 Exercise Book 12 mm Rule War (7524338)
1 x My Maths Book 1 Exercise Book Unruled Warwick (7524341)
6 x Faber Castell Junior Triangular Pencil Each (BAY116527) 

2020 Stationery - Tika Year 1

Tika Year 1 stationery packs can be purchased directly from Office Products, 20 Christopher Street, Tauranga for $47.25.
For a small fee they can deliver to your home ordering online here The Back to School Store.  In the past we have had great feedback regarding the online service.

Alternatively stationery requirements for Tika Year 1 are below.  If you choose to use another provider then please ensure that you try and get the correct products.  Many thanks.

1 x Coloured Pencil Staedtler Luna pkt/12 (1008837)
1 x Whiteboard Lapboard Fm Dudes Double Side (1501082)
1 x Masking Tape 24mm x 50m (4502149)
1 x My Everyday Exercise Book 1 Warwick Unruled (7096479)
3 x Glue Stick Amos 35g (7500490)
2 x Sharpie Marker Fine Black (7501520)
3 x Whiteboard Marker Compact Black Staedtler (7501684)
6 x 1A4 Warwick Exercise Book (7502834)
1 x 1G2 Warwick Exercise Book (7502848)
1 x My Literacy Book 1 Exercise Book 14 mm Rule War (7524337)
1 x My Literacy Book 2 Exercise Book 12 mm Rule War (7524338)
1 x My Maths Book 1 Exercise Book Unruled Warwick (7524341)
6 x Faber Castell Junior Triangular Pencil Each (BAY116527) 

2020 Stationery - Maramatanga Year 2

Maramatanga stationery packs can be purchased directly from Office Products, 20 Christopher Street, Tauranga for $53.10.
For a small fee they can deliver to your home ordering online here The Back to School Store.  In the past we have had great feedback regarding the online service.

Alternatively stationery requirements for Maramatanga are below.  If you choose to use another provider then please ensure that you try and get the correct products.  Many thanks.

1 x Masking Tape 24mm x 50m (4502149)
5 x My Everyday Exercise Book 1 Warwick Unruled (7096479)
5 x Glue Stick Amos 35g (7500490)
5 x Pen Bic Clic Medium Blue (7501009)
1 x Pen Bic Clic Medium Green (7501012)
2 x Sharpie Marker Fine Black (7501520)
3 x Whiteboard Marker Compact Black Staedtler (7501684)
2 x 1A4 Warwick Exercise Book (7502834)
1 x My Maths Book 1 Exercise Book Unruled Warwick (7524341)
1 x My Maths Book 2 Exercise Book Unruled Warwick (7524342)
3 x 1F8 Warwick Exercise Book 12mm rule 1/3 Blank 2 (7524360)
1 x Clever Kiwi My Writing Series 12mm (BAYMYWRITING12) 
1 x Highlighter Yellow (BTS040) 
1 x Highlighter Green (BTS045) 
2 x Faber Castell Triangle Junior Grip (with dots) HB (BTS192) 

2020 Stationery - Maramatanga Year 2

Maramatanga stationery packs can be purchased directly from Office Products, 20 Christopher Street, Tauranga for $53.10.
For a small fee they can deliver to your home ordering online here The Back to School Store.  In the past we have had great feedback regarding the online service.

Alternatively stationery requirements for Maramatanga are below.  If you choose to use another provider then please ensure that you try and get the correct products.  Many thanks.

1 x Masking Tape 24mm x 50m (4502149)
5 x My Everyday Exercise Book 1 Warwick Unruled (7096479)
5 x Glue Stick Amos 35g (7500490)
5 x Pen Bic Clic Medium Blue (7501009)
1 x Pen Bic Clic Medium Green (7501012)
2 x Sharpie Marker Fine Black (7501520)
3 x Whiteboard Marker Compact Black Staedtler (7501684)
2 x 1A4 Warwick Exercise Book (7502834)
1 x My Maths Book 1 Exercise Book Unruled Warwick (7524341)
1 x My Maths Book 2 Exercise Book Unruled Warwick (7524342)
3 x 1F8 Warwick Exercise Book 12mm rule 1/3 Blank 2 (7524360)
1 x Clever Kiwi My Writing Series 12mm (BAYMYWRITING12) 
1 x Highlighter Yellow (BTS040) 
1 x Highlighter Green (BTS045) 
2 x Faber Castell Triangle Junior Grip (with dots) HB (BTS192)