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