Spring Book Sale

Ex School Library Books. Picture books/chapter books/non fiction.  ALL 50 cents.

When: Monday 5th November to Thursday 8th November 8.45am-3.15pm

Parents welcome to visit during school time and children can buy during class visits. Books will also be available at the Fireworks Gala

Special Character 26 October 2018

Month of the Rosary
October is the Month of the Rosary, students started the term with a Rosary liturgy and have been praying the rosary in the classrooms.

We focus on how our Mother Mary takes our prayers to God and intercedes on our behalf. 

To Mary by Joy Cowley
Mary, Mother of God,
you are the woman who is always there.
You celebrate with us the Bethlehems and Nazareths of our daily family living.
You stand by us in our Calvarys and are with us at Pentecost.
Whatever our need or wherever we are,
Mother of all seasons you are there. 
The images we have of you will change with our life’s journey.
You are the warmth of home and hearth.
You are the fertile full moon embracing land and tide.
You are the little secret thing, the kauri seedling rooted in earth and growing upwards,
outwards, to the Queendom of Heaven.
You are the Ark of the New Covenant. You are the clay chalice which holds the wine of Life.Ko te koha koe
Ko te koha koe
You are the silent space of prayer in our lives.You are the yes to God, our yes to growth, our yes to the birthing of Christ in the world.
And however we see you or fail to see you, you are always there.

Religious Education Term 4 
This term our focus is on the Sacrament Strand.

How am I called to be holy and serve?

Aroha team: The focus is on the Sacraments of Healing and how we are Confirmed in the Spirit.

Whakapono: The focus is on the Sacraments of Forgiveness and Food for Life.

Maramatanga and Tika: The focus is on the Sacraments of Welcome into holiness through Baptism.

Congratulations Eric and Ella Chea who were Baptised in the school Chapel on Thursday after the class mass. May God always be at your side. 

Teresa Rush, DRS.

Special Character 27 September 2018

Tika and Maramatanga Jesus Strand key teaching and learning

Jesus is a human person who was born into a Jewish family around 6-4 BC. He lived as a child just like us. As an adult Jesus invited the apostles to be his friend and follow him. What Jesus did when he lived on earth he continues to do today with the help of the Holy Spirit. We get to know Jesus through the bible stories. Jesus showed love and respect for the tapu of people in different ways; talking, listening, sharing meals, touching, healing and showing he cared for them. Jesus wants us to be like this.

Service Highlight

The school would like to recognise and thank the students who performed at the Parish Meal to welcome Father Rico. The Jump Jam was a great way to start the evening. Serrie Park played the piano beautifully and Nathan Holmberg was amazing on the saxophone. It is great to have such talent at the school and for students to be involved in active service. 


Song for Sunrise — Joy Cowley, New Zealand

Hey, beautiful morning, we’re singing your God song, a psalm of seas and mountains, of empty roads and houses yawning under a new blue bowl of sky.

It’s the song of the bellbird, of steaming cows in sheds, of freckled trout quivering in deep dark pools, and dew on cobwebs lacing trees.

Hey, beautiful morning, stay in our wakened hearts so we can carry your God song into the busy day.

Remind us that newness is an ongoing gift and that every moment is potential reborn, but if our ears become full of other concerns, and we lose the freshness of your song, then comfort us with the knowledge that you will sing with us again tomorrow, oh beautiful morning, oh song of God.

From Psalms for the Road by Joy Cowley, 2005 (2nd Edition 2014), Pleroma


Pono Tahi have been learning about the rosary. They used play dough to sculpt the beads on a mini whiteboard and label the prayers we say. This was then posted on Seesaw in our RE folder.

Teresa Rush


My speech experience by Gia Dumbleton

This week I had the privilege of representing St Mary’s and the South Cluster at the Western Bay of Plenty speech finals. I particularly enjoyed listening to all the other speeches.There were some really interesting topics. The winning speech was on paper, scissors, rock and how it got its name.  I felt very lucky to come third.

Speech and Drama Trinity College Examination Success!

A huge congratulations to Imogen Williams, Eva Jeffries, Olivia Kerr who all passed their Grade 1 Trinity College London Speech and Drama examinations with Distinction. We are so proud of you for all the preparation and hard work you put into perfecting your pieces and developing your vocal and performative skills and technique.

We look forward to watching you showcase one of your pieces at our Speech and Drama Christmas Concert in November!  Watch this space for more details.

Dee Ellwood - Speech and Drama  Teacher

Celebrating different cultures

Ni hào. Two weeks ago in Tauranga our Chinese community celebrated the Chinese Moon Festival. William Wu and his Mum were part of the celebrations and performed in the Lion Dance and the Drum Dance.

Next week we look forward to learning more about the Chinese culture as we celebrate Chinese Language week. 

This is me and my Mum on Moon Festival Day. We were doing the Drum Dance and the Lion Dance for the people of Tauranga. Mrs Vincent and Miss Mayall came to watch me dancing and enjoy the Festival. There was lots of special food to eat and I had some pork dumplings and they were yummy. It was a very happy day. (William)

A reflection from Amy Kim on her year at St Mary’s

Amy leaves us at the end of this term to return to Korea with her family. We wish Amy and her family a safe trip back to Korea and send them many blessings.

I have have really enjoyed my time here at St Mary’s school. I love the school environment, the fresh air, the nature and the estuary - it’s just so different from Korea. I really like that I can go out and enjoy the fresh air so much and eat our lunch, but I do find the seagulls annoying. I love learning in New Zealand because you can choose where you learn. It can be at a table, on a beanbag, on the mat or even outside. I love working in the big classrooms having lots of friends and nice teachers. It also is great when we go to the staffroom after Class Mass and share yummy food with our family and friends. I also really like Kapa Haka and learning the songs and haka - I will be sharing that with my Auntie back in Korea. 

One of the most special things for me and my Mum was when I made my Holy Communion and having some of my teachers as my godparents and sponsor. I love saying my prayers and Church and when I say my prayers it just feels nice.  

The things I have loved about New Zealand is the outdoors, the fresh air and the bush. Some of my favourite places have been Hamilton Gardens, Te Papa, Mount Maunganui and the hot pools, Auckland Sky Tower and the beautiful Hamurana.

I am excited to be going home but I will miss New Zealand and my friends but I hope to come back to study again sometime.

Special Character 6 September 2018

Parish School Mass

St Mary’s Parish / School Mass will be held Sunday 9th September, 10.30am at St Mary Immaculate Church.  Please wear School Uniform.
There will be a bake sale and sausage sizzle after Mass to raise funds for the 2019 Samoa Malaga.

Parish Pot Luck Dinner 

“Build Community” We are having a pot luck dinner to welcome Father Rico.  This will be on Friday 7 September at 6pm, in the Blessed Anne-Marie Javouhey Centre. All welcome!

Whakapono Jesus Strand key teaching and learning

Jesus is truly present in special ways in the meal that is the Eucharist. When people receive the Eucharist they grow in holiness tapu. Eucharist is the best way to give praise and thanks to God with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Jesus invites people to grow in holiness by sharing in his life and following his example. Grace is the gift of God’s presence and action in the world that helps people to become holy like God. When Christians live as Jesus did with tika, pono and aroha they help to bring about God’s kingdom on earth Jesus taught people what God was like and how much God loved them and this helped people to be reconciled with God Te Atua.

Teresa Rush


ESOL - English as a second language

Mayoral Visit

Last Monday we went to the council chambers to meet the Mayor Greg Brownlees. There were lots of other students that come from different countries and lots of our friends from Korea were there. We were all in our school uniform and it was nice to be together. We all received a small Tauranga pin from the Mayor to remember our special day. We watched a video all about Tauranga where we live and it reminded us all about just how beautiful Tauranga is. The Mayor said that the people of Tauranga love having international students coming to live in our city because it makes our city interesting and helps us to get to know other cultures. We had lots of photos with the Mayor and our friends. Afterwards we had a lovely morning tea and the sausage rolls and lolly cake were yummy!!

By Jooyeon Kim & Jessica Kum

Why is St Mary’s School Special?

St Mary’s School is very special because it has three playgrounds and a library, a swimming pool, the estuary, a tennis court, the field and the most important thing, it’s got Jesus.

By Rohan Moby ( Maramatanga)