Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday 18 February was Ash Wednesday, the day that marks the beginning of Lent.  Father Edwin led a very special Liturgy for us which included the distribution of ashes.

As Father Mark wrote in our Parish newsletter “Pope Francis reminds us in his Lenten message this year that Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and for every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace.”, a time to turn from absorption with self to a deeper listening and responsiveness to God and a greater concern for the other.”

In classes we have been discussing with the children how we can show concern for others  by “doing a little good every day.” Each student has made a Lenten goal  striving to do some small action/deed that will make a difference to others.

Senior School Waimarino

The five senior school classes were lucky enough to spend a fantastic day at Waimarino Adventure park last week.
The students experienced various water activities that challenged many and, in particular, spent time learning how to kayak.
The day was extremely successful allowing students to connect with new classmates and giving real opportunities to encourage and motivate one another.
We had wonderful support from our parents, and would like to thank them all very much for their time in helping us proved quality outdoor education opportunities. 



Bus fare information for Term 2

From Term two, Schoolhopper fares will be:

With a Smartride Card - $1.15

Without a Smartride Card (cash fare) - $1.60

Smartride cards for the Schoolhopper service can be purchased from the bus driver or at the Tauranga i-site on the corner of Wharf Street & Willow Street.

There is no charge for a smartride card. However, you will have to buy a minimum of $10 worth of credit. The card will come loaded with the $10 credit.

You can top up your card by giving the driver the cash amount and ask them to top up your card.  You can also top-up your Smartride card at the Tauranga i-site.

Bay of Plenty Basketball Under 11 Team

 Congratulations to Liam Roberts who has been selected to play for the Tauranga u11 basketball representative team.  Well done, Liam.

Kellie Low

Sports Coordinator

Sports News

Rippa Rugby

Games begin next Friday 27th February at Greerton Marist Rugby grounds.  The year 5/6 teams still requires three players to comfortably field two teams.


We would like one more year 6 girl to play volleyball this term.  Games are Friday evenings at the QEYC.

Please email Kellie Low if your child has not registered but would be available for either of these codes.

 Kellie Low

Sports Coordinator

Ordination of Bishop Stephen Lowe 

Last Friday, 13 February, my husband Peter and I were privileged to attend the episcopal ordination of Bishop Stephen in the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton. It was the most joyous and uplifting occasion as well as being a very significant event in the life of the Hamilton Diocese. Bishop Stephen was being ordained as the third Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton to succeed Bishop Denis Browne who is retiring after 38 years as a Bishop, 20 years of which were as the 2nd Bishop of Hamilton Bishop Denis was the Principal Consecrating Bishop assisted by Bishop Barry Jones from Christchurch and Bishop Charles Drennan from Palmerston North. The Mass was concelebrated with Cardinal Tom Williams and 8 other Bishops in presence, a number of civic dignitaries as well as many priests, religious, members of Bishop Stephen’s family and representation from all the parishes and schools throughout the Diocese.

The Mass contained the sacred and ancient rituals for an episcipal ordination and was magnificent! Following the consecration as Bishop, Bishop Stephen was presented with his symbols of office- the Bishop’s ring, the mitre and crosier. In presenting the crosier Bishop Stephen was asked to accept the staff as a sign of his pastoral office and to keep watch over the whole flock.

During the concluding Rites Bishop Stephen asked everyone to pray for him as he began his role of shepherd of the Hamilton Diocese. It was quite amazing that just as he was  reminding all present that Jesus Christ is the light we should all follow the sun at that moment suddenly streamed in through the Cathedral’s large window beaming directly on him. He commented that the Lord’s timing is always impeccable!

We look forward to welcoming Bishop to St Mary’s School in due course. Those families who have students making their first Communion and Confirmation on the 24th May will have the opportunity to meet him then.

With kind regards and God Bless  

Sally Washer


All the fun of learning French

The importance of a second language.

My name is Anne Boezennec. I am a French native speaker, born in Paris.
Research has unquestionably shown that a second language is best learned at a young age.  Research has also shown that even if the second language is not practised or used for many years and may seem to be gone, the fact that children were exposed to it at an early age makes them more academically successful in the future.
It also exposes children to another culture which later makes them more adaptable to different cultural environments and raises their self confidence.  Those skills will be more and more essential in our “global cultural” world.
The programme will involve games, songs, and learning of simple words and phrases.
Classes will be held for the duration of the school terms at the school, during lunch time, every Tuesdays.
The cost of the class is $10.00 per session.
For full details and to enrol your child, please contact:
Anne on 544 59 32 or txt on 022 1645 800

eLearning/Google Support

As we all grow and increase our understanding around the use of Google Apps for Education and how to access, use and work inside Google Drive we know that there may be some additional support and questions that arise for both students and parents.

Every Wednesday morning (through until the end of Term 1) from 8.15am-9.15am I will be available for you or your children to drop in and ask any questions.  This will be based in the Library.  I am not sure how heavy the demand will be and if we will need to have more of a schedule and structure to the morning, so this may develop over the term.

Kind Regards,
Jana Benson

FREE Coffee this Friday from 2.00pm (new time)

Come along for a FREE COFFEE on the PTA!!

As a welcome to 2015, the PTA is shouting mum's and dad's a coffee, tea or hot chocolate on Friday 20 February from the new time of 2.00pm.

Look out for Vicky's Coffee Cart by the Junior Playground!