Sursum Corda’s trip to Auckland

On Friday our Sursum Corda choir travelled to Auckland to sing at the midday Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. This was the most enriching and wonderful experience for all who took part. We were very privileged to have Father Edwin accompany us and also to have our Principal Mr Fuller with us for the day. A special thank you to the parents Mrs McFall, Mrs McCann, Mrs Rejthar,Mrs Curragh and  Mr Sokimi who joined us.

We were warmly welcomed by Monsignor Bernard Kiely and his assistant priest Father Larry Rustia  who celebrated the Mass with Father Edwin. Sursum Corda sang at the Offertory, during Communion and at the end of Mass. Following Mass Sister Mary Neven, former Principal of St Mary’s College spoke to us about the Cathedral and allowed Sursum Corda to have time to explore this most beautiful church. They sang absolutely beautifully and their outstanding behaviour during the entire day made us feel very proud of them. They represented our school superbly. The congregation at St Patrick’s midday Mass was very appreciative and complimentary and in fact Father Larry asked if we could come back every Friday to sing at the Cathedral!

Our congratulations to Sursum Corda!

Father Mark Field

It is with great pleasure and thanks that we welcome Father Mark Field to our school and Parish.  Father Mark has come to Tauranga from Rotorua, where he had been working for seven years. He is no stranger to Tauranga, however, having been on the staff at Aquinas College in its first two years. He has also helped with Professional Development for the staff of St Mary’s Catholic School. Father is looking forward to being involved in the day-to-day life of the school, both as Parish Priest and as one of Bishop Denis’ representatives on the Board of Trustees – and hopes to help build even stronger links between the school and the parish.

Western Bay of Plenty 7's Success

We were extremely fortunate to qualify 5 out of 10 teams for this years Western Bay of Plenty 7's tournament.  The WBOP 7's is a tournament that has been running for approximately 13 years and to qualify half of the potential 10 teams through our South Cluster Sports was a great achievement.  Teams to qualify included; Over 40 kg Rugby, Under 40 kg Rugby, Year 6 A Football, Year 6 A Netball and Year 5 Miniball.

Of the five teams involved we were fortunate enough to have two teams finish first, two teams finish third in their divisions and one team finish fifth.  Our over 40 kg rugby team had an outstanding day defeating the likes of Te Akau Ki Papamoa and Greenpark Primary School.  This was the first time we have won this division so great to have the boys and the coaching to pull off such a result.  Thanks to Mr Barry Ririnui for coaching this team.  The other team who were able to claim top prize at this Western Bay of Plenty event  was our Year 6 A Football Team.  This team was coached by Mr Steven Dunn who did a splendid job with the team.  Our under 40 kg rugby and Year 5 Mini-ball teams finished third in their respective divisions and our year 6 netball came fifth

Many thanks Mrs Lowe for her organisation and to the parents, teachers and students who made the day such a success.