2020 Stationery - Whakapono Year 3 & 4

Whakapono Year 3 & 4 stationery packs can be purchased directly from Office Products, 20 Christopher Street, Tauranga for $49.80.
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 Whakapono are below.  If you choose to use another provider then please ensure that you try and get the correct products.  Many thanks.

2019 Whakapono Stationery List

1 x Coloured Pencils Full Length Pkt/12 (1008488)
1 x Magazine Rack Black (7500153)
3 Glue Stick Amos 35g (7500490)
6 Pen Bic Clic Medium Blue (7501009)
2 Pen Bic Clic Medium Green (7501012)
3 Whiteboard Marker Compact Black Staedtler (7501684)
1 Ruler Clear Taurus 300mm (7501800)
2 2B5 Warwick Exercise Book (7502740)
2 Science Exercise Book A4 (A4SC) (7512554)
1 Comfort Grip Scissors Summer Colours 135mm (7521048)
2 HB Columbia Cadet Pencil (7521460)
1 Clever Kiwi Activity Book (7521539)
2 Clever Kiwi Maths Book 1 (7521541)
1 1I8 Warwick Exercise Book 9mm rule 32 leaf (7524361)
1 Bic Intensity Permanent Marker Black (BTS014) 
1 Highlighter Yellow (BTS040) 
1 Highlighter Green (BTS045) 
1 Eraser Large Plastic (BTS131414) 

2020 Stationery - Whakapono Year 3 & 4

Whakapono Year 3 & 4 stationery packs can be purchased directly from Office Products, 20 Christopher Street, Tauranga for $49.80.
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 Whakapono are below.  If you choose to use another provider then please ensure that you try and get the correct products.  Many thanks.

2019 Whakapono Stationery List

1 x Coloured Pencils Full Length Pkt/12 (1008488)
1 x Magazine Rack Black (7500153)
3 Glue Stick Amos 35g (7500490)
6 Pen Bic Clic Medium Blue (7501009)
2 Pen Bic Clic Medium Green (7501012)
3 Whiteboard Marker Compact Black Staedtler (7501684)
1 Ruler Clear Taurus 300mm (7501800)
2 2B5 Warwick Exercise Book (7502740)
2 Science Exercise Book A4 (A4SC) (7512554)
1 Comfort Grip Scissors Summer Colours 135mm (7521048)
2 HB Columbia Cadet Pencil (7521460)
1 Clever Kiwi Activity Book (7521539)
2 Clever Kiwi Maths Book 1 (7521541)
1 1I8 Warwick Exercise Book 9mm rule 32 leaf (7524361)
1 Bic Intensity Permanent Marker Black (BTS014) 
1 Highlighter Yellow (BTS040) 
1 Highlighter Green (BTS045) 
1 Eraser Large Plastic (BTS131414) 

2020 Stationery - Aroha Year 5 & 6

Aroha Year 5 & 6 stationery packs can be purchased directly from Office Products, 20 Christopher Street, Tauranga for $41.89.
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 Aroha 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 Magazine Rack Black (7500153)
3 x Glue Stick Amos 35g (7500490)
4 x Pen Bic Clic Medium Blue (7501009)
2 x Pen Bic Clic Medium Green (7501012)
1 x 6B Tradition 110 Pencil (7501443)
1 x Sharpie Marker Fine Black (7501520)
1 x Whiteboard Marker Compact Black Staedtler (7501684)
1 x Ruler Clear Taurus 300mm (7501800)
2 x Science Exercise Book A4 (A4SC) (7512554)
2 x HB Columbia Cadet Pencil (7521460)
1 x Clever Kiwi All Purpose Book Lined (7521540)
2 x My Literacy Book 3 Exercise Book 7 mm Rule Warwick (7524339)
1 x My Maths Book 2 Exercise Book Unruled Warwick (7524342)
1 x My Maths Book 2 Exercise Book 7 mm Quad Warwick (7524344)
1 x Highlighter Yellow (BTS040) 
1 x Highlighter Green (BTS045) 

2020 Stationery - Aroha Year 5 & 6

Aroha Year 5 & 6 stationery packs can be purchased directly from Office Products, 20 Christopher Street, Tauranga for $41.89.
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 Aroha 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 Magazine Rack Black (7500153)
3 x Glue Stick Amos 35g (7500490)
4 x Pen Bic Clic Medium Blue (7501009)
2 x Pen Bic Clic Medium Green (7501012)
1 x 6B Tradition 110 Pencil (7501443)
1 x Sharpie Marker Fine Black (7501520)
1 x Whiteboard Marker Compact Black Staedtler (7501684)
1 x Ruler Clear Taurus 300mm (7501800)
2 x Science Exercise Book A4 (A4SC) (7512554)
2 x HB Columbia Cadet Pencil (7521460)
1 x Clever Kiwi All Purpose Book Lined (7521540)
2 x My Literacy Book 3 Exercise Book 7 mm Rule Warwick (7524339)
1 x My Maths Book 2 Exercise Book Unruled Warwick (7524342)
1 x My Maths Book 2 Exercise Book 7 mm Quad Warwick (7524344)
1 x Highlighter Yellow (BTS040) 
1 x Highlighter Green (BTS045) 

James Murray, Principal 2020

December 4, 2019

Kia ora koutou katoa,

My name is James Murray and I am extremely honoured and humbled to have been appointed as your new principal, starting at the beginning of 2020.

I am married to Karla and we are the very proud parents of 4 boys; Callum (14), Hamish (12), Vaughan (10), Lachlan (9). They are very excited about their move to Tauranga, as the 3 older boys were born in the sunny Bay. I was raised in Wellington, and as a family, we are very much looking forward to coming back to Tauranga and enjoying all the wonderful outdoor opportunities it provides.

Having previously taught at St. Mary’s Catholic School Tauranga, upon my arrival back from overseas, I know that St. Mary’s is a high performing, vibrant learning environment, that is absolutely dedicated to providing holistic Catholic education our children require.

I wish to acknowledge the previous and current work of the school, the Board of Trustees, school leadership team, teaching and support staff, and the school community for the strong leadership, pastoral care and quality teaching that St. Mary’s has offered and continues to provide. It remains most important that we acknowledge the ethnicities and cultures that are ‘our people, in our place’!

I come to you from St. Joseph’s Fairfield, in Hamilton, where I have been Principal since October 2012. Before that appointment I was Principal of St. Mary’s Gisborne for 3 years. I have a strong commitment to Catholic education and my own personal faith comes from a strong Catholic upbringing. As my family and I make the transition to St. Mary's Tauranga, I am aware of the anticipation of a new Principal arriving. I want to celebrate with everyone, all the wonderful opportunities that St. Mary’s provides, and work strategically with all stakeholders to continue to develop our wonderful children in their faith and learning.

Communication is an integral part of leading a school, and this is something our team will continue to work at to keep you well informed. I also believe that working collaboratively is the best way to innovate new ideas and solve problems together. The partnerships we create, that are focussed on the best outcomes for children, will come from our strong home-school relationship.

Being part of a community is exceptionally important to me and my family. I am a firm believer in the need to establish and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with all stakeholders in the St. Mary’s community. The St. Mary’s School community and Board of Trustees can expect me to consistently act in the best interests of our learners, staff and community. I will dedicate myself to making sure I am enthusiastic, innovative, and a compassionate leader, who will serve this community with passion and integrity. 

I am excited at the journey and what lies ahead for all of us. I look forward to getting to know the students, staff, the community and Parish of St. Mary’s.

Ngā manaakitanga 

James Murray

Board of Trustee Elections 2019

What do we need in a Parent Trustee?

We are looking for Trustees who are focused on
    ·  ongoing improvement in student achievement,
    ·  growing and nurturing our special character and relationship with our Parish, priests and Cluny Sisters, and
    ·  supporting professional leadership, teaching and learning within our school. 

Is this you?

We encourage you to Step Forward for your School.

Watch out for our call for nominations soon!

NZEI Meeting postponed

In the wake of the appalling events in Christchurch on Friday 15th March, the National Executive of NZEI Te Riu Roa has made the decision to postpone the paid union meetings for teachers and principals that were scheduled for this week of 18-22 March.
 
Paul Goulter
National Secretary
NZEI

Rā Whānau Mai Friday 31 January 2020

 

On Friday 31st January 2020, St Mary’s will open for Râ Whânau Mai (Family Welcome Day). This is a family open day and is a great opportunity for you, as parents and whânau, to share your expectations, your child’s interests, strengths, and learning needs and the knowledge you value, directly with your child’s teacher. There will be a coffee cart and a lunchtime sausage sizzle.  More information will come home shortly regarding how to book interview times with your child’s class teacher.

Special Character 15 November 2018

This term our focus is on the Sacrament Strand- Aroha team, year 5 and 6.

Healing

Confirmed in the Spirit
There are times in people’s lives when they are in need of healing in body and soul. 

The Sacraments of Penance and Anointing of the sick bring people the grace of reconciliation, healing and peace. Each Sacrament gives to people its own special grace or gift from God and makes God present in a special way. 

All of the Sacraments make Jesus present because they bring new life, tapu and mana, healing and strength and peace to people. Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are the Sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church. Through these Sacraments people commit themselves to live as full members of the Church involved in the Church’s mission, prayer and celebrations. 

Through the rite, rituals and symbols of the Sacrament of Confirmation confer the full gifts of the Holy Spirit and increase the grace of baptism to enable people to spread the gospel of Jesus. The rituals and symbols of the Sacrament can be seen but they have a deeper meaning that cannot be seen. In celebrating the Eucharist the community celebrates the sacrifice or gift of Jesus’ life to God on the cross

November - Month of the Holy Souls
During November we pray especially for our loved ones who have passed away. Father Mark has encouraged all students to be able to recite the following prayer. Please use it at home and pray together as a family for those you love who have died.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, 
and let perpetual light shine upon them. 
May they rest in peace.
Amen.

Students from Aroha Team after All Souls Mass went to the cemetery where they prayed for the Cluny Sisters who have died.  

Parihaka
Whakapono team led the school in liturgy on Monday and the focus was on Parihaka. Students learnt how following the bible Te Whiti and Tohu encouraged violence to be met with peace.

In the late 19th century, under the leadership of Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi, Parihaka became a place of non-violent resistance to the confiscation of land. The small village on the western slopes of Taranaki continues to be a place of gathering to discuss issues of the day, and look for a collective response to injustice. 

Catholic Social teaching
Violence has no place in a just society. The Catholic Church teaches that true peace is made possible only through forgiveness and reconciliation. As part of this process, Catholic social teaching asks us to acknowledge past wrongs as a means to reconciling our past and its shortcomings on our way to building a better future.  Te Whiti and Tohu recognised that there must be a better way to fight the injustices that they were faced with. They chose to lead their people in non-violent resistance. They ploughed fields in order to be heard. Te Whiti and Tohu chose not to physically fight eviction and arrest.  Peaceful intentions were at the forefront of their resistance, as was the building of a community committed to finding a way to live together.Caritas Parihaka resource. 

(www.caritas.org.nz

Teresa Rush
DRS