Sunday, 12 November 2017

Week 5

Half way through the term and ouch should I say it!  "Only 43 more sleeps till Christmas".  

An update about the Ahurei which will take place at the Harvest Centre (Malfroy Road, near the Netball Courts) on Friday the 24th of November at 7.30 pm. Limited tickets are for sale, so get in quick - Note: Ticketing has a VERY tight time frame due to the sudden closure of the Howard Morrison Centre and the very late change of venue. Tickets can be purchased from the School Office.

Swimming this week - due to the seniors having swim coaching, this week we will only be swimming on Monday and Friday (2 days).

This Friday our school is holding a mufti day,gold coin donation, come dressed as your favourite book character. Money raised will be gifted to the Special Children's Christmas Party. This is a nationwide event for children and their families who have life threatening illness, physical and intellectual impairments, domestic violence, or living in underprivileged circumstances. Money raised will be gifted so those children can have a day of fun and adventures and put smiles on many NZ kids faces.

Young Vinnies Can drive - please help support those who are less fortunate than ourselves and donate a tin can of food. This will be run over the next couple of weeks, so if everybody in our class brought one or two cans each we will collect between 25 - 50 cans of food for the needy. Each can brought in will receive one house point.

Teacher Only Day - Monday 27th November
Student Led Conference/celebration day - Thursday 30th November
Junior Big Day Out - 7th December, more information will come later along with permission slip but Rooms 7 and 11 will be going to Hannah's Bay for some fun in the sun. We will need parental help so i'm just giving you a heads up at this stage in case you want to book the day off work.

This week I will be doing running records on all children so our reading block will not run as usual. Your child may end up having the same book for a couple of nights but still encourage them to read it for fluency and recognition of high frequency words.

Thanks Nikki

Photos from Grandparents Day

What a fabulous day we all had last Friday at Grandparents/Friends Mass, shared morning tea and concert.  Thank you so much to room 7's grandparents and parents who made the time to come and spend time with your grandchildren/children.  

Here's are just a few photos taken on the day:


Well done to our Gymnastics - Kaya, Alana, Madeleine, Francesca, Olivia Martin

Our Pasifika kids - Ryan and Margaret

Kapa Haka - Ryan, Noah, Savannah, Madeleine, Olivia S, Peyton, Taila
(sorry if I have missed anybody out)

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Grandparents Day

Hi just a reminder about our shared morning tea tomorrow.  Please bring a plate of food so we can share with our special guests after Mass. 

Our school's young vinnies are collecting cans of food to give to the less fortunate at this busy and stressful time of year.  If you would like to donate a can of food please get your child to bring it into class over the next week and I will mark their can with their house name, as all cans get a point to go towards their house points.

A reminder that this Friday for Golden time we are having a PJ party.  Children can bring their PJ's to school and we will have some dancing games and music to boogie too.

Thanks to the two children who have brought photo's of themselves with signs and symbols.  It would be great if we could have some more. 

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Week 4

Good evening all,

This week we have our Grandparents/friends mass on Friday 10th November.  We begin the day starting with a church service at 9 am followed by welcoming of new children to St. Mary's.

At 10.00 am we will head back to Room 7 where we will have a shared morning tea with our grandparents/friends.  Please bring a plate of food to share for this.  At 10.30 you are welcome to get yourself a hot cuppa provided by our lovely PTA before heading to the field (or hall if we)t for a mini concert, featuring items below.  We aim to have the morning wrapped up by 12.30 pm.  This year there will also be a photo board opportunity for you and your grandchild/ren to have a family photo taken with a cool backdrop.  

Also for Golden time in the afternoon the children have asked for a PJ party, so they are welcome to bring along their Pajamas.  

Gymnastics Club
Pasifika Group
Lyp Sync
Filipino Group
Kapa Haka Middles/Seniors
Maybe Kapa Haka Juniors?

Other things happening this week:

This week I will finish the JAM (junior assessment for maths) testing and all children will do a writing easttle assessment to see what progress they have made over the year.  

Concept - as I have mentioned before this term our concept, school wide is "symbolism" Over this week I will be asking your children to find symbols around their home, street, favourite places, places of interest to find symbols and if you can take photo's (they can be in the photo if they like) so we can display in our classroom.  You are welcome to email them to me and I will print out if it makes it easier.  email:

Please remember to practise the spelling words (week 4), an updated spelling test will happen at the end of week 6 of this term.

Here's to another busy week

Thursday, 2 November 2017


Well done to the following children who have obviously been practising their spelling words this week:

James, Peyton, Arron, Izac, Devpriya, Kaya, Madeleine, Cathy, Kieran, Francesca and Alana

Please help your child to practice their words, they were all given a sheet with 3 lists (one for each week).  They need to practice reading the word, saying each letter as they write it down on a piece of paper and then cover it up and try writing it again.  I suggest they do each word at least 5 times each day.  Parents are to tick the box to indicate that they have done it each night.  It's very easy to tell who has been practicing when I test them in class. 

Let's do one last push on spelling for the end of this year!  Spelling helps your child to read and write these words as well, so your support at home would be appreciated.


Wednesday, 1 November 2017


Congratulations to Elijah Benfell.  Elijah has finished the Early Words programme and today Mr Macmillian presented him with his certificate.

This week for Golden time the children have decided to have a teddy bears picnic, so they can choose one doll, teddy, bear etc to bring to class on Friday and we will have a picnic lunch (with our lunch boxes)

Spelling - you may have noticed that in your child's reading folder they have a sheet with 5 spelling words per week for the next three weeks.  Please practise with your child their spelling words for the week (this week is week 3) and tick once completed.  I will also be going over these words in class when time allows.  

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Week 3

Hi all, 

Swimming this week, our slot is 2.30 - 3pm.  All children are expected to swim unless you provide them with a note due to a health issue.

Last days for Calendar orders is tomorrow, the artwork for your child's calendar is on the windows of the classroom, they are a silhouette of your child's head along with their own background design.  I have a few spare order forms in class if you need them.  From memory I think they are $10 each, a great xmas present for the rallies!

Thank you to those who came and helped at our school working bee day on Saturday, many jobs were completed and the school appreciated your support.

Notices from Director of Religious Studies :  Mrs Hall

Grandparents/Friends Mass and Picnic is week 4 Friday 10th November. 
Starts with Mass at 9:00, then refreshments at the school, then a mini concert from our various school groups. Weather permitting it will be outside on the field. Newbies welcomed also-Room 10.  Please encourage your child's grandparent/friends to come and spend time with them in school.  

All Souls/Saint Liturgy is this Thursday at 10:00 in the hall. Please can you invite your students to write names of their loved ones who have died. Bring the names to the liturgy and place in the basket as you enter. These names will be taken to the Church where they will continue to be prayed for. 

Emmaus Icon Visits St Mary's Church this Thursday. The icon is travelling around the Diocese as part of Bishop Steve's 'Hearts Burning' focus. Father has invited and urged for classes and families to visit it while it is here and say a short prayer before it. 
Classes only need visit for a 15 minute slot sometime during the day. 

Student Led Conference - the junior school have decided to hold a celebration day in week 7 - Thursday 30th November instead of this week.  Children will bring their parents to celebrate their success and goals that have been met during the year.

Rosary - this week on Wednesday morning, starting at 8.45am the junior school will be hosting the rosary.  You are welcome to attend and celebrate this special event within our school.

Thursday - All saints liturgy in the hall at 10.00am, all welcome.


IMPORTANT DATES - Add them to your diary as it is a busy term:

Friday 10th November: Grandparents’ Mass
Friday 17th November: Young Vinnies Mufti Day
Tuesday 21st November:  JPC Orientation Day for Year 6s
Thursday 23rd November: Coaches Thank You Evening
Friday 24th November: Ahurei Performance (Ryan in room 7 only)
Monday 27 November: Teacher Only Day
Monday 27 November:  ELL Picnic
Thursday 30 November: Kakano and Manuka teams’ Celebration with parents
Friday 1st November: Kakano & Manuka teams’ portfolios go home
Saturday 2nd December: Rotorua Christmas Parade
Thursday 7th December: Junior Big Day Out
Friday 8th December: End of year Mass
Monday 11th Dec: Principal’s Morning Tea. Issue Principal’s letters
Tuesday 12th December: Prizegiving
Wednesday 13th December: Junior Athletics Day
Thursday 14th December: School Tryathlon
Friday 15th December: Missioning of Year 6 students