Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Tomorrow is our tryatholon - juniors are doing it separately from the rest of the school.  Our time is 1.30pm.  Children need to bring togs, towel, a bike or scooter.  We will be staying inside the school grounds.

Congratulations to our four students who received awards today at prizegiving:  Academic achievement went to Alana and Edward.  Consistent effort went to Elijah and Jasmin.  Francesca was the receipant of the Faith Based award.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Week 9

Sorry this post is so late I have been busy helping at my daughters AMJAZZ dance today and went to watch her perform.  It was also lovely to see Alana and Olivia S performance in the same show.  They looked fantastic dress up as birds and did a fantastic job at their dance.

Where has the year gone???

There are lots of things happening this week...keep checking the blog throughout the week in case updates/changes are made. Anything is possible in the last week of school.

Fingers crossed we haven't missed anything.

9:45am Principal's Morning Tea -  
Olivia S, Devpriya and Aidan are this terms super stars, they would have brought a wee note home on Friday.  I will remind them in the morning to go up to the staff room.

11:15 Christmas on the field. Fingers crossed the rain stays away. All classes will be performing a song or two. Parents and families are most welcome to join us.

2:30 Swimming for Room 7 Bring your togs, towel and a plastic bag.

9:00 Prizegiving. If your child is receiving a class prize, you will have received notification in the envelope with their class for next year. 

2:30 Swimming for Room 7 Bring your togs, towel and a plastic bag.

8:45 Singing Practice

9:30 Meet the Teacher
 - students will get to meet their teacher for 2018 and see who else in in their class. This will be for half an hour.

11:00 Junior Athletics - on the field. All parents and families are welcome. Please put sun block on your children before they come to school that day. Bring you PE gear to wear and a hat.

We will be having sprinkler fun this afternoon so everybody please bring your togs, towel and a plastic bag, also a water gun if you have one. 

1:30 Tryathlon for the junior school (middle and senior are earlier in the day). Please bring to school wheels (either a bike you can ride by yourself or a scooter) & a helmet, togs and towel.

11:00 Missioning of the Year 6 children in the hall.

If you require your children to be in after school care, please contact Mary-Ann Roling on 021 121 5599 to book in.

School Magazines are available from the office for $5 - there are only 100 copies so get in quick if you wish to purchase one.

Looking forward to fun and exciting last week:)

See you in the morning

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Week 8

Wow now just 2 weeks to go till the end of the school year.

This week is another busy one with Thursday being our Junior Big Day Out!

We are still collecting cans of tinned foods for the food bank.  If you would like to donate a can or two please bring it into class and I will write your child's house colour on it as every tin receives a house point.

No swimming this week.

School singing at 8.45am in the hall.

If you have any school reading books at home could you please return them by today so they can be put back in the resource room.

Thursday - our big day out, children to wear mufti and be at school at normal time 8.45 am.  Parent helpers will provide transport to Hannah's Bay.  We aim to leave school about      9.15 am.  Please ensure that your child has sunblock on before coming to school.  They will need togs, towel, suitable footwear for a short walk, a packed lunch and drink bottle (all NAMED).  We intend on being back at school around 2.30 pm.

If you have one of those "walk in gazebo" we could borrow for the day this would be much appreciated, please let me know if you have one we could use.

Friday - End of year school Mass at 1.00 pm.  Parents welcome to attend.

Next week

Monday 11th December (last week of school) Mrs Brolly is holding a "Christmas on the Field" event where the whole school will sing Christmas carols.  Our class will be performing "Pop, bang, crack!" and "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth".  I have included the links as you may like to practise at home with your child.  Parents are welcome to come and watch this show, starting at 11.15 am. Room 7 and room 11 will be performing together.

Wednesday 13th - during the middle block we will be holding a junior athletics day.  Children will participate in running, high jump, long jump, and throwing events.  

Thursday 14th December the whole school will participate in a tryathlon.  This will include a  bike, run and swim where the emphasis is on trying and giving it a go.  More details about this next week but Mrs Dobson is asking for some parent helpers so if you are available please see her in room 6.

I would appreciate some helpers (adults) to help me move furniture from room 7 over to room 16 today from 1.30 pm onwards today.  

Friday 15th school closes at 12.30pm

Lets hope and pray for good weather for Thursday's trip.

Whaea Nikki

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Student led conferences


Tomorrow afternoon is your child's student led conference.  They will talk to you about their progress, show you their profile books and other work books and tell you what they are proud of themselves for doing not only over the term but the year.

I still have available time slots from 3.35 pm - 4.55pm so please if you haven't already, go online to and use the code kp7mb to make an appointment time.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow afternoon.

Whaea Nikki

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Week 7

Week 7 (only 3 more weeks till the holidays)

Remember tomorrow is a TOD (teacher only day).  I look forward to seeing the children on Tuesday

Swimming this week - lets hope the weather is as nice/hot as last week as it will be a nice way to end the day cooling off in the pool. We swim from 2.30 - 3pm everyday this week.

Tuesday - Advent Liturgy 10am in the school hall. Parents, family and friends are welcome to join us.

Thursday - Student Led Celebrations 3:15-5:45. Remember to book online at and use the code kp7mb. These conferences are a celebration of your child's learning and achievement throughout the year. If you can't find a time that suits let me know and I will sort something out for you.  You will also receive your child's portfolio to go home for the year.  Inside it, is a collection of their work, be proud of their achievements as you look at their work from the beginning of the year and compare it to now - every single child in room 7 has made amazing progress and I am certainly very proud of them.

Our school's Young Vinnies are collecting tins of food for the foodbank, for those in need at this time of year. We would appreciate you donating a tin of food (especially if you haven't already done so). The tins will be collected and your child's house name will be written on the tin as every tin of food donated receives one house point.

Thanks to those who have already returned their permission slips for our up and coming BDO at Hannahs Bay. All permission slips are due in by Wednesday please so I can sort out transport and groups.

Christmas Parade Saturday 2 December 2017
Here is a copy of the letter that your child will receive on Tuesday regarding the Rotorua Santa Parade this coming Saturday 2nd December:
This year St Mary’s and St Michael’s are sharing the float. It will be great to have a Catholic presence in the parade.
Unfortunatley our usual donkey has retired so we are looking for a donkey to be in the parade with us. If you know of anyone who has one, or access to one, please let Mr Macmillan know asap. The donkey and Mary will lead our float, with Joseph, Wise Men and shepherds. It would be quite nice to have a drummer boy too. If you have an appropriate costume for any of these characters please email me
The rest of the children will be on the float which will be decorated as a stable. Children can come dressed as angels, shepherds and any clothes that might resemble people in Jesus’ era.
I will need a small group to help set up the float at school on Saturday. Once we are set up the float will be driven to Rangiuru Street and children can meet us there. I will also need people to help at the actual parade – six parents walking alongside the float and a few on board the float, dressed up of course.
The parade starts at 4.00pm so children need to be at the float by 3.15 pm. The parade will happen – wet or fine, but fortunately Saturday’s forecast is okay. Children will need lots of sunblock and a bottle of water. The parade itself should last under an hour, so children can be picked up on the Village Green from the float. All children will stay on the float until a parent collects them.
The Parade Committee is encouraging families to stay on after the parade for a family picnic. There will be an outdoor movie and other special things for children to do.
3.30pm Children need to be at the float on Rangiuru Street
3.45pm Our donkey arrives
4.00pm Parade starts
5.00pm Approximate finish for parade on Village Green.
5.15 pm Prizegiving
6.00pm Movie

Children in costume; angel, shepherd, wise man, sheep etc.
Water bottle, Sunscreen already applied on child.
Any spare costumes we might be able to borrow. Lots of ivy for the float.
If you need to contact me on Saturday my cellphone is 022 061 2071. I look forward to seeing you all.

Kind regards,

David Macmillan.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Super kids

We have two super kids in our room.  Today Elijah finished his reading recovery programme with Mrs Tootill as he is now "At standards" he got to read his book to Mr Macmillan.  Awesome effort Elijah, you have progressed so much since starting at St Marys in term 2.  Mr Macmillan gave him his very own reading dog.

Also today I wanted to acknowledge Noah for his story writing, Noah has been gaining more and more confidence with his writing skills and over the past week he has been able to work independently, while writing several sentences about his topic.  Well done Noah, I am super proud of you.  Mr Macmillan also gave Noah a toy to celebrate his success.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


This coming Monday (27th November 2017) is a Teacher Only Day. 

Also currently our builders are doing work around our classroom which means the water fountain next to our classroom is out of bounds.  The other nearest water fountain is also out of order as a leak has been found and it is currently being repaired/dug up.  With the hot weather we are having I ask that you please ensure that your child has a water bottle to bring into class each day, we can fill it up with the classroom tap.