Monday, 20 November 2017

Birthday's of missing children

Some children missed out on getting their photo taken for the blog because they were away or it was a weekend or holidays - so here some of the children who missed out, standing or kneeling, having their moment of glory.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Weekly Notices, Week 6, Term 4, 2017

Room 16, Weekly Notices, Term 4, Week 6 (20th - 24th November 2017)

Swimming we have swimming this week-please bring your togs.

To St Mary’s parents, caregivers and community,
Last year our church community supported ‘Angel Tree’ which is a branch of the ‘Prison Fellowship of New Zealand’ (PFNZ), a Christian charitable organisation that was founded over 40 years ago.  For  18 years PFNZ and angel tree have been making a difference at Christmas for children with a parent or grandparent in prison.  Last year nearly 4000 children benefitted nationwide, and our church community supported 42 of those children.  This year through our school community we are hoping to support 50 local Rotorua children.
This is how it works and how you can help.  By the end of this week a Christmas tree will be in the office foyer with 50 gift tags on it. On each tag is written a child’s name, age and a present suggestion from their caregivers.  Gifts are $25 each, please support angel tree by taking a tag and buying a present.  When you have bought the present bring it back to school UNWRAPPED and with the tag attached by Friday 8th December.
If you can’t get to the school office to pick up a tag, please text or phone me and a tag will be sent home in an envelope with your child. Angel tree would prefer that children didn’t select the tags to take them home.
Your support helps local Rotorua children receive a gift from their loved one at Christmas.
For any questions or to organise a tag to be sent home please phone Rachel Schuster on 0274461351
Thank you for your help and support,
The Rotorua Angel tree team

All the best to all of our Tamariki involved with this. They have been practising for a while now and they sound awesome. Thanks to Sylvia who has been coordinating the group.
Best of Luck to all our performers for Friday Night.
Ahurei Practices this week
Mon 9-10
Tues 9-10

Fri  - Meet in Room 3 at 12.30 pm with shoes on and lunchboxes.
We will travel by bus for our rehearsal at 12.50 pm and return to school by 2.15 pm.
Assembly will be at 9 am to accommodate those children from Rm 14 who are in both Assembly items and Ahurei.

Tickets for the Ahurei will be issued in named envelopes to classrooms on Wednesday.
We are certain all your practice will pay off and you will all shine!

Athletics Inter-School is Tuesday-Good Luck to Tilde and Zach for this!!
Also to all the St Mary’s team who go to represent our school.
Again we know you will do well-we will be thinking of you all.

We really loved the Pasifika Assembly on Friday. Thanks Mrs Wallbank. The children performed beautifully and I was very proud of them.

The building of our Middle School Block for next year starts this week. Our Kaumatua and Father Eamon blessed the building site on Friday. It went very smoothly. Thanks to Mrs Dunkley, our Ahurei group and the RE Leaders who were part of the group and sang beautifully. The builders are arriving this week and basically the area from the Ranolf St Entrance, back of offices between Rooms 8 & 9, back of Rooms 9 & 10, and in front of Room 8 & 9 will be fenced off. This will be the building site. Children in Room 9 will need to access their classroom through Room 10. There will be an access space for that to happen. The builders are planning on getting the foundation down for the space in front of Rooms 8 & 9 and behind Room 9. People who access the Ranolf Entrance will still be able to do this. They will be able to walk between the mesh fence that borders the astro turf and the Ranolf St fence. There is a gate half way along the fence line that leads onto the astrograss and people will be able to walk across the astro turf to the rest of the school.

Our annual thank you to our coaches.
Our coaches thank you is Thursday night at school. Again a huge thank you for all the support and help you do for our teams during the year.

Children will be invited to write to Santa Claus again this year and for those children they will get a reply from him. Santa’s letterboxes will be scattered around the school again.

The Young Vinnies are also coordinating a ‘can drive’ and the cans will be given to the Vinnies food bank. It would be great if you could advertise this too.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Mornings and other things

Hello Caregivers,

Yesterday Ruma Weta students have been told that..

For the remainder of this term..'students will not be allowed in the classroom before 8:30am'.

As a school this has been the preferred practice, however it has been up to teachers to allow students in before school if they choose.

Unfortunately some students are not treating the time in class before school respectfully (bey blades inside, running in the classroom, playing with furniture) so we have decided to cease this as an option.

Ruma Weta are expected to be in class and seated for prayer at 8:45am.

Please remind your child about this.

Furthermore if you have a query, question or comment about how and why we do what we do in Ruma Weta please do come and ask us about it. That way teachers can respond effectively from a teacher's perspective. Also if you have an incident that affects the teacher and/or your child and you want us to address it let us know as soon as possible. We cannot address what we don't know about. We have an open door policy as far as parents coming in to discuss things with us, though be aware that mornings are particularly busy and it's best to book an appointment first.

I hope this clarifies some things.


David Bach

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Weekly Notices, Week 5, Term 4, 2017

Room 16, Weekly Notices, Term 4, Week 5 (13th - 17th November 2017)

Thank you for your support this week!

We enjoyed a great athletics sports day. The kids did really well to attempt all events. Ruma Weta children did particulary well!

Our Grandparents Day went wonderfully!
The singing and the behaviour in Mass on Friday was very good on Friday. The talent show was awesome and the generous morning tea was appreciated.

Check out the photos below!

This week:
Mufti Day Friday - come dressed as your favourite book character! Gold coin donation.

Can all Pasifika Group children please go to the hall after lunch on Monday for a special practice.

Food bank appeal for Christmas. Our young Vinnies are collecting cans of food for the food bank. Children will receive house points for bringing in the cans.

The Ahurei kapa haka event has been transferred from the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre to the Harvest Centre (on Malfroy Rd near the Netball Courts) on Friday the 24th of November at 7.30 pm. Tickets have gone on sale.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


Grandparents Friends Day This Friday! All Welcome!

10th November: Grandparents/Friends Day
  • 9:00 Mass
Class numbers on seats for where to sit, ushers to direct your class.
New students welcomed at end of Mass and Room 9 to come forward as a group.
School to sing as they come up and receive beads, then a blessing.
  • 10:00 Back to classes to show visitors around and shared morning tea in classes. Classes to provide.
  • 10:30 Performing groups to get dressed
  • 10:30 Cuppa provided by PTA-Hall if wet or outside hall if not.
  • 11:00 Mini concert begins (5-10 mins per group)
Outside on stage if fine, otherwise in the hall.
  • 12:30 Visitors free to roam or go home.
  • This year for something different we would like to add a ‘photo booth’ opportunity. Students with visitors to have their family photo taken with a cool backdrop to remember Grandparents /Friends Day 2017!
Order-so kids in 2 groups have time to change.

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

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Weekly Notices, Week 4, Term 4, 2017

Room 16, Weekly Notices, Term 4, Week 4 (6th - 10th November 2017)
Grandparents Day this Friday. Mass at 9:00 followed by classroom visits and a shared morning tea in classrooms. Our concert will begin at 11:00am outside on the field if fine otherwise in the hall. If you are able to help with the set up on the field of picnic tables before school or before 10:00 that would be wonderful!!
All most welcome.

Ruma Weta will perform their Lyp Sync again for grandparents day so can students please bring their clothes they wore to the assembly.

Swimming for Ruma Weta this week: 9-10:00

Athletics Day Thursday 9th November, weather permitting - any adults able to help on the day would be appreciated. All students to be in PE gear or house colours and arrive at the stadium by 8:45 am. Please see the notice that went home last week for more detailed information or check the newsletter.

Thanks to those parents who turned up for the student led conferences last week. It was great to see so many children able to talk about their learning with parents.

Mrs Pinfold had her morning tea with her PPP children last week. We need to acknowledge the awesome progress the children made. Thanks to Mrs Pinfold and her reading tutor helpers for their work with our children.

Mr Bach will be taking 10 Ruma Weta children to the Hands on Water Expo on Wednesday at Rainbow Farm Paengaroa. I nearly have all of the permission forms back from those children attending.


David Bach

Friday, 3 November 2017

All Souls/ Saints Day

We held the All Souls/Saints Day liturgy. We carried up candles to remember loved ones.