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Good today, better tomorrow

Haere mai, St Mary’s School welcomes you

St Mary’s is a Catholic School teaching children from New Entrants to Year 6. Our school is founded in the Mercy and Gospel values; they come from the words and letters of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Mercy Sisters/ Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa who started St Mary’s School:
  • Love: We belong to God, all in us is His
  • Faith: Put your whole confidence in God
  • Hope: Good today, better tomorrow

Our Values


We belong to God, all in us is his


Good today, better tomorrow


Put you whole confidence in God


Once again, our Home and School Committee is absolutely blown away by the generosity of our whānau and their sharing of talent, recipes, time and skills. Children learn from what they see and hear around them, they learn by watching what we do. As such, our children are blessed to be living and learning in such a vibrant and giving community.

The school staff is especially grateful to the dedicated committee. They worked together to achieve more as a group than any individual possibly could. There’s more than 400 pages of recipes that have been cooked, written up and photographed with love and care.

The book costs $50 and has received rave reviews. Books can be ordered at the school office or online by contacting the Treasurer of the Home and School Association, Mr Drew Goater at who can process your payment and promptly post your book(s) anywhere in the world.


Our school is an essential part of the Blessed Sacrament Parish. The Sunday Mass is celebrated every week at 10am and once a term the whole school joins the parish and leads the celebration. Currently we are celebrating Mass via zoom, as we manage only 100 people in church at a time.

Our St Mary’s family is part of the parish family; we believe parents are the first teachers in faith, are supported by the parish and the school to help the children follow their growth journey. We work closely with the parish office to develop and deliver the Sacramental programmes, particularly Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the Sacramental programme for 2022 please contact the parish office on 03 208 9601


We belong to God, all in us is His, celebrating the virtue of love

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Last chance – year 5 and 6 girls tag touch 4 a side

Fri Jun 17 12:07pm

Year 5 and 6 Indoor Girls Tag Touch

Tue Jun 14 09:13am

Year 6 Rippa Tournament – parents please check your emails for more info regarding Wednesday 1st of June 🙂

Fri May 27 11:14am

Newsletter W4 T2 2022

Thu May 26 04:32pm



Newsletter and Cross Country Results

Thu May 19 04:32pm



Reminder: Cross Country Wednesday 18th May

Mon May 16 04:13pm

Reminder: Cross Country Wednesday 18th May
The first race will be starting at 12.00 pm approx (she’s normally all over by 1pm). The event will be on sun, rain, hail or snow – this is what cross country running is all about. It will only postponed if the grounds are closed due to conditions.
Please have children come to school dressed in their P.E. gear, sports shoes and polar fleece. A spare change of clothes for back at school would also be a good idea if it is wet. Children will need to bring a drink bottle. If your child requires an inhaler or any other medication, please make sure they have this with them.
All children in the senior girl’s and senior boy’s races (y5 and 6) will be competing for Cross Country trophies, donated by the Pearce Family. Only 10 and 11 year olds are eligible to represent our school at the Eastern and Southland Cross Country Event.
Running Order (age as of the 31st of December 2022 – opposite end of the year to Athletics)
Pukeko and Kereru – girls then boys
Tui and Kea – girls then boys
Ruru, PW, Moa (y4) – girls then boys
Moa, Takahe and Kiwi – girls then boys
Trudy will be there with her coffee cart from 11.45am.
Parent helpers – I’ll send your maps home tomorrow, if you could meet with Jayne Davis on the day, she’ll make sure you’re heading in the right direction

Matariki Celebrations

Fri May 13 01:34pm



Newsletter T2 W2 2022

Thu May 12 04:38pm



Updated lunch menu – please note, as of next week, water will be the only drink available to purchase. Cheers 🙂

Thu May 12 10:21am



Reminder: Permission – Year 5 – Tree Planting – 12th May

Wed May 11 03:52pm

Lunch Orders – start tomorrow. Available on Thur and Fridays. Pop your money in an envelop with your order and drop to Di in the morning.

Wed May 11 11:39am



We are having trouble with our phone lines today. They should be fixed by the end of today. You can email di: 🙂

Mon May 09 01:42pm

Year 5 and 6 Rippa Tournament …

Fri May 06 12:13pm

Hi Guys, 

Wow – we had so many kids keen for this opportunity, it was crazy! Sadly I’m only allowed to send one team, and a team of 24 kids is a tad large. For this reason, I’ve pulled the 5’s as they will get a chance to go next year. Mrs Broome pulled the other names out of the hat (5 girls and 5 boys). If one of them goes down with the Vid, I will draw another player from the hat. 

The names drawn were: Kate Hoar, Gus Turnbull, Moss Wilson, Mason Chittock, Drake Newton, Zavier Hansen, Olivia Sanson, Kate Wilson, Mia Brock and Lucie Drummond. 

I have sent parents an email – please read and fill out the form in the link (for registration) – it’s not in my email it’s part of Hua’s original email.

Mal 🙂

Newsletter W1 Term 2

Thu May 05 04:41pm



Reminder – Mother’s Day Liturgy and Afternoon Tea

Thu May 05 04:39pm



Cross Country 2022

Wed May 04 04:23pm



If you have anything you’d like to put in the newsletter, please get it to by 3pm each Thursday. Cheers 🙂

Wed May 04 03:42pm

Mother’s Day Liturgy and Afternoon Tea

Tue May 03 03:18pm



Term 2 – orange traffic light setting

Fri Apr 29 04:12pm

Dear whānau,
We hope that you managed to fit some relaxing family time into the Easter holidays. We are looking forward to having our children back for term 2, which will be filled again with lots of great learning experiences including Cross Country, swimming and Matariki.
You’ll be aware that, as a country, we are now in the Orange traffic light setting, however, COVID-19 is still widespread in our community, the Ministry of Education and our Southern DHB still strongly encourage that masks continue to be worn by ākonga (students) and staff in Years 4 and above when indoors. As caregivers, aside from those with exemptions, we would also ask that you wear masks when you are indoors onsite e.g. classrooms, the office and the church and that you continue to keep your wee people home when they are unwell.
We will regularly reassess this, taking into account community case numbers and public health advice. We are hoping it will be a more settled term where we can enjoy sharing assemblies, whole school Masses, and the other cool things we get up to with you – in person!

God bless,

Reminder for tomorrow … don’t forget your gold coin donation for a good cause!

Tue Apr 12 06:11pm


This Wednesday …

Mon Apr 11 09:27am


Home & School Newsletter

Fri Apr 08 04:20pm

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Home and School Newsletter

Change of time for Board meeting this Thursday (7th April) it is now at 6pm.

Tue Apr 05 03:12pm

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