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St Mary’s is a Catholic Primary School for boys and girls up to Year 8 and was established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1894. Our mission is to provide a Catholic Education which encourages all pupils to realise their full potential in the family, community and society.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to – Provide a Catholic Education which encourages all pupils to realise their full potential in the family, community and society.

Our Values- S.T.A.R

Service/ ratonga – We help others in our school and community as Jesus would do. We stand up for what is right and just.

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Our History

St Mary’s School – is a Catholic Primary School catering for boys and girls from New Entrants to Year 8 in composite classrooms.

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Newsletter 21 October 2021

Thu Oct 21 03:34pm


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All books borrowed from the library van need to be returned to school tomorrow, Wednesday, 15 September.

Tue Sep 14 04:34pm

Passwords soon to be introduced to our School App

Thu Sep 09 02:17pm

We are about to introduce a new feature of the app which requires that you set up a password. This provides additional security and will allow us to send alerts to private groups or individual parents.

Tomorrow, you will receive an email from School Apps NZ to get you set up.
If you have already downloaded the app, just click on the link in the email to set up your new password.
If you haven’t downloaded the app previously, you will need to click on the link to download the app from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store and follow the procedure to set up a password.
The good news is that once you have set up your password and logged in, you won’t need to re-enter it each time you access the app. When you download the app, please make sure you allow notifications.

Back to school information for Thursday 9th September…

Tue Sep 07 08:08pm

Kia ora koutou,


 We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back onsite on Thursday morning.

 At Alert Level 2 there is low risk of community transmission and it provides us with a lot more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, there are still a number of public health requirements we all need to follow. Please continue to monitor your health and do not send your children to school if they are not well (and please seek advice about getting a COVID test).

 For us, all the required safety precautions for Alert Level 2 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cough and sneeze into their elbow.

 While physical distancing is not a requirement in schools, we will be doing our best to keep students from congregating in very large numbers and keeping spaces well-ventilated.

Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school in the secondary school setting. The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected. 

If you come into the school grounds you must scan the QR code at the gate or on the office window using your COVID tracer app.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or me if there is something you need assistance with. See you Thursday!

God bless

David O’Neill

School open for all students this Thursday 9th September 9am. Please read on:

Mon Sep 06 08:45pm

The Government today announced that all schools outside of Auckland will be open to all staff and students on Thursday 9th September from 9am.

We are very excited that all of our students will be back together again after 3 weeks. The Ministry of Education are due to provide a full list of guidelines for schools in Level 2 tomorrow. We are not expecting large-scale change to the settings, however, face coverings for age 12+ are recommended. Please note that this means that they are NOT compulsory but only recommended.

I will send you more guidance about how we will operate in Level 2 tomorrow.

God bless

David O’Neill

Urgent reminder: Please complete survey ASAP if your children need to return to school on Wed 1st September. See flow chart to help decide..

Sat Aug 28 01:13pm

See the flow chart below to see if you should send your children to school on Wednesday 1st September.

Level 3 decision flowchart

If your children need to be sent to school please click on the survey link below. ONLY COMPLETE SURVEY IF YOUR CHILD/REN RETURNING TO SCHOOL.

Child returning to school survey

The Government has announced today that we will move to Alert Level 3 on Wednesday 1st September. Please read on…

Fri Aug 27 07:01pm

The Ministry of Education has said that under Alert Level 3, Schools between Year 1–10 and Early Childhood Education centres can safely open but will have limited capacity.

Please note that the government advises that where possible, students should remain at home connected to distance learning and where parents or caregivers need to, they can send their children to school.

If a parent or caregiver is still at home children must remain at home. You as parents are the best judge of your own home situation and will be best placed to make this decision.

We await more information from the Ministry of Education in relation to how the school will operate under Level 3 conditions.

Please complete this survey as soon as possible only if your child/ren will need to return to school on Wednesday 1st September.

Kind regards
David O’Neill

Survey Link- complete if child needs to return to school

Remaining at Alert Level 4…Please read on:

Mon Aug 23 08:14pm

Kia ora koutou,

 I think we had all anticipated a further extension of Alert Level 4, and the Prime Minister has confirmed this. The Alert Level will be reviewed on Friday afternoon, but for now Alert Level 4 will remain in place until 12:59pm Friday 27 August.

Therefore the Home learning programme will continue. Remember to email your child’s teacher for help if you need it.

 We are lucky that here in the South Island they are yet to find a case of COVID-19 in the community. There is a lot we can all do to protect our whānau and community from COVID-19 including:

·       Everyone must continue to stay home in their bubble

·       Do not mix with other household bubbles – if they have COVID-19, it can easily spread to your household, and every other household they and you are connecting with

·       As new cases are identified, new locations of interest are added to the Ministry of Health website – please keep checking this. You can search by your location and they are sorted by date, so you only need to check the locations which have been added when you last checked

·       Wash your hands regularly, especially when you have been out in public

·       Stay home if you are feeling unwell and seek advice about whether you need to get a test

·       Wear a face covering when out and about, and you MUST wear a face covering in any businesses or services which are open at Alert Level 4 (unless you have specifically been exempted from doing so, which includes anyone aged under 12)

·       Keep a two-metre distance from people outside your household bubble

·       Check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App wherever you go or keep a manual record (a reminder the App only stores information on your own phone – no one else will know who it is that checked in, or when)

 You can go to the COVID19.govt.nz website if you would like more information on Alert Level 4 requirements.

 Finally, we know some families in our community may be finding it difficult to access food and essential items such as medicine.  This information about how to access to food or essential items summarises the supports that are available, including financial help to buy food.

Please let me know how we can best support you and your family. Stay safe and God bless.

David O’Neill




Fri Aug 20 05:47pm

Kia ora koutou, kumusta, talofa lava

The government has announced today that the lockdown has been extended until 11.59pm Tuesday 23 August. With this in mind we will begin home learning activities from Monday. You can expect an email and/or a Seesaw blog post from your child’s teacher on Monday morning. This email will contain some links to a few online learning activities that your child may like to do on Monday and Tuesday. Please note these are NOT compulsory and are not meant to stress families.

The most important thing you can do is ensure that your child/ren feel safe and reassured during this time of uncertainty. If you or family need support please contact me at office@stmaryschch.school.nz so that I can assist.

Any learning based questions can be emailed to your child’s teacher.

Room 1- nicola@stmaryschch.school.nz
Room 2- murray@stmaryschch.school.nz
Room 3- arlene@stmaryschch.school.nz
Room 4- zara@stmaryschch.school.nz jess@stmaryschch.school.nz
Room 5- diandra@stmaryschch.school.nz

Let’s hope we are all back to school and normal as soon as possible. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

God bless

David O’Neill

ALERT LEVEL 4 LOCKDOWN- St Mary’s update #1: Read on…

Thu Aug 19 11:51am

Kia ora koutou

I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine and the opportunity to spend time together during this unexpected lockdown. 

If you are looking for something fun and educational for your children to do get them to watch Home Learning TV (on demand) which was setup jointly between the Ministry of Education and TVNZ. They have suitable content for all ages. Click on the link below to access this.

Home Learning TV

COVID ALERT LEVEL 4 LOCKDOWN: NO SCHOOL Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Read on…

Tue Aug 17 08:33pm

Kia ora everyone

The Prime Minister has announced a 3 day Level 4 Lockdown due to a COVID-19 case being discovered in Auckland. 

This means that there will be no school for students for the rest of this week. The government will reassess the situation in the next few days. 

I will keep you updated as the situation changes. In the meantime please reassure your children that all is OK and this lockdown is a precautionary measure. This will be a good opportunity for families to spend time together.

God bless

David O’Neill


A reminder that there will be a Mana Ake parent drop in tomorrow, Monday 16 August, 8.15am – 8.45am in the Learning Centre.

Sun Aug 15 04:31pm

Reminder School Mass tomorrow 15 August at 9.30am. All to attend. Please read on…

Sat Aug 14 04:31pm

It is expected to be a very busy Mass so please arrive early to ensure you are able to get a seat. Students to sit with classes at the front of the church. School uniform only required for Special Choir.

Newsletter 12 August 2021

Thu Aug 12 04:31pm


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Library van visits tomorrow Wednesday 11 August. Please return all books.

Tue Aug 10 04:48pm

Reminder: Whole school Mass this Sunday at 9.30am. All students need to attend. School uniform does not need to be worn.

Mon Aug 09 04:36pm

Special Choir students must be at school by 8.20 am tomorrow so that we can go to the Town Hall. Students please ensure you have a raincoat.

Thu Aug 05 04:34pm

Special Choir: Reminder that you need to be at school at 8.20am on Friday morning so we can walk to Town Hall for rehearsal for Jubilate.

Wed Aug 04 04:31pm

Friday 6 August
8.20am- St Mary’s Special Choir Students walk to the Christchurch Town Hall
8.45am- Rehearsal at Town Hall for St Mary’s School special items

9.30am- Concert choirs rehearse for evening performance
12pm-1.15pm- Mass with Arch-Bishop Paul
1.15pm- Walk back to school
6pm- St Mary’s Special Choir Students dropped off to CHCH Town Hall Avon Room

7pm-9pm – Jubilate Concert – All parents/caregivers/whanau are invited. Please book free tickets by visiting the link below..
9.10pm- All students to be collected from Avon Room at Christchurch Town Hall

Register your tickets now to not miss out on this unforgettable musical event.
Book free tickets

A reminder that there will be a Mana Ake parent drop in tomorrow, Monday 2 August, 8.15am – 8.45am in the Learning Centre.

Sun Aug 01 04:33pm

Reminder: School Finishes at 2pm tomorrow Monday 2 August for Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews.

Sun Aug 01 04:31pm

Please ensure your child is picked up from school promptly so that interviews may begin on time.