November 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 8, Term 4

St Michael's Catholic School, Wednesday 29 November


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

As we approach the end of another school year, we wanted to remind you that we've only got two and a half weeks left! Not that anyone is counting!
Our dedicated staff is bustling with end-of-year activities, making these final moments memorable and educational.
With the season spirit in full swing, many classes are embracing the joy of Christmas with delightful craft activities. It's a flurry of creativity and festive fun as our students dive into the season of Advent.

Here is the link to download/watch our amazing Kapa haka performance at the Sir Howard Morrison Centre.
Kapa Haka Performance

🎭 Don't Miss Out! 🎭
Tickets for our spectacular school production, "Jonah - A Fishy Tale," are selling fast! Make sure to secure your seats for an amazing show filled with talent and entertainment. Get your tickets before they're gone!

🌊 Calling All Parent Helpers! 🌊
For our upcoming Blue Lake picnic day, we're seeking parent volunteers eager to assist in keeping our kids safe while they splash and play in the water. If you're keen and ready to jump in, your help would be invaluable.

End of Year Mass
Our Leavers Mass is at St Michael's Church on Thursday the 14th December at 6:00pm. This is a whole school Mass and we expect all children to attend as it is a chance to farewell our leavers and hand the mantle of leadership to the Year 5 students. The candle ceremony will take place at the Mass and the seniors will receive their bible commemorating their time at St Michael's.

This year our prizegiving is on Wednesday the 13th of December at 1:30pm. Teachers will be letting families know if their child is receiving an award at the prizegiving.

Thank you for your ongoing support and involvement in our school community. Let's make these last few weeks of the school year truly memorable!
Have a great week whanau,

Rachael McLanachan
Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

Special Character

Advent begins on Sunday 3 December - Advent starts the season for preparing for the coming of the Messiah and the celebration of Christmas with the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent always commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Day.

Weekly Scripture Reflections:
What Bible passages have you read or discussed with your child this week?
How can you relate the week's Gospel reading to everyday life and Catholic values?

Gospel for Sunday 19 November: Mark 13:33-37
'Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.
It is like a man travelling abroad: he has gone from his home, and left his servants in charge, each with his own work to do; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake.
So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow or dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep.
And what I am saying to you I say to all: Stay awake!'

For children, this Gospel story teaches several important lessons:

1.Responsibility and Diligence: Just as the servants were entrusted with their tasks, children can learn the value of responsibility. They are encouraged to diligently carry out their duties, whether it's schoolwork, chores, or helping others.

2. Being Prepared: The passage stresses the idea of staying awake and alert because the master might return at any time. Similarly, children can learn the importance of being prepared for unexpected situations, being adaptable, and staying focused on their goals despite uncertainties.

3. Mindfulness and Awareness: The message also highlights the need for awareness. Children can understand the importance of being mindful of their actions and surroundings. This could translate into being aware of how their choices affect themselves and others and being attentive to opportunities and challenges that come their way.

4. Patience and Endurance: Waiting for the master's return without knowing the exact time requires patience. Children can learn that some things in life require patience and endurance, and staying committed to their tasks even in uncertain times can yield rewarding results.

Overall, this passage can teach children the virtues of responsibility, preparedness, mindfulness, and patience in their daily lives, fostering a sense of purpose and readiness for whatever the future may bring.

Our STAR Values of Service, Tika, Aroha and Respect, reminds our school community of the way of Jesus.

St Michael's Church Holy Mass Timetable
Holy Mass
Saturday Vigil 5pm
Sunday 8am
Tuesday 5:30pm
Thursday 9am

St Mary's Church Holy Mass Timetable
Holy Mass
Sunday 10am & 5pm
Monday 9am
Wednesday 12:05pm
Friday 9am
Saturday 9am

Community Masses -All Welcome
Miha Maori - First Saturday of the month, 5pm Vigil Mass at St Michael’s.
Tokelauan Community - Third Saturday of the month, 5pm Vigil Mass at St Michael’s.
Filipino Community - Third Friday of the month, 6pm at St Michael’s.

Health and Safety

Don’t forget if your child is bringing a bike, scooter or skateboard to school, they may not ride it without a helmet. No helmet, no ride!

At St Michael’s School we take every opportunity to ensure our children are safe. This includes Police Vetting every adult who will have unsupervised access to your child. We understand that this is sometimes a hassle for class trips and overnight camps, but as part of the Vulnerable Children’s Act it is part of our responsibility to ensure that those working with your children are safe to do so.

Juicies on Friday

During Term 4 the children will be able to purchase a nice cold juicie for $2.
All orders will be taken in the classroom at 9am.

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Thursday 30th November.
At each BOT meeting - twice a term - policies are reviewed. If you would like to communicate with the BOT, you are welcome to email our independent e-mail address; or alternatively, send letters to the school in an envelope marked "Board of Trustees."

You are also welcome to attend any meeting, however, if you would like to have speaking rights, you need to request this from the chair using the email address. This email address can be accessed by Alistair Burns (Chair)

Each term, the whole school community is invited to review and comment on specific policies and procedures. This feedback is captured using the review button on topics that are under review.
Log on to School Docs to have your say.
SchoolDocs is an online platform that provides access to our school policies, procedures, and guidelines. It serves as a valuable tool for staying informed and ensuring that we are all on the same page.
To access SchoolDocs, please visit and use the following login details:
Username: stmichaelsrotorua
Password: community

Upcoming Events For Term 4

  • Year 6 Retreat - 30 November
  • BOT Meeting - 30 November @ 6pm
  • Production- 7 December
  • Blue Lake Picnic - 11 December
  • Year 6 Leavers Lunch - 12 December
  • Prize Giving - 13 December @ 1:30pm
  • Whole School Leavers Mass - 14 December@6pm
  • Last Day of 2023 - 15 December@12pm
Start Date for 2024
  • Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd February school will be open for Whanau Meetings -A link will be sent out by the end of the term for meeting times.
  • First Day for all children - Monday 5th February

Sports News

Sports Uniforms:
Many thanks to those families who have returned their sports uniforms, it has been most appreciated. There are still a few who have not returned their uniforms, parents please have a good look at home and return these as soon as possible. For any outstanding uniforms that have not been returned, families will be invoiced the cost to replace these.

Player Of The Day:

Congratulations to the following children

Future Ferns Netball Series
Netball Middle: Alida Assen and Henry Hall
Netball Senior: Abigail Horton, Jasmin Roimata, Sonia Wilson

PTA News

Christmas Raffle:
There are still Raffle books available at the School Office. The child with the most books sold wins a $50 Motion Voucher. Please return all money & sold booklets to the office before Friday 01/12/23. A Huge thank you to the Community for all the donations.
Raffle will be drawn at the end of the School Production on the 7/12/23.

Production Helpers:
If anyone would like to help with baking for the afternoon show on the 07/12/23 please let us know. If you available to help at our Cake Stall for the Afternoon show or the Sausage Sizzle stall for the evening show, please let us know we would love a few extra hands.
Message Tamsyn on 021 0240 3741 or email the PTA.

Christmas Stall:
The Christmas Stall will be opened on the12,13 & 14 December during Lunch Breaks. All gifts are $3.00 each.

Thank you,
PTA Committee

Back to School Stationary 2024

Back to school stationery – order now!

We’ve teamed up with OfficeMax to make your back to school shop super easy. And if you order in December, you’ll go in the draw to WIN 1 of 5 $1000 cash prizes*.

Your child’s class list is already loaded. Just go to add your details, check that you want everything on the list, then click and confirm — and OfficeMax will get your delivery underway with free delivery on orders over $70^.
You can pay by internet banking, credit card or debit card. Laybuy* is also available, so you can pay in 6 weekly, interest-free payments and still get your order right away. Plus you’ll be helping our school earn school rewards* that we use to purchase much needed extra resources for our school.

We encourage you to order early to ensure your child has all their stationery requirements ready to go in plenty of time for the start of Term 1.

So go ahead and beat the back to school rush, order today and give them the best start possible.

*Terms and Conditions apply, see for details. ^Exclusions apply, see for details.

Community News

Rotorua Cubs are recruiting now for next year.
Cub Packs offer learning programmes where children are encouraged to experience, experiment, and explore…
As a Cub you will:
  • Make new friends and have lots of fun!
  • Go on exciting new adventures like camping, bushwalking, kayaking, and rock climbing.
  • Spend time in your community, work in teams with others, and learn about different cultures.
  • Learn new skills and test your creativity.
  • Participate in Events such as Pinewood Derby, Mudslide Day, and JOTI (Jamboree On The Internet).
Find more information at
Or Contact Stephanie de Haan at