December 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 10, Term 4

St Michael's Catholic School, Friday 15 December


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Seasons Greetings everyone. Our 2023 school year has come to an end and we have much to be grateful for. We are so grateful to our community for the continued support and love we receive from you all. To the coaches, camp helpers, class helpers, P.T.A members and our Board, thank you for your time. Many exciting opportunities would not be possible without your dedication to St Michael's.

I would like to take this opportunity to say how fortunate I feel to be working alongside such a great group of people. The drive, passion and determination shown by our staff this year, underpinned by skill, knowledge and empathy, has seen teaching and learning continue to raise progress and achievement despite the ever-changing social, learning and emotional needs that we are confronted with.

Staff Changes
As we step into 2024, we warmly welcome Edith Klostermann, joining forces with Mrs. Jo Fleet in the Ark. Mrs. Marion Brits remains our Reading Recovery and Specialist teacher. Stepping into the role of middle school teacher is Mrs. Zenobia Knox, while Miss Shayla O'Neill and Mrs. Jo Paget will guide our senior school students. Whaea Kelly will take a brief break in term one and return in term two as our CRT and Te Reo Maori kaiako.

Looking ahead to 2024 fills us with excitement. Our team thrives on diversity, change, and progress, channeling our energy toward accelerating learning. By understanding each student's interests, needs, and next steps, and by nurturing the holistic development of every child - physically, mentally, and spiritually - we aspire to elevate learning experiences to unparalleled heights. At St. Michael’s School, the quality of opportunities for our learners is exceptional, catering to a spectrum of diverse learning needs. Bring on 2024!

In this season of Advent, we are reminded of the sacred meaning of Christmas. Despite the secular preparations taking place, eg buying presents and going to parties, Advent reminds us to remember and prepare for the birth of Jesus. It is a time of joy and goodwill.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday with your whanau.

Rachael McLanachan
Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

Whanau Meeting 2024

Whanau meeting dates have been set for Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of February. This is an opportunity for you to come and meet with your child's teacher to discuss the learning needs of your child and to set goals for 2024. We look forward to seeing you all.

Use the link below to book in a meeting time:
Book a meeting

Farewell Year 6

Good Luck with your future endeavours.
May you always remember with pride
your time at St Michael's School

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.

Special Character

Amidst the glittering lights and bustling festivities, let us pause to embrace the essence of this cherished season. Christmas, beyond the gifts and gatherings, beckons us to behold its true meaning—the sacred celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It's a time to reflect on the boundless love, hope, and compassion He brought to the world.
As we adorn our homes and hearts with merriment, let's also embrace the spirit of giving, kindness, and gratitude—emulating the virtues embodied by the humble arrival of the newborn King. In this season of joy and goodwill, may we find solace in the message of peace and unity that echoes through the ages.
Join us in cherishing the true essence of Christmas, uniting in reverence and spreading the light of love and understanding. Let us come together as a community, fostering warmth and compassion, making this season truly meaningful and magical for one and all. It would be lovely to see our St Michael's students at a Christmas Mass during the festive season.

ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH Christmas Mass Times:
Christmas Eve
December 24th:
Christmas Carols - 4.30pm followed by the Vigil Mass 5pm
Christmas Carols - 9.30pm followed by Mass 10pm

Christmas Day:
Christmas Carols - 7.30am followed by Mass 8am


Christmas Eve
December 24th:
Christmas Carols - 6.30pm
Vigil Mass 7pm
Christmas Carols - 11.30pm
Midnight Mass

Christmas Day:
Christmas Carols - 9.30am
Mass 10am

New Year’s Day
Midnight Mass 31/12/23 at St. Mary’s Church to enter into the New Year

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.

Board of Trustees

On behalf of the board we would like to thank the staff for their wonderful work and support during 2023.

We look forward to an exciting year ahead and wish all the families and staff a very happy and safe Christmas.

St Michael's School Board of Trustees
Alistair Burns (Chair), Rachael McLanachan(Principal)Nick Horton, Amiria Savea, Shalya O'Neill (Staff Rep), Bridget Aitchison (Proprietor Rep), Joseph Assen (Proprietor Rep)

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

Start Date for 2024

  • Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd February school will be open for Whanau Meetings - Please book a time by clicking the link under the "whanau meeting 2024 "section of the newsletter
  • 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.

PTA News

PTA End of Year Report

It has been a great fundraising year for the PTA, we have managed to raise a sum of $17,000 to
help our beautiful school. None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for our amazing
committee and the community’s support. Thank you to everyone that has offered their time &
support to make these fundraising events possible. All money raised by the PTA Committee
goes towards any support, events, or projects the school may require help with.

Our biggest project for the last two years has been to build a Bike / Roller Skate track for the
school. Due to a few recent factors, we have had to put this project on hold until further notice.
The PTA are currently working with Mrs. McLanachan on exciting new project ideas for next
With the funds raised this year we were able to support the school with the following items:
- PMP literacy programme resources $1201
- Ark room blinds $448.50
- Hall oven $1919.19
- School Y6 Leavers Bibles & Leavers Lunch $1609.00
- Coding Robots $2465.61
- New Netball/Basketball hoops $5987.46
- Production Contribution $1000

How can you help…
There are no obligations to join or commit to anything, we strive to make it all about what suits the reality of everyone’s busy lives. Come along to a meeting next year and join a lovely group of parents / grandparents and see for yourself. There are many ways that you could help the PTA:
 Help selling gifts at our stalls (Mother’s Day, Father's Day & Christmas stall)
 Supplying baking if required
 Helping at events
 Helping on the BBQ
 Donating vouchers, we could use at events if you are a business owner or know any
businesses that could help
 Please share any fundraising ideas, we are always open for options

If you are considering joining the PTA, please come along and join us we would love to have you on board. All are welcome. Have a Blessed Christmas & a Prosperous New Year

PTA Committee

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