February 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 2, Term 1

St Michael's Catholic School, Friday 09 February


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Welcome to the 2024 school year.
We hope you are all well-rested and brimming with cherished memories from a wonderful summer break spent with your whanau. As we embark on a new school year, it is with great excitement that we extend a warm welcome to both returning and new families to our St Michael's community.

You may have already observed the new artificial turf at the entrance on May Road. Acquiring this upgrade for our school has been a significant and eagerly awaited investment. We anticipate that the children will delight in engaging in a variety of ball sports on this new surface. We ask that children do not ride scooters on the turf. If you are picking up your child with a scooter, can you please collect them at the Clayton Road access.

Attendance plays a pivotal role in your child's educational journey, and we kindly remind all parents to ensure regular attendance. In the event of an absence, please make sure to contact the school promptly. Let's work together to make this year a success for every student!

With the warmer weather, we'd like to emphasise the importance of wearing the correct school uniform, including sunhats to keep our students protected. Safety and well-being are our top priorities.

Save the Date for Pancake Day!
Next Tuesday, February 13, we will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day. Children are invited to bring their own pancakes, while our teachers will provide an array of delicious toppings. We encourage you to join us for a pancake breakfast with your whanau, starting at 8 am in front of the staffroom.

Following Shrove Tuesday, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It is a time of reflection, self-discipline, and preparation leading up to Easter. As we embrace the spirit of Lent, let's foster a sense of community and support for one another throughout this meaningful journey. We will celebrate Ash Wednesday in our school hall next Wednesday. Time TBA

Our senior children will be attending camp at Totara Springs in Matamata next week! This promises to be an incredible opportunity for them to engage in enriching experiences, forge lasting memories, and strengthen bonds with their peers. We hope they all have a wonderful time together.

Here's to a fantastic start to the school year filled with learning, growth, and shared experiences. Together, we make St Michael's Catholic School a vibrant and nurturing place for our students.

Rachael McLanachan
Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

School Uniform

Our school uniform identifies us as being part of our special St Michael's community.
All children must come to and from school in the correct uniform.

Boys and Girls both wear: Navy Polar shirt and Polar Fleece with Navy/Gold School logo.
In the summer they both wear black sandals (Velcro straps are a good idea for our younger children) and a Navy cap/bucket/ or Wide Brim hat. In the winter they both wear black leather shoes.

Girls wear Blue/Yellow tartan Skort / skirt (in winter they wear navy stockings or ¾ navy socks).
Boys wear Grey Shorts (in winter wear grey ¾ socks).

Hair is required to be out of the eyes and tied up if it touches the collar.

Hair ties or headbands should be in our school colours; blue, gold, black or white.

No jewellery is allowed with the exception of a watch and/or religious or cultural pendants.

For safety reasons, only stud earrings are allowed at school.

No coloured nail-polish is to be worn.

Thermal shirts or singlets may be worn under the school uniform shirt but these must be black, white or navy blue.

The sports uniform is compulsory from Years 4 to 6 and children are expected to wear this uniform for PE lessons and sports events.

We have a small number of secondhand uniform items available at the school office.

Special Character

What is Shrove Tuesday?
Shrove Tuesday is a day of feasting and celebration before the period of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It's an opportunity for us to come together as a community and enjoy each other's company over a tasty breakfast.

Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday holds significant religious importance for Catholics as it marks the beginning of the season of Lent in the Christian liturgical calendar. This solemn day, observed 46 days before Easter Sunday, serves as a period of reflection, repentance, and preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection.
On Ash Wednesday, Catholics attend Mass, where a priest applies ashes in the shape of a cross on their foreheads. The ashes are typically made by burning the palms blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday. This ritual is accompanied by the words "Repent and believe in the Gospel."
The ashes symbolise mortality, penance, and the need for spiritual renewal. They serve as a visible sign of humility and a reminder of human frailty, encouraging us to turn away from sin and embrace a life of repentance and prayer during the Lenten season.
Lent itself is a period of 40 days (excluding Sundays) representing the time Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. It is a time of self-examination, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, as Catholics seek to draw closer to God and prepare their hearts for the joyous celebration of Easter, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ash Wednesday, therefore, holds deep spiritual significance for Catholics as it marks the beginning of this solemn and reflective journey towards Easter.

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.

Welcome to New Families

A very warm welcome to the following new families. We hope you will enjoy your time with us at St Michael's School.

Peter Elliott ( The Ark 8) - sibling of Angelina
Rio-Ryder Foote ( Galilee 1) - sibling of Montana
Armani O'Brien - (The Ark 8)
Jaylah-Lee Ropata-Taipeti ( Galilee 1)
Aimee Rutene ( The Ark 8)
Solar and Boston Wickliffe ( The Ark)

Upcoming events for Term 1:

  • Tuesday 13 February - Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day
  • Wednesday 14 February - Ash Wednesday / Seniors @ Totara Springs Camp
  • Wednesday 22 February - Board Meeting
  • Thursday 29 February - Super Smash Cricket Coaching / Class Mass (Mrs Paget and Mrs Fleet's Class)
  • Thursday 14 March - Class Mass (Mrs Knox and Mrs Klostermann's class)
  • Monday 18 March - Celebrate St Patrick's Day
  • Thursday 21 March - Board Meeting
  • Friday 22 March - Rice Day
  • Wednesday 27 March - Easter Amazing Race
  • Thursday 28 March - Good Friday Liturgy
  • Friday 29 March - Good Friday (School Closed for Easter break 29 March - 2 April)
  • Wednesday 3 April - Easter Good News Liturgy
  • Monday 8 April - I live in a Caldera Museum Programme - Ark 0/1 and Year 2/3
  • Tuesday 9 April - I live in a Caldera Museum Programme - Galilee 4/ Galilee 5/6
  • Thursday 11 April - Class Mass (Mrs Paget and Mrs Klostermann)
  • Friday 12 April - Last Day of Term 1

Lucky Book Club Orders Issue 1

Booklets will have gone home. All orders must be handed into the school office or done online via the loop app or website by Thursday the 22nd of February.

PTA News

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

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Wednesday 21st February
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; botstmichaels@gmail.com 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)

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) Chris Hepi (Proprietors 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
schooldoc.co.nz and use the following login details:
Username: stmichaelsrotorua
Password: community

Community News

After school art lessons with Janet Keen enrolling now. Drawing, painting, mosaics, over 30 lessons to choose from. Wednesdays and Thursdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 4.35pm to 5.35pm. Enrolling for remainder of term 1 , 2 3. And 4. Small classes, friendly, safe, organic environment. Enquiries welcome. Phone 027 351 3887 or email janet@jkeen.net. 374 Clayton Road, Rotorua

St Mary's School
ph 027 4599 286