February 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 4, Term 1

St Michael's Catholic School, Wednesday 21st February


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Our senior students had an unforgettable and highly successful camp at Tōtara Springs last week. A huge thank you to Miss O'Neill, Mrs. Paget, Mrs. Goodrick, and all the parent helpers for giving our kids a wonderful experience. Your support is invaluable, and without it, these enriching EOTC experiences wouldn't be possible.
With the recent surge in hot weather, it's crucial to prioritise sun safety during outdoor play. Please ensure your child comes to school with a sunhat every day. Let's work together to keep our students safe and comfortable as they enjoy the outdoors.
To ensure the well-being of all our students, we kindly request that children are not dropped off before 8:20 am. This is a health and safety concern as staff members are not available to supervise children before this time. Our dedicated staff arrive early to prepare for the day, and your cooperation is essential in maintaining a safe environment for everyone.
Last week, we distributed our Community Code of Conduct via the SchoolApp. Here is the link if you missed it: Code of Conduct. We kindly request that all parents read, and submit the agreement at your earliest convenience. It is important that we all contribute to creating a positive and supportive environment, setting excellent examples for our tamariki. By looking out for each other's well-being and behaving appropriately, we foster a sense of community that benefits us all.
A special thank you to Deacon Joe for joining us in celebrating Ash Wednesday last week. We look forward to having Deacon Joe participate in more liturgies throughout the year, fostering a strong sense of community and spirituality within our school.

Thank you for your continued support,

Rachael McLanachan
Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

Special Character

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?

First Sunday of Lent: Gospel Mk 1:12-15
The Gospel reading Mark 1:12-15 shares the story of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness and the beginning of His ministry.

Title: Jesus in the Wilderness
Mark 1:12-15 (NIV):
At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

What Children Can Learn from this Gospel:
  • Stay Strong: Like Jesus, we can stay strong when faced with challenges or temptations. God and His angels are there to help us.
  • Share Good News: Jesus told everyone about God's good news. We, too, can share kindness, love, and good news with others.
  • Turn Away from Wrong: Jesus said it's essential to turn away from the wrong things we do. We can try our best to make good choices and be kind to others.
In simple terms, this story teaches us that even when things are tough, we can trust in God, share love and goodness, and make good choices in our lives.

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 & 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!
  • Please ensure your child has their sunhat at school every day.

Upcoming events for Term 1:

  • Wednesday 21 February - Board Meeting @ 6 pm
  • Thursday 22 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

PTA AGM Meeting on the 06/03/24 at 5:30pm
All welcome to attend in the Schools Staffroom

Easter Raffle:
A notice will be coming home this week for our Easter Raffle. Raffle books to be handed out next week. Raffle draw to be done on the 28/03/24.
Donations for weeks to come include:
Week 1 – 26/02/24 - Bottles
Week 2 – 04/03/24 - Packets
Week 3 – 11/03/24 – Cans / Easter Items
Week 4 – 18/03/24 – Your Choice of item

Many thanks

PTA Committee

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Wednesday 21 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