March 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 6, Term 1

St Michael's Catholic School, Wednesday 6th March


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

In the past week, our senior school students participated in Swimming Sports at the Aquatic Centre alongside St Mary's. We appreciate the ongoing opportunity to engage in sporting activities with our sister school. The children and staff had a wonderful day engaging in some crazy aquatic activities.
Last week, the Galilee and Ark children attended Mass at St Michael's Church. Positive feedback from our St Michael's parishioners was received regarding the children's behavior which made the teachers and I very proud.
Students have been involved in Super Smash Cricket sessions over the past three weeks, learning cricket skills and teamwork. We are grateful for the opportunity to get outside and learn new skills.
Miss O'Neill and I attended the Te Ao Māori Wānanga at Tamatekapua along with other Rotorua principals last Friday. The purpose of this hui was to focus on building collaborative relationships with Iwi/hapū and schools. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear from Ngati Whakaue and the surrounding iwi about their aspirations for Maori tamariki and to spend time in Tamatekapua.
All classes have been learning about our place in the world, with seniors exploring volcanoes. They will participate in the "I Live in a Caldera" museum programme and visit the Buried Village for place-based learning later in the term.
Our green mufti day and cake stall will be on Monday 18 March, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Children are encouraged to bring green cakes, with proceeds supporting Caritas missions.
As we approach the Easter break, look out for details on our Holy Week activities. Please note that Tuesday, April 2, is a holiday, and we'll resume on Wednesday, April 3.

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?

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Gospel John 3:14 -21
The Gospel of John 3:14-21 presents a message about God's love, salvation, and the importance of living in the light. For children, the key themes can be simplified and conveyed in a way that is easy to understand:

John 3:14-21 (Adapted for Children):
Jesus said, "Imagine it's like looking at a night sky full of stars. Once, the people made a mistake and got hurt by doing wrong things. It was like they were in the dark, unable to see the way.
But God loves us so much that He sent Jesus, like a special light, to help us. Jesus came not to make us feel bad but to make us better. It's a bit like when you're lost, and a friend brings a flashlight to show you the way home.
Jesus said, 'Believe in Me, and you'll have a special kind of life forever, a life full of love and joy with God.' It's like having a forever-friend who never leaves you alone.

When we choose to do good things and follow Jesus, it's like stepping into the light. We show kindness, share, and help others because we love them. And when we live in the light, we're showing everyone how awesome God's love is.
But if we choose to do wrong things and not follow Jesus, it's like staying in the dark. Jesus still loves us, but it's way more fun and exciting to be in the light.
So, let's be like stars shining brightly in the night sky, doing good things, and sharing God's love with everyone. That's the best way to live in the light and make the world a brighter place!"

This adaptation simplifies the Gospel message, emphasising the love of Jesus, the choice to live in the light and the joy of sharing that light with others.

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.

2025 John Paul College Enrolments

Online registration for 2025 JPC enrolments are open on the JPC website

Please don't leave it too late, you will need to get a new preference card from the Parish office. Your child will not be accepted into JPC without a preference card. If this is an issue for you, please come in and speak with Rachael.

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:

  • Thursday 14 March - Class Mass (Mrs. Knox and Mrs. Klostermann's class)
  • Monday 18 March - Celebrate St Patrick's Day
  • Thursday 21 March - Class Mass (Mrs Fleet and Mrs Knox's class) Board Meeting @ 6pm
  • 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

Sports News

Touch Rugby- Players Of The Day

21/02- Georgia Geyer / Solar Wickliffe
28/02 - Connor Geyer / Faith Wilson

Well done kids!

Winter Sport Expressions of Interest

We are excited to announce that we are now taking expressions of interest for children who want to play winter sports. This is a great opportunity for your child to stay active and have fun during the winter months.

If your child is interested, please click on the links below that they are interested in. We will then be in touch with more details about winter sports.

Rugby is not offered by the school. However, we can suggest Marist St Michael's, Waikite, and Kahukura as some of the local teams.

- Hockey is played on a Saturday morning at Smallbone Park on the hockey turf.
- Mini-Ball Juniors, Years 0-2 is played on a Monday night and Middles, Years 3/4 is played on Wednesday night and Years 5/6 on a Friday night at the Sportsdrome
- Soccer/Football is played on Saturday mornings. We are not a club. However, we are able to register a team under one of the local clubs.

If we are unable to achieve the requirements then we won't be able to register teams. More information regarding specific information related to the sports will be sent out when we receive it.
Hockey - Register here
Miniball - Register here
Soccer/Football -Register here

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Thursday 21 March
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)

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 and use the following login details:
Username: stmichaelsrotorua
Password: community

PTA News

PTA AGM Meeting on the TONIGHT at 6:00pm
All welcome to attend in the Schools Staffroom

Easter Raffle:
Raffle draw to be done on the 28/03/24.
Donations for weeks to come include:
Week 3 – 11/03/24 – Cans / Easter Items
Week 4 – 18/03/24 – Your Choice of item

Many thanks

PTA Committee

Bread on Wednesday

Bread will be available on Wednesday Mornings. Please collect your bread from outside the main office.

Juicies on Friday

This term the children will be able to purchase a nice cold juicie on Fridays for $2.
All orders will be taken in the classroom at 9am

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 374 Clayton Road, Rotorua

St Mary's School
ph 027 4599 286