August 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 7, Term 3

St Michael's Catholic School, Wednesday 30th August


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

The sun is finally here, and it's heartening to see our children basking in the fresh air outdoors. The joy of children playing outside is truly heartwarming!

Have you noticed the dirt mounds on the field? A group of enthusiastic students have embarked on crafting a dirt bike track right here on our grounds. Collaborating with the experts from Empire of Dirt, we're in the early stages of designing an asphalt track. Fingers crossed, funding will soon be secured, and we can turn this exciting vision into a reality.

On Monday our junior classes had an interesting day with the Museum education team in the Tea Rooms at the Government Gardens. Immersed in the past, our young explorers embraced traditional pastimes and games played by early Māori children in Aotearoa. It's wonderful to witness our students connecting with our cultural heritage in such an interactive and immersive way.

Next week, our seniors will delve into our school's history through the Nga Korero o Te Kura education program, guided by Museum educators. It's a meaningful way to connect with our local heritage. During their visit our students will uncover the stories of the land our school now proudly stands upon. This exploration not only enriches our curriculum but also fosters a profound connection to our local roots.

A group of seniors are also participating in the Kahui Ako STEM day at St Mary's this week, a wonderful hands-on learning opportunity.
Lastly, our singing group will perform at a Toi Ohomai luncheon with Bruce Norman. We're confident they will represent the school wonderfully.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we provide enriching experiences for our students.

Have a great week whanau,

Rachael McLanachan
Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

St Michael's Catholic School Values

After much time and collaborative effort, our new values have taken shape. We're excited to unveil them to our school community. In term 4, these values will be introduced to the students, and lessons centered around them will be crafted. Our teachers are currently devising engaging activities to introduce the values and intertwine them with our localised curriculum. We extend our gratitude to all who have contributed to shaping these values – our staff, whanau, church community, and iwi have all played a significant role in their development.

Special Character

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.

Zara Aislabie ( The Ark 10)
Georgia Collins ( The Ark 10)

Health and Safety

Please be aware of children around our school gates and crossing the roads outside our school at 3pm. Please do not park on the opposite side of the road and call your children across the road - this is a dangerous habit with so many cars and buses around. Please meet your child at the school gate and bring them across the road to your vehicle.

Sausage Sizzle on Friday

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

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Thursday 7th September
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.
Currently we are reviewing the following policies:
  • Inclusive Education
  • Māori Educational Success
  • Learning Support
    Learning Support Coordination
    Identify Learning Support
    Gifted Learners
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
Health Education Survey - Have you say!
The Ministry of Education mandates that all schools must consult with their school community on their Health Education programme every two years. Health education is part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum area, which includes Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) as a key area of learning. RSE explores aspects of relationships, sexuality and sexual health. We would appreciate your input into our Relationships and Sexuality Education programmes. Please note that no decisions have been made as to what we will teach to our tamariki and that parents will be well informed before any teaching takes place.
Click on the following link to fill out our Google Form.
Health Education Survey

Upcoming Events For Term 3

  • Nga Korero o Te Kura education programme - 28 August and 4 September.
  • Kahui Ako STEM Day @ St Mary's - Wednesday 6 September
  • School Photo Day - Friday 8 September
  • Winter Sport Field Day - Wednesday 13 September
  • School Speech Competition - Thursday 14 September
  • MIGS Gymnastic Competition - Friday 15 September

PTA News

There is still Honey for sale if anyone hasn’t stocked up yet or if anyone has finished their stock & needs to replenish. This fundraiser will run for the remainder of the 3rd term or until we sell out.

Father’s Day Stall
29-31 August 2023 in the library
$3 a gift

Whittaker’s Chocolate Fundraiser
The PTA is doing a chocolate fundraiser this year in place of our McDonald’s fundraiser for the 3rd term. We will send out details once we have all the required information.

PTA Meeting
Next PTA Meeting will be on the 31/08/23 at 5pm in the staffroom. All welcome.

Sports News

Sport Team Photos
Sports team photos will be held on the same day as the school photos ( next Friday 8th September). Please send your child to school with their sports uniform for the photo. Uniforms will be collected after the photo from sports codes that have finished for the season.

Player of the day

Congratulations to the following children:


Milan Geyer

Henry Hall

Arin Simpkins


Tigers - Sukhnoor Kaur
Pumas - Jethro Joshua Benjamin
Panthers - Clara Smith-Bigwood
Lions - Gia Geyer


Maxi: Abigail Horton
Mini: Yuana Mehta

Maxi: Caiden Hislop
Mini: Shrey Chandra, Angelina Elliott, Billie Tucker

A big thank you to all the parents and coaches that helped out this year. Our tamariki are blessed to have such awesome people in their lives!

Above: Maxi Team Photo: Khloey Benham and Caiden Hislop's last game for St Michael's - The team will miss you both next season!

Lucky Book Club Orders Issue 6

Booklets will have gone home. All orders must be handed into the school office or done online via the loop app or website by Monday the 4th of September.

Community News


What’s next for TECT Park? Share your ideas and you could win some cool prizes!
TECT Park is our own outdoor adventure playground, which is important to our community and we’re proud of it!
You can do lots there already – either with a club or an activity like the Adrenalin forest, or you can just rock on up and do some things for free.
The park’s been operating for over 10 years and now it’s time for the next chapter – but we need your help!
We want to hear from you, your friends, and your whanau!
Have you heard of TECT Park? What would you like us to add or to experiences there?
Maybe a café or an outside classroom? More mountain biking tracks? Maybe archery?
Let us know and help us plan for the future.
Just fill out our short survey, you'll be in the draw to win some cool prizes! Stoney Creek Vouchers, Adrenalin Forest Family passes, or even a Mountain Bike.

Go to and be in to win!

You’ve got until 5pm, 17 September.