September 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 9, Term 3

St Michael's Catholic School, Tuesday 12th September


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Last week was another exciting, fun filled week at St Michael’s Catholic School. Two of our STEM teams participated in the Kahui Ako STEM day at St. Mary's School, planned and guided by Paul Billing from JPC. Our students immersed themselves in the fascinating realms of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, sparking their curiosity and imagination.

Our teachers have been deeply engrossed in Professional Learning and Development (PLD) sessions, where they've delved into the topic of "What Catholics Believe." These sessions are enhancing our Catholic faith, a treasure we can share with our students to nurture their spiritual growth. Our teachers have also been working on Niho Taniwha - Improving Teaching and Learning for Ākonga Māori. This PLD is widening and deepening our understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and of history and its impacts on the people of Aotearoa.

We also had the privilege of joining the Nga Korero o Te Kura Education Program with the Rotorua Museum Education team, delving into our school's history and Catholic Education in Rotorua over the past 150 years. This incredible journey has allowed us to uncover the rich tapestry of our school's history, what the land was used for before our school became part of the community and the broader landscape of Catholic Education in Rotorua.

Chocolates from our PTA fundraiser are all gone! This is fantastic news! Additionally, the PTA has generously purchased a class set of Sphero Indi Education robots, providing our children with an exciting opportunity to explore basic coding.

Looking ahead, mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 13th, when most of our senior students will participate in the Winter Sports Field Day, engaging in sports such as netball, hockey, soccer, and miniball.
On Thursday, September 14th, don't miss our speech finals—parents are welcome to join and watch our talented speakers in action.
Finally, on Friday, September 15th, our gymnastics team will shine at the MIGs gym competition.

Thank you for being part of our school community's vibrant learning journey!

Have a great week whanau,

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?

Gospel for Sunday 10 September: Matthew 18:15-20

Title: "A Lesson in Forgiveness and Community"
In the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus teaches us an important lesson about how to treat one another. He says, "If your friend does something that upsets you, go and talk to them privately. Tell them how you feel and why. It's a chance for both of you to understand each other better."
Jesus continues, "If your friend listens and understands, you have made peace. But if they don't, take a few friends with you to help. Together, you can try to make things right."
He also says, "When you pray together and ask for help, I will be there with you. Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I am among them. So, always remember the power of forgiveness and the strength of community."

In this way, Jesus shows us how important it is to talk and listen, forgive, and come together as a community to solve problems and find peace.

Which of our school values reflects this weeks Gospel reading?
Aroha - by the word of God, we treat everyone as we expect to be treated.
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.

Jaxon Brooks ( The Ark 10) - sibling of Esmee

Xavier Walker (The Ark 10)

Health and Safety

A reminder for our bus parents: each day we take a “bus roll” before putting the children on the bus so that we know who has caught the bus and is safely on their way home. If your child thinks they are catching the bus but your plans change and you will pick them up, please let Cristy know by phoning the office or popping in.

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 26th October.
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.
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

Upcoming Events For Term 3

  • Winter Sport Field Day - Wednesday 13 September
  • School Speech Competition - Thursday 14 September
  • MIGS Gymnastic Competition - Friday 15 September
  • Last day of term - Friday 22nd September

PTA News

Whittakers Chocolate Fund Raiser:
We have managed to get out ALL boxes of chocolate. Thank you to everyone for the incredible support. If you have any money to return, please hand any cash into the office or you could make an online payment.
Bank details: ASB Account: 12-3155-0266720-00 Name: St Michaels Catholic School PTA Particulars: Eldest Childs Name Code: Eldest Childs Surname Reference: Whittakers
If there are any families that would like more boxes, please email
Final payment date for chocolates will be on the Friday 20/10/23.

Prizes – (If all boxes are sold)
1st Prize - JBL Bluetooth Speaker – Family that sells the most chocolates
Raffle - Activity Tracker – For every box sold your family names goes into a raffle draw

This fundraiser will end on the 22/09/23. We still have a few 500g multi flora & 3 x lemon honey jars left. A huge thank you once again to the Knox family and their amazing continued support.

We have been sponsored two adult tickets to raffle for the Ohakune Blues & Roots Festival on the 07/10/23 from 2pm – 9pm.
A brand-new street festival in the heart of Ohakune, based around the beautiful spring skiing season and the music that boasts naturally out of Aotearoa. A licensed, family friendly event that brings entertainment to anyone that attends. Thames St, Ohakune.
Raffle details to be released soon.

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.

Player of the day

Congratulations to the following children:


Milan Geyer -4/09/23
Georgia Geyer -11/09/23

Henry Hall -25/08/23
Jethro Joshua Benjamin - 8/9/23

Arin Simpkins - 25/08/23
Isaiah Savea - 8/9/23


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

Soccer finished on Saturday so we ended up given everyone player of the day!
Tigers: Teaghan, Kayden, Mannat, Sukhnoor, Aleeza, Mecah
Panthers: Joey, Clara, Connor, Sukhnoor, Zaiden, Kayden, Mecah
Puma’s: Henry, Jethro, Ethan.K, Connor, Milan, Georgia
Lion’s: Gia, Ella, Tamia, Eli, Hunter, Channing, Kahlil, Grayson

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