October 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 2, Term 4

St Michael's Catholic School, Wednesday 18th October


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

I hope you were all able to spend some quality family time with your tamariki over the holiday break and that the children are rested ready for a busy last ten weeks of 2023.
We're gearing up for another exciting term at St. Michael's!

Thank you to the PTA for purchasing new basketball and netball goals for our new turf, which will be installed before the end of the year. We are blessed to have such a dedicated team supporting our school.
We are also fortunate to have Bruce Norman supporting our school, along with his granddaughter Elyssa and son Ben. Together they built a new cupboard to keep our new sound system secure. Elyssa, Ben and Bruce spent a considerable amount of time at school during the holidays to get this project completed and we are very grateful.

At the end of last term, we bid farewell to our caretaker, Ray Clarke. Ray has embarked on new adventures, and we wish him all the best. We are currently in the process of searching for a new caretaker to fill a 20-hour per week position. If anyone knows of someone who might be interested, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the school office.

Last week, our senior students had a visit from the Super
Smash Cricket facilitator to improve their cricket skills. We
were also excited to have Katie and Harold from Life Ed with
us this week, guiding our tamariki to make positive choices
about their health, mental well-being, and relationships.

This term, we're thrilled to present our school production,
"Jonah - A Fishy Tale." It's an exciting musical with a delightful summertime vibe. The script is brimming with humor, and the seven sea-themed songs are both catchy and full of character. We extend a warm invitation to our St. Michael's Community to join us on opening night for an enjoyable evening. We'll provide you with more details about the day and time of the event as we get closer to it.

Our new school values have been introduced to the students. We have our new flags up in the hall and our behaviour management plan is being developed around these values. This week our focus is on Service with all classes working on a Service project for the term. Our class prayers will focus on Service and how Jesus calls us to serve Him.

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting enrolments from siblings of families who are already part of our school community. This allows us to better plan our staffing and resources. If you have siblings of a child who would like to join our school this year or early next year, we encourage you to get in touch with the office or drop off the enrolment forms as soon as possible.
We are also accepting enrolments for non preference new entrants from within our community. If you or someone you know has a 5 year old starting school this term or next year, we encourage you to take advantage of this limited opportunity.
However, we want to inform you that there is currently a waiting list for non-preference enrolments in other areas of the school. While we value every application, we must prioritise those who meet the preference criteria.

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 15 October:

Matthew 22:1-14

Title: The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.
13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

This parable teaches us that God's love and the invitation to be with Him are for everyone. But to accept this invitation, we need to be ready and willing to follow God's ways and be kind to others.

Which of our school values reflects this weeks Gospel reading?
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.

Divenya Fernando ( The Ark 8)
Chathuni Warusha Hennedige (Galilee 1)
Senomi Peiris (Galilee 1)

Health and Safety

This term is a summer term! Take some time to dig out that school hat! The classroom teachers will supply sunblock for the children, please ensure that if your child is allergic to the sunblock we use, to let the classroom teacher know.

Juicies on Friday

During Term 4 the children will be able to purchase a nice cold juicie for $2.
All orders will be taken in the classroom at 9am. This will take over the sausage sizzle.

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; 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)

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 Code of Conduct
As part of our commitment to maintaining a positive and respectful community environment, we would like to remind all parents and guardians to familiarize themselves with our Community Code of Conduct.
Our Community Code of Conduct outlines the guidelines and expectations for behavior within our community. It serves as a foundation for creating a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment for everyone involved.
Please take a moment to review the Community Code of Conduct, which can be found by clicking the button below:

Upcoming Events For Term 4

  • Visit from Miss Rotorua - 19 October
  • Labour Day - 23 October - School is closed.
  • BOT meeting - 26 October
  • All Saints Day - 1 November
  • All Souls Day - 2 November
  • Teacher Only Day - Monday 13 November - School is closed.
  • JPC Year 6 Orientation Day - 17 November
  • Year 6 Big Day In with St Mary's - 28 November
  • Year 6 Retreat 30 November
  • BOT Meeting - 30 November
  • Production- 7 December
  • Blue Lake Picnic - 11 December
  • Year 6 Leavers Lunch - 12 December
  • Prize Giving - 13 December
  • Whole School Leavers Mass - 14 December@5pm
  • Last Day of 2023 - 15 December@12pm

School Photos

Parents have been emailed their child’s unique Key Code to go online to view and purchase 2023 School Photos. ***FREE DELIVERY EXPIRES Midnight Sunday 22nd OCTOBER *** .
If you have not received an email with keycode please check your trash / spam folder or call the office.
Parents will be able to go online, order & have their purchase returned to the school at the end of a free bulk delivery period. Any order placed once the bulk deadline has lapsed will be sent to the customers delivery address at a cost.

Lucky Book Club Orders Issue 7

Booklets will have gone home. All orders must be handed into the school office or done online via the loop app or website by Tuesday the 24th of October.

PTA News

Whittakers Chocolate Fund Raiser:
Thank you to everyone for the incredible support. Please return chocolates by this Thursday 19th October. 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
email pta@stmichaelsrotorua.school.nz
Final payment date for chocolates will be on the Friday 20/10/23.

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.

Miniball: Final results from last term:

St Mikes Angels - placed 1st
St Michael’s Midgets - placed 3rd
St Mikes Saints - placed 3rd

Well done ! We are very proud of you!

Community News

After School Painting, Drawing and Mosaic Classes

Tuesdays 4.35pm to 5.35pm
Wednesdays and Thursdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 4.35pm to 5.35pm
Enrolling now for the rest of term 4, school holidays and 2024
Aged 7 and upwards, all enquiries welcome
374 Clayton Road ,Rotorua
Contact janet@jkeen.net or text 027 3513887 for more details.