November 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 4, Term 4

St Michael's Catholic School, Thursday 2nd November


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

With the improved weather and warmer days, it is time for summer uniforms which means sun hats, sandals and no long pants. Staff have been reminding children daily to make sure they have a school sunhat on during break times. Our policy is that children without hats are required to play under the covered areas in the playground which does restrict where children can play. Can you please make sure your child has a navy school sunhat in their bag every day.
St. Michael's Catholic School has been abuzz with excitement and creativity as our students prepare for our upcoming production, rehearsing their songs, dances, and speaking roles.
Last Friday, we came together to express our heartfelt appreciation on World Teachers Day, recognising the dedication and unwavering commitment of our teaching staff.
On Wednesday it was Tumeke Tumuaki Day, whereby I was extremely spoilt by staff and students. I feel very blessed to lead such a wonderful little school.
This week we commemorated All Saints Day with a liturgy thoughtfully guided by our senior students. This special liturgy allowed us to pause and reflect on the remarkable lives of our saints, who continue to inspire us all.
We have been focusing on our School Values over the past few weeks and it is so lovely seeing the students go out of their way to show our STAR Values. Visitors to the school have commented on how wonderful our kids are and it makes me feel very proud of what we do here at St Michael's.
For the past 3 years I have been leading the school without a Deputy Principal. As we did not have an external position to advertise, the decision was made to advertise internally. I am proud to announce that Shayla O'Neill is our new Deputy Principal. Shayla, an ex-pupil of St. Michael's, has worked tirelessly to acquire the skills necessary to support our school's leadership, and we couldn't be more thrilled for her. We know she will continue to learn and grow in her new role. Congratulations Shayla!

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 5 November

Gospel, Matthew 23:1-12

Then addressing the crowds and his disciples Jesus said,
"The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do and observe what they tell you; but do not be guided by what they do, since they do not practise what they preach. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on people's shoulders, but won't lift a finger to help them. Everything they do is just to show off in front of others. They even make a big show of wearing Scripture verses on their foreheads and arms, and they wear big tassels for everyone to see. They love the best seats at banquets and the front seats in the meeting places. And when they are in the market, they like to have people greet them as their teachers.
"But none of you should be called teacher. You have only one teacher, and all of you are like brothers and sisters. Don't call anyone on earth your father. All of you have the same Father in heaven. None of you should be called the leader. The Messiah is your only leader.
"Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others. If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honoured."

In this Gospel reading, Jesus is teaching us some important lessons. He starts by talking about the scribes and Pharisees, who were like religious teachers back in his time. He says that they tell people what's right and good, but they don't always do those things themselves. They act in a way that makes them look important and special, and they like it when others notice them.
But Jesus tells us that we should be different. He wants us to be humble, which means not trying to be the most important or getting all the attention. He says we should treat everyone as equals, like brothers and sisters. We should remember that we have one true Teacher, which is Jesus himself. We should also remember that we have one Father in heaven, who loves us very much.
Jesus is teaching us that the best way to be great is by being a servant, by helping and caring for others. So, the main lesson for children here is that it's more important to be kind, humble, and helpful to others than to try to be the most important or show off. When we are humble and kind, God notices, and that's what truly matters.

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.

Welcome to New Families

A very warm welcome to the following family. We hope you will enjoy your time with us at St Michael's School.

Ambrose Assen ( The Ark 8) Sibling of Jerome, Alida & Bethany

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.

Do we know about all your child's allergies? Every parent fills out a form informing us of allergies when you enrol your child but we are aware that some allergies evolve or develop over time. If your child has developed a new allergy, please let the classroom teacher know and inform Cristy at the office so that this information can go on your child's file.

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 30th November.
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 4

  • 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

PTA News

School Disco
Date: 10/11/236
Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Theme: Favorite Book Character
Food & drinks will be on sale.

Christmas Raffle:
A huge thanks to everyone bringing in food items for our Christmas raffle. Raffle books will be going home with kids this week.

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.

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 or text 027 3513887 for more details.