May 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 3, Term 2

St Michael's Catholic School, Wednesday 15 May


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Welcome to Week 3! As the mornings grow chillier, it is important that our tamariki come to school dressed appropriately for the weather. Children can wear a navy blue or black thermal under their t-shirt as an extra layer. We also have a supply of second-hand uniforms in the office, just pop in and see Cristy.
Despite the crisp air, the spirit of warmth and togetherness fills our school as we continue on a journey of learning, community, and celebration.
Our recent Mini Marathon showcased the dedication and enthusiasm of our entire school, with students, teachers, and parents coming together to participate and cheer on our runners. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the parents who joined us, providing invaluable support and encouragement to their children every step of the way.
Last week, our school was blessed with a beautiful Ascension liturgy, led by the Galilee class, to commemorate the Ascension of our Lord into heaven.
Currently, the Galilee class is diving deep into the wonders of the ocean with the House of Science kit "Big Blue Future." Through hands-on learning, our students are discovering the critical role the ocean plays in sustaining life on Earth, from regulating our climate to providing vital resources.
As we gear up to celebrate Support Staff Day this Thursday, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to our amazing support staff who play a crucial role in nurturing and guiding our tamariki every day.
This Friday at 2 pm whanau are invited to join us for our Pentecost liturgy in the school hall. Pentecost symbolises the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and marks the birth of the Christian Church.
Looking ahead, our senior students are gearing up for the in-school Epro 8 competition next week. In small teams, they'll tackle a series of technology challenges, showcasing their problem-solving skills and creativity. The top teams will advance to the Rotorua Epro 8 competition, representing our school with pride.
Have a wonderful week whanau.

Rachael McLanachan
Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

Newsletter Week 3, Term 2

St Michael's Catholic School, Thursday 16 May

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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, John 20:19-23
In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were gathered. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, 'Peace be with you,' and, after saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord, and he said to them again, 'Peace be with you. 'As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.' After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone's sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone's sins, they are retained.

For children, this Gospel shows how Jesus brings peace and joy, gives the Holy Spirit for guidance, and teaches about forgiveness.

Peace and Joy - Children can find comfort in knowing that Jesus is always with them, offering peace and reassurance, especially during difficult moments.
The Holy Spirit for Guidance - Children can understand that through the Holy Spirit, they receive strength, wisdom, and guidance to live out their faith and spread God's love to others.
Forgiveness -Children can learn that forgiveness is a central aspect of Christian life, and by forgiving others, they can experience healing and reconciliation in their relationships.

This Gospel passage teaches children about the presence of Jesus, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation in their lives as followers of Christ.

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.

Have you enrolled your year 6 student into John Paul College for 2025?

Online enrolment for 2025 JPC

Spotlight on learning

There are 3 types of a volcanos, composite cone, shield cone, cinder cones.
A volcano can be active, dormant or extinct.
A volcano has lava, main vent, magma, magma chamber, sill, conduit.
Interesting facts about volcanoes: an erupting volcano can trigger tsunamis, flash floods, earthquakes, mudflows and rockfalls.
Volcanoes are found at the boundaries between tectonic plates.
By Travis Encabo (Galilee 4)

Health & Safety

  • A reminder that it is not safe to leave your children here before 8am or after 3.15pm. Teachers are not available to supervise children during these times and it is not safe for them to be in the school grounds alone. Also a reminder that children are not to play on the playground unsupervised before or after school.
  • As we enter the winter season, please remember that if your child is unwell or experiencing cold-like symptoms, it is important to keep them at home. This helps prevent the spread of illness and ensures the well-being of all our students and staff.

Upcoming events for Term 2:

  • Thursday 16 May - Galilee 4 and The Ark 10 Class Mass
  • Friday 17 May - Pentecost Liturgy
  • Tuesday 21 May- Galilee 1 EPRO8 in class competition
  • Wednesday 22 May - Y4-6 cross country with St. Mary's @ Redwoods
  • Thursday May 30 - Galilee 1 and the Ark 10 Class Mass
  • Tuesday 4 June - Teacher only day
  • Friday 7 June - EPRO8 Inter school event
  • Tuesday 11 June - Cross Country - Central School Cluster
  • Tuesday 18 June - PTA Meeting
  • Tuesday 25 June BOT Meeting
  • Thursday 27 June - Whole School Mass @ St Michael's Church
  • Thursday 4 July - Speech Competition
  • Friday 5 July - Last day of Term 2
  • Monday 22 July - Start of Term 3

Sports News

This is a friendly reminder that all forms and payments for ordering winter sports jerseys must be submitted by this Friday, May 17th.

Sports Uniforms

We still have some outstanding sports uniforms that have not been returned. As we are conducting a stock take this week, we kindly ask you to check at home for any uniforms that may have been overlooked. Invoices for uniforms that are not returned will be sent out shortly after the stock take. Your cooperation in returning these uniforms promptly is greatly appreciated.

Players of the Day

Hockey 11/05/24
Maxi Team: Emma Hislop

Football 12/05/24:
Jaguars – Teaghan Morta & Kawana Philips
Puma’s – Milan Geyer & Lachlan Stephens
Lion’s – Tamia Petersen

Congratulations to our Players of the Day! If you have photos from the games that you'd like to share in our newsletter, please send them to
Thank you for your support!

Sausage Sizzle

Available on Fridays $2 . Orders taken in class at 9am

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Tuesday 25 June
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 Joseph Assen (Chair)

St Michael's School Board of Trustees
Joseph Assen(Chair/ Proprietors Rep), Rachael McLanachan (Principal) Nick Horton, Amiria Savea, Angela Smith-Bigwood, Shalya O'Neill (Staff 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

    Mother’s Day Stall:
    We hope all the Mothers / Grandmothers all had a lovely day & enjoyed their gifts. Our Mother’s Day stall sold out this year. Thank you for everyone’s support.

    Chocolate Fundraiser:
    This term we have a Cadburys Chocolate Fundraiser, boxes should arrive in the next few weeks. Details to follow.

    School Disco:
    There will be a Disco at the end of term 2. Details to follow.

    Many thanks

    PTA Committee

    Bread on Wednesday

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

    Community News