June 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 7, Term 2

St Michael's Catholic School, Wednesday 12 June


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Catholic Character Review on 26-27 June
We are pleased to announce that on the 26th and 27th of June, our school will undergo a Catholic Character Review. A team from the Hamilton Diocese, led by Terry Consedine and supported by Dianne Porter, will be with us for two days to conduct an external evaluation.
This review process will be based on the four Dimensions from the Catholic Special Character Review for Development document, developed by Aotearoa New Zealand Catholic Integrated Schools:
Dimension 1: Te Tūtaki ki a Te Karaiti | Encounter with Christ
  • How effectively does the school encourage and facilitate the development of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who reveals the transforming love and truth of the living God?
Dimension 2: Te Whakatupu Mā Te Mātauranga | Growth in Knowledge
  • How effectively does the school assist its community to grow in the knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ, His teachings, and the Catholic Church?
Dimension 3: Te Whakaatu Karaitiana | Christian Witness
  • How effectively does the school provide a hope-filled Catholic Christian witness that empowers its community members to integrate their faith and their life?
Dimension 4: Te Kaitiakitanga me te Whakapakari i te Tuakiri Katorika | Safeguarding and Strengthening Catholic Character
  • How does the school, in its stewardship and compliance with legal obligations, safeguard and strengthen its Catholic identity?
The review team would like to meet with parents at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, 26th June, to discuss these dimensions and hear your perspectives on how our school is doing. Please join us in the staffroom for a coffee and a chat with the review team.
Your input is invaluable, and we look forward to your participation in this important process.

Have a great week whanau,

Rachael McLanachan
Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere
Our amazing EPRO8 kids at the inter school competition
Our new St Michael’s STARS who received badges

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, Mark 4:26-34
He also said, 'This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the land.
Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know.
Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the crop is ready, at once he starts to reap because the harvest has come.'He also said, 'What can we say that the kingdom is like? What parable can we find for it?
It is like a mustard seed which, at the time of its sowing, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth.
Yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.'
Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable of understanding it.
He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when they were by themselves.

Message of the Gospel:
Jesus is telling us about the Kingdom of God using simple stories that we can understand, called parables. He wants to show us how God's Kingdom grows in our hearts and in the world.

Parable of the Growing Seed:
Imagine a farmer who plants seeds in his field. After he plants them, he goes about his daily life, sleeping and waking up, but the seeds keep growing even though he doesn't know how it happens. First, they become little shoots, then ears of grain, and finally, the grain is ready for harvest. This is like the Kingdom of God – it grows quietly and steadily in our hearts and in the world, even if we don't see it happening all the time.

Parable of the Mustard Seed:
Jesus also compares the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed. This seed is very tiny when it's planted, but it grows into the biggest shrub with large branches. Birds can come and rest in its shade. This shows us that even small things we do with love and faith can grow into something great and wonderful in God's Kingdom.

Key Points for Children:

Small Beginnings Can Lead to Great Things:
Just like the tiny mustard seed grows into a big plant, small acts of kindness and faith can make a big difference in our lives and in the world.

God's Work is Mysterious and Wonderful:
Sometimes, we don't understand how God's Kingdom grows, but we can trust that God is always at work, making good things happen in our hearts and around us.

Faith and Patience:
We need to have faith and be patient, knowing that God's love and Kingdom will grow in its own time, just like the seeds in the parables.

Support and Shelter:
The mustard tree provides shelter for birds, showing us that God's Kingdom is a place where everyone can find love, safety, and care.

How to Relate to Children:
Plant Seeds Together:
Have the children plant actual seeds and watch them grow over time. This can help them understand the parable in a hands-on way.
Acts of Kindness:
Encourage children to do small acts of kindness, showing them how these can grow into bigger, positive changes in their communities.

By understanding these parables, children can learn about faith, patience, and the amazing growth of God's love in their lives.

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

We are thrilled to welcome all new families to our school community! We look forward to partnering with you to ensure a wonderful and enriching educational experience for your children. Welcome aboard!

Buchanan Foote ( The Ark 8), sibling of Rio and Montana
Nate Laing ( The Ark 8)

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

Online enrolment for 2025 JPC https://jpc.school.nz/enrolment/

Health & Safety

  • Seasonal Clothing
    • Ensure your child wears layers to adjust to changing weather.
    • Label/name all clothing to prevent loss.
  • As we enter the winter season, please remember that if your child is unwell 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.
  • Cyber Safety Tips for Parents
    Ensure your primary school child's online safety with these simple tips:
    1. Supervise: Keep devices in common areas and monitor usage.
    2. Set Rules: Establish clear internet guidelines, including time limits.
    3. Teach Privacy: Remind kids not to share personal information online.
    4. Use Controls: Implement parental control software.
    5. Communicate: Encourage kids to talk about their online experiences.
    6. Promote Respect: Teach the importance of online etiquette and the impact of cyberbullying.
    Stay involved and informed to help your child navigate the internet safely!
Constable Viv talking to all of our classes about cyber safety!

Spotlight on Learning

"Spotlight on Learning." This section will highlight the amazing work and achievements of our students, showcasing their creativity, effort, and growth. We believe that showcasing student work not only celebrates individual achievements but also inspires and motivates others. We look forward to sharing the wonderful work our students are doing!

Galilee 1 have been busy painting " The Starry Night"

By Lacey Chu-Youde
By Gia Geyer
By Luckyna Sang

Upcoming events for Term 2:

  • Thursday 13 June - Class Mass ( Mrs Knox / Mrs Fleet)
  • Tuesday 18 June - PTA Meeting
  • Tuesday 25 June BOT Meeting
  • Thursday 27 June - Whole School Mass @ St Michael's Church / Matariki Day Celebration
  • Friday 28 June- Matariki Public Holiday ( No School)
  • Thursday 4 July - Speech Competition / Jumping June
  • Friday 5 July - Last day of Term 2
  • Monday 22 July - Start of Term 3

Sports News

Players of the Day

Maxi Team: Ethan King
Mini Team: Heidi Garmonsway

Jaguar's – Clara Smith-Bigwood & Zara Aislabie
Puma’s – Charlie Corbett & Connor Geyer
Lion’s – Grayson Burns, Gia Geyer & Ella Burton

Junior Miniball: Connor Geyer
Junior Miniball: Georgia Geyer
Senior Miniball: Tamia Peterson

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 office@stmichaelsrotorua.school.nz.
Thank you for your support!
Our junior cross country event ( more photos on our facebook page)

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; 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 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
schooldoc.co.nz and use the following login details:
Username: stmichaelsrotorua
Password: community

Sausage Sizzle

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

Pita Pit Lunches available every Wednesday @ School

Cut off time for ordering is 8:45 am on Wednesday
It’s simple; all you need to do is register at www.lunchonline.co.nz
and follow 4 easy steps to get started
1. Register an account
2. Add member/s including your name and delivery location
3. Make a payment to have funds in your account before you order
4. Select your lunch and place an order

Scholastic Books

Last day for ordering from issue 4 is Friday 14 June

PTA News

    Chocolate Fundraiser:
    Thank you to the families who have collected, sold, and returned money for our Cadbury chocolate school fundraiser. We still have many outstanding boxes that have not yet been collected by families from the office. Please collect your box at your earliest convenience. Every box sold brings us closer to reaching our fundraising goal and supports valuable school activities for our children. The fundraiser will run until the end of the term, so there's still plenty of time to make a big impact!

    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