March 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 8, Term 1

St Michael's Catholic School, Friday 22nd March


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

St. Patrick's Day brought a wave of vibrant celebration to our school community this past Monday. Our green cake stall and green mufti day were a resounding success, thanks to the incredible contributions from our dedicated whanau. Your delicious cakes helped us raise over $300 for the 2024 Caritas appeal, a testament to the generosity and spirit of our school.
As we transition into Holy Week next week, we invite our students to reflect on the profound sacrifice made by Jesus for all of us.
Here's a brief explanation of what each day in Holy Week signifies in the Catholic tradition:

Palm Sunday (March 24): Commemorates Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, where crowds greeted him by waving palm branches, symbolising his kingship.
Holy Monday (March 25): Marks the day when Jesus cleansed the temple in Jerusalem, driving out the merchants and money changers, demonstrating his authority.
Holy Tuesday (March 26): Jesus continues to teach in the temple, engaging in debates with religious leaders, imparting wisdom and challenging hypocrisy.
Holy Wednesday (March 27) Recalls Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus, highlighting the theme of betrayal and the consequences of human frailty.
Maundy Thursday (March 28): Commemorates the Last Supper, where Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples, instituting the Eucharist, and washed their feet as a symbol of humility and service, emphasising the importance of love and service.
Good Friday (March 29): Observes Jesus' crucifixion and death on the cross, a solemn day of remembrance and mourning, emphasising the sacrificial nature of Jesus' death for the redemption of humanity.
Holy Saturday (March 30): Marks the day when Jesus' body lay in the tomb, awaiting resurrection, symbolising a period of waiting and anticipation.
Easter Sunday (March 31): Celebrates Jesus' resurrection from the dead, triumphing over sin and death, and offering hope and redemption to all believers, representing the pinnacle of Christian faith and the promise of eternal life.

Next Tuesday our Year 4-6 children will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of faith as they visit St. Michael's Church. There, they'll learn about the remarkable tukutuku panels currently undergoing repair by a group of dedicated parishioners.
As we approach the Easter break from Good Friday until Tuesday, April 2nd, please remember that school will resume on Wednesday, April 3rd.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who have generously donated Easter goodies for our upcoming raffle. With such fantastic prizes on offer, don't miss out on the chance to win! Please ensure you sell your tickets and bring in the money and ticket stubs.
Looking ahead, the remainder of Term 1 promises to be busy and enriching with planned trips to the Museum and Buried Village. To stay updated on all important dates and events, please keep an eye on Seesaw.

Thank you for your ongoing support and involvement in our school community.

Rachael McLanachan
Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere
Above: St Patrick's Day school liturgy
Above and below: students that earned a school values certificate or badge

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?

Our STAR Values of Service, Tika, Aroha and Respect, reminds our school community of the way of Jesus.

Palm Sunday
As we enter into the sacred season of Holy Week, we begin with Palm Sunday, observed on March 24th this year. Palm Sunday marks the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, where he was welcomed by crowds waving palm branches and laying them on the ground before him.
This significant day holds deep symbolism in the Catholic tradition, as it signifies the start of Jesus' final journey towards the cross. As we reflect on Palm Sunday, we are reminded of Jesus' humility, riding into the city not on a majestic steed, but on a humble donkey, fulfilling ancient prophecies and demonstrating his role as the promised Messiah.
At our school, we aim to instill in our students the importance of humility, service, and the recognition of Jesus as our true King. Through prayer, reflection, and learning about the events of Palm Sunday, we hope to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith and its relevance in their lives today.

Why do we celebrate Easter?
Easter is a special time of year when we celebrate the most important event in the Christian faith - the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But what does Easter really mean for us?
Jesus, who lived over 2,000 years ago, came to Earth to teach us about love, kindness, and forgiveness. He did many wonderful things, like healing the sick and helping those in need. But some people didn't understand his message, and they hurt him. They even put him to death on a cross.
But Jesus didn't stay dead! On the third day after his crucifixion, something incredible happened - he came back to life! This is what we celebrate at Easter - Jesus rising from the dead.
So, what does this mean for us? It means that because Jesus conquered death, we don't have to be afraid. It means that no matter what happens in our lives, we can have hope, because Jesus is alive and he loves us very much.

Easter is a time of joy and celebration because it reminds us that God's love is stronger than anything in the world. It's a time to be thankful for Jesus' sacrifice and to remember that he is with us always, guiding us and giving us strength.
So, as we celebrate Easter this year, let's remember the message of love, hope, and new life that it brings. Let's be grateful for the amazing gift of Jesus and share his love with everyone around us.
Happy Easter!

Saturday 23rd March, 5.00 pm, St Michaels.
Sunday: 24th March, 8.00 am, St Michaels
10.00 am St Mary’s
5.00 pm, St Marys.
Wednesday 27th March: Mass and Anointing of the Sick.
St. Mary’s 12.05pm

Thursday, 28th March,
The Lord’s Supper, 7pm
Good Friday, March 29th,
Stations of the Cross, 10am
Good Friday Service: 3pm
Holy Saturday, 30th March:
Vigil Mass, 7pm
Sunday, 31st March, 10am & 5pm

Good Friday Service, 29th March: 3.00pm
Easter Sunday, 31st March, Mass 8.00 am

Wishing you all a Blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter.

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 Family

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

Corbyn Lee ( The Ark 8)

2025 John Paul College Enrolments

Online registration for 2025 JPC enrolments are open on the JPC website

Please don't leave it too late, you will need to get a new preference card from the Parish office. Your child will not be accepted into JPC without a preference card. If this is an issue for you, please come in and speak with Rachael.

Health & Safety

  • Don’t forget if your child is bringing a bike, scooter, or skateboard to school, they may not ride it without a helmet. No helmet, no ride!
  • Please be aware of children around our school gates and crossing the roads outside our school at 3pm. Please do not park on the opposite side of the road and call your children across the road – this is a dangerous habit with so many cars and buses around. Please meet your child at the school gate and bring them across the road to your car.

Upcoming events for Term 1:

  • Friday 22 March - Rice Day
  • Wednesday 27 March - Easter Amazing Race
  • Thursday 28 March - Good Friday Liturgy
  • Friday 29 March - Good Friday (School Closed for Easter break 29 March - 2 April)
  • Wednesday 3 April - Easter Good News Liturgy
  • Monday 8 April - I live in a Caldera Museum Programme - Ark 0/1 and Year 2/3
  • Tuesday 9 April - I live in a Caldera Museum Programme - Galilee 4/ Galilee 5/6
  • Thursday 11 April - Class Mass (Mrs. Paget and Mrs. Klostermann)
  • Friday 12 April - Last Day of Term 1

Sports News

Touch Rugby- Players Of The Day

06/03- Charlie Corbett & Clara Smith-Bigwood

Well done kids!

Winter Sport Expressions of Interest

If your child is interested in playing a winter sport, please click on the links below that they are interested in. We will then be in touch with more details about winter sports.
NOTE: Soccer registrations are due TODAY.

Rugby is not offered by the school. However, we can suggest Marist St Michael's, Waikite, and Kahukura as some of the local teams.

- Hockey is played on a Saturday morning at Smallbone Park on the hockey turf.
- Mini-Ball Juniors, Years 0-2 is played on a Monday night and Middles, Years 3/4 is played on Wednesday night and Years 5/6 on a Friday night at the Sportsdrome
- Soccer/Football is played on Saturday mornings. We are not a club. However, we are able to register a team under one of the local clubs.

If we are unable to achieve the requirements then we won't be able to register teams. More information regarding specific information related to the sports will be sent out when we receive it.
Hockey - Register here
Miniball - Register here
Soccer/Football -Register here

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Thursday 14 May
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)

St Michael's School Board of Trustees
Alistair Burns (Chair), Rachael McLanachan(Principal) Nick Horton, Amiria Savea, Shalya O'Neill (Staff Rep), Bridget Aitchison (Proprietor Rep), Joseph Assen (Proprietor 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

Easter Raffle:
Thank you for your continued support bringing in items for our Easter raffle. Please have all raffle booklets and money in as soon as possible.
Raffle to be drawn done on Thursday the 28th of March.

Many thanks

PTA Committee

Bread on Wednesday

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

Community News

After school art lessons with Janet Keen enrolling now. Drawing, painting, mosaics, over 30 lessons to choose from. Wednesdays and Thursdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 4.35pm to 5.35pm. Enrolling for remainder of term 1 , 2 3. And 4. Small classes, friendly, safe, organic environment. Enquiries welcome. Phone 027 351 3887 or email 374 Clayton Road, Rotorua