April 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 10, Term 1

St Michael's Catholic School, Thursday 4th April


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

As we approach the April holidays, we reflect on the exciting events and learning experiences that have filled our school days. This term has been very busy, and we're excited to share some highlights from the past two weeks before the break.

Today, with heavy hearts and warm wishes, the staff and children bid farewell to Whaea Kelly. After many years of dedicated service to St Michael's, Kelly has decided it's time to retire and cherish moments with her new moko. With plans to explore New Zealand in her camper van, Kelly embarks on a new adventure. We will dearly miss Whaea Kelly and her invaluable presence. Wishing her all the joy and happiness in her well-deserved retirement.

Our Easter Amazing Race was a fun event where our students showcased their teamwork and problem-solving skills. Congratulations to Team Rio and his Aubert team for their outstanding victory this year! Their determination and collaborative spirit truly embodied the essence of the event.

Last week, our Year 4-6 students embarked on the Mary MacKillop Hikoi, retracing the footsteps of a remarkable woman who left an indelible mark on Rotorua. Visiting significant sites from Mary's time in 1902, including St. Michael's Church, our students immersed themselves in history and culture. Special thanks to Chris Hepi, our Kaumatua, for sharing insightful stories about the restoration of our cherished tukutuku panels.

This week three swimmers represented St. Michael's with pride at the CBOP swimming competition, marking our return to the competitive swimming scene. Well done to all participants for giving it their best!

As we head into the final stretch of Term 1, the excitement continues with planned trips to the Museum and Buried Village.

To end the term, we're gearing up for Crazy Hair Day next Friday, where creativity meets generosity as we raise funds for Child Leukemia. Don't forget, it's also a mufti day, so let your imagination run wild!

Wishing all families a safe and enjoyable holiday break with their children. We eagerly anticipate the start of another action-packed term on Monday, 29th April.

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

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?

Sunday 7 April Gospel: John 20:19-31

This story is about what happened after Jesus rose from the dead.

Jesus' friends, the disciples, were very scared and sad because Jesus had died. They locked themselves in a room because they were afraid. Suddenly, Jesus appeared among them, even though the doors were locked! He said, "Peace be with you."
Jesus showed them his hands and his side, where he had been hurt when he was crucified. The disciples were so happy to see Jesus alive again! Jesus told them that just like God had sent him, he was sending them to tell everyone the good news.
But one of Jesus' friends, Thomas, wasn't there when Jesus first appeared. When he heard about it, he didn't believe that Jesus was alive again. He said he wouldn't believe it until he saw Jesus with his own eyes and touched his wounds.
A week later, Jesus came back, and this time Thomas was there. Jesus showed Thomas his hands and side, and Thomas believed! He said, "My Lord and my God!"

Jesus said that it's good to believe in him even if we can't see him. He wants us to trust him and tell others about him, just like the disciples did.
So, let's remember that Jesus is alive, and he gives us peace. And even though we can't see him, we can believe in him and tell others about his love.

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 Family

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

Makanaka Gozo( Galilee 4)

2025 John Paul College Enrolments

Online registration for 2025 JPC enrolments are open on the JPC website https://jpc.school.nz/enrolment/

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:

  • 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

Term 2:

  • Monday 29th April - Start of Term 2

Sports News

Winter Sport Registration

We're still in need of a couple of players to complete our senior miniball team. If your child is interested, please get in touch as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of player interest, we are unable to field a miniball midgets team for Year 1-2. However, if your child is in Year 1/2 and wants to play, please reach out to us.

Additionally, we are in need of a coach for our mini hockey team. If we cannot find a coach, we will not be able to field a team. If you or someone you know is interested in coaching, please let us know.

Thank you for your understanding and support.
More information regarding specific information related to the sports will be sent out when we receive it.
Hockey - Register here
Miniball - 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; 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)

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

PTA News

Easter Raffle:
Congratulations to all our Easter Raffle Winners. Thank you for all the support & donations, we managed to raise an amazing $1503.10.

Term 2:
  • Mother’s Day Stall will be held in the Library on the 8th, 9th & 10th May. All gifts sold for $3.00 each.
  • Mother’s Day Movie Night – TBC
  • Whitakers Chocolate Fundraiser
St Michael’s School along with the PTA have a Fun, Filled Fundraising Calendar for 2024 all locked in.
To help make these events a success we are asking if there are any families that would like to support us with any gift baskets or vouchers that can be raffled at our upcoming events for this year. All funds raised go back into helping the school with what is needed for our little tamariki.
If you have any new, fun fundraising ideas please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
Many thanks for the community’s ongoing support
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

Dental Clinics Open during School holidays 15th April - 24th April 2024
Parents and whānau, if your child needs to be seen by our dental team please call 0800 525 378
The following clinics will be open during the holidays (week days only):
The following clinics will be open during the holidays (week days only):

Monday 15th-Thursday 24th April
· Rotorua Intermediate School dental Clinic, Malfroy Rd (07 347 1495)
· Selwyn School Dental Clinic, Old Quarry Rd (07 348 2650)

Monday 15th April-Wednesday 17th April
· Mokoia Intermediate School Dental Clinic, Brent Road (07 345 6670)

Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th April
· Westbrook School Dental Clinic (07 347 6242)

After hours or emergency – please contact Lakes Primecare or ED at Rotorua Hospital