May 2024 Edition
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Newsletter Week 1, Term 2

St Michael's Catholic School, Thursday 2nd May


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Welcome back, everyone, to Term 2 at St Michael's Catholic School!
As we embrace the cooler weather, it's time to dust off those winter woolies. Our standard uniform remains unchanged, but during the winter months, students may layer up with a navy or black polyprop under their t-shirt. For girls, tights under the skort are permitted, and boys are to wear long grey socks. NZ Uniforms offers navy blue long pants for all.
Remember, shoes should be black only; let's avoid multi-coloured sports shoes this term.
With the onset of winter illnesses, please keep a close eye on your child's health. If they're too unwell for school, it's best they stay home. However, if they're feeling up to it, sniffles are manageable – teachers have tissues at the ready in their classrooms.
Excitement mounts as winter sports codes kick off this term! Stay tuned for updates via the School App and Seesaw.
Tomorrow, we're all gearing up for the Mini Marathon at the Government Gardens. Parents, you're invited to join us and cheer on the children as they conquer the last 2 km of the Rotorua Marathon.
Get ready for another exciting term filled with learning, laughter, and memorable moments.
Here's to a fantastic Term 2 ahead!

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 5 May: Gospel, John 15:9-17
"I have loved you just as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete. This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you. No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you. I shall no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know the master's business; I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father. You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name. My command to you is to love one another"

For children, this Gospel reading from John 15:9-17 is like a loving message from Jesus to them.

1. Jesus Loves Us: Just like how Jesus is loved by God the Father, he loves us deeply. He wants us to feel that love and stay close to it.

2. Staying in Jesus' Love: Jesus tells us that if we follow his teachings and show love to others, we stay connected to his love. It's like being wrapped in a warm blanket of love that keeps us safe and happy.

3. Complete Joy: Jesus wants us to be really, really happy. By following his commandments and loving others, we can have joy that fills our hearts completely.

4. Love One Another: This is the most important thing Jesus wants us to do. He wants us to love each other just as much as he loves us. That means being kind, caring, and helping each other out whenever we can.

5. Being Jesus' Friends: Jesus calls us his friends when we do what he asks. Friends share things with each other and help each other out. Jesus wants to share his love and teachings with us because he cares about us like a friend does.

6. Bearing Fruit: Jesus wants us to do good things and help others. When we do these good things, it's like planting seeds that grow into fruit. This fruit represents the good things we do that make the world a better place.

7. Asking in Jesus' Name: Jesus promises that if we pray to God in his name and according to his teachings, God will give us what we ask for. It's like having a special connection to God through Jesus.

So, the main message for children is to love others, follow Jesus' teachings, and find joy in being connected to Jesus' love.

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

Alter Servers
If you have a child who has been Confirmed and received First Holy Communion and would like
to serve at the Sunday Masses, please contact Andrea: 07 348 0289. Details required are phone numbers and email addresses. James Kilkelly will be in charge of training these children which will commence Friday 10 May, 3.30pm

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.

2025 John Paul College Enrolments

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

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!
  • A reminder please to call the office/send a absentee through the Schoolapp if your child is going to be away sick or for any other reason. It is important for the safety of our children that we know that those children who are meant to be at school have arrived safely. If we are not given a reason for an absence, the absence automatically gets labelled as “Truant” after five days.

Upcoming events for Term 2:

  • Friday 3 May - Mini Marathon ( Events Centre)
  • Tuesday 7 May - PTA Meeting
  • Thursday 9 May Ascension Liturgy
  • Tuesday 14 May- BOT Meeting
  • Friday 17 May - Pentecost Liturgy

Sports News

Sports Uniforms

As we prepare for the upcoming winter sports season, we kindly request that any sports uniforms you may have at home be returned to us as soon as possible. These uniforms are needed to reissue to our winter sports codes.
Specifically, we are in urgent need of the Touch uniforms from last year and those from this year's Touch teams. Additionally, there are outstanding netball and miniball uniforms from last year that have not yet been returned.
Please note that if the uniforms are not returned, we will need to invoice the families that have not yet returned them. This is to ensure that we can reissue uniforms to our winter sports teams promptly.

Winter Sport

The hockey season begins on Saturday 11 May. Thank you to our wonderful parents who have offered to coach and manage our teams this year. Keep an eye out for a notice with training session times and game information.

Starts next week. Coaches will be in touch with training and game times for those that are playing or parents can download the GameDay App for game times in each grade.

Starts next Saturday the 11th May. Coaches / Team Managers will be in touch with training and game information.

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 Joseph Assen (Chair)

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

  • 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.

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