June 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 5, Term 2

St Michael's Catholic School, Wednesday 24th May


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Gosh, we are halfway through term 2 and already have so much to celebrate.
Last Sunday, we came together to celebrate our school Baptism, where 13 children were warmly welcomed into our parish community. This event was truly special, and I extend my deepest gratitude to Kate Keaney and Fr. Thomas for their outstanding efforts in organising this community celebration. It was lovely to see so many members of our school community at Mass for this very special celebration.
It is through these moments of unity and shared experiences that we foster a sense of belonging and create lasting memories for our students. Our school community thrives when we come together to celebrate our faith, achievements, and connections.
Our camp to Lake Whakamaru in week 3 was a resounding success. Although it was cold and wet, the children and parents had a fabulous time. We extend heartfelt thanks to the parents who joined us, providing invaluable support to our students. Special recognition goes to Shayla O'Neill and Jo Paget for their outstanding organisation, ensuring a memorable and seamless experience for all involved.

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

It has come to our attention that some vehicles are parking on the concrete pads outside the convent driveway, which is not permitted. This poses a significant risk to the safety of our children and can impede the flow of traffic. I kindly request all parents and visitors to also refrain from parking on the yellow lines outside our school.

Winter Uniform
I am pleased to announce an update to our school uniform for Term 2 and 3. In collaboration with NZ Uniforms, we have added navy cargo pants as an option for both girls and boys. These pants provide comfort, durability, and practicality, making them suitable for the colder seasons. They can be purchased from the NZ Uniform shop. Children are also permitted to wear black or navy polyprops under their school polo during the cooler months.

As we continue through Term 2 and approach the second half of the academic year, let us carry the spirit of celebration and gratitude with us.

Have a wonderful week whanau,

Rachael McLanachan
Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

Special Character

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


MIHA MAORI - First Saturday of the month, 5pm Vigil Mass at St Michael’s. All are welcome.
TOKELAUAN COMMUNITY - Third Saturday of the month, 5pm Vigil Mass at St Michael’s. All are welcome.
FILIPINO COMMUNITY - Third Friday of the month, 6pm at St Michael’s. All are welcome. INDIAN COMMUNITY - Fourth Friday of the month, 6pm at St Michael’s. All are welcome

Welcome to New Families

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

Bella Taborada (The Ark)

2024 John Paul College Enrolments / Open Day (Year 6)

Online registration for 2024 JPC enrolments are open on the JPC website https://jpc.school.nz/enrolment/

JPC will be holding two open-to-view days for prospective students. Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June from
9am - 3pm. Guided tours of the campus will depart every 30 minutes from in front of the administration building. Please allow 1 hour to complete the tour.

Health and Safety

Covid is still about in our community. Please continue to keep your child home if they have flu or cold-like symptoms. The school has covid tests if you require them.

Sports News

Please can we have last sessions touch uniforms returned back to the school from our touch players.

Player of the day

Congratualtions to the following children:


Georgia Geyer - 01/05/23
Yuana Mehta - 08/05/23
Heidi Garmonsway - 15/05/23

St Mike's Flyers
Jaylyn Uerata - 05/05/2023
Jethro Benjamin Pillai - 19/05/2023

St Mike's Saints
Tamia Petersen - 05/05/2023
Arin Simpkins - 19/05/2023


Football 13/05/23
U6 - Kayden Petersen
U7 - Joey
U8 - Milan Geye
U10 - Hunter Hughes


Maxi : Abigail Horton
Mini : Billie Tucker

Sausage Sizzle on Friday

This term the children will be able to purchase a sausage sizzle on Fridays for $2.
All orders will be taken in the classroom at 9am.

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Thursday 15th 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 Alistair Burns (Chair)

Upcoming Events For Term 2

  • Tuesday 23rd May - 26th May - Hinemoa Water Safety Programme
  • Wednesday 31st May - School Cross Country
  • Tuesday 6th June - Teachers Only Day- No School
  • Tuesday 13th June - Central Cluster Cross Country
  • Thursday 15th June - Andrew Chinn Visit / Board Meeting
  • Friday 30th June - Last day of Term 2


Basecamp Salami

Order forms were sent home last week. If you haven’t received your form please email the PTA and they will send you all details required. All orders to be placed by the 09 June 2023.

Quiz Night

The PTA are planning a fun night for the parents. Details to be released soon


We are waiting on our Honey delivery to arrive, once it arrives we will send out details.

Fun Run

Thank you everyone for the support once again, this has become one of our biggest fundraisers and the support & effect that comes with it is truly appreciated. Prizes have started arriving, once we have received all prizes it will be handed out to the children.


Top class - Mrs Knox class had the highest amount fundraised of $2367.00.
It was very tight as the classes placed 2nd & 3rd was less than $200 apart. Mrs Knox’s class will be getting pizza for lunch on Thursday.

Top Student - Ethan Carruthers, he managed to raise an incredible $9002nd & 3rd Place was Hunter & Eli Hughes raising a whooping $700 each .These students have each won a voucher for their great efforts.

There have been a few questions around how much of the money raised goes to the school. Here is a complete breakdown of funds raised:
Total funds raised - $ 7516.00
Total Deductions - $ 3457.36 (30% goes towards paying for the prizes $2593.02 that your children receive, 10% goes towards administration cost for running the online payments, advertising material etc $864.34)
Total amount school receives - $ 4058.64

PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting will be on the 7 June 2023 at 5:30pm. Please feel free to come along and join us, no commitments and no pressure to do anything.

Thank you for your ongoing support. If you have any fundraising ideas, or any connections for fundraising please feel free to email us or come along to the meeting

Thank You,
PTA Committee

Colour Fun Run Photos

Thank you for the great photos Hayley! Check out her business Facebook page Lightbook Photo or her website here https://www.lightbookphoto.com/
Photos can be viewed and downloaded at: Fun Run Photos 2023
To access the gallery, use the following case-sensitive password: LBFR23
Use the following 4-digit PIN to download photos : 7688