June 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 7, Term 2

St Michael's Catholic School, Wednesday 7th June


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

The past few weeks have been very busy for our students and staff.
It is wonderful to see our senior children taking full advantage of the free swimming lessons that the Rotorua Swim School provide our school. As a reminder, please ensure that your child brings their togs for the rest of this week.
In other news, we have school interviews scheduled for next week. To book your slot, please log in to our school interviews portal at: https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/code/k5k7k
This is a valuable opportunity for you to discuss your child's progress with their teacher and address any concerns you may have. As teachers will be involved in interviews from 2pm on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, we ask if possible, parents collect their children at 1:45pm on both days. We will have staff available to supervise children who are unable to be picked up.
I would also like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the children who recently received their First Communion and Confirmation at St. Michael's Church. It is a significant milestone in their spiritual journey, and we are proud of their commitment and dedication.
Last week, a group of senior students represented our school in a chess tournament held at St. Mary's School. They showcased their strategic skills and sportsmanship, making us all very proud. Well done to Grayson Burns who came third overall in the Rookie category.
Finally, I would like to express our gratitude to the parents who volunteered as marshals and provided support during our recent Cross Country event. Your presence and assistance were instrumental in ensuring its success. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our school community.

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting enrolments from siblings of families who are already part of our school community. This allows us to better plan our staffing and resources. If you have siblings of a child who would like to join our school this year or early next year, we encourage you to get in touch with the office or drop off the enrolment forms as soon as possible.
Our school is also accepting enrolments from individuals who hold preference status within our community. If you or someone you know qualifies for preference status, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.
However, we want to inform you that there is currently a waiting list for non-preference enrolments. While we value every application, we must prioritise those who meet the preference criteria.

It is with mixed emotions that we bid farewell to Kate Keaney, our dedicated Junior Team Leader and Director of Religious Studies (DRS). We are proud to announce that Kate has accepted a new position as a PE teacher at John Paul College. While we are sad to see her go, we are thrilled for her as she embarks on this exciting new chapter in her career. Kate has been an exceptional leader and teacher, always going above and beyond to support our students and staff. Her passion for teaching and commitment to fostering a positive learning environment have made a lasting impact on our school community. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Kate for her unwavering dedication and wish her the very best in her future endeavors at John Paul College. She will be greatly missed, by staff and students.
We welcome Jo Fleet to our staff as Year 2/3 teacher in the Ark for the remainder of the year.

Have a great 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

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.
Indian Community - Fourth Friday of the month, 6pm at St Michael’s.

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.

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)

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

Upcoming Events For Term 2

  • Tuesday 13th June - Central Cluster Cross Country
  • Tuesday 13th June -Wednesday 14th - Parent Interviews
  • Thursday 15th June - Andrew Chinn Visit / Board Meeting
  • Wednesday 21st June - Hearing & Vision Testing
  • Friday 30th June - Last day of Term 2

Sports News

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

Player of the day

Congratulations to the following children:


St Mike's Angels - Kylan Knight 29/05/2023
St Mike's Flyers - Amelia Knight 26/05/2023
St Mike's Saints - Eli Hughes 26/05/2023


Tigers - Kawana Phillips
Panthers - Mecah Petersen
Pumas - Jethro Pillai
Lions - Grayson Burns


Great wins for both teams! Keep it up!
Maxi : Eden Tucker
Mini : Yuana Mehta

Cross Country Results

8 year old girls
1st Alida Assen
2nd Kyra Garmonsway
3rd Esmee Brooks

8 year old boys
1st Max Clough-Corbett
2nd Tairawhiti Potae
3rd Vasa Wallace

9 year old girls
1st Sonia Wilson
2nd Pamodya Jayawickrama Vithanage
3rd Eden Tucker

9 year old boys
1st Eli Hughes
2nd Hunter Hughes
3rd Jerome Assen

10 year old girls
1st Zoe Cooper
2nd Maia Mercer
3rd Kaitlyn Seng

10 year old boys
1st Arin Simpkins
2nd Mason O’Connor
3rd Kahlil Madrid

11 year old girls
1st Sariya Lo
2nd Madison Rahurahu

11 year old boys
1st Xanda Steed

Scholastic Book Club

Thank you to the parents that have placed their order on this Issue of Book Club! It's packed with hundreds of books from just $3.50 to help you on your child's reading journey. There is still time to order if you haven't already. Please have orders in by Wednesday 14th of June.


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

Get your tram together for a fun filled night!
Date: Friday 23rd June
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm (prompt start)
Place: School Hall


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

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

Community News

Edventure Young Explorers Camp Mon 10th - Thu 13th July (2nd week of the holidays)
We have an amazing week lined up with bush walks, archery, air rifle, rock climbing, fire building and cooking, hut building, tenting (optional), orienteering, team building and confidence activities, & night activities. Based at Aongatete Lodge- near Katikati.

Check out the NEW: Edventure Tauranga Facebook Page;
or e-mail: todd@edventure.co.nz for more information.

Todd Burton
Edventure Tauranga
0275 349 949

After School Painting, Illustrating and Mosaic Classes

With Janet Keen
Thursday 3:30pm to 4.30pm or 4:35-5:35pm
Enrolling new people now.
Ages 7 and upwards welcome
Adults at kids prices
374 Clayton Road, Rotorua
Text Janet on 027 351 3887 for more details.
email: janet@jkeen.net