June 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 9, Term 2

St Michael's Catholic School, Wednesday 21st June


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Last Thursday, our school had the pleasure of hosting Andrew Chinn, who delighted our students with his incredible songs. They had a fantastic time singing along and the hall was filled with energy! We extend a big thank you to Andrew Chinn for sharing his talent and making it such a memorable experience.
We had a beautiful liturgy to celebrate the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday. We reflected on Jesus' love and compassion, reminding us of the importance of kindness and forgiveness.
This week, we were proud to host the Weetbix TRY event at our school. Our students demonstrated their running skills and worked together in fun activities and friendly competition. Their enthusiasm was inspiring. We appreciate Weetbix and Sport BOP for organising this event that promotes the health and well-being of our students.
I would like to express gratitude to our dedicated staff and parent volunteers who made the Weetbix TRY event possible. Your support is greatly valued.

We are thrilled to introduce our brand-new website. https://www.stmichaelsrotorua.school.nz/
Say goodbye to scattered newsletters, missed school alerts, and forgotten calendar events. With our revamped website, we've streamlined the way you access vital information about your child's school life.
Now, you can easily stay up-to-date with the latest news, announcements, and important updates, all in one convenient location.

We have noticed a concerning trend of children arriving late to school on a regular basis. It is crucial that your child arrives on time as it greatly impacts their learning throughout the day. Late arrivals disrupt teachers' lessons and the learning of other children. Moreover, when a child arrives late, they often feel lost and unsure of what to do, causing further interruptions. Teachers have to repeat the morning session for the latecomer, which is frustrating for everyone involved. We kindly request that you ensure your child is at school by 8:45am so they can have ample time with their friends and properly prepare for the day ahead.
Our teachers are actively monitoring late arrivals, and we will be reaching out to parents to discuss how we can assist in ensuring your child arrives at school on time. We look forward to discussing strategies and finding solutions that will help your child start their day on the right foot.

As we come to the end of another busy term, we are thankful for the enriching experiences our school community has enjoyed and we look forward to more exciting events and learning in term 3.

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.

Sacraments of Initiation

We will be starting the next programme of Sacraments of Initiation, (Baptism,
Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, and Reconciliation) beginning Thursday 3rd August
2023 at 5pm. This program is for unbaptised children only.

You can start registering the names of your Child / Children 8 years and above at
the Parish Office from June 19th during Office hours only.
The Parish Office is open 8am until 2pm Tuesdays through to Fridays.
Registrations will close at 2pm Friday 28th July.

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.

Elora Encabo (Galilee 1)
Travis Encabo (Galilee 3)
Trevor Encabo (Galilee 3)

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 3rd August
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

  • Wednesday 21st June - Hearing & Vision Testing
  • Thursday 22 June - Year 5 / 6 attending the WHHS production of The School of Rock
  • Tuesday 27 June - Miss O'Neill's class, field trip to Whakarewarewa Village
  • Friday 23 June - PTA Quiz Night
  • Friday 30th June - Caritas Mufti Mania/ 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 - Elias Martinez Karaka 12/06/23
St Mike's Angels - Kayden Petersen 19/06/23
St Mike's Flyers - Hunter Hughes - 16/06/23
St Mike's Saints - Pamodya Jayawickrama Vithanage 16/06/23


Tigers - Teaghan Morta
Panthers - Sukhnoor Kaur
Puma’s - Ethan King
Lions - Channing Du Toit

Tigers - Mannat Kaur
Panthers - Kayden Petersen
Puma’s - Georgia Geyer
Lions - Ella Burton


Maxi : Jerome Assen
Mini : Sophie Chapman

Maxi: Caiden Hislop
Mini: Angelina Elliott


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.


Basecamp Salami
Thank you everyone for your orders. We will send an update once the we receive the delivery. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Quiz Night
Get your team of 6 together and join us for a fun Quiz night on the 23/06/23 at 6:30pm. $90 per team ($15pp) and this includes a snack platter for the table. Food & drinks will be on sale on the night. There will be raffles & auctions on the night. Please be aware this event is R18. Email the pta@stmichaelsrotorua.school.nz to register your team.

Our Honey supply has arrived. Honey jars can be purchased & collected from the school office. Payment options are Cash or Eftpos. There are a limited number of jars available so get in quick. A huge thank you to Mr & Mrs Knox for their continued support and making this fundraiser possible.
Multifloral 1kg jar - $25
Multifloral 500g jar - $15
Lemon Honey 500g jar - $20

Please email any fundraising ideas to the PTA. We welcome anyone to come along & join us, there is never any pressure for commitment, everyone offers their time when they can and together we create amazing opportunities for our kids and community.
PTA Committee

Community News

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