July 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 1, Term 3

St Michael's Catholic School, Wednesday 19th July


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Welcome back! We hope you and your children had a restful and enjoyable holiday break. We are all looking forward to another exciting term at St Michael's Catholic School.

Upcoming Events

Grandparents' Day Mass and Morning Tea - Tuesday, 25th July: On Tuesday, 25th July, we will be celebrating Grandparents' Day with a special Mass followed by time in classrooms and a morning tea. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to honor and appreciate their grandparents. We warmly invite all grandparents to join us for this special occasion. Please ensure they are aware of the date and encourage them to attend.

Faithbased Kahui Ako Ahurei - Wednesday, 26th July:
We are excited to announce that on Wednesday, 26th July, our Kapa Haka Roopu will be participating in our Kahui Ako Ahurei at Aquinas College in Tauranga. We encourage parents to come and support their children during this event.

Early Finish at 12pm - Wednesday, 16th August:
Please be advised that on Wednesday, 16th August, school will be closing at 12pm for all students. This early finish is to accommodate for Catholic Character PLD for our teachers. We appreciate your understanding and support in allowing our staff to enhance their skills in promoting our school's Catholic character.

Nga Korero o Te Kura education programme:
In week 7 and 8 classes will be attending the Nga Korero o Te Kura education programme. This programme is aimed at uncovering the fascinating history of the area in which our school is situated, delving into the past and exploring the stories, people, and events that have shaped our school community. With the guidance of the knowledgeable museum education team, our students will have the opportunity to engage with taonga, landmarks, maps, objects, and photographs that hold the key to unlocking the rich tapestry of our school's history. Through interactive sessions, we will unravel the mysteries of our schools past, shedding light on the significant moments and individuals that have contributed to the evolution of our community.

These are just a few of the upcoming events and important dates for Term 3.
Thank you for your continued support and involvement in the life of our school. Together, we can make this term a successful and memorable one for our students.

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. We have the forms you need to fill out at our school office. Give Cristy a call if you wish for a form to be sent home.

Welcome to New Families

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

Cruze Goodwin (The Ark 10)
Izel Shelin (The Ark 10)
Montana Foote (Galilee 7)

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.

Important Note: If your child has asthma, it is crucial to ensure they have access to an inhaler at all times. For the safety and convenience of younger children, an inhaler should be kept in their classroom with their classroom teacher, while older children should carry their inhalers in their bags.

Absence Notification Procedure

If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, we kindly ask that you follow one of the two options for notifying us:
  • School App: Please use the school app to report your child's absence. You can find a dedicated section within the app where you can provide the necessary details about the absence.
  • Call the Office: Alternatively, you can call the school office directly to inform us about your child's absence
It is crucial that you use one of these official channels to report absences. While we understand that some parents may prefer to privately message the teachers on Seesaw, there is a possibility that the message may not reach the teacher promptly or that they may be away, resulting in a delay in recording the absence.
By following the official absence notification procedure, you help us ensure the safety and well-being of your child. It also helps us keep accurate attendance records and enables us to respond quickly in case of any emergency.

School Resources

We kindly request your help in locating and returning any school journals, library books, or sports uniforms that might still be at home.
Please have your child bring these items back to school and hand them to their respective teachers.
Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring our school resources are accounted for. We appreciate your support in providing an excellent educational experience for all our students.

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 3

  • Grandparents Day - Tuesday 25 July @ 9:15am in the school hall
  • Faithbased Kahui Ako Ahurei - Wednesday 26 July in Tauranga
  • Board Meeting - Thursday 3 August @ 6pm
  • Early Finish - Wednesday 16 August @ 12pm
  • School Mass - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Tuesday 15 August
  • Kahui Ako STEM Day @ St Mary's - Wednesday 6 September
  • School Speech Competition - Thursday 7 September
  • School Photo Day - Friday 8 September
  • MIGS Gymnastic Competition - Friday 15 September

Sports News

Player of the day

Congratulations to the following children:


St Mike's Saints - Hunter Hughes - 30/06/23
St Mike's Flyers- Finau Stokes- kaukau 30/06/23


24/06 - Games were rained off
01/07 - All teams had a bye


Maxi : Khloey Benham
Mini : Ethan King

Maxi: Emma Hislop

PTA News

Next PTA meeting 26/07/23 time TBC

Quiz Night:
Thank you to all that supported the quiz night. It was a huge success and we cant wait to do it again next year. We raised $2130.83. Thank you to our Quiz master Nick Horton for keeping our teams on their toes.
1st place - Puddings & Pages
2nd place - Too Fun
3rd place - Fizmits

Honey jars can be purchased & collected from the school office. Payment options are Cash or Eftpos.
Multifloral 1kg jar - $25
Multifloral 500g jar - $15
Lemon Honey 500g jar - $20
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.

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