August 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 3, Term 3

St Michael's Catholic School, Wednesday 2nd August


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

We had another very busy week last week at St Michael's.
First, I wish to congratulate our senior Kapa Haka Roopu lead by Whaea Kelly, for their outstanding performance at the Kahui Ako Ahurei held at Aquinas College in Tauranga last week. We were bursting with pride as our talented students represented our school with mana and passion.

Last week we also celebrated Grandparents Day with a Mass conducted by Fr Prakash. We were delighted to have so many grandparents spending precious time with us, taking part in various activities and sharing cherished moments.

Thanks to the efforts of Bruce Norman, we have secured funding to improve our school hall sound system. This enhancement will ensure that we can showcase our students' incredible talents in the best possible way during various events later this year. Be prepared for some awe-inspiring performances!
Bruce has also secured funding to purchase musical instruments for our school. This will enable us to offer guitar, ukulele, and drumming lessons to our students, providing them with even more opportunities to explore their musical passions and talents.

It has come to my attention that some children are bringing expensive digital devices such as phones, smart watches and ipads to school. At St. Michael's, we are fully equipped with devices that children can use for educational purposes. Therefore, it is not necessary for them to bring personal devices from home. Devices brought from home, especially those with the ability to connect to the internet, can pose challenges for our teachers to monitor and manage effectively in the classroom. They may also cause disruptions to the learning environment. To ensure a focused and conducive atmosphere for all students, we kindly request that if your child possesses an Apple watch, smartwatch, or any other similar device, they be kept at home during school hours.
Please understand that we cannot take responsibility for any lost toys or devices that are brought onto the school premises. We want to maintain a safe and secure environment for all students.
Your cooperation in adhering to this guideline is highly appreciated.
We are incredibly grateful for the continued support and involvement of our parents and community members. Together, we are making St. Michael's Catholic School an exceptional place of learning and growth for our students.
As always, we encourage you to stay connected with our school events and activities through our website, School App and Seesaw. Your active participation and support are what make our school community truly special.

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.

Health and Safety

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.

Head Lice
Head lice and nits are a common problem among school-aged children and can affect the whole school community. Lice and nits can easily spread from one person to another through close head-to-head contact or sharing personal items. The Ministry of Health recommends that students with live lice should stay away from school until treatment has started.

Management and treatment
Parent/Caregiver responsibilities
Parents/Caregivers are primarily responsible for identifying, treating, and preventing head lice by:
  • checking their child's hair regularly for signs of head lice or nits
  • treating the head lice or nits (e.g. combing and using a head lice shampoo/lotion)
  • informing the school if their child has head lice so that notification and treatment information can be shared as appropriate.

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; 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 and use the following login details:
Username: stmichaelsrotorua
Password: community

Upcoming Events For Term 3

  • 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

PTA News

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.

Sports News

Player of the day

Congratulations to the following children:


St Mike's Angels - Kylan Knight 17/7/23
St Mike's Angels - Gavesh Jayawickrama Vithanage - 31/07/23
St Mikes saints - Ricoh Amotawa 30/06/23
St Mike's Saints - 21/7/23
St Mike's Flyers-21/7/23


Tigers - Aleeza Patel
Panthers - Zaiden Sleet
Pumas - Henry Hall
Lions - Gia Geyer

Tigers - Mecah Petersen
Panthers - Kayden Petersen
Puma’s- Connor Geyer
Lions - Eli Hughes


Maxi : Kyra Garmonsway
Mini : Angelina Elliot

Maxi: Khloey Benham
Mini: Khloey

Junior Tough Guy Tough Girl Challenge

We wanted to inform you about the upcoming Tough Guy Tough Gal Challenge, which will be held at Lakes Ranch on August 24th and 25th. While the school won't be participating as a group this year, we wanted to let you know that individual registrations are still possible.

If your child is interested in taking part in this exciting challenge, they can be individually registered by visiting the event's official website. If you decide to register your child for the Tough Guy Tough Gal Challenge, please inform their teacher in advance if they won't be attending school on the event days.

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.