August 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 5, Term 3

St Michael's Catholic School, Wednesday 16th August


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Assumption of Mary Celebration:
We were delighted to come together at St. Mary's Church on Tuesday to celebrate the Assumption of Our Mother, Mary. It was a heartwarming Mass where we shared this significant feast day with Fr. Thomas, and the staff and children of St. Mary's School.

St. Mary Mackillop Day Liturgy:
Last Tuesday, we celebrated St. Mary Mackillop Day with a school-wide liturgy. Our middle school tamariki showcased their leadership skills as they led us in prayer, making the day even more special.

Music Enrichment with Instruments:
Exciting news! We are thrilled to announce that we've secured funding for musical instruments. Bruce Norman and I will be offering music lessons to any child interested in learning to play the guitar or ukulele. Stay tuned for updates on Bruce's availability – currently, lessons are being planned to take place before school at 8:15am. More detailed information will be provided soon.

Reminder: Early Closure for PLD @ 12am
This Wednesday, we have arranged for an early school closure. Our dedicated teachers will have the opportunity to engage with Cynthia Piper from the Catholic Theological College, exploring the theme of "What Catholics Believe." This occasion presents a valuable chance for our staff to collaborate and collectively deepen our faith. We look forward to this enriching experience.

In the coming weeks:
Our senior and middle school students will get the chance to experience Rippa Rugby, with a skilled coach from Sport BOP coming in to spark their enthusiasm.
In week 7 and 8, the whole school will be engaged in the Nga Korero o Te Kura education programme - our school history, with the Rotorua Museum Education Team.
Also in week 8, a group of senior students will be taking part in the Kahui Ako STEM day at St Mary's.
Our school speech competition will also take place in week 8. Our students are busy writing and practicing their speeches this week.
In week 10, we have the BOP Winter Field Day and the MIGS Gymnastics Competition.
Keep an eye on Seesaw and the School App for further information of upcoming events.

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.

Welcome to New Family

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

Encio Catena ( The Ark 10)

Health and Safety

Do you know what to do if you notice a hazard on our school grounds (e.g. broken glass)? The best thing to do is to notify staff or a teacher immediately. The hazard can then be taken care of and written up in our Hazards Register.

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 7th September
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)

Each term, the whole school community is invited to review and comment on specific policies and procedures. This feedback is captured using the review button on topics that are under review.
Currently we are reviewing the following policies:
  • Inclusive Education
  • Māori Educational Success
  • Learning Support
    Learning Support Coordination
    Identify Learning Support
    Gifted Learners
Log on to School Docs to have your say.
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

  • Early Finish - Wednesday 16 August @ 12pm
  • Nga Korero o Te Kura education programme - 28 August and 4 September.
  • Kahui Ako STEM Day @ St Mary's - Wednesday 6 September
  • School Speech Competition - Thursday 7 September
  • School Photo Day - Friday 8 September
  • Winter Sport Field Day - Wednesday 3 September
  • MIGS Gymnastic Competition - Friday 15 September

PTA News

There is still Honey for sale if anyone hasn’t stocked up yet or if anyone has finished their stock & needs to replenish. This fundraiser will run for the remainder of the 3rd term or until we sell out.

Father’s Day Stall
29-31 August 2023 in the library
$3 a gift

Whittaker’s Chocolate Fundraiser
The PTA is looking at doing a chocolate fundraiser this year in place of our McDonald’s fundraiser for the 3rd term. We will send out details once we have all the required information.

PTA Meeting
Next PTA Meeting will be on the 31/08/23 at 5pm in the staffroom. All welcome.

Sports News

Summer Netball
Letters have gone home to children that have indicated interest in being part of a St Michaels Netball team. Please go to the school app on the newsletters tab if you would like to view the newsletter. Registrations need to be back to school by the 30th of August.

Player of the day

Congratulations to the following children:


07/08/23-Kayden Petersen

11/08/23 - Finau Stokes-Kaukau

04/08/23 - Tristan Shaw
11/08/23 - Arin Simpkins


Tigers - Teaghan Morta
Pumas - Ethan King
Panthers - Joey Hewlett
Lions - Tamia Petersen

A very if big thank you to all the parents for their support and help whilst we were on duty!

Tigers – Mannat Kaur
Panthers – Zaiden Sleet
Puma’s – No Game
Lions – Maia Mercer


Maxi: Jerome Assen

Maxi: Eden Tucker
Mini: Shrey Chandra

Special Mention

Well done to Avani Bourne who achieved several placings at her recent dance competition!

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.

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