Greetinga to all of our St Michael's families and the wider Parish community,
This week we begin to look at the strategic goals of St Michael's
PLANNING FOR SUCCESS - Strategic goal 2 - Students and parents are collaboratively involved in the learning process.Catherine McAuley is quoted as having said "Good today, better tomorrow".
This term we review seperated parents, day to day care and guardianship of our learners. As life happens, we know that many children are living within a blended family situation spending time at one home and time in other places. Our school policy states the following:
St Michael's School aims to ensure the safety, wellbeing, and security of all students by practising open and accountable child-centred decision-making. See Child Protection.
Usually, a child's parents are joint guardians of their child from birth (often referred to as natural guardians) if they are both recorded on the child's birth certificate, and/or are in a legally recognised relationship (i.e. marriage, civil union, de facto relationship).
The Family Court can appoint other adults, such as a new partner or grandparents, as guardians. A child can have more than two guardians.
The Family or High Court may appoint itself as a child's legal guardian, and may appoint the Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children to act as its agent.
Agreements and court orders
When custody arrangements are unclear
If a parent or guardian has not given the school reasonable notice of a change in custody/care arrangements for their child, the school may choose to follow the arrangement already in place. If the school has concerns about a change, it will follow the steps outlined below in Contact Rights and the School.
We ask that if you have a current court order in place that it is given to Bronwyn in the office or, if there are specific shared care arrangements that we need to know about
please do let Bronwyn know so that she can update the school's student management system. Thank you to those families who consistently update their emails, address
and phone details.
Two of our student's scooters were left at school overnight. While we try very hard to lock them away if they are left behind, on this occassion our staff missed them and subsequently they have gone missing. Now, it might be a long shot however, I would like to share images of them in the hope that perhaps, you may know of anyone from our neighbourhood who may have "borrowed" these from our school. If you have any information about the scooter's whereabouts please contact the school office.
- The senior students of St Michael's School would like to share what they have been learning in the classroom. We are rapt that our green room and team of creative teachers is providing the students with opportunities to be creative and take charge of their learning. Enjoy.
|Wed 4/3||Chess Practice in the Hall 1pm to 1.45pm -every Wednesday|
|Thurs 5/3||Class Mass for Ark departing school at 8.30am|
|Fri 6/3||Whole School Assembly at 2pm - Eden 7 children leading|
|Mon 9/3||PTA Meeting 5.30pm|
|Wed 11/3||Coffee and Cake - Parents meeting - staff room|
|Tues 17/3||St Patrick's Day School Celebrations|
|Thurs 19/3||Whole School Mass, St Michael's Church, buses leave 9am|
|Thur 19/3||Cricket Training 9-11am Y4 upwards|
|Fri 20/3||Whole School Assembly at 2pm - Eden 6 children leading|
|Fri 20/3||PTA DiSCO 5.30 - 6.30pm|
|Wed 25/3||Cricket Training 9-11am Y4 upwards|
|Thurs 26/3||BOT Meeting 6pm - staffroom|
|Fri 27/3||Whole School Assembly at 2pm - The Ark children leading|
|Tues 31/2||Rice Day|
|Wed 8/4||Stations of the Cross Liturgy 11am to 11.45 led by Galilee|
|Thurs 9/4||Amazing Race / liturgy 9.15 / last day of Term 1|
It was wonderful to see so many parents and children participate in our Pancake Breakfast last week on Shrove Tuesday. The following day was Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Many thanks to Deacon John who joined us for our liturgy in the hall and to the parents and grandparents who were able to join us. St Michael's teachers have asked for their children to become more involved in the preparation and delivery of our liturgies. You will see on our calendar of events that more liturgies are scheduled and we invite you to come along and share in the Good News as your children lead us in Faith.
Classes will be spending time working on our Caritas Unit which is done every year during this time. The information that follows gives some information about the topic and special time of the church's liturgical year is taken directly from the introduction of the Caritas Unit.
Lent is the period of preparation for Easter – a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to those in need. During this time, we have an opportunity to draw nearer to God and be transformed by the Holy Spirit. The theme for Lent 2020 is Renewed by the Spirit. Pope Francis says, ’Let yourself be transformed. Let yourself be renewed by the Spirit… do not abandon the path of love but remain ever open to his supernatural grace, which purifies and enlightens.’ (Gaudete et Exsultate #24)
Life is a journey, with mountains, valleys, and unexpected challenges. We all need time to be renewed and transformed. God is the ultimate source of truth and love. Through this season of Lent, let us reconcile with God and encounter the Spirit anew so that we can continue on the ‘path of love’.
As Pope Francis reminds us, ‘God wants to speak to the world by your life.’ (#24) Our own personal renewal should be the catalyst to bring further renewal in the lives of the people we meet. We can be the hands and feet of God, as his very ambassadors, on Earth through our words and actions.
Next week, we will be having a Mission team in our school on Thursday 12 March. They will spend time with each class during the morning. They come from Wellington and are visiting different parishes in the North Island. They will also be presenting talks for adults. Please feel welcome to attend their 90 minute talks on Tuesday 10th at 2.30 or 7pm (God), Wednesday 11th at 2.30 or 7pm (Jesus) or Thursday 12th at 2.30 or 7pm (Holy Spirit). These will be at St Mary’s Church.
This week, the Ark children will be attending Mass on Thursday morning. Please remember that the bus leaves soon after 8.30pm so that the children can be in time for when Mass starts at 9am. Children are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to share with the Parish Food bank.
Marion Brits (Director of Religious Studies)
Deacon John and Sheila Limrick will be training children who wish to become Altars Server for St Mary’s and St Michael’s. If you wish your child to become an Altar Server email Deacon John: email@example.com. A Parent is also required to be present during Altar Serving Training.
Our next Alpha beings this Tuesday the 3rd of March, this is a day-time Alpha Programme. To register, please fill out the
registration form in the back of both churches. For those who are able, I would encourage you all to consider doing Alpha or to invite family and friends to do it. It is a wonderful programme. We will also be running an evening-time Alpha beginning in September.
Besides Alpha and the Parish Mission, the Parish will be running another Catholics Returning Home Programme also beginning this Tuesday the 3rd March at 7.00 pm. Please take note of the advert in the newsletter, there is also an A5 information sheet in the back of both churches for interested persons, your family and friends.
As always everyone is invited to attend this refresher course in the Catholic faith.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS - ST MICHAEL’S
FRIDAYS - 6PM 28 FEB.TO APRIL 3RD
Friday February 28th –Leaders, Maori Community
Friday March 6th – Leaders, Youth Group
Friday March 13th – Leaders, C.W.L.
Friday March 20th – Leaders, St Vincent de Paul
Friday March 27th – Leaders, Filipino Community
Friday April 3rd – Leaders, John Paul College
Welcome to all parishioners.
A copy of the entry form and it can be entered online through www.rmcc.org.nz . Track is open for practice Wednesdays from 3pm and Sundays from 9am (outside these hours by negotiation only)
Track is open for practice Wednesdays from 3pm and Sundays from 9am (outside these hours by negotiation only)
A wonderful array of free family activities hosted in various venues around Rotorua over two fun-filled days.
Celebrating Children Around the World
Ngā Tamariki Huri I Te Ao
Sat 14 March, 10am – 3pm
Te Rā o Ngā Tamariki Ki Titokorangi
Sun 15 March, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Redwood Forest, Long Mile Road
Link for more information www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/
Kahukura JAB are holding their registration days for all current and new players who wish to play rugby this coming 2020 season at the Clubrooms on Pukuatua Street on the following dates and times:
Saturday 7th March 9am to 12 noon / Saturday 14th March 9am to 12 noon. Registration fees are $40 per player; $35 per subsequent family member. If you require any further information please contact Julian 021 810 005. FREE mouthguards for players that attend muster!
Time: 10am to 7.30pm held at Puketahero Park, Rotorua. FREE! Featuring Fran Kora and Friends. Sports: Rugby League; Maori games; Basketball; Carving and Weaving; Mau Rakau & Poi; LIve local music, Performances, Food Stalls and More
18th Feb: St Michael's Touch Stars played their first game 8 - 7 to Selwyn. Congratulations to Hunter who was player of the day.
24th Feb: St Michael's All Stars won their game and Congratulations to Rani Patel and Matthew Selwyn who shared player of the day.
25th Feb: St Michael's Touch Stars played against St Mary's and congratulations to Ricoh Amotawa for player of the day.
St Michael's Starfish won their game against Otonga Dolphins and Congratulations to Tamzyn Aitchison for player of the day.
Please join us for our whole school assembly every Friday from 2pm in the Mercy Hall.
Share our children's successes, pray with us and give thanks for our community
The Awards for Week 5 were
Alex Wilson-Hill (The Ark) for being a great learner
Galilee: Gianna Simon & Tamzyn Aitchison
Eden Rm6: Anthea Tran
Eden Rm7: Kahlil Madrid
The Ark: Eden Tucker
Amelia Knight (The Ark)
Roxanne Coker (Eden Rm6)
Luckyna Sang (Eden Rm7)
Jose Riosa and Matthew Selwyn (Galilee)
Posted: Mon 02 Mar 2020