March 2023 Edition
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Newsletter Week 6, Term 1

St Michael's Catholic School, Thursday 9th March


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Welcome to the first week of Autumn! As we farewell the summer that wasn't, we reflect on how lucky we have been in Rotorua to avoid the destructive weather that many parts of Aotearoa have experienced during the past few months. To show our support for these communities, we had a Mufti Day, raising $500 which will be included in the Hamilton Diocese Cyclone Relief Fund. The schools in the Hamilton Diocese have adopted Gisborne as the region where we are going to target our fundraising.

This term as part of our Localised Curriculum and NZ Histories curriculum, our children are learning about histories and experiences of the peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand. Last week classes visited the Rotorua Museum classroom at the Library to learn about the Te Arawa Journeys and Ihenga the Great Explorer. Through interactive learning experiences, they tracked Ihenga's journey from Maketu to Rotorua and discovered how he named the places he encountered on his journey.

Next Monday, the children in Galilee have been invited to attend the St Mary's swimming sports at the Aquatic Centre. If you are able to help out on the day, would you please get in touch with Shayla O'Neill.

Next week we celebrate St Patrick's Day. This day is very much a tradition at St Michael's when we remember the works of St Patrick and celebrate the Mercy sisters who travelled from Ireland to establish our school in 1958. Children are encouraged to come to school dressed in green and bring a plate of sweet goodies to sell at the green cake stall. The money raised this year will go towards the Hamilton Diocese Cyclone Relief Fund. We will begin our day with a liturgy in Galilee but due to the limited space we are unable to invite our community. We are all looking forward to having our hall back in use after the Easter holidays when we can invite our school community to liturgical celebrations.

Keep the afternoon of Friday 24 March free! Our PTA are busy organising the Colour Run event for our children. This is their big fundraiser event for the year with funds going towards developing an outdoor play space behind the Ark for all children to enjoy. Make sure to get your children registered so they can start raising money and earn awesome prizes.

Have a wonderful 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


MIHA MAORI - First Saturday of the month, 5pm Vigil Mass at St Michael’s. All are welcome.
TOKELAUAN COMMUNITY - Third Saturday of the month, 5pm Vigil Mass at St Michael’s. All are welcome.
FILIPINO COMMUNITY - Third Friday of the month, 6pm at St Michael’s. All are welcome. INDIAN COMMUNITY - Fourth Friday of the month, 6pm at St Michael’s. All are welcome

Parish Priest: Fr. Thomas Thanniyanickal cmf
Email: Phone: 022 565 9017
Assistant Priest: Fr. Prakash Somu cmf
Secretary: Andrea Tuki
Office Hours: Monday: Closed - Tues. - Friday.: 8am - 2.30pm
Phone: (07) 348 0289 ext. 2
Face Book: Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop, Rotorua
Postal Address: 40-44 Seddon St, Glenholme, Rotorua 3010

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.

Sariya Lo (Galilee)

2024 John Paul College Enrolments

Online registration for 2024 JPC enrolments will open on the JPC website this month

Please don't leave it too late, you will need to get a new preference card from the Parish office. Your child will not be accepted into JPC without a preference card. If this is an issue for you, please come in and speak with Rachael.

Health and Safety

St Michael's is a Sun Smart School. Please help us to keep your children sun smart by making sure they bring their named school hat everyday. We supply sun screen for the children to use during break times. Please let your child's teacher know if they have an allergy to sun screen. Children without hats will be asked to play under the trees/ in the shade.

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.

Sports News

Winter Sport Registration

Thank you to parents that have completed the paper or online form to register for 2023 winter sports. If you would like to register your child/children for winter sports please click and register on one of the form links below.

Rugby is not offered by the school. However, we can suggest Marist St Michael's, Waikite, and Kahukura as some of the local teams. ( Check out the community section at the end of this newsletter).

- Hockey is played on a Saturday morning at Smallbone Park on the hockey turf.
- Mini-Ball Juniors, Years 0-2 is played on a Monday night and Middles, Years 3/4 is played on Wednesday night and Years 5/6 on a Friday night at the Sportsdrome
- Soccer/Football is played on Saturday mornings. We are not a club. However, we are able to register a team under one of the local clubs.

If we are unable to achieve the requirements then we won't be able to register teams. More information regarding specific information related to the sports will be sent out when we receive it.

Hockey -
Miniball -
Soccer/Football -
Congratulations Pamodya for being awarded Top Junior Ballet Student for 2022 at Lakes Performing Arts Company. Well done Pamodya !What a wonderful achievement!

Juicies on Friday

This term the children will be able to purchase a nice cold juicie on Fridays for $2.
All orders will be taken in the classroom at 9am.

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Thursday 23rd March
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)

Upcoming Events For Term 1

  • Thurs 17th March - St. Patrick's Day
  • Thurs 23rd March - Caritas Rice Day
  • Fri 24th March - PTA Colour Run
  • Thurs 30th March - Galilee First Aide Training
  • Thurs 6th April - Easter Amazing Race and Last Day of Term 1

Lucky Book Club Orders Issue 2

Booklets will have gone home. All orders must be handed into the school office or done online via the loop app or website by Friday the 17th of March


Fun Run
Challenge #1 - Profiles sign up
Remember to get your child signed up so they can start fundraising (Winning Juniors vs Seniors school gets pizza for lunch on Friday)

The fun run will be held on the 24/03/23, we will have all details sent out by the end of the week. Lots more challengers to be released soon. We are looking for helpers on the day, please let us know if you are available.

Easter Raffle
There will be no Easter Raffle this year, this was to avoid children having to fundraise for both the fun run & Easter raffle at the same time. We will however have a Christmas Raffle in term 4.

Thank You,
PTA Committee