Newsletter Week 1, Term 4

St Michael's School Rotorua 21st October 2022


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

I hope you were all able to spend some quality family time with your tamariki over the holiday break and that the children are rested ready for a busy last nine weeks of 2022.

All classes are participating in the Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme this term.

This programme is a comprehensive child abuse prevention programme for schools.

The purpose is to:

  • teach students a range of safe practices that they can use when interacting with other people, both online and face to face
  • teach students how to recognise the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and encourage students who have been or are being abused to seek help
  • prevent abuse by making parents and teachers more aware of their responsibilities to help students avoid abuse.

If you require more information about the Keeping Ourselves Safe Programme, please come in and have a chat with your child's classroom teacher. Or follow the link which has information for parents.

We also have Katie and Harold from Life Education visiting this term. The focus for this year's lessons is making healthy food choices and why it is important to eat a balanced diet. The kids love visiting Harold in the interactive classroom so I am sure you will hear all about it.

We have a lot planned for this term, so please keep an eye on Seesaw, the School App and newsletters so you can keep up with everything. Term 4 has a tendency to be very busy and can get away from us, before we know it, it's Christmas! Just 64 days to go and only 38 school days left! Not that anyone is counting!

Have a great long weekend, and let's hope for some summery weather!

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


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

Shrey Chandra (The Ark)

Ayva Mose ( The Ark)

Health and Safety

Covid is still about in our community, we had five staff members sick over the holidays. Please continue to keep your child home if they have flu or cold-like symptoms. The school has covid tests if you require them.

Juicies on Friday

During Term 4 the children will be able to purchase a nice cold juicie for $2.

All orders will be taken in the classroom at 9am. This will take over the sausage sizzle.

Wednesday School Lunches

This term lunch orders are done online through Ka Pai Kai on Wednesday only. Details are set out below. They really look forward to your support. Check out the website and look at all the lunch options.
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Sport News

Sports Uniforms:

Many thanks to those families who have returned their sports uniforms, it has been most appreciated. There are still a few who have not returned their uniforms, parents please have a good look at home and return these as soon as possible. For any outstanding uniforms that have not been returned, families will be invoiced the cost to replace these.

If you are attending your child/children's sporting events and have some good photos to share, please send to with a short description.

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Thursday 3rd of November

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."

Upcoming Events For Term 4

  • Labour Day - 24 October - School is closed.
  • Life Education Visit - 27th October - 1st November
  • School Athletics Day - Wednesday 2nd November
  • BOT meeting - 3 November
  • Poem Week 21st November - 25th November
  • All Saints Day - 1 November
  • All Souls Day - 2 November
  • Cricket Lessons begin for Galilee - 9 November
  • Ka Hui Ako Hapa Haka Ahurei - 11 November
  • Inter School Athletics - 16 November
  • Advent Liturgy - 28 November
  • Whole School Prizegiving - 7 December@1pm
  • BOT Meeting - 8 December
  • Christmas in the Park - 9 December
  • Blue Lake Picnic - 12 December
  • Big Day Out - Year 6 @ St Mary's School 13 December
  • Whole School Leavers Mass - 14 December@5pm
  • Last Day of 2022 - 15 December@12pm


Parents have been emailed their child’s unique Key Code to go online to view and purchase 2022 School Photos. ***FREE DELIVERY EXPIRES Midnight Sunday 6th NOVEMBER *** .

If you have not received an email with keycode please check your trash / spam folder.

Parents will be able to go online, order & have their purchase returned to the school at the end of a free bulk delivery period. Any order placed once the bulk deadline has lapsed will be sent to the customers delivery address at a cost.

Lucky Book Club Orders Issue 7

Booklets will have gone home. All orders must be handed into the school office or done online via the loop app or website by Thursday the 3rd of November.

PTA News

If you wish to join our small but amazing group of helpful hands please email


PTA Committee

Community News

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RimuFest Chamber Music Festival, founded by Amelia Taylor and Alejandro Larumbe, is a 6-day summer chamber music programme for beginner to advanced string players between the ages of 7-18. Students come together in a social setting using teamwork and leadership skills to create music while expanding their understanding of chamber music and strengthening their own individual ability.
Students will participate in: daily chamber coachings and rehearsals | orchestra | private lessons | masterclasses | Alexander Technique | performance opportunities

This festival includes our regular chamber music programme (9am- 2:45pm) and now includes a new programme for students with little to no chamber music experience. (9am - 12:30pm) For more information visit our website or click apply now.


Last date to apply: 20th November 2022

Notified of acceptance, waitlist, or decline: 27th November 2022
Email: with any further questions.

Ngā manaakitanga,

Amelia & Alejandro

RimuFest Directors | RimuFest Chamber Music Festival