Newsletter Week 1, Term 2

St Michael's Catholic School Rotorua, Wednesday 4th May


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Welcome to Term 2! May the 4th be with you!

This term our localised curriculum focus is Kaitiakitanga.

In Te Ao Maori kaitiakitanga means guardianship, protection, preservation or sheltering. It is a way of managing the environment, based on the traditional Māori world view.

The basic meaning of ‘tiaki’ is to guard, but it also means to preserve, keep, conserve, nurture, protect and watch over. The prefix ‘kai’ with the verb ‘tiaki’ denotes the agent of the action of ‘tiaki’. Therefore, a kaitiaki is a guardian, keeper, preserver, conservator or protector. The addition of ‘tanga’ denotes preservation, conservation and protection.

As a community we want to instil an interest in kaitiakitanga within our tamariki. We believe it is important for our children to learn how to applying ideas about preservation, conservation, repair and utilisation of environments for the present and future generations. We hope that Kaitiakitanga will invite and inspire our tamariki to form and maintain relationships with the environment in which they live. Kaitiakitanga also fits in well with our Special Charater, as we are called to care for God's creation.

As part of this learning, we have decided to take the whole school on a trip to the Hamilton Zoo to inspire conservation action in our students. This trip will take place on Wednesday 15 June. More information will follow but if you wish to come along, keep this day free!

May is the month dedicated to Mary, the month during which we celebrate the two great feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost and the dedication of Mary as the Mother of the Church. In the Catholic Church, we remember Mary through a special prayer dedicated to her, the Rosary.

The Rosary is a form of meditative prayer. It's a reflection on the life, ministry, and death of Jesus and of His Blessed Mother.

As we celebrate and remember Mary, we also remember our own mothers and dedicate this Sunday to recognising mums, grandmothers, stepmoms, mothers-to-be and all women who in and through their lives encompass the qualities of motherhood.

We wish all our mothers a happy and peace filled day on Sunday.

Ma te Atua koutou e manaaki,

Rachael McLanachan

Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

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Special Character


Dear Friends in Christ, Our Risen Lord invites us to guard against the complacency that can stifle our faith and make us mediocre Christians.

Let us keep our focus on Jesus our Risen Lord and He will keep our hearts burning with love for Him and the zeal to be witnesses of the Good News of salvation for the world. Amen.

The Month of May is dedicated to Mother Mary.

Let us grow in our devotion to Mary by reciting the Rosary everyday before the Holy Mass during the month of May. All are invited.

The artwork, Ko Hata Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua, which was commissioned and blessed to commemorate the rededication of Aotearoa under the care of Mary, Mother of God Assumed into Heaven, is scheduled to come to our Parish and be held here from 28th May to 2nd June.

Let us prepare for these important days to grow in our love for Mary our Mother by reciting the common Rosary during the Month of May. Details of the programme will be sent later.

The Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion will be held on 4th June Saturday night in St Michael’s Church, and 5th June Sunday in St Mary’s Church.

Let us keep all the children in our prayers.

We welcome back all the Students, Staff, and Teachers at our Schools as they begin their Second Term, and pray for their learning, good health, safety, and security.

The parish looks forward to welcoming you all in the Church dear friends. We offer all of you dear parishioners and friends to the hands of God and pray through the powerful intercession of our Mother Mary. Have a peaceful and successful month ahead.

Yours in the Heart of Mary,

Fr Thomas cmf

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.

Mannat Kaur ( The Ark) sibling of Sukhnoor .

Vasa Wallace (Eden 6)

Goal Setting Whanau Meetings - Teacher Only Day

Parent/ Teacher Goal Setting Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday 8 June. School will be closed for instruction for that day but please let us know if this causes issues for your whanau.

Parents can book for this event by clicking on the link below and entering the event code wwdvt

2023 John Paul College Enrolments

Online registration for 2023 JPC enrolments are now open on the JPC website

The 2023 enrolment process time frame is as follows:

• 1st March – online registration portal is opened

• 21st May 2022 – Open Day – 8.30am to 12.30pm

• 27th May 2022 – online registrations close

• June 2022 – enrolment interviews held (dates TBC)

• 2023 enrolment acceptances notified before 8th July

• Placement Test / Orientation dates to be confirmed (October? November?)

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.

Sport News

Winter sports this term:

Maxi Hockey starts on Saturday 28th May with 10 weeks of competition games, then semi finals & finals.

Mini Hockey starts on Saturday 28th May with 12 weeks of games.

Funsticks Starts on Saturday 18th June

For all enquiries please see Rachael McLanachan.

Saturday Soccer ( Football) also commences this term. For all enquiries contact Tamsyn Petersen.

Health and Safety

Children with colds or flu-like symptoms are not permitted to attend school. Any children displaying these symptoms will be sent home. They must then get a COVID test and return a negative test before returning to school.

Please remember that if someone in your household has tested positive, your child needs to isolate with you. Please do not send your child to school if there is a close contact at home with Covid. We thank you for all doing your part to keep our school community safe.

Helpful Link:

Caring for a child with Covid

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School Absentees

If children are to be away, for whatever reason, could you still please complete an absentee email via the SchoolApp for each day. You are able to indicate on that form a range of dates if your child is going to be away for several days. You can also ring the office or leave a message on the school voicemail (07) 348-1362. This is a big help for administration purposes. Thank you.

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Thursday 19th of May

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 Nick Horton (Chair)

Upcoming Events For Term 2

  • EPro 8 Internal School Event Wednesday 18 May
  • BOT Meeting - Thursday 19 May
  • Class Photo Day - Monday 23 May
  • Year 3 - 6 Swimming Programme - Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June
  • Queens Birthday - Monday 6 June
  • Teacher Only Day / Goal Setting Whanau Meetings - Wednesday 8 June
  • Hamilton Zoo Trip - Wednesday 15 June
  • BOT Meeting - Thursday 23 June
  • Matariki Week - Monday 20 June
  • Matariki Public Holiday - Friday 24 June
  • End of Term 2 - Friday 8 July

Lunchtime Activities

Our teachers are offering a variety of lunchtime activities this term. Encourage your child to get involved and learn something new.

Monday - Gymnastics/ Chess/ Juggling

Tuesday - Lego/ Miniball practice for Mrs Keaney's team

Wednesday - Ukulele (Year 3 - 6)/ Dance

Thursday - Young Vinnies / Enviro Club

Friday - Skate Club/ Bucket Drumming

PTA News

PTA Mothers Day Stall: Your child can purchase a $3 gift for Mothers Day from the

School Library at lunchtimes today, Thursday and Friday.

If you have any concerns or issues please email


PTA Committee

Friday Sausage Sizzle

During Term 2 the children will be able to purchase a BBQ sausage and bread for $2.

All orders will be taken in the classroom at 9am.

School Lunches Available Monday & Wednesday

To order lunches for Monday or Wednesday, please go online using the link Lunch orders can be done in advance using Monday or Wednesday calendar days. On the day you want lunch the order must be done by the 8am cut off. No lunch orders can be taken from the school office.

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Lucky Book Club Orders- Issue 3

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 May the 19th.

Bread on Wednesday

Bread will be available on Wednesdays between 8.30am-9.00am. Please collect your bread from outside the main office. Please bring something suitable to put your tasty treats in upon collection.

Community News

Join the primier swimming club in Rotorua


Marching is a great sport for young girls, it offers:

Meeting new people

Making new friends

Learning self control

Musical enjoyment

Travel opportunities

Personal achievement

Team & self discipline

Physical fitness


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