Newsletter Week 2, Term 1

St Michael's Catholic School Rotorua, Wednesday 9 February


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Welcome to the new school year. I trust you all had a wonderfully restful summer break with your whanau. 2022 is promising to be another eventful year full of exciting opportunities and challenges.

This year we are lucky to have Ruth O'Leary and Jo Fleet join our teaching staff. They will be job sharing in Eden 6 and are very much looking forward to becoming part of our St Michael's whanau. Mrs. Marion Brits has taken refreshment leave for 2022 and will return to us in 2023.

We also have new families to our school this year. A huge welcome to all the new children and their whanau, we hope you enjoy your time at St Michael's Catholic School. We currently have a small number of non preference spaces available for this year and we always welcome Catholic families to our wonderful little school. If you know of families who wish to enrol their children at St Michael's please send them to the school office for an enrolment pack.

As we are currently at Covid Red Level and are following our school procedures, some events that were planned for this term will sadly have to be postponed. We will however celebrate Pancake Tuesday but will do so within each class. Our Ash Wednesday Liturgy will also have to take place in class bubbles. Unfortunately parents will not be permitted to attend these events but we will post photos on Seesaw and the school Facebook page. Please let your child's teacher know if you are not yet connected to Seesaw or the School App. You will be missing vital information if you are not connected.

Rachael McLanachan

Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

Red Level Procedures Reminder

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Mass Times - Red Level Procedures


Sunday 10am - Vaccination Pass Required

5pm - Vaccination Pass Required

Monday 9am - Vaccination Pass Required

Wednesday 12:05pm - Vaccination Pass Required

Reconciliation 11:15am - 11:45am

Friday 9am - Vaccination Pass Required

Reconciliation 8am - 8:30am

Saturday 9am - Vaccination Pass Required


Saturday Vigil 5pm - Vaccination Pass Required

Sunday 8am - Vaccination Pass Required

11:30am - No Vaccination Pass Required

Tuesday 5:30pm - No Vaccination Pass Required

Reconciliation 5:05pm - 5:20pm

Thursday 9am - No Vaccination Pass Required

Reconciliation straight after Mass

Limit of 100 people at each Mass with Vaccination Pass,

Limit 25 without Vaccination Pass

Online booking required for the Sunday Masses

Please follow the Covid Protocols - wear a Mask, Scan / Sign in, Sanitize and keep

Two Meter Distance

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 families. We hope you will enjoy your time with us at St Michael's School.

Georgia Geyer (The Ark)

Channing De Toit (Galilee)

Ethan Carruthers (The Ark)

Derick Siju (Eden 6)

Zaiden Sleet (The Ark)

Quinn Walsh (Galilee)

Alana Wesley (The Ark) sibling of Hansel and Tai

Lucah Williams (The Ark)

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.

The Year 5 and 6 children in Galilee are doing a fantastic job of remembering their face masks. I know this is a big ask for children to spend their day with a mask on and I would like to thank you all for your support around this mandate. Our teachers are doing their very best to give the children many opportunities to work outside. I am very proud of our senior children, they are certainly fantastic role models for our younger children.


Join our friendly and professional team for Water Safety and Learn to Swim sessions with Orange Swim School or sessions with UAS/Te Arawa Swimming for advanced swimming, fitness and more.

Bookings are open now for lessons at All Seasons Holliday Park from Monday-Friday or

at St Mary’s Primary School Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning. Advance sessions at the

Rotorua Aquatic Ctr with UAS/Te Arawa Swimming

For swim School contact

For UAS/Te Arawa Swimming

Text 027-2203470 for further enquiries and info.

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Thursday 17 February

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 1

  • Thur 17th Feb - Board Meeting
  • Tue 1st March - Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day
  • Wed 2nd March - Ash Wednesday
  • Thur 17th March - St. Patricks Day
  • Thur 24th March - Rice Day
  • Thur 31st March- Grandparents Day


GALA 2022 – Planning & Support

The PTA are planning a Gala for the end of Term 3 this year. If there are any parents that would like be part of the Subcommittee or would just like to offer their help please email or text the contacts below for more details.

If there are any businesses or Families that who would like to help with contributions or support please email or text the contacts below


Text Tamsyn: 02102403741

Toys or Teddy Bears:

Could you please keep all unwanted Toys (especially the McDonald happy meal toys) or Teddy Bears. These need to be in a good used condition please. We will be using these for the Gala. Once we move to orange level, there will be a drop off area at the school. If you could please hold onto them in the interim would be appreciated.


Tamsyn Petersen

Bread on Wednesday

Bread will be available from next Wednesday between 8.30am-9.00am. Due to red level restrictions please collect your bread from the Clayton Road carpark. We have a lovely lady called Hetty who has volunteered to oversee the bread for us. Thank you Hetty!

Please bring something suitable to put your tasty treats in upon collection.