Newsletter Week 10, Term 1

St Michael's Catholic School Rotorua, Wednesday 6th April


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

What a fantastically, colourful day we had at school last Friday. The children participated in our inaugural Colour Fun Run, organised by our P.T.A. The children ran their hearts out while navigating various obstacles including a giant water slide, all the while being pelted with coloured powder. By the looks of the photos, the staff certainly had just as much fun as the children. On Monday we had some staff and children with interesting colours in their hair!

A huge thank you to the St Michael’s P.T.A who organised this event for the children, not only did we have so much fun but we also raised a considerable amount of money to go towards building a bike track for the kids.

It was lovely to be able to invite our community back to school albeit in a safe Covid way. We hope to be able to have our whole school community back next term to celebrate our children’s talents.

Next week our senior students will be attending Camp Totara Springs. This outdoor experience is very much looked forward to by the children and staff. We are looking forward to three days of fun, learning and self exploration. A huge thank you to the parents who have taken time off work to come along to the camp as support staff. These outdoor experiences would not be possible without your help.

Next week is the beginning of Holy Week. Holy Week begins with the commemoration of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, climaxing with the commemoration of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday and the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Holy Week concludes with Christ being laid to rest in the tomb on Holy Saturday followed by the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday.

With the commercialisation of Easter, it is easy to get caught up with Easter eggs and hot cross buns and forget about the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. I look forward to seeing our school community at Mass on Easter Sunday.


Colour Fun Run: Don’t forget to log in to claim your child’s prizes from the Fun Run. You have until Wednesday evening to claim prizes, don’t miss out!

Easter Raffle: All ticket stubs and money are to be returned to school by Monday at the latest. We plan to draw the raffle before school ends on Thursday next week. We still have a few tickets to sell, if you are able to sell more, please drop in to see Cristy at the office.

School closes for the Easter break at 2:50pm on Thursday and reopens on Monday 2 May for Term 2. We wish you all a safe and faith filled Easter and look forward to another exciting term of learning and fun.

Stay safe and well everyone,

Ma te Atua koutou e manaaki,

Rachael McLanachan

Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

Message from our DRS

As part of Lent last week St Michael’s had a Rice Day. We have a Rice Day at school to help us understand that for many around our world, this may be all a person will have to eat. During Lent we are called to devote our prayers, fast, and to give alms to those who suffer in poverty. Our St Michael’s tamariki practiced fasting by only having a bowl of rice for the day and they were very generous and gave a donation to Caritas. Our students are well into the Jesus Strand which coincides beautifully with Lent. The children are learning about Jesus as a child, what life was like for his time growing up and understanding the reasons why Jesus, who was divine, became Human. Lots of learning going on around these challenging times of having many of our children away sick. We do pray and hope all our families recover soon.

Kate Keaney - Acting DRS

Special Character


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

Writing from Eden 7

Flop, Flop

It was a snowy morning in Antarctica. There lived a little penguin named Flip Flop. He had a scarf as striped as a candy cane and a beanie with a pom pom like a star.

Flip Flop wanted to fly. He looked at his little wings as short as my finger. He flapped his wings, but he didn't fly.

That night he had a dream. The dream was that he was flying. The stars shone like diamonds, and the clouds were as fluffy as wool.

In the morning, Flip Flop was excited. He had millions of ideas to fly. He got a helicopter hat and tried to fly. He was flying until… FLOP! Flip Flop hit the ground. Ouch! cried Flip Flop. Then he got a balloon as flat as a pancake and blew it up with air.

He was in the air like a bird. I'm flying! I'm flying! Shouted Flip Flop. He was but… FLAP! Flip Flop hit the ground as hard as a rock. I don't want to fly any more, he said. Then his friend the polar bear pushed him down their favourite slide. He crashed into the ocean. It was like he was flying. Flip Flop was as light as a feather in the ocean. He felt as fresh as a daisy in the ocean. He was deep in the blue ocean, just like the sky.


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

Devam Narotam ( The Ark) sibling of Eshani.

Teaghan Morta (The Ark)

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

Miniball - We require more players for miniball to make up a team. If your child would like to play please send a note to school with your child ASAP or call the office 07 348 1362.

Thank You.

Hockey - We have enough children to register a junior team and a senior team this year. We have a coach for the senior team - thank you Debbie Korner, but we need a coach for the junior team. If we are unable to find a willing parent to coordinate the team on Saturday, we wont be able to register the team. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please let Rachael know.

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.

Helpful Link:

Caring for a child with Covid

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 1

  • Easter Raffle drawn Thursday 14th April
  • School closes for Easter Break 2.50pm Thursday 14th April
  • Term 2 commences Monday 2nd May

PTA News

The PTA wish to thank everyone who participated in the Colour Fun Run on Friday. We all had such an awesome time!
Prizes need to be claimed by today so make sure you log in to your account and choose your prizes.
All money needs to be collected and returned to the school office by the end of this week.

Raffle: This week is the last week to bring in items for the raffle. Please bring money and raffle ticket stubs to the school office by Monday next week. The raffle will be drawn on Holy Thursday next week.
Thank you for your support.

If you have any concerns or issues please email


PTA Committee

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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Secondhand Uniforms

We have a lot of second hand uniforms available to families for a small donation for the Missions (please come and see Mrs Tucker in the office).

Bread on Wednesday

Bread will be available on Wednesdays between 8.30am-9.00am. Please collect your bread from the Clayton Road carpark from Hetty who has volunteered to oversee the bread for us.

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

Community News

Chess Lovers ONLINE Holiday Program

  • Week 1: 19 - 22 April
  • Week 2: 26 - 29 April

When: 9:00am - 12:15pm

Cost: $45

Why Join:

  • Develop thinking and problem solving
  • Learn great new skills

  • Interactive hands-on lessons

  • Experienced professional coaches

  • Make friends with like-minded kids

  • This program is suitable for kids who have some experience with chess

Read more and register

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