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,
Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere
Message from our DRS
Kate Keaney - Acting DRS
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
2023 John Paul College Enrolments
Online registration for 2023 JPC enrolments are now open on the JPC website https://jpc.school.nz/
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.
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.
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; email@example.com 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
School Lunches Available Monday & Wednesday
To order lunches for Monday or Wednesday, please go online using the link https://www.kapaikairotorua.co.nz/. 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.
Bread on Wednesday
Please bring something suitable to put your tasty treats in upon collection.
Chess Lovers ONLINE Holiday Program
- Week 1: 19 - 22 April
Week 2: 26 - 29 April
When: 9:00am - 12:15pm
- 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