Newsletter Week 4, Term 1

St Michael's Catholic School, Thursday 23rd February


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

The staff and I would like to extend a huge thank you to our whanau for the support you gave us last week during our Covid outbreak. We had staff members who were quite unwell and many children who were displaying flu like symptoms. By keeping your children home, we were able to get our staff well and halt a full on outbreak amongst our children. We are acutely aware of the stress this kind of request puts on working parents and understand that some of you were not in a position to keep your children at home during this time. By having less children at school, it was more manageable for the staff who were still onsite. Not a great start to our year but our children and staff are all back at school ready to get on with another busy year of learning.

Some regions within our Hamilton Diocese have been hit very hard by Cyclone Gabrielle. The Hamilton Diocese and Principals Association would like to offer help to our contributing schools in particular our Catholic Schools in Gisborne. We at St Michael's Catholic School have decided to have a mufti day on Thursday 23 February to raise funds to support the families and staff of St Mary's Catholic School in Gisborne. We will also be donating the money we raise at our annual St Patrick's Day Cake Stall.

It was lovely to see so many family members attending our Pancake Breakfast on Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday marks the day before the beginning of the long fast of Lent. The custom of making pancakes arose through the need to use up food items, which were forbidden during Lent!

Our Ash Wednesday liturgy was celebrated by Father Prakash. This is usually a time when we invite our parish community to pray with us but this year our hall was out of action due to the kitchen and bathroom refurbish so we all gathered in Galilee.

On Friday our senior children have been invited to participate in swimming sports and water activities at the Aquatic Centre with St Mary's. We would like to thank Mr MacMillan for inviting us to this fun day, I am sure our tamariki will have a great day.

Next Monday the 27 February our teachers will be attending a Paid Union Meeting. If you are able, we ask that parents pick up their children at 1pm so all our teachers can attend this meeting. If you are unable to collect your child at this time, the teacher aides and myself will remain onsite to supervise any children who are unable to be collected early.

Have a wonderful week everyone,

Rachael McLanachan

Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

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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

Teachers Paid Union Meeting

On Monday 27th February, teaching staff will be attending a Paid Union Meeting to discuss their current Collective Agreement. We will have a skeleton staff during the afternoon so we ask that you collect your child at 1pm if possible. We will have staff available to watch children who are required to stay at school.

Teachers love what they do but lack of funding means that they don’t have the support they need to make sure every child has access to quality education.

The model used to determine staffing levels has been in place for 25 years. The urgent need for fundamental changes was highlighted in the 2021 Pūaotanga report. The Wāwāhi Tahā campaign calls on the Ministry of Education to implement these changes and to take bold action to ensure that all children have the education they deserve.

If you wish to learn more about the current NZEI Campaign, follow the link below:

Welcome to New Families

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

Louis Shaw (The Ark) - Tristan's brother

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/ in the shade.

Covid is still about in our community. Please continue to keep your child home if they have flu or cold-like symptoms. The school has covid tests if you require them.

School Lunches

It is with regret that I inform you that the Ka Pai Kai Rotorua lunch order service that is provided to our school will be suspended until further notice.

We will be looking at other options for the school.

Juicies on Friday

This term the children will be able to purchase a nice cold juicie on Fridays for $2.

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

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Thursday 23rd March

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 Alistair Burns (Chair)

Upcoming Events For Term 1

  • Wednesday 22nd February - Ash Wednesday
  • Mon 27th Feb - Paid Union Meeting @ 1:30pm
  • Tues 28th Feb - Grip Student Leadership conference
  • Wed 1st March - Year 2/3 Museum visit - Te Arawa Journeys
  • Fri 3rd March - Year 1/2 Museum visit - Te Arawa Journeys
  • Thurs 17th March - St. Patrick's Day
  • Thurs 23rd March - Caritas Rice Day
  • Fri 24th March - PTA Colour Run
  • Thurs 30th March - Galilee First Aide Training
  • Thurs 6th April - Easter Amazing Race and Last Day of Term 1

Lucky Book Club Orders Issue 1

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 23rd of February.


PTA AGM to be held on the 01/03/23 at 6pm in the schools staffroom, please feel free to come along even if it’s just to see what it’s all about. No commitment, No pressure.

Fun Run - Everyone should have received their starter packs this week (if your child has not received their pack please see the office or your childs teacher)

There will be a prize for the class with the most profiles registered within 2 weeks. More details on the event to follow.

Easter Raffle - We heading to that time of the year again, where our very popular Easter Raffle will be starting. Raffle books & Raffle item list to be sent out to families the end of February.

If you have any fundraising ideas or contacts for ideas please email us, we are open for any ideas.

Thank You,

PTA Committee

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