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,
Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere
St Michael's Church Holy Mass Timetable
Saturday Vigil 5pm
St Mary's Church Holy Mass Timetable
Sunday 10am & 5pm
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: email@example.com 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
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:
Health and Safety
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.
We will be looking at other options for the school.
Juicies on Friday
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; firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.