Newsletter Week 7, Term 2
St Michael's Catholic School Rotorua, Tuesday 14th June
Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,
This week we are celebrating our support staff. We are so very fortunate to have such amazing people supporting our school community.
Our Teacher Aides, Tracey Goodrick, Ra Ward, Tina Hetherington and Natalie Rickard, do an incredible job of supporting our learners in all areas of the school. They are all highly skilled in specialist areas such as Better Start Literacy, de-escalation of behaviours, Diabetes management, ESOL, non-verbal communication, sports organisation and so much more. We are truly blessed to have these ladies at St Michael's.
The newest member of our staff, Cristy Tucker, our office manager has settled into her role extremely well. She keeps our school running smoothly, managing the many administration tasks while caring for children with injuries or illness, all the while, keeping the photocopier running!
Ray Clarke, our fabulous caretaker keeps our school grounds and classrooms looking immaculate. We are so fortunate to have a caretaker who is so skilled and can take on the many odd jobs around our school. He has a keen eye for health and safety issues that arise and is on it before anyone else notices. He is also our head security guard, keeping our school safe after hours.
Our cleaner, Ellie works after hours, taking pride in making sure our classrooms are clean and
fresh for our learners.
The staff wish to thank all our support staff for everything they do, you are all very much appreciated. It really does take many hands to keep a school running well and we thank you for being part of our team.
Thanks to the parents/ caregivers who attended our Goal Setting Meetings last Wednesday. The turnout was great and feedback has been very positive. If you have feed back that you would like to share with the staff regarding the Goal Setting Meetings, can you please follow the link below and complete the short questionnaire. We are constantly looking at how we can improve on how we do things at St Michael's so your feedback is very valuable.
We are all looking forward to our zoo trip on Wednesday. Please pray for fine weather as we are going rain, hail or shine but we would prefer shine! Please check out your child's Seesaw page for the organisation of the day. Thank you to all the parents/ caregivers who have offered to come along to support us. I am sure you will have a wonderful day with your child.
We are currently finding that we have an increasing number of children arriving at school late in the mornings. I understand that it is difficult to get children motivated to come to school when the weather is cold and wet, but it is important to get your children to school on time.
Arriving On Time for School:
- Makes sure that your child doesn’t miss out on the important learning activities that happen early in the day when they are most alert.
- Early morning learning activity is often reading or writing, your child can lose so many opportunities to learn these critical life skills.
- Helps your child to learn about routines and commitment.
- Gives your child time to greet their friends before class and this can reduce the possibility of disruptions in the classroom for all children and the teacher.
- Class disruption can make your child feel uncomfortable and can upset other
- Arriving on time every day makes children feel good about themselves and sets them up to have a positive day.
When your child arrives late, they are recorded as late on our Student Management System. Teachers will be checking this data at the end of the term and will be contacting parents to offer support around getting their children to school on time.
Have a great week whanau,
Ma te Atua koutou e manaaki,
Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere
Sacrament of Confirmation and First Holy Communion
Congratulations to Ella Burton, Abigail Horton, Tristan Shaw and Eli and Hunter Hughes for making their Confirmation and First Communion on Saturday 4 June at St Michael's Church. It was such a special celebration with family and school whanau in attendance.
Sacraments of Initiation
We will have the next programme of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, and Reconciliation beginning 4th August 2022 at 5pm. This programme is for children who are not baptised. I encourage you to talk with your child about participating in the Sacrament of Initiation. You can start registering the names of your Children 8 years and above at the office from July 5th, the Parish Office is open 8am until 2pm Tuesdays through to Fridays.
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: 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
Health and Safety
Headlice - Please check your children's hair for headlice. Unfortunately head lice is always problematic for schools around the world and we ask you to be vigilant in checking your children's hair for headlice.
Here are some helpful links from our public health nurse:
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.
Please remember that if someone in your household has tested positive, your child needs to isolate with you. Please do not send your child to school if there is a close contact at home with Covid. We thank you for all doing your part to keep our school community safe.
Players of the day
Soccer ( Football) 11th June
Henry & Finau
Kahlil & Jeff
Senior Hockey 11th June
Our Senior team had an incredible game on Saturday beating Otonga Magic 8/1. The player of the day was Khloey Benham. Awesome work team!
Board of Trustees
Next board meeting Date: Thursday 23rd of June
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."
Triennial Board Elections will be held on 7 September. Our current Board wishes to invite anyone in the community who may be interested in joining our Board to come along to the next few meetings.
Why join a school board?
School board members are active leaders in our schools. They have an important role of supporting strong professional leadership and ensuring effective teaching for all students through informed governance.
Parents/caregivers and people in the wider community can be parent representatives. School boards need to represent the diversity of their school communities to ensure a bright future for all our children.
The school board elections are the opportunity to vote for candidates who will make a positive difference for children’s education. We need more people willing to use their skills and experiences for the benefit of students!
"Board members are entrusted by the community to ensure the success of our schools and a bright future for our children. We need an education system where all children are expected to succeed and one where we all take shared responsibility in ensuring this happens. As a member of a school board you can make things happen - you can make a difference."
- Lorraine Kerr, NZSTA President
You are 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 (Acting Chair)
7 SEPTEMBER ELECTION TIMELINE
Main Roll Closes 13 July
Nominations Called by 15 July
Supplementary Roll Closes 1 August
Nominations Close 3 August
Invitation to Vote 10 August
Election Day 7 September
Declaration of Result 13 September
New board in place 14 September
Celebrating Matariki at St Michael's Catholic School - Monday 20th June - Thursday 23rd June
Children will be participating in a variety of activities during the week to celebrate Matariki.
The week of learning will conclude with a whole school celebration on Thursday 23rd June @ 9:15 am in our school hall. Parents/ Whanau are welcome to come along and share what we have learned. We also invite our whanau back to our classes after the celebration to share kai. Children will need to bring a plate of food to share with their classmates.
This year we will be celebrating Matariki with our first public holiday on Friday 24th June.
Nau mai, ngā hua
Welcome, all things that have grown.
Nau mai, ngā pai
Welcome, all things that are good.
Nau mai, kia nui kia hāwere ai
May they be plentiful and abundant.
Monday - Gymnastics/ Chess/ Juggling
Tuesday - Lego/ Miniball practice for Mrs Keaney's team
Wednesday - Ukulele (Year 3 - 6)/ Dance
Thursday - Young Vinnies / Enviro Club
Friday - Skate Club/ Bucket Drumming
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.