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
  • children.
  • 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,

Rachael McLanachan

Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

Special Character

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

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

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

Elias Martinez Karaka (The Ark)

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.

Helpful Link:

Caring for a child with Covid

Sport News

Players of the day

Soccer ( Football) 11th June

Grade 6
Henry & Finau

Grade 9
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; or alternatively, send letters to the school in an envelope marked "Board of Trustees."

Board Elections

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)


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

Upcoming Events For Term 2

  • Hamilton Zoo Trip - Wednesday 15 June
  • BOT Meeting - Thursday 23 June
  • Matariki celebration- Thursday 23rd June 9.15am
  • Matariki Public Holiday - Friday 24 June
  • End of Term 2 - Friday 8 July


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.



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Lunchtime Activities

Our teachers are offering a variety of lunchtime activities this term. Encourage your child to get involved and learn something new.

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

PTA News

PTA honey available at the school office. $15 for 1kg jar.

If you have any concerns or issues please email


PTA Committee

Lucky Book Club Orders - Issue 4

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 June the 16th.

Friday Sausage Sizzle

During Term 2 the children will be able to purchase a BBQ sausage and bread for $2.

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

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.

Menu below.

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Bread on Wednesday

Bread will be available on Wednesdays between 8.30am-9.00am. Please collect your bread from outside the main office. Please bring something suitable to put your tasty treats in upon collection.

Community News

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