Newsletter Week 6, Term 1

St Michael's Catholic School Rotorua, Wednesday 09 March


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Welcome to Week 6! This week we are feeling blessed that Covid has not yet impacted too much on the day to day running of St Michael's School.

We do have 4 children currently isolating due to a positive test result and a few children isolating due to being a household contact, but so far we have had no staff test positive for Covid-19.

We are continuing to follow our Red Level procedures and have kept children and staff in their team bubbles in order to prevent any spread throughout the school.

Please continue to be vigilant in checking your children for symptoms and keep them at home if they show any signs of illness.

We are one of the few schools in town who have not had an outbreak of Covid, been forced to double up classes or close the school. We wish to stay open for as long as we can which means keeping our staff in particular, Covid free.

We have had a few children showing signs of anxiety around Covid. We are trying to keep things as normal as possible at school to keep our kids from becoming anxious. The children who have become unwell are displaying mild cold symptoms and are recovering quickly.

Next Thursday we will celebrate St Patrick's Day at school. This is a long running tradition at St Michael's that stems back to the Irish Mercy Sisters who established our school in 1958. On St Patrick's Day we celebrate by wearing green to school and enjoying a green cake stall. The money raised is sent to CARITAS to help support them in their work.

On Friday next week the PTA have organised the Colour Fun Run. At this stage we are still expecting to have this event at school but we will make a decision on Monday next week as to whether we postpone it until later in the term. We want all children to be able to participate and don't want anyone who has to isolate to miss out. Thank you to the families who have signed their children up and have started to raise money. The money raised will go towards developing a bike track at school.

Our amazingly hard working PTA have also organised the Easter Raffle which will be drawn on Holy Thursday. Each Friday we will send out a list of items that we are collecting the following week. Thank you for supporting our Easter Raffle. Money raise will also go towards building a bike track around our school.

Stay safe everyone and remember that you can contact your child's teacher through emails or via Seesaw. If your family is self isolating and you need support, please do not hesitate to call the school office and we will help out in whatever way we can.

Rachael McLanachan

Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

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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: 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

Message from Father Thomas

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

How are you all? We hope and pray that God keeps us all safe in His hands at

this time of pandemic and war. As we thank God for our good health, let us

continue to pray for the sick and lonely, people who are suffering due to war.

May the Lord touch the hearts of the world leaders for amicable settlement.

As the Omicron is spreading very fast, we should take maximum care of our

health. The health department informed us that if anybody has any symptoms,

please stay home, and get tested. They are very happy in the way that we are

managing the Covid situation in our parish with different Mass Times,

Vaccination Pass, Wearing Masks etc. It is an appreciation for all the parishioners

for your co-operation, good behaviour, and care for each other.

Congratulations! Please continue to follow the Covid Protocol. Thank you.

Jesus calls us for a renewal of life during this season of Lent. Repentance is a

decision to turn away from (sins) our old ways and come back to the Lord

Lk15:11-32. God forgives our offences Jn20:23. This Friday (9-3-22) during

adoration, Mons. Trevor Murray (parish priest-Taupo) will be available from 3-5

pm for hearing Confessions.

The Holy Mother Church invites everyone to make a Confession at least once in

a year.

Stay safe and healthy,

With love prayers

Fr Thomas cmf.

2023 John Paul College Enrolments

Online registration for 2023 JPC enrolments are now open on the JPC website

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.

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.

Helpful Link:

Caring for a child with Covid

****Extension to COVID-19 hardship assistance for whānau****

The Government has extended the increased income limits for hardship assistance until Thursday 30 June.

This means more casual or part-time workers, or people who aren’t already getting financial support, will continue to be eligible for help with their immediate or emergency costs. This is especially important for those who need direct help as part of the COVID-19 welfare response.

People new to MSD can check these links to see the new income limits:

Special Needs Grant – includes Essential costs like food, bedding, health travel costs, driver licence; Emergency costs like dental and medical treatments.

Recoverable Assistance Payment

Sports News

Saturday Hockey

Rotorua Hockey is very pleased to announce that the 2022 Junior Hockey season will be starting on Saturday 14th May for Mini & Maxi grades & Saturday 21st May for Funsticks. Please fill out the form that was sent out via the School App if your child wishes to play Saturday Hockey for St Michael's this year. Teams need to be registered by the end of March. Games are held at the Rotorua Hockey Pavilion on Saturday mornings.

Funsticks - $20 per child

Mini - $55 per child

Maxi $70 per child

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Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Thursday 24 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 Nick Horton (Chair)

Upcoming Events For Term 1

  • Thur 17th March - St. Patricks Day
  • Fri 18th March- PTA Colour Fun Run
  • Thur 24th March - Rice Day
  • Thur 31st March- Grandparents Day - TBC

PTA News

School Colour Fun Run:

Thank you for everyone that has signed up and started fundraising. There has been 80% student profiles already signed up and we have currently raised an AMAZING $4962.00. Thank you to the community, this is not possible without all your support. The Fun Run is set for the next Friday 18/03/21, we will reassess the number of children at school next week and make a decision to postpone the Run date or not. We will be in contact. Please remember your child will need a white T-shirt for the day.

Easter Fundraiser:

Each family would have received a raffle booklet and list of items to bring each week. This has been a fundraiser that has been around for many years and has always been a success. If you do not sell all your tickets please return the unsold tickets to the office as other families might want extra booklets. Raffle draw will be done on the last day of term 1.

Week 1: Bottle

Week 2: Packet

Week 3: Cans and / or something to do with Easter

Week 4: Your Choice


Everyone is invited to join us at our annual AGM meeting on 23/03/1 at 6pm

If you have any concerns or issues please email


PTA Committee

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Secondhand Uniforms / JPC Tops

We have a lot of second hand uniforms available to families for a small donation for the Missions (please come and see Mrs Tucker in the office). Also, we have acquired a few white JPC polo shirts, sizes ranging from 10yrs to 14yrs and 1 small adult size. Free to a good home.

Bread on Wednesday

Bread will be available on Wednesdays between 8.30am-9.00am. Due to red level restrictions please collect your bread from the Clayton Road carpark. We have a lovely lady called Hetty who has volunteered to oversee the bread for us.

Please bring something suitable to put your tasty treats in upon collection.