Newsletter Week 3, Term 4

St Michael's School Rotorua 4th November 2022


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

With the improved weather and warmer days, it is time for summer uniforms which means sun hats and sandals. Staff have been reminding children daily to make sure they have a school sunhat on during break times. Our policy is that children without hats are required to play under the covered areas in the playground which does restrict where children can play.

Can you please make sure your child has a navy school sunhat in their bag every day.

This Sunday our children have been asked to lead the Mass at St Mary's Church. Father Thomas was so impressed with the singing at our last Mass that he asked our children to lead the prayers and singing at the 10am Mass. Everyone is welcome and it would be lovely to show your support of our Special Character by attending with your family. We look forward to seeing you all this Sunday.

We are currently looking at our staffing and roll for next year. If you have younger children who are starting school next year, please come to the school office and pick up an enrolment pack from Cristy. If you know of families who are thinking about a Catholic education for their child, please direct them to Cristy in the office.

Next Friday, our Kapa Haka Roopu will be performing at the Faith Based Kahui Ako Ahurei at John Paul College. Thank you to Whaea Kelly who has put in many hours to get our group ready for this event.

Have a great weekend whanau, and we hope to see you at St Mary's Church at 10am on Sunday.

Rachael McLanachan

Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

Special Character

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

Health and Safety

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.

Juicies on Friday

During Term 4 the children will be able to purchase a nice cold juicie for $2.

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

Wednesday School Lunches

This term lunch orders are done online through Ka Pai Kai on Wednesday only. Details are set out below. They really look forward to your support. Check out the website and look at all the lunch options.

Sport News

Sports Uniforms:

A huge thank you to Grassroots Trust and Knockout Sports for the grant that enabled us to get brand new sports uniforms! The purchase of new sports uniforms has given our students a sense of unity, pride and belonging as participants in physical activity and representatives of our school.

Many thanks to those families who have returned their sports uniforms, it has been most appreciated. There are still a few who have not returned their uniforms, parents please have a good look at home and return these as soon as possible. For any outstanding uniforms that have not been returned, families will be invoiced the cost to replace these.

Player Of The Day:

Week 1

Touch Juniors: Whole Team

Touch Seniors: Ricoh Amotawa and Lalita Aldworth

Week 2

Touch Midgets: Kylan Knight

Touch Juniors: Amelia Knight

Touch Seniors: Nyjah Chu-Youde and Noah Knight

Week 3

Touch Midgets: Faith Wilson

Touch Juniors: Isaiah Savea and Sonia Wilson

Touch Seniors: Khloey Benham and Hayley Hohneck

Week 1

Netball Junior: Mecah Petersen

Netball Middle: Jaylyn Uerata

Netball Senior: Jasmin Roimata

Week 2

Netball Junior: Jean Whiteside - Hewitt

Netball Middle: Eden Tucker

Netball Senior: Sonia Wilson

If you are attending your child/children's sporting events and have some good photos to share, please send to with a short description.

Board of Trustees

Next board meeting Date: Thursday 8th of December

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."

Upcoming Events For Term 4

  • Poem Week 21st November - 25th November
  • All Saints Day - 1 November
  • All Souls Day - 2 November
  • Cricket Lessons begin for Galilee - 9 November
  • Ka Hui Ako Hapa Haka Ahurei - 11 November
  • Inter School Athletics - 16 November
  • Advent Liturgy - 28 November
  • Whole School Prizegiving - 7 December@1pm
  • BOT Meeting - 8 December
  • Christmas in the Park - 9 December
  • Blue Lake Picnic - 12 December
  • Big Day Out - Year 6 @ St Mary's School 13 December
  • Whole School Leavers Mass - 14 December@5pm
  • Last Day of 2022 - 15 December@12pm


Parents have been emailed their child’s unique Key Code to go online to view and purchase 2022 School Photos. ***FREE DELIVERY EXPIRES Midnight Sunday 6th NOVEMBER *** .

If you have not received an email with keycode please check your trash / spam folder.

Parents will be able to go online, order & have their purchase returned to the school at the end of a free bulk delivery period. Any order placed once the bulk deadline has lapsed will be sent to the customers delivery address at a cost.

Duffy $5 Parent Offer

The 2022 Duffy summer reading catalogue has gone home. All books are $5 each. Due date for Duffy offer is Friday the 11th of November.

PTA News

Mcdonalds Hamburger Night:

All forms were sent home with the kids last Friday. If you haven’t received a form please email us.

Date: 15/11/22 Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Where: Mcdonalds Fenton St

For the event to go ahead we need to sell 150 tickets, we had amazing support last year & managed to reach our target.

Cash or online payment options available

The child with the most tickets sold wins a prize

PTA Meeting:

Come along & join us for our next PTA Meeting on the 09/11/22 at 5:30pm, we know life can get extremely busy but there are no obligations and no commitments. We are a great bunch of parents doing what we can, when we can to raise funds for our beautiful school & Tamariki. All welcome

Bike Track:

If anyone has any connections with concrete layers or diggers could you please get in touch with the PTA.

Thanks from your PTA Committee

Community News

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