Newsletter Week 5, Term 4

St Michael's School Rotorua 16th November 2022


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Thank you to everyone who supported our Kapa Haka Roopu at the Faithbased Kahui Ako Ahurei last Friday at John Paul College. I am sure you will agree that our group was awesome. I was a very proud principal indeed! Thank you to Whaea Kelly for working tirelessly behind the scenes to get our tamariki ready for this event. A huge thank you to Tiki for stepping in at the last minute to accompany our kids with his guitar skills. We are truly blessed to have so much talent in our little school, we really do punch above our weight.

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.

Our staffing for next year has been finalised and due to our numbers, we have made some changes to the layout of our classes.

Next year we will have two hubs.

The Ark - Year 1 -3

Kate Keaney - Team Leader - Year 2/3 / DRS

Zenobia Knox - Year 1/2

Marion Brits - Specialist Teacher

Galilee - Year 4 - 6

Shayla O'Neill - Team Leader - Year 5/6 / SENCO

Jo Paget/ Kelly Swinton - Year 4/5

This Sunday Gia Geyer, Tamia Petersen, and Quinn Walsh will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and First Holy Communion at St Mary's Church. This is a special time of faith development for these children. Let us continue to pray for them that the journey they have started may continue throughout their life journey.

Have a great week everyone,

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

Community Mass

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:

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:


Touch Midgets: Jethro Joshua Benjamin

Touch Juniors: Sonia Wilson

Touch Seniors: Kaylee Brake


Touch Seniors: Nyjah Chu-Youde


Netball Junior: Milan Geyer

Netball Middle: Ella Burton

Netball Senior: Shana Gounder


Netball Junior: Bethany Assen & Fauma Lomi

Netball Middle: Gia Geyer & Luckyna Sang

Netball Senior: Helana Hetherington

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
  • Cricket Lessons begin for Galilee - 9 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

Lucky Book Club Issue 8

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 the 24th of November.

PTA News

Mcdonalds Hamburger Night:

A huge thank you to everyone that supported our McDonald’s Hamburger night. It was a great success and we made a profit of $830 to go towards the bike track. This event would not be possible without our amazing PTA & friend helpers, so a big thank you to all our volunteers. The Mcdonald’s staff were extremely impressed with our energy & work ethic and would love to see us back fundraising again next year. Thank you to McDonald's for giving us this fundraising opportunity.

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

PTA meeting next Wednesday 23rd November at 5:30 at school

Thanks from your PTA Committee

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Community News

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