Newsletter Week 8, Term 1

St Michael's Catholic School Rotorua, Wednesday 23rd March


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

This weeks newsletter comes to you from my dining room table as I'm isolating at home with Covid. Although still testing positive, I now feel like I have come through the worst of it. My symptoms were that of a head cold, runny nose, head ache and a sore throat, nothing too bad.

We have a few children and another staff member isolating after testing positive but I am confident that these cases have been household contacts and everyone currently isolating was at home before they became unwell.

We are continuing to maintain our strong hygiene procedures and we are grateful for the families that are able to keep their children at home if they are unwell.

We have been able to manage the school with some classrooms doubling up due to staff shortages in some areas. We are making sure to keep things as normal as possible for the children so they remain happy and safe and that learning continues for them. If your child is isolating, please contact their classroom teacher and a home learning pack will be delivered to your home.

We have three and a half weeks before the Easter break and I am hopeful that we can get there without too much disruption.

Colour Fun Run - you still have time to sign your child up and start fundraising. There are some really cool rewards to gain by registering your child. All children who raise money are eligible for the rewards. So far The Ark has raised the most money, over $3000! Great work Ark kids and whanau. The money raised will go towards developing a bike track for the children. If anyone in our community has experience with building bike tracks, we would love to hear from you.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with whanau who are unwell and having to self-isolate. We thank our wonderful community for continuing to support our school and whanau during this challenging time.

Stay safe and well everyone,

Ma te Atua koutou e manaaki,

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 Fr Thomas

My Dear Parishioners and Friends,

As you know this Friday, the 25th March, on the solemnity of the ANNUNCIATION of

the LORD, Pope Francis will consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart

of Mary, during a service he will preside over in St Peter's Basilica.

Bishop Stephen Lowe, the Bishop of Auckland, and Secretary of the NZ Catholic

Bishops Conference, said visiting a Church next Friday would be a show of solidarity.

“All over Ukraine, people are having to flee their homes because of the war. Leaving

our homes here in Aotearoa New Zealand to go to our local Church to pray on this

special day would very much be showing solidarity to the people having to leave their

homes in Ukraine.

“Normally we would have a Mass or advertise a time for the Rosary but with the

current Covid-19 restrictions imposing a limit of 100, we are hoping people will visit

their local church throughout the day. The bishops too will also be heading to their

respective Cathedrals to pray the Rosary on Friday in support of Pope Francis.

“What is important is leaving your homes on Friday to visit your local Church, at a

time that suits you. We will be asking all Churches to be open from 7am to 7pm so as

many people as possible can visit at different times during the day, in keeping with

the Covid-19 restrictions.”

Bishop Lowe said Friday would be a day of prayer for everyone affected by the war:

“We will be praying for those who have been wounded or killed. We will be praying

for those who care for the wounded. We will be praying for those who have suddenly

become refugees and for those that care for them. And we will pray that the Russian

leadership and soldiers may have a change of heart.

“This is the Season of Lent, which is about the change, the conversion of the heart.

Christ calls us to love our enemies and to embrace each other as brothers and sisters.

And as we pray for Ukraine, we also remember those caught in other conflicts,

including Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere.”

So, both our Churches; St Mary’s and St Michael will be opened with the

Blessed Sacrament Exposed from 7.00am to 7.00pm. on Friday 25-03-

2022. Please come (if possible, with your family) and pray the Rosary.

There will be Two Holy Masses with Covid Restrictions:

1. St Mary’s at 9.00am (100),

2. St Michael at 6.00 pm (50).

Thank you.

Fr Thomas

St. Patricks Day Celebrations

What a fantastic day! The cake stall was a hit! We raised just over $170 dollars for CARITAS ! Well done St. Michael's Whanau!

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

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 24th March - Rice Day
  • Thur 31st March- Grandparents Day - postponed until further notice
  • Fri 1st April - PTA Colour Fun Run

PTA News

School Colour Fun Run:

Thank you for everyone who has signed up and started fundraising. We have currently raised an AMAZING $7000! Thank you to the community, this is not possible without all your support. The Fun Run is set for the next Friday 01/04/22, 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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Lucky Book Issue 2 Due Date

Orders through the School and Loop app will close on the 31st of March. Orders made through the loop app beyond the 31st of March will incur postage costs.

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.

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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.