Newsletter Week 5, Term 2

St Michael's Catholic School Rotorua, Wednesday 1st June


Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

It has been a very busy few weeks at St Michael's and it is hard to believe we are almost half way through the term.

This week the Year 3 - 6 children are travelling daily to the Aquatic Centre to participate in the 'Making a Difference Water Safety Programme.' This programme is a joint initiative of Swim Rotorua Swimming Club and Rotorua Magic Swim School. Funding for this programme comes from Baytrust, the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust and Water Safety New Zealand who all deem water safety and swimming to be a vital life skill. We are very fortunate to be offered the opportunity to participate in this programme so I thank the children who are taking up the challenge and remembering to bring their togs to school every day.

It is unfortunate that we had to cancel our school cross country on Wednesday, but with the deluge that we experienced on Monday we felt the Redwoods would be too wet and unsafe for our children to run. Our senior children will have the opportunity later in the week to participate in a shortened course around school.

Today we welcomed Bruce Norman from 'Gabriel's Presence' to our school to lead the children in singing. Bruce will be coming into school every Wednesday to teach our children new songs that we can sing at Masses. We are very grateful to Bruce for giving up his time for us. We are also looking for someone in our community who is able to play the guitar for our Kapa Haka group. If you know anyone who would be keen to offer an hour a week, can you please let Whaea Kelly know.

On Thursday at 9am the Icon, Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua - Holy Mary, Mother of God will be visiting our school. Our school community is welcome to come and pray with us and share a cup of tea afterwards.

On Friday we invite our school community to celebrate Pentecost with a liturgy lead by Eden 6. Pentecost is celebrated on the 50th day from Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks. Jesus’ followers were all together when a sound like the blowing of a mighty wind came from heaven. What appeared to be tongues of fire separated and rested on each of them, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages.

The children from Eden would love our school community to join us in the hall at 2pm.

On Wednesday next week we have our Goal Setting Parent/ Teacher Meetings. Please make sure you make a time to meet with your child's teacher. This day is a Teacher Only Day but our support staff will be on hand to look after any children who are unable to stay at home for the day. Please let your child's classroom teacher know if your child is required to attend school on Wednesday 8 June.

Have a great week whanau,

Ma te Atua koutou e manaaki,

Rachael McLanachan

Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

Special Character

Sacraments of Initiation

We will have the next programme of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, and Reconciliation beginning 4th August 2022 at 5pm. 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

Message from Fr Thomas

My Dear Parishioners and Friends Kia Ora!

We hope and pray that all our parishioners and visitors keep well and safe in the hands of God through the intercession of Mary, Mother of God Assumed into heaven. We see in the Acts of the Apostles 2:12-14, ‘the disciples of Jesus together with Mary the mother of Jesus and other women waiting in prayer for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit’. Same way just before the Pentecost (28th May to 2nd June), we are privileged to be with the ICON of Mary Mother of God and pray as a parish community.

The name of the Icon is: Ko Hāta Maria, te Matua Wahine o te Atua

Translation: Holy Mary, Mother of God.

What is the Icon?

To celebrate the rededication of Aotearoa New Zealand to Mary, Mother of God,

Assumed into Heaven, our Bishops commissioned a new piece of art. They wanted a depiction of Mary that connects her to our country. The piece challenges us to see her as a woman of incredible strength and the place she holds in our hearts and our community today.


Damian Walker worked with Anthony Kemp to develop a piece that highlighted the journey of the Catholic faith to the Māori, via the first French missionaries.

The image presents the fusion between a traditional Māori outlook, built around marae, whanau, whakapapa and kaitiaki, and the Catholic faith, centred on the whanau of God, with its own marae, whakapapa and kaitiaki. The duo wanted to capture and share the theme of unity. The artwork itself aims to encourage a shared desire for us all to live in harmony together.

Invitation to participate actively in Masses and Veneration of the ICON:

We invite all of you the people of God in Rotorua to come in large numbers as individuals, families, and groups to pray and grow in our devotion to Mary Mother of God Assumed into Heaven and renew our dedication to her.

Confirmation and First Holy Communion:

Let us offer our 86 children who are preparing to receive the sacrament on the Pentecost day into the hands of God, together with their parents and sponsors and pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Praying for peace in the world, let us be peacemakers at home and in society. As

I thank you for the expression of your love towards Fr Prakash, we wish him a happy and safe journey, joyful time with parents, family, and Claretian Community.

Thanking you for your prayers and concern when I was unwell,

Yours in the Heart of Mary,

Fr Thomas cmf.

Goal Setting Whanau Meetings - Teacher Only Day

Parent/ Teacher Goal Setting Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday 8 June. School will be closed for instruction for that day but please let us know if this causes issues for your whanau.

Parents can book for this event by clicking on the link below and entering the event code wwdvt

2023 John Paul College Enrolment Interviews / Open Evening

JPC Year 6 Interviews are scheduled for Monday 13th of June. The interviews will be held in the Principal’s office at St. Michael’s School. Interviews will run between 9am -12pm and for approximately 10-15mins.Thank you to all parents that have booked their interviews!

The JPC Open Evening will be held on Thursday 2 June 2022. Tours will start at 4 pm and the last tour will leave the front entrance of the school at 5.15pm. There will be a cup of tea available in the ERC and Leaders of Teaching and Learning will be there if you would like further information about the curriculum areas.

Health and Safety

Toi Te Ora Public Health has recently been notified of gastroenteritis outbreaks in schools.

Typical symptoms include diarrhoea and vomiting. Stomach cramps, fever and nausea may also be present. To prevent and stop the spread of gastro illness sick children must stay away from school for at least 48 hours after the last symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting.

Read more about gastroenteritis here.

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

Updating Caregiver and Emergency Contact Details

It has come to our attention that some caregiver and emergency contact details for your child/children need updating. It is important that we have up to date contact details in case we need to contact you. For this purpose can you please click the link and fill out the form so we can update all student profiles with parent caregiver details and emergency contact details. Please let us know as soon as possible if you change your address, telephone number or email address.

Sport News

Players of the day

Miniball Juniors

23rd May: Kylan Knight

30th May: Georgia Geyer

Soccer ( Football) 21st May:

Grade 6: Milan Geyer & Mecah Petersen

Grade 9: Tamia Petersen & Tristan Shaw

Soccer ( Football) 28th of May

Grade 6: Ethan. C & Georgia Geyer
Grade 9: Hunter Hughes & Isaiah Savea

Mini Hockey 28th May:

Great effort by our Mini team in their first tournament! Player of the day: Abigail Horton

Senior Hockey 28th May

The Senior hockey team played really well in their first mini tournament of the season. They won 3 games and drew 1. No player of the day was selected as all the children played like super stars! There are no games this weekend due to Queen's Birthday weekend.

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."

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 2

  • Year 3 - 6 Swimming Programme - Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June
  • Queens Birthday - Monday 6 June
  • Teacher Only Day / Goal Setting Whanau Meetings - Wednesday 8 June
  • JPC Year 6 Interviews - Monday 13 June
  • Hamilton Zoo Trip - Wednesday 15 June
  • BOT Meeting - Thursday 23 June
  • Matariki Week - Monday 20 June
  • Matariki Public Holiday - Friday 24 June
  • End of Term 2 - Friday 8 July

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

Boxwood firewood tickets still available. $50 per Trailer (trailer to be filled and supplied by purchaser).

Option for $65 we can deliver wood if you don't have a trailer.

We have more honey stocks arriving soon.

Fun run, thank you everyone for the amazing support with the fun run. I hope everyone enjoyed their prizes. The final total raised after all event experience came to $5321.00. We look forward to a bigger and even brighter event next year where the community can hopefully be involved.

If you have any concerns or issues please email


PTA Committee

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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Yummy Apple Stickers

The Yummy sticker promotion is set to go again for 2022, time to get crunching and collecting stickers.Shop at your local New World, Pak’n Save and participating Four Square stores. Purchase Yummy apples, either bags with cut-out labels or individual apples with Yummy stickers. Gather up the stickers and send them into the school office. Remember the more we collect the more money we get to spend on sports equipment!

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

MATARIKI GLOW SHOW! coming to Rotorua! Saturday June 18th - one day only at Energy Events Centre!

Kia Ora

Please come and celebrate MATARIKI with us! Please find attached PDF with all information to pass on to whanau! So many of you have requested a SATURDAY show, for MATARIKI GLOW SHOW and for the first time, here we go!

Ngã mihi Mahana

Sarah Burren

The Glow Show Company

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Edventure Young Explorers Camp.

July 18th - 22nd, 8-13yr olds, $525

OSCAR Available

We have an awesome week planned that includes rock climbing, archery, target shooting, bush walks, orienteering, team building and confidence activities.

A typical "Kiwi Outdoors" camp with an emphasis on mountain safety and bush survival skills.

Planned and run by local teacher Todd Burton and based at Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, this one's going to be awesome!

drop off / pick up Hamilton, Tauranga, or at the venue.

More info and to book now visit, phone 02102241576 or email

See you on your next EDVENTURE

Click here to BOOK NOW!!
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