Newsletter Week 10, Term 4

St Michael's School Rotorua 16th December 2022

Term 4, Week 10

Tēnā koutou kātoa e te whānau,

Seasons Greeting everyone. Our 2022 school year has come to an end and although we have had another Covid disrupted year, we have much to be grateful for. We are so grateful to our community for the continued support and love we receive from you all. To the coaches, camp helpers, class helpers, P.T.A members and our Board, thank you for your time. Many exciting opportunities would not be possible without your dedication to St Michael's.

I would like to take this opportunity to say how fortunate I feel to be working alongside such a great group of people. The drive, passion and determination shown by our staff this year, underpinned by skill, knowledge and empathy, has seen teaching and learning continue to raise progress and achievement despite the ever-changing social, learning and emotional needs that we are confronted with.

Staff Changes

Today we farewell Mrs. Ruth O'Leary who held a fixed-term position in Eden this year. Ruth has been a valued member of our staff and we are sad to say goodbye. Ruth has won a position at Rotorua Intermediate School for 2023. We wish her all the best for her exciting new challenge.

We welcome back Mrs. Marion Brits who will join Zenobia Knox and Kate Keaney in the Ark as Reading Recovery teacher for 2023.

We are fortunate to be keeping Mrs. Jo Fleet on staff for 2023 as DRS and Senior Teacher release.

Moving forward into 2023 is an exciting time. We have a team that thrives on change, diversity and progress. The team is focused on accelerating learning by identifying students interests, needs and next learning steps and by focusing on the whole child, both physically, mentally and spiritually. The teaching and learning our children experience at St Michael’s School is nothing short of outstanding. The opportunities being afforded to our learners is of the highest quality and meet the diverse range of learning needs. Bring on 2023!

In this season of Advent, we are reminded of the sacred meaning of Christmas. Despite the secular preparations taking place, eg buying presents and going to parties, Advent reminds us to remember and prepare for the birth of Jesus. It is a time of joy and goodwill.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday with your whanau.

God bless,

Rachael McLanachan

Te tumuaki o te kura Hato Mikaere

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Whanau meeting dates have been set for Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd of February. This is an opportunity for you to come and meet with your child's teacher to discuss the learning needs of your child and to set goals for 2023. We look forward to seeing you all.

Use the link and password below to log on to the School Interviews App.


  1. Navigate to our school's landing page by clicking on this link
  2. This link should open on our schools landing page where you click on the 'view the requirement lists - green square.
  3. You will then see four lists; Y0/1The Ark; Y1/2 The Ark, and Y4/5/6 Galilee. You need to make sure you know what year level your child will be next year to select the correct classroom list. Select and continue through the steps for payment.
  4. You can get your order now and pay in 6 weekly, interest free payments with layby. All orders made in December families will receive a free magnetic whiteboard family organiser.
  5. For any queries please phone the friendly team at OfficeMax 0800 724 440 or If all else fails please come into the school office and someone will help you.
  6. Please do not make changes to the stationery lists, all items listed must be returned to the classroom teacher at the beginning of Term 1 (7 February 2023). Your co-operation with this matter will be most appreciated.

No stationery will be sold from the school office. We also suggest you order and pay online before January 13th to avoid delivery delays.



24-12-22 Vigil: 5 pm and 10 pm at St Michael’s. 7 pm and 12 pm (midnight) St Mary’s.

25-12-22: 8 am at St Michael’s and 10 am at St Mary’s.

Please come with family and friends and celebrate your Christmas and wish happy birthday to Jesus.


Enrolment for the Sacramental Programme (Confirmation, Reconciliation and First Holy Communion) only for Children who are baptised Catholics.

The enrolment forms are now available at the Parish Office, 8am until 2.30pm Tuesdays through to Fridays. If your child / children are not baptised in Rotorua, please, bring along your baptismal certificates at the time of enrolment. The children are required to be 7 years old by June 12, 2022, to qualify to enter this Programme. If you have any queries, please phone the Parish Office 07 348 0289 ext. 2.

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Good Luck with your future endeavours.

May you always remember with pride

your time at St Michael's School


Player of the day:


Netball Junior: Everyone!

Netball Middle: Luckyna Sang

Netball Senior: Isla Clausen


On behalf of the board we would like to thank the staff for their wonderful work and support during 2022.


A huge thank you to our Proprietor reps especially Jo Brannigan who has recently stepped down, your support and guidance was invaluable. We look forward to an exciting year ahead and wish all the families and staff a very happy and safe Christmas.

St Michael's School Board of Trustees

Alistair Burns (Chair), Rachael McLanachan(Principal)Nick Horton, Amiria Savea, Shalya O'Neill (Staff Rep), Bridget Aitchison (Proprietor Rep), Joseph Assen (Proprietor Rep) & Jo Brannigan (Proprietor Rep)

Upcoming Events For 2023

Term dates for 2023

Term One: 7th February - 6th April 2023
Public Holiday: 6th February- Waitangi Day

Term Two: 24th April - 30th June 2023
Public Holiday: 25th April - Anzac Day & 5th June- Kings Birthday

Term Three: 17th July - 22nd September 2023

Term Four: 9th Oct - 18th December 2023
Public Holiday: 23rd October - Labour Day