Principal’s Message

Dear St Michael’s School Community,

Easter is almost here, where we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb. Please keep in your prayers those people who will be fully initiated into our Catholic family at the Easter Vigil Mass.

Blessing of St Michael the Archangel

Thank you to the Santhara Family for gifting the Parish this beautiful statue. Thanks also to the Sacred Heart Kapa Haka Group who performed at the blessing. Please see the photos below.

Welcome

A warm welcome to Oliver Cross, Taylor Sun and Hunter Hill and their families.

Easter Eggs for Monte Cecilia

Our three Outreach Leaders took all the Easter Eggs that were donated to Monte Cecilia. Thank you for your kind donations, they were gratefully received.

I wish you all a very Happy Easter and a safe break from School and I will see you back on Wednesday 4 April.

Presentation by Astronaut Mike Hopkins

Please note a time change for Astronaut Mike Hopkins who is giving a presentation – this will start at 11.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. Saturday 7th April at North Harbour Netball Centre, Takapuna.

Reports and Year 4- 6 PAT Results

You will receive an auto generated email via e-Tap with instructions for accessing your child’s Term 1 Progress Report. Additionally Year 4 – 6 students will receive an envelope with hard copies of PAT results for Reading Comprehension, Reading Vocabulary and Mathematics.

There will be an opportunity to discuss these at the parent Teacher Interviews in week 1 of Term 2.

 St John Fundraiser organised by the Year 6 Outreach leaders (Esmenia, Emily & Zoe)

Date: Friday 6 April (first Friday back after Easter break)

Event: green or  yellow mufti day

Please bring: gold coin donation to raise money for St John.

St John is the first to care and first to help when we are hurt. St John is a charity so it relies on donations from all New Zealanders. It operates 24 hours day and night, seven days a week and assists around 400,000 New  Zealanders every year. Each gold coin goes towards saving someone’s life! We encourage you all to bring a donation for St John.

We, the Outreach leaders, will come to your classroom to collect the gold coin donations and we will give you a sticker. Please wear green or yellow mufti on that day.

The St. John team with their ambulance will be visiting our school on Friday 6 April too.

Easter Blessing

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3: 16).  

God bless you,

Ann McKeown

Principal

Congratulations

Congratulations to James Barrington who received Most Valued Player (MVP) in Grade 4 Missiles, Parnell Cricket Club. Well done James! 

Thank You

St Michael’s Child Cancer Appeal 2018 

A great result again from our St Michael’s community! $188.00 was donated. A big thank you to our generous parent community. Many thanks to you & our Year 6 Outreach Leaders-
Emily Choi, Zoe Dignan & Esmenia D’Souza.
 

Sports News

Touch Rugby 2017/8

St Michael’s has had another successful and much enjoyed touch rugby season. We had 63 players signed up for 6 teams so we were a noticeable entity on the fields on Friday night.
Many thanks to the hard working coaches and team managers who made this a successful season for our kids. In particular we would like to thank: Jimmy Maher, Mike Luxford, Jon and Audrey Williams, Alex and Emma Houghton, Gavin and Stephanie Kerr, Brenton Harrison, Wendy Zitzenbacher, Terisa Cordtz and Helen Totua.
There were many other parents who helped on the night supporting the teams in many ways including running subs and stepping up as needed for which we are very grateful.
“Every Friday we met at College Rifles for touch rugby and my daddy is the coach. We improve a lot every week. We always train before the game. My highlights of the season were when Simon and Maddie scored fantastic tries and when Alfie stopped a try. Playing in the same team as my brother is weird though. I always enjoyed the lollies at the end of the game.” Sarah Williams
“I love playing touch rugby on Friday nights because it’s really good practice for when I play tackle rugby in the winter. It’s fun playing with my friends and cheering on St Michael’s teams ” Sebastian Zitzenbacher
 Look out for registrations late term 3/early term 4 for next season!
Helen and Mike Luxford

Year 5/6 Remuera Zone Swimming Sports

Congratulations to the following students who qualified to compete at the Year 5/6 Remuera Zone Swimming on Tuesday 20 March at St Kentigern’s School.

The sun shone and it was a fantastic day! Thank you to those parents who helped with transport and supervision.

Year 5 team = Cameron Karpik, Jakub Wolski, Zara Page, Dora Slavich, Audrey Gleeson, Ashley Robins, Tom Went, Ashby Cordtz, Ezra Balderas, Luca Zalazar

Year 6 team = Keira Evans, Zoe Dignan, Antonia Vlasic, Sammie Corse-Scott, Emily Lydon, Georgia Fisher, Stuart Holmes, Daniel Yovich, Finnbar Cavanagh-Briggs, Roman Twomey, Charlie Church

Congratulations to Cameron Karpik who came 1st in the Year 5 Boys 25m Breastroke! We are very proud of you!

Special mention also to Zara Page who qualified to race in the 25m backstroke final and the 50m Freestyle final; Antonia Vlasic who qualified to compete in the 25m Breaststroke final and to Daniel Yovich who qualified to compete in the 50m Freestyle final.

SMCS a Finalist at the New Zealand Waterpolo Awards- Flippaball School of the Year

SMCS was recently a finalist in the New Zealand Flippaball School of Year category. SMCS was nominated by the Epsom League co-ordinator and this was based on several criteria including parent support, sportsmanship, the success of the teams and the rapid growth of Flippaball at SMCS since we started at the end of 2016. Of all of the schools from around New Zealand nominated, it came down in the end to just two finalists invited to the New Zealand Waterpolo Awards.

Unfortunately, we didn’t walk away with the trophy at the awards night- that went to Diocesan in the end.  However, we still achieved an impressive New Zealand Runner Up so well done to the SMCS players and a big thank you to all the parents who help support and coach the teams.

If your child is interested in registering to play for Term 2 please email Sarney@orcon.net.nz  Your child needs to be Year 3 or above, and able to play on Sunday afternoons. Games are scheduled at Dio, EGGS or St Cuths pools, and last 20 minutes.

Confidence in the water is certainly a plus, and if your child enjoys team sports like soccer or netball you’re halfway there already!

Year 5/6 Summer Field Day

On Tuesday 27 March, the Year 5/6 Softball and Cricket exchange teams competed at Summer Field Day, playing against multiple schools in our Remuera cluster. A big thank you to the parents who helped with supervision and transport.

Well done to the Cricket A team who won both of their games.
A huge Congratulations to the Softball A team who won the Softball tournament!
We are very proud of you!
Congratulations to Emily Lydon, Keira Evans, Sebastian Vargas-Herrero, Sammie Corse-Scott, Daniel Yovich, Stuart Holmes, Marko Glass, Antony Yovich, Antonia Vlasic, Georgia Fisher, Flynn Harrison, Dre Canapi. 
We will be presenting you with your certificates next Wednesday 4 April at assembly. What a fantastic result!

PTA News

Thank you to all the parents who supported the PTA’s first St Patrick’s Day Cocktail Party on Saturday 17 March.  We ended up selling over 100 tickets to the event which was fantastic for our first social event this year.   It was a wonderful evening with a beautiful atmosphere created by the jazzy tunes of Bruce French and his Saxophone and the gorgeous flowers donated and arranged by Julia Glennie.  The venue was spectacular with fairy lights twinkling and the green glow of the harbour bridge and sky tower in the background.   Thank you to Mike Cruz and his band “South Collective” who entertained us with hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and definitely ensured everyone’s shoes got a good workout on the dance floor.  Congratulations to Alex Houghton who won the “Paddy’s Pot of Gold” and a big thanks for donating half of it back to the PTA and Congratulations to Greg Yovich who won the prize for best dressed in his St Patrick’s Day finery.

The PTA looks forward to welcoming all parents to the next fundraising event in winter.

$ The allocation of PTA Funds $  
The PTA is proud to advise the school community that there has been a number of great initiatives taking place around the school that we can tell you about as far as where the PTA funds have being allocated so far this year.   We have recently purchased 6 new pop up marquees for the school to use at sporting events and special events throughout the year.  We have allocated funds for the school to purchase additional mathematics resources for the children’s education and we have allocated a significant amount of money to the refurbishment of the senior block toilets.  The toilets will be receiving a much needed face lift over the school holidays.
The PTA would like to thank the entire school community for supporting the PTA throughout the years; without the contribution from families with PTA fundraising initiatives, these purchases and other purchases during the year would not be possible.

Save the Date
Wednesday 9 May 7 p.m.

St Michael’s Catholic School Mum’s and their family and friends are invited to join the PTA for a fun night out to celebrate Mothers Day.  Join us for a movie and drinks.  Each lovely lady will be treated to a special gift.   Save the date and don’t miss out.  More details will follow and we will have an early bird incentive prize not to be missed.

All School Mass and Bake Sale

The PTA would like to invite all families to join the school community for Gourmet Sausages and a Bake Sale after the next all school mass for Feast of the Ascension on Saturday 26 May.  Mass will begin at 5 p.m. and then the sausage sizzle and bake sale will follow.   Save the date and don’t miss out on a wonderful opportunity to mingle with other parents and to buy delicious cakes and sweets homemade by our school community.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Great news! In order to make it easier for parents to purchase good quality pre-owned uniforms, the 2nd Hand Uniform shop will now be open once a month on the first Friday of every month during 2018.

The next date the 2nd Hand Uniform shop is open will be Friday 6th April from 2:30 to 3:30pm.

Please come along to see what we have in stock and get uniforms sorted for winter. As well as cash and cheque we can now accept direct credit payments to the PTA bank account. Please note that orders paid by direct credit will be held at the office until payment is confirmed.

If you would like to donate any uniforms that are no longer of use, please drop them to the school office or bring them along the next time the shop is opened.

If you would like to donate any uniforms that are no longer of use, please drop them to the school office or bring them along the next time the shop is opened.

Notices

Staff Vacancy – Pompallier Diocesan Centre

Coordinator, Pastoral Office

The Pastoral Office seeks an enthusiastic committed person to work as Coordinator to provide administrative support to specified Diocesan groups and working parties, and to provide formation, resources and advice to pastoral councils in parishes and chaplaincies and clergy throughout the Diocese.  This is a full time position of 40 hours a week

You will need to be committed to the ministry of the Catholic Church with an understanding of its teachings and structures; have extensive management and leadership skills in planning, assessment, goal setting and evaluation; an excellent communicator; a people person, able to relate, work and communicate effectively and warmly with others; be available to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

A qualification in Theology or Religious Education is desired.  Some theological formation is essential, if a degree is not held.  Experience on a parish pastoral council is also desirable.

For full details please visit the Diocesan website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz, go to Quicklinks and Staff vacancies.

Applications close midday Friday 6 April 2018

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE DUES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support with the payment of attendance dues for preference students attending Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary.

Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest or the Revenue Manager at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland for further information.

Application forms for the Hardship Scheme are available from school and parish offices, or can be down-loaded from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Website: www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/catholic-schools/

(go to Catholic Schools in Auckland/Attendance Dues and Special Character Contributions)

At the Foot of the Cross – Choral Music for Good Friday

The Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph are very pleased once again to present

At the Foot of the Cross ~ a Choral Music offering for Good Friday by the Cathedral Vocal Ensemble directed by James Tibbles.

Friday 30 March at 7.30 pm.

Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph, 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland City

ENTRY FREE—RETIRING DONATION 

Validate parking available at the Wilson’s car parks Hobson Street ($4) & Durham Lane ($2)

LCF FUN LANGUAGES

The FUN way to learn another language!

 Free Trial Lesson at St Michael`s Catholic School

New French class Fridays 12-1 pm; Professionally developed program for young learners

Lots of fun activities, drama, music and games, experienced and trained native language teachers.  Supported by fantastic fun activities online at Babelzone.

Please contact us, details below. The cost is $16.80 per lesson which includes a 20% discount plus $57.50 for the yearly membership fee which includes access to online learning, a CD and Songbook.

For a FREE trial of the best French and Spanish activities for IWBs and Computers, go to http://www.lcfclubs.com/babelzoneNEW/

NEW! English phonics/grammar/stories/games @ www.lcfclubs.com/englishzone

NEW! LCF Maths – www.lcfclubs.com/maths

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