Dear St Michael’s School Community,

St Michael’s School and Parish Mass

This was a beautiful Mass, the singing was uplifting and our students were amazing, thank you to Georgina and Amy for all the work you did to make it such a special occasion. Thanks also to the PTA for the opportunity to continue fellowship in the Hall, with dinner and cakes.

Confirmation at St Michael’s Church – 30 May 2018

We had 33 students make their Sacrament of Confirmation last night. Bishop Patrick Dunn celebrated Mass. It was a lovely Mass, thank you Emma Houghton and Helen Luxford for all the work you have done preparing these children.

The Lion King 

All students are involved in the production and it is essential that they attend both performances.

Wednesday Show

At 12 p.m. Children start getting ready; 12.30 – Audience Start arriving (to be all seated by 12.50 p.m.); 1 p.m. – Show Starts; 2 p.m. – Show concludes – Sweet Treats and drinks Available for purchase

Thursday Show 

At 5 p.m. – All children to arrive (already fed) and go to their classrooms; 5.15 p.m. – Drinks and Nibbles available for adults to purchase (no food or drinks in the hall); 6 p.m. Show Starts (no sales during the show); 7 p.m. – Show Concludes – Sweet Treats, Drinks Available to purchase.

SMCS Policy To Review Term 2 – Reporting to parents

  1. Go to www.schooldocs.co.nz 2. Click Search for your school.
  2. Start typing the school name and then select from the dropdown list.
  3. Enter the community username and password: Username: smcs Password: mackillop

Please click on current review and then click on Reporting to parents and read the policy. Next you click on under review and complete the survey.

Welcome

A warm welcome to Emily Coffey and family who joined us last week.

Online School Lunches and Delivery Soon

Wise Cicada will be providing school lunches to our school. Lunches will be available online on their website where parents may order and pay. Please check out their website.

http://wisecicada.co.nz/ to read up about this food store. They are winners of the most Sustainable Business Award 2017. Thank you to Meg Crisostomo for organizing this. We will email everyone when they are available online.

A Daily Prayer For Your Confirmation

O God, I pray that you give me a right heart, that I may come to know you in Jesus. Lead me to know the sinfulness of my own heart, and your great love for me, in Christ Jesus. Help those who teach me, to give me the teaching I need. Grant that, on my Confirmation Day, I may be ready to give myself to be your faithful soldier and servant to my life’s end; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen” https://stanthonyofpaduanh.org/documents/Religious%20Education/Prayers.pdf

Student Voice – Book Recommendation

Hi St Michael’s Senior School readers,

As one of the Year 6 Library Leaders for 2018, I would like to share my thoughts on a fantastic book I just read.

It is called “A Very Unusual Pursuit” and was written by Catherine Jinks.

This book is about a girl called Birdie McAdams and an older man called Alfred. Together they are bogglers which are monster hunters that kill the monsters that are infesting London and eating children. Don’t worry it’s not as scary as it sounds. It is really interesting because it is set in 1870 which is a time period I didn’t know much about until I read this book. There is also a glossary at the back of the book with the meanings of some of old words you may not be familiar with so that is really helpful. It also has a great plot twist that you will never see coming at the end. I don’t want to spoil the story too much for you so that is all I am going to tell you. I really liked this story and I would recommend this book for anyone in Yr 5 and up.

Category: Children’s Fiction

Age: 10-12 years

Happy Reading!!

By Zara Zazulak-Baker – Year 6 Library Leader of SMCS 2018    

Congratulations

Big Congrats to our talented artist, Peata Larkin whose artistic flair will adorn the new New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland City. Please click on the link to view

https://www.nzicc.co.nz/

PTA News

Next Meeting – Tuesday 5 June 7 p.m.
All parents are invited to attend the next PTA meeting this Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the school library.  We are calling for new parents to join our very passionate enthusiastic team of parents.

Bake Sale – Thank you!
Thank you to all the SMCS families who contributed to the bake sale held after Mass on Saturday night! It was wonderful to see so many families and St Michael’s parishioners brave the cold weather to support the school. It really did emphasis what a beautiful school community we have. 

There was an impressive and colourful array of delicious treats on display. The PTA sincerely thank you for supporting the evening by donating baking, purchasing yummy treats, dinner and for once again supporting the schools fundraising initiatives. The parents of St Michael’s raised over $1,400.  The allocation of this money will be voted upon at the meeting next week. 

A big thank you to Marie Yovich and her wonderful team of volunteers for set up, displaying and selling on the night; the bake sale was a sell out.   This is the 6th year that Marie has rallied a team of volunteers to host the bake sale which is an extraordinary effort.  Thank you also to those families who waited patiently in the lines for dinner; Meg’s delicious pulled pork rolls were a big success and disappeared in a flash and the gourmet sausages were a huge hit again! 

Thank you to Meg Crisostomo and Cassie Wooler for helping with catering and thank you to the helpers in the kitchen and those who stayed behind to clean up.   The PTA is extremely fortunate to have so many parents willing to help out. Thank you!

Gardening Working Bee – Saturday 16th June 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We are inviting all green thumbs and lovers of gardening (or those who just love to help) to join a committed and passionate group of parents on Saturday 16th June at school for a gardening working bee.   The team of helpers will be weeding gardens, replanting plants, and working on some creative safety initiatives for the area outside the junior playground.    Volunteers will be provided drinks and food to keep you well hydrated and motivated. Please contact Steph Kerr if you have any questions or ideas to help. (email:Stephanie.kerr78@icloud.com)

Uniform Shop
The uniform shop will be opened this Friday 1st June from 2.30 to 3.15 p.m.   The shop is also calling for donated stock as we are running a little low.   If you have any unwanted uniforms at home, please drop them to the school office or to the shop on Friday.  Thank you

Save the Date – DISCO (Friday 27 July)
The School Disco preparations have begun for a winter wonderland theme, save the date and don’t miss this much anticipated event.

Save the Date – Cultural Festival (Sunday 4 November)
It has been an exciting week for our wonderful team of Parents behind the St Michael’s Cultural Festival with the release of the Sponsorship Prospectus. If you have any questions about how you can support the event please contact Angelic Murray on email: angelicmurray@hgm@gmail.com 

Reusable produce bags
The PTA has a fantastic new environmentally friendly fundraising initiative about to start.  Watch this space to buy a pack of 5 reusable produce bags for $22.50. Display stock will be available at the office next week and you will be able to pay online into the PTA bank account or pay cash into the PTA box.  If you have any questions or would like to order more than one pack please email Steph Kerr (Email: Stephanie.kerr78@icloud.com)

Notices

Jammies in June

Kidz First Jammies in June program at Middlemore Hospital needs your support.  The St. Michael’s Catholic Church parish is collecting new and gently used pyjamas, slippers and dressing gowns for children aged 0-15.
There is a box in the church foyer and there will also be a collection box at the school office if you would like to donate.  These warm clothes are given to children at the hospital and in the community to help keep them warm and healthy during the cold winter.  Last year they gave out 20,000 pyjamas!
Any questions contact lane.pta2016@gmail.com
Rosary Group
Reminder – Rosary Group meets Friday lunchtimes at the flagpole after eating.
We pray one decade of the rosary in the church.
All Welcome.

Fun Languages for Children – Helping the World Communicate!

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

Choral Vigil Mass for the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ

This is my body. This is my blood. Saturday, 2 June at 7.30 pm at the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph 43 Wyndham Street, Central Auckland.

With the Cathedral Vocal Ensemble directed by James Tibbles. Validated parking will be available at the

Wilson Car Park on Hobson Street ($4) and Durham Lane ($4). Please bring your ticket to validate in the Cathedral.