Term 2 Newsletter 14 June 2018

Dear St Michael’s School Community,

This week Catherine, Georgina and I are attending the Catholic Schools Convention in Wellington. This happens every four years. Amy is Acting Principal while I am away.

Student Voice

Our student Councillors met with the people from Wise Cicada to help guide the choices of food for school lunches. We will let you know when students can buy their lunches online.

Working Bee – Saturday 16 June 11am – 3pm

If you are available please come along to help. We have just had all our playgrounds inspected and the small Junior Playground has been deemed unsafe, so this is on our list of things to do.

Lion King Update 

The children have been working hard rehearsing their songs and lines and making costumes and props. We have also had many wonderful parents helping out too! Thank you to everyone that has helped out this far. With not long to go, make sure to get yourself tickets at the office – there are only tickets for the Matinee performance left.

Please ensure that your children bring into school any extra costume items they might need in preparation for full rehearsals in the next two weeks.

We are all looking forward to sharing our hard work with the community very soon!


A warm welcome to Isaia and Lafaele Elika, Poppy Thomson, and Vincent Yang and family who joined us last week.

 SMCS Policy To Review Term 2 – Reporting to parents – Please have your say.

  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.


Jesus Word made flesh, unwrap our structures of Language so that each of us receives the message of infinite love you offer our hungry hearts” (Joy Cowley)

 God bless you,

Ann McKeown



Enhancing Mana Maori and Maori Leadership in Te Hahi Katorika. Saturday 23 June 8.45am-4pm St Francis Xavier Church Hall 63 Park Ave Whangarei. Cost $20 including lunch.
Register by 10 June with Martha Dawson [email protected] or Marilyn Williams [email protected] For travel assistance from Auckland contact Rangi Davis [email protected] ph 021 0274 7185

PTA News

Gardening Working Bee – THIS WEEKEND
Saturday 16th June 11am to 3pm
(unless it is torrential rain, we will not cancel)

We have a very busy day planned on Saturday for our gardening working bee. Helpers are required to help dismantle the “old” junior playground, weed the garden behind the junior block, weed the garden behind the caring shed, tidy up paths, plant new plants etc.  BYO – TOOLS (e.g. gloves, spades, clippers, garden saw, rakes, shovels etc.)

Please note there will be no access on Saturday from Bassett road.  We will have a digger on site working on the steep area near the junior playground.  Please use the Beatrice road entrance.  Refreshments and sausage sizzle for all helpers.  Please note there will be no supervision provided for children.

If you are planning on attending to help out please email [email protected] so we know how many to cater for.

Scholastic Book Orders online

The closing date for Scholastic Book orders is Friday 22 June.  All orders and payments to be done online.

Disco Change of Date

The School Disco will NOT be held on Friday 27 July but will now take place on Friday 31 August from 5.00pm to 7.00pm in the school hall.   This is due to several reasons but will also allow us to poll the students for their thoughts on a theme.  Next week we will ask each class to vote on their top 3 themes.  We are excited to hear their ideas and look forward to another fun SMCS event.

Lion King Production

The PTA will be hosting a beautiful Lion King themed bake sale at the Matinee on Wednesday 27 June. There will be beautifully decorated cakes, cake pops, slices, popcorn, lollies etc all in the lion king theme for sale.   The PTA will then be selling theatre style refreshments and snacks at the evening show on Thursday 28 June from 5pm.

Next Meeting – Tuesday 31st July 7pm
All parents welcome


Choral Vigil Mass for the Nativity of St John the Baptist

Come celebrate the Vigil Mass Saturday 23 June at 7.30 pm here at the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph, 43 Wyndham Street. With the Vocal Ensemble directed by James Tibbles.

Validated parking will be available at the Wilson car parks on Durham Lane ($2) and Hobson Street ($4). Please bring your ticket with you to validate in the Cathedral.

Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph Organ Series 2018 Saturdays @ 6

Our first Concert for the 2018 series is Wellington Organist Nicholas Sutcliffe.

Saturday June 30 at 6 pm.

The concert is FREE with a retiring collection.

Validated parking will be available at the Wilson car parks on Durham Lane ($2) and Hobson Street ($4).

Please bring your ticket with you to validate in the Cathedral.

Lewis Eady

Your child can learn to play music at school with Lewis Eady. Instruments include guitar, piano & more.  Enrol online anytime at www.lewiseady.co.nz