Dear St Michael’s School Community,

We had a beautiful Mass yesterday to celebrate the Feast of Mary MacKillop (St Mary of the Cross). Mary MacKillop has much to say to us as we try to live the Gospel in today’s world.

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Thank you to the BNZ  for teaching Financial Literacy to all our classes on Wednesday 8 August.

Footsteps Dance Programme

This term students are learning dance techniques and teachers have been sharing some of these lessons on class dojo. Please check them out.

SMCS Policies To Review Term 3 – Complaints and Behaviour Management

  1. Go to 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 Complaints / Behaviour Management and read the policy. Next you click on under review and complete the survey.

School Closed on Wednesday 15 August Image result for school closed

The Board of Trustees made the decision to close the school due to Health and Safety while the teachers are on strike.

Grandparents Day – Friday 17 August 

9:30am Concert; 10:30am Visit classes; 11am High Tea; 12pm Grandparents Day Mass

The oldest and only students will be bringing home an invitation for their Grandparents. The PTA are organising families to bring contributions for the High Tea.  After Mass it is a  normal school day, children will have lunch and go back to their classes.

Encountering Christ

Parish NewsletterCheck out the various events that are advertised in the Parish Newsletter. There is a Reflection Day “God Enters our Heart’s on Saturday 11 August.

Wednesday 15 August

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – This is a Holy Day of Obligation – Mass is at 9:15am at St Michael’s Parish.

Prayer for the Assumption of Mary

“Father in heaven, all creation gives you praise, for all life and all holiness comes from you. In the plan of your wisdom, she who bore the Christ in her womb was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven. May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness and join in her hymn of endless love and praise. We ask this through Christ our Lord”. (

God bless you,

Ann McKeown


Thank You

A big THANK YOU to Stu and Jessica Macdonald for organising Shirley Pastiroff to come to SMCS and present about Mindful Parenting.  As Jessica attested to, Shirley is a wonderful presenter and an awesome advocate for Mindfulness

There was a great representation from the school with parents from every class room attending.  I’m sure everyone would have gone away with something from the evening, and many so inspired,they signed up for more information.  Thanks guys, the SMCS community will miss you.

PTA News


17 August – Grandparents Day
23 August –  Cross Country
24 August – Knowledgeathon money due
31 August –
School Disco 5.00pm to 7.00pm
4 September –
PTA Meeting 7.00pm to 9.00pm
7 September –
Second Hand Uniform Shop opened 2.30pm to 3.15pm

Grandparents Day (Friday 17th August)

We are very pleased to announce that the format for Grandparents Day has changed this year.  The day will begin at 9.30am in the school hall for the annual Grandparents Day concert; the children will be performing the songs from the lion king production.  The concert will be followed by class room visits, where grandparents will have the opportunity to visit the classrooms.   All grandparents will then be invited back to the hall at 11am for a lovely high tea hosted by the PTA.   The school Mass will follow at the usual time of 12noon.

A special invitation will be sent home for all grandparents.   The PTA is looking forward to hosting the complementary high tea to say thank you to all grandparents for the special role they play in our children’s lives.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the high tea or to help sell raffle tickets please email Laura Thomson on [email protected].  Alternatively, if you would like to contribute a small item for the grandparents raffle please drop them to the office by Wednesday 15 August.  This year we will have 2 hampers to raffle, one for the grandmothers and one for grandfathers.  Thank you for your support of this very special event.

School Disco (Friday 31st August) 

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It will be a Neon Night of fun at the SMCS Kids Disco on Friday 31 August from 5:00-7:00pm in the *Hall

The theme is “anything goes” and there will be prizes for best dressed and a NEW prize this year for best dressed group!

Siblings are welcome
*The fields and playgrounds will be closed during this evening event and parent supervision is required.

Tickets will be $5 each or $10 for a family.  More information will be available soon regarding early bird ticket sales.

This is always a fun event for St Michael’s families so if you can be parent help on the night, please contact Lane Molloy at [email protected]

Reusable Produce Bags

The PTA have started selling reusable produce bags as a fundraiser this year to support the schools goal of being a more sustainable and environmentally friendly community.  The New Zealand company; Rubbish Whisperer is offering packs of five reusable bags (25x30cm) for $22.50 with 30% of the sale price going towards the school’s fundraising initiatives.

A sample is available at the office and the PTA will be selling them at Grandparent’s Day on Friday 17 August.  Please contact Susanna Pinto on [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to order or confirm payment. Payment can be made to the PTA Bank Account Number: 12-3075-0199134-00. Reference: Childs Name / Quantity / RW Bag 

Cross Country

The PTA will be selling drinks and iceblocks at the cross country event scheduled for Thursday 23 August.


Choral Mass for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,

for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant…”

The Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph – Wednesday 15 August at 7.30 pm  we celebrate the Assumption of Mary  with a Choral Mass.

With the Cathedral Vocal Ensemble directed by James Tibbles, this is an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the musical tradition of the Catholic Church, music that is now often only heard in concert performances.

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

St Michael’s Playgroup Remuera

“St Michael’s Playgroup is meeting fortnightly on Thursday mornings during term time. We used to meet in the Parish Center however are currently varying our meeting venues to members homes or outdoor playgrounds and parks on a clear day. We welcome any inquiries or new members at anytime. Please check our Facebook page “St Michael’s Playgroup Remuera” and feel free to post a questions/inquiry there or email Helen Luxford [email protected] for further information or updates. Many thanks”

Diocesan Job Vacancies

Credit Controller & Administration – Pompallier Centre

This full time role is to provide credit control and administration support to the Revenue Manager for the collection of attendance dues for schools in the Auckland Diocese.

Key Tasks include: Collection of compulsory school attendance dues; contact with school parents via outbound phone calls; follow up of unpaid accounts and Debtor ledger management.

 Accounting Assistant – Pompallier Centre

The full time role is to provide accounting support to the Senior Financial Accountant and Finance team.

Key Tasks include Cash receipting; Banking; Bank Reconciliations; Accounts Payable, Debtors ledger processing; Prompt invoice payment processing; General Ledger reconciliations.

To view the full position descriptions for the above roles, please visit our website under Quicklinks and staff vacancies.