Dear St Michael’s School Community,

A Successful Grandparents Day on Friday 17 August 

I had so many Grandparents congratulate the school for the wonderful day they had. Here is a quote that I was sent by Grandparents who have been part of the school for 7 years; “This was the best Grandparents day we have been to. It was well organised, ran smoothly and we knew exactly what to do and we really enjoyed ourselves”. A big thank you to Amy who organised all the practises and to our amazing PTA for organising the high tea.

Cross Country Postponed until Thursday 30 August 

I felt I had no option but to cancel the cross country today due to the conditions of field. We will go ahead with the Cross Country next week. If there is some rain on the day only Years 3 to 6 will attend the Cross Country and we will keep the Juniors at School and set up an alternative track for them around the school.

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.


Parish NewsletterCheck out the Parish Newsletter. Coming up are the following events:

Reflection Day ‘Taize’ Friday 5 October; Birthday Celebrations of our Blessed Mother Mary from 29 Aug to 8 Sept; Marriage Encounter weekend 5-7 Oct.

Prayer For The Day

 “Dear God, Please remind me to start and end each day in prayer and thankfulness to you. May I never take for granted all the blessings you provide in my life”.  

God bless you,

Ann McKeown


Sports News

SMCS Soccer Coordinator

We are looking for a parent to take on the role of coordinating soccer at SMCS.  It involves organising the teams and liaising with Ellerslie Football Club.  Nico Buyck who has done this role for numerous years and will be on hand next year to guide you through.  Please contact Deahna on [email protected] if interested in this volunteer role.
A huge thank you to Nico Buyck for his work coordinating St Michael’s soccer over several years. Nico has spent untold hours in this voluntary role and many St Michael’s children – and families – have benefited from his organisation and enthusiasm for soccer. They will be large (soccer) boots to fill but Nico has generously offered to help out the next volunteer as they take on this role. Thank you Nico!

 Year 3-6 Remuera Zone Gymnastics Competition 2018

Well done to the students who qualified to compete at the Year 3-6 Remuera Zone Gymnastics Competition held at Tristar on Thursday 9 August:

Year 3 Girls = Petra Slavich, Francesca Urlich, Lilly Kerr, Lila Barnett, Natalie Munapeyi, Carlota RC, Helena Coyle, Talia Hancock, Julia Wolski
Year 3 Boys = Nicholas Mitchell, Jacob Croad, Jesse Robins, Samuel Wong, Charlie Goodare, Isaac Houghton,
Year 4 Girls = Emma Carran, Charlize Wichman, Eden Cuevas, Sophie-Mary Brake, India Macdonald, Micaela-Jane Elika, Anna Karpik, Grace Thomson, Laura Harris, Sofia Glass, Hayden Betham, Olive Marshall, Bonnie Ansley
Year 4 Boys = Isaac Larkin
Year 5 Girls = Dora Slavich, Lucy Morrison, Eva Houghton, Ashley Robins, Georgia Facer, Antonia Urlich, Katy Radich, Amelie Chisholm, Zara Page, Angeline Loh
Year 5 Boys = Jakub Wolski, Sebastian Sarney, Cameron Karpik
Year 6 Girls = Sammie Corse-Scott, Samantha Munapeyi, Georgia Fisher, Zoe Dignan, Zara Zazulak Baker, Antonia Vlasic, Alex Dew
Year 6 Boys = Marko Glass, Stuart Holmes
It was a fabulous event and all of our gymnasts displayed poise and sportsmanship throughout the day. Thank you to those who helped with transport and supervision.
Congratulations to:
Nicholas Mitchell – 1st in Year 3 Boys Individual
Isaac Houghton – 5th in Year 3 Boys Individual
Jacob Croad – 8th in Year 3 Boys Individual
Julia Wolski – 2nd in Year 3 Girls Individual
Jakub Wolski – 2nd in Year 5 Boys Individual
Sebastian Sarney – 3rd in Year 5 Boys Individual
Cameron Karpik – 6th in Year 5 Boys Individual
Zara Page – 8th in Year 5 Girls Individual
Stuart Holmes – 1st in Year 6 Boys Individual
Marko Glass – 2nd in Year 6 Boys Individual
Team results:
2nd place in Year 3 Boys – St Michael’s Team 1 (Nicholas Mitchell, Isaac Houghton, Jacob Croad, Jesse Robins)
1st place in Year 5 Boys – St Michael’s Team 1 (Jakub Wolski, Sebastian Sarney, Cameron Karpik)

PTA News

Grandparents Day – Thank you! 

It was a wet stormy day this year, however the children’s singing brightened up the day.  The grandparents then went to explore the children’s classrooms.  They were welcomed back by a lovely morning tea before Mass. Thank you to Laura and Julia for coordinating this and the mums that helped all morning. Thank you also to those that donated items to the raffles and all the grandparents for supporting the school by purchasing tickets.  The raffle made over $800 and the money will be put towards replacing the Shade Sails on the Senior Playground.

School Disco – Friday 31 August 2018 5pm to 7pm

This year the PTA has decided to make the Disco as simple as possible for parents by providing a pre-

pay option!  Cash will still be accepted at the Disco but this year we encourage you to *pre-pay for tickets which will allow a Fast Pass Entry.   We will also be pre-selling bundles of $1.00 tickets that can be used like cash on the night for food, photo booth, etc.

Reference: Surname
Particulars: number of children attending
Code: Disco

Entry Tickets $5.00 per child or $10 per family

Plus go ahead and buy your $1.00 tickets for the following, by adding the amount you wish to spend at the Disco (e.g. + $5, +$10, +$15, +$20) to your deposit.  Additional tickets can be purchased on the night with cash.

Pizza  $2 a slice
Nachos $5
Bottled water $1
Ice Blocks  $2
Glow in Dark candy floss $5
Lolly Bags $2
Face Painting $3
Glow in Dark merchandise $2, $4

Pre-paid Entry Tickets will be available for pick up at the office on Wed, Thurs, Friday 29, 30, 31 August. *No refunds on pre-paid tickets

**Remember this is not a drop off event but a family event so parental supervision is required**

Parents are welcome to BYO but responsible drinking is encouraged, non alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.   We look forward to seeing all families at this much anticipated annual event.

 St John’s First Aid Course

The PTA has secured the opportunity to host a St John’s Child First Aid course for 20 people to up-skill parents in Children’s first aid.  The Course is on Sunday 16th September at 9am to 1.30pm in the school hall.  We have spots available if you would like to attend the course (on a first in first basis).  The cost of the half day course is $40 as we have been able to secure a special group price offered to our school volunteers. If you would like to attend please contact Steph Kerr on 022 696 3993 or email: [email protected]

St Michael’s Food & Cultural Festival

We are so proud and excited to announce that our Premium Event Sponsor for the event is Michael Boulgaris from Boulgaris Realty. Michael is no stranger to the Auckland community, supporting lots of amazing causes and we are very thankful he has chosen to support our event this year.

If you would like to support the event or have a business that you think would like to partner with the festival please contact Angelic Murray on [email protected].

Thank you to those families who have already contributed sponsorship for the event.  We are well on our way to achieving our sponsorship target!

We are also very proud to announce that the events Facebook page is up and running.  Please visit our Facebook page with the username @StMichaelsFoodCulturalFestival and like this page and tag 3 of your friends to be in the draw to win a gourmet hamper from Farro Fresh worth $150.  Every tag of 3 friends represents an entry to the draw, enter as many times as you like.  Entry closes at 5pm 28 August 2018.

World Art Stations Interests – As part of the Food & Cultural Festival, we will turn our classrooms in the Junior Block into World Art Stations.  Each class will represent a continent.  Each “Continent” will feature a cultural art, craft, music, costume or calligraphy demonstration that kids can sign up to participate.  Each demonstration can be up to an hour each.  So all up, we will have 24 different demonstrations or stations. If you are interested in running a demonstration or station, please send us your expression of interest to [email protected] by 31 August 2018.  All interests will be reviewed depending on availability and suitability.  We will email confirmation of your interests by 7 September 2018.

If you have any other questions regarding the festival, feel free to email the organising committee at [email protected].

Knowledge-a-thon – Thank you for your Support!

Thank you for all the support you gave your children in the lead up to the Knowledge-a-thon this year.  We are so proud of how hard all the children worked and how much they learnt about the cultures at SMCS.   We will announce how much money was raised from their efforts in the next newsletter.

If you have not already deposited your sponsorship money please do so at your earliest convenience.   Please either place the sponsorship money with sponsorship form in a named envelope in the PTA box at the school office or alternatively deposit it directly in to the PTA bank account 12 3075 0199134 00.

Remember one class will have the opportunity to experience a half day at ‘Mind Lab’ by Unitech.  Every year this is hotly contested and the kids really look forward to winning this prize!!  It will be awarded to the class who collects the highest amount of monies.  Plus, we have a Sphero for the family who raises the most funds and Pizza Friday for the class that returns all sponsorship first.

Thank you for your continued support of this important fundraising initiative.


Beginning Experience Grief Resolution Weekend Retreat on 5 – 7 October 2018

ALONE AGAIN? Widowed, Separated or Divorced? The Beginning Experience is a non-profit organization with the motto a “Weekend Away for a Lifetime of Change”. The retreat will help you work through your painful loss. The participants find new hope, increased emotional health and renewed energy. Date Friday evening 5 – 7 October Sunday afternoon. Cost $295 or early bird price of $245 if paid by 2nd September. Includes accommodation, meals and materials. Contact Carol 022-089-0458 or leave message on (09)360-3054. Visit

Summer Football Registrations Now Open

Registrations are now open for the clubs (Football7s) summer football competition. We will be running several competitions from early October at various venues around Ellerslie and the Eastern Suburbs area. This year we will have leagues for the following grades JUNIORS, YOUTHS, OPEN MEN’s and MIXED teams.

Be sure to get your team registration in quickly as many of the competitions have limited spaces and will fill up quickly!

Click here (or ) for a full list of the competitions and to REGISTER your team.

If you have any questions or queries regarding any aspect of the competition, please do not hesitate to contact us at – [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you all over summer!

Football7 Flyer


We are a group of Year 13 Baradene girls involved in the Young Enterprise scheme for 2018, and have created the business STELLAR SIGNS.  

We are selling unique star sign prints, designed by an upcoming NZ artist Matt Griffin, incorporating the artwork of an ex starship patient, and will be donating 30% of our profits to the Starship Foundation.

These zodiac prints are the perfect gift for Birthday / Christmas presents, baby showers, housewarmings etc…  You can purchase our prints online at

Check us out on Facebook & Instagram @stellar.signs for more information 

Their prints are LIMITED EDITION, so get in quick as they’re selling fast!