Dear St Michael’s School Community,

Successful Book Week

Thank you to Charlotte, Terisa and Emma for helping to make Book Week so successful. Thank you to everyone who purchased books which helped us raise $1,644.88 for books and resources for our school.

Lost Property will be going to second hand uniforms at the end of this term

Please get your children to check the lost property baskets (one in the Junior area and one in the seniors). At the end of this term we will be giving all un-named uniform to the PTA to sell as second hand uniforms.

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 Interviews

School Interviews will be held in the first week of Term 4, Wednesday 17 October and Thursday 18 October. To make a booking please follow the instructions below: Bookings are now OPEN.

  • copy and paste in to your brower:
  • Click on “Make a Booking”
  • Enter the Event code – qrerz
  • Click go
  • Enter your child’s details

Encountering CHRIST

Parish / School Mass Saturday 22 September at 5pm: Celebrating the Feast of St Michael

Students need to wear their school uniform and meet in the Parish Centre by 4:40pm. The Choir will go straight to the Church.

School Mass – Friday 28 September at 12:15pm and a Picnic Lunch

You are all warmly invited to join us at our School Mass to once again celebrate the feast of St Michael the Archangel. Please refer to the PTA Notices with regards to Lunch.

Parish Newsletter In order to move more deeply into a relationship with Christ, St Michael’s Parish offer ways to pray and reflect through the following events:

Reflection Day ‘Taize’ Friday 5 October; Marriage Encounter weekend 5-7 Oct; Candlelight Rosary Procession & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at Sacred Heart College Sunday 7 Oct at 7pm.

Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael Archangels – September Feast Day 29 September

“Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and mortals in a wonderful order: grant that as your holy angels always serve you in heaven, so, at your command, they may help and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Senior Speech Finals 2018

Well done to all of the students in Year 4, 5, 6 who have been working on writing then presenting their speeches throughout this term.

Congratulations to the following students who presented at our school finals!
Thank you to Mrs McKeown and Mrs Middleton who came and judged.

Year 4

1st place = Anna Karpik – Books are better than TV
2nd place = Sofia Glass – Why we should have a class pet
3rd place = Emma Carran – Teachers should get paid more

Year 5

1st place = Jonathan Luxford – Why we should protect the environment
2nd place = Katy Radich – Why fortnight is a bad game
3rd place = Dora Slavich – Why we should all learn how to swim

Year 6

1st place = Flynn Molloy – Fortnight is not bad for children
2nd equal = Alex Dew – Why parents should not be overprotective of their children being on social media & Sammie Corse-Scott – Why fast food is bad for you

Year 6 Remuera Zone Speech Competition – Flynn Molloy

Congratulations to Flynn Molloy who won the Year 6 Speech Finals at SMCS and therefore qualified to go on and compete at the Remuera Zone Speech Finals!
Flynn presented his speech along with 9 other contestants – the judges commented that there was such a high calibre of speaking from this group.
Well done Flynn for representing St Michael’s!

Year 5/6 Mathex Competition 2018

Congratulations to the students who competed at the Mathex Competition on Thursday evening – what outstanding results!

This year there were 29 Year 5 teams and 28 Year 6 teams competing to solve 20 questions in 30 minutes.
Congratulations to the Year 6 A team who solved all 20 questions and scored the maximum of 100 points (they even had 11 minutes to spare!). A huge well done to Emily Choi, Flynn Molloy, Marko Glass and Hiranya Fernando for achieving this! This team placed 5th.
Well done to the Year 6 B team of William Harris, Dre Canapi, Charlie Church and Roman Twomey who scored 80 points!

Congratulations to the Year 5 team of James Barrington, Jonathan Luxford, Jakub Wolski and Katy Radich who scored 90 points and came 7th!

We are so proud of you and look forward to competing again in 2019!

Year 5 – Remuera Lions Prepared Speech Competition

Congratulations to Jonathan Luxford who represented St Michael’s at the Remuera Lions Speech Competition on Tuesday evening. Jonathan competed alongside 13 other students. Well done Jonathan!

Thank You

Cans for Christmas! 

A huge THANK YOU for all the amazing support for the Cans for Christmas, St Vincent de Paul fundraiser this year!
Our best ever collection – St Michael’s contributed over 650 cans – well done and thank you!

Sports News

Year 3-6 Catholic Schools Cross Country 2018

Congratulations to St Michael’s Catholic School for coming 6th place at the Catholic Schools Cross Country! This was a great result when competing against 17 other schools. It was a beautiful sunny day and all students showed sportsmanship and our Mary MacKillop values. Thank you to the parents who helped with transport, supervision and general encouragement!

Well done to these students who qualified to race:
Year 3 Boys = Jack, Isaac, Matt, Nicholas, Otis
Year 3 Girls = Helena, Maggie, Lila, Lilly, Talia
Year 4 Boys = Harry, Archer, Corban, Oliver White, Sebastian Z
Year 4 Girls = Olive, Francesca, Porcia, Hayden, Stella
Year 5 Boys = Jakub, James B, Nathan, Nevin, Mathew
Year 5 Girls = Eva, Audrey, Zara, Skye, Georgia Facer
Year 6 Boys = Stuart, Daniel, Charlie, Roman, Marko
Year 6 Girls = Iris, Samantha, Alex, Keira Evans, Georgia Fisher

Special congratulations to:
Olive Marshall who came 8th in the Year 4 Girls race
Eva Houghton who came 3rd in the Year 5 Girls race
Stuart Holmes who came 4th in the Year 6 Boys race
Daniel Yovich who came 9th in the Year 6 Boys race

SMCS – Basketball

Welcome to the SMCS basketball programme. This is a great way for your kids to fine-tune their skills, practice good sportsmanship and have fun. Kids in our programme learn about dribbling, shooting and guarding. They also learn the values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility in a sports team environment.

Our current Year 3/4 SMCS team is closed for next term but we are looking for Year 5/6 boys and girls who are keen to form a team and play against other schools in friendly competition. If we have enough children, we are looking to join the ABSL Competition at St Kentigern Boys School (82 Shore Road, Remuera) every Monday between 4:30pm to 6pm.

For more information, you can contact Senior Coach Mike Cruz ([email protected]) or Junior Coach JR Ambrosio ([email protected]).

Kids are more than welcome to join our 8am, Tuesday sessions at the hall to have a go at a new sport and play some ball.

Auckland Schools Champion of Champions Gymnastics Competition

Congratulations to the following students who qualified to compete at the Auckland Schools Champion of Champions Gymnastics Competition held on Thursday 13 September at Tristar Gym. This was a tough competition with a high calibre of gymnastics so well done to our students for representing SMCS.

Year 3 Boys = Nicholas Mitchell, Isaac Houghton, Jacob Croad & Jesse Robins
Year 5 Boys = Jakub Wolski, Sebastian Sarney & Cameron Karpik
Year 6 Boys = Marko Glass & Stuart Holmes
Year 3 Girl = Julia Wolski
Year 5 Girl = Zara Page

Special mention to Jakub Wolski who achieved 8th place in the Year 5 Boys competition – well done Jakub!

Touch Rugby 2018/19 Summer Season

It’s that time again… Touch Rugby summer registrations have opened for 2018/9 season. Last year we had 63 children registered playing for 6 teams. Ideally team numbers are minimum 7/8 with a maximum 10 players per team.

There are several important points to note so this is a long email. Please make sure you are aware of all the information before you register.

The season runs over Term 4 2018 and Term 1 2019 with a break over summer school holidays.


This year the turf at College Rifles is being ripped up and replaced so the term 4 games will be held at LISTON PARK, Michael’s Ave, Ellerslie. The term 1 games will be back at College Rifles.

First game is the Friday after Labour Weekend.
26th October – 7th December 2018 (7 Weeks) @ Liston Park
(Christmas/Holiday Break)

The season starts back on 15th February – 15th March 2019 (5 Weeks) @ College Rifles.

All games are Friday nights at set times. This season they are:
5:30pm: Year 1 & 2
6:00pm: Year 3 & 4
6:30pm: Year 5 & 6

The fee from the club is $475 per team. The amount payable per child will be the full cost of the season divided among the total number of St Michael’s players registered, not per team. This cost will include a player of the day trophy per team, treats for first game and any gear that needs to be replaced (last year each team was issued with a gear bag, two touch balls and a set of cones for practises and there is hardly any useable gear left from last season in the sports shed).

The youngest team is for year 1-2 students. We will not take registrations from year 0 students in the first instance. If you have an interested yr 0 child you can send their name in and they will go on a waiting list to be added to a year 1/2 team only if there are places. Priority will be given to those that have siblings registered at any age.

Players can play up a grade (but not down). If you have a very able year 2 or 4 child, e.g. they play winter rugby and wish to play them up a grade let us know.

Please use this Google Form link to register your family. If you have more than one child to register just use one form and list them in the spaces e.g. for names for us would read ‘Jonathan, Samuel’ and under year of student ‘5,2’ (or feel free to save me some time and fill in one form per child!)

Mike and Helen Luxford
[email protected] 021704102

Year 5/6 Remuera Zone Cross Country

Congratulations to the Year 5/6 students who qualified to compete at the Remuera Zone Cross Country competition held at St Kentigern’s College. It was a fast paced 2km race with approximately 100 students in each race.
Well done to these students for competing:

Year 6 BoysStuart, Daniel, Charlie, Finnbar, Roman, Marko, Antony, Sebastian VH

Year 6 GirlsIris, Samantha, Alex, Keira Evans, Georgia Fisher, Keira Croad, Emily Lydon, Sydelle

Year 5 BoysJakub, James B, Nathan, Nevin, Mathew, James Buyck, Luca, Acaire

Year 5 GirlsEva, Audrey, Zara, Skye, Georgia Facer, Katy, Ezra, Dora

Special mention to Eva Houghton who came 10th in the Year 5 Girls race!

Book Week

We were really excited to run Book Week for 2018. We had a great time organizing all the events for the week. We had lots of opportunities to be leaders throughout the week. We enjoyed our special guest readers, Mrs Phillips, Constable Cyrus, the Remuera librarians, the book author Melinda and Mrs Adamson.

The Book Character Parade is always a lovely way to end our wonderful week and thank you for all of the effort you put into your costumes. We think it was one of the best so far!

Thank you to the parents who helped out during the week, and to everyone who supported the Book Fair. We made a lot of money!

It was so nice to be able to organize such an eventful week for all.

By: Jay, Sebastian, Keira and Zara

PTA News

REMINDER – Pizza Sales this Friday

Due to the Hall being unavailable this Friday, the PTA will be selling Pizza’s from the Parish Centre.  Please note there will be no ice blocks sold this week.

BOOK WEEK – 10-14th September

Thank you to Charlotte Bagnall, Emma Houghton and the wonderful team of volunteers who ran the book store last week during Book Week.   Thanks to our generous school community the profit from the book fair came to $1,645.  This is an amazing result for the school’s library as we will now be able to go and purchase a large number of new books for our children’s reading pleasure.

Thank you to those who visited the book fair and purchased books.


Yummy Stickers are now due and need to be returned by Friday 21 September.  If you have any sheets that you have not returned please drop them in the PTA box outside the school foyer.   If you have a partly completed sheet please record the total and return those as well.

Thank you for your support with the yummy stickers, each year we receive hundreds of dollars worth of sports equipment by collecting these stickers.


The school will be having an “All School Mass” on Friday 28 September at 12 midday for all students and their families.   The PTA will then be hosting a school picnic afterwards at 1pm.  If you would like to pre-order a Large Pizza to share with your children please do so by Wednesday, please see details below.

Pizza Orders – $10 each for 1 Large Pizza
Classic Cheese
Ham & Cheese

To pre-order and pay for Pizza, please do so by Wednesday by paying your money into the PTA account and then emailing your order to [email protected] by 10am Wednesday.

PTA account (Acc No 12-3075-0199134-00)
Particulars – Surname
Code – (Type of Pizza)
Reference – Number of Large Pizzas required

We are also able to offer yummy healthy options through such as sushi, burrito bowls, curry and mushroom stroganoff.   The link to their order form is  Please visit their order form and place your order for Friday’s lunch by 10am Thursday.

It will be wonderful to see so many families stay after mass to share lunch and to celebrate the end of Term 3.  Thank you for your continued support.

CULTURAL FESTIVAL – Sunday 4 November

As part of the lead up to the St Michael’s Cultural Festival, we have been fortunate enough to secure performances from a number of cultural groups within our school community.  Firstly the Samoan group and last week the Irish Group where we were able to take a virtual tour of beautiful Ireland and were entertained by some wonderful students performing Irish dancers.

Next week we will be entertained by a group of students representing the Sri Lankan community.  Please come along to assembly on Wednesday 26 September to take a tour of Sri Lanka and learn about this beautiful majestic country.

The Croatian and Scottish communities will be performing for us on Wednesday 24 October.

Cultural Festival – Call for Volunteers

The organizing committee of the Cultural Festival are seeking volunteers to assist on the day.  We are anticipating over 800 people to attend the festival, so will need volunteers to help with set up, selling food, supervising art stations, selling ride tickets, helping with directions, managing queries etc.  If you would like to help on the day please email: [email protected] to register your interest and we will be in touch closer to the day with a schedule of jobs.

FIRST AID COURSE – Sunday 16 September

On Sunday morning a number of parents and teacher aids attended a first aid course run by St John’s.  The course was excellent and definitely opened up our eyes on how to handle a number of first aid emergencies for children.

Reminder – Stuck On You Fundraiser

The PTA has a new fundraiser initiative through Visit the website for all your label / lunchbox and school bag needs.   When you purchase something and use our code STMICHAELSCATHOLICSCHOOL at the checkout, the school will earn 20% each year on orders over $50.00.    Flyers will be sent home with the children over the coming weeks and posters will be displayed around the school for your information.

 Next PTA Meeting – Tuesday 23 October 2018 at 7pm – All Welcome!


Wise Cicada 

We have new items on the menu; All are Vegan, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Super Delicious!

Thank you for ordering with us. This is just a friendly reminder to please place your order with us before Midnight Wednesday so that we can get things ready for the children’s lunches for Thursday. Here is the link to the order form

If you know other parents who may be interested but have not ordered or may not know about the Healthy School Lunch Program please forward this email to them.

Thank you

 Wise Cicada Online Orders [email protected]

Wise Cicada Organic & Eco-Friendly Super-Store –  88 Broadway Newmarket Auckland – ph: 09 529 9529 –

Basketball Holiday Program by Auckland Basketball Service Ltd

We have our Foundations Holiday Camp coming up in the next few weeks. Keeping registration simple, so email me your interest and what dates you would like your kids to attend, Kids names and contact phone number.

Now the more numbers we have the better experience the kids will have, and more games we can play. So invite friends along from the schools that your kids attend, so that they have more familiar faces around them also. I keep the program to 3 days, as that is the maximum amount of dates the kids can handle.

These are dates for camp:
Week 1: Mon 1st Oct – Wed 3rd Oct
Week 2: Mon 8th Oct – Wed 10th Oct

 9am – 4pm (Kids to be picked up by 4pm) $150 for all 3 days or $60 per individual day.

Venue:  Barfoot & Thompson Stadium Kohimarama

Beyblade Championship

Please click on the link below for information.

Beyblade championship SMCS 2018