Dear St Michael’s School Community,

I hope you all have a wonderful term break. My husband and I went to Australia for and we travelled in a campervan for the first time. I would definitely recommend it.

ShakeOut – Our National Earthquake Drill and Tsunani Hikoi

Our school participated in this drill so that our students will be prepared in the case of an emergency. The drill was successful with all students knowing what to do.

SPCA Cup Cake Competition on Monday 29th October

Students are to bring two animal decorated cup cakes (if students bring more they will not be entered in the competition). After they have been judged they will be sold at morning tea time for $2 each. Please read the blurb below that our Out Reach Leaders have written.

SPCA Cupcake Day – Monday 29 October 2018

Cupcake Day is nearly here!

Each student can bring a maximum of 2 cupcakes to school for judging by Mrs McKeown.

Please bring your cupcakes to the hall foyer when you get to school. Cupcakes will then be sold for $2 each at morning tea & lunch.

Please decorate your cupcakes as per the themes below: (Example pics attached)

Room 1: Sheep  Room 2:  Snakes  Room 3: Lions  Room 4: Pigs  Room 5: Tigers  Room 6: Birds

Room 7: Frogs  Room 8: Cats  Room 9: Elephants  Room 10: Monkeys

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser. The Year 6 Outreach leaders – Zoe, Esmenia & Emily

Proposed Primary School Strike Day – Monday 12 November

Teachers have rejected the offer given by the Ministry of Education and they are in the process off voting whether or not to go on strike again. Our Board of Trustees will keep you informed when they hear the outcome of the teachers’ vote.

Focus for 2019 – Digital Technology and Te Reo

We are going to explore and begin to implement the Ministry of Educations new Digital Technologies Curriculum as all schools are expected to be teaching the new digital technology content by 2020. Another focus will be lifting our teachers capabilities in teaching Te Reo. We will not have a Mandarin Language Assistant so we will not be doing Mandarin in 2019.


Invitation to all parents to join classes for prayer during Week 3 (29 Oct – 2 Nov)

The Catholic Character Committee are doing a review for the Bishop of Auckland on how our community encounter Christ. We would like to encourage all parents to come along and join classes at 9 a.m. for prayer time. In the classes there will be a short survey for you to complete.

Parish Newsletter St Francis Retreat Centre – Sunday 28 Oct at 3pm; Reflection Day “The Senses as Thresholds to the Soul” 3 Nov 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Becoming Church Programme 2019 Information Evening – 14 Nov 7:30 p.m. in the Hall.

St. Luke the Evangelist Prayer

Almighty God, you inspired Your servant St. Luke the Evangelist and Physician to set forth in the gospel the love and the healing power of your Son. In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus, he also showed the divinity of Jesus and His genuine compassion for all human beings. May St. Luke intercede for us that we may deepen our understanding of the gospel and grow in compassion of Jesus. May his intercession enable our new parish to follow Your way and plan for us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen. (

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown

PTA News


With less than 3 weeks until the St Michael’s Food and Cultural Festival on Sunday, 4th November, we need your help to spread the word about our wonderful event.  There is a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes to make this an amazing day, not only for St Michael’s families but for the wider community.   As we all know we are a small school, but we represent over 30 different nationalities.  As a community we would like to celebrate this diversity through amazing food trucks, market stalls, arts, craft, live performances and children’s rides and activities.

Please visit our facebook page or follow us on to share the event with friends and family.   By sharing the event on social media your family could go into the draw to win a $100 Gattings Events and Catering voucher which would be fantastic for birthday parties and family gatherings.  This will be drawn randomly over the coming weeks.

On Friday we will be sending home a white DL envelope with each child that will contain a car sticker and 10 DL flyers. The car sticker is of a very high quality that will easily peel off after the event and can be placed on the back window of your car to help our school and parish promote the event over the next 2 weeks.  The DL flyers can be used to hand out to friends and family about the event or to pop into your neighbour’s letterbox.

The organising committee thank you for your support in helping promote the event.   If you would like further promotional material, please contact [email protected].

The Festival Need’s your help – Volunteer to help make it a success

To recruit volunteers for the festival we will be utilising the wonderful network of class reps.  We have assigned each class room an area of the festival to coordinate volunteers for.  Please watch out for the email that you will receive from your class reps over the next couple of days and respond accordingly.   To run an event of this size we will need approx 60 volunteers to help us throughout the day.  We appreciate that it is a Sunday, but we hope most families can spare an hour to help out whilst they are visiting the festival.   If you have any questions about volunteering please contact [email protected]

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Gardening Working Bee – Sunday 28 October 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The PTA are coordinating another gardening working bee on Sunday 28 October from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to refresh our school grounds and to prepare for hosting the festival the following Sunday.  This is our chance to shine to the community and we would appreciate any help that you can provide during the working bee.  If you can assist please contact Steph Kerr on [email protected].  Light refreshments and afternoon tea will be provided to volunteers.  More details of what is required will be sent out next week via the class rep emails and class dojo.

Reminder – Stuck On You Fundraiser

A quick reminder in the lead up to preparing for next year; 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.

Uniform Shop – opened on Friday 2 November 2.30 to 3.15pm

Next PTA Meeting – Tuesday 23 October 2018 at 7pm in the staff room – All Welcome!


Becoming Church Programme 2019 – Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist (First Holy Communion)

Enrolments are now open for 2019.  The programme is suitable for children Year 4 and up (> 8 years as at 1st May 2019).

Please visit the St Michael’s Parish website for dates, enrolment forms and further information.  A parent information evening will be held in the St Michael’s Catholic School hall on Wednesday 14th November at 7:30 p.m.  It is mandatory that parents who have enrolled or are planning to enrol their child in the programme attend.  The evening will outline the format and content of the course to give a clear understanding of what is involved.

Any questions, please contact Emma Houghton at [email protected].

October is Selective Mutism Awareness Month

Children’s Books for Myanmar

Looking for pre-loved books: Sophie-Mary Brake (Room 10) is collecting books for Myanmar. Her grandmother is flying to Yangon next month and will personally deliver books to children who have learnt the english language and would like to read books in english. It is very expensive to buy english language books in Myanmar and these children would love to read books that our children do. Any books for primary aged children. Please drop in to the office.

St Leo’s Catholic School 125th Jubilee

St Leo’s Catholic School are celebrating their 125th Jubilee on Sunday 11 November 2018, beginning with a celebration of Mass at 11am and followed by lunch, entertainment and a mix and mingle.  We invite any past pupils, families or staff to help us celebrate.  Bookings can be made on the website and more information is available on the facebook page St Leo’s Catholic 125th School Jubilee