Dear St Michael’s School Community,

Our first Cultural Festival is this coming Sunday 4 November at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please give your full support to this special event.

Working Bee on Sunday 28 October  

A big thank you to all those who helped make our school beautiful, but especially Cameron McAuley for the amazing job you did with the waterblaster.

SPCA Cup Cake Competition held on Monday 29th October raised $500

Please see list of winners below. Thank you to all who help make this a successful event.

SPCA Cupcake Winners

Room 1: Sheep – Harriet Lamont
Room 2: Snakes – Oliver Benson
Room 3: Lions – Sebastian White
Room 4: Pigs – Portia Murray
Room 5: Tigers – Talia Hancock
Room 6: Birds – Petra Slavich
Room 7: Frogs – Milan Fereti
Room 8: Cats – Antonia Vlasic
Room 9: Elephants – Charlie Church
Room 10: Monkeys – Dora Slavich

Welcome to New Families at SMCS

Welcome to the following new families who have started at SMCS – The Soliman family, Danish family, Fernando family, van Oijen family, Wong family, Frogoso family and Ricablanca family.

Primary School Strike Day – Monday 12 November

Please read the notice from the Board of Trustees.

Baradene Prizegiving – Ex SMCS Students received Awards

We are so proud of the following students who received academic awards at the Baradene Prizegiving on Tuesday 30 October:

Year 11Petra Buyck,

Year 12Mikaele Ymker, Bella Hosking, Ruby Hosking, Claudia Green, Honor Browne, Sophie Everrett, Sophia Lynch, Emily Hooper and Lisa Cwetler

Year 13 Hannah Fuller – major award and Catholic Diocese Scholarship


Invitation to all parents to join classes for prayer on Friday 02/11/18 at 9 a.m. and attend Mass at 12:05 p.m. for All Soul’s Day

Parish Newsletter Becoming Church Programme 2019 – Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist are now open for 2019. The programme is suitable for Year 4 and up.  Information Evening – 14 Nov 7:30 p.m. in the Hall. Any questions, contact Emma Houghton at [email protected]

Prayer For All Saints Day

“God, source of all holiness, You have enriched Your church with many gifts in the saints. Direct, O Lord, our actions by Your holy inspiration, and carry them on by Your gracious assistance, that every prayer and work of ours may always begin with You, and through You be happily ended. Amen” (

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown



School closure 12th November 2018 due to NZEI strike

As previously signalled in the last two newsletters, the NZEI has advised the St Michael’s Catholic School Board of Trustees that the principal and teachers at our school will be taking strike action on Monday 12 November 2018. At our Board meeting on Monday we carefully considered the availability of teaching staff and unfortunately decided that we will need to close the school for the day. It is important that you make alternative arrangements for the care of your child/children for the day. This is an opportunity to come together as a school community and support each other, so please, if you are able, offer support or assistance to other families in need. I know that this is inconvenient for parents and students alike but please be assured that student safety is our main concern. Thank you for your understanding. Please contact me if you have any queries relating to this decision.

Yours sincerely,

Mat Croad

Chairman, Board of Trustees

(email: [email protected])

Important Dates 2018 and 2019

Wednesday 12 December 2018

    • Prize-giving 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

    • Lunch 12.30 p.m.-1.20 p.m.

    • Concert 1.40 p.m. – 2.45 p.m.

Thursday 13 September – last day of school for 2018

    • School finishes 12.30 p.m.

2019 Term Dates

Term 1: Tuesday 29 January 2019 – Friday 12 April 2019

Term 2: Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July 2019

Term 3: Monday 22 July – Friday 27 September 2019

Term 4: Monday 14 October – Thursday 12 December 2019

The Royal’s visit – SMCS Students meet Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan

The Barnett family went down to the North Wharf on Wynyard Quarter where the girls met Prince Harry and Meghan, who both stopped and chatted to all the girls and shook their hands.

The older girls loved it when Prince Harry tickled Inez on the tummy and nose!  It was definitely worth waiting for 2 hrs in the rain to see them.


Congratulations to Finnbar Cavanagh-Briggs who was recently selected for the Sacred Heart Cricket Sports Institute for 2019.  He was one of only seven Year 7 boys selected from the 40 trialists.

He has been playing cricket since he was 5 years old and it is his passion.  He was determined to do well at the trial and trained really hard all winter in an Ellerslie Cricket Club Academy programme and this has paid off for him.  Well done Finnbar.

Also, Congratulations to Poppy Cavanagh-Briggs took out the Year 7/8 Most Improved Basketballer award at the Sports Awards dinner. Well done Poppy!

PTA News

St Michael’s Food & Cultural Festival

In the last two assemblies, we have been very lucky to have a few more beautiful performances from the Sri Lankan,  Croatian & Scottish groups

The Sri Lankan group dazzled us with information on their country, beautiful costumes and performances.  The Croatian group presented a lovely presentation that taught us a lot about Croatia and how important sport – especially soccer is to the country.  Along with that, is the amazing sceneries and people.  After that we were treated to two different Scottish dances that required a lot of focus and attention, especially in the Sword dance, where the dancers had to dance around a sword placed on the ground.

So well done to all the kids and groups involved in all the performances leading up to the St Michael’s Food & Cultural Festival.

It is now only a few days to go to our festival.  Please find attached the programme for the festival – these will be handed out at the festival so people can see all the things that we have to offer at our festival. This will also be available on our Facebook page, @stmichaelsfoodculturalfestival.

Look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday, 4th November!

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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 7:30pm.  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].

The Great Swap to Stop

Saturday 17th November 2018, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., St Colomba Church, Auckland

Eventfinda Tickets sold here

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