Dear St Michael’s School Community,

Please keep Peter Laver in your prayers as his Dad recently passed away.

Vector EPro8 Challenge

We had two teams enter into this Science and Engineering challenge. Congratulations to the Newtons who came first in their Heat and got into the semi-finals (please refer to photos further in the newsletter).

Athletics Day

Thank you to all the parents and Baradene Year 7/8 students who assisted us with this event. God certainly blessed us with fine weather. A big thank you to Charlotte Bagnall who organised the day. The Athletics Assembly is on Wednesday 5 December at 2.15pm.

Newshub did an article on Kiva in our School. Please see the following link: KiVa on Newshub

Lost Property

Please check all the lost property bins as any items left at the end of the year un-named will go to the 2nd Hand Uniform Shop.

Encountering Christ

Jesse Tree Mass – Saturday 1 December at 5pm and End of Year Graduation Mass (whole school) – Sunday 9 December at 5pm – (students are to wear their school uniform and be at school by 4:40pm). If your child is unable to attend, please email their teacher.

Parish Newsletter

NZ Rosary Crusade March For Life – 8 December: The time has come for New Zealanders to pray together for our nation and especially for Life and Faith.

Advent Prayer

Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen (dynamiccatholic.com).

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown

Principal

Congratulations

Touch Rugby

Congratulations to Ashby Cordtz who has been selected to be in the Auckland rep Elite team for under 10 boys touch team for 2018/2019 season. Well Done Ashby!

Allegro Ice Artistic Dance Competition

Congratulations to  Gabriella Wooler  who received a gold medal for her last skating competition (her solo performance in her division) – Allegro Ice Artistic Dance Competition Nov 18. Well done Gabby!

Vector Epro8 Science & Engineering Challenge 2018

On Friday 9th November SMCS hosted the last Auckland round robin event of the 2018 Vector Epro 8 Challenge. Over 9000 schools from over 800 schools throughout NZ take part in this engineering and problem solving race.

Congratulations to the Year 5 and Year 6 students that were selected to represent SMCS.

Team A Chemical Chemistry –  Emily Choi, Hiranya Fernando, Flynn Molloy and Thomas Went.  

Team B Newtons – James Barrington, Dre Canapi, Marko Glass and Jonathan Luxford.

Both teams exceeded expectations, Chemical Chemistry got 4th and the Newtons won overall sending them through to the Auckland semi final the following week where they placed 8th.

Congratulations to all who took part in this extremely challenging competition.

Thank You

Pizza Friday’s

Thank you to all the volunteers, Class Rep’s & teachers who helped with Pizza on Friday’s throughout the year. A special thanks to Gen & Helen in the office who gathered all the orders together. Fleur Ford”

Sports News

SMCS Athletics Day

On Friday the 17th of November, we had our annual Athletics Day at Glover Park, we had great weather as well as great sportsmanship. The events were long jump, ball throw, 60m, 100m,  and for the Senior students we also had 200m and 800m. High Jump was held at school . Everyone worked really hard to make sure we would try our hardest and win for our houses.

A big thanks to all the helpers at Athletics day. Thank you to the Baradene girls that helped run all the rotations. Thank you also to all the parent helpers who helped with all the events. To the PTA for organizing the food and drinks and to Miss Bagnall for making this event happen.

Congratulations to all the Yr 5 and 6 students who qualified for the Remuera Zone Athletics. We wish you the best of luck.

We have really loved being sports leaders this year and working alongside Miss Bagnall who has encouraged us to be positive leaders and organize all the sporting events for the school. We wish the 2019 sports leaders all the best.  

Year 5/6 Remuera Zone Athletics 2018

Congratulations to the following students who qualified to compete at the Remuera Zone Athletics on Wednesday 28 November:
Year 6: Finnbar Cavanagh-Briggs, Sebastian Vargas-Herrero, Charlie Church, Stuart Holmes, Daniel Yovich, Antony Yovich, Antonia Vlasic, Iris Tooman, Alex Dew, Samantha Munapeyi, Ashalena Cordtz
Year 5: Sebastian Sarney, Cameron Karpik, Jakub Wolski, Mateo Zalazar, Nevin Chan, Eva Houghton, Katy Radich, Zara Page, Ezra Balderas
Special mention to Antonia Vlasic for achieving 3rd place Year 6 Girls Long Jump and 3rd place Year 6 Girls High Jump.
 
Thank you to those who helped with transport and supervision at the event.

PTA News

Christmas for our wider community

There will be a Christmas Box in the Caring Shed – please be generous with a gift, wrapped with a label stating if it is for a girl or boy with the age group. So many children go without during this festive time of the year and it is always nice to give back to our wider community if we can! Thank you so much!

Also in the spirit of Christmas, we are asking the St Michael’s community to donate non-perishable food items to the Caring Shed to top up the charitable food banks over the holiday period.

Any food donations would be welcome. “Never see a need without doing something about it”

End of Year Prize giving and Christmas Concert – Christmas Ham Rolls $5 each

The PTA will be selling Christmas Ham rolls with delicious homemade coleslaw for $5 each at the interval time between prize-giving and the concert on Wednesday 12 December.  Please visit them at the hall kitchen to purchase a delicious fresh ham roll and to receive complementary tea and coffee.

Ice Cream Sales

If the Sun is shining on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon the PTA will be selling ice creams left over from the Cultural Festival.  Please look out for one of the friendly PTA members outside the junior block after school on these days.   What a great way to end the school day while we have beautiful sunny afternoons.  Please bring along coins on those days if you would be interested in purchasing an ice cream for afternoon tea.  Prices will be $3 for Trumpets and $4 for Kapiti icecreams.

Second Hand Uniform Shop
Stock is running low in the second hand uniform shop, all families are invited to drop off their unwanted uniforms to Genevieve in the school office.  All Uniform donations are welcome!

The shop will be open for the last time this year on Friday 7 December at 2.30 p.m. to 3.15 p.m. Get in quick to receive a bargain before the year ends!

Class Representative – Classes still available!
The PTA are still calling for volunteers to become class representatives for 2019. Class Reps form part of the PTA committee and are responsible for communicating information to their assigned class regarding upcoming events and school activities.  They are also responsible for organizing social gatherings for their class.  A description of the duties involved is available if you are unsure of what would be involved.  Becoming a class rep is a wonderful way to become involved in your child’s class and to be a special part of the school community by welcoming new families and uniting families throughout the year.

 If you think you would like to be a class rep next year please contact Deahna Barrington on email: deahnamaree@gmail.com .   Class Representatives will be assigned for 2019 prior to the 2018 school year finishing.  So get in quick!

An information session will be held for all new class reps to provide support and guidance.    So don’t be frightened to put up your hand!  We are here to help you.

Notices

EMCW Extended Christmas hours – Flyer  (click to view flyer)

Advent Vespers and Carol Service

A service of Carols and Readings for the Season of Advent at the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph. Saturday, 1 December at 7.30 pm. All are welcome to share this tradition as we journey towards Christmastide and prepare the way of the Lord. Entry FREE but there will be a retiring collection. Validated parking is available at the Wilsons’ car parks on Hobson Street ($4) and Durham Lane ($2 entry from Queen St only).

Masses for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary at the Cathedral

Saturday 8 December at 8.30 am and a Choral Mass at 7.30 pm with the Cathedral Vocal Ensemble directed by James Tibbles.

Validated parking will be available for both Masses.

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Sunday 10th February 2019

  • Entries are now open for the Central East Auckland Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon on Sunday 10th February at Point England Reserve.
  • The TRYathlon is all about giving it a TRY and is rewarding and fun day out for you and your child.
  • Participants need to be aged 7 – 15 years old and can complete the TRYathlon as an individual or in a team of two.
  • Our school has created a School Group which you can join when you enter from home. Search for St Michael’s Catholic School when prompted. By linking to our school group it will give us the chance to win some cool prizes..
  • To enter the TRYathlon visit www.try.weetbix.co.nz
  • If someone you know requires financial assistance to enter the TRYathlon, through either subsidised entry fees or funding for necessary equipment, then you can apply to the Weet-Bix TRYathlon foundation for assistance. Visit www.try.weetbix.co.nz for details.
  • If you have any school related questions please contact Laura Thomson on laurajanethomson@gmail.com otherwise contact the Weet-Bix TRYathlon team; email tryathlon@sanitarium.co.nz or phone 0800 WEETBIX

Two Rooms Exhibition – Artist Peata Larkin – All Welcome!

https://tworooms.co.nz/exhibitions/