Dear St Michael’s School Community,

We have come to the end of the school year; I have so many fond memories: Our beautiful Masses; the Lion King; and our Cultural Festival.

Thanks Giving and End of Year Mass Sunday 09 December  

It was lovely seeing so many families attend this Mass. Congratulations to all the students who received their Catholic Special Awards. We fare welled 34 Graduates and 17 families, thank you again for the many different ways that you have contributed to our school; you will be missed. On Thursday 13 December at 12:20pm the whole school will sing “The Irish Blessing” to farewell our Graduates.

Sick Bay and Student Medicines 

Please can you collect and take home your child’s medicine from the sick bay (leave the named containers in the cupboard).

Lost Property

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

Encountering Christ

Parish Newsletter Christmas Mass Times at St Michael’s Parish: Monday 24 December – Vigil Family Mass: 5pm; Midnight Mass (Carols at 11pm followed by Mass). Tuesday 25 December – 8am, 10am and 8:30 pm.

A Christmas Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

I wish you all peace and happiness at Christmas and throughout the New Year. I pray that God will protect you and your families over the Christmas break. To our Graduates and leavers, I hope you have a smooth transition to your new schools. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown

2019 Staffing


Ann McKeown

Teaching Staff

Room 1 Lauren Brown Year 0/1
Room 2 Catherine Westwood  (Associate Principal) / Chrstine King Year 0/1
Room 3 Charlotte Bagnall Year 1/2 (Events)
Room 4 Karlie Bergamini Year 2 (ICT)
Room 5 Amy Kane Year 3 (SENCO, Languages, ESOL, The Arts)
Room 6 Rachel Dena Year 2/3
Room 7 Jessica Jost Year 4
Room 8 Georgina van Schaijik (Associate Principal) / Lisa Jones
Room 9 Sarah Robertson Year 5/6
Room 10 Phillipa Barling Year 4/5
Christine King (Enrichment and Acceleration)
Paula Middleton Reading Recovery

Office Manager / Finance

Genevieve van Coller

Caretaker / Cleaner

Peter Laver

Leaning Assistants

Helen Totua (Office)

Terisa Cordtz (Library)
Tracey Torrens
Maria Ambrosio
Kate Johnson
Gloria Piano

(Class Room Teacher Release on Fridays)

Anna Harvey

2019 Term Dates

Term 1: Tuesday 29 January – Friday 12 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April – Friday 5 July
Term 3: Monday 22 July – Friday 27 September
Term 4: Monday 14 October – Thursday 12 December


Big Congrats to our SMCS Crusaders basketball team, who were selected to play on Sunday at the 3×3 Court of Dreams, Spark Arena prior to the SKY CITY Breakers game on Sunday 9 December.

It was a fantastic day. The SMCS Crusaders played in the 3X3 Court of Dreams against Sunnybrae Rockets. The SMCS Crusaders played very well and showed great sportsmanship. The team enjoyed the experience. Well Done!

Times table challenge -2018

It was a clean sweep this year at THE XLR8 AFTER-SCHOOL CARE Times table Challenge!!! It was amazing to see not just the accuracy but the speed at which Sebastian Vargas -Herero answered the questions.

The participants had to answer correctly as well as quickly to the times table questions which were out of order and ranging from times 2 to times 20.

It was also wonderful to see the children from Yr2, Yr3, Yr 4 eagerly participate. The students at ASC had worked very hard the whole year through to prepare themselves for this challenge. The Juniors who participated were Anduin A, Maggie B, Max M & Louis B. The other participants were Santiago, Oliver White, Madeline Cheng, Flynn Harrison, Niko & Stavro Purdie.  Good on you all, for participating in this tough challenge.

CONGRATULATIONS Sebastian VHT!! Really proud of your performance!!Enjoy the well-deserved prize of a Tablet. Well done to you too, Niko! Very good effort!

Looking forward to the challenge again, next year.
Sayonara Quadras (XLR8 Services Limited After School Care)

Thank You

Well done to the Student Council leaders, Keira Evans, Dre Canapi, Flynn Harrison & Hiranya Fernando, who have redesigned directional signposts for our school! Thank you for your contributions to St Michael’s Catholic School!

PTA News

The PTA would like to thank all families for their support of the PTA this year.  It has been a wonderful year of fundraising and we are proud to say that we have raised over $44,000 for the school during 2018.

This has been due to the success of the following fundraising initiatives; pizza sales, iceblock sales, the second hand uniform shop, girls night out, lion king, cake stalls, knowledge-a-thon, the disco, the children’s artwork calendars, various raffles and school picnics, and the Cultural Festival.

From the money raised throughout this year the PTA has been able to purchase the following resources for our school:

  • 6 New Marquees
  • Refurbished the Senior toilet block
  • Significant contribution to the hall debt
  • Maths Resources
  • New Readers
  • The gardening project
  • New shade sail for the senior playground
  • Year 6 leavers dinner, student meal
  • Allocation of knowledge-a thon funds to the reflective space being designed by the students in 2019

We would also like to take the time to acknowledge the contribution of those families leaving us this year and for their years of service to the PTA, especially Lane and Mike Molloy, Marie Yovich, and Gina Dignan.  You have all played a significant role in the success of the PTA, and the existing committee thank you, we will miss you.

I would also like to personally thank the existing committee for their continued dedication and commitment to St Michael’s, the PTA consists of over 25 active members and we are also so fortunate to have parents across the whole school community volunteer throughout the year at our various events.   St Michael’s is very lucky to have such committed, enthusiastic parents.   Thank you!

Next Year

The PTA have already commenced plans for next year and would like to share with you the Fundraising Event plan for 2019.   Highlighted on this plan is also the dates for all PTA meetings during the year.   ALL parents and friends of St Michael’s are encouraged and welcome to join this wonderful, dynamic group of enthusiastic parents.

Save the Dates

Thursday 31st January – First PTA meeting for 2019 at 7 p.m. in the staff room
Monday 4 February  – Welcome back to school picnic and teacher information night 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The St Michael’s Family Tree

In 2010, contemporary artist and St Michael’s parent, Peata Larkin created a Maori design for the entrance wall in the foyer of the schools St Mary MacKillop hall.  This beautiful piece of artwork features a stylized tree motif representing the St Michael’s family.

As you can see today in the foyer of the hall, the tile wall was a wonderful opportunity for our community to be a part of history by purchasing a named tile. This formed one of the vital fundraising initiatives to raise funds to build the existing hall.

Unfortunately, the tiles have not weathered well and the PTA with Peata’s help will be endeavouring to replace the existing tiles with ceramic tiles that will stand the distance of time.   It was always Peata’s vision to have ceramic tiles, so now with the support of sponsors we will be able to replace the laminex tiles with ceramic tiles.

All tiles that were purchased in December 2009, will be replaced free of charge. Those families will be contacted over the coming months and will be provided the opportunity to put the years their family attended St Michael’s on their tile.

New families to the school and parish will now have the opportunity to purchase a named tile.  By purchasing a tile your family will become a part of this unique artwork that brings together the past, present and future of our very special school community.  This initiative will also help the school’s monetary contribution to the existing hall debt.

This new tile wall is going to be constructed by Peata in March 2019 and will be unveiled on Friday 5 April 2019 at a wonderful gala event called “A Night on the Tiles”.

We now invite all families to be a part of this unique opportunity that has presented itself and invite you to contact the PTA to enquire about purchasing a tile.  Please email the PTA on [email protected]


Finally, on behalf of the entire PTA I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  Please stay safe and enjoy this wonderful time with your families.  The PTA look forward to continuing working with the St Michael’s community in the new year to raise funds for our wonderful school.

God bless and heartfelt thanks!

Stephanie Kerr

PTA Plan 2019  (Click on link to view)


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
  • 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 for details.
  • If you have any school related questions please contact Laura Thomson on [email protected] otherwise contact the Weet-Bix TRYathlon team; email [email protected]nz or phone 0800 WEETBIX

LCF Fun Languages December 2018 Programme     (please click on link for info)

Rippa Rugby Flyer

Rippa Rugby Flyer   (Click on link to view)

Babysitter/ Nanny needed

My name is Charlotte, I am an ex-Baradene student currently studying at Otago University.

I have had a lot of babysitting experience and am available from 7th January 2019 until the 5th February 2019 if you need a nanny or babysitter. I am available any time day or night.

I have a full driver’s license and car if required.

Please contact me via email at [email protected] if interested, or if you have any queries.