Term 1 Newsletter 14 February 2019

Dear St Michael’s School Community,

Thank You To All Past and Present Families who contributed towards our beautiful Hall    We are so grateful to you all for your hard work and commitment which has given us an amazing educational resource.  It is hard to believe that we no longer have this debt to pay.

SMCS Achievement Data at the End of 2018

This Data shows the average percentage of students At or Above their Curriculum Level in Reading, Writing and Mathematics at the end of 2018. It also compares these results with 2017 and the NZ National Standards 2016.

2018 84.2% 75.7% 81%
2017 92.7% 71.8% 85.6%
NZ National Standards 2016 77.8% 71.2% 75.4%

Our focus will be to accelerate learning in the following Year Groups: Reading: Year 5; Writing: Year 4 and Year 6; Mathematics:  Year 3 and Year 4

Student Safety When Dropping Off and Picking Up Children on Bassett Road

Auckland Transport Wardens are going to start issuing tickets to those people who park across driveways and on yellow lines. While I am on road patrol, I am still seeing cars parked illegally. For the safety of our students please abide by the road code.


Lessons have begun and students are learning about bullying and the effects this has on their wellbeing. Check out their website for more information about this programme http://www.kivaprogram.net/nz

Encountering Christ 

Parish/School Mass – Saturday 9 March at 5 p.m. Children are to be in school uniform and meet in the Parish Centre at 4.40 p.m.

Parish Newsletter (click to view) – Parish Social Function

A function will be held right after each daytime Mass on the Weekend of 2nd and 3rd March (Sat Vigil: 5 p.m.; Sun: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.). A briefing will also be provided on current projects of the Pastoral Council and Finance Council. Attendance at one of these functions is a great way to catch up with friends, meet other parishioners and hear what is happening in the parish in 2019.

Prayer For School Children (David Bennett)

“Father of all mercies we ask that you would bless the youngest and littlest of learners, the most helpless and powerless of persons, with Your infinite and loving mercy, granting them the strength to learn, concentrate, and act in love towards their teachers and fellow students. We also ask that You would watch over them, at home and at school and give them proper direction so that they may learn of Your wonderful virtues. We ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen”.

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown


PTA News

The St Michael’s Family Tree

The St Michael’s Catholic School are in the process of redoing the existing “Family Tree” Tile wall in the foyer of the St Mary Mackillop Hall. The design will be the same, however the tiles will be ceramic to ensure longevity.  Anyone who purchased a tile initially will have their tile replaced free of charge. Families are also invited to amend their details on their tile if they would like to add the years their family attended St Michael’s Catholic School.

Please contact the PTA by 28 February on [email protected] should you wish to amend your existing 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.

The 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 complete the attached form and return it by 10 March 2019.

SMCS Tile Order Form  (click to view/print)

We thank you for your continuing support of the schools fundraising initiatives and the PTA look forward to unveiling the new tiled wall on the 5 April.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Please note due to swimming sports on the 1st of March, the second hand uniform shop will be opened on Friday 8th March from 2.30 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.

Swimming Sports

The PTA will be selling ice blocks for $2 at the swimming sports on Friday 1st March.  Thank you for your support.

Sports News

SMCS Soccer Families

GOOD NEWS!  We have had offers from two families to co-ordinate SMCS soccer.  Glennie and Donnelly families will be organizing it this year.  THANK YOU!  They will be in touch directly (to children playing) to request managers and coaches, once registrations are complete.
Football at St Michael’s 2019 (click to view)….once you have read, please click on the Registration link below.
https://ellersliefootball.org.nz/junioryouthreg.php  ‘Early Bird’ price is before 25th February


Little Garden Markets 

Johanna Karpik and Co have set up an online farmers market.  They offer quality food, for food conscious families which essentially describes most families at SMCS!  There is a feel good factor – most of their producers are “small-time” folk just etching out a living doing what they love.

Baradene College

OPEN EVENING will be held on Thursday 7 March, 2019 at 6.30 p.m.  We welcome all prospective parents and students to visit the College.  Entry at Gate 2 to the Auditorium.

Enrolments for Year 7, 2020 are presently being accepted and will close on Friday 15 March, 2019.  A limited number of places in Year 9 will be available and applications will close on Friday 15 March, 2019.

St Peter’s College

OPEN DAY for Year 7 enrolments in 2020 will be held on Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 9.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. in the College Hall (main school entrance – Mountain Road)

Sacred Heart College

OPEN DAY for Year 7 enrolments in 2020 will be held on Tuesday 5 March 2019. Tours of the College at 11.45 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.

Principal’s Welcome address will be at 1.00 p.m.

Lewis Eady Music School

Term one music lessons at St Michael’s start the week commencing 11 February! We offer group or individual tuition on keyboard, piano, ukulele and guitar. If you would like your child to learn music at school but have not yet enrolled, please enroll online at www.lewiseady.co.nz

New enrolments will be scheduled for a mid-term start (the week commencing 14 March).

LCF Fun Languages

Please click on the link to view the flyer LCF Fun Languges 2019