Dear St Michael’s School Community,

We are in the season of Lent.  How are you going with your commitments to being more holy and giving?

Swimming Sports Day

Thank you to Charlotte Bagnall, Sports Leaders and Parents who helped make this such a successful and fun day.

Paid Union Meetings Tuesday 19 March 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Teachers at our school will be attending the paid union meetings and we have organised teachers’ attendance with minimal disruption to teaching and learning. All classes will be going to the Hall after lunch on Tuesday 19 March for Jump On and singing practice. These paid union meetings are a critical opportunity for us to come together as a profession, to hear the latest from the collective agreement negotiations and to determine next steps. If Principals and Teachers do not accept the offer from the government then there could be more strike action planned on Wednesday 3 April. The BOT will inform you of any possible school closures.

SMCS Policies – all our policies are on SchoolDocs , please follow the next four steps.

1.Go to www.schooldocs.co.nz

  1. Click Search for your school.
  2. Start typing the school name and then select from the dropdown list.
  3. Enter the community username and password: Username: smcs Password: mackillop

This term we are reviewing School Swimming Pools and Alcohol/Drugs and Other Harmful Substances. Please click on current review and then click on and read each of these policies.  Next you click on under review and complete the survey. Your feedback would be appreciated.

Lost Property

The bins are full and there are a number of good sandals, towels and uniform that are not named. At the end of the Term we will give all unclaimed uniforms to the second hand uniform shop and the rest of the items will be put in the caring shed.

Encountering CHRIST

Parish Newsletter St Michael’s are starting a pro-life rosary at 8 p.m. before the Sunday 8.30 p.m. Mass; St Paul’s College, Ponsonby are wanting unused woodwind and Brass music instruments (no strings). Phone: (09) 3761287 Email: stpauls@stpaulscollege.co.nz

 Lenten Reflection

“Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become”

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown

Principal

PTA News

A Night On The Tile’s

Last week all parents would have received their unique invitation to the Night On The Tile’s in the form of a ceramic tile.   The PTA would like to encourage all parents and caregivers to come along to this exciting evening and to support the fundraising efforts for the drainage and turf on the lower field.  (Please see the exciting google earth image below)

St Michaels School- google earth-Layout1 (click to view)

Tickets to this fabulous event being held on Friday 5 April are $45 each and can be purchased by transferring payment into the PTA bank account.  There is an early bird incentive of a bottle of wine and chocolates to purchase tickets by the 25 March.  So please get in fast to enter the early bird draw.    The evening is being catered by Gatting’s Catering and there will be a bar with wine and beer and music and auctions.

If you or your business would like to support the auction by donating an auction item to the silent auction please contact the PTA on smcspta2018@gmail.com .  All donations of items would be greatly appreciated as all money raised from the auction will go towards the Turf.

The St Michael’s Family Tree

As mentioned in the last newsletter , please note again that due to production constraints the construction of the replacement St Michael’s Family Tree Tile Wall in the foyer of the Hall has been delayed until Term 3.  Essentially what this means is that the period has been extended to purchase a tile.  Tiles will now be available for purchase until the 5th July.   (Please see the order form attached)

Tile Order Form (click to view)

Thank you to those families who have already completed their Tile Order Form and made payment, your Tiles are secured and will be included in the artwork being constructed by artist Peata Larkin.

PTA Meeting – Next week

All parents are invited to come along to the next PTA meeting to be held on Tuesday 19 March from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the school staff room located in the senior block.

Thank you for your continued support.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Open the first Friday of each month from 2.30 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.  Next open day is on Friday 5th April.

There is some wooden furniture, (coffee table, bookcase, brown wooden desk) all free to a good home, if anyone would like to collect from outside the Second Hand Uniform Shop

Come in to stock up on your long sleeved winter shirts in time for Term 2.  We will also have second hand SMCS gymnastics leotards on sale.

Please consider donating any uniforms you no longer use for resale.  All proceeds go towards PTA projects benefiting the school.  We are in need of green culottes and grey shorts as well as long sleeved winter shirts.  We also accept jumpers/cardigans, school jackets and sunhats, sports gear, school socks and shoes!  Donated items can be dropped into the School Office.

Can you help?  We are looking for coat hangers and hanging racks.  If you have any that we can use please drop them into the Office or contact Caroline Harris at matthewandcaroline@xtra.co.nz

Pizza Fridays

Just a reminder:  Please give your child/ren the correct amount of change. We do not carry a float and children are bringing $20 notes to pay for pizza. Thank you.

Congratulations

A big congratulations to Frances and Francis Wong on their new addition to the family, baby Esther. Abigail (Room 3) is proud to be a big sister!

Stella Valerio – our Weetbix kid

Congratulations to Stella Valerio (Room 10) who was chosen to represent the Weetbix kids amongst the thousands of kids who did the tryathlon.

Meet Stella, a first time TRYathlete who offers a few tips as a first timer in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. Entries to the 2018/19 series are closing soon, to enter head to www.tryathlon.co.nz

Posted by Weet-Bix NZ on Saturday, 9 March 2019

Thank You

A big thank you to our amazing outreach leaders who have recently started helping out at the Caring Shed. They are going to be organizing all the new events for the school!!

Sports News

On the 1st March we went to Sacred Heart College for swimming sports. As soon as we arrived the fun started. The juniors went to the smaller pool and the seniors went to the big pool. Lots of parents arrived to watch. Some of the parents were in the junior pool, some were helping as place markers in the senior pool and others were in the stands taking photos.  The seniors were arranged into houses and the chants began to flood the room. Jitters gave way as the races started.

It was good to see so many children cheering one another on in their races and in their houses. You were really loud and awesome! It was good to see lots of you try really hard, some of you for the first time and some for your last.

We would like to thank the parent helpers, teachers and volunteers for giving up your day to help make this event possible. We hope to see you at our next event which is Cross Country. We look forward to celebrating our success in our swimming sports assembly in week 9.

By:  Katie, Luca and Sebastian

Notices

Order your Entertainment Book 2019

https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/941m01 (click to view)

Little Garden Market – Fresh Fruit & Veges

Little garden Markets flyer (click to view)