Term 1 Newsletter 11 April 2019

Dear St Michael’s School Community,

Term 1 is almost over and I know we are all ready for a break. The Friday Gumboot Day was a success, thank you for your kind donations.

Welcome – SMCS Families

We would like to acknowledge and welcome Liam Booth and Joanna Beny Nirojan who are new students at SMCS.

Easter Eggs for Monte Cecilia

Thank you for the Easter Eggs, they were gratefully received.

A ‘Night on the Tiles’ 

Thank you to the PTA for organizing this great event. It was such a good night out. The Hall looked amazing. Thanks also to all those people who supported this event.

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 drop-down 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.

2019 BOT Parent Elections

SMCS have five (5) parent representative seats available on our Board of Trustees.

Call for Nomination forms will be posted out to all SMCS families tomorrow (Friday 12 April) and you should receive these via post next week. You will have until 12 noon, Friday 24 May to return your Nomination forms to the Returning Officer (details provided on forms). If parents have moved house, please inform the school office with your new address details.

Road Safety

Parents, please remind your children to look both ways when crossing the road on their way to school.

Parent and Teacher Interviews Term 2, Week 1

Please make sure you have booked your interviews by going to: https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/login  EVENT CODE is :  7wx2g   

Teachers have rejected the Government’s offer 

Teachers will be attending a Paid Union Meeting on Friday 10 May to: get a report on the outcomes of any negotiations, and if unsatisfactory talk together about how we collectively shift the Ministry and the government from their current position. We will vote on strike action if that is necessary. Students will be supervised in the Hall from 1.50 p.m.

Lost Property

All unclaimed uniforms will go to the second hand uniform shop and the rest in the caring shed.

Māori and Pasifika Hui – Monday 20 May at 5.30 p.m. in the Staff Room

We would like to extend an invitation to all our Māori and Pasifika Whānau to share ideas and collaborate on Maōri and Pasifika education at St Michael’s. The hui will begin with kai and then the meeting will follow. For catering purposes, please email Amy Kane [email protected] with the number of members from your whānau that will be attending. We look forward to seeing you there.

Encountering Christ

Parish Newsletter – Baptism Preparation Courses begin 2nd June; St Michael’s Caring & Support Committee need volunteers to help set up its programme to provide help to those in need; Palm Sunday candlelight Vigil for the Unborn on Sunday 14 April @ 7.00 p.m. outside the AMAC where 1000 babies lose their lives to abortion every year.

Easter Prayer

I wish you all a very Happy Easter and a safe break from School and I will see you back on Monday 29 April.

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown


PTA News

“A Night On The Tiles”

Thank you to those Parents who attended the Night On The Tiles evening last Friday night.  It was a fun night attended by 100 parents who enjoyed the transformation of the hall in the theme of red, white and black.  It was a wonderful night and all those who attended had a great night and enjoyed the delicious food, catered by Gatting’s Catering and the smooth tunes from DJ Mike Cruz.  Guests were also treated to a surprise appearance by comedian Sara Youssef who entertained us with the comical difference between the communication styles of males and females.

Thank you to those volunteers who supported the event in many different ways, including setting up and packing up, designing decorations and donating decorations. The hall was beautiful, with special thanks to Julia Glennie and Nikki Ansley for their creativity and enthusiasm in transforming the hall.

The PTA would also like to thank those generous parents who donated items for the auction, due to your generosity and the generosity of the auction bidders we were able to raise just under $3,000 from the auction alone.    Thank you for your continued support of the PTA’s fundraising initiatives.

Save The Date – SCHOOL DISCO

Friday 7 June – 5.00 p.m.

Over the past week, the Student Council Representatives have been busy coordinating a poll throughout the school for the theme for this year’s disco.    We can officially advise that the theme the students have voted for this will be “Celebrities”!    It was a tight poll with the vote coming down to 4 votes between the two themes animals and celebrities.    Thank you to the Student Council for coordinating this poll.     The DJ and photo booth have been booked, so mark the date in the family calendar and start thinking about costume ideas!

The St Michael’s Family Tree

Please note there is still time to purchase a tile for the St Michael’s Family Tree.  Tiles can be purchased until the 5th July, order forms can be requested by emailing [email protected].

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.

SMCS Tile Order Form (click to view)

The next PTA Meeting is Tuesday 7 May at 7.00 p.m. in the staff room.  All parents are welcome.

SMCS PTA GNO – Girls Night Out

Wednesday 15th May– 7.00 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. movie.

Berkeley Cinema Mission Bay

GNO – HUSTLE (Click to view)

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Open the first Friday of each month from 2.30 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.  Next open on Friday 3rd May.

Do you have any long sleeved winter shirts to donate for resale?  All proceeds go towards PTA projects benefiting the school.  We are in need of winter shirts as well as green culottes and grey shorts.  We also accept jumpers/cardigans, school jackets and sun hats, sports gear, school socks and shoes!  Donated items can be dropped into the School Office.


Congratulations to the Bagworth family (big brothers Diego, Room 9 and Noah, Room 2) on the early arrival of Owen Scott Bagworth.

A congratulatory “shout out” to Samuel Wong in Room 7 who was part of the Wairua Project busking on Queen St together with other young musicians to raise funds for the people in Christchurch. Well done Samuel!

Thank You

Gumboot Friday

A big thank you to our SMCS community and “Croatian Women’s League” for your generous support of this fundraiser. We raised $317.00 which will go towards free mental health counselling and support for Kiwi kids when they urgently need it.

Student Voice – Gumboot Friday

On Friday the 5th of April, we raised $317 on Gumboot Friday for people who need mental health care. We, your Outreach Leaders and staff thank you for your donations. You have done your bit to raise money for the I Am Hope foundation.

The Outreach Leaders

Student Voice – Monte Cecilia Easter Egg collection

Thank you SMCS for doing a wonderful job in helping us collect Easter eggs for the Monte Cecilia house. We had two full boxes of Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies. Thank you for your donations.

The Outreach Leaders

Sports News

Flippa Ball Term 2 Registrations

After another successful term of Flippa Ball for St Michael’s we are about to register teams for term 2 and are looking for players from year 3/4 upwards.

For those unfamiliar with the game, Flippa Ball is essentially water polo for kids. Players don’t have to be overly competent swimmers as the game is played in a shallow pool so they can touch the ground.  It’s a fun sport and good for developing coordination and swimming skills.

The league plays out of the Diocesan pool or St Cuthbert’s College pool on Sundays and the games are only 16 minute long, so not a large time commitment is required.

If you’re interested please contact Mark Twomey 021 871515 or Fiona Twomey 021 510073 or email [email protected]

Ellerslie AFC Holiday Programme Flyer


Marriage Encounter  Non Residential Weekend

25th & 26th May at St Francis Retreat Centre, Mt Roskill, Auckland. A special enrichment weekend encouraging married couples to focus on each other, their communication, priorities, lifestyle and relationship. Phone 0800 ENCOUNTER (0800 362 686) for more information and BOOK NOW!

Grants – Catholic Caring Foundation

The Catholic Caring Foundation Grants (click to view)

LCF Fun Languages – French Class Flyer

LCF Func Languages – French Class 2019 (click to view)

Annie – Broadway Production (starring our very own SMCS Student, Anika Cruz)

Upgrade your Parenting Skills

Diane Levy Flyer for media (click to view)

Stabat Mater – Choral Reflections for Good Friday

The Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph continues their Holy Week tradition of offering a concert of choral music that reflects the nature of Good Friday.  The Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph’s Vocal Ensemble present a selection of beautiful, reflective pieces for Good Friday, including Robert White’s haunting setting of the Lamentations and Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Beatitudes.

Friday 19 April, 7.30 pm FREE ENTRY. Retiring donations welcome. Validated parking available at the Wilson car parks, Hobson St ($4) & Durham Lane ($2).

https://www.facebook.com/events/421605225321118/ flyer (Click to view)