Term 2 Newsletter 02 May 2019

Dear St Michael’s School Community,

We had such a tragic time over our break with the passing of Paula Middleton, Joseph Lyons, Claire Stirrat’s Mum, Lucy Carran’s Dad (Emma and Joshua’s Grandad) and Lynette Herrero-Torres’ Mum (Santiago’s abuela). Please keep all these families and the staff in your prayers at this time. As a staff, we have received many cards, flowers and morning teas from a variety of school communities and outside agencies. This has really helped to lift up our spirits.

Reflective Area – We want our school to have an area of reflection. The Santhara family have donated a beautiful statue of Our Lady and we wwould like this to be incorporated into this area. If you would like to assist with the planning of this Reflective area at our school can you please email me at [email protected] 

Paid Union Meeting on Friday 10 May 1:30pm 

Teachers will be attending a Paid Union Meeting discuss the outcomes of any negotiations, and if unsatisfactory talk together about how we collectively shift the Ministry and the government from their current position. Students will be supervised during lunchtime and at 1:50pm they will be in the Hall. The suggested strike day is Wednesday May 29. The Board of Trustees will keep you updated.

The three key issues we want the government to address are as follows:

  1. A nationwide crisis in recruiting and retaining teachers
  2. Heavy workloads putting massive pressure on teachers and principals
  3. A lack of resourcing for students with additional learning needs

Māori and Pasifika Hui – Monday 20 May at 5:30pm 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; New Zealand Catholic Medical Association Inaugural Meeting Saturday: 25 May 2019 10am – 3pm at St Michael’s School Hall, – Cost $25 per person. Will include Blessing and Holy Mass from Bishop Patrick Dunn and provide an opportunity for doctors and others involved in healthcare to find pastoral care, support, encouragement and faith development. We wish to extend an invitation to doctors, nurses, midwives, physiotherapist, counsellors, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, dentists, health administrators, lawyers and anyone who works in allied roles. Registration is required for catering purposes by 20 May 2019. Event details: newzealandcatholicmedical.co.nz/event Contact email: [email protected]

A Prayer for Comfort

Dear Father,

I come before you today with a heavy heart. Sadness overwhelms me. I feel surrounded by a dense fog that I fear will never lift. Like David, “my tears have been my food day and night” (Psalm 42:3). For however long this season of sorrow lasts, I pray that you would show me more of your love and grace. Help me not to run from whatever you want to do in my heart. Help me to trust that you are at work and to rest in your faithfulness. I want to say along with David, “I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul”(Psalm 31:7).

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown


BOT 2019 Election update

If you are interested in learning more about the role an elected member plays on the Board of Trustees please click on the link below:


All Parents and Caregivers should have received their Call for Nomination forms via post by now. If you have not, please collect one from the school office or email me and i will post out to you.

Call for Nominations close at 12 noon on 24th May 2019. No late entries will be accepted.

PTA News

Girls Night Out – Wednesday 15 May

Join the PTA for their next exciting social event at the Movies to watch the movie “The Hustle”.  The night includes movie ticket, bottle water, sweet treats and the opportunity win awesome raffle prizes and spot prizes.  Tickets are limited to 80, so please get in quick.  Purchase your ticket for $25 each by transferring payment into the PTA account.  Details on the poster below.

GNO – HUSTLE (click to view poster)

Save the Date – School Disco

Friday 7 June – 5.00pm to 7.00pm

Plans are well and truly under way to prepare for the upcoming school disco which has the theme of “Celebrities”!   Save the date for the family and watch this space for details regarding pre-purchase tickets.

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.

Incorporated in the sale of Tiles now is the opportunity to purchase a limited edition print of the artwork that is being constructed on the wall.   Register your interest for purchasing one of these beautiful prints at the office.

Second Hand Uniform Shop – opened tomorrow 3 May from 2.30pm to 3.15pm

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

Sports News

Touch Rugby 2018/9

With the end of term 1 came the end of yet another successful Touch Season for SMCS. We had 5 teams in the College Rifles Friday night competition. One of our y1/2 teams, the Bolts, played for first place in their year group. They were beaten but only just in a great final game. Congratulations to the Bolts for coming 2nd overall in their year group!

Congratulations to all the teams who did really well this season. A big thankyou to all the coaches and managers who make it happen: Peata and Nigel Larkin, Nicole Coombe, Mike Luxford, Audrey and Jon Williams, Lucy Carran, Stephanie and Gavin Kerr, Terisa Cordtz and Deaha Barrington.

A big thanks to all the parents who supported the children and the teams to enjoy the season. Registrations for the next season will open September this year, first game is the Friday after Labour weekend.

Tennis Championship

We are so proud of Nevin Chan for winning the 2019 Tennis Albany Toyota Northern Autumn Championships – 10 & under Boys Doubles. Nevin was also the runner up in 10 & under Boys Singles at Albany Easter Tennis Tournament 2019. Well Done Nevin!


An invitation from St Michael’s Playgroup

Please join us for:
Crowning of Mary – for children to attend with their parents/caregivers. All children and families are welcome to a Crowning of Mary event.
Saturday 11th May 2-4pm in the Church.
Please bring a flower to place at Mary and an offering for a shared afternoon tea if you can. If you have rosary beads please bring these also, we will say one decade together.
Please RSVP to Helen [email protected] 021704102
We are planning an events for Mothers about Mary Saturday 22nd June afternoon, more to follow.

2019 Baradene Art Show

Featuring over 130 established and emerging artists the not-to-be-missed Baradene Art Show 2019 will be held 18-19th May from 10am – 4pm with free entry at the Baradene auditorium, with our onsite cafe offering light refreshments.  Further information is available at www.baradeneartshow.co.nz

Beginning Experience Grief Resolution Programme 14-16 June 2019

ALONE AGAIN?  Widowed, Separated or Divorced?   The Beginning Experience is a non-profit organization with the motto a “Weekend Away for a Lifetime of Change”.  The retreat will help you work through your painful loss.  The participants find new hope, increased emotional health and renewed energy.  Date Friday evening 14 to 16 June Sunday afternoon. Cost $325 or early bird price of $295 if paid by 3 May.  Includes accommodation, meals and materials.  Contact Carol evenings 0210169-0222 or Bev (09)298-9943.  Visit www.beginningexperience.org.nz