Dear St Michael’s School Community,

Congratulations to Anna and Cam Harvey, who are going to be blessed with a new baby in early October.

Pink Shirt Day Friday 17 May – It’s a day when our school can Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying! Students can wear a ‘pink shirt’ instead of their usual school uniform shirt, and wear the remainder of their school uniform. Alternatively, wear full school uniform with pink accessories e.g. hair tie, bow, scarf or earrings.

There will be a strike on Wednesday 29 May. The Board of Trustees have decided to close the school due to health and safety.

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

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

Māori and Pasifika Hui – Monday 20 May at 5:30pm in the Staff Room

An email has been sent to all our Maori and Pasifika families to invite you to this function. 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.

Auckland Catholic Principal’s Conference 22 May to 24 May

I  will be attending this Conference so please email Catherine Westwood or Georgina van Schaijik in my absence. I will have limited access to emails and will respond to any correspendence the following week.

Encountering CHRIST

School Rosary Group: Held on Fridays at lunch times. Encourage your students to join.

Parish Newsletter – Crowning of Mary – Saturday 11 May 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. in the Church.

Baptism Preparation Courses begin 2nd June; New Zealand Catholic Medical Association Inaugural Meeting Saturday: 25 May 2019 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St Michael’s School Hall, – Cost $25 per person. Event details: Contact email: [email protected] 

Prayer for the day

“My Father, may this be a day of usefulness. Make me sure of myself, that I may not spend my days in questioning, but accept with gratefulness thy love and tender care. Make me worthy to be called thy child. Amen”.

Prayer for Malcolm Black

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace, Amen”

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown

BOT 2019 Triennial Election Update

Call for Nominations are due in by Friday 24 May at noon. No late entries will be accepted.  We require three (3) more Parent Representatives. If you are interested in becoming a School Trustee and would like further information please click on the link below.

We presently have two (2) Nominated Candidates, who are:

1. Mark Twomey  and
2. Jon Williams

The School Roll is available at the school office for inspection. As and when nominated candidates come to hand, the candidate list will be updated.

PTA News

Girls Night Out

Thanks so much to everyone for joining us last night for our movie at the Berkeley cinema in Mission Bay!  It was another fabulous evening and special thanks to Trilogy, New World Eastridge, Carole from the Shore Rd Flower Van, The Corner Bar, Hoyts Cinema Mission Bay and other donors for generously donating us all the goodies for spot prizes and raffles.  Thanks also to Deahna Barrington for organising a fun and successful evening once again.  Anyone who bought tickets but were unable to attend on the night, can pick up their goodie bag from the school office.

School Disco

Come join all of our own St Michaels Catholic School Stars at the SMCS Celebrities Disco!

Friday 7 June, 5 – 7 p.m. in the School Hall, or as we prefer to call it: ‘Hall-ywood’

Pre-purchase your tickets before May 31, via bank transfer to:

‘St Michaels School PTA’ ASB Account: 12-3075-0199134-00

Particular: ‘Disco’ + ‘Room Number’ (Just Number) Code: Family Name

Reference: ‘Child’ or ‘Family’ + ‘Number of Children’ (Just Number)

$5 per Child or $10 per family.  Bring cash to purchase tokens for all of your favourite celebrities treats and food!  Please note this is not a drop off event; children need to be supervised by an adult. BYO for parents (make sure you bring your own cups/glasses).

If you can help on the night, please contact Cristina or Laura on [email protected] and [email protected]

See you at this V.I.P. event!

SMCS Celebrities Disco Party Poster Invitation (click to view)

Dad’s Night Out (DNO) – save the date, Friday 28th June!

After a successful Girls Night Out, we have decided to arrange an evening event for all the Dad’s in the school!  This event will take place on Friday 28 June – further details to follow!

Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic book orders (online available only) need to be completed by this Friday 17 May for school delivery.  Please note, books will be delivered directly to the student.  Please email Emma Houghton at [email protected] if you wish for the books to be collected by yourself rather than by your child.

The St Michael’s Family Tree

There is still time to purchase a tile for the St Michael’s Family Tree!  Tiles can be purchased unti 5 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.  Your tax invoice will be sent home over the next week.

Limited Edition Screen Print

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.  You now have the opportunity to purchase a tile and a print as a package or can order individually.   If you have already purchased your tile you are still eligible for the package price.  Please see the information attached in this link.

SMCS Tile Order Form (click to view)

SMCS LIMITED EDITION SCREENPRINT (click to view additional information)

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 7 June.

We have had a makeover!  Thank you to Nigel Fisher and Wardrobe World for their generous donation of new hanging racks and shelving space for the shop – it all looks fantastic!

Do you have any long sleeved winter shirts to donate for resale?  All proceeds go towards PTA projects benefitting 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.

The next PTA Meeting is Tuesday 11 June at 7 p.m. in the staff room.  All parents are welcome.

Sports News

Jump Jam Competition

This year St Michael’s Catholic School will be entering a team into the Auckland Region Jump Jam competition. We are looking for a team of Year 4 – 6 Jump Jam enthusiasts to represent the school. These children will need to be willing to commit to practises during some lunch times. Miss Kane and Miss Brown will be holding tryouts on the 21st of May, Week Four, Tuesday (21st of May) lunch time in the hall. The competition will be held on Saturday the 3rd of August from 2pm to 8pm. This will be a user pays event, the cost is $23 per child and all competitors receive a Jump Jam t-shirt and certificate.


Catholic Caring Foundation – caring for families, caring for communities

We care for families and communities in need throughout the Auckland diocese. Want to make a difference to our community? Then please consider gifting to the foundation. 

Pform NZ ad (click to view)