Dear St Michael’s School Community,
Thank you to all parents and staff for your love and condolences over the passing of my Mum. I am so blessed to be part of this beautiful community. I will be on leave at the end of Week 8 as my family and I are attending my niece’s wedding in London. Georgina and Catherine will be in-charge over that time that I am away. I will be back on 14 July.
Parent Teachers Association (PTA) Change of Chairperson
I would like to thank Stephanie Kerr for all the work that she has done on the PTA especially as Chairperson. Your enthusiasm and commitment has been outstanding and I wish you all the best in your further ventures. The committee have elected Emma Houghton and Caroline Harris as Co-Chairs. They feel excited about their new role and are keen to serve our school well.
Welcome to our new Board of Trustees, thank you for all who put their names forward
Jon Williams, Brigid Strevens, Mark Twomey, Candice Harris and Joseph Liava’a
Justin Brown, Alex Houghton, Casiana Wooler and Issa Ilo-Cabiling
Mufti Mania Friday 5 July (last day of school)
Doputz Primary School in Bourgainville (Papua New Guinea) needs our help to get their school back up and running through new water tanks, toilets, resourses and classroom repairs. This is a joint initiative of the New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals’ Association and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation and to wear Mufti.
Class Masses are on Wednesdays at 9:15am: 19 June – Room 10 and 26 June – Room 7
School Rosary Group: Held on Fridays at lunch times. Encourage your students to join.
Parish Newsletter (click to view)
Prayer for the day – Pentecost (children’s society.org.uk)
“Faithful God, on Pentecost Sunday, we thank you for your life-giving Spirit. We pray for our world and ask that your Spirit might give strength to those who speak out for justice and work for peace. We ask for your Spirit’s inspiration for all who seek to support vulnerable children and young people, that all may flourish and have life to the full. Help us to be open to the work of your Holy Spirit in our lives, that we may have the courage to speak out and act on your behalf. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.”
Manaaki ki te Atua,
From the Board Chair
On behalf of the St Michael’s Catholic School community I would like to thank the outgoing Board of Trustee members who have worked extremely hard over the past three years. Rebecca Popovic, Steph Radich, & Cecilia Ruiz-Acosta have each made significant contributions over the past three years. I have been blessed to have the good fortune to be part of and more recently lead a strong Board, with everyone aligned on our role – enhancing student achievement.
Whilst being a member of the Board can be a challenging role, it is also incredibly rewarding. During my 6 years on the Board I have worked with three different principals, navigated through the first teacher’s strikes in 20+ years, seen the development and refresh of our school 20 year Masterplan and the ongoing improvement of our facilities. I have grown to really appreciate the huge commitment that our teachers make to develop our children into the leaders of tomorrow and support the improved working conditions that they are currently seeking.
I do hope the Government listen to the feedback on the proposed Tomorrow’s Schools Review as they consider reducing the role of Board of Trustees. Whilst not an expert, I don’t think the proposals strike the right balance between what is best for the majority of schools and giving the minority of schools a fighting chance of success.
When we join the Board of Trustees we stand on the shoulders of those that have come before us. It is now the turn of the newly appointed Board to govern our school for the next 3 years. The school is in good hands with the new Board of Trustees that are announced in this newsletter, please join with me in congratulating them and stand behind them in the coming years. Our support for these volunteers is critical for the continued success of our school.
And finally for those that were unsuccessful in the elections, thank you for having the courage to stand up and put your name forward. I hope that you will consider doing the same again in the future.
He waka eke noa
(A canoe which we are all in with no exception / We are all in this together)
SMCS Board of Trustees
2020 Term Dates
Term 1: Monday 3 February – Thursday 9 April 2020
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April – Friday 3 July 2020
Term 3: Monday 20 July – Friday 25 September 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October – Tuesday 15 December 2020
The SMCS Celebrities disco was held on Friday 7th June and was a huge success! All our superstar children made their own stars to add to the Walls of Fame and they were able to dance the night away with DJ Mike! Another fabulous St Michael’s disco. Congratulations to all the best dressed, best dancer prizewinners. Special thanks to Cris Alvarado, Laura Thomson and their committee for putting this together and to Mike Cruz for his professional DJ skills! Check out the photos!
Dad’s Night Out (DNO) – Friday 28th June!
It’s time for all the men of St Michael’s to have a night out! Buy a ticket to come along to Brother’s Beer at Orakei Bay Village and receive a special food and drink deal. A great chance to network and let your hair down – maybe some more than others!
Your $30 ticket includes a gourmet sandwich, nibbles, and a beer/wine or non-alcoholic drink. Just choose your sandwich filling preference when you pay online before Monday 24th June.
Bank account details: SMCS PTA 12-3075-0199134-00
Reference: Dad Night
Code: Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Pulled pork, Vege
Contact Emma Houghton at email@example.com with any questions.
Run-a-thon – inaugural event for SMCS!
Watch this space for Run-a-thon details – more details to follow. An event the kids will love!
The St Michael’s Family Tree
Time is running out – only a few more weeks 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Don’t miss out!
Another way to support the school in their fundraising efforts is by purchasing an Auckland Entertainment Book. Hundreds of great value offers are ready for your enjoyment. Go to www.entertainmentbook.co.nz and type in St Michaels or contact Natasha Fletcher at email@example.com if you are interested in purchasing a book this year.
Second Hand Uniform Shop
Next open in Term 3 on Friday 2nd August, 2:30pm to 3:15pm. Please note: we will not be opening on Friday 5th July.
Please remember the Uniform Shop when your uniforms are getting too small and need to be replaced! We accept all items for resale: jumpers/cardigans, school socks and shoes, shirts and shorts, PE uniforms, school jackets….. Donated items can be dropped into the School Office.
Stuck on You
With the huge amount of Lost Property at the moment, we thought it would be a timely reminder that you can order personalised name labels from Stuck on You. Go to www.stuckonyou.nz and place your order online. Use the following code at checkout STMICHAELSCATHOLICSCHOOL so that the PTA receives around 20% commission!
The next PTA Meeting is Tuesday 30th July at 7 p.m. in the staff room. All parents are welcome.
Congratulations to Honor Browne (ex-SMCS Student) in Year 13 who has been awarded a special scholarship by the Royal Society of NZ to attend the Harry Messel’s International Science School in Sydney, Australia. Honor was one of 6 students in New Zealand and one of 130 students awarded the scholarship from: Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, China, Japan and India. In July she will attend lectures at the University of Sydney from top scientists from around the world.
From our SMCS Y6 Leaders
World Environment Day 2019!
On Wednesday 5 June, it was World Environment Day!
This day began in 1974 and has been celebrated annually since. It is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. This year’s theme concerns Air Pollution :– we can’t stop breathing but we can improve the quality of the air we breathe. We came together at our School Parish Mass on Saturday to pray that governments, industry, communities and individuals explore ways to improve air quality around the world so that all people can breathe clean, fresh air.
Throughout Week 6, we, the Year 6 Enviro Leaders, organised a few activities including picking up rubbish for 15 minutes around the school, speaking over the loudspeaker each day to encourage classes to turn their lights off when they went out to play at lunch and morning tea. Our next idea is to plant some flowers in the house planters outside the Junior School.
Thank you for your efforts to help reuse, recycle and reduce! Every little bit helps our environment.
By: Luca George, Nevin Chan and Diego Bagworth – Year 6 Enviro Leaders.
Congratulations to the SMCS Diamonds Soccer Team – Tom Barrington, Harriet Lamont, Lafaele Elika, Tom Valerio and Isaia Elika on winning their Inhouse Tournament on Sunday. Congratulations also to the Coaches, Ralph Elika and Reuben Lamont.
An afternoon with Mary: all adults welcome. Saturday 22nd June. We will say the rosary and have a talk on Mary followed by shared afternoon tea. 2-4pm St Michael’s Church. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org 021704102.
Cluny Movie Night Flyer
Cluny Movie Night Flyer (click to view)
Barfoot & Thompson Kids Marathon
Double Happy – Hoodies and Sweatshirts
254,000 Kiwi kids are going to school cold this winter. A snugly warm hoodie to wear can make a big difference to a child in need. That’s why we started Double Happy – Wear One, Share One. You buy one and we will share one.
Every order buys one printed kids hoodie ($49.95) or adult sweatshirt ($65.00) to keep, and one plain hoodie we’ll deliver to kids in need (via their school). This year we have collaborated again with local street artists Component and Ithink, who have designed the print. You will love these hoodies and sweatshirts even more, knowing you have helped keep another kiwi kid warm.
If you don’t need a hoodie or a sweatshirt but would still love to help, you can order a Double Happy Double-Up ($49.95), and we’ll give away TWO hoodies to kids in need. Winter is here – don’t delay! Order now! www.doublehappykids.co.nz