Dear St Michael’s School Community,

I hope you all had a good break with your families. I had a wonderful holiday with my family and the highlight was attending my niece’s wedding and celebrating it with my family. This time away helped me to feel more at peace. On Friday 19 July all our teachers attended an uplifting seminar by Fr Richard Leonard SJ on the topic of “Encountering Christ”.  One key message that I got from it was be grateful and thank God for everything we have.

Mufti Mania Friday 5 July For Doputz Primary School in Bourgainville – We raised $258.50,  thank you for your generosity.

Mufti Day next Friday 2nd August

Miss Kane’s sister Sarah is going to Africa in September with an organisation called EPIC to help build a school library. EPIC stands for Everyday People Initiating Change. This conscious, non-for-profit organisation’s goal is to show people of every race, age or social status that we all have the ability to change the world for the better every day in whatever ways we choose. This organisation specialises in bringing safe and clean drinking water to the developing world and at the same time supporting other aspects of community growth. EPIC takes on new projects every year in developing countries and this year, they are taking a trip to a village called Lupa Lama in Tanzania to help build a library. We are having a mufti day to raise money for this cause. Please give generously!

Catholic Caring Foundation (CCF) Mass – Congratulations to Hans Jayamanne, Gabriella Wooller, and Ezra Balderas for receiving Caring Awards at the CCF Mass on Wednesday 24 July. These students have displayed outstanding care and commitment to others at SMCS.

SMCS Cross Country Friday 16 August – Help is needed for this event, please email Charlotte Bagnall if you can help c.bagnall@smcs.school.nz

Encountering CHRIST

Class Masses are on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m.: 24/07/19 – At the Mass for Rooms 1, 2, 8 & 9 Fr Tony got children to think about what helps a seed to grow and then he used the acronym S.A.P. (Sacraments, Actions and Prayer) to help us grow spiritually.  The next Masses are: 31 July – Rooms 3 & 7; 7 August – Room 5.

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

Parish NewsletterTHE MYSTERY OF GRACE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, 24 July, Paul Williamson SM “If I was made for God’s love shouldn’t I know how to get it and how it works?”; CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY , 12 August, Elizabeth Snedden RSCJ, “How is Christian Spirituality different and how can I best make use of it?”; THE ACTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT  11 September, Justin Taylor SM “What is the power of the Spirit that was given to Peter and Paul and the early Church?”. For more details go to www.remueracatholic.org.nz

St James the Apostle’s Feast Day

“Gracious God, we remember before You today Your servant and apostle James, first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the Name of Jesus Christ; and we pray that You will pour out upon the leaders of your Church that spirit of self-denying service by which alone they may have true authority among your people; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.” (daily-prayers.org).

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown

PTA News

Dads’ Night Out (DNO)

Thanks to all the Dads who supported the Dads Night Out!  It was a fantastic night with great attendance and an awesome chance to network/catch up/meet new people.  The food was delicious too!

Congratulations to Gerhard Zitzenbacher for winning the main Men’s hamper and to the other Dads who won spot prizes.

Thanks to your support, $936.20 was made from this event!

Thanks again to our main sponsors – St John’s Butchery and Epic Brewery.  We really appreciate your support!

SMCS Run-a-thon – Keep Running – only 3 weeks left!! 

We hope all of the children have managed to complete some kilometres for the SMCS Run-a-thon and have found a few sponsors amongst their friends and family.  Don’t forget to mark the completed kilometres on their Runner’s Card.

We are organising some parent led running and walking groups to take place before school and during lunchtimes from Week 2; if you are able to assist with these and haven’t already been in touch with your Class Rep, please contact Caroline Harris on matthewandcaroline@xtra.co.nz

Grandparents’ Day – Friday 23 August

Reminder – Invitations were emailed through class representatives late last term so everyone should have received these.  RSVP lists will go up first week of August on your child’s class door so please fill these in and let us know numbers attending so the PTA can ensure adequate catering for the day.  The PTA will be preparing all food and beverages. If you are interested in helping with baking or volunteering on the day please contact Julia Glennie on juliamaryricketts@gmail.com

SMCS Grandparents Day Invite 2019 (click to view)

The St Michael’s Family Tree

Thank you to those families who purchased a family tile to be included in the St Michael’s Family Tree.

This beautiful artwork, being reconstructed by contemporary artist and St Michael’s parent, Peata Larkin, is going to feature a stylised tree motif representing the St Michael’s family and will take pride of place in the foyer of the St Mary MacKillop Hall.    The new ceramic tile wall will be reconstructed in September 2019 and there will be an unveiling ceremony not long after its completion date.

Once the final arrangements have been made for the unveiling, all families will receive a special invitation outlining the details.

We thank you for your continuing support of the schools fundraising initiatives and we look forward to unveiling the new tiled wall later in the year.

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 2nd August.

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

A 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!

Entertainment Book

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 natasha.fletcher@alphajobs.co.nz if you are interested in purchasing a book this year.

The next PTA Meeting is Tuesday 30th July at 7pm in the staff room.  All parents welcome.

Congratulations

Congratulations to all our SMCS children who celebrated their First Holy Communion before the July holidays.

Congratulations also to the Lilley family on the birth of their twin boys. (Angelo, their eldest son is in Rm 2)

Notices

Liturgy of the Word with Children at St Michael’s – More leaders needed

Children’s Liturgy takes place most Sundays during 10 am Mass in school term time. It’s approximately 25 minutes during the first half of the Mass. 
 
Our aim is for children to receive the Word of God at a level of understanding for their age and to discover its meaning in their lives, whilst giving parents/carers the opportunity to remain in the church and hear the Word of God themselves. 
Preschoolers are welcome with a carer and primary school children can attend independently. (Of course, adults always welcome.) Our numbers are very low so we are in need of leaders and helpers for this Ministry. Please email Susan Woolley ceramicaitalia@xtra.co.nz or Deahna Barrington deahnamaree@gmail.com if keen or would like to find out more information.

We are looking for people to help out once or at most twice a term,  You will be supported and teamed up with an experienced leader.  The children who attend really enjoy it and you would be helping them on their spiritual journey.

LCF Fun Languages Classes

LCF Fun Languges Flyer (click to view)

APPA Music Festival 3 Day Instrument Course

This is for accomplished instrument players in years 4 – 8 who wish to develop their musicianship skills in orchestral and band performance, and perform at the Auckland Town Hall as part of the wider APPA festival in November.

The students need parental commitment so they can attend the 3 Day Course at the venues below,  in the last week of term 3; plus there will also be a few Saturday or Sunday rehearsals, lots of practice at home and one rehearsal in the Town Hall which they also need to get their child to.   The venue for the practices is below:

FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA: 
Rehearsals at Cornwall Park School
CONCERT BAND: 
Rehearsals at Avondale Intermediate School
JAZZ BAND:    
Rehearsals at Parnell School
Registrations close on Friday, 30 August 2019

Registering online is easy!

By clicking on the button below, parents and caregivers are able to complete an online form and pay by credit card if they wish.  The registration form has been set up a bit differently this year to make it quicker to register their child(ren), so they will need to select the correct registration form based on their child’s musical ability.

They can also find this registration page on the APPA website under “Register” and “Events” on the website menu.