Term 3 Newsletter 08 August 2019

Dear St Michael’s School Community,

The classes are buzzing with all the activities for both Cultural Day (22 Aug) and Grandparents Day (23 Aug). See the timetable for each of these days below. Having an attitude of gratitude is such an important part of our school and I have begun writing down in a journal each night all the things I am grateful for. A parent gave me the link for a children’s ‘Happy Self Journal’ which you may wish to look at https://happyselfjournal.com/

Beatrice Road – Drop off and Go – Pick Up and Go – Children’s Safety is our Concern 

Fr Tony and our Staff are very concerned with the health and safety of our students that get dropped off and picked up by the Church. We have decided that Beatrice Road can only be used to drop off or pick up children and then go. If you wish to accompany your child or need to see a teacher please use the Bassett Road entrance. Fr Tony and I are going to speak to the Police and Transport people to see what guidance they can give us to keep our children safe.

Mufti Day Friday 2 August 

We raised $450.00 for a school library in Tanzania. Thank you so much for your generous donations. Amy’s sister will send us photos of their progress.

Jump Jam Competition 03 August 

Congratulations to ‘Saint Michael’s Style’ who entered the Central Auckland Jump Jam Competitions. Your performance was outstanding and I could see that you all had practiced so hard to have such a polished dance. Thank you to Lauren Brown and Amy Kane for the extra hours you put in to train the girls.

SMCS Cross Country Friday 16 August

SMCS Cross Country Friday 16 August at Thomas Bloodworth Park, Shore Road

10:15 a.m. – Years 3 to 6 leave School; 10.45 a.m. – Briefing for Students; 11 a.m. (approx) – Races begin; 12:15 p.m. – Years 0 to 2 leave School; 1 p.m. – Races begin. Please note: there will be no Pizza on that Friday and parents need to provide their children’s lunch.

Help is needed for this event, please email Charlotte Bagnall if you can help [email protected] 

Cultural Day 

8:55 a.m. -10.20 a.m. – Classroom cultural activities;10:20 a.m. -10:50 a.m. Morning tea; 11 a.m. Mass; 12 p.m. –  Lunch; 1 p.m. – Children getting ready; 1:30 p.m. – Concert in the Hall

Grandparents Day

11:15 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. – Grandparents go to Rooms; 11:50 a.m. – siblings to meet in the youngest student’s classroom and grandparents collect from their so families can sit together in Mass. 12 p.m. – Mass;  1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. – Grandparents have light lunch in the Hall (Pizza orders for children); 2 p.m. – Concert begins.

Encountering CHRIST

Class Masses are on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m.: 14.08.19 – Room 10; 21.08.19 – Room 4

The Feast of the Assumption 15.08.19 – This is a Holy Day of Obligation and you are all invited to attend Mass with us at 9:15 a.m. St Michael’s Parish will have Masses at 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. to suit people who are working.

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

Parish Newsletter – St Michael’s Parish AGM is being held in our School Hall on Sunday 11 August at 3:30 p.m. (refreshments provided). There will also be a Children’s Programme being run in the Parish centre during this time.

Workshops: 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 Mary MacKillop’s Feast Day – 08 August

“Ever generous God, You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and constant in bringing hope and encouragement to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy. With confidence in your generous providence and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop We ask that you watch over St Michael’s Catholic School. We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness. Ever generous God hear our prayer. We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen.(daily-prayers.org).

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown

PTA News

SMCS Run-a-thon – Finishes Friday 16th August!! 

There is just over 1 week to go for the SMCS Run-a-thon.  Don’t forget to help the children mark off their completed kilometres on their Runners’ Cards and make sure they have added some sponsors to their sponsorship sheets.  We have had a good number of children joining the running groups before school over the last two weeks.  The final running groups will be held this Friday (9th August) and next Wednesday (14th August), leaving at 8.15 a.m. from outside Room 1. Come and join us!

The PTA are excited to announce the prizes that will be awarded at the completion of the Run-a-thon.  They are:

* For the class that returns their sponsorship money first: a free pizza lunch.

* For the family that raises the most money: a Rebel Sport voucher.

* For the class that raises the most money: a trip to Gravity Trampoline Park (to  be arranged during school time).

Once the children have completed their Runners’ Cards (following the Cross Country on Friday 16th August), they can bring the cards into school to receive a celebratory sticker.  Sponsorship money can then be collected and returned to school.   We ask that all monies are returned by Friday 30th August.  Please either place the money with the sponsorship form in a named envelope in the PTA box at the School Office or deposit it directly into the PTA account using the following reference:

PTA Bank Account Number: 12-3075-0199134-00

Particulars                    Code                Reference
Child’s name                Class no.          Runathon

Any questions, please contact Caroline Harris on [email protected]

Grandparents’ Day – Friday 23 August

There are now RSVP sheets in the classrooms to indicate numbers for catering.  Please respond by recording the number of adults attending the PTA catered lunch on the sheet in your eldest child’s room.

If you can help on the day or would like to contribute something towards the grandparents’ lunch please email Laura Thomson on [email protected] or Julia Glennie on [email protected] by August 19th.

The PTA will also be selling raffle tickets on the day.  SMCS families wishing to donate items for these raffles can place them in the box in the School Office.  All items gratefully received, including the actual fancy box/hamper/basket itself!  We are looking for gourmet food items, wine, beauty products and so on. Thank you in advance!

The schedule for the day is as follows:

11.15 a.m.: Grandparents arrive to visit the classrooms
11.50 a.m.: Gather by the flagpole with grandchildren to head to church
12 p.m.: Mass
1 p.m.: Grandparents go to the Hall for a light lunch provided by the PTA (children have lunch/play as usual)
2 p.m.: Concert in the Hall
2.55 p.m.: Home time

Cross Country

A reminder that the PTA will be selling ice-blocks and water at the school cross country next Friday so bring coins along with you!

Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic book orders (online available only) need to be completed by Friday 16th August 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.  Thanks for your support!

2019 Yummy Sticker Collection

Thanks so much to those who have been collecting stickers and bag labels.  The collection for this ends at the end of Term 3 so collect as many as you can over the next few weeks!  Last year, we managed to earn over $900 worth of sports equipment for the school so this is really beneficial for us.  Please place full sheets in the PTA box outside the office.

https://www.yummyfruit.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/SSP- pdf_Sticker_Collection_Sheet_compressed.pdf

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 6th September.

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 [email protected] if you are interested in purchasing a book this year.

The next PTA Meeting is Tuesday 3rd September at 7pm in the staff room.  All parents welcome.


Miss van Schaijik, Mrs Jones & Room 8 children nominated Mrs Cordtz  as a Star Librarian for August/September 2019. As a winner for a ‘Star Librarian’ Mrs Cordtz received a winning prize of  fifteen (15) brand new books for our SMCS library.  Well Done Mrs Cordtz!


Emma Houghton’s Uncle passed away recently. Please keep the Houghton family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sports News

The SMCS Year 3 netball team, played in a Midwinter Tournament last Sunday at Windmill park, the girls played 4 games back to back and won them all. Furthermore our SMCS netball girls won the tournament for their year 3 group which was fantastic!
We are all so proud of their efforts and the way they play as a team and represent the school with great sportsman ship. Netball badges were given to the girls for their achievements.

Year 5/6 basketball team, SMCS Crusaders

In term 2, our Year 5/6 basketball team, the SMCS Crusaders, participated in the ABSL Miniball Competition at St. Kentigerns. They ranked second place in the whole league at the end of the term. We congratulate Nathan Flordeliza, Mathew Flordeliza, Adam Wright, Zander Cabiling, Laura Harris, Kian Manangan, Porcia Twomey, Barry Quinico, Dylan Pearson, Milan Fereti, and their coaches Mike Cruz and Eric Flordeliza for a job well done. The SMCS Crusaders and the SMCS Warriors are currently competing this term and we wish them all the best.

Spartan Kids Race

On the 4th of August, a group of our students participated in the Spartan Kids Race. Unlike other competitions, the Spartan Kids race is an obstacle course that is all about running, climbing, jumping and getting muddy. Faced with torrential rains and gusting winds, our kids persevered with grit determination until the finish line. Congratulations to Tom Valerio, Ellery Balderas, Anya Hancock, Aidan Cruz, Raphael Wee, Enzy Canapi, Joaquin Ambrosio, Anduin Arceo, Anika Cruz, Erin Cortez, Maggie Bauzon, Lilly Kerr, Talia Hancock, Kian Manangan, Stella Valerio, Eden Cuevas, Ezra Balderas and SMCS old boy, Dre Canapi. Well done kids! You truly earned your medals.

Parnell Cricket Club


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.

Pre-schoolers 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 [email protected] or Deahna Barrington [email protected] 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)

Unused Bicycles Wanted

Next term Charlize and Steele Wichman are jumping on a plane and going to Rarotonga to live with family and go to school up there.  While they are there they will be biking to school.  So we wondered if anyone had any old bikes lying around that the kids could take up and then we will leave them behind for their new found friends…. 24 inch 26 inch 27 inch would all work. Please contact Rachel at [email protected] 

Caritas Aotearoa Jubilee Mass