Term 3 Newsletter 19 September 2019

Dear St Michael’s School Community,

It was sad to receive the news of the passing of Monsignor Brian Arahill. I often met up with him when I went to visit my Mum at the Little Sisters of the Poor. St. Michael’s will hold a Vigil Mass on Thursday 19th September at 7.30 p.m. and a Requiem Funeral Mass on Friday 20th September at 11.30 a.m. Our Year 6 Leaders will make a guard of honour for him.

SMCS will celebrate the Feast Day of St Michael the Archangel on Wednesday 25 September not on Friday 27 September

We will begin with Mass at 9:15 a.m. and it would be wonderful if you could celebrate this with us. Classes will then be doing activities that focus on this amazing saint.

Celebration of Paula Middleton’s Birthday on Wednesday 25 September

Multi colours for Mrs M!

On Wednesday 25 September, we would like to invite you to celebrate our beloved Mrs Middleton’s birthday.

Mrs M loved bright, cheerful clothes: colours, sequins, feathers – you name it! 

All children are invited to wear mufti next Wednesday to brighten the school up in memory of Paula. We will also celebrate her at the Feast of St Michael at 9.15 a.m. in the Church. All are welcome!

Remuera Zone and the Catholic Cross Country

Congratulations to all the students who participated in both of these events. It is great to see your determination and commitment in these events. Well done Eva Houghton who came first in Year 6 in the Remuera Zone.

Encountering CHRIST

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

Parish Newsletter – Catholicism – A programme based on the videos and international best selling book by Bishop Robert Barron. The beauty, goodness and truth of the Church comes to life so that you can better understand and share your faith. There are four series to choose from for more details go to www.remueracatholic.org.nz 

Last Day of Submission to the Abortion Bill

Monsignor Brian Arahill’s favourite quote from the Sacred Scriptures

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”. (John 10:10).

Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown


Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher Interviews will take place in the 1st week of Term 4.

School will finish early on Wednesday 16 October at 1.p.m. for the teachers and there will be supervision available for students in the Hall until 2.55 p.m. Any children not collected by parents at 1 p.m. will continue to have their lunch break from 1 – 2 p.m. then proceed down to the Hall until 2.55 p.m.

Parents are to collect their children from the hall. Children in After school care will go to the library for roll call.

Wednesday 16 October: 1.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. (break from 3.45 p.m. -4 p.m.)

Thursday 17 October: 3.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. (dinner break from 5.15 p.m.- 6 p.m.) – Rms 8,9,10 will start interviews at 3.15 p.m.

Please follow the 3 steps below to book your child’s/rens teacher interview/s online:

  1. Copy and paste into your web browser or click on the link:  https://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz 
  2. Click on ‘Make a Booking’
  3. Enter Parent Booking Code – 472vg 
  4. Click ‘Go’
  5. Enter details – Step 1 
  6. Choose your child’s Teacher – Step 2
  7. Choose your time – Step 3

A confirmation email will be sent to you with booking details.

PTA News

SMCS Run-a-thon – Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone for your support of the inaugural SMCS Run-a-thon.  We raised over $11,000 which is an incredible result!

Congratulations to the following prize winners:

For super fast sponsorship collection: Room 7 wins a free pizza lunch

For fantastic family fundraising: the Delaney family wins a $100 Rebel Sport voucher

For amazing fund-raising as a class: Room 6 wins a trip to Gravity Trampoline Park

Thanks also to all of the parents who helped at the morning running groups and to Stephanie van Oijen for her wonderful artwork on the Runners’ Cards, posters and certificates.  A huge thanks also, to Caroline Harris, for her fabulous organisation of this event!

Calendar Art Fundraiser

This year’s Calendar Art Fundraiser is now up and running!  The children and teachers have been working hard on their artworks and copies of these are now up on display in the classrooms.  Order forms should have come home for each child, with their name and individual ordering codes on them.  Please look out for the forms and keep them in a safe place as you will need the codes to place your orders.

The childrens’ artworks can be printed on to a variety of products for you to buy from Kids Art Works, including calendars, diaries, greeting cards, sketch pads and mouse pads.  The products look amazing and make great presents for family and friends or lovely mementoes for you at home.  All products are priced at $15 each; there are samples at the School Office should you wish to look at them.

This year the ordering process has been made even easier for you, as all purchases will be made online.  Instead of bringing the order forms back to school, you will simply use your child’s individual ordering code to go on to the Kids Art Works website at www.kidsartworks.com view the artwork, select your purchases and make the payment straight away.

Orders are now open and will close on Monday 30th September at 9 a.m.

If you have any questions, or need a replacement ordering code, please contact Caroline Harris at [email protected] or on Mobile: 021-578-070.

Book Week – October 2019

Book Week is coming up at the end of October so the PTA will soon be looking for volunteers to help run the Book Fair shop during that week.  Purchases from the shop last year raised over $1000 for the school library, so we look forward to your support again this year!

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

Next open: Friday 18th October 2.30 p.m. to 3.15 p.m. (end of Week 1, Term 3)

Come in to stock up on your short sleeved shirts before the children change into summer uniforms.

The next PTA Meeting is Tuesday 22nd October at 7 p.m. in the staff room.  All parents welcome.


Senior Speech Finals 2019

Well done to all of the students in Year 4, 5, and 6 who have been working on writing then presenting their speeches throughout this term. Thank you to Mrs Borsos, Principal at Holy Cross Catholic School, who came and judged.

Congratulations to the following students who presented at our school finals!

Year 4

1st place = Anika Cruz – Why we should have less screen time

2nd equal = Rosie Stones – Why we should stop using palm oil and Petra Slavich – Why more boys should play netball

Year 5

1st place = Anna Karpik – Why we should ban devices

2nd place = Sean Williams – Why bees are important

3rd place = Grace Thomson – Why I think trees are magic

Year 6

1st place = Jonathan Luxford – Why we should switch to electric cars

2nd place = Thomas Went – Petrol cars vs electric cars

3rd equal = Angie Marques-Ruiz – Why all life has value and Dora Slavich – Why everyone should learn another language

Year 5/6 Remuera Lions Club Junior Speechmakers Competition

Congratulations to Anna Karpik for coming 1st at the Year 5 Speech finals at our school. She then qualified to compete at the Remuera Lions Club Junior Speechmakers Competition held on Tuesday evening. Anna spoke confidently in front of the big crowd and we are very proud of her! Congratulations again!

Birth Announcement

Congratulations to the Leong family on the new arrival of baby Eleanor, a little sister to Charlotte Leong (Rm 6).

Sports News

Year 5/6 Remuera Zone Cross Country

On Tuesday 17 September, our top qualifiers from our school Cross Country went on to compete at the Year 5/6 Remuera Zone Cross Country event held at St Kentigern’s College, Pakuranga. It was a fantastic event, very organised and we were lucky with the weather. The competition is tough – over 100 competitors race in each year level/gender. Thank you to the parents and family members who helped with transport and came to cheer us on.
Congratulations to the following students who qualified to compete:

Year 6 BoysNathan Flordeliza, James Barrington, Nevin Chan, Mathew Flordeliza, Luca George, Mateo Zalazar, Ashby Cordtz, Luca Zalazar, James Buyck

Year 6 GirlsEva Houghton, Zara Page, Georgia Facer, Skye Tong, Audrey Gleeson, Ezra Balderas, Katy Radich, Amelie Chisholm

Year 5 BoysHarry Hulbert, Oliver White, Dylan Pearson, Corban Harrison, Santiago Vargas-Herrero, Sean Williams, Isaac Larkin, Sebastian Zitzenbacher

Year 5 GirlsOlive Marshall, Fran Harris, Coco Byers, Porcia Twomey, Hayden Betham, Stella Valerio, Anna Karpik, Grace Thomson

A special congratulations to EVA HOUGHTON for winning 1st place in the Year 6 girls race – we are very proud of you! 

Year 3-6 Auckland Schools Champion of Champions Gymnastics Competition

Having competed successfully at the Remuera Zone Gymnastics, the following students then qualified to compete at the Auckland Schools Champion of ChampionsGymnastics Competition – well done! It is an extremely tough competition, well done to the following students for representing St Michael’s and a big thank you to the parents and family members who helped with transport and supervision!
Year 6 Boy –Cameron Karpik
Year 6 Girl – Katy Radich
Year 3 Boy – Ryan Wooler
Year 4 Boys – Isaac Houghton, Nicholas Mitchell, Jacob Croad, Samuel Wong 

Weet-Bix TRYathlon 2020

The East Auckland Weet-Bix TRYathlon will take place on Sunday 9th February, at Point England Reserve. The TRYathlon is open to Kiwi kids aged 7-15 years of all sporting abilities and TRYathlete’s can enter as individuals or in a team of 2.

Enter now and receive the Early Bird price of $45.00 – a saving of $15.00

You can register and enter our school group here. By linking to our school group it will give us the chance to win some great prizes! https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=35573&G=99443

The TRYathlon is all about giving it a TRY and is rewarding and fun day out for everyone.

If you have any questions please contact our school coordinator Laura Thomson on [email protected]

Year 3-6 Catholic Schools Cross Country

Congratulations to the following students who competed at the Catholic Schools Cross Country!

Year 3 Boys = Louis Bessette, Josh Carran, Steele Wichman, Jonty Fisher, Sebastian White

Year 3 Girls = Madeleine Thomas, Maddy Harris, Sabine Twomey, Rosie Karpik, Sophia Petrus

Year 4 Boys = Isaac Houghton, Otis Thomassen-Burnie, Jesse Robins, Rafferty Marshall

Year 4 Girls = Maggie Bauzon, Madeleine Snell, Sarah Williams, Lilly Kerr, Lila Barnett

Year 5 Boys = Harry Hulbert, Oliver White, Dylan Pearson, Corban Harrison, Santiago Vargas-Herrero

Year 5 Girls = Olive Marshall, Fran Harris, Coco Byers, Porcia Twomey, Hayden Betham

Year 6 Boys = Nathan Flordeliza, James Barrington, Nevin Chan, Mathew Flordeliza

Year 6 Girls = Eva Houghton, Zara Page, Audrey Gleeson, Ezra Balderas

It was a wonderful day full of tough competition and hills! We competed against 15 other schools and achieved a fantastic result of 4th place overall!

Special congratulations to:

Eva Houghton2nd Year 6 girls

Olive Marshall5th Year 5 girls

Fran Harris8th Year 5 girls

Harry Hulbert 9th Year 5 boys

Madeleine Snell9th Year 4 girls

Maddy Harris 8th Year 3 girls

Sophia Petrus10th Year 3 girls

Louise Bessette 1st Year 3 boys

Josh Carran2nd Year 3 boys

A big thank you the parents and family members who came along and supported!

US Kids Golf Tournament

Three of our St Michael’s school students participated in the US kids golf tournament in the weekend and got great results!
Yuri Lee (room 5) in the 8/9 age division came 1st place, Miguel Chu (room 4) in the 6 under boys division came 1st place and Suri Lee (room 2) in the 7 under girls division came 3rd place at Wainui golf club.

Well done to our students!


Bricks 4 Kidz


Auckland Girls Choir Auditions to Pacific Island communities

AGC Auditions Flyer (click to view)

AGC 2020 Application For Audition (click to view)

AGC 2020 FAQ Sheet (click to view)

Ellerslie Football & Cricket Flyers

2019 EAFC October holiday programme flyer (click to view)

Ellerslie Cricket Flyer (click to view)

Geoff Beech Tennis Coaching

Term 4 Tennis Squad Flyer (click to view)

Bay City Slick Basketball

Bay City SLick Holiday Program Flyer (click to view)