Term 4 Newsletter 17 October 2019

Dear St Michael’s School Community,

Welcome to Term 4, I hope you all had a lovely time with your children. In the term break three staff members and I began our Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning. We know this will help us to have a better understanding of the new Digital Technologies Curriculum.


Sadly we will be fare-welling Rachel Dena as she has accepted a job at St Columba’s Catholic Primary School in Hamilton. Rachel has been an asset to our school and will be greatly missed. Philippa Barling will be on Maternity leave until Term 3 2020.

NZ Shakeout 

Today our school did an earthquake drill where children were taught to drop, cover and hold.

Reflective Area

A statue of Our Lady has been placed on the King’s Lawn. This is the beginning of more to come.

SMCS Policies 

All our policies are on SchoolDocs , please follow the next four steps.

1.Go to www.schooldocs.co.nz

  1. Click Search for your school.
  2. Start typing the school name and then select from the dropdown list.
  3. Enter the community username and password: Username: smcs Password: mackillop

This term we are reviewing Education Outside the Classroom and Sun Protection. Please click on current review and then click on and read each of these policies.  Next you click on under review and complete the survey. Your feedback would be appreciated.

Encountering CHRIST

Class Masses are on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m.: 23.10.19 – Rooms 3 & 7; 30.10.19 – Room 10.

All Saints Day Mass – Please join us to celebrate Mass on Friday 01.11.19 at 12 noon.

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

Parish Newsletter – Becoming Church Programme 2020 – please refer to details under ‘Notices’

A Spring Prayer

Creating, Sustaining and Energizing God, we believe that you are present in all of creation. The season of Spring reminds us of new life and new opportunity. Wake us up to the possibilities that awareness and contemplation brings. Still our hearts, imaginations and will, to act with deepened faith, in your name, Amen”. (ACSO).

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown


PTA News

Calendar Art Fundraiser: Final chance to place orders

If you missed placing your order for Calendar Art products last term, or would like to order some additional items, the final cut-off date for orders is Tuesday 22nd October.  Go to www.kidsartworks.com and use your child’s entrance code to view their artwork and select and pay for the fantastic products on offer.  If you need a reminder of your entrance codes, please email Caroline Harris at [email protected]

Book Week – Tuesday 29th October – Friday 1st November (Scholastic book shop opens until Wednesday 6th November!)

Thanks so much to the people that have volunteered so far to help in the Scholastic Book shop.  The shop will be open 8:30-9:15 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. each day during Book Week.  Money raised from this shop goes to the school library or if you wish to directly donate a book, just let one of the volunteers know.  We look forward to a fun week!

If you are able to help, please email Emma Houghton at [email protected]

Second Hand Uniform Shop: Open this Friday!

Next open this Friday, 18th October 2.30 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.  Come in to stock up on your short sleeved shirts as the children change into summer uniforms.  We also have a selection of summer sandals for sale.

If you have any short sleeved summer shirts (girls or boys) that you no longer use, please consider donating them to the Uniform Shop for resale – we have a high demand for all sizes!  We will also accept winter shoes, winter shirts and school jackets, soccer boots, and gymnastics leotards.

Final opening dates for the year:  Friday 1st November and Friday 6th December.

PTA Meeting

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

Book Week

Book Week – Week 3 Tuesday 29th October – Friday 1st November

Our Book Week for 2019 aims to celebrate the written and spoken word, introducing our children to a selection of books and authors. We hope to encourage our students and their families to discover and enjoy the joy, power and energy of books.

What’s on during the week?

Tuesday – Pyjama Day, Meditation and Jump Jam. Lucia and Tom from Remuera Library will come to school from 11.30 – 1 p.m.

Wednesday – Book Swap: Each family member donates a pre-loved book (in good condition) which a child can exchange for another.

Thursday – Book Character Day: Book Parade at 9:15 a.m. in the Hall. Please join us to celebrate our great week of total literacy engagement. Students are all encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character.  From 9.15 a.m. the children will go to the Hall for the conclusion of Book Week celebrations and have an opportunity to showcase their costumes on stage. There will be one winner per class. It is always wonderful to see costumes made by the children!

Friday – Buddy class morning, School Mass, full school walk-through to see decorative doors from each class.

Guest Readers – coming throughout the week to read to classes/cohorts.

Each day:

  • A class is given the opportunity to visit and chose some books to purchase from Scholastic Books.
  • Teachers will read their favourite book to different classes at 11.30 – 11.45 a.m. During the lunch breaks, the Librarians and Mrs Cordtz will organise activities for all children to participate.
  • Each class creates a special door representing a book (e.g, Cat in the Hat, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe).

We look forward to working alongside your children and help run another successful book week for 2019

Charlotte Bagnall, Terisa Cortdz, Emma Houghton, Jonathan Luxford, Simone Crisostomo, Johnny Ryde, Vincent Yang.


Remuera Cluster Year 5/6 APPA Rehu Tai Festival of Oral Language  

Congratulations to Jonathan Luxford who qualified to represent SMCS at the Remuera Cluster APPA Rehu Tai Festival of Oral Language. He presented his persuasive speech on “why we should switch to electric cars” and was awarded 3rd place in the Year 5 & 6 Competition!

Year 5/6 Vector EPro8 Science & Engineering Challenge team

The Vector EPro8 Challenge is the inter-school science and engineering competition.  It is designed to give students a fun and rewarding introduction to science and engineering.  At each event teams will compete with other schools in our area to try and finish a variety of interesting science and engineering based challenges.

Congratulations to the following students who competed!

A special well done to the ‘Moving Wires’ team who were awarded 3rd place and have qualified to compete at the Auckland Semi-Finals!

Team A – Bob the Builders

James, Hans, Skye, Dora

Team B – Moving Wires

Tom W, Jonathan, Ashley, Sophie-Mary

Reserve for either team: Niko

U.S. Kids Golf International NZ Open

Congratulation to two of our St Michael’s students who have done well at the recently concluded U.S. Kids Golf International NZ Open on 13-14 October. The tournament was held at Millbrook Golf Resort in Queenstown.

Yuri Lee finished 2nd place in girls under 8 category and Miguel Chu landed 5th place in boys under 7 category.  All top 5 finishers were awarded trophies during the prize giving. Well done Yuri and Miguel!


Becoming Church Programme 2020 – Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist (First Holy Communion)

Enrollments are now open for 2020.  The programme is suitable for children Year 4 and up (> 8 years as at 1st May 2020).   Please visit the St. Michael’s Parish website https://remueracatholic.org.nz/sacramental-programme/ for dates, enrollment form and further information.

A parent information evening will be held in the St. Michael’s Catholic School Hall on Thursday, 7th November 2019 at 7:30 p.m.  It is mandatory that parents who are planning to enroll their child in the programme attend.

The evening will outline the format and content of the course to give a clear understanding of what is involved.  Any questions, contact Emma Houghton at [email protected]

Auckland bowling club (20 October 2019)

Burgers and Bowls Flyer (Click to view)

LCF Fun Languages – Term 4

T4 LCF Fun Languges Flyer (Click to view)