Dear St Michael’s School Community,

We had such a wonderful day at Athletics last Friday. Thank you Charlotte Bagnall for organising this event and a big thank you to all those parents who helped on the day, because of your support it was such a success.

Whole School Masses – It is important that students and their families attend both Masses

Jesse Tree Mass – Saturday 30 November at 5 p.m. – Students will meet by the statue of St Michael (weather permitting or in the Church). After Mass there will be an Advent social function in the Parish Centre. This  has been organised by the Social & Communications Committee, and our PTA.  This social event will be a great opportunity for school and parish communities to meet and mix. All are welcome.

End of Year Thanksgiving and Graduation Mass – Monday 09 December at 6 p.m.   

All our Graduates and leavers are acknowledged in this Mass. We also give out our Special Catholic Character Certificates to students from Year 0 to Year 6.                                                                       

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 drop down 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.

Zac Danish was Principal for Half a Day

On Wednesday 6 November, Zac had a great time being the Principal for half a day. He signed and gave out certificates at Room 10’s Assembly.

Encountering CHRIST

Class Masses are on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m.: 20.11.19 – Room 6; 27.11.19 – Room 9.

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

Parish Newsletter – Attention Musicians! Would you like to be involved in parish music? They are looking for competent and enthusiastic Musicians – organists, pianists, singers, guitarists, instrumentalists who are keen to lead or participate in Mass. Music preparation can be provided. Please contact Louise Porter 021 748 834.

In November we remember all our loved ones who have passed away

“Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen”

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

PTA News

Scholastic Book Fair

Thanks so much to everyone that supported the Scholastic Book Fair!  Thanks to your generosity, we made 30% commission from the total sales giving us $967.05 to spend in the school library.  Mrs Cordtz enjoyed using this money to buy a huge selection of books covering both the junior and senior school age groups.  Tell the children to look out for these in the library!  Huge thanks also to all the wonderful parent helpers who assisted at the Fair – we really appreciated your help.  Congratulations to Charlotte Bagnall and the team for another fabulous Book Week.

Lucky Book Club

Orders for this will be arriving into school in the next few days.  Thanks to your purchases, the school has made $193.50 in rewards which the teachers will use for resources in due course.

Festive cheer after the Jesse Tree Mass: Saturday 30th November, 6 p.m.

The Parish Council is generously hosting a social function for the school and Parish after the Jesse Tree Mass on Saturday 30th November.  Drinks and light snacks for the children and adults will be served after Mass in the Parish Centre from around 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Christmas Stall: Saturday 30th November 6 p.m.

The PTA will also be holding a Christmas Stall after the Jesse Tree Mass, selling baked goods and crafts.  We are looking for Christmas baking, gifts and crafts that our community can enjoy for themselves or to give to others.  Please donate your favourite Christmas treats for the stall (such as cakes, tarts, jams and curds, biscuits, truffles and fudge, cordials, festive granola and nuts, cards and paper, decorations, and so on).

SMCS Xmas Stall (Click to view)

Cake boxes, bags and other wrapping materials are now available at the School Office for you to collect and use to package your goods.  Deliver your items to the Office up until Friday 29th November or to the Parish Centre after 4.30 p.m. on Saturday 30th November.

Second Hand Uniform Shop: Final Opening for this year – Friday 6th December

Final opening date for the year: Friday, 6th December from 2.30 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.  Come in to stock up on your short sleeved shirts for the summer.  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 shorts and culottes, winter shoes, winter shirts and school jackets, soccer boots, and gymnastics leotards.

Save the Date!  SMCS Family Fun Day: Sunday 1st March 2020

The PTA is planning a fun start to Term 1 next year with a family fun day on Sunday 1st March (following a School/Parish Mass).  Please save the date!  There will be food stalls and games.  More details will follow soon!  If you would like to be involved in helping to organise this event, please contact Laura Thomson at laurajanethomson@gmail.com

The PTA needs your help!  Planning for 2020 is underway…

Please take a few minutes to fill in the PTA End of Year survey 2019 – we would love to hear your thoughts on what you’ve enjoyed this year and what you would like to see next year!  Complete the survey using the link below by Friday 29th November and go into the draw to win a Christmas treat!

PTA End of Year Survey 2019 (Click to view)

In 2019 the PTA has successfully raised over $34,000 with the help of our wonderful community and dedicated parent volunteers.  Through a range of successful events and fundraisers we are proud to have created a number of meaningful experiences and services for our students and community.   To name a few: the inaugural Run-a-thon, the ever popular School Disco, social evenings for our mums and dads, the Scholastic Book Fair, Calendar Art products, Grandparents Day, the Second Hand Uniform Shop, pizza lunches and so on!

This money has been put back into our school across a range of areas this year, including maths and reading resources, the Reflection Area, the lower field project, a new PA system and air conditioning units.

At the end of this year we will be fare-welling some of our long standing PTA members and are looking for new volunteers from the school family to get involved in 2020 and help make St Michael’s the special community that it is.  Without your help we won’t be able to put on so many special events for our children and caregivers or provide services such as the Uniform Shop and pizza lunches.

We appreciate how busy life can be but there are many roles that do not take up much time.  Enjoy the rewards of being involved and getting to know your community – your children will love to see you engaged with their school life.

In 2020, as well as the important role of Class Reps, we are looking for people to join the PTA and assist with the following:

  • PTA Secretary
  • Second Hand Uniform Shop helpers (sales assistants and sewers)
  • Scholastic Books Coordinator
  • Helpers to maintain the SMCS gardens
  • Purchaser of ice-blocks and kitchen supplies
  • Assisting with planning/organising special functions such as the Family Fun Day and social functions for our parents and caregivers

Please consider how you can help us and the school; if you are interested or would like to know more about any of these roles, please email Caroline Harris (matthewandcaroline@xtra.co.nz) or Emma Houghton (eahoughton21@gmail.com) or come along to the next PTA meeting!

PTA Meeting

Our last PTA Meeting for this year is Tuesday 26th November at 7 p.m. in the staff room.  All parents welcome.

Congratulations

A big congratulations to Hans Jayamanne and Zara Page who won the Remuera Lions Club’s Junior Citizenship Award for St Michael’s for 2019. Hans and Zara were presented with these awards during a ceremony at Dilworth School last week. These students were chosen by the staff as they exhibit the Club’s Junior Citizenship Code:
 
Honest in word and deed
Friendly and helpful towards other people
Generous with your time and talents for the improvement of your community without thought for personal reward 
Courteous and well mannered
Respectful towards senior citizens 
Willing to accept responsibility
Sympathetic towards those in distress, the weak and the needy
Careful with your criticism
Liberal with your praise
Determined to build up, preserve not destroy
Loyal to your city, community and country
Prepared to accept criticism of yourself and be willing to improve
 
We hope that Hans and Zara’s achievement will inspire our other students to live by the Code.

Vector Epro8 Science & Engineering Challenge – Semi Finals! 

Well done to the “Moving Wires” team for qualifying for the semi-finals of the Vector Epro8 Science & Engineering Challenge.
Congratulations to Jonathan Luxford, Tom Went, Ashley Robins and Sophie-Mary Brake who competed and were awarded 4th placeA massive thank you to Catherine McKeever for her encouragement and help in preparing and accompanying the team to the events.

Karate Black Belt Grading

Congratulations to Tom Went and James Barrington for successfully grading for their 1st degree Black Belt in Zennin Karate.

They started with Kawa Dojo in 2015 and have steadily worked their way up the ranks.  The grading in Wellington was long and gruelling and they both excelled, thanks to their hard work and commitment. Well Done Boys!

Thank You 

Last week, Room 4 put together a book of the thank you letters they wrote for the Remuera Firefighters. They thanked them for their everyday bravery and saving peoples lives especially during the Convention Center fire.
The ‘Green Watch’ Firefighters came to visit Room 4 on 13 Nov. The visit was cut short because the men got a call to put out a fire. The children experienced the firefighters truly in action, rushing out to stop a fire from spreading!

Sports News

SMCS Athletics Day 2019

Congratulations to all students who competed at the SMCS Athletics Day last Friday! We were so lucky with the beautiful weather. We were impressed with all the sportsmanship that was shown when we were doing the sprints and the field events.

A big thank you to the parents who came and helped and to the teachers who organised lots of the day. We look forward to presenting the certificates at the next assembly! This was our last event for 2019. Good luck to the next Year 6 Sports Leaders.

Thank you

From the Year 6 Sports Leaders – Luca Zalazar, Sebastian Sarney and Katy Radich

Notices

Altar Server Training

Altar Server Training will take place in the new school year during Term 1, 2020. A date will be communicated shortly.

Diocesan Job Vacancies

Administrative Assistant – to Leader Pastoral Service Group

The Catholic Diocese of Auckland is seeking an administration assistant to the Leader of the Pastoral Services Group.  This is a part-time position of 4 hours Monday – Friday with occasional weekend and evening work.  We are seeking an enthusiastic person with strong digital skills able to respond to a variety of needs and responsibilities.  Applications close 26 November 4.00 p.m.

To view the full advertisement and position description for the above role, please visit our website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz under Administration and staff vacancies.

Executive Assistant – General Manager

The General Manager is looking for a highly capable and motivated Executive Assistant. This is a part time position (32 hours per week) and we are seeking a talented person to provide a high level pro-active, quality and comprehensive executive assistant support to the General Manager and to provide support to key members of the Leadership Team.

 The successful applicant will need to have proven executive assistant experience (3-4 years’), have excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills, superior organisation, administration and time management skills and a high level of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality.

Please visit the Diocesan website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz to view the full advert, position description and to apply for the role.

The Wizard of Oz

SMCS’ students Aidan (Rm 5) , Erin (Rm 7) and Anika (Rm 10; playing a lead Munchkin role) are part of the Wizard of Oz production.  They would love to see you there! Tickets may be purchased from Ticketmaster

SINGING LESSONS at SMCS

Does your child want to learn to sing?

Would you like in-school lessons with a professional Music Tutor with many years of teaching experience? You can enrol your child in singing lessons at St Michael’s School!

We deliver a fun, varied and structured curriculum. Students learn songs in all styles ranging from traditional to contemporary during school hours on Fridays.

For more information on singing lessons, contact Scott Wotherspoon

Email: scottmwotherspoon@gmail.com Mobile: 021 068 6394

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Religious gift hampers

Our business is an eco-friendly and affordable gift hamper provider. We have a range of products for all occasions and age groups. We are proud to say that we have included Religious gift hampers in our collections. We listened to what people say that it’s hard to look for religious gift items especially at this time of year & during Becoming Church Programme.  I hope you will support us with our new endeavor.

Please have a look at our website https://regalobykim.co.nz/