Dear St Michael’s School Community,

This is a certainly busy time of year so please mark your calendar with the following:

Whole School Masses – It is important that students and their families attend both Masses (please email class teacher if you are unable to attend).

Jesse Tree Mass and Social Function – Saturday 30 November at 5 p.m. – Students will meet by the statue of St Michael by 4.45 p.m. at the latest (weather permitting or in the Church). After Mass there will be an Advent social function in the Parish Centre. This social event will be a great opportunity for school and parish communities to meet and mix.

Graduation Dinner – Sunday 01 December at 5 p.m. in the Hall – Year 6 Students and their parents

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.    

Wednesday 11 December – Prize Giving 11:30 a.m. and Christmas concert 1:30 p.m. 

‘The Messy Kitchen’ Team will be selling Nachos & Quesadillas for the children as per usual. Parents are welcome to place orders for themselves as well and are requested to pre-order to ensure numbers are catered to. Order Envelopes are available at the Office.

School Finishes on Thursday 12 December at 12:30 p.m.

Save the Date

Sunday 01 March 2020 10 a.m. Mass followed by a Family Fun Day – See PTA news below.

Lost Property

Please check the bins. We will give all unnamed clothing to the second hand uniform shop.

SMCS Policies – Have you had your say?

1.Go to

  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.: 04.12.19 – Room 8.

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

Parish Newsletter – Christmas Giving Tree The tree will go up in the Church from 30 November. This is an annual opportunity to help the disadvantaged in our community, especially the children. As you do your shopping during this month why not put aside some items suitable for Christmas gifts you can leave under the tree?

Advent Prayer

Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.(

Manaaki ki te Atua
Ann McKeown

PTA News

PTA End of Year Survey

There is only 1 day left to complete the PTA End of Year Survey!  Please take a few minutes to fill in the survey (using the link below) by Friday 29th November and go into the draw to win a Christmas treat!  We would love to hear your thoughts on what you’ve enjoyed this year and what you would like to see next year.  You may fill it in anonymously if you like (just leave out your contact details)!  Your input helps us put together a great year for 2020!!

PTA End of Year Survey 2019 (click on link)

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.  To assist with catering, please indicate on the RSVP sheets outside your child’s classroom if your family plans to attend the function.

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).

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.

SMCS Xmas Stall (click to view)

Don’t forget to bring cash along on the night to purchase some Christmas treats from the stall.

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.

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 and Performance Net t-shirts.  Drop your donations into the School Office and we will collect them.

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 [email protected]

2020 School Information

2020 Stationery Lists

Stationery lists are uploaded through the school website at 

Select the ‘Parent Information’ tab, select ‘Stationery List’ which will take you through to the OfficeMax website. Click on the ‘Start’ button, enter your child’s name, surname and Year level that your child is going in to. View stationery list.

2020 Term dates

Term 1: Monday 3 February 2020 – Thursday 9 April 2020
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April 2020 – Friday 3 July 2020
Term 3: Monday 20 July 2020 – Friday 25 September 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October 2020 – Tuesday 15 December 2020

Elizabeth Michael’s Corporate Wear – SMCS School Uniform Retailer

Parents are now able to purchase school uniforms through their new online store. Purchasing online should only be done if you are absolutely certain of your child’s size. If you are unsure, please visit the store and have your child try the items on first. (Click on link)

The online store is a private portal so parents will need to email the school office at [email protected] and request the school login code.


Xlr8 ASC Times Table challenge 2019

Each year the Xlr8 Services Limited After School Care programme holds a ‘Times Table’ challenge in Term 4, an annual event where both juniors and seniors compete against each other in this challenge.

The juniors are encouraged to participate so they can be motivated to do well in maths and build their self confidence in the subject.

Fourteen children entered this year. They were Anduin A, Corban H, Enzy C, Eden C, Kian M, Laura H, Madeline C, Maggie B, Max Maher, Niko P, Stavro P, Stella V, Santiago VHT and Oliver W.

These students trained hard throughout the year practicing each day in the after-School Care programme, in the car and at home. It was a fantastic effort from all of the participants especially Niko and Santiago who were close at heel but Corban was the winner. Niko came second place.

CONGRATULATIONS to Corban Harrison, really proud of your performance!! Enjoy the well-deserved prize of a Tablet. Well done to you too, Niko!  And Good on you all, for participating in this tough challenge. Looking forward to the challenge again, next year.

Sayonara Quadras
XLR8 Services Limited After School Care

SMCS Enviro Leaders – Garden update

The Enviro Leaders have started working in the school gardens. 

We noticed the planter boxes on the top court were in need of some work. Last Thursday we started by pulling out some weeds and ensuring we got all the roots out so the weeds would not grow again.  We added fresh potting mix and dug holes for the new flowers. The plants were carefully pulled out of their small plastic cups and were placed into the soil.

After we finished watering the flowers, tipped the weeds into the green waste and washed the dirt off of all of the gardening equipment we went to check on the radishes.  We were happy to have 15 radishes to pick. The Enviro leaders will be working in the gardens each week keeping the school gardens tidy.

Luca, Nevin and Diego 

Sports News

SMCS Warriors – Year 3/4 basketball

On 13 November our Year 3/4 basketball team finished the Term 3 ABSL regular season with an undefeated record. The SMCS Warriors are moving on to the semifinals in two weeks. We want to thank Mrs McKeown and the parents for their unwavering support. Good luck to the team and we wish you all the best in your remaining games.

Year 5/6 Remuera Zone Athletics

Congratulations to the following students who qualified to compete at the Year 5/6 Remuera Zone Athletics held at Mt Smart Stadium on Tuesday 26 November!
Oliver White, Dylan Pearson, Santiago Vargas-Herrero, Harry Hulbert, Evie Robin, Coco Byers, Olive Marshall, Fran Harris, Porcia Twomey, Grace Thomson, Sebastian Sarney, Cameron Karpik, Luca George, Mateo Zalazar,  Nathan Flordeliza, Nevin Chan, Eva Houghton, Katy Radich, Zara Page, Antonia Urlich, Ezra Balderas
The students all participated enthusiastically, displaying sportsmanship and the Mary MacKillop values! Well done to Zara who qualified for the final in the Year 6 girls 60m and 100m and to Eva who qualified for the final in the Year 6 girls 200m race!
Thank you to the parents who came and helped and supported!


Fun Languages for Children – Helping the World Communicate!

French holiday programme 23 Dec 2019 (click to view)

Geoff Beech Tennis Programmes 2020

Geoff Beech Tennis Flyer  (click to view)

Glendowie Boating Club

LTS poster 2019_holiday (click to view)