Dear St Michael’s School Community,

Thanksgiving and End of Year Mass Monday 09 December – It was lovely seeing so many families attend this Mass. Congratulations to all the students who received their Catholic Special Character Awards. We fare-welled 41 Graduates and 19 families, some of whom have had a long association with our school. Thank you again for the many different ways that you have contributed to our school; you will be missed. We collected $678.80 for St Vincent de Paul.

Jesse Tree Mass and Social Function on Saturday 30 November

Well over 200 attended from the school and parish communities. Thank you to the Social & Communications committee in association with the PTA for organizing this fabulous event. It was a great success.

Save the Date

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

Mathletics and Maths Seed

Students can continue to log in to these sites if they so wish.

Baradene Junior Prizegiving

Congratulations to the following ex SMCS students on their academic achievements:

Year 7
Emily Choi – Academic Achievement in Science, Social Studies, Te reo Maori, Visual Art and PTA Mathematics Cup for Excellence in Mathematics at Year 7.
Hiranya Fernando – Academic Achievement in Chinese, English, Science
Esmenia D’Souza – Academic Achievement in Religious Education
Zara Zazulak-Baker – Academic Achievement in Dance & Drama
Samantha Munapeyi – Academic Achievement for in Dance
Ashalena Cordtz – Academic Achievement Award: Y7 Visual Art, Efforts & Progress Awards in: Art, RE, English, RE, Social Studies & PE

Year 8
Taylor Fisher – Excellence in PR & Health Award
Somer Tong – Academic Achievement in English & Technology

Year 9
Yelena Cordtz – Academic Achievement: Cor Unum Award, Efforts & Progress Awards: English, PE & Health, RE, Technology

Encountering CHRIST

Parish Newsletter – Christmas Eve Mass 8 a.m., Vigil Family Mass 5 p.m, Carols 11 p.m. followed by midnight mass Christmas Day Mass 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 8.30 p.m.; Important Parish Meeting in the New Year Cardinal Dew has accepted an invitation from the Pastoral Council to address members of the parish at a meeting on the afternoon of Sunday 23 February. The cardinal will speak on the issues facing the Church in New Zealand. The meeting will be held in the St. Mary MacKillop Hall and will be followed by a social hour.

 A Christmas Prayer of Good Wishes

“May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the magi, and the peace of the Christ child. Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.” (southernliving.com)

I wish you all peace and happiness at Christmas and throughout the New Year. I pray that God will protect you and your families over the Christmas break. To our Graduates and leavers, I hope you have a smooth transition to your new schools. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown

Principal

Message from the Board of Trustees

Dear Parents,

The end of year is a time for celebrating our successes and acknowledging the great work we have all achieved in 2019. Not only at school but also in life, we cannot achieve anything completely on our own. There is always someone helping us, guiding us and supporting us.

The board wishes to acknowledge and thank the hard work and commitment of Ann and her team this year. You can be proud of the outstanding teaching and learning experiences you have provided for our children. To the teachers that are leaving us this year, we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

We would also like to thank the PTA, who work extremely hard to raise funds for our school. I look forward to the events that are planned for 2020.

Lastly, We will miss the wonderful year 6 families, and all the support you have given St Michael’s over your 6 years. In some families, where these are your last children through the school, this is the end of a long association, and we thank you sincerely for all your support. Keep in touch, you will always be part of the SMCS community!

Best wishes to you all for a safe and happy Christmas,

Jon Williams (Board Chair)

Lower playing field update

Further to our previous communications concerning the future of the lower playing field, the BOT held a school-wide forum in the school hall on 18 September to gather feedback on the initial proposals for the lower playing field.

The BOT considered the points raised and consequently revisited the option of a grass playing field with drainage and irrigation systems, alongside synthetic turf. Since this option was first considered a number of years back, technological and turf developments have now meant that not only has the installation cost reduced significantly but the effectiveness of the drainage systems and irrigation has also improved, making it a compelling option.

The BOT considered both the natural and the synthetic options and whilst both options have their advantages and disadvantages, the BOT has resolved to pursue the natural grass option and therefore, subject to approval from the Auckland Diocese, it is planned that the lower playing field has drainage and irrigation systems installed during the first school holidays next year, ready for the winter months.

This exciting development should mean that our children will be able to utilize this asset for most, if not, the entire year for play and classroom activities.

PTA News

Christmas Stall

Thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas Stall by donating or purchasing some festive treats.  It was a lovely evening and with the help of our generous community we successfully raised just over $950!

PTA End of Year Survey

Thank you to those parents who completed the 2019 PTA End of Year Survey.  There was some great feedback which the PTA will use to help plan for events for next year.  Your input has been very valuable!  The lucky winner of the Christmas goodies was Katleen Van den Branden.

PTA End of Year Survey 2019 (click on the link)

Second Hand Uniform Shop

The 2nd Hand Uniform Shop will be opening just before the start of Term 1 on Thursday 30th January 2020 from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. for those wanting to purchase items before school starts.

We are always in need of extra stock – please consider donating any short-sleeved or long-sleeved shirts that you no longer use, as well as girls’ culottes, boys’ shorts, school jackets, house t-shirts, soccer boots, gymnastics leotards and Performance Net t-shirts.  Drop your donations into the School Office and we will collect them.

Family Fun Day: Sunday 1st March 2020 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m. following whole school mass)

Come a long for a day of family fun, food and entertainment following the first school mass of the year. Mobile Farm Yard, Pony Rides, Bouncy Castles, Coffee, Wine, Beer, Candy Floss and more

Tickets on sale week 1!

We are looking for support and help with this event. Over the holidays think about how you can help with the following:

  1. Raffle donations (excess Christmas presents and bottles of cheer!)
  2. Summer preserves – make the most of summer’s bounty and do some preserving with your kids for the bake sale!
  3. Jolly Jars and Bottles of fun for the Tombola – see second flyer attached.
  4. Assistance on the day

If you would be interested in sponsoring one of our great activities with a cash donation, please get in touch!

Emails to Laura Thomson at laurajanethomson@gmail.com

Family Fun Day Poster (click to view)

JOLLY JARS for the TOMBOLA at SMCS Fun Day – Sunday 1st March 2020

One stall at the SMCS Fun day is going to be a REALLY fun Tombola.   The idea behind the stall is for 1 x ticket you’ll get a spin of a big giant wheel, depending on what colour you land on you can choose a jar of your choice from that section of jars.  Biggest area of the wheel will be for the more fun inexpensive jars, and the smallest area which will be harder to land on will be for the more expensive jars/bottles.

We need your help to make this a success so please start collecting and filling jars and bottles.

 Some ideas below, however please google tombola jars/jolly jars and you’ll see millions of creative ideas.  A great idea to keep the kids entertained of the holidays.

  • Mini lego sets, toy cars, soccer cards
  • Sweets
  • Crayons, pencils
  • Soil and seeds – water and see what grows
  • Craft such as buttons / ribbons / colouring sheets
  • Baking mixtures – just add water etc.
  • Cookies
  • Preserves
  • Wine
  • Hand soaps, oils etc
  • Poems, pen pal letters, crosswords

Family Tree Tile Wall Update

All tile order forms and payments must be in by tomorrow Thursday 12th December. No exceptions as tiles are being sent off for printing! 

We are excited that this project is progressing well and we are looking forward to an unveiling early in Term 1!  All ‘new tile’ purchasers will have received an update letter already and over the next few weeks will be asked to proof their final tile wording and dates.  Invitations to the unveiling will be sent in due course to all past and current purchasers.  We can’t wait to see the final result! Any questions, please contact Emma Houghton on ptasmcs@gmail.com

Review of 2019

The PTA has had a busy but fun year with many successful events held – some old favourites like the Kids’ Disco and the Girls’ Night Out – and some new ones like the well attended Dads’ Night Out at Brothers Beer, Orakei, in June. We also held the inaugural St Michael’s Run-a-thon in Term 3 which was very popular with the children (many ran the distance of a marathon over 6 weeks) and raised over $10,000, an incredible result!  More recently we had our first Christmas Stall after the Jesse Tree Mass, which, combined with the Parish Social Function, was a very enjoyable evening and a pleasant way to end the year and celebrate the beginning of Advent.

With your support of these events and other fundraisers such as the Second Hand Uniform Shop, Calendar Art, and Pizza and Fruju sales, the PTA has successfully raised just under $40,000 in 2019.  This money has been put back into our school across a range of areas, including maths and reading resources, the Reflection Space, the lower field project, a new PA system and air conditioning units.  We are also continuing to work on the project for the new tiled wall in the Hall foyer which will be completed early next year.  We look forward to sharing an unveiling event for this with you.

We would like to thank the wider school community and our wonderful teachers for your support this year, as well as the fantastic volunteers that help us to organize and manage the events and services that we provide.  Thank you to Steph Kerr who did an amazing job as Chair of the PTA in 2018 and the beginning of 2019.  Special thanks also to Nancy Riordan who has been the PTA Treasurer for the last two years and is finishing at the school this year. Thanks to Nancy and her hard work, we now have many efficient systems in place that will last for years!

We are looking forward to an exciting 2020 with the first event being our Family Fun Day on Sunday 1st March.  Put the date in your calendars now!

Our first PTA meeting will be held on Monday 10th February at 7 p.m. in the staffroom.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy Summer break.

Emma and Caroline 

PTA Co-Chairpersons

Thank You

A big thank you to our Parent/Parish community and staff who generously donate to the SMCS Caring Shed. Monte Cecilia made their final trip today for the 2019 year. The Outreach Leaders were on hand to coordinate and help pack the items along with Cecilia Ruiz-Acosta and Monte Cecilia volunteers.

Congratulations

ICAS Results 2019

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. Over one million student entries are accepted from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually. In addition, students from over 20 countries including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS each year.

ICAS assessments offer students experience in sitting large scale examinations. 

We are very proud of all the students who participated and wish to acknowledge and Congratulate those who achieved High Distinction, Distinction, Credit and Merit results.

Mathematics

High Distinction:

Year 6 – Jakub Wolski

Year 5 – Sofia Glass

Distinction: 

Year 6 – James Barrington, Thomas Went

Year 4 – Alejandro Gollop

Credit:

Year 6 – Skye Tong, Jonathan Luxford, Cameron Karpik, Ashley Robins

Year 5 – Stella Valerio

Year 4 – Julia Wolski

Merit:

Year 6 – Dora Slavich, Stavro Purdie

Year 4 –  Samuel Wong, Petra Slavich, Anika Cruz, Nathan Canapi

Writing

Distinction:

Year 6 – Dora Slavich, Cameron Karpik

Year 5 – Fran Harris

Year 4 – Madeline Cheng

Credit:

Year 6 – Gabriella Wooler, Jakub Wolski, Zara Page, Thomas Went, Ashley Robins

Year 5 – Sofia Glass, Micayla-Jane Elika, Emma Carran, Zander Cabiling

Year 4 – Julia Wolski, Anika Cruz, Helena Coyle, Maggie Bauzon

Merit:

Year 6 – Charlotte Woolley, Eva Houghton, James Barrington

Year 5 – Anna Karpik, Eve Glennie

Year 4 – Erin Cortez, Nathan Canapi

Science

Distinction:

Year 6 – James Barrington, Jonathan Luxford

Credit:

Year 6 – Niko Purdie, Ashley Robins, Thomas Went, Zara Page, Stavro Purdie, Skye Tong, Jakub Wolski 

Year 5 – Stella Valerio, Sofia Glass 

Year 4 – Anika Cruz, Julia Wolski, Erin Cortez, Helena Coyle 

Merit:

Year 6 – Cameron Karpik

Year 5 – Sophie-Mary Brake, Kian Manangan

Year 4 – Anduin Arceo, Joaquin Ambrosio 

Spelling

Distinction:

Year 5 – Sofia Glass

Year 4 – Anika Cruz

Credit:

Year 6 – Ashley Robins, Luca George, Cameron Karpik, Dora Slavich, Jakub Wolski, Gabriella Wooler

Year 5 – Sophia Canale 

Year 4 – Nathan Canapi, Madeline Cheng, Alejandro Gollop, Erin Cortez

Merit:

Year 6 – Jonathan Luxford 

Year 4 – Anduin Arceo

Digital Technologies

High Distinction:

Year 6 – Jonathan Luxford

Distinction:

Year 6 – Stavro Purdie, Skye Tong

Credit:

Year 6 – Lucy Morrison, Niko Purdie, James Barrington, Jakub Wolski, Gabriella Wooler

Year 5 – Zander Cabiling, Stella Valerio, Micayla-Jane Elika, Sofia Glass

Year 4 – Madeline Cheng, Anika Cruz, Samuel Wong

Merit:

Year 6 – Luca George, Zara Page

Year 4 – Anduin Arceo, Joaquin Ambrosio

English

Distinction:

Year 6 – Jonathan Luxford

Year 5 – Micayla-Jane Elika

Year 4 – Alejandro Gollop

Credit:

Year 6 – Ashley Robins, Thomas Went, James Barrington, Eva Houghton, Cameron Karpik, Zara Page, Stavro Purdie, Dora Slavich, Jakub Wolski, Gabriella Wooler

Year 5 – Sofia Glass, Francesca Harris

Year 4 – Madeline Cheng, Julia Wolski 

Merit:

Year 5 – Sophie-Mary Brake, Stella Valerio 

Year 4 – Anika Cruz, Joaquin Ambrosio, Helena Coyle

Realisticus Art Academy Student Art Show & Competition 2019

Congratulations to Ellie Soliman, who received an Award on Sunday 1st December at Realisticus Art Academy Student Art Show & Competition 2019. About 1000 students from all over Auckland were competing for the Most Realistic and Most Creative artworks at “In the Jungle” Art Show /Competition this year.

Ellie Soliman won Junior Innovatorix Art Award  for the most Creative & Innovative Artwork in the age category 7-8. Well Done Ellie!

Sports News

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 laurajanethomson@gmail.com

Notices

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)

Lewis Eady

2020 music lessons at school start the week of Monday 10 February!

We offer group or individual tuition on piano, keyboard, guitar, ukulele and more.

If you would like your child to learn music at school next year, please enrol online at www.lewiseady.co.nz by 20 December 2019.

College Rifles Athletics 

Fee’s are $75.00 per registered child, with discounts for multiple family members. A College Rifles Athletics Singlet is also required and available for purchase from the club uniform shop.

Season Dates: 11th Feb to 31st March (8 weeks)

Times: Tuesday’s from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ages: 4 to 10 years old (age as of 1st January 2020)

The College Rifles Athletics programme is a non-competition based module, focusing on run, jump & throw, with a few extra events thrown in to make it fun and interesting.

Anyone who is interested can head to the following website to find out more information and to register their child.

https://www.sporty.co.nz/crathletics

XRace 2020

Bricks 4 Kidz 2020