Dear St Michael’s School Community,

Happy New Year, I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and a restful New Year. It was great spending time with my family and friends.

Congratulations to Philippa Barling and family on the arrival of Emilia Kate Barling who was born on 01 January 2020. They are both doing well.

Welcome to our four new staff members: Beth Rush (Room 10), Isabella (Izzy) Anderson (Room 1), Sophie Dodd (Room 6) and Kate Smit (2 days a week release teacher for 6 months).

We have a number of New Students and Families that I would like to acknowledge and welcome – Kirton family, Donnel family, Pagtalunan family, Pineda family, Burt family, Tupou family, Slavich family (Existing), Cross family (Existing), Templeton family (Existing), Fitzgerald family, Nicholls family (Existing), Carter family (Existing), Travaglia family, Massey family, Sequera family (Existing), Galarraga-Lawn family, Lambert family, Goh family, Mamo family, Itoh family, Recordon family (Returning), and the Ioelu family (Returning).

Teaching Staff 2020

Room 1 – Izzy Anderson; Room 2 – Catherine Westwood (AP) and Christine King (Thursday & Friday); Room 3 – Charlotte Bagnall; Room 4 – Karlie Bergamini; Room 5 – Lauren Brown; Room 6 – Sophie Dodd (Kate Smit on Thursdays); Room 7 – Jessica Jost; Room 8 – Georgina van Schaijik (AP & DRS) and Lisa Jones (Thursday and Friday); Room 9 – Chris King and Christine King (Tuesday); Room 10 – Beth Rush (SENCO) and Christine King (Wednesday SENCO release); Claire Stirrat and Kate Smit are doing the classroom release time for six months until Philippa Barling returns from Maternity leave.

Learning Evening and Meet the Teachers – Monday 24 February – 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

At the 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. there will be two identical sessions where teachers will share information that is specific for their Year groups. E.g. Learning expectation, learning targets, timetables, homework, and new initiative. Children can attend the sessions with you or they may play in the playground (we will have teachers supervising). The meeting rooms are as follows: Room 2 for Students in Rooms 1 & 2; Room 4 for Students in Room 3 & 4; Room 5 for Students in Rooms 5 & 6; Room 7 for Students in Rooms 7 & 10; and Room 8 for Students in Room 8 & 9.

Building Community Mass and Fun Day Sunday 01 March 10 a.m. – This will be a great way to build our community spirit. Please read the PTA blurb for more information.

PTA Meeting Monday 10 February in the Staffroom at 7 p.m. – You are all warmly invited to attend.


This is a Health and Safety issue as students are currently being dropped off on Beatrice Road and they have to walk between parked/ moving cars. Please use Bassett Road if you are going to park your car. Fr Tony and I are very concerned about this and we will be seeking advice from the Police and Auckland Council.

Wearing of Sunhats is Compulsory for Terms 1 and 4

Students who do not bring their hats need to stay in the shade.  


The Government has placed temporary entry restrictions into New Zealand on all foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through mainland China to assist with the containment of the novel coronavirus and to protect New Zealand and the Pacific Islands from the disease. This position will be reviewed every 48 hours. Please check the Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) guidance – Ministry of Health website for more information.

Encountering CHRIST

Parish Newsletter Please keep up-to-date with what is happening in our parish. The Weekly Mass times have changed to 7 a.m. Monday to Friday and for school they are on Thursdays at 9:15 a.m.

Find happiness in making others happy.

Mary MacKillop 1889 God of all faithfulness and love, bless us abundantly with your joy, bless us with laughter and with your peace. May we be a blessing to all with whom we live and work. Amen”. (Josephite Value Leaflet No 1)

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown


PTA News

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

Support your school community at the first and major family event of the year – St Michael’s Family Fun Day!

Family Fun Day is a cash free event – you will need to purchase tokens to use at each stall.

Avoid queues on the day and pre-purchase your tokens before Feb 21st, via bank transfer as detailed below: ($2 tokens available, minimum purchase in advance is $20).

St Michael’s School PTA ASB Account: 12-3075-0199134-00

Particular: Family Fun Day

Code: Family Name

Reference: Value of tokens

To give you an idea of how many tokens you may wish to purchase see indicative price list below:

Awesome activities include:

  • Pony Ride $6 (limited availability)
  • Mobile farmyard $6
  • Bouncy Castle $4
  • Tombola $4
  • Guess the teacher $2
  • Temporary Tattoos $2

 Fantastic food and beverage options:

  • Sausage Sizzle $4
  • Gourmet pretzels $4
  • Candy Floss $4
  • Ice-creams, starting at $4
  • Coffee truck $4
  • Homemade Lemonade $2
  • Cake & Preserve Stall, starting at $2

To make this event a success we need your help!

Have you made your Jolly Jars for the Tombola (see attachment) – one jar per child please!

Have you made any preserves over the summer you can donate?

We also need baking for the always popular St Michael’s cake stall!

If you can help on the day please confirm your availability to [email protected]

Family Fun Day Poster (click to view)


Second Hand Uniform Shop

2nd Hand Uniform Shop openings in Term 1:

  • Friday 7th February, 2.30 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.
  • Friday 27th March, 2.30 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.

Donations for the 2nd Hand Uniform Shop are always welcome: we accept all uniform items, including jackets, shoes and gymnastics leotards.  We also sell Performance Net t-shirts.  Support the PTA and drop any items you no longer need into the School Office for resale.

PTA meetings in Term 1:

Monday 10th February, 7 p.m. in the Staff Room, starting with the AGM: all welcome to attend and help plan this year’s events.  Please note meetings will now be held on Monday evenings.

Next PTA Meeting will be on Monday 9th March, 7 p.m.

Sports News

SMCS Football 2020 Registration

Football at St Michael’s 2020  (click to view)

Weetbix TRYathlon Sunday 9th February

Good luck to all St Michael’s students participating in the Weetbix TRYathlon this Sunday 9th February.
St Michael’s will have a marquee in the schools area so you can base your competitors and families there.
Full details for the day can be found here
Thank you to Rachel Wichman and Ree George for organising the tent on behalf of our competitors.


Altar Servers Training

For those who have received their First Holy Communion already …

The next Altar Servers Training will be on Sunday 23rd February 2020 (11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at St Michael’s Catholic Church.Please register interest to Issa on 021 179 3801 Email: [email protected]

LCF Fun Languages

LCF Fun Languges Flyer (click to view)


Baradene College Open Evening will be held on Thursday 5 March, 2020 at 6.30 p.m.  We welcome all prospective parents and students to visit the College.  Entry at Gate 2 to the Auditorium.

Enrolments for Year 7, 2021 are presently being accepted and will close on Friday 13 March 2020 at 3.00pm.  A limited number of places in Year 9 will be available and applications will close on Friday 13 March 2020 at 3.00 pm.