Dear St Michael’s School Community,

May God bless and protect our whole community at this time of crisis. We have been actively looking at ways in which we can keep our school protected and we have been communicating this through emails.

Welcome to the following new students and families: Chu family, Waalkens family, Vivanco-Coutts family and the Te Ahuru Family

Swimming Sports 

Thank you to Charlotte Bagnall for organising this tremendous event and to all the parents who helped with this.

Staffing Changes

Miss Karlie Bergamini will be leaving our school at the end of Term 1. Karlie is a wonderful teacher and we feel sad that she is leaving but we understand her decision to return home to her family in America. We wish her all the best and may God bless her. We have employed Mrs Margie McInally who is an experienced teacher and has recently been teaching at St Ignatius. Margie will start at our school in Week 9 and will team teach with Karlie for two weeks to help with the smooth transition for Room 4.

COVID – 19 – Preventative measures SMCS is taking:

  • All large gatherings (Assemblies, Meditation, PMP, Rosary Group) are cancelled until further notice
  • Students will be washing their hands before and after eating (There are visual signs with the correct procedure of washing hands)
  • During Morning Tea and Lunch breaks, children have been asked to sit apart from each other
  • No Lunches will be served (Messy Kitchen, Pizza/ Ice blocks)
  • Students are to bring their own drink bottle each day – the drinking fountains will be ‘out of use’ from next week. Students will be filling their drink bottles from the tap in their respective classrooms.
  • If you have returned from any country (except the Pacific Islands), you will be required to stay at home (self-isolate) for 14 days
  • Email school if you have a family member / other self-isolating in your house secretary@smcs.school.nz
  • Email school if you do not have a device for your child/ren (in the event of our school closing)
  • Staff are working on a plan to support online learning
  • Communicating to parents, updates from the Ministry of Health and Education

Talking to children and young people about COVID-19

Given the rise in the number of reported cases, there may be children or young people in your life who experience distress. As a trusted adult, you can help reassure and educate them about COVID-19 – it can be good to talk to them now, so they can understand the illness and be reassured.

A useful resource for parents, caregivers, whānau and teachers talking about the virus with children and young people can be found here (Click on link to view)

This can also be downloaded as an information sheet (click to view)

Up-to-date information and advice

A reminder that information and advice for students, whānau and the education sector is available here (Click to view)

While the website is being regularly updated with education-related content, the Ministry of Health is the Government agency leading the response to COVID-19 (Click to view)

The Secretary for Education joined the Director-General of Health for the Ministry of Health’s COVID 19 update today. You can view that, and all Ministry of Health updates here (Click to view)

Communication Survey – Thank you to the 25 parents who have completed this survey. If you have not completed it we invite you to click here to complete the survey.

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 Recognition of Cultural Diversity. Please click on current review and then click on and read this policy.  Next you click on under review and complete the survey. Your feedback would be appreciated.

Encountering CHRIST

Parish Newsletter Please keep up-to-date with what is happening in our parish.

A Prayer to St Joseph Whose Feast Day is Today

Gracious St. Joseph, protect me and my family from all evil as you did the Holy Family. Kindly keep us ever united in the love of Christ, ever fervent in imitation of the virtue of our Blessed Lady, your sinless spouse, and always faithful in devotion to you. Amen”. (https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=96)

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

Sports News

SMCS Swimming Sports Day Friday 6 March 2020

“On your marks…. Get set…. snap!!!!” and we’re off, Swimming Sports 2020!!

We would like to give a big thanks to all those students, teachers, parents, friends and family who attended and participated in the SMCS swimming sports.  Congratulations to all those who placed 1, 2 or 3! There was some great competition and sportsmanship shown! It was also great to see many students living the Mary Mackillop values, ‘Attitude of gratitude’ and ‘doing your bit’. It really showed through the encouragement, laughter, and cheering, for your houses and each other. A huge thank you to all the parents who gave up their time to help out, and a special thanks to Miss Bagnall, we couldn’t have done it without any of you!!  Swimming Sports was a big success topped off with a beautiful day of sunshine!  By: Micayla-Jane (MJ)

On Friday the 13th of March we held our SMCS swimming sports

It was a great success and I hope everyone had an amazing time. Everyone tried really hard and there were some great achievements – finishing races, taking part in flutter-board races or achieving personal best times. I loved everyone’s enthusiasm and cheering each other on. Congratulations to all who participated.  Thank you to all the teachers, supporters, scorers, timekeepers and students for once again making this a successful and wonderful day out for all of us. By: Oliver White, Sports Leader

Once again we had a fun day at swimming sports

Thank you all for pushing yourselves and each other in your teams.  We had so much fun chanting while everyone was swimming. Every one worked so hard at all their events. A special thank you to all our parents who helped with timing and making sure that no one drowned. We all love the ice blocks that the PTA sell because we got so hot. Miss Bagnall, you make this swimming competition so great and we would like to thank you the most. Everyone should be so proud of yourself and each other.

By: Charlize Wichman

We had another spectacular sport day on Friday the 6 of March at swim sports 2020

It was nice to see lots of people having fun and partaking in mostly every swimming race. Thanks to all the parents that helped out so that all us kids could do our swimming event. Thanks to Miss Bagnall for hosting it again this year. By: Harry Hulbert Sports leader

Trans Tasman cup

Yuri Lee (Rm 7), Suri Lee (Rm 3) and Miguel Chu (Rm 5) represented each of their ages groups for team NZ against Australia in the annual Trans Tasman cup golf tournament held at Gulf Harbour golf club. Team NZ won 19.5 to 6.5 and won the cup! We also received our medals from Ryan Fox!

Notices

LCF Fun Languages – NEW French Class

St Michaels School – LCF Fun Languages New French Class (Click to view)