Dear St Michael’s School Community,

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well within your respective bubbles!

Yesterday marked the first day of school under Level 3. We have a small number of students at school whose parents are either essential workers, or who have been required to return to their workplaces.

It is fair to say that school is looking quite different to “normal” for these children, but they are being well supported by teachers and staff onsite!

I want to extend my thanks and gratitude on behalf of all of our staff to the parents and caregivers for supporting all of our children as they learn remotely. We know many of you are juggling a number of commitments at this time, and we appreciate your endless patience and understanding. This is certainly a steep learning curve for all of us, as we navigate through this unprecedented situation.

At this stage, we, like you, are awaiting further news from the government as to when we will be moving into Level 2. Until then, we will continue to provide robust online learning programmes for your children.

We are looking forward to all being back together onsite, when this is deemed safe for children and staff.

ANZAC Related Tasks

It was heartening to see how many people stood on our street at 6 a.m. to acknowledge those who had served and died in the wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Many students were asked to do ANZAC related tasks. I have included some of these below.

Photos for next week

Please send Genevieve secretary@smcs.school.nz photos of extra-curricular activities you have done as a family such as: baking, walking, dancing, painting and other activities.

Encountering CHRIST

From Bishop Patrick Dunn

I encourage you all to pray the Sunday Mass with your whanau, you can do this by going to the following diocesan website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/ where Sunday Mass will be available on the front page of the website from 6.00 pm each Saturday.

St Michael’s Parish Website Please keep up-to-date with what is happening in our parish.

We’ve done it together — We’ve lived well through level 4 and we’re relieved, celebratory and grateful.  Bless us with posies of fragrance feasts of deliciousness symphonies of sound pauses of contemplation allurement towards creativity and the solidarity of community as we commit to the requirements of level 3

Christ walking with us.” (adapted from Tui Motu Magazine. Issue 212 February 2017: 9)

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown

Principal

Here are some photos showing our SMCS students and how they have remembered ANZAC Day.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. We will remember them”.

PTA News

We hope everyone is doing well with their homeschooling and are staying safe in their bubbles.  A big thanks to the teachers for all their hard work with their online teaching – they are all doing such an incredible job!

Unfortunately, the events that the PTA had planned for Term 2 have all been put on hold for now.  Some of these things we may be able to do later in the year however some will have to wait until next year.

As soon as school goes back, the PTA will meet and re-plan the events for the year so we will let you know once we have some new dates.

Any questions, please contact Caroline or Emma at PTAsmcs@gmail.com

Tile Update

The unveiling event that we had planned for after the whole school mass on Saturday 6th June has also been postponed.  Invitations were about to be sent out prior to lockdown – these will now be sent out once we have a new date.  This is our priority event for the year so we will update you with information on this as soon as we can.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Please note, the Uniform Shop will not be open this Friday, 1st May.   Revised opening arrangements for this term are being confirmed and will be sent out soon.

PTA Meetings

To be confirmed.

Student Voice

 By: Coco – Room 9

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