Dear St Michael’s School Community,

I hope this newsletter finds you safe and well. I know it has been a difficult time for you and your family. Please let me know if you need any extra support as we have such a caring community who are always willing to help out.

The online learning is going well and I have been impressed with our teachers and the work that they have been preparing for our students. It has been great to see some of the work the students have been doing. Some students are thriving in this environment however others are not and really miss being at school. Please try and make the learning positive for your children and do not put undue stress on them to complete work.

The staff and I miss being with you and we cannot wait for everyone to return to school.

Update from the Ministry of Education

A decision about when New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 will be made by Cabinet on Monday 11 May. The Prime Minister has said that the move to Alert Level 2 would occur with 48 hours’ notice. Today the Director of Public Health has provided schools with the specific requirements and guidelines for education when we move into Alert Level 2. That gives schools and early learning services at least a week to prepare from the time we publish the public health requirements on Thursday.

Happy Mother’s Day

I wish all our Mothers a Happy Mother’s Day this coming Sunday. You are all so precious to your families. May God continue to bless and care for you. To our students – Please make sure you look after your Mum this Sunday, doing kind things for them to make their day special. Please share with us a photo or a comment of something special you did for Mother’s day.

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 p.m. each Saturday.

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

Mother’s day Prayer

“Thinking of you on Mother’s day and saying a little prayer – That God who knows how dear you are, will keep you in His care. That He will bless your daily life with joys of every kind – With perfect health and happiness and peace of heart and mind.” (Bluemountain.com)

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown
Principal

SMCS Students/Staff enjoying extra-curricular activities.

Notices

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE DUES COVID-19 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support as a result of the Covid-19 Virus with the payment of 2020 Attendance Dues for students attending Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary.

Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest or the Revenue Manager on 09-360-3069 at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland for further information.

Application forms for this assistance are available from school and parish offices, or can be downloaded from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Website:

https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/catholic-schools/covid-19-attendance-dues-assistance/

BRICKS 4 KIDZ

We have had to change the way our business operates and developed exciting new online classes during Level 3 and 4 lock down.  It has been a great way to get kids to socialize, connect with our teachers as well as as develop new skills, using their imagination, and having fun presenting their very own creations with LEGO.

Here’s the link to enrol in the classes:

https://www.bricks4kidz.co.nz/auckland/architecture-around-the-world/