Dear St Michael’s School Community,

I hope that you all enjoyed the long weekend, and were able to get out and about to support our local businesses.

It has been wonderful to see how adaptable and resilient our children have been under the current circumstances. It is clear that they have been well prepared for their return to school, and it has been wonderful to see their increased independence particularly at drop-off time.

Thank you to those families who filled out the Distance Learning Survey. We will be analyzing these results over the next couple of weeks. There was strong support shown through the results for a continuation of the Reading Eggs programme. This is now available for all children to use both at home and at school.

Week 9 and Gate Monitoring

Next week is Week 9 and our fourth week out of Level 3. We will be continuing to transition our school back to “normal”.

Please note the following changes:

  • Beatrice Rd will now be monitored from 8.30 a.m. to allow safe drop-off for children, and ease traffic for this area.
  • The Bassett Rd entrance will no longer be monitored from 8.15 a.m., however an adult will be overseeing Road Patrol as usual, from 8.30 a.m.
  • There will no longer be a 2.30 p.m. pick up time, however Miss Anderson and Miss Westwood will continue to bring the Room 1 and 2 children up to the appropriate gates at 2.50 p.m. to ease congestion around the school.
  • The school timetable will return to normal:
8.55 a.m. Block 1
11.00 a.m. Morning Tea
11.30 a.m. Block 2
1.00 p.m. Lunch
1.55 p.m. Block 3
2.55 p.m. School Ends

Contact tracing will still be in place under Level 1, so please remember that you must sign in either via the app, or manually outside Room 1 or at the School Office whenever you enter the site.

Increased hygiene measures will continue. Children and Staff will be sanitizing their hands when they enter and exit the classrooms, and commonly used surfaces will be cleaned regularly. Please ensure that you are keeping children home if they show any signs of being unwell.

Feasibility of Remuera Zone Year 5/6 Sports exchange games for Term 3

Covid-19 has complicated a lot of events lately and sports exchange is one of these. Now that a move to Alert Level 1 is looking likely, the Remuera Zone cluster is looking into whether sports exchanges can go ahead in Term 3.

Should the opportunity to participate in Year 5/6 Sports exchange games on a Tuesday afternoon arise, we are considering the feasibility of our involvement in this. This year it will be up to each school to coordinate the sports played and the venues. One of the key problems for the past few years is that we have struggled to find sufficient transport help.

If exchanges go ahead, children will trial for a spot on a team as numbers are limited. The remainder of the senior school will participate in sport at school each Tuesday afternoon. If things proceed, we would be likely having 2 soccer teams (total 24 students) and 2 netball teams (total 18 students).

If sports exchange games go ahead, then in order to proceed, families of children that are selected for a team will be rostered to help with transport.

If we do not get sufficient transport, students will be trained at school and participate in the Winter Field Day tournament to conclude the winter season instead.

PTA Meeting 8 June at 7 p.m. in the Staff Room

Please email Michelle Leong [email protected] if you are going to attend.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent Teacher interviews will be held when the country enters Level 1. This could be Weeks 11 or 12 of this term. We will continue to monitor the situation and let you know closer to the time.

Encountering CHRIST

St Michael’s Parish WebsiteSunday Mass Times (including the vigil): Saturdays 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Sundays 8am, 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Please complete the booking form on the website to book a place for Mass. For more information go to their website.

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

Glory be to the Father, Who by His almighty power and love created me, making me in the image and likeness of God.

Glory be to the Holy Spirit, Who has sanctified me in the sacrament of Baptism, and continues to sanctify me by the graces I receive daily from His bounty.

Glory be to the Three adorable Persons of the Holy Trinity, now and forever. Amen.

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown

PTA News

Pizza Friday

Great news – Pizza Friday will be starting back up on Friday 12th June!  Children should order and collect in the usual way.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

The PTA is currently offering a contact-less sales service of second-hand uniforms. This will continue until the end of June with the shop physically re-opening on Friday 26th June, 2:30-3:15 p.m.  It will then return to advertised opening dates.  We have a good supply of most winter uniform items, including school jackets and jumpers, so please email us with any inquiries.

The process is as follows:

  1.  Email your requests to [email protected]– please specify your exact requirements (e.g. girls’ winter shirt size 8 x 2 or boys shorts size 10 x 1).
  2.  We will get back to you asap with availability and prices.
  3.  If you are happy to proceed with the order, we will ask that you transfer payment to the PTA bank account.
  4.  The items will then be sent home with your child.
  5.  If you need to exchange or return any items, we will arrange this.
  6.  If you need any items urgently, please let us know and we will work something out.

PTA meeting:

The next PTA meeting will be held on Monday 8th June, 7 p.m.  Please register your intention to attend with Michelle Leong (PTA Secretary) at [email protected]  We are looking forward to putting in some new plans for the rest of the year!


LCF Fun Languages

LCF Fun Languages Flyer Term 2  (click to view)

Noel Leeming – Discount Offer

The Noel Leeming Friends and Family offer from 8-14 June 2020 is available to staff, students, families and friends associated with Catholic Schools. Cost plus 10% store-wide (excludes IT accessories, PC software, AV accessories and PC consumables).

Print and present this flyer or show it on your device in store.

Bricks 4 Kidz