Tena koutou katoa St Michael’s School Community,

I hope you had a lovely break with your children and that you are keeping well. I was able to spend quality time with my seven grandchildren which was so special. We have a busy term ahead so please check the calendar for upcoming events. 

Welcome to New Families and Students 

We would like to welcome the following new families who have joined us this term: Barnes family (Abigail), Porter family (Charlotte) and Gollop family (Luciana)

Congratulations 

To Mr Rukshan Wijesinghe & Mrs Darshi Wewal whose baby son Joel was born on 4 July 2020 (11 weeks early). Please keep the family in your prayers. 

Room 9 Teacher 

The Board has appointed Louise Spora to teach in Room 9. Louise is married with two children and is currently teaching at Mt Carmel School. Louise is an experienced teacher who is competent in teaching in the senior school. 

Chris King’s last day is Friday 21 August and Louise will start on Monday 31 August (as 8 weeks’ notice is needed for her current school). Philippa Barling and Lisa Jones will be taking the class during 24 – 28 August. 

Extra Support in Classes

Over the past two terms we have noticed a number of students have not reached specific set targets and so we have made a decision to invest in more hours for Learning Assistants and an extra Teacher (Kate Smit one day a week) to work in classrooms supporting these students. 

No Parking in Front of the Church – This is a Drop off Only

Father Tony is upset with people parking in front of the Church and blocking him in. Please be respectful of his space. 

SMCS Cross Country  – Friday 21 August 2020 At Thomas Bloodworth Park

Help is needed for this event, please email Charlotte Bagnall if you are able to assist on this day c.bagnal@smcs.school.nz The top 5 boys and girls from Years 3 to 6 will participate in the Catholic Schools Cross Country on Tuesday 15 September. 

Footsteps Dance in Term 3 

From Friday 24 July each class will be having weekly dance sessions with tutors from Footsteps Dance Company. There will then be a concert to showcase the dances in Week 9 – Friday 18 September, 2 p.m. in the school hall. All are welcome to come and watch this showcase! 

Encountering CHRIST

Catholic Caring Foundation (CCF) Mass 
Congratulations to Olive Marshall, Adam Wright and Stella Valerio for receiving Caring Awards at the CCF Mass with Bishop Patrick Dunn on Wednesday 22 July 2020. These students have displayed outstanding care and compassion to others at St Michael’s Catholic School.  

St Michael’s Parish WebsiteSunday Mass Times (including the vigil): Saturdays 5 p.m.; Sundays 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 8:30 p.m.  

School Masses Thursdays at 9:15am  – 23/07/20 – Rooms 2 and 8; 30/07/20 – Rooms 1 and 9; 06/08/20 – Whole School – Feast of St Mary MacKillop; 13/08/20 – Rooms 3 and 10; 20/08/20 – Rooms 4-7; 27/08/20 – Rooms 5 and 6; 03/09/20 – Rooms 3 and 10; 10/09/20 – Rooms 2 and 8; 17/09/20 – Rooms 1 and 9; 24/09/20 – Whole school – Feast of St Michael

Prayer Of Saint Bridget – Patron Saint of Sweden (23 July 1373)

“O God, who guided Saint Bridget of Sweden along different paths of life and wondrously taught her the wisdom of the Cross as she contemplated the Passion of your Son, grant us, we pray, that, walking worthily in our vocation, we may seek you in all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.” (https://www.catholicculture.org/)

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

Board Of Trustees News

The Lower Sports Field Drainage Upgrade Project is underway but due to Covid-19 has experienced unexpected delays. Currently we are working through due diligence with the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, who need to provide approval of works as owner of the property. We will keep you updated on our progress.

PTA News

School Disco – Friday 14th August – 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Virtual World theme!

It’s time for the kids (and adults!) to get their dance shoes on!  DJ Mike Cruz is back to play some sounds at this highly anticipated event so bring the family and dance the night away!  Note that this is not a drop off event so parental supervision is required.

Once again, we are providing a prepay option for the disco.  Cash will still be accepted at the Disco but we encourage you to prepay for tickets.  This means you won’t have to join the queue for purchasing tickets on the night.  We will also be pre-selling bundles of $1.00 tickets that can be used like cash on the night for food, etc.

Payment should be made into the PTA bank account – ASB Bank- St Michael’s School PTA 12-3075 -199134-00

Reference: Surname
Particulars: number of children attending
Code: Disco

Entry Tickets $5.00 per child or $10 per family

Plus go ahead and buy your $1.00 tickets by adding the amount you wish to spend at the Disco (e.g. + $5, +$10, +$15, +$20) to your deposit.  Additional tickets can be purchased on the night with cash.  Some items to purchase on the night will include (subject to change):

  • Bottled water $1
  • Pizza $2/slice
  • Ice Blocks $2
  • Lolly Bags $2
  • Face Painting $3
  • Glow in Dark merchandise $2, $4

There will also be food for the adults and a baking/treat table.  We will advertise a full price list in the next newsletter.

Pre-paid Entry Tickets will be available for pick up at the office on Wed, Thurs, Friday 12, 13, 14th August.  Please note there are NO REFUNDS on un-used pre-paid tickets.

Disco Photobooth

For the past few years, we have had some generous families sponsor this much- loved attraction on the disco night.  We would love to have one again this year but without sponsorship, we can’t justify the cost.  Last year we paid around $400 for it.  Is anyone able to help with sponsorship this year?  If we can cover at least half of the cost with sponsorship, we will go ahead and book one.  Please email Ree George at ree.george77@gmail.com ASAP if you can help.

PTA meeting

The next PTA meeting will be held next Monday 27th July, 7 p.m. in the staffroom.  Please register attendance/apologies with Michelle Leong (PTA Secretary) at michelle@leong.co.nz  (All welcome!)

Second Hand Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will next be opening on Friday 7th August from 2.30 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.  We have a good supply of most winter uniform items so come along and we will help you find what you need.

2020 Yummy Sticker Collection (Terms 2 and 3)

Please place all sheets in the PTA box outside the school office.

Yummy Sticker Sheet (click to view)

Entertainment Books

Another way to support the school in our fundraising efforts, is by purchasing an Auckland Entertainment Book.   Hundreds of great value offers are ready for your enjoyment.

Click on this link to purchase your copy: Entertainment Book Order (click to view and order)

Any questions, please email Natasha at natasha.fletcher@alphajobs.co.nz

Notices

Messy kitchen Lunches

Our Kitchen will be up and running from Wednesday and Thursday next week!

Wednesdays: Nachos and Quesadilla’s    Nachos Menu (click to view)

Thursdays: Sushi   Sushi Menu (click to view)

Order Envelopes will be available at the Office from Monday 27th July. Cassie and Meg 

Playball 

PlayBall Term 3 Flyer (click to view)