Tena koutou katoa St Michael’s School Community,

Welcome to New Families and Students 

We would like to welcome the following new families who have joined us this term: Frogoso family (Xian), and the Wong family (Cecilia) whose older brothers, Samuel and Francis already attend SMCS.

Health and Safety – Beatrice Road

In the interest of the safety of the children do not park in front of the church. This  is a drop off or pick up only zone (2-3 minutes max). Please do not block in other cars or driveways. If parents aren’t willing to observe this basic courtesy then more severe measures will need to be put in place. We would hate to have a tragic incident involving one of our children.

SMCS is a KiVa school

KiVa is a proven bullying prevention approach, which leads to decreased levels of children being bullied and bullying others, improving the safety and well-being of children and freeing up teacher time to focus on teaching. Bullying is defined as: hurtful, deliberate and ongoing.

Public Health Message

Please keep your children at home if they are sick (colds, cough, flu etc). We are still practicing hand washing and coughing into the elbow.

School Motto and Values

I have spoken to all our students with regards to their behaviour and use of language. It is important that everyone models our Motto “Christ is Ever Present” and our four values “Make Room for All”, “Listen to God’s Call”, “Attitude of Gratitude” and “Do your Bit”.

Update on Grandparents Day & Feast of the Assumption School Parish Mass – Saturday 15 August 5pm

This year, we will gather together to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at a school Parish Mass on Saturday 15 August. All families are expected to attend this Mass please. It is usually around this time that we would have our annual Grandparents Day. In light of the Pandemic, the PTA and School have postponed this event until next year. 

We would like to invite Grandparents to the following 2 events:

  • Feast of the Assumption Mass – Saturday 15 August 5 p.m. in the Church
  • Footsteps Showcase – Friday 18 September 2 p.m. in the St Mary MacKillop Hall. 

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.bagnall@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.

SMCS Policies

All our policies are on SchoolDocs, please follow the next four steps.

  1.         Go to www.schooldocs.co.nz 
  2. Click Search for your school.
  3. Start typing the school name and then select from the dropdown list.
  4. Enter the community username and password: Username: smcs Password: mackillop

This term we are reviewing Learning Support. Please click on the current review and then click on Learning Support. Next you click on under review and complete the survey. Your feedback would be appreciated.

Year 5/6 Sports Exchange

Congratulations to all our teams who played on Tuesday 28 July at the Sport’s Exchange. All teams played well, winning all of their games.

SMCS Reflective Area

If you or someone you know has the skills to help make these tiles then please let us know. 

Encountering CHRIST

St Michael’s Parish Website – Sunday 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 9:15 a.m. – 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 – All Families to Attend

Prayer Reflection

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.”        Matthew 6:33-34

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

Sports News

Yr 3/4 Navy Seals Flippaball team win!

They played St Cuthberts at Epsom Girls Grammar, and had a 4-0 win. It is an outdoor (heated) pool there so it was a bit chilly!
The team is a mix of those who have played before (Arran G, Ollie C, Alfie G, Sebastian W, and Jonty F) and new ones to the game (Oliver B, Conor W and Javier G).  It is all about having fun, and getting the kids in the pool.
Luca is in the Waterpolo Institute at SHC this year, so put his hand up to coach the team and was really impressed with their enthusiasm and team spirit.

Year 5/6 Sports Exchange – Soccer & Netball

The Year 5/6 sports exchange teams were blessed with glorious weather for the first offsite games on Tuesday. It was a fantastic start with all 4 teams celebrating wins over Meadowbank and Kings!
Games are scheduled for the following dates so please diarise these and we would really appreciate help with supervision, umpiring and transport.
  • Tuesday 4 August
  • Tuesday 11 August
  • Tuesday 8 September
  • Tuesday 22 September
A big thank you to everyone who helped out on Tuesday! 

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! Dress up as your favourite online character or just come and enjoy some dancing! Note that this is not a drop off event so parental supervision is required.

Once again, there is 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 (please note reference details) – ASB Bank- St Michael’s School PTA 12 3075 0199134 00

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

Entry Tickets $5.00 per child or $10 per family.  Then add on 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.

(For example, a family of 2 children attending with $20 spending money will add ‘2’ as the number attending and will deposit $30 into the PTA account).  Easy!

Items to purchase on the night will include:

  • Pizza $2/slice
  • Bottled water $1
  • Ice Blocks $2
  • Lolly Bags $2
  • Face Painting $3
  • Glow in Dark merchandise $1-4
  • Candy Floss: Paper cones $4 / LED stick Candy Floss $6
  • Cupcakes $2
  • Temporary tattoos $1
  • Pulled Pork Rolls $5
  • Beer $5
  • Wine $5
  • Photo Booth $2

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 Helpers

We need your help on the day! Can you help with setting up, running a stall, serving, cleaning up? Please email Ree George at ree.george77@gmail.com if you can help.

Disco Photobooth

Thank you so much – we were blown away with the generosity of so many families!  Thanks to you all, the children will LOVE having their photos in the photobooth!!

Dads Night Out – Save the date – Thursday 3rd September

More details to follow!

2020 Yummy Sticker Collection (Terms 2 and 3)

This is the last term to collect stickers for this year’s sports gear allocation!  Please place all sheets in the PTA box outside the school office.

Here is an example of a completed sheet:

For a blank sheet to fill in, see:

Yummy Sticker Sheet (click to view and print)

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.

Scholastic

Issue #5 has been handed out to the children this week. Please see the inside back cover of the flyer for ordering instructions:

  1. Download the ‘Loop’ app via the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Register for St Michaels School
  3. Place & pay for your order online.

Feel free to contact Ree if you have any questions, or have difficulty placing your order ree.george77@gmail.com

Orders for this issue will close at the end of next week, Friday 7th August. Deliveries usually arrive approximately one week after orders close.

Apologies for any inconvenience with orders from the last issue. Scholastic ran into a few problems with stock following the Covid disruption, and gave us many substitutions in lieu of books that they did not have in stock. Usually there is only one Scholastic Issue per Term – this current one comes hot on the heels of Issue #4 late last Term – again because of the disruption to the School Term following Covid. We are back to normal time frames now.

Thanks for your understanding, and enjoyment of books!

PTA meeting

The next PTA meeting will be held next Monday 24th August, 7pm in the staffroom.  Please register attendance/apologies with Michelle Leong (PTA Secretary) at michelle@leong.co.nz  All welcome!

Notices

Bricks 4 Kidz Term 3 Enrollment Flyer