Tena koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

Welcome to New Families and Students 

We would like to welcome the following family who has joined us this term: the George family (Miller) who already has an older brother Aaron in Room 10.

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 [email protected] The top 5 boys and girls from Years 3 to 6 will participate in the Catholic Schools Cross Country on Tuesday 15 September. 

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 these 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. 

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. 

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

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 Policies 

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

  1. 1.Go to www.schooldocs.co.nz 
  2. Click Search for your school.
  3. Start typing the school name and then select from the drop-down 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.

Personal Digital Devices (this includes cell phones and smart watches)

SMCS has a new policy on personal digital devices which I encourage you to read on SchoolDocs. It states that the device should be kept turned off and out of sight. School mode should be used if available.

Sports Exchange

Congratulations to all our teams who played on Tuesday 4 August at the Sports Exchange. All teams displayed great sportsmanship! 

Religious Education – God Strand

Classes are starting to learn about the God strand during their Religious Education lessons this term. 

Encountering CHRIST

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 9:15 a.m. – 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

The Transfiguration of The Lord’s Prayer (06 August)

“On the mountain you were transfigured, O Christ God,

And your disciples beheld your glory as far as they were able

So that when they would behold You crucified,

They would understand that Your suffering was voluntary,

And would proclaim to the world,

That You are truly the radiance of the Father..”


Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown

PTA News

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

Virtual World theme!

*Get in quick to pre-order your tickets! *   

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.

There is a pre-pay option for the disco.  Cash will still be accepted but we encourage you to pre-pay 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 [email protected] if you can help.

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

More details to follow!

2020 Yummy Sticker Collection (Terms 2 and 3)

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.


Orders for the current issue will close at the end of the week, Friday 7th August. Deliveries usually arrive approximately one week after orders close.  Feel free to contact Ree if you have any questions, or have difficulty placing your order (r[email protected]).

PTA meeting

The next PTA meeting will be held next Monday 24th August, 7 p.m. in the staffroom.  Please register attendance/apologies with Michelle Leong (PTA Secretary) at [email protected]  All welcome!


Bricks 4 Kidz

Baradene Art Show

Gala night Friday 21 August, tickets selling fast. Free admission 10-4 on Sat 22 and Sun 23 August, we’d love to see you there!

For Gala night tickets and more information visit www.baradeneartshow.co.nz