Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

We are back in Alert Level 3, this is news we did not want to hear. May God continue to bless our school community at this time. This was going to be a busy week with our Year 6 students who were supposed to go to the Art Gallery on Wednesday. I would like to acknowledge all the hard work that Peata Larkin has done in organizing this event. The Disco is postponed to a later date, thank you Ree George for all the work you have done towards this. We will keep you updated when we receive further information.


I would like to encourage everyone to have this app on your phone so that you can scan our QR code when you enter the school. We have the codes displayed on the office door and in the Junior Notice Board.

Remote Learning

The teachers will be sending out remote learning as detailed below:

Year 0-3 students will follow the same format by using Class Dojo. A list of suggested activities will be posted daily to your child’s classroom page.
Year 4-6 students will follow the same format by primarily using the Google Classroom platform.

Welcome to New Families and Students 

We would like to welcome the following new families who have joined us this term: The Cheung family (Giselle), who has an older brother Issac in Room 4.

Teacher Only Day Friday 4 September

The Teachers are having professional development on Digital Technology on this day. We know that this day is also Baradene’s Mid Term Break.

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.

Footsteps Dance Showcase Friday 18 September 2 p.m. in the St Mary MacKillop Hall

Please note this in your calendar, all welcome.

Encountering CHRIST

St Michael’s Parish Website – No Masses while we are in Alert Level 3
Sunday Mass Times (including the vigil): Saturdays 5 p.m.; Sundays 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 8:30 p.m..

SMCS participation in Parish / School Mass on Saturday 15 August at 5 p.m. is cancelled. 

Parish Annual Meeting – Sunday 11 October In the school hall, after the 10.00 a.m Mass. Please diarise the date.

School Masses Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. – 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 for the Assumption of Mary
Father in heaven, all creation rightly gives you praise,
for all life and all holiness come from you.
In the plan of your wisdom she who bore the Christ in her womb

was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven,
May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness
and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown

PTA News

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


We will now look to hold the disco at a later date.  We know the children will be disappointed as are all the people who have put so much time and effort into the organisation of it.  A big thank you to Ree George and the disco team for all their hard work to date.

Dads Night Out

Save the date – Thursday 3rd September

More details to follow if we are able to go ahead with this.

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 11th  September from 2.30 p.m. to 3.15 p.m.

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!

Student News

Room 8’s Letter from the Prime Minister!

Last term Room 8 read an excellent novel called “The boy in the back of the class”, it is about a young Syrian refugee who begins at a suburban London school and his experiences as he settles into a new country and makes new friends. Room 8 then wrote letters to the Prime Minister  asking her to let more refugees come to New Zealand and she has written back!

Room 8 were very excited to get a response!

Seed Planting with Miss Dodd

On Wednesday 12 August Noah, Laila, Violet and Madeline assisted Miss Dodd  in planting the Room 6 lettuce, broccoli and carrot seeds showing how we are co-creators alongside God.


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