Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

I hope you and your families are keeping well in this uncertain time. I have received positive feedback on distance learning. I know a lot of you are working from home so please do not feel pressured if your child does not complete all their tasks. 

We say goodbye to Chris King and wish him and his family all the best as Deputy Principal at his new school, please keep him in your prayers. We warmly welcome Louise Spora to our school and hope she has a smooth transition. 

Congratulations to the Pagtalunan family on the birth of their baby boy, Andrew, another younger brother for Andrei.

Cancelled Events 

The following events have been canceled:

  • SMCS Cross Country  – Friday 21 August 2020
  • All Assemblies this term – every second Wednesday afternoon
  • PMP this termevery Wednesday and Friday 
  • The Teacher Only Day – Friday 4 September
  • Class Masses – until advised

Other Events subject to confirmation (depending on lockdown status)

  • Footsteps Showcase – Friday 18 September at 2 p.m.
  • Year 5 and 6 Winter Sports and Field days (Netball and Soccer)
  • Photolife (Class, Portrait/Sibling & Sports) – Wednesday 2 September and Thursday 3 September

Footsteps online 

Parents can join in too.

Years 0 – 2 – Lesson 1:  https://vimeo.com/435581186/1839ff357d

Years 3 – 6 – Lesson 1:  https://vimeo.com/436991931/a97c227c52

Baradene Art Show is online

Please support this event see details under Notices.


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. 

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.

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. 

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. are cancelled until further notice 

Latest NZ Catholic digital issue (August 23-Sept 5) – (Click on the link below)

For Peace in Anxiety ​During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Loving God, we come to you full of anxiety about what may happen in the coming days and weeks. Shower us with the peace Jesus promised to his disciples, and make us into steady pillars for those around us. In this time of uncertainty and epidemic, wake us up to the reminder that we are not alone.

Even as we are asked to keep our distance from others, help us to find ways to reach out to those who need our support. We pray especially for those whose incomes and livelihoods are threatened. For the children who will miss meals due to school closures. For those already isolated, lonely and scared. Loving God, give them your peace, and through our hands ensure they have what they need. 

Sustain, strengthen and protect all caregivers. Bless them as they offer compassionate care and show selfless courage in the face of risk.  

Remind us, each time we wash our hands, that in our baptism you call us to let go of our fears and live in joy, peace, and hope. Amen.” 


Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown

Student Voice

Home Sweet Home

by: Anna Karpik – Room 8, August 2020

Home makes me feel safe and comforted,
It is where most of the special moments of my life were,
It was the first thing I ever called home,
Home is a place where you can come home to and everything will be alright,
No dramas, no physical fights, just peace and happiness.
Home is the centre of all the fun,
Home is the centre of life,
It guards you like a knight,
It demolishes your worries:

Home is filled with fun, love and memories,
It is filled with memories that go all the way back to your first days or before,

Home is love and fun all over,
It has lovely cherished memories,
It has funny or fun memories;

No “Sorry you didn’t pass your test, try harder next time!”
Or “Now what do you think your doing in detention”
Just peace and relaxation.

You’re like a puzzle,
And home is the thing that pieces you together,
Home guides you the right way,
Towards Jesus;

You’ll never be upset at home,
Only relaxed,
You’ll never go on the wrong path at home,
At home you have a lot of your memories,
Home provides fun and love,
At home you can kick your feet up and say,

PTA News

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 once school has re-opened.

Here is an example of a completed sheet:

For a blank sheet to fill in, see:
Yummy Sticker Sheet (click to view and print)

We will be in touch with a new date soon.


Baradene Art Show – ONLINE

The Baradene Art Show is still on this weekend and we’d love your support – albeit virtually! 

Due to Alert Level 3 we are unable to host the event at our school but fortunately we are able to host the art show online. 

All are welcome to attend through the below link from the morning of Saturday 22nd through to midnight on Sunday 23 August.  

Simply visit www.baradeneartshow.co.nz follow the prompts to view the collection – whether you’re browsing or buying there’s so much to enjoy.  We have smaller items in our shop which make wonderful gifts through to an extensive range of art works.

Thank you in advance for supporting Baradene College in this unusual way, at this unusual time.

Dunholme Tennis Club

Junior Tennis 2020 Flyer (click to view)