Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

I hope you all had a good break over the past two weeks. It is great to be back in Level 1 and to be able to have you all back on site.

Pink Shirt Day 2020 will be held on Friday 16 October! 

“Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!”

This Friday is Pink Shirt Day!

By celebrating Pink Shirt Day and raising money to support the Mental Health Foundation, our school will be part of a powerful movement to spread aroha and kindness and end bullying.

Please wear a pink shirt on Friday, and if you are able, consider making a gold coin donation. Sofia, Eve and Anna will pop around on Friday morning to collect these. Thank you for your support!

Athletics Day – Friday 6 November (Glover Park)

Parent help is desperately needed! If you are able to help please email Charlotte Bagnall at c.bagnall@smcs.school.nz 

Reports and Parent Teacher Interviews

Term 3 Progress Reports will be sent out tomorrow. There will be an opportunity to discuss these reports with your child’s teacher at the Parent Teacher Interviews held on Wednesday 28 October 1:30pm to 5:30pm. Children may be picked at 1 p.m.

Steps to make a booking:

  • Download the Skool loop App (below)
  • Click on “Interviews” tile
  • Select “Select interview” (in purple font) and follow prompts
  • You will receive a confirmation email once your booking is completed

Photolife School Photos – Tuesday 20 October 2020

Sports, Class, Sibling and Portrait Photos will all be taken on Tuesday 20 Oct with an 8 a.m. start. All Photos will be taken in the Hall.
Mrs Emma Houghton and Mrs Deahna Barrington have generously volunteered their time to coordinate this busy day. Thank you ladies.
Please ensure all students arrive at school in their school uniform and they can change into their sports uniforms once at school for their sports photos. Students will need their correct sports gear in their bags for their respective photos (i.e. Netball, Soccer, Basketball, Flippaball etc) and need to be on time for their photos.
Sibling Request Forms are in the School Reception area (on top of the wooden shelf) for parents to collect and fill in. They must be returned on Monday 19 Oct to the school office. You may also scan through to me if easier for you at secretary@smcs.school.nz 
After PhotoDay it will be approximately 4-5 weeks before the Keycodes are delivered to SMCS. Students will bring their unique Keycode home and parents will be able to view and purchase photos online by entering the keycode online. The website is www.photolife.co.nz 

Reviewing SMCS Charter

The purpose of a school charter:
Is to establish the mission, aims, objectives, direction, and targets of the board that will give effect to the Government’s national education guidelines and the board’s priorities, and provide a base against which the board’s actual performance can later be assessed.

Community Involvement:
In order to plan for the improvement in progress and achievement that the board is seeking it is necessary to gather information and evidence to support decision making in regards to the priorities and targets that need to be set for the following year.  Involving our school community helps to ensure the charter reflects shared aspirations for students.

Survey Community – 27/10/20 to 6/11/20:
Due to COVID the Board of Trustees have decided to gather information through conducting a survey rather than having a large gathering. The survey will be emailed and hard copies will be available at Parents Interviews.

The following information will be gathered:

  • What qualities do you want our SMCS Graduates to have?
  • Strengths of SMCS?
  • Weaknesses of SMCS?
  • Opportunities at SMCS?
  • Threats at SMCS?

Encountering CHRIST

St Michael’s Parish Website – Sunday Mass Times (including the vigil): Saturdays 5pm; Sundays 8am, 10am, and 8:30pm.

School Masses

Thursdays at 9:15am:

  • 22/10/20 – Rooms 1 and 9
  • 29/10/20 – Rooms 3 and 10
  • 05/11/20 – Rooms 4 and 7
  • 07/11/20 – School/Parish Mass at 5pm – All Families to Attend
  • 12/11/20 – Rooms 5 and 6
  • 19/11/20 – Rooms 2 and 8
  • 26/11/20 – Rooms 1 and 9
  • 28/11/20 – Jesse Tree Mass at 5pm – All Families to Attend
  • 03/12/20 – Rooms 3 and 10
  • 07/12/20 – Thanksgiving End of Year Mass at 6pm

World Mission Sunday

We are in the middle of Mission Month. World Mission Sunday will be celebrated on 18 October 2020 when all Churches throughout the world come together to support the mission. In his recent annual Message, Pope Francis highlights the call to be missionaries amidst the current global pandemic. He says the Lord continues to ask us “Whom shall I send?” and that this call to mission emerges as an “invitation to step out of ourselves for love of God and neighbour” through service and prayer. May we all take on the challenge at these extraordinary times to respond to our special missionary calling, “Here I am, send me” to help transform lives! To honour the request of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, let us continue to pray for peace. As a special intention this month of Mission, let us pray for the restoration of health security and end of the pandemic worldwide.

May your Mission Month be blessed with good health, peace, and Gospel Joy.

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

PTA News

Virtual World themed Disco – This Friday, 5-7pm!!!

Remember to pick up your pre-paid tickets from the school office by Friday!

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 (and celebrating the fact that we are in Level 1!). Note that this is not a drop off event so parental supervision is required.

The pre-pay option is now closed but tickets and tokens may still be bought on the night!  EFTPOS will be available for token purchase.

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

Second-Hand Uniform Shop

Open this Friday 16th October from 2.30pm to 3.15pm.

Please consider donating any uniform items that you no longer use to the Uniform Shop – we are especially in need of girls summer shirts and culottes in all sizes.  Donations can be left at the School Office.

We are also looking for a new Uniform Shop Manager.  Please email ptasmcs@gmail.com if you want to find out more!

Pizza Friday

Pizza and ice block sales start again at lunchtime this Friday, 16th October.  $2 per slice/ice block.  Thank you to the parent helpers who volunteer each week to help with the feeding frenzy!

Messy Kitchen Lunches

The Messy Kitchen lunches will start back next week (Week 2) with Nachos Wednesday and Sushi Thursday. Envelopes will be available at the school Reception area.

Hall Tile Unveiling Event – Save the Date: Saturday 7th November (after the School Mass)

Details for the Parish and St Michael’s community, as well as personal invites to purchasers, to follow!

PTA positions available for 2021

It’s time to start thinking about how you might like to be involved with the fabulous SMCS PTA for 2021!  Chairperson/s, Secretary roles will be available as well as other roles that we would love your help with.  Being part of the PTA is a very rewarding experience and we have had a fantastic, motivated group this year, fitting in fundraising/social events whenever it has been possible!  Come along to the last few PTA meetings of the year and see what it’s all about or email Emma/Caroline at ptasmcs@gmail.com with any questions.

PTA meeting: The next meeting will be on Tuesday 20th October.  All welcome!

Notices

PlayBall

Playball Flyer T4 (click to view)

Auckland Bowling Club Fundraiser

BRICKS 4 KIDZ

 Term 4 Classes