Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the School Disco last Friday!

We were so grateful for the opportunity to catch up with you in person, now that we are back under Level 1. An enormous thank you to Ree George, Peata Larkin, Laura Thomson,  and the lovely parents who planned and ran such a successful event.

The week ahead is a very busy one with Parent/Teacher Interviews occurring on Wednesday and Thursday, and Book Week activities running from Tuesday through until Friday. Please keep an eye on the school calendar and Class Dojo for updates throughout the week.

As the weather is warming up, and the children are outside preparing for our upcoming Athletics Day, it is vital that they bring their hats to school with them each day. Please give them a little reminder when they are packing their bags next week.

Finally, we wanted to share some positive news regarding our children’s academic progress over the past three terms. Despite missing at least seven weeks of face-to-face learning due to Covid-19 lockdowns in our region:

  • 82% of our students have already met, or succeeded, the SMCS Standard for 2020 in Mathematics (-1% from 2019).
  • 80% of our students have already met, or succeeded, the SMCS Standard for 2020 in Reading (-1% from 2019).
  • 71% of our students have already met, or succeeded, the SMCS Standard for 2020 in Writing (+3% from 2019).

We recognise that this kind of progress would not be possible without the hard work of students both at school, and while in lockdown, and to all of the family members who supported their learning and their transition back to school.

We will continue to use these assessments to guide our teaching over the final term, and look forward to many more students reaching these standards by December, when they will be officially measured for 2020.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

A quick reminder that these are available to book through the Skool Loop app until Sunday 25 October, at which stage they will be finalised so that teachers have time to prepare for each interview.

If you have any trouble making a booking, please pop in and see Gen in the School Office this week.

On Wednesday, classes will end at 1.00pm. You are welcome to collect your child from their classroom at this time. All remaining students will be supervised in the School Hall until 2.55pm.

Book Week

Please see the attached flyer for details, and if you have any further questions, email Miss Bagnall at [email protected]. Pyjama Day is on Tuesday 27 October, and Book Character Day is on Friday 30 October. We would love to see as many of you as possible at our Character Parade on Friday morning, from 9.15am!

Information for parents and staff book week 2020 (click to view)

Term 4 Curriculum Update

This term, we are focusing on Social Sciences. The Junior School are studying people who help us, while the Senior School or learning about New Zealand heroes. Within these units, students will be learning to:

    • Understand how belonging to groups is important to people.
    • Understand that people have different roles and responsibilities as part of their participation in groups.
    • Understand how the past is important to people.
    • Understand how people make significant contributions to New Zealand’s society.
    • Understand how people remember and record the past in different ways.

We look forward to sharing our learning with you at the upcoming Term 4 assemblies hosted by:
Senior School: Wednesday 4 November (2.10pm)
Junior School: Wednesday 18 November (2.00pm)

Religious Education

All classes have begun learning about the Sacrament Strand. The focus for each class is:
Rooms 1 & 2 – Holiness
Rooms 3 & 4 – Welcome
Rooms 5 & 6 – Forgiveness
Rooms 7 & 10 – Food for life
Rooms 8 & 9 – Healing


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:

      1. What qualities do you want our SMCS Graduates to have?
      2. Strengths of SMCS?
      3. Weaknesses of SMCS?
      4. Opportunities at SMCS?
      5. Threats at SMCS? 

Encountering CHRIST

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

School Masses – 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

10 Years since Mary MacKillop’s Canonization in Rome

‘Take fresh courage’, are a very appropriate theme to mark this important anniversary. In today’s world, especially for us here in Aotearoa, she stands as an example of great courage and trust in her living out of God’s loving and compassionate care for those in need. 

Think of (Saint) Mary MacKillop and learn from her to be a gift of love and compassion for one another, for all Australians and for the world.’ 
Pope (Saint) John Paul II Sydney, 19 January 1995.

Wishing you a very safe and happy long weekend!
Warm regards,
Catherine Westwood and Georgina van Schaijik

School News

Year 5 and 6 Remuera Zone Rehu Tai Festival of Oral Language

It was fantastic that the Remuera Zone Rehu Tai Festival of Oral Language could finally go ahead on Friday 16 October. There was such a high standard of speaking and the adjudicators found it challenging, especially in the Speech category, to choose winners. Our representative was Micayla-Jane Elika who won the Year 6 Speech Finals at SMCS last term.

A huge congratulations to Micayla-Jane Elika on presenting her winning speech at this Remuera Zone Competition and being awarded 3rd place! We are very proud of you!

Year 5/6 Epro8 Science and Engineering Challenge 2020

The EPro8 Challenge is an engineering and problem solving competition.  Every year over 10,000 students from 800 schools from throughout New Zealand take part.  This year the challenge was to create a robotic animal.

Teams compete to:

  • build large sized structures
  • solve practical problems
  • engineer using pulleys, motors, gears, wheels and axles
  • invent simple machines
  • undertake fun experiments
  • construct electronic circuits
  • solve practical maths problems

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent St Michael’s this year:

– Madeline Cheng, Sophie Mary Brake, Sebastian Zitzenbacher and Zander Cabiling whose team scored 8th place!

– Sean Williams, Santiago Vargas-Herrero, Anna Karpik and Eden Cuevas whose team scored 16th place!


Year 6 Enviro Leaders Update

Today we created bird feeders and have hung them up around the school. The bird feeders contain peanut butter and bird seed and are environmentally friendly as they are made out of recycled paper rolls that decompose once the birds have eaten all the seeds. These were so fun to make! We hope that our school becomes full of bright and full birds! A little reminder that if you see any feeders on the ground please let a teacher or an enviro leader know.

Thank youOlive, Barry, Sebastian and Luke

PTA News

Virtual World themed Disco

What a fantastic evening this was!  There was a huge turnout of families and so much fun was had by all.  DJ Mike Cruz once again did a fabulous job of enticing the children and parents to the dancefloor and there were lots of activities and food to be enjoyed by everyone.  Massive thanks to Ree George, Peata Larkin, Laura Thomson and the rest of their committee for putting it all together (especially rebooking everything after it had been postponed) and to everyone that helped on the night.  Also, big thanks to the following families for their generous sponsorship:

  • Strevens Family
  • Murray-King Family
  • Jo Lawn
  • Greenlane Dental (Vargas-Herrero Family)
  • Ricketts Family
  • Fatima Valdez
  • Lauren Kendrick

Check out the photos!

Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday morning 27th October – Friday morning 30th October, 8:30-9:30am and 2:30-3:30pm each day.

Come along to the Book Fair next week and buy some books for Christmas!  This is our biggest fundraiser for the school library where a percentage of sales is donated back to the school.  If you would like to purchase a book specifically for the library, this is possible too.  Talk to one of the helpers at the desk next week and they will tell you what you need to do.

Thanks for the great response for help to run the sales for this!  If you are able to help one afternoon Tues-Thurs, please contact Emma [email protected].

Hall Tile Unveiling Event – Saturday 7th November (after the 5pm School Mass)

The PTA would like to invite you to a special St Michael’s Family Tree Tile Wall unveiling which will take place after the whole school mass in the school hall.  The artist, Peata Larkin, has put an incredible amount of time and energy into this amazing piece of art, using the tiles that families (past and present) have so generously purchased.  The Family Tree will be a special part of St Michael’s history.  Please see invitation attached and RSVP for catering purposes to [email protected]

Invitation to the unveiling of the St Michael’s Family Tree Tile Wall (click to view)

Second-Hand Uniform Shop

Next open Friday 13th November 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 girl’s 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 [email protected] if you want to find out more!

Christmas Stall – Save the Date – Saturday 28th November after the Jesse Tree Mass

More details 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 [email protected] with any questions.

PTA Meeting

The next meeting will be on Monday 23rd November.  Our last meeting for the year – all welcome!


Regalo by KIM – Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Be organised and sort your Christmas gifts early. We will donate 10% of each purchased gift hamper to the Breast Cancer Foundation until the end of October. This special collection is on sale. Thank you in advance for helping us in this worthy cause.
Please follow us on Facebook & Instagram @regalobykim – we add new hampers on sale every day


Playball Flyer T4 (click to view)