Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

I hope you all enjoyed Labour Weekend, I enjoyed catching up with my family.

Staff Changes for 2020

Sadly we will be farewelling Beth Rush as she is going to be working as a specialised teacher in St Cuthbert’s Learning Centre. Beth has been an asset to our school but we understand that she is following her passion. The Board of Trustees have employed Sophie Dodd (who is currently in Room 6) as a permanent teacher at our school. Philippa Barling is coming back from her maternity leave and will be teaching Year 4 in Room 10. She will share this position with Kate Smit.

Book Week 

This has been very successful and a big thank you to Charlotte for organising this event, thanks also to her many helpers.  All are welcome to come to the Book Parade at 9:15am in the Hall. Students will be dressed up as their favourite book character.

Summer Uniform and Hats

Students should be wearing their summer uniform and sandals now. In term 4 students are required to wear a hat when they are playing outside.

Athletics Day 

If you are able to help with this event please email Charlotte Bagnall [email protected] More details will be posted on the Class Dojo. 

Lock Down Exercise

St Michael’s Catholic School engaged the services of an independent company, Harrison Tew, who specialise in emergency management planning for schools. The procedures allow us to respond safely and quickly to a range of circumstances. The training consists of a low key but detailed approach to potential threats and has been successfully implemented in hundreds of schools throughout New Zealand. The lock down exercise is scheduled for next week and in order to keep it as real-life as possible, families will receive notification by way of email and on the school website.

Please ensure contact details are current by updating changes via the office.

Upcoming Mass

We are looking forward to the upcoming School Parish Mass next Saturday 7 November at 5pm. Can students please wear summer uniform and gather in the parish centre by 4.40pm. The choir can go straight up to the Church to meet Miss Brown. 

School Assemblies hosted by:

Senior School: Wednesday 4 November (2.10pm)
Junior School: Wednesday 18 November (2.00pm)


You all should have received an email with a copy of our current charter and a survey for you to complete. The Board of Trustees would like to receive your thoughts and ideas so that they can update our charter and strategic goals. Please click on the following link to complete the SMCS Community Charter Survey 2020.

SMCS Charter 2020 (Click to view)

Encountering CHRIST

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

School Masses

  • 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 3 and 10;
  • 28/11/20 – Jesse Tree Mass at 5pm All Families to Attend;
  • 03/12/20 – Rooms 1 and 9;
  • 07/12/20 – Thanksgiving End of Year Mass at 6pm

All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day Prayers


Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown


Sports News

Soccer News

Helena Coyle, Lilly Kerr and Madeleine Snell are in the U10 Ellerslie Girls Red team and have competed in two tournaments recently. In the school holidays the team travelled to Taupo to compete in the McCartney Invitation Tournament which has teams from throughout the North Island competing across the last weekend of school holidays (Friday through to Sunday). The girls started the tournament slowly with a loss but then went through the rest of the three days undefeated, winning their semi final and final to be crowned Tournament Champions.

The following weekend the team competed in another tournament, the Norwest Tournament in Kumeu. No Ellerslie team had previously made it through to playoffs of this tournament. The girls made it through to the semi final and the backed up their great work in Taupo by winning a tense penalty shootout to make it through to the final.

The final was against the well respected Easter Suburbs Gold team, which again went to penalties that unfortunately went Easter Suburb’s way for Ellerslie U10 Girls Red to be crowned runners up.

Helena, Lilly and Madeleine should be very proud of what they achieved across the two weekends! Well Done girls!

PTA News

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 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 and they will tell you what you need to do.

Thanks for the great response for help to run the sales for this!

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!

St Michael’s Christmas Market – Saturday 28th November after the Jesse Tree Mass

Join us for some Festive Cheer in the Parish Centre!

ChristmasStall Flyer (click to view)

We are looking for donations of homemade Christmas treats that our community can enjoy themselves or gift to others. Please donate and support our school!

Examples include:

  • Jams, Curds & Chutneys
  • Christmas Cakes
  • Christmas Tarts
  • Festive Granolas
  • Shortbread
  • Gingerbread
  • Gift Card
  • Wrapping paper
  • Decorations
  • Gift Boxes
  • Fudge, Truffles & Sweets
  • Cordials & Syrups

Deliver to the office for PTA collection up until 27th November or to the Parish Centre after 4.30pm on 28th November.  Cake boxes, cellophane bags and wrapping materials will be available from the school office from 16th November or deliver your gifts before Mass and we can wrap for you.

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!


Becoming Church Programme 2021 – Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist (First Holy Communion)

Enrolments will open in the next few days for 2021.  The programme is suitable for children Year 4 and up (> 8 years as at 1st May 2021).   Next week, please visit the St. Michael’s Parish website https://remueracatholic.org.nz/sacramental-programme/ for dates, enrolment form and further information.

A parent information evening will be held in the St. Michael’s Catholic School Hall on Wednesday, 18th November 2020 at 7:30 p.m.  It is mandatory that parents who are planning to enrol their child in the programme attend.

The evening will outline the format and content of the course to give a clear understanding of what is involved.  Any questions, contact Emma Houghton at [email protected]gmail.com

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)