Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

We are certainly entering the busy season and it is vital that we take time to still ourselves and take time to catch our breath. I have downloaded the “Mentemia Mental Wellbeing” App which is led by Sir John Kirwan. I get little message reminders to help with my wellbeing.

Lock Down Exercise

Today we held a very successful Lock Down exercise, the students responded well and the whole event ran smoothly.

Book Week 

Last week we enjoyed our Book week for 2020. We were grateful that this event could take place during these uncertain times.  We sold  $4,407 worth of books and the school received $1,542  for the SMCS Library.

Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped run the Book fair especially Ree George and Emma Houghton and thank you to everyone who made our Book Week  successful.  

Here are a few photos from the Book Parade:

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 – Friday 6 November at Glover Park

Please ensure that children arrive at school well in advance of the 8.55am bell, as the buses will be departing at 9.00am. Children are to wear their house t-shirts, school PE shorts, school hats and running shoes. They will also need to have their lunch boxes, drink bottles and a wet weather jacket packed in their school bags. We will be taking our bags with us to Glover Park. The PTA will be selling Frujus, along with some muffins. Updates will be posted on ClassDojo.

School/Parish Mass and the Unveiling of the Tiled Wall in the Hall Saturday 7 November

We are looking forward to the upcoming School Parish Mass this Saturday 7 November at 5pm. Student’s to 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. The unveiling will begin straight after Mass.

Reviewing SMCS Charter – Please complete by 6 November

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.

Encountering CHRIST

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

School Masses – 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

November is the month in which we remember the dead

During this time we continue to pray for those who have gone before us in faith that they might be embraced by God. At many churches you will have the opportunity to remember your loved ones by signing their names in a book or on slips of paper. These names are brought to the altar and special prayers are said for them. 

For all who have died

“We remember in our prayers this November all who have died and gone before us to the loving arms of God.

They have gone no further from us than to God,  and God is very near”


Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown

Student Voice

SMCS Book Week

Last week we enjoyed our Book Week for 2020. We were grateful that this event could take place during these uncertain times. We started the week with Pajama Day and welcomed ‘Dog man ‘ into Jump Jam. 

We had another successful book swap and the selection was of high quality. The Library leaders enjoyed running events throughout the week and congratulations to the winners of these activities. We ended the week with our one and only Book Character Parade and the costumes were outstanding. Thank you to everyone who made our Book Week successful.

By: Bonnie and Hayden 

SMCS Book Week

Book Week was amazing, this year for the book fair DogMan was the mascot and an Ex silver Fern from Duffy Books visited us to talk about books. A different classroom teacher came and read to us their favourite story.

On Tuesday we had Pajama day, on Wednesday we had a drawing competition in the library and on Wednesday we had a book swap.

On Friday everyone came to school in their outstanding costumes dressing up as iconic book characters from books such as Harry Potter and Dogman. Thank you once again St Michael’s.

By: Santi and Mickey

PTA News

Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you so much to everyone who supported the Book Fair!  Due to the amazing support and money spent on sales, Scholastic gave us 35% commission giving us a record total of over $1540 to be spent by the library.  An incredible result and a fantastic way to keep up the joy of reading for the kids.

Huge thanks to all the people that helped in the shop – your time and support is so much appreciated!  Thanks also to Miss Bagnall and the library team for a fantastic book week!

Athletics Day

The PTA will be selling ice-blocks ($2) and Messy Kitchen will be selling chocolate chip muffins and spinach and feta bread muffins ($3 with $1 being donated to the PTA) at the Athletics Day.  Bring some cash to enjoy these treats!

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

The PTA is so excited 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 Cards
  • 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 is 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!

Sport News

SMCS Alumni Boys win Basketball Awards

A big congratulations to William Harris, Roman Twomey and Sebastian Vargas-Herrero, SMCS alumni who won awards at the Sacred Heart College Basketball prize giving. Well done!

SMCS Flippaball

Congratulations to the SMCS Flippaball Seals who won (3-0) over St Kent’s Girls on the weekend. Well Done!

If there are any Year 3/4 children (2021) who are keen to join the team please contact Ree George. The Year 4 kids will be moving up to the Year 5/6 so there will be some spaces available for new children to join the team.


Orakei Tennis Club holiday program