Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

School/Parish Mass and the Unveiling of the Tiled Wall

It was wonderful to be able to all gather and celebrate Mass together on Saturday, such a joyous occasion. The tiled wall looks outstanding, thank you Peata Larkin for creating this amazing feature in our Hall. Thank you also to the PTA and the many helpers in the kitchen.

Athletics Day 

We were so blessed with the weather for this event. Thank you Charlotte and all the parents who helped to make this day run so smoothly. Congratulations to all the students who participated on the day.

Lost Property

Please check the two bins, one in the Junior area and the other by the AP’s office. There are some uniforms that have no names on them.

Alumnae News

NIWA Auckland City Science and Technology Fair 2020 

St Peter’s College 

Physical World Year 7 & 8 – 3rd Place Thomas Browne “A slippery character ……”  Investigating the effects of lubricants to reduce friction on a water slide.

Planet Earth & Beyond Year 7 & 8 – 3rd  Place Jonathan Luxford   “What happens in a black hole, stays in a black hole.”

Baradene College

Living World Year 7 & 8- Highly Recommended Hiranya Fernando “Weed Warriors”

Dora Slavich received the Baradene candle at the Thanksgiving Mass on Thursday, as the youngest Year 7 at the school. The tradition is that the leaving head girl (Neve Petheridge) gives it to the youngest Year 7, at the end of year mass. Then Dora will give it to the new head girl at the first school mass next year.

Encountering CHRIST

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

Cluny Farewell 

The Parish is hosting a function to mark the departure of the Cluny Sisters from Remuera after 72 years in the parish. The function will be held on Sunday 13 December starting at 3.00pm. Parishioners who wish to attend should email or phone the parish office to make a booking.

School Masses

  • 19/11/20 – Rooms 2 and 8;
  • 26/11/20 – Rooms 3 and 10;
  • 22/11/20 – First Holy Communion Mass
  • 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

Prayer Reflection

“Dear Lord, Help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance, and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

Board Of Trustees Update

Lower Sports Field Update

Great News! After many delays this year we are pleased to confirm works to address the year round playability of the lower sports field are going to get underway before year end so we can start 2021 with an improved, natural turf, playing field.

Works will commence on 7 December 2020 and include the installation of field drainage and an irrigation system. While this will result in the lower field being out of bounds for the last week of the school term it will allow us to start 2021 fresh and move into the winter months without the need to close the fields for extended periods. Weather dependent, works will be completed by 18 December 2020.

PTA News

Hall Tile Unveiling Event

The PTA was delighted to have such a great turnout from past and present school families and also St Michael’s parishioners, to this much anticipated event!  It was a wonderful evening to celebrate the unveiling of the new and updated St Michael’s Family Tree tile wall in the foyer of the school hall.  This beautiful and significant piece of artwork has been designed by Peata Larkin (artist and school parent) and we are so grateful to all the tile purchasers for allowing us to fundraise in this way. Massive thanks to Peata and her team for the many hours put into this project, to Caroline Harris and team for sorting the catering, Sara-Jane and MJ for their beautiful singing and to Fr Tony for his blessing of the artwork.  Thanks also to our very generous sponsors – The Tile People – who so kindly donated all the tiles for this artwork.  We are very grateful to Glenn Obery and his team there.

If anyone would like to collect their tile from the previous artwork, these will be available in the foyer on Friday afternoon.

Second-Hand Uniform Shop

Open this Friday, 13th November, from 2.30pm to 3.15pm.  This will be the last opening for the year.

Please support the PTA and consider donating any uniform items that you no longer need to the Uniform Shop.   Donations can be dropped off to the School Office.

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

** We are looking for volunteers to organise a sausage sizzle or ham rolls on the night.  If you would like to help with this, please contact us at ptasmcs@gmail.com. **

ChristmasStall Flyer (Click to view)

Join us for some Festive Cheer in the Parish Centre! 

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.

Please join the PTA in 2021!

We need some new volunteers to join our PTA and help organise the fantastic events and services that we run at our school!  It is a great way to get involved in the community, meet new families and support our wonderful school and teachers.  We have some fun ideas for 2021 and need our parent volunteers to make these happen…  If you would like to find out more, please contact us at ptasmcs@gmail.com or come along to the last PTA meeting of the year on Monday 23rd November at 7pm in the Staff Room.

PTA Meeting

Our last meeting for the year – Monday 23rd November.  All welcome!

School News 

Remuera Lions Club Junior Speechmakers Competition

Congratulations to Petra for coming 1st in the Year 5 Speech finals at school!
Petra qualified to present her speech at the Remuera Lions Club’s  31st Annual Junior Speechmakers Competition on Tuesday 10 November. The judges were blown away by the quality and standard of the participants. They said the decision was very difficult and the scores were close. Petra spoke beautifully, very clear and confident. Congratulations Petra for representing St Michael’s!

Road Safety Week 

This year Road Safety Week takes place 16-20 November. The theme is ‘Step Up for Safe Streets’.  We want everyone to ‘Step up for Safe Streets’ and learn about, shout about and celebrate the amazing design-led solutions that will allow us all to get around in safe and healthy ways, every day.  At School we will have activities for students to complete in class and at lunch time.

On Friday 20 November, we will have “Wheels Day”. Bring your bike, scooter or skateboard to school, along with your helmet.

Thank you from your Environmental leaders – Olive, Sebastian, Barry and Luke

Sports News

SMCS Flippaball

Congratulations to our SMCS Seals Flippaball win 6-2 over Westmere Primary yesterday. The Boys were over the moon that Mr & Mrs McKeown were able to come along and watch the game!

Notices

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

Enrolments are now open for 2021.  The programme is suitable for children Year 4 and up (> 8 years as at 1st May 2021).   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 7:30pm.  It is essential 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 stmichaelsbecomingchurch@gmail.com

Gift options for Confirmation or First Holy Communion