BOARD OF TRUSTEES NEWS

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.

Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,   

Please keep all the students in the Becoming Church programme in your prayers as they make their First Holy Communion on Sunday 22 November at 2pm. Then on Wednesday 25 November they will be Confirmed fully into the Catholic Church.

Principal’s Awards and ICAS Certificates

We have decided to give out awards and ICAS certificates after Meditation on Monday mornings. This is due to COVID limiting the number of assemblies we have been able to host this year.

Drop Off On Bassett Road – illegal parking 

I have had complaints from our neighbours 20 – 30 Bassett Road of parents blocking their driveways to drop off students. Please show respect to these people and refrain from parking illegally. Please do not park on the yellow lines by the crossing as it is a health and safety issue for the students on patrol.

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.

Whole School Masses – It is important that students attend both school Masses

Jesse Tree Mass – Saturday 28 November at 5pm – Students will meet by the statue of St Michael (weather permitting or in the Church). After Mass there will be a Christmas Market organised by our PTA.

End of Year Thanksgiving and Graduation Mass – All our Graduates and Leavers are acknowledged in this Mass. We also give out our Special Catholic Character Certificates for students from Year 0 to Year 6.

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 

  • 26/11/20 – Rooms 3 and 10
  • 28/11/20 – Jesse Tree Mass at 5pm All Families to Attend

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast Day – 21 November

“Help us to be worthy dwelling places for God by following His will and loving Him with our whole hearts. May we become a living praise of His glory by allowing him to shine forth freely from our being.

Blessed Virgin, pray for this favour for us this day. Amen. (warriorofgod.net)

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

Congratulations

Auckland Girls’ Choir

Congratulations to Grace Thomson, who participated as a chorister in the Auckland Girls’ Choir’s on Wednesday 11 November at the War Memorial Museum.

The performance was during the Armistice Day Memorial Service, which commemorated and remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending the freedoms that we enjoy today. Well Done Grace!

Sports News

Smcs Athletics Student Voice

The sun shone brightly as we boarded the bus to Glover Park. Covid and the weather were not going to cancel our athletics day for 2020! The juniors participated in their fun and fabulous field events, and in the afternoon they lined up for the sprinting events. They all did so well participating in their activities. 

Meanwhile the seniors competed for top honours and it was great to see everyone join in. Thanks to all the teachers and parents especially Miss Bagnall for making it happen.

By: Oliver White – Your sports leader 

Thank you for all those who participated in athletics for 2020 and our amazing parents who supported us. Once again, Ms Bagnall made our athletics day a huge success. Thank you also to the Messy Kitchen for selling all those delicious muffins.

And to all the students who qualified into zones, we wish you the best of luck on Monday.

By: Charlize Wichman – Your sports leader 

SMCS Basketball

Last Monday, the SMCS Warriors and the SMCS Crusaders were against each other in the ACB Miniball League held in St. Kentigern. The children were especially pleased that Mr. and Mrs. Mckeown were able to come and support everyone. Both teams played exceptionally well and our players were definitely bolstered by Mrs. Mckeown’s enthusiastic cheering. But in the end, congratulations must be given to the SMCS Warriors (Year 4/5 team) who prevailed over the Year 6 team. The SMCS Warriors have two more games left in the season while the Crusaders have three more games to go. We wish both teams all the best.

SMCS Football Coordinators required

We’re on the hunt for two parents volunteers to take over from Paula and Julia to manage SMCS Football next year. Ideally parents with children in the junior school, but we’re open to anyone.  It’s a great way to make new friends or join forces with an existing friend.
If your children love Football this is a great way to give back to the school.  The role includes
  • allocating teams
  • communication between team managers and coaches
  • distributing & collecting team bags and uniforms
  • coordinating with Ellerslie club
  • communicating with SMCS re practice days

(95% of this can be done at home so it’s ok for working parents too).

We are lucky at SMCS to have the relationship that we do with Ellerslie and our school teams are a great way to meet other families and friends.  It would be a great shame to hand this back to Ellerslie club to manage.  Please contact Paula and Julia if you are interested or have any questions smcsfootball@gmail.com

PTA News

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

** We are still 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. **

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!

ChristmasStall Flyer (click to view)

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.

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.

Save the DateSunday 28th February 2021 School Mass and Family Fun Day – more details to follow!

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

Notices

St. Michael’s Christmas Giving Tree

The traditional tree goes up on Saturday 28 November. This is an excellent way for parishioners to show practical concern for the underprivileged. Christmas is always a difficult time for those who are out of work and unable to provide for their families. This year things are expected to be worse than ever.

As you shop for your own family this Christmas, why not put aside something for others, especially children, who also are hoping for a sign of love, comfort and support this season.

The gifts you leave under the tree will be distributed to the needy by St. Vincent de Paul. Please take some cards and give generously again this year. Thank you.