Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

The End of Year Thanksgiving Mass was very moving and I felt very proud of our Year 6 Graduates who were actively involved in the Liturgy.  We farewelled 36 Graduates and other leaving families, some of whom have had a long association with our school. I hope all those families who are leaving us know how blessed we have been to have your presence at our school. 

Prize-giving 11:30am and Christmas Concert 1:30pm on Friday 11 December

You are all warmly welcome to attend these special events. The Messy Kitchen will be selling food and drinks during the break between the Prize-giving and the Christmas Concert. 

The Messy Kitchen will be selling $5 Chicken Cranberry Croissants and $3 Christmas Mocktails for parents, caregivers and family members to enjoy during the break between the Prize-giving and Christmas Concert on Friday, 11 December.
Prepaid Pre-orders can be sent to:
The Messy Kitchen WhatsApp number: 021521535 – kindly indicate your name, order and screenshot of payment

Internet Banking: The Messy Kitchen Ltd 06-0193-0864832-00
Code: your name
Reference: Croissants

An acknowledgement of your pre-order will be sent. Thank you for all your support through the year.

Mufti Day on Tuesday 15 December – School Closes at 12:30pm

Students may wear mufti on the last day of school. For those families who are leaving the school, you may wish to donate your uniform to the PTA for the secondhand uniform shop. 

Sunhats Are Compulsory For Terms 1 and 4 (Caps are being phased out)

The Cancer Society of New Zealand recommends all students and staff wear hats that provide good shade to the face, back of the neck and ears when outdoors. Next year all students are to wear the school uniform sunhat. Students are in school when ultraviolet radiation levels are at their peak. Caps do not provide the necessary protection from the sun.

No Edible Christmas Treats and Shared Lunches 

One of our values is “Make Room For All” and we have a large number of students who have various allergies so no edible treats are to be brought into school please and given to classmates. This is a health and safety issue. There are to be no shared lunches during the school day. Christmas treats may be handed out after school once children are in the care of their family. 

Children with allergies are very very aware that they’re different. They can’t participate in social activities that are centred around food. Even when they do participate, there’s a lot of stress involved. Children as well as parents are always on high alert for the hidden dangers in food, and the contamination that occurs with hands and shared utensils and dropped crumbs. What is meant to be a fun activity for the class, is actually a very stressful situation for allergy kids and allergy parents.

Classes and Teachers for 2021

Room 1: Isabella Anderson (Year 0/1); Room 2: Catherine Westwood (AP) /Christine King (Year 0/1); Room 3: Charlotte Bagnall (Year 1/2); Room 4: Margie McInally (Year 1/2); Room 5: Lauren Brown (Year 3); Room 6: Sophie Dodd (Year 2/3): Room 7: Jessica Jost (Year 4/5); Room 8: Georgina van Schaijik (AP) / Lisa Jones (Year 5/6); Room 9: Louise Spora (Year 5/6); Room 10: Philippa Barling (SENCO) / Kate Smit (Year 4); Reading Recovery: Deahna Barrington; Classroom Release: Anna Harvey 

Lost Property

Please check the two bins, one in the Junior area and the other by the AP’s office. The bins are overflowing. Any uniforms that are still left will be given to the PTA. 

Encountering CHRIST

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

Christmas Giving Tree

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. 

Christmas Prayer

“ May love come alive within your heart, as Christmas time draws near. May hope fill each room you decorate and bring joy to those you hold dear. May peace be before you at every meal and faith ring through every song. For Christ is alive, the light of the world. May He bless you all season long”. 

(https://www.lords-prayer-words.com)

I wish you all peace and happiness at Christmas and throughout the New Year. I pray that God will protect you and your families over the Christmas break. To our Graduates and leavers, I hope you have a smooth transition to your new schools. I will keep you all in my prayers. 

Meri Kirihimete 

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

BOT – Message from the Board Chair

Kia Ora Whānau,

As the end of a very challenging year draws to a close, The SMCS trustees would like to acknowledge and thank Ann and her staff for all the hard work, dedication and resilience they have shown in 2020. This year presented some truly unique challenges and it was great to see how quickly the teaching staff, students and parents were able to adapt to these changes.

We would also like to thank the PTA. While I know they didn’t deliver all the events they had planned this year, they still managed to juggle the schedule around and ensure that there were some great events for the kids and community to enjoy. I look forward to seeing what events they have planned in 2021.

It is great to see the drainage work on the lower sport field is underway. This project will deliver the school an improved, natural turf, playing field that we will be able to continue to use throughout the winter months. I would like to thank Justin Browne and Mark Twomey for their hard work on this project and ensuring that this work was started in 2020.

Lastly, For all the students and families that are leaving us this year, Thanks for all you have contributed to St Michael’s and good luck for the future.

Merry Christmas and a Happy holiday! 

Please take care over the summer holidays, stay safe, have fun and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

Jon Williams
BOT Board Chair

PTA News

Sunday 28th February, 2021 – School Mass and Family Fun Day!

Come along for a day of family fun, food and entertainment following the first school mass of the year. Bouncy Castles, Gourmet Sausages, Freshly Baked Pretzels, Lemonade, Candy Floss and more..

Are you in a position to be able to sponsor something on the day? Do you have any contacts for food/drink that the PTA may be able to speak to? Please contact the PTA on ptasmcs@gmail.com if you are able to help in this way. We look forward to hearing from you!

The incredibly popular Jolly Jar Tombola will feature again so start collecting, decorating and filling jars over the holidays! Please see flyers attached.

Cream and Red Watermelon Pattern Picnic Invitation (Click to view)

JOLLY JARS FOR SMCS FUN DAY TOMBOLA (Click to view)

PTA Review of 2020

It has been a challenging year for us all and the PTA’s usual calendar of activities, like so many other things, was affected by Covid-19.   We had to adapt our plans and expectations and realised that it was important to focus on events that brought our school community together.

We were lucky enough to hold our first Family Fun Day at the beginning of the year – this was a lovely summer’s day enjoyed by all, with food stalls, a petting zoo, bouncy castle and the very busy tombola stall.  We are planning another event like this on February 28th next year and hope that everyone can come along and start 2021 off on a good note!

We also made sure that we kept the ever-popular School Disco on the calendar which was eventually held in October this year, during Daylight Savings, enabling parents and students to mingle both inside and outside the Hall.  This added to the great atmosphere on the night.

Term 4 has been busy with the unveiling of the new St Michael’s Family Tree tiled wall in the Hall foyer.  The PTA hosted a well-attended function celebrating the culmination of many months of hard work by artist and St Michael’s parent, Peata Larkin.  We also held our second Christmas Market a couple of weeks ago which was successfully supported by our school and parish communities.

While the PTA’s annual calendar has been lighter this year, we have been able to continue providing services such as the Scholastic Book fair, the Second Hand Uniform Shop and pizza lunches.  Although we were not able to hold any major fundraisers, we have raised, with your support, just over $20,000 during 2020.

We have been able to spend some of this money on teacher and classroom resources, and have funds set aside to be spent next year on class trips, the Reflective Space and air conditioning units for the break out classrooms above the Hall.

On behalf of the PTA, we would like to thank you, the St Michael’s community, including our wonderful teachers, for your support of our events and fundraisers during 2020, especially considering the tricky year that we have had.   Caroline and I would also like to thank the amazing volunteers who have assisted us with organising and managing the events and services that we provide.

We also say thank you and farewell to the many families who are finishing at St Michael’s this year.  Some of these families have been here for many years, supporting the PTA and the school.  We wish them well for their next adventures.

Caroline and I are stepping down from our roles as co-chairs of the PTA at the end of this year.  We have been privileged to have worked together to help the great community we have here at St Michael’s and are lucky enough to have a fantastic group of volunteers who will be able to continue this work.

Our first PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th February at 7pm in the staffroom.

Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy summer break.   We look forward to seeing you back at school in the new year and especially at the Family Fun Day on February 28th!

Emma and Caroline 
PTA Co-Chairpersons

Thank you

To my friends of St Michael’s school,

I would like to extend my warmest gratitude and thanks to all of you for your support during this difficult time of mine and my family’s life.  I could not have got through this without your prayers, friendship and kindness. It is through your hearts that I have been able to experience God’s love for me and my family!
May the God of hope fill you all with joy and peace! God bless you all! 
Sincerely,
Marsha

School News

Year 6 Rainbows End Trip

On Friday 4 December the Year 6’s were lucky enough to be able to go ahead with the annual Rainbows End trip! It was a fantastic day and thank you to those parents who accompanied us!

Cluny Farewell Mass

St Michael’s students and Cluny Alumni, altar boys Jesse Robins and Isaac Houghton with Prayers of the Faithful Antonio Elika and Simon Cordtz attended the Cluny Farewell Mass.

ASC Times Table Challenge 

On the 2 December ASC held their ‘Times Table’ challenge, an annual event where both juniors and seniors compete against each other in this challenge. The students at ASC worked very hard the whole year through to prepare themselves for this challenge.

The participants this year were Laura Harris, Natalie Munapeyi, Madeleine Fraser, Anduin Arceo., Louis Bessette, Kian Manangan, Oliver White, Sebastian White and Nathanael Dwyer.

The times table challenge was no ordinary feat as it was not just about the correct answer, but the speed mattered too. The participants had to answer correctly as well as quickly to the times table questions which were out of order and ranging from times 2 to times 20.

Initially, Kian was leading and Louis and Oliver were close at heel but sheer determination and the capacity to cope under pressure got Louis to the top.

Congratulations!!  Well done Louis !!Keep it up!! It was amazing to see not just the accuracy but the speed at which Louis answered the questions.

Good on you all, for participating in this tough challenge. Looking forward to the challenge again, next year.

Special Children’s Christmas Party

Oliver Fletcher (Rm 9) student volunteered his time on Saturday morning for 5 hours at the Special Children’s Christmas party.

He kept very busy filling goodie bags, cutting fruit and helping to hand out goodie bags to 2000 children coming to the event.

Sports News

Cross Country – Alumnni News

Congratulations to an ex-SMCS pupil, Eva Houghton who received awards for being the Year 7 Cross Country champion, the Year 7 Athletics Champion and broke the Baradene record for the 1500m running race (and was one second off the 800m one!). Well done Eva!

2020/2021 Touch Rugby Season (TRS)

WOW what an amazing TRS this has been. I hope all of our awesome SMCS teams: Love, Joy, Peace and Hope have had a positive, happy and fun experience. Congratulations to you all! you have all played incredibly well demonstrating great sportsmanship, perseverance, energy, joy and positivity. A special mention for our newest players who have done us proud by having a go at playing touch rugby for the very first time! Ka Pai!

I would like to take this opportunity to also acknowledge all our coaches and managers who have taken time out of their busy lives and schedules to mentor and take care of our “Star Players” . We appreciate your time and commitment! Special acknowledgement also goes out to all our parents, siblings, families and friends who are behind it all to have it happen, turn up to cheer and encourage our star players from the sideline. Great teamwork everyone! Bring on Part 2 of our 2020/2021 TRS next year!
Wishing you all a wonderful, relaxing, peaceful Happy Christmas, New Year and Holiday! God bless. Terisa Cordtz

Year 6 Netball Stars

Our Year 6 netball team – the Stars – has had a fun summer season learning how to play 7-a-side netball and winning almost all of their games in the process!  The team members – Micayla-Jane Elika, Francesca Harris, Grace Thomson, Eve Glennie, Hayden Betham, Eden Cuevas, Bonnie Ansley, with help from subs Charlize Wichman, Anna Karpik and Sophie-Mary Brake – were keen to play a few more games after the winter season was cut short.  They are now all set for Year 7 netball next year!  Special thanks to our amazing coach Sara-Jane Elika and manager Laura Thomson.

Weet-Bix TRYathlon 2021 – Sunday 14th February

The East Auckland Weet-Bix TRYathlon will take place on Sunday 14th February, at Point England Reserve. The TRYathlon is open to Kiwi kids aged 7-15 years of all sporting abilities and TRYathlete’s can enter as individuals or in a team of 2.

St Michaels had so many children enter last year that we were awarded some free entries. First in first served. Please use the code 20SWINSTM at checkout.

Or if you miss out the Early Bird price of $45.00 is available now – a saving of $15.00!

You can register and enter our school group here. By linking to our school group it will give us the chance to win some great prizes  !
https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=35573&G=99443

The TRYathlon is all about giving it a TRY and is a rewarding and fun day out for everyone. If you have any questions please contact our school coordinator Laura Thomson on laurajanethomson@gmail.com

We will have a school marquee at the event. If anyone would like to volunteer to help with this please contact Laura above.

2020 Yummy Sticker Rewards – Sports Gear

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed stickers for the Yummy Sticker Sports Gear rewards! We raised a massive $735 which has gone towards new sports gear for the classrooms. Thank you to Mrs Barrington for organizing this for our school!

Notices

Saint Gianna’s Home for Mothers and Babies Concert – 12 December 2020

Saint Giannas Concert 12 December (click to view info)

Saint Giannas Home_St Michaels Remuera Concert (click to view info)

SWiSH Netball Christmas Clinic 2020

Email: shootingclinic.swish@gmail.com 

Join Leonie and Courtney for some festive netball fun! Sessions will include; FUNDAMENTALS (attacking/defence/shooting) FUN FITNESS & FAST FIVE – Limited Spaces available!

VENUE – St Cuthbert’s College, Epsom YEAR GROUPS – 5-8
DATES – 16, 17, 18 December
TIME – 1:30pm – 4:30pm
COST – $180.00
SWiSH Netball Clinic Info (click link to website)