Happy New Year

I hope you all had a lovely break over Christmas and took some time to relax after our unusual year. I had a lovely Christmas with our family, especially our 8 Grandchildren (pictured above). 

Learning Evening and Meet the Teachers – Wednesday 17 February – Two Sessions: 6pm and 6:30pm 

At 6pm and 6:30pm there will be two identical sessions where teachers will share information that is specific for their year groups. E.g. Learning expectations, learning targets, timetables, and home learning. Children can attend the sessions with you. The meeting rooms are as follows: Room 2 for Students in Rooms 1 & 2; Room 3 for Students in Room 3 & 4; Room 5 for Students in Rooms 5 & 6; Room 7 for Students in Rooms 7 & 10; and Room 8 for Students in Room 8 & 9. 

Health and Safety

Please continue to use the QR codes when entering our school. Students will be washing/sanitizing their hands before and after eating (there are visual signs with the correct procedures of washing hands). Please keep your children at home if they are sick (colds, cough, flu etc). 

Parent Contact Information – Emergency contacts

If families have moved house, changed mobile phone numbers, changed emergency contacts, changed email addresses,  over the holidays, as well as any changes/updates to your child’s Medical/Allergies information please email the school office at secretary@smcs.school.nz.

Chess Demonstration – Tuesday 9 February at 1:10pm in the Hall – all students welcome

Maxim Volk from Chess Power is going to run Chess Open Day at our school. They teach the students all about Chess, the history of the game, the rules and some basic strategies. The students then get to play games with each-other applying their new skills. 

Motorised Model Building Demonstration – Thursday 11 February at 3pm in the Hall

Join the Bricks 4 Kidz Motorised LEGO® Model Building class and experience the hands-on fun of our STEAM programme. Develop problem solving skills and an appreciation for how things work. Classes will be held on Monday after school in the Hall. To enrol click on the link below:

https://www.bricks4kidz.co.nz/auckland-central-east/after-school-classes/ (click to view)

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 

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.

Encountering CHRIST

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

Sacramental  Programme For Year 4 and older – Please contact Emma Houghton stmichaelsbecomingchurch@gmail.com if you would like your child to participate in the Sacramental programmes.

Lenten Programme 2021

The Religious Education Committee would like to extend an invitation to the parents, families and friends of the students and staff of St. Michael’s Catholic School.

Information and an enrolment form can be found at https://remueracatholic.org.nz/lenten-programme-2021/ Copies are also available in the church porch or school office.

School Masses – 04/02/21 – Rooms 2 and 8; 11/02/21 – Rooms 4 and 7; 17/03/21 – Ash Wednesday at 9:15am All Families are welcome to  attend; 18/02/21 – Rooms 5 and 6; 25/02/21 – Rooms 3 and 10; 28/02/21 School Parish Mass at 10am – All families to attend; 04/03/21 – Rooms 1 and 9; 11/03/21 – Rooms 2 and 8; 18/03/21 – Rooms 5 and 6; 25/03/21 – Rooms 3 and 10; 01/04/21 – Rooms 4 and 7 at 9:15am and Holy Thursday Liturgy at 2:15pm in the Church All Families are welcome to  attend. 

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

PTA News

PTA Meeting and AGM

Tuesday 9th February, 7pm in the Staff Room, starting with the AGM: all welcome to attend and help plan this year’s events.

Sunday 28th February – School Mass and Family Fun Day, 11am-2pm (following whole school mass at 10am).

Support your school community and get 2021 off to a great start at the annual St Michael’s Family Fun Day! 

SMCS Family Fun Day Poster 2021 (click to view)

Family Fun Day is a cash-free event. We will be operating a token system.  Tokens will be available for purchase by EFTPOS on the day but you can avoid queues and pre-purchase your tokens before 21st February, via bank transfer as detailed below: ($2 tokens available, minimum purchase in advance is $20)

St Michaels School PTA – ASB Account: 12-3075-0199134-00
Particular: Family Day
Code: Family Name
Reference: value of tokens

There will be plenty of great entertainment and food on offer to tempt you and your family. To make this event a success we need your help!

  1. Have you made your Jolly Jars for the Tombola?
  2. Have you made any preserves over the summer you can donate?

We also need baking for the always popular St Michael’s cake stall! Cake boxes and other materials will be available at the office from 9th February.

Please drop your donations to the school office from 15th February.

We urgently need volunteers to help on the day. Please confirm your availability to laurajanethomson@gmail.com

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Open this Friday, 5th February, from 2.30pm to 3.15pm.  We have most summer items in stock, including sun hats!  Pay by cash or online payment.

We are also in need of some helpers to assist in the shop this year – the shop opens two or three times a term on a Friday afternoon.  Please email ptasmcs@gmail.com if you would like to join the team!

Scholastic Book Club

This Friday, 5th February your child will come home with a copy of the latest Scholastic Lucky Book Club brochure. It’s a new year, and a GREAT time for students to kick-start their reading habits and routines!

There are many benefits of Book Club, including:

  • Carefully curated with age appropriate titles.
  • Value for money–children can take home a book from as little as $3.
  • Quality publishing–access to the best in children’s publishing from bestselling authors and illustrators.
  • Rewards that go back to the school to buy more books and educational resources!
  1. Visit mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz to set up your account and order through the website.
  2. Download the LOOP App (this is a different LOOP from the Skool LOOP App!) and follow the prompts.

It can be a bit daunting setting it all up for the first time, so here is an easy to follow guide how to do it:

Parents Guide to setting up LOOP (click to view)

Each year remember to log on to your account and update your Child/Children’s Year Level and Classroom to ensure that ordered books will be delivered to the correct place!

Orders close two weeks after the brochures come out – Issue 1 orders must be completed online by Friday, February 19th. Books are delivered to the school the week after orders close, and will be handed out to your children in their classrooms once they have been sorted.

Please do not hand in any orders or money to the Office, all orders must be placed online via the website, or through the LOOP App.

Our School benefits hugely from your Book Club orders. Rewards points are earned through our spend, and these points are gifted back to the Teachers and Library at St Michaels School throughout the Year.

Any questions please feel free to contact our Book Club Team on SMCSBookClub@gmail.com.

Ree George, Emma Houghton, and Sarah Benson.

Sports News

Futsal

Are there any Year 5/6’s keen to play Futsal this term?  We require 3 players to join our current team – first 3 to contact us will be able to play.
Games commence on Saturday 13th Feb and are played in the afternoon at EGGS (it depends how the team grades as to whether it is early or late afternoon for the term).  Games are 30mins long with 5 players on a team.  This is a fun, action packed activity and a great way to further develop nifty soccer skills.
Please contact Emma at eahoughton21@gmail.com to confirm a space or to ask any questions.

SMCS 2021 Soccer Information and Registration Flyer

Football at St Michael’s 2021  (Click to view)
2021 EAFC Registration flyer (Click to view)

Notices

School Lunches 

The Messy Kitchen will start back with Nacho Wednesdays and Sushi Thursdays next week (Week 2).

Pizza Fridays

Pizza Friday – starts Friday 5 February 2021.

$2 slice of Pizza and $2 Fruju

PFORM.NZ St Michael’s School Gym
SING DANCE ACT
Tues 3.30 – 5.30pm  www.pform.nz 
0800 736 766 (PFORM NZ)
https://www.pform.nz/auckland/locations/remuera-st-michaels-school