Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,                      

“Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi’ 

With your basket and my basket the people will thrive

Yesterday our Year 6 Leaders were very excited to be going to Camp Adair at Hunua. Please keep them in your prayers. Last night our staff attended the Dedication Mass at Christ the King. At this Mass all Catholic schools and institutions were blessed.

Welcome to New Families and Students 

We would like to welcome the following new families who have joined us this Year: Deevy family, Ellis family, Helsby family, Monteiro family, Renoh family, Black family (returning), Coyle family (existing), Kendrick family (existing), Lamont family (existing), Murray family (existing), Fitzgerald family, Lazarte-Simic family, Setiobudi family, Hale family (Returning), Swann family, Yeung family, Yan family, Canlas family and the Lozica family.

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.

Sunday 28 February is our School Parish Mass at 10am – All to attend         

The students are to wear mufti clothes as there is a fun day planned after it. Students will meet their classroom teacher in the Parish Centre by 9.40am.                    

SMCS Policies

This Term we are reviewing Home Learning:

  1. Go to www.schooldocs.co.nz 
  2. Click Search for your school.
  3. Start typing the school name and then select from the dropdown list.
  4. Enter the community username and password:

Username: smcs
Password: mackillop

Instructions for reviewers

  1. Read the Home Learning Policy.
  2. Click the red Policy Review icon at the right-hand top corner of the page. A new screen will appear.
  3. Select your role (board member, staff member, or parent/caregiver) from the drop-down list.
  4. Enter your name (optional).
  5. Submit your ratings and comment

Chess Demonstration

Unfortunately this did not go ahead as the facilitator had another event to go to.

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/

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.

Food for Faith for Lent 2021

Food for Faith offers brief daily email encouragements in LENT 2021 for those who sign up at www.foodforfaith.org.nz. Take a few minutes each day of Lent to experience Jesus Christ present with you and experience immediate benefits. This Lent’s offerings include a TAKE ONE hour a week invitation to be in contact with others who are on the same journey. More information at www.foodforfaith.org.nz.

Catholic Charity Walk

Walk a day in their shoes! Join a 12-hour walk around Auckland on the 6th of March to raise funds for vulnerable families in Latin America through the Catholic charity – NPH New Zealand.
Find out more or donate here: www.nph-nz.org/walk

School Masses

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 – Parish / School Mass at 10am; 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; 08/04/21 – Rooms 1 & 9. 

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown
Principal

PTA News

PTA AGM

Dear Parents,

We would like to introduce ourselves. We are Ree George (Mum to Arran Yr 5 and Miller Yr 1, and also Luca who is now at Sacred Heart College) and Sarah Benson (Mum to Oliver, Yr 4.) We were elected as Co-chairs at the PTA AGM on 9th February. We look forward to working together with the wider school community to do what we can to continue the fantastic work that has been done by many previous parents. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Caroline Harris and Emma Houghton for all of their hard work, and enthusiasm during their time as Co-chairs over the past 2 years.

Important Dates Term 1

  • Ash Wednesday Mass  – Wednesday 17 February 9:15am
  • Meet the Teacher Evening – Wednesday 17 February 6 & 6:30pm
  • Whole School Mass (10am) & Family Fun Day – Sunday 28 February (11-2pm)
  • Swimming Sports – Friday 5 March (Sacred Heart College Aquatic Centre)
  • Teacher Only Day – Friday 19 March
  • Easter – Good Friday 2nd April, Easter Monday 5 April.
  • Grandparents Day –  Thursday 15th April (9:15am Mass, followed by morning tea and concert)
  • End of Term 1 – Friday 16th April.
  • Sunday 28th February – *School Mass and Family Fun Day, 11am-2pm (following whole school mass at 10am). *Mrs McKeown has confirmed that the children are allowed to wear Mufti for both the family mass and family fun day.

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!

  • Have you made your Jolly Jars for the Tombola?
  • 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 are now available at the school office.

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

We still need help with a temporary tattoo and face painting stall. Do you have older students no longer at St Michael’s who may have a flair for art and would like to help with this? We have stencils available to help with designs on the day.

If you as a family or business would like to donate money or sponsor any part of the day, please contact Laura Thomson, details below.

We would love to run a fun games stall (throw a ball into cups for a prize, cornhole, toss quoits on to a bottle etc) and need a volunteer for this – if fun is right up your alley and you have an idea and are keen to help, please contact Laura on the email below!

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

Second Hand Uniform Shop

The second hand uniform shop was very popular last week, it will be open again on 12th March and 9th April.  Pay by cash or online payment.  Sorry no Eftpos available at this point in time.

Thank you to Sabrina Tian for taking on the running of this. We are still also in need of some more 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!

To donate uniforms please put them in a bag and drop to Gen at the office.

Scholastic Book Club

Last Friday, 5th February, your child should have 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!

Ordering from the brochures is easy, it is all done online via LOOP (the Linked Online Ordering and Payment platform for parents). There are two ways you can order online:

  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

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.

School Disco

Volunteers needed please!!

We really need a parent to take on the role of running the school Disco, planned to take place in Term 3 or this event may not happen!! There is a formula to follow to organize the Disco, so you will not be starting from scratch – and various members of the PTA and school Community will join in to help you so you won’t be doing it alone! Please contact the PTA on ptasmcs@gmail.com to register your interest.

Caring Shed Co-ordinator

Our Caring Shed is a space that items can be donated to, and then passed on to the Monte Cecilia Charity. In the past we had a school Coordinator for the Caring Shed to help with the process, and we would really like to re-establish this role in 2021. If you are interested please contact us.

Plenty of support is available within the PTA if you would like to take on one of these roles, you don’t have to re-invent the wheel!!

Please contact us on ptasmcs@gmail.com if you are interested in either of the above.

PTA Meeting

The next PTA meeting has been planned for 7 p.m. Monday 22 March, in the staffroom. We would love to see you there – new members are always welcome, and we are a friendly bunch!

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

Baradene College

OPEN EVENING will be held on Thursday 4 March, 2021 at 6.30 p.m.  We welcome all prospective parents and students to visit the College.  Entry at Gate 2 to the Auditorium.

Enrolments for Year 7, 2022 are presently being accepted and will close on Friday 19 March, 2021.

A limited number of places in Year 9 will be available and applications will close on Friday 19 March, 2021.

Saint Kentigern Girls’ School – Scholarships for Year 7 Entry 2022

Girls in Year 6, from all New Zealand schools, are eligible to apply for the scholarships which provide fee assistance for education at Saint Kentigern Girls’ School in Year 7 and 8.

Information and a Scholarship Application form is attached.

Saint Kentigern – Girls’ School Scholarship Application 2022 (Click to view)

This is also available on our website http://www.saintkentigern.com/girls-school/apply/sc/

Scholarship applications close on Wednesday 3 March 2021 and all applicants must sit a scholarship test on Wednesday 17 March 2021.

St Peter’s  College

OPEN DAYYear 7 Enrolments in 2022 – Tuesday 23 February 2021 (9.30am or 1pm)

Contact (09) 524 8108 or visit www.st-peters.school.nz