Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata”
Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure

The staff and students were very happy to come back to school. Thank you Parents and Caregivers who helped your children last week to attend zoom lessons and complete set tasks. We know this would have been a challenge for you balancing your own commitments and homeschooling.

Welcome to New Families and Students

We would like to welcome the following new family who have joined us this Year: the McGillivray family – Oscar McGillivray (Rm 2)  When we are in Level one we will give you a special blessing at Meditation.

Learning Evening and Meet the Teachers Has Been Cancelled

Due to the uncertainty regarding changing alert levels, we have decided to cancel the official Meet the Teacher evening this term. We are on track to send out the Term 1 Progress Reports at the end of this term with Parent Teacher interviews scheduled for the first week of Term 2. If you do have any questions, please email your child/ren’s classroom teacher.

Events and Trip Updates

Year 5/6 Remuera Zone Swimming and Trials
If Auckland is in Alert Level 1 on Tuesday 23 March then this event will go ahead at St Kent’s Boys School. If we are in Level 2, unfortunately it will not go ahead. Trials for Year 5/6 Remuera Zone Swimming will be held on Wednesday 17 March from 1pm – 3pm at St Kentigern’s Boys School swimming pool on Shore Road, Remuera.

MOTAT Junior and Senior Trip
We are very lucky to have our MOTAT trips rescheduled! The Juniors will be attending on Tuesday 23 March and the Seniors on Thursday 25 March, all travelling by bus. Classroom teachers will be in contact to re-organize the parent helpers. Thank you in advance.

SMCS Swimming Sports Day
This will be held at Sacred Heart College on the 7 May 2021. More details to follow.

St Patrick’s Day – Green Day

Students may wear green mufti to school to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on Wednesday 17 March.

Bottom Field Completion (15th -18th March)

Turftech will be completing the drainage of the bottom field. The field will be closed from 15th – 18th March.

Teacher Only Day 19 March 2021

Just a reminder that we are having a Teacher Only Day on Friday 19 March. The staff are doing a Religious Education paper through the Te Kupenga Catholic Theological College and the tutor is coming to our school.

Lost Property Bin Overflowing

Please check the bins located outside the Junior Resource Room and next to the Associate Principal’s Office.

Encountering CHRIST

St Michael’s Parish Website – Sunday Mass Times (including the vigil): Saturdays 5pm; Sundays 8am, 10am, and 8:30pm (up to 100 people in Level 2).

School Masses

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.

Prayer For Transformation

“God, I don’t want to just do a few good things for You. I want to be a brand new creation. Please transform my life God. Please transform me from the inside out and make me more like You.” (https://equippinggodlywomen.com/faith/daily-lenten-prayers-for-spiritual-renewal/)

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

BOT News Update

What a start to 2021! We are half way through our first term and already we have experienced two lockdowns. While this isn’t the start to the year that any of us would have wanted, I am pleased by how the students, staff and parents have all reacted to these snap lockdowns. The learning packs that the staff worked quickly to pull together have been a big success and I wanted to thank Ann and the team for all their hard work putting these together.

Luckily the annual Year 6 school camp was able to go ahead and it was a huge success again this year. It is something that the students all look forward to as it provides them with a number of challenging experiences. I was able to attend camp this year and I was impressed by how brave the students and how they all supported each other through each activity. Thank you to Georgina van Schaijik and Louise Spora for your hard work organizing a great few days.

The Board of Trustees had our first meeting for the year a couple of weeks ago where I was re-elected Chair and Mark Twomey was elected Deputy Chair for 2021. We took the time at our first meeting to remind ourselves of the responsibilities of being on the SMCS Board and ensuring that we keep focused on our core purpose of ensuring all SMCS students receive the best possible education.

Over the summer holidays we had the drainage and irrigation work carried out on the lower playing field. While the work hasn’t quite been finished it is pleasing that we have been able to improve the playing surface and ensure that it can be used all year around.

Nga mihi,
Jon Williams
BOT Chair

PTA News

PTA update

Its great to be back at school again, long may it last!!

Important dates Term 1

  • Teacher Only Day – Friday 19 March
  • Easter – Good Friday 2nd April, Easter Monday 5 April, Easter Tuesday 6 April (a School Holiday).
  • Grandparents Day – Thursday 15th April (9:15am Mass, followed by morning tea and concert)
  • End of Term 1 – Friday 16th April.

Friday Pizza

Don’t forget!! No Pizza this week!!

School Uniform Shop

The next date for the School uniform Shop will hopefully be 26th March 2.30 – 3.15 p.m. (Dependent on Covid levels). Payment may be made by cash or online payment. Sorry, no Eftpos available at this point in time.

If you need anything urgently before the 26th Mar, please email us at ptasmcs@gmail.com before each Friday and we can arrange to check for stock and leave in the office for your child to collect.

Please can we ask that this is only used for urgent requests as we need to limit how much we access the school. To donate uniforms please put them in a bag and drop to Genevieve at the office.

Gardening help

Once we are able to enter the school grounds it would be great to have some regular help to tidy up the garden. Please either see Jim if you spot him in the garden or email us at ptasmcs@gmail.com if you might be interested in helping. Thanks!

PTA meeting

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

Ree and Sarah

Notices

Pompallier Catholic College – 50th Jubilee Celebration

French class – LCF Languages

LCF Fun Languages Flyer (click to view)

Maroussia Boyack
Club Manager – Central Auckland
LCF Fun Languages – New Zealand
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