Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Poipoia te kakamano Kia puawai”
Nurture the seed and it will blossom

We have had a large number of relievers recently in classrooms which has enabled teachers to assess their students for the End of Term One Reports.

New Privacy Act – Parent Permissions

Thank you to all those parents who have submitted their child’s/rens permission through the “Update contact details” link below.

Parents who have not yet submitted permission consent for their child/ren will no longer receive  class information/updates/events/reminders from their PTA Class Rep going forward until parent consent has been given.

Please click on the link below to submit your responses.
https://www.smcs.school.nz/update-contact-details/ (click to respond)

Skool Loop app

Parent Teacher Interviews will be held in Term 2 this year. To make your interview booking easier please ensure you have downloaded the Skool Loop app on your phone. The “Interviews” tile will be activated closer to the time with instructions via the Newsletter.  Watch this space!

Teacher Only Day Update – 19 March and 13 May 2021

The Primary Teachers Collective, as agreed by the Ministry of Education, gave schools 8 Teacher Only Days to be used between July 2019 and June 2022. We previously used two days before school started. This time we are using two of these days to take part in a Religious Education professional development course. We chose Thursday 13 May because both Baradene and Sacred Heart are also having a teacher only day.

Easter Break – Good Friday 2 April to Easter Tuesday 6 April

The Ministry of Education has mandated that Schools have a break from Good Friday 2 April to Easter Tuesday 6 April. Tuesday is counted as a school holiday.

Transport Needed for Year 5/6 Sport Exchange on Tuesday 30 March 1pm-2.30pm

Please let Georgina g.vanschaijik@smcs.school.nz know if you can help transport students from school to the venue and back again. We only have one more offsite exchange this term.

Year 6 Student Council & Catholic Character Leaders cutting palms for Palm Sunday

Thank you to the Student Council leadersJoaquin, Otis, Hugh, Anika, Athena and Lilly and the Catholic Character leaderIsaac, who went to the palm tree beside the St Michael’s statue and cut down over 600 palms for the Parish of St Michael’s and St John’s in Parnell. These will be used on Palm Sunday the 28 March.

Religious Education – End of Strand reflection & sharing of learning opportunity – Thursday 1 April 

In response to parent feedback from the 2019/2020 Religious Education Internal Review, we are reimplementing opportunities for students to share their learning with families at home at the end of each Strand. This term, the student’s have been learning about Jesus.

On Thursday 1 April, they will be bringing home RE books to share and discuss with you. Inside each student’s book you will find a reflective template on which you are encouraged to write a brief comment about the discussions you had with your child about their religious education learning. Please return these books back to school following the Easter break so that learning can continue seamlessly in the classroom. Thank you

Example of reflection page you will see in student books:

MOTAT trips 

Thank you for the parental support you gave to teachers at MOTAT this week. The students enjoyed their time at MOTAT.

Grandparents Day 15 April 2021- 9am to 1pm

The format for the day is as follows:
9:15am – Whole School Mass;
10:15am – Grandparents go to visit classrooms (activities to be done)
11am – Morning Tea Grandparents will have this provided by the PTA;
11:30am – Students go back to class;
11:45am – Concert in the Hall;
1pm – Lunchtime for the students

Bottom Field Out of Bounds 

The bottom field has been completed and it will be out of bounds for the next two weeks to allow the ground to settle.

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 – 25/03/21 – no class Mass; 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 Spiritual Leaders 

“God, please be with our church and our nation’s spiritual leaders today. Please give them wisdom indecision making and the strength and courage to follow you wholeheartedly, even when doing so is difficult, unpopular or may come at a cost. Help them lead our churches and our nations well, drawing all of us straight back to you.” (https://equippinggodlywomen.com/faith/daily-lenten-prayers-for-spiritual-renewal/

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

Sports News

Year 5/6 Remuera Zone Swimming

Sixteen of our Year 5 and 6 students represented our school in the Remuera Swimming Zones held on Tuesday 23 March. Thank you to the parents who came along and supported them.

Congratulations to Steele Wichman for placing 1st in the Year 5 Boys 25m Backstroke and 2nd in the Year 5 Boys 50m Freestyle .

Congratulations to the Year 5 Boys team for achieving 2nd place in the 4 x 25m Freestyle Relay.

SMCS Netball Survey 2021

Netball season begins next term. This is open to any child who is in Y2 – 6.

Each team plays at St Johns, by Stonefields on a Thursday evening. Game times are from 4pm – 6pm.

Please fill in the required Survey Monkey link below by 7th April so we can begin our Netball administration:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F97NSF9

NB : The  survey monkey only allows one child per family to participate. If you have more than one child wanting to play Netball please email Charlotte Bagnall at c.bagnall@smcs.school.nz

PTA News

Friday Pizza

Pizza will be sold tomorrow Friday 26 March ($2 per slice)

School Uniform Shop

The next date for the  School uniform Shop will be 26 March 2.30pm – 3.15pm. Payment may be made by cash or online payment. Sorry no EFTpos available at this point in time.

We are quite short of stock for girls’ uniforms, especially larger sizes. Now that we’re approaching the end of term it’s a great time to check out last year’s winter uniform and see if you have anything to donate!! To donate uniforms please put them in a bag and drop to Genevieve at the office.

PTA Meeting

The next PTA Meeting will be held on the 10 May at 7pm in the staffroom. All are welcome to attend!

Notices

Altar Servers Training

For those who have received their First Holy Communion already … The next Altar Servers Training will be on Sunday 11th April 2021 (9-10am) at St Michael’s Catholic Church.
Please register interest to Issa on 021 179 3801 or issa_ilo@yahoo.com.

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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Geoff Beech Tennis

Geoff Beech Tennis Flyer (click to view)

PFORM.NZ

PFORM.NZ (click to view)

This is a great time to trial Pform.nz, bring friends and experience the wonderful classes that we offer at St Michaels School on Tuesdays.

No booking required – just turn up for a free trial & you will be warmly welcomed. VENUE DETAILS