Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Ngā Mihi O Te Aranga”
Happy Easter

Holy Week is a time to look into the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Today we had the Holy Thursday Liturgy where children reenacted Jesus washing the Disciples feet. At St Michael’s Parish this is the Holy Week Timetable.

 Year 6 Outreach leaders update – Easter Egg Collection

A huge thank you to all the St Michael’s students and families who donated Easter Eggs! What a wonderful display of generosity and following in St Mary MacKillop’s attitude of never seeing a need without doing something about it. The leaders dropped off the Easter treats to Monte Cecilia Housing Trust on Tuesday for distribution before Easter. The CEO Bernie came to meet the children with Elaine and thank them. They also presented the kids with a lovely certificate and got them to hand out some of the Easter Eggs to their children. Thank you again for your generosity.
From the Year 6 Outreach leaders – Helena, Lila, Mackenzie, Alejandro and Kyan

Health and Safety

In light of the tragedy at Pigeon Mountain School please take extra care when driving into or from driveways around our school. Also, if your child has to cross Arney Road ensure they know how to do this safely. There was a near miss last week where a car almost hit one of our students. The crossing is the safest way for children to cross Bassett Road.

Helpers Needed for Swimming Sports at Sacred Heart College – Friday 7 May

This is a great event but for it to run smoothly we require a large number of parents to help. Please if you are able to help at this event can you email Charlotte Bagnall c.bagnall@smcs.school.nz

SMCS Policies

All our policies are on SchoolDocs, please follow the next four steps:

  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

This term we are reviewing Home learning. Please click on the current review and then click on and read the policy.  Next you click on under review and complete the survey. Your feedback would be appreciated.

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 StrandThis term, the students 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:

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;
11:50am – Concert in the Hall;
1pm – Lunchtime for the students

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

School Masses – 01/04/21 – Holy Thursday Liturgy at 2:15pm in the Church – all Families are welcome to  attend; 08/04/21 – Rooms 1 & 9.

Easter Prayer

I wish you all a blessed Easter.

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

Sports News

New FLIPPABALL Players for Term 2

If your child is in Year 3 or 4 and would like to play Flippaball in Term 2 please contact: Sara Jane Elika sarajaneelika@gmail.com for more information.

PTA News

PTA Update

Important dates Term 1:

  • Easter – Good Friday 2nd April, Easter Monday 5 April. Tuesday 6 April No School
  • Grandparents Day – Thursday 15th April (9:15am Mass, followed by morning tea and concert)
  • End of Term 1 – Friday 16th April

 Important dates Term 2

  • 7th May – Swimming Sports at Sacred Heart School
  • 13th May – Teacher only day (No School)
  • 19th May – Swimming sports assembly
  • 28th May – School disco
  • 29 May – School Mass 5 pm

Grandparents’ Day

Help needed please!!

The PTA will be providing morning tea for all of our wonderful Grandparents. We please need help with baking and preparation and serving on the day.

Please get your bake on and provide a plate of sweet treats. These should be bite sized and easy to eat. Shortbread, slices, biscuits, brownie, mini muffins, scones etc.

For catering purposes it would be helpful to know what you can bring. Please email laurajanethomson@gmail.com to confirm.

The PTA will be making all savoury options. Please email laurajanethomson@gmail.com if you can help with this from 9am on the day or if you are able to help serve and tidy up afterwards. Thank you!

School Disco – Save the date!!!!

Huge thanks to Gio Penna for volunteering to run the disco this year. We are planning to hold the disco on Friday 28th May. More information will follow over the next few weeks.

School Uniform Shop

The next date for the  School uniform Shop will be 14th May. Payment may be made by cash or online payment. Sorry no EFTpos available. We are still quite short of stock for girls’ uniforms, especially larger sizes. Now 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!! Also, if you have any spare hangers they will be very welcome for use in the shop.

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

Caring Shed

The purpose of the St Michael’s Caring Shed is for the families within our school and parish community to provide Good Quality household items that can help to make someone else’s house a home. They will take most good quality items.

Please DO NOT put any broken or unusable items into the Caring Shed. Mrs McKeown has put a sign on the door of what should not be put into the shed, please take note of this when donating. To access the Caring shed, please get the key from the school office.

Louise and the year 6 Outreach leaders and their families visited Monte Cecilia on Tuesday to take the Easter eggs that we as a school community donated. If you would like to donate any food items please place them in the labelled basket in the school office foyer.

These donations will be added to the Parish food bank, which is donated regularly to St Vincent De Paul for distribution. If you have any queries please contact Louise Barnett, the Caring Shed Coordinator on mannionlouise@yahoo.co.uk

Gardening help

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 10th May, in the Staffroom. We would love to see you there – new members are always welcome, and we are a friendly bunch!

Ree and Sarah – PTA Co-Chairs

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)

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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

SWiSH April Holiday Netball Clinic

SWiSH Netball Clinic Flyer (click to view)