Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Ko te Whaea te takere o te waka”
Mothers are like the hull of a canoe, they are the heart of the family.

Welcome to Term Two, I hope your children had a great break. We have another group of student teachers at our school. They are in their second year of study and will be with us for six weeks.

SMCS Swimming Sports on Friday 7 May at Sacred Heart

The Senior School events will begin at 9:45am (leaving school at 9am) and the Junior School events will start at the later time of 11.15 am (leaving school at 10:15am). Children will be travelling to the event by bus. Your child needs to bring togs, towel, a swimming cap, goggles (optional), a packed lunch, and a drink bottle. The PTA will be selling ice blocks for $2.

If you are a parent helper who is involved in the set up of the pool, and you would like to take your child/ren straight to the event, please inform their classroom teacher. Likewise, if you are taking your child home at the end of the event, please let us know.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Parent Interviews – Tuesday 11 May 1:30pm to 5:30pm and Wednesday 12 May 3:15pm to 7:30pm

On Tuesday students will be having lunch at the normal time and then they will go to the hall from 2pm until 2:55pm.

Please book your visits through the Skool Loop App.

To download the Skool Loop App:

To make your Parent/Teacher booking:

  1. Click on your “Interviews” tile
  2. Select “Select Interview” 
  3. Select your child’s teacher
  4. Select what day/date preference
  5. Select your time preference
  6. Click “Select”
  7. Enter students details and sign at the bottom
  8. Select “Book Interview”
  9. A confirmation email will be sent to you with your bookings details.

Ministry of Education Teacher Only Day Reminder – Thursday 13 May

This will be our second session for the Paper RE501. Both Sacred Heart College and Baradene are also having this day.

Parish/School Mass and Reflective Area Blessing and Lunch – Sunday 30 May

This will be our first gathering with the Parish this year and we would like all families to attend. Students are to wear their school uniform and meet in the Parish Centre at 9:40am and the Choir will go straight to the Church. Mass is at 10am; Blessing of the Reflective Area 11:15am; Parish / School Social Gathering 11:30am in the Hall.

Pokemon Cards

It is so interesting to see the trends in toys come and go! We have noticed lately that the use and trading of Pokemon cards has caused quite a lot of upset amongst our junior students, and this is beginning to interrupt their learning time. As we have a long-standing rule in the Junior School that toys are not to come to school, we would like to ask that all Pokemon cards stay at home. If teachers see cards at school, they will hold onto them for the day, and return them after school.

Senior students are managing these cards well, and can continue to bring them to school at this stage.

SMCS Policies – This Term we are reviewing Reporting to Parents

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

Encountering CHRIST

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

School Masses – 06/05/21 – Rooms 1 & 9; 20/05/21 – Rooms 2 & 8; 27/05/21 – Rooms 5 & 6;  Sunday 30/05/21 – Parish/School Mass at10am; 03/06/21 – Rooms 4 & 7; 10/06/21 – Rooms 3 & 10; 17/06/21 – Rooms 2 & 8; 24/06/21 – Rooms 1 & 9; 01/07/21 – Rooms 5 & 6; 08/07/21 – Rooms 3 & 10.

The Month of May is dedicated to Mary, a fitting time to recite the Rosary daily

Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you.
Blessed art you amongst women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

I wish all mothers a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown

PTA News

Welcome back to term 2.

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
  • Sunday 30 May – School Mass and Blessing of the new Reflective area.

Grandparents’ Day

We’d just like to take this opportunity to say another huge ‘Thank you’ to everybody in the school community for the amazing amount of contributions both in baked goods and help on the day that helped to make the day go so well. We had lots of positive feedback from the Grandparents that attended.

School Uniform Shop

The next open 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. 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.

Scholastic books

On Tuesday this week, your child should have  come home with a copy of the latest Scholastic Lucky Book Club brochure.

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.

If you are new to ordering here is an easy guide to help you


Parents Guide to setting up LOOP

Please submit your orders by 14th May at the latest. Thanks!

Swimming sports this Friday


There will be no pizzas this week due to swimming sports, but we will be selling ice blocks at lunchtime so please bring your $2 coins!

Mrs McKeown has asked that students don’t buy items from the tuck shop at the pool please.

School Disco – 28th May

The School Disco has been planned for Friday 28th May and we look forward to seeing you all there!

The theme is in line with one of the school’s focuses for this year.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) so start thinking about your dressup!!

The Student council will be visiting classrooms next week with flyers and ideas for costumes. Costumes are, as always, optional, just come as yourself if you prefer!!

Refreshments will be available to buy and as in previous years we will be operating a token system for payment on the night for the various activities on offer.

We would really appreciate volunteer help for various aspects of the event either for the early or later part of the evening. More details on specific areas requiring help to follow in the next couple of weeks.

We would also love to hear from you if you, either as a family or a business that you are involved with would like to sponsor any activity for the event. Please contact us either on [email protected] or [email protected]

School Mass and Blessing of the new Reflective area

The School Mass has now been changed to the 30th May -10am (Sunday) and will incorporate a joint St Michael’s School and Parish Social Event to bless the new Reflective area. There will be more details to follow regarding this event in the next week or so.

The Caring shed and food donations

Monte Cecilia really appreciates our donations BUT please, please, please can we ask that only good quality items are put into the Caring shed.

Louise and Marama have had to throw away quite a few broken and soiled items that would not have been taken by Monte Cecilia. Thank you to those who have been donating to the food basket in the foyer outside the office, these donations will go into the Parish foodbank for distribution.

PTA meeting

The next PTA meeting is at 7pm this coming Monday 10th May, in the Staffroom. We would love to see you there – new members are always welcome

Ree and Sarah

Sports News

SMCS Fitness Class

Have fun, fight the flab, feel strong and find new friends –  all in just half an hour! The St Michael’s Mums’ outdoor exercise class is up and running again for term two. We meet up to 3 times a week at 9am (Mon/Wed/Fri) at Bloodworth Park on Shore Road.  There’s shelter, parking, even a nearby coffee cart. Classes are casual, for all abilities and cost $10 a go. Younger kids can come too. Chat to our coach Carmel (Rm 2 & Rm 7 mum) for more details or give her a call/text on 0212443141.

Bricks 4 Kidz Afterschool Enrichment Programme

Bricks 4 Kidz Term 2 Flyer

Bricks 4 Kidz Robotics Programme

The Elika boys finished their Robotics for Term 1 and found it very interactive and informative. Thank you St Michael’s for offering the programme.