Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

He Kōtuinga mahi iti, he hua pai-ā rau
Small ripples create big waves

It will be great to see both parents and students wearing pink shirts tomorrow in support of anti-bullying.

Tomorrow is Pink Shirt Day – Friday 21 May 2021

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying! In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. We would encourage all students to wear pink mufti. If you would like to make a donation to the Mental Health Foundation, please feel free to bring in a gold coin. Please keep in mind that it is Pizza and Fruju Friday, so if you have a child in the Junior School, please label the money carefully, or hand it straight to the teacher!

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 and light lunch at 11:30am in the Hall.

The Parish are organising the food so for catering purposes can you please email Genevieve [email protected] your name and number of adults and children who will be attending the luncheon by today Thursday 20 May.

SMCS Religious Education (RE) survey to whanau 2020/2021

As part of our annual Catholic Special Character Review, we would like to gather information about our communities knowledge of, and engagement with, the teaching of Religious Education at St Michael’s Catholic School.

Please click the link to complete the survey to share your thoughts. We appreciate your time and effort to complete this survey.

Thank you, SMCS Special Catholic Character Committee 2020/2021 – Bishop Appointees, Principal & DRS.

SMCS Progress and Achievement Tests (PAT) 2021

Below is an analysis of 2021 PAT Results. We have put 2020 results (in brackets). We were pleased with our results especially after the number of lockdowns and remote learning blocks last year.

Average or Above (stanines 4-9); Below (stanines 1-3); Above (stanines 7-9)

Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 4-6 Combined
Average or Above 92.4%
Below Average 7.5%
Above Average 52.5%
Reading Vocabulary:
Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 4-6 Combined
Average or Above 95%
Below Average 5%
Above Average 50%
Reading Comprehension:
Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 4-6 Combined
Average or Above 95%
Below Average 5%
Above Average 47.5%
Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 4-6 Combined
Average or Above 97.5%
Below Average 2.5%
Above Average 30%

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

Traffic Plan

We are receiving complaints from our neighbours with regards to our behaviour when dropping off and picking up. In some cases cars are blocking neighbours’ driveways and preventing those families from taking their own children to school.

The Health and Safety Committee (sub-committee of the Board) is revising the Traffic Plan for our school. We will be seeking your input  as part of a Community Consultation meeting later this term.

A gentle reminder to any parents who are coaching or attending sports practices in the mornings to please ensure that you do not park in the staff parking area on the church driveway.

Encountering CHRIST

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

School Masses – 20/05/21 – Rooms 2 & 8; 27/05/21 – Rooms 5 & 6;  Sunday 30/05/21 – Parish/School Mass at 10am; 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.

Prayer for the Fire of the Spirit

“Lord of Power, just as the outpouring of Your Holy Spirit on Pentecost so drastically changed the lives of the disciples, may the burning fire of Your Holy Spirit refine and renew us, so that we will never be the same. May we move in the power of the Spirit, and may our lives and ministries be infused with Your divine, supernatural touch and authority. May the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation cause us to grow in our knowledge of You. Amen.”(https://connectusfund.org/)

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown

PTA News

Important dates for Term 2

  • 28th May – School disco
  • Sunday 30 May – School Mass and Blessing of the new Reflective area. Followed by Social event with the Parish.

Pizza Friday

Room 1 is on Pizza duty this week. Thank you Room 1 Parents!

School Disco – 28th May

Calling all Scientists, Techs, Engineers, Artists and Mathematicians to join us on an exSTEAMely fun Disco night. Get ready for some STEAMY excitement and STEAMtacular food and drinks.

We are so excited to see you costumes and the Student Council will be  selecting the ‘best homemade costume’ and ‘best family costumes’ among other categories on the night.

Don’t waste time queuing for tickets and tokens on the night. Pre-order them online to maximise your fun!

Entry tickets $5 one child or $10 per family. Tokens are in $1 increments and we encourage you to pre-ordered tickets and tokens online

Account details: St Michael’s School PTA 12-3075-0199134-00
Reference: Surname
Particulars: Number of children attending
Code: Disco

Price List

  • Samosas (Vegetarian, Lamb or Chicken) $4
  • American Hot dog  $4
  • Pretzels  $4
  • Wine/beer  $5
  • Water/Juice  $2
  • Candy Floss  $4      ($6 LED stick candy floss)
  • “Microbial” Jelly  $2
  • Mini cupcake  $2
  • Cake Pops  $2
  • Lolly bag   $2
  • Chocolate bar $2
  • Chocolate chip Cookies  $1
  • STEAM Cookies  $2
  • Temporary Tattoo  $2
  • Coloured hairspray  $2
  • Face Paint  $2
  • Glow in the dark Merchandise $1 – $4 dependent on item.
  • Photo booth – $2 per print out per person.

Please order your tickets and tokens by Midnight on Tuesday 25th May  to allow processing time. Thanks! (unfortunately no refunds will be given for unused tokens)

Thanks to those who have already put their name forward to help, we still have a few spaces to fill. Why not join in the fun while you’re there with your children and help out for an hour?

We would also still 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 Blessing of the Reflective area and joint Parish/School social event will be taking place after the 10am mass on 30th May. This will be a relaxed community social event.

Everybody is welcome to attend and there will be a brunch served after the mass and blessing. The Parish are providing 7 people to help on the day and have asked if we as a school community could do the same.

We need 3 people to greet and usher people to the Reflective area after Mass and a further 4 people to help with food service and clean up after the event. Thank you to those people who have already volunteered to help, we are still in need of a few more please.

Please could you email us on [email protected] or [email protected] if you would be keen to volunteer. Thank you!

Yummy fruit sticker collecting

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away! 2021 Yummy Sticker Promotion -Sports Gear

Once again the promotion is running for terms 2 and 3. Each sticker is with 1 point and each bag tag is worth 10 points. Please place completed sheets into the PTA box (outside the PTA cupboard in the senior school) or give them directly to Mrs Barrington.

Last year SMCS collected close to 6000 points, which equated to over $700 of playground and sports gear.

Link to the collection sheet- Yummy Fruit Sticker Collection Sheet (Click to print)

1 2 3 4 5 6 You’re on your way to some cool sports gear. 7 8 9 10 11 12 Ask friends and family to help you collect stickers. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Website: www.yummyfruit.co.nz (click to view)

PTA meeting

The next PTA Meeting will be held on 21 June 2021 at 7pm – Staff Room. We are always happy to welcome new input, so don’t be shy! We’d love to see you there.

Ree and Sarah


Nurse Manager – Baradene Convent Position available

RSCJ Trust Nurse Manger Advertisment 2021 v2 (click to view)

Baradene Art Show

The Baradene Art Show is being held on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May between 10am-4pm. Entry is free and we have some wonderful art, a lovely gift shop, a raffle as well as a cafe. You can find us at 237 Victoria Avenue, Remuera and we’d love to see you there! Meantime enjoy the art which is for sale by visiting BaradeneArtShow.co.nz