Talofa lava St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

Nothing is more important than your family

We had two very successful events this week. It was great to see such a high attendance at both the Disco and the Reflective Area gathering. Thank you to everyone who was involved in these events.  A special thanks to Giovanna and the PTA for all their hard work for the Disco and to John Shaw, Anna Hechanova-Lu, Sarah and Ree for being instrumental in the planning of the Parish/School Social Function.

Samoan Language Week

To celebrate Samoan Language Week students are invited to wear lava lavas or other traditional Samoan outfits to school on Friday. They can wear it over their uniform or as an outfit.


On Tuesday 01 June 42 SMCS Students and 1 staff member were confirmed into the Catholic Church. Bishop Denis Browne confirmed the students. A big thanks to Emma and Deahna who organised this great celebration.

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

Alert Level 1 – Stay at Home if Sick

Winter is upon us and this is the time where people can get ill with colds and flu. Please if your child is sick keep them at home in order to protect other students from getting sick. This will also help with the spread of COVID-19.

Gardens To Table

Thank you to the green fingered parents who have been working with our students in creating an amazing vegetable garden. Your hard work is appreciated.

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.

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

Request for help with Year 5/6 soccer reffing please

When the Year 5/6 soccer sports exchange teams go offsite to play games, we require a ref. If you or a family member are capable and available on Tuesday’s from 1.30pm – 2.30pm on the following dates, we would highly appreciate some help: 15 June, 22 June, 29 June, 6 July and in Term 3 – 27 July, 3 August and 10 August. Please email [email protected] if you can help or have  a contact who can. Thank you

Teachers Paid Union Meetings

On Thursday 24 June (Week 8), teaching staff who are NZEI members will be attending paid union meetings as part of the Primary Teachers Collective Agreement with some attending in the morning and others in the afternoon. The purpose of these meetings is for teachers to discuss the priorities for the renegotiation of their collective agreement in 2022. Issues being discussed, such as school staffing levels, directly impact on the education of your children. These meetings are a critical component of the negotiation process and it is the legal right of all members to attend a meeting and have their say. While there will be some impact on the usual school programme that day, we have adjusted the programme to minimise disruption, and the school will remain open. However we are encouraging children to be collected by 12.30pm. All children who remain at school will be supervised in the Hall. If your child requires supervision, please email Genevieve at [email protected] Thank you in advance for your support.

Encountering CHRIST

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

School Masses – 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.

St. Charles Lwanga and his Companions Prayer

“Dear Lord, we thank You for the virtue and example of Your martyr, St. Charles Lwanga and his Companions. Help us to imitate the deep love for Your Church that inspired them to spread the Catholic faith to others” (https://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-charles-lwanga-and-companions)

Manuia tele le aso (Have a blessed day)
Ann McKeown

PTA News

Pizza Friday

Room 9 is on Pizza duty this week. Thank you Room 9 Parents!

We would like to thank everyone for your patience as we review the pizza/ice block Friday process.

  1. Could you please make sure that your children have the correct change, if possible.
  2. Confirming with them in the morning how many slices they are going to order would also be very helpful – to ensure that # of slices ordered early in the day is as close as possible to those picked up at lunchtime!

Please note – regular size ice blocks are now back in stock (YAY!) so all lemonade ice blocks are back to $2 each.

School Disco – 28th May

The PTA would like to say a huge Thank you to Gio Penna, Sarah Benson, Ree George and the wider PTA for all of the planning and preparatory work that went into the school disco.

Please see below for a message from Gio…

What an amazing evening this was! We were very pleased to see so many families there, having fun together and making memories. Everyone really upped their game and we saw some incredible costumes this year! There were lots of activities and food to be enjoyed by everyone. DJ Mike Cruz once again did a brilliant job in keeping everyone dancing by playing the most recent hits (and some classics too!).

Thank you to Fatima Valdez, who donated water bottles, Anjelica Mercader for the choc chip cookies and Lauren Kendrick for donating chocolate bars for the night. A big thank you must go to Steph Van Oijen who designed the beautiful posters and flyers.

Also, a big thanks to our volunteers on the night: Brendhan Fitzgerald, Laura Thomson, Deahna Barrington, Emma Houghton, Christine Grace Alejo, Josephine Hazel, Maria Hancock, Blossoms Cruz, Kathya Davis Fuentes, Ana Waalkens, Emily Lee, Venus Itoh, Hayley Murray, Mathew Croad, Marija Slavich, Paloma Vivanco-Coutts, Fiona Twomey, Regina Cortez, Katleen Van den Branden, Emma Brannam, Rod Penna, Emma Arceo, Luciana Sasdelli, Mike Angland, Lucy Carter and Denc Fong.

Below are some of the photos from the night…

School Mass and Blessing of the new Reflective area

Thank you to all of those people who helped on Sunday at the Blessing and Social Event.

This was a great event that was really well attended by so many of the Parish and School community. Although the weather report wasn’t great prior to the day, the sun shone and the rain stayed away. This meant we could stand outside on the Kings Lawn and bless our special Reflective Area, before heading inside to the school Hall to partake in the hot dogs, pancakes and pizza that the Parish had kindly organized for us in advance.

We are hoping that this is the first of many social events that bring together the Parish and School Communities over the years. It is fitting that the first event was held in honour of a special area that we hope many will use in times of reflection

We have sent our thanks through to the members of the Parish Council who organised the event and hosted us so well.

Girls Night Out at the Movies

We are probably going to run this event in Term 3 as there’s not a great choice of movies coming up in the next few weeks, so more details to follow nearer the time.

Yummy fruit sticker collecting

Keep collecting those stickers to earn fun sports equipment rewards for the school. 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 Sticker Collection Sheet (click to view & 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

PTA meeting

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

Ree and Sarah (PTA Co-Chairs)

Winter Contributions for the Monte Cecilia Housing Trust please

The Year 6 Outreach Leaders have been in contact with the Monte Cecilia Housing Trust whose motto is “building brighter futures”! For winter, one of the contributions needed most is socks for life.

Please donate NEW pairs of socks for children in need throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Please put donations into the basket in Room 8 before the end of Term 2.

Additionally, the Monte Cecilia Housing Trust would appreciate donations of warm blankets. These need to be clean and either new or of excellent used condition please. These can be left on the brown shelves outside the office or dropped into Room 8 alongside the socks basket. Thank you.

Monte Cecilia Housing trust (Click to view)

Sports News

Congratulations to Steele Wichman who competed at a swim event in Taupo last weekend and placed First (x1 Gold) and Second (x5 Silver) in his races respectively. Well done Steele!


Children’s Liturgy Programme 

We are in need of helpers for the Childrens Liturgy Programme and ask for parents to consider volunteering their time if they can to assist.
Please fill in the form on the document attached below and email [email protected] if you are able to help. Children’s Liturgy 31.05.21 (click to view)

Noel Leeming Friends and Family Promotion

Noel Leeming is delighted to support the NZ Catholic Education Office (NZCEO) with our Friends and Family Promotion from Monday June 14 – Sunday June 27, 2021.

This offer is open to all St Michael’s Catholic School staff, parents, students, and their wider network of friends & family.

To take advantage of this special offer, people can visit one of our Noel Leeming Stores located across the country and simply show the event flyer on their smartphone (or in printed form) to unlock amazing deals.