Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi’
With your basket and my basket the people will thrive

Congratulations to some of our students who performed in the National Youth Theatre’s performance of Beauty and the Beast this week. The Year 4-6 students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed watching this and we are proud of our students!

Senior Playground for Years 4 to 6

There have been a number of our Year 3 students who have been injured on the Senior Playground lately. Therefore we have made the difficult decision that the Senior Playground will be for Years 4 to 6 only. We acknowledge that this will be disappointing for our Year 3 students, but the children’s health and wellbeing is our first priority when they are with us at school. The Junior Playground continues to be available to all students Years 0 to 3. We thank you in advance for your support in keeping our students safe and in one piece!

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.

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

Pizza Friday!

Please help your child and teachers by letting your child/ren know if they are purchasing pizza and how many slices. As usual the PTA appreciates correct change.

Uniforms & Lost Property

Please make sure that your child’s uniform is named with their own name, especially if it is a second hand item. There are a lot of items in the lost property baskets that have names of past students.

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: 22 June, 29 June, 6 July and in Term 3 – 27 July, 3 August and 10 August. Please email g.vanschaijik@smcs.school.nz 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 secretary@smcs.school.nz 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 – 24/06/21 – Rooms 1 & 9; 01/07/21 – Rooms 5 & 6; 08/07/21 – Rooms 3 & 10.

Day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees – Sunday 20 June

Sunday 20th June this year has been named by the Catholic Church in New Zealand as a Day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees.  It is fitting therefore on that day to hold a concert to raise funds for the people of India where the Coronavirus has caused such devastation.  The concert will be presented at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 118 Church St. Otahuhu at 2pm, by the Otahuhu Catholic parish and school communities.

Prayer at Matariki

“Wairua Tapu, whispering in a small voice or shouting in water’s fall and siren’s wail Creative Spirit that dances across the water, Soaring Spirit of the mountain, Wild Spirit of wilderness speaking from burning bush, from tussock and hebe, from desert road and city street – we give thanks for our hikoi of faith, for our dreams of righteousness and acts of justice.

We give thanks for this place and all places of sharing and celebration where we can feel at home and be refreshed, and for all they mean to us, our place to stand and take a stand, our turangawaewae.

We give thanks for weekday visitors and concert-goers, performers and spectators, entrepreneurs and bureaucrats, dancers and addicts, and for ourselves.

We give thanks that the table of hospitality is open to all, that we may come as manuhiri but go forth together, as tangata whenua” . (Bronwyn Angela White – Josephite Companions Aotearoa – June 2021)

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

PTA News

Pizza Friday

Room 7 is on Pizza duty this week. Thank you Room 7 Parents!

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

We have had a few problems with ordering the correct amount of pizza. Please could you ensure that your child only says that they are going to have pizza if they have the money to buy it?

Confirming with your child(ren) 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!

Also, it’s really helpful for our volunteers if you are able to make sure that your children have the correct change, if possible. Thank you.

Pizza slices are $2 each. Please note ice blocks are back to $2 each as we now have the larger ice blocks back in stock.

School Uniform shop

The next date for the school uniform shop opening is 6th August at 2.30pm – 3.15pm

As this is a little while away, if you find that you need anything before then please contact Sabrina via the PTA email ptasmcs@gmail.com.

HELP NEEDED PLEASE!!

Sabrina has also asked whether anybody may be available to help in the shop on the days that it’s open please? Please contact her on the PTA email address as above if you would be available to help, Thank you.

Runathon

Yes it’s back!!!! Get your laces tied up and your water bottles filled. We will be running (excuse the pun!) the Runathon again this year but possibly with a twist.

More information to follow………..

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

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 is on 21 June 2021, 7pm  in the staffroom. We are always happy to welcome new input and new ideas, so don’t be shy! We’d love to see you there.

Ree & Sarah (PTA Chairs)

Notices

Job vacancy for Catholic Caring Foundation

The Catholic Caring Foundation is looking for a community-focused database/grants and administrator co-ordinator to join their busy team on a fixed term 11-month (August 2021 to July 2022) contract period for 20 hours per week.

The Foundation is the philanthropic trust of the Bishop of Auckland, and annually gives out grants to social service agencies who care for the poor, the marginalised and the vulnerable.

To help us with our mission, we need a co-ordinator who will make sure that our office runs smoothly and that our team are well supported in grant making, fundraising and donor care.

You’ll have great attention to detail, demonstrate excellent customer service, have experience of working with a CRM system, and have well-developed organisational skills to help us successfully connect with our donors and provide grants to our partner agencies.

Please visit our website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz, Diocesan Services, Staff Vacancies for a full position description and how to apply.

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.

Noel Leeming Friends and Family Flyer (Click to view and print)

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.

Geoff Beech Tennis Term 3

Geoff Beech Tennis Flyer T3 (click to view)