Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Mā mua ka kite a muri, Mā muri ka ora a mua”.
Those who lead give sight to those who follow.
Those who follow give life to those who lead.

We are so lucky to be able to go to shows and concerts. I have booked to take my grandchildren to see The Lion King and I am hoping that I get to see one of our wonderful Year 6 student, Erin Cortez, perform. Georgina van Schaijik went last week and saw Erin and she loved it so much she is going again.

First Holy Communion Mass – Sunday 4 July at St Michaels at 2pm

Please keep all our First Holy Communion students in your prayers as a sign of support for them. Unfortunately I am unable to attend due to a family function but I look forward to seeing the photos and hearing from the students about their special day.

Community Consultation Afternoon – Sunday 8 August 3pm to 4:30pm

The Board, Staff and PTA would like to invite you to this meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to give you the opportunity to share your ideas and thoughts to help with decision making with regards to:

  1. The Health and PE Curriculum
  2. The Charter and Strategic Goals
  3. The 10 Year Property Plan (BOT)
  4. The PTA (a Q and A, and feedback regarding the PTA’s endeavours).

Student Supervision: There will be a movie and pizza for children of parents attending this consultation, which will be supervised by teachers.

Senior Playground for Years 4 to 6 Reminder For After School

If your child is in Years 0 to 3 then they can only use the Junior Playground. Most of the injuries we have had on the Senior playground happened after school.

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: 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.

Encountering CHRIST

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

School Masses – 08/07/21 – Rooms 3 & 10.

Prayer to St. Thomas the Apostle, for Faith

“Almighty and ever living God, who didst strengthen thine apostle Thomas with sure and certain faith in thy Son’s resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in thy sight; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.” (https://statucson.org/prayers-to-st-thomas-the-apostle).

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown

St Michael’s will have a Mufti Day on Friday 9 July! 

Please bring a gold coin donation.

Since 2007, Catholic schools around New Zealand have held a special mufti day each year to support small school communities around the Pacific.

For Mufti Mania in 2021 we are supporting a school in West Papua called Kristus Raja School. The students at this small school have felt the impact of the pandemic and been in lockdown since March 2020!

The majority of students come from poorer families and have found remote learning a real challenge. The school was built back in 1970 and the buildings are wearing out.

Funds raised this year will help repair toilets and bathrooms and provide new desks, chairs and resources for students for when they come back to school.

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)

PTA News

We are hurtling towards the end of term at a scary speed and another school year is almost half way done!!

 Upcoming events

Term 2

  • Runathon packs coming home at the end of term.

Term 3

  • 6th August – School uniform shop open
  • 11th August – Parents’ Quiz night
  • 27th August – Cross Country
  • 12th September – Family Movie night

Pizza Friday

Room 5 is on Pizza duty this week. Thank you Room 5, Parents!

We would like to thank everyone for your patience as we continue to review the pizza/ice block process, we seem to be making progress!

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.


Pizza coordinator role.  We now need someone new to take on the Pizza coordinator role. You could take this on either as an individual or make a team to share the role, though it’s not too time consuming, and don’t worry…..it does not mean that you are on pizza duty every week!!

Please contact us on [email protected] if you would like more details about the role and may be interested in helping.

Caring shed/Sock drive

Monte Cecilia has been very grateful for the donations that they have received from the caring shed recently. Thank you for continuing to donate good quality used goods.

The Year 6 Outreach leaders have been working hard with their sock drive for Monte Cecilia. We had an amazing response from everybody and we have a fantastic amount of socks to donate. Thank you all.

School Uniform shop

The next dates for the school uniform shop opening are 6th August and 3rd September 2.30pm – 3.15pm. If you find that you need anything before then please contact Sabrina via the PTA email [email protected].


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.


Yes it’s back by popular demand!! Wondering how to keep the kids occupied over the holidays?

We may be able to help with that!! Packs will be coming home with your child/ren next week and you will find all of the details that you need in there.

Parents’ quiz night – Save the date – Wednesday 11th August 7.30 pm

It’s time to find out just how smart the Parents at St Michael’s really are (or at least how good they are at quizzes!)

This will be held at the Auckland Bowling Club with an official Quizmaster and is sure to be an evening of fun, friendship and fierce competition! More details to follow.

Yummy fruit sticker collecting – (Terms 2 and 3)

Keep collecting those stickers to earn fun sports equipment rewards for the school. Each sticker is worth 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 view and print)

PTA meeting

The next PTA Meeting will be held on 2nd August – 7pm – Staff Room. We are always happy to welcome new input and new ideas, so come along! We’d love to see you there.

Ree & Sarah (your PTA Co-Chairs)


Beginning Experience Grief Resolution Programme

ALONE AGAIN? Widowed, Separated or Divorced? The Beginning Experience is a non-profit organization with the motto a “Weekend Away for a Lifetime of Change” for adults. The retreat will help you work through your painful loss. The participants find new hope, increased emotional health and renewed energy.

Date Friday evening to Sunday afternoon 13-15 AugustCost $350 or early bird price of $325 if paid by 2 July.  Includes accommodation, meals and materials. Contact Lynda 027-489-8003 and (09)478-9742 or Kelly 027-686-4416. Website: www.beginningexperience.org.nz

BE Poster Aug 2021 (click to view)

The Village Square’s Winter Fun Holiday Programme

The Village Square (previously named Parnell Trust) has an amazing line-up of activities and adventures planned for the upcoming holidays that are guaranteed to keep your kids happy and active all day long! Our Winter Fun holiday programme offers two activities every day in Epsom and Parnell from 12-23 July. We’re flexible, so you can sign up for as few or as many days as you need, plus we’re open from 7.30am-6pm – perfect for busy parents.

Check out our website for more details at villagesquare.org.nz/shp or phone (09) 555 5193.

Auckland Netball July Holiday Programme

NZ Water Polo Holiday Programme

Torpedo7 Friends and Family Promotion