Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Me mahi tahi tatou mo te aronga o te katoa”
We should work together for the wellbeing of everyone.

‘Let us be joyful and thank God’. Mary MacKillop 1874

The New Zealand Principals Federation Conference that I attended in Rotorua really inspired me as a leader. There were many issues raised that were thought provoking such as: How does our school recognise multi-ethnic students? How does our school incorporate biculturalism and multiculturalism? Implementing the teaching of Aotearoa’s History; and Transformational Leadership. We were privileged to listen to young leaders of the future (8 Year 13 students from 4 different secondary schools) share their ‘lockdown stories’ and their aspirations and dreams.

Welcome to New Families and Students

We would like to welcome the following new families who have joined us this Term: the van Oijen family (Connor).

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

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).

For Pizza catering purposes please RSVP Genevieve secretary@smcs.school.nz the number of children who will be attending. Students to go to Room 7.

Curriculum & Learning – Year 4-6 ICAS Assessments

A reminder that if you registered your child to participate in the user-pays ICAS Assessments, the test dates are as follows:

  • ICAS Digital Technologies – Monday 9 August (Week 3)
  • ICAS English – Monday 16 August (Week 4)
  • ICAS Science – Monday 23 August (Please note this has changed due to Year 5/6 Winter Field Day change in date) (Week 5)
  • ICAS Mathematics – Monday 30 August (Week 6)

Year 5/6 Winter Field Day – Rescheduled to Tuesday 24 August.

Religious Education – End of Strand reflection & sharing of learning opportunity this week

In response to parent feedback from the Religious Education Internal Review, we are reimplementing opportunities for students to share their learning with families at home at the end of each Strand.

Students have been learning about God and will be bringing home RE books to share and discuss with you. Inside each student’s book you will find a reflective template on which you are encouraged to write a brief comment. Please return these books back to school on Monday 9 August so that learning can continue seamlessly in the classroom. Thank you.

SMCS Policies – This Term we are reviewing Behaviour Management and Concerns and complaints

  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

  1. Read the Behaviour Management and Concerns and complaints policies.
  2. Click the red Policy Review icon at the right-hand top corner of the page. A new screen will appear.
  3. Select your role (board member, staff member, or parent/caregiver) from the drop-down list.
  4. Enter your name (optional).
  5. 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 – 12/08/21 – Whole School – Feast of Assumption – All welcome; 19/08/21 – rooms 1 & 9; 26/08/21 – Rooms 4 & 7; 02/09/21 – Rooms 3 & 10; 09/09/21 – Rooms 5 & 6; 16/09/21 – Rooms 1 & 9; 23/09/21 – Rooms 3 & 10; 30/09/21 – Whole School – Feast of St Michael – All welcome.

Feast of St Mary Of the Cross MacKillop – Sunday 8 August

“Let us go out, we may not rest secure, for need calls loudly. We must seek God there.
Let us go out, blessed by the Spirit, with the charism of Saint Mary of the cross, to do justice, with loving kindness and to walk humbly with our God.
Let us go out, as an inspired people, let loving be our flame. Let hope sustain us in building a world fit for the children of generations still to come.
Let us go out and take Mary’s spirit to all those we meet. ”
(Josephite Companion – 8 August 2021)

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown
Principal

PTA News

Upcoming Events

Term 3

  • 6th Aug School uniform shop open
  • 8th Aug Community Consultation Event
  • 11th Aug Parents’ Quiz night
  • 27th Aug Cross Country
  • 12th Sept Family Movie night

Pizza Friday

Room 2 is on Pizza duty this week. Thank you Room 2, Parents!

WE ARE STILL HAVING PROBLEMS WITH TOO MUCH PIZZA BEING ORDERED BY CHILDREN WHO THEN DON’T HAVE AS MANY PIECES AS THEY HAVE ORDERED IN THE MORNING. THIS IS LEADING TO QUITE LARGE QUANTITIES OF PIZZA BEING WASTED SOME WEEKS.

Please confirm with your Child/ren how many pieces of pizza they are having and ensure that they have the correct money for those slices so that we don’t have over orders and wasted pizza please, Thank you!

  • Pizza slices are $2 each
  • Ice blocks are also $2 each.

We are pleased to say that we have now got a volunteer to take over coordinating Friday pizzas. Thank you to Sylvie Kirton who has come forward to take over from Fleur.

Community Consultation – Sun 8th Aug

Come and have your say. We will have a stand at the Community Consultation day on Sunday, so please come and visit us and give us your opinions on your ideas of what a PTA should be/do for a School and where we should be focusing our efforts to best serve the community as a whole.

St Michael’s quiz night – Wednesday 11th August Auckland Bowling Club, 7pm for 7.30pm quiz start

!!!! LAST CHANCE TO BUY TICKETS !!!!

We’ve had a great response for the quiz night and are really looking forward to some friendly rivalry and competition! There’s still just enough time if you would like to join, but hurry, ticket sales close on Friday 6th Aug.
Form your own table or email us on ptasmcs@gmail.com and we will put you on a table where you can get to know other Parents. Ticket price includes a shared platter per table and entry to the quiz.
A cash bar will be operating. There’s also plenty of free parking at the club from 5pm onwards.

To enter:
Email ptasmcs@gmail.com with your table group or just your name (and we can make a table for you). Pay $30 per person into the PTA bank account 12 3075 019913400, referencing quiz night and your surname. Once payment is seen, you will receive an email confirmation and your name will be on the entry list.

  • Tickets must be purchased by Tomorrow – 6th August – no door sales!
  • This is bound to be a fun social night for the parents of SMCS!

School Uniform shop

  • The Second hand School Uniform Shop is open this week 6th Aug from 2.30 -3.15pm.
  • The next date for the school uniform shop opening will be 3rd September 2.30 -3.15pm.

We are quite well stocked with boys’ uniforms but are very short of girls’ uniforms, (especially 10 yrs plus) so please donate anything that you no longer need.

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 ptasmcs@gmail.com if you would be available to help, Thank you.

Runathon

Hopefully your kids have been dodging the showers and managing to get out and about adding to their totals towards their half or full marathon total.

There’s still plenty of time to continue to add to it and raise money for PE equipment for the school while getting healthy at the same time. It doesn’t have to be straight running, all sorts of continuous movement as well as 30 mins of team sport all count towards the total. See your information sheet for more details.

As we did last time, we are hoping to help to supplement your child’s distance if needed by putting on a before school running club. Approximately 8am for Yr 3 to 6 (Yrs 2 and under must have a Parent or Caregiver with them if they wish to join)

We have already had one father who has volunteered to help with this, possibly on a Wednesday and Friday and we’d love to hear from any keen runners who’d like to help, or non-runners who would be happy to stand at road crossings and make sure that everybody stays safe.

This was really enthusiastically attended last time we did the Runathon and is also fantastic training towards Cross Country at the end of August!! We are hoping to start next Wednesday 11th Aug and we’ll send a class dojo out to let you know if we have enough helpers.

Scholastic Book Club

Last Friday, 30 July your child should have brought a copy of the latest Scholastic Lucky Book Club brochure home with them..

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.

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. Click the on link for setting up LOOP: Scholastic Easy to follow Guide (click to view)

Each year remember to log on to your account and update your Child/Children’s Year Level and Classroom to ensure that ordered books will be delivered to the correct place!

Orders close two weeks after the brochures come out – Issue 3 orders must be completed online by Friday, August 19th. Books are delivered to the school the week after orders close, and will be handed out to your children in their classrooms once they have been sorted.

Please do not hand in any orders or money to the Office, all orders must be placed online via the website, or through the LOOP App.

Our School benefits hugely from your Book Club orders. Rewards points are earned through our spend, and these points are gifted back to the Teachers and Library at St Michaels School throughout the Year.

Any questions please feel free to contact our Book Club Team on SMCSBookClub@gmail.com

Working Bee – 29th August (TBC)

We are hoping to reschedule the working bee that we had to postpone back in term 1 thanks to the lockdown!

We are planning to:

  • Weed
  • Prune
  • Waterblast
  • Sweeping and general tidying
  • New planting

Please bring any tools that you have that you think may be helpful and please bring a plate for a shared morning tea.

Family movie night Save the date

  • 12 September – 5pm- 7pm  (More details to follow nearer the time)

Yummy fruit sticker collecting – (For the rest of term 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 Sticker Collection Sheet (click to view/print)

Treasurer role – PTA – Vacancy filled

Thank you to Josephine Chang who has been doing a fantastic job as Treasurer over the past year or so.
We are pleased to say that we have filled the role of Treasurer and would like to warmly welcome Venus Yu who has volunteered to take the role on.

PTA meeting

The next PTA Meeting will be held on 6th September – 7pm – Staff Room

We are always happy to welcome new faces, get fresh input and new ideas, so come along! We’d love to see you there.

Ree & Sarah (Your PTA Co-Chairs)

Notices

Thanksgiving Concert with Fr Chris Skinner

Bricks4Kidz After School Programme 2021