Malo e lelei St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e Ako Lelei”,
Enriching Aotearoa with Holistic Education.

I hope that you are all keeping well and safe in your bubbles. Please continue to pray for those members of our community who have been impacted by COVID.

As part of our Charter and Strategic plan we want to:
2.1: Establish initiatives to ensure that all cultures within our school are given the opportunity to share their unique perspectives; and
2.2 To cultivate an understanding of the multicultural nature of our school.

Charlotte has put on class Dojo the following resources which you can share with your children:
https://www.digitaldialects.com/Tongan/Phrases.htm (click to view)
https://www.digitaldialects.com/Tongan.htm (click to view)
https://www.digitaldialects.com/Tongan/Animals.htm (click to view)

Anticipation of Alert Level 3

In order for us to establish a school roll and arrange for staff to supervise students on site during Alert Level 3, please email secretary@smcs.school.nz if you require your child/ren to attend school.

At Alert Level 3, schools are only open for those of you who have no other option but to send your children to school. The Ministry of Education states “Ultimately, schools, for the most part, do remain closed except for those workers where there are no other options available for the care of their children.”

Distance Learning Packs 

These packs are on their way to you via courier or hand delivered (Thanks to Deahna for organising the hand deliveries).

Year 1-3 Learning Packs for Weeks 8 & 9

Your next learning pack will follow the same format as those previous: one Religious Education, one Literacy, one Numeracy, and one extra activity (for example, letter formation, Science etc) each day. This learning pack will cover Weeks 8 and 9. Week 10 learning packs will be sent out separately. Please continue to upload your children’s work to their Portfolio for comments and feedback!

Year 4 – 6 Learning Packs for Weeks 8, 9 & 10

Your next learning pack will follow the same format as those previous. A task per day for each of: Religious Education, Basic Facts, Maths, Reading and Writing. We are loving seeing the variety of work completed so please continue encouraging students to update their daily slides template in Google Classroom.

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

Attendance Dues Support for Parents and Caregivers facing Financial Difficulties due to the current Covid-19

Details on how to access this support is available on the following website. https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/catholic-schools-2/ or please contact Carol Krebs CarolK@cda.org.nz

Encountering CHRIST

St Michael’s Parish Website – (Sunday Masses postponed until further notice).

Standing for Peace

Standing for Peace (Click to view)
Standing in solidarity with the victims of the LynnMall terror attack Saturday 11th September, 6.30 pm.  This Saturday the 11th of September at 6.30 pm, New Zealanders are invited to light a candle in solidarity with the victims and their families.

Social Justice Week 

Next week (Sunday 12 September – 18 September) is Social Justice Week – the focus is on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:1-12 within the context of community and caring for one another. So, it is very timely in many ways! Please keep an eye out on Class Dojo & Google Classroom for optional extra activities students can work through while at home.

The Church and Covid Level 4 – Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Daily Mass – During this time of uncertainty many people appreciate being able to follow and pray along with the familiar ritual of the Mass. We know this is not ‘going’ to Mass but it is a way of connecting with our faith community and joining in praying for the needs of the world.
www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz

“Holy Spirit, as families adjust to everyone being home as businesses and schools close, we ask that You guide people in their new realities. Give spouses grace for each other. Prompt worn-out parents to speak words of kindness and encouragement to their children. Help children find creative ways to experience the beauty of all You have created and continue learning. (https://www.worldvision.org)

Faitapuekina koe ‘e he Eiki,

Ann McKeown
Principal

2022 Term Dates

Term 1: Thursday 3 February – Thursday 14 April (Teacher Only Days 1 February & 2 February)
Term 2: Monday 2 May – Friday 8 July
Term 3: Monday 25 July – Friday 30 September
Term 4: Monday 17 October – Wednesday 14 December

PTA News

Families affected by COVID

We are still thinking of the members of our own School Community now who have been directly affected by COVID.  We would like to send our love, thoughts and prayers to them and all others affected in any way by this latest outbreak and lockdown.

If your family is struggling in some way and we can offer some type of support like picking up shopping etc, please email the PTA at ptasmcs@gmail.com.

Also, if you may be in a position to help other families in your local community, please contact us to let us know where you live and what you may be able to do.

Thank you very much to those who have already.

Fit Mums’ Group – Now online during lockdown

All welcome!! Our Fit Mums group has moved online and we have classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 8-8.30am via Zoom (before home-learning!) for $5.

They are Pilates strength based and also good for beginners. No equipment required, just space to work out and a mat/carpet. Children also welcome!

Please get in contact with Carmel if you’d like to be added to the group. Up to you which if any days you join! Carmel: cshanly@yahoo.com or mobile: 021 244 3141.

Yummy stickers

If you have ventured out to the supermarket and happen to have yummy stickers on some of your 5 a day, then please continue to collect the stickers so that when we’re finally back to normality, we can get some sports equipment for the children to use at playtimes.

Please return them to school when we are back as this collection goes for terms 2 and 3 only.

Please place them in the PTA post box 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)

We hope that you are all coping well at home and we look forward to seeing everybody back safe and well in the very near future.

Ree and Sarah (PTA Co-Chairs)

Sports News

2021-2022 Touch Rugby Registration (Starting 28 October 2021) – SMCS students only

If your child would like to play in the upcoming touch season, please click on this link https://forms.office.com/r/FE4m5hKArJ to register online. All the information that you need to know at this stage is on the registration form.

  1. Fill in one form per child as soon as you can to avoid any disappointments.
  2. Registrations are due 17th September 2021 the latest. NO late entries will be accepted.
  3. You will be notified via email once the teams are made up with your child’s touch fees and other relevant information.

Any queries email t.cordtz@smcs.school.nz Thank you.

Notices

Vacancy – Chief Financial Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Fantastic leadership role available. Become a trusted advisor and lead the strategic and operational financial functions of one of NZs oldest and largest religious organisations. If you are looking for a rewarding career opportunity, please go to our website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz