Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“E hara tā kutoa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini”
My strength is not as individual, but as a collective

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language week has been celebrated in New Zealand since 1975. It acknowledges and celebrates the Māori language, a unique cultural treasure for all New Zealanders. There have been a number of activities and games shared on Class Dojo.

Health and Safety In Alert Levels

As a New Zealand school we are led by the safety guidelines and policy set by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health, these guidelines can be found here:

Anticipation of Alert Level 3 – Wednesday 22 September

In order for us to establish a school roll and arrange for staff to supervise students on site during Alert Level 3, please email [email protected] 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 

Junior teachers are currently making their packs for Week 10. If we return to Alert Level 3 at the start of next week, there will be an option to collect these packs from school. Otherwise, we will courier them out to you as usual.

Calendar updates – cancellations for 2021

  • Year 5/6 Remuera Zone Cross Country event
  • APPA Choir performance
  • Year 5/6 Proclaiming the Word event

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:

Read the Behaviour Management and Concerns and complaints policies.

  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

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 [email protected]

Encountering CHRIST

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

Social Justice 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 uncertain 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.

The New Zealand Catholic Catholic (click to read the free digital version)

“Kia tau ki a tātou katoa                                          May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Te atawhai o tō tātou Ariki, a Ihu Karaiti              and the love of God,
Me te aroha o te Atua                                              and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be
Me te whiwhingatahitanga                                    with you all
Ki te wairua tapu                                                      Forever and ever
Ake, ake, ake                                                              Amen

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown

APPA Choir 2021

APPA Music Festival Cancelled

Unfortunately due to uncertainties regarding COVID-19 the upcoming APPA Music Festival has been cancelled. This is sad news for those children who have been working diligently towards this festival however we look forward to participating in this amazing event in the future.

PTA News

We hope you are all doing well in your bubbles. With the news coming in on Monday afternoon of the extension to our lockdown here in Auckland, it is even more important to look after yourselves and take care. With that in mind, the PTA has compiled a list of their favourite activities/free links that might be useful to keep our SMCS children entertained this coming week!

  • The Art of Living Foundation is providing FREE daily guided Meditations @ 7pm until the end of September. Click on this link to receive the Zoom link to their sessions: https://www.artofliving.org/nz-en/program/1692
  • Awesome Inc. is a NZ company that specialises in Gratitude journals for children, Teens and Adults. They have a range of FREE resources and printable on their website: https://theawesomeinc.co.nz/pages/free-resources
  • Nanogirl Labs STEM activities for kids – FREE during the lockdown. Watch live on Facebook at 3:30pm every day (https://www.facebook.com/nanogirllabs) or follow Nanogirl’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTYStQ7BRZ0JnavcuqHvgkg)
  • Visit https://www.duolingo.com/ for the free, fun and effective way to learn another language!
  • Born to Move on TVNZ on Demand (https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/les-mills-born-to-move) is designed to nurture a life-long love of physical activity in children. There are 20 episodes available combining fun & fitness to awesome music!
  • Because we have a pre-schooler who often has to fit in with zoom calls, home schooling etc, I make a point of doing ‘mat time’ for her each afternoon. I read a different story, put YouTube on TV and play songs she knows from daycare. It is a great 20 minute entertainment and connection for her.
    Use brown paper bags (from grocery deliveries) and paint the outside of them. We trace our hands and create bags for specific family members. We can share them once out of lockdown.
  • Remuera Library (& the Auckland Public Library system as a whole) has a load of information & activities online for kids: https://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/Pages/learn-and-research.aspx?tn=2&ai=0
  • Auckland Museum Sea Monster activities
  • Auckland Zoo download activity booklets
  • Puppet show – kids make up a story (older kids could write it down and then use socks on you hands to be puppets and tell the story)
  • Collect milk cartons and play skittles
  • Create a list for a scavenger hunt (e.g. something blue, something round, something soft, something smooth, something starting with the letter S etc.) and then either have a race to collect the items or take turns timing each other to see what best time you can get. Play again to put everything back!
  • Pick a country anywhere in the world and then find out everything you can about it. (what do the people look like who live there, what language do they speak, popular foods, flag, population etc)
  • ‘Draw with Rob’ great you tube channel which teaches you how to draw things for kids
  • ‘Nano Girl’ live facebook activities to join in on 3:30pm weekends
  • Explore your neighbourhood – when we go on a bike ride/walk we sometimes take turns choosing which way to go when we get to each junction. You end up going a route you wouldn’t normally. Obviously at some point an adult will need to direct everyone home again.
  • mylockdowndiary.com for a FREE downloadable diary that you can print out, fill in and keep as a reminder of your time in lockdown 2021!


The day the Lockdown was announced (Tuesday, August 17th) we managed to unpack and deliver approximately half of the Issue #5 Book Club orders that had arrived at SMCS. We were waiting for the second half of the delivery to arrive on Wednesday or Thursday that same week. These books are safe and sound in a Scholastic Warehouse, and as soon as Auckland returns to Level 2 and children are allowed back at school these orders will be delivered. We thank you for your patience and understanding with this.


The PTA have been excited to hear that regardless of Lockdown, the Runathon has been a great success with most families. Completing the Runathon has provided great motivation for students to get out of the house and get moving. For those who have not finished, there is still the opportunity to collect km’s with lockdown walks, scooter, and bike rides.

The Runathon is the PTA’s biggest fundraising event for 2021 and the collection of sponsorship funds is a priority. However, given the intensity of Lockdown and the many hardships this has put on families, we have decided to delay collection of sponsorship funds until Auckland returns to Level 2.

The PTA is proud to confirm that as well as the Sports gear some of the funds have been ear-marked, for we have already purchased additional readers for the Junior school, and have ideas for other initiatives that will benefit the entire school Community.

PTA Events – remainder of Term 3 and Term 4

At our online PTA meeting earlier this week, we discussed the planned PTA activities for the remainder of Term 3, and Term 4. Once school resumes in Level 2 the focus will be on teaching and assessments, so it was decided that we will prioritise activities & social events based on alert levels and school priorities. We will keep you all updated.

Take care everyone,
Sarah, Ree and the SMCS PTA

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 [email protected] Thank you.


Diocesan Job Vacancy

Part-time Credit Controller & Administration – Pompallier Centre

This part time role is to provide credit control and administration support to the Operations Manager for the collection of Attendance Dues for schools in the Auckland Diocese. Hours are flexible to incorporate some evening and Saturday morning work.

Key Tasks include: Collection of compulsory school Attendance Dues; contact with school parents via outbound phone calls; follow up of unpaid accounts and Debtor ledger management.

To view the full advert, please visit our website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz under Diocesan Services and Staff Vacancies.