Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Arohaina koe ki tōu hoa tata, ānō ko koe”
“Love your neighbour as yourself” – get vaccinated. (Pope Francis)

Our Board of Trustees are proactively encouraging the use of facemasks and vaccinations amongst the staff and community. We want our school to be a safe place for students and staff. Please if you have not booked in to be vaccinated then do it now. booking@vaccine.covid19.health.nz.

Lockdown tips with Dr Hinemoa Elder and Nathan Wallis

This is a short, but helpful and useful, video hosted by Dr Hinemoa Elder and Nathan Wallis with lockdown tips for whanau and communities. Please click

Term 3 Reports – postponed until Term 4

In light of the abrupt change to Levels 3 and 4, the distribution of Term 3 Progress Reports has been postponed. Once we return to face to face learning, it is our intention that students will have a concentrated 3 week period of intensive teaching before teachers make Overall Teacher Judgements (OTJ’s) for Mathematics, Reading and Writing and complete written reports.

Reports will be shared with parents towards the end of Term 4. A date will be finalised once we have confirmation of when students can return to face to face learning.

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

Encountering CHRIST

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

The Church in Times of Lockdown (click to view)

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. www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz

Catholic Schools Day – Wednesday 29 September 2021

Theme: Tūrangawaewae – A Place to stand.

On Wednesday 29 September at 9am, Father Benedict from Christ the King Parish will be hosting a special Mass for Catholic Schools Day. All Catholic Schools in Auckland are invited to join and celebrate Mass together. The following link will bring you to the CTK Parish Facebook page where the link will appear just before 9am on Wednesday morning.   https://www.facebook.com/ChristTheKingNZ (click to view)

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

Padre Pio’s Feast Day 23 September

“Heavenly Father, I thank you for loving me. I thank you for sending your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, to the world to save and to set me free. I trust in your power and grace that sustain and restore me. Saturate my entire being with your presence, love, joy and peace and draw me ever closer to you every moment of my life. And Father, fill me with your Holy Spirit and empower me to do your works so that my life will bring glory and honor to your holy name. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen” (https://parish.sjvianney.com/documents/2021/1/PadrePio%20Healing%20Prayer.pdf)

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

PTA News

Welcome to Level 3!!

It’s so good to be slowly moving in the right direction, long may it last!!

In case you missed it last week, here is the list that we’ve compiled of some of our favourite activities to help to occupy the kids while we’re still restricted.

  • 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!

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 w hat 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 is still online during level 3 and they 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. It’s up to you which if any days you join!

Scholastic

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.

Yummy Stickers

The Yummy stickers collection has been extended, so please continue to collect these if you have them on your fruit. When we return to school, please place them in the PTA postbox 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.

Take care everyone,

Sarah, Ree and the SMCS PTA