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”

Take time to kōrero

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) runs from 27 September to 3 October and this year’s theme is Take time to kōrero/mā te kōrero, ka ora. The theme focuses on connecting with people and making space for conversations about mental health and wellbeing. There are a number of free resources that you may wish to look at.

I have the Mentamia App on my phone which “gives you the tools to make daily small steps that create big changes for your daily wellbeing” I find the daily messages very useful. (https://www.mentemia.com/nz).

Catholic Schools Day – Tūrangawaewae – A Place To Stand

The explanation of the 2021 theme says: ‘We do not thrive in isolation: we need a community that supports and helps us to learn to be a gift of self to others, and to seek the best for them. Pope Francis calls us to enact this dream together, as a single human family who are companions on a journey in our common home (Pope Francis (2020) Fratelli Tutti-On fraternity and social friendship).’

Christine King and I celebrated Mass with the children at school via Facebook. Father Benedict concelebrated Mass and Bishop Michael said the homily and Father Chris Skinner sang a song he had written especially for Catholic Schools Day. I recommend you to watch it with your whanau https://www.facebook.com/ChristTheKingNZ

Road Safety – Proposed Speed Limit Changes

Please find attached a link to Auckland Transport’s proposed speed limit changes on particular roads around Auckland. It would be great if you could find time to make comments on the online survey. Please note that Bassett Road is not one of the roads mentioned but I believe it should be as there are a number of cars that travel very fast especially when we are doing crossing duty. https://at.govt.nz/about-us/have-your-say/proposed-speed-limit-changes/

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.

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).

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.

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

Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel – 29 September

We have reached the end of Term 3 having only had three full weeks at school. I pray that next week we will be in level 2 so that you are able to do things with your families. I look forward to seeing you all in Term 4 (Monday 18 October). Have a safe and happy break.

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown

BOT News

Board Vacancy

St Michael’s Catholic School Board Casual vacancy for a parent representative

A casual vacancy has occurred on the school board for an elected parent representative.
The board has decided to fill the vacancy by selection.
If 10% or more of eligible voters on the school roll ask the board, within 28 days of this notice being published, to hold a by-election to fill the vacancy, then a by-election will be held.

Request for a by-election should be sent to: [email protected]
Presiding member (chair) Jon Williams
St Michael’s Catholic School Board
Address: 6 Beatrice Road, Remuera
By: 28 October 2021

Sports News

Touch Rugby 2021/2022 Season

Thank you to all the parents that have registered their children for the upcoming season. I am working on putting teams together and I will be communicating this information once teams are finalised. If you have any queries please contact me via email: [email protected].

PTA News

We made it!! Here we finally are at the end of term 3!

Let’s pray that we are all able to get back to normal next term.  This update is very short and sweet this week!

Families affected by COVID

We are still thinking of the members of our own School Community 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 [email protected].

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.

Yummy stickers

The Yummy stickers collection has been extended until level 2, 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 have all been coping well at home and that you will all have a good break over the holidays and we look forward to seeing everybody back safe and well in the very near future.

Take care all

Ree and Sarah (PTA Co-Chairs)