Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Me mahi tahi tātou mo te oranga o te katoa”
We should work together for the well being of everyone

At last we have a bit of freedom to have picnics with a larger group of people. I hope you have been enjoying the beautiful weather we have had. I feel a bit Zoomed out with all the meetings I have been attending recently.

Update From The Ministry of Education – Opening of Primary Schools

The Ministry of Education yesterday announced that primary students can return to school in a part time capacity from Wednesday 17 November.

  • Children in Year 4 and up are required to wear masks and all groups of children to keep distanced from one another.

We are awaiting more guidance from the Ministry of Education and then we will communicate a plan for the rest of 2021 with you. Regardless of this, the children of essential workers that are currently learning onsite will continue to attend school full time.

Message from the Messy Kitchen

It is with deep regret that we have come to the decision of closing The Messy Kitchen. Our two and a half years serving the children and whole school community has been a wonderful blessing to us. The support we have been given has been tremendous and we are forever grateful for the unique opportunity accorded to us. May God bless you all! Our love, The Messy Kitchen Team

We will certainly miss having Meg and Cassy providing meals for our school community. Thank you for your time serving us and we wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

School Reports

Reports will be sent to you in Week 7 of Term 4. Teachers will make an overall teacher judgement from the work that has been submitted and from their zoom sessions with students. The Levels and Achievement indicators in the report will reflect these overall judgements at this point in time.

Year 4-6 ICAS Assessments @ home via Zoom

Thank you Georgina for organising this for our students. I have had feedback from parents expressing their thanks for your patience while helping students log on.

Class Placements 2022

We respectfully ask that you do not make requests for particular teachers, classrooms or for specific children to be placed together next year. Our current class teachers will place children in next year’s classes based on a large number of factors. Please be reassured that the teachers know the children really well as learners. They have good insight into the different learning needs of the children and where and with whom they will do their best learning.

Planned Meetings

There will be Zoom meetings for the following events:

  • New Families Evening – rescheduled to 9 December, 7pm – 8pm
  • Senior School Information Evening – 25 November, 6:30pm – 7:15pm
    This is for those parents who have children that are moving to the Senior school next year. All parents of current Year 3 students will be sent an invitation.
  • Camp 2022 information – 25 November, 7:30pm – 8pm. All parents of current Year 5 students will be sent an invitation.

Photolife – School Photos

Class, Sibling, Prepaid Portraits and Sports photos have been cancelled for 2021 and will be rescheduled for 2022.

SMCS Policies – This Term we are reviewing Religious Education

  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 Religious Education Policy.
  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 Masses postponed until further notice).

The Church in Times of Lockdown
Please click on the following link.: www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz (click to view)

Diocesan Events Coming events…
Go online for the full programme https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/home-2020-new-design/the-church-and-covid-level-4-2/#programme (click to view)

NZ Catholic free digital issue Oct. 31 – Nov. 13
Click on the following: NZ Catholic Digital issue (click to view)

Prayer of the Day

Loving Creator,

We asked for wisdom, and you gave us problems to solve.
We asked for prosperity, and you gave us purpose and brains to use.
We asked for courage, and you gave us fears to overcome.
We asked for patience, and you gave us situations where we were forced to wait.
We asked for love, and you gave us troubled people to help.
We asked for justice, and you called us to be just and lead with integrity.
Lord, we have received nothing that we asked for or wanted.
And yet, we receive everything that we needed.
For this we give thanks.
(By Colleen Hanycz, PhD incoming President at Xavier University)

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown

BOT Update

Kia ora whanau,

Firstly a massive thank you to all the community for your ongoing support through this challenging time. This certainly isn’t the term 4 that any of us expected.

It was great news yesterday when the Minister of Education announced that students from Year 0 to 10 are able to return to school from next Wednesday the 17th November. While it is not ‘back to normal’ we certainly hope that the additional face to face time at school will make a difference for our students and families. Ann and the team are working hard on the approach that St Michaels will take to ensure we keep our students and staff safe and as noted all staff onsite are fully vaccinated. Our procedures will be based on information received from the Secretary of Education and the Director of Public Health. There will be obvious challenges to reopening with less students on site. Please take the time to read any of the communications that the school sends out as it will be important that we all understand the rules around returning to school and the safety measures the school has in place.

In September Candice Harris stepped down from the Board of Trustees and I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her valuable contribution during her time on the board. Following the board vacancy process the Board is pleased to welcome Marija Batistich to the team. We are very lucky to have someone with Marija’s skills and experience agree to step in.

We have continued to meet as a board (via Zoom) throughout Term 4 as there is still a number of administration activities that need our attention. We are currently working through our strategic plan for 2022 and including some of the major themes that were raised at the community consultation just prior to COVID level restrictions came into place in August remains a focus for us. We are looking for opportunities to further develop resilience in our students and also strengthen the science, technology, engineering and math (STEAM) capabilities of both our teachers and students.

Tangohia tiaki – take care everyone.

Nga mihi,
Jon Williams

Becoming Church 2022 Programme

Becoming Church Programme 2022 – Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist (First Holy Communion)

Enrolments are now open for the 2022 Sacramental programme.  The programme is suitable for children Year 4 and up (> 8 years as at 1st May 2022).   Please visit the St. Michael’s Parish website https://remueracatholic.org.nz/sacramental-programme/ for dates, enrolment form and further information.

A parent information evening will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 16th November 2021 at 7:30 p.m. (registration details to follow).  It is expected that parents who have enrolled or are planning to enrol their child in the programme attend.

The presentation will outline the format and content of the course to give a clear understanding of what is involved.  Any questions, please contact Emma Houghton at [email protected]

PTA News

Following yesterday’s announcement allowing part time return to school we can imagine that there are some very mixed feelings about sending our children back to school. Each family will have its own considerations to weigh up in making this decision.

Its very reassuring to hear that all of our school staff are fully vaccinated and that the school are following all of the guidelines set by the Ministries of Health and Education.

Scholastic book orders

As you are aware, we are unable to hold our annual Book fair this year. Luckily for us, Scholastic has created an online digital catalogue with home delivery. It’s a supersized issue full of Christmas goodies as well as the most popular books from 2021. If you spend over $35 then delivery is free.

Ordering from the brochure 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.

There is an easy to follow guide how to do it: – Parent Guide to set up LOOP 

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.

Fit Mums online classes

A huge Thank you to Carmel Hanly for the fantastic Fit Mums classes that she has been teaching regularly throughout the year. Everyone has had a really great time working out and it has been a fantastic way for the community to stay fit and connected. We wish Carmel all the very best with her new legal counsel role and look forward to seeing you in real life again soon!

I’m chuffed to be taking over the role of instructing these classes from Monday, November 8th onwards…. I have strong shoes to fill! The Fit Mums classes are all live on Zoom on Monday 8 – 8.30am, Wednesday 7.45-8.15am and Friday 8 – 8.30am. Each class is $5. You can choose which classes you would like to join in with or come to them all!

For those who are unable to make those times, I am considering recording these sessions, and then I will be able to send out the Zoom link for anyone who would like to do the class at a different time. The recordings will also be $5. It will only be my screen that is recorded, not everyone’s 🙂

Please let me know if you would like to join the group – [email protected]
My background is in Physiotherapy, Pilates/Yoga and functional training. For anyone who is keen to join the fit Mums group, but apprehensive about whether they are appropriate for you; please contact me so we can have a chat.
Take Care, Ree”
UPDATE!! After the change in circumstances from next week….
These times and location may change next week depending on what the existing group decide when they ‘meet’ this Friday, so please contact Ree on number above to clarify what is happening if you would like to join.

Runathon money

We have had a few enquiries about what to do with Runathon money that has been collected. If you have collected money from completing the Runathon it will still be gratefully received and will be put towards new PE equipment for the children to use. You may pay either in cash when returning to school next week or by direct credit into the PTA bank account 12-3075-0199134-00

We realise that some families will have been having a pretty hard time during lockdown and this notice is in no way meant to put you under any pressure to find money to donate. There are ‘completion’ stickers at school for your child’s completed Runathon form.

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)

PTA (Zoom) meeting 8th Nov 2021

We held a Zoom PTA meeting last Monday evening.

We are starting to (optimistically!!) think about roles within the PTA for next year, if you would be interested in helping with any roles, please contact us at [email protected]. New people with different perspectives and ideas to help improve aspects of the school for the students and wider school community are always welcome.

Next PTA meeting date TBC.

Take care all
Ree, Sarah and PTA


World Day of the Poor on Sunday 14 November

Sunday 14 November 2021 is the fifth World Day of the Poor, initiated by Pope Francis in 2017 with the theme of “let us love, not with words but with deeds.” We are called to follow the example of Jesus in loving God and neighbour, especially the most vulnerable. Pope Francis reminds us, “If we truly wish to encounter Christ, we have to touch his body in the suffering bodies of the poor.” He challenges us to get to know those who may have been invisible to us and to understand and change the structural causes of the poverty in our midst.

Akl J&P Nov 2021 Whāia te Tika Newsletter (click to view/print)