Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

‘He aha te mea nui o te āo? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata!’
What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people, it is people, it is people!

There is such a happy buzz in all the classrooms with the children back now for their second week. Advent begins this Sunday 28th November. Advent is the season of the Liturgical year observed in most Christian denominations as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas.

Health and Safety Reminders

  • No Parents on Site – Please email the office if you need to pick up your child early).
  • If a child is sick they need to stay at home.
  • Year 4 up to wear masks
  • Washing/sanitising hands regularly
  • Bring a named drink bottle (Staff can refill these as needed)

Ministry of Education Update – 25 November 2021

The Prime Minister has confirmed that all of New Zealand will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF) Traffic Light System at 11.59pm on Thursday 2 December.

Information from the Ministry of Education has stated that schools in Auckland will retain their current public health measures and other requirements that are in place at Alert Level 3, Step 2.

This means that schools will continue with their current plans for the remainder of the year.

Schools will move to the CPF (Traffic Light System) from 1 January 2022. I will keep you updated on the public health directives that will support what onsite learning will look like at the CPF in time for opening in 2022.

Whilst our current plan is working well and we have loved seeing many students in person over the last few days, I was hoping that we may have been able to have all our students, especially our Year 6 children, onsite to celebrate the end of the year. Unfortunately that was ambitious thinking. However, the health and safety of our St MIchael’s community is most important so we will continue as we are until next year.

End of Year Prizegiving!

Each class will be awarded 4 Catholic Character Awards and 4 Diligence Awards. In light of the update that we will be continuing as we are until the end of the year, Mrs McKeown will present the certificates in class when students are at school in Week 9. If children are working at home, certificates will be able to be collected from the office.

Return of School Devices – Before Friday 3 December

To allow staff sufficient time to complete end of year administration with IT devices we require all devices that have been loaned to families to be returned to school before Friday the 3rd of December.

Parents/Caregivers can return devices to Gen in the office between the hours of 3.15pm – 3.50pm. Please ensure you scan the QR code on your tracer app, practice social distancing and wear a mask when returning devices. Alternatively, a student can bring these to the office at any time during school hours. Thank you for your support. Lauren Brown, Head of IT.

Staffing Update

We will be farewelling Margie McInally at the end of this term. Margie has been at our school for a year and two terms. She is going to be greatly missed in the Juniors and we wish her all the best at her new school. We are currently advertising for a tagged teacher.

Planned Meetings

There will be a Zoom meeting for the following event:

  • New Families Evening – rescheduled to 9 December, 7pm – 8pm
  • Year 6 Camp 2022 information – postponed. YMCA Camp Adair is working through protocols for the traffic light system. A new date will be arranged once we have more certainty.

School Reports

Reports will now be sent to you tomorrow. Teachers have made 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.

Bereavement

Condolences to the Zitzenbacher family: Gerhard, Wendy, Joseph, Sebastian and Leonardo. Gerhard’s father, Herbert Ziztenbacher passed away on the 16 November in Böhlerwerk, Austria. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

Congratulations

Last weekend Miguel Chu won the championship (1st Place) in his age group for the 2021 NZ Open Junior World Stars held at Formosa Golf Club in Beachlands.

He is now selected to represent New Zealand to compete in the Junior World Stars Championship in Las Vegas and World Stars California Invitational in 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 or Watch it on Shine TV at 2pm

NZ Catholic free digital issue Nov. 28 – Dec. 11
NZ Catholic Digital Issue (click to view)

Catholic Response to The End Of Life Choice

With the End-of-Life Choice Act coming into effect last 07 November and NZCBC issuing guidelines for ministering with people contemplating assisted dying, we are running an online event entitled “Catholic Responses to the End-of-Life Choice Act” on 01 December 6:00-7:00pm presented by our very own Dr John Kleinsman and Fr Merv Duffy. Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUud-mspjMqG9ZusLZTVvsxmoW_xu_3Pt0V

Te Kupu a te Ariki Proclaiming God’s Word to our Pompallier Diocesan whanau during the season of Advent.

The Catholic Schools are putting together some prayers for Advent and St Michael’s was assigned the first Saturday of Advent on Saturday 4 December. We are very proud of Julia Wolski for presenting the Scripture on behalf of St Michael’s! The electronic Proclaiming of the Word videos will be available on Bishop Michael’s FaceBook page.

Advent Prayer

“God of hope, I look to you with an open heart and yearning spirit. During this Advent season, I will keep alert and awake, listening for your word and keeping to your precepts. My hope is in you.” ~ Matthew Kelly

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown
Principal

BOT Update

The Board would like to thank the PTA and the community for its initiative in researching and funding the purchase of air filtration systems for our school.

Year 4 – 6 ICAS RESULTS 2021

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. Over one million student entries are accepted from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually. In addition, students from over 20 countries including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS each year.

ICAS assessments offer students experience in sitting large scale examinations. We are very proud of all the students who participated and wish to acknowledge and Congratulate those who achieved High Distinction, Distinction, Credit and Merit results. So far we have received English and Digital Technologies back.

English

High Distinction:
Year 4 – Marionne Sequera

Distinction:
Year 6 – Kyan Choi; Alejandro Gollop; Rosie Stones; Julia Wolski
Year 5 – Yuri Lee; Raphael Wee
Year 4 – Violet Cheng; Taylor Sun

Credit:
Year 6 – Madeline Cheng; Anika Cruz; Ella Naoum; Petra Slavich
Year 5 – Charlotte Leong; Zara Pedreski, Sophia Petrus; Steele Wichman; Ryan Wooler
Year 4 – Javier Gollop; Rebecca Houghton; Kitty Murray-King; MacKenzie Porteous

Merit:
Year 6 – Joaquin Ambrosio
Year 5 – Aidan Cruz

Digital Technologies

Distinction:
Year 6 – Joaquin Ambrosio
Year 5 – Raphael Wee
Year 4 – Marionne Sequera

Credit:
Year 6 – Madeline Cheng, Anika Cruz, Ella Naoum, Rosie Stones, Julia Wolski, Samuel Wong
Year 5 – Aidan Cruz, Arran George, Zara Pedreschi, Sophia Petrus
Year 4 – Violet Cheng, Rebecca Houghton, Francis Wong

Merit:
Year 6 – Jesse Robins
Year 4 – Holly Spora

PTA News

HEPA Filters for all classrooms (and other areas of the school that need them)

We are really excited to let you know that we have worked together with the Board and Mrs McKeown to purchase HEPA filters that will go into every classroom in the school.

We’d like to say a huge ‘Thank you” to Carmel Hanly for her rigorous research in the subject and for bringing it to everyone’s attention. It has been a great group effort from all sides that has turned this around in record time to help to add an extra layer of protection for our little ones and to give further peace of mind to Parents about returning their children to the school environment.

As a PTA we have committed to provide the filters and ongoing maintenance of them for the next 5 years at least. Some families have also already very kindly offered to donate towards the cost of these filters. If you would also like to donate, please contact the PTA on ptasmcs@gmail.com as any donations would be gratefully received.

Scholastic Book Orders

ORDER BY 30th NOVEMBER FOR DELIVERY BY CHRISTMAS!!
Scholastic still has its Bumper Christmas catalogue available with home delivery as an option. It’s a supersized issue full of Christmas goodies as well as the most popular books from 2021.

Scholastic Digital Catalogue (click to view)
ORDER OVER $35 TO GET FREE HOME DELIVERY. FREIGHT CHARGED ON ANY ORDERS UNDER $35.
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. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU CHOOSE ISSUE 7 AS THERE IS NO ‘SPEND OVER $35 GET FREE HOME DELIVERY’ OPTION WITH ISSUE 8. WE ARE NOT ABLE TO ENTER THE SCHOOL TO PROCESS ANY ORDERS THAT MAY GET SENT THERE. THANK YOU!
  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.

Second Hand School Uniform Shop

Unfortunately we are not able to operate the second hand school uniform shop at this time even as a contactless service. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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 by sending cash into school 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.

 PTA 2022

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 ptasmcs@gmail.com.  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 meeting date TBC.

Take care all,
Ree, Sarah and PTA

Catholic Diocese of Auckland Notices

Diocesan Events Coming events…

Sunday 5 December, 7pm – The Great Diocesan Christmas Quiz

Back by popular demand! After having such a blast at our first quiz night, we’re back with another opportunity to win up to $500 for your parish school or faith community. Grab your best Christmas outfit and join us for another night of trivia-filled fun!
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87540912405

Advent Prayer and Action | An invitation

Advent is a Season of Hope. As we move out of a period of stay-at-home orders, with Covid-19 a reality in our communities and a sense of uncertainty we are hopeful that all shall be well. In this season when we prepare with hope for the coming of Emmanuel – God with us all are invited to join a circle of prayer. Prayer for ourselves, our communities, the world. Each morning from the first Sunday of Advent 28 November – Christmas Eve at 8.30am on the diocesan Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/aucklandcatholic advent prayer will be offered. Young people and staff from our school communities, representatives from parish and ethnic communities, diocesan staff will lead us prayer. We the diocese gathering to pause and pray together. Then at 10.30 am [ 1-24 December] same place we will upload an Advent Calendar. Not a digital chocolate but it will open up an Advent Action. A simple way to connect with the Gospel and live the hope of Advent. Please join us.

Notices

Parenting Classes

NEXT CHAPTER PARENTING offering Individual, or group, PARENTING SESSIONS via Zoom.
Eight one hourly sessions, weekly at a time convenient to you, available evenings.
Topics covered include Communication, Empathy, Setting Limits, Quality Time, Consequences, Choices, Redirection, Pick your battles with your child, Problem Behaviour, Praise vs Acknowledgement, Time In vs Time Out, The Pause, Erickson’s Stages of Growth, Personality Types and how it affects your children.  WINZ funding assistance where eligible.
Website: www.nextchapterparenting.co.nz
Contact: brigid@nextchapterparenting.co.nz