Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

‘Kia ngangahau, kia whakawhānuitia te Rongopai a te Karaiti’
To live and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ

There are only seven and a half days of school left (school finishes on Tuesday 14 December at 12:30pm) and what a tough year it has been. It saddens me that we are unable to celebrate our Thanksgiving Mass to acknowledge all our Year 6 students and those families that are leaving our school. I pray that all our families keep safe and well coming up to Christmas.

Year 6 Leavers’ Liturgy and Presentation

As much as we would love to farewell our Year 6 Graduates in our beautiful Church, we are confined by Alert Level 3, Step 2 restrictions so will be having a Liturgy on the upper court to bless and farewell our Year 6 Graduates. Mrs McKeown will present Graduation certificates and leavers’ candles.

In order to maintain the integrity of the bubbles from Rooms 8 & 9, the liturgy will be held on Monday 13 December at 10am (Group A) and repeated on Tuesday 14 December at 10am (Group B). The classes will remain in their individual bubbles and distanced appropriately when outside. It will be a special time for their Year 5 peers also in those bubbles to support and thank the Year 6’s.

We will endeavour to post photos on Class Dojo as no parents, classes or other visitors will be able to attend.

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.

Tender for School Lunches 2022

We are looking for tenders for school lunches for 2022. If you know of anyone who would like to tender for school lunches please can they email Genevieve van Coller [email protected] They would need to be certified by Auckland Council.

Return of All 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 and 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.

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.

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)

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

Second Week of Advent Prayer

God of our waiting, We light this candle to remind us that John the Baptist calls us to prepare for the coming of Jesus. We pray that you may deepen our compassion so that our hearts will be open to serve you in all peoples.” https://www.cam1.org.au/ringwoodnorth/Advent-Week-2-Love

Manaaki ki te Atua,
Ann McKeown 

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!

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.

Becoming Church

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

Enrolments are 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. Please note that enrolments will close on Tuesday 14th December or earlier if capacity is reached.

Any questions, please contact Emma Houghton at [email protected]

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.

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 [email protected] as any donations would be gratefully received, and it will help us to marry donations received into the bank account. Any donations should be labelled ‘HEPA filters’ as a reference for payment.

Second Hand School Uniform Shop

Unfortunately as Parents are not allowed on the school site at present, we are not able to operate the second hand school uniform shop at any time this term even as a contactless service.

Sabrina has offered to open for one afternoon before we return to school at 3pm – 3.30pm on 25th Jan 2022 before school starts next year, which will still allow time to go to Elizabeth Michael too if necessary.

If you are unable to make this time and date, please email Sabrina via the [email protected] address and we will pass on any queries to her, preferably prior to 25th Jan as she can check for stock on that date and try and arrange a contactless pick up for you.

If you have uniform to donate to the shop, please send it in to the school office by the end if term if possible so that it may be added to the shop for the January 25th opening date. School have asked us to reiterate – PLEASE ONLY SEND UNIFORMS IN WITH YOUR CHILD, Parents are asked not enter the school site at all.

Runathon money – last chance to get your money in next Monday!!

Thank you for those who have been sending in Runathon money, this will be put towards new PE equipment for the children to use. The last date for sending in your money is Monday 6th December (next Monday).

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 please see Mrs Barrington to get a sticker for your chart.

Yummy Stickers

The Yummy stickers collection ended on 23rd November

Please continue to collect the stickers for next year. The collection runs during Terms 2 and 3. Please place any completed forms 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)

End of Term class get togethers

Sadly, as per the Ministries of Health and Education guidelines, we are not allowed to hold any end of term class picnics at school this year.

PTA past, present and future

We would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to all of the many volunteers who have helped with the events that we HAVE been able to hold during the past year. (Not to mention the time that some people had already spent planning and organising events that we weren’t able to hold in the past term or so).

We would especially like to thank all of the members of the PTA who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make events a success. We would particularly like to say a final ‘Thank you’ to those members with children in Year 6 who have given their support over the many years that their children have been a part of the school, we will certainly miss you all.

If you would be interested in helping either generally or with any particular roles within the PTA in the upcoming year, please contact us on [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.

Class Reps

We’d also like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to all of the Class reps who have kept information flowing to and from the classrooms in this challenging year. Also, if you would be keen to volunteer as a Class Rep for next year please email us and let us know.

Next meeting date TBC.

Take care all
Ree, Sarah and PTA


Parenting Classes

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