Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Ihu whakawhirinaki ahau ki a koe”
Jesus I trust in You

We are now in the season of Lent. Pope Francis shared this message: ”Lent is a favourable time for personal and community renewal, as it leads us to the paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For our Lenten journey in 2022, we will do well to reflect on Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Galatians: “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity (kairós), let us do good to all” (Gal 6:9-10).

Welcome to New Families and Students

We would like to welcome the following new family who has joined us this Year: The Hibberd Family.

Year 6 Leaders Mass – 3 March at 2pm

This was such a joyous occasion to celebrate the Eucharist with our Year 6 Leaders. Their leadership roles were disclosed and their badges were blessed by Fr Chris Skinner. Thank you to the Parish, Fr Tony and Issa Cabiling for organising the live stream. It was lovely that the whole school could join us virtually.

COVID – 19

We now have a growing number of Covid-19 cases that have been identified throughout our whole school community (Staff, parents and students). We will continue to be vigilant in accordance with the school’s Health and Safety procedures. It is important that anyone with symptoms remain at home until they are symptom-free for at least 48 hours.

We have enough full-time staff members to cover up to two classrooms of children, should their teachers test positive. If we have three or more teachers test positive at one time, we will need to close the affected classrooms until the teacher is able to return to work. We will continue to keep you well-informed.

Please notify us as soon as possible if a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19. The details we require are as follows:

  • Name:
  • Case Type: (Student, Parent, Sibling, Other)
  • Onsite while infectious: Yes / No
  • Date of Test:
  • Type of Test:

Health and Safety

  • Monitor for symptoms (sore tummy, colds, sore throat ,etc)
  • If a child is sick they need to stay at home.
  • Year 4 up to wear masks
  • Washing/sanitising hands regularly (contactless sanitiser dispensers are in every room)
  • Classrooms are well ventilated and have Hepa Filters
  • Household contacts of confirmed cases are required to self-isolate. The isolation period is 10 days

Principal’s Awards Certificates

I will be presenting weekly Principal’s Award Certificates to students in their classes each Friday. A photo will be taken of the students and posted onto their Class Dojo.

School Lunches 2022

The details for ordering school lunches can be found on our website https://www.smcs.school.nz/lunch-orders/ 

ASB Financial Literacy – Get Wise – Monday 7 March and Tuesday 8 March

We are lucky to have a specialist educator from Get Wise Financial Literacy visiting our school to lead classroom sessions for Room 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 students next week. This interactive experience reinforces vital financial literacy skills such as the importance of saving, needs versus wants & comparative spending.

Encountering CHRIST

St Michael’s Parish WebsiteMass times – under New Zealand’s Covid Protection Framework (‘traffic light system’) for Covid-19, we have Mass times for Parishioners with or without a My Vaccine Pass.

NZ Catholic free digital issue Feb. 27 – Mar. 12   (click to view)

Some headlines from this issue: Bishop Stephen Lowe installed as Bishop of Auckland. Catholic korero on Treaty of Waitangi. Vocations talk at city pub. Seminary rector climbs mountains.

A Prayer for Ukraine

“Loving God, We pray for the people of Ukraine, for all those suffering or afraid, that you will be close to them and protect them.

We pray for world leaders, for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.

We pray for the world that in this moment of crisis, we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need.

May we walk in your ways so that peace and justice become a reality for the people of Ukraine and for all the world. Amen.(https://cafod.org.uk/)

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown
Principal Tumuaki

PTA News

We hope that you are all coping with the new ‘normal’ that we find ourselves in. It’s been great to hear of so many offers of help and support within classrooms.

Help for families self isolating

We are aware that there are members of our SMCS Community who have been directly affected by Covid, and who are currently isolating at home with their families. As a PTA we would love to help, so please feel free to email us on ptasmcs@gmail.com if you need something. We have many members/parents who may live close by, or are happy to drive by and drop supplies off – pick up groceries if you’re finding it hard getting an online delivery spot – source some ice blocks for the kids – arrange takeaways and meals to take the pressure off when you are not feeling well etc. You can also email/contact your Class Rep who can then be in touch with us and pass messages on. Take care.

School Uniform Shop – now not open on site this Friday

Please note that due to the increase in Covid cases at School, the school uniform shop will only be open online at present. Sabrina will be going to school to check for stock on Friday mornings only, as she is limiting her visits to school.

Therefore please email Sabrina with your enquiries via ptasmcs@gmail.com and we will pass them on. Elizabeth Michael remains open for more urgent and brand new Uniform needs. We still need more stock of all sizes please. If you have any uniform to donate, please send it in with your child.

Pizza Fridays and My Kindo app

Thank you to Room 10 Parents for helping with pizza this week. Thanks to all of you who got on board with the new way of ordering pizza last week.

One last reminder of the new system just in case you missed it

St Michael’s Catholic School PTA are now online with Kindo!

We are excited to let you know that you can now order sushi, pizza and ice block lunches online, support fundraisers and in the future purchase second hand uniforms easily with our Kindo PTA Shop.

It’s easy, convenient, and open 24/7.

Setting up an account

  • Creating an account is easy!

New Users can click here and select the Create an Account option. Simply follow the prompts and in three easy steps you are ready to go!

If you already have an ezlunch or myKindo account, you can simply log in.

Payment

There are a number of ways you can choose to top-up your account, and this can be done at the checkout, or by selecting the ‘top up account’ icon.

  • POLi No fees. Instant transfer. **RECOMMENDED**
  • Credit/Debit Card 50 cent charge + 2.5% fee. Instant transfer. Visa / MasterCard / American Express and China UnionPay available.
  • Bank Transfer No fees. Allow 2 days for processing.

Shopping

Items can be added to your shopping cart, by clicking on your child’s initial next to an item.

 

 

  • Order for just one day or use the calendar icon to order the same item for multiple days.
  • Once you have made all your purchases click on the Checkout option to complete your transaction.
  • If you have sufficient funds, then simply click Place Order at the checkout and you’re done!
  • If you have insufficient funds, you will be required to top up your account first.
  • Your order will automatically go through to Sushi Eden or the PTA, and you will receive an email receipt confirming your top-up and/or purchase!

myKindo App

myKindo app is also available to download for both android and iPhone.

Need assistance?

  • Our Kindo helpdesk is open 8am to 4pm weekdays.
  • Freephone: 0508 4 KINDO (0508 454 636)
  • Email: hello@mykindo.co.nz
  • Online support: support.mykindo.co.nz

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CASH ORDERS FOR PIZZA ANYMORE, ALL ORDERS MUST GO THROUGH THE MY KINDO APP.

HEPA Filter update

We are pleased to confirm that in December 2021, 17 HEPA Filters were bought and installed in classrooms and other areas of the school where they were deemed necessary i.e. sick bay, break out rooms etc.

These filters are used all day every school day and their main objective is to provide a healthier environment for our children and staff at school. The cost of these filters is not covered by the Ministry of Education: therefore, the PTA re-prioritised expenditure, using existing funds to pay towards the units and placing other projects (such as air conditioning in the breakout rooms to make them more comfortable and usable in the summer) on hold temporarily. Unfortunately, due to disruption that we all faced last year, our fundraising efforts fell very short of usual.

Many Families in the SMCS community have expressed an interest in making donations towards the cost of the HEPA filter units. If your family would like to make a financial contribution, towards the cost of these filters, $388 would fund one filter, but any contribution would be gratefully received – thank you.

Please forward donation to the PTA bank account:
PTA SMCS 12-3075-0199134-00
Reference: HEPA and Student’s name.

Calendar Art Fundraiser

We are looking for someone enthusiastic and organised to take on the role of Calendar art co-ordinator.
This is a great fundraising initiative that usually takes place in Term 3. We have all the information that you need to get started. If you are interested, please email us on ptasmcs@gmail.com to find out more.

Next PTA Meeting

Next PTA Meeting date 15th March at 7pm.

Take care all
Ree, Sarah and the PTA

Sports News

SMCS Soccer 2022 Information

Football at St Michael’s 2022 (click to view/print)

Notices

SACRED HEART COLLEGE Applications for Year 7 and Year 9 for 2023 are now open.

A Sacred Heart education provides a foundation of faith and aspiration to succeed at the highest level in personal and professional life. Places are available in Years 7 and 9 in 2023, with Boarding available from Year 9. Applications are prioritised in accordance with our Enrolment Scheme. Scholarships are available. Applications close Wednesday 13 April 2022. Apply online here.
Visit www.sacredheart.school.nz for more information.

SHC EnrolmentsOpen Flyer (click to view/print)