Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Mā te Atua me te wāhi ngaro tātou e otaki e manaaki”
May God and the origins of which all things come from, bless and keep us

Happy St Patrick’s day, we have had fun wearing green today (see photos below). Thank you for your kind donations for Ukraine. We raised $486.40 which will be sent to Caritas.

Welcome to New Families and Students

We would like to welcome the following new student who has joined us this Year: Zazulak-Baker Family (younger sibling started).

School Privacy and Permission Form

Families who have not yet sent in their School Privacy and Permission online form, please click on the link below which is very important, and required by the school as this covers the Online Safety (IT) Agreement permission from parents which allow their child to use a digital device in the classroom, parents giving permission for their contact details to be included in a Class PTA list, permission required pertaining to photos of students to be included in the Newsletter/School Website etc).

https://www.smcs.school.nz/school-privacy-and-permission-form/ One form is required per student please.

Rock Your Socks! – Friday 25 March

Next week is World Down Syndrome Day and on Friday we will be celebrating how unique each of us is! Rock Your Socks with us on Friday 25 March – we want to see your most colourful, most mismatched and most unique socks! Pop them on to brighten up your school uniform and add a bit of extra colour to our school day.

We will be collecting donations to benefit the Auckland Down Syndrome Association, so if you are able, please bring along a gold coin donation. Thank you for supporting this wonderful cause!

COVID-19 and Learning Packs

For the past week we have only had one new Covid case a day. Learning packs will now only be sent to students who are having to isolate at home due to Covid. There will be no new packs for families who are choosing to keep their children at home.

Health and Safety

  • Please wear a mask at drop off and pickups as we have a large number of people congregating together. If you wish not to wear a mask then organise a place for your child to meet you rather than at the school gate (Across from the crossing?).
  • Monitor for symptoms (sore tummy, colds, sore throat , hay fever etc)
  • If a child is sick they need to stay at home.
  • Year 4 up to wear masks

COVID – 19 Information For Parents

As well as creating ‘logistical overload’ for schools, Covid is a huge concern for you as parents. The health sector has developed some excellent resources for parents on the KidsHealth website. Please check out the links below –
https://www.kidshealth.org.nz/covid-19-caring-child-covid-19
https://www.kidshealth.org.nz/covid-19-why-wearing-masks-creating-airflow-helps
New content is being added regularly to COVID-19 | KidsHealth NZ

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.

Resuming of Class Masses – Thursday 9am (virtual)

As this term progresses and we are unsure how long we will be remaining in CPF – Red for, the Special Catholic Character committee has decided to resume our Thursday morning class Masses under a “virtual” format. Classes will be rostered on in pairs to gather in a classroom or the hall for more spacing and watch the 9am Mass via Christ the King livestream (FB link).

To try and continue the opportunity to encounter Christ and learn about the Church and Masses, children will be utilising the Mass script guidelines to respond to the Priest, preparing Prayers of the Faithful to share with their class during the Mass and any thing else we think of to create the sense of reverence that we would have if we were in the Church!

When your child/ren’s class is rostered on for Mass, please resume bringing in non-perishable food donations to support the St Vincent de Paul food bank. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Week 8 – Rooms 8 & 9
Week 9 – Rooms 7 & 10
Week 10 – Rooms 5 & 6
Week 11 – Holy Thursday – whole school or a Liturgy tbc

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.

Sunday Mass online by going to the Catholic Diocese of Auckland website Each Saturday evening at 5.30 pm Sunday Mass becomes available for viewing. This is the same Mass that is broadcast on Shine TV Sunday at 2.00pm.

NZ Catholic free digital issue March 13 – 26
Some headlines for this issue: Lent leads to foot of cross preaches Anglican bishop. Dunedin rural roadshow gathers feedback. Young adults speak on faith in workplace. Pope Lent message 2022.

Food For Faith
This website is great for feeding your spirit. There are daily reflections on the readings of the day. These can be emailed to you as well by emailing John O’Connor john@fff.org.nz I find listening to the daily lectio divina helps me grow closer to Christ.

Young Pasifika women

As part of the Catholic Theological College online event series, we wish to invite you to “But who do you say I am? — Images of God, mental well-being and Pacific young women,” on Thursday 31 March 6:30 – 8:00pm via Zoom. Details and registration here:

https://www.tekupenga.ac.nz/uncategorized/upcoming-online-event-who-do-you-say-i-am-images-of-god-mental-well-being-and-pacific-young-women/

St Patrick’s Day Prayer

‘May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us. May the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. May thy Salvation, O Lord, be always ours this day and for evermore. Amen.’ (https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/st-patricks-day-prayers-irish-blessings)

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown
Principal Tumuaki

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF AUCKLAND

Catholic Church Aotearoa Feedback Form

Haere mai, Talofa lava, Maligayang pagdating, Malo e leilei, Hwan yeong, Bienvenido, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Bienvenue, and Welcome!

Pope Francis has asked the question of ‘how we journey together’. The purpose is to ‘listen to the questions, concerns and hopes of every church, people and nation’.

We’d like to hear from you! People of all backgrounds are invited to contribute. Completing this feedback form takes about five minutes and your input will feed into a diocesan/regional paper on how we as a Church and as Catholics ‘journey together’, which then informs a paper to the Vatican. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NZCBCSynod

School Attendance Dues

Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support with the payment of Attendance Dues for preference students attending both primary and secondary Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese.

Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest, or Auckland Common Fund Ltd at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland on 09-360-3069 for further information.

Application forms for this assistance are available from school and parish offices, or can be downloaded from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Website:
https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/catholic-schools-2/

Sports News

Touch Rugby

A huge Congratulations to all of our SMCS teams for a fantastic season again this year! You played with enthusiasm and showed wonderful sportsmanship.

A massive thank you also to all of the Coaches and Managers for your generosity of time. It is much appreciated.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back for the 2022/2023 new season starting in October.

PTA News

Help for families self isolating

We have had many people in the community who have said that they are available to help if your family is struggling with anything at this time, please don’t hesitate to contact Deahna (d.barrington@smcs.school.nz) who will co-ordinate any help needed.

Pizza Fridays

Thank you to Room 8 Parents for helping with pizza this week.

HEPA Filter and CO2 monitor 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. In addition, we have now also paid for the x14 CO2 monitors for the school to monitor the air quality and keep everyone safe and healthy.

The Ministry of Education does not cover the cost of these filters and CO2 monitors. 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 and $200.00 would cover a whole monitor, but any contribution towards them would be very gratefully received.

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

Social Media

Here’s a link that was shared with the PTA, we thought it was a good one to share
https://www.webafrica.co.za/blog/general-knowledge/golden-rules-whatsapp-groups/

Next PTA meeting

Next (Zoom) PTA meeting date Monday – 9th May at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to join.

Take care all
Ree, Sarah and the PTA

Notices

Chief Executive wanted: Te Kupenga-Catholic Leadership Institute

Te Kupenga-Catholic Leadership Institute combines academic, leadership, faith formation and bio-ethical research and advocacy responsibilities for the Catholic church in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Board is looking for a Chief Executive with relevant leadership experience, possibly gained in a faith-based, non-profit or secondary/tertiary education setting. The role will probably be based in Auckland.

Full details and how to apply, go here: https://www.tekupenga.ac.nz/uncategorized/seeking-for-tumuaki-chief-executive/ (click to view)

Applications close on Monday 28 March.

St Mary’s College – OPEN for 2023 Enrolments

St Marys College 2022 Virtual flyer (Click to view/print)

ST MARY’S COLLEGE Enrolments for St Mary’s College are now OPEN for 2023 A virtual welcome to St. Mary’s College will be held on Monday 14 March at 7.00pm. Please go to our website www.stmaryak.school.nz/enrolment/enrolments for the link and more information about the enrolment process. Enrolments close Thursday 24 March 2022 St Mary’s College is a Catholic Year 7-13 School for Girls - join our Mercy family 21st Century Woman of Mercy St Mary’s College has no zoning restrictions

St Peter’s College 2023 Enrolments closing 1 April 2022 at 4pm

SPC Enrolments closing 2022 for 2023 Flyer (click to view/print)

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 2022Apply online here.
Visit www.sacredheart.school.nz for more information.

SHC Enrolments Open Flyer (click to view/print)