Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata”
Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure

This week we have seen quite a number of families return back to school after having covid. We have had on average 94% school attendance each day this week. I feel so blessed to be living in New Zealand when I see what is happening in the Ukraine. We have been asked by Pope Francis to spend time in prayer this Friday 25 March. Please read the notice below.

Aotearoa New Zealand united in prayer Friday 25 March 2022

Pope Francis will consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary this Friday 25 March, during a service he will preside over in St Peter’s Basilica. Pope Francis has asked for all people to pray for the conversion of hearts for peace in our world and an end to the war in Ukraine.

Bishop Lowe said Friday would be a day of prayer for everyone affected by the war: “We will be praying for those who have been wounded or killed. We will be praying for those who care for the wounded. We will be praying for those who have suddenly become refugees and for those that care for them. And we will pray that the Russian leadership and soldiers may have a change of heart.

“This is the season of Lent, which is about the change, the conversion of the heart. Christ calls us to love our enemies and to embrace each other as brothers and sisters. And as we pray for Ukraine we also remember those caught in other conflicts, including Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere.”

Prayer for Ukraine
The hymn can be heard at this link

Lord, oh the Great and Almighty,
Protect our beloved Ukraine,
Bless her with freedom and light
of your holy rays.

With learning and knowledge enlighten
us, your children small,
In love pure and everlasting.
Let us, oh Lord, grow.

We pray, oh Lord Almighty,
protect our beloved Ukraine.
Grant our people and country
All your kindness and grace.

Bless us with freedom, bless us with wisdom,
Guide us into a kind world,
Bless us, oh Lord, with good fortune
For ever and evermore.

Rock Your Socks! – Friday 25 March

This week is World Down Syndrome Day and tomorrow we will be celebrating how unique each of us is! Rock Your Socks with us – 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!

Notify School for Student Absences

If your child is absent from school it is vital for you to let the school know before 9am. You can do this in the following ways: Skool Loop, School website, phone or email secretar[email protected]

If a member of your family tests positive please email the office and let the class teacher know that you are in isolation and would like a learning pack for your child.

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 indoors

KiVa

KiVa is an anti-bullying programme that we teach at our school. This programme fits in with our school values and our Religious Education programme. The KiVa Team at our School is Georgina van Schaijik, Catherine Westwood, Philippa Barling and Ann McKeown. The following link gives you an outline of what KiVa is and it gives clear guidelines on the KiVa process. Frequently asked Questions

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 Mar. 27 – Apr. 9
Some headlines for this issue: College name changed after inquiry. Three first year students at seminary. Defeat of anti-life mentality needed for peace. Major reform of the Roman Curia..

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 [email protected] 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/

Lenten Day Prayer

”May I stand in solidarity today with all my brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. May we be united in your love, and may I work to build your kingdom here on earth.”
(https://hallow.com/2022/02/05/lent-prayers/)

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown
Principal Tumuaki

Presiding Board Chair News

School Board Elections 2022

The next trisennial school Board of Trustees (BoT) elections are to be held in September this year and we encourage you to think about running for the Board.

The BoT is made up of elected parent representatives, proprietor representatives, Ann as principal, and a teacher representative. As a school community it makes us stronger when we have a cross section of views and experiences at a governance level. While being on the Board can be challenging it is also rewarding as you draw on your personal experiences while considering the wider good and direction the school is heading. September is only 6 months away so now is the time to start considering how you can contribute.

Feel free to contact any of the current BoT members, if you would like to know more you can email Jon Williams [email protected]

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. Catholic Church Aotearoa Feedback Form

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

SMCS Netball Registration 2022 (Y3 – Y6 students)

If your child is interested to play netball for SMCS in 2022 please note the following information:

  • Registrations are open to students in Year 3-6
  • If you register your child to play for St Michael’s, it is expected that you will attend all games (other than sickness)
  • You must be able to arrange transport for your child to and from the games.
  • In addition to weekly games there is typically one weekly training at St Michael’s. The time is usually agreed by consensus within each team.
  • Games are played on Thursday afternoons at the Auckland Netball Centre in St Johns at either 3.50, 4.50 or 5.50pm. The draw is released weekly, usually on Tuesday.
  • The season is scheduled to start on 19th May and finish on September 8th
  • Fees are approximately $75 (TBC) for the season (there may be a small additional cost for umpiring fees in the Year 5/6 grades).
  • St Michael’s provides uniforms.
  • St Michael’s relies on parents to coach and manage teams. Each team must have a coach and manager. If no one volunteers to perform these roles then the team will not be able to play.
  • Year 3 & 4 need to have on-court assistance to assist with, and umpire at each game.
  • It is recommended that there are only 7 (max 8) players per team in order that each player gets enough game time.
  • Registrations are on a first come first served basis. Priority is given to students who played the season before.

To register your child please complete the short survey at the link below before 1st April 2022:

SMCS Netball Registration 2022

Any questions please contact Laura Thomson [email protected]

We look forward to another successful season for St Michael’s!

PTA News

Short and sweet this week as there’s not much going on at the moment!

Help for families self-isolating

It’s great to continue to see numbers of parents and children increasing at the school gates.

As before, please don’t struggle on at home if you are unwell or isolating. We have many people in the community who are still available to help if your family is struggling with anything at this time, please don’t hesitate to contact Deahna ([email protected]) who will co-ordinate any help needed.

Pizza Fridays

Thank you to Room 7 Parents for helping with pizza this week.

Lunch order troubleshooting

If you have any issues at all with lunch orders, please do not contact Genevieve. For Kindo issues please contact the Kindo help desk (see below)

For Pizza and ice block enquiries, please contact us directly on [email protected]

HEPA Filter and CO2 monitor donations

Thank you so very much to the families who have generously donated towards the HEPA filters and CO2 monitors that have been bought for all of the classrooms and other necessary areas of the school.

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.

Next PTA meeting

The next PTA meeting date is Monday 9th May at 7pm, everyone is welcome to join.

Take care all
Ree, Sarah and the PTA

Notices

Geoff Beech Tennis 2022 Holiday Programme

Marist College Enrolments 2023 Intake

Applications for enrolments can be found at Marist College Enrolment Application Our enrolments, including interviews are online.