Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Poipoia te kakano Kia puawai”
Nurture the seed and it will blossom

A number of classes will be having student teachers on practicum at our school. They are coming on Monday 4 April until Thursday 14 April. Daylight saving ends this Sunday so remember to put your clocks back one hour.

We will be retaining our current health and safety measures for the remainder of the Term, including limiting the number of people we have onsite and parents being required to drop off and pick up from the Bassett Road gate and Church. This will be reviewed for the start of Term 2.

Term 1 Progress Reports

The Term 1 Progress Reports will be sent home in Week 11. Mathematics will read differently this year due to the implementation of the new programme: Maths No-Problem! This programme is taught in year levels and follows a topic-based structure. As our reports are reviewing Term 1 only, the comments will reflect the children’s learning in Place Value, Addition and Subtraction for most year levels as this is what has been taught this term. The Term 3 Progress Report comments will reflect on other topics within Mathematics that are scheduled to be taught throughout Terms 2 and 3, including Multiplication, Division, Fractions and other strand topics (Measurement, Geometry, Statistics).

Welcome to New Families and Students

We would like to welcome the following new family who has joined us this Year: the Renault-Pollard family.

Rock Your Socks! – Friday 25 March

We raised $373.40 for the Auckland Down Syndrome Association. Thank you for supporting this wonderful cause! Please see photos below.

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 Genevieve secretary@smcs.school.nz

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. Inform us also if your child/ren becomes positive as we need to send numbers of daily covid cases to the Ministry of Education.

Health and Safety

We are still having cases of COVID-19 in our school so it is important that you follow these Health and Safety guidelines:

  • 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
  • Sanitise / wash your hands regularly

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 john@fff.org.nz I find listening to the daily lectio divina helps me grow closer to Christ. 

Lenten Prayer

Merciful Father, I know that the tiny sacrifices I make this Lent can never serve as a real penance in my life. But help me to make my whole life one of following your Son. I am filled with your love. Let your love shine out from within me and guide my life in this sacred journey toward the Easter joy you offer me.”  (https://onlineministries.creighton.edu/)

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown 
Principal Tumuaki

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 laurajanethomson@gmail.com

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

PTA News

Another short one this week!

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 (d.barrington@smcsschool.nz) who will co-ordinate any help needed.

Pizza Fridays

Thank you to Room 6 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 ptasmcs@gmail.com

School Uniform Shop – Online Only this week

The Second hand School Uniform shop is only open online this week.
Please email Sabrina as soon as you can via the PTA email ptasmcs@gmail.com with any orders that you may have. Sabrina will be going into school to check stock levels on Friday morning. As we approach the end of term and change to the winter uniform, we would be very glad of any uniform (summer or winter) that you would like to donate as we are still short of many sizes.

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

College Rifles Sports Holiday Programme

College Rifles will be running a Sports holiday program these holidays for kids aged 5 to 13yrs. Our program is designed for kids to learn and try different sports, in an encouraging and safe environment.

We have 50 spaces available per day for kids to be a part of our sports program. 

Register through this link: College Rifles Rugby Football Club-College Rifles Rugby Football Club (sporty.co.nz)