Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“He aroha whakato, he aroha puta mai”
If kindness is sown then kindness you shall receive

Congratulations to all the students who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation last night. Thank you to Emma Houghton and Deahna Barrington for organising this event. Thanks also to Father Tony, Bishop Patrick Dunn, Fr Stephen Berecz and Fr Andrew Paris who assisted.

Catholic Special Character Internal Review Parent/whanau survey

We would love for you to complete this survey.
As part of our annual Catholic Special Character Review, we would like to gather information about how effectively our school, through its practices and communications, facilitates encounters with Christ and spreads the Good News.

We aim to explore any barriers to meaningful (conscious, active) participation of families in Special Character (encountering Christ) opportunities provided through school and parish. Thank you in advance for your input.

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).

Parent Teacher Interviews
Wednesday 4 May at 1:30pm – 5:30pm
and Thursday 5 May at 3:30pm to 7:30pm

Please note: School finishes at 1pm on Wednesday 4 May so please could parents ensure their children are collected at this time . For those students who are unable to be collected due to parents working, they will have lunch at the normal time and then they will go to the hall from 2pm until 2:55pm to be supervised.

Bookings will be open on Monday 11 April. Please book your visits through the Skool Loop App.
To download the Skool Loop App:

To make your Parent/Teacher booking:

  • Click on your “Interviews” tile
  • Select “Select Interview
  • Select your child’s teacher
  • Select what day/date preference
  • Select your time preference
  • Click “Select
  • Enter students details and sign at the bottom
  • Select “Book Interview
  • A confirmation email will be sent to you with your bookings details.

Welcome to New Families and Students

We would like to welcome the following existing family who has joined us this Year: The Fernando Family (Mia) who has an older sibling at SMCS.

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

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.

Encountering CHRIST

St Michael’s Parish WebsiteMass times – Sunday 8am & 10am; Monday – Friday 7am & 12noon; Saturday 8am; Sunday 5pm

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.

Free NZ Catholic digital edition Apr. 10-23
Some headlines for this issue: Social and community housing project on Church land. New CEO for Caritas. Kiwis pray for peace in Ukraine. Icons in exhibition at Akld gallery.

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: At this time – Tenei Wa
Dear Lord,
e te Ariki,
At this time of pandemic,
Let us foster respect and solidarity with others,
especially those who are weak or poor.
Let us remain calm and ignore unsubstantiated rumours.
Let us take advantage of living together as a family.
Let us attend to moments of prayer.
Let us cultivate responsibility, patience and hope.
Amen.
Prayer adapted from a radio message from Rodolfo Valenzuela Núñez, Bishop of La Verapaz, Guatemala. Caritas Prayers 2022.

Credit: Catholic Relief Services

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 chair@smcs.school.nz

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/

PTA News

Help for families self isolating

There are still a few families succumbing to Covid, we are thinking of you all.

As before, please don’t struggle on at home if you are unwell or isolating. We have had many people in the community who have said that they 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 5 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 iceblock enquiries, please contact us directly on ptasmcs@gmail.com

Yummy fruit sticker collecting

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away…and can get the school some cool sports equipment for play times!

2022 Yummy Sticker Promotion -Sports Gear

Once again the promotion is running for terms 2 and 3. Each sticker is with 1 point and each bag tag is worth 10 points. Please place completed sheets into the PTA box (outside the PTA cupboard in the senior school) 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

Sticker Collection Sheet – The Yummy Fruit Co
1 2 3 4 5 6 You’re on your way to some cool sports gear. 7 8 9 10 11 12 Ask friends and family to help you collect stickers. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 www.yummyfruit.co.nz

2nd Hand School Uniform shop

The next date that the 2nd hand school uniform shop will be open in is the 6th May in term 2. We will confirm nearer the time whether this will be able to be in person or still online only. 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

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

Take care all
Ree, Sarah and the PTA

Notices

Atlantis Flippa ball – Diocesan Aquatic Centre

Remuera Easter Egg Hunt Form

Remuera Easter Egg Hunt Form (click to print)

Please note: There are hard copies of the Easter Egg Hunt forms available at the school office (located on the shelf) for students to take home if they are interested in participating.