Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

Mothers are like the hull of a canoe, they are the HEART of the family

I hope that you all had a lovely Easter Break with your whānau. It was wonderful to catch up with all my grandchildren and spend time with them. On Monday I attended the Powhiri for Patrick Walsh, the new Principal of Sacred Heart College. The whole ceremony was outstanding and I congratulate Sacred Heart on a well organised cultural event.

It is great to have our parents back on site and to be able to host face to face parent interviews. Just a reminder to wear your masks on site especially if you enter a classroom.

I wish all mothers a happy Mother’s Day this Sunday and I hope that your children make this day special for you.

Principal Sabbatical

In Term Three I will be going on sabbatical for 10 weeks. The focus of my study is to inquire into how best to transition 5 year old students into school with an emphasis on children with special needs and Māori and Pasifika students. I will be investigating the effectiveness of Learning through Play and other practices that could support the special needs students in our Junior Syndicate, especially the new entrants transitioning from Preschool. Georgina van Schaijik will be acting Principal over Term Three.

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.

Welcome to New Families and Students

We would like to welcome the following existing families who have rejoined us this Year: the Black Family and the Maher Family.

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:

  • Wear a mask when on site and especially if you enter our school building.
  • If a child is sick they need to stay at home
  • Year 4 up are strongly recommended to wear masks indoors
  • Sanitise / wash your hands regularly

Encountering CHRIST

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

School Masses – Every Thursday at 9:15am
05/05/22- Rooms 2 & 8; 12/05/22 – Rooms 1 & 9; 19/05/22 – Rooms 4 & 7;
26/05/22 – Feast of the Ascension – Whole School all welcome; 02/06/22 – Rooms3 & 10; 09/06/22 – Rooms 9 & 6; 16/06/22 – Rooms 2 & 8; 23/06/22 – Rooms 1 & 9; 30/6/22 – Rooms 4 & 7; 07/07/22 – Rooms 5 & 6; There will be a School/Parish Mass (TBC).

Free NZ Catholic Digital Edition May 8-21 (click to view)

Some headlines for this issue: NZ canon lawyer calls for more laity in Church governance. Dame Lyndsay Freer retires from Church media role. Cardinal Dew quizzed on radio at Easter. Northland author of book on priests suffers devastating property fire.

A Mother’s Day Prayer

Thank you, Lord, that you fill a mother’s heart with love, That you have instilled in her very being the need to protect her children if at all possible, Thank you for giving her the gift of nurturing her children, of teaching them, of comforting them, for feeding them and making a safe place for them. For guiding them to be all that God has created them to be. Fill every mother with love, wisdom and endurance, with strength and patience and joy.   (https://thoughts-about-god.com/mothers).                                                                                           

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]

PTA News

It’s great to be back to a slightly more normal way of life and so lovely to be able to be finally back on the school grounds for the first time since last August and to be able to socialise again.

We’re really optimistic about this coming term and are looking forward to being able to organise some events that we hope will help to reconnect our school community.

Pizza Fridays

Thank you to Room 4 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]

2nd Hand School Uniform shop

The next date that the 2nd hand school uniform shop will be open ( In real life at the shop!) is this coming Friday 6 May.

As we start a new term with a 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, especially for older children.

Yummy fruit sticker collecting

We are once again collecting the stickers and bag labels, attached is a link where you can print off a collection sheet. Last year the school benefited from over $750 worth of sports equipment to use at playtimes.

Please place all sheets in the PTA box outside the PTA cupboard or give to Mrs Barrington.

Link to the collection sheet- Yummy Sticker Collection Sheet

New Air Conditioning Units for the Breakout rooms

We are pleased to let you know that over the holidays there have been new air conditioning units fitted in the breakout rooms above the school hall.

These rooms have been pretty uncomfortable to work and learn in during the extremes of the summer and winter and we are hoping that our funding of these air conditioners will benefit both staff and pupils.

Working Bee

Volunteers Needed!!

We are hoping to run working bee in the early part of this term. This will probably be for a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon to try and avoid most weekend sports fixtures. Everyone will be welcome to come along for as much of the time that you are able, bring tools and lend a hand.
More details will follow when we have set a date.

Fit Mums Fitness Class

Calling all fit mamas!!

If you’d like to join a small group of friendly Mums and get fit, come along. We have a fitness class running at a cozy home gym on Ladies Mile road every Mon and Weds at 9am for approximately 45 mins. Its a fantastic work out that you can take at your own pace.

There’s room for 10 people per session at a cost of $12 each time using a special discount code. Please see website for details and book online to secure your place.

Contact Monique 021 141 9119 or Sarah 021 022 1134 to be added to the WhatsApp group and to find out the discount code!

CM Fitness: Personal Training that Grows with You https://www.cmfitness.co.nz › … › Online Training. See photos

PTA Meeting – IN PERSON!!

The next PTA Meeting will be held on Monday 9th May 7pm in the staff room. We are really looking forward to having a proper non-zoom meeting for the first time in many months and would love to welcome some new faces, so come along.

Take care all
Ree, Sarah and the PTA


Maris College Open Day Tours 2022

Lewis Eady Musical Jam

Lewis Eady Musical Jam Information (click to view/print)

Lewis Eady Musical Jam Registration (Online form)