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

It has been a joy having parents back on site! We had wonderful attendance at last week’s Parent/Teacher interviews, Thursday Mass and our first assembly yesterday. If you were unable to attend Parent/Teacher interviews, please feel free to contact your child’s classroom teacher to arrange an alternate date to discuss your child’s learning. Our door is always open!

There will not be Meditation on Monday 16 May as we will be practicing for the External Special Catholic Character Review liturgy. Any new children will be blessed at Meditation in Week 4.

External Special Catholic Character Review

On Tuesday 17 May and Wednesday 18 May we will be welcoming Philip Mahoney and Christine Smith, who will be conducting our External Special Catholic Character Review. Mr Andrew Mailei (Principal at St Pius) will also be visiting and observing. Our last review was in 2017, so we are looking forward to meeting with them and taking part in the review process.

On Tuesday 17 May, you are invited to a short Liturgy at 9am in the St Mary MacKillop hall to welcome the Reviewers.

Rosary – Months of May and October

The month of May is the “month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady,” and it is the occasion for a moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world pray to the Queen of Heaven. During this month, when School gathers for Meditation on a Monday morning, we will together pray a decade of the Rosary. Then Tuesday – Friday, classes will pray a decade together just before lunch. We also have a Rosary Group on Thursdays at 1:15pm (meet at the flagpole).

Bullying-Free New Zealand Week – 16 to 20 May – Pink Shirt Day on Friday 20 May

This year’s Bullying-Free New Zealand week is all about focusing on the positive mahi already happening in school communities across Aotearoa to support safe, inclusive school cultures where everyone is being heard and listened to, and feels they belong. On Friday 20 May we are having a Pink Shirt day / Mufti Pink day. Please encourage your child to join in by wearing pink and bringing along a gold coin donation (if possible) for the Mental Health Foundation.

Ministry Of Education: Changes to Schools’ Planning and Reporting

There are changes to schools’ planning and reporting, as legislated in the Education and Training Act 2020, come into effect on 1 January 2023.

Instead of a charter, schools and kura must publish a three-year Strategic Plan, an Annual Implementation Plan, and an Annual Report. Schools and kura must work in partnership with their communities to develop their plans so they reflect local needs and priorities. Throughout May 2022 we are undertaking initial engagement with boards, principals and the community to hear what you think the planning and reporting process should look like. Your views will help decide what should be compulsory as regulations versus what should be guidance, so that strategic plans are flexible enough to meet local needs. Please complete the following survey: Whānau and community survey

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

Need help?

A registered Social Worker/counsellor is available, on a part time basis, to provide free consultations to St Michael’s students, staff and parishioners. Help can be given to provide guidance with accessing specialist support, or who may be struggling with more complex challenges. Please contact the Parish Office on 09 520 1226 to make an appointment. All discussions are conducted in strictest confidence.

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
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 – Rooms 3 & 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.

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.

Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima (Feast day 13 May)

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

School News

Student Voice – Santi Acosta-Alvarado

A huge congratulations to Santi Acosta-Alvarado who interviewed Max Rayne, Curator of Land Vertebrates at Auckland Museum. 

You can read the interview here on Stuff. 

Link to the video on YouTube. 

Book Amnesty

We are missing a number of our junior school readers. Each reader costs around $10.

Please have a good look around your home and return any school books to either the box inside the School Office Foyer or outside the Junior Book Room, between Room 2 and 3.

Sports News

Remuera Zone Year 5/6 Sports Exchange Opportunity

The Remuera Zones Committee has decided to go ahead with resuming Year 5/6 Sports exchange offsite games this term and for the first two weeks of Term 3. We have registered 2 Football teams and the Year 6 girls Netball team. Teachers have shared information with student’s and they have been given the opportunity to put their name forward. We will be in contact with parents about teams as soon as they are established. 

We rely on parent help to transport student’s to and from school on a Tuesday afternoon, departing the flagpole at 1pm and returning by 3pm. The first game is potentially scheduled for Tuesday 24 May. Any students in Year 5/6 who are not selected for an exchange team, will play a variety of winter sports on a Tuesday afternoon at school. 

PTA News

We had our first PTA meeting of the term on Monday. We are hoping to get some great events up and running over the rest of the year and we look forward to bringing you more details as we manage to confirm them.

Working Bee – 28th May

We are having a Working Bee on Saturday 28th May from 2pm to 4pm. So bring your tools and members of your family and come along for as much of the time as you are able. We are planning to provide some light refreshments by way of thanks so please contact us on ptasmcs@gmail.com to give us numbers of adults and children for catering purposes.

Pizza Fridays

Thank you to Room 3 Parents for helping with Pizza this week.

Thank you to you all for your continuing support of Pizza Fridays. The children love it, we really appreciate it, and it raises funds for resources for School.

We really rely on having 2 volunteers from each room to make this a success and allow it to continue to happen. If you have a more regular amount of time spare please consider joining Sylvie’s pizza team. This would mean a commitment of approximately 1 hour on a Friday per month to oversee the process and help the parents from that week’s class. Thank you!

School reading books

Each year at the start of the year we donate funds that have been raised towards reading resources for both the Junior and Senior school. Last night at the meeting the teaching staff asked whether we would be able to donate further funds this year towards reading resources (which we were happy to do) however this extra funding is partly required to replace books that have been taken home and not returned to school. These books cost $10 each on average.

This has, more than likely, been made worse with the need for homeschooling meaning that more resources were loaned for longer periods of time and lack of access for parents to go into school in person.

Therefore: Please have a good look around your homes and if you find any books please send them back to school (no questions asked! the teachers will just be glad to have them returned) so that money that we all raise as a community can be put towards new resources rather than replacement of existing ones. Deahna has put boxes for returned books, one is outside the junior bookroom and another in the foyer outside Genevieve’s office. Thank you!

2nd Hand School Uniform shop

The next date that the 2nd hand school uniform shop will be open is the 3rd June.

Stock is picking up a bit but we would still be grateful for any donations especially for the 8-10 age range which we are a little short of.

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

Next PTA meeting

The next PTA Meeting is on Monday 13th Jun at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to join. We now are holding the meetings both in person and as a zoom option.

Take care all
Ree, Sarah and the PTA

Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Staff Vacancy 

Liturgy and Ministry Coordinator

The Diocese is seeking a Liturgy and Ministry Coordinator to ensure that Diocese’s commitment to the vision and spirit of Vatican II is upheld.

This is a full-time role which involves co-ordinating the work of the Liturgy team, developing strategies to promote liturgical resources and expertise available to the Diocese, providing formation, training, advice, and guidance in all aspects of the Liturgy in the diocese (including creating resources and presenting workshops), and editing the quarterly Liturgy magazine.

Applicants must have experience of parish liturgical ministry and an understanding of the principles of the liturgy of the Catholic Church along with a relevant Theological degree and be willing to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.  Applications close 3 June 2022.

Please visit our website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz – Diocesan Services – Staff Vacancies for the full position description and how to apply.