Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

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

Over the next few weeks we celebrate special feast days in the Church: Sunday 12 June Trinity Sunday and the following Sunday, The holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).

Thank you for the generous donations to the Westpac Chopper Appeal last week. These were gratefully received.

School Mornings

A reminder that classrooms are open from 8.30am and children will be supervised until the 8.55am bell. We have noticed a number of students arriving particularly early, before 8am, and ask that you be mindful that teachers are preparing lessons at this time and not available for supervision until classrooms open.

Year 5/6 Sports Exchange for the Senior School

Sports exchanges between other Remuera Schools will be held on the following dates: Tuesday 28 June, Tuesday 5 July. Term 3 – Tuesday 2 August, Tuesday 9 August & Tuesday 16 August.
* no offsite games on Tuesday 14 June & Tuesday 21 June

We need help to transport our students to these events at 1pm and pick up from the venue at 2.30pm. If you can assist please email Georgina van Schaijik [email protected]

SMCS Policies

This Term we are reviewing Healthcare and Behaviour Management

  1. Go to www.schooldocs.co.nz
  2. Click Search for your school
  3. Start typing the school name and then select from the dropdown list.
  4. Enter the community username and password:
    Username: smcs
    Password: mackillop

Instructions for reviewers

  1. Read the Healthcare and Behaviour Management Policies.
  2. Click the red Policy Review icon at the right-hand top corner of the page. A new screen will appear.
  3. Select your role (board member, staff member, or parent/caregiver) from the drop-down list.
  4. Enter your name (optional).
  5. Submit your ratings and comment

SMCS Winter Jackets

Elizabeth Michaels Uniforms have informed us that our new improved Jackets are now available for purchase.

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 Website – Mass times – Sunday 8am, 10am & 5pm; Monday – Friday 7am & 12noon; Saturday 8am.

Notices from the Newsletter: Alpha for couples – Marriage & Family Life invite you Tuesday August 2nd – Tuesday 11th Oct 2022 closing date for Registrations is 1st July 2022 Marriage & Family Life would like to personally invite dating, engaged and married couples to a very special Alpha course online via zoom. Please register at www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz click on “Missionary Discipleship” and then hover over “Marriage & Family” and “our courses” and then click on “Alpha for Couples” this will take you to the online registration form.

School Masses – Thursday at 9:15am- Please note the changes of Dates for classes

16/06/22 –Rooms 5 & 6; 23/06/22 – Rooms 2 & 8; 30/6/22 – Rooms 1 & 9; 07/07/22 – Rooms 4 & 7. A School Parish Mass is planned for Sunday 25 September 10am – all welcome!

Holy Trinity – Sunday 12 June

Act of Faith
I believe in you,
I hope in you,
I love you,
And I adore you.
O Blessed Trinity, one God;
Have mercy on me now
And at the hour of my death
                                                         And save me. Amen

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown
Principal Tumuaki

Presiding Board Chair News

School Board Elections Information 2022

Nomination round

Our school will be undertaking a parent election for 5 School Board vacancies.

This process will start with the issuing of nomination papers to our caregiver community by Friday 15th July 2022.

We have employed CES to undertake the election process on our behalf. This year with legislative change, our nomination form and full instruction on how to place your nomination into our own School’s Election website will be emailed to you if we have your email address in our database or you will receive it by post if we don’t have your email in our database.

Nomination papers will also be available at the school office. The school will send those on to CES for processing upon receipt from candidates.

Nominations close on Wednesday 3rd August at 12 noonElection day is Wednesday 7th September.

We look forward to your participation in this process.

Education Review Office (ERO)

The Education Review Office (ERO) has shifted to a more developmental approach to evaluation that supports each school’s improvement over time. Key features of the new approach, Te Ara Huarau, are that ERO will:

  • work with all schools in an ongoing way rather than as a one-off event
  • connect with each school’s strategic planning and reporting cycle as part of their improvement journey
  • work in partnership with schools, collaborating in support of equitable and excellent outcomes for all learners

As a result, each school will:

  • have a dedicated ERO Evaluation Partner who works alongside the school
  • have a different experience depending on needs, strengths, and their school’s specific evaluation focus
  • be on a three-year evaluation cycle

What will public reporting on ERO’s website look like?
As schools’ transition into the approach, ERO will work with schools to publish a one-off Profile Report. This will focus on the strategic goals schools have in place to improve learner outcomes and what the school is seeking to achieve through the evaluation.

Within a three year cycle all schools will then have a Te Ara Huarau | School Evaluation Report. This report includes information about the school’s improvement journey, what the school has achieved for learners and their future priorities.

All schools will receive a Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report about their board’s attestation to meeting those requirements. Provision for International Students and Hostel Reports will be published where applicable.

Other reporting

Progress Reports – These reports are not published on ERO’s website. Progress reports will provide specific information for specific audiences such as your board, the community or the Ministry of Education.

For more information, click on the link below:
https://ero.govt.nz/how-ero-reviews/Te-Ara-Huarau  (click to view)

Student Artwork

Some creative Siapo inspired art work from Room 4.

PTA News

School Disco – Thursday 23 June

The School Disco is 2 weeks away and we can’t wait to see you all there!

Don’t forget to get your tickets, pre-order food and get tokens for spending in one of our stalls on the night through the myKindo app.

We are in search of someone with an ‘off-premise liquor license’. If you do have one or know someone, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

We are also still in need of volunteers to help to make this event a success, so please contact us either on [email protected] or [email protected]. Whatever time you can help on the night will be greatly appreciated!


Please remember you have until 8:59am on the day of Sushi (Wed) and Pizza/Ice Block (Friday) orders to cancel your order through the Kindo App if your child is sick.

Food Donations for Class Masses

We are continuing to collect non-perishable food items in the baskets outside the office. If you are keen to donate, please give your child the items the week of their class mass, to be placed in the baskets before Thursday morning.

Next PTA Meeting

Our next PTA meeting is next Monday, 13th June at 7pm. We are meeting in person in the Staffroom at School, and there will also be a Zoom alternative for those who would like to attend from home. Please email [email protected] for the Zoom link.

Take care,

Ree, Sarah and the PTA


Noel Leeming  – Friends and Family Deals

Noel Leeming – Kura Whanau Friends & Family Flyer (click to view/print)

Lewis Eady Musical Jam

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

Lewis Eady Musical Jam Registration (Online form)