Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

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

This week we had a beautiful meditation on Matariki our prayer started with E te Atua, God of the cycles and patterns of the universe and all living things whose ways we only begin to comprehend, open our hearts to the wonder of the natural world, to your incarnation throughout creation, and to your presence with and in us now, Amen”. Over the Matariki break let us ponder on these words.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Disney-themed School Disco tonight!

Term 3 Principal Sabbatical

When I go on my Sabbatical on Term 3 Georgina van Schaijik will be acting Principal, Philippa Barling will be acting Senior Leader of the Senior Syndicate and Jessica Jost will be acting Director of Religious Education.

Welcome to New Families and Students

We would like to welcome the following new family who have joined us this Year: the MacDiarmid family.

School Mornings/Late Arrivals/Absences

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 (some before 8.00am) and ask that you be mindful that teachers are preparing lessons at this time and not available for supervision until classrooms open.

Also, a reminder that if your child arrives after the school bell in the morning, please ensure they are signed in at the school office.  If students are going to be absent, please email the school office [email protected] and copy your child’s class Teacher.

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.

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

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

30/6/22 – Rooms 1 & 9; 07/07/22 – Rooms 4 & 7. A School Parish Mass is planned for Sunday 25 September 10.00am – all welcome!

Family Love: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness

As the World Meeting of Families is occurring in Rome the week of June 22-26 we as a universal Church are celebrating The Week of Families.

Heavenly Father,
We come before You to praise You
and to thank You for the great gift of the family.
We pray to You for all families
consecrated by the Sacrament of Matrimony.
May they rediscover each day the grace they have received,
and as small domestic Churches,
may they know how to witness to your Presence
and to the love with which Christ loves the Church.
We pray to You for all families faced with difficulty and suffering
caused by illness or circumstances of which only You know.
Sustain them and make them aware
of the path to holiness upon which You call them,
so that they might experience your infinite Mercy
and find new ways to grow in love.
We pray to You for children and young people:
may they encounter You and respond joyfully
to the vocation You have in mind for them;
We pray for parents and grandparents: may they be aware
that they are signs of the fatherhood and motherhood of God
in caring for the children who, in body and spirit, You entrust to them;
for the experience of fraternity that the family can give to the world.
Lord, grant that each family
might live their specific vocation to holiness in the Church
as a call to become missionary disciples, in the service of life and peace,
in communion with our priests,
religious, and all vocations in the Church.
Bless the World Meeting of Families.
Official prayer for the X World Meeting of Families
22-26 June 2022

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown
Principal Tumuaki

Presiding Board Chair News

School Board Elections Information & Timeline 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.

PTA News

Disney Disco

We are looking forward to seeing our SMCS Community at the Disco tonight. It will be held in our School Hall from 5-7pm (although please feel free to come a bit early, or stay on a bit longer to help with set-up and clean/pack down!).

If you have missed out on getting your tickets & tokens in advance, come on down to the Hall foyer and pick some up using EFTPOS, myKindo App or cash.

Volunteers are still needed, so if you know you are coming along with your child/ren and can help for 30mins at one of the stalls/locations please email the PTA ([email protected]) or text Gio on 027 893 888.

Thank you,
Ree, Sarah, GIo and the PTA

Sports News

Primary Schools Diving Championships 2022

A huge Congratulations to Charlotte Kendrick who competed in the Primary Schools Diving Championships for SMCS on Thursday 23 June. She got 7th overall and a gold medal ribbon for her skills. Well done Charlotte!


Social Worker – Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services is a faith-based professional service providing social work, counselling, out-reach and support to individuals and whanau. It has offices in Ponsonby and Otara. 

Catholic Social Services has a vacancy for a full-time Social Worker to join the team. The key function of the position is to assist families and individuals in difficulty and at risk by the provision of generic social services, responding to allocated referrals to the agency including family harm referrals from Oranga Tamariki and the Police. Networking and collaboration both within the team and the community is an important requirement.

For more details, and a full position description, please visit the Diocesan website https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/staff-vacancies/

Applications close on 24 July 2022.

Bricks4Kidz Programme

Bricks4Kidz are looking forward to bringing back their popular LEGO® STEAM Robotics Programme in Term 3. To find out more about how the programme can benefit your child/ children, please come check out their demo on Tuesday, 5 July, 2:15-3:00 pm at the school hall.

National Youth Theatre – “Oliver”

National Youth Theatre’s production of “Oliver” is showcasing a few of SMCS current and ex-Alumni students who will be performing (school shows are on 30th June & 1st July and public shows are from 1st to 3rd July). Lots of good tickets are still on sale should you wish to see them perform, and your support would mean so much since they have been working very hard at putting this production together for almost a year now.  To purchase tickets please click on the link below (ask the school office for the ‘offer code’ to get a special discount):