Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Titiro whakamuri kokiri whakamua”
Look back and reflect so you can move forward

A big thank you to the PTA (especially Gio Penna) for organising the Disco. Thank you to all who assisted with this event. It was a huge success and it was so good to have our community back together. It certainly lifted our spirits.

Please keep the Becoming Church students in your prayers as they make their First Holy Communion Sacrament on Sunday 3 July.

Happy Announcements!

We are delighted to announce that Georgina van Schaijik is pregnant with her first baby, due in October! Georgina will be on maternity leave from Term 4 and we look forward to welcoming her back at the conclusion of her leave. It is great to share this happy news with you all.

YCC Day (previously Mufti Mania) – Friday 8 July

Next Friday 8 July, we are supporting Caritas New Zealand to raise money for Laura Vicuna School in Bethlehem. Please wear mufti and bring a gold coin donation if you are able.

Seasons for Growth

Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At St Michael’s Catholic School we recognise that when significant changes occur in our lives, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively.

We are therefore offering a very successful education program called Seasons for Growth which will commence on Wednesday 3 August. This program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research which highlights the importance of social support and the need to practise new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem solving, decision making, effective communication and support networks.

If you think your son or daughter would benefit from Seasons for Growth, we would encourage you to talk to him/her about participating in the program.

Please email Genevieve van Coller [email protected] by Wednesday 6 July if your child would like to do the programme.

If you require further information, please contact Ann McKeown [email protected]

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 (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.

Year 5/6 Sports Exchange for the Senior School

Sports exchanges between other Remuera Schools will be held on the following dates: 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 (please ensure they have a mask for Meditation and Assemblies).
  • 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
07/07/22 – Rooms 4 & 7. A School Parish Mass is planned for Sunday 25 September 10.00am – all welcome!

Prayer in honour of the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church – Feast Day 30 June

“O God, who consecrated the abundant first fruits of the Roman Church by the blood of the Martyrs, grant, we pray, that with firm courage we may together draw strength from so great a struggle and ever rejoice at the triumph of faithful love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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.

2023 Term Dates

  Term 1   1 February 2023   6 April 2023
  Term 2   24 April 2023   30 June 2023
  Term 3   17 July 2023   22 September 2023
  Term 4   9 October 2023   15 December 2023

SMCS Upcoming Event

St Michael’s Talent Extravaganza!

This year we are excited to announce the St Michael’s Talent Extravaganza. This is an opportunity for the SMCS children to show the community their amazing talents. It will be held in the school hall at 4.00pm on Friday the 19th of August (Week 4, Term 3).

Some examples of talents: singing, dancing, magic, comedy routines, dramatic skits, juggling, yo‐yo tricks, mime, gymnastics, reciting poetry, playing an instrument… the list goes on!

Auditions will be held lunchtime Tuesday the 2nd and Wednesday the 3rd of August (Week 2, Term 3). The sign up sheet will be available in Room 5 with Miss Brown, come see her before or after school.

We are currently on the hunt for a couple of ‘experts’ who would be willing to donate their time as a guest judge, so if you know someone who is ‘NZ famous’ please contact Miss Brown, thanks!

If you have any further questions, please contact Miss Lauren Brown either in her class (Room 5) or via [email protected]

PTA News

Disney Disco

What an amazing evening! We were very pleased to see so many families there, having fun together and making memories.

There were lots of activities and food enjoyed by everyone. DJ Mike Cruz once again did a brilliant job in keeping everyone dancing by playing the most recent hits and Disney tracks too.

If you visited our photobooth on the night, the pictures are now available for download until 28 July 2022. Simply go to https://www.kookaboo.com/member-access/images-download/, select St Michael’s disco and enter the password: HOP552.

Huge thanks to all all our sponsors for the generous donations and all our volunteers who made everything run smoothly.

See photos below from the night.

Wet Day Games/Activities

Given Auckland’s rainy winter the children are often inside during breaks in the winter terms. At our last meeting the PTA agreed to donate $1000 of existing funds to purchase new games and activities specifically for inside play times. The teachers are already compiling the lists of what to purchase for their students.
If you have anything at home that you would like to donate- games, puzzles, lego, felt pens etc. Please contact [email protected] to arrange drop off.

Yummy Stickers

The Yummy Apples promotion is on again and runs through to the end of Term 3.  Please see links below for more information to win Sports Gear for SMCS.

Yummy Sticker 2022 Flyer (click to view/print)

Yummy Cut-Out Label Collection Sheet (click to view/print)

Yummy Sticker Collection Sheet (click to view/print)

All completed sheets to be placed in the PTA box or given to Mrs Deahna Barrington. Thank you!

Take care,
Ree, Sarah and PTA


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.

COOK for Private Residence (Baradene Convent)

Are you a person with time on your hands now the children are at school? How would you like to cook for a community of 10-15 people at Baradene Convent located in the school grounds?

Food hygiene and life experience would be an asset with good personal hygiene an essential. We are looking for someone Tues-Fri 9am-2.30pm.

If you are interested, please contact Cindy on: [email protected]

Pform.nz July Holiday Programme

Pform.nz are offering a performing arts programme at Kings School during the school holiday period. Please see link below for more info.

P.form – July Holiday Programme flyer (click to view/print)

Geoff Beech Tennis Holiday Clinics Term 3 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.