Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“He waka eke noa.”
A canoe which we are all in with no exception.

We started our week with a lovely liturgy to celebrate and honour St Mary MacKillop as it was her Feast day on Monday 8 August. Well done to our Year 6 Catholic Character leaders – Himaya, Aidan and Sophia for their outstanding confidence and reverence in leading this liturgy.

Welcome to New Families and Students

We would like to welcome the following new families who have joined us this term: the Fitzgerald Family (younger twin siblings). The eldest sibling attends SMCS.

Calendar update

Assembly on Wednesday 17 August (Week 4) will be hosted by Room 10, starting at 2.15pm. (*Room 7’s hosting has been postponed until Term 4.)

Health and Safety and Ventilation

COVID-19 is going to be around for a while 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

Ministry of Education – Winter wellness guide for Tamariki

With a rise in Covid-19, seasonal colds, flu and other respiratory infections in our communities, this guidance is to help you manage your child’s illness.

Key wellness indicators:

  • Healthy young children can have up to 8 – 12 colds or upper respiratory infections each year as a normal part of childhood.
  • A child must stay home if they appear unwell or if they develop any of these symptoms: new runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, they are off their food and drink or show signs of being miserable.

How to know if your child should stay at home:

  • If a child has been unwell with an illness other than Covid-19, they can return to school 24 hours after they have significantly improved and are behaving and eating normally.

Enrolments for 2023

If you have a child who is turning 5 in 2023, now is the time to ensure that they are enrolled with us for next year! Enrolment forms are available on the school’s website. Once they are completed, please either email them to Genevieve at [email protected] or hand a hard copy into the School Office. This is an important part of our planning for 2023, so we appreciate your support in ensuring this occurs in a timely manner. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Catherine at [email protected].

Daffodil Day (Week 4 – Friday 19 August)

Our school is proudly supporting the We want to show our support for those affected by cancer by wearing a splash of yellow on Friday 19 August. Every dollar we raise this Daffodil Day helps the Cancer Society to support our community. Children are encouraged to dress in yellow and to make a donation (where possible). Thank you in advance for your support of this very worthy cause.

Year 5/6 Sports Exchange for the Senior School

Sports exchanges between other Remuera Schools will be held on the following date: Term 3 – Tuesday 16 August (Week 4).
Winter Field Day (whole day tournament) – Tuesday 23 August (Week 5).

We need help to transport our students to these events. If you can assist please email Georgina van Schaijik [email protected]

Encountering CHRIST

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

School Masses – Every Thursday at 9:15am
18/08/22 – Feast of the Assumption whole school, all welcome; 25/08/22 – Room 2 & 8; 08/09/22 – Rooms 5 & 6; 15/09/22 – Rooms 3 & 10; 22/09/22 – Rooms 1 & 9; 29/09/22 – Rooms 4 & 7.
A School Parish Mass is planned for Sunday 25 September 10.00am – all welcome.

Notices from the Newsletter:
See below information about Children’s Liturgy.


Let us go out, we may not rest secure, for need calls loudly. We must seek God there.

Let us go out, blessed by the Spirit,
Sharing the charism of Saint Mary of the Cross, to do justice, with loving kindness and to walk humbly with our God.

Let us go out, as an inspired people, let loving be our flame.
Let hope sustain us in building a world fit for the children of generations still to come.
Let us go out and take Mary’s spirit to all those we meet.

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Georgina van Schaijik
Principal (Acting) Tumuaki

Children’s Liturgy

Liturgy of the Word with Children at St Michael’s Parish- Recommencing for Term 3

Children’s Liturgy is recommencing at the 10 am Sunday Mass. It will run again during the school term in the Parish Centre.

Our aim is for primary aged children to receive the Word of God at a level of understanding for their age and to discover its meaning in their lives, whilst giving parents/carers the opportunity to remain in the church and hear the Word of God themselves.

The group re-joins the congregation during the Prayers of the Faithful, ready for the Liturgy of the Eucharist part of the Mass.

Pre-schoolers are welcome with a carer and primary school children can attend independently. (Of course, adults always welcome.)

Anyone wanting more information or wanting to volunteer as a leader please email
Susan– [email protected] or chat to Deahna Barrington.

Altar Server’s Training

Altar Server’s Training

(for Year 4 and older; must have received their First Holy Communion already)

The next Altar Server’s Training will be on Sunday 21st August 2022 (9am) at St Michael’s Catholic Church.

For more information and to register please contact Issa on 021 179 3801, or email: [email protected]

PTA News

It has been a challenging time as of late, with some big decisions that needed to be made & conversations that needed to be had.

Sarah and I have decided we will stay on as Co-Chairs until the end of the 2022 year, which will complete a 2 year Term for us both. We are focussed on making sure that the remainder of 2022 is as much fun as possible for everyone within our SMCS Community, and for all of us to work together to future proof the PTA and build up the awesome SMCS Community spirit again!

We realise that many new parents, and those in the Junior School especially, haven’t had the same opportunities to meet each other and enjoy social occasions – or to get to know the PTA and the vital role that we play in conjunction with the Board & Staff within St Michaels. The landscape is changing with respect to the amount of time & energy people have to volunteer for events & projects within the School, so we have some ideas on how to move forward most efficiently. These will be communicated as soon as possible.

On our schedule for the rest of Term 3 & 4 are:

  • 23 September – Grandparents Day M/Tea
  • 26-30 September – Scholastic Book Week
  • Quiz Night
  • Movie Night (tbc)
  • Individual class get togethers

Watch this space for more information regarding these events.

Last chance to order term Scholastic books

Last week your child/ren should have brought home the latest copy of the Scholastic brochure. (There are spare ones outside Genevieve’s office if you didn’t receive one).

Scholastic are giving away free books (up to a maximum of 3) if you spend over $30.

  • Spend over $30 Receive 1 Free Book
  • Spend over $50 Receive 2 Free Books
  • Spend over $70 Receive 3 Free Books

Simply place an order via the Scholastic LOOP (not skool-loop!) and the list of free titles to choose from will be displayed before checkout.

Orders close this coming Friday 12th August

Pizza Fridays

Thank you to Room 2 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 parental help to make this a success and to be able to continue to keep this service running for the children. We need 2 volunteers per room and only requires about an hour of your time once a term. Your class parent will let you know when it’s your room’s turn.

Food donations at Thursday class Masses

Towards the end of last term we restarted the non-perishable food donations at the offertory during class Masses. Please feel free to donate non-perishable food at any time to the basket outside Genevieve’s office, but especially if it is your room’s turn for Mass.

All donations are given to Monte Cecilia alongside those donations given by the Parish and given to needy families.

Gardening with the students- Help required please

Jim and Lucy’s Friday afternoon gardening is back on! It has been great being able to get back in the garden these past months with the kids.

Last Term we planted puriri seeds and garlic gloves with Room 7 and Room 10. Each child took ownership of their own seeds with named wooden sticks. They are able to visit their seeds and check on the progress of the new green shoots. We have also been teaching the kids about veggie gardening generally, life cycles of plants and where their food comes from. The kids love it!

We are hoping to work our way around all the senior (and junior) classes by the end of the year. We would love any extra parent help from 1:45 – 3pm on a Friday afternoon. No previous gardening experience required. Please email [email protected] if you are able to help. Thank-you.

Quiz night – Save the date!!

After a fantastic fun evening last year the Quiz night is returning. So get your team organised!

Fit Mums fitness class

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. It’s 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. www.cmfitness.co.nz

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

Next PTA meeting

Next PTA meeting will be Monday 19th September, 7pm in the staffroom and on Zoom too. Link available nearer the date.

Thank you
Ree and Sarah

Sports News

SMCS Cross Country – Friday 26 August

Our next full school sporting event is the SMCS Cross-Country to be held at Thomas Bloodworth Park (Shore Road) on Friday 26 August. (Rain date – Tuesday 30 August).

This is a half-day event starting at 10.30am and finishing at approximately 2pm.

This is a wonderful event for everyone, and we need your help to make this event successful.
I need parent help to:

  1. Set up the course from 9am on the day.
  2. Marshall at specific points around the course.
  3. Record information.
  4. Supervise children.

Please email [email protected] by Friday 12th August if you are available to help.

I am looking forward to working with you and your tamariki on this exciting day!
Thanks Miss Bagnall.


Baradene Art Show 2022

The Baradene Art Show is on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August, open 10-4pm.  Come along to see some of New Zealand’s best contemporary artists.  Head to www.baradeneartshow.co.nz to see the great selection of art available to purchase.  This is a free event.