Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“E iti noa ana, nā te aroha.”
A small thing given in love.

Congratulations and thank you to Miss Lauren Brown for organising the spectacular “Talent Extravaganza” last Friday!

It was a wonderful event and so lovely to see many families smiling and enjoying the talent!

Congratulations to all the finalists who performed and thank you to Dame Trelise Cooper and Felicity Auva’a for judging.


Congratulations to the Yap family on the safe arrival of Ryu Yap. Yiku (Room 5) is a super proud big brother.

Daffodil Day

Thank you very much to everyone who contributed donations. We raised $455.80, gratefully received by the Cancer Foundation.

SMCS Cross Country – Friday 26 August

Wishing all our student’s the best of luck for Cross Country tomorrow. Fingers crossed for fine weather!

Joint School Parish Mass – Sunday 25 September 10am

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help – much appreciated. We are looking forward to joining school and parish together once again.

SMCS Policies – This Term we are reviewing Student Wellbeing and Safety and Staff Wellbeing and Safety.

  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 Student Wellbeing and Safety and Staff Wellbeing and Safety 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 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

The Ministry of Education has updated the winter wellness guidance for parents, caregivers and whānau to reflect the following points:

  • If a child has been unwell with a respiratory illness other than COVID-19, they can return to school 24 hours after they have significantly improved and are behaving/eating normally.
  • Following vomiting or diarrhoea, a child should be symptom free for 48 hours before they can return.
  • If they still have a runny nose or dry cough without any other symptoms such as a fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, then they are unlikely to be infectious and can be considered well enough to attend school.

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
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:

Excerpt from A Prayer Companion – The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Georgina van Schaijik
Principal (Acting) Tumuaki

Presiding Board Chair News

School Board Elections Voting update 2022

The SMCS community will have received their voting papers by now. Those without valid email addresses would have been mailed voting papers. Voting papers are barcoded, pin numbered and have a unique identifier so voting can only be done once. A courier bag has been provided to school to receive any votes that come across the school counter.

Please don’t forget to place your Vote.  Election day is Wednesday 7th September.

Student Voice

Garden Club with Jim and Lucy 

The children from Room 1 enjoyed their turn in the garden the other week. With some guidance from Jim, they learnt about composting and learnt to identify the different types of vegetables that are currently in the garden. They then got their own hands grubby and sowed Puriri seeds into individually named pots. Please keep your eye on the seeds because they should germinate over the next few months!

PTA News

Quiz night next Thursday 1st Sept 2022

Coming VERY VERY soon!!

This was a fantastic fun night last year. Get your team together and come along for some healthy competition! $30 per person, (includes a shared platter of nibbles)

Pizza Fridays

There will be no pizzas this week regardless of whether Cross country goes ahead or not.

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.

Meet your PTA

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing you to the various members of our PTA. We all have different backgrounds and skills to bring along and all points of view are welcomed.

We are always keen to welcome new members so please have a chat with us if you see us around school to find out more, or just come along to a meeting.

Grandparents day 2022

We are excited to announce that Grandparents Day will be going ahead in 2022. Please save the date and inform your grandparents:

  • Friday 23rd September
  • Mass 9am – 10am
  • Classroom visits 10 – 10.30am
  • Morning tea in the hall provided by the PTA 10.30am – 11.15am (for grandparents only)
  • Concert 11.30am – 12.30pm

The PTA will be arranging a special morning tea for Grandparents only in the hall. We need volunteers to help on the day from 9am – 12.30pm.

Please contact [email protected] if you are able to assist.

We also ask the community to contribute to the morning tea by providing a plate of homemade sweet baking. (The PTA will provide savoury items). Please note that baking should be bite sized finger food.

Baking should be delivered to the school hall on the morning on 23rd September.

Please inform /advise what you intend to bring by completing the google doc here. This will help us to avoid double ups.

Second hand School Uniform shop

If you have any uniforms to donate, we would be very grateful for them. We are especially running low on bigger sizes for older pupils. Please drop any donations into Genevieve at the office. Thank you

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.nzDiscount code: BADASSMAMA

Contact Monique 021 141 9119 if you’d like to be added to the WhatsApp group.

Next PTA meeting

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

Thank you
Ree and Sarah

Sports News

Year 5/6 Remuera Zone Winter Field Day – Netball & Competitive Football

On Tuesday our Year 6 Netball team and 2 Year 5/6 Football exchange teams competed at the Winter Field Day whole day tournament. It’s been 3 years since the last one was held and it was fantastic that this event could go ahead. Well done to all and it just goes to show how important sport is as an avenue for so many fundamental life skills. Thank you to those parents who helped with transport and supervision.

Congratulations to the SMCS Saints Year 6 Netball team who came 1st place in the Year 6 Section 2 Pool B – what a wonderful achievement!