Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

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

The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration to listen and respond together to the cry of Creation: the Catholic family around the world unites to pray and protect our common home.

The Season of Creation begins 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends 4 October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology.

Welcome to New Families and Students

We would like to welcome the following new family who has joined us this term: the Strong family.

SMCS Cross Country

Thank you to Miss Bagnall for organising a wonderful Cross Country event! Thanks to all the parents who helped, thanks to the teachers and well done to the students for putting their best foot forward and for displaying sportsmanship and the St Mary MacKillop values.

Reminder – Sports Photos tomorrow Friday 2 September

Sports photos start at 8am in the hall. Please remember to come on time and to bring PE gear and/or team uniforms.

Health and Safety – Beatrice Road driveway access

It is imperative that emergency vehicles are able to get down the Beatrice Road driveway into school should the need arise. Please be mindful of this when parking on Beatrice Road and outside the church and refrain from driving down and leaving any cars unattended in front of the chain at the bottom of the driveway. Thank you for helping keep our students safe.

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 still around so it is important that Health and Safety guidelines are followed:

  • 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

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
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:

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Georgina van Schaijik
Principal (Acting) Tumuaki

Presiding Board Chair News

School Board Elections Voting 2022 

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


SMCS Year 4-6 Prepared Speech Finals

It was wonderful to be able to gather for our school speech finals this term! Congratulations to all students for writing and presenting a speech.

Well done to the finalists:

Year 6: Sophia Petrus, Zara Pedreschi, Aidan Cruz, Ava Sarney and Sebastian White
Year 5: Amelia Reyburn, Lily Brannam-Gates, Oliver Benson, Boston Recordon and Rebecca Houghton
Year 4: Charlotte Kendrick, Joanna Beny Nirojan, Ellery Balderas, Maria Petrus and Luisa Lemos.

Congratulations to 1st place winners – Ellery Balderas, Lily Brannam-Gates and Zara Pedreschi!

Zara went on to present her speech at the Year 5/6 Remuera Cluster Rehu Tai Festival of Oral Language and Lily will present at the Remuera Lions Club Junior Speechmakers Competition. Well done for representing St Michael’s!

PTA News

Upcoming events

  • 1st Sept Quiz night
  • 2nd Sept School uniform shop open and winter uniform sale on.
  • 23rd Sept Grandparents day.
  • 26th-30th Sept Book week and Book fair.

Quiz Night


Thanks so much to everyone for supporting the SMCS quiz night!! We can’t wait to see you tonight for some Spring time fun! Who will be the smartest table… who will win Gold tonight?? See you there!

Pizza Fridays

Thank you to Room 9 Parents for their help with pizzas this week. Your support is really appreciated.

Food donations at Thursday 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 as the items in the basket are taken up at the offertory by the children before being sent to Monte Cecilia alongside donations given by the Parish and are then distributed to needy families.

Second hand School Uniform shop – winter sale!

  • All PE Tops, PE shorts, and House T-shirts are $5
  • All Winter long sleeve shirts (boys and girls) are $10
  • Girl’s zip cardigans, boy’s jumpers, and school jackets are $20
  • Socks are free with any purchase.

On-site sale only. Payment can be: Kindo payment, Bank transfer, or cash.


The end of term is approaching fast. This is the final shop opening time for this term, so it’s a great time to come in and get ready for the change to summer uniform.

If you have any uniform items to donate, especially as we transition into the summer uniform, 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

Meet your PTA

Introducing two more 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 10.30 – 11.15 (for grandparents only)
  • Concert 11.30 – 12.30

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 – 12.30. 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 too double ups.

Next PTA meeting

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

Thank you
Ree and Sarah

Sports News

SMCS Warriors Basketball Team

Congratulations to the SMCS Warriors who had their first win of the season for Basketball on Monday 29 August – taking out the St Kent’s Blue Bolts 24-14.

They were over the moon with their win!

SMCS Cross Country – Student Voice

On Tuesday 30 August it was cross country. We had an amazing day at Thomas Bloodworth park, even though there was some hard running we still made it through the day without any accidents and rain. It was a lovely sunny day to get back into some whole school events since lockdown. Everyone ran most of the course and kept going. We are very excited for our next whole school event.

Maddie – Sports leader

Finally! For the first time since the 2020 athletics we had the whole school together for a sports event – the cross country! What a fun day down at Thomas Bloodworth Park! A big thank you to all the helpers for helping and all the kids who participated in the races. It was a beautiful sunny day to be out racing and cheering each other on and everyone enjoyed themselves. Hopefully all of the younger ones loved their first ever cross country and the year 6’s enjoyed their last ever cross country for the school. It was great to see people pushing themselves and putting effort into the run!

Sebastian – Sports Leader