Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

Malo e lelei! | Welcome to Tongan Language Week.
Ma’u ha aho lelei | Have a nice day.

This week we especially think of our Pacific neighbour, Tonga. Tongan is a Polynesian language that belongs in the same language family as the languages of NZ Māori, Samoan, Hawai’i and Tahiti.

Wow what a fantastic evening was had by all who attended the Spring Quiz Night last week. It was wonderful to be able to gather socially and am sure we all learnt something new too!

Thank you to Deahna Barrington and Emma Houghton who organised this superb event on behalf of the PTA. Thank you also to the Quiz Night Sponsors – Baguette & Co AND Marsic Fish Shop for their support.

Cross Country Prize Giving Assembly – Tuesday 13 September 2.10pm

We look forward to celebrating our school cross country 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters at an extra assembly on Tuesday in the hall. All are welcome!

Cans for Christmas! Collection on Friday 16 September – bring cans = wear mufti!

On Friday 16 September, we will be having a mufti day for a can drive to support St Vincent de Paul Society. Please bring cans to contribute (instead of gold coins).

Some of the most appreciated and useful cans include spaghetti, fruit, baked beans, tuna, salmon, soups, canned vegetables i.e.: corn.

Welcome to New Families and Students

We would like to welcome the following new families who have joined us this term: the Oliveros family (New family) and the Pagtalunan family (Existing family).

Joint School Parish Mass – Sunday 25 September 10am

To celebrate the feast day of St Michael, the School and Parish are gathering for Mass followed by after-Mass socials in the school hall. We are privileged to be able to finally gather together post-covid!

The Parish is kindly organising the catering – please RSVP the total number of attendees from your family to Venus Itoh[email protected] or 027 545 3363

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:

Social Justice Week 2022 runs from September 4-10 and focuses on the topic of racism.

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Georgina van Schaijik
Principal (Acting) Tumuaki

Presiding Board Chair News

School Board Elections 2022 

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for the parent representatives for the SMCS Board of Trustees.

Voting closed at 4pm on Wednesday 7th September with the vote count to take place on Tuesday 13th September. We will publish the results of the election in next week’s school newsletter. Good luck to all the nominees.

The new board will take office on Wednesday 14th September with the first Board meeting scheduled for the 26th of September.

PTA News

Upcoming events

  • 16th Sept – Closing date for Calendar art orders.
  • 23rd Sept – Grandparents day.
  • 26th-30th Sept – Book week and Book fair .

Calendar Art

This week, you should have seen the notice on Class Dojo and also hopefully received a flyer about Calendar Art. All of the students have been working on cool art during the past few weeks, which will be made into fantastic items for sale. We have diaries, calendars, mouse mats, greetings cards and sketch (plain paper books) all personalised with your child’s art. These make great presents for friends and family.

If you have other children not at school who would like to feel involved then it’s also possible to upload a photo of your choice to be made into any of the above.

Please check out www.kidsartwork.co.nz and navigate to your child’s room where you should find their name and order directly from the company. We receive a percentage of each sale, which will be put towards resources at the school. Closing date for orders is 16th Sept. In case of any problems, please contact us via [email protected].

Pizza Fridays

Thank you to Room 8 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.

Grandparents day – Friday 23 Sept 2022

We’re getting closer to our annual Grandparents day. Please save the date and inform your grandparents.

Order of events for the day:

  • 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.

2022 Yummy sticker collection coming to an end week 9 Friday 23rd September

Please bring in your labels or sheets and place them in the PTA box outside the PTA cupboard by Mrs McKeown’s office. Don’t worry if the sheet is not completely full, just write in a big number how many there are.

Let’s hope we can beat last year’s total and get over $700 worth of sports equipment.

Yummy Sticker Collection Sheet (click to print)

Second hand School Uniform shop – donations welcome

The end of term is approaching fast and that means it’s nearly time to change to the summer uniform.
If you have any uniform items to donate, (Summer or winter) 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

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

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.

Next PTA meeting

The 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


NYT’s upcoming Musical Production, Wendy!

Auckland Netball – Summer Netball League and October school holiday Programme

Summer Netball League kicks off in two weeks – it’s fun and can be as competitive as you like. Great for school or work teams and also perfect for year 6 students to learn how to play 7 aside for next year.

Secondly, the October school holidays are looming and registrations for these have opened. We have welcomed a new Programme Development Officer, Sammie Tanira who joins us from Kelly Club and has lots of great ideas. Trip Days are back (after a long break thanks to COVID) and our Multi Activity schedule is bursting with fun for all.