Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“E raka te maui, e raka te katau.”
A community can use all the skills of its people.

Grandparents Mass 9.15am & Cultural Concert – tomorrow

We are excited to be gathering tomorrow in the Church to celebrate Mass dedicated to Grandparents – all family members welcome!

Grandparents and visitors, please meet children at the flagpole at 9.00am and take them up to the Church so families can sit together during Mass. Any remaining children will sit together with classroom teachers. If it is raining, teachers will bring their children directly to the church to meet their families. Mass begins at 9.15am.

This will be followed by:

  • Classroom visits for Grandparents and visitors from 10am – 10.30am
  • Morning tea for Grandparents and visitors in the hall from 10.30am
    (students morning tea from 10.30am – 11am, followed by time in classrooms to prepare for concert)
  • Cultural Concert presented to Grandparents and visitors from 11.30am – 1pm.

*pizza and ice blocks can be collected as usual via the hall kitchen at 1pm – be sold as usual via the Kindle app*

*There will be a PTA fundraising Raffle taking place at the Cultural Concert – $5 per ticket or 3 tickets for $10. Cash only*

*The bookfair will be open in the breakout rooms above the hall, from 1pm (after the concert) on Friday so that Grandparents may visit and purchase. An EFTPOS machine will be available*

School Parish Mass – Sunday 10am

We then look forward to seeing many of you again this Sunday at our School Parish Mass at 10am. Students are to wear full SMCS uniform please and gather at the flagpole to meet their classroom teacher by 9.40am. Choir can go straight into the Church to meet Miss Brown.

The Bishops have issued a letter to all priests, parishes and schools removing the Covid-19 restrictions asked for in 2020, and ending the dispensation on the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday. An enthusiastic invitation is extended to all Catholics of Aotearoa New Zealand to return to full and active participation in Mass.

“We cannot live without Sunday” – Martyrs of Abitene, 303 AD

Calendar update

School will be closed on Monday 26 September due to a one-off public holiday for “Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day”. There will be no Meditation in Week 10.

Daylight saving time 2022 in New Zealand will begin at 2:00 am on Sunday 25 September so please remember to put your clocks forward 1 hour.

Photolife School Photos

Due to the high number of schools Photolife cater to SMCS Access Keycodes will be emailed directly to parents in the next 3 – 4 weeks.

Steps to order:

  1. Click Photolife 
  2. Enter access keycode
  3. Order your child’s Photos
  4. Pay online via credit card
  5. Delivery to school or home address

Welcome to New Families and Students

We would like to welcome the following families who have joined us this term: the Frogoso Family (existing), and the Helsby Family (existing).

Cans for Christmas collection for St Vincent de Paul

A huge thank you for the generous contributions of canned goods, this will be gratefully received by the St Vincent de Paul Society. A total of 575 cans will be donated!

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

Earlier this week, the country retired the use of the COVID Protection Framework.

  • Mask wearing is no longer required when indoors. St Michael’s Catholic School will support those who choose to continue wearing masks.
  • Household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, ākonga who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend school.

All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place to reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19.

These include:

  • ensuring indoor spaces are well-ventilated
  • maintaining good hand hygiene
  • encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows
  • staying home and getting tested if COVID-19 symptoms show

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
29/09/22 – Rooms 4 & 7.
A School Parish Mass is planned for Sunday 25 September 10.00am – all welcome.

Lifting of Covid restrictions and end of Sunday Obligation dispensation

The full letter regarding the lifting of Covid restrictions and end of Sunday Obligation dispensation is online on the NZCBC website here: https://www.catholic.org.nz/assets/Bishops-Letter-to-Parishes-regarding-lifting-of-Covid-19-restrictions-Sep-2022.pd

Notices from the Parish Newsletter:
St. Michael’s Rosary Group meets weekly resuming Tuesday 6 September at 7.00-8.00pm in the Parish House. All welcome. Contact Anne Cotton on 520 5335 or 021 644 692 or [email protected]

Prayer for Grandparents

Source: Schools as communities of love – Cork Cathedral.

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Georgina van Schaijik
Principal (Acting) Tumuaki

Book Week

Book Week – Week 10: Tuesday to Friday – Book Swap

As part of Book Week, we hold a book swap. This is where each child brings a book to school they are willing to exchange for another pre-loved book in the hall . Each class is allocated a time and they choose from a table that is for their year level – Years 0-2; Years 3-4 and Years 5-6. Please deliver books to Room 3!

Book Week – NZ Author James Russell 

James Russell, NZ author of the best-selling Dragon Brothers Trilogy (picture books, for ages 3-7) and The Dragon Defenders novel series (Whitcoulls #1 novel series by a Kiwi author, for ages 7-12) will be visiting SMCS during Book Week.

Parents can purchase any of his books through the order form below.

Dragon Brothers Trilogy Order form (Click to print/view)

Pompallier Diocesan Centre Vacancy

Situations Vacant 

Archivist/Archives Manager/Privacy Officer – Pompallier Diocesan Centre 

We are seeking to recruit a proactive and committed Archivist/Archives Manager/Privacy Officer.

This role is full time and provides an exciting opportunity to manage and utilise our Archive Collection by providing appraisal, recording and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable Church documents and Museum Artefacts. The role also has co-responsibility as Privacy Officer for ensuring the Diocese complies with the Privacy Act 2020.

We’re looking for a person with demonstrated experience and knowledge of established practice in Archives (appraisal, cataloguing, accession, standards of care and storage of art and artefacts). Knowledge of operation of museums, libraries, heritage management and information/records management. Sound understanding of digitisation systems and awareness of relevant IT development.  Excellent research capabilities and with relevant degree with a tertiary postgraduate qualification in Archives, Records, or Information Management.

Please visit the Diocesan website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz Diocesan Services, Staff Vacancies to view the full advert and position description.

PTA News

Upcoming events

  • 23rd Sept Grandparents day.
  • 26th-30th Sept Book week and Book fair.

Grandparents day – This Friday – 23 Sept 2022

We are really looking forward to welcoming our Grandparents into School on Friday. This is always a really popular day for the Grandparents and kids alike. We will be running a raffle during the morning (cash only) tickets will be $5 each or 3 for $10.

Order of events for the day:

  • Mass 9.15am – 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.

Please click on the link here to let us know what item you are planning to contribute, to try and avoid too many duplications. Baking should be delivered to the school hall on the morning of 23rd September. Thank you.

Scholastic Book Fair Tues – Friday 23rd– 30th Sept

It’s great to be able to celebrate book week again this year!!! 27th – 30th September!!

During this time we have the Scholastic book fair running in one of the break-out rooms above the hall.
It will be running from 1pm Friday the 23rd (Grandparents Day) until Friday the 30th September and to make it work we need two volunteers each morning and afternoon for approximately half an hour. If you are able to help please email Monique on [email protected].

Pizza Fridays

Thank you to Room 6 Parents for their help with pizzas this week. Your support is really appreciated.

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

Meet your PTA

Introducing another member 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 date late Oct – TBC.

Thank you
Ree and Sarah

Sports News

Catholic Schools Cross Country Zones 2022

Congratulations to all the students from Y3-6 who competed in the Catholic Schools Cross Country Zones at Monte Cecilia Park on Tuesday 20 September!

A special mention to our students who placed in the top 10 of their year levels:

  • Year 3 girls – Lily Ricketts – 4th place
  • Year 4 boys – Oliver Carter – 8th place
  • Year 6 boys – Sebastian White – 2nd place

We are all so proud of you!

Thank you once again to all our parent helpers for the support to ensure we could participate in this incredible event.

Touch Rugby Sign-up

Tomorrow Friday, 23rd September 2022. is the last day to sign your child up for Touch Rugby online using the link below if they wish to play.  No late sign ups will be accepted so please sign up before the due date to avoid disappointment. Remember, each child needs to be signed up individually and please ensure to follow the instructions as noted.

2022/2023 Touch Rugby Registration Online Form (click to fill in online)


Parnell Cricket Club Registration 2022/23