Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Titiro whakamuri kokiri whakamua.”
Look back and reflect so you can move forward

Thank you to everyone who contributed to a wonderful Term 3 and a special thanks to the teachers and support staff for their hard work and enthusiasm, especially in preparing for Grandparents day and the fantastic Cultural performances.

As restrictions eased, we were fortunate to be able to resume experiences and to celebrate our children’s successes at the Talent Extravaganza, school Cross Country and the Catholic Schools Cross Country, Year 5/6 Remuera Zones Winter Field Day, assemblies, Grandparents and Cultural Day and our School Parish Mass.

As I finish my Acting Principal position on Friday and go on maternity leave, I want to take this opportunity to wish every family a happy and safe break and all the best for the final term of 2022. Mrs McKeown will be back after the holidays ready to see you all again!

Calendar updates

Term 4 begins Monday 17 October and the last day is Wednesday 14 December.

Term 3 Progress Reports

These went out yesterday to families and you will have an opportunity to discuss this with your child’s teacher at the beginning of next term, face to face. Please book your time following the directions below.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Tuesday 18 October at 1:30pm – 5:30pm and Wednesday 19 October at 3:30pm to 7:30pm

Please note: School finishes at 1pm on Tuesday 18 October so please could parents ensure their children are collected at this time. For those students who are unable to be collected due to parents working, they will have lunch at the normal time and then they will go to the hall from 2pm until 2:55pm to be supervised.

Bookings are now open. Please book your visits through the Skool Loop App.
To download the Skool Loop App:

To make your Parent/Teacher booking:

  • Click on your “Interviews” tile
  • Select “Select Interview”
  • Select your child’s teacher
  • Select what day/date preference
  • Select your time preference
  • Click “Select”
  • Enter students details and sign at the bottom
  • Select “Book Interview”
  • A confirmation email will be sent to you with your bookings details.

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.
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
20/10/22 – Rooms 5 & 6; 03/11/22 – tbc; 10/11/22 – Rooms 2 & 8; 17/11/22 – Rooms 3 & 10; 24/11/22 – whole school Jesse Tree Mass; 01/12/22 – Rooms 1 & 9; 08/12/22 – Rooms 4 & 7. Thursday 1 December 6pm – whole school Thanksgiving End of Year Graduation Mass

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]

End of Term Prayer
We thank you Lord, for this term. For our challenges, our successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt. Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends.

Give us strength and courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith. Help us to be a practical Christian these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us, to give time and effort to help others. To be peacemakers in our family.

Keep us safe in our activities; give us good rest and good fun. Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term. We thank you for our classmates, teachers, parents and a community that cares for us.
May we always be conscious of you in our lives and return renewed and refreshed.






Source © End of Term prayer

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Georgina van Schaijik
Principal (Acting) Tumuaki

ICAS RESULTS 2022 – Digital Technologies and English

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. Over one million student entries are accepted from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually. In addition, students from over 20 countries including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS each year.

ICAS assessments offer students experience in sitting large scale examinations.

Congratulations to the following students on their ICAS Digital Technologies and English achievements!

Digital Technologies

Year 6 – Raphael Wee

Year 6 – Ryan Wooler
Year 5 – Rebecca Houghton, Marionne Shae Sequera, Taylor Sun, Francis Wong
Year 4 – Zac Danish, Isaia Elika, Maria Petrus, Tom Valerio

Year 6 – Sophia Petrus
Year 4 – Charlotte Kendrick


Year 6 – Charlotte Leong, Zara Pedreschi
Year 5 – Kitty Murray-King, Boston Recordon, Taylor Sun
Year 4 – Josiah Loming

Year 6 – Sophia Petrus, Raphael Wee, Ryan Wooler
Year 5 – Oliver Benson, Rebecca Houghton, Marionne Shae Sequera, Ellie Soliman
Year 4 – Zac Danish, Isaia Elika, Maria Petrus, Tom Valerio, Sebastian Yan

Year 5 – Violet Cheng
Year 4 – Lafaele Elika, Frederick Rea

PTA News

Upcoming events

  • 30th Sept Last morning of Book fair.
  • 20th Oct Mums’ Movie night
  • 4th Nov School uniform shop open

Grandparents Day

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to Grandparents Day 2022. It was a big success with a packed hall and very excited children. Your many wonderful donations meant the PTA was able to serve a lavish morning tea, which was much appreciated by all.

Extra special thanks to Laura Thomson for co-ordinating everything and a really big thank you to all of those who helped on the day. It was a huge effort to prepare, serve and clean up, we could not have done it without you.

Grandparents Day is a very popular event in the school calendar and a great opportunity to show some love and gratitude to the wider SMCS wider family. The PTA is pleased to be able to support this event with the help of our community.

Thank you very much to all who contributed towards the raffle prizes. We were able to raise $651.00 from the raffle.

Please see Treasurers report in this newsletter to see where we have been spending the money that has been raised this year.

Scholastic Book Fair closes Friday morning – 30th Sept. Last chance to buy!!

It’s been great to be able to celebrate book week again this year!!! We still have the Scholastic book fair running in one of the breakout rooms above the hall. This will be closing after the book character parade on Friday.

You may also buy books to donate to the school library alongside purchases for your selves. Mrs Cordtz, and of course the children, are always grateful for any donations you make. Thanks to all those parents who have volunteered their time to make this a success.

Pizza Fridays

Thank you to Room 5 Parents for their help with pizzas this week. Your support is really appreciated.

Financial news

Venus, our Treasurer, has prepared a visual to show how we have raised money this year and what we have spent it on. We plan to make this a regular report so that you can see how funds that have been raised by the community are being spent. If you have any ideas about how we can raise money or what you think we could spend money on around the school, please come along to a PTA meeting and add to the discussion.

Treasurer’s report (click to view)

The Caring Shed

If you are using these holidays as an opportunity to have a clear out at home, don’t forget that any good quality household items will be gratefully received by the Monte Cecelia Housing trust. Genevieve has the key to the Caring shed in her office. No food or electrical items please!!

Non-perishable food donations are very welcome in the basket outside Genevieve’s office to be presented by the children at the offertory at class Mass each week and added to the parish’ offerings to go to Monte Cecilia.

Additional lunch provider

We are looking at trialling another lunch provider next term, this will initially be for a month to gauge interest. Provider to be confirmed in the next few days, see ‘My Kindo’ early next term for details.

Mum’s Movie Night – “Mrs Harris. Goes to Paris”

Thursday 20th October
7:00pm for an 8:00pm start
$25 per ticket
via the mykindo app (or PTA acc)
Berkeley Cinema Mission Bay
Night out includes movie ticket, sweets and a treat on your seat
Raffle and spot prizes on offer
Spread the word to friends and family to make it a fun night out
For queries see or email Deahna Barrington [email protected]
No paper tickets or seat allocations, instead names will be at the door (like an exclusive club)
Payments to: ASB Bank- St Michael’s School PTA 12 3075 0199134 00
Particulars: Movie Code: Your name Reference: No. of tickets
Or via the mykindo app

Mums Movie Night 2022 (click to view and print)

Second hand School Uniform shop

Donations needed – Especially larger sizes of all uniform. The first shop opening next term will be Friday 4th November.

Fit Mums

If you’re keen to get fit for the summer but haven’t known where to start, come along to the Fit Mums class. It’s a friendly fun class which runs for approx 45 mins from 9am every Mon and Weds in a well equipped home gym on Ladies Mile Rd.

The intensity will start lower again at the beginning of term and will gradually build as the term goes on and your fitness increases, but 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. Discount code: BADASSMAMA

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

Next PTA Meeting

The next PTA meeting date 7th November 2022 7pm – in the staff room and via Zoom (link will be published closer to the meeting). We hope you all have fantastic holidays

Ree and Sarah x



Situations Vacant – Executive Office – Baradene College

Baradene College Limited is looking for an Executive Officer to support the Proprietor’s Board and all its functions at an executive level.

These include maintaining the Special Catholic Character of Baradene College, the overall state of its property including capital projects and associated finance and governance matters in support of Baradene College and future generations of students.

Applications are welcome. The ad is on Seek as Executive Officer, Baradene College Limited and the link is https://www.seek.co.nz/job/58590247?type=standout#sol=d4ccbb0a6d39d2c3f203226955f637d614e76ce5


with Irena Angelovska and Tianling Lu

Join us at our 2-Day Intensive Music Theory Workshops on 12 – 13 October. Led by music theory specialist, Irena Angelovska, and assisted by Tianling Lu, participants will learn the basics of music theory including musical notation, simple rhythmic concepts, and time signatures, in an interactive and supportive environment. Suitable for students who have just started instrumental music lessons (i.e., less than 6 months) or will be starting lessons soon. However, all registrations will be considered.

For more information and to register, please visit https://www.lewiseady.co.nz/holiday-programmes