Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

“Ma tini ma mano ka rapa te whai”
Many hands make light work

Term 4 is now in full-swing, and we are so grateful for the sense of normalcy that has evaded us over the past few years! With so many events occurring over the last six weeks of school, it is important to keep an eye on the school calendar, and to ensure that you are checking your child’s Class Dojo page regularly for any updates.

The children have had a wonderful two weeks of dance lessons with Omar of Dance Curriculum, and are excited to share their learning with you. Families are welcome to attend the final presentation in the School Hall at 9.15am tomorrow (Friday). The children are each performing two dances, and you will be amazed at the range of styles they have learned over such a short period of time!

The weather is lovely and warm now, and it is great to see the children transitioning into their summer uniforms. An important part of this is their school hat, especially as the children are spending so much time outside preparing for Athletics Day. Please help your child to remember to pack their school hat each morning, and ensure that it is clearly labelled with their name.

Athletics Day will be on Friday 18 November. In order for this to run smoothly, Miss Bagnall is looking for parent helpers to fill a range of roles. One of the key values of our school is to “do your bit” and we would love your support in ensuring the success of this event. If you are available to help on the day, please email Charlotte at [email protected].

School Board Presiding Member (Chairperson)

At our meeting on Monday 31 October our school Board voted Marija Batistich-Slavich as the Presiding Member of our School Board. We have every confidence in her ability to lead the Board.

Fencing St Michael’s School

The Catholic Diocese of Auckland are currently investigating fencing our school. We support this action as we would like to have assurance that all children are safe and secure while they are at school. I will update you when I have more details.

School Roll

For the purpose of school roll numbers for 2023, please let us know if your family is moving from our school so that we can accommodate those on the waiting list.

Progress Achievement Data From Term 1 to Term 3

The table below gives an overview of student achievement against the expected Curriculum Level from Term 1 to Term 3 for the whole school.

“At” or “Above” the NZ Curriculum Level The Percentage Shift
Reading  Term 1 66% 26%
Term 3 92%
Writing Term 1 57% 28%
Term 3 85%
Maths Term 1 75% 18%
Term 3 93%

Football Success of SMCS Past Pupils

I received an email from Kevin Green, a parent who had students at our school. He informed me that about ten years ago there was a push at our school to encourage students to play football. This led to our school having a large number of teams in the Tamaki League. Two of our past students, Marie Green and Milly Clegg were chosen to Represent New Zealand at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in India. Milly is striker and scored New Zealand’s only goals in the tournament and Marie Green was named as the most valuable player against Chile. Milly and Marie were singled out by New Zealand Leon Bernie as the two NZ players who stood out in the tournament.

Calendar updates

  • The PTA Meeting is Monday 7 November at 7pm in the Staffroom.

Reflective Area

Parents/Parishioners who would like to be added to a fortnightly schedule of placing fresh flowers and tidying up the Reflective area are to please email Issa Cabiling at [email protected]

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
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

The month of November is traditionally a time in which the Catholic community remembers those who have died. It is related to the fact that the end of November is the end of the Liturgical Year with a new year starting the First Sunday of Advent – the four-week period of preparation before Christmas.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
~Amen~

Manaaki ki te Atua,

Ann McKeown
Principal Tumuaki

St Michael’s Sacramental Programme Information Evening

Save the Date – St Michael’s Sacramental Programme Information Evening.

A parent information evening will be held on Tuesday 29th November 2022 at 7 pm in the St Mary MacKillop Hall.

It is expected that parents who have enrolled or are planning to enrol their child in the programme will attend. The programme is suitable for children Year 4 and up (> 8 years as at 1st May 2023). Enrolments will open next week so look out for the link in next week’s newsletter.

PTA News

Coming up

  • Scholastic orders close 4th Nov
  • 2nd Hand uniform shop open this Friday 4th Nov
  • PTA meeting Mon 7th Nov

Scholastic Book club flyer – last one of the year out now

ORDERS CLOSE THIS FRIDAY!

The last issue of the Scholastic book club for the year is out. (Please let us know via [email protected] if you didn’t receive one and need one). This is a bumper Christmas issue with lots of extra books to choose from great for stocking filers etc.
Orders close on Friday 4th November.

(Please email us on [email protected] if any of your orders are for Christmas presents and you’d like them to be collected from school by you directly rather than given to your children)

Second hand School Uniform shop open Fri 4th Nov 22

Bargains Galore!!
STOCK CLEARANCE SALE ON!!

  • All St Michael’s ‘Old Logo’ jackets and shoes are FREE!!
  • All PE Clothes $5
  • All Winter Clothes $5

Donations needed – We are in real need of donated uniforms especially larger sizes of all uniform.
We are often able to repair some items if not badly damaged so please don’t throw items away, as we may be able to save them! Thank you.

Yummy Stickers

Thanks to everyone who has been munching their way through fruit and saving Yummy stickers. Whilst our numbers of stickers redeemed was quite a lot lower than previous years, We have still got over $300 worth of balls and other sports equipment heading our way by the end of the year.

Remember that you can continue to collect stickers all year round ready to be handed in in terms 2 and 3.  Download your collecting sheet from the link here

Also, if you have an excess of balls in good condition at home, please feel free to send them in to school where they will get plenty of use at playtime!!

PTA 2023

We have 2 PTA meetings planned for Term 4 – and one focus for these meetings will be succession planning & handover for the roles of:

  1. Co-chair – position filled
  2. Secretary

PTA Secretary Job description

Are you an organised person who enjoys paying attention to details?

Our ideal secretary should be:

  • Organised
  • Keep good records/Record activities
  • Take action promptly
  • Work well within a group
  • Multi-task

Key tasks include:

  • Attending meetings
  • Taking accurate notes (touch typing an advantage but not essential)
  • Format and re-circulate the minutes via the Chair/Co-Chairs
  • Communicate PTA news/decisions to Class Reps following PTA meetings

If you have any of the skills above and are keen to use them, then we would love to hear from you. It’s a great way to meet more members of the community and a really rewarding way of being involved in school life.

We invite anyone who is keen to know more – or put their hands up for this position – to be in touch with either Sarah or Ree via the PTA email ([email protected]) or have a chat to us if you see us around the school.

Next PTA meeting

The next PTA meeting date is next Monday evening 7th November 2022 at 7pm – in the staff room and via Zoom link here

Anyone is welcome to come for a meeting and join the discussion, we love to see new faces.

Have a lovely weekend!

Ree and Sarah x