Tēnā koutou katoa St Michael’s Catholic School Community,

He tia, he tia, He ranga, he ranga, Haere mai te toki, Hamui ē, hui e, taiki ē.
Rise and press on, When the challenge arrives, We will gather and unite together, Strength together it will be done.

“Miracles do happen!”- who would have believed that we would have been able to have our Athletics Day on Tuesday? A big thank you to Charlotte Bagnall who organised this event and to all the parents who assisted on the day. You all helped to make this such a special event for our community.

This morning we celebrated the Jesse Tree Mass, led by our wonderful Year 6 students. They performed their roles with respect and reverence, and it was a great opportunity for them to share their leadership skills. Thank you Jessica Jost for organising this beautiful Mass.

At our most recent meeting this week, the Catholic Special Character Committee decided that in each newsletter we would include a statement from the book ‘Catholic Education of School Age Children’ which was written in 2014 by New Zealand Bishops. You will find this in the section ‘Encountering Christ’ below.

The Advent season begins this weekend. It is a time of preparation for the Nativity of Christ at Christmas. The four Sundays preceding Christmas are recognized for four virtues. The candles on the Advent wreath symbolise hope, love, joy and peace.

Parking Across Driveways and Yellow Lines

Please respect the road code and park safely when dropping off or picking up your children. We will be asking Auckland Transport to have more wardens assigned to help us with this problem.

Calendar updates

  • National Youth Theatre – Wendy – Years 4 -6, Thursday 1 December
  • Whole School Thanksgiving End of Year Mass: 6pm, Thursday 1 December (Church)

Encountering CHRIST

Excerpt from ‘The Catholic Education of School-Age Children’ (NZ Bishops, 2014)
The faith required for Baptism, either as an infant or an adult, is not a perfect and mature faith. It is a beginning, a seed which needs to be nurtured and developed. Over time Christian education deepens the faith of the believer, unfolding the “new creation” he or she became in Baptism. That faith enables believers to bear witness to the Christian hope that inspires them.

St Michael’s Parish Website – Mass times – Sunday 8am, 10am & 5pm; Monday – Friday 7am & 12noon; Saturday 8am.

School Masses – Every Thursday at 9:15am
01/12/22 – Rooms 3 & 10; 08/12/22 – Rooms 4 & 7;
Thursday 1 December 6pm – whole school Thanksgiving End of Year Graduation Mass

“Dear Lord, please allow me to embrace Advent in the way the Church intends: as a way to prepare for Your arrival. May everything I do–every gift I send, every party I attend, every meal I share–remind me to prepare space in my heart for You. Amen”. (https://hallow.com/blog/advent-prayers-catholic-meditations/)

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.

Sacramental Church Programme 2023 – Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist (First Holy Communion) Enrolments are now open for the 2023 Sacramental programme.

The programme is suitable for children Year 4 and up (>8 years as at 1st May 2023). Please visit the St. Michael’s Parish website https://remueracatholic.org.nz/sacramental-programme/ for dates, enrolment form and further information.

A parent information evening will be held on Tuesday 29th November 2022 at 7pm, in the St Michael’s school hall (down the driveway to the left of the church). It is expected that parents who have enrolled or are planning to enrol their child in the programme attend.

The evening will outline the format and content of the course to give a clear understanding of what is involved. Any questions, please contact Pauline Ioelu at [email protected]gmail.com

Sports News

Weet-Bix TRYathlon – Sunday 12th February 2023

The East Auckland Weet-Bix TRYathlon will take place on Sunday 12th February 2023, at Point England Reserve.

The TRYathlon is open to Kiwi kids aged 7-15 years of all sporting abilities and TRYathlete’s can enter as individuals or in a team of 2.

Enter now to secure an early bird discount on entry fees and be in the chance to win one of 3 $150 sports packs.

You can register and enter our school group by clicking on the ‘registernow’ link below. By linking to our school group it will give us the chance to win some great prizes!

registernow – search for St Michael’s Catholic School under School Groups

The TRYathlon is all about giving it a TRY and is an exciting, rewarding and fun day out for everyone.

If you have any questions please contact our school coordinator Laura Thomson on [email protected]

We aim to have a school marquee at the event. If anyone would like to volunteer to set this up please contact Laura. She would usually do it but has an engagement that weekend which means she can’t. Set up takes place the evening prior and the tent must be packed down at the end of the event. Bonus is you usually get a parking permit on site for the day – a serious perk given the large crowds!

Times table challenge -2022

It was a clean sweep this year at THE XLR8 AFTER-SCHOOL CARE Times table Challenge!!!

It was amazing to see not just the accuracy but the speed at which Max Maher answered the questions. The participants had to answer correctly as well as quickly to the times table questions which were out of order and ranging from times 2 to times 20. It was also wonderful to see the children from Year 4 and year 5 eagerly participate. The students at ASC had worked very hard the whole year through to prepare themselves for this challenge.

The other participants were Felicity Francisco, Alice Lambert, Leo Zitzenbacher, Luke Davis, Vincenzo Santhara, Isaac Ioelu, Raphael Wee, Sebastian White and Lachlan Swann. Good on you all, for participating in this tough challenge.

CONGRATULATIONS Max Maher!! Really proud of your performance!!Enjoy the well-deserved prize of a Tablet. Well done to you too, Sebastian White! Very good effort! Looking forward to the challenge again, next year.