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.
What a beautiful Thanksgiving Mass we had last week. It was wonderful that we were able to say farewell to all our graduates and the families who will be leaving us at the end of the year (unlike last year). We have almost come to the end of the school year and I am delighted that we have been able to hold all of our community events.
Today is the Feast of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Immaculate Conception is a Catholic dogma that states that Mary, whose conception was brought about the normal way, was conceived without original sin or its stain. That’s what “immaculate” means: without stain. We can always call on Mary to guide us back to Jesus.
Covid is still with us so please if your children are feeling unwell keep them at home.
Elizabeth Michael Uniforms is moving
Elizabeth Michael is moving around the corner to 65 New North Road from Saturday 7th January 2023.
End of Year Data
We were thrilled with our overall achievement this year in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The average across all years is as follows:
- Reading: 92% of St Michael’s students are achieving at or above their expected curriculum level. This is 15% above the average New Zealand norm (77%).
- Writing: 87% of St Michael’s students are achieving at or above their expected curriculum level. This is 10% above the average New Zealand norm (77%).
- Mathematics: 94% of St Michael’s students are achieving at or above their expected curriculum level. This is 17% above the average New Zealand norm (77%).
- Tuesday 13 December: Prizegiving is at 11:30am and the Christmas Concert is at 1:30pm. We look forward to seeing you all on this day.
- School finishes on Wednesday 14 December at 12:30pm. Please ensure your child is picked up promptly.
Excerpt from ‘The Catholic Education of School-Age Children’ (NZ Bishops, 2014)
The encounter with Christ and a growing knowledge and understanding of his teaching naturally lead to a “new life characterised by all that is beautiful, good, and true; a life of Christian witness nurtured and strengthened within the community of our Lord’s disciples, the Church”. This progression from encounter, to growth in knowledge and to Christian witness is the framework of the disciple’s journey.
St Michael’s Parish Website – Mass times – Sunday 8am, 10am & 5pm; Monday – Friday 7am & 12noon; Saturday 8am.
School Masses – Every Thursday at 9:15am
Prayer to the Immaculate Conception of Mary
Manaaki ki te Atua,
St Michaels Parish
St Michaels Parish – Mass Times 2022/2023
Christmas Timetable 2022-2023(click to view/print)
St Michael’s Church Mass Times (click to view/print)
Here we are at the end of the year, it seems to have zoomed by. We hope that everyone has a very Happy Christmas and New Year and a really good break. See you in Feb!
Pizza Fridays and ‘My Kindo’
*Please update your My Kindo account*
Please make sure that you update your child’s classroom number on your My Kindo account when you find out which class they are going to be in next year. Simply look under ‘My Details,’ find your child and update the details there.
Food orders will restart on Feb 7th 2023.
Thank you to Room 7 for helping with pizza this week.
Thank you to all of the parents from all rooms who have helped to make pizza Fridays a success over the past year. The children really love it and it helps to raise funds for the school. Thank you!
Thank you to all who have supported the various fundraising activities that we have had during the year, we hope that as well as raising money for resources for the children you have had fun joining in, we really have a great friendly community that we hope to keep rebuilding after the uncertainty that Covid caused. Here is a round up of funds raised and where the money has been spent through out the year.
PTA Situations Vacant!
We are pleased to say that we have filled the positions of Chairperson and Secretary for next year, they will officially be proposed at the AGM at the beginning of the year.
We are really grateful to our Class Reps who do a great job of communicating relevant information to you. We have had a few who are happy to stay on and continue in the role next year, but would be very happy to hear from anyone who would be keen to help out in this way.
It’s quite useful if there are two people to share the role as we would like at least one person from each class to try and come to PTA meetings as it helps with the flow of information both to and from classes.
Obviously we don’t know which rooms we will all be representing until the end of term, but if this is a role you think you could do, please contact us on [email protected]
- Keeping parents informed about key events happening around the school.
- Acting as a conduit between the classroom and the PTA to communicate information either way.
- Organising social events for your class possibly in conjunction with other classes where year groups are split.
- Looking for pastoral care needs within the classroom and directing it initially to Ann who can pass it on if required to the pastoral care team of the PTA.
A Big Thank you and Goodbye
We would like to take this opportunity to say a massive ‘Thank you’ and a fond Farewell to Deahna Barrington.
Deahna has not only been a fantastic Reading Recovery Teacher for the past few years but she has also (for even more years) been a mainstay of our PTA. She has many and varied roles within the group and has been a key link between school and parents. She will be missed by Staff, Parents and Pupils alike.
Thank you for all of your amazing input over the past years Deahna, especially in your many roles within the PTA. We hope you have a fantastic holiday in Europe and wish you the best of luck in your new role.
Have a lovely weekend
Ree and Sarah x
Elizabeth Michaels Uniform Shop – NEW ADDRESS
Elizabeth Michaels Uniform Shop (click to view/print)
French Classes with Maroussia
LCF Fun Languages Flyer (click to view/print)