October 9

Kia ora koutou katoa,

I hope you all are having a fantastic break and enjoying time as a family. We are looking forward to Monday and seeing all the excited students returning to school. 

I am sure you were as pleased as I was to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement about moving to Alert Level 1.  For us this means there is an extremely low public health risk from the virus at Alert level 1.

As a school we will continue to maintain our good hygiene measures such as regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces and washing of hands. It is very important that if your child/ren are unwell they stay at home.

At level 1 there are no restrictions on personal movement. Parents are welcome to come into school however you can still drop off and pick up from the gates if you want to continue with this especially if it is working well for your children. 


NE, APOD, BPOD – A1 gate

C POD, DPOD – Carpark gate

8.15 gates open. 

8.30 Bell for class open. 

They can be outside their classrooms. We have plenty of seats. 

We are supporting contact tracing by having QR code posters at our entrances – so if you haven’t already downloaded the NZ COVID Tracer app the Ministry of Health’s NZ-COVID Tracer app page has information to help you do that. As always during school hours please ensure you go to the school office and not directly to your child’s class.

We will now be able to meet as a whole school again for assemblies and Masses. You are very welcome to join us. Watch out in the Newsletter and on Facebook for dates when these will resume.

Enjoy the last few days of the holidays and take care all.

Ngā mihi

Mike Piper



Friday August 28
Kia ora koutou katoa,
The government has informed us that school will be starting on Monday August 31st. ALL children need to return on this date UNLESS they have an illness that compromises their immunity. Please let me know if this is the case with your child. We strongly encourage you to send your child back to school on Monday.
If they have a school device it must come back and bring a water bottle. Taps will be closed.
We are closely following ministry health and safety guidelines to keep your child/children safe.As part of the safety measurements we are asking parents to stay off school grounds.
Pick up and Drop Off:
Under Alert Level 2 parents and caregivers will not be coming on site unless absolutely necessary.
Parents are to “drop off and pick up” at the A1 gate and Carpark gate.
NE, APOD, BPOD – A1 gate
C POD, DPOD – Carpark gate
A5/A6 parents onsite only – Contact register kept
Where possible in your house there should be one person designated for pick up and drop off.
Drop off, go straight to class- AP/Dp/Princ to meet at gate.
Students will not be allowed to enter before 8:15am.
Pick up : Staggered leave
2.30 – NE – Apod pick up – siblings
2.45 – BPOD – pick up -siblings
3.00 – C/Dpod
No playing or sitting and waiting.
We will have a member of SLT at gates to greet you and receive our students. Gates will be open by 8:15am. All children must be at school by 8:50 ready to start their day.
If you do need to take your child out of school early or for an appointment please arrange this with office staff.
SKIDS will be running and will be in contact with you if your child uses this service. Please contact Sam from Skids if you have any further queries. samuel@skids.co.nz.
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact myself or a member of SLT. We look forward to being back onsite and continuing our work with your children.
Thank you so much for all that you have done during the lockdown to keep your children learning and to keep your whānau safe.
Ngā mihi ki a koutou,
Mike Piper

August 27

Kia ora koutou,
It was a big relief to hear we are moving back to Alert Level 2 at the beginning of next week. We look forward to welcoming all our students and staff back onsite at that time!
Thank you once more to our parents and caregivers for the support and resilience you have shown through Alert Level 3.
Strong vigilance, good hygiene practices, coupled with the hard work our health authorities are doing to identify and support any confirmed cases and their close contacts remain important for all of us.
Just a reminder that at Alert Level 2 next week, we must adhere to key health measures including:
* Good hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquette
* Staying away if sick
* Keeping the appropriate physical distance from others (in class this means no touching each other and keeping out of breathing distance)
* Cleaning and disinfecting our high touch surfaces daily
* Displaying QR code posters and having a register for those who can’t use the app.
We know all these things will help to keep our community as safe as possible. Because of these measures, your child does not need to wear a face covering while at school. We will of course support them should they choose to do so.
For those of you who might be finding things more difficult than usual, a reminder that there is a large range of support available for businesses and the community. We encourage you to go to covid19.govt.nz for more information, or get in touch and we will help you to find the information and support you need.
We will update on Friday about our staggered break times, finishing times and our entry and exit for level 2.
Ngā mihi

August 24

COVID-19 Update:
We are looking forward to welcoming our Students and Staff back to school at Alert Level 2 on MONDAY 31st August. Please keep a look out for updates and reminder of what Alert Level 2 looks like at St MMK.


August 15

Kia ora ST MMK whanau  , 


As you will be aware we are now at Alert Level 3 until midnight on Wednesday 26 August.


This means that Remote Learning begins from Monday morning (Teachers have already been posting online). We have discussed our learning from term 2 lockdown and will be starting our next phase slightly differently. 


Key dates :

August 17 – Online learning starts /  Last day to register for devices or learning packs. 

August 18 – pick up day 9 -12 at St MMK – Device/learning packs 

August 19 – Online Google Meets begin again 


We need to know:

  • Do you want a learning pack ?
  • Do you want a device ? ( one per family ) 

You will receive a text message on Sunday around registering for one of these. You reply back with Y or N to the text with the child name and class. You will only receive one if you reply and register if you want one. 


On Monday/Tuesday  students will need to make sure they have connected with their teacher online. 

We want to start this Lockdown with all children online and in contact with their teacher


We want to act early this time so we can get connected and get children into a routine early. 


We want to do this early so we can start our Level 3 ready to go. 


Our online learning is here on the website. It puts everything in one place for students and families.




If you are an essential worker and your child requires supervision, please email:



We will endeavour to keep you up to date with masses you may like to participate online.

The most up-to-date information will be available on the Catholic Diocese website or Bishop Patrick Dunn’s Facebook page.


Please take care and stay safe, if support is needed let us know.


Nga mihi

Mike Piper 


Tuesday 11 August 

Urgent message for our St MMK community,
Good evening whānau.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has just held press conference that has resulted in an announcement that Auckland is to go into Level 3 lockdown for three days from 12noon tomorrow.
Schools will be closed for the duration of this time. Only children of essential workers can attend – please email mikep@marymackillop.school.nz if your child must attend.
We will have more information for you as it comes to hand.
Kia kaha, nga mihi nui
ST MMK staff


 May 17 :

St MMK Level 2 start:Tomorrow see you all at school

Pick up and Drop Off:
Under Alert Level 2 parents and caregivers will not be coming on site unless absolutely necessary.

Parents are to “drop off and pick up” at the A1 gate and Carpark gate.

NE, APOD, BPOD – A1 gate
C POD, DPOD – Carpark gate
A5 parents onsite only – Contact register kept

Where possible in your house there should be one person designated for pick up and drop off.

Drop off, go straight to class- AP/Dp/Princ to meet at gate.

Students will not be allowed to enter before 8:15am.

Pick up : Staggered leave
2.30 – NE – Apod pick up – siblings
2.45 – BPOD – pick up -siblings
3.00 – C/Dpod
No playing or sitting and waiting

We are having to operate under new routines as our school gate needs to be done differently.
Thanks for your understanding


Monday May 18 we are ready to welcome ALL students back on site

Dear St MMK Community,
Monday’s announcement by our PM that we will be at Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm tonight is welcome news. I thank you all for your ongoing support of the school and your children during these unprecedented times.

I am delighted to remind you that school reopens on Monday May 18 and we are ready to welcome ALL students back on site – the exceptions to this are those with compromised immunity or those at higher risk if they contract Covid 19 as well as those who have a cold, flu or other sickness/injury.

On Friday 15th May all staff will be having a day at school.Then StMMK will reopen Monday 18th May.

Is it safe for my child to come to school?
The Ministry of Health and the government believe that it is safe for children to return to school although we understand that some parents might feel nervous about this and will want to keep their children at home. Everyone at school will be doing everything they can to ensure that the children and staff are kept safe at this time including:
• Encouraging safe hand washing and physical distancing
• Regular cleaning of all surfaces
• Minimising contact from other adults
• Sending anyone home who displays symptoms of cold, flu or virus

How will the school be ensuring physical distancing?
Advice from the Ministry of Education: “Where possible physical distancing is a good precaution. We do, however, know it is near impossible in an early learning environment and challenging in schools. So good hygiene practices and regular cleaning are even more important here.”

In schools, physical distancing means children, young people and staff maintaining enough distance so that they are not breathing on or touching each other.

The staff will be applying this thinking with everyone at school.

Other Important Information:
As part of the safety measurements we are asking parents to stay off school grounds. The best way for children to come to school will be to walk. If you do need to drop your child/children in the car please find a convenient place to drop them at a distance from school ie, a nearby street. They can then walk the rest of the way into school.

The Senior management team will be at the gates to supervise this.

We will be spacing the children’s working and playing spaces, and training them on correct washing procedures to use while at school.

At the end of the day we will be staggering school finishing times to avoid any mass gatherings.Please arrange a meeting place with your child if you need to collect them from school.

SKIDS will be running and will be in contact with you if your child uses this service.

If you do need to take your child out of school early or for an appointment please arrange this with office staff.

I will be sending more information out on Friday around how we will be keeping our school safe.

Our staff are eager to return, and so we will, very soon.

God’s blessings
Mike Piper

May 10 :

Happy Mothers day everyone !!!!!!!!

A reminder we are still in Level 3:

Just a reminder we are still in Level 3 and we are still operating our school under these restrictions. Only registered pupils can turn up for school to be in our bubble.

Hope you having a Blessed Sunday.

May 8:

Dear Whanau , We are still in Level 3

Yesterday the Prime Minister outlined the broad conditions under which schools operate when we reach Level 2 again.

So if the announcement was made Monday 11 May, all children would return to school under Level 2 on Monday 18 May.

This is to give time for teachers to prepare. At this stage the date for moving to Level 2 has not been established.

Some possible dates for us:

· Online Distance learning will continue until 3pm Thursday 14th May. Online Distance learning will then cease for all students.
· On Friday 15th May we will be having a day Teacher only at school.

If we are in Alert Level 2, then StMMK will reopen Monday 18th May.

We will be in contact next week when we know what is happening.

Aroha mai Aroha atu
Michael Piper
St Mary Mackillop Catholic school

April 28:

Dear St MMK Whanau ,

As we shift out of lockdown and into Alert Level Three, we appreciate that there are still many challenges to face as we prepare to meet the learning needs of our children, both in school bubbles and with distance learning.

To help us do this well, below is some key information for you:

  • The Prime Minister was very clear in her message: if you can keep your children at home please do so.
  • We have set up bubbles at school based on the response from parents. There will be 10 children in each bubble. These bubbles are now set for tomorrow.
  • Families will be in the same bubble.
  • Teachers and children will not move between bubbles.
  • Each bubble will have their breaks in different parts of the school.
  • Children will need to bring in food and drink for the day. There will be no ‘Fruit in Schools’ available
  • There will be no face to face teaching and we will continue with online learning. 
  • If you are needing to come to school bring in your learning pack to help us at school

Children will enter the school through the gate required for each Bubble

  • Green Bubble: Mrs. Lui & Mrs Letoa @ car park gate 8.30am
  • Red Bubble: Mrs Annafjeh and Mrs Yorke @ main gate 8.30am
  • Blue bubble: Ms Felise and Miss Kamoto @ A1gate 8.30am
  • No parents will be allowed on site. We appreciate your support in this matter.


  • Skids is not operating during Level 3
  • We will review and evaluate the bubbles each week.
  • Rest assured we have processes set up for everyone’s health and safety.
  • After school, each bubble will be dismissed from different areas of the school. You will receive an email, text or phone call to let you know which area of the school you should collect your children from. No children will be allowed on the school grounds before 8:30 am or after 3:10 pm. The school day will begin at 8:50 and finish at 3.00 pm

Once again I’d like to thank you for your ongoing support, and we do understand the difficulties that this lockdown has brought about.

 If you have any needs or concerns, please make contact 


April 22:

Dear Whanau and Caregivers,
We now move into planning mode for next Wednesday 29 April.
Before next Wednesday 29 April all families must fill our Level 3 attendance register. We want to hear from everyone. Whether yes or no.
I need the register filled in by 12pm Friday April 24.
For planning purposes and for the safety of students, we cannot have students turn up unannounced on the day, or any day until we enter Level 2. This allows us to bring in the number of staff required to supervise students at school in their bubble of 10.
We are wanting to share as much as we can so we make the next transition as smooth as possible for the safety of all staff and our tamariki.
Stay safe in our bubbles.


April 20:

Kia ora koutou ST MMK Community,

We hope that Term 2 and our distance learning programme has been a success for you so far. We know there will have been any number of challenges for you to deal with, including some families who have yet to receive devices or learning resources but we have been getting some great feedback about the learning that is happening and thank you for all of your support.

Today the Government decided that we will move into Alert Level 3 on 28 April. That means we will be open to receive students from 29 April. We will start to prepare our site from tomorrow.

The key message for you is that if you can:

– You should keep your child at home.

– You should only physically send your child to school if you need to.

– If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness you must keep them at home.

– If your child is sick please also ensure you keep them at home.

In order to ensure the safety of those children and our staff who do come to school, we will be operating with strict enforcement of health and safety measures.

I want to assure you that we will continue to support your child’s learning at home.

We will contact you later this week to find out whether you can keep your child learning from home, or need your child to attend in person.

The Ministry of Education has advised that they are working closely with health to develop clear guidance that will support schools to safely re-open their premises to students and staff. This will help us work through the public health requirements that we all need to meet. We want to be sure that what we do will keep our community as safe as possible.

For now, we will continue to support your child’s learning by distance while we progress our planning for what Alert Level 3 will mean for you and for our school. We will be in touch again soon with more information. As you have been doing, please keep connecting with your teachers with any questions you might have.

Aroha mai Aroha atu 

Michael Piper 


St Mary Mackillop Catholic school

April 14:

Term Two starts tomorrow !!!

Our teachers have been busy working towards this so we can help you and your for your family during this time.


It is made up of:

  • Online learning 
  • Learning packs being delivered to homes 
  • TV channels dedicated to learning to help us during the day

This table outlines what each Pod is using:

New Entrant  A POD  B POD  C POD  D POD 
Contact Email  Email  Email  Email  Email 
Tools: Class Blog  Class Blogs &

A Pod Google Classroom

Google Classroom, Google Site Google classroom Google Classroom & Website 
Online access: Google Hangout/Meet  Google Hangouts 

Teacher emails

School Website – A Pod Blogs

Class Dojo Google Meet (through Google Classroom)


Google hangout/meet 

Class dojo

Google Classroom

Class  & School Website



All our teachers are accessible by email and are looking forward to working with you over the next few weeks. They will make themselves available online during the day.


Here is the email contact list for you to use. Please stay in contact and we will help you over this time as best we can. 

Until next time , stay safe in your bubbles,

Stay home and save lives.

Aroha mai Aroha atu 

Michael Piper 


Thursday April 9 

Kia ora Kotou,


“We will celebrate Holy Week in a truly unusual way, which manifests and sums up the message of the Gospel, that of God’s boundless love. And in the silence of our cities, the Easter Gospel will resound. The Apostle Paul says: “And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him Who died for them and was raised again” (2 Cor 5:15). In the risen Jesus, life conquered death. This Paschal faith nourishes our hope…. It is the hope of a better time, in which we can be better, finally freed from evil and from this pandemic. It is a hope: hope does not disappoint; it is not an illusion, it is a hope.”

Pope Francis 

Easter reminds us that our Catholic faith is one of hope, victory and new life. In these difficult times our faith is what really matters. We are conscious that families around the world will be suffering from ill health, grief and worrying about the separation from loved ones. The stress from the economic fallout is also a heavy burden for many. Pope Francis has asked us to unite in prayer and to “reach out to those who are suffering and those most in need. May we not be concerned about what we lack, but what good we can do for others.”

There are several creative and reverent ways we can journey through the week. The following link has details of all the live streaming liturgies and various prayer resources provided by Bishop Patrick and the Auckland Diocese


This is our first message since last Saturday. We hope your Lockdown (School Holidays) has been going well and you and your family are safe. 

Online/Distance learning:

Term Two

When Term 2 starts on Wednesday 15th April the staff, parents and children will be working together in different ways than we usually would.  Staff, parents and children will be new to distance learning. The circumstances we are in are like none that we have experienced before.  Your well-being and that of your child is most important during this time. 

We have been busy working towards April 15. Our teachers have been working hard contacting you so we are sure you are ready for Online learning to start. Being in contact, making it work for our school whanau has been our main priority. We are still trying to reach a few families who have not yet made contact. 

You may have seen the Minister of Education speak on Wednesday afternoon and he highlighted:

  • Devices and internet for homes who do not have it
  • Learning packs being delivered to homes 
  • TV channels dedicated to learning to help us during the day


Beginning Wednesday 15th April on TVNZ 1+1 from 9am – 3pm there will be a variety of lessons for students who do not have access to a computer or device at home.  The lessons will be suitable for children aged 5 – 15 year.

The fact that these resources will start coming out to homes ASAP, it’s obviously a huge job to undertake but the wonderful support from our government will enable quality learning to continue at home. We will be sending more messages as we get closer to April 15. 

A reminder if you need any support, please contact us as these are tough times for us all and as a parent I also know the many challenges faced on a daily basis, with working from home as well as trying to entertain and support our own children, so please do contact us if necessary and we can support you.

We still don’t have a confirmed start date back at school , but please be assured that when I know – I will inform you immediately, the staff are all missing their students so much and can’t wait to see them all again soon.

Until next time , stay safe in your bubbles,

Stay home and save lives.

Have a Blessed Easter. 

Saturday March 28

Kia ora koutou,


We have moved into a new phase of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 and it is very different from anything most of us have ever experienced. I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and Board of Trustees will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the next weeks. 

Firstly we appreciate the significance of the lock down announcements and what it may mean for you and your family. Take time to focus on your family as you regroup.

We encourage you to access learning from our school website under the tab – ‘Online learning’.


We hope that our learning packs are helping you during this time as well.

We also encourage you to think about how distance learning is going to take place in your household. We appreciate that for many there will be a number of people working from home, pre-schoolers in the mix and children’s learning to juggle.

You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, like you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical wellbeing. The below timetable (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts to use over the next few weeks. 


A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.


Daily Schedule

Before 9:00am Wake up Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry
9:00-10:00 Morning walk Family walk with the dog, bike ride,
10:00-11:00 Learning at home School-led learning or books, flash cards, study guide, journal etc
11:00-12:00 Creative time Legos, drawing, crafting, play music, cook or bake etc.
12:00 pm Lunch 🙂
12:30 Helping at home # wipe all kitchen tables and chairs

# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops

# wipe both bathrooms – sinks and toilets

1:00-2:30 Quiet time Reading, puzzles, 
2:30-4:00 Learning at home School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, 
4:00-5:00 Afternoon fresh air Bikes, walk the dog, play outside
5:00-6:00 Dinner 🙂
6:00-8:00 Free TV time Kids shower time
8:00 Bedtime All kids
9:00pm Bedtime All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight


Some good news to support you either working at home and/or studying at home – Spark, Vodafone, Vocus/Slingshot, 2Degrees and Trustpower have all advised they have removed their data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.

If you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples. A one-hour special will be aired on Tagata Pasifika’s segment Sunday at 7.35am, Tagata Pasifika will share messages from community leaders. The Ministry is asking you to reach out to all your family members, community groups, friends and group chats to ensure our Pacific community groups are watching the programming on both days.

A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously. As the Prime Minister has noted staying at home will break the chain and save lives; breaking the rules could risk someone close to you and if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands

E hara taku toa, I te toa takitahi, He toa takitini

My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective

Saturday March 28

Key dates:
26 March Alert Level 4 commenced
28 March School holidays begin
10 – 14 April Easter including the Tuesday after Easter
15 April Term 2 begins
22 April Current date for ending of lockdown period
27 April ANZAC Day observed

We are sharing these dates with you that I have so far. These end dates as we know are far from certain. So we need to just keep them in mind but be ready for it to change.


Tuesday 24

Online learning went live today.


If you want a Learning pack instead to take home. It is a collection of ideas and activities. It can be the same as what is online.

Wednesday 8.30-10 & 3-5 pm .

We will be at school to give out learning packs for each POD.

Keep safe everyone.

Monday 23

Dear Parents/Caregivers ,

Due to a Government directive around COVID-19, St MMK School will be closed from 3pm today.

I know this is creating confusion but only parents who work in Essential services may get support for Tuesday and Wednesday – there will be staff members on site Tuesday and Wednesday.


After Wednesday no one at school can assist, there is no school for everyone for the foreseeable future.

Online learning will go live tomorrow. I will send you a link.

If you want a Learning pack to take home. A collection of ideas and activities.

Tuesday 12-2 pm
Wednesday 8.30 -10 & 3-5 pm .

We will be at school to give out learning packs for each POD.

More messages over the next few days.

Keep safe everyone.