14th June 2018

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14th June 2018

Dear Parents

While I do not want to jinx the process we have had a lot of tradesmen in pricing for the school upgrade. This has to be a good sign and I will let you know when I hear any new information.

Congratulations to Taya Ross who won the Charism award this week.
And all the children who received certificates.

Cross Country
Congratulations to all the children who took part in the Zone Cross Country last week. Well done to Harris Page, Natasha Lee, Alex Hawkes and Ryan Kiyas who qualified for the Southland Cross Country next Friday 22nd June at Waimumu.

School Starting Times
The bell goes at 8.55am and we are finding an increasing number of children arriving late to school. If possible children should be here 10 mins before class starts so they can get organised for the day, put all their books etc away and interact with their peers. Having unnecessary interruptions during prayers or class announcements is often embarrassing for your child as they realise they are late. Everybody is late at some stage to school but when it becomes constant, it can effect some children’s self esteem and ability to learn. If there is an issue with getting your child to school on time please let me know so we can assist at this end.

Enrolments
If you know of any prospective enrolments please let me know or get them to contact me.

School Activity Donation/Compulsory Books
As I mentioned in the last newsletter, the proposed subsidy from the Government to replace parent donations hasn’t happened. We will keep the donation the same as in previous years. Activity Fee (receipts will be written as a donation to enable parents to claim in their tax) = $70 – 1 pupil, $100 – 2 pupils, $125 – 3 pupils. The compulsory book fee/online services is $25 for Rooms 1 & 2, $30 -for Rooms 3, 8 & 9.

Teachers Paid Union Meeting – 26th June
Can we ask parents to collect their children at 12pm on Tuesday 26th June to allow all teachers to attend a union meeting. Unlike last time there is only one Invercargill meeting and we do not have available staff  to supervise the children.

Mid Year Reports and Interviews
Mid Year reports for Year 4-6 children will go home on 28th June with 3-way interviews on Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th July. Anniversary interviews for Year 1-3 children will also take place on these days.

Pie Warmer
Please make sure all items are clearly named. This week has been a nightmare with pen labelling rubbing off/or items not being named at all. This causes huge confusion at lunch time.

Room 9 Class Happenings
This term we have been taking part in ‘Chapter Chat’ with other year 5-6 children throughout New Zealand.  We have been reading the book called The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, and each week we have tasks related to each chapter we read.  All our tasks are uploaded to Twitter to share with the other children who are taking part in this.  You can check out work and follow us on twitter: room9@shsinv.school.nz. Here are some photos of the children making spears.

  

For Art this term we have been concentrating on mixed media projects.  We used a variety of materials including: pastel, indian ink, pencils, vanish, paint, glue and dye. Please come in and have a look at the rest of our art.

Some photos from Sacred Heart day – children participating in ‘Just Dance’

  

If you would like to take STABICRAFT up on their offer for a ‘free general admission child ticket, with a paying adult’ for the Highlanders vs French Barbarians game at Rugby Park on Friday 22nd June (limit 2 per single paying adult, 13 years and under), please email Christine at: office@shsinv.school.nz by tomorrow Friday 15th June, so vouchers can be ordered.

Inclusive Cricket Programme

Mid Winter Swim

To register for the Mid-Winter-Swim head to either one of these links: http://www.morefm.co.nz/home/events/regions/southland/2018/05/more-fm-s-mid-winter-swim-.html or https://www.facebook.com/events/178989412760215/

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31st May 2018

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31st May 2018

Dear Parents

Our prayers with the Monaghan family this week.

Welcome to Troyden & Tayla Nel. We hope you enjoy your time at Sacred Heart School. I know you have “enjoyed” discovering what frost is on our cold mornings.

Good luck to Fiah Adams who will be competing at the Gore Gold Guitars this weekend.

Well done to the Rippa rugby team in their tournament today. A big thanks to Jono Duffy and Rob Humm. Also congratulations to the children who will be competing at the Zone Cross Country at St Patricks next Wednesday.

Special Character Review
We have received the draft report back and the review team were very complimentary to our children and staff in regards the our Special Character and how we integrate it through our daily programmes.

Faith Facts Week 4 … 24 May  – Our Lady Help of Christians
Mary Help of Christians is one of the numerous names by which we have come to know and love Mary. It refers specifically to the aid that Mary gives as intercession, meaning one who prays with and for us to God.

Our Lady Of Light – Help Of The Addicted – Mmlol Art Print

 by Br Mickey McGrath OSFS

 Week 5 … 27th May – Trinity Sunday       
What is Trinity Sunday?
Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost in the Christian liturgical calendar. Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Altar Servers
10th June:     S. Aby & P. Hickey – Children’s Liturgy = C. Russell
17th June:      Summer & Jack Smith –  Children’s Liturgy = A. Smith

24th June:     R. Duffy & F. O’Donnell – Children’s Liturgy = M. O’Donnell

School Donation
Unfortunately the education budget didn’t fulfil the pre-election promise of subsidising school donations. Due to this we will be sending out invoices for our school donation soon. These are tax deductible.

Teachers Paid Union Meeting – 26th June
School will close at 12pm on Tuesday 26th June to allow all teachers to attend a union meeting. Unlike last time there is only one Invercargill meeting.

Mid Year Reports and Interviews
Mid Year reports for Year 4-6 children will go home on 28th June with 3-way interviews on Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th July. Anniversary interviews for Year 1-3 children will also take place on these days.

Congratulations to Brooke Casey who won the Charism award two weeks in a row.
And all the children who received certificates in the last two weeks.

Room 8 Class Happenings:
In the first few weeks of the term we have been finding out about Gallipoli and Anzac Day. We read ‘One Minute’s Silence’ by David Metzenthen and Michael Camilleri and wrote our own interpretation of it. We thought about how we would feel and what we would see and experience if we were landing at Gallipoli in 1915.
In one minute’s silence, can you imagine…
Feeling scared to death. Feeling the butterflies in your tummy fluttering. Watching your friends die in horror.
In one minutes silence, can you imagine …
You’re eating the gross food and dark land with cliffs never ending.
In one minutes silence, can you imagine …
Your ears hearing gunshots from the Turkish. By Zoe

In one minute’s silence can you Imagine … The butterflies in my stomach as I arrived on the beach and the Turkish guns fire as I turn round I see my friend in a puddle of blood I want to leave this horrible place. In one minute’s silence can you a image… eating the horrible food as you feel like a dog the flies are flying all around you and all the blood on the ground I feel I will not survive. By Kate O

In one minute’s silence you can imagine…

How nerve racking it would be walking up the hills shaking. It would be scary like a nightmare.
In one minutes silence you can imagine… When more and more days pass it will smell so terrible it will make you want to run out to no man’s land
In one minutes silence you can imagine…
The smoke cancelling out your view and only hearing the scream of your allies and friends and you will not know what to do. By Shaun

We also experimented with blending colours and created a sunset. We then glued a silhouette on top. Our pictures represent our thoughts and feelings about Anzac Day.

In PE we have been practicing for the school Cross Country. Here are some action shots of the day:

NYLD was so much fun and everybody loved it, we learnt a new song called “wowwee”. A shout out to parents who helped: Liza Adams, Maria Baynes and Mrs Willams.

 

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17th May 2018

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17 May 2018

Dear Parents

Welcome to Harper Dempster who joined the children in Room 1 last Wednesday. We hope Harper is enjoying her time with us.
Good luck to the children taking part in the Rippa Rugby competition tomorrow.

A reminder that all children are expected to attend our school mass on Sunday 20th May. They are to wear their school uniforms and meet in the foyer at 10.15am.

Special Character Review 
Next week Phil O’Connell-Cooper & Gerald Shaw will be on site to review our Special Character. They will be meeting with staff and students and will be joining the classes for morning prayers. They may use that opportunity to meet with parents as well.

Faith Facts – Week 2 – 7th – 11th May, 6th Sunday of Easter, Mothers’ Day – 13th May

A Prayer for Mothers
All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.
We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.
We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers. grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.
Amen

Faith Facts – Week 3:  Ascension of the Lord, 14th May
Pope Francis Prayer intention for May
That all the faithful may fulfil their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.

What Pope Francis tell us about the Ascension.  17th April 2013

Dear brothers and sisters, the Ascension does not point to Jesus’ absence, but tells us that he is alive in our midst in a new way. He is no longer in a specific place in the world as he was before the Ascension. He is now in the lordship of God, present in every space and time, close to each one of us. In our life we are never alone: we have this Advocate (Supporter) who awaits us, who defends us. We are never alone.

Altar Servers
20th May:     Ruby Duffy & Peyton Hickey – Children’s Liturgy = A. Reid
27th May:      Summer & Jack Smith –  Children’s Liturgy = A. Smith

Westpac Helicopter Appeal
Next Friday 25th May, there will be a mufti day in support of the Westpac Helicopter Trust. A gold coin please. 

School Stream
A reminder about the SchoolStream app. It is a faster and more user friendly method of quickly sending out notices to parents. Thank you if you have already installed it. If you haven’t please click on the link below to install the App.
https://goo.gl/X2FiUx

Road Safety
Please remember that the speed limit travelling past a stationary school  bus is 20kms. It is often easy to forget this when trying to merge into traffic leaving after school.

Future Focus Planning Meeting
Last term I indicated the Board would hold a meeting to report back on the parent survey. At present the Ministry has been holding a number of future direction focussed meetings around the country. I have heard for a change these have been very productive and they have listened to the teachers, parents and students involved. They will be sending some of the outcomes out to schools soon and I would like to postpone our meeting until we receive these so they can be added to our agenda.

Sports Fees
The cost for the following sports has now been calculated. These are now due at the office:
All Netball = $30    Hockey Yr 3-4 (All Saints) = $31    Hockey Yr 1-3 (Joint with Makarewa) = $35     Superstar Cricket = $20      

Congratulations to Nadia Hutton and Noah Duggan, the winners of the Charism award, the last two weeks.
And all the children who received certificates in the last two weeks.

    

   

Room 2 Class Happenings

Last Wednesday, Room 1 and 2 took part in a road safety day.  The children were amazing at riding their bikes and scooters and were very careful to follow the rules.  They looked fabulous in their brightly coloured clothes, their hi viz vests and helmets. 

We are grateful to the parents for the support we get towards events like this.  The children love them and we love watching their faces as they master somethings that are tricky.  Have a read of some of the Room 2 recounts of the day.

Yesterday we set up a parade and we had to wear bright coloured clothes and bring a scooter or bike because we were being good. Room 1 came with us and Dad came to set up and watch.  We did it beside the hall.  We biked with two feet on the pedals.  We had to be careful.  The big kids helped us by holding the signs.  It was awesome because I love biking.  Daisy Duffy

On Beep Beep Day I did a bike trial and a bike parad. We wore a hi viz vest and that isn’t all.  The Police came and they told us about road safety.  I did not like Beep Beep Day because there were lots of traffic jams.  It was not fun.  Jamie Russell  

Yesterday we had bike day.  People were walking across the lines.  They were black and white.  The big kids helped us.  But wait … why did we have bike day?  So we drive well.  Lucy Williams 

On Beep Beep day we went to ride on our bikes and scooters.  We we learning to be safe.  Were a parade.  Why did we go?  So we can learn how to be safe.  We did a zig zag obstacle with some cones.  Constable Fenton came to help us cross the road.  Pippa Hickey

I had fun at bike day.  I learned about cars on the road.  Officer Fenton told us to look both ways to check for cars.  Eli Taula    

Discovery Time
The children have been enjoying using the different “loose materials” at playtime.  Its great to see the ideas they come up with using the range of materials.
If you have any of the following things that you no longer use, we would be grateful for them:
Plumbing pipes, spouting
Wooden planks and small pieces of wood.
Work bench and vice
Tools: screw drivers, saws, nails and screws
Rope
Tyres
Mini tramp
Material (fabric) – large pieces
Netting
Hats
Cable rolls
Large cardboard boxes
Large cardboard tubes – from furnishing fabric
Old key boards and telephones
Hoses
Pallets
Plastic trays, crates, bins, buckets
Tarpaulins
 

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Entertainment Book

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Dear Parents

Entertainment Book  –  Help us raise funds by buying an Entertainment Membership. You’ll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time! The Entertainment memberships are available as a book (with a gold card and vouchers) or as a digital membership that puts all the offers in the book, on your smartphone to redeem at the touch of a button.
This book was sent home for you to view and purchase if you desire. Simply make your payment online at www.entbook.co.nz/26009b1, or complete the order form enclosed in the book.
If you decide not to purchase, please remember to return it to school this Thursday 17th May.

Thank you for your ongoing support – Your PTA.

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PTA News – May 2018

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To Parents

PTA AGM – We will be holding our AGM on Monday 14th May at 7pm in the staff room. 

PTA Mothers Day Gift Exchange
Due to the huge success of last years Mothers Day Gift exchange the PTA have decided that we will run it again this year. 

Mothers Day this year is on the 13th May, so we ask that every child bring along a gift each, valued at no more than $5. There will be a container outside the office from Monday 7th May for your child to place their gift in.

SCHOOL FAIR 
For our school fair to go ahead this year and be a success we need plenty of hands on deck. If you are able to help this year please email Mrs TK stagomoa@shsinv.school.nz. There will be a meeting for everyone very soon. 

PTA Oyster Raffle 
Later on this term your child will come home with an Oyster Raffle to sell. The family that sells the most cards will receive 1 dozen Oysters & a bottle of wine. The house that sells the most (pro rata) will receive a special treat. 

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3rd May 2018

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Dear Parents
Welcome back to Term 2. A special welcome to Indie Murray & Liam, Charlotte & Harry Rippingale and their families. We hope they enjoy their time at Sacred Heart School. Our prayers have been with the Holland family at this time as well.

Congratulation to our new Bishop Michael Dooley who was ordained in Dunedin last week. We look forward to him visiting us in the near future.

Faith Facts – Week 1
5th Sunday of Easter – 30th April – 4th May
Thursday 3rd Sts Philip and James, apostles
Month of May begins

For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of Mary to honour Mary, Mother of God. Not just a day in May, but the entire month. In May the special prayers or ceremonies may be organised on each day throughout the month. Children may learn to pray the rosary in this month.

Congratulations to Ella Dempster, the winner of Charism award this week. And the children who received certificates. Also well done to Charlie Baynes for winning the New Zealand Junior Motocross Championships, Southland Championships and Southern Series and Rohan Murray placing first in all his events at the recent School Swimming competitions.

Altar Servers
6th May:     Charlie Baynes & Jack Harding – Children’s Liturgy = Maria Baynes
13th May:   Fabian O’Donnell & S. Aby – Children’s Liturgy = Maria O’Donnell

Entertainment Book – The 2018/2019 Entertainment books have been sent out to each family today. Parents/caregivers have the option of purchasing them for $60 each/or returning them to school. Extra books are available to purchase. Alternatively follow this link to purchase a digital copy online www.entbook.co.nz/26009b1.            All unwanted books must be returned to the school office by Thursday 17th May. The PTA thank you for your ongoing support.

Discovery Time
Thank you to those people who have donated loose materials for the playground.
The children are enjoying using this during playtime and discovery time.
Now that the weather is cooler and damp, the children need to have their jersey, jacket and a warm hat at school every day.
The children may also bring their gumboots. A spare pair of socks and slippers would also be useful.
Please check the list below and if you have any of these things, we would love to have them.
Please contact Mrs Buxton or Mrs Russell for any questions.

Plumbing pipes, spouting
Wooden planks and small pieces of wood.
Work bench and vice
Tools: screw drivers, saws, nails and screws
Rope
Tyres
Mini tramp
Material (fabric) – large pieces
Netting
Hats
Cable rolls
Large cardboard boxes
Large cardboard tubes – from furnishing fabric
Old key boards and telephones
Hoses
Pallets
Plastic trays, crates, bins, buckets
Tarpaulins

Room 2 Class Happenings
Room 2 were very fortunate to have a visit from Felicia from St John’s Ambulance.  She talked to us about emergency services and taught us how to phone 111.                        We all got to practise this and then she showed us how to bandage someone who is bleeding.  Here is a photo of one of the children’s first attempt.

The children have shared some of their experiences from the holidays.

 In the holidays I went to Dunedin.  I went to church for two hours.  The next day I went to church for one hour. I was so good that I got McDonald’s for tea and I got a present and it was so fun. Jamie Russell

In the holidays my auntie was boxing and my Mum and Dad were there.  Paddy was there too.  Uncle Peter was there too.  Kendall won trophies.  Mason Allison

I went to Kiwi Yo.  I got a chocolate ice cream.  My brother, Zion’s was rainbow ice cream and my mum got a Mango ice cream. Kelsy Unuka

Yesterday at the park there was a fire.  There were fire fighters.  It was funny.  Afterwards we went to Postie Plus.  We could smell the smoke.  It smelled funny.  I didn’t like it.  It smelt yucky to me. Brooke Casey.

I went to Gore swimming pool.  It was fun.  I did rugby practice. Elise Groot

I saw Elise at the swimming pool.  We played around and around then Elise had to go home.  Then I had a time, 15 minutes.  I love the pool.  I am going home because we had to have a late lunch.  It was a good time. Megan Sommerfeldt

In the weekend I went to the circus.  It was DANGEROUS. Mitchell Johnston

I got three new games on my iPad.  I like Duplo trains. Corbin Watson.

I went to Dunedin.  I got a car.  A racing car.  I went to a hotel.  I slept there for two nights.  Lucky!!! Christian Roderique

In the holidays I went to Dunedin.  I went to Carroll Motel and I got to see Mike and Kylie.  We went to Speights.  It was fun.  So much fun. Lucy Williams

I went to Nia’s for a sleepover.  I did painting with Ney and Pop.  I love painting.  We also played UNO.  It was fun.  I won all the time and I had a sleepover at Darvis’.          We fed the chickens.  I got so many eggs.  I also slept with her.  I had so much fun.  We also checked the sheep.  I got to hold a little lamb. Pippa Hamilton

Family Works – Room for one more – There are children and young people in our community who need the support of foster families. Family Works are seeking people (couples or singles) to welcome children and young people into their homes. Care may be needed for regular respite, temporary short-term or long-term. Family Works will support you with training, ongoing guidance, and foster care reimbursement. If this is something that interests you, please contact: Deborah Blomfield on 2118214, email dblomfield@familyworkssld.nz

Used Cans – Bob Christie Auto painters would love your used, cleaned and de-lidded cans (spaghetti/baked bean size and up). They would appreciate you bringing these into the school office, for collection. Many thanks.

 

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2018/2019 Entertainment Books

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The 2018/2019 Entertainment books have arrived and will be sent out to each family this week. Parents/caregivers have the option of purchasing them for $60 each/or returning them to school. Extra books are available to purchase. Alternatively follow this link to purchase a digital copy online. Payments must be made with a credit card only: www.entbook.co.nz/26009b1.

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