16th May 2019

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16 May 2019

Dear Parents 
Winter has finally arrived with a vengeance. The teachers have started in class clubs during the lunch breaks 3 days a week and we have lots of wet weather activities like games for the children when they can’t go outside. As some of you saw this morning flooding blocked access to the hall and there was a very narrow access strip into the school. I would encourage all parents to download onto their phones an app called School Stream. This enables us to send quick messages out to parents when they are sudden changes of events or to share information about the flooding this morning. Not all parents have email on their phones or use Facebook.

The link is as follows:   https://www.schoolstream.com.au/download/

Teachers Strike
As you may be aware there is a joint NZEI / PPTA teachers strike on Wednesday 29th May. As was the case last year we will not be able to provide any teaching cover so will probably have to close the school. This is regrettable but nothing has changed since the first offer was rejected last year. Once the Board has met on Monday I will update you with what has been decided.

Board of Trustees Election
Nominations close for the Board of trustees next Friday 24th may. We need a minimum of 3 but preferably 4 or 5 parent representatives to help govern the school. If you are interested please contact me for more information. It is a very worthwhile and rewarding role where you can look at how a school runs and contribute to our local curriculum.

Faith Facts
WEEK 3   13th – 17th May – 14th St Matthias, apostle
On this week in History Death of Frances Hodgkin’s 13 May 1947. Our Dunedin born artist was one of New Zealand’s most celebrated artists of her time.

Pope Francis
“The arts give expression to the beauty of the faith and proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation.
When we admire a work of art or a marvel of nature, we discover how everything speaks to us of Him and of His love:
That artists of our time, though their creativity, may help us discover the beauty of creation.”

WEEK 4   20th – 24th May
Since the Middle-Ages, the Church has devoted the month of May to Mary. Many Christians undertake pilgrimages during this month to shrines associated with the Blessed Virgin. In May, there are also three Marian feasts that are celebrated which help us to understand what Mary can teach us about being disciples.
The Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, which is celebrated on May 24, dates to the sixteenth century, which was not a peaceful time in Europe. In 1571, Catholics throughout the continent joined in praying the rosary in hope for peace.

Chess Tournament
Good luck to the children going to the chess tournament next Tuesday at Otatara School. We still do not have enough rides or adults able to help supervise. Pleas contact me ASAP if you can help.

Room 2 Basketball
Thanks to Annemarie Wezenbeek the children from Room 2 have won tickets to the Southland Sharks  on Sunday night. The Hits Radio visited us today and each child has a flier with information about what time to meet. We have 5 adults (includes 3 teacher) who will be supervising the children  on the night. It will be an exciting experience for the children. Please let me know if your child will not be going to the game.

Entertainment Books – Thank you to the people who purchased their entertainment book and also to the people who have returned unwanted books. Please continue to do either of these options before the end of this month.

PTA / BoT 
Our next PTA meeting will be held on Monday 20th May 6pm in the staffroom. Parents/caregivers are most welcome to attend. This will be followed by the Board of Trustees meeting at 7pm.

Raffle Results – Many thanks to everyone who supported this fundraiser, $1931 was raised. Below is a list of the lucky winners.

Congratulations to Week 2 & 3 Charism Winners Rhea Mohenoa and Morgan Blight-Cranston and to all the children who received certificates. 



Room 3 Class Happenings
In Room 3 we have been experimenting with ideas we have an opinion about and how we can convince someone to see our point of view.  This is Persuasive Writing.  We have developed some ideas and would like to share some opinions we have.

Did you know that dancing is healthy for you?  Did you know that dancing is fun?  Can you please come and try dancing?  Fhara, I think you should try dancing because I think you will enjoy it.  I think you should try it because it’s fun.  I think you should try it for a change.  These reasons show that dancing is fun.
Nadia Hutton

Did you know that playtime is fun?  Can we have ten more minutes?  Can we have ten more minutes because I get to play with my friends and its healthy. You get more exercise as you can run around a lot so you get fitter.  Please can you think about letting us have ten more minutes each day for playtime?
Sean Hartstonge

Did you know if you go to bed later you get more reading time?  Can I go to bed later?  Can I have five more minutes please?  Did you know that going to bed later is fun because my brothers do it and it is fun.  I also get more reading time.  These reasons show that later bedtime is fun.  Please can I go to bed five minutes later?
Charlotte Rippingale

Did you know that pets can get fit while you are playing with them?  Can I please have a tiny dog because my friends have more pets than me?  I get angry and bored.  I like pets because you also get more exercise and because kids get more pets.  I will do my homework.  I will share my dog.
Lucy Williams

Do you know that if I had a pet dog, I could do my chores faster?  Can I please have a pet dog? Did you know that having a pet dog is fun because my friend has a pet dog?  I also get more playtime.  These reasons show that more playtime with a pet dog is fun so can I have a pet dog?
Rhea Mohenoa

Did you know that pets are fun to play with?  Can I please have a tiny kitten?  I want to get a pet because I want to take care of it.
Megan Sommerfeldt

Did you know that Barbie is fun to play with?  Can I please play with my Barbie?  Did you know playing with Barbie is fun?  My sisters do that and it is fun.  I also have more playtime with my Barbie.  These reasons show that playing with Barbie is fun. Can you please play with my Barbie?
Marisis Sulalahi

We have been looking at what we need to do if people are bothering us.  We would like to share ‘WITS WAY’ with you.  You might like to have a look at this link on Youtube:



To take advantage of this special fundraising offer for your school, simply go to www.ticketrocket.co.nz and enter your schools promocode Sacred in the promocode box.  $5 from every ticket sold using your school promo code goes to the school. Your Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel is taking on the Northern Stars in their final game before heading into the ANZ Premiership finals! Make sure you’re courtside May 22 and feel it LIVE! Grab your tickets today!

Kids with learning and behaviour struggles. Curious to know if diet choices make a difference? There is a link! I am a family nutrition coach specialising in diet for children’s learning and behaviour. Help them succeed and reduce your stress!!! Consultations from $15. Next ‘Fuelling Our Fireflies’ online group starting 20 May. Contact Rachael: nutritiousmum@gmail.com – 0274330640



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2nd May 2019

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Dear Parents

We welcome our new entrants this week: Lara Hamilton, Luke Burgess and Samuel May. We hope they enjoy their time with us at Sacred Heart.

Faith Facts

WEEK 1   29th April – 3rd May
29th Saint Catherine of Siena
2nd St Athanasius
3rd Saints Philip & James, Apostles

Welcome back to Term Two

Lord God,
At the beginning of this new term teach us to be your hands and feet.
At the beginning of this new term teach us to love as you love us.
At the beginning of this new term teach us to pray for those in need.
So that we may show our faith in action and deed.

WEEK 2   6th – 10th May
Pope Francis Prayer for May
For the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

The 2019/2020 Entertainment Books have arrived and will be distributed to each family next week. A digital option is also available. With hundreds of dollars in discounts throughout Invercargill, Queenstown and Dunedin, these books are great for presents/gifts e.g. Mothers Day and are only $60 each. If you don’t want a book sent home, please email Christine at: office@shsinv.school.nz

PTA Mothers Day Gift Exchange
Hi everyone, we hope you all had a great holiday with your families over the past two weeks.
Due to the huge success of our ‘Mothers Day Gift Exchange’ in previous years, the PTA have decided to continue with this tradition.
Mothers Day this year is Sunday 12th May.  We ask that every child bring along a gift each, valued at no more than $5, which the children will exchange for something, that takes their eye, to give to their mother on Mothers Day.
There will be a container outside the office as of this Friday, 3rd May for your child to place their gift in.  Please do so by Wednesday 8th May.
Many thanks – your PTA Committee          

Year 6 Camp at Stewart Island – We trust everyone is having a great time and we look forward to hearing all the stories next week.


Pita Pit 
A big shout out to Luca and Taya’s mum who won the ‘Pita Pit’ lunch shout yesterday for Room 9. With the year 6 children off to camp, the year 5 had a great feast!!!

Lost Jersey –  Please check at home your child is wearing the correct jersey. We are specifically looking for one belonging to Liam Sommerfeldt. This is the 2nd jersey of Liam’s to go missing, so we would appreciate you acting on this request.

Scholastic Bookclub Issue 3 – will close on Friday 10th May.

Room 2 Class Happenings 
Here are some of the holiday highlights from Room 2

In the holidays I went to my cousin’s house and I had so much fun.  I saw a sea lion on the TV.  The sea lion was on snow.  It had two hands and one tail.  It was beautiful. – By Jeanet

In the holidays I had my birthday.  I got lots of presents.  When I got home I opened some more presents and I ate cake.  I got into my sleep tent and I slept. – By Eli

In the holidays it was my Pops birthday and we went to a restaurant.  When I was waiting a lady came to give me a piece of paper and crayons.  In the holidays I went to Joy’s home with my Mum.  I was playing with Joy’s kids on the trampoline.  We went to another restaurant and there was a playground. – By Rose

In the holidays it was my cousin’s birthday and I smelt cake.  I took a photo with my cousin.  I got to keep the picture.  I ate the cake, I had ice cream.  The party was great.  I also played at the party. I went to Te Anau and I saw Mrs Williams at the café.  I ate a waffle, it was so yummy that I had some of Dad’s waffle  – By Emme

In the holidays my Dad came to my house and so did my brother.  We did lots of cool adventures together.  We went to Monkey Island and it was fun going there, we climbed on the rocks.  Oh wait, another thing we did was we went to Clip and climb.  My Dad, Mum, Mitcham and I went climbing too.  Then just Mum and I went to the Harlem Globe trotters, then…. they scored! – By Mitchell

In the holidays my top tooth came out of gum and I liked my tooth coming out.  My sister Anna kicked my tooth out. My friend Rose came to my house to play.  She really likes me. – By Nina

In the holidays my friend had a sleepover at my house.  We had fun.  We played with the shark it was fun.  My little brother laughed because Levi and I tripped over on the shark – By Noah

In the holidays I woke up after Friday and I saw Mum, Dad and Reuben.  I watch Fernando and I saw Charlie and Auntie Tia.  I love the holidays because you don’t have to go to school. Another thing I did was I tasted a big Easter bunny, they were delicious.  I love Easter because you get to spend time with family and I love my family – By Jordis

In the holidays I watched TV most of the time.  It was boring.  I went to a Chinese restaurant, then I went home.  I watched TV again, I asked if I could play on the Nintendo Switch. I went to my Grandma house because my Dad, he had to cut down two hedges – By Dean

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11th April 2019

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11 April 2019

Dear Parents
A big thank you for all your support this term. It has been very exciting to finally have Stage 1 of our rebuild underway but also it has been hard for the teachers and children with the work so close to Rooms 8&9.

It was excellent to have the Dance programme running and even better to have lots of parents able to join us for our celebration. From there we have started music appreciation sessions which will lead to instrument lessons next term. More information on this early next term.

We finish this term with our Easter Liturgy and I wish everyone a relaxing and joyful Easter break next week.

BOARD OF TRUSTEE ELECTIONS – Parent Election Roll – Now Open for Inspection In the School Office.

PTA News 
Oyster Raffle – Unfortunately the raffle will not be drawn today, as we have 33 cards which haven’t been returned to school. The raffle will now be extended to Monday 29th April. Can we have ALL raffle cards, full or empty, back on this day please, so we can at least draw it that week.
We would like to thank Southern Seafood Products Ltd for their generous donation of Salmon to be added to the list of prizes. Please support this business.
School Assembly is now being held Wednesdays at 9.30am. Parents/caregivers are also welcome at this.
Winter Uniform – the children change to winter uniform next term.

Faith Facts
WEEK 11 8th – 12th April
5th Week of Lent

School Holidays – This year both Easter and ANZAC Day fall in the School Holidays.

The 7th of April is the feast day of  St John Baptist De la Salle.    He was born in Rheims, France in 1651 and was ordained as a priest in his 20’s.  He devoted his life to educating children, especially the poor.  He died in Rouen, France in 1719.  The religious order he founded, the “De La Salle Brothers” came to New Zealand and founded De La Salle College in Auckland, Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth and John Paul College in Rotorua.  John Baptist De La Salle was declared patron saint “of all who teach young people in the Catholic Church” by Pope Pius XII in 1950.

Congratulations to the children who received the sacrament of Reconciliation last night. Thanks to Mrs Russell and Fr Tony for their preparation. Well done to Sean Hartstonge, Jacob Humm, Charlotte Pickett, Albert Cameron, Brooke Casey, Jamie Russell, Lucy Williams, Daisy Duffy, Rhea Mohenoa & Molly Duffy. Jesse Van Beek will receive the Sacrament next term.

Congratulations to Week 10 and 11 Charism Winners, Mitchell Johnston and Liam Sommerfeldt and all the children who received certificates.

Room 1 Class Happenings
Two weeks ago we had our athletics sports. Room 1 have written about their favourite part.
“I liked the high jump and I jumped.  I won with my big jump.”  Said Eric
“I can jump onto the mat.  I liked the long jump the best.”  Said DJ
“At athletics I jumped on to the big jumping mat.  I liked the running races.”  Said Nathan
“I went to the running race and I liked it.”  Said Erik
“I went to athletics.  I liked the running races.  I enjoyed it.”  Said Kellen
“I am at athletics, I did jumping.  I liked the running races, I got third.”  Said Coby
“I went to the running race and I ran and ran, I won.  I went to the big mat and I liked the high jump.”  Said Javier
“I can see the high jump and I had to jump high.”  Said Lleyton
“I am at athletics day.  I was running.  I liked the long jump the best.” Said Jack
“I can see the high jump.  It was really fun.”  Said Felix
“We did the running races.  I did a big jump at long jump.”  Said Madison
“I can see the running races.  I like the high jump the most.  I had to land on 2 feet.”  Said Lotte

Come in and check out the new 2019/2020 Entertainment book!!! These will be in stock next term.

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28th March 2019

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Dear Parents

Faith Facts 

WEEK 9 25th – 29th March, 3rd Week of Lent
25th The Annunciation of Jesus
The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel’s appearance to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), his announcement that the Blessed Virgin had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord, and Mary’s fiat or her willingness to accept God’s plan.

WEEK 10 1st – 5th April, 4th Week of Lent
For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.
ANZAC day will be here soon so it is a good time to think and pray for all those in the past and present who work in the world war zones.
Loving God bless those whom you have called to work in the most dangerous parts of the world. Help them to bring healing, and to the prevention of disease, pain and violence. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit, that by their work the health and care of the community may be promoted, and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BOARD OF TRUSTEE ELECTIONS – Parents – Check that the office has your current contact details.

Congratulations to our Week 8 & 9 Charism winners –  Molly Duffy and Liam Sommerfeldt.  And to all the children who got certificates.


Class Happenings – Room 9
In STEM we have been looking at designing and building our models with limited materials. Our first objective was to design and build something that could hold a Maths Textbook 20cm off the ground, then see how many Textbooks our model could hold at once. Many of our models were different and able to hold at least 10 books. The winning group had a whopping 53 books stacked on top of their model!! Which would have been easily over 15kgs. Easy to do, packed with a lot of fun!

2x A3 pieces of card paper
Strips of Cello tape
Glue stick


In Writing we have been learning about descriptive language and adding detail by using adjectives, similes and metaphors. Here are some of our ‘What am I’ (Food) writing which gives clues about what we are trying to describe.

What am I …

I am as sweet as a lemon
I am as orange as an orange
I am as soft as a pillow
I have a big nut inside me
I stay in the fridge
People sell me for money
They are part of the rose family
They have been around for over 4000 years
What am I?  By Molly Duffy

What am I?
I am red and juicy on the inside
I have little seeds inside of me
I have green skin
I come in a big oval shape
Lots of people Like me
What am I?  By Kate Oosterbroek

Southland Athletics
Good luck to Lucas Allison, Leo Aitken, Leo Ganaha, Kyan Thomas and Pippa & Jacob Humm who will represent the school at the Southland Athletics on Saturday.
Lockdown Procedures
We have had a number of queries about our Lockdown procedures in light of events in Christchurch. We discussed this at the last Board meeting and while we have procedures in place are awaiting up to date templates to review it. We will be practising this before the end of term. If you have children stressing over the Christchurch attack, please let me know as I have contact resources that can help.
Uniform Sale
Are you looking for winter uniform items or have clothing your family is finished with? On Friday, 5 April 2019, we will have a second hand uniform sale. If you have any uniform items you would like to donate, please drop off at the office before this date. We will accept donation of uniforms up till Friday morning.  The sale of uniforms will take place from 2 pm in the afternoon. 
Listed is the winter uniform the children will change to next term.

Winter Girls            (Terms 2 & 3)
White long sleeved button to neck blouse
Blue V neck jersey
Navy blue or white socks
Navy blue tights
White skivvy
Tan, brown, navy or black shoes

Winter Boys             (Terms 2 & 3)
Winter weight grey shorts
Long sleeved button to neck grey shirt
Blue V neck jersey
Grey knee high socks
Tan, brown, navy or black shoes

Sports Uniform   
Sacred Heart Maroon polo shirt
Sacred Heart Hoodie
Plain Navy blue shorts
Plain Navy trackpants
Sports shoes and socks

Southland Sled Dog Association Annual Have a Go Day. When: 10am to 2pm Saturday 30th March. Where: Gala Street Reserve. Our Have a Go Day is an opportunity for people and families to try out their dog in harness, view demonstrations of a variety of sled dog sport and see what our club is all about. There will be plenty of dogs to meet and club members to chat to about all things Sled Dog Sport!

Junior Athletics
Thanks to the parents who were able to join us yesterday for the junior athletics. We were pleased to host Waikiwi Kindy and its good to see the parents races were hotly contested.

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Wanaka Trail Ride – 30th March 2019
The Wanaka Trail Ride is now in its fifth year, and is a fundraising event for Wanaka Primary School, Montessori Children’s House Wanaka, Tarras Primary and the local RSA. It is a great day out, and has all-abilities tracks set amongst the stunning scenery of Deep Gully, Long Gully and Lindis Peak stations, including a pee-wee track for the little ones. This year’s ride has the brand-new trails, the same entry prices as last year, AND a back-up day (Sunday 31st March). If you pre-register you get the added bonus of a cheaper entry fee, plus you can pick up your pack the day before, so no queues on the day! The trail ride is on Saturday 30th March and you can find registration details on their website www.wanakatrailride.org.

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14th March 2019

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14th March 2019

Dear Parents
Welcome to Hamish, Reuben and Nina McIntyre, Natasha and Charlotte Pickett and Lotte Cowan who joined the children at Sacred Heart School in the last fortnight. We hope they all enjoy their time with us.

Faith Facts – WEEK 7  11th – 15th March  1st Week of Lent

40 Days of Lent – Significance of 40 In Bible! Number 40 is mentioned around 146 times in the Holy Bible, it usually is a time of testing, trials, and repentance. We also fast for 40 days during Lent.
40 days and 40 nights of Great Flood
Moses is Prince of Egypt for 40 years
Israelites wander in forest for 40years
Jonah warns people of Nineveh to Repent or be destroyed in 40 Days
Jesus fasts for 40 days

WEEK 8   18th – 22nd March and 2nd Week of Lent
18th St Patrick’s Day
19th St Joseph
St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world’s most popular saints. Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles, and, in his writing, he wrote of his love of God. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461. He died at Saul, where he had built the first church
Why a shamrock? Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.

St Joseph. Everything we know about the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus comes from Scripture. Despite his humble work and means, Josephcame from a royal lineage. Indeed the angel who first tells Joseph about Jesus greets him as “son of David,” a royal title used also for Jesus. We celebrate two feast days for Joseph: March 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary and May 1 for Joseph the Worker.

Congratulations to our Week 6 & 7 charism winners – Jacob Humm and Jesse Van Beek! And also to all the children who got certificates.



BOT Elections  – 7th June
Please contact me if you are interested in standing for the Board of Trustees.

PTA AGM – 18/3 @ 6pm
This will be held in the school staffroom at 6pm on Monday 18th March prior to the Board meeting. All welcome, apologies to office@shsinv.school.nz

School Fair
Now that the financials have been completed, we are pleased to let you know that we made just over $11,000 at our fair last year.  These funds will contribute to the upgrade of our school playground once the building work is complete.  Again we thank everybody who helped in so many ways.  Your support is what made it such a great community success. 

Zone Athletics – 22/3
These will be held for 8-10 year old children next Friday ay Surrey park. There will be a notice coming home next week.
On Monday we host the zone schools for the 1500m and 7 year old 60 & 100 m finals. Parents of the 7 year olds will be emailed tomorrow.

Junior Sports Day – Thursday 28th March
Junior Sports Day will be held on Thursday 28th March, commencing at 1.15pm on the back field. Children will need to be in their sports uniform.                                                  There will be a parents running race at the end of the day so bring your running shoes!

Uniform Sale
Are you looking for winter uniform items or have clothing your family is finished with?  Friday, 5 April 2019, we will have a second hand uniform sale. If you have any uniform (to be in re-saleable/good second hand condition), you would like to donate, please drop off at the office before this date. We will give more information closer to the time, regarding the time of sale.             
Listed is the winter uniform the children will change to next term.

Winter Girls            (Terms 2 & 3)
White long sleeved button to neck blouse
Blue V neck jersey
Navy blue or white socks
Navy blue tights
White skivvy
Tan, brown, navy or black shoes

Winter Boys             (Terms 2 & 3)
Winter weight grey shorts
Long sleeved button to neck grey shirt
Blue V neck jersey
Grey knee high socks
Tan, brown, navy or black shoes

Sports Uniform   
Sacred Heart Maroon polo shirt
Sacred Heart Hoodie
Plain Navy blue shorts
Plain Navy trackpants
Sports shoes and socks

For Sale:  New Boys Winter Shorts – Size 4, 6, 8 $20 each. Lovely winter weight pull up boys shorts. No zip or buckle. Available at the office.

Personal Grooming:
Wrist watches and ear studs are the only jewellery permitted.  (One small stud in each ear).  Student’s hair is to be kept tidy and tied back if long.  Red, navy, blue or black hair accessories only. All articles of clothing are to be named. Temporary permission may be granted for uniform variance by sending a note to the class teacher.
Information regarding the purchasing of uniforms (including sports uniforms) is available at the school office.

Roald Dahl Books  “McDonald’s is now handing out Roald Dahl’s entire collection with its Happy Meals.  The fast food chain will be dishing out 800,000 copies of the books with every kids meal purchased in New Zealand to encourage its young diners to read more.“The Happy Meal Readers programme is all about helping parents to get their children to enjoy reading,”  said the director of marketing at McDonald’s New Zealand, Jo Mitchell. Kiwis will be able to collect some of the author’s most popular titles one cheeseburger – or wrap – at a time.”

If you do not need these books we would love to collect them at school for novel sets. 

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 2 will close on Friday 22nd March. A reminder parents can purchase online at: scholastic.co.nz

The 2019/2020 Entertainment Book will be available next term. Get in early and pre-order your book @ https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/2600961 

Room 8 Class Happenings
In Art we have been working on self-portraits which we then went over in vivid and dyed.  We thought about the things we saw on our holiday and recorded these events on over-sized glasses.  Don’t we look great! Pop in and see the rest if you’d like to.

In Writing we have been thinking about colours and writing descriptive poems about them.

Green is like a big green apple.
The green grass is swishing in the wind.
Green is like a cool green car.
I like the green Fruit Burst, they are yummy.
Green is like a yummy lolly.
The green race car zooms past.
By Maddie and Jacob

The cool black
My bird is black and some are not.
A black motorbike is zooming on the road.
My truck is a pretty black.
The black dress is getting washed in a black washer.
My room is black.
A bird is black.

The pink monster
Pink is a nice yummy marshmallow.
Pink flowers moving in the wind.
Pink clothes getting washed in the pink washing machine.
Pink is a friend.
Pink marshmallows hopping in the fire.
Pink is my favourite colour
pink is a nice boat.
By Ella, Morgan, Catlin and Lucy.

Marist Rugby Club – Any new or intending rugby players in 2019 are invited to a weigh-in/registration at our Miller Street clubrooms on: Sunday 24 March 10:30 am-noon and Tuesday 26 March 4.30-5.30 pm. Subs $40 player/ $60 family.


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28th February 2019

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28 February 2019

Dear Parents 

Welcome to Nathan Frampton who joined the children in Room 1 on Monday. We hope he and his family enjoy their time at Sacred Heart.

The children have been busy practising for our dance celebration tomorrow morning at 10.20. You are all welcome to come and watch it in the hall.

Next Wednesday all children will attend Ash Wednesday Mass at 11.00am in the Church. Parents / caregivers are most welcome to join us.

Board of Trustee Elections
On Thursday 30th May this year, the Board of Trustee elections will be held. An email has been sent out with some information from the School Trustees Association.             If you are interested please contact me.

We have started the year with 94 children which is down on previous years. While we advertise in local pre-schools and kindergartens,  parent recommendations count a lot when new parents are looking around schools. We need at least 15-20 new enrolments this year to sustain our teaching numbers. If you know of any prospective enrolments please contact  Mrs Russell or myself.

Faith Facts WeeK 5,  25th – 1st March

That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.
1st March officially the first day of Autumn.
March is also dedicated to St. Joseph. The first five days fall during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time which is represented by the liturgical colour green. Green, the symbol of hope.
Abba, Father, the trees are ablaze with your glory. The seasons change, but you never do. You are always beautiful, in the green and freshness of spring and in the golds and reds and chills of autumn. Make me like you. Let my life reflect your beauty, season after season, as the calendar of my life turns and turns and turns.

WEEK 6,  4th – 8th March

5th Shrove Tuesday
6th Ash Wednesday

The burning of palms of last year’s Palm Sunday calls us to remember the glory of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem in triumph that then quickly turns to rejection. Lent (40 days) is the time to look at our lives and ask about faithfulness in living our baptism. Lent should be a time of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

Your school and parish will be involved with the CARITAS programme – The theme for Lent 2019 is inspired by a quote from Pope Francis: ‘Living our lives with love.‘ We are called to live our lives with genuine love – for others and for God. This year Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 6th March and lasts until Holy Thursday 18th of April. Caritas runs a Lent Appeal on behalf of New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops to support our work of charity and justice for the world’s poorest – in New Zealand and overseas.

Sacramental Programme
This year we will be celebrating the Sacramental Programme.
If you wish your child (Year 3 up) to be prepared for the Sacraments, please come and see Anna Russell in Room 1 or email: arussell@shsinv.school.nz
A date will then be set for a parent meeting with Father Tony to go through what is expected and sacramental dates will be set.  

A big welcome to our new children at Sacred Heart School


Certificate and Charism Award Winners

Week 2  

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Room 3 Class Happenings
The children have completed their first Writing Survey for the year.  I am very impressed with how well the children have recounted their House Colour Day experience.  Below is a little taster of the children’s writing.

House Colour Day
Yesterday it was House Colour day.  First, we did wheelbarrow races.  Next, we did Toilet Tag then the Obstacle Course.  The last one was the Parachute.  Wheel barrow races were fun but I didn’t like when my shorts ripped.  Toilet tag was the best one of all. Wait not! The obstacle course then toilet tag.  Last is parachute.  After all the fun it was Tug ‘o war time.  Mercy was last, Harrington third, Kavanagh second and Donovan first.  The chants were amazing.  Cruz Wanakore

Yesterday the whole school came out dressed up in our house colours. There were stations.  Mr T had an obstacle course, and wheel barrow race, toilet tag, the parachute and Tug ‘o war.  It was fun.  We won the chant.  It was great.  Daisy Duffy

Guess what we did on Raapa?  It was House Colour Day.  My Mum dropped me off to school.  I was bored waiting to get to school.  The first activity was Toilet Tag.  It was fun.  The next activity was the obstacle course.  It looked scary so I didn’t do it.  After that we did parachute. It was very, very fun.  Then we went to the wheel barrow races.  It was fun.  Then we did Tug ‘o war.  Harrington won.  James Hillman

We pulled the rope.  It was fun.  We had to pull the rope.  Kavanagh and Harrington were pulling and pulling.  It was fun.  We played Toilet Tag.  It was fun.  Well, I had a problem.  Two boys were calling me “Shrimp”.  I moved away and ignored them and told the teacher.  She said, ignore them. So, I ignored.  I kept going with the game.  Soon I got tagged.  Someone flushed me.  I was free too.  I liked it.  It was fun. I was a tagger.  I tagged people.  It was fun.  Precious and I were playing a game.  I had to go on my hands.  We played with the parachute.  It was fun.  I liked it.  Megan Sommerfeldt

Yesterday it was House Colour day.  We played with the parachute. I’m in Harrington.  It was so exciting when Harrington won the house points.  We were a bit sad when we didn’t win the chants but we were still happy for the house that did win.  I really liked the Obstacle Course.  Harrington also won the Tug ‘o war.  I really want to be here for the next House Colour day, but I won’t be here.  Charlotte Rippingale

Finally Tug ‘o war is over.  Let me tell you about it.  So first I went to the Obstacle Course.  It was really fun.  It was like trying not to touch the lava except it was different though.  Then I went to the parachute.  It was really fun.  Then I went to wheel barrow races and then finally Toilet Tag.  Then the hardest, toughest one of them all – Tug ‘o war.  Harrington won but I didn’t mind because Donovan won the song and I’m in Donovan.  I really enjoyed it and then I went to class and I nearly drank my whole drink bottle because it was really hot.  I felt like a melted ice block.  It was crazy because it was hot.  I mean really crazy because it was hot.  Really man! That’s the weirdst thing ever.  Nadia Hutton

Harrington won the points.  We did activities.  Obstacle Course was my favourite because we weren’t allowed to touch the ground that was lave.  My second favourite was the parachute.  The tug o war was fun too.  It was my third favourite.  Christian Roderique

We have been learning three dances, Hip Hop, Bus Stop and Paso Doble.  We are really looking forward to “showing off” on Friday at 10.20. We would love you to join us if you are able.  Below are some photographs of our practice.



We have had a mix of weather events this term.  On a wet playtime, the children have been using some of the loose materials to build constructions.  Below is a photo of one of such buildings showing great co-operation from all involved.

For Sale:  Boys Winter Shorts – Size 4, 6, 8 $20 each. Just arrived in stock at the office. Lovely winter weight pull up boys shorts. No zip or buckle.

The 2019/2020 Entertainment Book will be available next term. Get in early and pre-order your book @ https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/2600961  


Congratulations to Pippa Humm, who competed at the South Island Surf Competition, Round 3. Pippa was placed 4th.

Wanted to Buy: A boys bike, in good condition, to suit a 7yr old. Please contact the school office.

Out of School Music
We have spaces in our beginner ukulele class. Suitable ages 8 up. Classes run at 10.30 Saturday mornings from Girl’s High. $65 for a year. Contact Deborah 216-5137.

AMP South Kids TRYathlon – Sunday 24th March at Splash Palace and Rugby Park
Attached is the information/entry form for this popular Tryathlon. For more information, please visit their website at www.southlandtriclub.co.nz


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14th February 2019

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Dear Parents
Thank you to the parents who were able to attend the Meet the Teacher night last week. Your input was much appreciated. One area I wish to emphasise is if parents have concerns about anything happening at school please contact their child’s teacher in the first instance or me directly. Conversely if you wish to share something positive please do this as well. We look forward to our school dance programme starting next week on Monday.

Faith Facts: Why do we pray?
Prayer is a time of building a strong relationship with God.  This takes communication, as with any other relationship.  That means that there is a time for talking to God and also a time for listening to God.  Sometimes we pray in the company of others but at other times we pray on our own.  Jesus showed his disciples how to pray, and taught them the most universal Christian prayer “The Lord’s Prayer”.  As Catholics, we firmly believe in the power of prayer.  We know that God will respond to our prayers in God’s own time and way; prayer is not a ‘quick fix’ exercise, it is our developing bond with our Father. “Ask and you will be given, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8)

Board of Trustee Elections
In June this year Board of Trustee elections will be held. An email was sent yesterday with some information from the School Trustees Association. If you are interested please contact me.

Room 2 – Class Happenings
Wow what a wonderful start to the year we have all had.
Yesterday was a super exciting day, starting with a visit from the Zirka Circus.
I saw three frogs, they were funny – By Indie
The circus came to school they did some tricks, they were cool – By Emme
I liked that the circus came to school.  My favourite part was when they went into the cans. – By Samson

After the circus left we got ready for ‘House Colour Day’
We all looked amazing dressed in our house colours.

I was in the blue house and I liked playing the floor is lava.  I liked playing tug of war and the wheel barrow races. – By Rose
The other day it was house colour day. We had tug of war, we won!  I wore a Jojo bow.  It was fun – By Jordis
I like tug of war.  I wore red clothes.  I liked when Donovan pulled so hard on the rope. – By Cookie

All the house points were added up and we would like to congratulate Harrington house for being the winning house yesterday.
Mercy = 2770
Donovan = 3300
Kavanagh = 3850
Harrington =  3900

Below is a link for the St Pats reunion. Should be a great weekend.  As our diocese is a small place are you able to post this on your school Facebook page/newsletter as time for registrations is running out. Registrations close 22 Feb.


Bob Christie Ltd
Bob Christie Auto painters needs your help. They want all your cleaned and de-lidded cans (spaghetti/baked bean size and up). Please bring these to school and leave them in the office. Many thanks.

Subway is available every Thursday for the children to order. Envelopes are available at the office, and all orders must be in to the office by 9am, for pick up.

SOS INERCARGILL TENNIS – Invercargill Tennis this term all starts next week. Please see all information below from Tennis Southland & Waihopai Tennis Club. All players/caregivers are welcome to make contact with any contact listed below, for any information regarding tennis. It’s never too late to join in.

SATURDAY TENNIS INTER-CLUB COMPETITION – This is a 6 week competition at the Waihopai Tennis Courts starting Saturday 16 Feb – 23March 9.30am – 12.00pm (players can still join). This competition is for beginners to experience players from 16 years and under. Teams consist of four/five players (boys and girls mixed – placed in playing order according to ability and experience). Each player will play a single and double match and results will be entered for Configure Rankings. A Manager is required for each team. If you are interested in entering this competition then please contact Julie 021 449 758 or email waihopaischoolsports@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY DOUBLE TROUBLE TENNIS – This is a fun and friendly 6 week Junior Tennis Competition. Teams of 2 will play 2 times, 30 minute singles and 1 double game each week. Learn how to score and perfect your serves in a relaxed, fun environment. This competition is suitable for beginning – intermediate players. Racquets can be provided if required. WHEN: Wednesday 20th Feb – Wednesday 27th March 2019. WHERE: Waihopai Tennis Club, Duke Street. TIME: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
COST: $30 per player (Free to Waihopai Tennis Club Members) Must enter with a team mate. IMPORTANT INFO�Teams with Year 5-6 players will need to have an adult manager with them each week. Teams in Year 7 and above must appoint a team captain. Managers and Captains will be responsible for ensuring teams are aware of playing times, venue and weather calls each week. Visit www.waihopaitennis.com or email waihopaitennis@gmail.com to register or request membership details.

TRIPPLE TERROR TENNIS – A triples match, providing a fun, social tennis competition for teens. Teams consist of three players – six players on court.
How does it work? Same traditional rules as in normal two-person-a-side doubles. Each match involve 6 games in total, with a tiebreaker if the score reached three-games all. Suits ALL boy/girl teen players of different abilities. Play to music. Spot Prizes. WHEN: 19 February –19 March 2019. WHERE: Waihopai Tennis Club. TIME: Tuesdays 6pm – 7:30pm. COST: $20 pp. CONTACT: Jo Grimwood 021 400 557 operations@tennissouthland.co.nz
Register by Monday night 18 February 2019. Draw text Monday nights. (detail full name, email and phone. To register as a team, include team name & players details)

HOT SHOTS – COMMUNITY PLAY TENNIS – This programme is for introductory to beginner’s using smaller tennis courts, racquets and softer balls. Covers the fundamentals of ball and racquet skills with an emphasis on fun. Parents are welcome to get on the court and get involved in the fun too! Where:Waihopai Tennis Club, Duke Street, Invercargill. When: Thursday 14th Feb – Thursday 19th March 2019 (players can still join). Time: 5-8 year olds – 3.45pm – 4.30pm  9-12 year olds – 4.30pm – 5.15pm
Cost: $20 (Racquets provided if necessary) Register online at: www.waihopaitennis.com
Email waihopaitennis@gmail.co.nz
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JUNIOR COACHING – Junior squad coaching follows on from Community Play and a minimum skill requirement is needed to attend these sessions and will be assessed by coaches. Where: Waihopai Tennis Courts, Duke St. When: Tuesday 12th Feb – Tuesday 19th March 2019 (players can still join) Time: 5-8 year olds – 3.45pm – 4.30pm
9-12 year olds – 4.30pm – 5.15pm. Cost: No cost to attend junior squad coaching however players must be a member of the tennis club. All equipment provided if needed.
Register online at: www.waihopaitennis.com
Email waihopaitennis@gmail.co.nz 
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