15th February 2018

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15 February 2018

Dear Parents

Thank you for your support at the Meet the Teacher night last week and during the past 2 weeks of swimming.

Below are the new children who have started at Sacred Heart, our house leaders and the children who received certificates this week.

House Colour Day
Tomorrow, 16 February is House Colour Day. This year we are celebrating the day at Queen’s Park. We will leave school at 9.30am. The children will be in their house group and are invited to wear house colours. Please, because of swimming, no dyed hair or face paint.
After lunch, the buses will pick us up at 12.30pm and take us to Splash Palace for our final day of swimming. On this day the children will swim in their house groups:
1.00 – 1.30pm – Donovan and Harrington                                                           1.30 – 2.00pm – Kavanagh and Mercy

Please put your child’s gear in one bag: (LEAVE EVERYTHING ELSE AT HOME).
Packed lunch – no warm ups today.
Water bottle
Swimming gear
Good walking shoes
Wet weather gear

We will definitely need your help with this activity, please. If you are able to come with us to Queen’s Park, please let your child’s teacher know. Please check in with your class teacher if you have any questions. PS. If the weather is inclement we will make a decision at school in the morning and put a message on Facebook or a group email.

We have started with 98 children and probably need 15 – 20 new enrolments this year to retain our staffing levels. We ask for your help in recommending our school to prospective new enrolments.

School Communication:
We will continue to use  Mailchimp for all school notices. This includes  sports notices, surveys, and links for the newsletter. If your email changes, please let us know.
Facebook is also used, but we are aware not everyone uses it. Class teachers also have their class email tree’s for class notices.

ERO Report
Here is a link to our draft ERO report Sacred Heart Waikiwi (4013) Draft External Evaluation Report. As I mentioned at the parent night we can all be very proud of our school staff, Board and children as receiving a 4-5 year review is an outstanding achievement.

Altar Servers
18th February:     S. Aby & R. Duffy. Children’s Liturgy: C. Russell
25th February:    H. Wolf & P. Hickey. Children’s Liturgy: A. Reid

Cans – Bob Christie Auto painters requires all your tin cans. 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.

Fruit Delivery – This order will be delivered next Thursday 22nd February. Please place orders with Christine by Monday @ 9am.

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 1 will close on Wednesday 21st February.

Touch Results:
Warriors won 4-1. Player of the Day was Samson McNaught.
Broncos won 9-7. Player of the Day was Rose Umu Sinel.
Knights won 4-3. Player of the Day was Lucy Cook.
Dragons lost 8-4. Player of the Day was Lucas Allison.

Childminder – We have a family looking for someone to collect their daughter from school at 2.45pm and care for her till approx 5.30pm Monday to Friday, school term only. Anyone interested in this, can contact Mike on 027-2245070. Thank you.

Out of School Music – We are still taking enrolments for 2018. This is a great opportunity for your child to learn music at an affordable price. We also run a choir and a class for pre-schoolers. For more information, please contact Deborah 216-5137.


Room 2 Class Happenings

I am six. I like bows. I do not like bumble bees. It was my Nana’s birthday yesterday. We went to my auntie and uncle and cousins’. We had a roast for my Nana. There was banana cake and chocolate cake. It was fun.  Daisy Duffy

I am six. I like Mummy. I do not like snakes and ladybirds. I play with my truck and I put my truck in the water. I put the sand in the water too.  Megan Sommerfeldt

I am five. I like monkeys. I do not like fish. I went exploring with my auntie and my cousins. My brother, Mum and Dad let me play at the park.  Kelsy Unuka

I am six. I like me and fish. I do not like potatoes. I went for a walk over the hill for a big walk.  Elise Groot

I am six. I like flowers and Mrs Buxton and my Mum. I do not like rain and storms and bullies. I also don’t like windy days. I like swimming.  Rhea Mohenoa

I am six. I like Mitchell W. I do not like fires. I like to play on my playstation with my Dad.  Mitchell Johnston

I am six. I like cats. I do not like spewing. My cat went in my Mum’s drawers today. It was funny at home. This morning she went in the garden and she pooped on the floor. My Dad cleaned the floor. It was funny. My sister lifted Nala. Nala had poo on her tail and paw.  Lucy Williams

I am five. I like fish and corn. I do not like wasps. We are in the bushes hunting for bunnies. We are going to shoot them with the bow and arrows and swords.  Mitchell Wezenbeek-Gauldie

I am five. I like deer. I do not like chips. I shot a deer when I was bush walking.  Christian Roderique

I am six. I like “Leap Dunedin”, travelling and chocolate. I do not like broccoli and turtles. I like camping at Alexandra.  Jamie Russell

I am six. I like watching TV. I do not like fish and rainy, windy days. I am going on a bush walk. I am going to play hide and seek. It was so much fun.  Pippa Hamilton

I am six. I like planes and I like to play. I don’t like fish. I don’t like meat and I don’t like to jump.  Pippa Hickey

I am five. I like people. I don’t like fish and wind and rain.  Corbin Watson

I am six. I like swimming and pies and travelling. I don’t like fish and bumble bees. I like camping because you can throw rock in the river and play hide and seek and go for a bush walk and pay outside and roast marshmallows.  Brooke Casey

I am five. I like cars and I like trucks. I don’t like fish. I like the dinosuars because they roar like a T-Rex. Dinosaurs’ names are trickly. The names are for different dinosaurs.  Eli Taula

I am six. I like wrestling and I don’t like poos. I love killing possums, ugly possums.  Mason Allison


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1st February 2018

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1 February 2018

Dear Parents

Welcome back to Sacred Heart School for the 2018 year. A special welcome to Bella-Rose Horrell, Cookie Le, Chloe Murdoch, Jordis Murray, Rose Umu Sinel, Catlin Brady, Eli Taula & Luca Ferrari who have all started this term. We hope you and your families enjoy your time at Sacred Heart School. We are also pleased to welcome Miss Manukitau and Miss Smith to our teaching staff.

Some of the term events are:

Swimming – Friday 2/2 – 16/2 @ 1-2pm. Please name all clothing, children to wear sports uniforms.

Waitangi Day – 6/2

Meet the Teacher – Thursday 8/2 – 6-7pm

Ash Wednesday Mass – 14/2

Zone 1500m & 7 yrs 60 &100m – Friday 2/3 @ 12.30

Zone Athletics – Friday 9/3

Easter – Friday 30/3 – Tuesday 3/4

Year 6 Stewart Island Camp – Wednesday 4 – Friday 6/4

We have started the year with 98 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.

ERO Report
We have had some excellent news regards our ERO visit in December 2017. We have moved to a 4-5 year review cycle which is as good as it gets. The reviewers were very complimentary about our school culture, academic achievement and our programmes of work. They spoke highly of your children and our school staff and Board. I will send home a copy of this report early next week.

Our Year 6 children accepting leadership certificates.
House leaders with their house candles.

Found last year – a brand new Sacred Heart School jersey, size 87cm with no name on it. If you think this is your child’s, please see Mrs Buxton.

No Pita Pit – Unfortunately due to low numbers, Pita Pit has decided to discontinue delivering lunches on a Monday for 2018.

Subway – Subway will continue on Thursdays. Envelopes are available from the office and children must have their order in to the office by 9.00am.

Fruit delivered from Roxburgh – Parents are welcome to order fruit from our Roxburgh supplier. Orders must be placed to Christine in the office by 9.00am on Monday morning (with payment). Pick up is Thursday 8th February, from the office.

Term 1 School Sport
I have included a link to a Google Form for you to fill in for each child wanting to play one of the sports below. You can enter multiple sports on one form. Please have these filled in before next Wednesday as entries close next Friday 9th Feb.


Games will be played  at Turnbull Thomson Park, between 4pm and 5pm on Wednesday
Grades: Boys, Girls and Mixed in Year 1/2, Year 3/4, Year 5/6
Fees : $20 per player
First Games: Wednesday 14th February 2018
Last Games: Wednesday 28th March 2018
Catch up day Wednesday 4th April 2018, if required

Marist Cricket Club Junior Grade Years 5 / 6 – Are inviting new players to join the club for the 2018 season. Well coached practice by members at Marist on Thursday evenings at 5.30pm for  1 hour. Everyone welcome to attend practice even if you don’t intend to play. Great support from members and parents. Safe environment and good level of cricket for all children.
The format has changed to 20 overs per side with 8 a side per team on Saturday mornings to make the game more fun,with more runs and less standing around in the field.
Batting in pairs for 5 overs,and no “outs” makes enjoying the game easy. Queries to Hamish Murie,  hmurie@xtra.co.nz  Ph 027 490 4748


  • Week one commences on Monday 19th February 2018 / Week 6 concludes on 26th March 2018.
  • Y1-8.
  • Games start at 4pm.
  • 6 player per side batting in pairs.
  • Soft ball used.
  • $0 entry fee as funded by New Zealand Cricket.


Superstar Beginners Grades

  • Week one commencing  Tuesday 20th February 2018 / Week 6 concludes on 27th March 2018.
  • Age grading Y1-2 & Y3-4.
  • Games start at 3.45pm.
  • 6 players per side batting in pairs.
  • $20 entry fee per player for the 6 week programme.

Superstar Advanced Grade

  • Week one commencing  Tuesday 20th February 2018 / Week 6 concludes on 27th March 2018.
  • Age grading Y5-6.
  • Games start at 5.00pm.
  • 8 players per side batting in pairs.
  • Marked out pitches and boundaries to enhance the match day experience.
  • Increases game sense and skill development.
  • Hit a 6 like your favourite White Fern or Blackcap!
  • $20 entry fee per player for the 6 week programme.

Flipper ball
Cost – $200 per team for both Terms 1 & Term 4. Location: Splash Palace
Game Times: All games are played on a Friday. Grades and times are below.
Junior Water Polo 3.30 pm – 6 pm

Room 1 Class Happenings
Come and meet the gorgeous children in Room 1.
My name is Jordis.
I am 5 years old.
I like to play on the bouncy castle.
My favourite colour is pink.
My name is Noah.
I am 5 years old.
I like to play on my tablet.
My favourite colour is orange.
My name is Bella-Rose.
I am 5 years old.
I like to play at the beach.
My favourite colour is blue.
My name is Rose.
I am 5 years old.
I like to jump on my trampoline.
My favourite colour is a rainbow.
My name is Levi.
I am 5 years old.
I like to eat candy floss.
My favourite colour is yellow.
My name is Abbie.
I am 5 years old.
I like to slide down the slide.
My favourite colour is pink.
My name is Chloe.
I am 5 years old.
I like to ride on my bike.
My favourite colour is pink.
My name is Silvia.
I am 5 years old.
I like to go swimming.
My favourite colour is orange.
My name is Cookie.
I am 5 years old.
I like to  play with my friends.
My favourite colour is blue.
My name is Ryan.
I am 5 years old.
I like to play with the marble run.
My favourite colour is green.

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7 December 2017

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8 December 2017

Dear Parents

Faith Facts Week 4 – 8 December: Liturgical Year Module Advent, First week of Advent, 8th The Immaculate Conception of Mary

First week of Advent
Advent is the period before the Christmas season. It begins on the Sunday nearest November 30, the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle.
On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle (symbolising hope) on the advent wreath is lit. This candle is typically called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ.


This will be the last newsletter of the year and I wish to thank all our parent community for their help and support throughout the year. A special thanks to the Board of Trustees for your governance role and a huge thank you to the PTA for your on-going support this year.

Congratulations to our Year 6 children who leave us for the next steps in their educational journey. We thank you all for your leadership this year and wish you all the best next year.

We would like to also acknowledge several families who will be leaving us next week after a long association with the school: Barris, Belesky, Boniface, Bryan, Harrington, Johnstone x 2, Lang, Livingstone, McCabe, Phillips, Richardson, Seibt, Walsh and Wolf. We thank you for your support throughout your child’s education.

We farewell Miss Wiseman and thank her for her commitment to the children in Room 8 this year. We wish you all the best in your new position at Hamilton Christian School next year. We also farewell Mrs McKenzie and thank her for her work in Rooms 2 & 8.

End Of Term Dates
Year 6 Day                                                 12/12
Reports home Yr 1-3                             8/12

Reports home Yr 4-6                            13/8
End of Year Mass                                   14/12 @ 5.45pm
End of Term                                             15/12 @ 12.30pm
Start of Term 1 2017                              30/1/2018

End of Year Mass, Thursday December 14 @ 5.45pm
It would be appreciated that all students meet in the school foyer at 5.30pm wearing their school uniform please. Mass begins at 5.45pm with Carol singing. All families are invited to come along.

ERO Review
We have had very positive feedback from the Education Review team here this week. They were very complimentary towards your children and their politeness and enthusiasm. They commended the school on the high achievement levels and  the programmes of work leading to this. This has been very affirming and a credit to the staff, Board, children and our entire school community. The findings are now moderated and we will receive a draft report in February.

School Upgrade
Some parents may note in their child’s report the 2018 class as Room 3 when they have been in Room 5 this year. With building work to begin in Term 1 we thought there would be less disruption to move at the start of the year rather than part way through.

Please let me know of any prospective enrolments. To retain our teaching numbers we have to enrol more children than we lose in Year 6 every year. An optimum number for us is about 20-25 children per year. While we get enquiries from the website, we also rely on our parent community to spread the word. If you have pre-school children, can you please contact me to get copies of our prospectus to put in their centres?

Jump Rope
Tomorrow the children are invited to wear house colours and bring a can of food for the foodbank. During the day we will have a “jump off” practising all the skipping moves we have been learning. The time will be decided on the day to suit the weather patterns. Please ensure your child is wearing house colour clothes, they can skip in.
What:          Jump Rope for Heart
When:         Friday 8 December, 2017
Where:        Sacred Heart School.
Why:           To support our physical well-being – taha tinana.
Who:           Everybody at Sacred Heart School.
Please bring a can of food for the St Vincent de Paul to support people in our community.

School Picnic
When: Monday, 11 December 2017. Leaving school at 10.30.
Where: Anderson’s Park
Who: the whole school.
Why: to celebrate our year.
What to bring:
Wear sports uniform and bring a sunhat, a jacket, sunscreen, a yummy lunch and plenty of water in your school bag.
How will we get there: we will walk.
We will be back at school by 2.45.
If you would like to come with us, please let your child’s class teacher know.
We will make a decision at 10.00 on Monday morning. If we have to postpone the picnic, we will go on Wednesday with the same arrangements.
NB. No warm ups on this day.

Carols at Waikiwi
Friday 15th December, 2017 @ 7pm
Fine: Old Waikiwi School grounds (bring a chair or blanket)
Wet: St Stephens Church hall
Ascot Auxiliary Brass Band leading carols

Bus Services
The last day for the Otatara bus is Friday 8th December, and all other bus runs will finish on Tuesday 12th December.

Pita Pit has now finished for the year and will commence on the 5th February 2018.

Congratulations to Daisy Duffy, the winner of Charism award this week. And to all the children who received certificates. 

Tough Kids 2017

Room 8 Class Happenings
Yesterday while a large number of children were at Tough Kids, the rest of Room 8 were working on their team work, problem solving and time managements skills! The first task we had after morning tea was to calculate the average distance a sphero travelled going at top speed, for one second.

We found that the two teams had two different average distances but thought that maybe because the carpet in the hallway was bumpier, it didn’t go as far. Miss Wiseman told us that this is called friction!

Next we worked together to make a maze on the floor for the other teams. We then had great fun driving or trying to code our sphero through the maze. Each team came up with some tricky obstacles for the other team.

After lunch, Room 5 came to see what we had made and showed us their amazing skipping video’s. We then got to hear all about how the Touch Kids went at Rugby Park.


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30 November 2017

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30 November 2017

Dear Parents

Faith Facts Week 7: 27 – 1 December
Have you created your Advent wreath yet? The Advent Wreath is made of evergreens. There are four candles. Three of them are violet or purple, the traditional colour of Advent. One is rose, the traditional colour of the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday.  Find out more at this link.

30th St Andrew, apostle – Andrew was a fisherman before he and his brother Simon Peter became two of the 12 disciples of Jesus. He was baptised by John the Baptist and was the first disciple of Jesus. St Andrew was crucified on 30 November 60AD, by order of the Roman governor Aegeas. He was tied to an X-shaped cross in Greece, and this is represented by the white cross on the Scottish flag.

Education Review Office Visit
Next week we will have ERO reviewers at school. If you have the opportunity to meet them please welcome them to our school. They will be in and out of the classrooms so may also have discussions with your children.

Kapa Haka
If your child has not been in Kapa Haka this year but would like to join up for 2018, please register your interest with Mrs Ultee: kultee@shsinv.school.nz before the end of the year. This is available for all children, junior and seniors.

School Accounts
All monies owed to the school should have been settled by now.

Invercargill Catholic Parishes Sunday Mass Times / Parish Name Survey
At  the latest parish restructure meeting it was decided to put out a survey asking just one question to gauge people’s preferred name for the Invercargill Parish. Survey closes on the 4th.


The St Mary’s Basilica (65 Tyne St)                                          6pm (Saturday Vigil), 7.30am, 10.30am
St Theresa’s (40 Perth St)                                                           9am, 7pm
Sacred Heart (449 North Road)                                                10.30am
St Patrick’s (33 Rimu St)                                                             9am
St Mary, Star of the Sea (190 Barrow St, Bluff)                      6.30pm (Saturday Vigil)
St Patrick’s (Rakauhauka)                                                           8.30am 1st and 3rd Sundays of month
St Joan of Arc (Rimu)                                                                  11am 2nd and 4th Sundays of month
Tomairangi Marae (behind Basilica)                                        10.30am 3rd Sunday of month

Boat Safety Visit


Mission Fair
Thanks to everybody for making our school mission fair so successful. The children raised $500 which will go towards Sweetie, a girl in India we sponsor through World Vision.

Invercargill City Library – The Great Escape Summer Reading
Go to www.ilibrary.co.nz to find out more information about ‘The Great Escape’ or check out the notice board in the junior corridor.

Room 2 Class Happenings
We have been super lucky this term to have some visitors to Room 2. We would like to thank Mrs Stupples, Mr Hillman and the boat safety people for coming to share their knowledge with us.

I liked finding out about Google and Book creator:

I liked how we can make our names bigger and change the colour and the font. Sophie

I like how we change the colour of our names. Taya

I liked making an electrical circuit because:

Mr Hillman showed us how to be an electrician. Pippa

Than transformer made the electricity go faster as it got hotter. Jamie

The transformer made the fire go up and down the wires. Jacob

We liked that we got to see the electricity go up the stems and the paper go on fire. Kees

Mr Hillman came and I made a circuit and I had to use a screwdriver and I did it with my table group. It was good and I was happy. Mason

He turned on the switch and there was fire on the paper. Cruz.

It can go fast and slow. I like the laser bit when it went up and down. James


During the boat safety workshop, I found out that:

There are two seats on the boat for two people to sit on. Lucy

There are different kinds of life jackets. The ones from the North Island are big and hard and they have soft stuff in them. Lucas

The black circle tells you whether you are going North or South. Morgan

On the boat there was a little cabinet to store your stuff in it. I went inside it and I liked it. Sean

I learnt how to be safe on the boat. I know now to wear a life jacket when you are on a boat. Kyan

A better way to keep safe is to always wear a life jacket on a boat. Brooke

You have to wear life jackets to be safe because you might fall out of the water and then you would float. Nadia

The man said, “This top makes you safe”. Megan


On Monday we made our things to sell at Market Day. We worked really well together and made a reindeer, a flower and a windmill. We are very excited about spending our money today.

Sports Results

Cowboys won 6-3. Player of the Day was Jamie Russell
Storm won 7-2. Player of the Day was Ben Bryan
Eels lost 10-0. Player of the Day was Jack Harding
Broncos lost 7-5. Player of the Day was Quin Brown
Sharks drew. Player of the Day was Ana McWilliam
Panthers won 6-4. Player of the Day was Daisy Duffy

Nuggets won 20-19 and were 3rd in their grade. WELL DONE
Spurs won 36 – 20 and won their grade. CONGRATULATIONS
Warriors lost 6-4. Player of the Day was Molly Duffy

Strikers won 4 – 0 against Salford.

Flipperball – were pipped in the final but played very well – WELL DONE

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23 November 2017

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23 November 2017

Dear Parents

School Accounts
All monies owed to the school must be settled by Friday 1 December please.

Media Mash
Well done to all the children who entered the Media Mash competition. A special congratulations to Kate Lindsay & Kate Oosterbroek who were 3rd in the Year 4-6 e-Book Fiction section, Jack Dennis 2nd and Logan Jordan 1st in the Year 4-6 e-Book Non-Fiction section.

Mission Fair
On Thursday, 30 November 2017, we are having an in-school Mission Fair. This is a child-focussed market. The purpose of the fair is to give the children the opportunity to follow the process of manufacturing something and then finding out how to sell and purchase items. Classes are in the process of preparing small crafts to sell during the afternoon. Items will sell for up to $1.
The money raised will go to our Missions – including the World Vision girl we have sponsored for over 10 years now.
In the morning the children will take part in four Caritas challenges. This will take place in house groups and will give the opportunity for children to experience what it is like to not have access to goods and services that we take for granted.
The children are to wear their sports uniform and bring a small amount of change to purchase items.
There will be a sausage sizzle available at lunch time. If your child would like to buy a sausage, please put $1 (for each sausage) in a named envelope with your child’s room number on it to be collected in the classroom.
Thank you for your support with this.

School Upgrade
I received word yesterday that work will begin early next year on Stage 1 of our upgrade. This will involve the office area moving to Room 7 and a new entrance

Sports Results

Cowboys won 6 – 2. Player of the Day was Sean Hartstonge.
Storm won 12 – 1. Player of the Day was Kyron Devery.
Eels lost 10 – 6 to St. Patrick’s. Player of the Day was Abby Johnstone.
Broncos lost 7 – 1 to Donovan
Sharks drew 2 – 2 against St. Patrick’s.
Panthers won 6 – 2. Player of the Day was Daisy Duffy.

Nuggets drew 15 all against Makarewa.
Spurs won 36 – 18.
Superstars lost 6 – 2. Player of the Day was Abby Johnstone.
Lakers lost 14 – 10. Player of the Day was Kate Lindsay.
Warriors won by default

Strikers lost to Myross Bush.

Flipperball – well done they won their semi-final and play in the finals this Friday @ 4.30pm.

Parish Mass Attendance Survey
I have been asked to encourage as many parents as possible to complete the survey below. There are only 8 questions and is totally anonymous.

Maori / Pasifika Parents Questionnaire 
Here is a link to a questionnaire regards your views on  how the school identifies with your child's maori or pasifika identity.  
Could you please complete this by next Wednesday.

Out of School Art Classes (Year 1-8) Enrolments are now being taken for Term 1-4 2018. For more information and enrolments, please contact: Helen 2177482.

Southland Under 14 Boys Waterpolo Fundraiser – ‘Big Garage Sale’ something for everyone. Household items, clothes, shoes, toys, books, bake sale, sausage sizzle and more … at St Theresa’s School Hall, Leith Street, this Saturday 25th November 8am – 12pm

Waikiwi Community Christmas Fair – Saturday 2 December 9am – 1pm.
Food & craft stalls, sausage sizzle, pony rides, bouncy castle, kids beauty & hair parlour, free santa photos, music, morning tea & chill zone, big dig,$2 sundaes, $2 coffee & $5 kids lunch pack and much more.

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16th November 2017

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Dear Parents

Week 5: November 13 – 17

15th St Albert the Great – 17th St Elizabeth of Hungary

Albert was born in 1206 in a castle on the Danube River in Swabia (southwest Germany) and was the son of a military nobleman. He studied at the University of Padua in Italy and there he decided to become a Dominican Priest. St. Albert loved to study. The natural sciences, especially physics, geography and biology, interested him. He also loved to study his Catholic Christianity and the Bible. He used to observe the ways of animals and write down what he saw, just as scientists do today. He wrote a great number of books on these subjects. He was a popular teacher in different schools. As St. Albert grew older, he became more holy. He died in 1280.

Pope Francis asks us to pray during the month of November for Christians in Asia. His prayer is  that Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.”   

Parish Survey
I have been asked to encourage as many parents as possible to complete the survey below. There are only 8 questions and is totally anonymous.


Congratulations to Ana McWilliam, the winner of charism award this week. And to all the children who received certificates. 

Term Events
Some of the upcoming events include:
Mission Fair – 30/11
Boat Safety visit – 28/11
ERO – 4-6/12
Tough Kids – 6/12
House Colour Day / Jump Rope – 8/12
School picnic – 11/12
Year 6 leavers day – 12/12
End of Year mass – 14/12
End of Term – 15/12

Convent Cup
Well done to all our teams at Verdon college yesterday and a big thanks to all the managers, coaches and supporters. A special congratulations to our boys rugby team who won their competition, very well done.

Altar Servers
Sunday 19th November @ 10.30am  –  Ruby Duffy & Robbie Humm. Liturgy = Maria O’Donnell.
We invite the children who completed the Sacramental Programme this year, to volunteer as Altar Servers, to assist our parish priest, Fr. Tony during Mass on Sunday mornings. Full training will be provided and you will be rostered on with an experienced children. This is a great way to give back to our parish community. If your child is interested, please contact either Mrs Russell or Mrs Wolf at school.

Mission Day Market
On Thursday the 30th of November we will be having a small mission day fair. Each class will be making a small item to sell. The children will be in charge of selling their items to the other children at school. Children will need to bring a couple of dollars$$$ in small change. The school PTA will  be having a sausage sizzle, the children will be able to pre buy sausages in the morning for $2. As a school we help to support a little girl through World Vision, the money raised at a mission fair will be sent to help her.  Thank you

Girls Uniform for Sale – Pinafore size 77, Jersey size 72. Both in excellent condition as only 1 year old. $120.00 for both. Will throw in 2 white shirts and sports uniform this all fits my year 2. Anyone interested can text Jo: 021 340 348.

Room 9 Class Happenings
Production was AMAZING and Room 9 would like to thank Melissa Chilton from Cycling Southland for lending us the cycling tops to use for production.
We all have produced some amazing work about the Ugly Duckling that we would like to share with you all.

Production Recount – By Matthew Winter
The booming day has come; my brother and I are so excited for the production. I fly out of bed from the joy of happiness and get ready as quick as possible. “Off to school now boys,” shouts Mum, “Ok” we reply. We are now at school in the car park, Mum comes to a stop. Out we go into our classroom for prayers. It’s going to be an important day today!

Our prayers finished, everyone scrambles to get their bags like a herd of elephants trudging through the African Plains. The bus has arrived.   “Everyone on the bus?” Mr Forde questions, “yes” Mrs Ultee says. The urge of excitement has awoken in everyone, ten minutes later the school is now inside the magnificent huge hall at Verdon College. Little kids are screaming for fun and joy. Lunchtime – time to eat. I mindfully say to myself “munch, chop, chew.”   Lots of people are scarfully nervous, as it is now costume time! Boys go to the boys changing room and girls go to the girls changing room simple as that, once that is all covered up we go to sit down in front of the stage, when…’ring ring ring ring’ the fire alarm sets off. Great, could the time be any worse?? It was raining outside where we had to go, and we were all sad, mad and even happy because some of the kids liked rain. Back inside we went…. Time for dress rehearsal.

Lights, camera, action

Yesterday Room’s 1, 5 and 9 went to Clare House to share some of our production songs. They absolutely love “Show a Little Kindness”.

They even have a wing ready for Mrs Williams!

50 Year Reunion 
Calling all former students from the following schools: St Joseph’s, St Theresa’s, St Patrick’s, Sacred Heart, St Teresa’s Bluff, St Catherine’s, Marist.
If you or someone you know attended these schools and were in Form 2 in 1980 or attending the first year of St Catherine’s or Marist in 1981 then you are who we need.
We are having a 50 Year Reunion Friday 26th Jan and Sat 27th Jan 2018 to celebrate our coming of age!

A small committee of former students have the Proposed Plans listed below for people to enjoy. (These will be confirmed once we have numbers).
Friday 26 Jan – Evening Meet and Greet at the Ascot Lounge Bar.
Sat 27th Jan –    A stroll down memory lane with a look through Verdon College.

  • We are hoping to organise a ‘ticky tour’ with classic cars for a couple of hours in the afternoon.
  • Ending with photographs and a genuine fun time hopefully at the 2nd NZEF Club (if numbers allow) with drinks, music and supper.

We, of course need numbers as soon as possible and would like it if you could spread the word. We have a number of former students in Australia making plans to come and join us. Any queries or questions for those on Facebook just go to “Fifty Years” or you can email: 50yearsreunion@gmail.com



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9th November 2017

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9 November 2017

Dear Parents
It has been a very busy week with our production on Monday and Tuesday and our Year 6 children at their new High Schools yesterday. We also have 3 teams in a golf tournament today in Riverton. Next Thursday our senior students will take part in the Convent Cup sports at Verdon College.

Congratulations to Jestin Binu and his family who took part in a citizenship ceremony on Tuesday. Congratulations to you all.

Faith Fact Week 4: November 6 – 10
The events that occurred at Parihaka in the 1870s and 1880s is an important part of our history. Tohu and Te Whiti echo the beatitudes teaching of peacemaking. On 5th November let us remember this part of our own history, a great example of the virtue of trust in the providence of God.
10th St Leo the Great

Term Events
Some of the upcoming events include:
Convent Cup – 16/11
Mission Fair – 23/11
Boat Safety visit – 28/11
ERO – 4-6/12
Tough Kids – 6/12
House Colour Day / Jump Rope – 8/12
School picnic – 11/12
Year 6 leavers day – 12/12
End of Year mass – 14/12
End of Term – 15/12

Altar Servers
Sunday 12 November @ 10.30am  –  Jack & Summer Smith. Liturgy – Amanda Smith.

A big thanks for all your support for our production of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ this week. Thanks to our sponsors Snap-on Tools and Stabicraft, to all the parents who helped with the props and costumes, the school staff for your perseverance and Mrs Williams and Mrs Ultee for your lead in directing the performance. Also thanks to Verdon College for allowing us the use of their school hall.

Visit from More FM
On Tuesday we had a special visit from Gretchen, Simon and Steve from More FM.  Lucy had written a letter to them inviting them to come to our school production but sadly they were busy.  Instead they came to visit us at school.  They danced the chicken dance with us and gave us lots of liquorice and cookie time cookies to share.

Room 8 Class Happenings
Room 8 has been very busy over the last few weeks with the production! We hope that you were able to come and watch and enjoyed our performance!

Some of our favourite parts were…

Being a hunter and watching Room 1 as ducklings because they were so cute! – Lily

Getting to do the duck calls on stage – Jack D and Ryan

The fire alarm going off on Monday at the dress rehearsal – Logan

Getting the chance to play a role and saying my line – Shaun

I liked having one of the main parts and getting to do the swan dance – Briarlee

Being inside the egg! – Fiah

Making our guns in class – McKenzie

Hearing Corbin say his line – Peyton

I liked being in the mymy – Kate L

Lots of us also enjoyed getting to creep onto the stage as hunters and using the duck calls.

Scholastic Bookclub Issue 8 – Closes Wednesday 22 November.

Marist Cricket Club Junior Grade Years 5/6
Are inviting new players to join the club for the 2018 season. Well coached practice by members at Marist on Thursday evenings at 5.30pm for  1 hour. Everyone welcome to attend practice even if you don’t intend to play.
The format has changed to 20 overs per side with 8 a side per team on Saturday mornings to make the game more fun,with more runs and less standing around in the field. Batting in pairs for 5 overs,and no “outs” makes enjoying the game easy.
Queries to Hamish Murie (President MCC, Groundsman, Coach) hmurie@xtra.co.nz  Ph 027 490 4748
Carol Tait (Manager) Ph 021 477 446



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