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13th February 2020

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13 February 2020

Dear Parents 

Welcome back to a new year at Sacred Heart School. A big thanks to the families who were able to join us last weekend for our Mass and school opening. It was good to have Bishop Michael here to bless the school for us.

Welcome to our new pupils: Maddon Barbour, Tysyn Sutherland, Oliver Duggan, Elizabeth Chong, Nevaeh Tagomoa-Kaa, Reveesha Mendis, Austin Cooper, Raiden Harry, Trinav Vinayak,  Vaughn Chalmers and Blake Mouat. We certainly hope they and their families, enjoy their time at Sacred Heart. 

We have started the year with 97 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.
Working Bee
The Working Bee planned for tomorrow has been postponed till further notice. Thanks to those parents who replied that they could help. We will let you know when another date has been set.
School Communication
We will continue to use MailChimp for bulk school emails. Class teachers will also have group emails for specific information. If you are not getting the school emails please check all your spam and junk mail folders as this is a subscription based service and some mail filters block these. 
You can also download an app for your phone called SchoolStream which is free and notifies you when there are school notices. Please see me if you want to know more about this.
Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 1 closes on Friday 21 February.  
Subway is available on Thursdays for the children to order.  Envelopes are available from the office, so please help yourselves. Orders must be in before 9am on this day, and deliveries will be back at school by 11.30am.

Lost Jersey – We have a lost jersey already, with the name Nathan Frampton on the tag. Please check your child is wearing the correct one. 

Congratulations to the children who received certificates at assembly this morning.

Community Notices 

The Marist Cricket Club are looking for boys and girls in years 4, 5, 6 to play cricket on Saturday mornings. Approximately 5 games per term. Coaching and practice on Thursdays at 5.30 at Marist. Safe and fun games of approx 3 hours. Gear supplied. All involved have a lot of fun.
Please contact Hamish Murie on  or 027-490-4748 for more information.

After school comics and drawing classes – Fun drawing projects and activities @ Ivan Bulling’s Furniture, 43 Tay Street from  3.30 – 5.30pm. $10. For more information please contact Austin on 0204 180 838 or Estelle on 0204 136 9558.

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13th December 2019

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Dear Parents 

Congratulations to the children who were named house captain or vice captain at our End of Year Mass on Wednesday night. We look forward to seeing your lead the school in 2020.

We also congratulate the children who were awarded badges as Year 6 Leaders for 2020. 

Sadly we farewell 10 families. We thank them for their support over the years: Brown, Dennis, Dudfield, Enriquez, Ganaha, Lee, Maxwell, McLean, Oosterbroek and Winter.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hutton family this week.

PTA Truffles – A huge thank you to families for supporting this fundraiser. $1500 was raised for the school to purchase new furniture for the library and a new shared space, as well as paying for the leases for school devices used by the children.

We wish all our families a safe and happy festive season and look forward to seeing you all back on Wednesday 29th January 2020.

Below are photos taken in the last fortnight.

Tough Kids

Convent Cup

Thanks to the PTA we loved our visit from Mr Whippy.

2019 Special Awards


Southland Under 11 girls Touch Team – Isla Baron and Molly Duffy were in  this  team over the past few weeks.  They won their grade for the Touch Southland Development Tournament. They played awesome to bet Queenstown who wasted them in the initial pool game. Congratulations girls, we look forward to hearing more next year. 

Community Notices 

Please help me find my cat. I can be contacted at or  022 404 3545. 



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28th November 2019

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29 November

Dear Parents
Thanks for the parent help at swimming, we have 4 sessions left (no swimming next Wednesday) and it has been pleasing to see the progress made by a lot of the children.

Tomorrow our senior children are away to Verdon College to take part in the Convent Cup. Thanks to the parents who have volunteered to coach the teams, we look forward to an enjoyable day.

A reminder about some of the end of term events:

  • Mission Fair – 3/12 @ 1.30pm
  • Tough Kids – Rm 8&9 – 4/12
  • End of Year Mass – 11/12 @ 5.45pm
  • Year 6 Day and Leavers Night – 10/12
  • Last day of school – 12/12 @ 12.30 
  • School re-opens 2020 – 29/1/2020

Faith Facts
Week 7: November 25th – 29th
24th Feast of Christ the King
26th 150 years of the Dunedin Diocese
30th St Andrew apostle

Bishop Patrick Moran
First Bishop of Dunedin 1869 – 1895
Patrick Joseph Moran was Born in Rathdrum, County Wicklow, Ireland in May 1823. He was ordained a priest in 1847 and served in Dublin until 1856. In 1856 he was consecrated bishop and sent to South Africa. At 33 he was the youngest Bishop in world at that time. In 1869 Bishop Moran was appointed the first Bishop of the newly created Diocese of Dunedin which was Otago and Southland. Bishop Moran campaigned strenuously (unsuccessful in his time) for state funded education for Catholic schools. He died in May 1895

Week 8: December 2nd – 6th     1st Week of Advent – Hope
6th St Nicolas
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.

Pope Francis Prayer That every country determines to take the necessary measures to make the future of the very young, especially those who suffer, a priority.

Let’s pray this week in the first week of Advent for those children who have nothing and suffer in slavery.

Yes there are an estimated 152 million children in forced labour throughout the world today. Millions of those children are slaves.

O God, when we hear of children and adults being deceived and taken to unknown places for purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labour, and organ ‘harvesting’, our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights are ignored through threats, lies, and force. We cry out against the evil practice of this modern slavery and pray for it to end. Give us wisdom and courage to reach out and stand up for those whose bodies, hearts and spirits have been so wounded, so that together we may make real your promises to fill these sisters and brothers with a love that is tender and good. Give them hope. Send the exploiters away empty-handed to be converted from this wickedness and help us all to claim the freedom that is your gift to your children. Amen

Lost and Found Clothing
Below is a photo of the huge amount of clothing in our lost and found bin. Please come and have a look to check if anything belongs to your child. Most items are unnamed, which makes it extremely difficult to find the owner. N.B All unclaimed items will be taken to the Vincent de Paul shop next week.  

Mission Fair
On Tuesday the 3rd of December, 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. 
The children are to wear their sports uniform and bring a small amount of change to purchase items. Thank you for your support with this.

Congratulations to Cookie Le who was our Charism winner last week, and to the children who received certificates. 


A big thanks to the coaches and supporters, without your help we would not be able to field teams in these competitions. Your assistance is much appreciated.

Well done to our Year 5/6 girls, who were placed 3rd overall.

And to our Year 3/4 mixed team, who were unbeaten all season, then went down by 2 in the final seconds. 

Class Happenings
Room 8 are very happy to have moved into our new classroom.  We are very excited about our new space and are looking forward to having our new name. You are all welcome to come and have a look around.

Community Notices

Nativity Photos – Christmas Photos with a difference. Come and have your Christmas photo taken in a Nativity scene. Costumes available if you wish to dress up. Sat 7th, 14th,  21st Dec 10-4, Mon-Fri 16th – 20th Dec 10-12, 2-4, Manna Bookshop, 90 Spey Street, Invercargill.

Out of School Music – We are now taking enrolments for 2020. Classes
start Feb 23rd and are run from Girl’s High. These classes suit children from 5 years up. For details please contact Deborah,              ph 216-5137 (answerphone) or Facebook ‘out of school music classes’.

A Long Walk Picton to Bluff
Tim Adams fulfils his longtime dream of walking from Picton to Bluff to raise funds for the Cancer Society of New Zealand in honour of his grandfather. 
A walk as long as the South Island. I am Tim Adams and I am going to walk from Picton to Bluff to make a difference! I will walk the length of the South Island of New Zealand to raise funds for the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
I will be carrying photos given to me by family friends and strangers, of those affected by Cancer – they will be walking the distance with me. One of the photos I am carrying is of my Grandad who suffered from lung cancer and passed away when I was twelve years old.
I would love to carry a photo of anyone who has been affected by Cancer. I would also love to hear their stories of the loved ones in the photos and share them during my walk. I will be posting my planned routes on social media and inviting people to walk parts of the journey with me. I want to get my message out so more people can help support the Cancer Society with my journey.
Start date: Saturday, 30 November 2019 Duration: Approximately 23 days Distance: Approximately 960km Distance to walk per day: Approximately 41.7km
Why I am walking a.k.a Cancer sucks!
I am thirty five years old and I have been affected by Cancer. Since I was in my early twenties I have wanted to complete a long walk to raise money for the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
I served in the New Zealand Army for almost a decade. Being a soldier walking and marching becomes your bread-and-butter daily routine. You learn to dig deep and to carry on when the going gets tough. I have been training in recent weeks and I have built a substantial support system from my family and friends but also from partners and sponsors all over New Zealand who have become involved in a variety of ways, and the list of helpers is growing every week.
Like so many others in New Zealand who are affected by this disease, I have lost family and friends and I have been denied the opportunity to meet some really great people because they left us much too soon.
My first experience with cancer was when my Grandad had been diagnosed with lung cancer in his late fifties. I was only twelve years old when he passed. I am not alone in this experience; approximately ninety percent of the population is affected physically or emotionally by the big C.
“Late last year a very good friend shared with me about their family member who was struggling with this cruel disease. That person, who I was not lucky enough to meet, ignited a fire to get me off my arse and finally do the walk.”
This is the year! Together we are stronger and together we can help one another!
Contact details and links, Tim Adams e:
m: 0273805892. Donation page Cancer Society of New Zealand
Facebook Page for the event
Instagram account for the event:


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14th November 2019

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Dear Parents
We have a couple of busy weeks ahead with swimming starting next Thursday until Friday 6/12. As we are in the pool at 10am we would prefer all children to wear their sports uniforms with their togs underneath. Also footwear that is easy to get on and off if possible.

On Friday 29/11 the Year 5&6 children will be taking part in the Convent Cup at Verdon College. A big thanks to the parents who have offered to manage and coach the teams, your support is much appreciated.

We will be having a school mission fair on 3/12 after swimming and the senior children will be going to Tough Kids at Rugby Park on 4/12.

Faith Facts
Week 5: November 11th-15th
11th Armistice or Remembrance Day
Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice and the end of WWI
11th St Martin of Tours
12th St Josaphat
16th St Margaret of Scotland
16th Saint Gertrude
First issue of Otago Daily Times published 15 November 1861. The first centre in New Zealand to have a daily paper.

Let’s pray this week for all journalist and all who work in the media.
Help them Jesus to be bold to confront evil and injustice: with understanding and compassionate of human weakness; rejecting alike the half-truth which deceives, and the slanted word which corrupts. May the power which is theirs always be used with honesty and courage, with respect and integrity, so that when all here has been written, said and done, they may, unashamed, to meet God face to face.

Week 6: November 18th – 22nd  
18th Sts Peter and Paul apostles
21st Presentation of Mary
22nd St Cecelia
The Feast of the Presentation is the Feast day of the Presentation Sisters who came to teach in New Zealand in 1950 from Ireland and a small group arrived in Green Island Dunedin in 1954. Their Foundress was Nano Nagle. St Peter Chanel School in Green Island was stared by the Presentation Sisters. The Nano Nagle Trust supports many families and children throughout New Zealand in Catholic Schools.

Congratulations to our latest Charism Winners, Charlotte Pickett and McKenzie Blight-Cranston, and all the children who received certificates. 



Please have all fees paid up by next Wednesday. This includes, futsal, miniball, touch, cricket and outstanding activity fees. Thank you.

A reminder we have 32% of our families behind, or not attempting to make their payments. We alone have $20,869 in outstanding accounts, so we urge you to contact the Catholic Education Office in Dunedin (03) 4741994 / to arrange setting up a direct credit. If you are not sure of your balance, please phone Christine.

Bookclub Issue 8 – Closes Wednesday 20 November.

Calendars – This week your child has completed a picture that will be made into a 2020 calendar. These can be viewed at the school office from this Monday. Order forms are available from the class teacher @ $12 each, which can be paid in cash or online at: Sacred Heart School:                  031746-0042033-00. Orders must be in to the office by next Friday (22nd).

Room 3 Class Happenings 
On Tuesday we had a visit from Environment Southland, educating us on boat safety. We all learnt how to fit a life jacket properly to keep us safe in the water. 

Community Notices

Roll n Roll Nationals – Fundraiser
Do you want LOVELY LUSH LAWNS?? This is for you!
LILYANA”S UREA (pay on delivery, ph or txt before Nov 20th to order 0274784419). Lilyana Ultee is selling UREA to fundraise for the 2020 Rock n Roll Nationals in Hamilton! UREA Provides a fast-acting source of Nitrogen, Suitable for garden beds and lawns to make them green, lush and healthy!
1KG bags for $6 per bag, or 2 bags for $10 (approx $10/kg in most garden stores). Application: 1 tbl/square metre.

Tickets can be purchased at the IWMC or online via the events facebook page, here is a link

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31 October 2019

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31 October 2019
Dear Parents

Faith Facts
Week 3: October 28th Labour Day -1st November
28th St Simon and St Jude Apostles
1st November All Saints Day
2nd November All Souls Day

Labour day recognises the fight and success of an 8-hour working day. We pray for all those forced to work more that an 8-hour day.
From the beginning Labour Day parades were often used to draw attention to other political or economic issues – in this case urging the government to complete a controversial regional transport project. Work on the Otago Central Railway had begun in 1879, but progress was slow. The line would not reach Cromwell until 1921.

All Saints and All Souls
This week we celebrate two significant days in the Church’s Liturgical Year. The Feast of All Saints is celebrated on 1st November to honour all the saints known and unknown.  This is followed on the 2nd November by the Feast of All Souls.  On this special day in the Liturgical Year we pray for those who have died, that they ‘may rest in peace’.  Perhaps you might like to visit your Parish church with your family members, light a candle and spend some time in prayer.   Or take time out at home and have a special prayer time to remember those in your family who have died.

Week 4: November 4th – 8th
Pope Francis Prayer That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.
ON OCTOBER 28, 1965 declared 
In our time, when day by day humankind is being drawn closer together, and the ties between different peoples are becoming stronger, the Church examines more closely her relationship to non-Christian religions. In her task of promoting unity and love among people, indeed among nations, she considers above all in this declaration what people have in common and what draws them to fellowship.


One is the community of all peoples, one their origin, for God made the whole human race to live over the face of the earth.  

Welcome to Cooper and Bella Braithwaite who joined the children in Rooms 8 & 9 last week.  We hope they, along with their family, enjoy their time at Sacred Heart.

Congratulations to Mitchell Johnston and Holly Robertson, our Charism winners for Weeks 2 & 3, and all the children who received certificates.

Share the Road 

School Photos
School photos were handed out to the children today. Parents have till Friday 8th November to return their order to the school office.

Attendance Dues
This week we received a list of parents/caregivers who are in arrears with their child’s Attendance Dues. We were alarmed to discover 32% of our families are behind, or not even attempting to make these payments. Our school alone has $20,869 in outstanding accounts. These fees were a condition of attending a Catholic school. We urge you all to contact the Catholic Education Office in Dunedin (03) 4741994 / to arrange setting up a direct credit. If you are not sure of your balance, please phone Christine.

Sports Fees
All Touch, Futsal and Cricket accounts were sent home last week. Can we have these all settled please by the 20th of next month. To date we have $1845 owing in activity fees/sports fees, so your prompt attention would be appreciated. 

PTA Second Hand Uniform Sale – Friday 1st November 2.30 in the foyer.

Teens of Mental Illness – With each new generation come new challenges or different versions of the same struggles that have affected teens for decades. Bullying, peer pressure, body shaming, negative self-perception — the list of teen issues goes on and on. Below is an informational page of parents and their teens that speaks on these issues and ways to cope. Please feel free to take a look:

Community Notices
The annual Calvary Fair will be held on tomorrow, Friday 1 November in the David Harrington Lounge (Hospital Lounge) at Calvary Hospital. The fair will be from 1.30pm – 4.30pm.  There will be a chocolate wheel, raffles, white elephant stall, crafts, baking, and whitebait patties.



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