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2 July 2020

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2 July 2020
Dear Parents 
As Term 2 comes to an end I wish to thank you all for your support during what has been a very unusual and hopefully one off event in New Zealand. The Covid 19 pandemic has changed the way we will do a lot of things in the future and while we are back to a sense of normality in New Zealand, the flow on effects of the pandemic still rampant in most of the world means the hit on our economy will bring more hardship to families. While I don’t politicise school newsletters the ‘Look After Each Other’ slogan is one we will need to continue doing for our neighbours and friends. Please also let us know if we can assist in any way. School reopens on Monday 20th July.

A big thanks to Brett Hamilton and Jono Duffy for all your work clearing the old gardens and putting up the new sign and fence and for installing the netball poles. This was a mammoth job and much appreciated. The new basketball back boards and bag rails will installed soon as well.

Faith Facts
Week 12 –  29th June – 3rd July (Green)
29th Sts Peter and Paul, apostles
3rd St Thomas, apostle 
God we are tired. Thank you for this holiday. We know it maybe cold, wet and windy but you gave us the weather so we can enjoy something different every day.

As you let the earth rest through the winter, we too are gifted with this opportunity to rest and recover from our business and hard work at school and home. Help us share the peace of this time with our family and friends. Amen
Matthew 11:28-30  (NIV)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.

Welcome to Isla Buchanan who joined the children in Room Tika recently. We hope she and her family enjoy their time at Sacred Heart School.

Tomorrow we farewell Jacob Perkins and his family who move to Christchurch in the holidays. It’s been lovely having Jacob as part of Room Aroha, and we wish them luck with their next adventure.
P.S.  Thank you so much for the delicious morning tea.

It is with regret we also farewell Miss Smith tomorrow. We thank her for her input into the children at Sacred Heart, we have loved having her on our staff. Miss Smith has taken a position as Learning Support Co-ordinator, based at Sacred Heart School, so you will still see her around. 

Congratulations to Madison Harding and Reuben Murray who received the Charism Award for Weeks 11 & 12, and all the children who received certificates.


School Interviews / Uniforms
Thank you to the parents who were able to attend these this week. After the turmoil of the first part of this year we look forward to more normality in the two terms ahead.
A number of you will have seen the uniform options on display during the interviews. Thank you to Jono Duffy from the Board of Trustees for organising this. In the past whenever we survey about uniforms we get all sorts of different requests – cardigans, culotte, fleecy tops etc. In this instance the survey will ask whether we retain our current pinafore / grey shorts or move to  a uni-sex model where boys and girls can wear a similar school uniform.  I will send this survey out early next term.

Fundraising With Entertainment: It’s almost school holidays, so keep the whole family entertained with the Entertainment Book APP. If you haven’t had one before, this is a great APP with heaps of discounts at local restaurants, cafes, retail outlets, accommodation, car rentals, and tourist attractions. The multi-city option is perfect for those travelling around NZ during the holidays and is great value at only $119.99. It gives you access to every edition of the Entertainment Book across New Zealand, Australia & Bali and gives the school $26 towards our fundraising goal. Your digital membership can be accessed from up to four different devices so it’s perfect for sharing with friends/family. With 2 extra months on your membership, a bonus Countdown gift card, and the chance to win one of five $1000 JB Hi Fi vouchers, now is a great time to buy. 20% of the sale price goes back to the school, so purchase online today:

Akomanga Tika Class Happenings
In class we have been focusing on Matariki.
We have learnt the star names and how we can celebrate with our family and friends. Here is a video of us saying the Matariki star names.



We also had a shared lunch with the whole school.

Community Notices 


Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!!!

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18th June 2020

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Dear Parents 

A reminder the school is closed tomorrow for our ‘Teacher Only Day’. 

A lovely pic of our school taken first thing earlier in the week.  

Mid Year Reports & Interviews
You should have received an email with a link to an online booking form for mid year interviews to be held on Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th June. School will close at lunch time on Monday. A report with your child’s current reading, maths & writing levels will be sent home at the end of next week. 

Faith Facts
Week 10 15th – 19th (Green)
14th Body and Blood of Christ
19th Sacred Heart of Jesus
19th Suzanne Aubert Birthday
Let’s hope and pray that Suzanne will be Aotearoa New Zealand First saint. She was an amazing woman. Find all about her at

Suzanne Aubert was born on 19 June 1835. Each year the Sisters of Compassion celebrate the occasion with a Birthday Mass. The feast of The Body of Christ, or Corpus Christ in Latin, is celebrated particularly by Catholics. Corpus Christi is a public holiday in many countries (or parts of countries) with predominantly Catholic populations. In many parishes in New Zealand this is the day when many children receive their First Communion.

Week 11 22nd – 25th June (Green)
22nd St John Fisher and Thomas More
24th Nativity of John the Baptist

This week in 1964 Beatlemania hit New Zealand. 7000 hysterical fans greeted the Fab Four in Wellington. On 22 June the Beatles played their first New Zealand concerts, repeating a 30-minute 11-song set as fans screamed.
We thank God for musicians, and the lift they give to us with their creativity and talent. We especially thank God for all those gifted people and families that inspired us with their music through the lockdown.

Welcome to Logan Fulton who joined the children in Room Manaaki last week. Logan has settled in perfectly. We hope he and his family enjoy their time at Sacred Heart School.

Congratulations to Mitchell Armishaw and Raiden Harry who received the Charism Award for weeks 9 and 10. Also to all the children who got certificates. 

Book Week
This week as a school we celebrated Book Week. We would like to thank Jen O’Connell (Southern Steel), Jono Duffy, Fr Tony and Lindsay King (Invercargill City Library) for taking the time to ready their favourite book to the children. Today the children were encouraged to come along as their favourite book character. It was amazing to see the efforts that they all made. The best dressed for each class received a Whitcoulls book voucher. We congratulate: Aroha = Orla O’Reilly, Tika = Kellen Lau, Wairua = Emme Sigurdsson, Manaaki = Nadia Hutton, Mana = Ella Dempster.

Akomanga Wairua Class Happenings
Wow, what an awesome week we have had!
This term Wairua have been very lucky to have Lindsay from the Public Library come in to share some books with us each fortnight.
Lots of special people have come in to read stories to the whole school for Book Week, there were even prizes for some people who were able to answer questions about the stories!!
A huge thank you to the PTA and to everyone who sold an Oyster Raffle, Akomanga Wairua were lucky enough to have won a treat for the class who sold the most cards.

PTA – Raffle Results
Thank you to the families who supported this fundraiser. $1774 was raised. Congratulations to Richard Cook who won 1st prize, 7 doz oysters. Below is a list of the other winners: 
2nd.  Derrill Kaa
3rd:   Jan Grant (Horrell card)
4th:   Roger (Williams card)
5th:   Barry Van Beck
6th:   Tony (Sutherland card)
7th:   Bernie (Horrell card)
8th:    Kathleen (Horrell card)
9th:   Aimee (McNaught card)
10th: Laura Hamilton 
Most cards sold:  Horrell
Room treat:   Wairua

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4th June 2020

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4th June 2020
Dear Parents
Thank you for your continued support regarding drop off and pick ups at school and only coming in when necessary. Aside from the pandemic requirements, for some of our children this has been an opportunity to exercise some independence in being able to carry their own bags in and get themselves organised in the mornings. It may not seen much but it does give them a lift in self esteem.

Just a reminder to please exercise caution when exiting the car park especially after school. Where possible please turn left onto North Road, it is easier to travel 200m and turn north again rather than holding up traffic when trying to cross 4 lanes.

We are slowly getting back to some degree of normality at school and have planned some events for the remainder of the term:

  • Book week – 15-18th June
  • Teachers Only Day – 19th June
  • Sacred Heart Day – 22nd June
  • Matariki celebration – 22-25th June
  • School Interviews – 29-30th June (online link will be emailed
  • School Cross Country – 2nd July
  • End of Term 2 – 3rd July
  • Start of Term 3 – 20th July

Faith Facts
Week 8   1st – 5th June (Green)
31st May Pentecost
1st Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
5th St Boniface
5th World Environment Day
 Pentecost is a holy day that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit 40 days after Easter. Some churches consider it the birthday of the Christian church and celebrate it.
Before Jesus was crucified, he told his disciples that the Holy Spirit would come after him. And 40 days after Jesus was resurrected that promise came true when Peter and the early Church were in Jerusalem for Pentecost. The Holy Spirit descended upon them. The beginning or birth of the church.

World Environment Day Prayer
God of the sun and moon, of the mountains, deserts and plains, God of the mighty oceans, of rivers, lakes and streams, God of all creatures that live and move on this sacred Earth, we are formed by Christ into your people called to bring the world into your marvellous light. May we know our ecological vocation so that we will care for this earth which you have created. We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Week 9 8th – 12th June (Green)
7th Trinity Sunday
11th St Barnabas, apostle    
Many symbols try to explain and represent the Trinity. This is the Triquetra an early Trinitarian design found especially in Great Britain. For Catholic its three equal arcs represent equality, its continuous line expresses eternity, and the interweaving represents indivisibility.


St Patrick (c.432AD – c.493AD), in Ireland used the shamrock to describe the Trinity. The shamrock leaf is one leaf that has three leaflets of equal parts. Each leaflet represents a person of the Trinity, Father, Son, or Spirit, while the whole leaf represents the oneness of God as Trinity.

PTA Meeting – this Monday, 8th June 7pm in the staffroom. All parents are most welcome to attend, we would love to see you. 

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 3 will close on Friday 12th June.

Entertainment Book
Exciting times ahead for the Entertainment membership for 2020/2021.  This launches very soon, with the 2019/2020 membership now expired.     No more books, everything is online, with a great new APP, which can be shared on 4 devices. Heaps of discounts at local restaurants, cafes and attractions. With 2 extra months on your membership, a bonus Countdown gift card, and the chance to win one of five $1000 JB Hi Fi vouchers, now is a great time to buy. Check out the link with 3 great offers available, e.g. a multi city membership, which means all cities in NZ are included, plus Australia and also Bali:

Grasmere Kindy would like to advise they have full days available now for children aged 2 to 5 years. Enquiries can be directed to 2159292. 

Welcome to Croft Lindsay who joined the children in Room 1 last week.    We hope Croft and his family enjoy their time at Sacred Heart.

Congratulations to Taya Ross who won the Charism Award last week and to Jordis Murray who won it this morning. Also to all the children who received certificates.

Congratulations to Mr Forde who celebrated 25 years being principal at Sacred Heart School, during lockdown. A great achievement. 

Community Notices

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21st May 2020

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Dear Parents
Welcome back to Term 2 at Level 2, it has certainly been an interesting couple of months as the country has dealt with the fall out from the Covid-19 pandemic.

School has returned to normal with some minor changes. Some are temporary, others we hope will continue into the future.

  • It has been a good restart to school but we have noticed we have a lot of very tired and increasingly stressed children which is very understandable. Getting back to the routines of school will help with this and  the occasional sleep-in  if needed.

  • Contact tracing is compulsory at present – all parents / visitors are to sign in and out of school.

  • Use of sanitise and rigorous hand washing will continue as will sending home any children coughing, sneezing or with runny noses. 

  • Drop off and pick ups before and after school is working well and we will continue this until the end of the term at least.  This is why we have asked all children to stay off the playground equipment after school.

  • At present we don’t know what the future will hold for any school sport or cultural events but it is presumed most will be cancelled in the interim.

  • There will be a Teachers Only Days on Friday 19th June.

  • We will hold parent interviews on the 29 & 30th June. There will be an online booking  system for this.

Please look at this article from the Catholic Education Office, there are some nice photos of our school and a request for contact details from the Office for all our families.

Brett Hamilton – Board Chair
Hello everyone, I hope you and your family have come through lock down ok and are doing as well as can be expected, Unbelievable in this day and age that we would see the world struck down with a pandemic that man kind could not cure. Thanks for supporting Peter and the team with the policies that the school has in place to reduce the risk of spread within the school should there be an unlikely outbreak of Covid 19.  Thanks to Peter and staff for setting up and persevering with the distance learning content, the board have received only positive feedback on this was rolled out.

The Sacred Heart School Board has considerable ambition with the grounds around the school and have had a couple of attempts at working bees to spruce up and development the outdoor environment however these haven’t eventuated due to either weather or lack of interest. Going forward if you have an  interest with the development of this environment please text your number to 0274323018.

A couple of days prior to undertake a task we will send a group text out as to what we are doing and if it suits you will be welcome to participate. Some of the tasks the board have in mind are securely fencing all the school boundaries, creating a fitness track around the perimeter of the east field which will also double as a dry track for those family’s accessing school from Northwood, fitting new basketball hoop back board. The list goes on! Keen to hear from those wanting to help.

Take care out there and which catch up in the future.
Many thanks Brett

Faith Facts
Week 6: 18th May – 22nd (White)
Sixth week of Easter
20th St Bernardine of Spain
21st St Rita of Cascia
24th World Communications Day
24th 5th anniversary of Laudato Si’ 

VATICAN CITY — With fake news becoming ever more sophisticated, people need the wisdom, courage and patience to discern and embrace onstructive stories, Pope Francis said “We need stories that reveal who we truly are, also in the untold heroism of everyday life,” Pope Francis wrote in his message for World Communications Day 2020.

Laudato Si 
It is an inspirational letter from Pope Frances that calls for us to examine our hearts, transform our social values and take action for global solidarity. The encyclical captures the interconnectedness of social, economic and environmental justice in building and protecting Our Common Home.


Week 7 25th – 29th May (White)
24th The Ascension of Jesus
25th Our Lady Help of Christians
26th St Philip of Neri
29th St Paul VI, Pope
25-31 May Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Mary Help of Christians - Wikiwand

Mary as Help of Christians is part of the oldest prayer addressed directly to Mary in the 3rd century. Beneath your compassion, We take refuge, O Theotokos [God-bearer]: do not despise our petitions in time of trouble: but rescue us from dangers, only pure, only blessed one. (Translated from Greek)    Prayer for Christian Unity 2020 Theme

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020 : 19 Jan, Par – Churches ...

 “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness” (cf. Acts 28:2). In 2020, we are being called to show unusual kindness towards one another.”  During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Churches of all faiths are called together to form a vibrant and prayerful witness for Christian Unity by heeding Jesus’s prayer “that they all may be one.”  Prayer of St Paul VI (Pope)
Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow-men throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give peace and joy.Padre Pio's letter to Pope Paul VI on Humanae Vitae ...

New Entrants
We welcome Rosa Cowan, Hailey Ryder, Aleesha Banger and Reuben Murray who joined the children here at Sacred Heart on Monday. We hope they enjoy their time here. Certainly unusual times having to wait until lockdown finished before they could start school.

Charism Awards
Congratulations to Jordis Murray who was our Charism winner this week. Also to Nathan Frampton, who had outstanding reading during lockdown.


PTA Oyster Raffle
We now ask for all cards and money to be returned to school please by Tuesday 2nd June. The raffle will be drawn and the winners announced on Friday 5th June, with pick up (weather depending) on Monday 8th June.  We thank you for supporting this fundraiser. 

Subway Orders on Thursdays
If you would like to order Subway online, which will automatically be delivered to school, please go to:, select school lunch programme, then select Sacred Heart School Invercargill. Follow the prompts to order and pay online.

Winter Shorts
A reminder we sell winter shorts at school. These are pull up with no belt or buckle @ $20 each. 

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19th March 2020

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Dear Parents
It has been an interesting week with the first case of COVID-19 in Invercargill and a lot of uncertainty around how the border shutdown will affect our economy going forward. In the education system there has been a lot of discussion around the pros and cons of closing schools to help prevent the possible spread of the virus. At this point in time there has been no move to do this which I agree with.

Most schools have been discussing how to provide online or home based learning in the advent of school closures and I would ask ALL families to please complete this survey to give us some information about home networks. The link is below:

Distance Learning Survey

COVID-19 Update
Here is the latest information from the Ministry in Invercargill about COVID-19.

With so much information and misinformation swirling around about COVID-19, I wanted to share with you what will happen if we were to have a case in our school community. We have been planning for this and are in a position to respond quickly.

As soon as a case is confirmed in our immediate school community (eg. a student, staff member, or member of their household), the Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Education will inform me about this, and we will work together to get quick and clear messaging out to you

  • If there was a case confirmed of someone in our school, we will likely be asked to close temporarily by the Medical Officer of Health. This will allow time for close contacts to be traced, appropriate testing to be undertaken, and a careful clean of the school to be undertaken.
  • If our school does need to close temporarily, we will have a plan in place to support student’s learning.

We know COVID-19 feels scary and of course people are concerned for the wellbeing of our children. Please be assured that with no case confirmed in our school, your children are safe here.
Good hygiene is a priority at our school, and we are reinforcing this regularly with all students and staff. We know that practicing good hygiene is still the best thing we can all do to prevent illness.
We are getting the most up to date advice and guidance so that we can confidently make informed decisions about the safety and wellbeing of our school community. 


Faith Facts
WEEK 8 16th – 20th March
3rd Week of Lent (Pray, Fast, Give)
17th St Patrick’s Day
19th St Joseph
The Gospel for the Third Week of Lent John 4:5-42
Jesus reveals himself to the Samaritan woman at the well.

In Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman, we learn about the fullness of God’s mercy. The woman is a Samaritan, and Samaritans were people with whom observant Jews had no contact. She is also an outcast in Samaritan society. Yet Jesus reaches out to this woman and brings her hope and a new knowledge God.

Let’s pray for the outcast in our society. May we and others have the courage to reach out to them and like Jesus bring mercy and hope.

WEEK 9 23rd – 27th March
Week of Lent (Pray, Fast, Give)
25th The Annunciation of Jesus
The Gospel for the Fourth Week of Lent John 9:1-41

Jesus heals the man born blind and reveals himself to him as the Son of Man.

Young people today are often bombarded with so much stimulation that it is easy for them to miss what is right in front of their eyes. This Sunday’s Gospel reminds us that Jesus helps us see what is truly important in life.

Congratulations to Chloe Murdoch who received our Charism for Week 7 and the children who received certificates.  

Scholastic Bookclub Issue 2 – Closes Monday 23rd March.

Lost Hoodie – No name on the back, but Thorne on the tag. Please check if your child has this at home. 

Gifted Bikes from IDEA Services
Many thanks to Hayden who came along to school yesterday with a donation of 4 bikes for our school. 

Tika Class Happenings
Recently in Tika, we have been learning about similes (comparing one thing to another) We have been working hard to implement these into our writing and identify any in our reading books.

Have a look at our wonderful “Colour Monsters


Aroha and Tika have been enjoying PMP every Thursday. It is great to see all our physical skills been put to the test!

Community Notices

Help Required
An older lady in our neighbourhood who has recently lost her licence is looking for a trustworthy, reliable, pleasant female to take on her on shopping errands to town and do the odd job. Must have drivers licence. Tea, Cake and gossip supplied. Enquiries are directed to 2157276.

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