12th September 2019

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12th September 2019

Dear Parents
Welcome to Patrick Sales, Zoey McElwain and Orla O’Reilly who joined the children in Room 1 recently. We hope they enjoy their time at Sacred Heart. 
A reminder that we will all be going to Winton to celebrate Mercy Day on Monday. An email was sent home will all the details.

Class Naming Competition
Thank you to all the families that entered the class naming competition. The winning names were supplied by Eli Taula and his family. They reflected the Catholic values and virtues in our school with an emphasis on the journey the children make during their time with us.


Faith Facts
WEEK 8   9th – 13th September
9th St Peter Claver
13th St John of Chrysostom
Social Justice Week: FAIR, YOU SAY? Seeking fairness in an unfair world.

During Social Justice Week this year (September 8-14), we invite all our school communities throughout Aotearoa to focus on the issue of fairness. In our world, which is tainted by unfairness, we are challenged to open our eyes to what is not just, and to be inspired to be instruments that will bring fairness and justice in our homes, schools, communities and the wider world.

WEEK 9 16th – 20th September

16th St’s Cornelius and Cyprian
20th Sts Andrew Kim Tae-gon
21st St Matthew

In the third century St Cornelius was a Pope who was arrested and Banished. Roman emperor Decius thought that if Christian lost their leader the religion would die. There are now over 2 billion Christian in the world today and more than 50% of those are Catholic. Unfortunately like in the 3rd Century Christians today are still persecuted and amongst the most persecuted people in the world.

Christians are persecuted in more that 50 countries and are harassed in up to 144. Please pray for all people of faith and help stop the intolerance.

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 6 closes on Wednesday 18th September.

Congratulations to our latest Charism Award winners, Laura Hamilton and William Baynes, and all the children who received certificates.


A selection of Production pic’s

Polyfest Pics

Futsal Player’s of the Day 


Congratulations to Nadia Hutton who spent 4 days dancing in Auckland last week at the regional’s for the Evolution Dance Competition.  She qualified for the national finals being held in Australia in her lyrical, Jazz, jazz troupe and acrobatics troupe (they placed 1st in their section).  Well done Nadia.

Room 9 Class Happenings

Last week we attended ‘Connecting Communities’ at the ILT Stadium organised by Sports Southland to promote Health and Physical education. The students were able to choose from a range of fun activities.

We have also been learning and up-skilling our Te Reo in class celebrating Maori Language week. We have read stories and practiced our pronunciation of words. We have also recreated the stories using iMovie.

Community Notices 




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22nd August

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22nd August 

Dear Parents

School Production – Conundrum
Thanks for your help and support with our school production of ‘Conundrum’ last week. A lot of work went into it and I was very proud of the children last week. A big thanks to our director Nicky Rippingale who managed all this as well as packing to return to Australia this week. We thank you and your family for your input into our school life while you have been here and wish you all the best in the future. Also thanks to Verdon College for the use of the hall – Ross Buxton and Emma Jarman and students and for all the school staff and parent helpers. 

Polyfest – Friday 30th August
All children are taking part in the Polyfest next Friday. We will be leaving here at 11.15 and on stage at 12.20. A note with information about transports option after Polyfest and boys shorts is being sent home today. Please return it asap.

School Completion Update
As you may have noticed the fences have started to come down and we are nit far away from completion. I do not have an exact date yet but hope to have this soon. Most of the hold ups now are to do with compliance issues such as fire alarm  and security monitoring.

Congratulations to Albert Cameron and Lleyton Hamilton, our Charism award winners. Also to Leo Duggan who received his New Zealand Chess Level 1 & 2 badges.

Well done to Jacob Humm who  was MVP for Marist Lions under 9 and Pippa Humm who placed 3rd in the under 12 Southland Surf Circuit.

 Also to Rhea Mohenoa and Cruz Wanakore who were players of the day for their futsal team this week.

New Classroom Name Competition
Thanks to the families who have entered names. The competition will close tomorrow afternoon.

Fathers Day Gifts
A reminder to drop off your fathers day gifts in the containers outside the office before next Tuesday.


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8th August

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8th August 2019

Dear Parents
Our prayers are with the Tagomoa-Kaa and Pierce families this week. Welcome to Kento & Elena Muir who are here for 2 weeks visiting from Japan, we hope you enjoy your stay.

Sacraments of Reconciliation & First Communion.
Bishop Michael will be visiting us tomorrow to work with the children receiving  the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion at Mass on Sunday. Congratulations to Lucy Williams, Jacob Humm and Jesse van Beek, Sean Hartstonge, Jamie Russell, Brooke Casey, Daisy Duffy, Rhea Maheno, Molly Duffy, William Baynes, Charlotte Pickett, Albert Cameron & Miss Smith.

Not long now to go till our school production.
Verdon College, Rockdale Road on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th August @ 6.00pm. Tickets are on sale now at the school office, Adults $12  –  Child $8.

The children need to be at Verdon College by 5.15 on both nights.
Room 1, 2 and 8 will report to the PAC, to the left of the hall when you enter the foyer.  Room 3 will meet at the end of the corridor near the stage.
Room 9 are to report to the changing rooms along the corridor to the right of the main doors.

We will be practising for most of next week, starting  with a dress rehearsal at 9.00am on Monday morning.  Please give your children an extra portion for breakfast and some dry snacks, as we will be having a late morning tea and don’t want yoghurt etc all over their costumes.

A big thanks to all the parents who have assisted with our preparation so far.  If you can help in any way, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs Buxton.

Next Wednesday the lead characters need to be at Verdon for a technical rehearsal between 5.00 and 6.00pm. Let school know if you will have problems with transport.

Then on Thursday 15th August we will all be going to Mass at St. Theresa’s at 9.15am, then on to Verdon for our dress rehearsal.
Children will need a packed lunch and will need to be at school 8.45am.
We will be back at school between 2.30 – 3.00pm.

Raffle Donations
Thank you to those who have already donated a luxury item for our raffle.  Please drop your donation into the basket in the office area. 

I have informed Paul at Enrich, that no Sacred Heart children will be attending Enrich next week.

SUBWAY – please do not order Subway next Thursday for your child, as we are off site for the whole day.

Congratulations to James Hillman and Alby Cameron who were the recipients of our ‘Charism Award’ for the last 2 weeks and to the children who received certificates.

A special congratulations to Jesse Van Beek who was baptised at Mass on Tuesday.



Futsal – Well done to Jordis Murray, who got ‘player of the day’ at the first game of Futsal.



Principals Collective Agreement not yet settled
Teachers recently won pay parity with their secondary colleagues, because a teacher is a teacher, regardless of the age of their students. But the government refused to give primary and intermediate principals parity with principals of comparably sized secondary schools, or any support for growing workloads. In small schools, principals are doing a complex job but often without any extra support, and while teaching as well. And these principals are often paid less than some teachers in large schools.

Pinafore for Sale
1 x size 6 pinafore $30. Purchased from H & J Smith last year. Available 23rd August. Contact Nicky on 027 8215 711 if interested.

Community Notices

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2nd August

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2nd August 2019

Dear Parents

Production practices are in full swing now.  The children are doing very well knowing their lines and their cues.  Thank you for the support you have given in providing costumes.  If you have any questions regarding costumes, please see your child’s class teacher. Next week we begin our full school practices so the children will get to see the whole show and know where they will be sitting and when to move for their scene. We are looking for helpers.  

Please also check in with your child’s teacher to see if there is anything still needed for their scene.

We need a parent / parents who can help on both nights with costumes.

We need helpers after the show to tidy up, as well as with hospitality at Verdon – taking tickets, selling raffles etc

  • Thursday 15th August from 5.15pm
  • Friday 16th August from 5.15 pm
  • After the show on Friday to help clean up our props etc.

If you are able to help, please email Mrs Buxton 

We would appreciate each family donating a ‘luxury’ item to contribute to a raffle which will be sold on the night to help cover costs.


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25th July 2019

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25th July 2019

Dear Parents 
Welcome back to Term 3. It promises to be very busy with the school production, polyfest and the school building update nearing completion. I sent an email home this week saying there may be a Teachers Only Day on Wednesday 21/8. This will not happen now; while the building may be ready the site works will not be completed on time nor will the  Compliance Certificate be issued. I will let you know new dates as soon as I have the information.

Welcome to Jacob Perkins, Marley Allison, Willa Sirgurdsson, Cameron and Jayden Smit and Thomas Boath. We are delighted they have joined us at Sacred Heart School and hope they enjoy their time with us.

Faith Facts
Term 3 2019 – WEEK 1 22nd – 26th July
22nd St Mary Magdalene
25th St James the Apostle
26th St Joachim and Anne

On the 22nd July 1987 Lotto goes on sale for the first time in New Zealand. Many people pray to win the lotto. Better to follow Jesus example of loving your neighbour and yourself. Then make a realistic budget for your family and stick to it. In addition, seek wise advice concerning your finances. Buy a ticket only if you can afford the loss. And know God loves you and wants to help you face financial problems realistically.

WEEK 2   29th July – 2ndAugust
29th St Martha
31st St Ignatius of Loyola
St Alphonsus of Liguori
3rd St Dominic

Thirteen of our schools and colleges in the Dunedin Diocese have a commitment to the Dominican heritage, charism or history. Ten Dominican nuns arrived in Dunedin In February 1871. Within a few days of their arrival they established Dunedin’s first Catholic high school for girls. Lets celebrate these amazing women and their gift of faith and Education to us on the 3rd of August.

Scholastic Bookclub Issue 5 closes Friday 2nd August.

Carpark Repair
Thank you to Alice Monaghan who has offered to fill in the holes in the carpark. This will be completed as soon as weather allows.

Sacred Heart Feast Day
Thank you to all the children who brought a grocery item for the food back last term. We received a lovely letter from the Southland Food bank thanking us. They were thrilled with your efforts.

Congratulations to Cruz Wanakore who received the Charism Award this week, and to all the children who received certificates.


Room 2 Class Happenings
For our end of term 2 celebration we had a pyjama day, were we built huts together and had a shared lunch together.  It was so much fun!

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Some photos from our end of term disco!


Seeing Science first hand!  We were lucky to be given some liquid nitrogen from Mitchell’s Mum.  Mr Forde showed us what happens to a flower when put into the liquid.  It was pretty cool to watch the smoke and hear the crackling sound.

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27th June 2018

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Dear Parents 

Faith Facts
WEEK 9    24th – 28th June
24th The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
28th The Sacred Heart of Jesus
29th Saints Peter and Paul, apostles

John is about 6 months older than Jesus, and he is the one who baptizes Jesus. John’s father is Zacharias and his mother is Elizabeth. They were both faithful to God. Your children will tell you the story about how John came to be. If they have forgotten it is in the Bible Luke 1:5-2539-80 or find it here

WEEK 10   1st – 5th July
3rd St Thomas, apostle
A Holiday Prayer
Loving Lord, as the time for our holiday gets closer we pray that You would be with us, as we make all the plans and preparations for this much needed time of rest and refreshment.
Help us not to miss any important things as we get ready. We pray that there will not be any last-minute problems to hinder of prevent our restful holiday time. Keep us and all our friends safe and warm during this break.
Thank You for this wonderful opportunity to recharge our mental, spiritual and physical ‘batteries’, so that we may be able to spend time away from our hard work at school and of the every-day life and return rejuvenated and ready to continue our daily tasks.

Sacred Heart Feast Day
Tomorrow we will celebrate Sacred Heart Feast Day.
We are asking the children to bring an item of food for the Southland food bank. In particular: weetbix, tuna, spaghetti & baked beans, rice, coffee and tea.
All children need to wear their sports uniform. Thank you.

Our biannual school production is fast approaching. This year’s production ‘Conundrum’ will be performed on the evenings of Thursday 15th and Friday 16th of August at Verdon College. This is a whole school production, and compulsory event for ALL students. Every student has a role in the performance, and are required to take part in both shows. If there are any problems with this, please speak with your class teacher ASAP. We are now at the stage of organising our props, sets and costuming. We are needing:

  • Handy people willing to build some simple sets
  • Artistic people able to paint sets
  • Anyone able and willing to sew
  • Donations of scrap fabric (pieces bigger than 30cm x 30cm) or old sheets

Over the coming weeks, you will receive notice from your class teachers about items they are sourcing for props, costume requirements, and also ways you can help with their class preparations. Please keep an eye out for this, and help out where you able.

Activity Fee
We have several families who haven’t yet settled their activity fee. Please check with Christine if this is you.

Verdon Open Day – Sunday 4 August 1 – 3pm. Mark your calendar now. 

PTA News – School Disco – 4th July
Hi everyone, we hope you have had a great term 2. We are looking forward to holding an American themed (red, white and blue) disco for all the students next Thursday 4th July and would love to see you all there.
Entry will be a gold coin donation. We will be selling a selection of snacks and glow sticks/fire optic accessories on the night.
Year 1 – 3 students will be from 6 – 7.00 pm
Year 4 – 6 students will be from 7 – 8.00 pm
We would greatly appreciate some parent help on the night please. If you are able to help, please contact Bailey 02102671370.

Congratulations to Luca Ferrari and Corbin Watson who received the Charism Award for Week 8 and 9. And to all the children who received certificates.


Class Happenings – Room 1 have written some ‘What am I?’ with Mrs McCarthy

See if you can guess the answer before looking at the answer! What am I?
I am red.
I am in a lunchbox
What am I?
…An apple

I am red.
I am scary
I roar
What am I?
… A velociraptor
By Coby

I am electric
I have 2 legs
What am I?
…A robot
By Eric

I am colourful
I have 4 wheels
I play music
What am I?
…An ice-cream truck
By Erik

I have 4 legs
I am different colours
I bark
What am I?
…a dog
By Felix

I am black
I have 8 legs
I scare people
What am I?
…a spider
By Lotte

I have 8 wheels
I am big.
What am I?
…a truck
By Nathan

I am light brown.
I am also black.
I scratch
I am snuggly
What am I?
…A cat
By Madison

I have 4 wheels
I have a motor.
I go on the road.
What am I?
…A car
By Sam

I am scary
I have 8 legs.
What am I?
…A spider
By Luke

I am green
I have 2 wheels
I can go really fast
What am I?
…A motorbike
By Lleyton

I am huge
I have spikes
I am not alive now
What am I?
…A dinosaur
By Jack

I am brown and green
I can grow really high
I have leaves
What am I?
…A tree
By Lara


Out of School Music
Music Awareness: We are now taking enrolments for Music Awareness for term 3. This class is for students 5-6 years and is a great introduction to music. Class runs
from July 27th-Sept 21st, Southland Girls High School, Saturday mornings 9.30 – 10.25, $25, Contact: Deborah 216-5137 answerphone). email or
facebook out of school music.



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