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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17th October 2019

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Dear Parents
Welcome back to Term 4, I hope the fine weather that we have had this week continues a bit longer. Below is a list of some of the term events:

    • School Mass                                       29/10
    • Share the Road                                  30/10
    • All Saints Day Mass                          1/11
    • Boat Safety                                         12/11
    • School Mass                                       19/11
    • Swimming                                          22/11 – 6/12
    • Convent Cup                                      29/11
    • Mission Day Fair                               5/12
    • Year 6 Day                                         10/12
    • End of Year Mass                              11/12
    • End of Term                                       12/12

Faith Facts
Week 1: October 14th – 18th
15th St Teresa of Jesus (Avila)
16th St Hedwig
16th St Margaret Mary Alacoque
17th St Ignatius of Antioch
St Luke
Pope Francis Prayer That the breath of the Holy Spirit engenders a new missionary “spring” in the church.
October’s Missionary Month: Baptised and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World.

World Mission Sunday October 20th
All Catholics are asked to participate in the mission of the Church, called to share their faith as missionaries. World Mission Sunday gathers support for programmes and needs of more than 1,150 mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and remote regions of Latin America. The funds gathered on World Mission Sunday are distributed in the pope’s name.

Week 2: October 21st – 25th
22nd St John Paul II
23rd St John Capistrano
This week is only the 5th year that we have celebrated the feast day of St John Paul the second.
Here are some of his inspirational quotes from the great man.

The future starts today, not tomorrow.
Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.

A person’s rightful due is to be treated as an object of love, not as an object for use.
The worst prison would be a closed heart.
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace…Peace will be the last word of history.

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 7 will close on Friday 25th October. 

Welcome to Zion Unuka who joined the children in Room 1 on Monday. We hope he enjoys his time at Sacred Heart School.

Congratulations to Dean Lindsay who received the Charism Award this week, and to all the children who received certificates.

Class Happenings – Holiday Stories – By Room 1
In Room 1 we shared about our holidays and then using our senses we picked the parts we liked the most.  We hope you enjoy our stories.

In the holidays…
I could see my sister.
I could smell pizza.
I could hear my Mum talking.
I could taste peanuts I had for a snack.
I loved having pizza with my family.
By Jack

In the holidays…
I could see an ice-cream.
I could smell my tea cooking.
I could hear Daddy snoring.
I could taste the pizza I shared with my cousins.
I loved going to the pool the most.
By Orla

In the holidays…
I could see my baby brother, Nico.
I could smell the potatoes cooking.
I could hear my Dad snoring.
I could taste the coco pops.
I loved going to the swimming pool the most.
By Zion

In the holidays…
I could see a cake.
I could smell some yummy ice-cream.
I could hear my baby brother whine.
I could taste my delicious dinner.
I loved going to the park with my cousin the most.
By Zoey

In the holidays…
I could see some ice-cream.
I could smell good yummy stuff.
I could hear some ducks quacking.
I could taste salmon.
I loved swimming at the swimming pool with my family.
By Felix

In the holidays…
I could see my cake, it looked yummy.
I could smell the sweets.
I could hear a bird.
I could taste the marshmallows.
I loved swimming pool with Dad and Mum.
By Erik

In the holidays…
I could see a nursery web spider.
I could smell the gross cave.
I could hear birds chirping.
I could taste crumpets.
I loved going in the cave with Ellie.
By Willa

In the holidays…
I could see the slide at the park.
I could smell my cat and it made me sneeze.
I could hear the birds trying to get out of the egg.
I could taste the chocolate.
I loved seeing all the ducks.
By Luke

In the holidays…
I could see the hydroslide.
I could smell the pool water.
I could hear people talking.
I could taste the pizza.
I loved making the puzzle with Madi.
By Sam

In the holidays…
I could see the baby called Charlotte.
I could smell a pie.
I could hear the thunder.
I could taste the chicken pizza.
I loved going to the train show the most.
By Jacob

In the holidays…
I could see a new toy.
I could smell sweet strawberries.
I could hear thunder.
I could taste candy.
I loved going to park with Mummy and Daddy.
By Lara

In the holidays…
I could see the playground.
I could smell an ice-cream.
I could hear my dog barking.
I could taste the yummy muffins.
I loved having Mum’s brother over to stay.
By Patrick

In the holidays…
I could see my toys.
I could smell the ice-cream.
I could hear my brother’s playing.
I could taste the scrumptious nachos.
I loved staying with my family.
By Marley

In the holidays…
I could see a monster truck toy.
I could smell a fluffy.
I could hear my Mum’s car starting.
I could taste treats, yummy lollies.
I loved going to the café the most.
By Nathan

In the holidays…
I could see a boxy girl doll.
I could smell the pool.
I could hear cars driving on the road.
I could taste a taco, I had it for 6 nights.
I loved playing with my boxy girl the most.
By Madison

In the holidays…
I could see the swimming pool.
I could smell a pie.
I could hear all the people in the swimming pool.
I could taste the yummy pie, I had it for lunch. 
I loved having chicken nuggets and chips at the Olive tree the most.                
By Lotte

Community Notices

Out of School Music – We are running our final Music Awareness class for the term. This is a great beginner class which teaches rhythm, beat, loud & soft notes etc. Students 5-6 years old; $25/6 weeks. Classes are Saturday Morn 9.30-10.30, starting Oct 19th Girl’s High.Contact: Deborah 216-5137,  email: or Facebook message: Out of School Music.


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27th September 2019

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Dear Parents 
This has been a very busy term and I wish to thank everybody for their support and help especially with our school production and polyfest.
Term 4 starts on Monday 14th October.
Some of next terms events include:

  • John Parsons – Cyber Safety – 16th October
  • All Saints Day – 1st November
  • Boat Safety – 12th November
  • Mission Fair – 14th November
  • Swimming – 22nd November to 6th December. 
  • Year 6 Day – 10th November
  • End of Year Mass – 11th December
  • Last day of Term 4 – 12th December

I have had a number of children approach me about the possibility of preparing them for the Sacrament of Baptism. Please email me at   if you wish to follow this up.

Moving Day
There has been a slight hold up while a fire evacuation plan is approved by the Fire Service. Once this is approved we will be able to have the final council inspection and hopefully move in. As we will not be able to give sufficient notice for a Teachers Only Day we will be sending out an S.O.S to available parents to help us move everything to the new rooms. more info on this later.

Faith Facts  –  WEEK 10    23rd – 27th September
23rd St Pius of Pietrelcina
27th St Vincent de Paul

Since the early 1900’s, young people have been involved with the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society in New Zealand. Many of our schools in the Dunedin Diocese have Young Vinnies groups.

The Society was founded by seven people, most of whom were teenagers. The object of having a youth arm of the Society that caters for people from age about 11 to 30ish is to help them to realise that there are people in society in need, and to encourage them to help those people. They are also encouraged to realise that the reason Vincentians help people is not just because they feel good doing this work, but because of the Gospel message to love your neighbour as yourself.

Charism Awards – Congratulations to Megan Sommerfeldt and Leo Ganaha who received the Charism Award for the last fortnight, and to all the children who received certificates.

School Management Parent Portal
The school uses an online management / assessment system called Assembly. Next term I will send sending out instruction allowing Parents to access their child’s reports online via a Parent Portal.

Room 8 Class Happenings
On 16th September the whole school travelled to St Thomas Aquinas in Winton to celebrate Mercy Day with the other Southland Mercy Schools.  They are – St Mary’s in Gore, St Patrick’s at Nightcaps, St Thomas Aquinas and Sacred Heart. The Mercy Sisters were founded by Catherine McAuley from Dublin, Ireland. We all have the Mercy Charisms as our guiding values.  To celebrate Mercy Day we went to Mass, had a sausage sizzle and then took part in various games in the afternoon.  Here are some photos from the day:

Our Inquiry focus for the last three weeks, while Whaea Helen was teaching us, was Rubbish and the Environment.  We made these dioramas to show our amazing environment and some of the effects of humans on the environment:

Community Notices

Calvary Hospital Fair – Friday 1st November 2019
They are asking for any donations e.g. books, knitting, crafts, baking, furniture, clothing, prizes for the chocolate wheel and donate whitebait to cook at the fair. This would be very much appreciated. Items can be brought to the Activities staff at Calvary by Friday 25 October please.







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