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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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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