Posts made in May, 2008

30 May 2008

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Dear Parents

Another busy week is over and it is June already. Winter sports have started and we thank all the staff and parents who are coaching school teams. We also have children practising for the upcoming Aerobics and Dance Festival & Zone and hopefully Southland Cross Country.
At a breakfast meeting I attended this week the quest speaker was a young man from Bosnia – Herzegovina. He spoke of his experiences during the conflict in 1992 – 1995; when huge numbers of people especially civilians were displaced or killed. His own story involved escaping (the only one out of 101 men in his village) being found by soldiers and spending the next 3 years in the army. The fact that he was only 15 at the time makes us very lucky to live where we do. He and his NZ wife have started a Charitable Trust call Project Sunflower which aims to help to rebuild lives in Bosnia – Herzegovina and Croatia.

Unfortunately we farewell Riley & Bree Chilton and their family next Thursday. We thank Jodi for her time on the PTA committee and also the preferential treatment regarding the STAGS visits.
We wish them luck for their new venture in Timaru.

PARISH COUNCIL ~ You are warmly invited to attend a POT LUCK LUNCH to be held in the Sacred Heart Hall on Sunday 1st June 12.30 p.m. to welcome Fr. Vince to our parish. Please bring a plate.

The Zone Cross Country will be at Elizabeth Park next Wednesday 4th June. We were originally sent a notice with the wrong date. At least this means the children can have another week’s practice. Could parents of the children involved, please contact the office if they are able to provide transport for 4th June.

ED ALIVE SOFTWARE ~ Orders must be back at school by Friday 6th June.

Children are not to wear long sleeved thermals under their sports top, they are to wear the correct school uniform which is their jersey.

*** Please remember the last day for meat orders is Tuesday 3 June. Please ask all friends and family as this is a great
way to buy your meat.
*** We also have the opportunity to buy some fruit & vegetables from Perce Orchards in Roxburgh. The order form will be
on the notice board in the junior corridor. If you are interested, please write your order up and give Christine the money.
N.B. Orders must be in by Tuesday 3 June. The money must accompany the order. Please take note of the delivery date.

SH Stars drew 1 all against Woodlands SH Steel won 11 – 0 against Donovan
(If you have a netball skirt at home from last year, please return to Miss Kirkwood).

Next weeks draw: SH Stars (Mrs Millynn’s team) vs Woodlands Steelers Court 9 @ 4.30 pm
SH Steel (Mrs Russell’s team) vs Donovan White Court 3 @ 4 pm
SH Sting (Mrs Brown’s team) vs Ascot Angels Court 2 @ 5.30 pm

. Is your child frustrated by under-achievement at school?
. Are there problems with reading & writing?
. Is homework an ordeal each night?
. Is concentrating, following instructions or organizing tasks difficult?
. Do they suffer a lack of self-confidence or low self-esteem?
. Co-ordination problems – swimming, running, catching a ball?
The Dore Program provides a non-invasive exercise-based solution for the learning difficulties associated with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD. The treatment is also effective in relieving Aspergers symptoms including improving social skills, eye contact and the ability to adapt to change. We are holding a free information evening at the Southland Museum & Art Gallery on Wednesday 11th June 7.30 pm to help develop awareness and educate parents, teachers and members of the community about our program and the benefits it offers. To reserve your seat please phone 0508367369.


Thank you for your attendance at the 3-way interviews this week. The children’s goal setting was a positive aspect mentioned by ERO and it has been beneficial for the children to be able to discuss them with their teacher and parents.
As a follow up could you please complete the survey below.

1. What was useful information?

2. What additional information would you have liked to receive?

3. Was the time allocation suitable?

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16 May 2008

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Dear Parents

Another Friday already! It’s hard to believe we have already had two weeks of school. The children seem to have settled straight back into school and we are all working on our “Sustainability Unit”.

Thanks to those parents who have filled in their interview times. If you have not done this, the interview sheets are placed in the junior corridor for you to fill in a time that suits you best.
A reminder that school will close at lunch time on Monday 26th May to begin interviews at 1.15 p.m.

On Monday I will be attending our ICT-PD cluster Regional meeting in Dunedin. One of the workshops being offered is “Second Life” – an on-line virtual world. The teachers running the workshop will be showing us how Second Life has relevance to our student’s educational needs. While I am some what sceptical in relation to this with primary age children, I see an up-coming episode of CSI–NY deals with Second Life.
I understand there was huge on-line interest in this when it happened.

Welcome to Tylee & Devan Fiebig who joined the children in Room 1 this morning.
We hope they enjoy their time with us at Sacred Heart School.

This Monday 19th May 7.00 p.m.

Thanks to the teachers and parents who have been working to organise and prepare our winter sports teams.
Our apologies in regards to the Hockey team. We will be contacting Hockey Southland to register our annoyance with being let down so late. Mr Gander is working to put any interested children in other school teams.

We have received notice today that the Zone Cross Country at St. Patrick’s has been changed from 4th June to 28th May. This means our school Cross Country will be next Wednesday 21st May.
All the children in Rooms 5 & 7 will compete, with children 10 and 11yrs at 31/12/08 going on to the zones.

The school office will be closed on Monday 19th May.

To Patrice Brookland who was successful in her audition for the Cats Musical.
Patrice won a part as a kitten in the up and coming show.

We would appreciate any spare clothes for our “accidents cupboard”. Especially socks.

For a 9 yr old boy from school to St. Theresa’s on Wednesday afternoons. Will pay. Please contact 215-6104.

If anyone has any books in good condition and would like to donate these to our Library, please drop them off to the office. We are also interested in complete sets of games. We welcome both of these. Thank you.

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9 May 2008

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Dear Parents


Welcome back to Term 2, we look forward to another busy term.  Welcome back to Miss Kirkwood, and also to Shaun Clapperton and Khyla Matiu-Watson.

Our Inquiry topic this term is “Sustainability” and the value we will be concentrating on is “Integrity”.

With the seemingly endless increase in household costs – we look forward to what the classes may find out to help us save natural resources and money.

Thank you for ensuring your children are in the correct winter uniform. 


Some of the school events this term include:                       


Skills Programme at Stadium, Tuesdays for Rooms 3, 8 & 9.

                                    Interviews  – 26 & 27th May

                                    Southland Stag Visit – 23rd May

                                    School Cross Country – 28th May

                                    Sacred Heart Feast Day – 30th May Mass 9.30 a.m.

                                    Zone Cross Country – 4th June

                                    Aerobics & Dance Festival – 15th June

Southland Cross Country – 20th June

                                    School Mass – 22nd June 10.30 a.m.



Congratulations to:  John Horn – Chairperson, Ian Harrington – Secretary and Diane Thornbury – Treasurer, who were re-elected at the BOT Annual Meeting.



We intend to start preparation for children receiving the Sacrament of Baptism next week.  A parent meeting will be held at school on 20th May at 3.00 p.m. to outline the process. 

Could parents of children to be baptised please see myself or Miss O’Neill to collect an information sheet.



Interviews have been scheduled for week 4, 26 & 27 May.  Monday 26 will be a half day with the school closing at 12.30 p.m. Interviews will begin at 1.00 p.m.  Interview time sheets will be placed in the junior corridor later next week.

A reminder these interviews are 3-way.  Your child does attend.



Activity Fees are in the process of being finalised and will be sent out early this term.



School assembly has been moved back to Mondays at 2.20 p.m.  Parents are welcome to attend.


PTA  ~  The next meeting will be held this Monday 12th at Jagz in Windsor at 7.30 p.m.  Parents are most welcome.

A big thanks to the PTA for the purchase of a BBQ for school functions.



…a visual journey… fabulous artworks by Liz Kempthorne, Janet de Wagt, Lyn Henry, Paul Deans, Deanna Gracie, Kathleen Morrison, Brendan Jaine, Ken Swinney, Sue Wademan. Exhibition open Sat, Sunday 17-18 May 2008 10am-3pm at Southland Education, WEA Building, 100 Esk Street, INVERCARGILL.










Below you will see a brief  bio from Fr. Vince who has received confirmation from Bishop Colin that he has been appointed our school chaplain.  We look forward to Fr. Vince involvement in our school life.

Vince is the assistant priest in the Sacred Heart, Waikiwi Parish in Invercargill. He was ordained in Dunedin on 1st February 2008, after two years study in the Holy Spirit House of Formation in the Parramatta Diocese in Sydney. While in Sydney he studied theology at the Catholic Institute Sydney.


In 1996 Fr Vince retired after 13 years as general manager of the Southland Times. He cared for his seriously ill wife, and after her death in 1998, worked in several volunteer jobs. He worked for Habitat for Humanity, building houses and setting up their business model. He also worked as a helper at Calvary Hospital, and after the deaths of Fathers Thompson and Cashman, provided a service of the Word with Communion for the residents each Sunday.  Fr Vince has three adult children and four grandchildren.

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