Posts made in March, 2009

27 March 2009

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Dear Parents

PALM SUNDAY MASS 5TH APRIL – A reminder this is a compulsory Mass. All children are expected to attend. Due to the PTA picnic (see PTA segment) afterwards, the children are to wear mufti.

It has been good to get back to normal with swimming finished. We were pleased with the progress made by all our swimming groups.

I have been following with interest Room 9’s class blog: http://room9shsinv.blogspot.com The class are researching the type and effectiveness of shade sails as part of a project to apply for HEHA funding to provide more shade areas.

Stuart Young from the Diocese office spoke to the Board on Monday. He discussed his role as General Manager of the Diocese, in particular property issues relating to our schools. Due to a moratorium on capital works nationally at Catholic Schools, he could not promise us our much needed library immediately but did offer assurances once the Government agrees to guarantee loans again.
An interesting fact was that while our schools are staffed at the same rate as state schools, we are not funded for the most recent 1-18 and 1-15 ratio for property. This is another issue the Education Office are lobbying the Government, to ensure their equity across the educational sector.
All in all, it was a worthwhile visit in providing a positive link to the Dunedin Diosesan Office.

Many thanks to the PTA for the tubs of sports equipment for the children to use.
We much appreciate your generosity.

GOOD LUCK to the children going to the Southland Athletics on Saturday. On your arrival, you are to go to the grandstand and look for the ‘All Saints’ banner and collect a t-shirt. It is your responsibility to return this t-shirt once you have finished competing.

YEAR 4 DICTIONAIRIES
Last Friday the school was visited by Merle O’Donnell from the North Invercargill Rotary. She presented all Year 4 children with an Usborne Ullistrated Dictionary. This was to celebrate World Literary Day with sponsorship obtained from The Community Trust (which is to continue for the next 10 years). Many thanks.

SPORTS CANCELLATION
Where ever possible, we will put sports cancellations on the junior corridor noticeboard. Encourage your child to check, as Mrs Forbes’ finishes at 2 pm and the answer phone is on.

CONGRATULATIONS to Sam Downing who made the Southland Under 10 Touch Team. Well Done!

FRUIT ORDERS ~ The next delivery will be Thursday 2nd April. Please have your orders and money into the office by this Tuesday 31st March. Available this time are Cox Orange Apples 4kg $10, Pacific Beauty Apples 4kg $10, and 3 pumpkins $10.

PTA
The next meeting will be held Monday 6th April 7.30 pm in the school staffroom. All welcome.

PALM SUNDAY FAMILY PICNIC 5th APRIL ~ The PTA is hosting a family picnic after School Mass on Palm Sunday.
Bring your own family picnic & something to sit on. The PTA will provide tea & coffee, and a BBQ for families to cook on. There will be fun games and a lolly scramble. Come along and enjoy our school community.

SECOND HAND SALE ~ Wed 8th April at 2.30 – 3.15pm, in the hall.
This will be for those wishing to purchase winter uniform items. If anyone is wishing to donate or sell uniforms could they please leave them in the office indicating their choice.
Enquiries to Nicki Brookland 214-0112 or Amanda Hunt 215-7663.

EASTER RAFFLE ~ thank you to all families for the efforts made in raising $1900 for school Library books.
The results are as follows:

Nicky Lindsay Des Casey John Jones Ann-Marie Stuart Keenan family
Kay Phillips Gail Honeywill Winders family Sharon Francis Linda Duncan
Harrington family Reilly McLean Harvey family

PRIMARY HOCKEY 2009 – YEAR 3-6
All competitions are at Invercargill Hockey Complex, Camden Street.

COMPETITION DATES:
Primary 11 aside competition: Wednesday 6 May 2009
Primary 6 aside competition: Wednesday 6 May 2009

COSTS:
Primary 11 aside: $475 per team for the whole season
Primary 6 aside: $225 per team for whole season or $150 for term 2 only.

Composite teams will be formed for all interested children from any school where a full team cannot be fielded.

Parent help is essential for hockey to be run successfully.
Please fill in the form below to express interest in playing hockey in term 2.
FORM TO BE RETURNED TO SCHOOL BY 31st MARCH

CLASS HAPPENINGS ~ ROOM 1

When ROOM ONE went swimming we learned many different things.
DEVAN learnt to get in safely and to go on his back. XANTHE liked floating and kicking on her back. BROOKLYN liked being on her back on the water and getting the stick under the water. MATTHEW H loved blowing bubbles. PARIS liked to go in the pool and blow bubbles. TESSA loved going under the water. TYLEE learned to go under the water to get the stick. WILL threw the rope to pull people out. GRETA knows how to get in the pool safely. CORBYN learnt to put his ears under the water. LUCY loved throwing the rope and diving to get the wood. KATELYN liked getting in the pool and being pulled out. AVA-MOLLEE liked going under the water. MATTHEW F liked having fun in the water. ALEX liked going under the water to get the stick. OLIVER loved swimming in the pool. BILLY had fun going under the water. Miss O’Neill loved seeing children learn to do new things and when we were quiet on the bus.

HOLLY sends her thanks for the MILK BOTTLES she has received.

MARIST SCHOOLBOY RUGBY WEIGH-INS ~ THURS 2nd APRIL 3.30 – 5.30 PM, MILLER STREET. ENQURIES 2157973
NumberWorks’nWords (after-school tuition in Maths and English) is taking bookings for Term 2 now.
For a free professional evaluation and introductory lesson, phone 2186804.

HOCKEY

__________________ would like to play hockey in term two.

Primary 11 aside Primary 6 aside
(please circle)

I am/am not able to help coach a hockey team

Signed_______________________________

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20 March 2009

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Dear Parents

Swimming is finished!! Thank you to all the school staff and parents for ensuring our swimming programme ran so smoothly. We choose to run it over 10 consecutive days to give it a greater impact than 1 or 2 days over 5 weeks. I know this can be a struggle for towels (and pyjama’s for my group) and is a major interruption to our normal routine at school, but we do see a huge improvement in children’s confidence and progress.
Also this week we were fortunate to be able to hold our Zone Athletics sports. Our children were brilliant in both effort and results. Listed below are the place getters (those in bold will represent the Zone at the Southland Athletic Sports on Saturday 28th March).
Apart for a number of excellent individual performances noted, the relays were very exciting with our children first in 4 of the 6 races and a close 2nd in the other 2.
Well Done and thanks to the teachers and parents who were able to help prepare the children.

PRAYERS ~ Our thoughts and prayers are with the Keenan family.

BOT MEETING
On Monday 23rd March Board members will be meeting with Stuart Young, General Manager of The Catholic Office in Dunedin. This is the first time we have had the opportunity to speak to an office representative and we look forward to their thoughts as to future development at our school.

OTATARA BUS EARLY WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH ~ With JHHS finishing early on this day, the Otatara bus will leave Sacred Heart School at 1 p.m. Please inform the school if your child will be catching the bus early or making other arrangements. Thank you.

ZONE ATHLETICS ~ What a fantastic day we all had. Check out these results:
N.B. All highlighted children will represent school at the Southland Athletics next Saturday.

Long Jump 8yr old 1st Sam Hogan 2nd Eli Winders 1st Abby Humm
9yr old 1st Shaquila Blee 3rd Sophie Reitsma-smith

Discus 8yr old 3rd Eli Winders
9yr old 1st Shaquila Blee
10 yr old 1st Michael Walker 2nd Caitlin Russell

Shot Put 8yr old 1st Sam Hogan 2nd Eli Winders
9yr old 3rd William Clapperton
10yr old 1st Michael Walker

High Jump 8yr old 1st Sam Hogan
9yr old 2nd Keegan Fiebig 1 = Shaquila Blee 3rd Sophie Reitsma-Smith
10 yr old 2nd Caitlin Russell

1500 m 10 yr old 3rd Michael Walker

800 m 9 yr old 1st Keegan Fiebig

200 m 9 yr old 2nd Keegan Fiebig 1st Shaquila Blee 3rd Sophie Reitsma-Smith
10 yr old 2nd Olivia Thornbury

100 m 8 yr old 1st Sam Hogan 1st Abby Humm
9 yr old 3rd Keegan Fiebig 1st Shaquila Blee 3rd Sophie Reitsma-Smith
10 yr old 2nd Olivia Thornbury

60 m 8 yr old 2nd Sam Hogan 1st Abby Humm

Relays 8 yr Boys & Girls, 9 yr Boys and 10 yr Girls are all going to Southland Sports

NUMERACY
We welcome back Anne Lamond to school from next week to begin Numeracy assistance for some of our Year 3 & 5 children.

MILK BOTTLES
Thank you for the milk bottles brought to school during swimming. Miss O’Neill’s dog Holly would appreciate it if you continued to bring them as she uses them as toys. They are suppose to prevent her from digging in the garden. It doesn’t really work but for 5 minutes the bottle distracts her.

CONGRATULATIONS
To Michael Walker who was selected to play in the Year 5/6 Metro Cricket Team representing Invercargill.
They are playing Central Western/Fiordland this Sunday. Good Luck Michael.

FRUIT ORDERS ~ The next delivery will be Thursday 2nd April. Please have your orders and money into the office by Tuesday 31st March. Available this time are Cox Orange Apples 4kg $10, Pacific Beauty Apples 4kg $10, and 3 pumpkins $10.

OLD SCHOOL FURNITURE ~ The desks and chairs next to the sand pit are surplus. You are welcome to help yourselves to these, on a first in first served basis.

FOR SALE ~ TV on trolley – 25”. Inquiries to office please.

‘Waikiwi Rugby Football Club Schoolboy Registrations’
Tues 24 &Thurs 26 March 4 – 6pm & Sunday 29 March 2 – 4 pm
Subs – $20.00/player or $35 family. Enquiries to Jayne McWilliam 215-7079

PTA EASTER RAFFLE
All tickets should have been returned by now. If not – please have them to the office 1st thing Monday morning. Thank you.

CLASS HAPPENINGS ~ ROOM 5

As we have just finished our two weeks of swimming we are a bit tired and coming down with a few bugs, so please make sure that we rug up to keep warm and keep those bugs away.
Next week Mrs Fortune is back teaching, so some children will be going to Room 6 for Literacy and Numeracy on Monday.

We have just started to concentrate on our goal setting for the term – so keep asking your child what they are working towards.

I have just introduced a buddy system that makes the children help one another during playtimes and class times. The children are relishing the opportunity to interact with other children they might not necessary choose to play with.

Can I please ask that reading and spelling is done every night and is returned back to school the next day. On occasions, some RE homework will be sent home. The page that is book marked is the one that is to be completed. Please assist your child in completing this and returning it to school the following day – THANK YOU.

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13 March 2009

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Dear Parents

By now our first week of swimming has been completed – many thanks to all parents for having your children in their named sports gear. Also thanks to all the parents who have been able to help in the changing rooms. Having fathers able to assist means I am able to take a swimming group which has been beneficial to our group sizes.

ZONE ATHLETICS ~ These will be held at the Surrey Park grounds this Monday (cancellation date Tuesday 17th). Children 8 and above (as at 31/12/2008) will be taking part. All the children attending have been given information about the day. Please do not send your child to school with a warm up for lunch. Parents are most welcome to join us at Surrey Park.
Because of the changeable weather, please have your children bring their athletic gear and their swimming gear. If the athletics are cancelled then the children will be going swimming with the rest of the school.

ATTENDANCE DUES
You should have received your Attendance Dues from the Dunedin Diocesan recently. If you are experiencing any problems or issues paying these, please contact Fr. Vince Smith on 215-7315.

OLD SCHOOL FURNITURE ~ The desks and chairs next to the sand pit are surplus. You are welcome to help yourselves to these, on a first in first served basis.

FOR SALE ~ TV on trolley – 25”. Inquiries to office please.

SCHOLASTIC NZ
Issue 2 of bookclub given out this week, closes on Thursday 26th March. Cheques to Scholastic NZ please.

CONGRATULATIONS: To Georgia Mackie & Samuel Downing who are both trialling for the Southland U11 Touch teams this weekend. Good luck!

PTA EASTER RAFFLE
Thank you to those families who have returned their raffle cards. These need to be handed in at the office by next Friday 20 March please. Also remember to drop your Easter Egg into the office for the Hamper.

By Room 8 ~ Yey it’s Friday!!! We are all soooooo tired from our first weeks of swimming.

I have enjoyed learning to blow bubbles and breathe. I am in Mrs Leishout’s group in the big pool.
I am super cool!!!! By Eli W

I have been learning to breathe properly, and I know now that when I breathe I have to look at the wall not at the ceiling. My favourite part is swimming freestyle. By Tom H

Splash!!! The waves went wild because Georgia is kicking wildly with her feet. I enjoyed when I was doing backstroke because it was fun and I am really good at it. By Reuben B

The good things about swimming are when the teacher isn’t looking we secretly splash about in the pool. The bad thing about it is that we have a prolonged lesson. By Samuel R

Splash!!! All of the people are kicking and the water is getting in my eyes. I like breast stroke the most but I kept on bumping into other people. I disliked having to swim the whole length of the pool. This was hard. By Brenna

Splash!!! It was time to get into the pool. When we first got in it was freezing. To warm up we had to swim a length of the pool. My favourite part is back stroke. By Abby H

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6 March 2009

Posted by on Mar 9, 2009 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 6 March 2009

Dear Parents

This Monday we begin our swimming programme at Splash Palace. All the teachers and support staff will be taking groups or on crowd control so we would welcome any parents assistance in the changing rooms. Could children also wear their sports uniforms when possible – it makes it easier when changing. All clothes need to be named please.

URGENT REQUEST ~ Some of the swimming groups need to use 2 litre plastic milk/juice bottles as part of our swimming activities. We would appreciate it if we could receive some next week. Thank you.

SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE – GRASMERE AREA
A reminder to be aware of a ‘white van’ police are on the look out for in relation to several incidents involving children being approached by a man (men). If you have any information, please contact the Community Policing Group 211-0400 or in emergency 111.

PALM SUNDAY MASS ~ 5th April. This is a compulsory school Mass to commemorate Palm Sunday in the lead into Easter.

ZONE ATHLETICS ~ These will be held at the Surrey Park grounds on Monday 16th March (cancellation date Tuesday 17th). Children 8 and above (as at 31/12/2008) will be taking part. We have been lucky with the weather in that we have been able to do a lot of practice. Thanks to Mr Parker for marking out a running track and throwing fans.

LIBRARY ~ From next week the children will be able to access library books. While the location of the west corridor and the back of Room 6 are not really suitable, it is more important that children can access reading material, so we will make it work until a more permanent solution can be found.

PTA ~ Congratulations to the new office bearers elected at the AGM on Monday night. It was good to see some new parents coming onto the committee.

President: Susanne Brown
Vice President: Liza Adams
Treasurer: Trish Sherriff
Secretary: Denise Sullivan

CAN YOU HELP ~ Rooms 1 & 2 are looking for talented mothers to sew small square bean bags for their rooms. We require approx 40 of these, material & beans supplies. If you could help, it would be much appreciated. Thank you ~ Mary & Vanessa.

OLD SCHOOL FURNITURE ~ The desks and chairs next to the sand pit are surplus. You are welcome to help yourselves to these, on a first in first served basis.

FRUIT ORDERS ~ The next delivery of fruit will be on Thursday 19th March. Available this time is Garlic, Plums, Cox Orange Apples & Pacific Beauty Apples. If you would like to place an order, please fill out the form in the junior corridor and have your money to the office by Tuesday 17th March. Thank you.

CONGRATULATIONS TO: Shaquila Blee who took part in an Athletics meet at Surrey Park last weekend, in 7 events, gaining a placing in every event. Shaquila has been selected to represent Southland in Dunedin 15th March for 60, 100, 200 metres, shot put and the relay. Well Done!

Central Pirates Rugby Club
Registration/Weigh in for all Primary school players Wed 11th March between 5.00pm and 6.30pm
at the Club rooms. Boot exchange will be in operation. Any queries contact Nanette 03 235 8908

SWIMMING 9TH ~ 20TH MARCH !!!
PLEASE WEAR YOUR SPORTS UNIFORM IF POSSIBLE

PTA EASTER RAFFLE
The PTA is doing an Easter Raffle Fundraiser this term. The money raised will go towards new books for the school library. Could each family please bring along an item to go into the Easter Hamper. These need to be handed in at the office by Friday 20 March. Each family has a card with 20 tickets on it to sell. Could you please sell these and have them back to the office by 20 March also. They need to be handed in whether you have sold all the tickets or not. The raffle will be drawn as soon as all tickets are back in.
Thank you very much ~ Your PTA

Room 7 Class Happenings

It’s sure been a busy time settling into our routines and generally getting back into the swing of things in Room 7. We have enjoyed our class being smaller in the mornings. What a difference it makes. We appreciate Mrs Fortune’s teaching expertise in Room 6.
Our class has been completing PA Tests this week in reading, listening and maths. Phew, all that thinking!
For our Inquiry topic we have been investigating what makes a great learning environment. We have identified things in class that make us motivated learners. We love activities, especially outside and we are making good headway keeping fit and enjoy using a range of physical activities. We sure will be ready for Athletics Day. Congratulations to the eight children who completed the AMP Tryathlon in the weekend. All these physical activities and outdoor pursuits are having a positive impact in the class.
Come in and view the wonderful painting efforts of the students’ self-portraits. They have certainly captured some of their interesting and happy facial features.
Room 7 is certainly proving to be a multi-talented and enthusiastic bunch and we are looking forward to the weeks ahead, especially the fun we will have at Splash Palace!

Well done to all the children who took part in the Kids Tryathlon last weekend. It was good to see so many children taking advantage of this opportunity.

AUSTRALIAN TESTS 2009
Please tick which tests your child wishes to sit and return with the entry fee by Friday 20th March 2009.
No late entries accepted.

CHILD’S NAME: ……………………………………………. YEAR 4 5 6 (please circle)

 Computer Skills 27th May $ 7.50
 Science 10 June $ 7.50
 Spelling 23rd June $ 9.50
 Writing 23rd June $14.00
 English 4th August $ 7.50
 Mathematics 19th August $ 7.50

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27 February 2009

Posted by on Mar 2, 2009 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 27 February 2009

Dear Parents

One of the teachers mentioned yesterday that it was only 10 months till Christmas. A bit scary really that we are already into March.
Today I am in Dunedin attending the annual forum with Bishop Colin and representatives from the Catholic Education Office. Of interest to our school, is whether there is any information regarding the school’s property plan. While we are due to have an admin update in 2011, at present we are still a classroom size space down on what we are entitled to. The BOT will also be meeting with Stuart Young, the general manager in March to discuss these issues.
Thanks to Mrs Lieshout and all the teachers and children for making our House Colour Day so successful. Also a big thanks for your generosity in raising more than $320 for the Victoria Fire Appeal.
Our year 6 pupils took part in PAL’S training at the stadium this week as part of our Active School Contract.
This will enable them to run lunchtime sports programmes for younger children.
Also as part of this contract, we have had Sport Southland staff run a New Entrant programme for Rms 1/ 2

PALM SUNDAY MASS ~ 5TH APRIL
Please put this date in your family diary. All school children will be attending this Mass.

ASH WEDNESDAY
Thank you to Fr Vince and Miss O’Neill for Wednesday’s Mass. Ash Wednesday signals the beginning of Lent in the lead up to Holy week. While it is still ok to get children to give up things such as lollies!! etc, it is often more significant to have them undertake some extra responsibility or service to others.

GOOD LUCK ~ Good luck to all the children taking part in the Kids’ Triathalon on Sunday.
We hope the weather says fine.

AUSTRALIAN TESTS 2009
We are offering the Australian School Tests for children in Years 4 – 6. If you would like your child to take part, please fill out the slip at the end of this newsletter.

STRANGER DANGER
As you may have seen in Saturday’s paper, the Police have reinforced the stranger danger message. While it has been discussed in class, it is also worth following this up at home. Thank you.

FOR SALE ~ TV on trolley – 25”. Inquiries to office please.

PTA AGM ~ This will be held this Monday 2nd March at the Cabbage Tree 7.30 p.m. All welcome.

FRUIT ORDERS ~ The next delivery of fruit will be on Thursday 5th March. Available this time is garlic, mixed fruit (nectarines & plums) or black doris plums. If you would like to place an order, please fill out the form in the junior corridor and have your money to the office by Tuesday morning. Thank you.

ART SUPPLIES SOUTHLAND have a few places left for the next KIDS’ ART CLASS.
The 6 week block course will commence Tuesday 03.03.2009 and is suitable for ages 8 to 12.
For further information please phone 2181222

AUSTRALIAN TESTS 2009
Please tick which tests your child wishes to sit and return with the entry fee by Friday 20th March 2009.
No late entries accepted.

CHILD’S NAME: ……………………………………………. YEAR 4 5 6 (please circle)

 Computer Skills 27th May $ 7.50
 Science 10 June $ 7.50
 Spelling 23rd June $ 9.50
 Writing 23rd June $14.00
 English 4th August $ 7.50
 Mathematics 19th August $ 7.50

THE RUN

This is Caitlin Russell reporting from Room 9 News Invercargill

GO!!! What the? For a split second I pause but then we’re off.

We go for a run every day with the exception of weekends and when it’s raining. We start in the field by the car park and then run around the edge of the field. After we’ve run around the field we go through a gap in the hedge. Then we run up around the fitness track along beside the hedge, keep going to Room 8 and up along beside the junior corridor. Around the garden over to the playground and back through the gap in the hedge we pound and then a home straight.

My P.B. (personal best) is three minutes and thirteen seconds but the best time in the class is three minutes and three seconds.
You may be wondering, why are they doing fitness runs? To keep fit and healthy but also to get fit for the Zone Athletics.
I don’t mean to boast but Olivia and I are the fastest girls in the class. (At the moment). To record our results we have used a line graph. Before we started running we walked around the track and it took nine minutes. So we’re not allowed to take longer than that for our runs. But most people don’t take longer than 6 minutes.

And that was Caitlin Russell reporting from Room 9 News.

INQUIRY U.V. CARDS

Mrs Lieshout told us she had a present for us, we knew it was something cool. Is it a pen drive? I bet it is those Inquiry books?

No, it’s something way groovier than that! She sat us down on the mat and showed us what the present was. I did not know what it was at first. She told us we could use them to collect data for our inquiry.

They were called U.V cards! We took them outside, and counted to twenty. Then the white strip changed to a very light purple that means that there was a low amount of ultra violet light outside. If it was darker, then it would have been a high amount of ultra violet light outside. We think that they are pretty cool because they tell you if you need to slip slop slap and wrap!

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