Posts made in May, 2009

22 May 2009

Posted by on May 25, 2009 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 22 May 2009

Dear Parents

Another busy week is almost over, and hopefully the awful weather, at least for a while.
In the week after Queens Birthday, we will be having 5 Interactive Whiteboards installed thanks to the ILT. This will mean all classes will have access to this technology. I recommend all parents, if possible attend the Numeracy evenings – our aim is to outline classroom teaching practices and provide you with some strategies to assist your children at home.

Please support the PTA ‘All Blacks Fun Nite’, it promises to be another successful occasion.

Our prayers are with the Hibbs-Fearn family.

Also with the family of David Harrington, an ex-mayor of Invercargill who has had a lot to do with the administration of Catholic Schools at a Diocesan level.

The children being prepared for FIRST RECONCILIATION will have their first after school session next week.
1st children’s session: Wednesday 27 May 3.15 pm – 4.00pm in Room 1.
Please bring the programme book.
It would be good if the children have had a look or have started some of the activities in the book.
Please see me if you have any questions about the programme or children’s sessions.
Thank you ~ Mary O’Neill

The school activity fee has been set for 2009. These will be receipted as a donation to enable you to claim a rebate on your tax. Compulsory text books e.g. RE books, reading logs, scrapbooks and spelling books will be charged separately. 1 child = $70
2 children = $100
3 children = $125

The school Cross Country will be held on Wednesday afternoon for all children in Rooms 7, 8 & 9.
Only those children aged 10 and 11 (at 31/12/09) are eligible to attend the Zone and Southland events.

Several Invercargill Primary Schools have formed a Numeracy Cluster where we have provided extra help for our pupils who find mathematics a challenge. We are holding two Open Nights for all Invercargill Parents who would like to learn how they could reinforce their child’s numeracy learning at home.

If your child is in Year 1 to 3: 28 May 7:00pm. at Donovan Primary School Hall.
If your child is in Year 4 to 6: 11 June 7:00pm. at Donovan Primary School Hall.
These are practical, “hands-on” workshops. No charge. Includes take-home resources and guidelines, tea and coffee to follow.

To help the organisation of this evening we require an indication of interested parents who will be attending. Please let Christine know on Monday morning if you intend going. Each session will last approximately 1½ hours. We would like as many parents as possible to attend.

ALTAR SERVERS ~ Sat 23rd Joe McKenzie & Mitchell Smith, Sun 24th Reuben Brown & Anton O’Connell

Please fill out the form in the junior corridor if you would like to order apples, pears, pumpkin or honey.
Orders and money must be to the office by Tuesday 2nd June 12.30 pm.
N.B. This will be the final delivery for this season.

Limited space available for children wishing to learn highland dancing, ages between 5-7. Beginners welcome. Small class size enables more one on one time. Tuesdays at 3.30pm. Please contact Nicola for more information
21-73583 or 027-6225165. $50 for a full term.

YOUNG SPIRITS INDOOR BOWLS ~ Have a go! Onslow Street every Friday night @ 7.30 p.m.
For more info contact: 0273009806.

Thank you to all families for taking part in the mother’s day gift fundraiser.
The children really enjoyed the excitement and the shopping, and we hope the mums enjoyed the gifts!
These events really help to enhance the children’s school experience and they are organized so they have some fun things to add to their school memories.
Special thanks to Vanessa Stupples for the idea and to the teachers for their help on the day.

Staff & parents are invited to “The Fantastic All Blacks Fun Nite” to be held in the Grannies bar (Northern Tavern) on Sat June 20th @ 7.00pm. We have a big screen to watch the All Blacks vs France rugby game. Dress up as an All Black supporter (optional). Tickets are $5 each & can be bought from Christine in the office.
Please bring a plate for supper. There will be prizes ….Oh and kick off is 7.30pm.


Wow, what a busy start to term 2 we have had. We have been fortunate to have a student teacher, Whaea Ange, for the past two weeks. We are working extra hard on achieving our personal learning goals, and Mrs Williams is seeing some great results.

We have started our skills based programme at the stadium, which will run for the next 5 Fridays. Please make sure that your child has a drink with them everyday as we are seeing some thirsty children at school lately.

We have been lucky to see 2 performances this week, one from the Covenant Players and the Opera.
As a class we used De Bono’s Hats to find the strengths and weaknesses of ideas and to come up with some new ideas, in preparation for our school production. We want to make it the best it can be.

Currently as part of our writing programme, we are concentrating on writing narratives; we are concentrating on making our own fairy tale. We are trying to make sure we include: introducing the characters, having a problem and a resolution and using cool describing words, throughout our story. I am seeing some wonderful pieces of writing and can’t wait to see what the children come up with.

There are a lot of bugs around at the moment, so please make sure we wrap up warm and stay healthy.


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15 May 2009

Posted by on May 17, 2009 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 15 May 2009

Dear Parents

What a difference a week makes. During last weeks interviews a number of families mentioned they were worried about their water supplies and were or had purchased water. After this weeks weather that is hopefully not the case now.
This week children in Rooms 3, 5 & 7 have started a Skills Based Physical Education Programme at Stadium Southland. We have also been fortunate to have Alli McKenzie from the University of Otago, taking demonstration lessons in some of our classes. I know the children enjoyed these and the staff look forward to continuing to implement her suggestions.

Thank you for returning the response slips. If I received your slip I will have sent a note today (Friday 15th) confirming this. If your child does not give you a yellow note confirming this, please let the school know immediately in case names have not been added to my list. Thank you ~ Mary O’Neill

BOT MEETING ~ Monday 18th May @ 7.00 pm

As some of you may be aware Mrs Stupples has applied for leave to take up a role in the ILT funded Gifted & Talented School in town. While we are sorry to see her go, it is a very exciting opportunity for her and I know she is the right person for the job. We are in the process of advertising for a teacher for Room 2 to replace her.

We are lucky to be having the above company put on an Opera performance for us this Tuesday.

If your child is going to be absent from school, please inform us as soon as possible by phone or email Christine at

The PTA announce staff & parents are invited to “The Fantastic All Blacks Fun Nite” to be held in the Grannies bar (Northern Tavern) on Sat June 20th @ 7.00pm. We have a big screen to watch the All Blacks vs France rugby game. Dress up as an All Black supporter (optional). Tickets are $5 each & can be bought from Christine in the office. Please bring a plate for supper. There will be a prize for the closest score picked, best dressed and cutest looking frog! …………..Oh and kick off is 7.30pm.

ALTAR SERVERS ~ Sat 16th May: Patrick Horn Sunday 17th May: Imelda Wilkes & Nyshanee Morris

MISSING JERSEY ~ from Rm 5 with the name Jake on it. Please check your child has the correct one.

The Abbasolutley Awesome Invercargill Variety Concert will take place at the First Church on Saturday 6th June at 6.30pm. Programme includes Bohemian Rhapsody, theme song from Friends and ABBA. If you enjoy listening to a variety of musical genres then this concert is for you!
Admission is free but donations are welcome. These will be given to Hilary Smith to support her fundraising to go to France on an AFS exchange. For more info contact Anna Cannon on 213-1191.

If you would like to have a car space for $15 please contact Diana 213-1490.

CONGRATULATIONS ~ To Lisa Monaghan, a past pupil
who was recently crowned 2009 Rose of Tralee. We wish
her all the best with her trip to Lower Hutt for the final
on June 12th.


It has been a busy first three weeks of Term 2 in Room 3. We are now working hard to achieve our goals so that we may be able to decide where to next. Although it was difficult explaining these to our parents at interviews we are beginning to understand what they mean.

In RE we have been learning that Jesus showed his love and respect for others by listening and talking with them.

Today was the first day of the Skills Based Programme at Stadium Southland. We were given the opportunity to learn skills such as throwing, catching, passing and kicking using a range of different sized balls.

Below are some examples of writing that focuses on including feelings.

When Fiah was a baby I got to hold her. Mum, Dad, Thomas and Bronte held Fiah too. I felt happy and excited because I had a new baby sister. It was cool. She is one and a half now and sometimes she can be bossy. She says, “Sit here Piper!” By Piper

When I woke up I got out of bed and got a big fright because I stood on something rubbery. I found an SBS bag with my name on it and when I opened the bag, what was in it? There were lollipops, jellybeans and balloons. Yay! By Caleb

We got a new rugby ball. Dad took me to Rebel Sport last year to buy it. I felt happy because I like rugby. My favourite part of rugby is running with the ball and scoring a try! By Jacob

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1 May 2009

Posted by on May 4, 2009 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 1 May 2009

Dear Parents

Welcome back to Term 2. It was good to have such fine weather over the Easter break.
A reminder about interviews on this Monday & Tuesday. School closes at 12.30 pm on Monday.
The interviews are 3 way for all classes – with your child having input into their learning goals and next steps. Please leave other children outside. Our aim is to raise self-esteem by making each child the most important person for each interview. The time limit for these is 15 mins each so please be punctual and adhere to the bell.
The major item in the news this week is the threat of “Swine Flu” pandemic. It does show how small the modern world is and how easily these viruses can spread.
A couple of years ago all schools had to develop pandemic plans to combat the Saars Virus prevalent in Asia. While at the time it seemed rather pointless to worry about this in Invercargill, recent events in Mexico show nowhere is safe. An interesting fact around the current media circus is that the first fatality was recorded in
March, yet there hasn’t been any coverage until this week.

Some of the terms events include:

Skills programme at Stadium for Rooms 3, 5, 7
Aerobics Festival
School Production

Welcome to Emma Livingstone & Max Sievwright who joined the children in Room 2 on Monday.
We hope they enjoy their time with us at Sacred Heart School.

PRAYERS – Our thoughts and prayers are with the Boyle & Blee families this week.

SCHOOL JERSEYS ~ These can be purchased from either Postie Plus or H & J Smiths. The school has no preference whether they are dark blue or royal blue.

SCHOLASTIC BOOKCLUB – Issue 3 closes Friday 8th May.

FRUIT ORDERS ~ The next delivery of fruit is Thursday 7th May. If you would like to order Pears, Apples or Pumpkins, please fill out the order form in the junior corridor and have the money to Christine by Tuesday 5th May.

BEAN BAGS ~ Many thanks to Joanne Fennell for kindly making bean bags for Room 1.
Can the person who offered to make these for Room 2, please see Mrs Stupples for the materials. Thanks.

North Road location 3 bedrooms new interior (kitchen, bathroom, carpet and walls painted). Double garage, large section well fenced, country outlook. $260 per week. Contact John 021 717 414 or 215-8151.

Voice Your Choice – Invercargill City Council is asking residents to get involved in deciding how Councilors are elected, how many Councilors there should be, and whether there should be community boards for different areas of the district. An information booklet will be sent home with pupils this week which explains the choices. To ‘Voice your Choice’ you are encouraged to attend your nearest public meeting and to complete the questionnaire at the back of the booklet (also available online at the Council website; The dates of the meetings are: North Invercargill, Mon 11 May, James Hargest Junior College: South Invercargill, Wed 13 May, Elles Road Bible Chapel: Myross Bush Wed 20 May Myross Bush Hall: Otatara Mon 25 May, Otatara Community Church: Bluff Wed 27 May Bluff Cooperating Parish. All meetings start at 7.00pm with tea/coffee/biscuits available beforehand. There will a door prize at each meeting of a $100 dinner voucher. For further information call Janette at the Council 211-1689.

ROOM ONE CHILDREN love the new bean bags TESSA’S MUM and NANA made. We have been thinking of ways we can use them. WILL and BILLY think we can throw them up and get them to land on our heads. BREYAH and KATELYN think we could throw them up and get them to land on one hand. TESSA and LUCY decided to balance them on their heads. BROOKLYN and AVA-MOLLEE thought they would throw them up and catch them with two hands. CORBYN and OLIVER tried to crawl around and balance them on their backs. XANTHE and ALEX tried to throw them up and catch them on their knees. GRETA and MATTHEW H tried to throw them up and catch them on their heads. PARIS and MATTHEW F are going to walk around and balance them on their heads.

PTA ~ Mothers Day Fundraiser –Friday 8th May
The PTA asks that each child brings a small unwrapped gift suitable for a Mothers Day present. The value of the gift should be no more than $2 and may in fact be hand made by your children. For example it could be a small $2 trinket from the $2 shop, children’s poems, paintings, pictures etc put together by children as a gift of art, baking by children (eg a muffin in a home made box).
Items are to be left at the office but obviously if your child would like to bake, then this will need to be dropped off on the morning of Friday 8th May. On this Friday, the children will have the opportunity to select and buy a gift for $1 per child, from the gifts brought to school by all the children. They will then have a surprise gift to give to their mother without her seeing what it is.

NETBALL ~ If you are interested in participating in any Netball for term 2 please send the slip below back to school by MONDAY 4th May.

Fun Ferns: Yr1-3 will be played at the stadium, starting on the 4th June
Future Ferns: Yr 4-6, will be played at the stadium, starting on the 2nd June with a cost of approximately $190 per team
• This is for both boys and girls
Parent help is essential in both grades Coaching development is available through Invercargill Netball, and all coaches are encouraged to attend.

____________________would like to take part in the
Fun Ferns, Future Ferns (please circle) I can/can not assist in COACHING


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