Posts made in July, 2010

30 July

Posted by on Jul 30, 2010 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 30 July

Dear Parents

Welcome to Anika Winders and Isaiah-Runi Tagomoa who joined the junior rooms this week. We hope they enjoy their time with us.

The next few weeks will be very busy for a number of our children who will be involved in a number of different events.
Reconciliation Parents meeting 5th August 7 pm in Room 6
Polyfest Thurs 5th Aug
Choral Festival Practise @ Donovan 9 – 12pm
Science Fair Friday 6th Aug
Speech Festival School Contest 3rd Aug 9.45 am
Cluster Contest 9th Aug
Life Education Van 10 – 12th Aug
Zone Netball 11th Aug

First Sacrament of Reconciliation
The meeting for parents of children being prepared for the Sacrament of
Reconciliation is on next Thursday 5 August at 7pm in Room 5. The children
will receive their programme book at their first session.

1st children’s session Friday 6 August 3.15 pm ¬- 4.00pm in Room 1
2nd children’s session Friday 20 August 3.15 pm – 4.00pm in Room 1
3rd children’s session Friday 3 Sept 3.15 pm ¬- 4.00pm in Room 1
4th children’s session Wed 8 Sept 3.15 pm – 4.00pm in the CHURCH
Reconciliation Night Thursday 9 September 6.30pm in the church

Car Park & Netball Courts
You will note some new signs in the car park regarding the drop off zones and no right turning. This is a follow up from Room 9’s survey in Term 1 on safety in the car park.
Our aim is to speed up traffic flow, especially after school.
Please support us in this endeavour.

Whenever possible we encourage the children, especially older boys, to be outside and active before school. Please be aware of flying objects on your way into and out of school.

Postcodes
Please let Christine know if your postcode is different from 9810, so we can update our files. Thank you.

Phone System
On Monday afternoon our new phone system will be installed. The phones will be down for approx 2 hours. Urgent messages can be directed to my cell phone: 0274918694.

Polyfest
Saturday 7th August Polyfest Food and Craft Market ¬ 10.00am ¬- 2.00pm Pacific Island Advisory and Cultural Trust, Bowmont Street.

HMNZS Otago
This ship is making her first visit to the Bluff port this week. There is an Open Day this Saturday 31st July from 10am to 3p.m. Come down and step aboard and have a look around the ship and talk to the crew.

Altar Servers
7.00pm Sat 31st July – Shaun Swain
10.30am Sun 1st Aug – Emma Harrington, Abby Humm

Children’s Liturgy
10.30am Sun 1st July – Jackie Taylor

Congratulations to:
Reuben Brown & Ronan Harvey who won their Table Tennis on Tuesday night against Windsor North.
Damian Mitchell & Harry McLean who won their game against Middle Red.

School Fair ~ 7th November Please Read
The fair committee needs all families and friends to start collecting second hand goods that may be suitable for our white elephant stall that runs in the hall on the fair day. If anybody has extra storage, that would also be great.
So please let the school office know or email pladams@xtra.co.nz
We still need the following:
Places to ask for prizes for the chocolate wheel ?
Are there any hairdressers in the school community who could advise on the funky hair stall ?
Does anybody have balloon animal skills ?
Does anybody have a harness we could use for horizontal bungy ?
Do you know of any school businesses who may be interested in sponsoring a stall at the fair ?

Room 2 Class Happenings

For our inquiry this term we have been finding out about magnets. We have found out that they stick to most metal things – but not all metal, and this week we found out that the magnetic force works through other objects, like our finger, our woollen jersey, paper, and even Aiden’s ear! We also found out that magnets can make other metal into temporary magnets, like the paperclips in our photo. Next week we will find out if magnets work under water. Here are some of our stories about what we found out about magnets.

Ben is magic and I was magic because I was moving the magnet on my ear. The magnet went through the plastic to the paper clip ~ By Aiden

The magnet stuck through the tissue. The magnet stuck to the metal paper clip. The magnet stuck to the chair ~ By Azriel

The magnet stuck through Cookie Muncher¹s blanket and it was cool. I felt like it was magic inside my tummy. I like it ~ By Lucy

The magnet did not stick through the sand ~ By Scarlett

The magnet stuck onto my chair. It stuck through the leader ribbon ~
By Ethan

Aiden got an earring because the magnet stuck a paperclip to his ear ~
By Dylan

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23 July

Posted by on Jul 23, 2010 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 23 July

Dear Parents

Welcome back to Term 3.
We look forward to another busy term at Sacred Heart School.
A special welcome back to Mrs Williams and Mrs Buxton. To Mrs Ashton who will be here on Fridays in Room 5 and to our 3 new pupils, Kate McGregor, Dylan Hawkes and Samantha Ward. We hope they enjoy their time at Sacred Heart.
Also to Fr. Jacob who will be joining the Sacred Heart Parish.

Some of the events this term to note are:

Choral Festival – Practices 5th Aug, 2nd Sept, 15th Sept
– Performance 19th Sept
Reconciliation parents meeting 5th Aug
Poly Festival – 5th Aug
Gymnastic Festival – 28th August
Speech Competitions – local – 9th Aug
– Regional – 14th Aug
– Southland – 23rd Sept
Science Fair – School 6th Aug
– Southland 17th Aug
Zone Netball – 11th Aug
Life Education Van – 10 – 12th Aug
School First Aid Course- 15 & 16th Sept
School Disco – 23rd Sept
Convent Cup – 20th Sept

Our thoughts and prayers have been with the Swney & Spencer-Humm families.

First Reconciliation
Thank you to the parents who have indicated their child will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation this term. The parent information evening will be held on Thursday 5th August at 7.00 p.m. The children involved have received a notice today regarding dates and times for the programme.

Reports Consultation
Thank you to the group of parents who met in the holidays to discuss our current reporting systems and where to next. We have started on the process of refining our reporting system to enable more parent information within our existing school procedures.
One of my goals is to eventually be able to provide an internet portal parents can access to view their child’s work and assessments.
At present we have the ability to scan and store this digitally on site, but it can’t be accessed from home. There are a number of e-portfolio tools available that I am investigating for their possible use.

Otatara Bus leaving early Monday 26th July
The Otatara Bus will leave at 1.00 pm on Monday.
Please let Christine know if your child is to be put on this early bus.

Sports & Art Gear for the Children in Samoa
We have finally boxed the sports and art gear to send to Samoa. A big thank you to Tina Paraki for helping with the postage. All the items will be greatly appreciated by the children at Falelati Primary School in Siufaga. Thank you to all who contributed.

Postcodes
Please let Christine know if your postcode is different from 9810, so we can update our files. Thank you.

Parent Help
We have had a number of parents who help to re-box reading books and we GREATLY appreciate this assistance. If there are any other parents who would also be able to help with this, it would be much appreciated. Please see Miss O’Neill next week if you are able to offer some time to do this. Your reward will be in heaven with the odd chocolate bar here on earth.

Wool is required in Room 3 for making pom poms. If you have any spare at home, this would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Canteen – Please note the small cookies have now been increased to .80c

Irish Dancing Salford School Hall on Mondays – lessons for 4yrs and up.
Enquiries to Nicky 230-4570

School Fair ~ 7th November
The fair committee has made great progress with planning for this. It will however, require help from all families to bring it to fruition, create a fantastic school memory for the children and make some money for quality school resources as well.
So please let the school office know or email pladams@xtra.co.nz if you can suggest any of the following:

Does anybody have contacts for bouncy castles to hire?
Are there any hairdressers in the school community who could advise on the funky hair stall?
Does anybody have face painting skills or balloon animals?
Places of businesses who may donate prizes for the chocolate wheel or silent auction.
Does anybody have a harness we could use for horizontal bungy ?
Do you know of any school businesses who may be interested in sponsoring a stall at the fair?

Room 1 Class Happenings

In Room One this week we have been learning about “Taking Care Of God’s World”. One of the things we can do is to make sure we do not leave rubbish on the ground. We went outside and found lots of rubbish. We want to ask everyone to
PUT THE RUBBISH IN THE BIN
and
“Please pick up rubbish and help us to take care of God’s world.”

We will be doing some SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS in our INQUIRY work this term. We will be finding out ways that science is part of our everyday lives. The children have recorded what we did.
Here are two examples of our writing:

I am the leader. I was helping Miss O’Neill. I put the orange in for Miss O’Neill and when she asked, I got her some handee towels. When the skin was on the orange it would float and when the skin was off the orange it would sink.
PHOEBE

Today we have been looking at an orange in a bowl to see if it sinks or floats. When we took the skin off the orange, we found out that the orange sank to the bottom of the bowl. I liked looking at the orange sink down to the bottom of the bowl
ELLA

The orange sinks because the orange peel is full of trapped air pockets, therefore making the orange light for its size (so it floats). When you remove the peel (including the air pockets) the orange weighs a lot for its size. Then it sinks because the orange is denser than the water.

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3 July

Posted by on Jul 16, 2010 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 3 July

Dear Parents

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Thank you for the responses for preparation for First Sacrament of Reconciliation. The children whose names have been given to me, received a note today confirming that their names are now on the list. If any children should have been included but have not informed school, please return the form at the end of the newsletter or contact me through the following email
address: moneill@shsinvschool.nz .
Please do so by Tuesday of the first week next term.

As stated in last week’s newsletter the specific date for First Reconciliation is yet to be advised. If your child is baptized and is in Year three or above OR 7 years of age or above, they may be ready to receive this Sacrament. The programme involves the children working through a workbook at home and some sessions at school. There will be a parent meeting next term to explain the process.
Please see Father Vince or Miss O’Neill if you have any questions.

Board of Trustees Working Bee
This Saturday (weather permitting) at 10.30 a.m. Please bring: wheelbarrow, spade, shovel, rake etc. All help is much appreciated.

Congratulations To:

Lucy Blue, Caelan O’Connor, Finley McMurdo and
Kayson Timu from Room 7 for their Sunflower textured paintings that were exhibited last month in the City Art Gallery.

Keegan Fiebig who made the Under 38kg South Town Rugby Team.

And a special congratulations to our Sacred Heart Hockey team who had their first win of the season. Determination and awesome team work finally paid off on Wednesday with a 3 – 1 win against Myross Bush. Well done!

Netball Practice
There will be a practice game for the Shooters & Stars teams at the stadium (veladrome courts) on Sunday 18th July at 2.00 pm.
Please bring a gold coin donation.

Southland Junior Netball Academy – Want some specialist netball coaching?Then join the Junior Netball Academy!
Suitable for players from 8 – 15 years. Mondays starting 26th July at Stadium Southland. See Miss T for registration form or contact Shan Jenson-Loach 2171303

An Evening with ‘Sophie Gray’
Stylish, fashionable food that doesn’t cost a fortune. An Entertaining and intuitive night. Saturday 7th August 7 p.m. at the Sarah Ulmer Lounge, Stadium Southland. Tickets only $20, available 08005824533.

School Fair
As you can see from the PTA newsletter the school fair is to be held on the 7th November.
The fair committee has made great progress with planning for this. It will however require help from all families to bring it to fruition, create a fantastic school memory for the children and make some money for quality school resources as well.
So please let the school office know or email pladams@xtra.co.nz if you can suggest any of the following:

Somebody with Ponies that could be used for the pony rides.
Does anybody have contacts for bouncy castles to hire?
Are there any hairdressers in the school community who could advise on the funky hair stall?
Does anybody have face painting skills or balloon animals?
Places of businesses who may donate prizes for the chocolate wheel or silent auction.
Does anybody have a harness we could use for horizontal bungy ?
Do you know of any school businesses who may be interested in sponsoring a stall at the fair?

Fair committee meeting (next term) 20th July 7.30 pm in the staff room. All welcome!

The children enjoyed a cultural experience last Friday

Room 3 Class Happenings

This term we have looked at how to write a poem and how to make our writing more interesting. Below are a selection from our writing books.

Dogs
Can like
Bones. Dogs can
Help me and people.
I like my
Dog. My dog
Jumps at Me.

Matthew

Frogs can jump. Brooklyn brought frogs to school today. I was scared of holding one. Then the teacher said they won’t hurt me and she put one of the frogs in my hand. It felt soft on my hand. It was on Wednesday. It was fun with the frogs.
Jared

Cold is the ice on the water and when we step on it, it breaks.
Cold is the planet Pluto, an ice land in outer space.
Cold is the wind blowing every day in my face and it is annoying.
Cold is the icecream that I eat.
Nick
Hot is the lava about to erupt from the volcano when it is bubbling because it is hot.
Hot are the flames flickering in the fire.
Hot is the bonfire when we put oil in it.
Hot is the desert because there is a line going around the Earth and there is no water so the people have to dig wells.
Reid

On Monday the 28th of June Jared brought Bubbles the lamb to school. She makes a noise like this baabaabaa. She looks cute because she has fluffy and curly wool. She lives in a box by the heater. She is 8 days old. Bubble’s mum can not feed her because she is sick.
Xanthe

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME

I wish my child ________________________________

To be prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation next term__________.

SIGNED_______________________

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY

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25 June

Posted by on Jul 16, 2010 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 25 June

Dear Parents

Thank you to all parents who have been able to assist in any way at school this term.
This has been much appreciated.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the PTA car trial on Sunday.
A big thank you to Juliet Clapperton for her publishing of the PTA newsletter. An excellent job.
Next week I will be at the NZ Principal’s Conference. For urgent matters, please contact Miss O’Neill
I wish you all a safe and hopefully warm break and look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 19th July.

Welcome
To Aubrey Page who joined the children in Room 1 on Monday. We hope he and his family enjoy their time with us at Sacred Heart School.

Prayers
Our prayers are with the Tagomoa-Kaa family this week.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The programme of preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered for children next term. The specific date is yet to be advised. If your child is baptized and is Year 3 or above OR 7 years of age or above, they may be ready to receive this Sacrament. The programme involves the children working through a workbook at home and some sessions at school. There will be a parent meeting next term to explain the process.

If you wish your child to be prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please fill in the form at the end of the newsletter and return it to school by Tuesday next week.
Please see Father Vince or Miss O’Neill if you have any questions.

Board of Trustees Working Bee
Thank you to those two families who have returned the slips regarding the working bee. Can all returns be handed into the office by Monday please.
A note will be sent home later next week confirming time and details.

Hall Windows
Fr Vince has advised us that the work to replace the hall windows will begin soon. Please be aware of this in regards to parking at school.

Reminder for Year 6 Parents ~ Wednesday the 30th of June
Mrs Lieshout will be talking to the Year 6 children about puberty. The talk will take place in Room 9 from 3.30 – 4.30pm for the girls and 4.30 – 5.30pm for the boys.

Congratulations To:

Abby Humm Yr 5 & Georgia Mackie Yr 6 who both made the All Saints Zone Netball Teams.

Aimee Brookland who competed in the Ingill Tap Dancing competitions held last weekend. Aimee got 2nd in her Tap solo & Impromptu dances, a VHC in her Song & Tap, & on the Sunday won the Championship Achievers Any Age Tap solo dance plus won a special award for the Most Promising Dancer Under 12 Years.

Eli Winders who was place 2nd in the Solo, and also 2nd in the Boys Solo at the Tap competitions.

Emma Harrington also competed in the Tap competitions for the very first time & got a HC for her Novice Tap solo dance. Well done to Emma.

Patrice Brookland competed in the Southern Gymnastics competition for Level 3 held in Dunedin last weekend also, & got 2nd on the bar, 3rd on the vault & was placed 4th overall. Patrice has also been selected to train under the Southland Regional Development Squad.

Lost Property
This will be displayed next week in the foyer. Please check for any missing uniform.

Accommodation ~ required for family of four for August. Happy to home sit while you are away on holiday. Ph 2156671 (Stella)

Sports Report
Table Tennis: Harry McLean, Damian Mitchell, Ronan Harvey and Tom Van Eeden represented Sacred Heart in this term’s table tennis primary competitions held on Tuesdays.
Damian, Harry and Reuben Brown participated in Wednesday’s school championship. The children’s ball skills and co-ordination , along with their quick thinking when playing doubles has improved immensely.
A new round in Term 3 will bring exciting challenges.

Hockey: After struggling to field a team at the start of the season, we now have a combined yr 3, 4 & 5 team representing Sacred Heart in the primary section on Wednesdays.
That anticipated win is yet to come. We are so close!! I’m sure the taste of victory will unfold next term.
Team spirit and fair play are encouraged as new ball skills are developed.
A huge thank you for the purchase of our new ‘Robo-cop’ goalie gear.

I acknowledge the support of parents, especially on those cold hockey nights (we have had no cancellation) and scoring in table tennis, and hope to see you all back next term ~ Trish Mitchell (Support of Sport)

PTA
Free Car Trial Sunday 27th June
The PTA will be running a Family Car Trial on Sunday 27th June leaving from the school hall @ 2.30pm. Lots of fun to be had, with prizes to give away. To finish off the day, pick up your Fish & Chips and join the other families in the hall for tea. No need to register just turn up on the day with a digital camera or camera phone, some pens, a clipboard or something to write on and warm clothes.

Fair Committee
We will be holding our first fair committee meeting this Monday 28th June 7.30 in the school staffroom. Please bring any ideas of activities that may be popular and also suggestions of where we can obtain donations of prizes. All welcome.

Room 2 Class Happenings

We have been learning how to write colour poems in Room 2. First we wrote a poem about the colour ‘Red’, then ‘Yellow’ and then the children chose the colour they wanted for their final poem. Once we finished these poems, we then used them for our read aloud assessment. The children did such a great job, and you can see video of some of our reading aloud on our blog site www.room2sacredheartschool.blogspot.com

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME

I wish my child ________________________________ to be prepared for the Sacrament
Reconciliation next term

SIGNED …………………………………………………………..

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