Posts made in February, 2011

24 February

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Dear Parents

As I write this I am watching the footage of the Christchurch earthquake and the devastation caused. There are probably very few people who do not have family or close friends affected and I hope all are safe.

I know you will all join with me in keeping all these people in our thoughts and prayers.
One of the things that has come out of this is the speed at which the rescue teams started on their exacting task of searching for missing people. We can only hope for more success in this task.

Earthquake Procedures
In response to questions from parents and children, the school’s earthquake procedures are outlined below. As you can imagine, these will be covered in the days to come:

1. Drop, take cover under a desk or table until shaking stops
2. Keep away from shelves & large furniture items
3. Keep away from windows, power poles & lines
4. Keep away from buildings if outside when earthquake starts
5. Stay indoors until shaking stops, then move to designated area
6. Stay in school grounds until collected by a teacher

In the event of any serious event, children would be kept safe in the school grounds until parents could collect them.

Red & Black Mufti Day Tomorrow – Gold Coin Donation Please
We plan to hold a Red & Black (Canterbury Colours) Day tomorrow, with proceeds going to the Earthquake Fund. We ask all children to dress in Red & Black and bring a gold coin. Thank you.

Welcome to Danye Takitimu who joined the children in Room 1 on Tuesday.

There will be no assembly tomorrow, this will take place same at the time on Monday.

House Colour Day – Wednesday 3rd March pm – weather permitting
The children are to come to school dressed in their house colours, and will be participating in a variety of activities for the afternoon. Postponement date will be the next fine day.
Parents are welcome to join us for the afternoon.

School Reporting Info Night
There will be a meeting in the library on Monday 7th March at 7.00 p.m. to explain our school reporting systems.

Teachers Only Day
There will be a teachers only day on Friday 1st April.

3 Way Interviews
These will be held on Monday 11th April 1.15 – 7.00 pm and Tuesday 12th April 3.15 – 5.30 pm.

A big thanks to all the parents who were able to assist during our school swimming.
Your help has been much appreciated.

OSCAR Childcare
OSCAR childcare is now available in the Parish Hall, Monday to Friday 2.45 – 5.45 pm. Casual enrolments are also accepted. For more information, phone 218-9520.

School Sports Teams
Thanks to all the parents who have been able to help with school sports teams. Some of you may be shoulder tapped to help with some of the teacher’s teams, as I have asked staff to attend professional development courses after school on some of the sports days.
Your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.

Lost Pinafore with the name ‘Ward’ on the label.
If you know anything about this pinafore, please see Christine.

The library is starting to look exciting. We need two people to help on Monday, from 11.00 – 12.30 to help process new books. If you are able to help, please ring the office and leave a message on the answer phone and turn up on Monday at 11.00.
Many thanks ~ Mrs Buxton

Year 6 Camp – Fundraising
Any families interested in fundraising for your child’s individual camp costs can contact:
Trish 215-8292 or Nicki 214-0112. This fundraiser would be parent child focused, completely separate from any school-based fundraiser.
Expression of interest ASAP please, so we can get underway and meet your individual target.

Saturday Vigil 7pm Patrice Brookland – Altar Server
Sunday Mass 10.30am Cameron Roulston – Altar Server
Bronte` Adams – Altar Server
Cecelia Russell – Children’s Liturgy

Hot Topics with Ian Grant – Thursday 17th March 7 – 9.15pm
This will be held at the Invercargill Christian Centre, 165 Leet Street. Tickets available from the Christian Centre Office $15 single, $25 double. Enquiries to

Southland District Council and Invercargill City Council are changing the way it collects rubbish and recycling. From 2 May – Southland District urban residents, recycling collected every fortnight (in 240 litre bin) and rubbish every fortnight (in 240 litre bin).
From 4 July Invercargill City and Bluff residents, rubbish collected every week (in 140 litre bin) and recycling fortnightly (in 240 litre bin).
WasteNet Southland and Environment Southland are going around Southland District schools with a “Twin Bin Roadshow” on 21,22,29 March and Invercargill schools on 16,17,18 May to teach the kids about how to use the new service.
All Southland region schools will receive a Teacher Resource Pack with lesson plans, activities and details on the new service. And it will be downloadable along with our other resources from

Badminton Southland – Wednesdays 4 – 5pm at the Badminton Hall, Surrey Park. Commences 23 March till the end of Term 3. Qualified coaches take all sessions. No cost. Anyone interested can contact Sue 2179460.

Room 5 Class Happenings

Wow it is hard to believe that four weeks of the school term is over. With swimming now finished it will great to get our class routines in place and have some structure. Below are some photos of some activities that the children have been doing so far. Please check out our class blog
Thanks to the parents who have given me their email address to be part of our email tree. If you still need to do this, either email me at or write a note.
Next week we are starting our Keeping Ourselves Safe programme, so there will be sent home activities for you and your child to do together.



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18 February

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Dear Parents


The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small,
uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him,
and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none
seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky.

The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. “God, how could you do this to me!” he cried. Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. “How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers. “We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going badly. But we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering.
Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground–it just may be a smoke signal that summons The Grace of God.

School Office
The office will be closed on Monday & Tuesday due to the builders re-roofing the junior block.
Later in the week Rooms 1, 2 & 3 will be relocated while that section is worked on.
Entry to school will be via the ramp between the library & Room 7.
Please send notes or phone in any relevant messages.

Water Bottles !!!
With the foyer closed there will be no access to the drinking fountains. Children will need to bring water bottles to school next week.

We welcome Maiya Tagomoa-Kaa who joined the children in Room 1 recently. We hope she enjoys her time at Sacred Heart School.

Otatara Bus Early – Wednesday 23rd February
The Otatara bus will leave school at 1.00 pm next Wednesday due to a PPTA Union meeting. Please contact Christine if your child is to be put on this early bus.

We are in desperate need of additional helpers at swimming next week – especially some fathers.
I will be taking groups, so we do need some male helpers in the changing rooms.

BOT Meeting
The next meeting is Monday 21st February at 7.00 p.m.

Sister of Mercy
A big thanks to Hugh Armstrong for making the box to honour the Sisters of Mercy Charism.
It is a lovely piece of work and has been admired by many already.

Sport Teams
With sports gearing up again – draws will be placed on the notice board in the junior corridor.

Year 6 Camp – Fundraising
Any families interested in fundraising for your child’s individual camp costs can contact:
Trish 215-8292 or Nicki 214-0112. This fundraiser would be parent child focused, completely separate from any school-based fundraiser.
Expression of interest ASAP please so we can get underway and meet your individual target.

OSCAR Childcare
OSCAR childcare is now available in the Parish Hall, Monday to Friday 2.45 – 5.45 pm. Casual enrolments are also accepted. For more information, phone 218-9520.

Fruit Orders
Check out the sheet on the notice-board in the junior corridor.
Please have money & orders to Christine by Tuesday lunchtime.

Netball Southland – Future Stars Programme
Netball Southland is running a four week programme for 5 – 7 yr olds this term from Wednesday 16 March – 6 April, from 4 – 4.30 pm at the Southland Velodrome. Cost is $20 per child for 4 sessions. If your child is interested, registration forms can be obtained from the office.

Big River Fun Day
The Southland Water Ski Club is holding a fun day to give the public a chance to come to the club to see what they have to offer. Club members will be available to give free boat rides and ski biscuit rides during the day. There will be ski and wakeboard displays and ski race boats will give a circuit race demonstration. There will be a sausage sizzle and soft drinks available to purchase. Cancellation day will be on Sunday. A small cover charge of $3 for children and $5 for adults if you want to have boat rides or ski biscuit rides. There is no charge to come and enjoy the day out by the river. Venue is the Southland Water Ski Clubrooms on the road to sandy point.

Lloyd Esler’s Book Launch – The Southland Book of Records
Can you spare some time on Monday 28 February at 7:00pm to establish a new Southland Record?
Join the Friends of the Southland Museum & Art Gallery and Lloyd Esler in a record breaking event to launch his latest version of The Southland Book of Records.
We want to create a new record for the greatest number of people to attend a book launch in Southland.
All you need to do is come along to the Southland Museum & Art Gallery on the 28th February at 7:00pm
• You will receive a lucky bookmark that is your entry into a draw to win one of 5 copies of the book and other spot prizes
• Listen to Lloyd as he relates some of the fascinating and quirky records featured in his new book
• Be in a group photograph that will feature in the next book of records.
• Your bookmark will also entitle you to a $5.00 discount on the book, valid on the night only
• Have your book personally autographed by Lloyd
Please support the Friends of the Southland Museum & Art Gallery with this exciting, record breaking event.

Congratulations to Mrs T-K who tied the knot 22/1/11
Best wishes and blessings for the future

Room 3 Class Happenings

On Wednesday where the hedge used to be, there was a fire. But it was over the fence. I wondered why the dirt was not on fire. Now I know that it has a special gas in it. I felt the heat of the fire. It was warm on my hands. There were two fires. One was lit the other day and this one was lit this morning. I could smell the smoke and I could see a watery spot. This means that that spot is a very, very, VERY hot spot of the fire. I saw ashes flying around the place. Jasmine

I didn’t like the smoke of the fire. The other fire did not have any flames so we watched the fire that did have flames. I liked watching the fire because I like fires. The smoke looked like big grey clouds. When the black ash came down it looked like black bits of snow but snow can’t be black. Phoebe

The digger pushed the sticks into the fire. The forklift lifted the pieces of wood. Luke B

The bonfire looked like a volcano because of the flames. The digger was pushing the trees and the flames changed to black. The flames got bigger. The forklift helped the digger. Aiden H

Remember to check out our blog at to see what we have been doing in class.

NZRU Trophy Tour – Wed 23rd Feb, 4 – 6 pm @ Rugby Park
Rugby Southland is inviting you to join them for the NZRU Trophy Tour.
The Bledisloe Cup, the Tri Nations Trophy, U20’s Junior World Championship Trophy, The Ranfurly Shield and the IRB Women’s World Cup will be on display and available for you to have your photo taken with them.
The Ruggerbee mascots; Rugger William, Webb and Alice will also be joining in the fun on the Ruggerland Bouncy Castle.
Stevo the Stag and the Rugby Southland Academy Players will be running some skills and drills sessions and there will be some fantastic prizes to be won! Come and join in the fun!

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11 February 2011

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Dear Parents

It is hard to believe we have been back at school for 2 weeks, and that our first week of school swimming is completed.
A big thank you to all the parents who have been able to help at the pool.

Our prayers are with the Hosie family at this sad time.

To highlight the input of the Sisters Of Mercy in Sacred Heart School we are to rename our “Positive Behaviour Box” the MERCY CHARISM box. When the children show the values of: Being Fair and Just, Caring for Others, Trust in God, Welcoming, Serving others and Showing compassion, they are given a special token and at assembly one token is drawn from the box. That child will receive a special cup which they will keep in their class for a week.
We look forward to seeing the Mercy Charism reflected in the behaviours we see at school.

Parent Info Night
Thank you to the parents able to attend our Meet the Teacher and Keeping Ourselves Safe information evening this week.
As I mentioned we will hold an information evening on our Reporting System in the next couple of weeks. I will let you know as soon as the date is set.

As well as swimming, children are also practising for our Zone Athletics on 8th March. Children who were 8, 9 & 10 at 31/12/2010 will be competing in all track & field events. The fastest 7 yr olds at 31/12/2010 will be competing in the 60 & 100m

Internet Images
All classes have or will have class blogs where items of children’s work is often displayed. These are a useful reference point as to what is happening in your child’s class. From time to time photo’s are included. If you do not wish to have your child’s photo in school publications, please let the classroom teacher know.

Sacred Heart Achievers
Please let us know if your child has excelled in some area of sport or culture, as we would like to recognise them on our Achievers Board.

Skateboard Area
On Fridays children will be able to bring their skateboards to school for use in a designated area. They must have helmets, knee and elbow pads.

Spare Uniform
If your child was sent home from school in borrowed shorts or top etc, could you please return them asap, as we are short on spares.
If you have any items of clothing at home that your child has out grown, we would appreciate them for our supplies at school.

Collection of Children
Parents must come into school to collect their children. They will not be permitted to go past the pick-up point if they are not with an adult.

Miss O’Neill has a piano to give away.
Please see Miss O’Neill If you are interested.

Scholastic Bookclub closes Wednesday 16th February.

AMI Kids in the City
Join some of our local sporting stars for the AMI Kids in the City 2km fun run / walk within Queens Park on Sunday 13th February 2011.
FREE entry! Register before 12.00 midday; event starts at 12.30pm.
Each participant will receive an AMI drink bottle and there are lots of spot prizes up for grabs!
For more information check out

School Pinafores
The PTA will be placing a bulk order in the next couple of weeks. Please contact Amanda 2157663 / 0274354310 / with your child’s name and chest measurements by 11am Tuesday 15th February. The pinafores are the same quality as H & J Smith’s stock, but are approx $40 cheaper when purchased in bulk.

2nd Hand Uniform Sale
If you have any items in good condition you want to donate or sell, please leave them at the office with instructions. We will be having a sale in approx 3 – 4 week’s time.

Room 2 Class Happenings

We have been working really hard on our routines for the beginning of the year. We have learned the process that we need to go through when writing a story.
1. Think of an idea to write about.
2. Draw a picture about it
3. Write some words we know all by ourselves
4. Copy under the teachers writing/write the sounds of tricky words.

Here is an example of some of our swimming stories. We have enjoyed our time at the pool this week and the children have already made fantastic progress. We are extremely tired though and I hope we all get some good rest over the weekend (teacher included!).

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4 February 2011

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Dear Parents

Welcome back to Sacred Heart School for 20111.
A special welcome to our new children: Conna Hiscoke, Aidan Dudfield, Hunter Jordan, Ryan Henson, Maiya Tagomoa-Kaa, Monique Wright, Pyper Huffadine and their families. I hope you enjoy your time at Sacred Heart School.
Thank you to Miss O’Neill & Fr. Jacob for our excellent start of year Mass yesterday. Thanks to those parents who were able to join us.
Certificates were issued to our Year 6 leaders. We look forward to their input to our school life this year.

Term Events
Swimming Mon – Thurs 1 – 2 pm. 7th – 24th February
Please have your child wear their sports uniform and easy to do up footwear.
Also ensure all clothing is named.
Any Parents able to assist in the changing rooms, please contact the office.

Meet the Teacher Night – Tuesday 8th February
6.00 pm Class Info Session
6.20 pm Repeat Session
6.45 pm Library – School Info
– Keeping Ourselves Safe with Constable Frith
The Zone Athletics are on Tuesday 8th March. Practises for participating children are already underway.

Keeping Ourselves Safe
This programme will begin for some classes in week 3. Constable Paul Frith will talk about aspects of the programme at the Parent Info Night on Feb 8th.

Sports Notice
A notice is being sent home today regarding the terms sport events. Thank you to those parents who have already indicated they are able to coach teams. A full list will be published when all teams are in.


We begin our year highlighting the Charism of the Sisters of Mercy. CHARISM is a term that refers to what makes a religious community unique; the particular faith vision of the founder that has left a lasting character on the life and work style of the community. For us the “community” is Sacred Heart School and we wish to live in such a way that we are:

• Fair and just
• Caring for others
• Trusting in God
• Welcoming
• Serving others
• Showing compassion
Parent-Teacher Communications
Most classes have or will soon be sending home class information newsletters.
I have asked teachers to include e-mail contact details as the first port of call, and to state a suitable time for parent interviews during the week.
I am implementing a procedure of NO parent teacher interviews after 8.40 am in the morning.
If you need to discuss something important about your child, please make an appointment, or send a note or e-mail.
This is more confidential than having an interview in a busy class and also allows the teacher to prepare for or find any information you may request.
It also allows the teacher to meet and greet the children and other parents in the morning.

School Reports
I will hold a parent meeting in the next few week to explain our reports and in particular the graphs used. More information later.

Church Helpers – If there are any parents who would like to help with Children’s Liturgy at Sunday Mass, please call Susanne Brown 215-8883. We will commence a new roster in March and volunteers are normally only required to help 2 – 3 times a year. Feel free to come and see what we do with the children, if you are unsure.

Altar Servers – If there are any new volunteers for Altar Servers for Saturday night (7pm) and/or Sunday Morning (10.30am) Mass, please call Liza Adams 215-9995. The children must have been confirmed and received their 1st Communion – depending on numbers they are likely to be rostered on once a term.

OSCAR Childcare
OSCAR childcare is now available in the Parish Hall, Monday to Friday 2.45 – 5.45 pm. Casual enrolments are also accepted. For more information, phone 218-9520.

We need your help to Win $4000 dollars for Our School
Teachers, school staff, students, parents, grandparents… register your local school, and tell us why you think they deserve to win one of the four $4,000 ‘Paper Plus local community school grants’. The grant consists of $3000 to spend at Paper Plus and $1000 to spend on advertising your School’s community event on Classic Hits!

Paper Plus and Classic Hits will select four deserving winners. Listen to Murray Lindsay who will announce each of the school winners throughout the months of January and February!

A great start to the school year…..your paper Plus local community school grant could get your school new books for the library, stationery starter packs for the school, tech books for the teachers, educational board games for new entrants etc.

The first winning school will be announced on Friday 21st January, then the final three on the following Fridays. The local Classic Hits and Paper Plus teams will present the Paper Plus local community school grants to each of the winning schools.

Please go to this site and register our school for this competition. It is an easy fundraiser!

BNZ Banking – Should parents want the BNZ School Banking Service to continue this year, including collection & delivery of the Bank Books weekly by the Bank, the numbers using the service need to increase. Would any parents therefore interested in joining this scheme please advise the School Office and BNZ will arrange to come to school to open accounts for the children. If the numbers do not increase sufficiently, the service will decrease to monthly collections in the last week of the month from now on.

Drink Bottles – Please ensure your child has a drink bottle in class. With the building underway we have lost the use of one of our water fountains.

Fruit Delivery from Millers Flat – Deliveries have started up again, with Plums, Apricots, Greengages & mixed boxes on offer. If you are wanting to order fruit, which will be delivered to school on Thursday 10th Feb, please fill out the order form in the junior corridor, by lunchtime on Tuesday 8th (money must accompany your order).

Congratulations to Samuel Downing who gained selection in the Southland Yr 6 Cricket Team. Good luck to them in taking on Otago Country this Sunday at Queens Park.

Soccer – Summer Soccer restarts this Monday 7th Feb at Turnbull Thompson Park. Same school teams and players as last term.

Girls Brigade – Variety of fun activities designed to educate, inspire and develop girls aged 5+. Restarts Monday, 14 February at Windsor Community Church halls: 3.30pm-5.00pm (5-8 years) and 6.30pm-8.00pm (9-18 years). $85 per year. Newcomers welcome. Contact Cindy 2217017 for more information.


Don’t those smiles show happy children pleased to be at school!!
We have started our year talking about how our THINKING will help our learning.
We will try to use “GREEN LIGHT THINKING” and we are already using the HABITS OF MIND of “LISTENING, “TEAMWORK” and

We had a visit from Maggie this week. She came to school to get a good look at us because Miss O’Neill told her we were a good looking and very clever bunch of children.

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