Posts made in May, 2011

19 May

Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 19 May


Dear Parents

We certainly have had an early introduction to winter this week.

We are thankful for our new veranda and roof over the junior school, meaning no more leaks into the classrooms.

Our prayers are with the Hackett family.

School Mass

Can you please note the date of our next school mass ~ Sunday 19th June on your calendar. Last term we had a very disappointing turn out and we do expect more commitment this time.

Parent Reconciliation Meeting ~ 1st June 7.30 pm in Room 5

Parent Survey

As part of our school review process, a survey on the management of the school will be sent home. Four families per class will be randomly selected and your results will be sent to an external appraiser who will collate the results for the Board.

This will be sent home on Tuesday 24th May with a follow up e-mail or phone call.

If you cannot complete this form, please let me know.

School Website & Classroom Blogs

The school website is

All class blog sites can be accessed from the school tab then classroom blogs:

These have up to date examples of your child’s classroom programmes.

Please use the school calendar for dates for school events. I hope to be able to add sports times to this as well.

Cross Country

The Cross Country was cancelled yesterday due to weather and field conditions.

We want to have the flexibility of running the Cross Country when the opportunity arises. This makes it both impossible for us to timetable and notify parents. Only the 10 and 11 year students are eligible to go to Zones so we might just run those age groups off if the weather continues to be an issue.

Activity Fee

These have been sent out this week, please pay at the office at your earliest convenience. 1 child @ $70

2 children @ $100

3 children @ $125

Compulsory Class Books Rooms 1 & 2 @ $15

Rooms 3 – 9 @ $30

This includes our RE Programme, which is partly subsidised by the BOT.


Thank you for the efforts you make in having the children in the correct uniform.

A couple of reminders:

1. Long sleeve thermals are not to be seen under sports shirts. The children need to wear their jersey for warmth. They will be asked to take off the thermal or put their jersey on.

2. Sports shoes are to be worn with sports uniform only.

3. We do have ‘nasty nits’ in school at the moment, so please keep long hair tied up.

Thank you for your support helping the children wear their uniform with pride.


PTA ~ Oyster Raffle

All families should have received their raffle ticket.

All cards must be back to school Friday 27th May. Extra tickets are available.

The family who sells the most cards will receive a donated voucher from Café Greenworld, and the class who sells the most, will receive a special treat.

Thank you for your support ~ Your PTA

Achievements ~ Congratulations to:

Corbyn Shuttleworth got 6th in the Kartsport Southland Club Championship last weekend. He also received the trophy for best driver of the weekend.

Georgea Newell who received the Championship trophy for her age group at the Waverley Swimming Club Prize-giving last week.

Aidan Jones who recently passed his Karate grading and now is a purple belt.

Kayla Boniface was awarded the Championship trophy for her age group at Collegiate Swimming Club Prize-giving last week.

Hunter Cairns got Player of the Day for the Under 7 Marist Rugby Team this week.

Results of the Southland Primary School Swimming Champs

Well done to the children below who were placed in the top 10.

Sam Thornbury:1st in 50m Butterfly

1st in 50 Backstroke

2nd in 50m Freestyle

4th in 50m Breaststroke

Bree Chilton: 7th in 50m Breaststroke

7th in 50m Backstroke

8th in 50m Freestyle

Khyla Matiu-Watson 10th in 50m Backstroke

Erik Cahill 9th in 50m Butterfly

This relay team was 4th in the Medley and 5th in the Freestyle:

Khyla Matiu-Watson, Bree Chilton, Sam Thornbury and Erik Cahill.

Altar Servers

7.00pm Saturday 21st May Clarke LeBreton

10.30am Sunday 22nd May Ben Nind & Reuben Brown

Nicki Brookland (Children’s Liturgy)

Good luck to Tom Heads who is competing in the Boxing Tournament

in Gore at the weekend.


Next Fruit Delivery Thursday 26th May (Apples, Pears, Pumpkins)

Please fill out the form in the junior corridor if you require fruit from Millers Flat.

Paddington Arms Restaurant

Are you looking for a bit more money to get the extras?

Paddington Arms is looking for a person who loves meeting and enjoying seeing people out to have a great evening. Someone who is bright and happy and willing to go the extra mile to make sure the guests are well looked after. Must be available week nights and weekends, (days or evenings) on a casual basis. To be part of a great team of like minded people. Enquiries to Graham or Glenise Hawkes 215-8156 or 0275661056.

Highland Dancing Lessons

If anyone is interested in the above lessons for beginners age 4 – 7, please contact Heidi 215-8940. There is a competition on at Donovan School, Saturday 21st May, 8am – all spectators welcome.

Class Happenings ~ Room 3

As part of our literacy programme this term we are focusing on writing narrative stories.

In the first week of this term, Sacred Heart School was lucky enough to be invited to watch the S.I.T students perform their version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

Below are some descriptions of a character we saw called Fleshcreep that we saw:

Fleshcreep was a character from ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. He was very mean and he was ugly too. I didn’t like him. He had black hair and he also had colourful hair.

Fleshcreep had a cackling laugh that sounded like a witch. It made me scared of him. He was also very scary because he said he was going to eat us ~ Laura

Fleshcreep was a creep. He was mean. He had colourful hair on his head and his shoulders. He was mean because he scared us by trying to catch people.

His laugh was creepy ~ Benjamin

In Jack and the Beanstalk, Fleshcreep had black clothes with white paint.

He was freaky because he was mean. He spat at us ~ Aiden

Fleshcreep had a mohawk and colourful shoulders and black clothes.

He was a bad monster because he got Daisy the cow in the dungeon ~ Reilly

Fleshcreep had a creepy laugh and he was a monster.

He was scary and he had a Mohawk ~ Kade

Fleshcreep had black clothes. He also had a dress on. On the shoulder part of his dress were colourful feathers. Some of his dress was black and white.

Fleshcreep was mean because he bought Daisy the cow from Jack.

When Jack got home he found the gold had turned into beans.

Fleshcreep put Daisy into the dungeon ~ Ella

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12 May

Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 12 May

Dear Parents

Please ensure you have given Christine any changes of address or phone numbers please, especially cell phone numbers. In emergencies, we want to know our details are precise.

Good luck to Eric Cahill, Sam Thornbury, Sam Sherriff, Charlotte Chesters, Charlotte Sherriff, Bree Chilton, Khyla Matiu-Watson and Eli Winders who will be representing the school at the Junior Swimming Champs on this Sunday 15th.

Activity Fee
These have been calculated and will be sent out next week.
1 child @ $70
2 children @ $100
3 children @ $125
Compulsory Class Books – Rooms 1 & 2 @ $15
Rooms 3 – 9 @ $30
This includes our RE Programme, which is partly subsidised by the BOT.

Each year we set targets in relation to areas of the New Zealand Curriculum. With the implementation of the Government’s National Standards there is an emphasis on literacy and numeracy targets.

The targets for 2011 in numeracy are:
➢ To analyse the results from the numeracy initiative that has been in place for Year 3 – 5 children.
➢ From this, identify strengths and weaknesses in our own school delivery programme and use the numeracy facilitators as models of best practice where necessary.

The literacy target is:
➢ Introduce the First Steps pre-school and entry programme (run by Helen Campbell). This involves teacher & teacher aide training.
At present there is some variance with year 1 reading results at their 6 year check and this programme has had success in other schools in decreasing this variance.

Newsletters will now be sent out on a Thursday. Please ensure your child brings it home so you can keep up to date with what is happening at school.

Parent Help – Maths
As in previous years, we are looking for parent help to assist groups of children in numeracy knowledge (e.g. basic facts) in Term 2. This would involve playing maths games and counting with small groups of children. If you are interested, please see Miss Swney.

Room 7 Bike Programme
As part of the Kiwi sport initiative, some of our Year 4 children will have the opportunity to take part in a bike safety programme. This starts Thursday 19th May 1.15 pm.
Those children who have been chosen are asked to bring their bikes and helmets please.

After some initial hassles getting teams organised, we have entered a team in the Y 3 & 4 competition to be played on Wednesday.

Aubrey Page received the ‘Player of the Day’ trophy from the Thistle AFC Juniors Soccer Club on Monday.

Please let Christine know of any achievements with your children so they can be recognised in our newsletter.

Lost ~ Light blue jersey size 10 with the name: Briana Henson.

PTA ~ Oyster Raffle
Please find a raffle ticket for our Sacred Heart Oyster raffle with your newsletter today. Tickets and money are to be returned to the school office by Friday 27th May. Extra tickets are available.
Profits from this fundraiser will enable us to build gardens for our new verandas, and also provide safety vests for children who walk, bike or bus to school. Your support with this will benefit your children.
The family who sells the most cards will receive a donated voucher from Café Greenworld, and the class who sells the most, will receive a special treat.
Many thanks ~ Your PTA

Class Happenings ~ Room 6 Holiday Writing

In the holidays it was Shaun’s birthday. I brought my scooter. We went for a treasure hunt on my scooter. There was a tool box full of lollies. I was happy and it was fun.
Some people brought their rip stick. I got two drinks and lots of lollies.
Ben Oosterbroek

In the holidays I had a party. I invited Ethan, Will, Jakobe, Ben and Josh. We went to Anderson’s park. We played for about 20 minutes. We played on the spinner.
It went really fast.
Shaun Clapperton

I went on the bumpy slide. It was a water slide. It was pink. When you’re at the bottom, water splashes at your face. It was fun. I went on it again but I came third.
I looked at the times when I got to the bottom.
Amy Ingham

On the aeroplane there were three children. We got on the plane fast and the adults did not get on the plane fast. We got to have three lollies and four cupcakes.
Bridie, Holly who is five now and I got to see the pilot steering the aeroplane.
Claire Kinney

In the holidays, Lily, Mum and I went to Nana and Grandad’s. In the morning we got our Easter eggs. Next we went to the river. We got our Easter eggs on Sunday. We got them from Mum and Dad. The Easter egg was big. We took the dog. I felt happy.
Ethan Turnhout

In the holidays I went to Wallacetown and had a sleep over. It was really windy and sunny when we went on the tramp and did flips. We had some ice cream and Katelyn’s shoes had some diamonds on them. I felt happy with Katelyn and Katelyn smelt like strawberries. Katelyn and I played with the dress ups and I was the witch and Katelyn was the princess. We played with the toys. We watched some movies. We watched “Megamind” and “Despicable Me”. We played with the cat too. We went to the shop and got tea.
Tessa Wright

The junior school had a visit from the Fire Service on Tuesday as an introduction to the ‘Get Fire Wise Programme’. The children got to see a fireman dressed in his safety gear so they would not be scared if they had to rescue us at our house.

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6 May

Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 6 May

Dear Parents

Welcome back to Term 2 at Sacred Heart. A warm welcome to all our new families.

This term we welcome Matt Murray, a student from the Southland Campus, who will be working in room 2. Also Kyron Devery & Holly Wolf who both joined the children in Room 2.
We hope they enjoy their time with us.

The children attended ‘The Jack & the Beanstalk’ show yesterday being run by SIT students.
This was a great lead in to the term, as we are introducing our own school production to be presented at the end of this term.

This term we also begin our winter sports, with hockey, table tennis and netball. Another form has been included with this newsletter, so please get it filled in and back to school asap.
The Zone & Southland Cross Country will also be held this term.

Our prayers are with the O’Connor & Hackett families.


Expectations of Prayer time

• Sitting quietly
• Respecting others and what they say
• Ignoring pre-schoolers
• Taking a turn to lead prayers
• Once prayer time starts conversations are finished

• Providing resources and symbols
• Introducing traditional and personal prayer
• Sitting quietly
• Respecting others and what they say
• Once prayer time starts conversations are finished

• Sitting quietly
• Respecting others and what they say
• Once prayer time starts conversations are finished

Bike Safety & Safety Vest
As part of the Kiwi sport initiative, some of our Year 4 children will have the opportunity to take part in a bike safety programme. More info will be supplied later.
We have plans, with the PTA’s assistance to supply safety vests for all children who bus, walk or bike to school.

Maths at Home
A useful website to support your child/ren with maths is Click on the jigsaw that says Families. This explains what the Numeracy Project is. There is a section on activities to do at home that is useful as it provides some ideas of what you can be doing to strengthen your child’s knowledge. If you are unsure of the domain or stage your child is at, please do not hesitate to ask their class teacher.

Parent Help – Maths
As in previous years, we are looking for parent help to assist groups of children in numeracy knowledge (e.g. basic facts) in Term 2. This would involve playing maths games and counting with small groups of children. If you are interested, please see Miss Swney.
Canteen Notice
The Canteen will be closed for the rest of the month. It will re-open 3rd June.
We wish Kelly & Gillian an enjoyable holiday in Australia.

Winter Uniform
It is great to see the children wearing the correct uniform for winter.
A reminder please that sports shoes are to be worn with sports uniform only. Please check the information below for the correct coloured socks.
The children are encouraged by their class teacher and house points, when wearing the correct uniform, so your support with this is appreciated.
2nd hand uniform is available by contacting: Amanda 2157663.
Sports Uniform is available at the office: Trackpants/Polo Tops @ $25, Shorts @ $20

Girls: Pinnafore, white long sleeved button to neck blouse or white skivvy, red tie (optional), blue v neck jersey, navy blue or white socks, navy blue tights, tan, brown, navy or black shoes.

Boys: Winter weight grey shorts, long sleeved button to neck grey shirt, red tie (optional), blue v neck jersey, grey knee high socks, tan, brown, navy or black shoes.

Aerobics Festival – Due to lack of entries, we will not be entering a team this year.

Hockey – Wednesdays
We have entered 2 teams – a Year 1/2 team and a Year 3/6 team. At present we urgently need more players in both teams. If your child is interested, please contact Mrs T.K. or myself.

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 3 will close Friday 13 May.

PTA Meeting – Monday 9th May 7.30pm in the school staffroom
If you would like to help with fundraising and family events, please come and join our friendly team.

Year 6 Camp Fundraiser ~ Garage Sale this Saturday
39 Vogel Place. Lots of treasures, hope to see you there.

Junior School Swimming Champs – Sunday 15 May – Splash Palace
If your child is interested in competing in this, please ring the school office on Monday morning.

Eli Winders: 1st Song and Tap Solo
1st Novice Tap Solo 10 years and over
2nd Boys only Tap Solo
Eli also participated in the BMX nationals in Auckland over the holidays.

Anika Winders: 1st Tap Solo under 6
1st Song and Tap Solo under 6

Shaun Swain & Meg Kelly (ex pupils) were part of the Verdon Junior Drama team that won their section at the Bishop’s shield recently.

DO YOU WANT TO LEARN TO SING? Contact Anna on 2131191

Verdon College PTA AGM 12 May 7.30pm at Verdon College Marist Pavilion
(Front entrance driveway.) Come along for an informative evening for parents and caregivers.
Michelle McCuin will speak about the Gateway Programme at Verdon College.
Michelle Boivin from Careers Services will speak on ‘general career trends’ and how parents can help prepare children for their career futures.
The new DVD ‘NCEA in simple language’ will be presented.
Supper will be provided – Phone Liza Adams 2159995 for further info.

Verdon College presents “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Wed 18 – Sun 22 May. Tickets available from Verdon – Adults $15 children $8.50

Altar Servers:
Saturday 7th – 7pm Patrice Brookland
Sunday 8th – 10.30pm Bronte Adams & Georgea Newell


We have an action packed term ahead of us with the highlight being the production happening in week 10. Room 5 are going to be the builders, so if anybody has hard hats and tool belts that we could use, please let me know.
Yesterday we all went to the Invercargill Working Men’s Club to watch ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We have used this as our ‘Tuning In’ for our inquiry of ‘what makes a great production’. We all walked out thinking that it was an amazing show and cannot wait to start practising for our own production >>>>>>
Also this term we will be learning about ‘Fire Wise’, next week we have our introductory lesson with the fire truck visit on Tuesday.
For PE this term we are focusing on ‘What makes a game?’, this is a great follow on from our focus last term about making good choices. We will be concentrating on turn taking, sharing equipment and following rules.
With the library now finished, our library day will be on Fridays; this will mean that the children have got a poem and the books from the library for their weekend reading.
Now that the winter months are here, please ensure that your child is in full correct winter uniform and that they have a jersey and jacket with them each day.
The children’s wish for this term is to have a bike day. I will confirm all the details once the marble jar is full.

We want to wish our mothers a

Real Mothers

Real Mothers don’t eat quiche; they don’t have time to make it.
Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox.
Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.
Real Mothers know that dried playdough doesn’t come out of carpet.
Real Mothers don’t want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.
Real Mothers sometimes ask “why me?” and get their answer when a little voice says, “because I love you best.”
Real Mothers know that a child’s growth is not measured by height or years or grade.
It is marked by the progression of a hug around your legs, a hug around your heart and an arm around your shoulders.


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