Posts made in October, 2011

6 October

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Dear Parents

It seems hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of term 3 and when we come back it will be the start of November.

A big thank you to all parents who have been able to assist with our school programme this term, in particular to all our sports coaches and managers. Your commitment has been much appreciated.

Next term starts on Tuesday 25th October and finishes on Wednesday 14th December at 12.30 pm.

It is very short because of the holiday changes due to the Rugby World Cup.

In week one next term we look forward to the Year 6 camp at Stewart Island.

We can also look forward to the All Blacks on their country wide tour, showing off the Webb Ellis Cup (I hope).

Welcome to Samuel Walsh who started school on Wednesday.

FIRST COMMUNION SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 1.30PM

The children who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation will now begin preparation for First Holy Communion. Please bring your workbooks. The first session will be tomorrow morning – 9.30 till 10.30 in Room one. The subsequent sessions will be each Friday of the first four weeks next term.

There will be a parent / child meeting on the Wednesday of the first week of school (26 October) at 7pm in Room 5.

FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS

Parents of children who were in the last group (2009) to receive their First Holy Communion are asked to help to prepare and present the Communion breakfast in the hall on Sunday 20 November. Please fill in the reply form at the end of the newsletter. Thank you

Summer Uniform & Sunhats next term

A reminder that the children go into summer uniform next term and sunhats are compulsory.

Reports

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to be part of a consultative group regarding our reporting format. I will be in contact next term via email to arrange a suitable first meeting time.

Convent Cup

We were fortunate to have a very successful day at Verdon College on Monday for the Convent Cup.

All our teams performed with credit, especially our Mini-ball team, who won the competition.

Thanks to all who helped with this.

Road Safety

I thank Constable Paul Frith for highlighting the speeding problems outside school in the paper last week. This has been an on-going issue. The traffic lights have been excellent in providing a safe crossing. Our next wish is to have flashing lights installed, such as those outside Boys High & Waihopai which can be put up to encourage people to slow down when passing the school.

Camp Fundraiser Fun Friday – 7th October

Back by popular demand, our famous Spiders, Sundaes, Baking, Lolly Kebabs & lots more.

Join us tomorrow after school for a fun filled Friday to end the term & to support the Yr 6 Camp Fund.

JR McKenzie Trust – Year 6 pupils

The JR McKenzie Trust is accepting applications from families of Year 6 children moving to Year 7 in 2012. The grant is for the purchase of funding school clothing and footwear as part of the uniform requirements at Year 7. All applications are confidential. Please ring me 0274918694 or email: principal@shsinv.school.nz for a copy.

Sports Teams

If your child is in a sports team and they are unable to attend can you please let the coach know or Mrs T-K by the lunch time they are suppose to play, so that other children are not let down by not being able to play due to lack of players. A huge thank you to the parents who have volunteered to coach a team, without your help the children wouldn’t be able to play.

Below is a list of teams and coaches.

Flippa Ball

Seals – Delwyn Hosie Platypus – Nic Hawkes Sharks – Catherine Cahill

Touch Rugby

Stars – Nic Hawkes & Chris Campbell Tigers – Mrs Winders & Mrs T-K

Steamers – Nicki Brookland Cool Cats – Juliet Clapperton

Sharks – Peter Downing Ballers – Trish Sherriff

Soccer – to be confirmed

NEEDED: ANOTHER 4 PLAYERS FOR YEAR 3/4 TOUCH TEAM – FIRST IN FIRST SERVED.

Altar Servers There are no children rostered on as Altar Servers during the holidays, but Father is always happy to have volunteers over the holiday weekends.

Book Amnesty ~ Please return any books from school that you may have at home. Ask your child to return them to their class teacher as soon as possible as we are in the process of stocktaking our books. No questions asked!!!

Help us get free storybooks for our school

If you’re a Telecom customer, you can turn your bill into a storybook for our school.

All you have to do is switch to online billing by 24th November 2011 at:

telecom.co.nz/billstostorybooks and choose our school to receive a storybook.

There are 10,000 storybooks to be given away, so the more of you who choose our school, the more books we’ll receive! Thank you.

Southland Cricket – Have A Go

Check out the info on the board in the junior corridor if your child is interested in attending ‘Have A Go Centres’ starting 29th October. $30 each.

Netball Stars

Come along and enjoy some netball coaching and fun games 5-7 year olds (boys and girls)

Wednesdays 2, 9, 16 and 30 November, 4 – 4:30pm ILT Velodrome, Stadium Southland

Please pick up a registration form from the school office or visit www.netballsouthland.org.nz (Junior Academy page). Enquiries to Rosie 03 2171303 Ext 2

Achievements

Congratulations to Jake Meikle who was placed 2nd in the 8 – 11yrs 85cc and 4th in the 8 – 17 yrs 65cc Christchurch King of the Canterbury Motocross Champs last weekend.

Thanks to Motosouth for their continued support.

Congratulations to Emma Harrington who was placed 1st in her song & tap routine, and 1st in her duo (with Kayla Boniface) in the Dance Competitions recently. She was awarded a Highly Commended.

MISSING – If anyone knows the whereabouts of the Cook Island drum Mrs Tagomoa-Kaa was using for the Polyfest, would they please return it to the office. The name Winders is written on the bottom of it and it holds extreme sentimental value.

A reward is offered – No questions asked.

PTA

Special thanks to Nicki Brookland and Billie Bower for the fantastic job last Sunday in organising the fun filled family trial. It’s great to have volunteers to help organise and run these events and from the comments I’ve had, it appears everyone enjoyed being out in the sunshine and had a great afternoon – of course the fact they were finished in time for the rugby was also a hit.

Thanks to everyone who participated, we hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

We’d also like to acknowledge and thank Paul Wallace from Countdown, for his continued support in our events and in particular his donations towards the Disco last week. Whenever possible it would be great if our families can reciprocate his continual support and shop with his friendly team at Countdown on Tay St.

1st Prize – Dan Carters Groin (The Belesky Family)

2nd Prize – B’s + 1 – (The Brown Family)

3rd Prize – Kids in Charge (The Boniface Family)

Best Mug Shot – William Clapperton – (Go like the Clappers)

Best Team Name – Kids in Charge

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday and look forward to the last term.

Class Happenings – Room 8

Wow this term has gone so fast. This term we have been learning about why people preserve food. Take a look at some of the photos of our venn diagrams that we did about freezing and drying types of food. We also tested what would happen to some food if it was left out over the term. Most of our hypotheses were correct, BUT we did find out that keeping them in a plastic bag actually kept them nicer for longer.


This week we have been working with Room 3 on our end of the year calendars. Tomorrow we will be putting the finishing touches to them using comic life. Keep an eye out for them next term.

FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS

I will help to prepare and present the Communion breakfast in the hall on Sunday 20 November.

SIGNED _____________________

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday

See you all on Tuesday 25 Oct

GO THE ALL BLACKS!!!

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29 September

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Dear Parents

Welcome to Aleck Ricamor who joined the children in Room 3 on Monday. We hope she and her family enjoy their time at Sacred Heart School.

We have been fortunate to have Constable Paul Frith at school this week, working with all the classes on walking safely. Our next step is to find some sponsorship to provide high visibility vests for all children who walk and bike or bus to school. The note below highlights why road safety is an important part of our school programme.

I must say I have really enjoyed the Rugby World Cup as it has allowed me to take back control of the TV remote almost every night.

To this end, I hope you will support the PTA car trial on this Sunday 2nd Oct. It has been timed to allow couch potatoes such as myself, to spend some quality family fun time before the All Blacks play. Very well done.

Road Safety

We have been informed by the Police, that on Monday 19th Sept from 8 – 9 am a speed camera was set up outside the church and an alarming total of 146 speeding tickets were recorded and issued, in a period of one hour. This is a serious problem and one we have been aware of for a long time. With the Police now involved, we look for their support in finding some solutions to this problem.

Convent Cup

On Monday, the Year 5 & 6 children will travel to Verdon College to take part in this annual sports event between the local Catholic Schools. We have 3 mini-ball teams, 2 soccer teams and 2 netball teams. Thank you to the parents who have put their hands up to help manage and coach these teams. A note will go home tomorrow.

JR McKenzie Trust – Year 6 pupils

The JR McKenzie Trust is accepting applications from families of Year 6 children moving to Year 7 in 2012. The grant is for the purchase of funding school clothing and footwear as part of the uniform requirements at Year 7. All applications are confidential. Please ring me 0274918694 or email: principal@shsinv.school.nz for a copy.

Parent Reporting Group

Thank you for the replies I have received so far. Please contact me if you are willing to take part in this.

School Photos

The 2nd lot of photos will be collected this Monday and won’t be returned till next term.

If you have not ordered your child’s photo, it must be in to the office by Monday morning.

Swimming Carnival

Thank you; we now have enough children to enter 2 teams in this event.

Fun Friday – 7th October – Mark your calendar now

Back by popular demand, our famous spiders, sundaes, baking, and lolly kebabs & lots more. Join us after school for a fun-filled Friday to end the term and support the Year 6 camp fundraiser.

Lost Property

All lost property will be on display in the school foyer next week.

Unclaimed items will be taken to the Vincent De Paul shop on the last day of term.

Book Amnesty ~ Please return any books from school that you may have at home. Ask your child to return them to their class teacher as soon as possible as we are in the process of stocktaking our books. No questions asked!!!

Help us get free storybooks for our school

If you’re a Telecom customer, you can turn your bill into a storybook for our school.

All you have to do is switch to online billing by 24th November 2011 at:

telecom.co.nz/billstostorybooks and choose our school to receive a storybook.

There are 10,000 storybooks to be given away, so the more of you who choose our school, the more books we’ll receive! Thank you.

October School Holiday Course

Get the edge on Term 4! NumberWorks’nWords provides specialist Maths and English tuition up to Year 11. This is a great chance to catch up, improve confidence or for extension. If you have an NCEA student in your family, this is a great opportunity to get serious about study for the exams in November. Wednesday October 19th, Thursday October 20th and Friday October 21st either 10:00am-12noon or 1:00pm-3:00pm. This is a very popular course, so spaces are limited. Phone Raewyn today 2186804 to book your child’s place or email invercargill@numberworks.com

Southland BMX Open Day – Sunday 2 October 1.30 pm

Bring your bike and helmet down to Elizabeth Park, Lime Street and have a go!

Out of School Art Classes

Enrolments for term 4 are now being accepted. Contact 2179923.

Dove Women’s Retreat Day Dunedin

A wonderful opportunity for all women. Come and know how very much you are loved and cherished at a Dove women’s retreat day near you. Theme; “Come to the Father’s Heart”. Hosted by the Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women National team; Saturday 19 November 9.30am-7.30pm St Francis Xavier Parish Centre 27 Benhar St Mornington Dunedin. For more info on all 10 Days of Refreshment (retreat days) or to register, go to www.dove.org.nz or phone Helen Ph: 09 299 6776

Central Southland Riding School

Now taking bookings for term 4. Pony treks also available. Call 03 236 0304 or 0212354323.

Achievements

Congratulations to Eli Winders who won the Invercargill section of the “Creative Southland Speeches” on Monday night. And also to Sam Downing & Aidan Jones who competed well and were also a credit to our school.

Hannah Dawson and Breyah Takitimu got first equal, highest marks at the Lamuse Dance school for their Jazz Exam recently, both getting 97.5 out of 100.

Lucy Baynes who received a 1st in both her Solo and Song & Dance routines at the competitions last weekend.

Kayla Boniface received ‘Honours’ in her Jazz exam and a 1ST in her championship for tap dancing, as well as a special award for Judges Choice, at the tap dancing comps at the weekend.

Aimee Brookland got 5 x1st, 2x 2nd (including her Championship dance) & a 3rd, in the Tap Dancing Open competitions held last weekend.

MISSING – If anyone knows the whereabouts of the Cook Island drum Mrs Tagomoa-Kaa was using for the Polyfest, would they please return it to the office. The name Winders is written on the bottom of it and it holds extreme sentimental value.

A reward is offered – No questions asked.

GO THE WARRIORS!!!

GO THE ALL BLACKS!!!

PTA

Disco

Thanks to all who supported the Disco last week, it appears the children had a great time. A special thanks to one of our own parents, Deon Takitimu, who very kindly took up the role of DJ for the night. We very much appreciate your being the DJ for the evening and providing the kids with plenty of great dancing music, making the evening a huge success. Thanks also to all the parent helpers on the night, as well as a few of our older ex Sacred Heart siblings – without you all, we would not be able to run these fun events.

Car Trial

We are having our FREE annual Family Car Trial this Sunday 2 Oct.

· Register your team from 12.30 – 1.00pm at the School Hall. 1st car will leave at 1.00pm (for those of you wanting to get home for the rugby). The car trial should take approx 1.15 – 2.00 hrs (depending on how clever you are) & is approx 25kms.

· For the first time ever a trophy for 1st place will be given!

· You will need a $1 & a camera. You will also be stopping along the way for a chance to buy a coffee/hot chocolate at a cost of $4.

· We will finish up with afternoon tea in the hall, with the results given out, please bring a plate.

· So please come & have some fun. See you & your family there.

Altar Servers

Saturday 1st October 7.00pm Rory Horn

Sunday 2nd October 10.30am Sam Sherriff & Ben Henderson

Children’s Liturgy Trish Sherriff

Class Happenings – Room 7

How to Cross the Road Safely.

Constable Paul has been instructing classrooms this week on Road Safety. Today we practised crossing the road near Sacred Heart with a buddy from Room 1. We wore bright raincoats and High V vests that were easily visible to drivers.

Josh shares how to cross the road safely.

First you take a step back from the kerb. Then you look 4 ways –front, back, left and right. Listen for cars, trucks and vans. When it is safe to cross- stop, look and listen. As you cross the road, keep listening and looking both ways. That’s the safe way of crossing the road. Just follow the steps.

Room 7 and 8 Class Mass

We are practising for our Class Mass tomorrow. All parents, grandparents and extended family are warmly invited to celebrate with us at 9:30am in the church. Children have been asked to bring a small plate of finger food to share in the hall afterwards. Students have also been asked to wear their school uniform to Mass and bring their PE gear in a bag to change into later.

Marbles in the Jar Treat.

In recognition of empting our marble jar (from being able to work as a team), we have decided to have a dress up day next Wednesday. This maybe a famous person, a favourite costume, wig……In the afternoon we will explore popular websites and programs on the laptops.

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22 September

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Dear Parents

The town was certainly busy with a lot of people in attendance at the Argentina vs Romania rugby game. We were fortunate the weather was so fine. The children have enjoyed supporting the underdogs as the competition has progressed.

Tomorrow we farewell our 3rd year teachers’ college students, Whea Michelle & Miss Macdonald.

We thank them for their input and wish them all the best for their futures.

A big thank you to the netball and hockey coaches for all your work this season. This has been much appreciated by all the children involved.

I hope all the children enjoy the disco tonight. Unfortunately, I will be at a meeting in Gore and will miss my first disco.

Our prayers are with Mrs Stupples and her family.

Happy Birthday to Bishop Colin and best wishes to Sr Maria for Mercy Day on Saturday.

FIRST COMMUNION DAY

First Communion Day will be Sunday 20 November at 1.30pm in the church followed by an afternoon tea celebration in the hall.

Reports

A recommendation from our recent ERO report was in regards our school reports.

At present we indicate children’s achievements against national norms (PAT test, e-asTTle, Running Records, Numeracy project work and class observations).

Individual children’s comments relate to entry level information in regards, reading, writing & maths, and from that point (which is different for all children), we plot their next learning steps. This explains why some children within the same class have different goals at different levels, but may have the same ‘at expected level’ comment.

The ERO recommendation is that we change from this type of report to one based upon the national standards in mathematics, writing & reading. The standards are aspirational in that the Ministry of Education do not expect the majority of children to attain them. Further, because they are tied to the end of a child’s 1st, 2nd & 3rd year at school and the end of Year 4, 5 & 6 – most of our children should be below their expected standard at the time of our first report in April.

This will cause some anxiety amongst parents.

I ask for parents to volunteer to be part of a consultation group to discuss this. A cross section from all classes would be beneficial as this will impact on all children. Please contact me at principal@shsinv.school.nz

Southland Speech Competition

Good luck to Eli Winders and Samuel Downing who will represent the school at the next stage of this, at James Hargest on Monday. Eli’s speech is on the ‘Kepler Track’ and Sam’s is on ‘Why Homework Should be Banned’.

School Photos

All orders for school photos should now be in.

Badminton

There will be an inter-school badminton competition starting Thursday 3rd Nov – 8th Dec, 3.45 – 4.45 pm. 4 players per team $30 per person. Interested pupils can see Mr Forde please.

Flippa Ball will start next Friday – these teams are the same as the teams in Term 1. We have a team without a coach. If you are able to coach please let Mrs T-K know. We also have a few spaces free if your child would like to play, see Mrs T-K. This will go next term as well and is for all ages. The year 4, 5 and 6 children however will need to be confident swimmers as they will play in the big pool.

Swimming Carnival – We need 1 more swimmer to make 2 teams!!!

The Collegiate Swimming Club is holding its Annual Inter School Relay Carnival at Splash Palace, 5th November at 6.30pm. There are 2 events for our children – 4 x 25m relay and 4 x 25m freestyle.

If your child is a competent swimmer and would like to be involved, please contact Mr Forde.

Achievements

Ben Sievwright got Player of the Year for the Blues Rugby Club Under 10’s.

Whitebait for sale $60 kilo – Contact 2358132.

Book Amnesty ~ Please return any books from school that you may have at home. Ask your child to return them to their class teacher as soon as possible as we are in the process of stocktaking our books. No questions asked!!!

Southland BMX Open Day – Sunday 2 October 1.30 pm

Bring your bike and helmet down to Elizabeth Park, Lime Street and have a go!

Tap Dancing – 24/25 September @ Centre Stage 9am onwards

Come along and watch local Tap Dancing. Adults-$10 weekend pass, Children-$5 weekend pass.

Enrolments are now open for the upcoming ILT and BNZ Holiday Sports Programmes.
Sports include: Adventure, Aerobics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cricket, Dodgeball, Football, Fun Skills, Golf, Gym Sports, Hip Hop, Karate, Marching, Netball, Rugby League, Softball, Squash, Table Tennis, Tee Ball, Tennis, Touch, Volleyball and Yoga. These are running between Mon 10 to Fri 21 Oct. For more info please contact Tracy at Sport Southland on 03 2112150.

MISSING – If anyone knows the whereabouts of the Cook Island drum Mrs Tagomoa-Kaa was using for the Polyfest, would they please return it to the office. The name Winders is written on the bottom of it and it holds extreme sentimental value.

A reward is offered – No questions asked.

Last Friday the children bombarded their parents in a Hockey challenge.

I believe the parents have been secretly training!!!

This was evident in some fancy footwork by Mr Flawn and strategic play by the rest of his team. A goal was disallowed by an unbiased ref.

However the parents lacked energy in the 2nd half, so a win was granted to the children.

PTA

We are having our FREE annual Family Car Trial on Sunday 2 Oct.

· Register your team from 12.30 – 1.00pm at the School Hall. 1st car will leave at 1.00pm (for those of you wanting to get home for the rugby). The car trial should take approx 1.15 – 2.00 hrs (depending on how clever you are) & is approx 25kms.

· For the first time ever a trophy for 1st place will be given!

· You will need a $1 & a camera. You will also be stopping along the way for a chance to buy a coffee/hot chocolate at a cost of $4.

· We will finish up with afternoon tea in the hall, with the results given out, so please bring a plate.

· So please come & have some fun. See you & your family there.

Disco

Tonight Thursday 22nd September – gold coin donation (per family) please.

Years 0-3 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Years 4-6 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Parents of younger children are encouraged to stay and younger siblings are welcome if parents are staying. Food and glowing merchandise for sale $0.50 – $2.00 each. Hope to see you all there.

Altar Servers

Saturday 24 September 7.00pm Caitlin & Samuel Russell

Sunday 25 September 10.30am Georgea Newell & Elsie Wallace

Children’s Liturgy Susanne Brown

Room 6’s visit to the Recycling Depot.

As part of our Integrated Unit on Reuse, Reduce and Recycle, Room 5 and 6 visited the MRF (Material Recovery Facility). Here we learnt about how our rubbish is recycled in Invercargill. Below, we have listed some of the facts we found out.

We no longer need to squash our milk bottles. If we do squash them, the machine thinks they are paper. We saw some furniture that has been made from recycled materials.

This table is made from recycled products.

Clothing or fabric of any kind is not to be put into the recycling bin as it can get tangled in the machinery and stop it from working. We no longer need to take the paper off the cans or squash them. The cans are melted down and used to make other metal products like furniture and more cans. Dirty tissues are not recyclable but should go in the rubbish. The people who work at the recycle depot stand at a conveyor belt that is called the ‘sort line’.

All these products can be recycled.

A large machine, called the ‘Hungry Monster’ crushes the white polystyrene and forms it into very large blocks. One of the main messages we received was “Wash don’t Squash” so remember this when you are sorting your rubbish to put in the new recycling bin with the yellow lid. You can read more at this website: http://www.wastenet.org.nz/

GO THE ALL BLACKS!!!

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15 September

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 15 September

Dear Parents

Congratulations to Piper Adams, Aimee Brookland, Emma Brooks, Mathew Brooks, Caleb Brown, Max Forde, Rylee Hewitt, Paris Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Aidan Jones, Bridie Kinney, Claire Kinney, George Nally, Tom Nally, Lucy Nind, Nathan Russell, Charlotte Sherriff, Caitlin Smith, Jacob Sullivan, Jennifer Thomson, Greta Wallace, & Caleb Wolf who will receive The Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday afternoon from Bishop Colin.

A huge thanks to Mrs Winders, Mrs Tagomoa-Kaa for organising the Ski Trip last Friday.

The feedback was very good and we look forward to this again in 2012.

The Convent Cup (inter-school sports tournament) will be held on Monday 4th October at Verdon College. We have 3 Basketball, 2 Soccer and 2 Netball teams.

End of Year

At this stage we are looking at finishing the school year on Wednesday 14th December @ 12.30 pm.

Relievers

We have had a lot of sickness in the school recently, both children and staff.

A large number of relievers have been in and we would appreciate your patience with this matter.

Welcome to Markus Seibt & Anya Phillips who have joined the children in Room 2.

We hope they enjoy their time at Sacred Heart.

BOT Meeting

The next meeting will be held this Monday, 19th September @ 7.00 pm. All welcome.

Car Park

Once again we have congestion problems in the car park with cars parking in the drop off zone. Please consider others regarding this.

School Photos

Please have all orders to the office by Wednesday 21st September.

All cheques are to be made out to Geoff Horrell.

Book Amnesty ~ Please return any books from school that you may have at home. Ask your child to return them to their class teacher as soon as possible as we are in the process of stocktaking our books. No questions asked!!!

Swimming Carnival – We need 2 more swimmers!!!

The Collegiate Swimming Club is holding its Annual Inter School Relay Carnival at Splash Palace 5th November at 6.30pm. There are 2 events for our children – 4 x 25m relay and 4 x 25m freestyle. If your child is a competent swimmer and would like to be involved, please let me know.

Badminton Southland – Baddy Bashers Junior Club – Wednesdays 4 – 5 pm

This club is free and all gear is supplied. If interested please contact 217-9460.

Flax Weaving Beginners Workshops – October & November

Enquiries to maylamade@hotmail.com

MISSING – If anyone knows the whereabouts of the Cook Island drum Mrs Tagomoa-Kaa was using for the Polyfest, would they please return it to the office. The name Winders is written on the bottom of it and it holds extreme sentimental value.

A reward is offered – No questions asked.

The Year 5 All Saints Netball Team

Netball Stars

The Future Ferns were lucky enough to have Steel and Silver Fern netball players Wendy Frew and Sheryl Scanlan attend their practice. The children impressed, with their knowledge of the visitors and asked excellent questions. After a fun game they gave the children some useful tips to improve their skills. Wendy and Sheryl really enjoyed the rivalry and the opportunity to play with the children.

Ski Trip

A big thank you to the parent helpers who helped make our ski trip to Coronet Peak last Friday such a success.

GO THE ALL BLACKS!!!

PTA

We are having our annual Family Car Trial on Sunday 2 Oct. The car trial should take approx between 1.15 – 2.00 hrs (depending on how clever you are) & is approx 25kms. Each car will need to bring a camera and $1. For the first time ever a trophy for 1st place will be given! So please come & have some fun. Time to be advised.

Disco – Thursday 22nd September Gold coin donation (per family) on the night please

Due to constraints with times when we can access the hall this year, we have had to change the start times a little as shown below, and apologise to those with younger children for the later start. All children are welcome to attend from 7.00pm, however at 8.00pm we will be asking for the Year 3 and younger, to be taken home.

Years 0-3 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Years 4-6 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Parents of younger children are encouraged to stay, and younger siblings are welcome to attend if parents are staying.

The PTA will have on sale:

Ice Blocks $1.00 each

Small chips $0.50 each

Drinks $1.00 each

Glow Sticks $0.50 – $2.00 Variety of glowing merchandise

Tea & coffee is also be available for adults.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Altar Servers

Saturday 17 September 7.00pm Isabella & Mackenzie Wild

Sunday 18 September 10.30am Abby Humm & Cameron Roulston

2.30pm – Confirmation Mass Eli Winders & Reuben Brown

Children’s Liturgy Jacqui O’Connor

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9 September

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 9 September

Dear Parents

World Cup fever has finally hit school. Each class has “adopted” one of the lower ranked teams and we are looking forward to the competition beginning tomorrow. Thanks to Miss Gaines for decorating the school foyer.

It has been a busy week with the chess tournament on Monday, Room 5 & 6’s visit to the Re-cycling Centre yesterday and our Ski trip tomorrow.

Our Confirmation group are also close to completion and there is a reminder about Reconciliation for all these children next Tuesday at 7 pm.

A big thank you to the parents who have been coaching our winter sports teams – Netball, Hockey and Table Tennis. Without you, the children would have been unable to participate and your input has been greatly appreciated.

We hope everyone enjoys the Ski trip tomorrow and that the weather is fine.

CONFIRMATION NOTICE

In preparation for receiving the SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION, there will be RECONCILIATION FOR THE CHILDREN AND PARENTS on Tuesday 13 September at 7pm in the church. After Reconciliation, there will be a meeting to explain any organizational aspect of the Mass for Confirmation. The children and one parent will need to attend this evening. Other family members are also welcome to attend. The evening will take approximately one hour.

Thank you ~ Mary O’Neill

Reporting Discussion Group

One of the many discussions we had with the ERO team was in relation to our reporting system.

At present we have 2 reports, 1 interview (and use graphs and student goal sheets to show progress and next steps). We have been reporting against tools such as running records, PAT’s and e-asTTle tests, rather than specifically against national standards. I wish to meet with a group of parents to discuss this and possible changes to our reports.

Please contact me @ principal@shsinv.school.nz if you are interested.

Convent Cup

The Convent Cup will be held at Verdon College on Monday 3rd October for Yr 5 & 6 children.

We have 3 mini-ball, 2 soccer and 2 netball teams. Please contact me or Mrs Lieshout if you are able to help manage one of our teams.

Newsletter Cover

Please note our new cover, with existing and new sponsors.

We would appreciate you supporting their businesses.

Numeracy Parent Information Evening ~ This Monday 7 – 8.30 pm @ Waihopai School

This night is for Yr 4 – 6 age group. Please let Christine know if you would like to attend.

Book Amnesty ~ Please return any books from school that you may have at home. Ask your child to return them to their class teacher as soon as possible as we are in the process of stocktaking our books. No questions asked!!!

Swimming Carnival

The Collegiate Swimming Club is holding its Annual Inter School Relay Carnival at Splash Palace 5th November at 6.30pm. there are 2 events for our children – 4 x 25m relay and 4 x 25m freestyle. If your child is a competent swimmer and would like to be involved, please let me know.

Scholastic Bookclub closes tomorrow.

Chess Tournament

Congratulations to all who participated in the Chess tournament at Donovan School on Monday. Sacred Heart School entered two teams and finished third, with Samuel Russell, Mathew Brooks, Jake Meikle and Jacob Sullivan receiving bronze medals for being the top 4 point scorers in their team. Breyah Takitimu was awarded third place for girls and all children received a certificate. We look forward to attending again next year! Thank you again to the parents who helped with transport, to and from the tournament ~ Mrs Stupples

Achievements – Congratulations to:

Elsie Wallace, Lucy Blue & Brooklyn McLeod received ‘Distinction’ in their recent Ballet exam.

Elsie got 76/100, Lucy got 77/100 & Brooklyn got 85/100.

Patrice Brookland was placed 4th overall in her level in the South Island Gymnastics Competition in Timaru. Patrice also got 1st on the bar & 2nd on the beam in the individual apparatuses for the over 10yrs. Her team also came third against all the other South Island teams.

Southland Primary Schools Tennis Championships – Tuesday 8th November

Please see Mr Forde if your child is interested.

Table Tennis

Southland Primary School Competition Runners up – Harry McLean & Damian Mitchell.

Thursday’s competition brought another grand final between Harry & Damian and the Myross Bush team. A great game to watch, with a result of 3 – 2 to Myross Bush. Harry & Damian showed great stamina and sportsmanship in their defeat.

This term brings to an end, the commitment the boys have had as a team, bringing fantastic results.

We wait in anticipation to the final of all finals at the end of this term Trish Mitchell.

MISSING – If anyone knows the whereabouts of the Cook Island drum Mrs Tagomoa-Kaa was using for the Polyfest, would they please return it to the office. The name Winders is written on the bottom of it and it holds extreme sentimental value.

A reward is offered – No questions asked.

Shoe Boxes to Room 6 / Ice Cream Containers to Room 8

If anyone has any spare of the above, these would be appreciated. Thank you.

Netball Results

Shooters won 5 – 3. POD was Bree Chilton.

Stars drew 2 – 2. POD was Monique Nolan.

Ferns lost 0 – 8. POD was Rylee Hewitt.

Altar Servers

Saturday 10 September 7.00pm Clarke Le Breton

Sunday 11 September 10.30am Bronte Adams & Ben Henderson

Children’s Liturgy Nicki Brookland

Makarewa Aquatics is a swim school that specializes in low teacher pupil ratio – for those children who have not yet mastered swimming, our classes have one teacher for every two pupils – these classes are for 15 minutes – short and concentrated with great results. For those children who can already swim but need some work on their stroke or breathing technique we have 30 minute classes with teacher pupil ratio of one teacher to four to six children.

If there is more than one child in the family we can usually accommodate them, so that all children swim at the same time, meaning that by spending just 30 minutes a week at the pool you can have all your children learn to swim. We take children of all ages and abilities, special needs children are more than welcome. I just ask that you please advise on enrolment of any disabilities so that we know in advance and are prepared to be able to cater for everyone according to their requirements.

We operate from Makarewa Community Pool which is located on Lorneville/Winton Highway next to Makarewa School, the pool is indoors and heated. Enquries to (03) 2140456 or via email MakarewaAquatics@xtra.co.nz

PTA Reminders

– PTA Meeting this Monday 12th Sep, 7.30pm staff room – all welcome.

– Disco Thursday 22 September.

– Family Car Trial Sunday 2nd October.

Class Happenings – Room 3

This term our focus for literacy has been the following and writing of instructions. Yesterday Mrs T-K gave our class a set of instructions to visualize and draw a creature called a Nogard. Miss Swney read the following instructions and we drew the individual parts.

What is a Nogard?

The Nogard is an animal. It has an oval-shaped body. It has a long neck and tail. The top of the neck, back and tail are covered with a row of triangular-shaped plates. The Nogard’s head is shaped like a long triangle. It has big eyes and eyebrows that stick out. It also has big nostrils. Its body is covered with scales. The Nogard has four short legs. At the end of each leg is a foot with five toes. Each toe has a sharp claw at the end. The Nogard has two wings attached to its body. These are located behind the front legs towards the top of its back. Nogards are usually green but change to a deep purple during the winter months.

We noticed that everyone’s interpretation of the instructions was different. You can see our ‘Nogards’ if you stand outside our classroom and look at the windows.

GO THE ALL BLACKS!!!

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