Posts made in November, 2011

10 November

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 10 November

Dear Parents

As you can see below we have a number of events happening this term including the camp and art presentation, the talent quest and our Year 6 day out. We are also looking forward to the Parish Mission (see the newsletter insert), the group of children receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist on Sunday 20th, Jump Jam and our Mission Fair on the 2nd December.

Welcome to Jack Roskilley who joined the children in Room 1 on Monday. We hope he enjoys his time at Sacred Heart.

Our prayers are with Fr. Jacob and also the Smith family.

Sacred Heart School 50th Jubilee

Next year, 2012, is the 50th Jubilee year of Sacred Heart School. A meeting will be held in the Sacred Heart Parish meeting room at the Catholic Presbytery, North Road, Waikiwi on Monday 21st November 2011 at 7.30pm. The purpose of this meeting is to gauge initial interest in the proposal for a Jubilee celebration and, dependent on that interest, to canvass ideas about how best to commemorate this milestone.

Looking forward to seeing you there. Trish Ward ( )

Outstanding Activity Fee

With only 5 weeks left of the term, outstanding accounts at the school need to be given immediate attention please. We are not in a position to cover this debt.

Mission Fair

We hold a school Mission Fair every 2nd year. Any funds raised go to our school mission efforts, both locally and overseas.

This year it will be held at school on Friday 2nd December from 1.30 – 2.30 pm and will be similar to the stalls the Year 6 children held to raise funds for camp.

Room 7, 8 & 9 will be organising the stalls.

Can we ask the children in Rooms 1 – 6 to bring a hamper item please to the office next week. Thank you.


Year 5 Camp Meeting, Wed 23rd Nov at 5pm in Room 9

This is a meeting to discuss the 2012 camp. We will look at the cost, timetable and dates. Next year’s camp is in Term 1 so this is important information FOR ALL YEAR 5 PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS.

Year 6 Camp Presentations Wed 23rd Nov at 5.30pm in Room 9

This is a presentation night when the Year 6 students will present follow-up work to their parents about this year’s camp. This will last about an hour. After this Camp Presentation there will be a meeting to discuss and organise the Year 6 Day and the graduation night.

Boost Photography Display Wed 23rd Nov from 5- 6pm in Senior Corridors

This is a presentation gallery of Boost 2 Group’s photography work, and will be displayed in the senior corridors for all to see between 5-6pm.

Bike Safety Day

A big thanks to Sports Southland, staff, Mrs Winders and our parent helpers for making Tuesday such a success. The children had a great time at Elizabeth Park, trying out the different cycling activities. I think our school won the prize for the most crashes.

PTA meeting this Monday 14th Nov, staff room at 7.30pm – all welcome.

Altar Servers

Saturday 12th November 7.00pm Isabella & Mackenzie Wild

Sunday 13th November 10.30am Reuben Brown & Ben Nind

Children’s Liturgy Jackie Taylor


With our last day of term being 14 December, OSCAR care will be available in the hall from 12.30pm on this day.

Garden Club

In the holidays Sunrise Rotary kindly donated two garden boxes, with soil , seedlings and some seeds to Sacred Heart. They have been set up behind the library. We enjoyed planting them out with the help of Mr Parker, our caretaker and Mrs Winders last week. We hope to enjoy silverbeet, lettuces, carrots, parsnips and potatoes from our garden.

Thanks to the support of parents, many families will have received their garden kit from the South Coast Environment Society. Happy planting and remember to fill in the diary as you will later be given the opportunity to send them in for a certificate acknowledging your success.


In an endeavour to reach more parents, we are setting up a Facebook page to allow parents to keep in touch with school events. More info as soon as it is set up.


Samuel Downing captained the Southland Year 5&6 Cricket team last weekend in Queenstown. A good game, but unfortunately Southland was beaten by Otago Country.
The Southland team has 2 more games against Otago Metro sides during November.

Scholastic Bookclub

Issue 8 closes Friday 18th November.

Sports Results

Under 6 Soccer team played South Coast Kickers this week and the score was 2 all. Player of the Day was Aidan Dudfield.

Lawn Mowing

12 year old boy willing to mow lawns or do odd jobs. Contact 027-2448707

Magazines – please send any unwanted magazines to the office. Thank you.

Santa Parade

Santa is coming to the streets of Invercargill early this year. He will be in town on Saturday 19 November 2.p.m for his annual Parade through the streets of central Invercargill.

Room 6’s Visit to Enrich

We went to Enrich to record a story. The password was “workshop”. I am on the computer recording my story. I am recording the “Gruffalo”. It was fun on the computer. Claire

We went to Enrich to learn about computers. You record a story and you talk into headphones. You will have great fun there. I liked Enrich. Amy

Room 6 had a great time at Enrich. We went on the computers. We made a slide show. We had to make a plan then we went on the computers. We had to ‘voice’ the story. It was very hard but it was fun then we added sound effects and music. This is Will and me on the computers. Shaun

On Monday 3 October, my class went to Enrich. The people teaching us were Katie and Darren. We were recording voice. This picture is of Katelyn and me on the computer recording our voices. It was fun. My favourite part was the recording. Tessa

Enrich is a wonderful place. You can do heaps of cool stuff like podcasts and play with lego and balls and play with hoops …… You can have great fun at Enrich.

So if you go to Enrich, have fun. Corbyn

At Enrich, Room 6 made a radio. I made a “Three Little Pigs” video. I was on the computer and my plan was in front of me. Nobody was beside me and I didn’t care. Ben

At Enrich we made a plan for a podcast. (A podcast is when you have to speak into a headphone and the computer will record it. Ethan is doing the “Three Little Pigs” and I am doing “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs”. Zane

Sacred Heart School went to Enrich for a day. It was cool as! I went on garage band, iTunes, iMovie and iPhone. I read a story. Caitlin

Jakobe Paraki, Ethan Turnhout, Shaun Wilks, Emma Brooks and Matthew Francis are all at Enrich on Garage Band. I learnt how to record myself on Garage Band.

Enrich is a great place. Jakobe

2011 Southland Mara-Fun-Run – This Weekend Sunday 13th Nov 10am

Register and collect your Mara-fun-Run race number from 10am onwards in the SBS marquee at Surrey Park. The run to the finish line will start at 11am. $5 each.

Each competitor receives a medal and certificate. For more info check out

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3 November

Posted by on Nov 3, 2011 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 3 November

Dear Parents

A belated welcome back to Term 4 at Sacred Heart School. It seems a bit strange to be saying that there are only 5 and a half weeks of the term left.

During the holidays we were informed that Marie Watts had died in a car accident as she and Alan were on their way to a new life in Auckland. Alan has been Principal at St. Patrick’s for the past 20 years and has been a great advocate for education in Southland. Our prayers have been with him during this sad time.

I was also fortunate to be at Stewart Island last week with Room 9. It was an excellent camp and I wish to thank Mrs Lieshout and all the children and parents for making it so.

We welcome Abby Lynch and Desmond Tioki-Punga, two students from the College of Education to Rooms 2 & 3.

Term Events

8/11 Yr 4 Bike Day 11/11 Yr 6 High School Day

20/11 First Communion 12-18/11 Parish Mission

23/11 Boost Photography Exhibition 23/11 Rm 9 Camp Presentation

2/12 Jump Rope 2/12 Mission Day

9/12 Reports Home 9/12 Talent Quest

12/12 Yr 6 Leavers Day 13/12 End of Year Mass

14/12 End of Term @ 12.30pm


The end of year reports will follow the same format as in previous years with one addition.

In previous reports we have indicated where students are, in regards the time the reports have been issued i.e. comments at the start of Term 2 relate to where your child was then in relation to where they should be at the end of the year.

After discussion with the ERO team last term regarding this, the judgement we will make will be based on where the standards say a child will be at the end of their 1st, 2nd & 3rd year at school and at the end of Yr 4, 5 & 6. This will be ok for children in Yr 4, 5 & 6 and Yr 1, 2 & 3 children with birthdays in November & December, but maybe confusing for others.

In future reports, I will explain this further to help address any issues when reports come home.

Parish Mission

Sacred Heart Parish will be having a MISSION from Friday 11 November to Friday 18 November. A team of 10-12 Missionaries from Wellington will visit our Parish and will be providing Seminars to assist people in developing their faith. Some seminars will be during the morning and some in the evenings. Further information of exact times will follow. The team will also have sessions here at school with the children.

The Parish Council is requesting assistance with providing billets accommodation or assistance with the use of a vehicle, as the visitors plan to visit each family within the parish. If you are able to assist with providing accommodation or a vehicle please contact Fr Jacob – phone 215-7315. We will send further information as it comes to hand.

Adoration followed by Mass each day at 9:00 am, Tues to Thurs, Morning Session follows Mass and the Evening session 7.00pm each evening. Come and experience the New Evangelisation talked about by the Pope.

Pray for Deacon Vaughan Hook as his ordination draws closer.

Deacon Vaughan will be ordained a priest on Friday 2nd. December at 7.00 pm. His Mass of thanksgiving will be at 11.00 am on Saturday 3rd. December. Both celebrations will be held in the Bishop Verdon Memorial Chapel, 89 Church St. Mosgiel. All are invited!

PTA Meeting, Monday 14th Nov 7.30pm in the staff room – all welcome.


With our last day of term being 14 December, OSCAR care will be available in the hall from 12.30pm on this day.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011 is Nude Food Day.

Join us in creating a healthy planet while increasing awareness for good nutrition by packing a healthy, rubbish free lunch on Wednesday 9 November!

Check out this website for an explanation of this and some great lunch tips.

Swimming Carnival

Good luck to the children taking part in the Swimming carnival on Saturday night:

Bree Chilton, Ella Richardson, Erik Cahill, Sam Thornbury, Georgea Newell, Kayla Boniface, Briana Henson and Emma Harrington.


Aimee Brookland – received 3x 2nds, 2 x3rds and was named Most Promising Tap Dancer at last weekend’s Alexandra Musical Society Competitions.

Sports Results

Under 6 Soccer won their 1st game of the season 2 – 1 against Southern All Whites.

Summer Smith and Keara Paraki both got players of the day.

Lawn Mowing

12 year old boy willing to mow lawns or do odd jobs. Contact 027-2448707

Christmas Cooking Extravaganza – Ascot Park Hotel – Thur 10th Nov 6.30 pm With a demonstration by Judith Cullen. Tickets $25 each and available from Number 10, Seriously Good Chocolate Company & Taste Matters or contact Jan Pfeifer 214-4207. Check out the junior noticeboard for more info.

Altar Servers

Saturday 5th November 7.00pm Clarke LeBreton

Sunday 6th November 10.30am Eli Winders & Ben Henderson

Children’s Liturgy Bernadette Forde

Dream Au Pair
Start 2012 with a Dream Au Pair! We have lots of girls available from January.
Someone to look after your children, tidy your house, do your laundry, grocery shopping, cook meals and baby sit. An Au Pair will fit in with your family – all you need is a small bedroom for them and it costs approx $180 per week.
To find out more please contact Tanya Ph: 09 973 0523 Mb: 021 330 158 Make life easier with Dream Au Pair

Adventure & Education at Stewart Island

Adventure for Yr 6 – 9 students 23 – 27 January 2012.

Live on board a 14 metre yacht, sail, snorkel, kayak, trek. Five day live in, tailor-made adventure, school holiday experience. Only 10 bunks available on this voyage and these are filling up fast!. Call or email now to register 027-2768817 or

SPCA Merchandise for Sale – Please contact Raewyn Winter to view 2158479

Please support our annual appeal week coming up.

12 pack animal Shape Silly Bands $3.50

Dog Tags (Army Togs) $5

Keyrings $5

Gold Pin Badges $5

Blue Paw Badge $5

Class Happenings – Room 8

This week Room 7 & 8 went on a class trip to the Southland Museum and Queens Park. Our inquiry topic this term is “In what ways can native endangered animals be preserved?” We had a look at the Tuatara and we even got to touch one!! Colin from the museum also brought out an insect that the Tuatara eat called a ____________ it jumped off his hand and onto Briana’s lap, everyone screamed, including Mrs T-K. We also had a look at the rare and extinct birds of New Zealand where we did a quick mini project on them with Koreena.

The weather wasn’t too flash for us, but we toughed it out and moved onto Queens Park to eat our lunch. We then walked around to explore the animals and bird aviary. It was soooooo cool. We even saw some of the birds being fed.

Tomorrow we are really looking forward to going to enrich – make sure you keep an eye on our Blog to keep up with what we have been learning.

Sacred Heart’s Got Talent

Next Thursday during lunch time we will be holding auditions in the hall for our Sacred Heart’s Got Talent Quest. If your child would like to enter please read the following information and fill out the form below. This needs to be in to Mrs T-K by Tuesday 8th November. Conditions of entry:

  • You may show off any talent that you have including, dancing, singing, playing of an instrument.
  • Each entry must be within the time frame of 4 minutes and no longer.
  • Costumes, props etc will only be needed if the contestant gets into the finals
  • If the contestant needs music, this needs to be organised by them and handed to Mrs T-K on either a CD or pen drive the day before their audition.

Sacred Heart’s Got Talent

Name: ___________________ Room: ________________

Talent they are showing: _______________________________

Time of act: _________________________(must be 4 minutes or less)

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