Posts made in March, 2012

28 March

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Dear Parents

We will be hoping for fine weather this weekend for Southland Athletics on Saturday and the picnic after our school mass on Sunday. I look forward to seeing you there on Sunday.

Also please remember the PTA AGM tomorrow evening and our Easter Liturgy on Thursday.

Miss O’NeillIt has been a week of mixed emotions as we have learnt that Miss O’Neill will be moving to Cromwell to teach at Holy Family School in Wanaka.

Miss O’Neill has taught at Sacred Heart since 1994 and her contribution to our school cannot be measured. She has helped make our school what it is today and is one of the best teachers I have taught with. We will miss her greatly but also wish her all the best in her move to be nearer her family in Cromwell.

School Mass – There will be a compulsory school Mass this Sunday 1st April @ 10.30 am – Palm Sunday. The children are to line up in the school foyer at 10.15pm and are not required to be in school uniform, due to the PTA picnic lunch afterwards.

Easter Liturgy – Our Easter Liturgy will take place on Thursday @ 1.30pm in the hall.

Our prayers are with Mrs T.K. and her family.

*REFLECTION ON TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (From Lectio Devina)

Mark 14,15

TRUE SACRIFICE

In our preparation for Holy Week today we read Mark’s account from Holy Thursday right through to Jesus’ crucifixion. This was probably the first gospel account written down. For Mark, the passion was all about what happened between Jesus and God whom he calls ‘my Father’. It’s all very real. In 14:35-36 Jesus asks his Father to save him from the ordeal. In 15:34, Jesus dying on the cross complains to god for having abandoned him, using the words of Psalm 22:1.

Most of the characters appear petty, cruel, and irreverent. But Peter’s experience is well reported: he is presented as generous and loving, but weak when the time comes for him to testify to his love of Jesus (14:66-72).

Mark uses very negative terms to sum up Judas’ actions. Judas is offhand in the opening episode where Mary, Martha’s sister (John12:3), pours very expensive perfume on Jesus. Jesus sees her action not only as a generous act but also as a prophecy of his death (14:3-9). The Jewish leaders remain detached and heartless throughout the process and maintain their doctrinal position despite the naked, dying man in front of them (14:43-65). The Roman soldiers carry out the physical punishment of Jesus. During the flagellation session they make jokes and appear indifferent to human suffering. But their chief, the centurion, was the first to confess that Jesus was the Son of God (15:16-20, 39).

Indifference seems to be a key word. So many people did nothing: they just gawped at a dying man.

Jesus’ female disciples show their concern practically. They are present at the crucifixion despite the obvious heartache this must have caused them. They are also present to witness to Jesus’ burial place (15:40, 41, 47).

MEDITATION: Choose three words to describe Jesus as he is depicted in the passion. Reflect on what it must have been like for Jesus to have experienced separation from his Father. Consider the amazing words of Philippians 2:6-11

PRAYER: The lady who poured the bottle of perfume over Jesus took a chance. She risked looking foolish in front of others, perhaps even Jesus himself. But she loved him and this was how she showed it. Perhaps you could create a ‘bottle of perfume’ yourself. Take a sheet of paper, write a love letter to Jesus and then offer it to him in prayer. Or offer him the words of a favourite Psalm or hymn that helps you express your worship.

Swimming Champs – Good luck to Erik & Sionelle Cahill, Harry Oosterbroek, Ella Richardson and Amy Ingham who will take part in the Southland Schools Swimming Champs on Sunday.

Athletics – Good luck to all the children named in last week’s newsletter, who will be representing the school at the Southland Athletics at Surrey Park on Saturday.

Interviews – Thank you to all parents who were able to attend our 3-way interviews this week. There will be the opportunity for parents to provide feedback on these from next week.

Achievements

Danye Takitimu got 2nd in her Ballet competitions recently.

Kyron Devery got most improved player for his Dodgers Softball team.

Ella Richardson who was awarded most improved player for Demons Under 11 Softball Team.

Kiwi Cricket Under 8’s team beat Windsor North 42-16. POD was Devon Fiebig.

Player of the Season was Dylan Hawkes.

Well done to all the players and also the parent support!! See you again in Term 4.

PTA

AGM Fri 30th March, 15 West Plains School Road (Bay Rd end) – 7.30 pm.

Please let the office know if you are attending for catering numbers or txt Liza 027-4599954.

The PTA is having an informal coffee, desert and wine, nibbles evening for their AGM. We would love you to join us, come along, bring a friend & meet some new people, enjoy a coffee & food on us.

The AGM takes less than 30 mins and we have a guest speaker, Melissa Aitken, “fitness guru” coming to entertain us. She’ll tell us about the classes she runs ranging from pregnant mums, mums and babies, thru to zumba and boot camp for the super fit, plus give us some hints on metabolism and maintaining a healthy diet for adults and kids.

This will be a fun night with no cost to you, so grab a friend and join us, and get to know some of the parents in your school community. The PTA is a very easy group to belong to – we all only do what we are able to, and attending every meeting is not compulsory – we all understand how busy life is. So come along and find out more!

Entertainment Book Fundraiser

As per last week’s newsletter we sent home order forms for the Entertainment Book. A copy of the book is in the office if you would like to have a look or you can go on line to view as well. The Entertainment Book covers Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown and surrounds. It is being used as a fundraiser with the money raised going towards starting to purchase new science equipment to be used throughout the school. For those families new to the school, the Entertainment Book covers the areas advised above and is a book of vouchers and discounts relating to Food, Entertainment, Accommodation, Travel & Leisure, Car Hire and Theme Parks in Australia (many of these offer discounts both in NZ and Australia). They are sold for $55 and the school receives $11 for every book sold. For those who purchased the books last year, I’m sure you’ll be like many of the PTA members, who have found they have made considerable savings and very quickly were able to recoup far more than the cost of the book itself.

The order form can be returned to school, should you wish to purchase a book(s) with the money enclosed. We will have books available from the office from next Monday 2nd April. This will be our only fundraiser this term and purchasing a book is not compulsory, we are just giving families the opportunity for great discounts with the school benefiting from each book sold. The Entertainment Books can only be sold as fundraisers by clubs & societies etc, so you will start to see them appearing everywhere once they are launched at the end of this week. We will be one of the first with them so we hope to make the most of this and give you the opportunity to get family and friends to buy them, through you, as well.

PTA Picnic

After the school mass this Sunday 1st April, the PTA are organising a fun family picnic. Bring along a picnic lunch and then share in the fun games with your children – we will have games like tug of war, sack races etc and a lollie scramble. This is a lot of fun for the whole family, hope to see you there.

Southland Junior Netball Academy – Taking registrations now for Term 2, starting Mon 30th April. Suitable for players from 8 –15 years. Visit www.netballsouthland.org.nz for registration details or phone 03 217 1303.

Checkers Championship – Easy to learn and fun to play – 12th April starting at 1pm, Invercargill Public Library. All ages, all abilities, all welcome. Prizes to be won.

Register at www.ilibrary.co.nz or come into the library for details.

Altar Servers

Saturday 31st March 7.00 pm Georgea Newell & Rylee Hewitt

Sunday 1st April 10.30 am Emma Harrington & Bridie Kinney

Children’s Liturgy Pauline Harrington

Sports Results

Sharks Flipperball team won 12 – 3 last week. POD were Erik Cahill & Caleb Wolf.

Yr 4,5,6 Cricket beat Tisbury by 40 runs.

Cheese Rolls for Sale – Support ex pupil Meg O’Connell with her trip to USA – Families wanting to support Meg can fill out the order form in the junior corridor for cheese rolls. $20 for 4doz or $6 per doz. Orders due 5th April with delivery being 18th April.

Room 9 Class Happenings

On Tuesday our class went on camp, it was going to be awesome. We went biscuiting. Before we got on the biscuit we had to get a life jacket that fitted us. When it was my turn I was so nervous but excited. I went on it with Thamsyn. I was screaming but it was so much fun. When it went round the corners I got soaking wet. It was the best fun I have ever had. When we got back on land, I so wanted to go again. When it was my friend Monique’s turn, she wanted to do it with a girl, so our teacher picked me. When I went on with Monique I wasn’t holding on. It was funny, I fell onto Monique and we fell off into the freezing cold water. We got on the boat, then back onto the biscuit and Monique and I asked them to go faster again. It was so funny because I wanted to fall in again. So I leaned on Monique and we both fell in again. Again we went back on the boat and then back onto the biscuit. When we got back to land I felt really sick and happy. I wanted to do it again. I took the life vest off, looked around at people and I thought WOW, most of the class has had a go at the biscuits. After the last people to have a go, we hopped in the bus and went back to camp. It was awesome! Samantha Ward

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22 March

Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 22 March

Dear Parents

A big thank you to Mrs Lieshout and the year 6 children and their parents who were at Camp Bannockburn last week. It was an excellent camp and it was good to see all the children (and some parents) taking part in activities that extended their self-esteem and confidence.

Welcome to Oliver Wallace who joined the children in Room 1 today. We hope he enjoys his time with us.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Phillips/Timu family.

SPECIAL CHARACTER

*REFLECTION ON SUNDAY’S GOSPEL READING (From Lectio Devina) John 12:20 – 36

DRAWN TO JESUS

Only John tells us this story about the Greek visitors. In John’s Gospel, Jesus entered Jerusalem accompanied by a huge crowd who honoured him as he entered the city.

Among the crowds were some Greeks and they asked Philip if he could arrange for them to meet Jesus. This encounter with these ‘foreigners’ stirs Jesus’ compassion. He recalls once again that his mission is for people of all nations.

On the face of it Jesus was he celebrity of the day. But Jesus knew this hour of seeming triumph would soon crumble into an hour of bitter humiliation and unbearable pain. Within days these very same crowds would be calling for his crucifixion and even his closest friends would desert him. You can read John’s full description in John 17-19.

Jesus drops a hint to his disciples about his inner turmoil, which they remember after his death. While Jesus is speaking about his ‘hour of suffering’ God intervenes with an audible voice from heaven, verse 28. It appears some people hear the voice and others think it is thunder, but Jesus makes it clear (verse 30) that God’s words are for the peoples’ benefit rather than to reassure him.

MEDITATION: How does Jesus hint at his death on the cross in this reading? Jesus also mentions the great principle that guided him in life. What is this principle? Who is Jesus referring to when he speaks about the ruler of this world being overthrown (verse 31)? In what ways do you serve and follow Jesus?

PRAYER: Jesus promises he will draw all men to himself when he is lifted up on the cross, verse 32. Have you experienced Jesus drawing you closer to him? Sometimes this sort of loving closeness can be scary. Ask Jesus to help you love and trust him as he so obviously loved and trusted his Father. Use the words from today’s Psalm, especially verse 10, every day this week as your own prayer, ‘Create a pure heart in me, O God, and put a new and loyal spirit in me.’

School Mass – There will be a school Mass on Sunday 1st April @ 10.30 am – Palm Sunday.

This will be followed by a picnic lunch.

Help Needed – We need more people to come on with the cleaning of the church. It takes two people approx. 1 hour. If you are able to help, please contact Pat Tippen 215-9971.

School Interviews ~ A reminder about school closing early 12.30 this Monday for Interviews.

If you have not yet booked an interview for your child, please do so on-line at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz code EHKZ8. Parents without internet access can contact the school to arrange times.

OSCAR is available in the hall from 12.30pm on 26 March.

Please phone 218-9520 if you need care for your child.

Year 4 Dictionaries

Our thanks goes to Merle O’Donnell and the members of the North Rotary Club and the Community Trust for the Dictionaries presented to the year 4 children recently.

Rotary CD/Record/Tape Sale

Please support Sunrise Rotary by donating secondhand CD’s, VCR, Vinyl’s etc. they can be left in the office. One of the Rotary’s aims is to rid the world of Polio and they have asked schools to assist with this.

Toys/Games/Cards from Home

Please check that your child is not to bring these items from home. We are unfortunately having issues regarding ownership and breakages of children’s belongings.

Southland Athletics

Well done to the following children who will represent the school and zone at the Southland Athletics on Saturday 31st March @ Surrey Park:

Oliver Hogan – 100m; Brooklyn McLeod – 100m relay; Shaun Clapperton – 100m, long jump, 100m relay; Seamus O’Connor – 100m relay; Caelan O’Connor – 200m, 800m; William Reitsma-Smith – 200m, high jump; Cory Foleni – 800m; Jake Meikle – discus; Nellie Boyle – 100m, 200m, 800m, 1500m, 100m relay, long jump; Emma Harrington – 100m relay; Kayson Timu – 100m, 100m relay, long jump; Eric Cahill – 1500m; Ben Henderson – long jump, high jump, shotput, discus; Rohan McKenzie – 100m relay.

A number of children who were placed at the zone athletics missed out, due to time restrictions.

PTA

AGM Fri 30th March, 15 West Plains School Road (Bay Rd end) – 7.30 pm.

Please let the office know if you are attending for catering numbers or txt Liza 027-4599954.

The PTA is having an informal coffee, desert and wine, nibbles evening for their AGM. We would love you to join us, come along, bring a friend & meet some new people, enjoy a coffee & food on us.

The AGM takes less than 30 mins and we have a guest speaker, Melissa Aitken, “fitness guru” coming to entertain us. She’ll tell us about the classes she runs ranging from pregnant mums, mums and babies, thru to zumba and boot camp for the super fit, plus give us some hints on metabolism and maintaining a healthy diet for adults and kids.

This will be a fun night with no cost to you, so grab a friend and join us, and get to know some of the parents in your school community. The PTA is a very easy group to belong to – we all only do what we are able to, and attending every meeting is not compulsory – we all understand how busy life is. So come along and find out more!

Entertainment Book Fundraiser – Enclosed with this week’s newsletter is a flyer from The Entertainment Book for Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown and surrounds. We used the purchase of these books as a fundraiser last year, and are about to do the same again this year. The money raised will go towards starting to purchase new science equipment to be used throughout the school. Please have a look at the flyer and if you’re interested, have a look at their site. For those families new to the school, the Entertainment Book covers the areas advised above and is a book of vouchers and discounts relating to Food, Entertainment, Accommodation, Travel & Leisure, Car Hire and Theme Parks in Australia (many of these offer discounts both in NZ and Australia). They are sold for $55 and the school receives $11 for every book sold. For those who purchased the books last year, I’m sure you’ll be like many of the PTA members who have found they have made considerable savings and very quickly were able to save far more than the cost of the book itself.

There is an order form for you to return to school, should you wish to purchase a book(s) with the money enclosed. We will have books available from the office from next Monday 2nd April. This will be our only fundraiser this term and purchasing a book is not compulsory, we are just giving families the opportunity for great discounts with the school benefiting from each book sold. The Entertainment Books can only be sold as fundraisers by clubs & societies etc, so you will start to see them appearing everywhere once they are launched at the end of this week. We will be one of the first with them, so we hope to make the most of this and give you the opportunity to get family and friends to buy them, through you, as well.

PTA Picnic – After the school mass on Sunday 1st April, the PTA are organising a fun family picnic. Bring along a picnic lunch and then share in the fun games with your children – we will have games like tug of war, sack races etc and a lollie scramble. This is a lot of fun for the whole family, hope to see you there.

Altar Servers

Saturday 24th March 7.00 pm Patrice & Aimee Brookland

Sunday 25th March 10.30 am Abby Humm & Jacob Sullivan

Children’s Liturgy Jackie Taylor

Sports Results

Kiwi Under 8s played Donovan Mon 12th and WON 16-11. POD was Robbie Humm.

Sharks Flipperball won 10 – 4 Friday 9th. POD was Mckenzie Devlin.

Sharks Flipperball won 7 – 6 Friday 16th. POD was Charlotte Sherriff & Janelle Tinker.

Saphira & Jade who took part in the Special Olympic’s held last week.

Achievements

Aubrey raced recently at the Southland Peewee Championships at Oreti Park Speedway. He was placed 1st, 2 2nds and a 3rd place. 2nd Overall for Peewees!

Gerogea Newell received 2nd runner up for her age at her Swimming Club Champs. She also holds the record for age group butterfly swim.

Joshua Newell was awarded the most improved swimmer in the learner’s pool.

Rylee Hewitt was awarded the Alesha Kennard Independence trophy at the Junior Dance competitions last weekend.

Cheese Rolls for Sale – Support ex pupil Meg O’Connell with her trip to USA – Families wanting to support Meg can fill out the order form in the junior corridor for cheese rolls. $20 for 4doz or $6 per doz. Orders due 5th April with delivery being 18th April.

The ILT Holiday Sports Programme:
Date: Monday 16 – Friday 20 April. Fun filled, sport specific holiday programme for children aged 5-12 years old. Venue: Stadium Southland. Sports subject to availability include: Aerobics, Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cycling, Dodgeball, Football, Fun Skills, Get set go, Gym Sports, Hockey, Hip Hop, Karate, Mountain Biking, Netball, Orienteering, Rugby, Rugby League, Softball, Tee Ball, Tennis, Touch, Volleyball, Yoga
Register at Sport Southland, 03 2112150, holiday.programme@sportsouthland.co.nz
For more information: www.sportsouthland.co.nz

Leslie Rugby Junior Coaching Clinic SBHS, 11th of April, 8.30am-3.00pm

Join Highlanders and Southland Stags star Josh Bekhuis, ex Highlanders captain John Leslie and our team of top coaches for a full day of challenging junior rugby skill and drill coaching. Go to leslierugby.co.nz and click on coaching clinics to register.

After School Fitness Classes
If you are interested in your CHILD (both girls and boys) attending after school fitness sessions every Wednesday next term from 3.00 to 4.00pm (approx) please text Melissa on 0275333600 to show your interest. Fitness sessions will vary each week. All fitness levels catered for.

Headlice are back in the school, and should be treat accordingly. Also having your own hat is the best way to stop them from spreading to others.

NIT-ENZ is SAFE, EFFECTIVE & VERY AFFORDABLE!

After initial treatments simply use as a normal shampoo twice a week, normal conditioner afterwards, and you won’t have to worry about head lice again!

Nit-Enz is NOW available from Ascot 4 Square on Tay Street or Newfield 4 Square on Tweed Street or for further details visit www.nit-enz.com.

Room 7 Class Happenings

Last week we explored static electricity as part of our inquiry unit in a variety of activities. We found out that static electricity happens when an electric charge builds in one place from rubbing objects together and therefore causes the attraction of paper clippings, dust or hair.

Here are some of the activities you may like to try at home.

Rub a balloon on your hair, and bring it close to a wall and see what happens.

Rub two tied balloons together about 20 times. Hold them by the string trying to bring them closer together by the string. What happens?

Drag your shoes while walking across the carpet. Walk up to a door with a metal handle and touch the doorknob. What happens?

Rub a comb on a jersey about 20 times. Then move it down to some paper clippings. What happens?

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8 March

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 8 March

Dear Parents

There are a couple of items to look out for this week. The interview website will be on-line tomorrow afternoon and there is a flier asking for old media for a Rotary fundraiser. Also our school Mass & picnic to follow.

Next week I will be away at camp with our Year 6 children and there will not be a newsletter.

Mrs Stupples has been doing a great job of keeping our facebook page updated, so please check there or the notice board in the junior corridor for notices.

*REFLECTION ON Sunday’s GOSPEL READING (From Lectio Devina)

Mark 11:15-17

GOD’S WISDOM

The key question today is: ‘Why should we believe in Jesus?’ John the evangelist shows why a number of different people, including the disciples, believed or refused to believe in Jesus.

Jews from all over the world came to offer sacrifices in the Temple. They purchased animals for sacrifice in the Temple grounds. But Jesus saw past the convenience to the stall holder’s money-grabbing attitude; they turned a holy place into a market place.

The disciples believed Jesus’ actions in the Temple revealed a deep concern for God to be honoured. They interpreted Jesus’ words in the light of Psalm 69:9 ‘My devotion to your Temple burns in me like a fire;’ and they believed he came from God.

The Jewish authorities, however, saw Jesus’ behaviour as a very serious offence. They demanded he show them a miracle to prove he came from God and with his authority. Jesus answered with a prophecy which no one understood at the time. The prophecy was that he would rise from the dead (verse 19).

This mysterious prophecy made a deep impression on his disciples. They remembered it and when Jesus’ resurrection took place, they understood these words as the prophecy they were. The Jewish authorities on the other hand ridiculed his words, refusing to consider they had any other meaning than the obvious one.

MEDITATION: What light does Mark’s account (Mark 11:15-17) shed on our understanding of this event? The stallholders and the Temple authorities seem to have lost sight of, or certainly misunderstood, whom they were serving. How can we guard against this happening to us? Consider the attitude of the Jewish authorities compared to the disciples. What is their attitude to Jesus’ words and actions? What can we learn from this?

PRAYER: Jesus wanted to honour God in all things. Think about the week ahead and the TV programmes you watch or the jokes you tell. Do they honour God? Ask God to show you gently any area he might want to change over the coming weeks.

SOME THOUGHTS FOR LENT

Fasting

“When you fast do not look gloomy,” Jesus says. Today’s consumer society looks on fasting itself as gloomy. Urging everyone to eat, drink, and buy more and more, our world today has made fasting unfashionable.

Yet the gospel message says more and more can ruin human life. An acquisitive spirit is a selfish spirit. And as the alarming numbers of people addicted to drugs and alcohol today prove, the taste for too much can destroy.

Food and drink, clothes and amusements — the good things of life — can turn into your captors, Jesus teaches. In our acquisitive, pleasure-oriented society, fasting is a way of keeping ourselves free.

This Lent, recognizing the hold things have on us, let us try, with God’s help, to keep them in their right place. Some reasonable abstaining from food, drink and entertainments can help us do that.

Indeed today we have new compelling reasons for taking fasting seriously. As the resources of our planet are increasingly threatened, it becomes clear that the human family, especially those living in affluent nations, can no longer be unlimited consumers. We must develop a leaner, less wasteful way of life, if our planet is to survive.

Can the Christian teaching on fasting lead us to a gentler style of living on planet earth?

School Mass – There will be a school Mass on Sunday 1st April – Palm Sunday. This will be followed by a picnic lunch. More details later.

School Interviews ~ These are being held on Monday 26th March from 1.15pm and Tuesday 27 March from 3.15pm. Please note school will close on Monday at 12.30pm. As in previous years these are 3 way interviews (involving pupil, parent & teacher) for 15 minutes each. All bookings will be done on-line at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz code EHKZ8.

Parents without internet access can contact the school to arrange times.

Athletics – We were lucky with the weather for the zone and school athletics. Once again our children performed very well on the day. All teachers involved at Surrey Park and at school wish to thank the parents who were able to help. Your assistance was much appreciated.

Citizenship – On Tuesday the 6th of March I became a Citizen of New Zealand. I need to become a citizen of New Zealand because I was born in South Africa. Another reason is so if I go out of New Zealand to another country I can still come back to New Zealand.

On that day I will be able to shake the Mayor of Invercargill’s hand. This is going to be cool. I can’t wait and as well I get a special certificate with the Mayor’s signature.

After the ceremony I will get really nice food to celebrate. Yum!!!. By Liam

Rotary Fundraiser

Attached to the newsletter is a flier about a Rotary fundraiser to help support their cause to rid the world of polio. The Sunrise Rotary group donated the garden plots to our school so if you can help by sending along any old CD’s, tapes and records, it would be much appreciated.

The results will be out next week and the Southland Athletics are on Saturday 31st March.

Altar Servers

Saturday 10th March 7.00 pm Reuben Brown & Ben Nind

Sunday 11th March 10.30 am Ben Henderson & Max Forde

Children’s Liturgy Aletta Reid

Year 4 – 6 Aerobics

Children interested in competing in the Aerobics Competition this year are to see Mrs T.K. by Thursday next week please. Dates and prices to come later.

Junior Cricket – This will always be at Queen’s Park @ 3.45 pm. Cancellations will be on the www.southlandcricket.co.nz website after 2pm.

Year 4 – 6 Cricket – vs Waverley Park at Marist Clubrooms @ 5pm. Note the later start time.

Sports Results

Seals Flipperball won against Salford 9-1 last Friday.

Under 6 Soccer team played Otatara. POD was Jack Smith.

Kiwi Cricket Under 8s lost to Otatara 25-28. POD was Dylan Hawkes.

Cheese Rolls for Sale – Support ex pupil Meg O’Connell with her trip to USA – Families wanting to support Meg can fill out the order form in the junior corridor for cheese rolls. $20 for 4doz or $6 per doz. Orders due 5th April with delivery being 18th April.

Girl Guide Biscuits for Sale – Girl Guide biscuits for sale at the school this Friday 2.30-3pm – $3 plain or $3.50 chocolate/mini biscuits. Alternatively phone Trish Sherriff 2156811 to place an order.

Children’s Cooking Classes – Adventist School, 3.30 – 5.30 Mon & Wed 7 – 12 yrs

All food provided – $25 each for 8 lessons. Enquiries to Bernice Debono 2304119. There are only 9 places available so be in quick.

Thistle Football Club – Junior Registration Day Saturday 17th March at Corner of Balmoral & Ythan Streets. First Kicks <4-6yrs> Mondays 4-5pm. Fun Football <7-8 yrs> Saturday mornings. Contact Doug Ballie 21 77643 or Nicola Hawkes 21 59330 for more information.

Invercargill Districts Budget Advisory Service – Offer free and confidential budgeting advice to members of the community. Due to increased client numbers, we are looking for new volunteers. Full training and ongoing support will be provided. Enquiries to 218-7007.

Pita Pit – Is looking for someone to join their team working approx. 25 hours per week 11 – 5pm, with some flexibility. There would be the opportunity for weekend work, and the option of school holidays off. If you are interested call into Pita Pit for an application.

Room 6 Class Happenings

Sacred Heart Sports Day

At Surrey Park I had to do some races. I got 5th in it. I did two races. It was fun. After I got back after lunch we did sport at school. It was fun because we were running, kicking, throwing and jumping ~ Hunter

We had a running race and I came third and then a gumboot competition and then I won two times. Then I went to Miss Swney’s group ~ Azriel

On Tuesday it was sports day. We did running, jumping, kicking and dressing up. I was the leader. I had the 6 year olds behind me. I had the best day ever ~ Matthew

On Tuesday the school did sports day. We did running races. I cheered for Greta. I also cheered for Jasmine. We jumped over boxes. We squashed boxes ~ Lucy

On Tuesday we did sports. I came 2nd for the running race. My favourite part was the running race ~ Greta

On Tuesday 6th March 2012 we did sport. First we did racing and then I threw gumboots. I nearly got it over the hedge. It was so much fun. I did dress ups next. It was cool and silly and then I did kicking bottles up high. It was cool ~ Sam

On Tuesday we did a fun sports day. We did bottle throwing, running, dress ups and gumboot throwing. We did it after lunch ~ Luke

Yesterday at sports day the 7 year olds started at Mrs Tagamoa-Kaa. When the whistle blew we had to move onto the next person ~ Aiden

On Tuesday I went to Surrey Park. We stayed there all day. It was fun. We did running races and all sorts of other stuff. There were other schools there. I liked it. I sat beside Katelyn ~ Brookland

AUSTRALIAN TESTS 2012 (FOR YEAR 4, 5, 6 PUPILS)

If your child would like to participate in the tests listed below, and is Year 4, 5 or 6, please fill out the form and return to the office, with the money, by Friday 23rd March. Sorry no late entries accepted.

Australian Tests

Child’s Name ……………………………… Year ……….

o Computer Skills @ $7.50 each

o Science @ $ 7.50 each

o Writing @ $17.50 each

o Spelling @ $9.50 each

o English @ $7.50 each

o Maths @ $7.50 each Total $ ………

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1 March

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 1 March

Dear Parents

A big thank you to parents for supporting us with the children bringing their sun hats. Of course as soon as we do this the weather changes, but it is important to have them at school. We will be praying for a fine Tuesday next week for the Zone Athletics and also the junior athletics that afternoon at school.

A very disturbing story is currently in the public domain regarding the convicted paedophile who has been teaching in some Auckland schools. A question I have been asked is how this could happen and in short, it shouldn’t have.

In normal circumstances a conviction of this sort means automatic de-registration as a teacher.

Thus a new employment check would mean no likelihood of any work in a school.

It appears in this case multiple levels of deception by the offender have bypassed the normal security procedures. I await with interest the outcome of the Ministerial review.

Standard procedures for all school employees include:

· Teaching staff need to be registered teachers which includes police checks by the Teachers Council and verification of any supplied qualification.

· Non-teaching staff are police vetted on a regular basis.

Welcome to Jack Moir and his family. We hope they enjoy their time at Sacred Heart.

Jack joined the children in Room 3.

PALM Sunday MASS

Our school will be attending the Palm Sunday Mass this term on the 1st of April at 10.30am. Please add this date to your calendars as we expect all children to attend. Thank you

Almsgiving for LENT

Thank you for the contributions to the Mission Box that some children have made over the past week. We will continue to bring the box around each day for the period of Lent. Here are some other ideas about “giving” for Lent.

Giving alms, Jesus teaches, means making the needs of others our own, especially the needy of our world. They are all around us: children and the old, the sick and the suffering, families and individuals, next-door neighbours and people in lands faraway.

We easily forget them. Rather than just looking out for ourselves — what people say today — see those in need, Jesus says. Giving will make you live.

And what shall we give? Some time, some of our talent, material resources, perhaps. Almsgiving is not just for the rich. Poor or rich, we all have something to give.

Whatever we give, though, should be something of ourselves, something that costs us. Paradoxically, Jesus also teaches, when we give, we receive some blessing from God in return.

What shall we give to the needy this lent? In deciding, decide generously. After all, before us is the great alms Jesus gave: “He loved us, and gave himself up for us.”

Junior Sports

On Tuesday, 6 March, at 1.15pm, the children in Room 1 – 6 will have a Sports afternoon. The children will take part in a number of “Run, Jump, Throw” activities so they will need to be in their sports uniform, including their sunhat. If possible, please ensure your child has plenty of healthy options in their lunch box and a water bottle. Parents are welcome to join us.

This sports event will take place while the older children are at the All Saints Athletics day at Surrey Park. The cancellation day for this is Thursday, 8 March. We intend to have the same arrangement for the junior sports.

We require 5 parents to assist with the running of the sports. Please let your child’s class teacher know if you are available to help. Many thanks for your support ~ The Junior Syndicate team.

School Interviews

These will be held on Monday 26 & Tuesday 27th March. Parents will be able to book online again this year. I will let you know the url and password when it is set up. If you do not have internet access, we will book them for you.

Bike/Scooter Fridays

A reminder the bike/scooter Fridays has been cancelled till further notice. Thank you.

Enrolments

It is the time of the year when we send roll returns into the Ministry of Education to predict future year staffing. If you have a pre-schooler or know of someone who is intending to enrol at Sacred Heart, could you please let me know.

Year 4, 5 & 6 Cricket – this team plays against Rimu at Marist, 4pm tomorrow.

PTA – Meeting 7.30pm tonight in the School Staff Room

PTA – 2nd Hand Uniform Sale – Friday 2nd March 2.30 pm

A massive secondhand uniform sale will be held on the above date.

Items will be sold for as low as .50c so this is a great opportunity for parents to come along and get a bargain.

2012 Southland Junior Schools Swimming Champs

This is being held on Sunday 1st April at Splash Palace. Entries close 21st March.

If your child is interested in competing in this, please see me.

Achievements

On Waitangi weekend Ben Bryan walked the hump track with his family. He was the youngest person to walk the 55km, 3 day tramp, also one of the first to the hut at the top of the hill.

Well done to Erik Cahill who competed in the Southland Island Town & Country Swimming Competition last weekend and gained 2 x 1st and a 3rd.

Altar Servers

Saturday 3rd March 7.00 pm Piper & Bronte Adams

Sunday 4th March 10.30 am Eli Winders & Elsie Wallace

Children’s Liturgy Cecelia Russell

Sports Results

The Seals Flipperball team won last week against Newfield Park 10 – 0.

The Sharks Flipperball team won 7 – 1 the 1st week and 6 – 3 last week.

Sacred Heart Under 6 Soccer team – played Otatara and lost 0 – 4. Player of the Day was Jesse Richardson.

Touch Southland Trials Sunday 11 March 2012 Turnbull Thomson Ingill 9.30am

Start U9/10/11 boys & girls 10am

U12/13 Boys & Girls 11am

U14/15Boys& Girls 12am

U16/17 Boys& Girls 1pm

Everybody who plays in a Touch Southland module is welcome – Winton, Otautau, Invercargill.

For all information please go to the Touch Southland website www.touchsouthland.co.nz

AMP Tryathlon this Sunday – starting at Splash Palace and finishing at Rugby Park.

Entry forms are available from the office.

Central Pirates Rugby Club Registration Morning – ‘Milo Cereal Breakfast’

Come for Breakfast – Saturday 3rd March 8.30 – 10.30 am.

Enquiries to Nanette 235-8908.

Waikiwi Rugby Football Club – Schoolboy Registrations

Tuesday, 13 March and Thursday, 15 March, 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm and

Sunday, 18 March, 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm (final registration day)

Subs – $30.00 1 child / $45.00 2 children / $55.00 3 children

Any enquiries to Paul Tomlins, phone 217 8115

Invercargill Children’s Day Celebration Sunday 4th March 11.00am – 2.30pm

Southland Boys High School Gymnasium & Field

Bring along a picnic and enjoy a day of fun activities for the whole family. Crafts, games, face-painting, music, bikes, bungy and lots more. ALL FREE !

White Hill Windfarm Classic Bike Ride & Run – this Saturday.

Visit & enter online at: www.whitehillclassic.co.nz

Marist Rugby Club – Weighin/Registration Days Miller Street

Sunday 18th March 10 am – 2 pm and Tuesday 20th March 4.30 – 6 pm.

Children’s Cooking Classes – Adventist School, 3.30 – 5.30 Monday & Wednesday 7 – 12 yrs

All food provided – $25 each for 8 lessons. Enquiries to Bernice Debono 2304119. There are only 9 places available so be in quick. There is a meeting at the Adventist school hall tomorrow @ 6pm to outline the course.

Room 5 Class Happenings

Last week Megan, Scarlett, Anika & Summer read a story about Magic Glasses.

After we read half of the story, the next day we read the other half with our groovy sunglasses on.

We then made magic glasses. In the afternoon we helped the rest of the class make their own magic glasses too.

It was fun when I was making magic glasses because I put some rubies and glitter on it. It was fun making magic glasses. – Anika Winders

It was fun when we made magic glasses. I put glitter and feathers on mine and buttons too. I put pipe cleaners on mine too but they didn’t stick. – Summer Smith

I liked decorating my magic glasses. I put jewels and pipe cleaners on mine. – Scarlett Meikle

I liked decorating my glasses. I liked the magic glasses, they were cool. – Megan Sullivan

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