Posts made in March, 2013

28 March

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 28 March

FAITH  FACT FOR WEEK 9
Holy Week
Holy Week is the week from Passion or Palm Sunday until the Easter Vigil on Saturday night. Throughout the week the events of Jesus’ last
week on earth are recalled. The liturgies include the
Scripture readings of these events and rituals such
as washing of the feet and veneration of the cross.
The Easter vigil on the Saturday night celebrates with
great joy Jesus’ resurrection with lights, bells and alleluias.
Easter Sunday Mass March 31
A reminder for families to celebrate Easter Sunday, one of our biggest celebrations of the year, with the Parish, during Sunday Mass at 10:30am. Children are encouraged to attend Mass and sit with their families. Children are not required to wear their school uniform.
Thank you to those families who donated coins for the koha box this lent to help those in Papua New Guinea and Tonga. $147 was raised.
Lastly, a prayer book was sent home last week as part of the Year of Faith. This can be used during prayer within the home with our families and for personal reflection in helping us ‘to grow to our call to holiness of life on the different paths we follow.’ Fr Vaughan Leslie ( Preface from the Year of Faith Prayer Book   ~  Thanks Nicola
Altar Servers for Easter
Holy Thursday 28th March      7.00 pm                     Emma & Mathew Brooks
Good Friday                               3.00 pm                     Max Forde
Saturday 30th March                 8.00 pm                     Sam and Nathan Russell & Caleb Wolf
Sunday 31st March                    10.30 am                                     Caitlin Smith & Jacob Sullivan
Children’s Liturgy                                                         Amanda Smith
Dear Parents
I wish to take this opportunity to wish you all an enjoyable Easter break. It has been a very busy but enjoyable term and we look forward to this continuing next Wednesday after Easter.
Many thanks to Robbie Humm for trimming the hedge today. This was much appreciated.
Athletics – Well done to all the children who took part in the Southland Athletics last Saturday.
Special congratulations to Brooklyn McLeod who is Southland Champion in the 9yr girls High Jump.
Interviews – The 3 way interviews take place Monday 8th & Tuesday 9thApril. School will close at 12.30 pm on Monday to begin interviews at 1.15 pm.
To book online go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter H7VGB. If you do not have internet access, please contact Mrs Forbes who will book times for you.
Learning & Change Network – Our school is part of a network of schools investigating a new approach to teaching writing. We have been interviewing children, parents and teachers to build up an understanding of what their beliefs are regarding how and what enable children to write.
We have chosen a cross-section of children and will be inviting them and their parents to a meeting to discuss this further.
BOT Elections – There is a pamphlet accompanying the newsletter today regarding the upcoming Board of Trustees Election, inviting you to a ‘Candidate Information Evening’ to be held at school on Tuesday 16th April 6.30 – 7.00 pm.
PTA
Oyster Raffle ~ Thank you to all the parents who have already sold their tickets. A reminder these are due back to the school office by Friday 5th April. Extra tickets are available at the office. The family who sells the most cards will receive two dozen Oysters!!!!!!!!!, and the class who sells the most (pro rata) will receive a special treat.
Please note that all tickets must be legally returned (full or empty).
Entertainment Book  ~  The 2013 edition of the ‘Entertainment Book’ is nearly finalised. Jump on-line www.entertainmentbook.co.nz and have a look at the exciting new offers which will be available until June 2014. New restaurants include: Buster Crabb’s, Ziffs, Checky Lama and the popular new Rata restaurant in Queenstown (owned by Josh Emett off Masterchef). The PTA will be selling these books again @ $55, order forms will be out next week.
Car Trial Winners were the Boniface Family (Laura & Jacob).
Sports Results
Cricket – Kiwi U8s lost to Windsor North 55-49.  POD – Harris Page for being a Great team member!
Hardball lost 67 – 126.
Flipperball – Seals won 3 – 2 to Donovan. POD was Brooke Cross.
Sharks lost 3 – 19. POD was Janelle Tinker.
Whales lost 6 – 8.
Touch – Ballers won 6 – 4.
Sharks won 4 – 2.
Nigel Latta – ‘The First Decade’ – Tuesday 18th June – 7.30 pm Civic Theatre – $25
The Southland Multiple Birth Club is a non-profit organisation who supports families of multiples and through hosting Nigel means that we can raise some funds to continue with the work we do.
Congratulations to Cole Harrington & Sam
Walsh who both got Most Improved Player in their
respective teams for Demons Softball Club for
the 2012/13 season.
Class Happenings – Room 2
We have been learning about Holy Week, and what happened to Jesus.  This is what we have learned about the Last Supper.
Jesus had a last supper.  This was his last dinner with his friends before he was arrested.  His friends were very sad that Jesus knew he was going to die, so Jesus asked them to imagine that the wine that they were drinking was his blood.  When they drank the wine it was like Jesus was going into their hearts.  He also asked them to imagine that the bread they were eating was his body, and when they ate the bread it was like they were taking Jesus into their body again.  Jesus could stay in their heart.
We have made some art to represent the Last Supper and it is now in the church.
Canteen  ~  Friday’s Only ~ Orders are taken in the hall
Hot Food
Chicken Burger                                                                                                                   $3.00
(with lettuce, cheese & mayo)                                                                                                            $3.30
Chicken Nuggets                                                                                                                $2.50
Pizza                                                                                                                                      $1.60
Cheese Rolls                                                                                                                       $1.00
American Hotdog                                                                                                                $2.50
(comes with BBQ, tomato or mustard sauce)
Budget 2 minute noodles                                                                                                 $1.50
Maggi 2 minute noodles                                                                                                   $3.00
Sandwiches
Chicken Wrap                                                                                                                     $3.00
Bacon Sandwich                                                                                                                 $2.50
(comes with the choice of 2 fillings – carrot, cheese, lettuce, egg &
BBQ sauce or mayonnaise)
Snacks
Chocolate Muffin                                                                                                                 $1.10
Cookie Time (small)                                                                                                           $  .90
Cookie Time (large)                                                                                                                             $1.30
Fruit & marshmallow stick                                                                                                  $1.00
Popcorn                                                                                                                                $  .60
Popcorn with icing sugar                                                                                                  $  .70
Drinks
Can flavoured water – orange or peach                                                                                       $2.00
Box juice – tropical or orange                                                                                                          $1.10
LOL fruit juice                                                                                                                      $2.50
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21 March

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FAITH  FACT FOR WEEK 8
What is grace?
Grace is God’s giving of Gods own self to us.
It is God’s life, presence and action among us.
Grace is a supernatural gift which heals and elevates our humanness so we can share in God’s life. God constantly offers us the new life of grace which will restore our friendship with God and enable us to live with mercy, compassion
and integrity. 
Dear Parents
This year children who have been/or about to be baptised and are Year 3 and above are invited to participate in the Sacramental Programme. This will include:-
Reconciliation- Term 2
Confirmation –Term 3
First Holy Communion -Term 4.
A parent meeting outlining the programme will be held at the end of
this term.
If you wish your child to be prepared for the Sacraments, please fill in the form at the end of the newsletter and return it to school by Thursday next week. 
Please see Mrs Winders if you have any questions.  nwinders@shsinv.school.nz
This Sunday is Palm Sunday – the start of Holy Week. I ask that as many of you as possible attend Mass this Sunday as a precursor to class preparations for our Easter Liturgy on Thursday afternoon. This year is unusual in that we return to school after Easter, so will be able to finish the Easter story at school. The Mass is slightly longer with the burning of the ‘Palms” but very worthwhile in regards our school focus.
I will be in Wellington this afternoon and tomorrow representing local principals in discussions regards to national education issues. I am sure Novopay will be at the top of the agenda.
Our thanks go to Ross Richardson for removing the poles in the playground.
BOT Elections
This year is BOT Election year. If there are any parents who are considering being on the Board or wondering about what the Board does, please contact me. A number of existing members will be standing down with their children finished or finishing their education at Sacred Heart this year.
Interviews ~ 8 & 9thApril
School will close early on Monday 8th April at 12.30pm for Interviews. I will send out a link next week to School Interviews on-line for parents to make bookings as in previous years.
Good luck to the children competing in the Southland Athletics this weekend. Jasmine Ridd, Breyah Takitimu, Oliver Hogan, Brooklyn McLeod, Tylee Fiebig, Sionelle Cahill, Shaun Clapperton, Jakobe Paraki, Cory Foleni, William Reistma-Smith and Justin McLean.
And also to the Hard Ball Cricket team who will play in the finals on Friday.
Fruit supplied from Central
If you are interested in placing an order for fruit, which is delivered from central every 2nd Thursday, please see Christine on Monday morning. Fruit available are: 4kg boxes of mixed fruit $22 (i.e. plums, nectarines, peaches), 4kg bags of selected apples $10, 4kg bag of comice pears $10, 3 x large grey pumpkins $10.  Options can change every fortnight, due to availability. Orders are faxed away on a Monday morning, so you need to have your orders in first thing please.
Altar Servers
Saturday 23rd March                7.00 pm                     Caleb Brown & Piper Adams
Sunday 24th March                   10.30 am                                     Emma Harrington & Lucy Nind
Children’s Liturgy                                                         Pauline Harrington
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 5th April.  Extra tickets are available at the office. The family who sells the most cards will receive two dozen Oysters!!!!!!!!!, and the class who sells the most (pro rata) will receive a special treat.
Please note that all tickets must be legally returned (full or empty).
Car Trial – Sunday 24th March ~ This is a fun event which from past experience the kids will really enjoy and the adults will get the chance to meet and relax in the company of other school families throughout the day. Registrations start from 2.45pm, first car away starts at 3.00pm – it is likely to take somewhere between an hour and an hour and a half to complete. All you need to come prepared with is a Team Name, Pen, Digital Camera or phone with camera – and petrol in your vehicle.Plus if you’d like to stay and have tea in the hall with other families at the end we will be finished early enough for you to bring either a picnic for your family or purchase fish & chips at the end of the car trial and still be home early in the evening. There will be spot prizes on the day and the winning team (family) will be announced and presented the trophy at assembly on Monday 25th (we need a bit of time to work it all out).So fill your car with the kids (or mix them up with other families) and we’ll see you on Sunday 24th.          Many thanks  ~ Your PTA
Entertainment Book  ~  The 2013 edition of the ‘Entertainment Book’ is neally finalised. Jump on-line www.entertainmentbook.co.nz and have a look at the exciting new offers which will be available until June 2014. New restaurants include: Buster Crabb’s, Ziffs, Checky Lama and the popular new Rata restaurant in Queenstown (owned by Josh Emett off Masterchef). The PTA will be selling these books again @ $55, so keep an eye open for the order form coming your way in the next few weeks.
Scholastic Bookclub ~ Issue 2 closes Wednesday 27th March.
Makarewa Aquatics, which is a swim school operating at the Makarewa Community Pool, is now accepting enrolments for 2013 Term One Holiday classes and Term Two 2013 Classes.  Holiday classes will run daily Mon to Fri 22 April until 3 May, Term Two will run weekly Mon to Wed 6 May until 1 July – please visit www.MakarewaAquatics.co.nz where all information is available and enrolments can be done online. Any further enquiries or information is available by emailing MakarewaAquatics@xtra.co.nz or phoning Liz on 032140456.

Congratulations to Aimee Brookland, Sionelle Cahill, Portia Brown, Caleb Wolf, Alex Harrington, Ethan Turnhout, Zane Flawn and Sam Richardson who all took part in the
AMP Triathlon last Sunday.
Congratulations to Devan Fiebig who was the lucky recipient of a bike kindly donated by BDO
Class Happenings – Room 1
SWIMMING
Yesterday was our last day for swimming.  We celebrated by having an awesome fun day in the pool.  I have seen a huge improvement in the children’s confidence and abilities.  Keep up the great swimming!
QUEENS PARK
Last Wednesday, after swimming we got the bus to drop us off at Queen’s Park.  We got to have our lunch at the park then have a play in the playground.  We went on a phonics hunt and we went to the Tuatara’s to learn about their life cycle.  We also got to touch a tuatara, which was a highlight for most of the children.
ATHLETICS
Last Friday Rooms 1 2 5 6 participated in the ‘Sacred Heart Junior Athletics.’  We concentrated on the skills of, running, jumping and throwing.  We had age group running races at the end, and we have some very fast runners.  It was great to see all the parents getting involved and helping us.  Thank you.
After an action packed three weeks of swimming we are all very tired.
Sacramental Preparation
I am interested in my child/children         Name(s):______________________
______________________
participating in the Sacramental Programme at Sacred Heart School.
Family Name:________________________
Email address_______________________________________
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14 March

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FAITH  FACT FOR WEEK 7

What is holiness?

Holiness is being holy. Strictly speaking only God is holy.

God’s holiness is acknowledged in the worship of the Church in prayers such as the Holy, holy, holy which we pray at Mass. Traditionally

certain people, places and things are regarded as holy because of their

relationship with God. All Christians are called to holiness in the way they

live their lives. The Saints, such as St Patrick and St Joseph whose feasts

we celebrate this week are models of holiness for us.  Examples of qualities

or expressions of holiness are love, courage, faithfulness, truth and respect.

Dear Parents

There will be great excitement for Catholics worldwide and especially in South America today with the announcement that the Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Marco Bergoglio has been elected as the new Pope, with the name Francis I. He is the first South American and also the first Jesuit Pope. It will be interesting to see in the months ahead how he deals with a lot of the issues confronting the Catholic church today.

Congratulations to the new members of the PTA and especially the office bearers. The staff and I look forward to having a close association with you.

I wish to make special mention of Susanne Brown, Trish Sherriff and Denise Sullivan who are standing down as office bearers. Special mention to Susanne who has done an amazing job during her tenure as president. Under your leadership the committee has worked tirelessly to provide extra equipment and resources for our children, as well as providing a vital link between parents and the school. We thank you for this.

It has been another busy week with swimming and the Rooms 1 – 6 trips to Queen’s Park and the museum. A big thanks to the parents who have been able to help on those days.

Attendance Dues

By now most of you will have received your Attendance Dues invoices from Dunedin. We have been in contact with the Dunedin office this morning and a glitch has occurred with some of the invoices. Even though the descriptions may be wrong, the final balance does add up correctly.

A ‘Catholic Character Donation’ has also been added to these accounts, which please note, are only a donation and are not compulsory. Any parents with enquiries regarding these accounts, are asked to either see me, Christine or Fr Vince.

School Interviews – Monday 8th / Tuesday 9th April

OSCAR is available from 12.30pm on Monday 8th April.

Please see staff in the hall to book your child or phone 218-9520.

Junior Sports Day – Friday 15 March 2013 at 1.30pm

We will review the timing of this event depending on the weather.  If it looks like it might rain we will run the sports earlier in the day.  We will make this decision tomorrow morning and put a notice on our Facebook page if there is a change to the time.  Thank you for your support with this as we do not wish the children to miss out on this fun event.

Curtains ~ We are looking for someone to shorten curtains for us. If you are a sewer and can help, please contact the office.  Thank you.

The Year 4 children were given Dictionaries, kindly donated by Invercargill Rotary.

Southland Athletics

Children who will represent our Zone at the Athletics will be informed tomorrow. These will be held at Surrey Park next Saturday – 23rd March.

Altar Servers

Saturday 16th March                 7.00 pm                     Isabella & Mackenzie Wild

Sunday 17th March                   10.30 am                                     Max Forde & Eli Winders

Children’s Liturgy                                                         Susanne Brown

Achievements

Well done to Sam Richardson who competed in the Weetbix Triathalon in Dunedin.

Marist Rugby Club – Weigh In / Registration

Sunday 24th March 10 am – 12 noon & Tuesday 26th March 4.30 – 6 pm.

Bring any boots for donation, swap or sale. Queries to Peter Meulenbroek: 0274862059.

Sports Results

Cricket

Kiwi U8’s won against St Patrick’s 129 – 49. POD was Alex Hawkes – Fantastic bowling!

Hardball won 105 – 98.

Flipperball

Sharks lost 5 – 8. POD was Charlotte Sherriff.

Whales won 12 – 6. POD was Tyler McLeod.

Seals won 4 – 3. Player of the Day was Tim Richardson, and Andrew Roulston being a great sportsman and helping the other team out.

Touch

Stars won 7 – 2. POD was Ben Johnstone.

Ballers drew 3 – 3. POD was Jakobe Paraki.

Sharks won 6 – 5. POD was Nicholas Walsh.

PTA

Thanks to all those who attended the AGM this week. The new office bearers for the committee this year are:               President                                   Amanda Smith

Vice President                         Maria O’Donnell

Treasurer                                 Donna Holland

Secretary                                  Delwynne Hickey

I’d also like to add a personal thanks to all those who have supported me as President in recent years, and who have been part of the PTA with me over the past 11-12 years. I have met some amazing people and have made many lifelong friends through the PTA during these years.

As it’s my last year with a child at Sacred Heart it will be nice to hand over the reigns, but still be part of the committee for this final year.

Car Trial – Sunday 24th March

This is a fun event which from past experience the kids will really enjoy and the adults will get the chance to meet and relax in the company of other school families throughout the day.

Registrations start from 2.45pm, first car away starts at 3.00pm – it is likely to take somewhere between an hour and an hour and a half to complete.

All you need to come prepared with is a Team Name, Pen, Digital Camera or phone with camera – and petrol in your vehicle.

Plus if you’d like to stay and have tea in the hall with other families at the end we will be finished early enough for you to bring either a picnic for your family or purchase fish & chips at the end of the car trial and still be home early in the evening.

There will be spot prizes on the day and the winning team (family) will be announced and presented the trophy at assembly on Monday 25th (we need a bit of time to work it all out).

So fill your car with the kids (or mix them up with other families) and we’ll see you on Sunday 24th.

The next PTA meeting will be Monday 15th April 7.30 in the school staff room.

Susanne Brown

The next Scholastic Book Club is a Special Issue
Help us stock up on fantastic books for your kids to read at school
For every 5 books ordered, our school will get 1 FREE!
Please help us – this is an extra special offer that we don’t usually get.
The more books ordered, the more books our school receives.

So keep an eye out for your child to bring home: Issue 2

Class Happenings – Room 9

Tuatara

Hi, I’m Bob the Tuatara. I’m currently living on Stephens Island in the Cook Strait. Did you know that 90% of tuataras live on Stephen’s Island? That’s about 400 tuataras! Imagine living with 399 brothers and sisters.

I was brought here by some of my fellow friends, over in Invercargill. That’s where my oldest brother, Henry lives.

Over in Invercargill they are trying to breed female tuataras, which are a lot smaller than males.

The reason they are trying to breed female tuataras is because females need cold soil. Males need hot soil. Because we’ve been in summer us tuataras have been breeding males instead of females. I, Bob the tuatara, am very unique because my ancestors lived with the dinosaurs, that’s about 2 million years ago, and tuataras only live for about 100 years, so imagine how many greats go in front of grandparents! To protect myself from predators, I can drop off my tail and run away, so the predator thinks I’m the tail, so it goes after that!

Silly predator! In case you were wondering my tail does grow back.

And last but not least, tuataras are not lizards, but they are reptiles. Thank you for spending about a minute of your time just to learn a whole handful of facts about our one and only, tuatara.      By Jake

This year children who have been/or about to be baptised and are Year 3 and above are invited to participate in the Sacramental Programme. This will include:-

Reconciliation- Term 2

Confirmation –Term 3

First Holy Communion -Term 4.

A parent meeting outlining the programme will be held at the end of this term.

If you wish your child to be prepared for the Sacraments, please fill in the form at the end of the newsletter and return it to school by Thursday next week. 

Please see Mrs Winders if you have any questions.  nwinders@shsinv.school.nz

Sacramental Preparation

I am interested in my child/children         Name(s):______________________

______________________

participating in the Sacramental Programme at Sacred Heart School.

Family Name:________________________

Email address_______________________________________

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7 March

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FAITH  FACT FOR WEEK 6

The Sacrament of Penance

The Sacrament of Penance has been known by several names over the years. It was called confession

when the emphasis was on people confessing their sins

anonymously in private. Then it became known

as penance when the emphasis was on doing something

to make up for what you had done wrong. Now it is

more commonly known as reconciliation and it is

celebrated mostly within the community. The

emphasis is on recognising our need to change,

admitting our failure to love God and people in our lives,

asking for forgiveness, receiving absolution and making

peace with each other. It is good to celebrate this

Sacrament during Lent.

Dear Parents

A big thanks to Mrs Lieshout, Mrs Tagomoa-Kaa, Miss Swney, Mrs Page and all our parent helpers for making our athletics day such a success yesterday.

All of our children competed to the best of their abilities and we had some outstanding athletes who will represent the zone at Southland Athletics on Saturday 23rd March. More information will be available after the results have been collated.

Also a big thanks to the parents who have been able to assist in the changing rooms at the swimming pool. From a personal point of view a special thanks to the dads who have been able to help, we look forward to round 2 next week.

The Matui-Watson family would like to thank the parents and staff involved in the lovely gesture of providing meals for the family during their difficult time over the last couple of weeks. This was very much appreciated.

NZEI Meeting – Thursday 14thMarch

On Thursday 14th March teachers are requested to attend a paid union meeting to discuss their collective agreement that lapsed in August 2012.  If possible, could children please be collected by 1.30 pm. If not, adequate supervision will be in place and buses etc will run as normal.

I haven’t made this request lightly but in past years there has been more than one meeting available for teachers to attend, so disruption has been minimal. That option isn’t available this time around.

PTA

Monday 11th March AGM 7.30pm Seriously Good Chocolate Shop

Fun night with a very short AGM meeting, a tour of the factory and a hot drink with the chance to check out the Easter specials.

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to come and check out the Seriously Good Chocolate Shop with us.

There is a small cost of $5 per person and I need to confirm numbers so please txt me on 021 2602243 before the end of tomorrow (Friday 8th) if you can make it.

Sunday 24th March – Family Car Trial

Details to come, but put this in your diary now so you can come to this fun family event.

Altar Servers

Saturday 9th March                   7.00 pm                     Cameron Roulston

Sunday 10th March                   10.30 am                                     Mathew & Emma Brooks

Children’s Liturgy                                                         Nicki Brookland

Sports Results

Cricket

Sacred Heart Kiwi U8’s won against Myross Bush 51-18. Player Of the Day was Charlie Baynes.

Flipperball

Sharks lost 5 – 13. Player of the Day was Aidan Hosie

Whales won 13 – 6. Players of the Day were Tyler Mcleod and Zane Flawn.

Seals had a friendly game with St. Theresa’s and Holly Wolf, Kyron Devery & Mya O’Connor were players of the day.

Touch

Stars lost 5 – 6. Players of the Day were Kyron Devery & Tim Richardson

Ballers lost 0 5. Player of the Day was Nick Walsh.

Sharks lost 0 – 5. Player of the Day was Tyler McLeod.

Marist Rugby Club Registration/Weigh In – Miller Street

Sunday 24th March 10am – 12 or Tuesday 26th March 4.30 – 6 pm

Buy / Sell / Swap – bring any boots for donation, swap or sale on the day. Tables will be set up for viewing etc.  Any queries, contact Peter Meulenbroek 0274862059

AMP Tryathlon is being held at Splash Palace and Rugby Park on Sunday March 17th

The Tryathlon is for ages 8 to 14 and students will receive a t shirt, a drink and a medallion for taking part. They will also go in the draw to win one of 4 bikes. Enquiries to: Brittney North 211 2150.

Below are some photos of the children who assisted Fr. Vaughan at Mass last Sunday.

AUSTRALIAN TESTS 2013 (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 payment by Friday 22nd March.  Late entries will not be accepted.

Australian Tests

Child’s Name …………………………………………………………..….                Year ……….

Computer Skills @ $8.50 each                                      ………………..

Science @ $ 8.50 each                                                 ………………..

Spelling @ $10.50 each                                                ………………..

Writing @ $19.50 each                                                ………………..

English @ $8.50 each                                                   ………………..

Maths @ $8.50 each                                                     ………………..

                                                                                    Total $ ………………..

Class Happenings – Room 8

Did you know that everyone is a writer?  This week we used a poem called ‘Hide and Seek’ by Vernon Scannell as a motivator and guide to help us write a piece based on our own experiences of a game of hide and seek. 

“I’m ready!  Come and find me!”  The bales in the paddock were such a good hiding spot.  I jumped in.  I smelt fresh hay come drifting on the wind.  I sniffed it up and quietly breathed it out.  I felt warm summer hay under my feet.  I wonder if my brother will……….. WAIT!  I hear a sound of crackling dry hay.  Was it the wind or was it Tim?  He stopped.  I saw a shadow reflecting onto the bale.  I froze like ice but he carried on down the pile of bales.  I knew he would be back so I squeezed through the next hole.  There was a cold breeze on my face but still I did not give up.  How I wish he had found me!  I was getting bored and the cold was going down through my body.  Minutes later he found me and I was sure glad!!

                                                                                                            Sam R

“I’m ready!  Come and find me!”  As I hide in the dark, I hear noisy footsteps behind the pillows.  The light turns on.  I’m still and quiet.  I do not move at all as I peer out a small gap in the pillows.  They search all around but they do not find me.  They go out of the room.  I stay silent.  They return.  I see something.  It’s my cat Timmy.  He jumps up on the bed with me.  I leap out.  “Surprise!” I say.  “I win!”

                                                                                                            Katelyn

“I’m ready!  Come and find me!” Under the wool blanket, it’s warm and cosy.  I can see little bits of dust floating in the sunlight.  I can hear running footsteps on the carpet in the hallway.  I know it is my big brother Campbell.  It felt like I was hiding for half an hour.

                                                                                                            Aiden H

“I’m ready!  Come and find me!” I call out into the darkness as a shiver goes down my back.  The warmth heats my bones as I wait for them to find me.  I quietly peer out but quickly put my head down again when I hear footsteps coming my way.  “Come out!  Come out wherever you are!” I hear a voice say.  I hold my breath as they check behind the couch.  “Where are you?” I hear someone mumble.  He finally walks out when I feel brave enough to take another look.  When I know I’ve won I still stay stiff, too scared to move.  A shiver runs through my bones as I know it’s not safe to hide there any more.   I smell popcorn.  My favourite, with lots of butter!  I quietly sneak out.  “Almost there.”  I whisper.  “Found you!”  I hear as I’m scooped into a hug.  Shadows dance on the wall in front of me.  I know that I’ve won!

                                                                                                            Kate J

“I’m ready!  Come and find me!”  My dogs kennel is the perfect spot I say to myself.  It smells a bit hairy but that doesn’t matter too much.  It’s dark, cold and windy.  I want to go and grab my jersey but my brother will find me!  Then my cat comes and starts meowing.  I try to get her to be quiet but she won’t stop.  After five minutes, she finally stops.  But wait!  I can hear the stones rustling and a car door opening.  I hold my breath.  I can feel butterflies in my tummy.  I peek out and look around.  Everything is normal until suddenly I see my brother searching for me.  It gets colder and colder.  I start to shiver until I decide to give up.  I can’t take it any more!  I get up.  I yell, “You can’t find me!”  I walk into the house and see William smiling.

                                                                                                            Shaun C   

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