Posts made in May, 2013

30 May

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Dear Parents

It has been a busy week with children attending the SIT performance on Tuesday and having our Cross Country yesterday. A big thanks to all the parents who were able to help and also to cheer on the children as they finished their race.

Sacred Heart Day

Next Friday is Sacred Heart Feast Day. We will celebrate with a Mass in the morning, a sausage sizzle run by the PTA, followed by some activities in the afternoon. A note will be sent home next week with more detail.

Fonterra Milk

We will begin this on Tuesday next week. It will run each Tuesday and Thursday and will coincide with the brain break at 11.20 am.

Any queries, please contact me.

LCN (Learning & Change Network)



















Justin McLean

Aimee Brookland

Shaun Clapperton

Tylee Fiebig

Oliver Hogan

Breyah Takitimu

Tyler Pool

Laura Boniface


Cory Foleni

Kayla Boniface

Devan Fiebig

Brooklyn McLeod

Reid Murray

Hannah Horrell

Dylan Hawkes

Lucy Baynes


Shaun Wilks

Bridie Kinney

Jakobe Paraki

Sionelle Cahill

Josh Newell

Emma Livingstone

Kade Phillips

Scarlett Meikle


Tom Nally



Josh Cooper

Kate Johnstone

Nicholas Walsh

Mackenzie Jordan

Aubrey Page






Piper Adams

Max Forde

Amy Ingham

Sam Richardson

Ella van Eeden

Ben Dawson

Neve Waddel


Caleb Brown



Ben Oosterbroek

Katelyn Maloney

Caleb Hickey

Ben Bryan

Brooke Johnstone









We ran the 7, 6 and 5 year old races as fun runs and so did not award 1st, 2nd and 3rd for these races.

The photos from the school Cross Country will hang in the corridor for all to view.  If you wish to get a copy of any of these photos, you can email Mrs Buxton: before Friday 14 June 2013, and she will email you a copy of the photo you require. 

After our latest teacher meeting we will be holding another round of ‘parent and child interviews’, followed by a meeting with Waverley Park School parents. One of the benefits of our involvement for me has been a greater awareness of how children and parents perceive the writing process at school. As teachers we often think everyone knows this process, but parental experiences and expectations are often completely different.

I wish to thank the group of parents who have volunteered to be a part of our ‘target group’. I will include more of our outcome and findings after our next parent meeting.

Fire Risk

With 2 schools targeted this week by an arsonist, we have received a letter from the fire brigade to be vigilant over the weekends and when the school is closed. Can I ask any parents around to keep an extra lookout for any suspicious behaviour. If so, please ring the Police on 111.


Room 1 is looking for any animal costumes that you may have or know of, that could be used for our production.  They will need to be able to fit 5 and 6 year olds.  If you can help with this please see Mrs Williams. 

Rooms 7, 8 & 9 will be using ribbons, buttons and material (especially gold, silver and black) for their costumes.  If you have any of these items and you would like to donate them towards our list of requirements, it would be much appreciated. A box will be placed outside Room 9. Thank you.

School Crossing

Thank you to the parents who went on a roster to patrol the crossing before and after school. Due to the decrease in crossing use recently it has been decided to wind up the duty for the wintry months.

We will look at restarting in late September or October depending on observed crossing use. Could all vests and jackets be dropped into the school office please.  Thank you ~ Reuben Boniface

Week 4

In the words of Pope Francis…

Crossing the threshold of faith is acting, trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit present in the Church and who is also manifest in the signs of the times; it is accompanying the constant movement of life and of history without falling into the paralysing defeatism that regards any time in the past as being better; it is a sense of urgency to think of something new, to contribute something new, to create something new, kneading into life “the new leaven of justice and holiness” (cf. 1 Cor. 5:8).

Rippa Rugby Tournament

Due to insufficient numbers we will not be entering teams for this tournament. Thank you to the parents who did show an interest.

Church Cleaners’

There is a great need for volunteers to help clean Sacred Heart Church. This takes two people approx. 1 hour. There are two vacuum cleaners available and there is no set time you have to do the cleaning. The more we get, you may only be required to clean once or twice a year. Thank you in anticipation, please contact Cecilia Russell 215-4666 or Pat Tippen 215-9971.

Cross Country Results

Yesterday we ran our school Cross Country and it was a great event despite the weather not co-operating. The children participated well, though they got a bit wet!  It was great to have such great parent support, as this is an event that we cannot do without your help.

The Southland Cross Country Association requires us to take the age of the students as the age they are on the 31st of December 2013. Only the students that are 10 & 11 years old compete at Zone and Southland level. So the students that came in the first 6 places for the 10 and 11 yr old races will be

going to the Zones. Below are the results:


Danye Takitimu danced last weekend at the Dunedin Dancing Competitions and got two first placings and a third.

Breyah Takitimu got five 1st placings, two 2nd placings and a 3rd.

Breyah also won the Junior Ballet Championships, got highest points for her age group, a special award for her Demi, and won the under 12 scholarship. 

Altar Servers

Saturday 1st                  7.00 pm            Patrice & Aimee Brookland      

Sunday 2nd                    10.30 am          Charlotte Sherriff & Emma Brooks

Children’s Liturgy                                Trish Sherriff                        

Class Happenings – Room 2

Yesterday we ran the Cross Country.  We learned that Cross Country means that you actually run across the country, it’s a long running race.  Most of the children were very excited about running in the race but we had to wait until the very last minute to decide if we were able to participate in the very cold weather. Luckily there was a small break in the weather and we ended up running the race in light rain.  Lots of us thought that running for such a long way is quite hard but if you keep trying you can get to the finish!  Even Mrs Stupples fell over into the mud, but she got up and kept trying too, just like the Room 2 kids.

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23 May

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Dear Parents
A big thank you to all your children for their excellent behaviour yesterday at the combined schools’ Mass and afterwards when we had our visitors from Verdon and St. Thomas’. The photographer from “The Eye” made special mention to me of how polite and helpful our children were while she was here taking photos.
Also what a great photo in today’s paper. Thanks to the O’Donnell family for the use of their balloon entrance structure. It was an excellent backdrop for our photogenic 5 yr olds.
It was especially good to see the Verdon senior students here. Our children really enjoyed their presence at school yesterday.
We also had an incident yesterday where one of the bus drivers was in a hurry to leave and somehow managed to hit the basketball hoop, breaking a window and causing a small cut to one of our pupils. Again a big thanks to the staff and especially our senior students who helped with their younger buddies, as we moved to another bus and onto the Mass.
All correct procedures were followed to ensure our children’s safety and I have discussed this with the bus company and Board chairperson.
Today we farewell our students from the Southland Campus and we thank them for their input over the last 2 weeks.
Welcome to Quin Brown who joined the children in Room 2 today. We hope he and his family enjoy their time with us at Sacred Heart School.
Thank you to Hannah Skeggs who is helping the Room 7, 8 & 9 children out with their dance practise for this year’s production.
Board of Trustees
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following members of our school Board of Trustees for their hard work over the years:  Ian Harrington, David Brookland, Piki Brown and Susanne Brown as PTA representative, Ann McCloy as parish representative and Peter Downing.
I wish these people all the best for their future endeavours.
Thank you to Father Jacob for his continued support at meetings and Kath Lieshout as our teacher’s representative.  Paul Brooks will be continuing as our Parish Representative.     
Megan Roulston
Board Chair
Declaration of Parent Election Results
At the close of nominations, as the number of valid nominations was fewer than the number of vacancies required to be filled, I hereby declare the following duly elected:
                    Henderson, Dougall                      
                    Holland, Hayley
                    Roulston, Megan               
                    Winter, Jeremy
Jill Robertson
Returning Officer
Week 3  ~  In the words of Pope Francis…
Crossing the threshold of faith leads us to beg for each one of us the “mind… which was in Jesus Christ” (Phil 2:5), so that we may experience a new way of thinking, of communicating, of being in the family, of planning the future, of living out the virtue of charity and our vocation.

Sunday Mass ~ Trinity Sunday 26th May
The children are to line up in the school foyer 10.15am to walk over to the church in class groups. The children are to be in correct school uniform.
School Enrolments
If you know of any prospective enrolments, please encourage them to ring the school to make an appointment to have a look around.
School Cross Country ~ Wednesday 29th May 1.30 pm
Cancellation date is the Thursday 30th May.  This will commence at 1.30 pm. Parents are most welcome to come along.
Entertainment Book
We still have a few of the 2013/2014 books for sale at the office. If you bought a 2012/2013 Book please remember it will expire on 1 June.
Rooms 7, 8 & 9 will be using ribbons, buttons and material (especially gold, silver and black) for their costumes.  If you have any of these items and you would like to donate them towards our list of requirements, it would be much appreciated. A box will be placed outside Room 9. Thank you.
Congratulations  to Fabian O’Donnell and his sister Giovanna on their baptism, last weekend. 
The Sacred Heart Tap dancers competed at the weekend and all went away with first place titles as well as each of them earning special awards – the dancers competing were Malachi Lange, Anika Winders, Kayla Boniface and Aimee Brookland.  A pretty awesome effort from Sacred Heart pupils!
Kayla Boniface who has been selected in a Jazz Dance group to perform at the Sharks Basketball game this weekend.
Brooke Cross who got 1stoverall for the 7yrs Gymnastic tournament last weekend in Dunedin. This was Brooke’s first competition.
Altar Servers
Saturday 25th May        7.00 pm            Isabella & Mackenzie Wild
Sunday 26th May           10.30 am          Nathan Russell & Claire Kinney
Children’s Liturgy                                School Mass
School Sores
Please beware school sore are circulating at the moment and are very contagious.
Guitar & Ukulele Lessons 
Contemporary music degree graduate and professional musician Phil MacClure (BConMus) offers quality tuition at an affordable price.
Call/text Phil on 027-763-9957. First lesson is free!
Wacky Wednesdays $10 Haircuts for Children
@ Vision Hair & Beauty215-7768.
Electric Knights Under 16 Marching Team is hosting a Quiz Night Friday 14th June 7.30 pm @ the Glengarry. $20 per team of 4. Great prizes and raffles being run all night.
Wanting Undercover Storage for a Caravan over the Winter
Please contact Mrs Forbes.
Class Happenings – Room 1
Yesterday was Catholic Schools’ day.  We all went on a bus to the Invercargill Working Men’s Club and had a combined mass with all the Catholic schools in Invercargill, which was about 1000 children.  Father Hook took the mass and we all thoroughly enjoyed listening to him sing and learning a new song.
Once back at school, St Thomas’ from Winton joined us for lunch and an action packed afternoon of fun activities. 
Some children’s thoughts
about the day.
I really enjoyed being on the laptops in the afternoon with some St Thomas’ children – Jack
I liked when we got to have a colouring competition because I won! – Fiah
I enjoyed playing with the lego, because I got to join my lego with Marcus’ lego and we made a really big thing together and it was super cool – Andrew
I loved singing the songs with Father Hook, they were so awesome – By Ellie
I liked when Fiah and Alex got a prize for the colouring competition, they did a really good job – By Anya
A big thank you to Mr K and Miss Hayes
for all their hard work.
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16 May

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Dear Parents
Welcome to Mckenzie Blight-Cranston who has started in Room 2 today.
We hope he and his family enjoy their time at Sacred Heart School.
We also welcome 5 students from the Southland campus who will be with us for two weeks:
            Room 1             Jasmine Hayes and Keanu Kahukura
            Room2              Rebecca Watson and Laura Kirkwood
            Room 7             Kym Pollock
School Events
20/5    Bob Bickerton – visiting show
17/5     Move Improve start for the Junior School
21/5     Board of Trustees Meeting
22/5    Catholic Schools’ Day
7/6      Sacred Heart Feast Day
16/6     Aerobics & Hip Hop Festival
June     School & Zone Cross Country
28/6    Southland Cross Country
Week 2  ~  In the words of Pope Francis…
Crossing the threshold of faith means not being ashamed to have the heart of a child who, because he/she still believes in impossible things, can live in hope—the one thing that is capable of giving meaning and transforming history. To ask for it without ceasing, to pray without fainting and to adore so as be transfigured by what we contemplate.
Catholic Schools Day ~ Wednesday 22nd May
Next Wednesday is Catholic Schools’ Day. This year we have planned to hold a joint Mass involving all the Invercargill Catholic Schools, to be held at The Invercargill Working Means Club 11am for approx 1 hour.
With only 1000 seats available, we are still juggling the legistics, as our combined rollls are over 1500. 
I will let you know if there are any changes asap.
Groups of senior students from Verdon will return with us and after we all have lunch, they will run some sports sessions with our senior students.
A programme for the junior school is still being developed.
St. Thomas’s pupils from Winton have been invited back to Sacred Heart to spend the rest of the day with us.
Please ensure your child is in correct school uniform, definitely no gym shoes.
There will be no ‘heat ups’ this day as our timetable will be rather flexible.
School Mass – Trinity Sunday 26thMay
Our school mass this term is on Sunday 26th May. We expect all children to attend.
Fonterra Milk Scheme
I will be visited next week by Fonterra representatives in anticipation of our joining the “Milk in Schools Scheme”. I will be able to confirm start dates after that meeting.
Sports Team Procedures
If you have any questions regarding sports, please contact the school. As soon as we have the draw, we will advertise them on the noticeboard in the junior corridor.
Library Bags
These are available at the office for $2 each. All children are required to have a library bag to help keep the books clean and tidy.
Reading Programme
Thank you to those parents who were able to attend the meeting last night.
Also as the next stage in our LCN (Learning Change Network) contract, a small group of children will go to Waverley Park School to share their writing journeys with other children.
A part of our programme that we have always done but haven’t considered it too special, is using children as buddy readers and writers. When we shared these as part of  our LCN meeting, there was a lot of interest from the other schools who thought it innovative to do on such a large scale. So often we find it is hugely beneficial for both the reader and the listener in that the reader now has a real audience for their stories and the listener develops critical questioning skills they can use with their own work.
Sports Results
Our Year 1/2 Cricket Team had their 1stgame against Woodlands yesterday and won 6 – 1.   Well Done!  Player of the Day went to Robbie Humm.
Altar Servers
Saturday 18th May        7.00 pm            Sam & Nathan Russell
Sunday 19th May           10.30 am          Georgea Newell & Jacob Sullivan
Children’s Liturgy                                Megan Roulston
Rippa Rugby Championships
Rugby Southland is holding a one day Rippa Rugby Tournament Sunday 30th June starting at 11am. Teams are made up of Year 1 – 6 players and must consist of 5 boys and 5 girls. If your child is interesting in playing in this tournament, please contact Christine.
The children had a visit this afternoon from some of the Verdon pupils performing in their production “Oklahoma”. This sneak preview was enjoyed by many. Tickets are available from Verdon College $20 adults, $10 children or a family pass for $50. The production runs from 22 – 26 May.
Netball South ~ My Little Team & Me
If you are a beginner coach of fun/futre ferns and would like to learn more about the fundamental skills of netball, plus some simple tactical ideas, come along to Stadium Southland, Wednesday 5th June 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Cost is only $5 per person. Register now to Tracy 2171303 Ext 3.
Child Care
QHC offer quality home based childcare for 0 ­ 5 years olds at $4.90 per
hour.  We offer 20 hours free ECE for 3 and 4 year olds, up to a maximum
of 6 hours per day, 20 hours per week with no extra costs.  WINZ and
childcare subsidy rates are also available.  Educators are friendly, caring and have a genuine interest in children¹s learning and development, they are first aid and home based care trained and have undergone full police and CYFs checks.  Visit our website: contact Helen Hart 03 235 8839 / 021 246 6113 for further information.
Nigel Latta “The First Decade” Tues 18thJune 7.30pm $25
Tickets for this show at the Civic Theatre, hosted by the Southland Multiple Birth Club are available at the ICC Booking Office.
Class Happenings – Room 9
Pig Hunting
Every year when it was my special day dad would drag me out of bed so we can go pig hunting.
When we get there we get out and went to see my Dad’s friend because he and his son were coming with us. So we graded our guns and went up the hill.
We see a couple of pigs in the gully and sneak up to them. Cam friend’s son gets out his gun and BOOM that one is down. Now we have to get the other one. Dad gets his gun out and shoots it.
Now it is my turn to have a go and my job is getting the pigs in the gorse. I get the first pig but I cannot find the other one. We  go get Cam so he can help me. Finally we find it. We carry them back to Dad and he puts it under a tree so we can get it tomorrow when we come out of the bush.     Tom
The Bush Walk
“Where are we going?” I asked. “It’s a surprise” said Dad. We soon got there. And guess where we were. We were at a bush walk.
There was green grass, birds chirping and fresh air everywhere. “Wow look” said Jake “Tree vines” “Cool” I reply.
So Jake and I swung from vine to vine to vine. You’ve just got to swing then let go, then grab hold of another one. We kept on going until kalomph!
I smacked right into a tree.
It was a crack-up. The tree must have thought I was George of the Jungle. Please don’t do what I did it wasn’t pretty.      Logan
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9 May

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Dear Parents
A warm welcome back to Term 3 at Sacred Heart School. Thanks very much for ensuring all your children are in their winter uniforms – they have certainly needed them this week.
FAITH FACTS – Year of Faith Inserts for the Weekly Newsletter
Faith Facts for our school newsletters during Term 2 are quotes from Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, aka Pope Francis, on the theme of Porta Fidei, the Door of Faith.  He says, “Whereas a closed door harms us, paralyses us, separates us, the image of an open door has always been the symbol of light, friendship, joy, freedom, confidence. How we need to recover these things! … What does crossing the threshold of faith challenge us to do?”
Week 1  ~  In the words of Pope Francis…
Crossing the threshold of faith challenges us to discover that although it seems today that death reigns in its various forms and that history is ruled by the law of the most powerful or the most cunning, and although hatred and ambition operate as driving forces of so many human struggles, nevertheless we are absolutely and decisively convinced that this sad reality can change and must change, because “if God is for us, who can be against us?”
 (Rom 8:31, 37).

Term 2 signals the start of winter sports and we have teams taking part in hockey, netball and table tennis through the school. Also a lot of our children play rugby or soccer for clubs.
We also have three aerobic teams who are preparing for their festival and we will again take part in the Polyfest later in the year.
This term we will be starting practices for our school production.
Congratulations to Ella Van-Eeden who received the Sacrament of Baptism during the holidays.
Our prayers are with Jimmy Barris and his family this week.
Parent Meeting (Re: Senior School Reading)
On Wednesday 15th May there will be a meeting for parents to discuss and demonstrate the Reading Programme in the Senior Syndicate. This will be at 7pm.  All parents are welcome to attend this. If your child is in Year 3 this might be a good meeting to come to as it will help you understand the change in emphasis that occurs in the teaching of reading from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’. Could you please let Christine know if you are attending this meeting?
It is similar to the meeting we ran 3 years ago.
New Website
With the school facebook page being used more and more, the school website needs a drastic overhaul to keep up with the times. This will be completed this term and will have easier newsletters, calendars and contact links than at present.
School Mass – Trinity Sunday 26th May
Our school mass this term is on Sunday 26th May. We expect all children to attend.
The Sacramental programme will also be starting this term for the children. There will be more information available as soon as dates are confirmed.
Chess Club
Chess club is up and running again for terms 2 and 3.  It is held on Monday lunch times in the library.  You do not need to know how to play, we can teach you, but you must be in Rooms 6,7,8 or 9.
Boost Club begins again this term and will now run in Room 3 every second Friday, starting tomorrow.  Boost 1 children will be from 11.30 – 2.45 and Boost 2 children will join us from 1.15-2.45. If your child was in Boost last year, they are automatically included in the same class this year. Children who are new to Boost this year have already been contacted. Mrs Stupples
BOT Election
A reminder to  parents,  nominations close on 16 May at lunch time in the school office.
Garage Sale – This Saturday ~  11th May 8 am ~ Sacred Heart School Hall.
The Year 6 children and their families are holding a garage sale this Saturday, to raise funds for their school camp. ‘Plenty of bargains to be had’. Something for everyone. See you there!
PTA Meeting
The next meeting will be held in the staffroom this Monday @ 7.30 pm.
Library Bags
These are available again at the office for $2 each. All children are required to have a library bag. This helps keep the books clean and tidy.
Scholastic Bookclub ~ Offer 3 closes Wednesday 15th May. Credit card payments only require one slip with the total amount filled in, not a slip for each page. Also cheques are to be made out to Scholastic NZ. Thank you.
Lost Jersey ~ this jersey is still missing from Term 3 last year. The name on the tag is ‘Baynes’. Please check your child has the correct one.
Hockey Southland
Tim Page is running a coaching clinic through Southland Hockey for the next 4 Sundays from 10am. These sessions will go for 45 minutes. This is for Year 1 & 2’s only. If you would like your child to attend, please leave your name at the office.
Makarewa Country Club ~ Autumn Festival & Open Day ~ Sunday 12th May 10am – 12 pm
33 Boutique craft stalls, coffee cart, light meals at Wagon Wheels Bristro, face painting, live music with Liv McBride.
Think, Shrink and Grown ~ Wednesday 22 May 7pm ~ Workingmens Club
Learn three simple steps to getting your finances “sorted” at our FREE community seminars.
Call 0800582459 to register.
Verdon College presents ‘OKLAHOMA’ @ Centre Stage ~ 22 – 26 May
Adults $20 Children $10 Family Pass $50 – tickets available from Verdon College.
South Zone Junior Netball Academy 8 – 14 yrs Aurora College $95 per term
Anyone interested in this academy, can obtain a registration form from the office.
Altar Servers
Saturday 11th May                     7.00 pm                                       Charlotte Sherriff & Caleb Wolf
Sunday 12th May                       10.30 am                                                       Bridie Kinney & Bree Chilton
Children’s Liturgy                                                                           Jackie Taylor
Aimee Brookland’s tap dancing trio was picked to perform live on the breakfast show in the holidays, as a warm up for “NZ Got Talent”. They won the best act by a NZ poll which also featured 2 other performances. The girls went onto audition for NZ Got Talent later in the day. They find out around June 24th if they have made it through to the next stage or not.


Winter Girls                 


White long sleeved button to neck blouse
White skivvy    
Red Tie (optional)                       
Blue V neck jersey
Navy blue or white socks/Navy blue tights                                               
Tan, brown, navy or black shoes
Winter Boys                
Winter weight grey shorts
Long sleeved button to neck grey shirt                                                      
Red Tie (optional)
Blue V neck jersey                                                        
Grey knee high socks
Tan, brown, navy or black shoes
Thank you for the support you give the children in wearing the correct uniform.  
In this way we develop a pride in our appearance and in so doing a pride in our school.
Class Happenings – Room 8
We are continuing our writing journey and have produced many great pieces.  Lots of time is spent sharing our ideas with others so that we may strengthen these in our minds before we put pencil to paper.  The writing process allows us to draft our thoughts, followed by editing and proofreading what we have written.  This may take us many days.  Sometimes we get to publish our final piece when we are happy with it.  Below are some examples we wrote about a favourite toy.
My teddy bear is so big that he takes up a whole chair.  He is like a human and you can sit on him just like a chair.  My bear is from 1992 and he is wearing 1992 clothes with a watch in his pocket.  He has a striped hat like what old people wore in the olden days.  He has so much fur on him that he makes me sneeze.  My Nana and Grandad gave him to me when I was one.  He is so cool and I love him to bits.  His name is Poppa Joe.   Azriel
My best teddy bear’s name is Bronty and she is the same age as me.  She is worn out because I keep cuddling her.  My Aunty got her from America.  Her ears have nearly fallen off and she used to have white fur with a black bow.  Now she is brown.  She also had a little star and wore black shoes.  I sleep with her.   Hannah
My teddy bear’s name is Zeke and I got him from my Nana when I was born.  He is old because his fur is coming out.  He sits beside my pillow now.  He is soft and I like him.  He was my very first teddy bear ever.  I used to take him everywhere up town.  Zeke is at home sitting there keeping warm.  He likes it there.   Reilly
My first scooter was a red and silver Razor.  It had big red wheels that were bumpy because I kept doing skids.  My scooter had adjustable bars that could fold down to fit into small places. It had red grip tape and red foam grips.   I used to ride it to kindergarten and millions of other places that I can’t think of.  After a few years it got so worn out and there was no point in getting new wheels and grips.  Mum and Dad took it to the dump and I got a new scooter.  My new scooter is called an MGP.
It is designed for stunts so it is much stronger.   Jakobe
Ok, it’s time to tell you about my big teddy bear.  He was my favourite toy and I got him from my Mum and Dad when I was a baby.  He was as big as me!  He has lots of hair and a striped bowtie.  I used to keep him on my bed but now he’s in the wardrobe.  I put him in the wardrobe so Mum wouldn’t find him.  My sister always threw him everywhere.  The thing that I like about him is that he’s easy to hold and he is like a real baby bear.   Ethan
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18 April

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Ordinary Time
Ordinary Time is the days in the Church calendar
that are not included in the seasons of Advent, Christmas,
Lent or Easter. Ordinary time falls in two distinct periods:
The five to eight weeks between the Epiphany and Ash
Wednesday – the beginning of Lent, and the twenty three
to twenty seven weeks from Pentecost to the Feast of
Christ the King. During Ordinary Time the gospel stories
are about Jesus’ ordinary life. The liturgical colour for
Ordinary Time is green.
Dear Parents
Thank you to everybody for all their work this term.
All the parents who have helped with sports teams, with swimming, as parent helpers at school events and functions – It has been a very busy and productive term and I look forward to Term 2 starting on Monday 6thMay.
BOT Elections
By now all parents/caregivers should have received your nomination forms and information about the Board and Elections. We are looking for a couple of new members this year, so please consider this.
It is an opportunity to have more involvement in your child’s education at a governance level and is a very worthwhile and rewarding position. Without wanting to sound too PC, we do need another female member to provide some more balance to our Board. If you are interested and want to know more, please contact me.
LCN Meetings
A big thanks to the parents and children who were able to join us on Tuesday night. Your input was much appreciated. A special thanks to Mrs Buxton and Mrs Lieshout for all your preparatory work.
Fonterra Milk Programme
I have signed up for this programme sponsored by Fonterra. We will have milk for the children on Tuesday and Thursdays when it gets underway. We will send out permission slips next term after seeing Fonterra representatives.
Attention Room 9 Parents
We are having a garage sale to raise funds for camp on Sat 11th May in the Sacred Heart School Hall. If you have items lying around home that you would like to sell and want to be in on this, please email Nicki Brookland at: or phone 2140112.
Altar Servers
Saturday 20th April                    7.00 pm                                       Volunteers               
Sunday 21st April                       10.30 am                                                       Volunteers
Children’s Liturgy                                                                           Volunteer
Autism NZ
Interested parties are asked to check out the noticeboard in the junior corridor regarding information about courses, support groups, family day & volunteers needed for their annual street appeal
PTA Oyster Raffle Winners
1st prize (7 dozen oysters) R Wilks 021 972501 sold by Wilks family
2nd prize (4 dozen oysters) Terry Cahill 215 7640 sold by Cahill family
3rd prize (3 dozen oysters) Ron Davidson 236 1200 sold by Portia Brown family
4th prize (2 dozen oysters) Neil Wohlers 216 9466 sold by Holland family
5th prize (2 dozen oysters) Chris Parkes 216 7177 sold by Portia Brown family
6th prize (2 dozen oysters) Jane Gorton 211 0801 sold by McWilliam family
7th prize (2 dozen oysters) B Tagamoa sold by Tagamoa-Kaa family
8th prize (2 dozen oysters) Dave 217 6755 sold by Armstrong family
9th prize (2 dozen oysters) Dougal H 027 223 5243 sold by Henderson family
10th prize (2 dozen oysters) Vanessa 027 473 8778 sold by Ridd family
The Harding family 027 819 4037 sold the most tickets (5 cards) and will
receive 2 dozen oysters and a bottle of wine.
Room 2 sold the most tickets (pro rata) and will receive a special treat.
Thank you to all the children and parents for your support.
Out Of School Music Classes
We are now taking enrolments for the Term 2 Music Awareness class. This is a 6 week class for 5-6 year olds & gives them a great introduction to music. They learn rhythm, beat, high notes & low notes etc. Children use a variety of percussion instruments & have an opportunity to see & hear a variety of instruments. Classes are run from Southland Girls High on Saturday morning at 11.30. Cost is $30. We also run a music and movement class for children 6 months to 5 years.
For more info on these & other classes we run contact Deborah
216-5137 email or check out our website 
Netball South Junior Netball Academy:
Enrolments for Netball South’s very popular Junior Netball Academy are open. This is an 8 week Skill Development Programme for children aged 8-15 years old. The Academy runs in Term 2.
To register, please contact Tracy at Netball South or

My Little Team & Me – Wednesday 5th June @ Stadium Southland 6.30 – 8.30 pm $5 each
This book has been developed specifically for young or beginner coaches of Fun Ferns and Future Ferns. It contains activities to assist players in learning the fundamental skills of netball and some simple tactical ideas. If you are interested in attending this course please contact Tracy 2171303 or
Beginner ‘How to of Coaching’ – Course for Parent Coaches Wed – 17th April  7 – 8.45pm
Next week Sport Southland is delighted to have the services of Mark Borthwick, Coaching Director from Cricket Wellington to facilitate a Beginner ‘How to of Coaching’ course for Parent Coaches. This course is designed for parents (or other family members) who have been roped in to coaching or have limited coaching experience. It is generic in nature (rather than sport specific), and focuses on the ‘How’ rather than that ‘What’ to coach, but does utilise the occasional sport specific drill to demonstrate concepts, but the focus is on the concepts and not the drills.
Areas covered in the course:
• Session and Season Planning                                                 • Managing Parents
• How do kids learn best                                                               • How do I manage team behaviour
• How do I find coaching ideas                                                   • Having a Coaching Philosophy
• Dealing with winning, losing and cheating
At Southland Boys High School. Classroom next to Gym and gym will be used. Cost: No cost
Facilitator: Mark is the current Coaching Director from Cricket Wellington and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as a cricket coach (former coach of Wellington Blaze women’s team) and as a former Assistant HOD Physical Education at Wellington College and his passion for coaching and humour ensures you will learn and have the occasional laugh during the session.
Registration: To register, please email Please note that this course is limited to 30 places, so get your registration in as soon as possible. Please ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear for light activities, used to demonstrate concepts. Each participant will receive a coaching resource to take away at the end of the session.

Winter Girls                 


White long sleeved button to neck blouse
White skivvy    
Red Tie (optional)                       
Blue V neck jersey
Navy blue or white socks/Navy blue tights                                               
Tan, brown, navy or black shoes
Winter Boys                
Winter weight grey shorts
Long sleeved button to neck grey shirt                                                      
Red Tie (optional)
Blue V neck jersey                                                        
Grey knee high socks
Tan, brown, navy or black shoes
Thank you for the support you give the children in wearing the correct uniform.  
In this way we develop a pride in our appearance and in so doing a pride in our school.
Class Happenings – Room 7
Hide and Seek.
I am ready come and find me. Make sure I don’t flatten it. I am far from my house. It’s a good spot. Suddenly I hear a rustling noise. It wasn’t me. So I crawled away. My sister found me. The game was over. I ran to my house.  Seamus
I’m ready come and find me. The place smelt like sweaty socks and the dark places where full of clothes. I better stay quiet. The floor is hot and my hiding spot was full of clothes and they are wet. I can hear them whispering. I have to stay still. They are getting closer I had better stay in the cupboard and I need to keep my feet in.
The cupboard is wet and it has spider webs and it smells like sweaty feet now. After twenty minutes they found me, it was a great game.   Matthew F
Do you like waking up on a Monday morning?
Oh no it’s Monday morning! Oh man School?! I’m so tired it’s six o’clock in the morning. I want to go back to sleep. I feel like a lazy pig not wanting to get up. I get up, but I really don’t want to. Finally I stood up and then I realise if I don’t go to school I won’t learn. So I quickly get dressed, have breakfast, and do my jobs. I start slowly walking to the bus. The bus is always freezing so I put my jacket on.   Jasmine
House Colour Day
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