Posts made in November, 2013

14 November

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Dear Parents

Only one sleep to go till Pet Day. I know the children are looking forward to it. A big thanks to the PTA organising committee for all your hard work in preparation for tomorrow.

Yesterday I was fortunate to be able to watch one of our touch teams play. It was great to see the commitment and enjoyment the children show and the support given by their parents. A very close game!

FAITH FACT FOR WEEK 5

More from Lumen Fidei…

“Faith is truly good for everyone; it is a common good.  Its light does not simply brighten the interior of the Church, nor does it serve solely to build an eternal city in the hereafter; it helps us build our societies in such a way that they can journey towards a future of hope” (LF§45).  As we continue our faith journey back to God how are we working for the common good of all?  Spend time praying for the needs of others who are less fortunate than us.

Our prayers are with the Winders family with the recent death of Fr. Brian Winders.

Fr. Brian was a parish priest at Sacred Heart and will be remembered with much fondness by older parishioners.

First Communion Helpers

We require more helpers for the First Communion breakfast on Sunday 24thNovember.

This is the responsibilty of parents whose children had it done for them in 2011.

This is a traditional expectation. Please contact Christine with any forthcoming volunteers.

Altar Servers

Saturday 16th November         7.00 pm                     Caleb Wolf

Sunday 17th November           10.30 am                                     Emma Harrington & Piper Adams

Children’s Liturgy                                                         Pauline Harrington

Newsletter Cover

Please note our new newsletter cover with our new sponsors. We thank them for their sponsorship and ask you to please support their businesses.

School Photos   

Order must be in by Wednesday 20th November please.

Garden Club 

These must be in to the office tomorrow please.

Outstanding Accounts

Please have all accounts paid up by the end of November.

Book Amnesty

We have a lot of books not being returned to school. Can I ask all parents to check at home for books belonging to us and return them asap, no questions asked.  Many thanks.

Sunhats

We apologise to the pupils waiting on sunhats. These did arrive last week but unfortunately they  had an Auckland Sacred Heart School crest printed on them, so they have been sent back.

We suggest you wear a hat from home until the new supplies arrive. Thank you.

Sacred Heart School PTA Pet Day  ~   Friday 15th November 2013

Program for the Day

Before School:      Order Sausages in hall – $2 each

                                Deliver baking for judging to Room 3

11.00 – 12.00:         Activities and games start

Soldiers from the Invercargill Army Centre will be helping with activities/games

12.00 – 12.30:          Lunch

Westpac BBQ and staff will be on site for a sausage sizzle – $2 per sausage.

12.30 – 1.00:           Pets to be brought to school

Parents, grandparents or caregivers to deliver pets to school and we encourage you to stay and enjoy the afternoon with the students and their pets.

1.00 – 2.00:              Judging and prizes

2.00:(approx.)        Pet Day Grand Parade

Dress code:          House colours (and funky hair if you want).

                                   

Reminders:             Adults to accompany un-caged pets.                     

Bring water dish for your pets, it’s meant to be a warm day.

                                Please bring your pet in a cage/enclosure, or on a lead.

There will be a bin supplied for pet poo –

·         please bring your own poo clean up bags which can then be placed in the supplied bin,  we need you to clean up after your own pet.

General:              Please feel free to come and share in a cup of tea/coffee, which will be

            available for visitors in the staff room area.

            Parking behind the school, in the Northwood Estate area, may be a better

            option for some as the church car park is likely to fill quickly.

The forecast is for fine weather so we can look forward to a fun day for the children and their pets.

St Theresa’s PTA Fundraiser – 300 Page Recipe Book $20

Contact Christine if you would like to purchase one of these lovely books.

St Anthony’s School, Seatoun, Wellington celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.

e If you would like more information or wish to attend the event, please email Sarah MacIntosh – sarah@stants.school.nz If you would like to be put on our Alumni database, please email Julie O’Brien –  julie.claudia@xtra.co.nz, for an information form.

Family Works  ~  Cool Families – Incredible Years (3 – 8 yrs)

Do you want practical step-bystep strategies to help with everyday family siturations and manage challenging behavior. If so Family Works is running another programm which starts 18 February – 3 June 2014. Interested parents can contact Margaret 2118240.

SBS Mara-Fun-Run – This Sunday 17 Nov – 5 – 12 yrs

$5 per entry and every participant gets a certificate, medal and the chance to win a credit at the SBS worth $50. Also win a $500 Hart Sport Voucher for your school.

Sign up today @ www.southlandfestivalofrunning.co.nz

Noel Leeming Friends & Family Offer – 18 – 24th November – Cost + 7.5%

Parents wanting to take advantage of this great offer can obtain a flyer from the office.

Class Happenings Room 9

Snippets From Room 9’s Stewart Island Experience

The Ferry  ~  It was a nice calm day. The waves were small and calm. It was not cloudy. It was a sunny day. There was a buzz of excitement all around the boat and in the boat. But some people were nervous like me.  Caitlin

“Vrnn” went the boat as we left Bluff on our way to Stewart Island. Yeah! The kids were screaming and shouting as they were having a good time. You could smell the salty odour that came from the sea and you could feel the cold cool air, as the boat drove past the islands. All you could hope for now was to spot a Hectors dolphin.  Jake

“I got a bite!” I shouted “I think it’s a Blue Cod. I reel the fish in. Finally the big strong fish is on the boat. The fish was a Trumpeter.  The fish was yellow and grey colours. It had huge eyes. Morgan, the one who fillets the fish, cut my fish and blood came pouring out of its body.  Cory

Have you ever been fishing? Well I have its really fun. When we were going fishing we had to keep moving because we weren’t catching anything. Then finally we were catching some fish. I was waiting and waiting and waiting I finally caught a fish. Once I reeled it in we took photos. Click, click, click, click, click, click, smile, smile, smile. Bridie

Have you ever been fishing on a boat well that’s what we did on camp at Stewart Island.?  If you want to hear the story don’t jump over board. This is what we used to catch the fish: rod, reel, bait, line, sinker, hook and a boat. We were waiting on the wharf and then a fishing boat came round the corner and backed into the wharf. We got on and zoomed to the fishing spot.  We got our rods ready and dropped the line until it hit the bottom. Then BITE I’ve got a fish I pulled it up and it was a small one. I kissed it then let it go back into the ocean.  Tom

To be honest I didn’t have high hopes of catching a fish I don’t think anyone else did either but just about everyone caught a fish.

But I’m going to tell you about my fish and how I reeled it in. So like I said I didn’t have high hopes of catching a fish But I tried to keep positive.

After a while I started to get very impatient. Then the unthinkable happened I got bites on the bait. So I reeled in so fast it felt like my arm would fall off but it didn’t.

That’s when my adventure started I was still reeling it in. It felt like ages but it was kind of fast at the same time somehow.

 But after that adrenaline pumping journey it was all worth it because I caught what I was looking for the beautiful, ugly looking Blue Cod!  William

How far down you have to go to hook up with a Blue Cod?

You have to go to the bottom because Blue Cod eat stuff off the bottom of the sea.

How do you hook up with a Blue Cod? When you start to get bites flick your rod up in the air. If you get the feeling on your rod that something is  trying to escape from the rod then start to reel it in.  Justin

  

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7 November

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Dear Parents

I have been asked by the Ministry of Education to spend today and tomorrow at Salford School to assist the acting principal in preparation for the commissioner’s appointment.

I can be contacted via email or cell phone if there are any urgent matters and will be checking in with Christine and Rose.

A big thank you to the children and parents who made the Year 6 Stewart Island Camp such a success. The weather was fine (most of the time) and the programme full and exciting – thank you Mrs Lieshout. The science focus and unique opportunities that Stewart Island offer along with feedback from parents and children, mean that we will look to return to Stewart Island on a yearly basis if possible.

Good luck to our Year 6 pupils as they head to their high school open day tomorrow.

PTA ~ Pet Day – Friday 15th November 2013

The final Pet Day Meeting ~ Monday 11th Nov, 7.30 pm in the staffoom

A friendly reminder for all interested parents.

Tomorrow is the last day to get your Pet detail forms in and also the last day to order your

Spud in the Bucket.

Cake Competition

The children are invited to bake and decorate their best cup cake, muffin or cake, and bring to school for judging on Pet Day. This can be on an individual basis which is more likely to be a cup cake or muffin, or by a whole family in which case you may like to enter a cake baked and decorated by all the children. Please bring to Room 3 before school on the morning of Pet Day (next Friday 15th November), on either a piece of cardboard or plastic/paper plate with the child or children’s name(s) and classroom number(s). The cup cakes, muffins and cakes will be judged in the morning, and then shared by the children at morning tea time. Awards will be given out at the end of the day with the prize giving.

First Communion Helpers

Thank you to the two parents who have offered to help with the First Communion breakfast on Sunday 24th November. However this is not enough and we are asking for more parents to put their name forward. As explained in newsletter number 33, parents of children who were in the last group (2011) to receive their First Holy Communion are expected to help with this day.

This is a traditional expectation. Please contact Christine with any forthcoming names.

Mercy Charism Meeting

A big thank you to Miss Swney, Mrs Winders and Mrs Stupples for your presentation about how we honour our Mercy traditions at a meeting in Gore last night. It was very interesting to hear from the Mercy sisters regards their lives of service and we will look to making better use of that knowledge at school in the future.

Sand Pit

Thank you Mr Parker for our new bigger and better sand pit. The children are already playing in it even though the sand hasn’t arrived yet.

Tour of Southland

The school will be out supporting the tour riders tomorrow morning. Please ensure your child has a jersey and/or jacket and their sunhat at school tomorrow.

FAITH FACT FOR WEEK 4

Let’s go back to the encyclical, Lumen Fidei – the Light of Faith that was introduced in the newsletter at the beginning of this term.  A whole section is dedicated to the creed. The encyclical says ‘…the believer who professes his or her faith is taken up as it were, into the truth being professed.  He or she cannot truthfully recite the words of the creed without being changed, without becoming… part of a great fellowship…the Church” (LF§45).  As a family talk about and pray the creed, either the Nicene or Apostle’s Creed each night. A copy of the Apostle’s Creed is in this newsletter.

Altar Servers

Saturday 9th November           7.00 pm                     Cameron Roulston

Sunday 10th November           10.30 am                                     Mathew & Emma Brooks

Children’s Liturgy                                                         Nicki Brookland

Outstanding Accounts

We would like all monies settled at your earliest convenience please.

We have several activity fees, sports and camp outstanding and are not in a position to cover these extras.

Achievements

Congratulations to all those Sacred Heart ex-pupils who featured in the Verdon College prizegiving last night. We are thrilled to hear that James Humm will be head boy and Sophie McLean deputy head girl, in 2014.

Congratulations to Hannah Grindlay, Tayla Kilsby, Taylor Le-Breton (past pupils) and Mrs Lieshout’s daughter Christine, who have all been awarded ILT Scholarships.

Congratulations to both Jacob Downing and Josh Cooper who have made the Southland Yr 5/6 Cricket Team this season, with Jacob also making the Invercargill Metro Yr 7/8 team.  This Invercargill Metro team will play in the annual South Island Primary School Cricket Tournament in the first week of January 2014 – which will be held in Gore.

Congratulations to Brooklyn McLeod and Breyah Takitimu who both got 100% in their NZAMD Contempory Dance Exams last week.

Touch Southland Under 10 & 12 Trials – Wed 4th December @ Turnball Thompson Park

If your child is interested in attending their trials, please see Christine for more info.

Wanted to Buy: Cheap Beer Fridge – enquiries to the office please.

“SPUD IN A BUCKET”

We would like to purchase _____ buckets @ $6 each

I have enclosed $_____

Family Name:  __________________________

GARDEN CLUB

Yes please send me ____ kits @ $2 each

I have enclosed $ _____

Name/s of children: _________________________________________________

Class Happenings Room 8

This term we have been concentrating on opening sentences and ensuring that we maintain keep the readers attention all the way through our pieces of writing.   Below is a selection of writing from this term that we have recently completed.

On the night before school started, I lay awake, trying to get to sleep.  I woke up frightened because my alarm clock suddenly went off.  Annoyed that it was school, I just wanted six weeks off school because the holidays went really quickly.  Strolling along the corridor to the kitchen.  An interesting combination of breakfast cereal, yoghurt and cereal was waiting, though not my favourite combination of cereal.  Back along the corridor, I jump into my clothes and straight out the door.  Wait a minute I thought.  Forgetting something? On no, I forgot to brush my teeth.  Rushing to the bathroom, I quickly brushed my teeth before racing out the door to the bus.  Finally I’m at school.  

Amy

 On a Monday morning in October, when the wind was soft and the sun glared in my window, a certain animal with hair of black and brown came near a bed, ready to wake his owner from his slumber. As Marley meowed his head off at me, I thought that maybe he would go away.  A minute later he was still there meowing.  Making me mad, I moved away from the warmth of my blankets.  I trudged to the kitchen to have breakfast.  After a bowl of weetbix, it was time to get dressed, pack lunch and get to school for Term 4.  As the car moved closer to school, my stomach turned like there was a group of flapping butterflies in a tropical forest on an island in the middle of the ocean.  When the car arrived in the car park, my mum said to have a good first day back at school.   

Matthew

Oh no, we have to go to school.  We all know what that feels like!  On Sunday night when I had to go to bed, I felt awful.  I lay awake thinking, I have to go to sleep, I have to go to sleep.  It took so long.  In the morning, my mum came in and said,

“School time!”

After she shouted that, I was definitely awake.  I moaned lazily,

“Do I have to?”

Mum sighed, “Yes.”

“I want just one more day off.  Pleeeese.”

“No, you have just had a holiday.”

“But they go so quickly!  It’s unfair!”

As Mum slipped out of my room and into the kitchen……..thump……. I fell out of bed.  Creak went the door as it opened.  Grabbing my dress and putting it on, the sound of my feet went thump, thump, thump down the hallway. In the kitchen, Mum served me porridge and water.  As I finished, in came Charlie and William,

“What’s for breakfast?”  

Lucy

“Emma, wake up!” Mum said, “School’s today.”

“Orggg!” I groaned loudly.

Hopping out of bed, I headed towards the kitchen, trying to think of a cunning plan to trick Mum.  Nope, I couldn’t think of anything.  Could I pretend to be sick?  Who would fall for that trick?  Well, I’m guessing that I’ll just have to go to school.  Grabbing my toast and starting to eat, my brother came into the room.  I wondered why he didn’t have to wake up early too?  After finishing my piece of toast and drinking my milo, I hurried to my room to get dressed for school.  Rubbing sleep from my eyes, I walked into the lounge to pack my bag.  Grabbing my lunchbox, home folder and reading books, I put them all into my black bag.  Yawning loudly, I zipped up my bag.

“Mum, I’m going to brush my hair. “

No reply, she was probably busy getting ready for work.  Walking down the hallway to my bedroom to grab my hairbrush, I finally found it lying on my bedside cabinet.  I started brushing my knotty hair until smooth.            

Emma L

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31 October

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Dear Parents

FAITH FACT FOR WEEK 3  

  

All Saints and All Souls

This week we celebrate two significant days in the Church’s Liturgical Year. The Feast of All Saints is celebrated on 1stNovember to honour all the saints known and unknown.  This is followed on the 2ndNovember by the Feast of All Souls.  On this special day in the Liturgical Year we pray for those who have died, that they ‘may rest in peace’.  Perhaps you might like to visit your Parish church with your family members, light a candle and spend some time in prayer.   Or take time out at home and have a special prayer time to remember those in your family who have died.

All Saints Mass ~ Tomorrow (1st Nov) 9.30 am in the Church

Parents / Caregivers are welcome to join us.

First Communion Helpers

Parents of children who were in the last group (2011) to receive their First Holy Communion are asked to help to prepare and present the Communion breakfast in the hall on Sunday 24 November.  Please fill in the reply form at the end of the newsletter. Thank you

Enrolments – We are starting to look at classes for 2014 and we are organising pre-school visits.     If you know of any prospective enrolments can your please contact myself or Mrs Forbes.

PTA “Spud in a Bucket”

Be in to win the competition for the most spuds, biggest spud and the ugliest spud! Fill out the slip at the end of this newsletter to indicate your intention.

  • Buy your spud and bucket from the school on Pet Day for $6

  • Follow the instructions and grow a spud in a bucket

  • Return the bucket (intact) to school Jan 2014 for judging

Gardening Club – We are offering the children the opportunity to be part of a fun education project, the “Green Fingers Gardening Club” with the South Coast Environment Society. If your child is interested, please fill out the slip and return to school by Wednesday 6thNovember.

Sunhats ~ A reminder sunhats are compulsory this term.

Achievements

Congratulations to Greta Jones who passed her latest karate grading and is now a red belt.

Altar Servers

Saturday 2nd November          7.00 pm     Piper Adams

Sunday 3rd November             10.30 am                     Caitlin Smith & Bridie Kinney

Children’s Liturgy                                         Jackie Taylor

KidsCan Fundraising – My Happy Place $29.99

“My Happy Place” is a book featuring happy thoughts and memories contributed by 54 prominent New Zealanders, from actor Sam Neill to musician Ladi6, NZ’s oldest person, Maudie Wilson to shepherdess, Mandy Thow. Please place any orders with Christine in the office by Friday 22nd November, with delivery date being Friday 6 December.

Child Restraint Law Change ~ 1st November 2013

Baby on the Move supports this change and will donate $10 back to our school on every purchase of the new “Big Kidz” Booster Seat.

Was $139 now only $99.

Class Happenings Room 7

We have been learning about Ecosystems and why they are important.

We decided to make a mural of an ecosystem in the forest and in the ocean.

Here are some pictures of what we have drawn to add to the mural so far.           

An ecosystem is a system that consists of both living and non-living things that all depend on each other to survive.

An organism is any living thing. If you have more than one organism then it is called a population, and then all of those populations make up a community.

When you add non-living things to the community it then becomes an Ecosystem.

FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS

I will be available to help prepare and present the Communion breakfast in the hall on Sunday 24 November. 

Signed _____________________________

 “SPUD IN A BUCKET”

We would like to purchase _____ buckets @ $6 each

I have enclosed $_____

Family Name:  __________________________

GARDEN CLUB

Yes please send me ____ kits @ $2 each

I have enclosed $ _____

Name/s of children: _________________________________________________

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24 October

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Dear Parents

At this week’s Board meeting Mrs Lieshout presented a comprehensive review of our Science delivery plan. One of the areas of the curriculum that was left behind with National Standards was Science, in particular emphasis on the process skills children need to carry out any investigation or project. I know that the Ministry realise this and would hope that they add science to the ‘important’ subject and re-commit funding to enable schools to keep up with best practices. We are fortunate at Sacred Heart to have always focussed on Science and make sure we have specific Science lessons foci. From the review we will be looking at how we can effectively assess progress over time and probably giving the senior children more access to the Science Fair.

A reminder all children are to wear a sunhat while outside.

FIRST COMMUNION ~ SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER  2PM

The children who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation will now begin preparation for First Holy Communion. The first session will be on Monday November 4 at 2 pm in Room 5. Please bring your workbooks. (A notice and email has been sent home with further details earlier this week.)

There will also be a parent/child meeting on Tuesday October 29 at 3pm in Room 3.

Helpers ~  Parents of children who were in the last group (2011) to receive their First Holy Communion are asked to help to prepare and present the Communion breakfast in the hall on Sunday 24 November.  Please fill in the reply form at the end of the newsletter.  Thank you.

All Saints Mass – Next Friday the school will attend Mass in the church at 9.30 am to celebrate All Saints Day. Parents and caregivers are most welcome to join us.

Year 6 Camp – Stewart Island

From next Wednesday the Year 6 class will be at Stewart Island for their school camp. We are looking forward to a very busy enjoyable couple of days.

Enrolments – We are starting to look at classes for 2014 and we are organising pre-school visits.     If you know of any prospective enrolments can your please contact myself or Mrs Forbes.

Gardening Club – We are offering the children the opportunity to be part of a fun education project, the “Green Fingers Gardening Club” with the South Coast Environment Society.

We aim to encourage children to grow their own vegetables at home with their own square metre size garden and encourage healthy lifestyle options.

If you would like your child to be involved in this project, please return the slip at the end of this newsletter along with $2 for their kit which will include:                          

  • 4 packets of vegetable seeds

  • A5 journal for students to write about their garden

  • Simple instruction shee for beginner gardeners

After 6 weeks of growing, students return their journal to the ECC and each child will receive a certificate and comments.

If there is a willing parent or grandparent who is a keen gardener and would like to pass on their skills to this group, please contact the office. Your assistance would be much appreciated.

Flipperball ~ there will be no Flipperball tomorrow due to the long weekend.

Scholastic Bookclub – Issue 7 closes Friday 1st November.

Badminton  Children playing Badminton, the fee of $25 is now due. Thank you

Annual Inter School Relay Carnival – Sunday 3rdNovember @ 3.30 pm

We only have 2 names for this carnival. If your child is interested in taking part, please see me first thing in the morning as entries close tomorrow.

PTA “Spud in a Bucket”

Be in to win the competition for the most spuds, biggest spud and the ugliest spud! Fill out the slip

at the end of this newsletter to indicate your intention.

  • Buy your spud and bucket from the school on Pet Day for $6 each

  • Follow the instructions and grow a spud in a bucket

  • Return the bucket (intact) to school Jan 2014 for judging

FAITH FACT FOR WEEK 2

The central idea of the Encyclical Lumen Fidei lies in a word that is used 36 times in the English translation: ‘journey’. Connected with this are other words like, ‘path’, ‘way’, ‘road’, ‘pilgrimage’, ‘destination’ and ‘goal’.  Faith…takes the form of a journey, a path to be followed, which begins with an encounter with the living God” (LF§46). This one sentence encapsulates the central idea of the document as a whole. We learn that the journeyof the Christian life (the life of faith) begins with a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, in whom ‘the living God’ is most fully revealed. Pope Francis reminds us that “those who believe are never alone”.

Try to spend time each day this week in prayer with your family.

Altar Servers

Saturday 26 October               7.00 pm                     Sam & Nathan Russell            

Sunday 27 October                                    10.30 am                                     Georgia Newell & Caleb Wolf

Children’s Liturgy                                                         Maria O’Donnell

Basketball Results

Sharks lost to St. Theresa’s Jets 4 – 21

Breakers lost to Ascot Breakers 2 – 22

Flyers won against Donovan Dazzlers 6 – 2

Slamdunkers lost to Waihopai Breakers 10 – 30

Canteen Fridays – Kelly who provides our pupils with canteen on Fridays is looking for two Yr 5/6 children to help her in the kitchen from 8.20 – 8.50 am for 2014. The children need parental permission and will get a free lunch to the value of $6 each week. Enquiries to Kelly 2159713.

Southland Cricket  Festival Days

If your child is in Year 5/6 and wants to take part in a schools 8 – aside cricket tournament next month, please let me know. Boys = 20th Nov / Girls 21st Nov.

Hockey Coaching Clinics With Junior Blacksticks (5 – 18 Yrs)

Nick Elder and Jeremy Morris are hosting a training session 8, 9, 10 of November for approx. 2 hours @ $30 each. You can register your child by sending their name and age to: hockeyfundraiser2013@hotmail.co.nzby tomorrow.

Swimming Bag and Towel Promotion ~ These are lovely and would be a great Xmas Gift

(samples are on display in the office).  The children were given a pamphlet last week in regards to these lovely towel and bag sets. Orders will be collected tomorrow and delivery date is 15thNov.

KidsCan Fundraising – My Happy Place $29.99

“My Happy Place” is a book featuring happy thoughts and memories contributed by 54 prominent New Zealanders, from actor Sam Neill to musician Ladi6, NZ’s oldest person, Maudie Wilson to shepherdess, Mandy Thow. Please place any orders with Christine in the office by Friday 22nd November, with delivery date being Friday 6 December.

Class Happenings Room 6 ~ Science Rotation

Last week on Tuesday it was Science Day!!!!  Mercy went to Room 6 first.  We learnt about forces.  We had a sheet and magnets to solve the sheet.  After we finished all the sheets we could have free choice.  I wanted to go on the computers.  After lunch we went to Room 1.  We watched Mrs T-K make a tea bag fly.  Then we made sherbet.  My flavor was strawberry.   It was yummy ad spicy.

HOLLY

Yesterday was science day at school!  I went to Rooms 1,5 & 6. For Rooms 5, 7 and 6 we joined together.  Anyway in Rooms 5 & 6 we talked about force, friction, gravity and stuff.  In Room 5 we got sorted into our groups.  I was with boys, Jacob, Zane and Braedyn.  So back to what I was saying.   In Room 5 we had LEGO, marbles, ping pong shooters, a sheet and friction.  There was a block that we pulled.  There were magnets in Room 6.  For LEGO we had to make a racetrack for marbles.  We built things out of blocks.  In one room I make exploding bags – sherbet and stuff.   The sherbet exploded in our mouth.  It was so tasty.  I loved it, absolutely loved it!  Anyway today there’s another science rotation.  In the morning I’m going to Room Two and in the afternoon I go to Room Nine.  I just know I’m going to love it.  We did a sheet about the stuff.  MEGAN

It was science day!!!  I went to Room 1.  We did exploding bags, five rockets and sherbet.  We went to Room 6.  In my class we did friction.  I loved it.  In Room 5 we did ping pong shooters.   

BELLA-ROSE

On Tuesday we did science.  First we went to Room 5 & 6.  It was force and friction.  There was ping-pong shooter in Room 5.  The Ping-Pong, balls shot up in to the air.  After that we went to Room 1.  We saw tea bags on fire.  Bags exploding.  It was awesome.  We made sherbet.  It was very sweet.  GRETA

On the 17th of September 2013 it was science day!  After reading and lunch then Mrs Buxton put us in our house groups.  Donovan was M1. M means morning and 1 means Room 1.  Then we lined up in the foyer with our house groups.  Then we finally went to Room 1 with Mrs T-K and Mrs Williams.  That was the best classroom ever because Mrs T-K’s experiment was a fire rocket.  She got the idea from Youtube.  She did it right!  She put the tea out and then Mrs T-K lit the teabag.  When it went to halfway, it flew to the roof, then it went back to the ground because at the roof it’s cold and on the ground it’s warm.  Then we did exploding bags.  First you put in ½ a cup of vinegar then put it in the sandwich bag.  Then get two spoons of baking soda and put it in a tissue.  Fold it up quickly, put it in the bag and then seal it quickly, then the bag will go BANG!  The tissue nearly landed on my head.  This was my favourite part. 

In Room 1 we made sherbet.  Then it was morning tea.  After morning tea, Donovan went to Room 5 and 6.  We were learning about force and friction.  Force means pull and friction means push.  We were also talking about gravity. It means that it keeps us on the ground.  Then I went to Room 5.  In Room 5 there were Ping-Pong shooters.  That was my favourite part in Room 5.  ANIKA

On the 17th of September the whole school went to the foyer.  We went into our house teams.  I’m in Harrington House.  I went to Room 2 and in Room 2 we made instant pudding.  I also learnt about gas, liquids solids and plasma.  MAIYA

On Tuesday 17th of September, 2013 we did Science in Room 9!  We did cool stuff like exploding coke.  The big kids had a bigger sheet because we are big enough.  We had to think about how does the coke explode – like a truck exploding.  A truck of donuts, yum donuts – my favourite!  Any way we might have to go back to science.  It did not go high because we did not have the one where there was way more sugar.  Yum!  JOSHUA

On Tuesday, 17th of September, 2013 we had science day. First Harrington went to Room Two and learnt about liquids, solids and gas.  It was very exciting.  We did pudding as well.  I got to stir the mixture because Mrs Stupples said I could.  Then we put it in the corridors so it could freeze. 

Then it was morning tea.  We went out to play. When the bell rang we went to Room Nine.  We exploded coke.  It was exciting because it goes very high.  We did dancing raisons.  KEARA

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FIRST COMMUNION HELPERS

I will be available to help prepare and present the Communion breakfast in the hall on Sunday 24 November. 

Signed _____________________

 “SPUD IN A BUCKET”

We would like to purchase _____ buckets @ $6 each

I have enclosed $_____

Family Name:  __________________________

Garden Club

Yes please send me ____ kits @ $2 each

I have enclosed $ _____

Name/s of children: __________________________________________

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17 October

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Newsletters | Comments Off on 17 October

Dear Parents

Welcome back to Term 4. We are looking forward to a very busy final term.

It is good to see all the children back ready to go.

Some of the upcoming events this term are:

BOT Meetings                                              21/10, 18/11, 9/12

School Photos                                             23/10

Run, Jump, Throw                                      23/10 commencing

Year 6 Camp (Stewart Island)                 30/10 – 1/11

Year 6 High School Day                           8/11

Pet Day                                                          15/11

First Communion Mass                              24/11

Jump Rope                                                   6/12

Year 6 Day                                                   10/12

End of Year Mass                                        12/12

Last Day of School                                     13/12 @ 12 pm

1stDay 2014                                                 28/1

(to be confirmed after BOT meeting on Monday) 

                                                     

There will also be other dates regarding the Sacramental Programme, sporting events and individual class events that will be finalised and published as they come available.

School Photos

These will be taken next Wednesday 23rd October. Please send back the slip at the end of this newsletter before Wednesday if you require family photos (including pre-schoolers). Parents bringing pre-schoolers are to be at school between 8.30 – 9.00 am for their family photos.

The children must be in their correct school uniform including their jerseys but will need to bring their sports uniform with them, as we start our ‘Run, Jump & Throw’ programme on this day. Thank you.

School Sign

We have a  new school sign to go up outside our school which needs to be welded to metal poles then erected. If you can help in any way, or know someone who has this equipment, please contact Mrs Stupples.  Thank you.

Annual Inter School Relay Carnival – Sunday 3rdNovember @ 3.30 pm

Children interested in taking part in this carnival, please see me asap as entries close next Friday.

Family thanks

The Jordan family would like to extend their thanks for all the kind wishes given recently during their difficult time while Case was in Starship hospital. Also for the delicious meals given.

This was much appreciated.

Southland Cricket  Festival Days

If your child is in Year 5/6 and wants to take part in a schools 8 – aside cricket tournament next month, please let me know.

Boys                           20thNovember                           10 am – 2 pm

Girls                            21stNovember                           10 am – 2 pm

Achievements

Aimee Brookland competed in the SCS tap dancing comps in the holidays and

got some 1st, 2nd & 3rd’s. She was placed 2nd in the Junior championship

section and was selected to dance in the scholarship section (11 – 16 yrs)

where she came a very respectable 3rd.

Also the Belesky Babes and the Takitimu Tornado ran in the 5k Series at the Waihopai riverbank last Thursday night and set some competitive times to beat this week. The series is open to walkers and runners for the next 5 weeks on Thursday nights from 5.30pm.

Faith Insights/Facts in the Weekly Newsletter

Faith Insights/Facts for your school newsletter continue.  As we draw near to the closing of the Year of Faith called by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI I thought it fitting to draw on ideas conveyed in the first encyclical  prepared by Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) to provide spiritual nourishment and ‘food for thought’ for those in your school community. Some weeks include insights, others relate to the liturgical year.

Faith Facts for Week 1

Some of the faith facts/insights you will find in the newsletter this term will be excerpts from the Encyclical Lumen Fidei.  An encyclical is a letter; a teaching document which approaches a subject from as many different angles as the Pope deems necessary and relevant to the Church’s contemporary needs.  Lumen Fidei was written by ‘four hands’.  It was started by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and as Pope Francis tells us he “as [Benedict’s] brother in Christ [has] taken up his fine work and added a few contributions of my own” (LF§7).  The title comes from the opening words of the Encyclical in Latin. Lumen Fidei translates to Light of Faith.  So each week look to the excerpts from this beautiful document and ponder the challenges that are posed!

Altar Servers

Saturday 19 October               7.00 pm   Patrice & Aimee Brookland    

Sunday 20 October                  10.30 am                   Charlotte Sherriff & Jacob Sullivan

Children’s Liturgy                                       Trish Sherriff

Canteen – Fridays

Kelly who provides our pupils with canteen on Fridays is looking for two Yr 5/6 children to help her in the kitchen from 8.20 – 8.50 am for 2014. The children need parental permission and will get a free lunch to the value of $6 each week. Enquiries to Kelly 2159713.

Swimming Bag and Towel Promotion

The children were given a pamphlet on Tuesday inviting them to make orders for these beautiful towel and bag set. Orders will be collected next Friday, with delivery date Friday 15th November (in time for Christmas). Samples are available in the office, and all enquiries are to be directed to Christine please.

KidsCan Fundraising – My Happy Place $29.99

“My Happy Place” is a book featuring happy thoughts and memories contributed by 54 prominent New Zealanders, from actor Sam Neill to musician Ladi6, NZ’s oldest person, Maudie Wilson to shepherdess, Mandy Thow.

All contributions have been thoughtfully and beautifully illustrated by students at partner schools of the charity KidsCan.

The overarching goal of the book is to donate proceeds from sales back to KidsCan (http://www.kidscan.org.nz/), thereby helping Kiwi kids living in poverty to reach their potential in life.

Aside from the stunning pages of happy thoughts and artistry, “My Happy Place” also includes biographies of all contributors plus short biographies and photos of each young artist.

Award winning designer Vasanti Unka is responsible for the design of the book and prominent author Witi Ihimaera has written a foreword, in which he describes My Happy Place as “one of the books of the year”.

Please place any orders with Christine in the office by Friday 22nd November, with delivery date being Friday 6 December.

Craft Market @ Southland Indoor Bowls Centre this weekend 10  – 4  both days – Free entry.

Music Lessons – Contact Isaac 0220540986.

Consent Form for Family Photography

Please complete and return to school before Wed 23rd October if you require a family photo.

Family Name……………………………………………………..

Preschoolers   ………

Class Happenings – Room 5

Room 5 is excited to be back for the fourth term.

This week we have be learning about traditional and devotional prayer. As part of this we have brought home a treasure box of prayers we can share at home. These could be said as grace before we eat or before going to sleep, etc…

This week we have also been learning about adjectives.

These are words that describe. Here are a few examples of sentences from reading the traditional story of Maui and the Sun.

The yellow sun is moving fast around the world and it can’t stop.   Tim

The shining sun travelled slowly across the big blue sky.   Josh

The big shining sun travelled across the big, blue sky.   Conna

The blazing sun is travelling across the big, blue sky.    Cole R

The big sun flew across the big sky very quickly.   Jacob

The bright hot sun flew across the big cloudy sky.   Alex

The fiery sun travelled fast.   Jimmy

Summer School Uniform  ~  Term 4

Girls                                               

Pinafore                                  

White open necked short sleeved blouse           

White socks                                                    

Tan, brown, navy or black shoes/sandals                                              

Blue V neck jersey

Compulsory Sunhat

                                                Boys

                                                Light weight grey shorts

                                                Grey open necked short sleeved shirt

                                                Grey socks

                                                Blue V neck jersey

                                                Tan, brown, navy or black shoes/sandals

                                                Compulsory Sunhat

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